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LEE COUNTY BUDGET
Low voter turnout expected today
No new taxes, no cuts
School board vote highlights primary ballot in Lee County
County Manager’s proposal, if approved, would actually add a position By BILLY BALL email@example.com
SANFORD — There’s good news in the Lee County budget. A recommended spending plan put forth by County Manager John Crumpton Monday will maintain the
current 75 cents per $100 valuation property tax rate and not come with any more cut positions. In fact, the county would net another job in the 345person roster if all goes according to plan. That’s a major plus one
year after the recession-stung county slashed 26 positions as expenses mounted and revenues dried up. County commissioners have said they want a budget that avoids layoffs and retains
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See sample ballots for elections in Lee County and find out where your precinct election location is. Page 6A
SANFORD POTTERY FESTIVAL
Boy, 5, falls down elevator shaft
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SANFORD — Time to cast your ballots. Primary voting is today and a number of national and local seats are up in the air. Lee County’s 10 polling places opened today at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. Up for grabs are a seat in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the District Attorney position, the Lee County Board of Commissioners and three spots on the Lee County Board of Education. School board seats, which are nonpartisan, will be decided in today’s vote, along with the race for who will be the Republican challenger in the Lee County Board of Commissioners District 4 race in November. Lee County Elections Director Nancy Kimble is predicting light turnout in an area known for paltry voting numbers on non-
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Child recovering from serious injuries after 20-foot fall on Oak Island By BILLY BALL email@example.com ASHLEY GARNER/The Sanford Herald
Jerry Pruett glances at pottery at the Ninth Annual Sanford Pottery Festival at Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center on Saturday. Festival Founder Don Hudson said attendance was up 20 percent this year over last.
MAKING THE YEAR Founder says turnout up 20 percent over 2009 show By JONATHAN OWENS firstname.lastname@example.org
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OIL SPILL SURE TO MAKE ITS WAY TO YOUR WALLET The calamitous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t just a mess for the people who live or work on the coast. If you drink coffee, eat shrimp, like bananas or plan to buy a new set of tires, you could end up paying more because of the disaster. Page 9A
TIMES SQUARE SUV’S OWNER SAYS HE SOLD IT THREE WEEKS AGO
The registered owner of an SUV that was parked in Times Square and rigged with a crude bomb told investigators he sold the vehicle to a stranger for cash three weeks ago Page 10A
Vol. 80, No. 103 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
SANFORD — In these troubled economic times, there was a lot at stake at this year’s Sanford Pottery Festival, and a lot of stress for Founder Don Hudson and his dedicated group of volunteers to make it a success. But a day removed from the last sale at the weekend event, Hudson said Monday the ninth annual event surpassed all expectations on attendance and sales. Though he said he did not
have concrete numbers, he estimated that the show’s attendance was up “at least 20 percent,” this year, leading to the increase in sales potters and vendors were needing to stay afloat this year. “This was one of our best years ever,” Hudson said. “It was nice not to have a drop of rain both days.” The weekend’s success came as a relief to Hudson, who said some vendors expressed to him prior to the opening that they were counting on the Sanford show to make their year.
“It puts a lot of pressure on a show promoter to hear more than one person say they would need a big show in Sanford or they would have to sell their home,” he said. “Potters are counting on the show now to be a sure thing.” Especially popular at this year’s event, Hudson said, was the wine tent, which featured an average of 12 vineyards a day pouring samples and selling bottles. Hudson said the tent sold at least 2,200 glasses for attend-
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OAK ISLAND — A local boy suffered serious injuries when he fell down an elevator shaft Sunday afternoon in the beach community of Oak Island, authorities say. The child, 5-year-old Fisher Hamilton of Sanford, somehow fell after opening a residential elevator door at a beach cottage, said Oak Island Fire Chief John House. Emergency responders received conflicting reports, but the boy was apparently looking underneath the elevator when he fell through an 8-inch gap between the chamber and the door and into a concrete pit. The child’s parents are Sanford residents Sam and Alicia Hamilton, who were staying at a beach home south of Wilmington on Oak Island’s Kings Lynn Drive. Emergency responders received the call for help at 1:11 p.m. Sunday.
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SMALL BUSINESS BANQUET THURSDAY
For Williams, writing hits came naturally Legend to receive ‘Lifetime’ award at Thursday’s banquet By BILLY LIGGETT email@example.com
SANFORD — Maurice Williams isn’t a household name like some of the other musicians from the late 50s, early 60s. But his music? Instantly recognizable. His biggest hits were classic love
HAPPENING TODAY n Bid on auction items, eat food and join in the laughter while helping the cats and dogs of Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc., from 6-9 p.m. at the General Store Café in Pittsboro during the the seventh annual Burrito Bash fundraiser CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
ONLINE Hear The Herald’s entire interview with Maurice Williams and watch YouTube clips of his hits at the online version of this story. sanfordherald.com
stories that became staples in the early days of rock ‘n roll. And just when you thought Maurice Williams was going to fade away from the airwaves, a little 80s movie called “Dirty
Dancing” revived his biggest hit and his career. A native of South Carolina and current resident of Charlotte, the 70-year-old Williams will be honored Thursday at the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce and CCCC Small Business Banquet, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Williams will receive the event’s “Lifetime Achievement Award,” which has been given to NASCAR
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Song writer and performer Maurice Williams will be the guest of honor at Thursday’s Small Business Banquet.
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Sanford: Pauline Childers, 71; Lucille Hall, 80; Fletcher McBride, 46; Mabel Owen, 80; Bobby Robinson, 59 Aberdeen: Lena Caddell, 81
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING n The Lee County American Red Cross will hold a water skills for lifeguarding class in May. Call (919) 774-6857 to register. n Central Fire Station at 512 Hawkins Ave. will check car seats between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each Saturday. Appointments are required. Contact Krista at 775-8310 by 5 p.m. Wednesday to schedule an appointment for the following Saturday. Child must be present for seat to be checked, unless mother is expecting.
