PHOTOS GALORE! See Wesley Beeson’s photo gallery from Saturday’s Family Fourth Festival held at Depot Park in Sanford PAGE 4A
GUITAR HERO Sevryn Schaller celebrated his 12th birthday with a gig at the Lee County 4th in Sanford’s Depot Park PAGE 5A
FAMILY FOURTH Ice cream. A giant slide. A guitar strumming “Sweet Home Alabama.” Must be the Fourth of July, or almost PAGE 5A
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RACE FANS LOVE THEIR MUD ON LOWER MONCURE ROAD There’s a little bit of something for everybody at the Lee County Mud Motorsports Complex. The fun competition, nonstop entertainment and family friendly environment have made the rapidly growing sport of mud racing fairly popular right here in Sanford. Full Story, Page 1B
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From left, brothers Harry Miller, 82 (Navy, WWII veteran); Billy Miller, 79 (Marines, Korea veteran); Jerry Miller, 78 (Army, Korea veteran); Reggie Miller, 76 (Army Korean veteran) stand for a picture in Sanford Tuesday.
WORLD’S UGLIEST DOG ADDS BEAUTY TO HER OWNER’S LIFE Princess Abby, a 6-pound Chihuahua, easily won the title of World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., this week. For those very same reasons, she also claimed the heart of owner Kathleen Francis. Full Story, Page 1C
INSIDE WONDER WOMAN GETS NEW LOOK Heaven knows what the gods are saying about Wonder Woman’s new wardrobe change ... So long, bustier and knee boots! Page 8B
BAND OF BROTHERS Of the nine brothers in Sanford’s Miller family, seven served in war By CHELSEA KELLNER email@example.com
hen the United States called for soldiers during World War II and again in Korea, seven of the Miller boys from Sanford left home to join the fight. And each of the seven heard the same words from their mother before they went: “She told me, ‘Jerry, if you get a tattoo, I’m gonna
whip your little legs when you get home,’” said Jerry Miller, 20 at the time, now 78. “The other guys in my unit would go to get them but I said no. I had to face my mother when I got home.”
because of a heart problem. “We were no more patriotic than anyone else at the time—we just had a bigger family,” Jerry Miller said. Their father, A.K. Miller, Sr., started the tradition, Jerry Miller Reggie Miller serving in the N.C. National Guard in 1906. He met Of the nine brothers in and married Ruth Miller the Miller family, seven when he was stationed in served in the U.S. Armed Raleigh, and the couple Forces between 1942 and moved to Sanford to start 1956. The other two tried the Miller Funeral Home to enlist, but Bob was sent home when his father died, See Brothers, Page 8A and A.K., Jr., was rejected
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Vol. 80, No. 156 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
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SANFORD — Lee County just got more high-tech. County officials are rolling out a new method for accessing information on local recreation opportunities that will allow users of popular gadgets like the
HAPPENING TODAY Pittsboro’s annual Independence Day Celebration will run from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro. This year’s celebration will coincide with the monthly First Sunday event, which features local vendors, craftsmen, antique sellers and more. Music will be provided by Johnny Wilson of The Big Time Party Band. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
iPhone, Blackberry and Droid to connect to county info in moments. The technology, now up for use in Sanford’s Depot Park, works similarly to the cash check-out line at your grocery store, using a phone application to scan a barcode and access web content immediately.
“It takes information on the go to another level,” said Dwane Brinson, Lee County tax administrator and one of the brains behind the county’s recent efforts to become more web-savvy. Brinson said, in most cases, users of “smart-
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High: 92 Low: 65
Sanford: Deborah Hooker, 57 Broadway: Hannelore Flen, 72 Lillington: Peggy Ross, 75
Take your smart phone (download a bar scanner app) to Depot Park and scan the kiosk signs to connect to schedules of upcoming events at that location. The signs debuted at Saturday’s July 4 event.
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ON THE STREET Dunkin’ Donuts making its way to Sanford in the very near future
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TUESDAY ■ The Harnett County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. in Lillington. ■ The Sanford City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Sanford Municipal Center in Sanford. ■ The Moore County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Park in Carthage.
WEDNESDAY ■ The Moore County Voluntary Ag. Advisory will meet at 1 p.m. at the Soil & Water Conf. Room at the Ag Center in Carthage.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Patricia Ulam, Lee Ann Horner, Brian Coley, Aaron Da’Shaun Welton, Brenda Gilmore, Emily Taylor Oates, Ricky Garner, Garret Wheeler, Crystal Thomas, Jennifer Hilliard, Signe Gavitt, John H. Smith, Charles Patrick Martin, Scott Taylor, Marcus Anthony Williams and Wayne Whitten. And to those celebrating Monday, especially Kathleen Igbekoyi, Kaleel Berryman, Cameron George McNeill, Daniel McNeill III, Ed Dixon, Michael Joseph Welch, Justine Cole, Jamil Akeem McLean, John Moyd, Shereeca Allen, Allyson Guerrero, Karen Snipes, Elizabeth Chesney and Ann Clegg. CELEBRITIES: Actress Gloria Stuart is 100. Advice columnist Pauline Phillips (the original “Dear Abby”) is 92. Actress Eva Marie Saint is 86. Playwright Neil Simon is 83. Baseball team owner George Steinbrenner is 80. Broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera is 67. Singer John Waite is 55. Country musician Teddy Carr is 50. Rock DJ Zonka is 48. Tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver is 48. Rock musician Matt Malley is 47. Christian rock singer Michael Sweet is 47. Actor Al Madrigal is 39. Actress Jenica Bergere is 36. Actor-singer John Lloyd Young is 35. Singer Stephen “Ste” McNally (BBMak) is 32. Actress Becki Newton (TV: “Ugly Betty”) is 32. Presidential daughter Malia Obama is 12.
Almanac Today is Sunday, July 4, the 185th day of 2010. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. This day in history: On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. In 1802, the United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, N.Y. In 1831, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, died in New York City at age 73. In 1872, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born in Plymouth, Vt. In 1894, the Republic of Hawaii was proclaimed. (Hawaii was annexed by the United States four years later.) In 1910, in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century,” black world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson defeated white former champ James J. Jeffries in Reno, Nev. In 1939, baseball’s “Iron Horse,” Lou Gehrig, afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, delivered his famous farewell at New York’s Yankee Stadium. In 1946, the Philippines became independent of U.S. sovereignty. In 1959, America’s 49-star flag, honoring Alaskan statehood, was officially unfurled. In 1960, America’s 50-star flag, honoring Hawaiian statehood, was officially unfurled. In 1976, Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport in Ugand, rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR tion” at Depot Park. This free outdoor family event starts at 7 p.m. and includes a variety of music throughout the summer. For more information, visit downtownsanford.com or call 919-775-8332.
