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ELECTION 2010 HERALD SCHOOL BOARD FORUM SET FOR APRIL 12 The Herald will host a forum featuring the seven candidates for three open positions on the Lee County Board of Education on April 12 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The forum will begin with a 6 p.m. reception outside of the center’s auditorium, and the question-and-answer session will begin at 7. Candidates will be provided the opportunity for opening and closing statements and will answer questions submitted by The Herald and its readers. To submit a question for the April 12 forum, e-mail Herald Publisher Bill Horner III at email@example.com. Admission to the forum will be free.
Lee can’t be counted on County most likely in N.C. to be undercounted in 2010 Census By JONATHAN OWENS firstname.lastname@example.org
DURHAM — A Durham nonprofit group said Tuesday it projects Lee County at the highest risk of an undercount in the state in the 2010 Census. The Institute for Southern Studies’ “Counting In A Crisis” report release Tuesday found that such factors as Lee’s high
unemployment rate (14.6 percent in January) and large Latino population (11.2 percent) put it at the highest risk in the state for an undercount this year. Plus, Lee County had the third-highest undercount in the 2000 Census, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Accuracy and Coverage Estimate
II released in 2003. The news could be a reason why Dayling Tolan, a partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, spoke before the Lee County Board of Commissioners on March 15. Tolan said the government had been working to reach groups that
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Marshal: soldering iron ignited the fire
Social networks a political weapon
More local candidates turning to Facebook, blogs to launch their election campaigns
President Barack Obama stepped carefully when talking for the first time about the conservative tea party movement, acknowledging it has legitimate concerns about federal reach and spending, but he contended the core of the loose anti-government network is “on the fringe”
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Nicholas Sparks, whose weepy love stories include the Hollywood hits “The Notebook” and “Dear John,” returns to the big-screen Wednesday with “The Last Song,” which he wrote specifically for Miley Cyrus Page 11A
FATHER MADE KID KEEP QUIET ABOUT 4 DEATHS Police on Tuesday said a North Carolina father sent his daughter to school for two weeks with a dire warning: Tell anyone about your two dead siblings at home, and I’ll kill you and your brother, too Page 8A
Vol. 80, No. 74 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
To read the full report ranking all 100 North Carolina counties for the likelihood of an undercount, visit southernstudies.org/iss/CountingInACrisis.pdf For more information on the 2010 Census, visit www. nccensus.org
CHATHAM COUNTY COURTHOUSE
OBAMA TIPTOES AROUND TEA PARTY MOVEMENT
SPARKS SEES BIG THINGS AHEAD FOR MILEY CYRUS
A “condemned” sign hangs on the chain-linked fence surrounding the remains of the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro Tuesday. The county fire marshal announced Tuesday a smoldering iron left near wood ignited the massive fire.
Winds made fire unstoppable within 20 minutes; county official says entire property was insured By BILLY BALL Herald Staff Writer
PITTSBORO — A construction mishap is to blame for the fire that gutted the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro last week, Chatham Fire Marshal Thomas Bender said Tuesday. Bender said the fire started Thursday afternoon when heat from a soldering iron used to repair the copper gutters at the courthouse ignited nearby wood, spreading flames throughout the roof of the historic structure. In a matter of 20 to 30 minutes, the courthouse was probably beyond saving, Bender said, thanks to blustery weather that Thursday afternoon. “Once the wind got in there, it really intensified the burning,” he said. Bender added that the structure’s clock tower acted
HAPPENING THURSDAY n The Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary will host “Hop in for the Easter Bake Sale.” Louise and Bessie will have their “specialties” in the elevator area of CCH visitors lobby on the Carthage Street entrance beginning 7:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit CCH Auxiliary projects.
