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TEEN PREGNANCY RATE TAKES A NOSEDIVE County drops from 8th to 20th in state as rate falls from 90.8 to 72.1; state sees record lows By ALEXA MILAN firstname.lastname@example.org
SANFORD — Lee County has the 20th highest teen pregnancy rate among North Carolina’s 100 counties, but its numbers dropped considerably from 2008 to 2009, according to a report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Lee ranked eighth in the
state in the state in 2008 with a rate of 90.8 pregnancies per 1,000 girls ages 15-19. The numbers for 2009 show a considerable drop to 72.1. The 2009 pregnancy rate among black teens in Lee County was consistent with the 2008 rate, but rates among white teens and Hispanic teens dropped. The new numbers are good news to Brittany McBryde, adolescent pregnancy preven-
LEE COUNTY’S NUMBERS Pregnancy data for Lee County girls, ages 15-19 Total: 174 White: 112 Black: 57 Hispanic: 50
2008 Rate: 90.8 Rate: 78.9 Rate: 125 Rate: 163.9
tion program coordinator at the Lee County Coalition for Families. “I’m excited to see that the
Total: 145 White: 85 Black: 55 Hispanic: 39
2009 Rate: 72.1 Rate: 56.7 Rate: 130.6 Rate: 107.7
trend is going down in the county,” McBryde said, “and I’m grateful that the opportunity of working with other
agencies has led to the numbers falling.” Statewide, the teen pregnancy rate in North Carolina dropped 4.4 percent in 2009 from 58.6 to 56. The 2009 rate is a record low for the state. All age and racial categories saw decreases in 2009, as did all but 37 counties. Abortion rates also dropped.
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR
Governor to restrict government regulations Perdue announces ‘common sense’ initiative while at Pittsboro school By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press Writer
PITTSBORO — Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday she’ll restrict new rules issued by North Carolina state agencies to carry out state or federal laws, a move she said will prevent bureaucracy from trumping common sense. In a news conference at a Chatham County elementary school, Perdue tried to push her administration’s theme of “setting government Perdue straight” by ordering Cabinet-level agencies to avoid creating new regulations unless they’re absolutely necessary or protect the health and safety of citizens. The Democratic governor also said her administration would embark on an annual review of current regulations and initiated a Web page to accept comment on rules. Her executive order taps into a common thread heard from chamber of commerce luncheons to the stands of high school football games — government regulates too much or the wrong way. “If you hate it and it doesn’t work in your mind, let us review it and if there’s no purpose, we’ll get rid of it or we’ll fix it,” Perdue said behind Perry Harrison Elementary School in Pittsboro. “This is a chance
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Vol. 80, No. 246 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
Sanford potter Kenneth Neilsen (right) readies a piece of pottery for sale under the Pottery Expo tent at the North Carolina State Fair.
Promote with pottery Sanford, Seagrove potters well represented at North Carolina State Fair By R.V. HIGHT
RALEIGH — At the North Carolina State Fair, near the stately Dorton Arena, sits a huge tent with a large sign on top that proclaims: “The N.C. State Fair Pottery Expo.” Just under the main heading are the words “great gifts ... huge selection.” Stepping into the Pottery Expo, with lights hanging from the ceiling, are beautiful pottery displays. People can browse the pottery from approximately three dozen potters and make purchases. And right in the heart of it all is Sanford and the other communities that make up the area’s rich pottery tradition. “The agriculture department contacted us after they
HAPPENING TODAY Fundraiser for Haven of Lee County, sponsored by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, at 6:30 p.m. at Ron’s Barn (Dutch meal). All donations received will go to Haven of Lee County to help fight domestic violence. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
Lee County is well represented at this year’s North Carolina State Fair, from pound cake bakers to rabbit show presenters. Page 6A
Crowds wander in and out of the North Carolina State Fair’s Pottery Expo, which features several artists from the Seagrove and Sanford area. heard about the big success of the Sanford Pottery Festival,” local pottery promoter Don Hudson said from the Fair Thursday. “They asked if we
would be interested in creating something there.” Hudson said he conferred with Richard Gillson, creator of the Seagrove Pottery Festi-
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val, and agreed that the State Fair display would be a vehicle to advertise both the Sanford and Seagrove pottery festivals. “We think it’s a great forum to promote Sanford and Lee County,” Hudson said of the State Fair display, which is open during the fair from Oct. 14-24. Hudson believes the exhibit will draw close to a hundred thousand people this year.
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A closer look at the separation of church and state and the 2010 election
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
MONDAY ■ The Lee County Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center in Sanford. ■ The Broadway Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. in Broadway. ■ The Moore County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. ■ The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 635 East St., in Pittsboro.
TUESDAY ■ The Chatham County Board of Health will meet at the Dunlap Classroom, 80 East St., Pittsboro. ■ The Moore County Aging Advisory Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Senior Enrichment Center in West End.