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY n Moore County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Park in Carthage.
n Bid on auction items, eat food and join in the laughter while helping the cats and dogs of Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc., from 6-9 p.m. as the volunteers of CARE in partnership with the General Store Café will hold the seventh annual Burrito Bash fundraiser with both live and silent auctions at the GSC, just off the traffic circle in downtown Pittsboro. n The Johnsonville Ruritan Club will have a beef stew fundraiser. Slaw, green beans, biscuit and brownie included. It will be held at the Johnsonville Community Center located on N.C. 24/27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Price is $7, and 10 or more plate orders available for delivery. n The Festival Singers of Lee County will rehearse at 7 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church choir room, 203 Hawkins Av., Sanford. This community group welcomes new members to join and sing in our upcoming May 23rd free spring concert. For more information please call 774-4608 or 776-3624.
WEDNESDAY n Gross Farms will be located in front of the Central Carolina Hospital visitor entrance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with fresh produce and strawberries. Proceeds benefit CCH Auxiliary Projects. n The Lee County Partnership for Children will hold a Legislative Breakfast from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Café 121, located at 121 Chatham Street. n Living with Vision Loss Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center.
WEDNESDAY n The Lee County Economic Development Study Committee will meet at 3 p.m. at the Broadway Council Chambers located at 100 East Lake Drive in Broadway. The committee has been charged with reviewing existing and future changes to policies and agreements with the Lee County Economic Development Corporation. n The Moore County Voluntary Ag. Advisory Board will meet at 3 p.m. at the Soil & Wtaer Conference Room Ag Center, Carthage.
THURSDAY n The Moore County Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Commissioners Meeting Room in Carthage.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Sherri Garrett, Brandon Thomas, Mary Bayles, Sonia Gilliand, Doris H. Watson, Marie Ayers, Allison Juel Fellows, Vincent Robert Knight, Hannah Catherine Smith, Christian Xavier Ware, Latrelle Kali Heck, Dylan Anthony Kidd, Betty Gray, Emily Paige Brogan, James Lee Pyrant Jr., John’ise Parsha McRae, Tonya D. Horton, Samelia McIver, Airolee Coe, Airmanie Evens, Vicki Bloodworth, Doris Hobson, Diane Gill, Alice M. Patterson, Ivey Lee Dowdy and Robert Newman. And to those celebrating Monday, especially Tessa Lett, William Campbell Scott, Donna Honeycutt, Lonnie Pulley III, Miranda Cole, Tony Quick Jr., Sheneeta Thomas, Alexander Monroe Jr., Brignett Amber Gray, Natalie Denise Jones, Jonathan Kyle Gramazio, Sloane McNeill, Mary Lee Brewer, Billy Richmond, Tammy Davis, Natalie Paige Holder, Christian Ray Nelms, Deana Perez, Dakota James Carroll, Nina Hooker Evans, Miranda Sprueill, Thomas Miller, Shanita Womack, Ronnie Pritt and Dakota Nathaniel Penatzer. CELEBRITIES: Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is 59. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sharon Jones is 54. Country singer Randy Travis is 51. Actress Mary McDonough is 49. Comedian Ana Gasteyer is 43. Actor Will Arnett is 40. Contemporary Christian singer Chris Tomlin is 38. TRock musician Jose Castellanos is 33. Singer Lance Bass (’N Sync) is 31. Actor Alexander Gould is 16.
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THURSDAY n The Central Carolina Small Business Banquet will be held at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center. n Temple Theatre’s final production of the 2009-2010 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” features the theater’s own Peggy Taphorn, Michael Brocki and Ken Griggs. The popular musical is a portrayal of Americans stationed in an “alien culture” during WWII. Showtimes are 2 and 7 p.m. For tickets, call (919) 7744155 or visit www.templeshows.com. n Grief Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center.
FRIDAY n The Coalition For Families in Lee County is sponsoring “Kids And Pigs,” a fundraiser to support families with young children in Lee County. The barbecue pork lunch will
Cayla Bush, (from left) Kenzie Oldham, Morgan Hunter, Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive, Kenneth Nielson, Don Hudson, Tyler Miller, Sergio Romero-Vivas-Hudson and Nielson, owners of DK Clay in Sanford, demonstrated the art of pottery as a followup from reading the novel “A Single Shard” by Linda Sue Park. 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. be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sanford Civitan Clubhouse at 517 Sanford Golf Course Road. Ticket price is $7 per person, take out or eat in. Free deliveries of 10 or more plates. For tickets or more information, call (919) 774-8144. n Temple Theatre’s final production of the 2009-2010 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” features the theater’s own Peggy Taphorn, Michael Brocki and Ken Griggs. The popular musical is a portrayal of Americans stationed in an “alien culture” during WWII. Showtime is 8 p.m. For tickets, call (919) 774-4155 or visit www.templeshows.com. 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 “Space Jam.” n The 2010 Enrichment Center Golf Tournament will be held at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Sanford. n The Siler City Alive 2010 Festival will be held in Siler City. n Legal Aid Intake Day at The Enrichment Center will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Types of cases accepted: housing evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence, unemployment and benefits denials. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins accepted. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-672-5834.
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n Middle school students will learn and have fun at a Computer Information Technology High Tech-High Touch Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop, sponsored by Central Carolina Community College’s CIT Department, teaches students and their parent/adult mentors about Web page development through hands-on activities. The workshop is in Wilkinson Hall on the college’s Lee County Campus, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford. The cost is $15 for each student/adult pair. Register early by calling (919) 718-7347. n Temple Theatre’s final production of the 2009-2010 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” features the theater’s own Peggy Taphorn, Michael Brocki and Ken Griggs. The popular musical is a portrayal of Americans stationed in an “alien culture” during WWII. Showtime is 8 p.m. For tickets, call (919) 774-4155 or visit www.templeshows.com. n The 22nd annual Carthage Buggy Festival will be held in Carthage. n The Siler City Alive 2010 Festival will be held in Siler City. n Deep River Park Bicycle Event — Ride for Their Lives, will be held at the Deep River Park at Gulf/Cumnock. n Volunteers are needed for Clean Jordan Lake’s first volunteer event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other groups providing support include the Highway Stormwater Program of the N.C. Department of Transportation, North Carolina Big Sweep and the Haw River Assembly. Volunteers will meet at the Jordan Dam Visitor Assistance Center (also known as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters). n The Goldston Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Goldston Fire Department, 486 S. Church St., Goldston. All-you-can-eat for $5. Breakfast consists of pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice, milk or water.
