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ELECTION 2010 • UNITED STATES 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Etheridge says issues, not YouTube are voters’ concerns
Underdog candidate blames both parties for nation’s ills
Challenger’s focus is on her opponent’s liberal vote record
hree months ago, U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge was vaulted into the national spotlight, the subject of a viral video capturing his physical confrontation with a college reporter on Washington, D.C. streets. Today, Etheridge is focusing on the issues, and not plucky, right-wing student reporters. “Elections ought to be about what you’ve done or what you want to do,” he said Friday, just hours after he defended his party’s policies in front of a gaggle of angry locals at a Sanford Bob Etheridge Herald candidates forum. Etheridge and Democrats across the nation are continuing to press their case before job-hungry voters that they are working to undo an inherited economic mess. “The economy’s changing, but lord it’s changing
om Rose wants you to know that he’s fed up. The Benson Libertarian, who is running as an underdog third-party candidate for the District 2 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, blames Democrats and Republicans alike for the stormy economy. “I’ve been watching the Democrats and Republicans running the country into the ground for the last 40 years,” Rose said Friday. Throughout his campaign, Rose has lobbed bombs at Democratic Tom Rose incumbent Bob Etheridge and his Republican challenger, Renee Ellmers. According to Rose, a transportation consultant who has lived in North Carolina for three decades, the country’s two largest political parties dropped the
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y now, you might have seen Renee Ellmers televised battle with CNN commentator Anderson Cooper. The Dunn nurse tangled with Cooper for the better part of 10 minutes over the details of an Ellmers-approved ad blasting a proposed Islamic community center near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City. All questions of ad accuracy and intent aside, Dunn said she is representing the views of North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district. Renee Ellmers She brought those views with her to Sanford Saturday, mingling with locals at the Jetport Family Day and espousing her aggressive push to unseat Democratic incumbent Bob Etheridge. For the record, Ellmers isn’t backing down on her
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FAMILY DAY @ THE JETPORT
SKILL OR LUCK? IT DIDN’T MATTER AT ROCK, SCISSORS, PAPER EVENT Players fired off the classic hand gestures most kids learn before they even reach kindergarten — pointer and middle fingers extended for scissors, hand flat for paper and hand balled into a fist for rock — until only one champion was left Full Story, Page 3A
FAITH & VALUES STRONG FOUNDATION BUILT FOR NEW BEAVER CREEK SANCTUARY
The new sanctuary at Beaver Creek Baptist Church rests literally on the word of God. The scriptural principles of the church, which is located at 2280 Nicholson Road, are now built into its physical foundation. Before concrete was poured into the base of the 9,000 square-foot sanctuary, Bibles were placed purposefully in the corners. Full Story, Page 1C
OUR STATE ‘ART OF ADORNMENT’ SHOW TO OPEN IN ROCKINGHAM Jimmy McDonald, a Richmond County photographer, is in the process of shooting digital photographs for an exhibit on adorning the human body. The work will be displayed at Arts Richmond in Rockingham during their “Art of Adornment” exhibit that will open Wednesday and run until Nov. 30. Full Story, Page 11A
OUR NATION SUICIDE SURGE: SCHOOLS CONFRONT ANTI-GAY BULLYING Often feeling marginalized in political discourse or grousing that they’re used as political pawns, they have the nation’s attention — and sympathy — after a recent spate of teenage suicides and two apparent anti-gay attacks in the heart of their community. Full Story, Page 12A
Vol. 80, No. 236 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
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Samantha Zugg, 9, gets some last minute instruction for her flight with instructor James B. Zazas during Family Day at the Raleigh Exec Jetport on Saturday afternoon.
IMAGINATIONS SOAR A few hundred children got the ride of the lifetime as nearly 4,000 pack Raleigh Exec Jetport for annual Family Day By BILLY LIGGETT
SANFORD — Stepping out onto the wing of the single-engine plane that just moments earlier took him 1,500 feet higher than he’d ever been before, 12-yearold Brandon Johnson’s face was beaming. “I hope the other kids that get to do this are half as stoked as I am,” Johnson told his sister, Hannah, after the first flight of his life. The smiles, the excitement and the memories were abundant at Saturday’s second annual Family Day at the Raleigh Exec Jetport
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HAPPENING MONDAY The Republican Women of Lee Conty will hold its October meeting at the GOP Headquarters, 148 Moore St., Sanford, at 5:30 p.m. All registered Republican women are invited to attend. Mike Stone will be the featured speaker, and the group will have sign-ups for precinct volunteering, early voting and Election Day. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
Herald Editor Billy Liggett — like the many children at Saturday’s Family Day — went up for a single engine ride and lived to write about it. Page 6A
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Children watch one of the many planes at Saturday’s Family Day take off from the runway. More than 300 children enjoyed free plane rides, and more than 4,000 people attended Saturday’s second annual event.
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Sanford: John Gunter, 84; Fred Murchison, 75; Ted Rice, 75; William Spivey, 94
In addition to his column on Page 6A, watch for the return of ‘On the Street’ in Business
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
MONDAY ■ The Moore County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. ■ The Chatham County Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek. ■ The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 635 East St., in Pittsboro. ■ The Siler City Board of Adjustment will meet at 7 p.m. in Siler City.
TUESDAY ■ The Moore County airport Authority will meet at 10 a.m. at the Airport Terminal Building, Highway 22, Pinehurst. ■ The Lee County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center in Sanford. ■ The Lillington Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the L.D. Burwell Public Safety Building at 819 S. Main St., Lillington.