WEDNESDAY ■ The Sanford City Council Law and Finance Meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at City Hall in Sanford. ■ The Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees will meet at the CCCC Harnett Campus Miriello Building in Lillington.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extened to everyone celebrating their birthday today, especially Cara Johnson, Wayne Spivey, Kipp Thompson, Selena Wood, Lauren Carter Bass, E.J. Womack, Christian Baldwin, Travis Seymour and Don Suddarth. CELEBRITIES: Actor Christopher Lloyd is 72. Actress Annette Funicello is 68. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 58. Actor Luis Guzman is 53. Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano is 47. Christian singer TobyMac is 46. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 42. Reggae rapper Shaggy is 42. Movie director Spike Jonze is 41. Rapper Tracey Lee is 40. Actress Saffron Burrows is 38. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 35. Actor Michael Fishman is 29. Talk show host Michael Essany is 28. Rock musician Rickard (correct) Goransson (Carolina Liar) is 27. Rock musician Zac Hanson (Hanson) is 25.
Almanac Today is Friday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2010. There are 70 days left in the year. This day in history: On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment shipped to Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet-built missile bases on the island. In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey. In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin (gahr-nayr-AN’) made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris. In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas. In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod’s “Faust.” In 1928, Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the “American system of rugged individualism” in a speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden. In 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio. In 1968, Apollo 7 returned safely from Earth orbit, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean. In 1979, the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment — a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR TODAY ■ Fundraiser for Haven of Lee County, sponsored by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, at 6:30 p.m. at Ron’s Barn (Dutch meal). All donations received will go to Haven of Lee County to help fight domestic violence. ■ The 2010 Sandhills Bike Fest will begin at 9 a.m. through 12 noon Sunday with onsite tent camping, vendors, live bands, trophies and more. Admission is $14 per day or $35 for the entire weekend. Cost includes camping. Must be 21 to attend. Located at 2957 Cypress Church Road in Cameron. For more information, call James at (919) 777-6873. ■ Hunt Springs Baptist Church will welcome Dr. Log Carson for their community-wide revival at 7 p.m. at the church, located at 1557 St. Andrews Church Road in Sanford. Nursery will be provided.
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■ Downtown Sanford Inc. and the Central Carolina Jaycees will hold their fourth annual Fall Festival Jubi-LEE at Depot Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Depot Park will be filled with vendors selling their handmade arts and crafts. A full day of live music and a variety of local talent are planned for the Progress Energy bandstand. In addition to the artisans, children’s activities will be held in Depot Park with free bounce houses, face painting and other games. For more information, contact DSI at (919) 775-8332, e-mail downtown@sanfordnc. net or go online to downtownsanford.com. ■ The Brush and Palette Club’s 47th annual art show will be held at the Hales Center — 147 McIver Street, Sanford. The week-long show runs from Oct. 23-30. Approximately 600 pieces of members’ finest work will be featured for judged competition, public exhibition and sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ The Enrichment Center Fall Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ The annual Pittsboro Street Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ■ The Spirits of Sanford Ghost Walk will take place at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at the Railroad House Museum, 110 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. Jimmy “Gravedigger” Haire will narrate the tour. Bring an umbrella as the tour will happen rain or shine. Bring cameras for documentation of hauntings. No refunds can be given. ■ Sandhills Antique Farm Equipment Club will hold a swap meet from 9 a.m. to sundown at 200 Alexander Drive, Lillington. Seller space is $5 and admission is $3. ■ The second Anderson Creek all-class reunion will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Paradise Acres located off I-95, near Hope Mills. The cost will be $15 per person and all class mates who attended the old ACHS and didn’t graduate are also invited to attend this reunion and great fellowship. Call Jerry West at (910) 4255620 for your class representative. ■ Hunt Springs Baptist Church will welcome Dr. Log Carson for their community-wide revival at 7 p.m. at the church,
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TUESDAY located at 1557 St. Andrews Church Road in Sanford. Nursery will be provided. ■ The Humane Society of the United States, the N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine and community organizations including Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church and Shallow Well Church are teaming up for a community outreach event for pet owners. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jonesboro Baptist Church, the outreach program will offer free rabies and distemper vaccinations for cats and dogs, as well as free and discounted vouchers for the Spay/Neuter Veterinary Clinic in Vass. Information will also be provided on pet health and responsible pet care. Come learn how you can help reduce shelter intake and reduce euthanasia numbers.
SUNDAY ■ The Brush and Palette Club’s 47th annual art show will be held at the Hales Center — 147 McIver Street, Sanford. The week-long show runs from Oct. 23-30. Approximately 600 pieces of members’ finest work will be featured for judged competition, public exhibition and sale. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m. ■ Hunt Springs Baptist Church will welcome Dr. Log Carson for their community-wide revival at 1 p.m. at the church, located at 1557 St. Andrews Church Road in Sanford. Nursery will be provided.
MONDAY ■ The Brush and Palette Club’s 47th annual art show will be held at the Hales Center — 147 McIver Street, Sanford.
