75 YEARS OF SANFORD LIONS Like its award-winning fair, the Lions Club has grown with the years By ALEXA MILAN firstname.lastname@example.org
he Sanford Lions Club has come a long way in its 75 years, growing from 20 charter members to one of the largest Lions Clubs in North Carolina. Throughout its many changes one thing has stayed the same: a commitment to serving Lee County for the sole purpose of helping those in need. When the club convenes to celebrate
its 75th anniversary Thursday, the members will reflect on the long list of causes they have supported: Christmas Cheer, Relay for Life, student eye screenings, leader dog programs, scholarship programs, clinical eye research, eyeglass collections, Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina for neglected children and Camp Dogwood for the visually impaired, just to name a few.
Photo courtesy of Harry Thomas
Longtime Lions Club member Harry Thomas (left) and his wife Berta Thomas attach a big Lee County Fair bow tie to former N.C. Gov. Terry Sanford in 1962.
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Johnson to run in District 4
Expansion decision from CAT expected
Former sheriff candidate Democrats’ choice for commissioner in November By BILLY BALL email@example.com
SANFORD — Lee County Democrats have their man. Local party leaders confirmed late Monday that Butch Johnson, a former law enforcement officer and
magistrate who once ran for Lee County Sheriff, has been tapped to represent the party in the race for the county Board of Commissioners District 4 seat this fall. Johnson was selected in a unanimous vote by party members Monday night, said
Democratic Party Chairman Ty Stumpf. He will replace former candidate Kenny Cole to compete against GOP opponent Jim Womack. Cole bowed out of the race
See Butch, Page 6A
I’m not left, I’m not right, I like to be a common sense kind of guy.’
— Butch Johnson,
District 4 candidate
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT • MORE PHOTOS, PAGE 7A
Company could bring more than 300 new jobs to Lee County By BILLY BALL
DISGRUNTLED WORKER KILLS 8 IN CONNECTICUT A warehouse driver who a union official said was caught on video stealing beer from the distributorship where he worked went on a shooting rampage there Tuesday, killing eight people and wounding two before committing suicide Page 19A
STATE PERDUE ALMOST DONE WITH STACK OF BILLS Gov. Beverly Perdue is almost done with the stack of bills left on her desk by the North Carolina General Assembly when it adjourned last month, signing at least seven more into law on Tuesday
Neighbors bond for a ‘Night Out’
GULF OIL SPILL
BP embarked Tuesday on an operation that could seal the biggest offshore oil leak in U.S. history once and for all, forcing mud down the throat of its blown-out well
Dozens of communities in Sanford and Lee County came together Tuesday for the National Night Out, an event designed as an act of solidarity for neighborhoods in their continued fight against crime. (ABOVE) Evelyn Miller, 2, shows off her face painting during the National Night Out event on Eames Drive Community on Tuesday. (LEFT) Sanford Police Chief Ronnie Yarborough, shares laughs with Jasper Marshall during the event on Pineland and Martin streets.
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BP HOPES TO SEAL LEAK BY PACKING IT WITH MUD
Vol. 80, No. 182 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
HAPPENING TODAY The N.C. Department of Agriculture’s “Got to Be NC” program will be at the Walmart in Sanford from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring the Got to Be NC Big Cart, a giant grocery cart measuring more than 15 feet in length CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
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SANFORD — Lee County officials talked Tuesday of an impending decision from worldwide construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar on a proposed $31 million expansion of its Sanford facility. County Board of Commissioners Chairman Richard Hayes declined to release any specifics on the much-discussed expansion, which could include up to 322 new jobs, but said Tuesday afternoon that an announcement would “very likely” be made in the next 24 hours. Hayes spoke in a hopeful tone about the coveted project, in which Lee County has been vying with leaders in Florence, S.C., for the major expansion. “It’s been a great day,” Hayes said. “I enjoy what I’m doing and I think economic expansion is very, very important.” Local leaders have touted the Caterpillar talks as a major opportunity for recessionbattered Lee County, which has weathered double-digit unemployment rates and largescale industrial layoffs in recent years. Just days ago, the manufacturer announced that it would be building a facility with more than 500 new jobs in WinstonSalem. North Carolina was reportedly competing against South Carolina for that prize as well. County commissioners agreed in June to offer $900,000 in upfront money to woo the machinery giant, part of a multi-component plan that
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More Weather, Page 12A
Sanford: Katherine Cameron, 92; Donald Clayton Sr., 65; Oscar Kelly, 78; Margaret Robertson, 84 Carthage: Cassie Holder, 92
Apparently there is such a thing as a free lunch at one local church
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GOOD MORNING Pet of the Week Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption
Martha Martha is approaching her second birthday and sports a unique-patterned white and black short coat. She is a petite girl; so small she’s often thought to be the same age as many of her 6-month-old roommates in the cattery. Martha believes she was named after the first U.S. president’s wife and has set standards for her treatment accordingly. Fortunately her sweet, laid-back personality make it easy to treat her like the first lady she thinks she is. She is litter box trained and gets along well with other kitties. Please stop by and meet Martha and see if you qualify to be her “first” family. Martha is feline leukemia and aids negative, current on vaccinations and preventatives, micro-chipped and spayed. See CARA’s Web site (www.cara-nc.org) for more info or to apply to adopt. Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc. located at 42 Deep River Rd., Sanford is a 501(c) non-profit, volunteer organization that operates on individual and corporate donations and fund raising proceeds.
On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY ■ Moore County Voluntary Ag. Advisory will meet at 1 p.m. at the Soil and Water Conference Room at the Ag Center in Carthage.
