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Jobless rate goes down a full point Unexpected drop welcome as area continues recovery By BILLY BALL email@example.com
SANFORD — Recession-battered Lee County got some good news in the form of declining unemployment numbers. Lee County, which has hovered with double-digit unemployment for some time, saw its jobless rate plunge nearly a full percentage point from June to July, the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina said. This news comes well before construction manufacturing giant Caterpillar is expected to begin adding 325 new jobs at its Sanford facility. State numbers pegged Lee unemployment at 11.6 percent in July, down from 12.5 percent in June. “That was a drop that we didn’t expect to be quite that big,” said Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce President Bob
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Jerry Pedley stands in his office at Mertek Solutions. Pedley, the chairman of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, was back to work in just a few weeks after suffering serious injuries in a fall from a roof earlier this month.
ROAD TO RECOVERY He doesn’t remember anything about the fall that put him in ICU, but Jerry Pedley will never forget the outpouring of support that followed By ALEXA MILAN firstname.lastname@example.org
SANFORD — Jerry Pedley has always felt blessed to live in Sanford, but the outpouring of community support following his fall from a church rooftop in early August reminded him just how much he loves Lee County. “The chamber, the city, the county — everyone was just so kind,” Pedley said. “The community is so wonderful. There were so many calls and cards.” The local business leader and Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce chairman was
checking on an air conditioning unit that was in need of repair at New Hope Baptist Church when he fell and suffered numerous injuries, some life-threatening. Pedley said he doesn’t know if he fainted from the heat or hit his head and then passed out, but the minister’s mother found him and sought emergency assistance. Everything from just before the fall through his stay at UNC Hospitals is a blur. Pedley said he doesn’t remember being in any pain, and his first post-accident recollection is going home from the hospital. “I feel pretty good again,”
Pedley said. “Some things I wish I could remember, but I don’t know if that’s from getting hit on the head or just being old.” Pedley suffered a broken shoulder blade and head trauma, including swelling and bleeding in his brain, but he experienced a quicker than expected recovery. Just a few short weeks after the accident, he was already back to work as president of Mertek Solutions, a company that designs and builds assembly machines for everything from chain saw parts to makeup compacts.
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Everyone’s kindness and thoughts and prayers that went out to him helped him a lot, not just while he was in the hospital but after he got home too ... It made a big difference to know that people cared.”
— DONNA PEDLEY — Wife of Jerry Pedley
HURRICANE EARL U.S. GRAPPLES WITH BEDBUG PROBLEM
State, area readies for ‘major’ hurricane
A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has homeowners and apartment dwellers taking desperate measures to eradicate the tenacious bloodsuckers, with some relying on dangerous outdoor pesticides
Category 3 storm expected to hit coast by Thursday
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OUR STATE DEATH PENALTY’S FOES CITING SBI’S AUDIT Criminal prosecutions are so tainted by racial bias and scientific fraud that the state should consider eliminating the death penalty, innocence advocates said Monday as they filed a brief supporting a death row prisoner’s claim of bias Full Story, Page 7A
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SANFORD — With Hurricane Earl threatening the Atlantic Coast, the Lee County Office of Emergency Management is encouraging local residents to stay vigilant. “One general rule is they need to be prepared,” said Roger Millikin, a tech support specialist with Lee County Emergency Services. The storm, which has been upgraded to a category 3, is expected to hit the East Coast by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. As of late Monday morning, the storm was approximately
HAPPENING TODAY The Lee County Community Orchestra will have its second rehearsal of the 2010-2011 concert season. There is still time for new players to join the group. Music director Tara Villa invites those interested to come to the music practice hall at Lee County High School from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 776-4628. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
1,400 nautical miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. Earl will remain a major hurricane over the next several days and may strengthen
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A boy takes cover from a wave caused by the approaching of the Hurricane Earl in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Monday. Earl battered some islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and roofripping winds Monday, rapidly intensifying into a major storm.