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■ The annual 4-H Family Pumpkin Carving Contest sponsored by the Maters n’ Taters 4-H Horticulture Club will be held at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center located at 2420 Tramway Road. Call 775-5624 for more information. n Powerful Tools for Caregivers free education program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 5-26, at the Enrichment Center. Call 776-0501 ext. 230 to register. ■ The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Lee County Library auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., at 7 p.m. The program will be presented by Steve Lympany, who will give historical background of the hammered dulcimer as well as play selections on the instrument. Guests are welcome. For more information, call 499-7661 or 499-1909. ■ The Brush and Palette Club’s 47th annual art show will be held at the Hales Center — 147 McIver Street, Sanford. The week-long show runs from Oct. 23-30. Approximately 600 pieces of members’ finest work will be featured for judged competition, public exhibition and sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ Discover strategies for pitching to investors — see an investor pitch firsthand and get your questions answered by a panel of angel investors and successful entrepreneurs so you can determine how to increase your chances of receiving investment for your business. Contact the Small Business Center at (919) 774-6442 or Sue Whitman at (919) 718-7490.
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HAVEN IN LEE COUNTY
CCCC to be illuminated for violence awareness By JENNIFER GENTILE firstname.lastname@example.org
SANFORD â€” More than 50 people will illuminate the courtyard of Central Carolina Community College Monday â€” banding together to shed light on a dark issue. Statewide, 56 people have died so far in 2010 as a result of domestic violence. A roll of their names will be read locally Monday during HAVENâ€™s 14th annual candelight vigil. â€œDomestic violence affects all socio-economic brackets, all ages and races ... ,â€? said HAVEN Associate Director Tina McNeill. â€œIf weâ€™re going to prevent violence of any kind, we need to realize this is not a womenâ€™s issue â€” itâ€™s a human rights issue. HAVEN, a non-profit founded in 1984, was established to offer support and safety to victims of domestic violence and sexual assualt. Within the last year, the organization received 1,793 crisis calls related to domestic violence and helped nearly 2,000 victims in person. In addition, according to McNeill, HAVENâ€™s emergency shelter was full 307 of 365 days last year. â€œDomestic Violence is certainly an issue in Lee County,â€? she said. And it is not a problem unique to the local area. An estimated one in three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and an estimated one in 14 men have been physically assualted by a current or former spouse. Communities nation-
Sheriff to host HAVEN fundraiser today SANFORD â€” Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter will host a fundraiser for HAVEN in Lee County at 6:30 p.m. today at Ronâ€™s Barn. HAVEN is a communitybased nonprofit which advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The evening will consist of a dutch meal dinner with a â€œpass the plateâ€? style fundraiser. The public is invited to attend. Donation receipts are
wide will call attention to the issue throughout October, which is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The observance, which evolved from a â€œDay of Unityâ€? held by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is a time to honor survivors, remember victims and raise awareness. â€œDomestic violence is an issue of power and control,â€? McNeill explained. â€œItâ€™s not an anger management issue.â€? When violence erupts in a relationship, she added, â€œthere have usually been signs beforeâ€? â€” namely verbal assault, threats, and emotional abuse. At the vigil, domestic violence survivor Evelyn Pernell will share her
available for anyone making an offering. During the fundraiser, Carter will speak about the role HAVEN plays in Lee County, and HAVEN Executive Director Kay Ring will give a presentation about the services HAVEN offers to victims. A survivor of domestic abuse will also share the story of HAVENâ€™s help in her life. HAVEN is in the midst of a capital campaign for
story, and former HAVEN executive director Susan King will speak about the resources available locally. â€œI think itâ€™s important to recognize there are victims everywhere in our community,â€? King said, â€œmany who are suffering daily from domestic violence and sexual assault.â€? Mondayâ€™s gathering, King continued, â€œis also a time to recognize, as a community, the good things that are happening to address domestic violence.â€? She cited Havenâ€™s new $1.85 million office and shelter complex, which is going up at North Horner Boulevard and Bracken Street, as an example. â€œItâ€™s a collaboration of our community
a new combined office and shelter facility which will allow the organization to increase services to victims while streamlining operations. The nonprofit is working to raise about $250,000 in funds to complete the $1.85 million project. Ronâ€™s Barn is located at 3122 S. Horner Blvd. in Sanford. For more information, call (919) 774-8923 or visit www. haveninleecounty.org.
resources and leaders,â€? King said, â€œall committed to offering services in a lovely new setting â€” and our victims deserve that.â€? Among other services, HAVEN provides a 24hour crisis hotline, refer-
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rals to other agencies, and advocacy for clients during court appearances or hospital visits. â€œThere is not another resource like HAVEN in our community,â€? King said. If someone is unsure whether her situation constitutes domestic violence, or she is simply afraid and unsure where to turn, McNeill encourages her to use the hotline and seek out other assistance. The best way to help eradicate domestic violence, she said, is with information and frank and open discussion. â€œWe need to move out of the shadows and start talking about domestic violence to our children,â€? McNeill said. â€œWe need to talk about it in the schools, we need to talk
about it in the community ... .â€? As a step toward that end, the vigil Monday begins at 6 p.m. in the main courtyard at CCCC. For more information, contact HAVEN at (919) 8923.
WANT TO GO? WHAT: 14th annual domestic violence candlelight vigil hosted by HAVEN. WHERE: The main courtyard of the Central Carolina Community College campus, # 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford. WHEN: 6 p.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call HAVEN at 774-8923.