Elected directors of the Sanford Chamber of Commerce were announced. Seated (left to right) were F. Crom Lennon, manager of Carolina Power & Light Co. and Chamber vice president; Everette Brooks, owner of The Bootery and Chamber president; and Ross Taylor, executive secretary of the Chamber. Back (left to right) were Kenneth H. Bishop, manager of Williams-Belk; Merritt B. Robinson, head of Sanford Business College; J.R. Ingram, president of Sanford Coca-Cola Co.; James E. “Buddy” Heins, manager of Heins Telephone Co.; and Morgan E. Brown, owner of Morgan’s Ltd. This photograph appeared in the Dec. 1, 1964, Herald.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR MONDAY
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extened to everyone celebrating their birthday today, especially Ronnie Holder, Justin Wilkinson, Eric R. Jeffreys, Mary Esther Osborne, Anna Rose Starm, Alex Palmer, Floyd Chesney, Jill Wilson Bailey, Avery Lynch, Parker Lynch, Doretta Kelly, Barbara Elaine Taylor, Frank Stone, Randy B. Brewer and Gloria Phillips. And to those celebrating Monday, especially Aaron A. Dorsett, Ladonya McKoy, Shelia Kelly McDougald, Amy Dorsett, Yzette Buchanan, Tammy W. Duke, Scott Brantley, Laura Michelle Griffin, Timothy Jeter, Cody Happ, Cheyenne Happ, Duane Jackson, Johnny Knight, Noah Jastzabski, Shemicka Bethea, Nicholas Cox and Bella Bevier. CELEBRITIES: Entertainer Ben Vereen is 64. Rock singer David Lee Roth is 56. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 52. Actress Julia Sweeney is 51. NFL quarterback Brett Favre is 41. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey is 41. Actor Mario Lopez is 37. Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is 32. Singer Mya is 31. Singer Cherie is 26. Actress Aimee Teegarden is 21.
Almanac Today is Sunday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2010. There are 82 days left in the year. This day in history: On Oct. 10, 1935, the George Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess,” featuring an allblack cast, opened on Broadway; it ran for 124 performances. (The libretto was by DuBose Heyward, who co-wrote the lyrics with Ira Gershwin.) In 1813, composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole, Italy. In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Md. In 1913, the Panama Canal was effectively completed as President Woodrow Wilson sent a signal from the White House by telegraph, setting off explosives that destroyed a section of the Gamboa dike. In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in space, entered into force. In 1970, Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped by the Quebec Liberation Front, a militant separatist group. (Laporte’s body was found a week later.) Fiji became independent after nearly a century of British rule. In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion, and resigned his office. In 1980, some 5,000 people died when a pair of earthquakes struck northwestern Algeria. Former child actor Billie Thomas, who’d played “Buckwheat” in the “Our Gang” comedies, died in Los Angeles at age 49.
■ The Republican Women of Lee Conty will hold its October meeting at the GOP Headquarters, 148 Moore St., Sanford, at 5:30 p.m. All registered Republican women are invited to attend. Mike Stone will be the featured speaker, and the group will have sign-ups for precinct volunteering, early voting and Election Day. For more information, e-mail Liz La Fuze at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY ■ Join the San-Lee Dancers at the Enrichment Center, 1615 South Third St., from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per person (and food to share at intermission). Ages 50-plus (couples and singles) and younger guests welcome. The Bill Pollard Band (back porch country) will play. Extras include Shirley Buchanan teaching a line dance and a 50-50 drawing. The sponsor is Jimmy Haire Photo Studio. ■ A Powerful Tools for Caregivers free education program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 26, at the Enrichment Center. Call 776-0501 ext. 230 to register. ■ Gently used books are being collected for a new local used bookstore, which will benefit the Coalition For Families in Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children. Books are being collected on this date from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 133 Horner Blvd.
WEDNESDAY ■ The Lee County Library staff will present a 20-minute program of stories, rhymes and activities geared toward children ages birth
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 email@example.com or by phone at (919) 718-1225. 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 DeLisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 Ext. 5484. ■ The Living with Vision Loss Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center in Sanford. ■ Veterans Remembrance Group, with guest spakers Hal Siler and Earl Ballinger, will meet at 2 p.m. at the Enrichment Center in Sanford. Registration encouraged, call (919) 776-0501. ■ Gently used books are being collected for a new local used bookstore, which will benefit the Coalition For Families in Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children. Books are being collected on this date from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 133 Horner Blvd.
THURSDAY ■ Students attending public and private schools in Lee County and their parents are invited to meet with admissions representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities in the Carolinas to learn more about admissions, academics and student life. The event is slated for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at
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OCT. 15 ■ Temple Theatre presents Divas Candlelight Concert to celebrate the music of Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Reba McEntire, Broadway ... and many more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 at First Presbyterian Church Harper Center. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from Temple Theatre, First Presbyterian Church and members of First Presbyterian Church.
the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. ■ Grancare — for grandparents and relatives parenting a child — will met at noon at the Enrichment Center of Sanford. Speaker will be Bob Peterson of FirstHealth Behavioral Services. Topic will be “Parenting from a Kid and Adolescent Perspective.” Register by calling (919) 776-0501, ext. 230. ■ The Lee County Library will present a program geared toward 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 DeLisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x. 5484. ■ Gently used books are being collected for a new local used bookstore, which will benefit the Coalition For Families in Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children. Books are being collected on this date from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at 133 Horner Blvd.
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ROCK, SCISSORS, PAPER TOURNAMENT
POLICE BEAT: SANFORD PD
Luck or skill? Either way, it was fun
â– Jordan Lynn Jacobs, 21, was charged Thursday at 2999 Hawkins Ave. with possession of drug paraphernalia. â– Benjamin Jarrod Scott, 23, was charged Thursdy at 1408 S. Horner Blvd. with failure to appear. â– Anthony Holt, 24, was charged Thursday at 226 Carthage St. with disorderly conduct. â– Danielle Rene Lewandowski, 17, was charged Thursday at 282 Nowhere Lane with larceny and shoplifting. â– Steven R. Smith, 43, was charged Thursday at 1400 S. Horner Blvd. with failure to appear. â– Jacquline Cameron Bryant, 47, was charged Thursday at 329 Midland Ave. with breaking or entering vehicles. â– Anthony Lynn Jewell, 44, was charged Friday at 809 Carthage St. with second-degree trespassing. â– John Paul Larden, 38, was charged Thursday with driving while license revoked. â– Margaret Ann Taylor reported harassment Thursday at 409 Dudley Ave. â– Harvey Maylon Thomas reported theft from a vehicle Thursday at 316 McIver St. â– Ashley Mason Harris reported motor vehicle theft Thursday at 917 Cool Springs Road.