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY ■ The Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet jointly with members of the Lee County Economic Development Corporation, the Sanford City Council and Broadway Town Commissioners at 6:30 p.m. at the McSwain Extension Education & Agriculture Center located at 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford.
WEDNESDAY ■ The City of Sanford City Council’s Law and Finance meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Sanford Municipal Center. ■ The Moore County Voluntary Ag. Advisory will meet at 1 p.m. at the Soil & Water Conference Room, Ag Center, Carthage.
THURSDAY ■ The next meeting of the Republican Women of Lee County will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Enrichment Center of Lee County, located at 1615 S. Third St. in Sanford. Linda Shook, chairman of the Lee County GOP, will be the guest speaker. All interested Republican women are invited to attend.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Barry Gaines, Doris Lee, Sebastian Palmer, Etta Perry, Charles Beamer, Tatyana Lyne Lavon Ridges, William Claude Parker, Wilson Dean Ramsperger, Amanda Lauren Michael, Colon L. Kelly, Ritchie McDonald, Georgia V. Brown, Martha Causey, Franklin Thomas, James Coble, Betty Martin, Earl Norris, Rebecca Angel Gaines, Traacy Masson Gaines, Laymond Brown, Michelle Brown, Jennifer Holder, Fran Edmonds, Peyton Horner, Zelma Smith, Tina Lynette Blue, Rodney Brent Nordan, Tishawn Allen and Daymon Russell II. CELEBRITIES: Comedian Lewis Black is 62. Actor Michael Chiklis is 47. Actress Cameron Diaz is 38. TV personality Lisa Ling is 37. Tennis player Andy Roddick is 28. Actor Cameron Finley is 23.
Almanac Today is Monday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2010. There are 123 days left in the year. This day in history: On Aug. 30, 1997, Americans received word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. (Because of the time difference, it was Aug. 31 where the crash occurred.) In 1797, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, creator of “Frankenstein,” was born in London. In 1861, Union Gen. John C. Fremont instituted martial law in Missouri and declared slaves there to be free. (However, Fremont’s order was countermanded days later by President Abraham Lincoln). In 1862, Union forces were defeated by the Confederates at the Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Va. In 1905, Ty Cobb made his major-league debut as a player for the Detroit Tigers, hitting a double in his first at-bat in a game against the New York Highlanders. (The Tigers won, 5-3.) In 1963, the “Hot Line” communications link between Washington and Moscow went into operation. In 1967, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1983, Guion S. Bluford, Jr. became the first black American astronaut to travel in space as he blasted off aboard the Challenger. In 1991, Azerbaijan declared its independence, joining the stampede of republics seeking to secede from the Soviet Union.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR TODAY ■ The Lee County Community Orchestra will have its second rehearsal of the 20102011 concert season. There is still time for new players to join the group. Music director Tara Villa invites those interested to come to the music practice hall at Lee County High School from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 776-4628. ■ The Moore County Agricultural Fair will be held in Carthage. The fair features a celebration that showcases all that the county has to offer. Plenty of things to do and see for young and old such as children’s activities, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, livestock and agricultural competitions and much, much more. The fair is located at the Moore County Fairgrounds, located at 3699 N.C. 15-501 in Carthage. For more information, call (910) 947-2774.
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■ The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. ■ Sanford Jobseekers will meet at First Baptist Church from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. This week’s program focus: Cindy Casler will speak on Workforce Development and how it can assist in finding jobs. All who are looking for employment are welcome. ■ The Moore County Agricultural Fair will be held in Carthage. The fair is located at the Moore County Fairgrounds, located at 3699 N.C. 15-501 in Carthage. For more information, call (910) 947-2774.