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Endorsement: Shook again for District 3 LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3 (4-YEAR SEAT) ❏ The candidates: Incumbent Linda Shook (Republican) vs. Mike Womble (Democrat) ❏ The Herald’s endorsement: Shook
hey live just a few doors down from one another in the same area of Lake Villanow in Sanford, but the two candidates for the District 3 seat on the Lee County Board of Commissioners contrast in stark ways. Incumbent Linda Shook, a Republican, is a lonely voice on the board, questioning (if not protesting) nearly every fiscal decision the board makes
and leading the bandwagon for traditional (and some extreme) GOP positions, some of which are a stretch for a county commissioner. She’s carved a unique niche on the board as the most studious, most prepared candidate. Even Democrats agree with that. Although her bark is occasionally too pronounced, Shook relishes in her role as the taxpayers’ watchdog. Womble, highly regarded in the community for his career in industry and business (he manages his own human resources consulting company) and church and charitable causes, is a former member of the Lee County Board of Education
who believes the commissioners are doing plenty of good things, but would improve with him replacing Shook. Womble is an outstanding candidate. He would bring energy and a solid skillset to the seat, and in many ways could be a vast improvement over the recent spate of middle-upperclass white males of retirement age (Hayes, Oldham, Paschal) who now serve as commissioners. Womble would bring a sense of engagement and awareness to the seat. But choose Womble at the risk of losing Shook from the board? Not a chance. Shook’s methodology may
cause the occasional eye roll for her detractors, but there’s not an elected official in Lee County with more proven dedication to casting educated, researched votes than she. She has an eye, and ear, for red flags that other elected officials miss. In her four years on the board, she’s learned to coexist as a minority of one and to grow into the role in which the board has come to entrust her (and sometimes rebuke her). Without her, the commission would have a distinctly different flavor and the board wouldn’t be as effective. Can Shook be improved upon? Her big-picture perspective may be clouded slightly by
some fringe issues. And she’s yet to prove she can completely separate her role as commissioner and chairman of the county’s Republican party, a group that claims to be stronger than ever despite a few very high profile detractors. But we’re talking about a race for the board of commissioners — not a race for party chairman. This board — and county residents — need her. While the net sum of Womble’s attributes would add to the total quality of the board, not giving Shook a second term would be a flaw Lee County voters can’t afford to make.
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Keeping up the curtain
ALEIGH — For North Carolinians, the curtain that hides political power won’t be drawn back for another week. Eight days before the election, on Oct. 25, candidates for state political office, political action committees and independent expenditure committees will have to file reports showing who is giving to their campaigns and how they are spending the money. For most of these political committees and candidates, the report will be the first filing since mid-July. The election will pretty much be in the books by the time the information has been electronically posted and anyone has a chance to consider what it means. In North Carolina, there is no Toto with a mouth full of curtain. The inadequacy of the state’s campaign finance reporting schedule has become more apparent as independent, special interest groups look to influence the election. The two that have made the biggest splash this year — Real Jobs NC and the opposing Real Fact NC — were at least required to file reports showing initial donors and targeted races. Real Jobs, backed by conservative businessmen Art Pope and Fred Eshelman, has been going after incumbent Democrats in the legislature. Real Facts, backed by the N.C. Association of Educators, has spent money in defense of some of the incumbent Democrats. Pope recently accused Real Facts organizers of failing to follow state law regarding the listing of donors on campaign mailings; Real Facts lawyer Michael Weisel responded that the law isn’t the law yet — not until the U.S. Justice Department gives its OK. Regardless, the law is joke. Earlier this year, North Carolina legislators weakened reporting requirements for groups like Real Jobs and Real Facts, even as it required those groups to disclose donors on campaign mailings and commercials. Previously, the groups would have been required to file reports within 48 hours each and every time it spent a significant sum. So, even if voters can learn that Pope and Eshelman have been backing an effort to defeat state legislators like Hugh Holliman and John Snow, who knows the grand sum that has gone into that effort to date? And even if voters can find out that the teachers union is defending those legislators, who else might be contributing to that campaign today? North Carolina’s law is stronger than federal law when it comes to reporting by these independent groups. Don’t take any comfort in that fact. In the aftermath of the Citizen United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, Osama bin Laden himself could be trying to influence congressional elections and no one would be the wiser. Here, we have disclosure. It just comes too late for voters. And those voters might actually want to know which candidates are beholden to which interest groups.