Tourney raises money for local soccer teams By ALEXA MILAN email@example.com
SANFORD â€” Two players sat on opposite sides of the table in the center of a fenced-off area, eyes fixed intently on the person across from them, ready to dominate the competition. The referee stood between them, ready to call the shots. Friends gathered around each opponent, patting them on the back, whispering words of encouragement and offering food and water to keep their playerâ€™s strength up, almost like managers coaching their fighters in the corners of a boxing ring. But Saturdayâ€™s competition on the Sanford Area Soccer League fields wasnâ€™t quite as extreme as a boxing match. At the sound of â€œrock, paper, scissors, shoot,â€? the players fired off the classic hand gestures most kids learn before they even reach kindergarten â€” pointer and middle fingers extended for scissors, hand flat for paper and hand balled into a fist for rock â€” until only one champion was left standing. After three rounds of intense play, 9-year-old Jonathan Guevara walked away with a trophy and a $50 cash prize. â€œIt feels awesome,â€?
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Samuel Cabrera, right, and Jonathan Guevara were the two players in the finals and Jonathan won the tournament. They each got a trophy, Jonathan got $50 and Samuel got $25. Guevara said of his victory. â€œI believed in myself.â€? The rock-paper-scissors competition served as a fundraiser for two Sanford Area Soccer League teams, the 99 SASL Sabres and the 95 SASL Lightening. The SASL is a nonprofit organization that offers youth soccer programs. The money raised from the roshambo tournament will go toward registration fees and travel expenses. â€œWeâ€™re trying to do something unique,â€? said Julie Dutchess, manager of the Sabres. â€œ(My husband and I) saw a tournament on TV and thought weâ€™d try it.â€? Volunteers drew names from a hat to determine which players
would compete against each other. The player who won two out of three games advanced to the next round. People of all ages came to the field to support the teams. But Vicki Cannady, who participated in the competition and has two children playing soccer for the SASL, said she noticed a distinct trend when players first started
getting eliminated. â€œThe young competitor has won every match so far,â€? Cannady said. â€œIt shows itâ€™s a game of luck and not about the wisdom of age.â€? Samuel Cabrera, 11, said the younger players simply had more skill. Cabreraâ€™s rock-paperscissors skills took him all the way to second place overall, but he wasnâ€™t ex-
actly thrilled about losing to Guevara. â€œIt doesnâ€™t feel right being beat by a 9-yearold,â€? Cabrera said. Though Cabrera said rock-paper-scissors is mostly a game of luck, the players had their own strategies. Cabrera said taking time-outs was a good way to relieve stress, while 15-year-old competitor Freddy McCollum took a different approach. â€œMake sure you look intimidating,â€? McCollum said. â€œAnd always go with scissors first.â€? Cannady said it was great to see people come together to help the SASL because the soccer teams have been such an important part of hers and her childrenâ€™s lives. â€œIt brings families and children together,â€? Cannady said. â€œWe met people we wouldnâ€™t have otherwise.â€? Dutchess plans to organize another rock-paper-scissors tournament in conjunction with the Sabres and Lightening Applebeeâ€™s fundraiser in the spring.
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slow,â€? Etheridge bemoaned Friday. Heâ€™s facing an aggressive GOP challenge from Dunn nurse Renee Ellmers, who has not wasted opportunities to chide Etheridge for a proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero, failing to pass along tax cuts to small businesses and, of course, his scrap with the junior reporter. Etheridge said his primary goal if re-elected would be to balance the federal budget, eliminating deficits that piled up during post-9/11 military campaigns and economic recovery efforts. The key, according to Etheridge, is that lawmakers have passed reforms aimed at limiting Con-
gressâ€™ ability to rack up debt. The â€œpaygoâ€? legislation, according to Etheridge, will bring back the balanced budgets and federal surpluses and fluid job market that were a hallmark of President Bill Clintonâ€™s final years in office. â€œPeople are angry, theyâ€™re angry for a number of reasons,â€? Etheridge said. â€œTheyâ€™re worried about the economy. Weâ€™re working hard to deal with that. I get up every day thinking about what can we do to create more jobs.â€? Etheridge said the problems are not of the Democrats making, arguing Republican majorities scrapped â€œpaygoâ€? regulations during the Bush years and allowed a dearth of Wall Street regulations that sped the credit crisis. â€œYou come in and the economy stinks,â€? he said.
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â€œIt takes some time to turn it around.â€? Etheridge promised to defend Social Security and back tax cuts for small businesses, a critical component of putting cash back in hand for timid American business owners. He also called for public-private partnerships to bolster the economy, a lingering problem in Lee County. â€œItâ€™s going to take both parties,â€? he said. Etheridge defended Congressâ€™ actions in the days following the economic collapse in 2008, anxiety-racked months when voters cried out for government intervention. The Democrat said the billions of dollars in bailouts for carmakers will, for the most part, be returned, adding that lawmakers actions helped to prevent further economic plunges. He cautioned against buying into conservative advertising, including those targeting Etheridge himself, that he said is primarily funded by bigbusiness entities. â€œPeople can hide behind the wall and you donâ€™t know who they are,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s sort of like â€˜The Wizard of Oz.â€™ You never know whoâ€™s standing behind the curtain.â€?
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criticism of the community center or Democratsâ€™ foreign policy. â€œWe canâ€™t let the economy distract us from being safe and strong,â€? she said. â€œAnd our president is continuing to show weakness.â€? What about the Islamic community center - or the mosque depending on who you ask - proposed to occupy a former Burlington Coat Factory near ground zero? â€œThey can build their mosque, just build it somewhere else,â€? she said. The main target of Ellmers attacks, however, are leveled against Etheridge, who she criticized for backing the Democrat-led economic recovery package. â€œHe was voting with Barack Obama and
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Nancy Pelosi over the last two years, weâ€™ve seen failed policies,â€? she said. â€œWe were told this would create jobs and that unemployment would not go over 8 percent. But now weâ€™re sustained at 9.9 percent and there are no jobs that were created.â€? Ellmers argued the economic recession began after Democrats seized power in Congress, although she conceded the policies that are blamed for the Wall Street collapse were in place long before. The GOP candidate also distanced herself from the unpopular Bush White House years, saying she is a supporter of a smaller federal government. â€œThere was a lot of spending during the Bush administration, thatâ€™s one of the things Iâ€™m completely against,â€? Ellmers said. She did, however, defend the federal govern-
mentâ€™s involvement in Wall Street regulation. â€œThe federal governmentâ€™s main job is to protect us and keep us safe,â€? she said. â€œThat extends to the financial world as well and if there are risky things happening, thatâ€™s when government should get involved.â€? She said the economy would be spurred on if lawmakers approved tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts she said Democrats and Etheridge allowed to lapse in recent Congress sessions. With just days to go before early voting begins, Ellmers would not say if the bitterly negative battle between her and Etheridge would continue, a tone she blamed on the Democrat. â€œHe canâ€™t run on his record,â€? she said. â€œSo he has to try to find faults with mine.â€?
