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Roman Gomez with Advanced Contractors, uses a remote control trench roller in the 100-plus heat on Thursday afternoon.
SETBACK IN STOPPING LEAK DRAWS PESSIMISM Goals for stopping oil leak seemed wildly optimistic Thursday after yet another setback a mile underwater Page 8A
COMPANIES SPENDING, COULD FUEL GROWTH Businesses have invested more money in machinery, computers, steel and other metals in three of the past four months. The uptick is fueling economic growth in the second quarter and may lead to more jobs later this year. Page 10A
SCORCHER Triple digits made Thursday the hottest day of the year; June shaping up to be hottest ever By ALEXA MILAN email@example.com
SANFORD — When the construction team from American South General Contractors began its shift at 6 a.m. Thursday, the temperature outside was bearable. But as they worked on the renovations at Lee County High School throughout the afternoon, the heat index crept up to more than 100 degrees. Project superintendent Ernest Renegar said while the heat this summer has been pretty severe, it’s nothing he and his team aren’t used to. “We’ve got a pretty tight schedule out here, but I’m not pushing them as hard as I normally would,” Renegar said. “It’s getting hotter faster, and you don’t have time to acclimate to it.”
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While people who work primarily outside can’t avoid the hot summer sun, the National Weather Service advises people to exercise caution once the heat index approaches 90 degrees. The hottest June on record for central North Carolina was in 2008, but Brandon Locklear, senior forecaster with the Raleigh office of the National Weather Service, said this June could potentially surpass it. “It depends on the timing of this next front and how much rain we have with
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DID YOU KNOW? o The hottest June on record for central North Carolina was 2008, followed by June of 1943. o The average temperature in June for central North Carolina is in the 80s. Right now, the temperature is about 10-12 degrees above that. o The hottest part of the day is from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. o During the past 10 years, excessive heat caused more deaths per year than tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. According to the National Weather Service, heat is responsible for an average of 237 deaths per year. o People should exercise caution when the heat index approaches 90 degrees, and a heat index of 105 degrees or higher is considered dangerous. The heat index in Sanford on Thursday afternoon was 102.
GOLDSTON — Days after voters in Goldston passed a $3.7 million bond referendum to build a sewer infrastructure, officials could be moving toward a deal where the small Chatham County town pays to have its sewer treated in Sanford. Goldston, which had an estimated population of below 400 people in the 2000 census, is in need of sewer to replace aging area septic tank systems that some describe as an environmental hazard. Town residents voted overwhelmingly in a referendum Tuesday to move forward with using $3.7 million in bonds to build a sewer transport system, although Goldston would still need another entity to treat the sewage. Town Mayor Tim Cunnup said Goldston has been in talks with Sanford for more than a year to transport sewage to Sanford’s treatment system. “It makes the most sense,” Cunnup said Thursday.
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Board names appointees to various committees By BILLY BALL firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSE, SENATE DEMS WORKING ON BUDGET House and Senate Democrats worked Thursday toward finalizing a roughly $19 billion North Carolina government budget for the coming year
DURHAM — It was a long, hot journey to the front of the line. By Thursday afternoon, Gemma Langeway and Nicole Conover had waited more than 12 hours to get their hands on the iPhone 4, the newest, sleekest version of Apple’s popular smartphone to launch in the market. Like hundreds of others, they had gotten tickets from Apple employees for the phone the night before, camped out with chairs and pillows, and then waited, and waited. And waited some more. “We didn’t think we were going to be waiting here this long,” Langeway said. “Not going to do this again,” Conover said. “I’ve done it now. It’s in the books.”
SANFORD — Lee County commissioners approved a slew of appointments this week to vacant positions on various county advisory panels. Commissioners appoint members of the public each year to advice commissioners on INSIDE various subSee the jects, includcomplete list ing economic of the coundevelopment, ty’s board parks and recreation and appointees Page 6A land-use. Scores of positions were available for appointment, and some remain. As of Monday, county officials say they had received no applications for one three-year spot as an alternate on the Sanford Board of Adjustments, a panel that hears appeals on zoning
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WORLD U.S., RUSSIAN LEADERS TO ‘RESET’ RELATIONS The president of the United States and the president of Russia enjoyed quite a summer’s day on Thursday: Grab some burgers, joke about Twitter, take a walk in the park Page 12A
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n The Annual St. Baldrick’s event — volunteers shaving their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research — will be held at 4 p.m. at Cafe 121, located at 121 Chatham St., Sanford.
