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County Manager Crumpton to recommend BB&T’s financing proposal By CAITLIN MULLEN
OBAMA TOUTS JOBS REPORT IN CHARLOTTE President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a new government report showing the most jobs created in nearly three years. “We are beginning to turn the corner,” he told employees of a manufacturing plant in Charlotte that received government stimulus money
SANFORD — The Lee County Board of Commissioners will vote Monday on a financing plan for the estimated $19.5 million in renovations to Lee County High School. BB&T and Bank of America each submitted financing
proposals; Lee County Manager John Crumpton will recommend the board choose BB&T’s plan. Crumpton said he was worried about the finer details of the financing plans, but is relieved things have fallen into place. On the 15-year BB&T financing plan recommended by Crumpton, the county pays nothing until May 13, 2012, when
$540,000 is due. The county then pays increasingly more each year at a 6.4 percent taxable rate. By May 13, 2025, the county will have paid $19,980,000. The total net interest expense over the 15-year period will amount to $2,621,075. “We’re very pleased,” Crump-
See LCHS, Page 6A
Also on Monday n In addition to the financing plan, the Lee County Board of Commissioners will address changes to health insurance costs, appointments to boards/ commissions/committees and hold a public hearing on recommended capital improvements
‘Green Building’ Takes Shape
Skeleton in place Take with
Beth Guerrero & Sharon Lankford
Sanford Pottery Festival
Volunteers wanted for pottery fest This week, we Take 5 with Beth Guerrero and Sharon Lankford, who help coordinate volunteers for the annual Sanford Pottery Festival. This year’s festival is scheduled for May 1 & 2 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.
NATION ADDED MOST JOBS IN THREE YEARS The nation added jobs at the fastest pace in three years last month as factories, stores, hospitals and the census all brought workers on board — the surest sign yet that the worst employment market in a generation has finally snapped back
‘DYNASTY’ TYCOON FORSYTHE DEAD AT 92 John Forsythe, the handsome, smooth-voiced actor who made his fortune as the scheming oil tycoon in TV’s “Dynasty” and the voice of the leader of “Charlie’s Angels,” has died after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 92. Page 9A
Local REPORT: LOVE EFFECTIVE A report released Friday by a nonprofit research puts N.C. Rep. Jimmy Love in upper echelon of legislators Page 3A
Vol. 80, No. 77 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
Co-owner Charlene Ray signs the last beam to be placed on Sanford’s first “green” building on Friday off of Carthage Street. At right, workers place the final beam on the building Friday. The beam holds the American flag as well as a tree to represent no fatalities during construction. ASHLEY GARNER/ The Sanford Herald
Chatham County Courthouse Fire
Earl of Chatham lost in the rubble? By BILLY BALL
PITTSBORO — As crews dig out the rubble of the Chatham Court Courthouse, the question remains: What happened to the Earl of Chatham William Pitt? A portrait of the stately British politician, for whom the county and
Happening Today 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. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
Pittsboro are named, hung prominently behind the judge’s bench for decades at the historic courthouse. But when a fire ravaged the building last week, the fate of Pittsboro’s oldest statesman was shrouded in mystery. That mystery remained
Investigators continue to comb through the courthouse rubble in search of this painting of William Pitt.
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: How did you become involved with the SPF?
: Beth: My involvement with the Sanford Pottery Festival began through my employment with AK&K Corporation and Clyde Atkins. When Mr. Atkins and Don Hudson started the preliminary planning of the festival, Mr. Atkins asked if I would be interested in helping with the volunteers. The first two years I assisted the Volunteer Chairman then the third year became Volunteer Co-Chairman along with Sharon Lankford. Sharon: My involvement began after I attended the first festival. The excitement that year from exhibitors and attendees caused me to want to volunteer the second year. After that I was hooked and by the third year became Co-Chairman of the volunteers. Since working with Beth we have made the volunteer program less complicated.
See Take 5, Page 6A
More Weather, Page 10A
Sanford: Darrell Doby, 48; Berene McLeod, 79 Broadway: William Pulley, 80 Clinton: Mildred Anders, 75 Olivia: Patrick White, 71
Treasures like Eckerd Drugs and Cone Mills are slowly disappearing from our state
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
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 meeting scheduled for April 5 has been canceled due to a lack of business items.
Tuesday n The Moore County Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at the Commissioners Room in Carthage. 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: xxxx CELEBRITIES: Actress-singer Doris Day is 87. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is 80. Conservationist Dame Jane Goodall is 76. Actor William Gaunt is 73. Actor Eric Braeden is 69. Actress Marsha Mason is 68. Singer Wayne Newton is 68. Singer Billy Joe Royal is 68. Singer Tony Orlando is 66. Comedy writer Pat Proft is 63. Folk-rock singer Richard Thompson is 61. Country musician Curtis Stone (Highway 101) is 60. Blues singer-guitarist John Mooney is 55. Rock musician Mick Mars (Motley Crue) is 54. Actor Alec Baldwin is 52. Actor David Hyde Pierce is 51. Rock singer John Thomas Griffith (Cowboy Mouth) is 50. Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is 49. Rock singer-musician Mike Ness (Social Distortion) is 48. Rock singer Sebastian Bach is 42. Rock musician James MacDonough is 40. Olympic gold medal ski racer Picabo Street is 39.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Today is Saturday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2010. There are 272 days left in the year. This day in history: On April 3, 1860, the legendary Pony Express began carrying mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. (The delivery system lasted only 18 months, giving way to the transcontinental telegraph.) In 1865, Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va. In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Robert Ford, a member of James’ gang. In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, N.J. for the kidnap-murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr. In 1946, Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed by firing squad outside Manila. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed into law the Marshall Plan, designed to help European allies rebuild after World War II and resist Communism. In 1968, the day before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “mountaintop” speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers. North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks. In 1974, deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; more than 300 fatalities resulted. In 1990, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan died in suburban Los Angeles at age 66.