are clearing a path to American socialism. Rose said the federal government should remove itself from economic affairs and clear out federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Drug Enforcement Administration that he decries as wasteful. In Roseâ€™s philosophy, states should shoulder most of the burdens of governing and create their own policies, leaving federal government officials solely to defend the country. â€œIâ€™m much more conservative than most of the Republicans out there,â€? Rose said. Rose ran unsuccessfully for the N.C. General Assembly eight years ago, and heâ€™s currently seeking a U.S. Congress seat that eager Republicans have hoped to wrest power from the longtime Democratic officeholder. He said he has rebuffed conservative calls for him to exit the race to leave Ellmers a better chance at victory. â€œI told them, â€˜If you guys had been doing your
job, I wouldnâ€™t be running,â€™â€? Rose said. â€œIâ€™m not backing down. Iâ€™m not scared of them.â€? A Vietnam War veteran, Rose said he has remained an independent since he exited the U.S. navy in 1972, eventually settling in a right-wing branch of the Libertarian Party. Rose said the economy will only improve when government officials lower the taxes on residents and business owners and leave the crisis for the â€œfree marketâ€? to remedy. â€œThe free market is not trickle down economics,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s like a high tide that lifts all the boats. ... Let the entrepreneurs and dreamers take over. Weâ€™ll get the country back on track.â€? He said he would seek an across-the-board 20 percent spending cut if he is elected, rid the nation of what he described as a â€œdestructive and corruptâ€? income tax system, and slash pay and benefits in the federal government. â€œI would start cutting from Obama on down to the lowest janitor in the White House,â€? Rose said.
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the air, the Young Eagles program took nearly 300 young people ages 8 to 17 for five- to 10-minute flights. The flights were free, and the lines were long. But to Brandon Johnson, it was worth it. â€œIt was awesome,â€? he said, adding that the best part was â€œrising off the ground and having the
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Sylvia Nabonne, 5, throws her paper airplane that was sponsored by the Boy Scout Troop 919 during the Family Day at the Jetport on Saturday afternoon. whole idea behind the event, which debuted last year, was to get people familiar with the airport, which underwent a name and logo change since the inaugural Family Day. The Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County chose the new moniker to attract more business outside of Lee County ... Triangle area plane owners who were looking for a less crowded, more convenient location to store their planes. Each plane and jet
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Editorial Board: Bill Horner III, Publisher • Billy Liggett, Editor • R.V. Hight, Special Projects Editor
SUNDAY THUMBS THUMBS UP: ELECTION INTEREST Thursday’s election forum drew a nearly packed house at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center’s auditorium Thursday night. This hasn’t always been the case in an election year for Herald-sponsored debates, so when we ran out of lemonade halfway through the event, that wasn’t necessarily bad news for us (except those of us who were thirsty). A special thanks to all of the candidates who took time from their busy schedules to participate (and make it an interesting and lively event), and thanks to
all of the voters and supporters who were in attendance. We only ask that next time, you respect all of the candidates more by holding applause or disapproving comments until after the proceedings. It’s important for all involved that all candidates feel respected at events such as this. All of the candidates — Democrat and Republican — are sacrificing time and money to serve the public, and they deserve that respect. Back to the turnout — if it’s any indication of what voter turnout will be on Nov. 2, Lee County should well exceed state averages. That’s something to strive for and be proud of.
THUMBS DOWN: MOVING THE TRIAL The poll results aren’t surprising — 95 percent of Moore County residents have heard about the nursing home shooting rampage that took eight lives in 2009. Actually, we thought that number would be a little higher. Lawyers defending the shooting suspect — Robert Stewart — are using this statistic and a poll result that says 55 percent of Moore Countians have already made a decision on whether or not Stewart is guilty (another number we find to be low) as a reason the trial should be moved away from Carthage.
The defense for Stewart wont’ be trying to prove that he didn’t do it — it’s all but fact that Stewart was the man who walked into a nursing home heavily armed and shot whoever stood in his way in his search for his estranged wife before he was taken down by a single shot from a Carthage police officer. They will, however, try to prove that he was not in the right mental state when the shootings happened. We understand the reason for their attempt. It’s an emotional issue. But should the judge allow a move, he or she will be selling Moore County short. The trial should be held in Carthage, and Stewart’s case should be made in front of his community.
Guest Editorial MOTHER NATURE DOESN’T PAY ATTENTION TO RECESSIONS She doesn’t care that we can’t afford to fix the roof. She rains, and the water seeps into the house and then we face a bigger bill than if we had performed timely maintenance. A number of unstoppable forces, including Mother Nature, are reminding University of North Carolina system officials that they can’t skimp on renovations, repairs and maintenance to the billions of dollars worth of facilities that they own. Hannah Gage, the chairman of the UNC Board of Governors, says the situation is a real “mess.” Half of the $7 billion worth of repair and renovation needs found in a 1999 study have not been addressed and, in the time since then, another $3 billion in needs have been identified. Taxpayers have been willing to help. In 2000, voters approved a bond issue that gave $3.1 billion to UNC and the community colleges. But much of that money went to new construction -- which is sometimes the best solution for old, out-of-date facilities that leak and creak. New construction was also needed because the state’s population continues to grow, and that means more students are coming to campus. They have to be put somewhere. Legislators have not kept their promises over the last two decades. In 1993, legislators set a goal for regular UNC maintenance. They’ve supplied only a bit more than one quarter of the needed money. So, what is the solution? Several ideas are floating around. A new bond issue could be dedicated to renovation and repair. But that raises the risk of spending money on old buildings that aren’t likely to be useful for a long time. A bond issue would also max out the state’s credit limit. North Carolina’s debt right now is bumping against that cap. There could be a major private fundraising campaign. At the very least, such an effort should be a part of any campaign using public money. It’s unlikely, however, that any private campaign could ever raise enough to meet the system’s huge needs all by itself. Private donors usually prefer to pay for new construction upon which the family name can appear. In the end, there is only one solution. Legislators must recognize that the university is an enormous physical asset that must be protected. UNC maintenance must get a higher priority in the annual budget. — Winston-Salem Journal, MCT
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Today’s Prayer Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8) PRAYER: Father, help me to be thankful for the small things in life as well as the large. Amen.