Sanford: John Denson Jr., 76; Lula Gunter, 92; Mary Jenkins, 71; Mary McLean, 70; Ruby Scoggins Broadway: Ora Womack, 89 Cameron: Flossie McKinney, 96 Lillington: William Brown Raleigh: Alvis Clegg Jr. Seagrove: Rev. Gyles Saunders, 78 Siler City: Hoyle Culberson, 81
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
JUNE 28 n The Broadway Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. in Broadway. n The Sanford National Night Out Coordinators’ Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Sanford Municipal Building West End Conference Room. n The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 635 East St., in Pittsboro. n The Siler City Airport Authority will meet at 7 p.m. at the Siler City Municipal Airport.
JUNE 29 n Chatham County invites residents interested in the rebuilding of the Historic County Courthouse to share their ideas at a community forum slated fat 6:30 p.m. at Northwood High School’s cafeteria in Pittsboro.
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Zachary Vasquez (left), 6, and Hailey Stanifer, 7, with ABC Afterschool laugh at local story teller Ron Jones at the Lee County Community Arts Center on Wednesday afternoon.
JUNE 30 n The Sanford City Council Law & Finance meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Sanford Municipal Center in Sanford.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Mamie French Nettles, Joan Moore, Moses Isaiah Matthews, Christian Noah Robertson, Johnny Matthew Miller, Cris Elliott, William Salmon, Olive Brown, Carol M. Goodwin, Charlene Barker, Darlene Douglas, Odell Berryman, Karl Scott and Mary Johns. CELEBRITIES: Actor-comedian Jimmie Walker is 63. Actor-director Michael Lembeck is 62. TV personality Phyllis George is 61. Rock singer Tim Finn is 58. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 56. Rock musician David Paich (Toto) is 56. Actor Michael Sabatino is 55. Actor-writer-director Ricky Gervais is 49. Actor John Benjamin Hickey is 47. Rock singer George Michael is 47. Actress Erica Gimpel is 46. Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo is 44. Rapper-producer Richie Rich is 43. Rapper Candyman is 42. Contemporary Christian musician Sean Kelly (Sixpence None the Richer) is 39. Actress Angela Kinsey (TV: “The Office”) is 39. Actress Linda Cardellini is 35. Actress Busy Philipps is 31.
Almanac Today is Friday, June 25, the 176th day of 2010. There are 189 days left in the year. This day in history: On June 25, 2009, death claimed Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” in Los Angeles at age 50 and actress Farrah Fawcett in Santa Monica, Calif. at age 62. In 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his Seventh Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana. In 1910, President William Howard Taft signed the White-Slave Traffic Act, more popularly known as the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes. The ballet “The Firebird” with music by Igor Stravinsky was premiered in Paris by the Ballets Russes. In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was enacted. In 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South. In 1962, the Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, ruled that recital of a state-sponsored prayer in New York State public schools was unconstitutional. In 1973, former White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee. In 1990, African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela met with President George H.W. Bush at the White House.
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ONGOING n Preregistration is underway for the program “Learn How to Can!” to be held at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center. Bring your own vegetables and learn how to preserve them with this “hands on” canning experience. The program for green beans will be held June 29 or July 13, at 6:30 p.m. The program for tomatoes will be held July 22 or Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is $8. Call (919) 775-5624 to learn more. n Want to get into mountain biking, but don’t know where to start? There will be a free mountain biking clinic offered the last Saturday of each month at San-Lee Park. For more details call 776-6221. n Central Fire Station at 512 Hawkins Avenue 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. n Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May through October.