THURSDAY ■ The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Central Carolina Community College, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford. ■ Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic supper and “Function at the Junction” at Depot Park. This free outdoor family event starts at 7 p.m. and includes a variety of music throughout the summer. For more information, visit downtownsanford.com or call 919-775-8332. ■ The Moore County Agricultural Fair will be held in Carthage. The fair is located at the Moore County Fairgrounds, located at 3699 N.C. 15-501 in Carthage. For more information, call (910) 947-2774.
FRIDAY ■ The Kiwanis Club’s Annual Pancake Supper will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Lee High School cafeteria, before the Southern Lee vs. Lee County football game. Tickets are $5, with children under 5 years old free. Tickets will be available at the door. ■ The Moore County Agricultural Fair will be held in Carthage. The fair is located at the Moore County Fairgrounds, located at 3699 N.C. 15-501 in Carthage. For more information, call (910) 947-2774. ■ The Silk Hope Old Fashioned Farmers Day will be held in Silk Hope.
Koda, a 1 1/2-year-old Newfoundland, endures the heat at Saturday’s “Race For Their Lives” event, a fundraiser for Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption.
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SATURDAY ■ The Moore County Agricultural Fair will be held in Carthage. The fair is located at the Moore County Fairgrounds, located at 3699 N.C. 15-501 in Carthage. For more information, call (910) 947-2774. ■ The Silk Hope Old Fashioned Farmers Day will be held in Silk Hope.
SUNDAY ■ The Silk Hope Old Fashioned Farmers Day will be held in Silk Hope.
SEPT. 8 ■ Area residents are invited to comment on proposed changes to state hunting, fishing and trapping regulations at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s District 5 annual public hearing. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in Building 2 at Central Carolina Community College’s Chatham County Campus, 764 West St., Pittsboro. ■ Chatham County invites residents to a community meeting at 7 p.m. at the Moncure Fire Station to learn more about a plan proposed by a partnership of four towns in western Wake County to construct a regional wastewater treatment facility. The plan involves a discharge line that would cut through a section of southeastern Chatham County. ■ The Lee County Library staff will present a 20-minute program of stories, rhymes and activities geared toward children ages birth to 2 years beginning at 10 a.m. There is no charge for the programs and it is not necessary to register in advance. For more information, call Mrs.
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SEPT. 9 ■ Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic supper and “Function at the Junction” at Depot Park. This free outdoor family event starts at 7 p.m. and includes a variety of music throughout the summer. For more information, visit downtownsanford.com or call 919-775-8332. ■ The Lee County Library will present a program geared twoard children ages 3 to 5 beginning at 11 a.m. Activities include stories, finger plays, action rhymes and songs, puppet shows, crafts and parachute play. There is no charge for the programs and it is not necessary to register in advance. For more information, call Mrs. DeLisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x. 5484.
SEPT. 11 ■ The Greenwood/Tramway Optimist Club is sponsoring a fundraising event filled with fun, food and festivities at Greenwood Elementary School. At 9:30 a.m., the Lee County Scouts and the musical group Four Heart Harmony will open with a tribute to Sept. 11, 2001. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be crafters, antique cars, yard sale, face painting, buggy rides and games. Proceeds go to Greenwood and Tramway schools and other organizations in the county. ■ The Lee County Disc Golf monthly tournament begins at 10 a.m. (registration at 9) at the O.T. Sloan course. Cost to enter is $7 for novice, amateur, junior and women contestants and $12 for pros. Contact Ronnie Gardner at (919) 708-2869. ■ The Sandhills Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. has partnered with the Sister Soldier Project and will be hosting a packing party at First Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford.
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Library offers story times for young children SANFORD â€”The Lee County Library will offer story times for young children two times each week beginning Sept. 8. Each Wednesday at 10 a.m., library staff present a 20-minute program of stories, rhymes, and activities geared toward children ages birth to 2 years. On Thursdays at 11 a.m., programs are geared toward children ages 3 to 5 and last 30 to 45 minutes. Activities for these programs may include stories, finger plays, action rhymes and songs, puppet shows, crafts, and parachute play. The Thursday morning programs will begin Thursday, September 9 at 11:00 a.m. There is no charge for the programs and it is not necessary to register in advance. Story time programs are offered weekly from September through April. Due to space limitations, large daycare groups should call the library to make separate arrangements for story times. For more information, call Mrs. DeLisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x. 5484.