The thrill of flying O n occasion, I’ve been known to “thrill seek.” OK, so I’ve never skydived or climbed a mountain, but I’ve gone up in rickety B-17 bombers (twice), I’ve snorkeled with sea turtles in the Caribbean, I’ve conquered some of the country’s tallest and fastest roller coasters (with eyes open) and I’ve ridden that awful, awful stomach-turning monstrosity at the Lee Regional Fair known as the G-Force. When I arrived at Family Day at the Jetport Saturday with my wife and daughter, I wasn’t expecting to check off another item on my “cool” list, but that changed with local businessman and flight hobbyist Jerry Pedley asked me, “So ... you wanna go up?” Of course I want to go up. Jerry’s son, Jeremy (also a pilot), took me up in the Pedley’s Piper Cherokee Charger 235, a single-engine plane with 1970s Buick-inspired interior. Herald photographer Wesley Beeson joined us. And while what we actually did wouldn’t necessarily qualify as “daredevil” stuff, the experience was, to quote one of the 11-yearolds who went up before us, “pretty darn cool.” Then again, I think pilots in general are “pretty darn cool” to begin with. Whether they’re flying the single engine “toys” or the Boeings of the world, pilots are to be admired. In addition to the ability to fly, they often wear the cool aviator shades, the bomber jackets (sometimes) and the flowing scarves (again, sometimes). So as Wesley and I buckled in and donned our headphones (which was also cool), I probably came off as an 11-year-old with my line of questioning for Jeremy Pedley. “What’s the neatest thing you’ve seen from the air?” “How far can you fly on a tank of gas?” “What’s it like to be you?” Two of those were actual questions. Turns out, Jeremy did have a few good stories. The one that sticks in my mind most is that he and his dad were flying on Sept. 11, 2001, at the time the World Trade Center was attacked, and therefore, they were grounded in Georgia. The two stayed in a hotel thinking they’d be able to take off the next day, but once they caught on that all air traffic would be suspended for a while, they rented a car and drove back to North Carolina. He had another story about a bird hitting his windshield. That, of course, I was less interested in since there was the off chance that could happen to us. He assured us it was rare. And getting to sit in the front seat, he allowed me to “steer” the plane. I use quotations because he had steering controls, too, and I didn’t feel like I was doing much steering on my side. Yet, it was fun to pretend. This, I suppose, was the same thrill the younger versions of me — all 300 of them, according to David Williams of the Young Eagles program, which provided free flights in these planes throughout the day.
Letters to the Editor District 2 political ads are either misleading or of little interest to us To the Editor: Last night I saw a political ad that will fully start the television politics’ silly season. For most of us, it cannot end too soon. The ads are full of major distortions that have one slight grain of truth. The ad I saw was for Bob Etheridge. It stated that Renee Ellmers, his opponent, wants to enact a “new” 23 percent sales tax. The slight grain of truth is that her support of the “Fair Tax” does include a 23 percent sales tax. Even a cursory review of the Fair Tax shows that its main tenant is to eliminate federal income tax. In fact, the book’s cover has antiIRS logo. It is shame that he feels that his constituents are too stupid to know anything about this. He may assume that he helped create this stupidity while he was North Carolina Superintendant of Public Instruction. I have been a longtime supporter of Bob Etheridge, even when he appeared to be headed away from his constituents in N.C. He has fully escaped any connection to his district and now is just interested in getting support from those elsewhere who can help keep him in office in DC. In an effort to show that both sides are getting silly, Renee Ellmers’ ad about the mosque in New York was off base, as well. Although this is a matter for discussion, we here in North Carolina have issues that we can do something about that impact us. The mosque is a New York issue primarily, and nationally far down the list. I would be surprised if even half of the sitting members of congress had issued position statements. Why would they need to? I hope we can all survive this season. Do not believe what the ads say unless you can verify the fullness of the truth. The small grains do nothing more than distort truths. The voters of the 2nd District deserve better than these ads. Let’s see who steps up our level, rather racing for the bottom.
MIKE NEAL Sanford
We can’t afford more political gridlock in D.C. To the Editor:
Billy Liggett Sanford Herald Editor Contact Billy Liggett by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Again, it wasn’t the craziest thing I’ve ever done, but it was certainly one of the coolest. And at a time when I’ve been bogged down in work and politics and lack of sleep and politics ... Saturday was a much-needed “fun day” for me. My thanks to the Pedleys and to the folks at Raleigh Exec for putting on such a fun and well-attended event. I’ll be back next year, aviator shades, bomber jacket, scarf and all. ❏❏❏ A few have asked about the video from Thursday night’s political forum hosted by The Herald. Thanks to our friends and neighbors at WBF-TV, we’ll be allowed to put their video on our website — sanfordherald.com — after it airs on their station. That means the video, which I imagine we will split into three part, will be posted on our website by Tuesday at the latest, unless a technical issue arises ... which they tend to do when you’re dealing with ripping DVDs and trying to stream them online. It’s a time-consuming process, but rest assured, we’ll work hard next week to make it happen. ❏❏❏ Next week, I’m going to have a little fun with this column and grade the political signs in Lee County. Driving around the past few weeks, the signs have been so abundant, their colors are beginning to burn into my retinas. And because I’ve been paying attention, I’ve decided to grade the signs, their designs and their effectiveness and present my findings to you in the form of a column. A little preview, you ask? The political signs for Mike Stone and Jimmy Love are SO similar ... (How similar are they?) They’re so similar, both of them reminded me at some point this week that I needed to pay my satellite bill. That, my friends, is called a joke. See you next week.
