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SANFORD POTTERY FESTIVAL
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‘PEANUTS’ GANG SOLD TO JOE BOXER Newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps Co. is selling licensing rights for Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang to Iconix Brand Group Inc., the licensing company that owns Joe Boxer
LCS board approves final contract for $20.4M project By JONATHAN OWENS
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MAN ARRESTED WITH GUN NEAR AF1 IN ASHEVILLE An Ohio sheriff suspended the concealed weapons permit of an armed man who authorities say told them he wanted to see the president in North Carolina ... with a loaded gun Full Story, Page 8A
Potter Winton Eugene, whose work has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, and his wife Rosa will be the “featured potters” at this year’s ninth annual Sanford Pottery Festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.
A BEAUTIFUL ACCIDENT Hobby became a passion for South Carolina couple, this year’s SPF ‘featured artists’ Special to The Herald
BELMONT DRIVE-IN A FAMILY BUSINESS A landmark since 1946, Belmont Drive-In is ready to serve the movie-going public at 7 p.m. still today at a time when drive-ins are near extinction Full Story, Page 1C
OUR NATION GOLDMAN SACHS DEFENDS ITSELF Goldman Sachs officials strongly disputed barbed accusations Tuesday from U.S. senators that the firm cashed in on the housing meltdown by crafting a strategy to bet against home loan securities Full Story, Page 10A
TECHNOLOGY FACEBOOK EXPANSION ANGERS REGULATORS Facebook’s plan to spread its online social network to other Web sites could be detoured by regulators looking into privacy concerns that have raised the ire of federal lawmakers. Full Story, Page 14A
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Sanford Pottery Festival
or 20 years, Winton and Rosa Eugene have been satisfying collectors across the country with pottery that is as functional as it is uniquely beautiful. The self-taught artists, whose work has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, make beautiful stoneware jars, pitchers, vases and more in their studio gallery in Cowpens, S.C. Their work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country, and they’re the featured potters at this weekend’s ninth annual Sanford Pottery Festival at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. The Eugenes stumbled
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upon their pottery vocation by accident. Rosa, a Spartanburg native, met the Louisiana-born Winton through her brother. Actually, she said, “My brother brought him home to meet his girlfriend’s sister.” Later, when Winton moved to Chicago, he invited Rosa
INSIDE Local fifth graders enjoy a lesson in the art of pottery making from some of the area’s best Page 3A
SANFORD — Barring an unexpected setback, bulldozers and workers will start assembling on the campus of Lee County High School as early as mid-May to begin renovations on the 57-year-old campus. The Lee County Board of Education on Tuesday approved the final contract with American South Contractors of Sanford to completely renovate the campus at a total cost of $20,439,688 at a called board meeting at the Heins Education Building. The meeting was called to reaffirm the contract, with several amendments, after the Lee County Board of Commissioners decided last week to increase funding for the project by $2.6 million to compensate for a winning bid of $20,479,000, almost $1 million higher than the county had anticipated. Along with that increase, commissioners proclaims that
See LCHS, Page 5A and her sister to visit. Rosa went alone and after only 3 weeks, Rosa and Winton made a leap of faith and were married. When they became parents, they preferred rural Cowpens to urban Chicago for their son and daughter. This was a perfect setting for Winton’s new hog-farming trade, a business that was not making any money. Rosa and
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SANFORD — There may be a light at the end of the tunnel for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County. The beleaguered nonprofit, which has struggled through numerous funding cuts in these recessionplagued times, can at least count its annual fundraising golf tournament Tuesday at Tobacco Road Golf Course a success. Clubs Executive Director Bo Hedrick said in the early afternoon hours Tuesday
See Tourney, Page 5A
HAPPENING TODAY ■ The CCH Auxiliary will sponsor “The Plant Factory” Spring Plant and Flower Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside of the Carthage Street entrance to the CCH Visitors Lobby. Proceeds benefit the projects of CCH Auxiliary. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
The Small Business Banquet, held each year at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, honors and celebrates Lee County’s vital small business community. Tickets for May 6 event are $25. Reserve seats by contacting the Small Business Center at (919)774-6442.
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Jimmy Martin takes a swing at Tobacco Road Golf Course on Tuesday during a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County.
High: 68 Low: 42 More Weather, Page 14A
OBITUARIES Sanford: Melvin Buchanan, 95; Yolonda Hooker, 39
SANFORD — A musical legend will be the guest of honor at the 25th Small Business Banquet on May 6. Maurice Williams, considered one of the country’s premier beach music artists who, will receive the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s event, held at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.