THURSDAY ■ The Carthage Planning Board will meet in Carthage. ■ An elected officials forum will be held at 5 p.m. at the Moore County Senior Enrichment Center on Highway 15/501. ■ 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 Chris Putnam, Rose Owle, Geraldine Cherry, Thurlene McNair, Logan York, Jason DeGraffenreidt, Kim Bordeaux, Johanna Nicole Jordan, Thomas M. Haislip Sr., Randy Williams, James Cameron Wells, Alexander Martinez, Austin Pedley, Joel Lemmond, Jerry Lemmond, Gladys Lambert, Kim Myers, Miranda Marks, Jerry Mitchell, Nigeria Goldston, Bryan Stone, Vivian Michelle Goldston, Lauren Maynor, Joyce Parrish, Kendrick Edwards, Kenton Edwards, Christopher J. Wall, Stacy Marie Dew, Nora Gunter, Mary Doris Apple, Teresa S. Patterson, Ashley Ayers and W.C. Campbell. CELEBRITIES: Journalist Helen Thomas is 90. Football Hall-of-Famer John Riggins is 61. President Barack Obama is 49. MLB pitcher Roger Clemens is 48. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 42. Race car driver Jeff Gordon is 39.
Almanac Today is Wednesday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2010. There are 149 days left in the year. This day in history: On Aug. 4, 1944, Anne Frank, 15, was arrested along with her sister, parents and four others by German security after hiding for two years inside a building in Amsterdam. (Anne, who’d kept a now-famous diary during her time in hiding, died in March 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp.) In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Lizzie Borden, Andrew’s daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial. In 1900, Britain’s Queen Mother Elizabeth was born. In 1964, the bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING/UPCOMING ■ North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Lee County Environmental Health Department will sponsor SERVSAFE®Serving Safe Food seminar Aug. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Sept. 1 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Auditorium at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford. For additional information, contact N.C. Cooperative Extension at 775-5624 or Lee County Environmental Health at 718-4641. ■ 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. ■ Sanford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May through October.
TODAY ■ Celebrate your last free days before school begins and beat the heat at the Lee County Library’s mini film festival at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the library’s main branch. Bring a beach towel or blanket and a light snack. The event is free and open to the public; children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call the library at (919) 718-4665 x. 5483. ■ The N.C. Department of Agriculture’s “Got to Be NC” program will be at the Walmart in Sanford from 4 to 6 p.m. as part of a statewide promotion in support of local foods available in Walmart Supercenter stores. The Got to Be NC Big Cart, a giant grocery cart measuring more than 15 feet in length, will be on site with North Carolina food companies to pass out free samples
THURSDAY ■ Business After Hours will concide with the United Way of Lee County’s annual campaign kick-off from 5 to 7 p.m. at Depot Park in Downtown Sanford. This year, the United Way is celebrating 50 years in Lee County. RSVP by calling (919) 775-7341 or online at www.sanford-nc.com. ■ Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic supper and “Function at the Junction” at Depot Park. This free outdoor family event starts at 7 p.m. and includes a variety of music throughout the summer. For more information, visit downtownsanford.com or call 919-775-8332. ■ The Central Carolina Community College summer graduation will be held at 11 a.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. ■ The 55th annual Robbins Farmers Day events will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Robbins.
FRIDAY ■ Temple Theatre’s youth conservatory will present Disney’s “The Jungle Book!” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Seating is general admission. Call the Temple box office at (919)
FACES & PLACES
Students at Pocket Presbyterian Church’s Vacation Bible School recently collected more than 1,400 pounds of food for Christians United Outreach Center, a local food pantry. Pictured are Slone Dickson, Renee Paschal, Megan Swindell and Cathy Swindell with the food when it was donated to CUOC. 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. 774-4155 or go online to templeshows. com. The box office is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door as well. ■ Legal Aid Intake Day will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Enrichment Center in Sanford. ■ “Walk in ’e Moon” book signing with author LaVerne Thornton and illustrator Perry Harrison will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Virlie’s Grill, 58 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro. ■ The 55th annual Robbins Farmers Day events will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight in Robbins, including the 19th annual pottery auction beginning at 7:30 p.m. ■ First Friday at Cafe 121 benefiting Communities In Schools of Lee County’s BackPack Pals program begins at 5 p.m. Half of all sales on Friday night will go to CIS-Lee. Live entertainment will be provided by Sevryn Schaller. Reservations are strongly recommended — call Cafe 121 at 774-1888. For more information about CIS Lee or BackPack Pals, call Heather Little at 718-5426 or via email at cisleedirector@ windstream.net.
SATURDAY ■ Temple Theatre’s youth conservatory will present Disney’s “The Jungle Book!” at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Seating is general admission. Call the Temple box office at (919) 774-4155 or go online to templeshows.com. The box office is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door as well. ■ Local farmers will be selling their fresh
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■ Temple Theatre’s youth conservatory will present Disney’s “The Jungle Book!” at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Seating is general admission. Call the Temple box office at (919) 774-4155 or go online to templeshows. com. The box office is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door as well.
AUG. 10 ■ Lee County 2010 Idol auditions, for those 35 years old or better and love to sing, will be held at 7 p.m. at Depot Park in Sanford. In case of rain, auditions will be held at the Temple Theatre. There is an entry fee to audition, with all proceeds to benefit the Helping Fund. Entry forms are available at The Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St., Sanford. For more information, call (919) 776-0501. Contestants who are selected at the auditions will perform at the Boomer Senior & Caregiver Expo at 2:30 pm. Aug. 25 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center. ■ A bloodmobile visit is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Center in Carthage.
