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GOP has high expectations n Local chairman says at least four more candidates may file for office By CAITLIN MULLEN firstname.lastname@example.org
CHATHAM NATIVE IS HITTING THE BIG TIME Siler City native George Edwards was hired as the new defensive coordinator for head coach Chan Gailey and the Buffalo Bills earlier this month Page 1B
SANFORD — Lee County Republican Party meeting Chairman Linda Shook said she expected up to four Republican candidates to file with the Lee County Board of Elections by Friday.
Shook told the crowd of about 40 people assembled at Tuesday’s party meeting at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center that she knew of two definite people and possibly two others who would file for office for the 2010 election before Friday’s deadline. The county GOP has had a candidate selection committee working
since October to recruit people, she said. “I’m really excited. For the first time in a long time, voters are going to have a clear choice,” she said. No one filed with the Lee County Board of Elections
INSIDE Another Republican has thrown their hat into the ring for the chance to face Democrat Bob Etheridge in the U.S. House election in November. Renee Ellmers of Dunn filed Tuesday. Full Story, Page 5A
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DIMMING HOPES Americans’ confidence in the economy has suffered a sudden relapse, dimming hopes that they will start spending — and spurring job growth — any time soon Page 14A
COMPANY: RECALL MAY NOT FIX PROBLEMS The president of Toyota’s U.S. operations said Tuesday that the company’s recalls of millions of its cars may “not totally” solve the problem Page 10A
HEALTH CARE COMPREHENSIVE BILL MAY NOT BE FEASIBLE Democratic congressional leaders confronted the reality Tuesday that they may not be able to pass the comprehensive health care overhaul sought by President Obama Page 11A
STATE STERILIZATION FUND GETS FIRST DIRECTOR North Carolina is ready to begin a comprehensive effort to figure out how to curtail its swelling prison population, and state leaders hope it will create neither additional fears about public safety nor another political football on crime xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Vol. 80, No. 44 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
Siler City Police Chief Gary Tyson speaks to students on Tuesday morning at Central Carolina Community College as a part of Black History Month.
Model for Success n Siler City’s first black police chief urges students to strive for a degree, be patient and disregard the nay-sayers By CAITLIN MULLEN email@example.com
SANFORD — Siler City Police Chief Gary Tyson returned to his roots Tuesday morning at Central Carolina Community College. Tyson, the first black police chief in Siler City, is a Sanford native and graduate of CCCC. He spoke to a group of about 40 students as part of the
college’s Black History Month program. “I’m at home here,” he told the group. Tyson said he hoped his advice on continuing education and preparing for a career would inspire just one student; if so, his visit Tuesday would be a success. “You’ve got to work hard here,” he said. “If you don’t work hard, you will not gradu-
ate.” Tyson began his career in law enforcement as an officer with the North Carolina Deparment of Corrections in 1988. He then spent 15 years with the Sanford Police Department. “First thing, I knew I had to get an education,” he said. “Education is the great social equalizer.”
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Once you get your degree, you will become more marketable. People like myself, the higher folks, will take a better look at you.”
— SILER CITY POLICE CHIEF GARY TYSON —
2010: The winter that wouldn’t go away ... n Possible snow between 1 and 5 p.m. today could mean early closings From staff reports SANFORD — The National Weather Service plans to issue a Winter Weather Advisory for much of the state for Wednesday. NWS meterorologists predict that locations from U.S. 1 west across the western piedmont
HAPPENING TODAY n The free CCCC course, “Home Business Deductions and Taxes” will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Presenter will be Sean Larsen.
CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
Cherish Deaton, 9, braces herself during a snow ball fight on Monday afternoon in Sanford.
could see a slight accumulation of snow during the day Wednesday. Although temperature are not all that cold currently, cold air will be surging into the area tomorrow as moisture spreads in from the south. The cold air and moisture
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High: 41 Low: 28
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Sanford: Walter McNeill, 66 Pinehurst: Shirley Furmannek, 73 Pittsboro: Raymond Bouldin Sr., 82; Ada Pratt, 76
The Herald’s special projects editor talks about his favorite places to relax
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Pet of the Week Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption
Baby Baby is an 11-month-old female domestic medium-haired Torti. Her predominantly orange and gold coat is especially unique, beautiful and will compliment any decor. Baby is a very affectionate girl that will allow you to carry her around or held until you say “enough!” If you have any experience with cats, you know it is usually he/she that says “enough” first. She is looking for a lap that comes with lots of chin rubs and ear scratches to demonstrate her professional purring abilities. Baby is laid back and gets along well with other kitties. Of course, she’s litter box trained and will stop purring long enough to play with the fishing pole toy (if you insist). Baby is FIV/FeLV negative, current on vaccines and preventatives, micro-chipped and spayed. See CARA’s Web site (www.cara-nc.org) for more info or to apply to adopt.