SATURDAY n The Annual St. Baldrick’s event — volunteers shaving their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research — will be held at 4 p.m. at Cafe 121, located at 121 Chatham St., Sanford. n Shag Your SASS Off with the Sanford
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (919) 718-1225. Area Society of Shaggers at the club’s annual fundraiser, to be held at 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 382, 305 Legion Drive Sanford DJ is Robbie Farrell. Cost is $8 per person. Special exhibition dance by 2010 Junior I National Division Champions Karlee Martin and Austin Pope. For information, contact Rosemary Parten at 774-8090. n Chatham Habitat for Humanity announces its first annual Chatham 3RingCycle event, featuring 30, 60 and 100 mile bike rides on scenic roads throughout rural Chatham County. The event starts at the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro at 8:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit Chatham Habitat for Humanity. For more information and a printable registration form, visit www.chathamhabitat.org/3RingCycle. To volunteer at the event or to become a sponsor, contact Gaby Fornari at (919) 5420794, ext. 223 or at email@example.com. n Local farmers will be selling their fresh products from 9 a.m. to noon at Deport Park in downtown Sanford as part of the weekly Sanford Farmer’s Market. To get involved or to learn more, e-mail David Montgomery at
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PITTSBORO (MCT) — The Chatham County Board of Commissioners have decided not to raise the lodging occupancy tax from 3 percent to 6 percent, as thecounty manager’s budget proposed. “The commissioners received valuable feedback from lodging owners and other concerned residents,” Chairwoman Sally Kost said. The room occupancy tax is paid on overnight lodging, such as hotels and inns, with all revenues required to be spent on activities to attract more visitors. The funds are managed by the PittsboroSiler City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), which promotes tourism countywide. “We know that Chatham County needs to enhance its efforts to attract more overnight visitors,” said Commissioner Tom Vanderbeck, who is the board’s liaison to the CVB. “The county will work with the CVB to try to find other sources of funding to help make this happen, because it benefits the lodging establishments, retailers and other aspects of our economy when more people come here and stay longer.” Occupancy tax revenues currently support various tourism promotion activities, such as promoting coverage in travel magazines and news media, developing and distributing materials and e-newsletter that promote the county as a desirable destination, hosting an updated website, assisting local tourism-related businesses in their marketing efforts and participating in local and regional partnerships. Vice Chairman George Lucier added that “the county encourages owners of lodging facilities to forward their ideas on what might be done to further promote overnight visitors.” Those with suggestions can contact the CVB at (919) 542-8296 or email email@example.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS (MCT) — Holly Springs is making a move for cheaper water. The town, which has bought its water from Raleigh for a decade, has chosen to draw solely from a cheaper, more plentiful pipeline out of Harnett County. Holly Springs chose not to renew a water purchase agreement with Raleigh. Instead, the town is purchasing water from Harnett County at 57 percent of the Raleigh price: $1.75 per 1,000 gallons, compared with $3.05 per 1,000 gallons from Raleigh, according to data provided by Holly Springs. Discussions to wind down the Raleigh water contract early were prompted by the 2007 drought. Raleigh needed more water for its own customers, and Holly Springs was already finding much cheaper water elsewhere. With the purchase agreement ending, Raleigh will no longer enjoy $34,000 per month from a monthly water access fee paid by Holly Springs, in addition to the actual cost of the water. “This was not a surprise, nor was it a huge hit to our balance sheet,” said John Robert Carman, Raleigh’s public utilities director. But Carman said Raleigh remains interested in selling water beyond its immediate service area. In 1999, Holly Springs purchased up to 1.2 million gallons per day from Raleigh. That amount began to drop steadily after Holly Springs, with more than $6 million in state grant money, completed a much wider pipeline to the Harnett County Regional Water Plant in 2001. The plant, in Lillington, draws from the Cape Fear River. Holly Springs has since purchased up to 2 million gallons of water per day from Harnett County. In recent months, Holly Springs has purchased only nominal amounts from Raleigh. — The Cary News
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Teen volunteer Anita Ghandi (right) works in the Intensive Care Unit at Central Carolina Hospital with Lydia Warren, a telemetry technician, recording data from the hospital’s telemetry units on Monday afternoon. Ghandi is part of a program that allows teens to volunteer at the hospital over the summer. Read more about the program at sanfordherald.com (the story originally appeared in Tuesday’s Herald).