TODAY ■ Pittsboro’s annual Independence Day Celebration will run from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro. This year’s celebration will coincide with the monthly First Sunday event, which features local vendors, craftsmen, antique sellers and more. Music will be provided by Johnny Wilson of The Big Time Party Band. Go to pittsboroshops.com or call 960-5892 for more info.
FRIDAY ■ A blood drive will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at Flat Springs Baptist Church, 4148 Deep River Road, Sanford. Free t-shirt for all donors. For appointments contact the church office at 775-5922.
WEDNESDAY ■ A blood drive will be held from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Belk, 1065 Spring Lane, Sanford. Free t-shirt for all donors. For appointments contact Lea Chandler at 774-4428 ext. 213. ■ Set sail with the “Amazing Steve Somers” at 11 a.m. for a program of stories, music, magic and puppets. The performance will take place at the Lee County Community Arts Center, 507 N. Steele St.. Parking lot and entrance to the building are on Bracken Street. Registration is not required and the performance is free and open to the public.
SATURDAY ■ The Lee County American Red Cross will hold the class “Lay Responder CPR for Adult, Child and Infant with AED and Standard First Aid” from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Call (919) 774-6857 to register. ■ Local farmers will be selling their fresh products from 9 a.m. to noon at Deport Park in downtown Sanford as part of the weekly Sanford Farmer’s Market. To get involved or to learn more, e-mail David Montgomery at david.montgomery@ sanfordnc.net.
JULY 11 THURSDAY ■ A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Carolina Community College, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford. Free t-shirt for all donors. For appointments contact Mike Neal at 775-5401 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. ■ Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic supper and “Function at the Junc-
■ Applebee’s in Sanford will partner with Grooming the Next Generation for Success, a community based youth group, to host a Flapjack Fundraiser Proceeds raised will help offset travel and lodging costs for the group to attend a seminar in California. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the restaurant, located at 1325 Plaza Blvd. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased
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Police, deputies seize $1,500 in prescription drugs
Water customers can pay bill for a fee at Walmart
SANFORD â€” A joint operation by Lee County and Sanford investigators has led to the arrest of a Sanford woman and the seizure of more than $1,500 in prescription drugs and cocaine. Sgt. Scott Hunt of the Sanford Police Department said agents arrested 32-year-old Andrea Lanette Thomas of 382 Thomas Road in Sanford after searching her residence Friday. Hunt said investigators with the Sanford Police Departmentâ€™s Tactical Narcotics Team and the Lee County Sheriffâ€™s Office Drug Unit found 45 dosage units of the painkiller Oxycontin, 23 dosage units of the painkiller Oxycodone, 2 grams of powder cocaine and four dosage units of the anxiety medication Alprazolam. The cocaine store has an estimated street value of $400, while the prescription drugs have an estimated total value of $1,170, police said. Thomas is charged with two counts of trafficking opiates, possession with the intent to sell a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of cocaine, maintaining a dwelling to keep drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hunt said she was being held in Lee County Jail. Thomasâ€™ criminal record includes convictions for larceny in Harnett County and writing a worthless check in Lee County.
PITTSBORO â€” Chatham County water customers now can pay their bills at any Walmart location for a small service fee, according to Michelle Ballard, customer service manager for Chatham County Utilities. â€œThis is a new service offered in partnership with Walmart to give customers more options for paying their monthly water bills,â€? Ballard said in a news release. Water customers should go to the Walmart MoneyCenter or Customer Service Desk in any Walmart location. Customers who want to pay their water bills should bring the following items: â– PAYMENT: Either cash, a Walmart Money Card or a debit card that requires a PIN number to make their payment â– BILL STATEMENT: The current billing statement with account number on it Walmart will charge an 88-cent fee for delivery of the payment within three business days. For $1.88, the payment is delivered to Chatham Utilities the next business day. However, payments must be processed by 7 p.m. to meet these delivery timeframes.
LILLINGTON â€” Peggy Brown Ross, 75, of Lillington, died Friday (July 2, 2010) at her home. Funeral will be 3 p.m. Monday at Oâ€™Quinn-Peebles Chapel in Lillington with burial in Harnett Memorial Park. Born in Harnett County, she was a daughter of the Ross late Julius Lafayette and Stella Hobby Blanchard. She was preceded in death by husbands James Allen Brown and Bill Ross. Survivors include one daughter, Judy Lucas of Lillington; one son, Steven Brown of Virginia; one step-daughter, Gina
â€” by Billy Ball
Fire canâ€™t stop Army band, but they need help
FORT BRAGG â€” It will take more than a fire that destroyed their instruments and uniforms to stop the 82nd Airborne Division Band from its annual Independence Day concert in North Carolina. Multiple media outlets report the band plans to play on after Fridayâ€™s fire. But they need some help. Fort Bragg spokesman Col. Kevin Arata says the 50-member band would love to borrow instruments, as well as sheet music for the â€œ1812 Overtureâ€? and other patriotic songs for its Sunday show. The band doesnâ€™t even have music stands anymore. Anyone who can help is asked to e-mail the band master, Chief Warrant Officer Russ Houser, at russ. houser(at)us.army.mil. No one was hurt in the fire at Fort Bragg. The band had left the building after a rehearsal about an hour before the blaze.
â€” from staff reports
Robbery suspects face additional charges in Moore ABERDEEN (MCT) â€” Three men involved in a robbery and shooting at a convenience store on Monday are now accused of taking part in a robbery in Aberdeen, investigators said Thursday. And one of them also is charged in an attempted home invasion in Southern Pines. Demarcus James Dennison, 18, of Polkton, and Paris Yusef Mack, 17, of Southern Pines, were charged in Aberdeen on Wednesday with robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping, said Jim Foster, deputy chief of the townâ€™s Police Department. Charges are pending against 17-year-old Randy Joel Williams of the 300 block of Shaw Avenue in Southern Pines, Foster said. Williams is recovering from a gunshot wound to the face at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. â€” Fayetteville Observer
Rinehart of Washington; four sisters, Janie Dumphy and Odelia Landuette of Florida, and Jessie Bolton and Viola Dean of Fuquay-Varina; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Liberty Home Care and Hospice, 105 Hunt Valley Drive, Dunn, N.C., 28334. Oâ€™Quinn-Peebles Funeral Home in Lillington is in charge.
Hannelore Flen BROADWAY â€” Hannelore â€œHannaâ€? Walther Flen, 72, of Broadway, died June 27. A memorial service was held Friday at Southside Baptist Church in Broadway. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.