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ASHINGTON — The controversy surrounding Christine O’Donnell’s constitutional views — does she deny the existence of the establishment clause? dispute its location in the First Amendment? reject that it mandates the “separation of church and state”? — is mainly the result of the candidate’s own imprecision. On the evidence of her recent debate, O’Donnell’s real problem is that this “constitutional conservative” seems unmotivated by any strong, developed views of the Constitution. But her views of the First Amendment seem to represent a broader tea party belief. One intriguing finding of the recent American Values Survey is that 55 percent of tea party supporters believe that “America has always been and is currently a Christian nation.” The figure among Christian conservatives is 49 percent. According to the survey, the tea party movement is less religious than the traditional Christian right. Yet a higher percentage of tea party supporters believe in a Christian America. This was particularly evident in the patriotic piety of Glenn Beck’s “return to God” rally on the National Mall. It was civil religion revivalism. There was little evidence of racism or a longing for white privilege. But there was plenty of nostalgia for an idealized past in which government was smaller, social ties were stronger and America was a Christian country. This view is comforting — as comforting as a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. It is consistent with populist movements before it. But it is flawed nonetheless. America is not a Christian country, and has never been, for historical, theological and philosophic reasons. First, the Constitution was designed for religious diversity because the founders were religiously diverse. The 18th century was a time not of quiet piety but of religious controversy. It was a high tide of American Unitarianism, a direct challenge to Christian orthodoxy. Thomas Jefferson’s Deism flirted with atheism — a God so distant that he didn’t even require his own existence. As Jon Meacham points out, the Founders were less orthodox than the generation that preceded them, as well as the one that followed them. Their commitment to disestablishment, in some cases, accommodated their own heterodoxy. Second, American religious communities were often strong supporters of disestablishment. Dissenting Protestants had a long history of resentment for the established English church. Others — Catholics and Quakers — were minorities suspicious of majority religious rule. Christians generally saw state intrusion as a threat to their theological integrity, and worldly power as a diversion from their mission. They supported disestablishment for the sake of the church. And their political independence contributed to their religious vitality.
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Third, as my co-author Pete Wehner and I argue in “City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era,” America was not founded as a Christian nation precisely because America’s founders were informed by a Jewish and Christian understanding of human nature. Since humans are autonomous moral beings created in God’s image, freedom of conscience is essential to their dignity. At least where the federal government was concerned, the founders asserted that citizens should be subject to God and their conscience, not to the state. The Founders were not secularists. They assumed that people would bring their deepest moral motivations to political life — motivations often informed by religious belief. But they firmly rejected sectarianism. America was designed to be a nation were all faiths are welcomed, not where one faith is favored. This was and is the American genius. So does the Constitution, in Jefferson’s gloss, require the “separation of church and state”? Institutionally, yes. Theologically, yes with one notable exception. Nearly all the most important teachings of faith — doctrines on individual salvation or the destination of history — have no public role or relevance. They are compromised by contact with power. But one belief — a belief in the nature and rights of human beings — is the basis of any political philosophy, including our own. It matters greatly if “all men are created equal” or not. Religious faith remains one of the main foundations for belief in human equality and dignity — as it was in the Declaration of Independence. But this conviction leads in a different direction than some religious people imagine. It is honored by respecting the priority of conscience.
Today’s Prayer Blessed are the peacemakers; they shall be recognized as children of God. (Matthew 5:9) PRAYER: Father, make me quick to see my errors and to ask forgiveness. May I be as gracious to others as You are to me. Amen.
Four years ago, the citizens of Lee County voted for Tracy Carter to be their new sheriff. They voted for him because of his integrity and principles, and because he stays true to his values. Over the years, the sheriff has continued to put the people of Lee County first. He works very hard every day to keep us safe. He has been, and continues to be, an asset to Lee County and we are fortunate to have him as sheriff. If you understand what really matters to Tracy Carter, then you should not be surprised at his support for certain candidates and his thoughts on party leadership. Tracy loves Lee County and wants leadership in the county that will put the people first. He will not put party affiliation above what is best for the citizens of our county. He knows that we are all part of the same community no matter what political affiliation we may have. Sheriff Carter represents a good model of how elected officials should lead — by standing up for their principles and values, and putting the constituents first, even in the face of adversity. He expects the same standard of others in leadership positions. Therefore, he will only support candidates with those values. It is ironic that some would be upset that the sheriff is speaking out and stating his opinion. By stating his opinion, he is showing his integrity. He is being totally honest and sincere — the way we would expect him to behave. The characteristics that got Sheriff Carter elected are what we expect of him, and he is just fulfilling those expectations. We should be proud of him for having the integrity, principles and values that he has and we should elect others who share them also. TAMARA BROGAN Sanford