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Group draws the line on illiteracy LUMBERTON (MCT) — If rural communities are going to benefit from growth at Fort Bragg, more residents in the Cape Fear region must be able to at least read and write. That was the message Wednesday during a literacy and lifelong learning summit hosted by the BRAC Regional Task Force, the group charged with preparing Fayetteville and surrounding communities for economic growth from base realignment. “We’re going to need an army to fight this illiteracy battle,” task force official Tim Moore told the crowd of about 160 educators, community leaders and elected officials, who attended the four-hour seminar at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Center in Lumberton. A lack of academic attainment, Moore said, is the “weak link” in the 11county region that experts
say could prosper from growth at Fort Bragg. Cumberland and surrounding counties are expected to see new opportunities in construction, health care and knowledge-based industries in coming years. The summit officially launched the Lifelong Learning and Literacy Project, a regional initiative to support at-risk residents in need of basic education or job training. Attendees of the seminar debated strategies to prepare disadvantaged populations for the looming economic growth. Ideas included investing in nonprofit programs, partnering with community colleges and supplementing early childhood education by reaching out to both parents and children. “We have to get parents reading more and speaking more to their kids,” Moore said. “More early words and words of praise
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assistant professor at Fayetteville State University coordinated a comprehensive study that examined the potential effects of BRAC on disadvantaged populations. The study found wide educational disparities across the region. “If we don’t get people the training they need, then they are going to be left behind,” Jackson said, and out-of-town job-seekers will step in. There would be social consequences if that happens, Moore said. “Either we invest now in programs like this, or we pay later in the form of social services, growing prison populations and welfare payments,” he said.
will help close the achievement gap.” The disparities are worse in rural communities, Moore said. Among the 11 counties included in the so-called All American Gateway Region, all but Cumberland have illiteracy rates above 15 percent, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. In Sampson and Montgomery counties, nearly one in four residents are functionally illiterate. Robeson County has an illiteracy rate above 20 percent. Even higher numbers of people across the region lack basic skills needed to compete for knowledgebased jobs likely to be created as a result of BRAC, Pamela Jackson said. The
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Obama had no choice in McChrystal issue Our View Issue: Wednesday’s resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, following derogatory comments he made to the press about the administration
Our stance: Pres. Obama had no choice but to accept it. Now it’s time to get back to the mission
he principle of trust is undervalued. As Americans reflect on the war in Afghanistan, trust — and a successful end to the mess there, however that’s defined — seems extraordinarily elusive. For that reason, President Obama had little choice but to accept the resignation this week of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U. S. Commander there. Gen. McChrystal likely would have been fired from the job he’s held — planning and overseeing military action in Afghanistan and helping develop a strategy for economic sustainability — had he not resigned. His meeting this week with President Obama resulted from comments he made for a profile in Rolling Stone
magazine criticizing some administration officials. It’s no secret that when you have a rank, you take your beefs up the chain of command — not down, and certainly not to the press. Understandable frustration with the Obama administration certainly drove Gen. McChrystal’s remarks. Regardless, his choice to violate a tenant of military hierarchy and protocol could not have had no impact at all. And the timing of Gen. McChrystal’s comments couldn’t have been worse, especially given the recent escalation in casualties in the area (combined, thankfully, with everincreasing “high value” targets of our own being taken down). History
is replete with military commanders and commanders-in-chief spouting off at the mouth, expressing disdain for this matter or that. But the unprecedented nature of this conflict and Gen. McChrystal’s willingness to vent to Rolling Stone — not exactly the bastion of insightful war commentary — was unprecedented as well. A firing offense? In most circumstances, no. But there’s been evident distrust between Gen. McChrystal and the President for some time. In some ways, it was an unpardonable offense. Fair debate is one thing. This was another, and because it involved poor judgment, judgment resulted. If there’s anything good to come
out of this, it’s that the transition from Gen. McChrystal to his replacement, Gen. David Petraeus, should be fairly seamless. Gen. Petraeus commanded U. S. forces in Iraq with some success and already has relationships in the region that will enhance his credibility — and trust. Following the appointment, Sen. John McCain said. “We think there is no one more qualified or more outstanding leader than Gen. Petraeus to achieve a successful conclusion of the Afghan conflict.” Now that the “dirty laundry” has been aired, hopefully we can get back to the business of resolution and solutions. With trust hopefully restored, the possibilities of that are greater than ever.