Southern humorist to speak in Southern Pines Oct. 3
SOUTHERN PINES â€”Renowned Southern writer and humorist Bill Thompsonâ€™s many fans will get to hear him speak Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Southern Pines, 200 E. New York Ave. His appearance is sponsored by the Moore County Historical Association. Admission is free. For over 40 years, Bill has traveled throughout North Carolina and the South as a speaker for hundreds of organizations. He has been a master of ceremonies and entertainer for hundreds of events celebrating the things that make communities special from the Hollerinâ€™ Contest in Spiveyâ€™s Corner to the Wooly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, and similar events in Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. Billâ€™s column â€œFront Porch Storiesâ€? has been a regular feature in Our State for almost a decade. He has written three books, â€œSweet Tea, Fried Chicken and Lazy Dogs: A Reflection of North Carolina Life,â€? â€œPearlâ€™s Pork Palace and Other Stories
from Flynnâ€™s Crossing, NC,â€? and his newest, â€œBackyards, Bow Ties and Beauty Queens.â€? Humor, yes. But sometimes, he revisits a nostalgic time and place many of us barely remember or havenâ€™t had the opportunity to experience. He not only entertains but prompts his audiences to appreciate the distinctive traditions and heritage that make North Carolina and the South a unique aspect of American life. For information, call (910) 692-2051.
Ttraffic stop leads to drug charges CARTHAGE (MCT) â€” A Siler City man who was wanted for stealing trailer trucks now faces drug violations after his vehicle was stopped Friday on Lobelia Road in Vass. Deputies stopped the car driven by Andy Brian Moody, 32, and found methamphetamine, marijuana, $4,000 cash and drug paraphernalia inside, according a release from the Moore County Sheriffâ€™s Office. Deputies were looking for Moody, who was accused of stealing two trucks from the West End area this month, authorities said. One of the trucks was taken Thursday from C&M Carriers Inc. on Doubs Chapel Road. During the theft, someone hit a fuel tank, causing about 550 gallons of diesel fuel to spill, the release said. The second trailer was taken from tobacco field near the ownerâ€™s home. Investigators found both trailers at salvage yard in Biscoe, according to the Sheriffâ€™s Office, and a total of 12 stolen vehicles were recovered at the business. Moody is charged with two counts each of larceny and possession of stolen property, and one count of misdemeanor injury to property, the Sheriffâ€™s Office said. He and passenger in his car, Tara Michelle Barth, 27, also of Siler City, are charged with one count each of possessing methamphetamine and marijuana with intent to sell and deliver, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, maintaining a drug vehicle and misdemeanor drug possession. Bail was set at $125,000 for Moody and $31,000 for Barth, the release said. â€” Fayetteville Observer
North Carolina coast keeps a wary eye east toward hurricane By TOM BREEN Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH â€” Town officials, emergency planners and hardware stores along North Carolinaâ€™s coast planned Monday for Hurricane Earl in hopes that the storm will deliver no more than a glancing blow as it travels north. Most of the preparations are in the preliminary stages: generators are being tested, gas tanks are being topped off and weather forecasts are being pored over for any indication that Earl, which reached Category 4 strength on Monday, will come any closer than several hundred miles off the stateâ€™s coast. â€œNothing weâ€™ve seen yet is showing it will make landfall, so weâ€™re preparing for rain and heavy surf right now,â€? said Chris Layton, town manager of Duck. The Outer Banks, the fragile chain of barrier islands where Duck is located, is expected to get the brunt of any weather and ocean conditions churned up by Earl, ranging from rip currents to heavy rain. In Duck and Nags Head, town officials were
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to a category 4 on Tuesday, the NWS advised. A potential northwestward turn could bring the storm closer to the midAtlantic over the next 24 to 36 hours. Millikin said Earlâ€™s effects should not be severe in Sanford. Based on storm intensity data available Monday, there is a 10 to 20 percent chance of tropical storm force-winds as far inland as Fayetteville and the Triangle. Hurricane-force winds are possible along the Outer Banks and Sounds, according to the NWS. Depending on the storm track, inland winds could approach 58 miles per hour.