Workers continue the clean-up effort on the scaffolding surrounding the Chatham County Courthouse Tuesday. as a “chimney” once the fire started, with wind whipping the flames into a fury. The courthouse had been under exterior renovations in recent weeks, marking the first renovations since the
1990s for the 130-year-old building. The courthouse was the fourth of its kind destroyed by fire in Chatham County, said county spokes-
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SANFORD — The race to see which Republican will be on the November ballot in Lee Count’s fourth district is playing out online almost as much as it is at your doorsteps. GOP candidates Tammy Brogan and Jim Womack have, between them, two Web sites, two blogs, two Twitter accounts, two Facebook pages and a couple of cell phones packed with text messages. The two represent a new breed of politician — one that relies heavily on the (mostly) free online campaigning that can not only reach more voters, but allow those voters to reach and “follow” them at any time. “I really believe that online campaigning has been very successful,” said Brogan, who maintains a blog at http:// tamarabrogan.blogspot.com. “I really enjoy my blog because I can write about my opinion on issues, how I would like to help Lee County move forward and my political convictions.” Womack has similar feelings about his blog, http:// transformingleecounty. blogspot.com, which he created in mid-March. He said he hopes it becomes a “stimulating open forum” for topics ranging from the economy, unemployment and socio-economic issues. “By making use of these technologies, I feel properly armed to wage a campaign,” said Womack. Some are calling it Government 2.0 — where candidates
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Sanford: Darrell Doby; Betty Hancock, 85 Aberdeen: Helen Clark, 91; Bobbie Monroe, 55 Bennett: Arlene Gilliland, 82
In many ways, Broadway is “more fun than a day in NYC” to this Lee native
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GOOD MORNING Pet of the Week Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption
COMMUNITY CALENDAR The Lee County Library will be closed this Friday through Sunday for the Easter holiday. The library will reopen Monday at 9 a.m.
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THURSDAY n The Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary will host “Hop in for the Easter Bake Sale.” Louise and Bessie will have their “specialties” in the elevator area of CCH visitors lobby on the Carthage Street entrance beginning 7:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit CCH Auxiliary projects.
Fitz Fitz is a male 8-month-old Australian shepherd mix. His medium-short-haired coat is a beautiful chocolate with tan accents and so very soft to the touch — we bet you can’t stop petting him! Fitz is kennel trained and that is generally a very good indication that he will be house trained as well. He is treat motivated, so besides being part of a highly-intelligent breed, he responds to obedience commands very well. Fitz gets along well with other pups and would love to have some space to run off his puppy-energy. He’d make a great companion for almost any activity his new family enjoys. Please stop by and give your hand a treat by touching this so-soft puppy. Fitz is current on vaccines and preventatives, micro-chipped, and neutered. See CARA’s Web site (www.cara-nc.org) for more info or to apply to adopt. 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.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Tiffany Rose Owle, Billy Kintay McLean, Rebecca Dodson, Esther Street, Brandon Gray, Theresa Blue, Sharon Sutton, Kohlby Ray Hart, Jonathan Alexander Chooi, David Chad Becker, Jessie Nauretz, Chiquita McLeod, Tammy Cochran, Jeffery Jerod McKendell, Katie Beth Mason, Tammy Donathan Baker, Julia Smith, Tammy Van Hoosier, Mae Holder and Dorothy M. Graham. CELEBRITIES: Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 82. Actress Shirley Jones is 76. Actor Christopher Walken is 67. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 65. Former Vice President Al Gore is 62. Author David Eisenhower is 62. Actress Rhea Perlman is 62. Alt-country musician Bob Crawford (The Avett Brothers) is 39. Actor Ewan McGregor is 39. Rapper Tony Yayo is 32. Jazz musician Christian Scott is 27.
n Lemon Springs Ruritan Club will hold its semi-annual pancake and sausage supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 62 Willett Lake Road. All-you-can-eat for $5. Proceeds will be used to support the club’s community service projects. For more information, contact Eddie Cupps at (919) 770-7049.