Habitat for Humanity a blessing to Lee County To the Editor: In response to Nancy Neal’s letter to the editor thanking everyone who patronized the Habitat For Humanity dance in August, I would like to thank Nancy for her dedication and love for Habitat. I am a volunteer there, and I’m not sure I would be if it wasn’t for Nancy. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude are everything. The way she handles “sticky” situations and her love for all people means the world. She care for people, and after all, isn’t that what the world is all bout — people? There are times when the temperatures are extremely warm and cold in the warehouse, yet she never complains. My Nana would say, “If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen,” and “If you’re cold, put on more clothes.” Well, that is what we do at Habitat. We do hope more and more people continue to support this wonderful community organization, whether it is purchasing an item or two or volunteering a few hours a month. Presently, our volunteers are slim. Come by and see us at the old warehouse next to Lee Builder Mart on North Horner Boulevard. CHERYL LANCASTER Sanford
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The Sanford Herald / Friday, October 22, 2010 / 5A
Residents Cityâ€™s turn to hear case for wider cul-de-sacs worried after home invasion By BILLY BALL
By DAN E. WAY The Durham Herald-Sun
SILK HOPE â€” Rural residents are on edge and taking security precautions after a woman was shot earlier this week in a home invasion at an undisclosed location along N.C. 87. Some of those living up and down the treeshrouded highway questioned why the Chatham County Sheriffâ€™s Office released only minimal information about Tuesday morningâ€™s violent crime, and one gun-owning resident from a neighboring community said they were â€œlocked and loadedâ€? in preparation for anyone breaking into their homes. â€œThis is so rare to get something like this down here. Itâ€™s just very odd,â€? said Maj. Gary Blankenship, chief of staff with the Chatham County Sheriffâ€™s Office. â€œIt was up [N.C.] 87, about 5 miles from [U.S.] 64,â€? Blankenship said. â€œThe assailants coming through the window woke them [the residents] up. They confronted them, then there was a struggle, a shot was fired and then they took off,â€? Blankenship said. A 61-year-old woman was wounded in the gunfire. She was treated at UNC Hospitals for a foot wound. The intruders wore masks during the entire ordeal, and left without taking anything. Blankenship said there are few clues to work with. â€œSome of the things you may want to do is look at the occupants and see if there is any reason somebody would want to target the occupants,â€? he said. â€œThese things are so rare we donâ€™t expect it is just a random incident . . . You kind of backtrack from there,â€? Blankenship said. â€œIâ€™m not suggesting thatâ€™s what the reason is, but in a case like this that would be the common sense approachâ€? to begin with. Among residents saying they are jittery about the shooting are Ashley and Doug Beal. â€œOh, yeah, definitely,â€? Doug Beal said, â€œand not knowing exactly where it wasâ€? is even more worrisome. â€œAnd knowing the people are still out running around, and breaking into peopleâ€™s homes at night. Thatâ€™s when people are homeâ€? and are in greater danger, said Ashley Beal. â€œThey usually donâ€™t just hit one place.â€? Doug Beal said he didnâ€™t learn of the home invasion until early evening Tuesday, when his preacher, who lives nearby, called him to alert him to the news and to ask if the Beals had heard any other information about the crime. â€œThis was my greatgrandparentsâ€™ house,â€? Ashley Beal said. â€œPretty much most of the people who live around here have been here a while, and weâ€™re familiar with everybody.â€? Because of that, news generally spreads rapidly by word of mouth, but that didnâ€™t happen this time, and she said that was somewhat eerie.
SANFORD â€” Speaking before the Sanford City Council this week, a city firefighter defended his departmentâ€™s request to require wider cul-de-sacs in the county to make space for emergency respondersâ€™ largest trucks. Ken Cotten, division commander for the Sanford Fire Department, told City Council members that firefighters are required through safety
regulations to respond to house fires with their bulky ladder trucks if a home is taller than 30 feet. Currently, cul-de-sacs are mandated by Lee Countyâ€™s unified development ordinance to have a 40-foot radius with 45 feet of right of way space, measurements that make it difficult for the large fire trucks to navigate. â€œWe donâ€™t want to compromise safety,â€? Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive told Cotten Tuesday.
Fire officials asked for local government agencies to extend those measurements to a 45-foot radius with 50-foot right of way, but some builders and real estate investors have complained the move would add great expense to projects for a minor convenience issue. Planners are asking officials in Sanford, Broadway and Lee County government to approve the amended cul-de-sac dimensions. City planner Mar-
Arts Councilâ€™s â€˜Spooktacularâ€™ today BY CLIFF BELLAMY The Durham Herald-Sun
The horror! The horror! Apologies for that shameless lift of one of Joseph Conradâ€™s most quoted lines. Halloween is more than a week away, but a Chatham County event this weekend is meant to get local residents in the proper frame of mind and spirit. Its offers not a journey into the immense heart of darkness (more apologies to Conrad) but some spooky fun. The Chatham County Arts Council will hold a â€œSpooktacularâ€? fundraiser to benefit its programs today at Fearrington Village. This phantasmagorical fete will have a â€œZombie vs. Vampire Dance-Off,â€? with music by DJ Mouse. Visitors are encouraged to show up as the appropriate horror character and compete for costume prizes. Sometime during
the event, the DJ will play Michael Jacksonâ€™s â€œThriller,â€? a signal to start the eveningâ€™s Flash Mob Thriller Dance, said Molly Matlock, director of the Chatham County Arts Council. Visitors also will see some spooky short films, and one full-length horror film, â€œFistful of Brains.â€? Director Christine Parker will be at Spooktacular for a question and answer session after the screening. At previous Halloween events, the arts council has screened short horror films from North Carolina filmmakers, and this yearâ€™s Spooktacular is an outgrowth of that event, Matlock said. A recent soiree that Davenport & Winkleperry Steam Punk gallery in Pittsboro presented also inspired Spooktacular, Matlock said. â€œWe wanted to continue building on that momentum,â€? she said. The arts council is â€œtrying really hard to
make Pittsboro be the most fun place to be off the beaten path.â€? Short films to be screened today are â€œNight Scareâ€? (directed by Marcus Bones, â€œThe Piano Teacherâ€? (directed by Andrew Young and Dominic Smith), and â€œDr. Undeadâ€™s Frightfestâ€? (directed by Adam Tate).
