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DEEP RIVER SHOOTOUT
Fun for all gauges
Couple arrested for sex crimes Police allege live-in boyfriend molested child for 5-6 years
SOUTHERN LEE BATTLES WESTERN HARNETT
The Cavaliers faced off with Cape Fear Valley Conference rivals Western Harnett on the diamond Tuesday
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THE COMPETITION For those who understand the difference between a 20 gauge and a 12 gauge, or what it means to use a “hammer” or go “hammerless,” the Spring Classic
SANFORD — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Sanford couple Sunday following an investigation into the long-running molestation of an 11-year-old child. Investigators arrested 44year-old Aaron Scott Earnshaw of 1832 Rice Road in Sanford for allegedly molesting the child over a five- to sixyear period. The child’s mother, 45-year-old Earnshaw Kathleen Mary Morin, was involved in a live-in relationship with Earnshaw and was arrested as well. The Sheriff’s Office Morin was notified of a reported sexual assault Friday when the child stayed over at another individual’s house for the weekend, said Capt. Jeff Johnson. Earnshaw is charged with a first-degree sexual offense, attempted sex offense by a parental role and taking indecent liberties with a child. Morin faces charges of misdemeanor child abuse stemming from allegations that she
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General Manager of Deep River Sporting Clays Homer Godfrey (left), and President Bill Kempffer stand inside a target tower on Tuesday. The Southern Side by Side Spring Classic kicks off Friday and will last through Sunday.
10th annual shooting competition in Deep River expected to draw hundreds from around the world By BILLY LIGGETT firstname.lastname@example.org
DEPT. OF EDUCATION REVERSES BUSH POLICY
The U.S. Department of Education is repealing a Bush-era policy that some critics argue was a way to avoid complying with federal law in providing equal opportunities for female athletes Page 13A
STEVENS IS SECOND S.C. JUDGE TO REACH 90 Until Tuesday, Oliver Wendell Holmes was the only American who fit that description. Now, John Paul Stevens becomes the second Supreme Court justice to mark his 90th birthday on the court Page 12A
SANFORD – It’s likely the only event in Sanford that uses more “clay” than the pottery festival, and it’s certainly the only one that draws hundreds from around the world each year to the area. The 10th annual Southern Side-by-Side Spring Classic at Deep River Sporting Clays near Moncure begins Friday and culminates with the championship main event Sunday. Last year, the competition drew 1,400 competitors and 1,900 total through the game, according to DRSC owner Bill Kempffer, and this weekend, he expects the crowds to equal or top that number. “We’ll have more exhibitors than we’ve ever had,” said Kempffer, who was busy Tuesday getting the fa-
WANT TO GO? n For a complete schedule of events planned for this weekend at Deep River Sporting Clays, turn to Page 7A n Also, the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Business After Hours” event to help kick off the competition from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.sanford-nc.com or call 775-7341
cilities ready for the throngs of gun enthusiasts and hunters who flock to Central North Carolina to compete against some of the world’s best. Sponsored each year by Atkin, Grant and Lang, the London-based worldreknowned gun and rifle makers, the Spring Classic draws an impressive crowd of European shooters each year because, as Kempffer puts it, “they love the Southern hospitality.” “The main reason they come is because it’s a very American event,” he said.
“We celebrate tradition here, and they love being a part of it. Many stay in hotels in Sanford, Apex or Cary … and those that stay in Sanford tell me they love it. The Europeans refer to Sanford as a very warm and friendly ‘village.’”
ELECTION 2010: LEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Bonardi: I can jump in from Day 1 Former member cites past success on board
By CAITLIN MULLEN
PERDUE UNVEILS HER STATE BUDGET CHANGES Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue proposed Tuesday that legislators trim another 2 percent in state spending from North Carolina’s government budget for the coming year in part by eliminating or reducing dozens of programs and requiring cash-strapped local school districts to make even further reductions Page 10A
TO INFORM, CHALLENGE AND CELEBRATE
Vol. 80, No. 93 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
SANFORD — John Bonardi Jr. wants to make sure the Lee County Board of Education knows who has to eat the school lunch. When his son Caleb, a junior at Southern Lee High School, learned of his dad’s interest in running for school board again, he told Bonardi to do something about the lunches. Bonardi explained to his son that the lunches have to follow nutritional standards set by those at the state and federal level, and Caleb replied, “Yeah, but they don’t have to eat it!” Bonardi agreed, and has made that mindset part of his campaign for a seat on the board.
