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Q&A: SHAWN WILLIAMS
New chairman talks transparency, N.C. House school board’s role in education candidate By ALEXA MILAN email@example.com
SANFORD — July marked a change in leadership for the Lee County Board of Education when Shawn Williams was unanimously selected as the new chairman. Williams was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and served 13 years in the Marine Corps before joining civilian law
enforcement. He served as the Maysville, N.C., chief of police and as chief of police for Jones County Williams Schools. He has also been a pastor since 1985 and is currently the pastor at Fair Promise A.M.E. Zion Church
in Sanford. He joined the Lee County Board of Education in 2007. After working with Jones County Schools and serving as president of North Carolina D.A.R.E., Williams said he developed a firm commitment to education and bettering the lives of children. Williams sat down with The Herald to share his vision for the upcoming school year.
: What ultimately led you to become involved with educa-
Williams: While I was chief of police of the city of Maysville, the superintendent of Jones County Schools asked me to teach D.A.R.E. I didn’t want to teach D.A.R.E. That
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County ordinance says signs can’t be placed on public land until September By BILLY BALL firstname.lastname@example.org
SANFORD — Sanford City Councilman and N.C. House of Representatives GOP candidate Mike Stone is having to make some amends. Stone said volunteers are removing scores of campaign signs recently placed in violation of Lee County ordinances. The signs, placed in variStone ous places inside the county, stumped for Stone in his race for the District 51 seat in the N.C. House. But local officials say Lee County ordinances ban the placement of such signs more than 45 days prior to the No-
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Hunter Hoyle, 10, plays Mowgli, who is visited by Vulture No. 1, Makani McKenzie, 9, during a rehearsal of “Jungle Book Kids,” the second installment of the Disney classic being performed this weekend at Temple Theatre by the Summer Youth Conservatory. The theater will host shows at 2 and 7 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or go online to templeshows.com. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.
Kelly Quinones Miller & Melissa Worley Social Sanford
Networking site continues to grow online
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20 STATES, BUSINESS LOBBY FILE LAWSUIT Twenty states and an influential small business lobby said Friday a federal court in Florida must hear their challenge to Obama’s health care overhaul Page 10A
CORRECTION The Stevens Center’s annual golf tournament will take place on Aug. 10 at Tobacco Road Golf Club. An incorrect date was published in Thursday and Friday’s edition of The Herald. Register in advance by calling (919) 776-4048. More on the tournament can be found on 1B.
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‘November is coming’ rally draws a crowd By JONATHAN OWENS email@example.com
SANFORD — A sizable crowd filled the McSwain Extension Center Friday afternoon to hear conservatives lay out plans for ousting the area’s Democratic office holders in the upcoming election. The “November is Coming” rally, hosted by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative activism group with a Lee County chapter, featured speeches from its statewide
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HAPPENING TODAY n Communities in Schools of Lee County will host its annual Stuff the Bus campaign from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Office Max on Spring Lane in Sanford. Donated school supplies will be delivered to students in need. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
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Former Lee County Commissioner Chad Adams speaks at the “Hands off my Health Care” rally in August 2009. Adams was one of the speakers Friday night at Americans for Prosperity’s “November is Coming” rally at the McSwain Center in Sanford.
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his week, we Take 5 with Kelly Quinones Miller and Melissa Worley, creators of “SocialSanford.” SocialSanford is a Facebook page (www. facebook.com/ sanfordsocial), blog (socialsanford.blogspot. com) and social network designed to cre- Quinones Miller ate awareness about events taking place in and around Sanford. Quinones Miller, a 1995 graduate of Lee County High Worley School, has degrees from UNC-Greensboro and Emerson College. She’s currently president of the Central Carolina Jaycees
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Sanford: Allyn Coggins, 54; Francesca Stewart, 51; Carolyn Stuart, 70 Concord: Lonnie Bynum Jr., 67 Pittsboro: Billy Dowdy, 66
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
MONDAY ■ The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 635 East St., in Pittsboro. ■ The Siler City Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. in Siler City.
TUESDAY ■ The Lee County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center in Sanford. ■ The Moore County Airport Authority will meet at 10 a.m. at the Airport Terminal Building, Highway 22, Pinehurst. ■ The Lillington Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the L.D. Burwell Public Safety Building in Lillington.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Rosie Pridgen, Callie Amerson, Zola Pearson, Adonis Xavier Sampson, Shirley Robinson, Hunter Andrew Tickle, Bria La’Shay Hayes, Stephanie Martin, James Crum, Gabrielle Alexandra Stone, Justin Damiani, Cameron Wandzilak, Stevie Sellers, Morgan Kelli Thomas, Kimberly Street, Ronnie Buie Jr., Carolyn Dull, Timmy Ray Pate and Woodrow Wayne McLean. CELEBRITIES: Former baseball pitcher Don Larsen is 81. Former diplomat, talk show host and activist Alan Keyes is 60. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 60. Actress Caroline Aaron is 58. Comedian Alexei Sayle is 58. Actor Wayne Knight is 55. Rock singer Bruce Dickinson is 52. Marathon runner Alberto Salazar is 52. Actor David Duchovny is 50. Actress Delane Matthews is 49. Actor Harold Perrineau is 47. Actress Charlotte Lewis is 43. Actress Sydney Penny is 39. Actress Charlize Theron is 35.
