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RALEIGH (AP) — The Republican congressional candidate implies in a campaign ad that building a mosque near ground zero would be a victory for terrorists. Republican tea party candidate Renee Ellmers of Dunn started airing the 30-second ad Wednesday. It begins by claiming that Muslims built mosques to celebrate Ellmers war conquests hundreds of years ago. A narrator then says, “now they want to build a mosque by ground zero.” Ellmers says terrorists should be told that there will never be a mosque there. The proposed community center and mosque would be two blocks from ground zero in New York Ellmers questions why Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge hasn’t taken a position on the topic, but an Etheridge spokesman said that he has never thought building the site close to ground zero was a good idea.
Russian quartet to perform Sunday By JENNIFER GENTILE email@example.com
SANFORD — Translated from Latin, their name means “I believe” The moniker seems fitting for Credo — a Russian quartet whose specialty is sacred music of the Eastern tradition. According to Irina Grinberg, director of the St. Petersburg-based group, “Each of the singers professes a deep belief in the ministry of their musical works.” “They demonstrate their great understanding of the substance of the divine liturgies,” Grinberg said via e-mail correspondence. “Indeed, they are believers in the grace, beauty and divine nature of the gift of singing.” Founded eight years ago, Credo is a young quartet composed of professional a cappella singers. All were trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and other musical colleges. The group tours the United States each year and has stops
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Vol. 80, No. 222 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
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Sunflowers on Avents Ferry Road in Lee County show signs of the recent drought Wednesday afternoon. Central North Carolina has experienced unusually high temperatures and minimal rain amounts for the month of September.
DOESN’T FEEL LIKE FALL Hot, dry September gets worse with record-breaking heat today By JENNIFER GENTILE
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SANFORD — Today may be the first day of fall, but local residents will have to wait a little longer for that telltale nip in the air. As of Wednesday afternoon, temperatures exceeded 90 degrees, and more of the same is expected today and into the weekend. The extreme heat is a continuation of this summer’s trend, when high temperatures set records throughout North Carolina. According to Michael Moneypenny, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, the Triangle area has experienced more than 90 days of 90-degree-and-above temperatures. The month of June ended six degrees above normal, he said,
After a few more days of near-record heat, the National Weather Service forecasts a cold front moving through Central North Carolina Sunday, leading to high temperatures in the upper 70s with lows in the mid-50s.
Lake Willett shows signs of the recent drought and low water levels on Wednesday afternoon. and September is running about 4 degrees above normal. “High pressure has been our dominant feature over the summer,” Moneypenny said.
In addition to the sweltering temperatures, Moneypenny said, “We’ve had almost no rain at all in September.” The combination of heat and dryness
have caused people and plants alike to languish. Local farmer John Gross, who owns Gross Farms with his wife, Tina, said the conditions have been especially hard on his soybean and tobacco crops. “They say we’re only in a moderate drought, but I think it’s severe,” Gross said. “The soybeans are really suffering
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Film fest focuses on ‘green’
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PITTSBORO — For filmmaker Matthew Barr, movies are about making a difference even more than artistic fulfillment. The associate professor of film production at UNCGreensboro has captured the detrimental effects of outsourcing on a Virginia furniture market and the impact of real estate development and the rise of imported seafood on a North Carolina fishing community. His latest film is “Hungry for Green: Feeding the World Sustainably.” With award-
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HAPPENING TODAY The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will host a member orientation geared toward teaching businesses how to take advantage of chamber membership. The program begins at 11:45 a.m., and lunch will be provided. RSVP at www.sanford-nc.com. CALENDAR, PAGE 2A
A still from the film, “Hungry for Green: Feeding the World Sustainably,” one of several films to be shown at a film festival at Fearrington Village in Chatham County Tuesday night.
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Authorities waited Wednesday for the return of the man accused of killing a police chief’s daughter and the autopsy report that may force them to revisit an early murder charge. Michael Neal Harvey, 34, was expected to return to Charlotte within hours or days.