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.
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. to 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 An Aquatic Weed Management Worship will be held in the auditorium of the Chatham County Agriculture Building in Pittsboro from 7 to 9 p.m. To attend this workshop, people should preregister by either calling the Chatham County Center at (919) 542-8202 or by emailing jane_tripp@ ncsu.edu by April 7. There is a $5 registration fee to cover the cost of materials.
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THURSDAY 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
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,
Carlos Pascual-Jimenez, a second grader at Virginia Cross Elementary School, enjoys a family reading night activity.
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Census count of deployed in doubt FORT BRAGG (MCT) â€” About 15,000 Fort Bragg soldiers of the 18th Airborne Corps were deployed on Census Day on Thursday. Local and state officials have expressed concern that deployed soldiers might not be counted with the civilian communities where they are permanently stationed. Fort Bragg has about 6,000 soldiers in Iraq and 8,000 in Afghanistan, said Maj. Gen. Dan Allyn, the deputy commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps. About 1,000 Fort Bragg soldiers are still in Haiti in support of efforts to help the country recover from the Jan. 12 earthquake. The 2nd Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division remains in Haiti. Gov. Bev Perdue says large military deployments could hurt North Carolina and especially its military communities in the 2010 census and for the next 10 years. The governor is asking Gary Locke, the U.S. secretary of commerce, to use the last military base where the deployed service member was assigned as â€œthe first priority for counting deployed service members.â€? Her proposal would reverse the way deployed military personnel are counted in the census. Perdue said in a letter earlier this month that North Carolina had 41,200 service members deployed and that having those people not counted â€” or counted in other states â€” could cost North Carolina $641.5 million over the next 10 years. The 2010 census is the first since Fayetteville annexed Fort Bragg, and each additional person adds $1,625 a year in state and federal shared revenues, said Dale Iman, Fayettevilleâ€™s city manager. â€” The Fayetteville Observer
Blaze at chicken plant nearly destroys building MAXTON (AP) â€” Fire has ripped through a North Carolina plant for one of the countryâ€™s largest chicken processing companies. Multiple media outlets reported Friday that fire broke out just before midnight at the House of Raeford plant in Maxton, 85 miles south of Raleigh and near the
South Carolina state line. About 100 firefighters fought the fire. Investigators say a warehouse on the property was gutted. No injuries were reported. Live chickens are not kept at the plant, which processes chicken parts into products like chicken patties and chicken hot dogs.
Ex-Marine guilty in fatal game with gun JACKSONVILLE (AP) â€” A North Carolina jury has convicted a former Camp Lejeune Marine from Ohio after a deadly game with a loaded handgun that left his roommate dead. The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that 21-year-old Michael Everett Smith of Erie County, Ohio, was found guilty Thursday of second degree murder. Smith was sentenced to between eight and 10 and a half years in prison for the death of 19-year-old Bryan Thorkelson. Prosecutors persuaded jurors that Smith shot Thorkelson at their kitchen table during a Russian roulette-like game in which participants take turns pointing a handgun at each other. The game has been reported in Marine barracks in Afghanistan and Iraq. Smith was discharged from the Marine Corps after his arrest. He had served for about three years.
School says former worker stole public funds DURHAM (AP) â€” North Carolina financial investigators have been called in after the head of North Carolina Central University in Durham says he found evidence a former employee siphoned taxpayer money into a personal bank account. Multiple media outlets reported Friday that university chancellor Charlie Nelms says the money was taken from a program that has received more than $13 million from the state budget, federal and state grants, and private foundations. Nelms says an internal audit indicates the former director of the Historically Minority Colleges and Universities Consortium took â€œsubstantial funds.â€? He did not say how much was taken. No charges have been filed. The consortium helps minority children close the education achievement gap and is administered by the university.
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Parishioners from St. Stephen Catholic Church performed the â€œStations of the Cross,â€? the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus (played here by Freddie Hurtado) in honor of Good Friday and the Easter weekend.
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RALEIGH â€” N.C. Rep. Jimmy Love (D-Lee) ranked in the upper third of N.C. House members for effectiveness in the state legislature in 2009, according to a report released from a nonparisan research group Friday. In the report, released by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research, Love ranked 33rd out of 119 N.C. House members for effectiveness in 2009, up from 57th in 2007. â€œI worked hard this session and I am pleased with the results,â€? Love said. â€œI ranked better than some of the veterans up
there.â€? The report also stated that N.C. Sen. Bob Atwater (D-Chatham) ranked 28th out of the 50 members of the N.C. Senate, up from 34th in 2007 and 42nd in 2005. The effectiveness rankings were based on surveys completed by capital news reporters, registered lobbyists based in North Carolina and the legislators themselves. The three groups are asked to rate each legislator on committee participation, skills at guiding bills through the General Assembly, general knowledge and expertise in specific fields. In addition to the survey results, the report
found that Love only missed one of the 114 legislative days in 2009, ranking him just behind 21 House members who each had perfect attendance. Love said he missed the one day due to an illness in his family. The report also stated that Love cast ballots in 99.56 percent of the 1,375 votes held by the House in 2009, a fact he said he was most proud of from the report. â€œIâ€™m most pleased with my voting record,â€? he said. â€œIt shows that Iâ€™ve been on the job.â€? Atwater was present for 106 of the 112 legislative days the senate held in 2007. He cast ballots
Thousands of vets missing out on better benefits WILMINGTON (AP) â€” Only a fraction of wounded veterans who could get better benefits have applied in the two years since Congress, acting on concerns the military was cutting costs by downplaying injuries, ordered the Pentagon to review disputed claims. As of mid-March, only 921 vets have applied out of the 77,000 the Pentagon estimates are eligible,
according to numbers provided to The Associated Press by the Physical Disability Board of Review. The panel was created in 2008 but started taking cases in January 2009. More than 230 cases have been decided, about 60 percent in favor of improving the veteranâ€™s benefits, while an additional 119 case were dismissed as ineligible. Advocates and even the
board members themselves want the review panel to do a better job of getting the word out. â€œQuite frankly, I would like to see more opportunities for us to reach out to these people,â€? said Michael LoGrande, president of the three-member board that has a staff of 10. â€œBut we are doing the best we can with the limited people and resources we have.â€?