SPRING LAKE â€” Russell Leon Hardy, 67, of Spring Lake, died Tuesday (June 29, 2010) at home. Funeral was Friday at Elizabeth Street Mortuary in Spring Lake with burial in Sandhills State Veteran Cemetery. Born Sept. 26, 1942, in Ohio, he was a husband to Barbara Hardy of Spring Lake and a military veteran. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Leon Hardy of Spring Lake; daughter Tammy Goods of Indiana; and five grandchildren. Elizabeth Street Mortuary handled the arrangements.
Corissa Person SILER CITY â€” Corissa Person, 33, of Siler city died Friday (July 2, 2010) at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will
be handled by Knotts and Son Funeral Home in Siler City.
James Moffitt SILER CITY â€” James Brant Moffitt, 74, of New Jersey, died Wednesday (June 30, 2010) at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at First Missionary Baptist Church in Siler City, with burial in the church cemetery. He is survived by a brother, William Moffitt of Siler City. Knotts and Son Funeral Home in Siler City is in charge.
Deborah Hooker SANFORD â€” Deborah McLeod Hooker, 57, died Friday (July 2, 2010) at Central Carolina Hospital. Knotts Funeral Home in Sanford is handling the arrangements.
Scouts, teens learn to â€˜hamâ€™ at Field Day Special to The Herald
SANFORD â€” Local Boy Scouts learned that when your cell battery dies and your internet connection is down, amateur radio enthusiasts can still communicate with voice or digitally. Teenagers were recently on the air contacting radio stations all over the U.S. as part of the emergency communications exercise, called amateur radio Field Day. Local radio hobbyists set up temporary antennas and generators at the Northview Fire Station to practice disaster radio communications Saturday, an event held throughout the U.S. annually. Boy Scout Troop #941 operated the Get On The Air station under the supervision and mentoring of licensed ham and scout leader Jay Simeth. â€œI like teaching ham radio and the Scout merit badge,â€? said Simeth. â€œIt was their first experience on High Frequency voice communication, and I wanted them to get interested.â€? The boys talked with other hams around the eastern U.S. and later operated the digital station supervised by other teens already licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.
Boy Scout Troop 941 members Adam Simeth and Daniel Lewis, both 15, sent digital messages during the Amateur Radio Field Day emergency communications practice at Northview Fire Station Saturday. Adam already has his General Class FCC license. Licensed radio â€œhamsâ€? Christina Isley, 14, and her mother Vicki were observing. Emergency radio field practice is important because professional rescue and public communications systems may be overwhelmed or destroyed during major disasters like Hurricane Katrina, forest fires or earthquakes. To keep skills current, amateur radio hobbyists are trained in backup communications and practice nationwide annually. â€œI enjoyed working digital on Field Day,â€? said Roger Millikin, Lee Countyâ€™s assistant emergency coordinator. His boss encouraged him to become licensed by the FCC in 2005. â€œIf I ever slow down, (amateur radio)
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We give thanks for those who have lived for our country, and who have died for it. Let each of us remain vigilant in defending what our founders fought for so many years ago.
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could be fun.â€? A flood disaster took Tom Chapman and his wife Merrianne into the field in 2007. â€œWe set up an evacuation center and made lots of friends from all walks of life,â€? he said, grateful for possessing the skills and equipment to be helpful in an emergency. After setting up tem-
porary antennae and radio stations operated by generator power, the local Sanford ham radio club contacted hundreds of stations in 37 states, one Canadian province, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They used voice and digital modes during their 22-hours on the air. Licensed high schooler William Isley said he was talking on the air and later logging contacts for Katie Vest, 22, during the dark hours of the night. â€œI only got 20 minutes of sleep,â€? he grinned, happy to be part of the event. â€œYoung people rely too much on cell phones, texting and instant messaging. All that goes away in a disaster like Hurricane Katrina,â€? said Katieâ€™s father, Jim Vest, who has been a ham operator for 37 years. Amateur radio teaches people more self-reliance with technology and the ability to pick up a conversation with someone you never met, he said. â€œBy operating a radio, we make new friends every day.â€?
Special Thanks September 21, 1908 - April 28, 2010
In Loving Memory of our Beloved Aunt Ethel Williams Taylor (September 1908-April 2010), one hundred and one years to spread her love around her family of brothers and many many nieces and nephews. We the family of Aunt Ethel would like to Thank each of you for your love and support during our bereavement. The staff of Victorian Manor, the staff was so attentive to all her needs, showed her love, friendship, and respect, we thank you. We thank L. Horton Community Funeral Home and Staff for their courteous professional care provided to us and our loved one; so many people showed up to assist us and traveled from afar to pay ďŹ nal respects; for every act of kindness shown, we thank you all. She lived her life with a plan in mind at all times, her family was her main concern, leaving four generations of nieces and nephews to carry the torch.
May God Bless each of you. From: The Nieces and Nephews of Mrs. Ethel Williams Taylor
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4A / Sunday, July 4, 2010 / The Sanford Herald FAMILY FOURTH FESTIVAL â€˘ PHOTOS BY W E SLEY BEESON
Biaja Odom, 3, plays in the water fountain at Depot Park in Sanford for the Family Fourth Festival on Saturday afternoon.
Abe Herbert with Lee County YMCA shows off his finished blueberry pie tin at the pie eating contest.
Tenille Gross walks her dogs, Raider (left) and Rj (right) during the Pets and Pedals Parade before Saturdayâ€™s Family Fourth Festival.
Chloe Jones, 8, takes a moment to play with a dog named Prozac.
Kids and families gather to the front stage for the pie eating contest.
ON THE FRONT Kack Harris, 6, rides her bicycle to Depot Park
Joseph Worsham, 8, tosses a beanbag at the Kids Zone.