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The Herald’s award-winning annual magazine, Lee County Living, will hit the shelves (and will be inserted for home subscribers). Read about local tourism, businesses, cultures and much more in this year’s edition.
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY ■ 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 holds its spring meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the multipurpose room of Building 2 at the college’s Chatham County Campus, 764 West St., Pittsboro.
THURSDAY ■ The Moore County Schools Board of Education will have a work session to discuss district goals at noon, in the Board Room of the Central Office in Carthage.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Terrence Cameron, Jonathan Hodges, Robert Melton, Sienna Street, Colton Marks, Jasmine Faith Graham, Christian NolascoAscencio, Hector Nolasco-Ascencio, Jade Alexis McElveen, Jourdan Brianna Yopp, Jonathan Henry Anderson, Renee Michele Lovett, Greg Sloan, Barbara W. Johnson, Trevis Averett, Jenna Cummings, Joann Thomas, Nicholas Daniel Harrington and Rena Mae Mashburn. CELEBRITIES: Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 69. “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is 60. Rapper Too Short is 44. Actress Bridget Moynahan is 39. Actor Jorge Garcia is 37. ctress Penelope Cruz is 36. Actress Jessica Alba is 29.
Central Carolina Community College administrators and faculty were among 300 education and economic development leaders attending the Fort Bragg Base Realignment and Closure Regional Task Force’s Energizing Entrepreneurship workshops March 31 at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Pictured are (from left) Cathy Swindell, CCCC Industry Services director; Cindy Casler, CCCC Workforce Development director; Angie Stewart, Harnett County EDC Existing Industry manager; Mari Howe, Chatham County EDC Research and Innovation manager; Diane Kannarr, CCCC Business and Marketing instructor; Freda Newby, Stone of Help CDC, Lee County; Joni Pavlik, CCCC dean of Business and Media Technologies; Jennifer Nelson, Chatham County EDC Business Development coordinator; Meg Moss, Lee County Industries director; Pastor Delois Washington, CEO of Stone of Help; Judi Williams, of Stone of Help; Jim Felton, CCCC Small Business Center-Lee County director; and Phyllis Huff, CCCC senior director of Adult and Extension Education.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING ■ Central Fire Station at 512 Hawkins Avenue will check car seats between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each Saturday. Appointments are required. Contact Krista at 775-8310 by 5 p.m. Wednesday to schedule an appointment for the following Saturday. Child must be present for seat to be checked, unless mother is expecting.
TODAY ■ The Lee County Library will hold story time for children up to 2 at 10 a.m. Story time programs are free of charge. Registration not required. ■ The Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring “The Plant Factory” Spring Plant and Flower Sale, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside of the Carthage Street Entrance to CCH Visitors Lobby. Proceeds benefit the projects of CCH Auxiliary. ■ Sharpe Store Music, a 12-month-old nonprofit, will celebrate its first annual meeting at 7 p.m. in a dining room at Dry Dock Seafood Restaurant in Siler City. ■ The CCH Auxiliary will sponsor “The Plant Factory” Spring Plant and Flower Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside of the Carthage Street entrance to the CCH Visitors Lobby. Proceeds benefit the projects of CCH Auxiliary. ■ Sanford Jobseekers will host a seminar “How to Present Yourself to Interviewer” by presenter Debbie Saelens, HR consultant, career coach and president of HR Alliance will speak on how to present yourself at an interview from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. at First Baptist Church. For more information, contact Tom Wilder at 77-9046.
If you have a calendar item you would like to add or if you have a feature story idea, contact The Herald by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (919) 718-1225. ■ Lee County Schools will hold its annual 2010-11 Teacher of the Year reception at 6:30 p.m. at Chef Paul’s Cafe and Catering. The 2010-11 District Teacher of the Year will be announced. ■ The Lee County Library will hold a story time for children ages 3 to 5 at 11 a.m. Story time programs are free of charge. Registration not required. ■ Temple Theatre’s final production of the 2009-2010 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” features the theater’s own Peggy Taphorn, Michael Brocki and Ken Griggs. The popular musical is a portrayal of Americans stationed in an “alien culture” during WWII. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. For tickets, call (919) 774-4155 or visit www. templeshows.com. ■ Cooperative Extension in Chatham County will offer a program on fire ant management at 7 p.m. in the Agriculture Building in downtown Pittsboro. Participants are required to call (919) 542-8202, to pre-register for limited seating. A $5 charge for the program will include a disc of materials covered and light refreshments.