HAPPENING THURSDAY n The Shakori Hills Grass-
Roots Festival of Music and Dance will hold its annual spring festival on 72 farmland acres at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Silk Hope. For more information and ticket prices, visit www. shakorihills.org. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
Throughout the week, The Herald will profile (in alphabetical order) the seven candidates vying for three open seats on the Lee County Board of Education. The schedule: o April 18: Mark Akinosho o Tuesday: Dana Wicker Atkins o Today: John Bonardi o Thursday: Shannon Gurwitch o Friday: Kim Lilley o Saturday: Ellen Mangum o Sunday: Linda Smith
“That’s with any matter. Any decision that the board makes, the students and the staff have to live with it,” he
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John Bonardi is seeking his second stint on the Lee County Board of Education.
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Sanford: Frank Miller, 81 Broadway: Paul Gillis, 48 Anderson Creek: Elizabeth Harris, 16 Cameron: Jimmy Sellers, 64
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FACES & PLACES
n The 4-H Community Garden program is still looking for families or individuals interested in learning how to become a successful gardener. Monthly educational workshops will be held and raised bed garden plots will be available at the Extension Center for all those who want to participate. The workshops will be held on the third Tuesday of the month from April through September at 6:30 p.m. Call Bill Stone at (919) 775-5624 before April 20th to get more information.
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Oscar Oscar is a two-year-old male black and white Domestic Medium Hair. In addition to being a handsome and charming boy, he has turned out to be quite the lover-boy. Oscar is friendly (especially once you show him you care) and playful and gets along well with other cats. He enjoys his naps (don’t all cats?) and is reliably litter box trained. Please stop by and get to know this wonderful kitty that is in search of his furr-ever home. Oscar is current on vaccines and preventatives, FeLV and FIV negative, micro chipped and neutered. See CARA’s website (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, NC 27330 is a 501(c) non-profit, volunteer organization that operates on individual and corporate donations and fund raising proceeds. To learn more about CARA (new volunteers welcome) visit us Tue., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Thursdays 4-8 p.m. (Closed Sun and Mon). Please call 774-9433 before coming.
On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY n The Lee County Voluntary Agriculture District Agriculture Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. in the Family and Consumer Sciences Laboratory at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. n The Harnett County Board of Education will hold a work session/training session at 8:30 a.m. at the Superintendent’s Office in Lillington. n The Moore County Social Services board will meet at 3 p.m. at the DSS Board Room in Carthage. n The Lee County Board of Health will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center in Sanford.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Kiyah Kelly, Jocelyn Reneae Trusell, Latoria Snipes, Mackenzie Quinn Perry, Cassidy Lynn Stacy, Gwen Brown, Lakeshia Wilson, Wendy Bryan, Trevor Scott Stone, Christopher Key, Lindsey Gill and Dilthra Swann. CELEBRITIES: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is 84. Actor Charles Grodin is 75. Singermusician Iggy Pop is 63. Actor Tony Danza is 59. Actress Andie MacDowell is 52. Rock singer Robert Smith (The Cure) is 51. Comedian Nicole Sullivan is 40. Rock musician David Brenner (Theory of a Deadman) is 32. Actor James McAvoy is 31.
n The Lee County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. to consider entering into one or more installment financing agreements for the purpose of paying the costs of renovating and improving exiting facilities and constructing and equipping an addition to Lee County High School. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners’ Room, First Floor, Lee County Government Center, 106 Hillcrest Drive, Sanford. n The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance will hold its annual spring festival. The festival will feature more than 50 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large dance tent and an intimate cabaret tent. Located on 72 farmland acres at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Silk Hope. The festival also features local crafts, food, various children’s activities, environmental sustainability workshops and more. For more information and ticket prices, visit www.shakorihills.org.
