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Young boy struck by car Eyewitness: Boy ‘darted out’ before being struck; condition unknown
TEARFUL DELHOMME SURPRISED BY RELEASE Acknowledging he was “blindsided” by his release, Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Jake Delhomme on Friday vowed his career wasn’t over in an emotional day that marked the end of an era Full Story, Page 1B
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SANFORD — A young boy who one witness said “darted out” into the road was struck by a car Friday evening on Tramway Road and was flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with life-threatening injuries.
The accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on near Dreamland mobile home park, between Southern Lee High School and downtown Jonesboro. According to Trooper W.M. Johnson with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the boy was 10 years old, and the driver — a woman whose name was not released — was not at fault for the accident. “From all my witnesses,
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State troopers work the scene of an accident on Tramway Road where a young boy was struck by a car. The accident left a large dent in the car’s hood and cracks in the windshield. The boy’s condition was unknown as of press time Friday.
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Learning experience Program formed to highlight farmers
NATION’S JOBLESS RATE BETTER THAN EXPECTED The unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent in February as employers shed 36,000 jobs, fewer than expected. The figures suggested the job market is slowly healing but that significant hiring has yet to occur. Full Story, Page 8A
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FOREIGN HOSPITALS STEP IN TO HELP OUT Chile launched a hepatitis and tetanus vaccination campaign Friday and doctors warned of outbreaks of diarrhea, infection Full Story, Page 10A
OUR STATE WAKE SCHOOL BUS DEBATE GETS UGLIER A racially charged debate over school busing in North Carolina has turned even uglier after an education official referred to proponents of a diversity program as “animals out of the cages.” Full Story, Page 7A
ENTERTAINMENT TARANTINO FILM ANOTHER OSCAR-WORTHY WWII FLICK Quentin Tarantino rewrote the ending of World War II with “Inglourious Basterds,” his “Dirty Dozen”-style commando adventure that is nominated for best picture at Sunday’s Oscars. Full Story, Page 9A
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Vol. 80, No. 53 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
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Shuya Che (left), a professor at Nanjing Normal University in China and currently the instructor for CCCC’s Confucius Classroom enjoyed a month-long visit during February from her daughter Yixiao Cui (center) and husband Xiangyang Cui. While here, they visited landmarks like the White House.
Despite the wintry weather, CCCC professor’s family takes warm memories back to China By KATHERINE McDONALD
undled up in their winter coats, the Cui family shivered in Sanford’s unexpectedly chilly February weather. “It’s cold!” Xiangyang Cui, the father of the family, said as his wife, Shuya Che, acted as interpreter. North Carolinians they met assured the family from Nanjing, the People’s Republic of China, that the wintry blasts that swept through the state during the month were not typical winter weather for the area. The bitter cold was one more memory Cui and his daughter, Yixiao Cui, would take home with them. He and the couple’s 15-year-old daughter traveled approximately 7,000 miles from
HAPPENING TODAY ■ Central Carolina Community College’s associate degree in nursing program will host a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s, located on 1325 Plaza Blvd., Sanford. All proceeds raised will help cover expenses for the program’s annual pinning ceremony. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (503) 956-2688.
Yixiao Cui (second from left) had the opportunity to sit in on classes at Lee County High School to meet students, see education in the United States and practice her English. During a lunch break, she relaxed with new friends (from left, clockwise) Taylor Batten, Sesily West, Kyndal Rouse and John Grossfuss. Nanjing to Sanford to spend the month of February with Che and do some sightseeing. Cui is an economics professor at Nanjing University of Economics and Finance and Yixiao is a tenth-grader
at the Nanjing Foreign Language School. Both took advantage of their semester breaks to make the trip. In China, Che is an as-
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SANFORD — Don Nicholson wants Lee County residents to see that, like it or not, farming is real. “Farming is not a Norman Rockwell, Saturday Evening Post magazine cover,” he said. Nicholson is chairman of the Lee County Agricultural Advisory Board, which is accepting applications for the Lee County Voluntary Agricultural District starting April 1. The program is designed to protect farmers, preserve farmland and increase the visibility of farms in the area. “It makes agriculture more visible and hopefully puts a new light on it. Agriculture is like an easy target sometimes,” he said. “If the farmers don’t have land to farm, they’re out of business. This is where your food comes from.” Voluntary Agricultural Districts have become more common across the state as communities become concerned about disappearing open space. There’s currently about 75 VADs across the state, said Susan Condlin, director of the Lee County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Condlin said the board brought farmers, realtors,
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Sanford: Buck Gaines, 62; Elizabeth Loso, 88; Jake Petty, 90 Lillington: Jeffery Brownlee, 44; Carl Byrd Jr., 63
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
MONDAY ■ The Chatham County Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. at SAGE Academy in Siler City. ■ The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 635 East St., in Pittsboro. ■ The Siler City Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. in Siler City.