Almanac Today is Saturday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2010. There are 146 days left in the year. This day in history: On Aug. 7, 1782, Gen. George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers. In 1789, the U.S. War Department was established by Congress. In 1882, the famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence. In 1942, U.S. and allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II. In 1947, the balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago; all six crew members reached land safely. In 1959, the United States launched the Explorer 6 satellite, which sent back images of the Earth. In 1960, the West African nation of Ivory Coast became independent of France. In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces. In 1970, an attempt by San Quentin inmate James David McClain, accused of stabbing a guard, to escape his trial in Marin County, Calif. ended in a shootout with police that claimed the lives of McClain, two of three cohorts, and Judge Harold J. Haley, one of several hostages. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard the oil-rich desert kingdom against a possible invasion by Iraq.
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■ 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. ■ The third annual “This Thing We Did” music festival featuring bands like Hammer No More the Fingers, The Mitchells, Embarrassing Fruits and Dr. Powerful will run throughout the day at Old Gilliam Park on Carbonton Road west of Sanford. Tickets are $5. Food will be provided by the Steele Pig. For more information, visit the festival’s website, www.myspace. com/ttwdfest. ■ Communities in Schools of Lee County will host its annual Stuff the Bus campaign from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Office Max on Spring Lane in Sanford. Donated school supplies will be delivered to students in need. ■ 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 david.montgomery@ sanfordnc.net. ■ Saturday Night Dance each Saturday in August at 7 p.m. at The Enrichment Center in Sanford. ■ The 55th annual Robbins Farmers Day Parade will make its way through Robbins beginning at 11 a.m. on Middleton Street. Other events, including musical acts on four different stages and an exhibition by the South Atlantic Woodsmen Association, will be held from 9 a.m. to midnight throughout town.
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Adam Smith, 3, slings a frisbee at Depot Park during the Lee County United Way fundraising campaign kick-off on Thursday evening.
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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.
TUESDAY ■ 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
WEDNESDAY ■ 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
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■ The Second Annual Dancing with the Lee County Stars, to benefit the Communities in Schools of Lee County, will be held at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center.
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office as well as other conservatives from the John Locke Foundation and the Civitas Institute. Predictably, there was not a lot of love to be found for U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) or N.C. Rep. Jimmy Love (D-Lee), two Democrats whom conservatives hope to defeat in November. AFP State Director Dallas Woodhouse told the crowd that Etheridge â€œscored a zeroâ€? on the groupâ€™s free enterprise
scorecard this year. He also pointed to Etheridgeâ€™s votes for health care reform and cap and trade legislation as proof that he is too liberal for the stateâ€™s 2nd District. â€œHeâ€™s not coming back for town hall meetings,â€? Woodhouse said. â€œI wouldnâ€™t want to come back and look you in the eye, either.â€? He held no punches on Love, either, saying the Democrat â€œtalks like Jesse Helms when he is home and votes like Nancy Pelosi when heâ€™s in Raleigh,â€? as he railed against Loveâ€™s votes on everything from tax
measures to sweetened beverage legislation. The more than 100 people who filled the auditorium also heard former Lee County Commissioner Chad Adams, who now hosts a morning radio show based in Wilmington, go after Love and Etheridge, though he started with a jab at the Lee County Board of Commissionersâ€™ decision to offer Caterpillar $900,000 in incentives to build a $31 million expansion in Sanford. Gov. Bev Perdue came to Sanford to announce Thursday that the company would build the
addition and bring 325 jobs to town. â€œDid everyone like writing an $18 check to Caterpillar yesterday?,â€? he asked the crowd. â€œWell thatâ€™s what you did. You should call the commissioners out on this stuff. Itâ€™s absurd to see what is going on in Washington and itâ€™s absurd to see what is going on here.â€? Woodhouse closed the rally by addressing the Democratic partyâ€™s strategy for winning in November. He said they plan to ask voters if they want a return to the Bush administrationâ€™s poli-
cies, but after health care reform and tax hikes he said the Democrats have presided over, he would gladly return to those policies. â€œI am ready and willing to go back,â€? he said, as the crowd applauded. Each speaker finished their address with the mantra, â€œNovember is coming,â€? a nod to their optimism for success in this yearâ€™s general election. AFP Lee County chapter president Lloyd Jennings praised the turnout at the event, saying it was â€œmuch higher than expected.â€? He added that
conservatives are â€œvery optimisticâ€? about the upcoming vote. Sanford City Councilman Mike Stone, who is challenging Love for his seat in the State House, agreed, saying he had never seen this level of involvement among conservatives in his 12 years in politics. â€œItâ€™s great to see so many people coming out and getting involved,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™ve had so many people I donâ€™t even know come by my store and pick up yard signs and say they are supporting me. One man came by today and picked up 100.â€?
Sanford truly offers something for everyone. We have also gotten a tremendous amount of feedback from both locals and people whoâ€™ve newly arrived in the area. People love seeing whatâ€™s going on in this area and finding out about events or organizations that theyâ€™ve never heard of before. Before, even long-time community members thought they had to drive to Cary, Raleigh or Fayetteville for free, fun activities. Now we are showing everyone that they donâ€™t have to leave Sanford to have a good time.
Sanford works because everyone is coming together to share and discuss whatâ€™s happening right here in town.