FRIDAY ■ Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn blankets and chairs, purchase dinner from a downtown restaurant and enjoy a movie under the stars every Friday night at Depot Park
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SATURDAY ■ The Sanford Pottery Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. ■ The Cameron Antiques Street Fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Cameron. ■ Temple Theatre’s final production of the 2009-2010 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” starts at 8 p.m. For tickets, call (919) 774-4155 or visit www. templeshows.com. ■ The Second Annual Barry Butzer Memorial Fishing Tournament will be held on Lake Trace from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Half of the proceed from the tournament will be given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sanford/Lee County, and anyone who catches a state record bass will receive a 2010 Toyota truck. For more information, contact Libby Bibb at 499-1300. ■ Emmanuel Baptist Church at 632 McCrimmon Road, Carthage, is hosting a benefit plate event for Michael Ellis, diagnosed with Stage IIII lung cancer. Barbecue plates will be available by donations for eat-in or carry-out from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Call (919) 774-0509 for more details.
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(106 Charlotte Avenue) this spring. These family-friendly movies are free and open to the public; movies start at 8 p.m. For further details please contact DSI at (919) 7758332, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.downtownsanford.com. This week’s movie is “Planet 51.” ■ Temple Theatre’s final production of the 2009-2010 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” starts at 8 p.m. For tickets, call (919) 774-4155 or visit www. templeshows.com.
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Almanac Today is Wednesday, April 28, the 118th day of 2010. There are 247 days left in the year. This day in history: On April 28, 1758, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, was born in Westmoreland County, Va. In 1789, the mutiny on HMS Bounty took place as the crew of the British ship set Capt. William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. (Bligh and most of the men with him managed to reach Timor in 47 days.) In 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.
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Board approves Oct. 9 Family Day at Raleigh Exec
SANFORD — After attracting 3,500 people in its inaugural run, Family Day @ The Jetport is poised to become even larger this year, organizers say. The festival will return on Oct. 9 with another full day of aviation-related activities and special events at Raleigh Exec: The Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County. Dan Swanson, airport manager for Raleigh Exec, said the governing board recently approved this year’s event and intends to make Family Day an annual fixture on the local calendar. “This year’s Family Day will be even bigger and better than before,” said Swanson. “By the time we decided to do it last year, we were fairly close to the date. For it to be as successful as it was is a testament to the people working on the project. “We’ve been planning this one ever since last year’s ended. Now, we’re working on getting commitments from organizations that are already enthusiastic about participating.” Swanson said visitors can expect a similar mix of plane rides, aircraft on display and children’s activities.
School district earns another finance award
SANFORD — Lee County Schools has won the Association of School Business Officials International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Program for excellence in the preparation and issuance of the fiscal year end 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The certificate was designed by ASBO International to enable school business officials to achieve a high standard of financial reporting. The award, the highest recognition for school district financial operations offered by ASBO, is only conferred to school systems that have met or exceeded the standards of the program. By preparing and presenting a CAFR, Lee County Schools validated the credibility of the school district’s operations and measured the integrity and technical competence of business staff. Lee County Schools has won this award each year since 2001. Upon receiving notification of the award, Lee County Schools Chief Financial Officer Tammy Howington said, “This prestigious award is a reflection of the competency and dedication of both our finance department staff as well as business office employees located in each school throughout the district. While it is personally rewarding to our finance staff, it is also a key indicator to the community of the financial integrity and efficient operations of Lee County Schools.”