TUESDAY ■ The Chatham County Economic Development Corporation will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Central Carolina Community College, 764 West St., Pittsboro. ■ The Moore County Airport Authority will meet at 10 a.m. at the Airport Terminal Building, Highway 22, Pinehurst.
WEDNESDAY ■ An ad hoc committee meeting of the Lee County Board of Education has been set to discuss Policy 4301 — student dress and appearance and Policy 7340 — employee dress and appearance in the assembly room at the Heins Education Building in Sanford.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Gabriel Osborne, John R. Chalmers, Shenita Durham Buie, Ethan James Tolley, Spencer Franklin Jones, Raven Piper Moon Alvarez, Ashley Lynn Holleman, Sandra Parries, Patricia Alston, Desi West, Anthony Brown, June Potts, Elton Wallace, Laquan Clegg, Dorothy Jean Stevens and Little Bit. CELEBRITIES: Rock singer-musician David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) is 64. Actor-director Rob Reiner is 63. Actor Tom Arnold is 51. Actor D.L. Hughley is 46. Actress Moira Kelly is 42. Actress Amy Pietz is 41. Rock musician Chris Broderick (Megadeth) is 40. NBA player Shaquille O’Neal is 38. Country singer Trent Willmon is 37. Rapper Beanie Sigel is 36. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is 33. Rock musician Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend) is 26. Actor Eli Marienthal is 24. Actor Dillon Freasier (“There Will Be Blood”) is 14. Actress Savannah Stehlin is 14.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING ■ Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to get back into the garden! Cooperative Extension will once again offer the 4-H Community Gardening program at the Extension Center for families that are interested in learning how to grow successful gardens, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and enjoy an overall healthier lifestyle. Applications are currently being accepted from families that are interested in enrolling in the program. Please call 775-5624 for more information and to learn how to be a part of this exciting project. ■ The Lee County American Red Cross is now accepting reservations for Lifeguard classes. Call (919) 774-6857 to register.
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TODAY ■ Central Carolina Community College’s associate degree in nursing program will host a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s, located on 1325 Plaza Blvd., Sanford. All proceeds raised will help cover expenses for the program’s annual pinning ceremony. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by calling (503) 956-2688. ■ The Lee County American Red Cross will hold a Lay Responder CPR for the Adult, Child and Infant with AED and Standard First Aid class. Call (919) 774-6857 to register. ■ Temple Theatre’s Winter Youth Conservatory’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” will begin at 7 p.m. at the theater. The play, directed by Tom Dalton, features local upper middle and high school students who’ve been part of the conservatory this season. Ticket information can be found online at templeshows.com or by calling the box office at (919) 774-4155. ■ The High Falls Fire and Rescue annual “Chicken Stew and Classic Car Cruise-In” will be held from 2 p.m. into the evening at High Falls Elementary, located 12 miles north of Carthage on N.C. 22. Cost for stew is $7 per plate. For more information, call (910) 464-3771.
SUNDAY ■ The Chatham Artists Guild will host a reception for art lovers to meet Cindy Bainbridge and view her exhibit of paintings, “Love Letters to Life.” The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro. Learn about Bainbridge and see an example of her art at http://chathamartists.blogspot.com. ■ Temple Theatre’s Winter Youth Conservatory’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” will begin at 2 p.m. at the theater. The play, directed by Tom Dalton, features local upper middle and high school students who’ve been part of the conservatory this season. Ticket information can be found online at templeshows.com or by calling the box office at (919) 774-4155.
FACES & PLACES
■ The Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center in Sanford.
Ian Higgins, 10, (left) shares examples of his artwork with students in Central Carolina Community College’s Early Childhood Education Creative Activities class. Higgins is a fourth grader in Chapel Hill and is the grandson of class instructor David Leperi of Pittsboro. The CCCC students are learning about the use of creative activities in educating young children. If you have a calendar item you would like to add or if you have a feature story idea, contact The Herald by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (919) 718-1225. ■ The Lee County American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 202 Summit Drive, Sanford. Contact the Lee County Red Cross Chapter at 774-6857 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment to donate. ■ The Lee County American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym at Central Carolina Community College, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford. Contact Mike Neal to schedule an appointment at 718-7337 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment to donate. ■ The Democratic Women and the Lee County Democratic Party will host a Democratic Candidates Meet and Greet on Tuesday in the Wilrik Hotel ballroom in downtown Sanford (152 S. Steele Street). Doors open at 6 p.m., and candidates will be introduced at 6:30 p.m. Candidates running for state-wide office and those running for local office have been invited. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 718.9242 for more information.
