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OBAMA TO ALLOW SOME DRILLING IN ATLANTIC Shaking up years of energy policy and his own environmental backers, President Barack Obama threw open a huge swath of East Coast waters and other protected areas in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling Wednesday, widening the politically explosive hunt for more homegrown oil and gas
Commissioners vow Thursday’s fire will be part of courthouse history, not end of it From Staff Reports
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Edgar “Skip” Cupps of Sanford served in the U.S. Marines during WWII and the climactic Battle of Okinawa, the last major confrontation between the Allies and the Japanese.
FANS GIDDY FOR iPAD, SIGHT UNSEEN People who lined up to buy the first iPhone knew what they were paying hundreds of dollars for: a new cell phone that promised to be better. Apple Inc.’s newest gadget, the iPad tablet computer, falls into a category that’s foreign to most people Page 10A
AFTER DIVORCE, USHER A PLAYBOY AGAIN Less than two years ago, Usher was glorifying his evolvement as a man with “Here I Stand,” a CD that found him celebrating his new role as husband and father while shunning the image of a sexy bad boy unable — or unwilling — to make a lasting commitment Page 9A
OUR STATE POLICE IDENTIFY REMAINS AS MISSING N.C. WOMAN Police say human remains found in eastern N.C. are those of a missing woman, but not one of the two women they had suspected. Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight said on Wednesday that the remains found over the weekend are those of 40year-old Rocky Mount resident Roberta Williams. Page 7A
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Veteran Marine recalls fighting in the last major confrontation of WWII 65 years later By BILLY BALL firstname.lastname@example.org
hen asked what he wanted history to remember about World War II veterans, Edgar “Skip” Cupps pauses. He dropped his head into his hands and does not speak for a half-minute. When he brought his head back up, Cupps’ eyes are red from crying. “I want them to remember the ones that didn’t come back, the ones that gave their lives,” he said. “And there was many of them.” Cupps was one that did make it back. A Sanford resident, he served in the U.S. Marines during the
I tried to forget a lot of things. You don’t want to remember some things. ... There’s still a few of us around that was in World War II. Not as many as there used to be.”
— SKIP CUPPS — WWII Veteran, U.S. Marines
climactic Battle of Okinawa, the last major confrontation between Allied and Japanese forces before a pair of atomic bombs forced the Japanese to surrender in August 1945. Today marks the 65th
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anniversary of the Okinawa battle, when thousands of Allied troops stormed the island in their march northward to mainland Japan. More than 12,000 Allied troops and 110,000 Japanese soldiers perished in the 82day battle. Cupps, then a 20-year-old sergeant, was there. Many of the details of that longago fight elude him today, purposefully so, according to Cupps. “I tried to forget a lot of things,” he said. “You don’t want to remember some things.” Cupps, a Pennsylvania native, lives in the Sanford area today with his wife. After leaving the Marines in 1946,
PITTSBORO — Chatham County will rebuild the historic courthouse destroyed in last Thursday’s fire, its commissioners announced during a special meeting held Wednesday. After hearing reports about the building’s condition and a determination that the exterior walls can be saved, commissioners decided to move forward with restoration. “The exact nature of the restoration will be determined later. We will form a task force and involve the community, Pittsboro and court personnel to help us make the best decisions,” Chatham County Vice Chairman George Lucier said. “Our goal is that the fire of 2010 will be part of the history of the courthouse, not the end of it.” Chairman Sally Kost opened the meeting by thanking the community and state and county officials for their hard work and cooperation following the fire. “I am very proud of the way the community came together in the midst of this tragic event,” Kost said. “We are working diligently to return life in Pittsboro to as close to normal as possible. We will continue debris removal while
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COMING FRIDAY: SPRING IN BLOOM
State, nation climbing out of ‘great recession,’ says NCSU economist Predicts 2010 to be ‘job-adding’ year By CAITLIN MULLEN email@example.com
SANFORD — After a “very, very severe” recession, the country’s economic future is beginning to look brighter, according to Michael Walden, economist and professor at North Carolina State University. Walden spoke to elected officials, community leaders and others at the Committee of 100 luncheon Wednesday at Chef Paul’s. The economic outlook comes after Lee County
HAPPENING TODAY 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. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
heard some hopeful news: The unemployment rate remained 14.6 percent from December to January, and Lee County was the only one in North Carolina that saw the rate stay the same. The state unemployment rate is 11.2 percent. “I’m beginning to see a few more smiles now,” Walden said. “We think the economy has passed the bottom.” Recessions are all part of the business cycle, he said. The country has gone
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Pink flowers begin to bloom on a tree in Sanford’s historic district this week. Watch for more “in bloom” photos from around the area in Friday’s edition of The Herald.