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AROUND OUR AREA MOORE COUNTY
Suspect in girl’s shooting death pleads guilty
CARTHAGE — A 21-yearold North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and breaking and entering in the shooting death of a 12-year-old girl during an apparent burglary attempt. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Michael Graham Currie admitted Tuesday morning to shooting Emily Haddock to death in 2007. Currie entered his plea in Moore County Superior Court. In exchange for his plea, the state agreed not to pursue the death penalty and will recommend a sentence of life in prison without parole. In June, 22-year-old Sherrod Nicholas Harrison pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of first-degree murder. Emily Haddock was shot in the head when five men kicked in the door at her home near Cameron and were surprised to find her home from school. — The Associated Press
Commissioners support agrarian growth in Siler City
PITTSBORO— The Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Monday supporting an application to the North Carolina Department of Commerce to create an Agrarian Growth Zone in Siler City. The zone is a special economic development district restricted to Census blocks or block groups with substantial poverty rates. The purpose of the zone is to boost business growth through substantial tax benefits. “Recent revisions in state law related to Agrarian Growth Zones made such a positive difference,” said Dianne Reid, president of the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation. “House Speaker Joe Hackney played a vital role in these amendments, which expanded the coverage area of the zone in Chatham. We are so appreciative of his efforts as well as Sen. Bob Atwater’s.” Reid said, “This comes a critical time. A few businesses in the proposed zone are considering expansion and would qualify for the new tax benefits.” Siler City Mayor Charles Johnson expressed appreciation to all who worked to make the designation possible. “The Agrarian Growth Zone gives our town greater strength and muscle to wrestle with recent job losses and our current struggling local economy,” Johnson said. “This puts Siler City on a more level playing field with surrounding communities.” Without the revised Agrarian Growth Zone designation, businesses
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in the zone would have to add substantially more jobs or business property investments to qualify for a lower level of tax credits, according to Commissioner Chairman Sally Kost. — from staff reports
Restaurant events raise $1,400 for nonprofit HAVEN SANFORD — With the help of two local restaurant franchises over the course of the summer, HAVEN in Lee County, a nonprofit which advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, has raised $1,400, the organization announced Tuesday. Through an agreement with the Sanford Ham’s franchise during the restaurant’s 75th anniversary celebration, HAVEN netted about $400. The restaurant had agreed to donate to HAVEN 10 percent of its sales from the celebration in June. The next month, HAVEN in Lee County held a flapjack fundraiser at the Sanford Applebee’s location. The event helped raise $1,000 for the nonprofit organization. “The money raised at these events will help us continue providing services to victims of sexual and domestic violence,” said Kay Ring, executive director of HAVEN. “We’re thankful that these two members of our community saw fit to help us in our mission of eradicating violence. Only by partnering with the entire community can we finally reach our goal.” For more information about HAVEN in Lee County, call (919) 774-8923 or visit www.haveninleecounty.org. — special to The Herald
Downtown eatery to be featured on UNC-TV this week SANFORD — The Steele Pig, a southern cuisine restaurant in downtown Sanford, will be featured on a prominent UNC-TV show this week. The show, “N.C. Weekend” will feature the eatery in a segment of this week’s episode, which airs at 9 p.m. Thursday and again at 8 p.m. Friday. The segment will feature host Bob Garner, a wellknown state food critic and the author of several books on food in the south, sampling a few of The Steele Pig’s owner Chad Blackwelder’s signature dishes. Garner made a swing through Sanford in late June to tape two segments. Along with the one at The Steele Pig, he also visited the Fairview Dairy Bar for a segment that aired in July. — from staff reports
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“It’s such a varied group that we serve,” said Harry Thomas, who has been a member of the Sanford Lions Club for 56 years. “Helping others is what it really amounts to. That’s what motivates us.” The Lions Club first appeared in North Carolina in 1922. The Sanford club formed 13 years later in 1935 and has maintained prominence in the Lee County community ever since. Vass resident Sid Scruggs, the third Lions Club international president from North Carolina, will attend the festivities Thursday, and he said he is impressed with all the club has accomplished since its inception. “You can see with 75 years of service, the Sanford club got involved very quickly after the Lions came to North Carolina,” Scruggs said. “They’ve made a tremendous difference in the lives of the community.” Thomas said he has more fond memories from his 56 years in the club than he can count, but he will always remember how the Lee County Fair, which the Lions Club organizes annually, has evolved since the time he was fair chairman in 1962. Like today, some of the money earned from the fair went to facility upkeep while most of it went to the club’s service efforts. But in the 1960s, the fair was such a huge undertaking that Thomas had to find someone else to operate his business for more than 30 days before and during the fair. “Back then, it wasn’t organized like it is today,” Thomas said. “It’s a much larger fair and more diversified. But I did have a dedicated group of Lions helping me.” The fair has blossomed into a Lee County tradition, but throughout its history the club’s primary mission has remained service to the visually and hearing impaired. Marvin Joyner, president of the Sanford Lion’s Club, said for him one of the most rewarding parts of being a Lion is participating in Lions-sponsored vision screening clinics. During the five years he has been a Lion, Joyner has witnessed the prevention of eye diseases that could have developed into something more serious. “Last year, we found a woman with a detached retina,” Joyner said. “On several occasions when screening pre-K children, we found significant vision problems that could have resulted in permanent vision loss. In some
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(Above) Vass native Sid L. Scruggs III is currently the international president of Lions Club. (LEFT) The Lions International president in 1980, the late Bill Woolard of Charlotte, pictured right, receives a ham from Sanford Lions President Harry Thomas.