Robert Duff’s letter of Sept. 8 declared that, for philosophical reasons, he won’t vote across party lines under any circumstances ... ending with “like it or not, that’s how the system works.” I know that the great majority of my friends and neighbors in Carolina Trace and Sanford feel the same way. Fair enough, but ultimately that posture will not result in the best governance and certainly not in urgent times of crisis and recession like the present. We simply cannot afford the spreading malaise and partisan gridlock that is strangling congress. America’s greatest threat is not terrorism, but the fear, greed and lust for power that are driving our political machinery to the point of paralysis. Nothing of substance can pass the senate without a two-thirds vote, regardless of the urgency or the consequences, thanks to a solid bloc of Republicans in lock step. Dozens of judicial appointments are frozen in limbo, despite many vacancies and a huge backlog. With more and more billions in corporate and special interest money influencing so many of our “public servants” in congress, only the votes of concerned Americans can clean house and right the ship. Sen. Richard Burr is a fine example of a smooth, articulate Washington veteran and party loyalist who has accomplished little but is richly funded by corporate and special interests including insurance, energy and big pharma. He has firmly established himself as part of the Senate gridlock and can be counted on to preserve it. Elaine Marshall is a moderate, tough-minded independent thinker with an excellent world view and a fine track record of public service in this state. She is vastly underfunded compared to Burr but is unburdened by special interests — a rarity in the Senate. If you agree that she is a good choice, vote for her.
EVAN K. MILLER Sanford
The Sanford Herald / Sunday, October 10, 2010 / 7A
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Money race in California
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f there were one contest Meg Whitman didn’t need to win in her bid to become governor of California, it was the race to collect the most money from individuals and businesses that do business with the state of California. Campaign disclosure reports filed on Tuesday of this week generated surprising headlines and revealed that Whitman — who is accusing her opponent, Jerry Brown, of being beholden to the state’s unions — has in fact raised more money ($10.7 million) from individuals, businesses and other groups than Brown ($9.5 million). The Los Angeles Times reported that among those maxing out (to the tune of $25,900) to Whitman are any number of businesses with an active lobbying presence in Sacramento, including Philip Morris, AT&T, the Western States Growers and Golden State Water Co. A very rich candidate has two big advantages in politics. The first and most obvious is that when they need money for their campaign, they don’t have to spend hours on the phone or in person coaxing cash from wealthy interests. They just take out their checkbooks. But the biggest advantage is the ability to trumpet their independence. You can’t buy the person who owns the store. You can’t corrupt someone who is funding their own campaign. At a time when most people in California are hurting, or have a family member, friend or neighbor who is, it’s hard to watch someone spend money like it’s water in an effort to get their face (or a bad screen shot of their opponent) on television. In the weeks before “Nannygate” (Whitman’s 9-year employment of an undocumented housekeeper) took over the campaign, there was already resentment brewing about just how wealthy the former head of eBay is and just how much cash she has to burn. Even so, she had a very good answer: She made that money herself. I, for one, respected the fact that this was a woman who made her billion and did it by building a business that fills my late nights with searches for the perfect designer suit or handbag. And I think many other Californians shared that respect. Equally important, the fact that she was funding her own campaign (or appeared to be) meant that if elected, she would owe no one — or at least no one with financial interests to be served by the decisions she would make as governor. At a time when people don’t have much faith in the integrity of their government, that’s no small thing. But the latest disclosures have taken it away. Sure, if you add in the money the unions spent supporting Brown through “independent” expenditures, he’s had more outside help than Whitman. But even there, Whitman has pulled in outside help from unions. The bottom line is that Brown needed that cash; Whitman didn’t. Would she be in any different shape, politically or even financially, without the $10 million in outside donations? When you’re spending more than $100 million of your own money, what’s an extra $10 million or $20 million compared to the value of being able to say that you really are a different kind of politician? Whitman should have taken better care of her housekeeper. She should have hired a lawyer for her and been very generous about severance, giving her every reason to keep quiet and stay away from Gloria Allred. That would have been more than just good politics. It would have been good, period. And she should have limited contributions to her campaign and pledged to not take money from any business or individual who does business with the state of California. She was rich enough to do it, and it would have been the right thing to do. Maybe if she’d had more experience in politics or better advisers she would have made different decisions. But her failure to do so is contributing to a growing sense that she is not, in fact, a different kind of politician, a different kind of leader. In winning the money race, she has hurt herself in the race that really matters.
J Economic ignorance
ne of President Obama’s campaign promises was not to raise taxes on middle-class Americans. So here’s my question: If there’s a corporate tax increase either in the form of “cap and trade” or income tax, does it turn out to be a middle-class tax increase? Most people would say no but let’s look at it. There’s a whole subject area in economics known as tax incidence — namely, who bears the burden of a tax? The first thing that should be recognized is that the burden of a tax is not necessarily borne by the party upon whom it is levied. That is, for example, if a sales tax is levied on gasoline retailers, they don’t bear the full burden of the tax. Part of it is shifted to customers in the form of higher gasoline prices. Suppose your local politician tells you, as a homeowner, “I’m not going to raise taxes on you! I’m going to raise taxes on your land.” You’d probably tell him that he’s an idiot because land does not pay taxes; only people pay taxes. That means a tax on your land is a tax on you. You say, “Williams, that’s pretty elementary, isn’t it?” Not quite. What about the politician who tells us that he’s not going to raise taxes on the middle class; instead, he’s going to raise corporate income taxes as means to get rich corporations to pay their rightful share of government? If a tax is levied on a corporation, and if it is to survive, it will have one of three responses, or some combination thereof. One response is to raise the price of its product, so who bears the burden? Another response is to lower dividends; again, who bears the burden? Yet another response is to lay off workers. In each case, it is people, not some legal fiction called a corporation, who bear the burden of the tax. Because corporations have these responses to the imposition of a tax, they are merely government tax collectors. They collect money from people and send it to Washington. Therefore, you should tell that politician, who promises to tax corporations instead of you, that he’s an idiot because corporations, like land, do not pay taxes. Only people pay taxes. Here’s another tax question, even though it doesn’t sound like it. Which
Walter Williams Syndicated Columnist Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.
workers receive higher pay: those on a road construction project moving dirt with shovels and wheelbarrows or those moving dirt atop a giant earthmover? If you said the worker atop the earthmover, go to the head of the class. But why? It’s not because he’s unionized or that construction contractors have a fondness for earthmover operators. It’s because the worker atop the earthmover is working with more capital, thereby making him more productive. Higher productivity means higher wages. It’s not rocket science to conclude that whatever lowers the cost of capital formation, such as lowering the cost of investing in earthmovers, enables contractors to purchase more of them. Workers will have more capital to work with and as a result enjoy higher wages. Policies that raise the cost of capital formation such as capital gains taxes, low depreciation allowances and corporate taxes, thereby reduce capital formation, and serve neither the interests of workers, investors nor consumers. It does serve the interests of politicians who get more resources to be able to buy votes. You might wonder how congressmen can get away with taxes and other measures that reduce our prosperity potential. Part of the answer is ignorance and the anti-business climate promoted in academia and the news media. The more important reason is that prosperity foregone is invisible. In other words, we can never tell how much richer we would have been without today’s level of congressional interference in our lives and therefore don’t fight it as much as we should.