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SANFORD POTTERY FESTIVAL
Potters demonstrate their craft to students Special to the Herald
t could have been an oral literature quiz at Broadway Elementary School. And local potter Don Hudson, in the midst of making preparations for this weekend’s Sanford Pottery Festival, had read the book. Perhaps he identified with the focal point of The Single Shard by Linda Sue Sharp, pottery created by a master craftsman. Hudson, who co-founded the festival with Clyde Atkins, was at Broadway Elementary Submitted photo on Monday to discuss Potter and Sanford Pottery Festival founder Don Hudson creates a jug on a portable the book and to invite potter’s wheel in front of students at Broadway Elementary School. the students and their teachers and families to the annual event, which as they had read this tale ladies-in-waiting were away from you,” he said. is scheduled for this of someone’s journey to threatened during war“Another way of looking weekend at the Dennis A. dignity and peace. time. They responded by at it is that rules often Wicker Civic Center. dressing in their fi nest, When the children give you the freedom to The award-winning most lovely clothes. were most attentive, do what you want to do book was set in a pottery Then, when they realHudson reminded them in the only practical way village in Korea during ized that their death was of the key role clay (or the to safely do so.” the 12th century. Hudson imminent, they chose soil) has played in each He described the asked the students if they instead to leap off a cliff. historic era and in every potter’s kiln as a dragon, realized that they lived The students nodded, major literary work. explaining that “you can in “a pottery village” and remembering. But even he was hear it breathe.” As he explained to them that “They looked like surprised with the strong spoke, the students were Sanford was well-known beautiful fl owers of all show of hands when he allowed to pass around for its rich pottery tradicolors as they jumped off asked how many of the tions. the cliff and floated down youngsters had played Many in the audience the mountain,” Hudwith fire. Hudson spoke of fifth-graders had reson said, describing the of the need to fire the cently read the book and, irony. He then surprised pottery in a kiln, but as Hudson lectured, his pointed out that everybusiness partner Kenneth his audience by asking: “What is the hardest part one must follow comNeilsen demonstrated on of jumping off a cliff?” mon-sense rules regarda portable wheel just how Sometimes he aning fire. quickly and silently a swered his own ques“Many times, you skilled craftsman shapes tions, but most often he might want to think of his works of art. challenged the children rules as being things Repeatedly, Hudto relive their reactions that take your freedom son asked the students whether the author had stirred their imagination (Tammy) and encouraged them to exert the mental efCommissioner District 4 fort and self-discipline Economy - Getting Lee County Back to Work required to strengthen Education - Bringing Schools Into the 21st Century their imagination and Emergencies - Preparing For the Unexpected creativity. Just as the master potter in the book Ethics - Putting Citizen’s Interests First mentored a young apprentice who would ultimately become like a son Cell: (919) 352-2484 Website: www.Elect-Brogan.com to the aged potter and his Home: (919) 776-9605 Email: VoteTamaraBrogan@gmail.com Paid For By The Committee To Elect Tamara Brogan wife, whose son had died in his youth, Hudson challenged them to take the opportunity to get an April-11-2010 education seriously. He cited one chapter in which a group of
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Four solid choices for school board
R.V. Hight Special Projects Editor
ne academic definition describes success as the progressive realization of worthy goals. If that’s a fair assessment, then Lee County Schools is, in innumerable ways, a success story. That’s a reflection of many things, not the least of which are the system’s dedicated teachers and staff and the students who truly care about learning. But it’s also a reflection of the leadership — the policysetting board of education and the superintendent who leads and manages the system and helps set the agenda for the future. The current Lee County Board of Education, most of the pieces of which have been in place for six years, and this superintendent — Dr. Jeff Moss has been here just more than a year — have come together and begun to generate momentum for our schools. Despite some rocky setbacks and a more than a few awkward missteps (and a few remaining hurdles), our schools have a good story to tell. There are problems, but the leadership has tended to respond with results-oriented solutions. But there’s room for improvement and a demonstrated need for change in order for the story to get better. Not wholesale change, Smith as has been the case in prior years, but specific course alterations that will require specific kinds of leadership. What this board needs, frankly, is more communication, more openness and honesty, and a greater willingness to embrace accountability. With those elements in place, and with a goal of engaging parents and the rest of the Bonardi community in its sights, the board can restore and maintain full trust within the system and within the community. Our classrooms can only benefit. Who’s best among the seven candidates in this year’s election to help make those subtle course corrections? The Herald believes curAkinosho rent board member Linda Smith, plus any combination of former board member John Bonardi and Dana Atkins and Mark Akinosho for the other two four-year seats, will make the most positive impact moving forward. While we were divided on which two of the latter three are the best fit, it was clear from our interviews Atkins with the candidates that Smith provides the board with what it needs most right now: a listening ear, integrity and a willingness to learn from its mistakes. Of all the former educators who have served on our local BOE, Smith has been the best. More than anyone on the board, Smith “walks the talk” of education. She’s a proven commodity who can work inside-out and from the outside in to assess and address the complexities of the needs of a school system. While we also believed that incumbent Ellen Mangum and challengers Shannon Gurwitch and Kim Lilley weren’t what the board needed to continue its upward track, it’s evident that Bonardi, Atkins and Akinosho who have the capacity to make the board better. Bonardi, who didn’t seek re-election after his four-year term ended in 2008, was the most candid of the candidates in assessing the current board’s — and the system’s — real needs. His time on the sidelines has re-energized him, we believe, and his background (construction), experience (four years on the board), insight (he has a son in the system) and perspective would make him effective in another term. The time away from a board seat hasn’t kept him from being able to pinpoint the unique challenges of the system, particularly as it relates to facilities. Neither Atkins nor Akinosho has experience as an elected official, but both deserve serious consideration. The board does need new voices, and among all the candidates, Atkins presented the most new ideas and the freshest perspective on what’s ailing our schools. She’s a great communicator and values being engaged as a parent. Her learning curve would be small and her capacity for contributions would be great, and her ability to quickly identify inequities and redundancies — and exercise common sense — would serve her well on the board. When he sought a seat a year ago, Akinosho was our favorite candidate. We’re troubled that someone so positive aligned himself with ardent naysayers Gurwitch and Lilley, but it doesn’t take away from the passion he has for education and for doing the right thing. His life experience — he’s a pastor, a business owner and the father of three children who were offered scholarships at Ivy League-caliber schools — and his dedication to task would add to the quality of the board in many ways. Voters are fortunate to have seven quality individuals offering themselves for service, and especially fortunate to have four such outstanding prospects for the three seats being contested in Tuesday’s election. The four — Smith, Bonardi, Atkins and Akinosho — are so good that we couldn’t narrow it down to three. Voters will, of course, and as long as they come from that small pool, our schools will be in good shape.