We help people get more involved in and feel more connected to a community that seems sleepy on the surface but is actually active and thriving. We canâ€™t tell you how many times weâ€™ve heard people say that nothing happens in Sanford, but that couldnâ€™t be further from the truth. The problem is people couldnâ€™t see everything that was happening. Now they can. Also, we happen to love giving away local products and services as we feel this best showcases the skills and talents of our local workforce. For instance, currently we are giving away four tickets to the Second Annual Dancing with the Lee County Stars â€” an event which might be cost prohibitive to many people. Just by being in our network on Facebook, two people will have the chance to win tickets to this great local event â€” thatâ€™s a $300 value. Anyone can enter the give away, including those who are just learning about us. In these ways, we hope to show people in the community and those thinking about relocating here that the Sanford/Lee County area is a bustling, energetic, and fun place to live. You can get that small town charm with big city events and activities â€” if you know where to look for it, and SocialSanford is happy to point everyone in the right direction.
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Man arrested after search found cocaine in home
SANFORD â€” Local narcotics investigators arrested a Sanford man Thursday after a search of his home turned up crack cocaine. The man, 34-year-old Marcus Antwan Wilson of 916 Peach Orchard Road in Sanford, was found with 18 dosage of crack cocaine, according to officials with the Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Sanford Police Department. Wilson was arrested after investigators executed a search warrant at 915 Oddfellow St. in Sanford. He is charged with possession with intent to sell cocaine and maintaining a dwelling to store drugs, law enforcement said. Wilson was placed in Lee County Jail under a $7,500 secured bond. His criminal history includes convictions on burglary, drug possession and assault charges. â€” by Billy Ball
Campbell University explores starting a med school
BUIES CREEK (MCT) â€” Campbell University, a private institution in Harnett County, announced a study into whether to start a college of osteopathic medicine. The board of trustees voted today to proceed with a feasibility study over the next eight months. A charter class would begin in August 2013. Campbell leaders have considered starting a college of osteopathic
medicine for nearly a year, according to the university. The trustees today approved funding for a dean, consultants, architectural planning and other needs for the feasibility study. Osteopathic physicians are licensed to practice medicine in all 50 states, with the same privileges and responsibilities of medical doctors. More than 800 osteopathic physicians practice medicine in North Carolina, Campbell said. Colleges of osteopathic medicine are in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. They are at these national universities: Michigan State, University of Ohio and Oklahoma State. â€” Fayetteville Observer
Hotels see increase in occupancy rates FAYETTEVILLE (MCT) â€” Cumberland County hotels have been a little busier lately than in past summers. Overall occupancy in June was 70.4 percent, according to a report by Smith Travel Research of Hendersonville, Tenn. The last time occupancy in Cumberland County surpassed 70 percent was April 2008, but mostly it has been between 50 percent and 60 percent since spring 2005, Smith Travel said. John Meroski, president of the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, attributes much of the recent increase to soldiers and airmen returning from deployments, and their families staying over to greet them.
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and works as a freelance writer, editor and designer. She and her husband Billy have two children. Worley, a native of Tennessee, has a marketing degree from Tennessee Technological University and worked in advertising and sales; sheâ€™s currently pursuing a nursing degree at Central Carolina Community College. She and her husband Donnie have two children.
: What is â€œSocialSanford,â€? and how did it get started? SocialSanford is an online source of information about educational, informational, and entertainment events happening in Sanford and Lee County. We started the project after noticing and lamenting the absence of a central place where people could find out about all the interesting and fun things happening our area before it was too late to take advantage of them.
: Have you been surprised by the number and variety of events taking place here? Absolutely. We knew our community was busy, but we didnâ€™t realize just how much is happening right here in Sanford and Lee County. When we first started, we thought weâ€™d need to go out and find things to share, but that hasnâ€™t been the case. Usually, at the end of the day, we find we didnâ€™t have enough time to share all the great things going on.
: Why have you chosen the platforms youâ€™re using (blog, Facebook page, Twitter) to share goings-on around town? We chose Facebook as our main platform because so many people in our community â€” no matter their age or gender â€” use the site at least daily to stay informed. Using free platforms like Facebook, we can share information in a way that allows those who â€œlikeâ€? us to see it and act on it without having to do a lot of extra work. We use the blog and Twitter to supplement and enhance what we share on Facebook. Truly, the best part of any social media, including Facebook and blogs, is that everyone can interact with each other. We no longer have a public square where people can gather to share their experiences and ideas, but we do have Facebook. We encourage people to post on our page, comment on anything we share, and let us know what weâ€™re missing. Social-
: For people who donâ€™t have a Facebook page or a Twitter account...how would you recommend they access your information? While not everyone is on Facebook, most people do have access to the Internet. The best way to stay in the loop is to go to our blog and subscribe by email. To subscribe, you simply type your email address into the â€œvia e-mailâ€? box on the right and then press the â€œsubscribeâ€? button. This allows you to receive daily recaps of what weâ€™ve shared on Facebook as well as any new blog posts â€” right in your inbox. And Google mail (gmail) users can add our events right to their calendar so they can look at it whenever is most convenient for them. We are also looking into other avenues for sharing information. For instance, we may soon offer ways for people to have relevant information on a weekly or monthly basis delivered right to their actual mail boxes. And weâ€™d love to hear other ways people would like to access our information.
: Why do you think SocialSanford has become so popular with community members?