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FA M ILY FO U RT H FE S T I VA L â€˘ DE P OT PA R K YOUNG GUITAR HERO
Sanford â?? When: 9 p.m. Today â?? Where: Sanford Health and Rehabilitation, 2702 Farrell Road, Sanford â?? Admission: Free
Cary â?? When: 9:15 p.m. Today â?? Where: Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary â?? Cost: Free
Fort Bragg â?? When: 9:40 p.m. Today â?? Where: Main Post Parade Field, Ridgeway Drive, Fort Bragg â?? Cost: Free
Pinehurst â?? When: 9:15 p.m. Today â?? Where: Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road, Pinehurst â?? Cost: Free
Pittsboro â?? What: Independence Day Festival â€” More than 30 local artists will sell their creations, Johnny Wilson of The Big Time Party Band will provide beach music and the Chatham Area Shag Association will offer free shag lessons â?? When: Noon-4 p.m. Today â?? Where: Downtown Pittsboro â?? Cost: Free
Fort Bragg â?? What: July 4th Celebration â€” Kiddie Land activities, â€œWife Carrying Contest,â€? parachute demonstration, flag ceremony and live music by the 82nd Division All American Chorus, Colt Ford and Chevelle â?? When: 3-10 p.m. Today â?? Where: Main Post Parade Field â?? Cost: $5 for Kiddie Land activities, other events are free
Pinehurst â?? What: Fourth of July Celebration â€” Games, food, pony rides and live music by The Vision Band â?? When: 5-10 p.m. Today Where: Fair Barn, 200 Beulah Hill Road, Pinehurst â?? Cost: Free
July 4th gig one of many for budding guitarist By BILLY BALL email@example.com
SANFORD â€” When Sevryn Schaller, then 11, got a guitar last Christmas, that was just the start. Seven months later, he was celebrating a recent birthday and playing just another gig at the Lee County Family Fourth Festival in Sanfordâ€™s Depot Park. By now, Sevryn is a pro, mixing shows like this holiday street festival in with more formal gigs at Sanfordâ€™s Steele Street Coffee and Wine Bar. He walked the stage strumming his guitar, chatting up the audience like he was born to do this. Sevryn launched into spirited renditions of the Train mega-hit â€œHey Soul Sisterâ€? and the Bryan Adams mainstay â€œSummer of â€˜69â€? before rolling out an original tune named â€œMy World.â€? The song was a spurof-the-moment creation documenting young love, according to Sevryn. â€œNo, I didnâ€™t have a terrible breakup that inspired it,â€? he said. Donâ€™t bother telling
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Sevryn Schaller, 12, plays songs for the crowd at Depot Park in Sanford for the Family Fourth Festival on Saturday afternoon. him that heâ€™s only 12 years old. Sevryn wants to live the American dream. â€œIâ€™d love to keep playing, maybe get picked up by a talent scout and be one of those guys on TV,â€? he said. The talent is a family affair. About 200 feet away, Sevrynâ€™s older brother, 14-year-old Synjyn Schaller, was polishing off his latest creation,
an immaculate, oil pastel drawing of a spiky-haired rock star that heâ€™s created on a Depot Park wall. â€œI see a blank slate and think I can do anything with it,â€? Synjyn said. Synjyn, who will be entering the ninth grade at Southern Lee High this fall, was participating in a Lee County Arts Council-sponsored show at Saturdayâ€™s Family 4th,
copying a digital drawing he made to advertise younger brother Sevrynâ€™s guitar work. Synjyn turned out Saturday when he found out the Arts Council was backing a little public art. His drawing Saturday took after a popular Japanese-style of art called manga, but he said he had a more specific influence in mind when he crafted the purple-hued
backdrop of his rock star. â€œI was going for a â€˜Purple Rainâ€™ feel,â€? he said. â€œPrinceâ€™s music really stretches across different genres of music.â€? Nevermind that Synjyn wasnâ€™t born when Prince pranced and primped his way through the 1984 blockbuster â€œPurple Rain.â€? Meanwhile, father Bret Schaller stood off to the side of the stage beaming as Sevryn finished his mini-concert Saturday. Bret, who moved to Sanford eight years ago with his children and veterinarian wife, is quick to say the talent didnâ€™t come from him. â€œAll I know how to play is the radio, and not very well,â€? he said with a laugh. Bret said heâ€™s still waiting to see the talents of his two other boys, ages 4 and 6. Theyâ€™re too young to show off yet, but Bret said the youngest possesses extraordinary agility and climbing ability for his age. A gymnast Schaller? Who knows?
SANFORD Ice cream. A giant slide. A guitar strumming â€œSweet Home Alabama.â€? And a woman wearing a dress that looks like an American flag. Must be the Fourth of July, or almost. Locals gathered a day early Saturday to celebrate American independence at Lee Countyâ€™s Family 4th in Sanfordâ€™s Depot Park. Included in the dayâ€™s festivities were a dog-and-bike parade, classic cars, music, food, and, oh yeah, a pie-eating contest. The fun began at 4 p.m. and lasted into the evening Saturday. Local community organizers set up the event each year to celebrate the holiday in a family-friendly way.
Bella Miller, 3, smiles at her blue hand as she paints popsicle stick flags at Depot Park in Sanford for the Family Fourth Festival on Saturday afternoon. WESLEY BEESON/ The Sanford Herald
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RE: STATE PASSES BAN ON SWEETENED DRINKS AT DAYCARE
It’s so good to know our government cares for us in such a manner. Lord knows we will never be able to determine what is good or bad for ourselves without state guidance and upbringing. Be not discouraged, comrades. The state knows what is best for her children! — DoubleJ
Love votes for another nanny state bill. Hours later a telephone call goes out to the voters exposing Love’s liberal, big government tendencies. Love is unavailable for comment. Suddenly Love changes his vote and he is available for comment. Americans for Prosperity 1 Representative Jimmy Love 0 Psst. Jimmy. Give Mr. Jennings a call the next time you’re thinking about doing something, so, blatantly liberal. — dchris46
SUNDAY THUMBS THUMBS DOWN Another win for puppy mills A bill aimed at ending puppy mills by regulating commercial dog breeders in the state has failed for the second straight year. Again, the failure comes in large part from opposition from the state’s pork producers, according to a report by the Raleigh News & Observer. The N.C. Pork Council, which represents a $2.2 bil-
lion industry in the state, opposed Senate Bill 460, which sought to “eliminate abusive practices and provide for the humane care and treatment of dogs and puppies by establishing standards for their care at commercial breeding operations.” Angie Whitener, the Pork Council’s lobbyist, said her group does not oppose puppies so much as the bill’s main backers, the Humane Society of the United States. Pork is a powerful lobby in North Carolina, and apparently, what the Pork Council wants, the Pork Council gets ... even if the subject at hand has nothing to do with pork. The report states that the
Humane Society estimates about 300 puppy mills operating in the state that go largely unnoticed because owners sell the dogs on the Internet. Lee County had its large puppy mill case a few years back ... a case that has already become forgotten by many. Lee County’s record with handling pets is sad. Animal abuse complaints go unchecked. There is no law against tethering. Dogs that aren’t tied up often run freely without food and water. The Pork Council fears the Humane Society is out to end meat production altogether. We fail to see the correlation ... and once again, our state goes without legislation against puppy mills.