A BUSY YEAR cases we really prevented blindness in people and enabled kids to learn better.” The Lions Club currently has 1.35 million members in 45,000 clubs in 200 countries. Scruggs has been involved with the club for about 30 years, and he said he looks forward to celebrating the Sanford club’s contributions to the causes that have shaped who he is. “Being able to go to China and take the patches off of people who have had cataracts surgery and watch them be able to see again, the inner joy it gives you from realizing that you’ve enriched someone’s life, that’s why I joined and that’s why I do what I do,” Scruggs said. The Sanford Lions Club has helped countless people in its 75 years, and the money and time the club has donated hasn’t gone unnoticed. Representatives from some of the programs the club serves will attend the anniversary celebration to give thanks to the group that has dedicated itself to helping them. Tom Lamont, director of civic club development at Boys and Girls Homes, said the Sanford Lions Club has been a great friend to Boys and Girls Homes through the years. The club built a cottage at the Boys and Girls Homes site in Lake Waccamaw in 1960. Every year, the club invites the boys who live in the cottage to Sanford for a day of education and socializing. That handson interaction, Lamont
said, is what sets the Lions Club apart. “Without the Lions, we wouldn’t be able to provide for the children,” Lamont said. “It’s obvious that the Sanford Lions have a passion for our mission and they have made it a priority. There’s no question the impact they’ve had on the children here.” After going strong for 75 years, don’t expect the Sanford Lions Club to slow down any time soon. After the celebration, the club will be back to work on its service initiatives and September’s fair. Joyner said the only critical challenge facing the club is that people don’t seem as interested in joining service organizations like the Lions Club anymore, so he hopes the club will be able to attract new members. Tommy Mann Jr., who followed in the footsteps of his father and joined the club in 1974, said as long as there are people in the community who are interested in helping others, he thinks the Lions will continue to thrive. “I think our club will continue to have a prominent place in the community,” Mann said. “As long as we can maintain that prominence, then we can maintain that service.” Whatever the organization’s future holds, Thomas said the Lions Club has changed his life, and all of his fellow members should be proud of what they have accomplished. “If you can do something for other people
Sanford Lions Club accomplishments for 2009-2010 ■ Charitable donations of more than $31,000 to programs including Camp Dogwood, Relay for Life and Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina ■ Vision screenings for 1,350 middle schoolers, ninth graders and Vision Van visitors ■ Sponsored the Lee Regional Fair, with 27,000 visitors ■ Hosted the annual Relay for Life cancer walk ■ Hosted a children’s reading program for about 600 children ■ Gave two college scholarships ■ Collected 2,225 pairs of used eyeglasses for Camp Dogwood
who have no way of returning the favor to you, that does a lot,” Thomas said. “It’s the greatest thing I know, and it’s been instilled in all Lions.”
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Editorial Board: Bill Horner III, Publisher • Billy Liggett, Editor • R.V. Hight, Special Projects Editor
Advice for students: get involved Our View Issue Fall is approaching, and that means our students will be heading back to school soon
Our stance Whether it’s sports or school clubs, we encourage all students to get involved in something this year ... anything to keep them interested and active
ou’re only in high school once. And for most of us, high school is the only opportunity we have to play organized sports. Many of our teenage boys kicked off this year’s athletics schedule on Monday by participating in the first day of football practices. Many of our young women will soon take to the volleyball courts as well. We strongly encourage every student in our county to play something this year — be it track or football, golf or softball, volleyball or soccer. And if sports aren’t your thing, at least get involved in
some way at school this year. Join the band or the ROTC or one of the many other clubs available at our high schools. Why? For a myriad of reasons. First off, being involved makes you a more well-rounded student. It gives you self esteem to tackle almost any obstacle the real world may throw at you. It teaches you teamwork skills, and helps you make friends you’ll keep for a lifetime. Playing sports keeps you in shape, too, at a time when the nation’s children are struggling with obesity. And involvement in various clubs expands your mind, teaching you things you
could never learn in the classroom in a regular school day. Sure, there’s going to be hot days at practice and gutwrenching losses on the field or court. There’s going to be days when you’d rather go home and listen to your iPod or watch the latest viral videos on YouTube than go to band camp or quiz bowl tryout. But when you get out of high school, get a real job and all the responsibilities that come with adulthood, you’ll seriously miss the opportunity to play. And who knows, you’ll likely make friends and learn a thing or two along the way.
R.V. Hight Special Projects Editor R.V. Hight can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a free lunch
ave you ever heard the saying, “There is no free lunch.” Well, Phyllis Hancock Venrick says she knows where there is a free lunch. Rocky Fork Christian Church is holding a Community Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A flier on the event reads, “This is a free event to our community, there is no admission fees or charge for anything that takes place on this day.” Included are free amusement rides. Free popcorn. Free ice cream. Free hot dogs. Free drinks. There will be door prizes. And, if you’d like to make a blood donation, the American Red Cross will be on site. The flier says that donations will be accepted. It sounds like a good time is in store for all who take time to visit the church, which is located on Rocky Fork Church Road. Remember — here is one event where there is a free lunch. This sounds like a great community event. Thanks to the Rocky Fork Christian Church family for hosting this Community Appreciation Day event.
History book Some 15 years ago, a book titled “The History and Architecture of Lee County, North Carolina,” by J. Daniel Pezzoni, was published by The Railroad House Historical Association. The book is out of print — although there apparently have been some requests to reprint the book. Should there be a reprinting of the book, it’s necessary to see who may be interested in purchasing a copy. The books would cost in the $50 range. It’s a wonderful book — one that I’m proud to have in my personal collection. If these books are reprinted and you’d like to obtain a copy, please contact the Railroad House Historical Association, W.W. Seymour Jr. or Jane Barringer.
Class reunion There’s something special about a class reunion — the opportunity to visit with former classmates and share memories. The Sanford Central High School Class of 1970 will hold its reunion on Sept. 18 — and there is a search for the following class members: Linda Lou Stone, Mary Woodall Anders, David Wayne Thomas, Shirley Mitchell Lambert, Ricky Joe Fraser, Deborah Galyean Hall, James C. Graves, Cynthia Lee Henderson, Bobby Eugene Malone, John Peter Maskuluk, Victoria Raynor Stephens and Donald Ray Stewart. Anyone who has an address for these individuals can contact LaVerne at 774-8827 so that reunion information can be sent to them.