SATURDAY n The Hearts and Hands ECA Quilt Guild is changing its regular day and night meeting every month to the first Saturday of each month. The first meeting reflecting the change will be held at noon at the Mcswain Extension Center, 2420 Tramway Road. There will be a “trunk show” immediately after the meeting by Barbara Massengill, a guild member who is famous for her embellishment of quilts. n Local horror movie director Christine Parker is calling for extras for her upcoming film, “A Few Brains More.” Those who want to be zombies are asked to meet from 9 a.m. until dark at Old Gilliam Park, located on Carbonton Road west of Sanford, for the opportunity to be become part of the “undead.” For more information, e-mail Parker at email@example.com. n Patriot Run VIII to benefit the Fisher House. The run will begin at 10 a.m. from the VFW Post 9103, 14258 Hwy. 210 South, ride to the Capitol in Raleigh for the POW/MIA ceremony at 12 noon and end at the VFW Post 5631 in Sanford. $15 donation per person includes meal, door prize, t-shirt and entertainment at the VFW at 1 p.m.
SUNDAY n Local horror movie director Christine Parker is calling for extras for her upcoming film, “A Few Brains More.” Those who want to be zombies are asked to meet from 9 a.m. until dark at Old Gilliam Park, located on Carbonton Road west of Sanford, for the opportunity to be become part of the “undead.” For more information, e-mail Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY n Local horror movie director Christine Parker is calling for extras for her upcoming film, “A Few Brains More.” Those who want to be zombies are asked to meet from 9 a.m. until dark at Old Gilliam Park, located on Carbonton Road west of Sanford, for the opportunity to be become part
Viva Villa Mexican Restaurant donated 10 percent of its total sales to the Stevens Center recently. Shown are Memo Herrera (from left), Stevens Center Director Roger Bailey and Manuel Gomez. 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. of the “undead.” For more information, e-mail Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY n The Lee County Horticulture Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lee County High School’s greenhouse. Okra, cantaloupe, herbs, aloe, tomato, Morning Glories, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, bell pepper, hot peppers, marigolds and hanging baskets will be available for purchase. All plants will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. n The annual Burrito Bash at the General Store Café, 39 West St., Pittsboro, will benefit the Central Carolina Community College Foundation and the Chatham County Partnership for Children. The 6 to 9 p.m. event features the famous General Store burrito and fixings, a silent auction and bluegrass music by Tommy Edwards and Friends. Tickets are $12 in advance at the college’s Pittsboro Campus and Siler City Center, or $15 at the door. For more information, call (919) 542-7449 or (919) 542-6495.
APRIL 7 n The Lee County Horticulture Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lee County High School’s greenhouse. Okra, cantaloupe, herbs, aloe, tomato, Morning Glories, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, bell pepper, hot peppers, marigolds and hanging baskets will be available for purchase. All plants will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Today is Wednesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2010. There are 275 days left in the year. This day in history: On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned his audience by declaring, “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.” In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews from Spanish soil, except those willing to convert to Christianity. In 1880, Wabash, Ind., became the first town in the world to be illuminated by electrical lighting. In 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion. In 1917, the United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark. In 1933, Congress approved, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed, the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which created the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1943, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” opened on Broadway. In 1945, the Tennessee Williams play “The Glass Menagerie” opened on Broadway. In 1949, Newfoundland (now called Newfoundland and Labrador) entered confederation as Canada’s tenth province. In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.
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n The Lee County Horticulture Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Lee County High School’s greenhouse. Okra, cantaloupe, herbs, aloe, tomato, Morning Glories, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, bell pepper, hot peppers, marigolds and hanging baskets will be available for purchase. All plants will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. n Legal Aid Intake Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. Types of cases accepted will be housing evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence, unemployment and benefits denials. Appointments preferred but walk-ins will be accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 800-672-5834 to be screened. n Beverly Lewis will hold a booksigning at 7 p.m. at the Carpenter’s Shop, 2431 S. Jefferson Davis Hwy., Sanford.