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oor Brad Pitt. And what about that sad fellow Steven Spielberg? Times are tough everywhere. They need more money. And thanks to the North Carolina General Assembly, it looks as if the North Carolina taxpayer is going to come through. The state House was expected to pass legislation this week that would extend some tax breaks to a range of industries in an attempt to lure new business to the state. The biggest beneficiary could be Hollywood and the movie-making industry. In total, the tax break legislation could be worth $300 million over five years. But really, it’s a guess. State legislators have felt compelled to increase incentives designed to bring film productions here because other states have been doing likewise. North Carolina recently lost out on some highprofile films shot in other states that offered more lucrative incentives. Just last year, legislators increased incentives for moviemakers by allowing them to take a tax credit worth up to 25 percent of their expenses. The earlier tax credit stood at 15 percent. But the law still caps the amount of tax credit at $7.5 million and limits perperson wages considered in the calculation at $1 million. ... Hollywood wants the caps and wage calculations gone. The legislation being considered would cap total tax credits at $20 million and eliminate the perperson wage limit. No wonder Buzz Lightyear is flying high again. Supporters of the legislation point out that the state only pays if the business comes. There is no real loss to tax coffers, they say, because the money going out only a portion of what is being generated by businesses that wouldn’t otherwise come here. That’s not exactly true regarding the movie-making incentives. The film production companies qualify for tax credits, not deductions, meaning they could theoretically get a rebate regardless of whether they have any tax liability here. A study conducted by the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University suggested that incentives offered in that state produced just 14 cents in tax revenue for every dollar offered by the state. Bob Orr, the head of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law and an incentive critic, also points out another objectionable aspect to the movie incentives: these aren’t permanent jobs. How much are these film productions really worth to the broader North Carolina economy, to the permanent residents of the state? Or is this just about being able to say that Daniel Day-Lewis romped around the North Carolina mountains wearing buckskins and feathers in his hair? At what level do incentives to moviemakers no longer become cost effective? If we haven’t reached that level, then legislators at least owe it to taxpayers to know when the tipping point will be reached. And if other states want to wholly subsidize Hollywood, so be it.
Trouble with opinion D o we care what the world thinks of us? Should we? A new survey of global opinion is getting the usual respectful attention. The Pew Global Attitudes Project surveyed people in 57 countries and found that President Obama’s approval ratings have slipped a bit among Europeans, Latin Americans, and Asians — though he remains quite a bit more popular than George W. Bush was in his final year in office. (Obama is far better liked abroad than he is at home.) Liberals tend to care a great deal about the way America is perceived globally and will doubtless be gratified that their pinup continues to score well in Brussels and Timbuktu. They remind us that Thomas Jefferson himself bowed to a “decent respect for the opinions of mankind” when drafting the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson had never attended a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. On June 18, the council voted by acclamation to select Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann to serve on its Advisory Committee. D’Escoto, a defrocked priest who served as foreign minister for Nicaragua’s communist Sandinista government in the 1980s, was fully implicated in that regime’s multiple and grievous human rights abuses. This is not D’Escoto’s first high-level posting at the U.N. He served as president of the General Assembly from 2008 to 2009, during which time he warmly embraced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and described the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq as “atrocities that must be condemned and repudiated by all who believe in the rule of law in international relations.” He branded Ronald Reagan as an “international outlaw” and suggested that Israel is “crucifying our Palestinian brothers and sisters.” Well, perhaps the U.N. Human Rights Council isn’t the best measure of world opinion. Even stipulating that the U.N. represents only the twisted posturing of a largely unelected, corrupt, and cynical collection of thugs, are global opinion polls useful guides to anything? Did you know that 63 percent of Turks, according to one recent survey, approve of polygamy? Americans, one suspects, pay far more attention to these global popularity contests than other nations. Can you imagine Vladimir Putin or Hu Jintao poring over these results? Ah, 50 percent of Germans have a favorable view of Russia compared with only 38 percent of Brazilians! Fifty-eight percent of Indonesians like the Chinese, but only 39 percent of Mexicans feel the same! Summon our image-makers! President Obama’s most concerted effort since taking office has been to improve America’s image in the Muslim world. The president’s first interview was granted to Al Arabiya. He traveled to Cairo to sprinkle the fairy dust, and filmed a fawning New Year’s message to the gangsters who rule in Tehran. He has sent multiple envoys, most notably Sen. John Kerry, to woo Syria’s brutal Bashar