Accidental president “The trouble with you is,” she continued steadily, “you think people should stay in their own sealed packages. You don’t believe in opening up. You don’t believe in trading back and forth.” “I certainly don’t,” Macon said, buttoning his shirt front. Anne Tyler, “The Accidental Tourist”
ASHINGTON — If politics were literature, Bill Clinton would be Tom Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby,” casually smashing lives around him while remaining untouched by the chaos he creates. Barack Obama is more like Macon Leary in “The Accidental Tourist,” the author of tour guides who hates travel. “He was happiest with a regular scheme of things” — a cautious driver and committed flosser, systematic and steady, suspicious of unpredictable yearnings, displaying an “appalling calm” in times of crisis. “If you let yourself get angry you’ll be ... consumed,” Macon says. “You’ll burn up. It’s not productive.” Only order and method are productive. He is attracted to the “virtuous delights of organizing a disorganized country.” Macon uses structure and rationality to avoid facing personal loss. Obama’s emotional distance seems rooted in self-sufficiency — a stout fortress of self-confidence. But the effect is much the same. Obama leads a country without reflecting its passions — at least any he is willing to share. Events leave him apparently untouched. He doesn’t need the crowd. Americans have always loved Obama more than he seems to care for us. Reaction to this trait is one of the main dividing lines in American politics. Some view it as cold, cerebral and off-putting. Obama supporters still find his reserve refreshing, a welcome contrast to emotive and theatrical politicians. For me — constitutionally averse to hugging, back-slapping and other forms of politically motivated manhandling — Obama’s manner has a certain appeal. It offers some of the pre-Oprah presidential dignity of Rutherford B. Hayes or James Garfield. Obama’s challenge is not a lack of theatrics. It is a lack of range. The most effective modern presidents — a Franklin Roosevelt or a Ronald Reagan — were able to adopt a number of tones and roles. They could express grand national ambition, withering partisan contempt, humorous self-deprecation, tear-jerking sentimentality, patriotic passion — sometimes all in the same speech. They played an orchestra of arguments and emotions — blaring trumpets, soft violins, rude tubas. Not every president — not even every successful president — has this kind of versatility. But Obama’s monotone manner has worn poorly. During the primaries, his cool detachment highlighted Sen. John McCain’s alarming excitability. As president, Obama’s rhetorical range runs from lecturing to prickly — the full gamut from A to C. His
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speeches are symphonies performed entirely with a tin whistle and an accordion. To switch metaphors, Obama is a pitcher with one pitch. He excels only at explanation. Initially this conveyed a chilly competence. But as the impression of competence has faded, we are left only with coldness. In retrospect, one of the defining moments of the Obama presidency may have been his first two minutes in public after the Fort Hood shooting — the initial test of his extemporaneous leadership. “Let me first of all just thank Ken and the entire Department of the Interior staff for organizing just an extraordinary conference,” said Obama. “I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe ‘Medicine’ Crow was around, and so I want to give a shout-out ...” Obama’s “appalling calm” has been seen following bank abuses, a terrorist bombing attempt and an oil spill. And it is more than just a stylistic drawback. Obama has adopted a risky, costly, necessary military strategy in Afghanistan. Yet the rhetorical resources he has devoted to its defense have been meager. Can a wartime president succeed without providing inspiration and expressing determination? What if even greater national exertions become necessary in North Korea or Iran? Sometimes it is not sufficient to organize a disorganized country. It must be led. “Before the orator can inspire audiences with any emotion,” argued Winston Churchill, “he must be swayed by it himself. When he would rouse their indignation his heart is filled with anger. Before he can move their tears his own must flow. To convince them he must himself believe.” Obama’s limited rhetorical range raises questions about the content of his deepest beliefs. For this reason among others, the man who doesn’t need the love of crowds is gradually losing it.
Today’s Prayer In all thy ways acknowledge (God) and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:6 KJV) PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for Your love and guidance. May we be aware of Your presence and trust and obey You. Amen.
Letters to the Editor Helping an organization like CUOC should be bigger priority for city To the Editor: I was surprised to read in last week’s Herald that Sanford City Council members refused the Christians United Outreach Center of its request for funds to repair an air conditioning unit. I have volunteered at CUOC in the past and this is an extremely worthwhile project. Maybe Mr. (Poly) Cohen should volunteer for a month and see the same faces every 15 days as they return for food. Some of these people do not qualify for food stamps; this and other Christian-based organizations may be their main source of food. Some have almost no income because of circumstances beyond their control. The comment, “You don’t want me throwing away your tax dollars on everything that comes along,” was a very cold statement. As for “picking and choosing,” I would certainly put feeding the hungry above the Temple Theatre. Which is more important — putting food on a hungry family’s table or entertainment that provides “tourists dollars”? It wasn’t like Ms. Teresa Dew had not searched out other sources for funding. I’m sure her decision to plead to the City Council came after there was no other choice. I hope local churches can provide Ms. Dew and CUOC some help; after all, Mr. Cohen’s generous check of $350 is a whopping start. PEGGY HOLSHOUSER Sanford
Yield sign needs to go up on Bypass ramp To the Editor: I would like to see the North Carolina Department of Transportation do something about the new ramp heading north at the Fuquay Varina exit off U.S. 1 (the U.S. 421 Bypass). There is no stop or yield sign at the end of that ramp. There is going to be a bad accident if something isn’t done, especially early in the mornings. MAY HESTON Sanford
Winning the British Open by 7 strokes hardly ‘mediocrity’ To the Editor: I think Alex Podlogar struck out with is July 20 “Hitter” column about major golf championships. He seemed to bend the story to conform to his theme about “major mediocrity.” He went on to include Louis Oosthuizen’s play in winning the British Open as part of this mediocrity. My dictionary has synonyms for mediocre as “indifferent, ordinary, average, commonplace.” What I saw on TV was superb, consistent play that my pal Azinger called surgeon scapulae precision. Azinger stated that the TV audience should appreciate Oosthuizen’s excellence rather than complain about the lack of a close, dramatic finish. The man won by seven shots — a far cry from mediocrity and very worthy of winning a major championship. Now, please tell me, what was the point of all those words? DONALD NEDZA Sanford
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OBITUARIES Donald Clayton Sr.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Henry â€œDonaldâ€? Clayton Sr., 65, who died Friday (7/30/10), was conducted Tuesday at Grace Chapel Church with the Rev. Dave Cyphert and the Rev. Bob Yandle officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military honors. Soloist was Clayton Jamie Holder, and the duet of Chad Hudson and Jeff Creel sang. A special reading was by Betty Sue McNeill and the pianist was Phillip Lloyd. Pallbearers were Jacob Coggins, Larry Rives, Jimmie Tharp, EC Waddell, JD Weathington and Lee Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Albert Adcock, Wade Butner, Bobby Hall, Ralph Hall, Ronnie Kelly and Dennis Maddox. Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home of Sanford.