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Sanford: Bob Blue, 53; Kayland Brewer; Darrell Doby, 48; Robert Easterling; Ruth Gassaway, 88 Cameron: Helga Hardison, 76 Chapel Hill: James Griffin, 57
To some, it’s evidence that Gov. Beverly Perdue is no better than her predecessor
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY n The Moore County Board of Health will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Health Department Board Room in Carthage.
MONDAY n The Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center on the corner of Carthage and Hillcrest in Sanford. n The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. at the Agricultural Building Auditorium in Pittsboro. n The Harnett County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. at the County Administration Building in Lillington. n The Siler City Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. in Siler City.
TUESDAY n The Chatham County Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Dunlap Building Classroom in Pittsboro. n The Sanford City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, located at 225 East Weatherspoon St.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Ann Putnam, Dawn Melvin, Deirdre Melvin, Tracey Cook, Rickey Scarborough, Trey Whitaker, Michael Logan Yarborough, Se’Vion Ortie Clay, Peggy Bennett, Bailey McRae Spivey, Katie Stanley, Marion McQueen, James Allen, Lynwood Prince and Cody Montgomery Lanier.
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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TODAY 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.
FRIDAY 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 CELEBRITIES: Actress Debbie Reynolds is 78. Country singer Jim Ed Brown is 76. Actor Don Hastings is 76. Blues singer Eddie King is 72. Actress Ali MacGraw is 72. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 62. Jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron is 61. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 60. Country singer Woody Lee is 42. Rapper-actor Method Man is 39. Movie directors Allen and Albert Hughes are 38. Political commentator Rachel Maddow is 37. Singer Bijou Phillips is 30. Actor Sam Huntington is 28. Country singer Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) is 26.
Almanac Today is Thursday, April 1, the 91st day of 2010. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fools’ Day. This day in history: On April 1, 1960, the first true weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched from Cape Canaveral. (TIROS stood for “Television Infrared Observation Satellite.”) In 1853, Cincinnati, Ohio, established a fire department made up of paid city employees. In 1918, the Royal Air Force was established in Britain. In 1933, Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses. In 1939, the United States recognized the government of Gen. Francisco Franco in Spain, the same day Franco went on radio to declare victory in the Spanish Civil War. In 1945, American forces launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II. In 1946, tidal waves struck the Hawaiian islands, resulting in more than 170 deaths. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a $1.85 billion emergency housing measure. In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after Jan. 1, 1971. In 1984, recording star Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay (cq) Sr. in Los Angeles, the day before his 45th birthday. (The elder Gay pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and received probation.)
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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.
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. for members and $15 for non-members. Registration is required and can be done by calling the Chamber office or visiting its Web site. Call (919) 775-7341 or visit www.sanford-nc.com. 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.
TUESDAY n The Lee County Horticulture Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 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
MONDAY n Candidates for the Lee County Board of Education will meet with local business leaders to discuss their goals for Lee County Schools at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Luncheon. The meeting will take place at 11:30 a .m. at Chef Paul’s. The price to attend is $10
Communities In Schools of Lee County presented Pfizer with a “Thank You” poster at the Teacher Resource Room on March 25. For over 15 years, Pfizer has donated lightly used office supplies and science ware to the Teacher Resource Room, a CIS Lee program. The Room, located on the Lee County High School campus, provides free classroom supplies to Lee County teachers. The poster was made by students in Dr. Mitchell’s parenting and childhood education classes. Pictured (left to right) are CIS Lee Board Chairman and Pfizer employee Kim Pritt, Pfizer employee Jared Stein, Pfizer employee Amy Butters, CIS Lee Program Director Laura Biediger, Pfizer employee Randy Johnson and two Lee County High School seniors.