WANT TO GO? WHAT: Special Spooktacular Event WHEN: Today, 8 p.m. WHERE: Fearrington Barn, 2000 Fearrington Village Center ADMISSION: $5 in advance, $8 at the door. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.chathamarts.org.
shall Downey said the current measurements fit the standards set by the N.C. Department of Transportation, but local governments can enforce different regulations if they so choose. The City Council will not take a vote on the issue until a future meeting, likewise for the Lee County Board of Commissioners, who heard the case Monday. The countyâ€™s Planning Board discussed firefightersâ€™ requests Monday,
but opted out of a vote because fire officials were not on hand to plead their case. Builder Van Groce Jr. appeared at county and city meetings Monday and Tuesday, respectively, asking officials to consider whether the convenience of easier neighborhood navigation for the trucks is worth the added expense. â€œWhatâ€™s the benefit of making it wider?â€? Groce said Tuesday.
Judge: Give trooper his job back
Trooper Anthony Scott, who was previously assigned to Chatham County, was fired in February. He was placed on administrative duty in August 2009 after he was at the Pittsboro home of a woman when her estranged husband showed up and threatened her with a gun. Scott, who was on duty at the time, was also at the house, though there is no indication he tried to intervene.
RALEIGH (MCT) â€” A state judge has ruled that Crime Control Secretary Reuben Young did not follow proper procedure when he fired a state trooper over an incident involving another manâ€™s wife. The administrative law judge ordered that the trooper be reinstated, though the ruling is likely to be appealed.
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RALEIGH â€” The North Carolina State Fair, which is open through Sunday in Raleigh, has a Lee County flavor in various aspects. J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School students placed second in the Elementary Arts and Photography exhibition. Students with art on display included Shakinah Cooke, Hunter Smith, Stevie Cameron, Jorge Palmas, Sierra Carlyle and Myila Champney. East Lee Middle School finished fourth in the Middle School Arts and Photograph exhibition. Students with art on display included Anna
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â€œThis has more people come through it than all of the pottery festivals of North Carolina put together.â€? Among those visiting the pottery expo this week was Ron Lewis of Fayetteville. â€œI like the uniqueness of it,â€? said Lewis. â€œItâ€™s just a little bit of everything in here.â€? Pam Parker of Raleigh said she was visiting the display thanks to her daughter-in-law. â€œShe wanted to come shopping.â€? Renee Sherman of Durham, when asked why she was visiting the display, said, â€œBecause I love pottery ... and thereâ€™s lots of pottery in here. I wanted to see what they had.â€? Hudson said there probably will be approxi-
Thomas, Josue Avila, Kaitlyn Joines, Hannah Rosser, Sarah Batten and Luis Gomez-Mendoza. Other State Fair exhibit winners from Lee County includes: â?? Caroline R. Richard, who had a Best in Show for Cakes with her Flavored Mock Pound Cake. â?? Vivian W. Byrd had four winners in the Handicrafts & Hobbies competition, with one first place and three third places. â?? Patricia T. Pemberton had a first-place finish in Home Furnishings. â?? Teressa Sharpe had a second-place finish in Home Furnishings. â?? Kristin Smith had a mately 4,500 individual sales transactions, based on the history of the past eight years. â€œThis fair is smashing records for sales and attendance,â€? he says. Nettie Keith, of Lee Countyâ€™s Pottery-N-The Barn, is one of the potters with her work on display and for sale. â€œI have had to had to take three more loads ... because itâ€™s selling so well,â€? said Keith, who has been part of the State Fair pottery display since its inception. â€œItâ€™s been a very good show every year,â€? she says. â€œAny show with 10 days of exposure â€” itâ€™ll be a good thing.â€? Keith noted that she has had people come to her shop after seeing her work at the State Fair. â€œWeâ€™ve always gotten a good deal of attention,â€? says Hudson. â€œAgriculture and pottery go well together in North Carolina.â€?
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first-place finish in the Youth Rabbit Show. Other local winners included: â?? Austin Cameron of Carthage, who showed the grand champion in the Junior Beef HeiferSanta Gertrudis division of the junior livestock show. â?? Dixie Acorn of Aberdeen, who showed the grand champion in the Junior Beef Heifer-Charolais and who showed the reserve grand champion in the Junior Beef HeiferRed Angus of the junior livestock show. â?? Susan Lowe of Siler City had a Best of Show in the Adult Breads category.