SANFORD â€” Katherine Bradley Cameron, 92, died Tuesday (8/3/10) at Central Carolina Hospital. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orton Cameron; a son, James Cameron; brothers,
Arthur C. Bradley, Ray W. Bradley and James Tucker Bradley; and sisters, Ally Bradley and Francis Bradley Gunn. She is survived by a son, Alan Cameron and wife Virginia of Olivia; a sister, Lou B. Jolly and husband John of Brownâ€™s Summit; a brother, Ves Bradley and wife Vivian of Celo; and one grandchild. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Sanford with Dr. Stuart Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Buffalo Cemetery in Sanford. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be made at www.millerboles.com. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave., Sanford, N.C. 27330. Arrangements are by Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford.
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SANFORD â€” Margaret McNeill Robertson, 84, of Sanford, died Sunday, August 1, 2010, at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Friday, August 6, at the Ladies Parlor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. A private burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery. She is survived by her son, John K. Robertson Jr. and wife Karen of Sanford; a daughter, Robbie Williams of Sanford; brothers, W.H. McNeill Jr. and Frank A. McNeill of Aberdeen; sisters, Catherine McNeill Burns and Ella Ruth McNeill Clark of Aberdeen; four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. In addition to her husband, John K. Robertson, MD, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jean E. Robertson, and a sister, Dorothy McNeill. Margaret was born in Aberdeen on June 23, 1926 to the late W.H. and Ella Brewer McNeill Sr. She graduated as Valedictorian of her class at Aberdeen High School in 1944. She attended Queens College and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1948. She assisted her late husband John K. Robertson, MD in his medical practice in Robeson County and later in Jonesboro. She taught in the Lee County Schools for a number of years. She was an active member of the Jonesboro Presbyterian Church, where she taught Womenâ€™s Adult Sunday School. Margaret loved her family and reading her Bible. Online condolences may be made at www. millerboles.com. Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford is serving the family.
WILMINGTON â€” Lisa Harris Coggins Battle, 46, of Wilmington, formerly of Sanford, went to be with the Lord Saturday, July 31, 2010. Lisa was born September 8, 1963 in Lee County. She was very active in the life and ministry of Winter Park Baptist Church of Wilmington. Lisa served faithfully in childrenâ€™s ministries, womenâ€™s ministries, and various other church activities. She was employed as a Broker/REALTOR â€œ for Prudential Laney Real Estate of Wilmington. Previously she was a consultant for Aloette Cosmetics and Premier Jewelry Designs. She was very involved in the lives and activities of her daughters. Battle Lisa is survived by her mother, Linda H. Collins of Sanford; her father and stepmother, Gary and Gray Coggins of Sanford; her loving husband, Jeff Battle, and their two daughters, Olivia and Mary Kate of the home; two brothers, Jeffrey Coggins and wife Rhonda and Neil Coggins and wife Wanda, both of Sanford; six nephews, one niece, family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 5, 2010, at Winter Park Baptist Church with the Rev. Eric Porterfield and the Rev. Bill Garmon II officiating. A private interment will occur Friday, August 6, 2010, at Oleander Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Winter Park Baptist Church, 4700 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, N.C. 28403 in memory of Lisa. Condolences may be sent to the family at www. andrewsmortuary.com.
Oscar Kelly SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Oscar â€œO. Wayneâ€? Kelly, 78, of 815 Buckhorn Road, who died Saturday (7/31/10), was conducted Tuesday at Juniper Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. George Stallings and the Rev. Scott Yow officiating. Burial with military honors followed in the church cemetery. Eulogist was Marshall N. Bradley. Soloist and musician was Cindy Buchanan.
HARNETT COUNTY â– Matthew Allen Reed, 23, of 87 Eric Thomas St. in Broadway, was charged Thursday with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. â– Joshua Allen Page, 32, of 16962 N.C. 27 West in Sanford, was charged July 27 with manufacturing marijuana. â– Stephen Marshall Rumbold, 32, of 2935 Cool Springs Road in Broadway, was charged Friday with false imprisonment, assault on a female and communicating threats. â– Brianna Erin Axner, 20, of 207 West Side Drive in Cameron, was charged Saturday with provisional driving while impaired.
Pallbearers were Brad Rosser, Adam Rosser, Mike Johnson, Bobby Gene Kelly, Hiram â€œBoâ€? Wesley, Gerald Norris, Keith Thomas and Craig Buchanan. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Buchanan, Billy Godfrey, Billy Thomas, Chuck Councilman, Bernie Kelly, Tillman Howard and Richard Womack. Arrangements were by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.
Cassie Holder CARTHAGE â€” Funeral service for Cassie Leona Doby Holder, 92, who died Friday (7/30/10), was conducted Tuesday at Rocky Fork Christian Church with Dr. Bill Vaughn officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. A duet consisting of Gene and Rodger Edmisten sang one selection. A duet consisting of Leann Hinson and Kristie Parker sang one selection.
Pianist was Jeannene Vaughn. Pallbearers were Brian Cole, Kevin Kimball, Ronnie Everhart, Dennis Holder, Wayne Gibson, A.J. Mitchell and Lloyd Maness. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
Durham rejects digital billboard request DURHAM (MCT) â€” A billboard companyâ€™s two-year campaign to bring digital signs to Durham got a unanimous No from the City Council on Monday night. â€œThere are lots of ways to really enhance a city,â€? Councilman Eugene Brown said. â€œI donâ€™t think digital billboards are a way. ... It is the wrong way.â€? Fairway Outdoor Advertising, the Georgia company that owns most of the billboards in Durham County, is seeking to change Durhamâ€™s Unified Development Ordinance to allow it to relocate some of its signs, upgrade some and convert some to digital
operation. Fairway first proposed the change in 2008, generating strong opposition from some Durham residents and neighborhood organizations though it did win support from the Chamber of Commerce and N.C. Sheriff Police Alliance. Its campaign now moves to the Durham County Board of Commissioners, which hears the same appeal at its meeting Aug. 9. The commissioners approval would allow digital billboards outside the city limits. Several council members, though, remarked that public opinion appears overwhelmingly
opposed to changing the cityâ€™s current law. â€œThis issue has united Durham like none other,â€? said Councilman Mike Woodard, who reported receiving more than 1,000 e-mails in opposition to Fairwayâ€™s request and seven in favor of it. The 7-0 vote came after almost four hours of comments and questions during the councilâ€™s regular meeting. By Mayor Bill Bellâ€™s count, 24 people spoke in favor of the change and 34 against it. Fairwayâ€™s supporters claimed digital billboards can be effective tools for aiding law enforcement and locating missing persons. â€” Raleigh News & Observer
Nancy Wooley SPRING LAKE â€” Funeral service for Nancy J. Wooley, 82, of 407 Duncan Road, who died Monday (7/26/10), was conducted Thursday at Elizabeth Street Mortuary with Pastor Parker Curry officiating. Arrangements were by Elizabeth Street Mortuary of Spring Lake.