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State is losing too many babies at birth Winston-Salem Journal
he struggling economy has affected almost every facet of our lives. The worst part of it is the millions of Americans who are out of work and have no health-care insurance. This could worsen an already tragic and persistent problem in North Carolina — the loss of babies at birth. “Normally, when the economy goes bad, infant mortality goes up, even when your service system is in place,” said Tom Vitaglione, the chairman of the Child Fatality Task Force in Raleigh. North Carolina’s service system has been severely hit by the economy. The task force says that about $10 million in services to
fight infant mortality was cut from the state budget for 2009-2010. The new budget simply holds the line from the last one; none of the cuts were restored. That could mean trouble for North Carolina, which has one of the highest infant-mortality rates in the country, 8.2 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2008. Forsyth County reached an 11-year high of 12 deaths for every 1,000 live births — the highest rate among urban counties in the state. That’s unacceptable for a county nationally known for its medical advances. Rates for 2009 should come out this month. Those rates may have been negatively impacted by the economy. Or to put it bluntly, poverty and lack of services may have
led to more babies dying. And as you read these words, the effects of the 2009-2010 cuts are being felt by expectant mothers statewide. “You just wait for the fallout,” said Debbie Mason of the Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition. The 2009-2010 cuts included a cut in reimbursement rates for providers under Medicaid, including OB/GYNs, causing many providers to stop serving Medicaid patients; elimination of a regional outreach program that provided education for high-risk pregnant women about the care of infants; elimination of a bilingual resource line that answered up to 40,000 calls annually requesting help with pregnancy-related issues; and
cuts to a statewide public-education program aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles for women of childbearing age. The Forsyth County health director, Tim Monroe, said the cuts are troubling, but it’s difficult to predict what effect they will have on infant-mortality rates. The programs cut, while needed, are “finger-in-the-dike” measures, he said, and what’s really needed to combat infant mortality are efforts that look at what he sees as its causes. Monroe thinks the stress of institutional racism is one of those causes, as well as poverty disproportionately affecting black families. In Forsyth County in 2008,
there were 25.3 deaths of minority infants for every 1,000 live births, in stark contrast to 6.4 deaths of white infants per 1,000 births. Many people say the issue of infant mortality boils down to personal responsibility, not race or poverty. It’s true that too many pregnant women continue to smoke, drink, have poor eating habits and lose control of their weight. It’s hard to persuade some of these women to improve their health. But others want to improve, but lack access to quality health care. There’s plenty of work to go around, and it calls for people of widely varying talents. If we don’t think creatively and work harder we’ll continue to lose more babies.
Letters to the Editor It took guts to write column about Christ
Froma Harrop Columnist Froma Harrop is a columnist with The Providence Journal
Trials may help Dems
emocrats will “drain the swamp of Washington” if they win control of the House. So promised California Rep. Nancy Pelosi before the 2006 election that led to her becoming speaker of the House. Now that two Democratic reps have been charged with serious ethical lapses, a chorus of Republican operatives is accusing Pelosi of breaking that vow. Our political prophets have largely picked up the tune. A difficult midterm election for Democrats has just become tougher, they say with near unanimity. But suppose these predictions are off by 180 degrees. Suppose voters see these trials as evidence not of an unattended swamp, but of murky waters being drained. The Office of Congressional Ethics, which Pelosi helped create, is leading the charge. And even the most hardened partisan can’t believe that all the bad behavior happens across the aisle. That the Democrats under the microscope — New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel and California Rep. Maxine Waters — are both black only underscores the seriousness with which the Democratic leadership supports a new set of standards for conduct. AfricanAmericans comprise an important Democratic voting bloc. Asked whether these investigations will hurt Democrats’ prospects in the midterms, Pelosi properly responded, “The chips will have to fall where they may politically.” For the record, Rangel and Waters both deny any wrongdoing. Same goes for Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, who is also under investigation, by the Senate Ethics Committee and the Justice Department. ... All three assert that their alleged misdeeds amounted to nothing more than congressional business that everyone does. ... Nope. The ethics dock is not going to be a Democrats-only platform. ... Pelosi deserves a medal for political bravery — and for political smarts. She is battling the (exaggerated) perception among many white voters that Democrats extend special protection to minorities. ... African-Americans, meanwhile, should note that the two congressmen who resigned this year under charges of improper behavior are both white. ... Going after alleged ethics violations in one’s own party is hard work politically and emotionally. When supporters argue that the defendants have been singled out for doing “business as usual,” Democratic leaders should hang tough and respond that business as usual is no longer acceptable. What is owed Rangel, Waters, Ensign and Rep. Peter Visclosky, an Indiana Democrat also under investigation? A fair process. Are the current inquiries more dangerous for Democrats come November than for Republicans? Again, that’s what most pundits say. But Americans are a lot more perceptive than some give them credit for — and political predictions can be very, very wrong.