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RALEIGH (MCT) â€” Seven years ago, with his candy business flatter than a wad of stepped-on gum, Derek Lawson hit upon this risky bit of brilliance: Build a 5-pound gummy bear, and dare the world to eat it. Itâ€™s a chancy business proposition in the best of times, when you consider that Lawsonâ€™s chunk of see-through candy costs $29.99 by Internet order -- $25 this week at the N.C. State Fair. Also, eating the Worldâ€™s Largest Gummy Bear feels like swallowing a football. Lawson once offered it to a professional eater in Las Vegas, and the chewing champ managed to tear through only half the candy before it came roaring back up his throat in a rainbow-colored splash. But despite this, Lawson and his Raleigh-based business keep hearing the same sticky-lipped word of praise from its customers: more. â€œWhat have we wrought?â€? Lawson asked from inside his booth outside Dorton Arena. â€œWhat have we created? Put it this way: I can make 3,000 Worldâ€™s Largest Gummy Bears a day. That ainâ€™t enough.â€? The bearâ€™s official home is Popalopâ€™s Candy Shop in Crabtree Valley Mall, but Lawsonâ€™s gummy creations are on discounted display at the fair. â€” Raleigh News & Observer
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OBITUARIES Lawrence Prescott Perry SANFORD â€” Mr. Lawrence Prescott Perry, 83, of Sanford, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Mr. Perry was born on November 24, 1926, in Ogdensburg, N.Y. to the late Frank Perry and Laura Prescott Perry. He was a life member of the V.F.W., a member of the Moose Legion and the American Legion. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in Okinawa during WWII. Mr. Perry worked as an iron worker for 35 years. He is survived by daughters, Sabrina Perry Fry of Sanford and Georgette Perry Roberts of Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Jessica Clark of Michigan and Amanda Flynn of Carthage, and five great-grandchildren. The family will have a memorial service at a later date in Delaware. Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.
SANFORD â€” Memorial service for Douglas Earl Barnette, 59, who died Saturday (10/16/10), was conducted Thursday at Turnerâ€™s Chapel Church with the Rev. Bruce MacInnes officiating. Eulogy was by Sal Policastro. The family received friends following the service at the church. Pianist was Pam Riddle. Pam Riddle and the Rev. Bruce MacInnes sang a duet. the congregation also sang. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Edward Earl Tickle was held Wednesday at Kendale Acres Freewill Baptist Church in Sanford with the Rev. Doug Western and the Rev. Johnny Lewis presiding. Burial followed at Buffalo Cemetery. Soloist was Diane Bennett. Pallbearers were Eddie Tickle, Michael Tickle, Justin Tickle, Earl Coe, Christopher Coe and Jeremy Lewis. Arrangements were by Miller-Boles Funeral Home.
CAMERON â€” James Allen Cameron, 53, died Wednesday (10/20/10) at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Arrangements will be announced by BridgesCameron Funeral Home, Inc.
FAYETTEVILLE â€” Jerry Lee Lester, 46, of 4813 Inverness Drive, died Tuesday (10/19/10) at his residence. He is survived by a son, Colton Lester of the home. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Hope Mills Church of God in Hope Mills. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Elizabeth Street Mortuary, Inc. of Spring Lake.
MONCURE â€” Vivian B. Lambert, 93, of 450 John Robert Headen Road, died Monday (10/18/10) at Siler City Care and Rehab. She is survived by a son, Charles Raymond Headen and wife Josephine of Moncure; a brother, Vernon C. Headen of Detroit, Mich.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. View AME Zion Church in Moncure with the Rev. Laura Headen officiat-
POLICE BEAT SANFORD Randy Pulley, 46, was charged Thursday at 1400 S. Horner Blvd. with assault on a female. Rebekah Stone, 26, was charged Wednesday at 1608 Woodland Ave. with financial identity fraud. Joseph Boggs, 22, was charged Wednesday at 6808 Bradley Road with non-compliance. Mark Johnson, 57, was charged Wednesday at 117 Friars Drive with disorderly conduct. HARNETT COUNTY Jessica Barber, 21, of 230 Hidden Pond Lane, Sanford, was charged Wednesday with possession of a counterfeit
instrument and aiding and abetting larceny. Shanice Shelley, 18, of 73 Seahawk Ave., Cameron, was charged Wednesday with injury to personal property, harassing phone calls, simple assault and larceny. Corey Magill, 19, of 38 Magill Drive, Broadway, was charged Tuesday with burglary, larceny after breaking and entering and possessing and concealing stolen property. James Cordevant, 18, of 355 Dickens Road, Broadway, was charged Tuesday with breaking and entering, larceny from a motor vehicle and possessing and concealing stolen property.
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PITTSBORO â€” Thomas Eugene â€œGeneâ€? Durham, 82, of Andrews Store Road, died Wednesday (10/20/10) at his residence. He was born Oct. 28, 1927 in Chatham County, son of the late Edward Watson Durham and Jennie Florence Herndon Durham. He was a 1947 graduate of Pittsboro High School, and served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Comstock for four years. He served as the Route 3 Pittsboro rural route mail carrier for 30 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Durham, and William Durham. He is survived by his brother and sister-inlaw, Clarence and Ruby Durham; sisters, Geraldine Harris of Raleigh and Mary Julia Matlock of Durham; 13 nieces and nephews; 23 greatnieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro with the Rev. Virginia Taylor and the Rev. Sercy Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Lystra Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 1 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the funeral and other times at the residence. Condolences may be made at www.hallwynne. com. Memorials may be directed to UNC Hospice (Pittsboro), P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312. Arrangements are by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro. â??â??â??
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