Letters to the Editor Take time to read the Declaration of Independence
“I feel like usually, when the government comes out with something like this, somebody has come out with research and they have a good reason for doing it,” Waddell said. “I don’t argue with research, I just hope they did good research.” Hitler loved for his administration to do quite a bit of research, too. I bet Waddell wouldn’t argue with it, much, either. It was the government, after all. — SanLee Guy
The nanny state mentality that permeates our culture is frightening. When we moved to North Carolina over six years ago, I was shocked at the high taxes and ridiculous level of government involvement in the lives of citizens. It has only gotten worse, and these types of needless laws only serve to accentuate the fact that our government at the state level is out of control. — tiredtaxpayer
Jimmy Love’s John Kerry moment: “I voted for it before I voted against it”. The state is facing a $3 billion shortfall in 2011, and they focus on regulating chocolate milk. Why are taxpayers subsidizing child care centers? Seems that some of the legislators who voted for this, either before or after phone calls, need to have a little state regulation over their diet and exercise habits. — TruthSeeker2010
RE: DESPITE OBJECTIONS, CITY PASSES PAY RAISES
There was an increase in health insurance premiums for dependant coverage. Sam Gaskins should made a motion to have the city manager cut the budget by 1 percent or so. Instead he went through the budget and micromanaged how many supplies he thought a department should use. The problem is that none of the department heads work for Sam and unless the city manager tells the department heads to make a cut then they feel that their boss, (Hal Hegwer) approves of their budget. — makesmewonder
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Ending the dream M
y cleats are on tight, my ankles are taped up, pads in place and I’m enjoying the final moments before walking out that door to the sounds of cheers, high school bands and referee whistles. The musty, sweaty smells of the locker room will soon change to more pleasant crisp fall air and concession stand nachos. Coach has just given his final pre-game speech, we’ve prayed and my teammates have begun to file out the door. I can already hear the bands, their trumpets muffled through the concrete wall still. I’m ready to go ... this build up has always been one of the more exciting parts of high school football ... a sport I started playing when I was 6. And this is Texas, where high school football is king. In my small town of 500-plus, the world revolves around Friday nights in the fall. I’m a senior in high school, and I know the games are counting down to just a handful. After this, I’ll never don a helmet again. Speaking of helmet ... I can’t seem to find mine. The last few of my teammates are heading out the door, followed by the waterboys and coaches ... and I can’t find my helmet. I know it was in my hands a few moments ago. Panic sets in. I search everywhere for my helmet ... probably the one piece of equipment I wouldn’t be able to step on the field without. The time begins to blur ... and before I know it, the game has begun. My team is playing. I’m helmetless. I’m angry. I wake up. So it was all a dream. A vivid, frustrating dream. And a dream I’ve had more than a dozen times since I last stepped on a varsity football field in 1993. Oh, sometimes it’s different. Sometimes I’m missing my cleats and I’m on the field in socks ... watching the action up close but not able to get in because coach won’t let me play without shoes. Sometimes, the team leaves without me. Sometimes, I learn about the game as it’s being played ... as if I had forgotten football was played on Fridays. It’s the only recurring dream I’ve had ... at least the only one I can remember. And I most recently had this dream again a few weeks back. After the most recent dream, I looked up “recurring dreams” on the trusty Google and learned that my mind is trying to tell me something with these dreams.
Billy Liggett Sanford Herald Editor Contact Billy Liggett by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org ■ To start to understand your recurring dream, you must be willing to accept some sort of change or undergo a transformation. ■ Look at the dream from an objective point of view. Try to get beyond the emotional and reactive elements of the dream and get down to the symbolic images. To begin to understand these dreams, you must first know about my love of football — a subject I’ve written about in this column on several occasions. When I was 2, I used chess men as football players. I learned to read from the sports page. I began playing tackle football at age 6. I was never a big kid, and this always made me try harder. The one thing I had going for me was speed, and in high school ... after a minor growth spurt my junior year ... I had a pretty decent varsity career as a wide receiver and cornerback. Nothing to get the college scouts crazy, mind you ... but enough to get the cheerleaders to notice once or twice. In high school, sometimes that’s all that matters. I hated that it ended, though I never tried to “relive my youth” ... save for joining a flag football league a few years in college. That was more for fun than fighting dream demons. But if I’m to look at these dreams from an “objective” point of view, I suppose I would tell myself that the dream is about more than football. There’s something out there I want to be a part of, I’d tell myself, and there’s something keeping me from doing it. It’s odd ... I’m a happy guy with an amazing family, great job and great friends.
“The repetitive patterns in your dream reveal some of the most valuable information about yourself. “
To the Editor: A comment made on the online response to Vickie Blue’s Letter to the Editor “GOD Doesn’t need to be on billboards to reach us” asked, “Show me where GOD is in the Constitution, and I’ll eat my hat.” The Constitution is a compilation of three documents: 1) The Declaration of Independence, 2) The U.S. Constitution and 3) the individual Bill of Rights, (otherwise known by our Dear Leader as a “charter of negative rights”). One must understand all three are the encapsulation of our system of government. The Declaration of Independence in and of itself, is a fabulous religious document, in that it established the supremacy of GOD as divine over the daily lives of America’s citizens and over the then tyrannical actions of the British crown. The Constitution itself created a governmental system of checks and balances in order to insure that the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government could not acquire so much power as to act as GOD. The founders understood that when man acts as GOD and not subordinate to GOD, then all hell breaks loose (please review the history of tyrannical regimes that acted as GOD, the ensuing destruction and the cost of lives in the hundreds of millions). Simply put the Constitution lays out a set of rules that government should live by in the daily interaction with those governed. To say it is a living breathing document so greatly espoused by our popular opinion is like saying, we can change the rules in the middle of the game. The Bill of Rights often referred to the Bill of Individual Rights dictates what Government cannot do to the citizens. The very first Amendment incorporates five specific freedoms and the first being religious freedom, followed by speech, press, assembly and petition. Of course in today’s PC society where one demonizes all of these freedoms, it is only natural that the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United, and other “criminal front groups” would deny that GOD has any involvement in the creation and guidance of our government. So as we celebrate Independence Day, take the time to read the Declaration of Independence and the list of abuses by the crown upon then British subjects. Any well read student of history can make stunning and frightening parallels to today’s America. GOD Bless America in these times of trouble!
“The message in recurring dreams may be so important and/or powerful that it refuses to go away. The frequent repetition of such dreams forces you to pay attention and confront the dream. It is desperately trying to tell you something. Such dreams are often nightmarish or frightening in their content, which also helps you to take notice and pay attention to them.” — dreammoods.com
The owner of the vineyard said, “Don’t I have the right to do as I wish with my own money? Or are you jealous because I am generous?” (Matthew 20:15 TEV) PRAYER: Help me, O Lord, to be generous to those in need with the money that I have. Amen.
THUMBS UP: Fans of the Enrichment Center There are many wonderful agencies doing many wonderful things on behalf of area citizens. For that, we should be grateful. Among those agencies is the Enrichment Center of Lee County, which currently is helping local senior citizens in the midst of the summer season by accepting requests for fans. The fans are first-come, first-served. It’s great that the Enrichment Center has this opportunity to help our seniors who may need the fans.