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n The Council For Effective Actions & Decisions (CEAD) will host a candidates forum for Lee County Board of Education, Lee County Commissioner and State Representative in the upstairs courtroom of the old Lee County Courthouse on South Horner Boulevard. The forum, which begins at 6 p.m. with light refreshments, will offer an opportunity for candidates to meet and talk with voters and to pass out campaign literature. The forum portion will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude by 9 p.m. Each candidate will be allowed three minutes for an introduction and platform. Questions from the audience will follow. n The Lee County Horticulture Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Lee County High School’s greenhouse. Okra, cantaloupe, herbs, aloe, tomato, Morning Glories, squash, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, bell pepper, hot peppers, marigolds and hanging baskets will be available for purchase. All plants will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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SHAKORI HILLS FESTIVAL
AROUND OUR AREA CORRECTION
In Tuesdayâ€™s report on Sen. Richard Burrâ€™s visit to Static Control In. in Sanford, a short description of what Static produces was incorrect. According to the company, Static Control Components, Inc. sells 14,000 parts for use in the remanufacturing of laser printer and inkjet printer cartridges.
Local horror film needs zombies for weekend filming
SANFORD â€” Horror movie director Christine Parker is calling for extras for her upcoming film, â€œA Few Brains More.â€? Those who want to be zombies are asked to meet from 9 a.m. until dark this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Old Gilliam Park, located on Carbonton Road west of Sanford, for the opportunity to be become part of the â€œundead.â€? Those in attendance will also get to meet Michael Christopher, the â€œHare Krishna Zombieâ€? from the original horror classic, â€œDawn of the Dead.â€? â€œA Few Brains Moreâ€? is set in 1973, so extras are asked to dress time-appropriate (and be prepared to get messy). Food will be sold on site, and camping will be available Saturday and Sunday night for $6 per camp site. For more information, visit www.afewbrainsmore. com or e-mail Parker at email@example.com â€” from staff reports
CEAD candidates forum to be held April 8 in Sanford
SANFORD â€” The Council For Effective Actions & Decisions will host an election candidateâ€™s forum for Lee County Board of Education, Lee County Commissioner and state representative on April 8 in the upstairs courtroom of the old Lee County Courthouse on South Horner Boulevard. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with light refreshments and will offer an opportunity for candidates to meet and talk with voters and to pass out campaign literature. The forum portion will begin at 7 and conclude by 9. Each candidate will be allowed three minutes for an introduction and platform. Questions from the audience will follow. Early voting for the May primary will begin April 15. Questions about the forum may be directed to Margaret Murchison, CEAD president, the law firm of Wilson & Reives or any CEAD member.
County at the Reagan Day Dinner in Siler City on April 17. The event will also give residents an opportunity to meet and hear all the current Republicans seeking support from Chatham voters. The bi-annual Reagan Day Dinner honors the former president â€œwho extolled American exceptionalism while reminding us that freedom is not passed ... to our children in the bloodstream,â€? according to organizers. The Reagan Day Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the Western Chatham Senior Center on Village Lake Road in Siler City. For more information, visit www.chathamGOP.org online. â€” from staff reports
Sanford native named president of Reidsville hospital REIDSVILLE â€” A Sanford native will be the next president of Annie Penn Hospital, the hospital announced last week. Mickey Foster, a 1990 graduate of Lee County High School and current vice president/COO of Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson, begins working at Annie Penn Hospital on May 17. â€œIâ€™m excited, honored and humbled to be named the next president,â€? Foster said. â€œEveryone Iâ€™ve met at Annie Penn has been so positive and proud of their hospital. Thatâ€™s what I like about a smaller community hospital. You get to know everyone on a personal level and thatâ€™s very important to me.â€? Foster has been with Maria Parham Medical Center, a 102-bed hospital with more than 320 employees, since 2007. While there, he increased revenues, improved patient volumes and patient satisfaction, and coordinated several construction projects. Foster earned his bachelorâ€™s degree from East Carolina University and a masterâ€™s degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University. He is the son of Dr. Jim and Mary Foster of Sanford. â€” from staff reports