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LoGrande said the board is trying to reach eligible vets mainly through veterans groups. At issue are disability ratings based on an injuryâ€™s severity and longterm impact. Veterans rated below 30 percent disabled with less than 20 years of service receive a one-time severance payment instead of a monthly retirement check.
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in all 970 votes he was eligible for, tying for first overall with 14 other state senators. At least five of the 16 most effective Senators in 2009 have alread stepped down or are not running for relection. Most notably, Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand (DCumberland), who ranked 2nd onthe list, resigned in December to take an appointment by Gov. Beverly Perdue. President Pro-Tem Marc Basnight (D-Dare) topped the senate list for the ninth consecutive session. House Speaker Joe Hackney (D-Orange) topped the House list for the second-straight time.
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State personnel records should be open March 25 Winston-Salem Journal
orth Carolinians deserve to know more about the people who work for them. Sen. Phil Berger, an Eden Republican and the Senate minority leader, says he will file legislation in May that would open some public-employee personnel records. The bill would most likely end North Carolina’s run as one of the nation’s most secretive states with regard to employee records. Under current law, the public can find little about the work history of the people they employ in government jobs. Current salaries and titles are public but not salary and position histories. There’s no public right to see whether an employee has been disciplined or rated poorly in a
‘The current law ... can also protect people who abuse their positions and, sometimes, the people they are supposed to be serving.’ job evaluation. The state’s closed personnel records were a topic of considerable interest in the state’s media earlier in March. During Sunshine Week, which is dedicated to highlighting issues of government openness, McClatchy Newspapers reported on a number of cases in which closed records led to abuses in North Carolina governments. Berger is right when he says that the law must be changed. As it stands now, the public can’t determine whether employ-
ees who perform poorly or behave badly are being quietly moved from agency to agency to protect them from discipline or termination. The public is also kept in the dark regarding employees who are making quick moves up the salary and authority ladders. Sometimes those advancements have more to do with politics and nepotism than with performance. The current law protects more than the politically connected employee, however. It can also protect people who abuse their positions and, sometimes, the people they are supposed to be serving. The newspaper reports indicate that a former teacher who is now in prison got a new job even after she had been suspended by her previous district for “inappropriate contact” with a 15-year-old student. The school district that hired her
did not know of her past problems. By opening the state’s personnel records, the General Assembly would give the public and the press a better opportunity to find the people who are enjoying special privileges and accelerated advancements and, possibly, those who are abusing the system. The Legislature does not typically consider new legislation during its evennumbered sessions. But legislators must address political reform issues this spring in light of the scandals rocking Raleigh. An opening of state-personnel records to provide the information the public needs without abusing employees on truly personal matters would fit right into that effort. Legislators should heed Berger’s advice and open the records.
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achovia …going, going, gone. Wells Fargo is making their takeover a gradual one to ease the pain. But it’s all gone except the name, and it is fading away. It has happened before. Cannon towels. Ivey’s. Eckerd Drugs. Carolina Freight. Piedmont Airlines. McLean Trucking. Cone Mills. They are just a few of other great names have disappeared from our state’s landscape. It gives me a headache to think about it, which reminds me of other North Carolina names like B-C and Stanback that once represented prospering local businesses whose successes reached far beyond our state’s borders. There are other great North Carolina business names that still hang around even though the ownership and control has passed on to others, like Pepsi and Reynolds. We are proud of North Carolina businesses whose products and success become recognized across the country. They provided jobs for North Carolinians. So, as we lose those kinds of businesses, we are more open to the efforts of the governor and the rest of state government to persuade businesses to relocate or establish branches, manufacturing plants, distribution facilities, and film studios in North Carolina. We need the jobs and it is a big deal when the state loses any business. But when we lose a big-time, homegrown, home-owned business, it is a really big deal. Those North Carolina old “homegrown” businesses provided much more than jobs. Their founders and owners usually grew up or lived here. Often, they generously shared their wealth and their talents to make their communities and our state better. They provided leadership for community and statewide improvements in health, education, and infrastructure. They supported the kind of public investments that gave the state the building blocks to build a better economy and expanded opportunities for people to succeed. Thank goodness, North Carolina still has a host of homegrown businesses that give the state and its citizens good employment opportunities and a lot more. Belk, Duke Energy, Carolina Power, Lowe’s, Family Dollar, First Citizens, BB&T, VF, Harris Teeter, Lance, and others like them have been around a long time. They are rich treasures that are worth fighting hard to keep here. More recently companies like SAS and Quintiles have developed successful multinational businesses by building on a platform of talent, expertise, and intellectual resources gathered in the state’s universities. Having companies like SAS and Quintiles, the wealth they have created, the talents of their employees, and their support for the betterment of the state are assets that make other states envious.