FRIDAY n The Southern Side by Side Championship & Exhibition Spring Classic will be held at Deep River Sporting Clays. Directions: from U.S. Route 1, take the Deep River Road exit (Exit 78). Turn east at stop sign. Turn right onto Lower Moncure Road; follow for 3-1/4 miles. Turn left on Cletus Hall Road. Range is 1/4 mile on right. n An International Photography show will be held in conjunction with ART3, the annual art walk and wine-tasting fundraiser for Temple Theatre. This year’s event will feature international wine and treats, art to enjoy and bid on, music and entertainment, all in downtown Sanford from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A contribution of $25 in advance or $30 at the door reserves a “glass passport.” For advance reservations, call the Temple Theatre at 774-4155. n Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn blankets and chairs, purchase dinner from a downtown restaurant and enjoy a movie under the stars every Friday night at Depot Park (106 Charlotte Avenue) this spring. These family-friendly movies are free and open to the public; movies start at 8 p.m. For further details please contact DSI at (919) 775-8332, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.downtownsanford. com. This week’s movie is “The Cat from Outer Space.” n The Truck and Tractor Pull in Silk Hope begins at 5 p.m., and the pull starts at 7:30.
Norman C. Post III (second from left) stands with the Honorable Judge Jim Love Jr. (left) Clerk of Superior Court Susie Thomas and Sheriff Tracy Carter after Post was sworn in as an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina. 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. n The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance will hold its annual spring festival. The festival will feature more than 50 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large dance tent and an intimate cabaret tent. Located on 72 farmland acres at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Silk Hope. The festival also features local crafts, food, various children’s activities, environmental sustainability workshops and more. For more information and ticket prices, visit www.shakorihills.org.
SATURDAY n The Southern Side by Side Championship & Exhibition Spring Classic will be held at Deep River Sporting Clays. Directions: from U.S. Route 1, take the Deep River Road exit (Exit 78). Turn east at stop sign. Turn right onto Lower Moncure Road; follow for 3-1/4 miles. Turn left on Cletus Hall Road. Range is 1/4 mile on right. n The Central Carolina Antique Power and Equipment Club will hold its fifth annual Plow Day and Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thomas Farms, 3800 Lee Ave. in Sanford. Free event and free parking. See tractor, plow and antique vintage equipment demonstrations. Food and refreshments available. n The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance will hold its annual spring festival. The festival will feature more than 50 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large dance tent and an intimate cabaret tent. Located on 72 farmland acres at 1439 Henderson Tanyard
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SUNDAY n The Southern Side by Side Championship & Exhibition Spring Classic will be held at Deep River Sporting Clays. Directions: from U.S. Route 1, take the Deep River Road exit (Exit 78). Turn east at stop sign. Turn right onto Lower Moncure Road; follow for 3-1/4 miles. Turn left on Cletus Hall Road. Range is 1/4 mile on right.
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Road in Silk Hope. The festival also features local crafts, food, various children’s activities, environmental sustainability workshops and more. For more information and ticket prices, visit www.shakorihills.org. n The Deep River Park Bicycle and Canoe Event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Deep River Park. n Central Carolina Community College offers a High-Tech/High-Touch Bioprocessing Technology Workshop for middle school students and their parent/adult mentors. The workshop, sponsored by the college’s Engineering Department, takes place 9 a.m. to noon in Room 9221 of the Science Building on the Lee County Campus, 1105 Kelly Drive in Sanford. The workshop includes an overview of bioprocessing, extracting DNA from fruit and separating dyes from grape soda. Registration is $12 per pair. Reserve your space by calling Virginia Brown at (919) 718-7347. n The Chatham County NAACP Branch #5377 is holding its Mother of the Year Banquet starting at 4 p.m. at the Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), Pittsboro Campus, in the Multipurpose Room. Timothy Tyson, Ph.D., renowned author of Blood Done Sign My Name, will be at the banquet. For more information, contact Mary Nettles, Eastern Branch NAACP President, at (919) 542-7182. n The Truck and Tractor Pull in Silk Hope begins at 5 p.m., and the pull starts at 7.