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Herald election forum slated for April 12
SANFORD â€” 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 centerâ€™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. â€” from staff reports
Chamber education forum is Monday
SANFORD â€” Candidates for the Lee County Board of Education will meet with local business leaders to discuss their goals for Lee County Schools at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Luncheon on Monday. The meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Chef Paulâ€™s Restaurant in Sanford. Chamber members and the public are invited to attend this forum, designed to help them learn more about the candidates before election day on May 4. The price to attend is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Registration is required and can be done by calling the Chamber office at (919) 775-7341 or visiting its Web site at www. sanford-nc.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. â€” from staff reports
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org â€” from staff reports
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 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
Water interruption SANFORD â€” There will be a temporary interruption of water service due to construction beginning at 9 p.m. today through 4 a.m. Friday in the following areas: â?? Fields Drive from Central Drive to Washington Avenue â?? Vance Street from Crestview Street to Swan Street â?? All of Central Drive â?? All of James Street â?? All of Walden Street â?? All of Harrington Street â?? All of Somerset Street â?? All of Hooker Street Water pressure may be low and water may be discolored in the surrounding areas during this time. â€” from staff reports
College joins others in â€˜climate commitmentâ€™ pact By KATHERINE McDONALD Special to The Herald
SANFORD â€” Central Carolina Community College has joined two higher education sustainability leadership groups to improve the environment and fight global warming. The college, already a leader in environmentally friendly sustainability education, was the first North Carolina community college to become a signatory to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Educationâ€™s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System. On March 17, college President Bud Marchant signed the American College & University Presidentsâ€™ Climate Commitment. The document is a high-visibility effort to address global warming through institutional commitments to end or neutralize their greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide. â€œWe are recognized in many quarters as a leader, if not â€˜theâ€™ leader in many areas of green training technologies in North Carolina,â€? said CCCC President Dr. Bud Marchant. â€œWeâ€™ve been involved with sustainability for a number of years. By joining with other educational institutions in these goals, the college is showing weâ€™re committed to the green movement.â€? STARS is the first national effort to encourage sustainability practices at institutions of higher education. As a member, CCCC agrees to collect and publicly report information related to its sustainability efforts in education and research, operations, and planning, administration and engagement. STARS member institutions earn points for their sustainability accomplishments, such as reducing dependence on fossil fuels. They can earn a STARS sustainability leadership ranking at the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum level and receive a STARS logo with their ranking to display on their Web site and on print materials. So far, presidents of almost 700 colleges and universities across the United States have signed the ACUPCC. By signing, all have committed their institutions to leadership in the effort to improve the environment and fight
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Central Carolina Community College will soon have three new energy-efficient buildings, including the new Chatham Community Library (pictured) at its Chatham County Campus. The library is being built to receive, at least, the LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency and design from the U.S. Green Building Council. Completion is scheduled for the fall. ONLINE For more information on Central Carolina Community Collegeâ€™s sustainability programs, go to www.cccc.edu/ greencentral/and for more information on STARS, go to http://stars.aashe.org.
global warming. â€œColleges and universities must lead the effort to reverse global warming for the health and well-being of current and future generations,â€? said Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University and a founding member of the ACUPCC Leadership Circle. â€œOn behalf of all the signatories, I welcome President Marchant to the commitment. We are honored and pleased to have him join us.â€? The signatory institutions of the ACUPCCâ€™s Climate Commitment agree to make their campuses more environmentally sustainable and to address global warming with specific actions. Karen Allen, CCCC provost for Chatham County, said that working on the goals of both organizations at the college models the skills and practices that students are learning in the sustainability programs. STARS is a tool for the college to use to set benchmarks and work toward sustainability goals at its campuses and centers in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties, she said. It tracks specific sustainability achievements in programs and operations. The college and Chatham County are already constructing three new facilities in the county that will receive this certification or higher: the Sustainable Technologies
Classroom Building and the Chatham Community Library on the Chatham Campus, in Pittsboro, and the Siler City Center. The college is also looking forward to future construction of a LEED Silver certified classroom building in Lee County. Both STARS and the ACUPCC encourage member schools to offer green programs. The college started doing that back in 1996 with its first sustainable agriculture class, Allen said. It offers degrees in biofuels and sustainable agriculture and will have a sustainable technologies degree program in the fall. It also offers certificate programs in green building and renewable energy/ weatherization, ecotourism and Natural Chef culinary arts. Lauffer said that, as another example of the collegeâ€™s leadership, it has opened a state-ofthe-art laboratory under a contract with the State Weatherization Office for weatherization crew training in advanced diagnostics and residential energy efficiency. The ACUPCC requires signatory schools to do an inventory of greenhouse gases generated by the institution and its people through the use of electricity, heating/cooling, commuting and air travel. CCCC already has energy audits on a number of its locations and is develop-
ing a plan to gain a more comprehensive look at its greenhouse gas emissions. Marchant pointed out that greenhouse gases are produced even in such simple things as cutting the collegeâ€™s grass. The lawn mowers are powered by gasoline, a fossil fuel, which creates carbon dioxide and nitrogen in combustion. Allen said the college is working with Chatham Transit to develop a way for more students and employees to ride the bus to the Chatham County Campus and the Siler City Center, cutting down on the number of automobiles in use and the pollution they produce. â€œWeâ€™re at the center of a perfect storm,â€? Marchant said of the increased state and national concern for the environment and human impact on it. â€œItâ€™s become a priority â€“ if not the top priority â€“ at the state and national levels. Central Carolina Community College has been involved with sustainability for a number of years, so we are prepared to move forward with the goals of both the AASHE and the
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