I suppose I should be thankful that this dream isn’t necessarily a nightmare, but I’m still having trouble finding out what this “message” is supposed to be. The website goes on to provide tips to “overcome your recurring dreams,” with some of those tips being:
I’ve never been one to embrace symbolism in things. Maybe these dreams are just mind tricks. Maybe they mean nothing. Maybe they mean everything. Rather than forking out the big bucks to get a shrink to analyze me, I’m offering myself to your free advice. If you can tell me why I’m having these dreams, e-mail me at email@example.com. I know some of you will take this opportunity to just tell me I’m a big dork, but I’ll listen to anything and everything that comes my way. Perhaps one of these days, I’ll get in the game. I just hope the dream doesn’t have me breaking my ankle.
KIRK D. SMITH Sanford
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upreme Court confirmation hearings are nothing but a charade. “Balls and strikes” is what John Roberts said he’d call. Sonia Sotomayor, no fool she, said the same. Elena Kagan, ditto, is going to be a neutral arbiter. She isn’t a “progressive.” She will be fair and open. Of course. She’d be crazy to say otherwise. Once upon a time, back when she wasn’t sitting at the table, Kagan suggested that prospective justices should try to outline their constitutional views at the confirmation hearings. Senators might learn more about who they were voting for. The watching public might learn something, period. Not a chance. Now senators pretend to “learn” something by reading memos the would-be justice wrote nearly three decades ago as a law clerk. Would-be justices spend three days forgetting everything they learned about judicial decision-making in law school and since, claiming that values have nothing to do with it; neutrality is the watchword. It’s not an educational experience for anyone. It’s a game of “gotcha,” and the way you don’t get gotten is, basically, to say nothing. Barack Obama won the election. He has the right to appoint someone to the Supreme Court who shares his philosophy, provided that he or she brings to the job the intelligence and experience to perform effectively. No one seriously doubts that Kagan brings such experience and intelligence. No, she wasn’t a judge, but she is a serious student of the law and the solicitor general of the United States. I have no idea how the senators who voted to confirm her as solicitor general would now explain a vote not to confirm her as a justice, but since none of this is an exercise in candor or intellectual honesty, they’ll just do whatever they want and say whatever seems to work. Watching the confirmation hearings, unless you’re a masochist or a satirist, is a waste of time. You learn nothing except how silly the process has become. Ever since Robert Bork — who was highly qualified but also arrogant and divisive — went down in flames at his hearing, every successive nominee has understood that the game is to say as little as possible, disown prior controversies, eschew any hint of ideology and simply endure. Five days of misery are certainly worth a lifetime appointment. I tell my students, when they bemoan the misery of the bar exam, that with luck, it’s the last test they will ever take; the same is true in spades for Kagan. Miserable and ridiculous though this process may be, it’s likely the last time she will ever have to endure it. But the message it sends is all wrong: If you dream of being a justice, don’t ever take a controversial position. Imagine if she had represented an individual accused of terrorism. Imagine if she had actually written law review articles advocating truly progressive positions. The funny thing about these hearings is how little months of digging for dirt on Kagan have revealed. In fact, she has been extremely careful in what she has said and written, far more careful than most law professors I know. Investigations into her personal life have failed to reveal poor choices and bad moments, which is more — or less — than I can say for most highly qualified 50-year-olds I know. It’s a ridiculous standard to have to meet to serve on the bench. Indeed, so far as taking controversial positions and representing controversial clients, it is one that does not necessarily produce the people of courage and conviction we need on the federal bench. But sadly, it has become the operative test. Most people who run for president, including those who win, could never be confirmed as a justice — too human, too many mistakes in life. How ridiculous. Republicans will claim that they are not to blame; it was the Democrats who supposedly started it with Bork. Fine. So what? As every mother knows, the issue is not who started it, but who is going to end it. The answer seems to be that no one is, not any time soon. Obama was lucky to find in Kagan a nominee who is both highly qualified and capable of being confirmed. The two do not always go hand in hand.
Where best to be poor
magine you are an unborn spirit whom God has condemned to a life of poverty but has permitted to choose the nation in which to live. I’m betting that most any such condemned unborn spirit would choose the United States. Why? What has historically been defined as poverty, nationally or internationally, no longer exists in the U.S. Let’s look at it. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the 2009 poverty guideline was $22,000 for an urban four-person family. In 2009, having income less than that, 15 percent or 40 million Americans were classified as poor, but there’s something unique about those “poor” people not seen anywhere else in the world. Robert Rector, researcher at the Heritage Foundation, presents data collected from several government sources in a report titled “How Poor Are America’s Poor? Examining the ‘Plague’ of Poverty in America” (8/27/2007): ■ Forty-three percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a threebedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage and a porch or patio. ■ Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning. ■ Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded; two-thirds have more than two rooms per person. ■ The typical poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.) ■ Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars. ■ Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions. ■ Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception. ... What’s defined as poverty is misleading in another way. Official poverty measures count just family’s cash income. It ignores
Walter Williams Syndicated Columnist Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.
additional sources of support such as the earned-income tax credit, which is a cash rebate to low-income workers; it ignores Medicaid, housing allowances, food stamps and other federal and local government subsidies to the poor. According to a report by American Enterprise Institute scholar Nicholas Eberstadt, titled “Poor Statistics,” “In 2006, according to the annual Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey, reported purchases by the poorest fifth of American households were more than twice as high as reported incomes.” ... A proper measure of well-being is what a person consumes rather than his income. A huge gap has emerged between income and consumption at lower income levels. Material poverty can be measured relatively or absolutely. An absolute measure would consist of some minimum quantity of goods and services deemed adequate for a baseline level of survival. Achieving that level means that poverty has been eliminated. However, if poverty is defined as, say, the lowest one-fifth of the income distribution, it is impossible to eliminate poverty. ... Yesterday’s material poverty is all but gone. In all too many cases, it has been replaced by a more debilitating kind of poverty — behavioral poverty or poverty of the spirit. This kind of poverty refers to conduct and values that prevent the development of healthy families, work ethic and self-sufficiency. The absence of these values virtually guarantees pathological lifestyles that include: drug and alcohol addiction, crime, violence, incarceration, illegitimacy, single-parent households, dependency and erosion of work ethic. Poverty of the spirit is a direct result of the perverse incentives created by some of our efforts to address material poverty.