Most interesting of all?
ho is the most interesting North Carolina political figure yet to be the subject of a major biography? Former Governor Jim Hunt, you say. Good guess, but Gary Pearce’s biography of Hunt will hit the bookstores in a couple of months. Recent books about Terry Sanford (by Howard Covington and Marion Ellis), Jesse Helms (William Link), and Sam Ervin (Karl D.G. Martin Campbell) and upcoming books about Columnist Luther Hodges (Campbell) and Kerr Scott D.G. Martin is host of UNC-TV’s ( Julian Pleasants) can help us understand North Carolina Bookwatch the transformation of our state’s politics away from the race-based traditions that held sway during much of the 20th Century. a liberal? I think his biographer will find that he Who is left? Republican Governors Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin? Former Repub- was both, and he was neither — like most North Carolinians. lican Senator Lauch Faircloth, who learned Maybe the stories will help. Morgan still his considerable political skills as a Demofeels great affection for Beverly Lake, but he cratic insider? Good suggestions. says that he tried to get But right now my nomiLake to take a more modnation for the most inter‘But it is not only the erate position on school esting potential biography stories that make me wish segregation in the 1960 is for U.S. Senator Robert for a good biography of gubernatorial campaign. Morgan. Morgan. A close look at his Morgan remembers, “Dr. Maybe my decision is Lake said, ‘Now Robert, influenced by a recent career could help us begin you have to remember canoe trip a group of us to see an that it is in the middle of made with the 84-year-old answer to the question the road where you are former senator down the people so often ask about most likely to get hit and Cape Fear River from Lilkilled.’” North Carolina.’ lington, where he mainMorgan thinks people tains a law practice at his of different persuasions home a few miles downcan work together if they can put ideology stream. On the way down the river I heard aside. Morgan says that legendary UNC some stories about North Carolina politiplaywright and professor Paul Green was cians that I had never heard before. I will way too liberal for Harnett County, where share a couple of them in a minute. both Green and Morgan grew up. However, But it is not only the stories that make one of Green’s cousins was very conservame wish for a good biography of Morgan. A tive even by Harnett Country standards. close look at his career could help us begin Nevertheless, when Morgan brought the to see an answer to the question people so liberal Senator George McGovern to Harnett often ask about North Carolina. How could the same people choose to have a conserva- County, Green’s cousin and McGovern ate breakfast together at the local café. Later tive like Jesse Helms and a liberal like Terry Green’s cousin told Morgan that he might Sanford serving them in the U.S. Senate at have voted for McGovern for president if he the same time? had known him before. You could come close to seeing an Good stories and a possible answer to answer to that question if you could unwhy North Carolina has both a conservaderstand how Morgan could have been an tive and a liberal face could make Robert enthusiastic supporter of liberal Frank GraMorgan’s biography a great book. ham in his 1950 U.S. Senate campaign and then 10 years later manage the gubernatoD.G. Martin hosts UNC-TV’s North Carorial campaign for segregationist candidate lina Bookwatch, which airs Sundays at 5 Dr. I. Beverly Lake. p.m. For more information or to view prior Or if you could figure out how Morgan programs visit the webpage at www.unctv. developed a conservative reputation as a org/ncbookwatch/ state senator and then, when, elected state attorney general in 1968, made the office a vigorous consumer advocacy agency. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1974 as a moderate, with considerable support from conservatives, he was defeated six years ... As you have done, it shall be done to later by a campaign that defined him as you; your reprisal shall return upon your an ultra-liberal. A few years later Morgan own head. (Obadiah 15) worked for liberal Walter Mondale’s camPRAYER: Father, we thank You for Your paign for president. love, grace and mercy. Amen. So what was Morgan — a conservative or
To the Editor: To Herald sports writer Ryan Sards — thank you for the awesome column you wrote in Thursday’s paper, “The trip that saved my life.” I don’t think I have ever read a newspaper article or column with so much excitement as I did Thursday. Thanks for being willing to claim the name of Christ in a very public manner — it is so refreshing to see someone in your position take a stand as you have done. I am overjoyed that you have accepted Christ into your life. Welcome to the family, my good brother in Christ. I am so thankful for a local newspaper that will allow a column like yours to be printed on the front page of the sports section. Your column was very well written and did not seem to pull any punches — thank you for your boldness in sharing a very personal part of your life. It has been a true blessing for me, and I know many others in the community, to have been able to experience with you the excitement of accepting Christ into your life. THADD McELREATH Sanford
Elderly woman thankful for man who stopped to help when car stalled To the Editor: On July 17, at approximately 1:55 p.m., I was driving my car. As I entered Smith Level Road from Woodward Way on my way to the Stratford Assisted Living Facility, in Chapel Hill, the car stopped. I was unable to start it. A white car traveling in the opposite direction stopped and two young men got out, and came across the road to help a stranded 76-year-old lady. They told me to put the car in neutral and they pushed it to the shoulder of the road. Mr. Clements (I have forgotten his first name) used his cell phone to call Brown’s Auto. He and his friend stayed with me until help arrived. I truly appreciate their kindness on that very hot day. In a world where so many people are always in a hurry, it was so good of these two young men to take time to help me. God bless them! NETTIE WILSON Chapel Hill
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OBITUARIES Allyn Coggin
SANFORD â€” Allyn Wayne Coggins, 54, of 120 Weaver Lane, died Wednesday (8/4/10) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. He was born April 15, 1956 in Little Rock, Ark., son of the late Willis Junior Coggins and Ruth Langley Hurley. In addition to his Coggin parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Freddie Coggins. He was the former owner of Coggins Heating and Air and attended Solid Rock United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Teressa Woodell
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Coggins of the home; daughters, Christina Terry and husband Frank of Lillington, Stacie Coggins of Kings Mountain and Ashley C. Smith and husband Joseph of Charlotte; stepchildren, Christopher Saunders, Ashley Saunders, Amber Saunders and Kimberly Saunders, all of the home, and Amanda Saunders of Cameron; sisters, Gladys McInnis and husband Ed of Sanford, Jacqueline Coggins of Virginia Beach, Va. and Katrina Rogers and husband Tony of Sanford; stepmother, Letha Coggins of Sanford; five grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gil Wise officiating. Arrangements are by Smith Funeral Home of Broadway.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Francesca Lyles Stewart, 51, of 607 Nixon Drive, who died Saturday (7/31/10), was conducted Friday at First Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Thomas E. Smith officiating. Eulogist was Bishop Julia Harris. Burial followed at Lee Memory Garden. Soloist was the Rev. Linda A. Smith. Pallbearers were friends of the family. Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home
SANFORD â€” Carolyn E. Stuart, 70, died Wednesday (8/4/10) at Lee County Nursing Center in Sanford. A native of Moore County, she was a daughter of the late Johnnie and Laveria Elizabeth Ussery Stuart. She worked as a cook for many years and her last job was at Shirleyâ€™s Restaurant in Robbins. She is survived by a daughter, Tammy Patterson Harmon and husband Randy of Robbins; sisters, Beverly Wilson and Marion Stuart; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Curtis Barbery officiating. Burial will follow at Beulah Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.PinesFunerals.com. Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home of Southern Pines.