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Almanac Today is Wednesday, April 21, the 111th day of 2010. There are 254 days left in the year. This day in history: On April 21, 1910, author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn., at age 74. In 1509, England’s King Henry VII died; he was succeeded by his 17-year-old son, Henry VIII. In 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States. In 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence. In 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the “Red Baron,” was killed in action during World War I.
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AROUND THE AREA HARNETT COUNTY
Western Harnett teen killed near Lillington
LILLINGTON â€” A Spring Lake teen is dead following a car crash in western Harnett County Monday afternoon, the N.C. Highway Patrol said. Elizabeth Ann Harris, 16, of the Anderson Creek community in Spring Lake, died after losing control in a curve on Docâ€™s Road near Lillington, striking a van and overturning, said First Sgt. Tim Baldwin of the Highway Patrol. Harris, who was wearing her seat belt, died instantly Harris from the impact despite the deployment of her vehicleâ€™s airbags, Baldwin said. â€œIt was unsurvivable, the impact was so tremendous,â€? he said. â€œ... It just crushed her vehicle.â€? Baldwin said Harris, a student at Western Harnett High School, had just left school and was traveling 64 mph in a 55 mph zone. He said her car wheels dipped off the right side of the road and she overcorrected, swerving to the left of the center line and into the path of a van. Harris was driving a fourdoor 2008 Ford car, and the other driver, 45-year-old Terry Andrew Keith of Cameron, was traveling in a full-size Chevrolet van. Keith was treated and released shortly afterwards from Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford. Harrisâ€™ body was taken to Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn. Baldwin said Harris had stopped to visit her mother, a teacher at Western Harnett Middle School, just before the accident and her mother was traveling just minutes behind her on Docâ€™s Road. He said Harrisâ€™ mother drove up on the scene of the crash. â€” By Billy Ball
Sharpe Store Music hosts first meeting
SILER CITY â€” Sharpe Store Music, a 12 month-old non profit, will celebrate its first annual meeting Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in a dining room at Dry Dock Seafood Restaurant in Siler City. The
organization was formed to promote old time string music and to honor the memory of store owner Reno Sharpe. For more than 10 years, musicians have played Bluegrass music on the third Saturday of each month and for fewer years they have played Gospel music on the first Saturdays with open jam sessions open to all acoustic musicians. During its first year, the organization has built a stage on the store grounds, began music lessons in February to 28 students in beginning guitar, banjo and fiddle, and accomplished several renovation projects on buildings on the grounds. In addition, to the bands and annual celebration in August, the group will hold a graduation ceremony for the students followed by concerts by two wellknown bluegrass bands May 15 following the regular jam session at the store. Food will be available from a variety of vendors on site. Additional music lessons are planned for a short summer session and a 12-week fall session will start after the school year begins with both advanced and beginning lessons planned.
Boys & Girls ask council for $50K By BILLY BALL firstname.lastname@example.org
SANFORD â€” The local Boys & Girls Club may be in trouble, but Sanford city officials are reluctant to come to the rescue. The Sanford City Council tabled a request Tuesday to allot $50,000 to the budget-wracked Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford and Lee County, citing concerns about the precedent that would be set if government officials begin picking up the tab for struggling nonprofits. â€œI donâ€™t think we can fund all nonprofits because thatâ€™s a quagmire of great people looking to do great things,â€? said Councilman Leopold Cohen. â€œBut I donâ€™t think this is what this council is
Board seeks input on relocation of historic homes PITTSBOROâ€”Chatham County has invited public comment through May 15 on the potential relocation of three historic houses in Pittsboro. The county will have to remove the homes due to the construction of the new Judicial Center. The USDAâ€™s Rural Development is considering a county application for funding to help cover some costs of the Judicial Center and requires the county to get public input on the projectâ€™s impact on these historic properties since they are located in the Pittsboro Historic District. To reduce the potential impact on the Historic District, Chatham County will work with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources and the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure that any move of the homes is within the requirements of the Secretary of the Interiorâ€™s standards. Final plans and specifications for the three homes will be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office for review and approval.