Congressman Bob Etheridge (standing, second from left) visited the Give Kids A Smile event Feb. 12 at Central Carolina Community College’s Dental Programs at the W.B. Wicker Center. Pictured are (back, from left) Wendy Seymore, public health dental hygienist for Chatham and Lee counties; Etheridge; volunteer Crystal Stratton; and CCCC President Bud Marchant.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc. located at 42 Deep River Rd., Sanford is a 501(c) non-profit, volunteer organization that operates on individual and corporate donations and fund raising proceeds.
On the Agenda
Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY ■ The Harnett County Board of Education will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Superintendent’s Office.
THURSDAY ■ The Carthage Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting/budget retreat at 8:30 a.m. in the Fire Department training room at the W.C. Walton Municipal Building in Carthage. The purpose of the special meeting is to hold a budget workshop for fiscal year 2010-2011.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wished are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Brock Thomas, Ethan Page Wicker, William Haywood Cooper III, Travon Carvel Harris, Janice Green, Kevin Taylor, Na-Quise Person, Gregory Eugene Jeter, Brian Allen, Frances Edrington, Taylor Edrington, Linda Faye Godfrey, Leon Fogle, Natasha Petty, Josh Smith, Lou Yow, Shawnporter Hooker Jr., Bessie Le Tysor, Tonya Le, Gerrold Quick and Karsyn Rae Kerns. CELEBRITIES: Today’s Birthdays: Actor Abe Vigoda is 89. Actor Steven Hill is 88. Actor-singer Dominic Chianese (kee-uh-NAY’see) is 79. Movie composer Michel Legrand is 78. Actor James Farentino is 72. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) is 68. Actor Barry Bostwick is 65. Actor Edward James
THURSDAY ■ “Understanding Poverty,” the centerpiece event for COMPASSION ‘10, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ernest and Ruby McSwain Center in Sanford. The roundtable featuring Susan Pennock from Communities In Schools of North Carolina is open to the public. Leaders from ministries, nonprofits and social service agencies throughout the community are urged to attend. ■ The 2010 Lillington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet will be held at the Harnett County Government Complex Commons. ■ The free CCCC course, “Finding and Writing Grants” will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Presenter will be Karen Kennedy. ■ A new community watch group for the Parkwood Community located on Hickory House Road will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, 1401 Elm St., Sanford. Any questions or to learn more about starting a community watch group in your neighborhood, call Lt. David Prevatte at (919) 718-4563 ext. 5627. ■ Dine all day at Viva Villa Mexican Restaurant, located in Spring Lane Shopping Center in Sanford, and 10 percent of your bill will be donated to the Stevens Center. No coupon required. For more information
This day in history: On Feb. 24, 1868, the House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate. In 1821, Mexican rebels proclaimed the “Plan de Iguala,” their declaration of independence from Spain. In 1920, the German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform. In 1942, the Voice of America went on the air for the first time. In 1980, the U.S. hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to clinch the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. In 1983, a congressional commission released a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a “grave injustice.”
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FRIDAY ■ A Black History celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Enrichment Center with Master of Ceremonies Claudia Lee, special singing, music and speakers. Registration is requested, call (919) 7760501 ext. 201. ■ A “Lunch and Learn” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce in downtown Sanord. This month’s lunch will be an informal session on Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 7. A live demonstration and hands-on lesson will be led by Absolute Computers’ Roger Darr. There is no charge for the seminar, and seating is limited. For more information, call the Chamber at (919) 775-7341.
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Almanac Today is Wednesday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2010. There are 310 days left in the year.
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AROUND OUR AREA
Lawyer for Edwardsâ€™ mistress accuses aide of stealing tape
No activity at Board of Elections Tuesday
Project Child Find in schools kicks off in March
SANFORD â€” No one filed Tuesday with the Lee County Board of Elections to run in the 2010 election, according to Director Nancy Kimble. Democrat Robert Reives and Republican Tamara Brogan filed Monday to run for seats on the Lee County Board of Commissioners. The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Friday. Candidates must file in person at the Lee County Board of Elections office, 225 S. Steele St. Contact the office at 718-4646.
PITTSBORO â€” An effort called Project Child Find is underway in Chatham County Schools to identify children and youth ages 3-21 who have disabilities and require special education and other related services. The Chatham County Schools Project Child Find will be held from March 22-26. The local efforts to identify children and youth are part of a concentrated statewide effort to identify children who require special education. For more information, call Chatham County Schools at (9l9) 542-6400 or the State Exceptional Children Division at (9l9) 807-3996.