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s President Barack Obama is attempting to steamroll yet another enormous policy change through Congress against the best interests of Americans, we would be well-advised to keep abreast of the frauds that are already being exposed about Obamacare. Last week, reality dealt Obamacare twin blows — not that Obama will care. An analysis inside his own administration and a report from New York state shed the grim light of reality on this monstrosity before its Draconian provisions have even gone into effect. Economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department issued a report last week, conveniently after Obamacare was shoved through, finding that though more people will end up with health insurance (many of them against their will, of course), costs are going to increase. Shocker. How could coverage not increase with the legal mandate forcing unwilling people to buy health insurance coverage? Today millions entitled to assistance don’t avail themselves of it, but Obamacare will presumably be different because there will be a penalty for non-coverage — an idea that Obama expediently mocked during the primary campaign. But costs will also increase? I thought Obama promised to bend the cost curve down — that he wouldn’t add one dime to the deficit with Obamacare. But two dimes or a quarter are apparently a different matter. The HHS analysis found Obamacare will raise projected spending by about 1 percent over 10 years — and this is without even considering the impact of numerous gimmicks and camouflaged items, such as the Medicare “doctor fix.” There are presently scheduled 21 percent cuts in Medicare reimbursements to physicians, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised that they won’t be implemented. What a sham! The report also revealed that Obamacare could drive 15 percent of hospitals into the red and possibly jeopardize access to care for seniors. Meanwhile, The New York Times reported last week that New York’s experience with provisions that parallel Obamacare do not portend well for Obamacare. According to the Times (it’s amazing it admitted this): “New York’s insurance system has been a working laboratory for the core provision of the new federal health care law — insurance even for those who are already sick and facing huge medical bills — and an expensive lesson in unplanned consequences.” Translation: In 1993, New York forced insurance companies to cover individuals and small groups regardless of preexisting illnesses. It also forced insurers to charge the same premium rates for the same benefits in every region of the state regardless of the demographics of those covered and the different risks
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that might exist. How about those “unplanned consequences”? You guessed it: “Premiums skyrocketed.” Of course they did, because the state grossly interfered with market forces by prohibiting insurers from using risk assessment to set their premiums — just as Obama, in his beneficence, will be doing for all of us under Obamacare. Healthy people began to subsidize people who needed more health care. Duh. The healthier customers began to drop out, and the pool of covered people shrank and mostly included high-risk people. Since 2001, the number of people buying comprehensive individual policies through HMOs has dropped dramatically, from 128,000 to 31,000. And “New York has the highest average annual premiums for individual policies: $6,630 for single people and $13,296 for families in mid-2009, more than double the nationwide average.” ... Analysts, the Times said, conclude that this mandate “could prove meaningless if the government does not vigorously enforce the penalties” or if people opt out and pay the penalties. Well, of course many of the healthy ones are going to opt out, because the penalties will probably be but a fraction of the premiums. But these twin blows to Obamacare barely scratch the surface of the horror that awaits us. Respected health care expert Sally Pipes warns that Obamacare will add strain to an already burdened system by increasing the load on family doctors while imposing price controls on government plans. Those controls will inevitably be imposed on private plans, too, as they were in another state — Massachusetts — that is a partial microcosm of Obamacare. So we’ll have increased demand for medical care with price controls, which will necessitate rationing. But making matters worse, doctors are going to retire early; you’ve surely heard of the 2009 poll by Investor’s Business Daily finding that 45 percent of doctors would consider quitting if Obamacare passed. You think the Obamacrats will try to amend the law to force doctors to keep their jobs? Why not? This living Constitution can be pretty handy in a pinch. Can you believe there are actually Republicans out there contemplating forgoing a full repeal?