Organizers call April line-up one of best in eight-year history BĂŠla Flek, Rusted Root among notables By JUSTIN GOBLE Herald Correspondent
PITTSBORO â€” Music, art, environmentalism â€” the upcoming Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival will have all of these and more. Set for April 22 through April 25, the event will bring together more than 50 musical acts and dance groups at the Shakori Hill festival grounds just off N.C. 87 in Pittsboro. According to event cocoordinator Sara Waters, the upcoming festival is one of best in Shakori Hillsâ€™ eight-year history. â€œIt really feels like a big deal this year,â€? she said. Though the festival started out in 2003 as a small collection of musicians, educators and activists, the event has grown to the point where organizers have had to turn acts away. Along with an increase in the amount of performers, this yearâ€™s festival has also attracted bigger names than in the past â€” the lineup features banjo legend (and 13-time Grammy winner) BĂŠla Fleck and jam rock pioneers Rusted Root. â€œA lot of people are excited about BĂŠla Fleck,â€? Waters said. â€œItâ€™s a magical process booking the bands and we feel like weâ€™re stepping things up. Weâ€™re feeling good that weâ€™re an established festival. Itâ€™s an honor to have bands like (BĂŠla Fleck and Rusted Root) say yes. There are big name artists who just play anywhere and those that care about where they perform. Fleck is one of the latter. He really goes along with everything. Iâ€™ve seen him at other festivals â€” he hangs out with the other artists and comes out to jam with them. â€œThatâ€™s something we encourage here, so it was a good fit.â€? Along with those artists, the festival will include local favorites such as indierockers Hammer No More the Fingers and Des Ark, American revivalists The
McCrory to speak at Chatham GOP dinner on April 17
SILER CITY â€” Former Charlotte mayor and gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory will speak for the first time in Chatham
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Annual Shakori Hills rockers Donna The Buffalo will again perform at this yearâ€™s festival, slated for April 2225 in Chatham County. Gravy Boys, hip hop group Inflowential and more. â€œWeâ€™re really lucky to have such a rich selection of local bands to choose from,â€? Waters said. â€œWe donâ€™t just choose those bands because their members live in the area. We choose them because they live here and theyâ€™re awesome.â€? Since Shankori Hills has two festivals each year â€” another event is scheduled in October â€” Waters said organizers are able to include a diverse and eclectic group of acts. While many come to Shakori Hills for the sheer amount of music and entertainment, organizers are hoping to use the event as a means to promote environmental awareness as well. Along with scheduling the event to coincide with Earth Day (April 25), organizers invited several environmental groups to the festival. Those organizations will have booths, lead discussions and hold workshops. There will also be a â€œSustainability Pavilionâ€? where people can take part in several activities and demonstrations. Organizers are also raising money to make future festivals entirely solarpowered. While there is a chance this message could get lost in the amount of performances going on throughout the weekend, Waters
said the high number of entertainers actually helps to spread the message of environmentalism. â€œI think what helps is that thereâ€™s something for everyone.,â€? she said. â€œPeople who come to see BĂŠla Fleck may not like the hip hop acts that are performing. So between watching bands they like, they walk around the festival site. That helps us lure them in. They can walk around, see Sustainability Pavilion and learn how to make biodiesel. â€œ That â€œsomething for everyoneâ€? atmosphere includes activities for the whole family, Waters said. From the start organizers have not only offered special camping sites for families who want to spend the weekend at the festival â€” theyâ€™ve also planned activities for younger kids and teens. That trend is continuing this year, Waters said. â€œItâ€™s very important to us that this event be family-friendly,â€? she said. â€œThe other co-coordinator (Jordan Puryear) and I were talking about it the other day and we could never pinpoint one reason why it started out like that. There was just this feeling that it had to be that way.â€? Day and weekend passes for the event are still available. For more information, visit www. shakorihills.org.
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