Paying for ObamaCare
ith budget deficits, recession, and both chambers of the General Assembly up for grabs this fall, North Carolina voters have a lot to think about. But right now, it looks like the single-biggest factor shaping state politics will be the U.S. House vote to nationalize health care. Most North Carolinians didn’t want it. Most North Carolinians would have preJohn Hood ferred that Congress and the Obama adColumnist ministration focus on measures to enhance John Hood is president economic growth, rather than socking the of the John Locke Foundation economy in the jaw. Most North Carolinians motivated to come to the polls in November It’s become trite to say that this vote will want to hear how their elected offiis only the beginning of the health-care cials will repeal ObamaCare and replace it debate, not the end. But observations often with real health care reform that respects America’s traditions of federalism, individu- are trite because they are so obviously true. Since major portions of Obamacare don’t al liberty, and competitive markets. come into effect for several years, there’s They aren’t going to like what they hear plenty of time for repeal legislation — and from Democratic candidates. Liberals in any future Republican Congress and presiother states and in safe seats may feel good dent should feel entirely justified ignoring about what has happened in Washington. filibusters and other procedural roadblocks But many Democratic politicians in North to repeal, given the way Democrats have Carolina feel a sense of dread. They’re not handled the legislation. dumb. Congressional repeal won’t be the only Never before has Washington been so way for lovers of liberty to challenge Obamout of step with the country on a domestic aCare. More than a dozen state attorneys policy matter of such import. Never before general have filed a lawsuit to challenge the has Congress driven itself to such depths of constitutionality of the new federal manpublic disapproval for the sake of indulging date that all Americans do left-wing fanaticism. business with politically But once before, a ‘Until ObamaCare is favored health insurers. Democratic president did repealed, every time a State legislatures can also seek to nationalize health take a stand by authohealth insurer raises care through a complex rizing a constitutional array of new federal taxes premiums or denies a amendment to clarify that and regulations. Bill Clinclaim, Democrats will Congress has no power ton failed. His effort led be blamed.’ to intrude on the private to a Republican takeover health care arrangements of Congress, and of the of American citizens. North Carolina House. Until ObamaCare is repealed, every time But at least he failed, which meant that he a health insurer raises premiums or denies had room to change the subject and pivot to the center to save his presidency in 1996. a claim, Democrats will be blamed. As with the stimulus issue, Democrats will claim Barack Obama “succeeded,” and won’t be that things would have been worse without able to shed the issue in time for his reelectheir bill, but few will believe them. Ceteris tion campaign. paribus claims are hard enough to argue My anger at the House’s decision to dewhen they’re true. Theirs won’t be. stroy consumer-driven health care — inTired of hearing about health care? Sorry, cluding my own health plan — has been but it will be a dominant political issue for alternating with a different feeling, the one years to come, much to the Democrats’ you get when watching a slow-motion film of a car crash, or maybe an episode of Cops. regret — especially those running for competitive legislative seats in North Carolina. You want to yell, “Look out, you’re about They didn’t pass ObamaCare. But now to drive into a tree!” or “Dude, don’t bother they’re in the way of an angry electorate. telling the cop the weed isn’t yours, he’s not buying it!” But you know that it won’t make any difference. So you watch, openmouthed and, somewhat guiltily, entertained. Congressional leaders think that by shovJesus said, “You did not choose me, but ing this idiotic, unpopular bill down our I chose you and appointed you that you throats, they’ve finished the job. They keep should go and bear fruit.” (John 15:16 RSV) thinking the massive tree in front of them is PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, accept us for a mirage, or that the skeptical cop will buy Your service. Make us aware of our need to their nonsensical version of events. They’re dwell in Your presence as we seek to meet deluded. It’s sad but fascinating to watch. the needs of others. Amen.
Isn’t it reassuring that during a time of record unemployment that the federal government will do what’s necessary to ensure its growth? Up to 16,500 new IRS personnel will be needed to collect, examine and audit new tax information mandated on families and small businesses under the Democrats’ health care “reform”. In addition to more complicated tax returns, families and small businesses will be forced to reveal further tax information to the IRS, provide proof of ‘government approved’ health care and submit detailed sales information to comply with new excise taxes. This alone should have been enough for any member of Congress to just say NO. Bob Etheridge has consistently voted NO on health care reform legislation which would have reduced the cost of health insurance for small business owners and families who purchase their own health insurance. Here are just a few examples: In 1990, he voted NO on HR2990 which allowed taxpayers to create tax-exempt accounts for paying medical expenses (Medical Savings Accounts). The legislation allowed the full cost of health care premiums to be taken as a tax deduction for the self-employed and taxpayers who are paying for their own insurance. This was over 10 years ago! By the way, this legislation was sponsored by Republicans. In 2003, he voted NO on HR5 which would improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive defensive medicine burden the legal liability system placed on the health care delivery system. By the way, this legislation was sponsored by Republicans. In 2003, he voted NO on HR660 (Small Business Health Fairness Act) which permitted the creation of association health plans through which small companies could group together across state lines to buy insurance for their employees. By the way, this legislation was sponsored by the Republicans. In contrast, his voting record indicates he consistently votes YES on the expansion of big government. By voting YES on the Senate’s version of the Health Care bill last Sunday, he voted to open the doors to taxpayer-funded abortions and for the taxpayers of North Carolina to be on the hook for the special deals granted to the states of Louisiana, Nebraska, Florida, and Connecticut, as well as the increased state mandates for Medicaid expansion. Was it responsible to assume that the “reconciliation” process would remove these special deals? Why has the Democrat leadership in Raleigh been silent on all of this? In the first quarter of this fiscal year, state spending on Medicaid was $150 million over budget. Wait till North Carolina taxpayers get the Medicaid bill for ObamaCare! Linda Shook Chairman Lee County Republican Party n Mail letters to: Editor, The Sanford Herald, P.O. Box 100, Sanford, N.C. 27331, or drop letters at The Herald office, 208 St. Clair Court. Send e-mail to: email@example.com. Include phone number for verification.