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Second â€˜Dancing With the Starsâ€™ event announced
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SANFORD â€” Organizers have picked Aug. 13 for the second annual Dancing with the Lee County Stars event, held by Communities in Schools of Lee County. This event, sponsored by Pfizer, will take place at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Like the ABC hit show, couples in this event are comprised of one local â€œstarâ€? and one professional dancer to perform a choreographed routine. The audience and judges will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Names of dancers are not available at this time, as some are still waiting final scheduling. Last yearâ€™s event was oversold weeks prior to the show date, and the proceeds of $50,000 helped to save the small nonprofit from nearly having to shut its doors. CIS Lee has used the past few months to reorganize and reinvigorate their programs, according to Resource Committe Chairman Holly Riley, to make an â€œeven larger and more beneficial impact on the Lee County School System.â€? The funds generated by this yearâ€™s Dancing with the Lee County Stars, Riley said, will support local elementary school children by sustaining an Adopt-ASchool effort to bring two community partners into each and every elementary school in Lee County for the 2010-2011 year. These partnerships will bring volunteers, mentors and other resources into the classrooms from local business and communities of faith sources, she said. Other current programs include BackPack Pals, Book Buddies, e-mentoring, Teacher Resource Room and more. For more information
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It is not known how far Fisher Hamilton fell, but he suffered a collapse lung, broken bones on his spine, skull fractures and an orbital eye fracture, House said. Family postings on the Internet social networking site Facebook indicated that doctors have not found any bleeding in the brain since the accident, and that the boy was taken off a ventilator tube Monday afternoon. The family also posted that Fisher Hamilton was responding by squeezing his motherâ€™s hand. The brunt of the injuries were sustained on the left side of his body where he fell, the postings read. The boy was taken to a hospital in New Hanover County and then to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill,
Bartholomew new principal at Pollard Middle School PITTSBORO â€” During the afternoon Board of Education meeting on Monday, Justin Bartholomew was named the principal of the district newest school, Margaret B. Pollard Middle School. Bartholomew is currently the principal of Moncure School where Bartholomew he has served for the past two years. Prior to that, he was the assistant principal at Horton Middle School. He will transition from Moncure to Pollard in July. â€œThis position will be a tremendous professional learning and growth opportunity,â€? he said. â€œAs a resident with children in that district, I am happy to be able to give back to the community in which I live. I also know with absolute certainty that many years from now when I reflect on my life, Moncure School and the Moncure community will continue to be a shining time where everything was possible and the people phenomenal.â€? Pollard is under construction and is slated to open in the 2010-2011 school year with its students coming from North Chatham School and Perry Harrison School. North Chatham and Harrison currently serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. They will become traditional elementary schools, serving kindergarten through fifth grade, next school year. â€” from staff reports
where he is being held in intensive care. House said the elevator came down on top of Hamilton after he fell, but the boy fit into a small space in the elevator pit without being crushed. â€œThatâ€™s probably what saved his life,â€? House said. House said the first 72 hours after an individual sustains a head injury are the most critical because doctors must monitor for swelling or bleeding in the brain. He said the boy had a baseball-sized welt on the back of his head when medics arrived on the scene Sunday. House said medical personnel often note that younger children are known to weather such accidents better than most. â€œFive-year-olds are pretty resilient,â€? he said. â€œThey can take a blow like that a lot better than somebody my age.â€?
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Hall-of-Famer Richard Petty and country music icon Charlie Daniels â€” both native to North Carolina â€” over the past two years. Williams, who says his biggest thrill has been receiving the state of South Carolinaâ€™s highest honor for residents a few years back, said he was â€œamazed, floored and blessedâ€? when he heard Sanford wanted to honor him this year. After hearing who the two previous winners were, Williams said he was humbled. â€œThe first thing I said was, â€˜Wow, thatâ€™s great company,â€™â€? Williams said over the phone from his Charlotte home last week.
AN EARLY START Williams was born in Lancaster, S.C., in 1940, and learned at an early age he had a good ear for music. He learned the piano from his older sister before he turned 10, according to one published bio, he was hosting jam sessions for friends before becoming a teenager. The church allowed Williams to fine tune his abilities, but instead of going the gospel path â€” as his sister did â€” he chose rock â€˜n roll. â€œI think rock is similar to gospel,â€? Williams said. â€œRock, rhythm and blues ... I was raised on the big bands and Johnny Mathis growing up. (Rock music) was just natural for me. Writing songs came easily to me.â€? As a teenager, he and some friends formed a group, The Royal Charms, which made a name for itself playing school events and winning local talent shows. In that first year, Williams wrote two songs
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The Small Business Banquet, held each year at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, honors and celebrates Lee Countyâ€™s vital small business community. Tickets for May 6 event are $25. Reserve seats by contacting the Small Business Center at (919)774-6442.