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Sanford: Wilbert Fox, 87; Ruby Goins, 84; Lillian Langley; Katherine Morris, 70 Cameron: Glenda Flynn, 66 Pittsboro: Ray Raczkowski
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On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:
TODAY ■ The Chatham County Human Relations Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Chatham County Council on Aging in Pittsboro.
Sept. 27 ■ The Lee County Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center in Sanford. ■ The Broadway Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. in Broadway. ■ The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 635 East St., in Pittsboro. ■ The Lee County Forestry Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Tony’s Seafood, 1919 S. Horner Blvd. Dr. Dennis Hazel, Extension Forestry Specialist at N.C. State University, will be guest speaker.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Andy Barber, Chase Stone Campbell, LaToya Coley, Diane Measamer, Lester Williams Sr., Jill Moles, Brian Estes, Betty Estes, Caleb Marshall, Dylan Thomas and James Patterson CELEBRITIES: TActor Mickey Rooney is 90. Actress Margaret Pellegrini (“The Wizard of Oz”) is 87. Singer Julio Iglesias is 67. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 61. Actor Jason Alexander is 51. Actor Chi McBride is 49. Actress Elizabeth Pena is 49. Country musician Don Herron (BR549) is 48. Actor Erik Todd Dellums is 46. Actress LisaRaye is 44. Singer Ani DiFranco is 40. Rock singer Sarah Bettens (K’s Choice) is 38. Recording executive Jermaine Dupri is 38. Actor Kip Pardue is 34. Pop singer ErikMichael Estrada (“Making the Band”) is 31. Actress Aubrey Dollar is 30. Tennis player Melanie Oudin is 19.
Almanac Today is Thursday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2010. There are 99 days left in the year. This day in history: On Sept. 23, 1846, Neptune was identified as a planet by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle (GAH’-luh). In 63 B.C., Caesar Augustus, the first Roman emperor, was born. In 1779, during the Revolutionary War, the American warship Bon Homme Richard, commanded by John Paul Jones, defeated the HMS Serapis in battle. In 1780, British spy John Andre was captured along with papers revealing Benedict Arnold’s plot to surrender West Point to the British. In 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific Northwest. In 1939, Sigmund Freud (froyd), the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London at age 83. In 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by delivering the “Checkers” speech, in which he defended himself against allegations of improper campaign fundraising. In 1957, nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside. In 1962, New York’s Philharmonic Hall (later renamed Avery Fisher Hall) formally opened as the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 1973, former Argentine president Juan Peron won a landslide election victory that returned him to power; his wife, Isabel, was elected vice president.
The Petite Miss Lee Regional Fair winner Hannah Catherine Davis (center) is pictured with first runner-up Macey Parker Thomas and second runner-up McKenna Grace Rouse. Miss Photogenic was Macey Parker Thomas.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR TODAY ■ The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce will host a member orientation geared toward teaching businesses how to take advantage of chamber membership. The program begins at 11:45 a.m., and lunch will be provided. RSVP at www. sanford-nc.com. ■ Temple Theatre’s production of “Chicago” starts at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the Temple Box Office at (919) 774-4155, or you may purchase tickets online at www.templeshows.com. ■ 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 Mrs. DeLisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 x. 5484.
FRIDAY ■ J. Fletcher Rosser Day in Lee County will include a barbecue to benefit The Breadbasket from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Tickets $8. ■ Temple Theatre’s production of “Chicago” starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the Temple Box Office at (919) 774-4155, or you may purchase tickets online at www.templeshows.com. ■ Chatham County invites residents to attend the grand opening of Northwest District Park at 2413 Woody Store Road near Silk Hope. The free event is scheduled from 4-8 p.m.