Local Obituaries Darrell Doby SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Grady â€œDarrellâ€? Doby, 48, who died Monday (3/29/10), was conducted Friday at Moore Union Christian Church with the Rev. David Yarborough officiating. Eulogy was by Linda Doby. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pianist was Teresa Yarborough. Soloist was Blandon Chapman. The congregation also sang. Pallbearers were Brian Crissman, Mark Cole, Mark Thomas, Tony Craig, Danny Jackson, Bill Cole and Chase Johnson. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
Berene McLeod SANFORD â€” Berene D. McLeod, 79, of 414 Courtland Drive, died Friday (4/2/10) at his residence. Arrangements will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
Mildred Anders CLINTON â€” Mildred Hunter Anders, 75, of 1004 Bradshaw St., died Friday (4/2/10) in Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro. She was born in 1934 in Sampson County, daughter of the late Samuel Talmadge and Rosa Bell Bass Hunter. She was a member of the Piney Grove Baptist Church and a retired textile employee. She was the widow of Ellis Lee Anders. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rebekah Lynn Anders, and a brother, Franklin D. Hunter. She is survived by sons, Samuel Lee Anders and wife Angela of Clinton and Michael Ray Anders and wife Lynn of Wilson; a sister, Rosa Ellen H. Blier of Faison; six grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and other times at her home. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Piney Grove
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The Sanford Herald / Saturday, April 3, 2010 / 5A Caroline Kendall Kortner
STAMFORD, Conn. â€”Â Caroline Kendall Kortner, of Stamford, Conn., passed away peacefully on March 15, 2010 following a lengthy illness. Kendall was born July 21, 1970 in Greenwich, Conn., daughter of Mary Helen Nipper Kortner ,formerly of Sanford, and the late Coleman Keith Kortner Sr., of Cos Cob, Conn. and Dallas, Texas. Kendall was the granddaughter of the late Dan and Emmaline Caroline Bryant Nipper of Sanford. Her paternal grandparents were the late Alexander and Helen Kortner of Greenwich, Conn. and Delray Beach, Fla. She graduated from Greenwich High School and attended UNC-Chapel Hill. Along with her family, she was an avid fan of the Tar Heels; her father had attended UNC where he was on the football, track, and wrestling teams. She had a passion for reading, music, and animals and her greatest joy was time spent with her cats, Misty and Itty Bitty. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one brother, Coleman Keith Kortner Jr. and wife Kelly of Greenwich, Conn. and her one year old niece, Keeghan Grace Kortner. Her North Carolina relatives include one uncle, L.D. Nipper Jr., and aunt, Mrs. Jimmy Nipper (Mary Jo); cousins, Danny and Derek Nipper, Susan N. Barker and Wendy N. Hunter. The ashes of Kendall and her late father will be scattered together along the Connecticut seashore at a memorial service at a later date. At her familyâ€™s request, local memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Sanford, Renovation Fund, 202 Summit Drive, Sanford, N.C. 27330, in her memory and that of her â€œbeloved Uncle Jimmyâ€? who was an active member of the First Baptist Church.
RICHMOND, Va. â€” Robby Mae Staley, formerly of Sanford, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Richmond, Va. Mrs. Staleyâ€™s peaceful passing was just one week shy of her 97th birthday. Born in Memphis, Texas, Mrs. Staley grew up in Oklahoma. She spent most of her life in Northern Virginia before retiring to the Carolina Trace Golf Community in Sanford, N.C. for her final three decades. An avid golfer and gardener, Mrs. Staley brought grace and beauty to all her endeavors. Her love of entertaining and her generous spirit combined for a lifetime of wonderful memories. Mrs. Staley lived a long, happy life complete with a devoted husband, loving family and great friends. She is survived by her half sister, Joyce Davenport of Ada, Okla.; her daughter, Judy Dunnington of Richmond, Va.; seven grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. Mrs. Staley will be laid to rest alongside her husband, Glen Harland Staley, and her daughter, Linda Staley Veatch Holt. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 10, 2010 at Sudley United Methodist Church in Manassas, Va. Arrangements are by Woody Funeral Home.
Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Weeks and the Rev. Joel Story officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park. Flowers are welcome and memorials may be made to Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C. 27534. Arrangements are by Royal-Hall Funeral Home.