Mr. Maurice Williamsâ€™ of the Zodiacs favorite charity is Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina Inc. of Lake Waccamaw. The Chamber of Commerce and CCCC-Small Business Center will attempt to donate a goal of $1000 in honor of Maurice Williams. Those who would like to contribute can send checks or other donations in the name of the Boys & Girls Home of NC, â€œHonoring Maurice Williamsâ€? in the memo line, to: CCCC/SBC, c/o Jim Felton, 1801 Nash St. Sanford, N.C. 27330.
that would end up defining his musical career. â€œStayâ€? and â€œLittle Darling.â€? â€œStayâ€? would be released by Williams and another group, The Zodiacs, in 1960 and would reach No. 1 on the charts, becoming the shortest No. 1 hit in American rock music history (a record it holds to this day with a 1 minute, 53-second run time). â€œLittle Darling,â€? released a few years earlier with The Gladiolas (The Royal Charms but with a different name because Nashville producers thought the first name was too common) would go on to become a hit for another 60s doo-wop group, The Diamonds, and would later be covered by legends like Elvis Presley, The Monkees and Frankie Valli. â€œI wrote â€˜Stayâ€™ in like four or five minutes,â€? Williams recalled, â€œand then threw it in the trash can. I went ahead and put it on tape, and one day I was playing songs for the little sister of my girlfriend, and she didnâ€™t like much of it except â€˜Stay.â€™ She said she liked the song with the high part in it.â€? That â€œsong with the high partâ€? included the falsetto line, â€œOhhhh wonâ€™t you stayyy ... just a little bit longer.â€? The song â€œstayedâ€? atop the charts an entire summer and made Williams and The Zodiacs stars â€” putting them in front of national TV audiences. â€œTo this day,â€? Williams told another publication recently, â€œWhen I hear Henry Gaston wait the high part, I still get chills.â€?
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â€œStayâ€? was about a girlfriend who had a curfew, and Williams urged her to break curfew so they could continue doing the things innocent teens in love do. â€œLittle Darlingâ€? was about the same girl ... and another ... and Williamsâ€™ inner-battle as he longed for both of them. â€œI was wrong-a, to love two .. a-ooh, a-ooh, a-ooh, a-hoo,â€? he sings ... and he laughs today when recalling those stories. â€œWhen I write songs, itâ€™s like giving birth,â€? Williams said. â€œAnd todya, my babies are still going. And itâ€™s still wonderful.â€?
CAREER REBORN When â€œDirty Dancingâ€? became a mega-hit in 1987, the movieâ€™s soundtrack â€” which contained several love songs from Williamsâ€™ era â€” became a mega-hit, too. The soundtrack spent 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and went multi-platinum, selling 42 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. It even re-entered the charts in Ireland in 2007. â€œIt brought us a young audience we didnâ€™t have,â€? Williams said. â€œIâ€™ll never forget performing it around that time, and a little girl â€” about 15 â€” said, â€˜Mr. Williams, can I give you a hug ... I want to hug the man who shook hands with Patrick Swayze.â€™ â€œI had to tell her, â€˜Well, I never actually met Patrick Swayze,â€™ but she didnâ€™t care,â€? he said. â€œThat
album brought back a lot of oldies and made them popular again.â€? Williamsâ€™ career hasnâ€™t slowed since, as he can regularly be found performing at beach shows and other oldies-themed concerts. And while heâ€™s not expected to perform Thursday night during the banquet, Williams said if heâ€™s asked, heâ€™d love to sing a hit or two. He said he still listens to new music these days, but mostly country ... though he did say the most recent rap artist he liked was M.C. Hammer, more than 20 years ago. â€œI was raised on Hank Williams,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™ll always love country.â€? Heâ€™ll be releasing a new album with new songs and refurbished versions of his hits in the near future as well. As for being considered a Carolina legend, Williams said heâ€™s had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world, but he never considered leaving his home. â€œIâ€™m not too far from my family, and the Zodiacs were from Charlotte ... the Gladiolas from Lancaster,â€? he said. â€œThereâ€™s really no place like home.â€?
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Editorial Board: Bill Horner III, Publisher • Billy Liggett, Editor • R.V. Hight, Special Projects Editor
Your vote is just as important today as any
n the past, this newspaper has been steadfast in its opinion that the opportunity to vote is one of the greatest freedoms we have as an American. We have the opportunity to have a say in who represents in on the federal, state and local levels. It’s a privilege we should be grateful and appreciative for, as there have been many brave men and women over the years who have fought for this precious right. And we continue to espouse the importance of an individual vote, how in a close race that one vote can make a tremendous difference. We realize, however, that
some people do not vote. Perhaps they don’t care. Or they figure there’s no use. Or they don’t want to have to go to the trouble. Low voter turnout is expected today, and that’s understandable. There’s no president up for election ... the state and national races (on the primary side) are considered slam dunks in most areas (save for the GOP candidates looking to challenge Bob Etheridge and the Democratic candidates going for Richard Burr’s Senate seat) and there’s only one contested primary race for Lee County Board of Commissioners.
But we believe it’s an important race nonetheless. We have seven quality candidates for Lee County Board of Education, and they’re fighting for the three open seats on the board (there is no primary for the school board ... the choices you pick Tuesday will take office this year). They’ll be joining a district trying to manage Lee County’s growth, trying to determine if more schools are needed for the district’s future well-being and trying to do all of this on a skin-tight budget. Education drives this county, and the board members set the policies our students and
teachers end up following. This year’s candidates, in alphabetic order, are Mark Akinosho, Dana W. Atkins, John Bonardi, Shannon Gurwitch, Kim Lilley, Ellen Mangum and Linda Smith. The other notable local race is the District 4 Board of Commissioners Republican Primary between Tamara Brogan and Jim Womack. The winner will face Kenny Cole (a Democrat) in November. They have been profiled in the newspaper. They’ve participated in candidate forums. They’ve campaigned. Now, the choice is in your hands.
To all who have stepped forward to run for political office in this election and primary, thanks for your willingness to serve. The decisions can be difficult, but your desire to serve in this often thankless position is much appreciated. To those who will vote, thank you for taking time out to help select our leaders. Your vote is important. To those who will not vote, you will have had the opportunity. To everyone, let’s remember that we must work together, despite our differences, if we want our community to become the best that it can be.