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f Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president. ... No, I’m not calling Obama a girlie president. But ... he may be suffering a rhetorical-testosterone deficit when it comes to dealing with crises, with which he has been richly endowed. It isn’t that he isn’t “cowboy” enough, as others have suggested. Aren’t we done with that? It is that his approach is feminine in a normative sense. That is, we perceive and appraise him according to cultural expectations and he’s not exactly causing anxiety in Alpha-maledom. We’ve come a long way gender-wise. Not so long ago, women would be censured for speaking or writing in public. But cultural expectations are stickier and sludgier than oil. Our enlightened human selves may want to eliminate gender norms but our lizard brains have a different agenda. Women, inarguably, still are punished for failing to adhere to gender norms by acting “too masculine” or “not feminine enough.” In her fascinating study about “Hating Hillary,” Karlyn Kohrs Campbell details the ways our former first lady was chastised for the sin of talking like a lawyer, and by extension, “like a man.” Could it be that Obama is suffering from the inverse? When Morrison wrote in The New Yorker about Bill Clinton’s “blackness,” she cited the characteristics he shared with the African-American community: “Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophoneplaying, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.” If we accept that premise, even if unseriously proffered, then we could say that Obama displays many tropes of femaleness. I say this in the nicest possible way. I don’t happen to think that doing things a woman’s way is evidence of deficiency, but rather suggests an evolutionary achievement. Nevertheless, we still do have certain cultural expectations, especially related to leadership. When we ask questions about a politician’s beliefs, family or hobbies, we’re looking for familiarity, what we can cite as “normal” and therefore reassuring. Generally speaking, men and women communicate differently. Women tend to be coalition builders rather than mavericks (with the occasional rogue exception). While men seek ways to measure themselves against others, for reasons requiring no elaboration, women form circles and talk it out. ... The BP oil crisis has offered a textbook case of how Obama’s rhetorical style has impeded his effectiveness. The president may not have had the ability to “plug the damn hole,” as he put it in one of his manlier outbursts. No one expected him to don his wetsuit and dive into the Gulf, but he did have the authority to intervene immediately and he didn’t. Instead, he deferred to BP, weighing, considering, even delivering jokes to the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner when he should have been on Air Force One to the Louisiana coast. His lack of immediate, commanding action was perceived as a lack of leadership because, well, it was. When he finally addressed the nation on day 56 (!) of the crisis, Obama’s speech featured 13 percent passive-voice constructions, the highest level measured in any major presidential address this century, according to The Global Language Monitor, which tracks and analyzes language. Granted, the century is young — and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Obama’s rhetoric would simmer next to George W. Bush’s boil. But passivity in a leader is not a reassuring posture. ... I’m not so sure. The masculine coded context of the Oval Office poses special challenges, further exacerbated by a crisis that demands decisive action. It would appear that Obama tests Campbell’s argument that “nothing prevents” men from appropriating women’s style without negative consequences. Indeed, negative reaction to Obama’s speech suggests the opposite. Obama may prove to be our first male president who pays a political price for acting too much like a woman. And, perhaps, next time will be a real woman’s turn.
8A / Sunday, July 4, 2010 / The Sanford Herald POLICE BEAT
A.K. Miller Sr. North Carolina National Guard (circa 1906)
Ben Miller U.S. Navy 1944-1947
James Miller U.S. Marines 1942-1945
Johnny Miller U.S. Navy 1951-1953
Mike Nichols U.S. Army 1942-1945
Tommy Mann U.S. Air Force 1943-1946
Billy chose to sign up, he said. “It’s hard to explain to people today, but the reason we went in was very simple: this was our country, and we loved our country,” Billy Miller said. Jerry was drafted into the Army while on a football scholarship to Elon College in 1953. Reggie, the baby of the family, joined up the following y ear. Jerry was sent to Germany as part of the postoccupation forces. Now 78, Jerry recalls a divided Berlin, where international relations were so tense that they weren’t allowed to look out the train windows when they passed through certain sections. “All the buildings were bombed flat. They hadn’t started rebuilding them yet,” Jerry Miller said. All seven Miller boys returned safely—and untattooed—to build successful careers and happy marriages. Harry, Billy and Reggie currently live in Sanford. Jerry commutes from Cary for their regular golf games, where there is only the occasional disagreement between fellow military men.
“Army guys are tougher than Marines or Navy,” Jerry said on a recent afternoon. Marines veteran Billy waved his brother away. “Don’t listen to him,” Billy said. “They carried our baggage for us.” “They were our bellhops,” Navy veteran Harry added. All four brothers laughed. They credit the military with helping them grow up, to learn to take orders from others and responsibility for themselves, to respect people from other countries and appreciate what they have in their own. All say they hope the tradition of helping the country during times of need continues—and not just in the Miller family. “I wish we could have peace, but I do think that if our country gets in a mess, young people still ought to volunteer,” Reggie Miller said. “There are a lot of things we’re blessed with in our country, and if you don’t take care of it, you lose it.” All say that if they had the chance to do it over, they would enlist again. “We were all proud to do it,” Billy said.
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in 1911. They had 12 children, nine boys and three girls. A.K., Sr., didn’t talk about his military service much, but his sons didn’t hesitate to follow in his footsteps. James Miller signed up for the Marine Corps in 1942, followed by Ben and Harry, who enlisted in the Navy in 1944. “I was 17, and I hadn’t finished high school yet. I had to beg my mother to sign the papers allowing me to enlist,” said Harry Miller, 82. Harry was a gunner on amphibious vessels, fighting mostly in the South Pacific. His ship was attacked by the Japanese, and had to pull into Pearl Harbor for repairs. He saw the USS Arizona before it sank. After the war ended, he returned home to finish the 12th grade. Johnny Miller enlisted in the Navy in 1951, while Billy chose to follow James into the Marines, despite being in the first year of a liberal arts degree at Campbell College. There was a draft, but
SANFORD ■ Ryan Spencer Moffitt, 34, was charged Friday at 2023 Eventon Lane with failure to appear. ■ Corey Reshad Ingram, 21, was charged Friday at 650 Stephens in Southern Pines with assault on a female. ■ Sergio Telanto Heaggans, 23, was charged Friday at 170 Gilchrist Road in Cameron with failure to appear. ■ Antonio Lyvelle Perry, 20, was charged Friday at 3310 N.C. 87 with embezzlement. ■ Ronald Leroy McBryde, 25, was charged Friday with probation violation. ■ Anthony Steven Reid, 43, was charged Saturday at 499 Ryan Ave. with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. ■ Roger Valentina Rollins, 56, was charged Saturday at 1612 Prosperity Drive with assault on a female. ■ Otonier Miranda Collazo, 26, was charged Saturday at 1112 Juniper Drive with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. ■ Walmart reported shoplifting Thursday at 3310 N.C. 87. ■ Marjorie Anne Putnam reported property damage Thursday at 3010 S. Horner Blvd. ■ Debra Lynn Amatucci reported larceny Thursday at 2461 Hawkins Ave. ■ Cynthia Denise Sisk reported breaking and entering into a vehicle Thursday at 2512 Lee Ave. ■ Jeanne Marie Clay reported larceny Thursday at 3015 S. Horner Blvd. ■ A woman reported