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al-Assad. With what result? As this survey indicates, Obama has achieved very little in terms of popularity in Muslim lands. After a short spike following the inauguration, approval of America has fallen fast. The number of Egyptians expressing confidence in Obama fell from 41 to 31 percent, and in Turkey from 33 percent to 23 percent. The Pew report notes that “Last year only 13 percent of Pakistani Muslims expressed confidence in Obama, but this year even fewer (8 percent) hold this view.” Who knows why so many respondents in Muslim countries are disappointed in Obama? It’s possible, based on the way rumors and conspiracy theories metastasize in that part of the world, that many believed our president was actually a Muslim Manchurian candidate and have been disappointed in the reality. It’s possible they expected a complete repudiation of Israel, rather than the icy disdain this administration has shown. It’s hard enough to interpret the views of our own voters — South Carolina Democratic primary anyone? — the motives of foreigners are even more mysterious. OK, popularity is slipping, but perhaps the apology tour/charm offensive has yielded dividends in policy support? Not so much. Syria has clutched Iran even closer to her bosom than before and has recently transferred Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon — all while the U.S. continues to grovel to al-Assad. Iran is racing toward nuclear status while essentially dropping the fig leaf of “peaceful” energy. Turkey, the Muslim nation with the warmest ties to the West, has accelerated its turn toward jihadism. Brazil has spurned the U.S. by embracing Iran and Turkey. Machiavelli provides ballast for Jefferson: “And that prince who bases his power entirely on ... words, finding himself completely without other preparations, comes to ruin.”
Today’s Prayer Jesus said, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” (John 21:22 RSV) PRAYER: Help me, Lord, to let go of those things inside of me which cause me to want to control others. Amen.
There are two issues on which every dog lover agrees. First, dogs deserve a life in a safe, caring, and healthy environment. Second, those who treat dogs in a negligent or cruel manner should be held accountable. At the capitol this week, Sen. Don Davis held a press conference to discuss Senate Bill 460 — the so-called puppy mill bill — that stalled in the House Finance Committee last year. Davis introduced this bill last spring after a large, substandard kennel in his Wayne County district was raided and closed down. Thanks to North Carolina’s effective negligence and cruelty laws, the kennel owner has since been convicted on cruelty charges. During the press conference, Davis cited a problem common among animal control departments throughout the country: Departments regularly lack the tools needed to go after illegal substandard kennels. The biggest concern we hear from animal control services is a lack of funding. SB 460 attempts to solve this problem by creating a system that requires anyone in North Carolina with 15 intact female dogs and 30 puppies (the bill doesn’t say if the numbers are cumulative or at the same time), to register with the state. The bill then authorizes the state to require counties to investigate any animal care complaints received by the state—but it provides no funding. So beyond establishing another layer of bureaucracy, what does it actually accomplish? The animals that need help will still need it — and our cash-strapped counties will be stretched even further. And unless every county in the state raises taxes significantly, the problem is back full circle: County animal services still don’t have the resources they need to carry out existing laws. There’s no doubt most of us love our dogs and abhor animal cruelty. However, when it comes to legislating this issues, reasonable people must ensure that a new law actually does what it’s supposed to do: protect the health and welfare of dogs and without infringing on the rights of responsible, law abiding citizens. Senate Bill 460 failed that test. We have good laws on the books. What we need now is good enforcement. Let’s devote our limited resources to enforcing existing laws that punish neglect and cruelty, rather than wasting them on confusing and expensive new laws that can’t be enforced. SHEILA GOFFE American Kennel Club
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OBITUARIES John Denson Jr.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for John Henry Denson Jr., 76, who died Tuesday (6/22/10), was conducted Thursday at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ruth Holder officiating. Entombment will follow at Lee Memory Gardens Garden Mausoleum. Soloist and pianist was Teresa Baker. Pallbearers were J.R. Stack, Isaac Jordan, Randy Buchanan, Randy Hutchins, Danny Hutchins and Michael Sheffield. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Mary Elizabeth McLean Jenkins, 71, of 122 Melvin Lane, who died Wednesday (6/16/10), was conducted Wednesday at Tempting Congregational Church with Elder Pearline McMillian officiating. Burial followed at Lee Memory Gardens. Musician was Tyrone McMillian. Soloist was Linda McLean. Pallbearers were John Price, Norman Palmer, David Dorsett, Tim Worthy, John Roberts and Arthur Simmons. Arrangements were by Watson Mortuary, Inc. of Sanford.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Mary J. McLean, 70, of 16276 Hwy. 27 West, who died Monday (6/21/10), was conducted Thursday at Johnsonville AME Zion Church in Cameron with The Rev. Yyonette Rhodes officiating. Eulogist was Bishop Charles E. Cameron Sr. Burial followed at Lee Memory Gardens in Sanford. Pallbearers were the Johnsonville School Class of 1959. Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
BROADWAY â€” Funeral service for Ora Womack, 89, who died Tuesday (6/22/10), was conducted Thursday at Holly Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Parsons officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pianist was Louise Oyster. Pallbearers were Chris Burns, Lee Burns, Shaun Kelley, Lamar McNeil and Buck Womack Jr. Arrangements were by Oâ€™QuinnPeebles Funeral Home of Lillington.