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■ County Manager John Crumpton: Phone (919) 718-4605; E-mail — email@example.com
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Federal Legislators ■ Sen. Richard Burr: (202) 224-3154 ■ Sen. Kay Hagan: (202) 224-6342 ■ Rep. Bob Etheridge: (202) 225-4531
ust in case anyone mistakenly believes Obama has heard (or gives a rip about) the loud voice of the American people rejecting his socialism, appeasement, unconstitutional abuses of power and unpresidential combativeness and divisiveness, let me share a few tidbits. ■ After House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued a damning critique of Obama’s economic policies, the administration’s economic philosopher Joe Biden issued a rebuttal, assuring us it was their predecessor who got us into this mess. That’s novel. ■ Obama renewed his war on Fox News, saying it is a “destructive” force in American society, while the White House lauded MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow as providing “an invaluable service” to America. ■ Rep. Paul Ryan reports that Obama’s latest “fiscal year ends in fiscal failure.” Congress broke for recess, “prioritizing election over stopping looming tax hikes.” It failed to complete any of the 12 annual appropriations bills, pass a budget resolution and stop the tax increases. ■ The White House produced a bizarre tax video series, with the first one claiming that “objective economists” all agree that raising taxes in this bad economy would be good for the economy. Surreal. ■ On a conference call, Obama and top administration officials beseeched thousands of faith-based and community organizations to “get out there and spread the word” in favor of Obamacare. You’ve gotta love the left’s consistency on church-state separation. ■ Obama agreed to donate $100 billion to the United Nations. Andrea Lafferty of The Traditional Values Coalition wrote, “The U.S. taxpayer is forced to pay billions to an inefficient organization run by world leaders who hate America and the free market system.” Just so. ■ Obama’s venerable partner, Vice President Joe Biden, said, “If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them.” Yes, how dare Republicans voice the outrage of the people over the bankrupting of our children! And they talked about Cheney. ■ Obama, the man who promised he would bring us together, fired yet another class warfare missile into the political mix, shifting his traditional argument against the Bush tax cuts from budget concerns to the “income gap.” In other words, the rich make too much and we ought to use the tax code to punish them. This is the same philosophy he espoused to Charlie Gibson when he admitted he favors increases in capital gains tax rates even though such increases reduce revenues — “as a matter of fairness,” i.e., punishing the rich even if it hurts everyone else. ■ Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency admits its new greenhouse gas regulations could very well “slow construction nationwide for years.” For what? We know these green policies won’t appreciably reduce global temperature over the next century. ■ With the disastrous consequences of Obamacare already unfolding before our eyes, Obama has already granted 30 exemptions and waivers to insurers, employers and union plans. If you were king, wouldn’t you? ■ Rasmussen Reports reveals that just 36 percent of voters believe race relations between blacks and whites are improving — down from 62 percent in July 2009. ■ Democratic Rep. James Clyburn says, “Next year, we may even get the public option.” Swell. ■ Under Obama, the number of people receiving food stamps is at an all-time high: 41.8 million people, compared with 32 million when Obama began. ■ At a time when we need to encourage energy production, Obama’s Interior Department is poised to begin a major review of the process of approving offshore drilling without advance detailed environmental studies. ■ Oh, yes, and don’t forget that Obama expects us to believe that $50 billion more in stimulus money would “jump-start” the economy, when $868 billion hasn’t.
8A / Sunday, October 10, 2010 / The Sanford Herald OBITUARIES ard Funeral Home.
SANFORD — John Thaddeus “J.T.” Gunter, 84, of Sanford, died Friday (10/8/2010). Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shallow Well Cemetery. Gunter was born in Lee County, son of the late John T. Gunter Sr. and Goldie Dot Riddle Gunter, and was preceded in death by a sister, Sadie G. Ennis, and brothers, Rex Gunter and Eugene Gunter. J.T. was retired from the Southern and A&W Railroads. Gunter is survived by a sister, Margaret Louise Gunter of Sanford, and a host of very close friends. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jon McInnis Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 241, Sanford, N.C. 27331. Online condolences can be made at www.rogerspickard.com Arrangements are by Rogers-Pick-
Fred Murchison SANFORD — Fred Murchison, 75, of 823 Boykin Ave., Sanford, died Friday (10/8/2010) at his residence. Arrangements are by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
Ida George CARTHAGE — Ida Hinson George, 92, died Friday (10/8/2010) at First Health Moore Regional Hospital. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Browns Chapel Cemetery in Robbins with the Rev. Dr. William J. Maness Jr. officiating. A native of Stanly County, she was the daughter of the late George Washington Hinson and Joanna Mauldin Hinson. During her lifetime she worked in textiles as a weaver. Her husband, Coy George,
preceded her in death. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www. PinesFunerals.com
Justo Macorol CHAPEL HILL — Justo Macorol, 88, of 805 Merritt Mill Road, Chapel Hill, died Thursday (10/7/2010). Services were held at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Raleigh.
grandchildren. A walk through viewing will be held Sunday, Oct. 10, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pugh and Smith Funeral Home, Carthage. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Crusade for Christ Deliverance Center in Southern Pines, with interment at Belford Cemetery in Candor. Arrangements are by Pugh and Smith Funeral Home, Carthage.
Virginia Thompson Walter Richardson WEST END — Walter Lee Richardson Sr., 55, of West End, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at First Health Moore Regional Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Gloria J. Richardson; his son, Walter Lee Richardson Jr. (Danelle) of West End; his sisters, Evelyn Pate (Rudolph) of West End and Elizabeth Drake ( Freddie) of Wilson; and two
PITTSBORO — Virginia Thompson, 88, of 875 County Landfill Road, Pittsboro, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. Services were held at Mitchell Chapel AME Zion Church in Pittsboro with the Rev. Kenneth Broaks presiding. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were family and friends of the family. Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home.