WEDNESDAY ■ The Living With Vision Loss Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center in Sanford. ■ Former B29 Air Force Pilot will be special guest speaker at the Veteran’s Remembrance Group at 2 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. Registration is encour-
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■ The annual “State of Manufacturing” hosted by the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. “Connecting Lee County to the Global Economy” will be hosted by keynote speaker Ed Swartz, president and CEO of Static Control; Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive, Lee County Chairman Richard Hayes and the Lee County Economic Development Corporation. Cost is $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. Call (919) 775-7341 for reservations or more information. ■ “Landscape Design” workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the McSwain Center, hosting by the Lee County office of N.C. Cooperative Extension. Class is free, but preregistration required by calling 775-5624. ■ Fresh Produce Safety Farmer Listening Session will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Building Auditorium in Pittsboro. Please RSVP for this event by calling Jane Tripp at (919) 542-8202.
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aged, call 776-0501, ext. 201. ■ Sanford Jobseekers will meet from 8:30-10:45 a.m. at First Baptist Church. All people in the Lee County area who are job searching are welcome to attend. Program this week is: Sara Harrington, bankruptcy attorney at A.B. Harrington Law Firm will speak on “Financial pitfalls to avoid while unemployed”. For information, call 776-6137. ■ The Central Carolina Paddlers canoe and kayak club will meet at 7 p.m. in the Wesley Fellowship Center at Jonesboro United Methodist Church, 407 W. Main Street, Sanford, and will announce the winners of the “March of the Paddle” contest, members are asked to bring their paddles with them. Call 718-5104 for information.
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Transit invites residents to talk grant programs PITTSBORO â€” Chatham Transit Network is inviting residents to provide input on transit funding opportunities during a public hearinat 8:30 a.m. on March 19, in its office located at 480 Hillsboro St. This is the back side of the Chatham Mills building behind Chatham Marketplace. As part of Chatham Countyâ€™s Community Transportation Program, Chatham Transit is applying for three different grants through the N.C. Department of Transportationâ€™s Public Transportation Division. The hearing will allow residents to provide ideas on the use of the funds. The grant from the Community Transportation Program would pay for 85 percent of Chatham Transitâ€™s administrative costs, such as personnel, office supplies, computer software, office equipment, insurance and related items. If approved, it will cover 90 percent of the cost of new vehicles. Chatham Transit is applying for funds to purchase three new vehicles. The second grant would target transit for the elderly and disabled. The third grant would provide transportation for students at Central Carolina Community College so that they can acquire skills to compete in the job market. This could serve Pittsboro and Siler City students. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit www. chathamtransit.org. â€” from staff reports
Bankruptcies halt Olmsted Village auction
CARTHAGE (MCT) â€” The foreclosure auction of three parcels in a shopping center near Pinehurst that was slated for Thursday never happened. Thatâ€™s because at least two corporations involved with those properties filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. That halted any action on the land, which was to have gone to the highest bidder on the steps of the Moore County Courthouse. OVB LLC and Camellia Parke LLC filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 on Wednesday. Both are signed by Marty McKenzie, who is listed as manager/ member. He could not be reached Thursday for comment. Chapter 11 is generally sought by companies that are looking for a way to continue operating while they reorganize and eventually emerge from bankruptcy. McKenzie developed Olmsted Village, just outside Pinehurst on N.C. 211. About six years ago, he spearheaded construction of a new section of Olmsted Village â€” a grouping
of distinct buildings called Camellia Parke Shoppes. He set out to bring in tenants of the upscale, national chain variety. The center landed some tenants, including Jos. A. Bank. But several of the Camellia Parke spaces have remained vacant since they were built. Camellia Parke Shoppes was one of the Olmsted Village properties that would have been auctioned had it not been for the bankruptcy filing. The other parcels that were involved are home to Rite Aid, Lowes Foods and the Wachovia bank building. Sixteen creditors are listed in bankruptcy documents for Camellia Parke LLC. â€” Fayetteville Observer
Driverâ€™s mental health worsened, witness says FAYETTEVILLE (MCT) â€” Abdullah El-Amin Shareefâ€™s mental health worsened after his fatherâ€™s heart attack, the death of his mother and a fire at the family home in Raeford in December 2003, family friend testified Friday. The friend, Rashad Rahmaan, is director of the Sunlight Behavior Center, which works with individuals and families affected by mental illness or substance abuse. Rahmaan also said Shareef needed some kind of in-patient mental health care during that time. Rahmaan testified for the defense during Shareefâ€™s capital murder trial in Cumberland County Superior Court. During cross-examination, Rahmaan admitted he was not a licensed therapist or mental health counselor, and was unable to make an expert assessment. Shareef, 31, is accused of stealing two vehicles and running down five people on the morning of April 14, 2004, in Cumberland and Harnett counties. One man, Lonel Bearl Bass of Linden, was killed. Shareef has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder. â€” Fayetteville Observer
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â€˜Compassionâ€™ roundtable highlights problem of poverty in Lee County
his week, we Take 5 with Jan Hayes, the director of the Lee County United Way, about the organizationâ€™s â€œCompassion â€˜10â€? event, held last week. Hayes, a native of Hamlet, has been the executive director of the United Way since 2006. Hayes Sheâ€™s also just been elected to the board of directors for the United Way of North Carolina, where she also is co-chairman of its public policy committee. A former chairman of the Lee County Board of Education, she received degrees from both Peace College and Meredith College - from the latter, a bachelors degree in sociology and social work - before earning her masters in liberal studies from N.C. State University in 2006. In addition to serving on the board of education, Hayes is a trustee of Central Carolina Community College and a member of the Lee County YMCA board of directors. She and her husband, Charles Hayes â€” who works as the president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership â€” have three children and two grandchildren. The Hayeses are members of St. Luke United Methodist Church.