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BRAC movers looking at crime rates
FORT BRAGG (MCT) —Crime in Fayetteville and Cumberland County is a major concern for many looking to move to the Cape Fear region as part of military base realignment, officials have said. And some surrounding communities are playing on those concerns as they try to attract residents and businesses expected to relocate to the area. Most of those moving over the next year
will be coming from Fort McPherson in Atlanta. About 3,000 people are relocating to Fort Bragg with Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters. No matter where in the region they settle, new residents will find a crime rate lower than that in Georgia’s state capital. How much lower varies, from just more than 400 crimes fewer per 100,000 people in Robeson County to more than
5,000 crimes fewer per 100,000 people in Moore County. Tim McNeill, a member of the BRAC Regional Task Force board of directors, said those looking to move to the area are well aware of each county’s strengths and weaknesses, including their crime rates. He said he’s been told that questions about crime come up a lot at relocation fairs held as part of the BRAC move. “These folks that are
relocating do their homework and they do their research,” McNeill said. According to preliminary 2009 crime data released by the FBI, Atlanta had a crime rate of 7,785 crimes per 100,000 people. In the 11 counties considered part of the BRAC region, crime rates vary from 7,348.1 in Robeson County to 2,743.3 in Moore County, according to state data for 2009.
as one of the largest employers in Lee County, although the corporation does not release the number of workers at an individual facility. Leaders say South Carolina officials have been aggressive in seeking the Caterpillar move and that locals would have to be equally aggressive to lure the corporation to Sanford. “This community would be very fortunate if we were to get these jobs,” said Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce President Bob Joyce. “Because Caterpillar is a worldwide, well-known company that is a great company to work for, and is a great corporate citizen.” Following the county’s overtures to Caterpillar, officials also reached out to Sanford municipal leaders, petitioning in a June letter for the city to chip in on incentives, even though the facility would be located outside
of city limits. “Whether or not this expansion occurs in the city, the city will benefit from increased sales tax revenues and water and sewer revenues as the plant expands and employees with Caterpillar are located to Lee County with the project,” Hayes wrote in a letter to Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive and the City Council. “The commissioners unanimously believe that the city of Sanford should be participating in this expansion incentive because of our partnership arrangement and benefits the city finances will receive from this expansion.” Hayes said city leaders never gave the county a formal response to that letter, although he believes Sanford officials have “deferred rather than dismissed” the request. Sanford leaders would not comment on the county’s request, say-
ing that discussion was preserved by state closed session laws. Olive said one possible way for Sanford to get involved would be for the city to extend sewer and water services to a bigger Caterpillar plant. “Of course we want them to expand here,” Olive said. “The jobs that they would bring would be absolutely wonderful. Of course we want someone of that Fortune 500 company in our Industrial Park.” City Planning Director Bob Bridwell said he does not know of any concrete decisions for growth in Sanford’s Caterpillar plant, although he said local planners reviewed the technical components of a company expansion last week. “Their plans looked pretty good,” Bridwell said. “There were no complaints.”
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would use grants and local dollars to speed land purchasing, construction, training and road paving near the company’s current Womack Road facility. The $900,000 payment from Lee County differed from typical incentives in that it would be made upfront in exchange for expansion, as opposed to multi-year tax breaks. Lee County Economic Development Corporation Director Bob Heuts, who has been involved in talks with Caterpillar, said there was nothing new to report on the manufacturer Tuesday, although he is expecting a decision on the expansion “very soon.” “When they are ready to go, we’ll let people know, believe me,” Heuts said. Caterpillar is regarded
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in June over possible conflicts raised with his position as town manager in the Harnett County municipality of Coats. Johnson emerged as an apparent favorite as Democrats submitted applications to replace Cole last month. A Lee County native, he was a member of the Sanford Police Department for eight years, a deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years and a local magistrate for two decades prior to his retirement. He said he has also worked in the insurance business. Johnson was defeated in the race for sheriff by Tracy Carter in 2006 and considered challenging Carter again in 2008 before opting out. Stumpf characterized Johnson as a “pragmatist” Tuesday, emphasizing his background as a community and business head. “I think he possesses all the tools to be a good county commissioner,” Stumpf said. Democrats stopped accepting applications for a new candidate last month, and members of the party’s Executive Committee narrowed down the list of applicants for a full party vote Monday. Johnson said he did not know the names of any would-be candidates, saying that party members chose him
Monday shortly after opening the floor for nominations. “I was glad that they chose me,” Johnson said. “I was looking forward to it.” Johnson declined to discuss any policy positions Tuesday, but described himself as something of a moderate candidate. “I’m not left, I’m not right, I like to be a common sense kind of guy,” he said. Johnson said he planned to submit the necessary paperwork this week with the Lee County Board of Elections to face Womack. Under state law, Democrats had to choose their candidate at least 75 days before Election Day. Stumpf said he does not expect Womack’s head-start on campaigning will provide too much of an advantage in November voting. “I feel this will be a good, strong race and I am looking forward to Butch being victorious,” Stumpf said. The winner of the November election will assume the seat of Commissioner Jamie Kelly, a local Democrat who chose not to run again for office. Commisioners are expected to face piles of budget woes in the coming years as cashstarved state legislators consider local funding cuts.