Billy Dowdy PITTSBORO â€” Billy Tillman Dowdy, 66, of Cobblestone Lane, died Wednesday (8/4/10) in his home following a period of declining health. A Lee County native, he was born March 12, 1944, son of Raymond Dowdy and Margarete Tillman Dowdy. His Christian faith was Methodist. He was retired from Chatham
Mills and was the owner of Dowdyâ€™s Repair Shop, specializing in small engine work. In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by a brother and sister-inlaw, Jimmy and Janice Dowdy, and brother Oren â€œButchâ€? Dowdy. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Linda Dowdy of Pittsboro, and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home with the Rev. Patrick Sinclair officiating. Cremation will follow at Hall-Wynne Crematory. Friends may visit with the family immediately after the funeral service. Condolences may be sent to www.hallwynne. com. Memorials may be sent to the Chatham County Council on Aging (provider of Meals on Wheels), P.O. Box 715, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312. Arrangements are by Hallâ€“Wynne Funeral Home of Pittsboro.
William Price SOUTHERN PINES â€” Rev. William Penn Price, 95, died Wednesday (8/4/10) at Penick Village. He was born in 1915, son of the late John Randolph and Elcana Smith Price. He served his country in the U.S. Army, and was an Episcopalian priest and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of NC. He
was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Price Ingram, and brothers, Ruffin Price and John Price. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Davis Price; daughters, Betsey Savage of Graham and Alice Price of La Jara, Colo.; a son, John Randolph Price of Severna Park, Md.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Rev. Hampton Price of Raleigh. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Penick Village Chapel with the Rev. Patsy Smith officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Condolences may be sent to www.coxmemorialfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Cox Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory of Vass.
School district alerts parents to recent scam From staff reports
SANFORD â€” Lee County Schools issued an AlertNow message for parents Friday regarding a recent scam. Lee County Schools has received reports from parents that there is a woman who has gone into at least one Sanford area neighborhood identifying herself an employee working for Lee County Schools. She is targeting families with children saying that she is â€œa summer intern for Lee County Schools seeking ways to support children in education.â€? She is also requesting information regarding children in the household and in the neighborhood. Although her badge resembles a Lee County Schools badge, it is not an actually an official badge. This individual does not work for Lee County and does not represent the district in any manner. School officials have talked with the Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Sanford Police about this incident. They advise that no permits for sales or surveys have been issued for this individual. Lee County Schools urges all families to make proper identification before allowing anyone into their home or talking with the person about their children.
Lonnie Bynum Jr. CONCORD â€” Lonnie William Bynum Jr., 67, of 9405 Kelly Court, formerly of Goldston, died Thursday (8/5/10) at North East Medical Center in Concord. Arrangements will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford. â??â??â?? For more information on obituaries in The Herald, contact Kim Edwards at (919) 718-1224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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was not really my thing. But I did, and I saw that there was much more to teaching D.A.R.E. and involving law enforcement in the lives of children. That really became a mindset change for me. My passion is for children and seeing that the playing field is even for all children.
: What are some qualities you bring to the chairman position? Williams: One of the big keys for me is to communicate. I’m a people person, so being able to communicate with people from all sides is something I think I’m very strong at and will enhance the board.
: What are some things you think the board does well and some things you want to improve? Williams: Because I’m a seated board member, I felt we were doing very well. We went through some rough times when we were without a superintendent, but since getting Dr. Moss and the vision that we share, we’ve tried to make sure that every child in the system is growing. Our policies are a reflection of our vision. What became a sounding cry to me during the election was that there was a segment that felt we were not communicating. So one of the things I’m doing is appointing an ad hoc committee to look at what we’ve been doing in terms of communication and where we need to go.
: What do you think the role of a school board should be?