CAMERON â€” Funeral service for Flossie Pace McKinney, 96, who died Tuesday (6/22/10), was conducted Thursday at Cameron Presbyterian Church with Dr. Teri Ott, Pastor Lee McKinney and Dr. Wayne Greene officiating. Burial followed in the Cameron Town Cemetery. During the service the congregation sang, soloist was Daniel J. Ott, readings were by Amber McKinney. Pianist was Mary Rush and
organist was Isabel Thomas. Pallbearers were Adam Ferguson, Chase Ferguson, Cori Ferguson, Brent Gaster, Megan Kachelmeyer, Christina Blackburn, Josh Blackburn, Cameron Barber, Cassie Barber, Amber McKinney and Jessi McKinney. Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home of Sanford.
William Brown LILLINGTON â€” William Neil Brown died Thursday (6/24/10). He was born April 24, 1918 in Lillington, son of the late James Ernest and Sarah Elizabeth Davis Brown. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945 and 19461947. Upon his honorable discharge, he and his family lived in Sanford until moving to Chicago, Ill. where he worked for S.K. Culver Company. Upon his retirement in 1983, he and his wife Irene moved to Tucson, Ariz. later returning to North Carolina. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eight brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his wife, Irene Agnes Brown; daughters Kaye Sholl and husband Jerry and Faye Zahr and husband Andrew; a son, James Brown and wife Evolyn; a brother, Leon Brown; six grandsons; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.oquinnpeebles.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Antioch Baptist Church, P.O. Box 525, Mamers, N.C. 27552. Arrangements are by Oâ€™Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home of Lillington.
Hoyle Culberson SILER CITY â€” Hoyle Hoke Culberson, 81, of 5376 Siler City-Snow Camp Road, died Wednesday (6/23/10) at his residence. He was born May 31, 1929, the son of the late Wade C. and Eula Mae Beavers Culberson. He was a native of Chatham County and a self-employed carpenter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Eula Mae Culberson; a sister, Alene Stout; and brothers, Clifton, Kilby and Walter Culberson. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Coltrane Culberson; a daughter, Jane C. Gray and husband Ike of Siler City; a son, Thomas â€œFuzzâ€? Culberson and wife Marci of Siler City; one grandson; four stepgrandchildren; six nephews and two nieces. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Piney Grove
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SANFORD â€” Ruby Lee Rogers Scoggins, a very special lady, passed with family members by her side on, Wed., June 23, 2010, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Mrs. Scoggins was born in Lee County on Nov. 24, 1921 to the late Haywood Paschal Rogers and Mattie Rachels Rogers. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Walter Leonard Scoggins and a grandchild, Mary Alice Scoggins. Mrs. Scoggins was a member of Jonesboro Presbyterian Church, a member of High Hope Chorus and a member of Witness Sunday School Class. Surviving relatives are her son William A. (Al) Scoggins and wife Carolyn of Elizabethtown; daughters, Carolyn Scoggins Boyd and husband Cecil of Apex and Dianne Scoggins Lawrence and husband Richard of Chapel Hill; sisters, Elva Wicker Ferguson of Carthage and Esther Phelps of Lake Waccamaw; three grandchildren, Emily Ann Boyd, Gracelee Lawrence and Martha Scoggins Walters; several nieces, nephews and dear friends. Ruby was a wonderful homemaker and farm wife all her life, devoting herself to the care and wellbeing of her family and their home. Ruby was never idle. When not working in the home, she was busy singing with the High Hopes Chorus, playing piano or reading. She always had a kind word and smile for everyone and was always ready to offer her love and support to those in need. Ruby was a very loving person who treasured family above all else. She was a steadfast woman who will be truly missed by many. Services will be held at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church on Sat., June 26, 2010, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Keith Miller officiating. Burial will follow at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Jonesboro Presbyterian Church from 10 to 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, Md. 21203-7279. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.