: Weâ€™ve heard about COMPASSION â€™10, but what actually took place?
: About 90 leaders from nonprofit groups, church ministries, governmental agencies and schools got together at the McSwain Center on Feb. 25 for our second-annual community roundtable to improve human services in Lee County.
What weâ€™re trying to do is get everyone working together, so we can be more effective. Our ultimate goal, of course, is getting our neighbors the assistance they need and helping them improve their lives for the long term. The event opened with a presentation on fire safety by Shane Seagroves from Lee County Emergency Management, but the main presentation, by Susan Pennock from Communities In Schools of North Carolina, was titled â€œUnderstanding Poverty.â€?
: Doesnâ€™t everyone pretty much know what poverty is?
: Everyone knows it means not having much money, but what many of us didnâ€™t fully grasp is that not everyone without money faces the same challenges. Susan talked a lot about the differences between â€œsituational povertyâ€? and â€œgenerational poverty.â€? Situational poverty is more like a temporary setback, when someone loses a job. Itâ€™s serious, but people usually have family members who can help out financially, more education to fall back on and other benefits to help them recover fairly quickly. Generational poverty is when a family has been poor for two or more generations, and itâ€™s far more difficult to escape because it leads to a different way of thinking and acting â€” a way that can make it hard to recover. The two have some things in common, but theyâ€™re not the same.
: So how does understanding poverty help nonprofits?
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Lee Co. United Way â€” running a restaurant, teaching children in school or even being editor of a newspaper â€” you need to understand the people youâ€™re trying to serve. That means knowing how your customers think and what motivates them to act in certain ways. We do it all the time, but itâ€™s easy to lose focus, even on important things, in the daily rush. For nonprofits â€” and Iâ€™m including ministries, governmental agencies and schools in this, too â€” losing focus can mean becoming ineffective. One reason is that most of our organizations operate from a middleclass mindset and thatâ€™s very different from the perspective of most of our clients. The goal is to take what Susan taught and use it to change the way food pantries, homeless shelters and all other service groups operate in our community.
: That sounds awfully ambitious for one conference. Will it make any real difference?
: We sure hope so. But COMPASSION â€™10 wasnâ€™t only the one afternoon. What we did at the McSwain Center was just the beginning. Last year, we set up working groups to tackle our five biggest problems, which were providing food, employment, financial help, dropout
: Weâ€™ve already had COMPASSION â€™09 and COMPASSION â€™10. Does this mean we should expect a COMPASSION â€™11?
: Well, letâ€™s not get ahead of ourselves! We still have a lot of work to do this year. But I guess thatâ€™s the plan. The United Way of Lee County coordinated the roundtable this year with Communities In Schools, but it takes a lot of people working together to make this kind of event happen. Now that weâ€™ve held it twice, though, weâ€™re beginning to know what our clients for this roundtable want and need. (You see, weâ€™re all trying to understand our clients better!) So, as long as this COMPASSION roundtable is helpful, weâ€™ll certainly plan on holding it again.
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prevention and housing. Already theyâ€™ve made a lot of progress. Some of that was simply bringing all of the organizations together, so they knew each other. In some cases, we had community groups providing the same services, but they didnâ€™t know each other existed. And, theyâ€™ve made some practical changes, as well. Food pantries, as an example, began sharing freezer space, and that allowed more families to receive a free Christmas turkey last year. Over the next few months, Susan will be coming back to Sanford to meet with some of these working groups and help them apply the information about poverty to change the way they operate. The point is that COMPASSION â€™10 really is a long-term effort, not just a one-day event.
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