Williams: I think it’s pretty much statute defined. Our position is we set policy. We set the budget and send it to the county commissioner, and we hire and fire the superintendent. That’s pretty much our domain. If we follow that domain, if our policies are right, if our budget is in line and we have a good superintendent, the school board is doing statutorily what we’re supposed to do. I think there’s a misnomer on what the school board does. We hire the superintendent and the superintendent then takes on the personnel issues and makes sure he has people in place. I think a lot of people think that the school board runs the school. We do in a sense by hiring and firing the superintendent, but we support him as he moves forward our vision.
: What would you say are some of Lee County Schools’ biggest strengths and weaknesses? Williams: We’re a small community. A lot of the teachers are from here. I think the diversity in our schools is an extremely good thing. If you go in any school, you’ll see an array of people. I think it helps students, and it helps us grow as a community. But I’m not going to be 100 percent satisfied until we have a 100 percent graduation rate. I’m not going to be 100 percent satisfied until all of our schools are Schools of
Excellence. So I think we still have room to grow. I’m an optimist, but I would love to see the day that school becomes so intriguing and so challenging that students say, “I really want to be here.”
: What was it like for the board when you were in the process of finding a new superintendent? How do you think Jeffrey Moss has performed? Williams: I had just joined the board, and it was something I wasn’t expecting. The process was a little overwhelming. You heard a lot of ideas from the applicants of what we could do, and we had to see out of all those ideas what would fit Lee County. The beauty of picking Jeff Moss was that it became seamless. Since he’s come, I think he’s had a great vision. We have meshed very well together. We listen to him and he listens to us. We have open dialogue. He has financial expertise that has helped us through this budget crunch. He has a wealth of knowledge and a vision that every child can succeed. I think we’ll see a great change in our system for the better.
: What are some of your primary goals as chairman?
Williams: My primary goal is at the end of my year the community has a better feel about the system and the school board. I think that we’ve done a great job, but I think there’s room for improvement. At the end of the year I want to say this is where we were, and this is where we are now. My goal is that you’ll see a strong board working together.
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Academically, I want to see our scores be better next year than they were this year. We all didn’t make AYP, so my goal is naturally that we don’t only want growth in all of our schools but we want all schools to make AYP. I want it to be said that there are high expectations in our system. At the end of the year I want to look back and say that Bill Tatum brought us a long way and that we’ve just made another step forward. One thing I would like to see is more public at our meetings. When I sit in the seat and I look out and all I see is staff, then that says to me, how much does the public want to be involved? There ought to be public input. That holds us to a check and balance. I think it would help eliminate some of the rumor control. If you hear it from the horse’s mouth, then you know. To me, the greatest asset we have in Lee County is our children. So I would love to see a greater public presence at our meetings. And I don’t think it’s just a Lee County problem. It’s something that happens everywhere. People tend to rally when something goes wrong, but when everything is going smoothly, people tend to sit back. But the public should still be there. We need their input.
: Some parents have expressed that in the past they’ve felt the board hasn’t been as open as it could be. How would you promote an open board that keeps parents involved? Williams: In traveling to different associations, Durham does something with parents that I’m hoping the ad hoc committee will go and see. Prior to a board meeting, each school has a segment of parents that will eat lunch or dinner with the board. Whether or not it’s through a dinner process like that, there needs to be consistently an open dialogue between board and community, and sometimes it’s not at a board meeting that that can take place. We’re looking at what other kind of forum we
could have a sit-down talk. We can’t make any changes outside a board meeting, but I think sometimes people just want to talk. They want to make sure they’re heard. Whatever position you’re in, you can’t please everybody. And sometimes when people air their thoughts and nothing changes, they think you haven’t heard them. We have to think of 9,600 kids and what will work for all 9,600 kids. I’ll honestly admit that when I first heard (the complaints), I was defensive. But that’s because you’re sitting there and not being objective. My philosophy is that it doesn’t matter how well you’re doing. If the people don’t know that you’re doing well, then it really doesn’t matter. We have to make sure they have that opportunity.
: Is there any truth to the rumor that your church could be relocating you in the relatively near future? If so, what would happen to your position as chairman? Williams: The A.M.E. Zion Church is a church where you are appointed every year. We go to an annual conference, and at the bishop’s discretion, you can be moved. Every pastor in our denomination has that possibility. But the last church I was at, I was there 14 years. My ministry has always been to be a builder and strengthen the community where I’m at. I saw my bishop recently, so I think if moving was a possibility I would have heard it by now. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but I really don’t believe it will happen. If the Lord moves me, it’s in the Lord’s hands. If I were moved, the Board of Education would continue on and appoint someone to take my seat, and they would go on seamlessly. We’re a board that no one person on that board makes or breaks it. If that happened, I’d be able to sleep comfortably knowing someone else would take that position and take it to the next level. But it’s just a rumor. I don’t think I’m going anywhere.
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vember election. Under those regulations, Stone would not be able to begin posting his campaign signs on public land or rightof-way property until mid-September. Lee County Board of Elections Director Nancy Kimble said she had received a number of complaints regarding the signs, even though county planning leaders are charged with enforcing those ordinances. “I can’t even tell him to take them down,” Kimble said, adding she was assured by county planners that the issue would be resolved. Kimble said the campaign placards were spotted roadside on U.S. 421 and Deep River Road, in addition to other locations. Stone said a team of campaign volunteers were removing the signs Thursday and Friday. He said they were only posted outside of Sanford city limits because he was aware of city regulations against the signs, but not the county ordinances. Stone said signs willingly placed by campaign supporters on their personal property are not in violation of the ordinance. Local Democrats supporting Stone’s opponent, incumbent Rep. Jimmy Love, were fired up about the contraband signs this week, but Stone dismissed that criticism as overblown. “I’m sure my opponent wants to make an issue out of the signs,” he said. “But I think there are bigger issues in Raleigh.” According to some conservative polling efforts, Stone is expected to run a tight race with Love this fall. Stone said the outcry over the signs is an indication of the interest in this race. “In all my electioneering, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. Love could not be reached for comment on this story.