Guest Column Continual campaigning is bad for America
Scott Mooneyham Today in North Carolina Scott Mooneyham is a columnist with Capitol Press Association
A loud deafness
t was a strange juxtaposition. The U.S. Senate had begun squabbling about reform intended to rein in Wall Street abuses; North Carolina legislators picked at each other over a proposal to allow $20 late fees on small consumer finance loans. Meanwhile, the state treasurer was defending a decade-long increase in the fees paid to that Wall Street crowd to manage the state’s $67 billion pension fund. Her defense came as she was heading out to southern California to speak at a conference organized by the man who became the face of Wall Street recklessness and avarice in the 1980s. ... Back in North Carolina, the plan to impose the late fees on consumer loans got a rough ride. A legislative committee studying the idea dropped it after advocacy groups for low-income borrowers and the AARP raised a stink. Walking into the Legislative Building prior to the meeting, I overheard a comment coming from a gaggle of loan industry officials. “In this atmosphere,” the fellow began. Indeed. In this atmosphere, you thought putting a new fee on the backs of consumers had a chance? Afterward, a lobbyist complained to me, “They wouldn’t even negotiate.” The “they” were the consumer advocacy groups. “They didn’t have to,” I responded. As that meeting was going on, State Treasurer Janet Cowell was three time zones away, talking about business opportunities in China at a conference being hosted by convicted felon Michael Milken. The old junk bond king and his Milken Institute have been doing this kind of thing for a while. And he has all kinds of defenders these days, particularly among those who tapped his easy credit to build modern-day business empires that gobbled up competitors by the score in the go-go ’80s and ’90s. Cowell had some interesting company: three other state treasurers, the head of the California pension fund, Arnold and Maria, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor. ... A New York Times editor moderated some panels. Just before leaving Raleigh, Cowell had been explaining to TV station WRAL why annual fees paid to the investment bankers, venture capitalists and hedge fund managers who put slices of the state pension fund into various investments had risen from $40.8 million to $266 million over the last decade. Cowell wasn’t treasurer for most of that decade. But she is an advocate of the diversification that has led to the higher management fees. With the 2008 market collapse, there’s not a whole of return to show for the fees. Cowell told the TV station that comparisons aren’t fair because of the 2008 losses. She added that outside expert investors are needed because investing is more sophisticated than ever. It is. Just go ask the naked shorters or the credit default swappers. Or, ask Michael Milken.
resident Barack Obama doesn’t deserve the reputation he’s had for his style and temperament and for being gracious, civil, bipartisan and post-racial. He is often ungracious, uncivil, hyper-partisan, race-oriented and vindictive. He mocks and ridicules almost for sport. More than any president in my memory, he often does not comport himself presidentially. Why does this matter? Well — if I even have to answer that — he is the face of America. The left constantly talked about George W. Bush’s swagger and his cowboy diplomacy and how that damaged our “image” in the world and our relations with other nations. But George W. Bush was nothing if not circumspect, discreet and respectful in his dealings with foreign leaders and his dealings with his political opponents. He was exceedingly presidential, demonstrating an extremely high respect for the office he held and what it represented. How the president presents himself does matter for all the obvious reasons, but I believe Obama’s behavior and the public’s perception of it are relevant for other equally important reasons. He came into office with a reputation for being sophisticated, gentlemanly, above the political fray and openminded. But it was a facade, facilitated by good looks, a seemingly pleasant demeanor and an extraordinarily fawning — and forgiving — media. He has been getting a pass on his unseemly conduct for way too long, which partially explains the disconnect between his personal likability and the unpopularity of his socialist agenda. I believe that if the public were fully attuned to how unpresidentially he has consistently behaved, it wouldn’t be as approving of him personally, and in turn, politicians wouldn’t be so afraid to call him out on his Machiavellian and brutish behavior, the exposure of which would have an electoral impact. If more people understood what I believe to be this man’s actual character, they wouldn’t — in the face of his consistently highhanded tactics in pushing each and every one of his destructive agenda items — reflexively assume he’s such a nice guy who means well. Then, they might be more vigilant, and heaven knows we need megadoses of vigilance these days. I have theories about why Obama is consistently getting a pass, beyond the media’s corrupt liberalism and the allies he’s created through his racial and class warfare, but that’s another column. The point for now is that he is getting a pass, and his behavior is increasingly indefensible. We talk about Obama as a graduate of Saul Alinsky’s school of thuggish street agitation, but it is more than just a casual charge. He is Alinsky personified with a disarming smile. It’s not just a matter of his having embraced a political strategy that involves hitting below the belt and abusing power to help his friends and hurt his enemies. His behavior is not just a tactic; it’s part of who he is. It is apparent that
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he has been coddled so long that he simply has zero tolerance for any opposition. Indeed, he is exactly the opposite of who he billed himself to be: “I will bring a new type of politics to Washington.” As a committed liberal ideologue, he is neither a uniter nor one willing to consider both sides of an issue. But it’s not just his extremist views that are divisive. He is also often personally divisive, petty and mean-spirited. From the time he cavalierly dismissed Hillary Clinton during a presidential debate with “You’re likable enough, Hillary,” I knew some cold blood ran through his veins. As president, he has been gratuitously nasty with people who have dared oppose him, and he has affirmatively targeted and demonized entire industries to advance his agenda. Consider: his command that “the folks who created the mess” not “do a lot of talking”; his endless scapegoating of George Bush; his rude treatment of foreign leaders, from Britain’s Gordon Brown to France’s Nicolas Sarkozy; his abominable treatment of Israel and its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; his character assassination of inspector general Gerald Walpin for blowing the whistle on his friends; his demonization of surgeons and primary care physicians as dishonest mercenaries, Republicans as “liars,” secured creditors as “speculators,” tea partiers as “domestic terrorists,” Arizonans as “irresponsible,” rural Americans as bitter clingers and America itself as being “dismissive,” “arrogant” and “derisive” and as having “a responsibility to act” because it is the only nation to have ever “used a nuclear weapon”; his vilification of Wall Street “fat cat” bankers, big pharma, big oil, insurance companies, big corporations, corporate executives, Cambridge policemen, conservative talk show hosts and Fox News; his snubbing even of the liberal press pool; his egomaniacal behavior at the health care summit; and his administration’s flirtation with criminalizing Bush-era officials for their legal opinions.