Personal water craft are used to keep watch on bathers in Ocean City, N.J. Swimmers along the Atlantic Coast are being warned to stay close to shore or out of the water altogether until Hurricanes Danielle and Earl run their course. out videotaping their beaches Monday in case the storm causes significant erosion. Having before-and-after records of what beaches look like helps with storm recovery, especially if disaster relief funding is available. In Nags Head, officials were also making sure the gas tanks of storm trucks, which rescue people in the event of flooding and help emergency crews get around in the aftermath of a storm, are full and that generators that can power town offices are in working order. â€œItâ€™s way too early to take in lifeguard stands
and things like that, but obviously weâ€™re watching the storm,â€? Nags Head spokeswoman Roberta Thuman said. That wait-and-see approach also prevailed among customers at the six Ace Hardware stores in the Outer Banks, according to operations manager Kathy Seko, who was at the Manteo store on Monday. â€œSo far, itâ€™s mostly been people making inquiries about what we have and what they might need if it gets worse,â€? Seko said. Along with the standard supplies â€” tarp, duct tape, batteries, screws and drills for plywood â€” Seko said
â€œTheyâ€™re not expecting anything too bad west of (Interstate) 95, but weâ€™re 96 hours out,â€? Millikin said. â€œThursday and early Friday is when weâ€™ll start feeling the effects of it.â€? Local Emergency Management officials are running through a checklist, Millikin said, which includes alerting schools and keeping county and city management updated. While Earlâ€™s impact to Sanford could be relatively mild, he urged residents to be prepared for the worst. â€œThe people in mobile homes and low-lying areas do really need to pay attention,â€? he said. Mobile homes may sustain damages from high winds, he said, and low-lying areas are prone to flooding during heavy rainfall. The federal govern-
ment recommends keeping up to three days of food and water on hand for emergencies. In a worst-case storm, Millikin said Lee County residents could be on their own for up to two weeks. â€œWe hope we donâ€™t ever see another Hurricane Hazel,â€? Millikin said, referring to a storm that devastated North Carolina in October of 1954. In addition to sufficient food and water, Millikin said a well-stocked emergency supply kit should contain the following: â– A radio, batterypowered or hand crank, and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both â– Flashlight and extra batteries â– First aid kit
she is reminding customers not to forget items like manual can openers and even art supplies. â€œWaiting for a storm can seem like forever, especially if the powerâ€™s out,â€? she said. â€œYou need to pass the time somehow.â€? The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Earl, which formed Sunday, has sustained winds of 135 mph (215 kph), and will likely gain strength. One potential track has the storm moving roughly parallel to the East Coast, possibly brushing North Carolina Thursday or Friday. Officials at Cape Lookout National Seashore are taking no chances, ordering an evacuation of visitors on the islands, and closing the park starting Wednesday. The seashore, 56 miles of undeveloped beach stretching over four barrier islands about three miles off the coast of North Carolina, is accessible only by boat. Farther north, Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials are still watching the hurricaneâ€™s path before making any decisions, spokeswoman Cyndy Holda said.
â– Whistle to signal for help â– Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-inplace â– Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation â– Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities â– Mechanical can opener (If canned goods are stored) â– Local maps â– Cell phone with chargers For the most upto-date information, residents can log on to the National Hurricane Centerâ€™s website at www. nhc.noaa.gov or the NWS Raleigh website at www. erh.noaa.gov/rah/.
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