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STATE BRIEFS Man accused of giving friend bag of human bones
DURHAM (AP) â€” A North Carolina man is accused of handing a bag of human bones to a friend and asking for help in disposing of them. Multiple media outlets reported Friday that 32-year-old Michael Charles Dorman of Mebane has been charged in Durham County District Court with concealing or failure to report a death. Dorman is currently in Durham County jail. Public defender Lawrence Campbell respresents Dorman and declined to comment on the case. A search warrant says Dorman told a friend he had killed a woman in Durham and needed to dispose of her remains. Orange County sheriffâ€™s deputies say they observed Dorman hand a bag containing human bones to his friend.
Report: psychiatric patients wait days for help
RALEIGH (AP) â€” A new report says people needing treatment at psychiatric hospitals in North Carolina have to wait for nearly three days on average in emergency rooms and crisis centers. The Wake County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness says in a report released Friday that in the first six months of the year, over 3,000 patients needing psychiatric care were put on wait lists. On average, they spent more than 66 hours in emergency departments, compared to an average wait of less than five hours for patients with non-psychiatric ailments. State Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler says the state is making progress in providing psychiatric care, but that limited funding is still a problem.
25-year-old Cody Richmond fired a 12-gauge shotgun 30 times at officers, who in turn fired 60 bullets at the suspect. Richmond had a minor wound from a bullet fragment and was treated at a local hospital before being jailed. He faces 10 counts of attempted murder along with other charges. It could not be immediately determined Friday if Richmond has a lawyer. Police say the standoff took place late Thursday and early Friday, after Richmondâ€™s mother called 911 to say her son was drunk and carrying a weapon.
Tar Heels facial tattoo links man in drug case GASTONIA (AP) â€” A North Carolina manâ€™s decision to tattoo his love for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels on his cheek made him easy to describe to police. The Gaston Gazette reported Friday that Donald Shaun Black pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell drugs after a witness described the tattoo to police. Prosecutor Bill Stetzer told the judge a man involved in a drug deal gone bad in April gave a description of a man with the UNC facial art. Black was given a suspended sentence and was placed probation after a plea deal that dropped other charges.
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Two tobacco Man charged companies settle in pregnant bribery charges womanâ€™s death By ALAN ZIBEL AP Business Writer
WASHINGTON â€” Two American tobacco companies are paying nearly $30 million to settle charges that they bribed foreign officials to get lucrative overseas tobacco sales contracts. The companies, Universal Corp. of Richmond, Va., and Alliance One International of Morrisville, faced civil and criminal charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Justice Department, the government said Friday. Universal was accused of bribing officials in Thailand, Malawi and Mozambique. Alliance One is accused of bribing officials in Thailand, China, Greece, Indonesia, and Kyrgyzstan. To settle the charges, Alliance One has agreed to pay a criminal fine of $9.45 million and return $10 million in profits. Universal has agreed to pay a criminal fine of $4.4 million and return
$4.5 million in profits. Alliance One could not be reached for comment. Universal Corp. said in a statement that the company voluntarily reported the problems to authorities and that it has cooperated with the investigation. â€œWe have absolutely no tolerance for this type of activity,â€? CEO George C. Freeman III said in a statement. Universal said that it had already put aside funds to cover the settlement amount, so it will not have to log a charge for its fiscal 2011 results. Universal will use an independent corporate monitor to look over its accounting practices and will change or take up new policies as needed, the company said. The Justice Department will not prosecute Universal if it follows terms of an agreement between the department and the company for the next three years, Universal said.
HENDERSONVILLE (AP) â€” A man who said he was shocked to learn he wasnâ€™t the father of his girlfriendâ€™s child appeared in Hendersonville District Court Friday after being charged in her death. Jermaine Deprie Glover, 37, made a first court appearance on charges of first-degree murder, for which he could face the death penalty. Glover is accused of killing Misty Lynn Carter, 21, whose burned body was found by a driver along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Buncombe County on Oct. 19. An autopsy found she died of blunt force trauma to the head, and that she was six weeks pregnant. The Asheville Citizen-Times interviewed Glover after Carterâ€™s body was found, and he told the newspaper he had learned he wasnâ€™t the father of her child. â€œIt was a shocker,â€? he said at the time. â€œI donâ€™t know what to think.â€? Glover does not yet have an attorney, according to the Henderson County Court clerkâ€™s office. He is being held without bond in the Henderson County Detention Center. After the brief court appearance on Friday, members of Carterâ€™s family told the Times-News of Burlington they arenâ€™t surprised Glover has been charged with the crime. â€œThey met through a neighbor of ours,â€? Carterâ€™s sister, Crystal Branson, told the newspaper. â€œHe just wasnâ€™t my sisterâ€™s type. She liked clean-cut men, and he was much older than her.â€?
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