Leroy Withers SANFORD — Leroy Withers, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at his home of natural causes. Mr. Withers was born March 30, 1924, in Harnett County, to James Atkins and Jane Holder Withers. He was preceded in death by siblings Fannie Lee Withers, Alex Atkins Withers, Ilean Withers O’Quinn, McBryde Withers, Vernell Withers Sloan, James Clifton Withers and Levy Withers. He served in the United States Army, during World War II as a technician. An electrician by trade, Mr. Withers retired after many years of service to the community. He was a lifetime member of Leaflet Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Woodman of the World, Camp 940, for 70 years. Mr. Withers enjoyed farming, hunting and making wine. Through the years he shared his knowledge with those he loved and guided his family with a quiet, gentle spirit. After retirement, he spent many hours in his garden and with his grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Leaflet Presbyterian Church in Broadway, with the Rev. Pat Fletcher presiding. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leaflet Presbyterian Church, c/o Jeff Thomas, 10816 Old U.S. 421, Broadway, N.C., 27505. Mr. Withers is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Garner Withers; daughter Sharon Withers Brewer and son-in-law Joseph B. Brewer Jr. of Sanford; two grandchildren, Joseph B. Brewer III and his wife, Rebekah Mary Kathryn Brewer; two great-grandchildren, Addie and Thomas; sister Thelma Withers Sligh of Broadway; and brothers Foster Withers of Lillington and Jerry Withers of Broadway. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to O’Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www. oquinnpeebles.com. — paid obituary
Barbara Maddrey CHAPEL HILL — Barbara Morgan Steagall Maddrey passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C. Barbara was born Dec. 16, 1934 .in Fayetteville to Estace Levoy (Jimmy) and Frances Riddle Morgan of Sanford, who predeceased her. She will be missed dearly by her family and many friends. She attended Sanford public schools and went on to attend Sullins College in Bristol, Va., for two years. Barbara married James Gordon Steagall of Oxford, N.C., in 1954 and moved to Chapel Hill in 1955, where she maintained her residence for 55 years. She was the co-owner of the College Café and Barbara’s Dress Shop in Chapel Hill and Carrboro during the 1970s and 80s. She also spent 20 years as the Sales Manager at Morehead Planetarium on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she retired in 2003. She was a long-time member of Orange United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. She was predeceased by her second husband O. Wendell Maddrey of Seaboard, whom she married in 1986. She is survived by her four children, Lee Steagall of New Bern, Tommy Steagall and his wife (Ann) of Raleigh, Michael Steagall and his wife (Elise) of Cary and Julia Steagall Hash and her husband (Scott) of Raleigh, as well as her six grandchildren, Morgan and Cameron Steagall, Lauren and Victoria Steagall, and Patricia and Matthew Hash. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Sandra Morgan and Lynn McIver (Mike) Perry of Boone and their children Frances Reid Perry Davis of Greensboro and Morgan Perry of Charlotte. The family will receive friends 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. A funeral service will be conducted at Orange United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, followed by a reception. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at the Buffalo-Jonesboro cemetery in Sanford. Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to the Orange United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made online at www. walkersfuneralservice.com. — paid obituary
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The Sanford Herald / Sunday, October 10, 2010 / 9A
NO SCARE FAIR: OCT. 30
POLICE BEAT LEE COUNTY
Event gets an artistâ€™s touch
â– James Terrell Burroughs Jr. of 6343 Sheriff Watson Road in Sanford reported someone removed a computer and a television from his home Thursday. â– Donald Ray Donathon Jr., 24, of 149 Governors Creek Road in Sanford, was arrested Thursday for obtaining property by false pretenses; he was released under $5,000 secured bond. â– Keonte Shiellie Thomas, 17, of 1214 Cedarhurst Drive in Sanford, was arrested Wednesday for robbery with a dangerous weapon; he was held under $40,000 secured bond. â– William Taylor Brewer, 25, of 977 White Hill Road in Sanford, was arrested Thursday for breaking and
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ine years ago, artist Jan Lawrence made a decision to join the team who brought No Scare Fair to Sanford. There was a committee of around eight people who believed this event would be a wonderful annual addition to Lee County the Saturday before Halloween. As well as building community, they said, it would also serve to benefit at-risk families in the area. In order to pull this off, there needed to be a couple of dedicated artists. Lucky for the organizers, Lawrence said â€œyesâ€? and the fun and work began. A sponsor wall was designed, built and painted, as well as 24 theater flats. From sketches to transparencies to the actual painting of the doors, Lawrence was a major force. Fast forward nine years â€” Carol Carlson, the founder of No Scare Fair, and Lawrence had a chance meeting and began to talk about this yearâ€™s event. Carol said that while she has loved the sponsor wall in the past, it needed an updated
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entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods and forgery and uttering; he was held under $20,000 secured bond. â– Michael L. Clark, of 700 Raleigh St. in Sanford, was arrested Thursday for failing to appear in court; he was released after posting bond. â– Richard James Stone, of 82 Stone Hill Lane in Sanford, was arrested Wednesday for felony larceny, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretenses; he was held under $3,000 secured bond. â– Mark Anthony Bonetsky, 31, of 6205 Edwards Road in Sanford, was arrested Thursday for driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving, and resisting officers; he was held under $2,000 secured bond.
Jan Lawrence, designer and painter for this yearâ€™s â€œNo Scare Fair,â€? adds some final touches of paint to a door display on Monday afternoon. or maybe even a new design. Without hesitation, Carlson said, Lawrence said she would design a new wall. Carlson said the results have been â€œamazing.â€? The wall includes friendly ghosts, pumpkins, a not-so-imposing house on a hill and a bright yellow full moon, but there is something else â€” a very happy, very big scarecrow
that will hold the names of all the sponsors. The crow was cut out by Lawrenceâ€™s husband, Bob. â€œThis wall is a delightful, welcoming entry for all those special guests who will visit No Scare Fair,â€? said Carlson. The event is slated for Oct. 30 at the Stevens Center. Another addition to No Scare Fair this year is a photo-op design that will
be introduced at the Oct. 23 Jub-i-Lee Festival. â€œSo often (event organizers) Willing Hands talks about the 150 volunteers it takes to put on No Scare Fair and Jan and Bob Lawrence are two of those,â€? Carlson said. â€œIf you happen to see them, please remember to thank them for their many hours of creative service to this worthwhile event.â€?
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