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Missing man safely located
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LILLINGTON â€” Harnett County sheriffâ€™s deputies located a man theyâ€™d been searching for since Sunday. Searchers found Nathaniel McLean, 48, of Back Pack Lane in Lillington in a wooded area near his home. Deputies didnâ€™t say when they found him or why he was in the woods, reporting only that he was in good condition but taken to Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn as a precaution. He had been missing since Sunday from his home near Raven Rock Park outside Lillington. â€” from staff reports
Tax administrator completes pro designation
CARTHAGE â€” Moore County Tax Administrator Wayne Vest has successfully completed the requirements for the Residential Evaluation Specialist professional designation offered through the International Association of Assessing Officers. Among the requirements for the certification are successful completion of several courses and workshops, an eight hour case study exam, and a four hour master exam. Vest received his bachelorâ€™s degree from N.C. State University and is a member of the IAAO and the North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers. He has worked for Moore County for 12 years, including three years as tax administrator. â€” from staff reports
Sidewalk installation could affect traffic in NE Chatham
Victim says Shareef ran over him with a pickup truck FAYETTEVILLE â€” Seth Thompson of Coats said in court Tuesday that Abdullah El-Amin Shareef ran over him with a pickup truck near Linden six years ago. Coats testified that he was lucky it rained the night before because the truck dragged him across wet grass and lost traction. Shareef, 31, is on trial in Cumberland County Superior Court following a rampage in April 2004. He is accused of stealing two vehicles and running over five people between Fayetteville and Erwin before being captured in FuquayVarina. One of the victims was killed, and another is wheelchair bound from his injuries. Shareef has pleaded notguilty by reason of insanity. He faces the death penalty if convicted. Thompson was the fifth victim. He said he was outside his father-in-lawâ€™s home on N.C. 217 in Harnett County when the pickup truck appeared at the end of the homeâ€™s long driveway and the driver honked at him. The truck spun on the wet ground and stopped, Thompson said. Bleeding and burned, but not severely injured, he pulled himself out from underneath and yelled at the driver. The driver didnâ€™t say anything, but instead appeared to be reaching down for a weapon or to put the truck back in gear, Thompson said. â€” Fayetteville Observer
By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer
HILLSBOROUGH â€” Attorneys for John Edwardsâ€™ mistress on Tuesday accused a former aide to the Democratic presidential candidate of theft after he turned over a video camera that belonged to the woman. Attorneys for Rielle Hunter said the video camera was taken from a home where she had been living. The video camera was one of several items that ex-aide Andrew Young gave to the judge. Youngâ€™s attorney said he did not know whether the video camera was Hunterâ€™s or whether it belonged to Edwardsâ€™ presidential campaign. Hunter has sued Young for invasion of privacy and sought the return of the videotape purportedly showing Edwards in a sexual encounter with his pregnant mistress. That video has been turned over to the court and placed under seal.
Andrew Young, former aide to former Senator John Edwards, talks with his attorney Robert Elliott during a hearing at the Orange County Superior Court House in Hillsborough on Tuesday. John Edwards former mistress, Rielle Hunter, has sued Young for invasion of privacy. Lawyers for Hunter have pressed Young about conflicting statements heâ€™s made about the sex tape and other items. â€œThatâ€™s disturbing to me,â€? said Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones. â€œIâ€™m not quite sure what I should do about
â€” from staff reports
materials. An attorney for the Youngs, Robert Elliot, said they have turned their house over looking for materials to surrender to the court as quickly as possible. â€œThey did the best they could under those circumstances,â€? Elliot said.
UNITED WAY PROFILE
Boys & Girls Clubs has served thousands of local children, teens â– Agency: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County, Inc. â– Address: 1414 Brag Street (PO Box 2027) Sanford â– Contact: (919) 7763525; online at www. sanfordbgc.org â– Current funding: $36,000 from United Way â– Number of people served by agency annually: 957 â– Year agency began: 1995 â– Number employed by the agency: 18 â– Agencyâ€™s primary mission: After-school and summer youth development programs â– Statement about why we need the United Way: The organization has suffered $242,000 in grant cuts over the past 12 months due to state and federal budget cuts. The organization closed the Armory site
in November 2008 and transferred all children to the O.T. Sloan and Church Street sites. Without United Way, local individual and business support additional cuts will be necessary resulting in no option but to send children home. Over the past 14 years, the Club has served 13,000 Lee County children and realized zero school dropouts, one teen pregnancy and only four arrests for its active members.
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County is located at 1414 Bragg Street. The club offers after-school and summer youth development programs to thousands locally.
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