Today’s Prayer I declare to you the gospel. (I Corinthians 15:1) PRAYER: Father, help us to be a good witness for You, so we may bring others to You. Amen.
Continual campaigning is part of modern politics. In the past, a president was elected, and then lawmakers settled down and governed. Today, we are overwhelmed with highly charged political rhetoric that is aimed at scoring points for future elections. And there are many factors contributing to the occurrences. Extreme partisanship is partially to blame. More than ever, we have chosen sides. We are a divided nation. We are Republican or Democrat. Far from being cordial, we snarl at each other. It seems we just can’t come together and work on the issues of the day. We can’t let down our guard or the other guy might take advantage. So government comes to a standstill. It stops, and the citizens are the losers. Continual campaigning happens because politics has become a form of entertainment. Nightly news shows broadcast celebrity pundits for celebrity politicians. Sarah Palin comes on the scene; she complains about the president in well-crafted speeches. She is only a half-term Alaska governor, but she has the zest and sex appeal for real stardom. Glenn Beck stands up and rants about the words “social justice” in churches. The man is sure that certain religious organizations have a socialist agenda. He encourages people to run from them. Continual campaigning results from denying the legitimacy of the president. “Birthers” say Obama was not born in the United States and so cannot be president. They deny his victory and thus his right to govern; the presidential election was a sham and somebody else should be in his place. The campaign goes on and again, nobody can do the nation’s business. Sadly, continual campaigning is not good for America. We need bipartisanship, to work where we can find common ground. The GOP’s party of “no” often serves to obstruct beneficial legislation. The filibuster was not meant to bring government to a halt. Let’s meet in the middle and compromise to the best of our ability for the sake of the country. Let’s make our politics about issues rather than celebrities. Even good legislation should be dull. Let’s truly bore ourselves with a bill’s content instead of often looking for hype. Let’s accept big pundits as paid showmen. Let’s acknowledge that Barack Obama is the legitimate leader of our great country, elected fairly and squarely. Let us love capitalism but occasionally strive to work for community. Strength also comes from shared ideals. We will become a stronger nation when continual campaigning subsides. We will be able to govern. o Kristine Kaiser lives in Kernersville.
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SANFORD â€” Pauline Street Childers, 71, of 327 Temple Ave., died Thursday (4/29/10) at FirstHealth Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. She was born Oct. 28, 1938 in Lee County. She was preceded in death by brothers, Birl C. Street Jr. and James L. Street Sr. She is survived by sisters, Mary Lee Dickens of Washington, D.C. and Stella Ann Street of Sanford; and sisters-in-law, Catherlene M. Street and Carlyn M. Street. The family will receive friends at the home of her sister, Stella Street, 905 Ray Ave., Sanford. The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at Church of God Prophecy with Bishop Grant Blue officiating. Burial will follow at Lee Memory Garden. Condolences may be made at www.knottsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Lucille Carter Hall, 80, who died Saturday (5/1/10), was conducted Monday at Tramway Baptist Church with Dr. Norman Mitchell and Dr. Scott Wilson officiating. Eulogy was by her granddaughter, Candy Gowan. Pianist was Jane Craig. Soloist was Marshall McNeill. Pallbearers were Barron Harrison, Bart Harrison, Travis Corley, Chuck Gillis, Chris Mitchell and Vinnie Frazier. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
SANFORD â€” Fletcher McBride, 46, of 507 Ryan Ave., died Friday (4/30/10) at his residence. He is survived by a daughter, Quâ€™Shanda Cotton of Fayetteville; mother, Betty Degraffenreaidt of Sanford; brothers, Bobby McBride Jr. and James Maurice Wilson, both of Sanford; a sister, Helen Crawford of Sanford; two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Glory Church of God in
Bobby Robinson Sanford. Condolences may be made at www.knottsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
Mabel Owen SANFORD â€” Mabel Gilmore Owen, 80, died Friday (4/30/10) at Central Carolina Hospital. She was born in Lee County, daughter of the late William Duncan Gilmore and Ella Fore. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ella Jean Wofford. She is survived by a son, William Duncan Holder and wife Cindy of Olivia; daughters, Belinda Ann Holder of Sanford and Norma Totsy Owen of Troy; sisters, Beatrice Stone of Sanford and Betty McNeill of Goldsboro; five grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends at the home of WD and Cindy Holder, 50 AD Hall Road, Olivia. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Lemon Springs UMC Cemetery with the Rev. George Walton officiating. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
Lena Caddell ABERDEEN â€” Lena E. Caddell, 81, died Saturday (5/1/10). She was born Nov. 28, 1928 in Moore County, daughter of the late Lacy and Nola Mae Hill McDonald. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Caddell. She was a long time member of Aberdeen First Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Chuck Caddell and wife Lala of Whispering Pines; daughters, Gail Garner and husband David and Donna Thompson, all of Aberdeen; sisters, Margie Phillips of Carthage, Pauline Phillips of Sanford, Hazel Donald of Seneca, S.C., and Dot Sakanich of Pappilon, Neb.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The funeral service will
SANFORD â€” Bobby Lee Robinson, 59, of Sanford, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Central Carolina Hospital. He was born in Buncombe County, the son of the late Roy Lee Robinson and Helen Swann. He is survived by his wife, Susan Wheeler Robinson of the home; a daughter, Athena Robinson Willett and husband Brian of Sanford; a sister, Sandra Maney and husband Cedric of Weaverville; and a grandchild, Zachary Lee Willett. The family will receive friends Robinson Wednesday, May 5, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. No memorial service is planned. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. Paid obituary
be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Aberdeen First Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Branscome and Charles Hinson officiating. Burial will follow at Bethesda Cemetery. Condolences may be made to www.powellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home of Southern Pines.