assault on a female Thursday at 702 N. Horner Blvd. ■ Jennifer Leann Bertram, 19, was charged Thursday at 2620 Cameron Drive with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. ■ Jonathan Wayne Arnold, 35, was charged Thursday at 1611 Phillips Drive with failure to appear. ■ Justin Ray Wade, 28, was charged Thursday at 2344 Byrds Pond Road in Erwin with removing or altering a merchant’s security device. ■ Christopher Matthews McNeill, 36, was charged Thursday with failure to appear. ■ Mabel Ann Scott, 37, was charged Thursday at 1408 S. Horner Blvd. with perjury. ■ Jason Roy Brazell, 29, was charged Thursday at 203 Hawkins Ave. with failure to appear. ■ Jose Santos Villatoro, 39, charged Thursday at 702 N. Horner Blvd. ■ Sergio Telanto Heaggans, 23, was charged Friday at 170 Gilchrist Road in Cameron with failure to appear. ■ Karen Louise Huey reported breaking and entering a residence Wednesday at 3205 Green Valley Drive. ■ Brenda Scott Downey reported property damage Wednesday at 3310 N.C. 87. ■ William Lee Snipes, 32, was charged Wednesday at 3212 N.C. 87 with violation of a valid protective order. ■ Crystal Diane McLean reported communicating threats Wednes-
pot Park and are curious as to what is happening next week or next month,” Brinson wrote on the county’s local Internet blog. “Before you leave the park you can walk over to the QR Code sign, take about 15 seconds to open your barcode reader application and scan the code, and you are instantly connected to an event schedule for Depot Park.” Brinson said the county has launched the codes on two signs at Depot Park, with plans to unveil more locations in the future. Possible hotspots for the codes include the in-the-works Endor Iron Furnace Greenway and local specialty parks. Brinson said he envisions a code that allows locals to find out park schedules and camp rental fees at the click of a button. This isn’t the first time Lee County has dipped into cyberspace, with county and city offi-
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phone” technology like the iPhone and Droid can download a free application that allows them to scan the Quick Release Codes, or QR Codes, to get the inside track on various local goings-on. “Let’s say you’re at one of the events in De-
day at 200 Cox Maddox Road. ■ Randy Scott Hinson reported property damage Wednesday at 2758 Mallard Cove Road. ■ Toniua Mashera Dowdy reported theft from a vehicle Wednesday at 332 Park Ave. ■ William Aaron Little reported theft from a vehicle Wednesday at 704 Fitts St. ■ Sandhills Family Practice reported larceny Wednesday at 1125 Carthage St. ■ John Benton Keiser reported larceny Wednesday at 501 Frazier Drive. ■ Michael Maurice Shaw reported breaking and entering into a vehicle Wednesay at 2920 Lee Ave. ■ Food Lion reported shoplifting Wednesday at 2904 S. Horner Blvd. ■ Enterprise Leasing Co. reported motor vehicle theft Wednesday at 500 Oakwood Ave.
LEE COUNTY ■ Roxanne Coombs of 1209 Frank Wicker Road reported Thursday that someone damaged her 1997 Toyota and removed a phone charger, GPS and jumper cables. ■ An employee with Mark’s Bait and Tackle located at 3668 Avents Ferry Road in Sanford reported someone drove off without paying for gas Thursday. HARNETT COUNTY ■ Jerry William Walker, 53, of 1170 Raynor McLamb Road in Bunnlevel, was charged Thursday with failure to appear, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
cials recently opening pages on social network hubs like Facebook and employing online blogs to keep locals up to date on local government business. Brinson said he got the idea to integrate QR Codes locally after spotting the funky web patches, which look like a cross between a crossword puzzle and a barcode, on a number of Internet sites. “I immediately saw the use for local government once I found out what it was,” Brinson said. Brinson added that the codes are being used in a handful of towns, cities and counties across the country, although he believes Sanford and Lee County will be the first in North Carolina to use the technology. “Once (other counties) see that we’re using it and how we’re using it, I know they’re going to catch on,” he said.
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A familiar ring: Couple finds ring lost for 57 years By KIM UNDERWOOD The Winston-Salem Journal
YADKINVILLE (AP) â€” For 57 of the more than 60 years that Vonnie and Troy Wood have been married, the engagement ring that Troy Wood bought after an onion sandwich inspired him to propose has been missing. Itâ€™s back, and, when they celebrate their 63rd anniversary on June 28, it will be on her finger. Years ago, the Woods lived in a house off Polo Road in Winston-Salem. They were planting bushes one day when Vonnie Wood noticed that her engagement ring was gone. They searched to no avail. â€œWe looked; and we looked; and we looked,â€? Vonnie Wood said. They sold that house, and, in the years since, have lived in a lot of houses. The couple built houses for a living, and, often, they would live for a while in a house that they had built. Along the way, Troy Wood bought his wife a ring with a much bigger diamond. â€œWe got ahead a little bit,â€? he said. But it wasnâ€™t the same. Their oldest daughter, Chandra Young, said that, when she was growing up, her mother would mention, from time to time, how much she missed her original ring.
MORTALITY SCARE Today, Troy Wood is 90, and Vonnie Wood is 83. It has been a trying year for the Woods. In January, they were in Asheville when an aneurism in Vonnie Woodâ€™s aorta ruptured. When she fell to the floor, she thought she was dying. â€œShe squeezed my hand and said, I love you,â€?â€™ Troy
Troy and Vonnie Wood pose for a portrait in their Yadkinville house. Vonnieâ€™s engagement ring was lost in a house over 50 years ago, and just recently returned. Wood said. Months of hospitalization and rehabilitation followed. Although Vonnie Wood uses a wheelchair these days, it seems like a minor thing. â€œI am so fortunate to be here that I donâ€™t even think about it,â€? she said. While all this was going on, she lost the diamond on her new ring. That didnâ€™t faze her either.
A MEMORABLE EASTER The Woods have three daughters: Young, who moved back from Atlanta with her husband, Ed, to help after her mother became ill; Marcia Shawler, who lives in Singapore; and Andi Underdal, who lives just down the road. When Shawler came to visit at Easter, she said she thought it would be nice for everyone to go to Easter service at the church they attended when she was growing up -- College Park Baptist on Polo Road. They got there a little early so they decided to drive by the house with the bushes, which was nearby. Standing in the doorway was Fay Walker. She and her husband had bought the house from the Woods,
and Troy got out of the car to say hello. After the Wood family left, Walker started thinking about a ring that she had found when they dug up a bush so that they could add on to a porch.
DID YOU LOSE A RING? At the time, the thought didnâ€™t cross her mind that the ring might belong to Vonnie Wood. â€œI just put it in my jewelry box,â€? Walker said. â€œI more or less forgot it. After he left, I thought about that ring.â€? Later, she called the family and said, â€œWhen you were living here, did you lose an engagement ring?â€? â€œI was thrilled to death,â€? Vonnie Wood said. â€œThat was the wildest thing ever,â€? Young said. â€œMy whole life I have heard the stories about losing that
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