RALEIGH â€” Alvis B. Clegg Jr. died on June 23, 2010. He was born October 22, 1930 in Lee County. Alvisâ€™s early employment was with Sanford Radio Co. and Buchananâ€™s TV. He served six years with Battery â€œCâ€?, 130th AAA of the North Carolina National Guard and schooled in electronics at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Following graduation from Tri-State University, Angola, Indiana, he was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency and spent an exciting and rewarding career across five continents. During his career with the CIA, Alvis was the recipient of the Intelligence Star, the Career Intelligence medal, and numerous citations for outstanding service. Following his retirement from the Agency, Alvis was employed for nine years with North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in campus data communications. Alvis was a member of Woodhaven Baptist Church in Apex. He is survived by his wife, Imogene; son, Alan and wife Jennifer, grandsons, Andrew and Brian of Apex; and a sister, Sara Cox of Sanford. His body is being donated to Duke University for anatomical research after which his remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Clegg Scholarship Endowment at either Campbell University, P.O. Box 116, Buies Creek, N.C. 27506, or North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7501, Raleigh, N.C. 27695-7501. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford. Paid obituary
Rev. Gyles L. Saunders SEAGROVE â€” Rev. Gyles L. Saunders, 78, of 6038 Bennett Road, died Wed., June 23, 2010, at his residence. Graveside funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Wallace Family Cemetery in Robbins with the Rev. Charles Lassiter and Brother Timmy Mitchell officiating. Rev. Saunders was a Moore County native, was a graduate of Liberty Bible Institute and was a retired pastor having served many years at Bear Creek Baptist and later at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors are a son, Danny M. Saunders of the home; a daughter, Sharon L. Saunders of Seagrove; and grandchildren, Jeremy L. Gordon and wife Morgan of Seagrove and Tabitha Gordon of Seagrove. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today, June 25,2010, at Joyce-Brady Chapel in Bennett. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 8109, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804-1109. The Saunders family would like to sincerely thank Denise Austin, RN for the compassionate ,professional, and extraordinary care she provided our father and family during his illness. We would also like to thank Denise Batten, RN and Paula Holder CNA for their care and genuine compassion.
Lula Mae Gunter SANFORD â€” Lula Mae Gunter, age 92, of Sanford, passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at the E. Carlton Powell Hospice Center in Lillington. She was born on March 17, 1918 in Montgomery County, to the late James E. and Lula Gunter. Ms. Gunter is survived by two sons, John Ivan Gunter of Sanford and James F. Gunter and wife Linda of Broadway; one daughter, Billie Jean Gunter of Wilson. She is also survived by four sisters, Annie Lee Benoit, Ruby Coker and Ruth Fisher, all of Sanford, and Mary Williams of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Cindy Gunter of Sanford, Penny Gale Gunter of Pittsboro, James F. Gunter Jr. of Lillington and Lynn Gunter of Sanford; three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Lizzie Thomas Gunter, and four brothers. A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Moncure United Methodist Church Cemetery with Chaplain Jim Langford officiating. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to E. Carlton Powell Hospice Center, 185 Pine State St., Lillington, N.C. 27546. Online condolences may be made at www.millerboles.com. Miller-Boles Funeral Home is serving the family.
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. â€” Essie Swan Pugh, 66, died Wednesday (6/9/10) at KU Medical Center in Kansas. She served Lee County as a Registered Nurse for many years. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Church of Christ Church Cemetery in Broadway. Locally announced by LHorton Community Funeral Home.
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