involved in the Boys & Girls Clubs wouldnâ€™t be the first time Sanford government has gotten involved with local nonprofits. Councilman Samuel Gaskins pointed out the city has given to the Lee County Arts Council and taken part in fundraising drives for the Sanford Railroad House and the Temple Theatre. Gaskins urged the council to develop a policy for helping nonprofits that is â€œpro-activeâ€? in increasing local tourism and quality of life activities. â€œWe need to treat all nonprofits equally or clearly differentiate between all the nonprofits,â€? he said. No officials from the
Boys & Girls Clubs were on hand at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, and city officials didnâ€™t give a date on when they would take up the issue again. â€œI think itâ€™s a wonderful organization,â€? Cohen said. â€œI wish we could fund the whole budget.â€? Sanford City Manager Hal Hegwer suggested officials research how other government entities handle similar scenarios and revisit the topic at a later meeting. Hegwer said city officials have had their own troubles balancing the budget this year and will continue to keep an ear on how the N.C. General Assemblyâ€™s 2010-2011 spending plan will affect local resources.
County to create courthouse task force From staff reports
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here to do.â€? The Boys & Girls Clubsâ€™ financial struggles, like many nonprofits, are driven by cash-strapped donorsâ€™ inability to give at this time. City officials say they were recently asked to chip in. Councilman Charles Taylor lauded the group for its contribution to the community, but bemoaned that the Boys & Girls Clubsâ€™ financial disarray puts Sanford leaders in a â€œquandary.â€? â€œIâ€™m not sure weâ€™re in the nonprofit business,â€? Taylor said, adding the city faces financial pressure to use taxpayer dollars wisely at a time when the cost of operations is on the rise. Despite council membersâ€™ reservations, getting
PITTSBORO â€” The Chatham County Board of Commissioners reviewed a proposal for the formation of a task force to study and make recommendations to the commissioners about the use of the Historic Courthouse once it is reconstructed. The commissioners also discussed plans and potential funding sources to document the rebuilding process. Warren Miller from Fountainworks presented a draft plan that would include a task force with 19 voting members and one non-voting county commissioner. Commissioners will make the task force appointments on May 17 so that the work can begin quickly. The task force will be charged with identifying multi-purpose functions for the courthouse and making recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on the optimum combination of these uses.
â€œA broad range of ideas and community input is needed,â€? said Board Chair Sally Kost. â€œAlthough the fire was a tragedy for this community, we need to look at the rebuilding process as an opportunity.â€? For the other 10 members, the commissioners are seeking geographic representation of the county and members to represent the interests of tourism, the arts, youth, architecture/building trades and public safety/ fire. The task force will do its work from May through August 2010. The process will provide opportunities for broader citizen input, including several community forums . Anyone interested in serving on the task force representing the arts community, youth, architects/building trades, tourism, public safety/fire or one of the five general seats should submit an application to serve by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 7.
Etheridge, Price introduce Congressional Resolution honoring courthouse WASHINGTON â€” Representatives Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) and David Price (D-Durham) introduced a resolution supported by the entire North Carolina delegation Thursday honoring the historical and community significance of the Chatham County Courthouse. Etheridge and Price have each visited the site of the courthouse ruins and reached out to County officials to pledge federal support for restoration efforts. At approximately 4:15 p.m. on March 25, 2010, the Chatham County Courthouse was partially destroyed by fire. Firefighters and emergency responders arrived at the scene and fought courageously and bravely to save the structure and historic archives for the people of Chatham County. The building had stood since 1881 and had a central role in the local pride and independence felt by all Chatham residents. â€œThe Chatham County Courthouse is a beloved and adored structure in my district because it was more than a place to attend court or take care of official business, it was a gathering place and a symbol of community among neighbors,â€? Etheridge said. â€œThe work to salvage archives and rebuild will involve a lot of effort by many people and my office is prepared to assist the people of Chatham County in any way possible.â€? â€œFor the people of Chatham County, the Courthouse is both an historic structure and an emblem of the very heart and soul of the community. It creates a lasting impression on folks who are just passing through, as well,â€? Price said. â€œMost anyone who has driven this stretch of 64 remembers Pittsboro because of this unique landmark, and North Carolinians near and far will take heart at the determination of Chatham County to rebuild.â€? Until rebuilding efforts begin, government officials have begun work to ensure continuity of operations and develop a plan to restore the courthouse.
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