If you have a calendar item you would like to add or if you have a feature story idea, contact The Herald by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (919) 718-1225. ■ The Southern Ideal Home Show will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
SATURDAY ■ n The Pumpkin Festival, hosted by the South Chatham Ruritan Club, will be held on Meronies Church Road in Bear Creek. ■ Temple Theatre’s production of “Chicago” starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the Temple Box Office at (919) 774-4155, or you may purchase tickets online at www.templeshows. com. ■ The Lee County Foster Parent Association is sponsoring its second annual pancake breakfast fundraiser for raise money to finance the Foster Child’s Holiday Party and to help foster parents provide Christmas to the children in care. The event will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s in Sanford. Cost is $5. ■ The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at Edwin Patterson’s Tar Kiln Village. Patterson will narrate a two-hour tour of his collection of restored barns and homes beginning at 3 p.m. For a preview, visit the website www.pattersonhistoryproject.com. Call 499-7661 or 499-1909. ■ The Southern Ideal Home Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the N.C.
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SUNDAY ■ The Pumpkin Festival, hosted by the South Chatham Ruritan Club, will be held on Meronies Church Road in Bear Creek. ■ Temple Theatre’s production of “Chicago” starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the Temple Box Office at (919) 774-4155, or you may purchase tickets online at www.templeshows. com. ■ NAMI-Moore County’s Interfaith Community Worship Service in observance of National Mental Illness Awareness Week will begin at 4 p.m. at Congregational Church of Pinehurst, located at 895 Linden Road. Guest speaker Suzanne G. Martin, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, will speak on hope and resilience. For additional information, (910) 673-5493 or go to http://www.nami-moorecounty.org. ■ The Southern Ideal Home Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
SEPT. 27 ■ The Lee County Forestry Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Tony’s Seafood, 1919 S. Horner Blvd. Dr. Dennis Hazel, Extension Forestry Specialist at N.C. State University, will be guest speaker.
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State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. ■ Tickets for the Spirits of Sanford Ghost Walk will be on sale from 1-4 p.m. at the Railroad House Museum, 110 Charlotte Ave., Sanford. Cost is $20. The Ghost Walk will take place Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 23, at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Jimmy “Gravedigger” Haire will narrate the tour.
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Blessing of the Animals returns to the big bridge By JENNIFER GENTILE firstname.lastname@example.org
SANFORDâ€” Calling the feathered and the furry, the slimy and the scaly. Creatures of all kinds are welcome at Deep River Park on Sunday, Oct. 3, to take part in a special ceremony. In the tradition of St. Patrick of Assisi, Pastor Jeff Clark of First Baptist Church will perform a blessing of the animals. The practice is usually held on or around the saintâ€™s feast day, which falls on Oct. 4. St. Francis, a native of Italy who lived from 1181 to 1226, was a Catholic deacon and is known as the patron saint of animals. â€œIf you go back to St. Francisâ€™s time, [the purpose] was to bless your animals so theyâ€™re good livestock,â€? said Maria Moffa Graham, a volunteer with Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption. Several animal-related legends surround St. Francis, including a story that he made peace between a ferocious wolf and the town of Gubbio. In his preaching, he emphasized the duty of all creatures to praise God and manâ€™s responsibility to be a good steward of his environment. Perhaps more now than ever, Graham said, human beings appreciate
the presence of animals in their lives. â€œPeople have a strong bond with their animals; theyâ€™re a part of the family.â€? she said, â€œI think the unconditional love has to be the number one benefit. All studies indicate that you live longer if you have a pet.â€? CARA has held the blessing of the animals for the past three years, Graham said. The turnout, and the type of animals that participate, tends to vary. â€œWeâ€™ve had as many as 50 and as few as 20,â€? she said. â€œPeople bring everything from horses and goats to birds and dogs.â€? Dogs joining the ceremony must be leashed, and smaller animals must be contained in carriers. The blessing begins at 3:30 p.m., at Camel Back Bridge, and light snacks will be provided for people and pets. CARA subsists entirely on donations and the generosity of the community. There is no cost to take part in the blessing, but donations of needed items such as paper towels, cat litter, pet food, Clorox bleach and other items are welcome.