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’ve found that among the most fervent sports fans are those who follow auto racing, in particular, NASCAR racing. There’s a new book out titled, “Real NASCAR — White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France,” written by Daniel S. Pierce who is an associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The book is well written and the author has done an admirable job in capturing the history and spirit of the sport from its earliest beginnings through the early 1970s. It’s a book that, well, captured my attention to a greater extent than I might have imagined. Once I began reading, it was difficult to put it down. I was particularly intrigued as to the connection between racing and moonshine. That’s right. Moonshine. Pierce explained the connection in a news release from UNC-Asheville. “When I first started doing research on NASCAR, I thought I would prove that the whole moonshine connection was overblown and exaggerated,” said Pierce. “As I put it in the introduction, however, ‘The deeper I looked, the more liquor I found.’ Bootleggers and moonshiners were at the very core of early Piedmont stock car racing and the early days of NASCAR. The illegal industry not only provided the most talented and successful drivers, but the best mechanics, car owners, promoters and race track builders and owners.” But this book, published by UNC Press, is about much more than the connection between NASCAR and moonshine. The book details how one man, Bill France, was a driving force in the sport that helped to bring NASCAR into prominence. It was fascinating to read about the early personalities of NASCAR, individuals like Buck Baker, the Flock brothers, Bobby Isaac, David Pearson, Lee Petty, Fireball Roberts, Wendell Scott, Curtis Turner — and, yes, our own Herb Thomas of Olivia. It was fun to read about the various race tracks, including those in the Carolinas. NASCAR has a colorful history — and this book gives great insight as to the triumphs and struggles of a sport with a definite southern beginning. If you’re a NASCAR fan, especially a fan of the earlier days of the sport, this is a book that you’ll want for your collection. In fact, if you’re simply a fan of NASCAR today, you’ll gain a greater appreciation of how the sport evolved in those early years.
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that the tourney had met its $50,000 goal, despite reservations in the weeks before that cash-starved locals would be reticent to cough up donations. “I wish the rest of the line items in the budget would be like the golf tournament,” Hedrick said. Club officials typically expect to draw $50,000 in the golf tournament, which asks locals to chip in to register and compete at the winding Tobacco Road course. But 2010 seemed different. The nonprofit had lost all of its federal grant funding, which usually makes up roughly half of its $600,000 to $800,000 yearly budget. Sanford city officials had at least temporarily stalled talks to “bail out” the ailing organization with a $50,000 injection, and club leaders had been forced to cancel more than two weeks of its popular summer program and hike its rates. Nonprofit heads are still waiting to see if Lee County leaders, facing a budget shortage of their own, will have a different reaction than Sanford and offer up much-needed dollars. “In light of how the economy has been lately, we didn’t really anticipate meeting the goal that we have in years past,” Hedrick said of Tuesday’s tournament. “But the community has really come out.” Traditionally, the golf tournament is the Boys and Girls Clubs’ biggest fundraiser of the year. 2010 will, at least, keep that tradition. Tournament-goers enjoyed a light breeze and sunny skies for Tuesday’s event, which pitted competitors against one of the area’s most challenging, and quirky, popular courses. Organizers planned two tee times at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., with nearly 180 golfers on hand. Hedrick said the better-than-expected fundraiser will go to pay operational expenses at the Boys and Girls Clubs. It’s not going to be enough to save its summer program from an overhaul though, he said. The Boys and Girls Clubs was set to tally its final fundraising totals Tuesday evening and this morning, announcing the total sometime today. Hedrick, meanwhile, will be awaiting that moment with anticipation. “This has been encouraging, very encouraging, to see this response from the community,” he said.
they would use lottery funding of up to $350,000 over the next 5 years to pay for the extra costs. But in a letter to Superintendent Jeff Moss, County Manager John Crumpton stated the county would use “current funds that the county contributed to the schools’ capital needs” instead since taking lottery funds would require approval from both boards. Moss added that he didn’t anticipate any lottery funding changes from Gov. Perdue either, because doing so would require approval from the N.C. General Assembly. “I feel comfortable that the lottery funds are going to stay the way it is,” he said. “I don’t see the legislature bringing that up again.” The contract must now go before the Local Governments Commission on May 4. If approved, closing would commence a week later,
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Director of Boys of Girls Club Sanford/Lee County Bo Hedrick talks to golfers before the start of Tuesday’s tournament at Tobacco Road Golf Course.