William Pulley BROADWAY â€” Memorial service for William Noel Pulley, 80, who died Monday, was conducted Friday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home with Apostle Reginald J. White, the Rev. Linda Pulley Freeman and the Rev. Glen Davis officiating. The family received friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. The beginning prayer and scripture was by Apostle Reginald J. White. The obituary was read by granddaughter, Daina Shreve. Remarks were by Wanda Carey, Reginald Leonard Pulley and Zachary and Vanessa Freeman. Eulogy was by daughter, Rev. Linda
Kenneth Parchman LILLINGTON â€” Kenneth Parchman died Wednesday (3/31/10). A resident of Harnett County, he was the son of the late Dewey and Annette Kinton Parchman and was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Parchman. He is survived by a daughter, Kalynn Parchman. The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday at Oâ€™QuinnPeebles Chapel with Pastor Hyung Kim officiating. Burial will follow at Union United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences can be made at www.oquinnpeebles.com. Arrangements are by
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A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m today at Olivia Presbyterian Church Cemetery in OlPatrick WhiteÂ ivia with the Rev. George OLIVIA â€” Patrick Walton officiating. Eugene White, 71, died Condolences may be Thursday (4/1/10) at made at www.millerboles. Central Carolina Hospicom. tal. Arrangements are Born on Aug. 14, 1938 by Miller-Boles Funeral in Harnett County, he was Home of Sanford. the first born child to the late George Patrick White James Carter and Annie Lee McNeill White. He is predeceased PITTSBORO â€” James by a brother, Kenneth Charles Carter, 76, died Harmon White. Wednesday (3/31/10) at He is survived by his UNC Hospitals. wife, Betty Lou Seawell He was born Feb. 19, White of Olivia; sons, 1934 in Chatham County, Wilbur Eugene White son of the late Henry and and Michael Anthony Maggie Murphy Carter . White and wife Jennifer, He is survived by of Olivia.; brothers, John his wife, Coleen Stone Wade White of Sanford Carter; sons, David and Thomas Woodrow Carter of Pittsboro, RonWhite of Ellerbe; sisters, nie Carter of Boone and Janice Ann Winchester of Ricky Carter; daughters, Monroe and Patricia Lee Kim Cogdell of Chapel Setzer of Sanford and two Hill, Tammy Sedellia grandchildren. of Pittsboro and Diane
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ton said. “It’s very low-cost borrowing for the county.” The county will use three different types bonds: Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, Qualified School Construction Bonds and Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds, with $6,677,688 issued in QSCBs, $4,000,000 issued in QZABs and $9,302,312 issued in RZEDBs. The amount borrowed through the RZEDBs will be reduced if bids for the
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Friday, according to county spokeswoman Debra Henzey, although the prospect of finding Pitt in salvageable form seemed unlikely. The area behind the judge’s bench was one of the hardest hit when a soldering iron used for renovation work inadvertently touched off a blaze last Thursday, toppling the wall that once held Pitt aloft. Workers were gradually toiling in the structure to remove items through the week, piling up burned rubble outside of the courthouse, but had not made it to Pitt’s presumed location by Friday. “I am not optimistic, but there could be miracles,” Henzey said. The art, which hangs today in the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, was a copy of the portrait British painter William Hoare created for Pitt circa 1754, capturing the thin-faced English statesman sitting in his dress robes. Chatham County native the late Anne Taylor Nash painted the duplicate and its unveiling was described as “impressive” in a Feb. 23, 1961, copy of The News & Observer. County commis-
construction project are less than the estimated $19.5 million, Crumpton said. The payment plan was set up so that the quartercent sales tax — passed through a referendum in November 2009 — would cover yearly payments, he said. The tax, which will take effect July 1, applies to non-essential items, so groceries, gas, utilities and prescription drugs are exempt. Crumpton said he hopes the community attends the public hearing and supports the decision made by the county board. The Local Government
Commission requires the county hold a public hearing specifically for the borrowing proposals, Crumpton said. He’ll provide an explanation of the financing plans and answer questions for the commissioners before allowing those in attendance to make comments. The county will vote to award a financing packet and determine whether borrowing is necessary. “We’re pleased with how it all worked out with the quarter-cent sales tax,” Crumpton said. “We’ll be able to borrow this money for 15 years without any property tax increase.”
sioners paid $500 for the painting and what was then the Chatham County Historical Society spent $130 on a frame for the 40 inches by 50 inches portrait, the article said. Walter Harris, a member of the board of directors of today’s Chatham County Historical Association, said the duplicate has one notable difference from Hoare’s original. In it, Pitt is facing the opposite direction. “We’re just hoping that it slipped down the wall, that it might have been knocked down and was not severely damaged,” Harris said. Historical Association members had a pleasant surprise earlier this week when they foraged for preserved artifacts in the courthouse’s museum. The museum, which sat in the southwest corner of the courthouse, suffered the least damage in the building, leaving behind smoky but otherwise intact documents and historical treasures. Other parts of the courthouse, like the offices of Chatham County District Attorney Jim Woodall and Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour, were largely destroyed. “We were very fortunate,” Harris said of the
museum. The luck may have run out when it comes to Pitt’s portrait. Pitt’s legacy is wellburnished. He is portrayed as the shrewd English statesman who urged British action in the French and Indian War as Europeans and Native Americans clashed for control of the continent. Other accounts cast him as one of the most prominent English politicians of the 18th century with an affinity for the “common man,” evidenced by his refusal to accept a formal title in the government for much of his life until he was named Lord Privy Seal in 1766, twelve years before his death. Pitt’s son, known as William Pitt the Younger, went on to serve as prime minister of England. Harris said many noted former Chatham County Commissioner Patrick Barnes’ resemblance to Pitt. “It was always fun to sit there at a county commissioner meeting and look at him and look at Patrick and say, ‘Gee, he’s back,’” Harris said. Henzey said the county will just have to wait to see if the distinguished Mr. Pitt survived the courthouse disaster. “We would really still like to have him,” she said. “I used to wave at him every now and then.”