SMITHFIELD (MCT) â€” The campaign for district attorney in Johnston, Lee and Harnett counties heated up last week as incumbent Susan Doyle and challenger George Murphy attacked each other. Last Wednesday, Murphy, a Benson Democrat, announced that he had launched a website, thetruthaboutsusandoyle. com. Against a backdrop of unflattering photos of Doyle, the site attacks her handling of the murder case against Tiffany Ann Bassett, who was charged with killing her boyfriend in 2006. In that case, the N.C. State Bar and the judge handling the case reprimanded Doyle after an assistant prosecutor handed over 437 pages of evidence to the defense
just a week before trial. Prosecutors are required to share all evidence with defendants before their trial. In a news release, Murphy said the District Attorneyâ€™s Office suffers from politics and mismanagement. â€œThis reprimand is one of several instances that have put a black cloud over our district attorneyâ€™s office, and enough is enough,â€? he said. The news release named no other instances. On Friday, Doyle fired back, questioning Murphyâ€™s motives for seeking her position. â€œMy opponent is a criminal defense lawyer who wants to be elected district attorney so the primary focus will shift away from improving public safety,â€? Doyle wrote in a prepared state-
ment. On his campaign website, Murphy touts 30 years of experience as a defense attorney, four years as an assistant district attorney and six years as a District Court judge in Johnston County from 2002 to 2008. In the statement, Doyle defended her officeâ€™s record. She cited the increase in the driving-while-impaired conviction rate and her creation of a special DWI court. She also pointed to an interagency gang task force she started. â€œMy opponent researched thousands of cases handled by the District Attorneyâ€™s Office in the past four years and found one case in which administrative errors were made,â€? she said. â€œI regret that he chooses
to focus on the administrative side of the case, rather than the fine work done by our prosecutors in securing a murder conviction in this case.â€? Selma attorney Bob Denning represented Bassett, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September 2008. He said the oversight had a major impact on the case. â€œItâ€™s certainly not a minor situation,â€? Denning said, adding that he thinks Doyle is accountable for her prosecutorâ€™s actions. â€œShe is ultimately responsible for her office.â€? In last weekâ€™s sparring, both Murphy and Doyle were using Raleigh-based political consulting firms to help craft their campaign message.
â€” The Smithfield Herald
Feds to order Capital Bank to shape up RALEIGH (MCT) â€” Capital Bank expects to receive orders from state and federal banking regulators to clean up its finances. If issued a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, from the N.C. Banking Commission and FDIC, the Raleigh bank would be required to improve its liquidity, reduce its real-estate loans, strengthen its loan guidelines and take other steps to improve its financial health. The disclosure of a potential memorandum, made Monday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, raises questions about Capitalâ€™s business. It also throws up another obstacle as the bank seeks to raise millions of dollars by selling more of its stock on
Wall Street. Winning investors is much harder when there is any pending enforcement action from regulators, said Tony Plath, a finance professor at UNC Charlotte. A few years ago, the issuance of such a memorandum â€œwould have been the kiss of death for a stock sale,â€? Plath said. â€œItâ€™s lost a lot of the deleterious effect it once had. There are so many banks operating under these restrictions.
But it will be more difficult to raise capital.â€? Capital CEO Grant Yarber declined to comment, citing SEC restrictions during a pending stock sale. Capital, like other community banks across the country, has been hit by loan losses, borrowersâ€™ bankruptcies and other issues. During the past year, Capital has written off, revalued or sold many of its troubled loans. â€œOur Board of Directors
and management have already initiated actions to comply with what we believe may be the provisions in a proposed MOU,â€? Capital wrote in its SEC filing. About 40 of the 86 state-chartered banks in North Carolina were considered troubled by the N.C. Commissioner of Banks in July. The commission isnâ€™tallowed to disclose individual bank names or ratings. â€” Raleigh News & Observer
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