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Today, I dreamt of angels Who carried me away To the holy land of Jesus God talked to me today. I held her, oh, so gently She had passed away My tears continued falling On her gown that dreadful day. For a year, I nursed my anger Consumed by endless grief I even hoped that I might die To bring about relief. In a lonely cemetery By her grave, one day I was sadly placing ﬂowers And felt the urge to pray. As I knelt beside her gravesite I felt a breath of spring The sky lit up with angels What comfort it did bring. A voice broke through the silence It brought about release My little daughter spoke to me My soul was ﬁlled with peace Her words were sweet as honey She said, “I didn’t die For now, I live with Jesus So, Carla Mac please don’t cry.” My seed dwells in heaven Of that, I can be sure For today she walks with Jesus He’s taking care of her. Love you Always, Mom
on May 11. American South Contractors representatives said they would start immediately following closing. The district will likely hold a groundbreaking in June on the site, after the school year ends. The project will be completed in phases, Moss said, with parts of the renovated areas hosting classes as early as August. Construction of new buildings on the campus will start in fall 2011, he said, and the entire project will likely be completed by summer 2012. The final contract includes several additions and subtractions from the original plans. Among the 14 subtractions, which totaled $515,312, were a $61,312 savings in classroom furniture costs, $15,000 in savings to kill plans for benches in the campus’s courtyard, $15,000 in savings to change the color of the tint of new windows from blue to gray, $11,000 in savings to keep the existing scoreboards in the new gym and $30,000 in savings to refinish
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the existing bleachers in the old gym rather than replace them. With the funds saved by the deductions, the school board opted to build a new fieldhousestyle concession area at Paul B. Gay Stadium similar to the one at Southern Lee High School for $459,000, and add an integrated locking system for the entire campus for $17,000. Also, the remaining $210,000 will be used for upgrades to McLeod Auditorium, including new seats, sound system, curtains and painting. Including the cost of asbestos removal ($75,000), Architectural and engineering fees ($1,153,000), contingency ($400,000) and cost of issuance ($400,000), the county will borrow $22,677,688 as part of a funding package from BB&T that includes lowinterest federal bonds. By the end of the 15year loan, the county will have spent $26,053,557 on the project including interest.
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SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Melvin Louis Buchanan, 95, who died Saturday (4/24/10), was conducted Tuesday at Sanford Chapel with Dr. Franklin Taylor and the Rev. Ernest Mason officiating. Eulogy was by his grandson, Geoffrey Coltrane. Burial followed at Broadway Town Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Parsons and the Rev. Franklin Taylor officiating. Pianist was Donna Holt. Soloist was Dr. Ronnie Byrd. Pallbearers were Geoffrey Coltrane, Bryon Coltrane, Daniel Baker, Eddie Baker, Mitch Darroch and Tommy Beal. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Inc. of Sanford.
SANFORD â€” Yolonda L. Hooker, 39, of 915 Clark Circle, died Monday (4/26/10) at Central Carolina Hosptial. The family will receive friends at 908 Garden St., Sanford. Arrangements will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
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the kids decided that Winton needed a hobby to focus much of his energy away from farming. The three of them bought a potters wheel, a kiln and books on the subject and sent Winton off to the garage to find more productive use of his time. â€œThatâ€™s why they got me a potterâ€™s wheel,â€? Winton said and smiled, â€œso I would leave them alone.â€? Within six months, â€œWinton had a whole garage full of pottery.â€? Rosa recalled while Winton laughed, â€œWe really didnâ€™t know what pottery was supposed to look like,â€? he said. â€œWe had all these sick little pieces of pottery. I had never seen it made before.â€? Such a lack of interaction with other potters was deliberate and eventually paid off. â€œOnce you get your own style and your own shapes,â€? Rosa said, â€œthen you can see a potter.â€? Wintonâ€™s style of hand painting and carving faces, houses and other images into his pots eventually made his work stand out from the others. Two of Wintonâ€™s signature details came about accidentally.