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: What’s the experience working with volunteers been like? : Beth: It has been a very rewarding experience for me as I have met many people of Lee County I would not have otherwise. The talent and skill of our volunteers have been very helpful before, during and even after the festival. As Sharon just said, we’ve made volunteering much easier. People show up. We give them their job assignments and everything is broken down so that volunteers can go right to work. Our volunteers tend to be friendly people with a great deal of pride in our community. Being effective ambassadors for Sanford and Lee County comes naturally to them. Sharon: Very positive. The festival would not be possible without volunteers. We have approximately 150 positions to fill for the two days. We are able to do this because many of our volunteers work more than one shift. Some work all four shifts. Our volunteers are kind, gracious and willing to do anything we ask from selling tickets to directing traffic. When we needed our volunteers to be identified, we bought bright orange safety vests. Sharon Morris, a volunteer, designed a logo that said “NEED HELP? – ASK ME.” After the logo was stenciled on, other volunteers colored in the letters. This is the type of volunteers Lee County has to offer.
: What can you say about the volunteer spirit at the event? Any particular stories or memories stand out?
: The SPF has the most friendly, caring, smiling, and helpful volunteers that we have met at a festival. It doesn’t matter if its rain (and there has been much of that) or shine, their arrival is as fresh as the spring. Some of our volunteers team-up as a group for their assignments such as the Clerk of Court girls, the Grace and Lee Christian teachers, co-workers, husband and wife teams, the Lee and Grace Christian Beta Clubs and others requesting being assigned with volunteers met the year before. Margie Thompson has chosen to always be in “exhibitor relations” in the civic center since our first year. Her pleasant,
Beth Guerrero and Sharon Lankford help coordinate volunteers for the annual Sanford Pottery Festival. The are still looking for help with this year’s event, which will take place on May 1 and 2 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. soft-spoken voice lets the exhibitors know that she wants to be of service to them. If you see her moving about in her orange vest with the words “Need Help?” printed on the back – that is exactly what Margie truly wants to know. The first year, we needed an anchorman who could help us with pulling men into the volunteer positions and Clyde Atkins steered me in the direction of Roy Utley. Mr. Atkins stated that Roy could help me in any way. In all the years since not only has Mr. Utley (who has passed away since) helped but also his son, Paul and wife Rhonda and then their children Paul, Clay and Catherine. Three generations of Utleys have made our jobs very easy. Other stories: n A lady from Connecticut, visiting in Fayetteville whose flight was to leave out of Raleigh on Saturday, got delayed until Sunday night. She drove to Sanford to be closer to Raleigh, checked into a local motel and saw the advertising of the festival and was able to attend Sunday. She couldn’t express enough her excitement in being able to attend. n Four women flew down from New York with plans of attending both days of the festival. To keep the time interesting, two would play table games under the food tent for a couple of hours while the other two shopped, then they would meet, show their purchases, tell where some exhibitors were and switch places for another couple of hours. They said this way they were able to see all at the festival and not miss booths or be rushed. n One lady each from Pennsylvania, Raleigh, Sanford and Charlotte comprise what has come to be known as the “Pennsylvania Posey.” The PA Posey works as a group but very individually – by that we mean they perform any and all assignments, sometimes being in two places at once (yes, for them that’s possible). While volunteering there is a little time for their festival shopping also. They have volunteered every year so far. n In 2004 a freshman at Lee Senior High School became a volunteer. This always smiling and helpful Drew Womble has continued volunteering each year since for the entire festival weekends and has become our “Go To” volunteer for anything needed.
: What should volunteers expect from their experience? What kind of work is expected from them?
: Sharon: A sense of community service and the feeling that their time is well spent and greatly appreciated.
Our exhibitors constantly express their gratitude for the volunteers. There is no way that I could mention the names of all the volunteers that have helped since 2002. The festival would not be possible without the many hours of their service. Beth: They can expect to met and make great friends with our other volunteers as well as receive a sense of pride in showing festival attendees what the SPF has to offer with all its hand-crafted wares, pottery, food, book sale, raku making and more. The volunteer assignments range from selling tickets at one of the four ticket gates giving instructions of where to drop their registration forms off for the cash drawing, checking in volunteers as they arrive for their shifts, selling T-shirts, posters and festival items, being an exhibitor relation person in the civic center and the outside tents by giving assistance to the festival exhibitors (getting their lunch or manning their booths for brief breaks) relieving other volunteers keeping food table clean under the food tent and directing traffic.
: What do prospective volunteers need to do at this point, a month away from the event?
: Just call Beth at (919) 776-4351 and let her know that you want to join in on the fun, work and festival experience and your assignment will be given. Volunteers will receive free admission and a 25 percent discount coupon for purchases of D.K. Clay Pottery at the festival or “Northstate Stoneware” at Tramway. About Sharon and Beth: Sharon and husband, Cary, moved to Carolina Trace in 1998 after living in nine other states. They have two children and three grandchildren who reside in the Northeast. The Lankfords live in New Hampshire six months of the year. When asked why she volunteers, her reply is that her parents set the “gold standard” for volunteerism; they always said that volunteering is your way of paying back for what others have done before you. Beth is a native Lee Countian who grew up in a family of eight girls and two boys on a farm. She has worked with Clyde Atkins for 32 years. She and husband Rufus have one daughter, Emilia, who is fresh out of college. The SPF atmosphere reminds her of the county fair as a child with its many colors, many attendees and good food. Beth’s mother instilled a tradition of caring, helping, sharing and enjoying with all people that you meet, she said, thus her experience with the festival volunteers tends to be “like one big happy family.”