Flossie Martin JAMESTOWN â€” Funeral service for Flossie L. Martin, 83, of 303 Wynwood Drive, who died Thursday (4/29/10), was conducted Monday at Glovers Grove AME Zion Church in Siler City with the Rev. Gloria Moore officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. She is survived by daughters, Geraldine Ellis and husband Doster, Mary Ann White and husband Anthony, Marie Martin and Stephanie Martin; a son, John Martin and wife Denise; a brother, Clinton Leak; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at the home Gerry Ellis, 474 Chatham Forest Drive, Pittsboro. Condolences may be made at www.knottsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home of Pittsboro.
SPRING LAKE â€” Sheree Ann Lusier, 47, of 213 Lee St., died Thursday (4/29/10) at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Elizabeth Street Mortuary, Inc. of
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SANFORD â€” Ralph H. Watson, 77, of 310 Courtland Drive, died Saturday (5/1/10) at his residence. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Doris Watson; children, Barbara Fox and Shelia Fox, both of Sanford, and Jimmy Fox of California; a sister, Edith Battle of Sanford; three grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. No visitation will be at the residence. Funeral home only. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Nebo Freewill Baptist Church in Lemon Springs. Burial will follow at Wood Lawn Cemetery in Southern Pines. Arrangements are by Watson Mortuary, Inc. of Sanford.
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presidential election years. â€œThereâ€™s not an awful lot on the ballot when it comes to the general election,â€? Kimble said, adding she expects numbers will be higher in November. Kimble said turnout should be at least 20 to 25 percent today, following a sluggish early voting period. All told, 1,428 locals, almost 4.5 percent of registered voters, cast ballots in the one-stop voting period from April 15 to Saturday. Thatâ€™s much less than the 15,000 who turned out early in 2008 during a firebrand presidential election, Kimble said. Of the local races, Republicans Tamara Brogan and Jim Womack are jousting to become the Republican candidate in November for the fourth district seat on the Board of Commissioners. Meanwhile, seven candidates are battling for three open seats on the Board of Education. Those candidates include: John Bonardi Jr., Linda Smith, Ellen Mangum, Kimberly Lilley, Mark Akinosho, Dana
Atkins and Shannon Gurwitch. Local District Attorney Susan Doyle is pitted against another Republican, Joy Jones, to retain her position for four more years. In the U.S. House race, Republicans Frank Deatrich, Todd Gailas and Renee Ellmers are fighting to challenge Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge in November. In the U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Richard Burrâ€™s seat is up for grabs. Burr will spar with Eddie Burks, Brad Jones and Larry Linney in the GOP primary, while Democrats Marcus Williams, Ken Lewis, Cal Cunningham, Elaine Marshall, Ann Worthy and Susan Harris compete to run against the winner in November. Registered voters will need an acceptable form of identification to cast a ballot today. Acceptable identification includes a driverâ€™s license, a bank statement, a utility bill with your name and current address, government IDs like a U.S. passport, a paycheck stub, a student photo ID or a W-2 statement. For more information or to find out your precinct and voting site, visit the county Web site at www.leecountync.gov.
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Primary drawing few ballots despite voter anger
RALEIGH (AP) â€” North Carolina voters angry with Congress have only been trickling to the polls for Tuesdayâ€™s primary that could alter the stateâ€™s leadership on Capitol Hill. Some 170,000 people cast ballots in early voting, roughly one-third the number that appeared during the one-stop period for the presidential primary two years ago. Thereâ€™s been no sign of a tea party surge, as Republicans have comprised just 33 percent of voters so far â€” similar to last election and to the statewide breakdown of party registration. â€œItâ€™s disappointing that more people are not tuning into the importance of the primary election,â€? said Bob Hall, executive director of elections watchdog Democracy North Carolina. â€œItâ€™s the place where candidates are filtered out. The vote actually has tremendous weight.â€? At the top of the ballot, the election will weed out a large group of Democrats seeking to
challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr, whose approval numbers have sagged along with the rest of Congress. Burr himself faces GOP challengers who question whether he can get re-elected, though the incumbent is widely seen as a favorite and plans to spend Election Day in Washington.. There are also several key House primaries: Republican Rep. Howard Coble, who hasnâ€™t seen a primary challenger in a quarter century, faces several looking to represent his district in central North Carolina. Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell, who won a seat just two years ago to represent southern North Carolina, faces a challenge from one of his former campaign volunteers. Meanwhile, several Republicans have been competing in a costly race to challenge Kissell in the stateâ€™s most competitive district. Scores of other primaries across North Carolina ballots will help select state lawmakers, judges and prosecutors.
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ees to sample with, running out of its initial supply of 1,500 quickly. â€œThe wine tent quadrupled in attendance this year,â€? he said. Hudson said he could envi-
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the tax rate. County Manager John Crumptonâ€™s proposal is for $60.6 million in spending in the 2010-2011 fiscal year, up nearly 1.3 percent from a $59.9 million budget in the current year. â€œI thought it was a very realistic piece of work,â€? Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Hayes said of Crumptonâ€™s budget, calling it a â€œvery frugal, very conservativeâ€? assessment of Lee Countyâ€™s impending obligations and challenges. Revenues are up slightly from last year, thanks to an increase in locals paying their taxes and paying them on time, a pleasant surprise for cash-starved county leaders who expected the opposite to happen. â€œWeâ€™re actually kind of surprised by that,â€? Crumpton said. An additional bonus is an $800,000 increase in revenues from the local option sales tax, indicating that the economic recovery is, at least in some part, moving. Crumpton said the 20102011 proposed plan represents something of a â€œneutralâ€? budget as finance heads struggled to maintain services in the face of low revenues. The biggest hit in funding comes in the countyâ€™s contribution to spending reserves, down more than 23 percent from $766,000 this year to more than $589,000 in 2010-2011. Lee County Schools is also seeing something of a cut, losing $130,000 in funding, primarily at
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sion in the future spinning off the wineries into their own festival on the same weekend as the pottery festival, and even adding others to â€œcreate a series of related shows that could bring 50,000-100,000 people to Sanford.â€? Those plans may be in the distance, but he said he did know for sure that the wine area would
increase dramatically in size at next yearâ€™s show. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the festival, a milestone Hudson said would be celebrated with a larger event throughout. â€œWeâ€™re well poised to make our 10th event an special one next year in Sanford,â€? he said.