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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT â€˘ PHOTOS BY W ESLEY BEESON
Children run and grab balloons as fast as they can during a water balloon fight at the National Night Out event on Eames Drive Tuesday.
Marquis Carr plays tug-of-war at the National Night Out on Eames Drive.
Robin Washington, 10, (left) and Victoria Bennett, 1, (right) enjoy games at the National Night Out on Eames Drive.
Elizabeth Bender, 3, enjoys riding around with her sister Sarah Bender, 1, at the National Night Out on Eames Drive.
Children enjoy one of the many games scheduled during the National Night Out event on Pineland and Martin streets in Sanford Tuesday.
Kennard Bland (left) and Nelson Swann (right) cook up burgers on the grill at the National Night Out event on Pineland Street.
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8A / Wednesday, August 4, 2010 / The Sanford Herald STATE GOVERNMENT
Perdue nearing end of bills on desk
RALEIGH (AP) â€” Gov. Beverly Perdue is almost done with the stack of bills left on her desk by the North Carolina General Assembly when it adjourned last month, signing at least seven more into law on Tuesday. Perdue has signed at least 99 of the 106 measures, according to the Legislatureâ€™s Web site, and plans to sign four military-related bills on Wednesday at a ceremony at a National Guard center in Morrisville. Perdue has until midnight Monday to veto bills, sign them into law or let them become law without her signature. Perdue told reporters Tuesday she didnâ€™t know whether she would veto
any of those remaining. They include legislation that would amend state purchase and contracting laws, allow University of North Carolina campuses to keep money realized by energy savings and help turn abandoned manufacturing sites into locations to develop renewable energy sources. North Carolina governors have vetoed 10 bills since the chief executive received the authority in 1997 following a change to the state constitution. Only one veto has been overturned. Several Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts stood around Perdue in the old House chamber Tuesday as she signed a bill that would al-
low worn North Carolina state flags to be respectfully retired by burning them, in keeping with federal law for U.S. flags. A Boy Scout troop from Charlotte and Girl Scout troop from Johnston County helped lobby for the law because there was no set way to dispose of North Carolina flags. â€œThank you for your very good idea,â€? Perdue said. Perdue also signed a bill making clear itâ€™s illegal for medical providers and others to give or receive kickbacks for the use of Medicaid services and legislation designed to prevent a repeat of a judgeâ€™s ruling that potential major polluters
receiving local and state incentives must accept more stringent environmental reviews up front. The bill was passed after a judge said in May a fuller environmental review was needed for a proposed Titan American cement plant and quarry near Wilmington. Perdue signed into law Monday a broad ethics, campaign finance and government reform bill. The measure toughens penalties for illegal campaign donations above $10,000 and expands personnel information that must be released to the public about state employees, such as a letter explaining why a worker was fired.
Death row inmates look for life in new law
RALEIGH (AP) â€” Five death row inmates are testing a new North Carolina law that would allow them to argue racial bias played a role in their sentences, and they may soon be joined by dozens of others. Lawyers for five prisoners filed motions in Davie, Forsyth, Martin, Randolph and Union counties Tuesday, seeking to have their death sentences converted to life in prison without parole. The prisoners, all of who are black and had white victims, argue that racial bias, in the form of all-white or mostly white juries, helped land them on death row. Under the terms of a 2009 state law,
the Racial Justice Act, the prisoners can use statistical evidence to argue their cases. The law allows judges to consider evidence that one racial group is being punished more harshly than members of other racial groups. Only Kentucky has an equivalent law. â€œWeâ€™re trying to take an objective look at it,â€? said Tye Hunter, executive director of the Durhambased Center for Death Penalty Litigation, which announced the filings Tuesday. Statistical analysis of death penalty sentences allow the state to know if some convicts are likelier to face capital punishment
at least partly because of race, Hunter said. â€œItâ€™s good to have some facts, and Iâ€™m confident North Carolina can figure out an appropriate way to improve,â€? he said. Hunter expects there will be more motions filed before an Aug. 10 deadline set by the law, but doesnâ€™t know how many prisoners might get involved. Of 159 convicts on death row in North Carolina, 99 are nonwhite. The 87 black inmates make up more than half the death row population, while U.S. Census estimates put the black share of the statewide population at roughly 22 percent. District attorneys across
the state are bracing for a wave of new motions filed under the law, including some filed by white death row inmates. â€œWeâ€™re expecting all the people on death row to file these claims,â€? said Peg Dorer, director of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys. â€œThe way the law is written, itâ€™s all about numbers, itâ€™s not really about color,â€? she said. â€œAll youâ€™ve got to prove is that some number somewhere makes you stick out for some reason.â€? Dorer said the office of state Attorney General Roy Cooper has advised North Carolinaâ€™s district attorneys to expect that all 159 inmates on death row will file motions based on the Racial Justice Act.
Zoo halts showing of baby chimp, cites problem ASHEBORO (AP) â€” Officials at the North Carolina Zoo have indefinitely postponed the viewing of a baby chimpanzee because the mother is not caring for it properly. Zoo officials said Tuesday that the chimpâ€™s mother has been carrying baby Noki upside down and would sometimes lay the infant on the ground and walk away from it. Keepers and veterinarians breifly examined the infant Tuesday and found it to be somewhat undernourished. Officials said they are evaluating whether the mother, 16-year-old Maki, can learn how to hold and nurse the baby. They were set to be on exhibit Tuesday, just one day after the babyâ€™s birth, but officials have indefinitely postponed those plans and are considering hand-rearing Noki. The North Carolina Zoo now has 13 chimps â€” the largest troop in the United States.
Appeals court orders new trial in fire death RALEIGH (AP) â€”The North Carolina Court of Appeals has agreed a man serving life in prison for the death of another homeless man set on fire with gasoline should get a new trial. The three-judge panel ordered on Tuesday a new trial for David Richard Davis, who was convicted last year of first-degree murder in the death of Michael Winecoff in 2005. The judges ruled Davisâ€™ rights were violated because of how Winecoffâ€™s autopsy was admitted as evidence when the reportâ€™s author didnâ€™t testify.
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