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Obama welcomes jobs report in visit By PHILIP ELLIOTT
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CHARLOTTE â€” President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a new government report showing the most jobs created in nearly three years. â€œWe are beginning to turn the corner,â€? he told employees of a manufacturing plant that received government stimulus money. Steps taken by the government â€œhave broken this slide and are helping us to climb out of this recession,â€? Obama said several hours after the Labor Department reported that businesses added 162,000 jobs to their payrolls in March. Even so, the Labor Department report was a mixed one. The overall unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.7 percent, where it has been stuck since January. And 48,000 of the new workers filled temporary government-created Census Bureau positions. Some 8.4 million jobs have evaporated since the recession began in December 2007. â€œThatâ€™s a staggering sum,â€? the president acknowledged, saying, â€œweâ€™re still going through a hard time.â€? But he chose to emphasize the job-creation component of the report. â€œIâ€™ve often had to report bad news during the course of this year, as the recession wreaked havoc on peopleâ€™s lives. But today is an encouraging day. We learned that the economy actually produced a substantial number of jobs instead of losing a substantial number of jobs,â€? he said. He spoke at a Celgard LLC factory, which received a $49 million grant from the U.S. Energy Department last August. The
President Barack Obama talks about jobs during a forum at Celgard, Inc. in Charlotte Friday. company makes hightech battery components, including membranes used in advanced lithium batteries The president said the grant was creating nearly 300 direct jobs for the company and more than 1,000 jobs for its contractors and suppliers. He also pledged that a new emphasis on oil and gas drilling will not undercut alternative energy work. Taking questions from the audience, Obama was asked whether his decision earlier in the week to open the door to offshore oil and gas drilling would hurt development of alternative energy sources. He said it wouldnâ€™t, and that there was room for both.
â€œWe canâ€™t drill our way out of this problem,â€? he said. Obama said a top priority remains improving energy efficiency and promoting clean energy. But during the transition, he said, the nation needs to find ways to use traditional energy sources in the â€œmost efficient and most environmentally friendly ways.â€? Reversing two decades of policy, Obama earlier in the week voiced support for lifting drilling bans off the southern Atlantic coastline, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and in parts of Alaska. Associated Press writer Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this report.
CHARLOTTE (AP) â€” While President Barack Obama touted green-energy jobs and the overhaul of Americaâ€™s health care system, tea party groups upset with his policies protested his visit Friday to a North Carolina factory that makes rechargeable batteries. Protesters holding anti-Obama signs lined a busy street leading the Celgard LLC factory, which received a $49 million grant from the U.S. Energy Department last August. Among other things, the plant manufactures membranes used mainly in lithium batteries. High Point businessman Larry Davidson said the health care reform package will ruin what he called â€œthe best health care system in the world.â€? â€œItâ€™s the end of health care as we know it,â€? said Davidson, 59. â€œHe just rammed it down everyoneâ€™s throat. It was wrong. He didnâ€™t listen to the people.â€? His friend, Dr. James McGukin, agreed. â€œItâ€™s amazing what was done behind closed doors,â€? said McGukin, 52, a cardiologist. â€œIâ€™m telling you that many doctors are going to quit rather than deal with a socialist health care system. The changes are bad for doctors. Bad for the American people. This is socialism. Obama is not a leader, heâ€™s a dictator.â€? Obama toured the Celgard plant to promote green energy jobs. During his visit, he answered questions from factory workers, including one about the health care overhaul.
Former N.C. gov candidate sued by ex-employee WILMINGTON (AP) â€” A former manager at a waste hauling company owned in part by a former North Carolina gubernatorial candidate has sued for wrongful termination. The StarNews of Wilmington reported Friday a lawsuit on behalf of Michael McKeithan was filed Thursday in state court against former state Sen. Patrick Ballantine, three business partners and Waste Hauling Services. Ballantine won the Republican nomination for governor in 2004 but lost to Democrat Mike Easley. McKeithan alleges Ballantine fired him in January without telling him Waste Hauling Services had been sold to another firm. The ex-employee said he never received a share of sale proceeds due him and Ballantine inflated the amount of trash the company dumped for customers. Ballantine didnâ€™t return a phone call at his home Friday seeking comment.
Feds: BofA worker planned malicious code for ATMs RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) â€” A Bank of America Corp. employee plotted to deploy malicious computer code within the companyâ€™s systems so that ATM machines would dispense cash without any record of a transaction, federal prosecutors allege in court documents. Rodney Reed Caverly was tasked with maintaining and designing computer systems at the bank, including computers that conducted ATM transactions. Prosecutors in the western district of North Carolina said he to use computer code within the companyâ€™s protected computers so that the ATMs
would make fraudulent disbursements. Caverly was able to obtain more than $5,000 during a seven-month period in 2009, prosecutors allege. The details of Caverlyâ€™s case were filed on Thursday in a â€œbill of informationâ€? document, which typically signals that a plea deal is forthcoming. An attorney for Caverly, Christopher Fialko, declined to comment. Federal prosecutors didnâ€™t return a phone call. Shirley Norton, a spokeswoman with Bank of America, said the bank officials detected the problem with their internal controls and turned the case over to authorities. â€œThe fraud here was against the bank,â€? she said. â€œThe customer accounts were never at risk.â€?
Judge: BB&T must rehire whistleblower RALEIGH (AP) â€” BB&T Corp. must rehire a former company investigator who says she was fired after exposing a $100 million North Carolina development scam, an administrative law judge said in a ruling released Friday. Judge Jeffrey Tureck said in his decision that Amy Stroupe should be reinstated to her position with back pay because of protection afforded by whistleblower laws. Stroupe said that she hopes to return to the job. â€œI feel so happy and vindicated,â€? she said. â€œThis has been an almost three-year ordeal. Itâ€™s been tough. I feel so happy that the judge was able to see the truth in all this.â€? Cynthia Williams, a BB&T spokeswoman, said the company believes the ruling is erroneous and does not accurately reflect what occurred. â€œBB&T adamantly denies doing anything wrong and will be filing an appeal in this matter,â€? she said.
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