the capital and infrastructure level, to its appropriation. The countyâ€™s public safety expenditures, which includes the Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Office, is due for the biggest increase in spending, up 7 percent from $7.3 million this year to $7.8 million next year. The bulk of that extra spending comes in the Sheriffâ€™s Office, which is in need of vehicle maintenance and county funding for its drug agent and gang task force officer positions. Meanwhile, public health spending would come with nearly a $57,000 cut to the $2.9 million budgeted in the current year. County commissioners have set a May 17 public hearing to consider the budget, and Crumpton hopes to have a spending plan in place by early June. State statutes require that the county pass a budget before the July 1 start of the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Crumpton said much of the strain placed on the county budget comes as financially-beleaguered state leaders look to cut spending and pass funding responsibilities along to local government agencies. â€œWe cannot continue to absorb these actions and maintain our service levels,â€? Crumpton wrote in a letter to commissioners Monday. â€œEither services and/or departments will need to be cut or the property tax rate will to go up.â€? Hayes lauded the countyâ€™s financial planning as â€œwellformedâ€? in these troubled economic times, but suggested some changes could be made to assist struggling local nonprofits.
Hayes pointed specifically to the labors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County and Lee County Industries Inc., a nonprofit that provides employment training and rehabilitational assistance for adults with disabilities. Both agencies were hit hard by revenue and grant shortfalls. â€œThere seems to be the spirit to be helpful without establishing a long, ongoing precedent with some of the entities that we realize are very much a part of our social obligation and our social network,â€? Hayes said. Hayes also applauded county employees for bearing the strain of reduced positions and deferrals on cost-of-living salary increases. â€œThey have just tightened their belts and lived through this with everybody else,â€? he said. Hayes added that the county workforce is down to its â€œbare bonesâ€? right now. â€œWe donâ€™t really have any other people that we can let go and we donâ€™t want to,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re just hoping that this budget is realistic enough that if any changes are made, it would be a change for the good and not for the worse, and ideally we wouldnâ€™t be losing any more people.â€? Despite Mondayâ€™s proposal, Crumpton said Lee Countyâ€™s darkest financial days might still be ahead, pointing to looming budget gaps at the state level that could make impending budgets something of a nightmare. â€œI think weâ€™ll survive until next year, but it will be a very trying year unless the economy improves,â€? Crumpton said.
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Bar disciplines Mackey on law license By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH — State Rep. Nick Mackey will lose his law license for up to three years after a North Carolina State Bar panel determined he committed misconduct by failing to disclose late tax filings and troubles while a police officer on his Bar exam application, according to an order filed Monday. Mackey, a first-term House member, signed the order dated Friday agreeing he “engaged in dishonest conduct” by failing to file timely tax returns from 2003 to 2006 and failing to act quickly enough to help a client who wanted to adopt his stepdaughter before she became an adult. The order, also signed by the chairman of a Bar disciplinary panel, found that simply warning Mackey in writing or formally censuring him “would fail to acknowledge the seriousness of the misconduct” to other
attorneys, Bar exam applicants and the public. The filing came three days before the disciplinary commission had been scheduled to hear the case in public. Mackey also is running in the Democratic primary Tuesday against Rodney Moore for his 99th House District seat. Mackey’s “conduct reflects adversely on his trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer,” the order signed by panel Chairman Tommy Jarrett said. Mackey also has received two other public reprimands since November 2008, according to records posted on the Bar’s website. Mackey must give up his law license within 30 days of receiving Monday order and be prepared to return records and files to clients. But he can apply to get the suspension stayed after one year and return to practice if he stays out of additional trouble with the Bar and files his tax returns on time.
Mackey’s lawyer had argued last September the Bar should dismiss its complaint against Mackey, in part because Mackey said he relied on and followed the advice of his tax preparer. The order raises the possibility that the House, through its ethics committee, could investigate his conduct as well. Through a spokesman, House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange, declined to comment Monday on Mackey’s case. Mackey declined Monday in a phone interview to respond to specific questions about potential problems in the chamber and how he intends to make a living without practicing law. He said he was looking for the opportunity to put mistakes behind him. “I’m just happy that this matter has been resolved,” Mackey said. “I’m disappointed in the outcome but I accept the outcome and I look forward to serving the people of North Carolina.” The consent order found Mackey failed to disclose on his 2002 exam application or provide a supplement
showing he had failed to pay his federal income taxes on time for 1997, 1999 and 2002, as well as state income tax in two of those years and that he owed past due taxes. Mackey also failed to tell the Bar he had been suspended without pay in 1991 as a CharlotteMecklenburg police officer when a review board had determined he had made an untruthful statement, the order said. He also didn’t tell the Bar he was being investigated by police at the time of his application. He resigned from the police department in June 2003, a few months after he was recommended for dismissal. Mackey was admitted to the Bar in August 2003. Mackey’s conduct “caused significant harm to the legal profession in that his acts bring the legal profession into disrepute,” the order reads. In 2008, the House expelled Rep. Thomas Wright, D-New Hanover, after finding the eight-term legislator mishandled or hid about $340,000 in loans and campaign and charitable contributions. A jury late found Wright guilty of fraud and a judge sentenced him to prison.