Potter Rosa Eugene works the kiln at her home in Cowpens, S.C. â€œMy pots were heavy,â€? he said. â€œSo I had to carve away the clay to lighten them.â€? Removing clay through carving became a detail that delighted collectors. A woman with arthritis asked for a cup that would accommodated all her fingers. â€œWhen I pulled the handle straight,â€? Winton said, â€œthere were all these little bitty clay pieces on the floor. I didnâ€™t want to throw them away.â€? Instead, his hog farmerâ€™s experience kicked in and he fashioned pig tail handles. Winton used expensive commercial glazes at first, wanting to use a
â€œpinch of this, and a pinch of that.â€? Rosa used her chemistry background to assemble precise mixing procedures that allowed them to make their own glazes and Winton eventually agreed to let Rosa make all the glazes. Wintonâ€™s glaze cost-cutting plan was not working out â€” â€œIâ€™d put it in the fire, and it would just run off because the consistency was wrong.â€? Eventually, Winton gave in to the scientific method of mixing. â€œI got down on my knees and begged her to do it for me,â€? Winton recalled. Eventually, the couple gath-
ered three kilns â€” electric, gas and wood-fired. But, as hard as Winton worked, he could not fill all those kilns and Rosa began sculpting clay as well. Their work often goes against what experts and academicians say about art â€” that artistry and function donâ€™t always go hand in hand. Winton and Rosa Eugene are not always surprised to discover that enthusiastic pottery lovers and collectors from around the globe would beg to differ. As always, the work â€” and lives â€” of Winton and Rosa Eugene remain a close collaboration.
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A native of Lancaster, S.C., and current Charlotte resident, Williams, along with his band, The Zodiacs, wrote and performed the song â€œStayâ€? which reached No. 1 on recording charts and has sold more than 8 million copies. It received renewed popularity after being featured on the movie soundtrack for the feature film, â€œDirty Dancing.â€? Williams has shared the stage with music legends such as James Brown, Carla Thomas, Charlie Daniels and B.B. King. He has been in the entertainment industry for more than 50 years, and is active in several charities, including his favorite, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake Waccamaw, S.C. â€œWe are delighted to welcome an international celebrity and a real North Carolina treasure to our Small Business Banquet,â€? said Chamber President Bob Joyce. â€œWe would like to thank Richard Feindel, owner of WWGP/WFJA and Chairman of the Chamberâ€™s Lifetime Achievements Awards Committee. This will be a very memorable occasion on which to honor Mr. Williams and our small business community.â€? The annual event, sponsored by Davenport, Marvin, Joyce and Company is a product of the chamber and the Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center. WWGP & WFJA are sponsors of the eveningâ€™s entertainment and awards. â€œIt is truly an honor to have the opportunity to work with such legends,â€? said Feindel, who is also chairman of the eventâ€™s awards committee. â€œIt is even more special this year for us at WWGP and WFJA because we have played Maurice Williams & The Zodiacsâ€™ hits for years.â€? The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to nearby Gulfâ€™s favorite son Charlie Daniels in 2008 and NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty in 2009.
Civil War vaults on display at Archives Lesser-known details of war will â€˜prove far more compellingâ€™ WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Beyond the famous battles of the Civil War, there was chaos. The governor of Kansas was frantically pleading for ammunition to quell guerrilla warfare, citizens in Missouri were appealing to Army officials when a U.S. flag was ripped from a church rooftop, and citizens in Virginia were asking the governor for arms to fight Union sympathizers. Stories like these emerge from documents that go on rare public view Friday at the National Archives in Washington as the nation prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Filmmaker Ken Burns took an early look Tuesday and said the lesser-known details and evidence of the war will prove far more compelling than dry dates and facts from history books. â€œMost of the way we tell our history is from the top down â€” we see American history ... as kind of a
succession of presidential administrations, punctuated by wars,â€? Burns said. That begins to change, he said, when people see original records and photographs. â€œWhen we can touch their diaries or touch their records, then they connect to us in a way that all that other homework doesnâ€™t,â€? Burns said, who spent weeks at the archives 20 years ago researching and filming for his landmark series, â€œThe Civil War.â€? The exhibit draws from millions of Civil War records, letters and photographs at the archives. Many documents on display are reproductions, though some originals also are on view, along with touch-screen interactives. They are arranged by theme to tell such stories as secession and slavery, international connections to the war and how some women fought disguised as men. Itâ€™s too much to display all at once. The second half will open in November, exploring the warâ€™s consequences. Next year, the 6,000 square-foot exhibit will begin touring nationally during most of the anni-
versary years of the war, with stops in Michigan, Texas and Nebraska. There were no declarations of war or peace treaties to display from the Civil War. The Union never recognized the Confederacy as a separate nation. One of the most significant documents on view is Virginiaâ€™s original ordinance of secession. Virginia initially refused to join seven states that seceded after President Abraham Lincolnâ€™s election but passed the measure in April 1861. Other documents show how Lincoln reacted, how the Confederate States were organized and how both sides grappled for international support. Leaders who lined up on opposite sides of the battlefield often had close connections before the war. Exhibit designers created social networking pages like Facebook to show how Union Gen. George McClellan once was a protege of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, for example. As for the sensitive issue of slavery, curator Bruce Bustard said they want the documents to speak for themselves.
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