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‘Head of Class’ gets statewide attention THE PROGRAM The Head of Class Project will reward faculty and staff of the year’s highest performing elementary school with $50,000. To determine the highest performing school, the foundation has developed a formula based on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s achievement measures.
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Nancy Ray of Clayton assembles hot dogs at the Glen Smith booth at the N.C. state fairgrounds for hungry vendors and people setting up for the North Carolina State Fair Monday. She has been working in the booth for the last 15 State Fairs and enjoys meeting so many people who stop by the booth for a bite to eat.
FRY-DAYS BEGIN THURSDAY Fried foods are always popular, but there’s much more that makes the State Fair ‘great’ From staff reports
N.C. STATE FAIR
RALEIGH — Over the past few years, the N.C. State Fair has promoted its offerings with a peppy slogan. In 2007 it was “Seriously Twisted Fun.” In 2008 it was “Take Time for a Great Time.” In 2009 it was “A Whole Lotta Happy.” This year’s slogan and logo, with red, white and blue stars, is “Celebrate What’s Great!” The celebration begins with a preview day Thursday, then 10 more days of food, rides, games, contests, crafts, heritage, animals and agriculture daily from morning to midnight. The fair keeps
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WHEN: Thursday-Oct. 24 Preview day is Thursday from 3 p.m. to midnight. Other days the fair is open from 8 a.m. to midnight, with the Midway rides opening at 10 a.m. WHERE: N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh TICKETS: $8 adults/$3 children 6-12/free for children five and younger and adults 65 and older GET THERE: There is free parking at Carter Finley Stadium. DATA buses will run $2 shuttles to the fair on limited hours from Durham Station, 515 West Pettigrew St. INFORMATION: www.ncstatefair.org/2010
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Ron Thomas and Dave Lawson of Wilmington prepare the Pharaoh’s Fury ride at the N.C. state fairgrounds for Thursday’s big opening of the North Carolina State Fair.
AN EVENING WITH THE DIVAS First Presbyterian Church to host 2 nights of powerful female performers By JENNIFER GENTILE email@example.com
Kim Brown, K.C. Holliday, Shannon Venable and Peggy Taphorn will join Ron Huff, Bobby Johnson and David Almond for two nights at First Presbyterian Church.
Vol. 80, No. 238 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina
HAPPENING TODAY Sanford Jobseekers will meet at First Baptist Church from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a time of networking, encouragement and job search skills. All who are seeking employment are welcome. Call 776-6137.
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SANFORD — The Head of Class Project is rapidly garnering statewide attention thanks to a few recent presentations by Superintendent of Lee County Schools Jeff Moss. State Superintendent June Atkinson invited Moss and Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman to discuss teacher Moss performance pay plans at the Superintendent’s Quarterly Meeting in September. “I think it’s a tremendous benefit for Lee County,” Moss said. “Any time the state superintendent is promoting what you’re doing locally to the other districts is obviously a feather in our cap.” The Department of Public Instruction is in the process of
SANFORD—To Temple Theatre vocalist Peggy Taphorn, being a diva is about having charisma. “It implies some skill involved,” said Taphorn, who performs at the Temple and is also its artistic director. “It’s just the attitude of being able to hold a crowd’s attention and sell a song.” Certain names tend to dominate any discussion of divas in music history: Aretha
Franklin, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. Local talent, including Taphorn, will honor a plethora of powerful female performers during a Divas Candlelight Concert on Friday and Saturday. First Presbyterian Church will host the two evenings of eclectic entertainment — featuring the music of Tina Turner, Reba McEntire and everyone in between.
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A survey about effective communication methods for Lee County Schools and the Board of Education is now available online. Compiled by the Board of Education’s ad hoc committee on communications, the survey aims to provide insight into how the district and the board communicate with parents and the public, and how that communication could be improved. A link to the online survey can be found at lee.schoolfusion. us. A paper survey was also sent home with students for parents. The survey will close at 5 p.m. Thursday. The results will be presented at an upcoming board meeting.
Inside See our details Q&A with Lee County Board of Commissioner District 3 candidates Democrat Butch Johnson and Republican James Womack. Page 7A
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Sanford: John Gunter, 84; Lillian Jones, 85; Fred Murchison, 75; Gene Nutter, 84 Dunn: Mary Jiles, 94 Lillington: Patricia McDonald, 56
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GOOD MORNING Pet of the Week Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption
Simka Simka is a one-year-old male chocolate lab. Labs, as we all know, are very intelligent dogs — perceptive, quick to catch on to whatever it is we want them to do. Simka is easy going; he gets along well with other dogs and kids of all ages. He is house trained and is delighted just to be in the company of humans that care for him. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better dog/companion/friend for life. Please stop by and meet this handsome boy and see if there’s the special feeling you get when you know it’s “right.” Simka is heartworm negative, current on vaccines and preventatives, micro-chipped and neutered. See CARA’s Web site (www.caranc.org) for more info or to apply to adopt. Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc. located at 42 Deep River Rd., Sanford is a 501(c) non-profit, volunteer organization that operates on individual and corporate donations and fund raising proceeds.
Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extened to everyone celebrating their birthday today, especially Evelyn Lovick, Alyssa Smith, John Edward Angel, Connell Daniels, Randall Butler, Brenda Boggs, William Huggins, Jonathan Cross, Consuelo Williams, Minnie Jefferies, Lisa Gaines, Keith Pope, John David Foxx Sr., Shirley Jean Holder, Pamela Worley, Velma Castro, Demetrius Diggs, Luke Horner and Terence Shepherd. And a belated birthday wish to Mary Lou Jones. CELEBRITIES: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is 85. Singer-musician Paul Simon is 69. Singer Marie Osmond is 51. Rock singer Joey Belladonna is 50. NBA coach Doc Rivers is 49. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is 48. Actress Kelly Preston is 48. Olympic silvermedal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 41. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 39.
Almanac Today is Wednesday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2010. There are 79 days left in the year. This day in history: On Oct. 13, 1960, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees in Game 7, 10-9, with a home run hit by Bill Mazeroski. In A.D. 54, Roman Emperor Claudius I died, poisoned apparently at the behest of his wife, Agrippina (ag-rih-PEE’-nuh). In 1775, the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet. In 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia. In 1843, the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith (buh-NAY’ brith) was founded in New York City. In 1858, the sixth debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place in Quicy, Ill. In 1943, Italy declared war on Germany, its one-time Axis partner. In 1944, American troops entered Aachen, Germany, during World War II. In 1960, Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of their presidential campaign. (Nixon was in Los Angeles; Kennedy was in New York.) In 1990, Le Duc Tho, co-founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party, died in Hanoi a day before his 79th birthday.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR ONGOING ■ Entries are being accepted for the “Delightful Darlings” contest, a fundraiser for the Lee County Partnership for Children, sponsored by The Sanford Herald. The contest is for children in Central North Carolina birth through age 4. Entry fee is $15 per entry. For entry forms or for further information, contact the Lee County Partnership For Children, 143 Chatham St., Sanford, telephone (919) 774-9496. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 15. ■ Reservations are being accepted for a Veterans Appreciation breakfast, to be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 9 at The Enrichment Center, co-sponsored by Elks Lodge 1679. All veterans and current military personnel are invited at no charge. Call (919) 776-0501 ext. 201 by Oct. 27, to reserve your spot as space is limited. Guests are $3. The VA Rural Health Team will provide health screenings & information.
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■ The Lee County Library staff will present a 20-minute program of stories, rhymes and activities geared toward children ages birth to 2 years beginning at 10 a.m. There is no charge for the programs and it is not necessary to register in advance. For more information, call DeLisa Williams at (919) 718-4665 Ext. 5484. ■ Sanford Jobseekers will meet at First Baptist Church from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a time of networking, encouragement and job search skills. All who are seeking employment are welcome. Call 776-6137. ■ 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 ■ One-stop absentee voting for the 2010 General Election begins today. Lee County early voting sites are the Lee County Board of Elections office at 225 S. Steele St. and the McSwain Agricultural Center at 2420 Tramway Road. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ■ Council For Effective Actions & Decisions (C.E.A.D.) will host a candidate forum for all candidates representing Lee County at 7 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the old Lee County Courthouse on South Horner Blvd. Candidates will be able to meet and greet voters and enjoy light refreshments in the lobby from 6-7 p.m. Candidates will be given three minutes for an introductory statement. This will be followed by questions from the audience. The forum will end promptly at 9 p.m. Questions, contact Margaret Murchison at 919-775-3525 or Bill Wilson at the Wilson
Logan Lyon, 9, went through hundreds of pumpkins to find the perfect one Tuesday afternoon at Gross Farms off Pickett Road in Sanford. 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. & Reives Law Firm. ■ Central Carolina Community College will hold an open house for the Lifelong Learning Center at the W.B. Wicker Business Campus from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ■ 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 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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■ 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.
SATURDAY ■ Lee County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center. Items to be collected include oil based paint, paint thinners, furniture strippers, kitchen cleaners, bathroom cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, batteries, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, motor oil, brake fluid, gasoline, antifreeze, transmission fluid, solvents and degreasers. For more information, call Lee County Solid Waste at 718-4622. ■ 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 p.m. 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. ■ 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 Saturday, Oct. 23, at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Jimmy “Gravedigger” Haire will narrate the tour. ■ The 32nd Annual Holly Arts & Crafts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pinehurst Village, rain or shine. Free admission. Presented by Pinehurst Business Guild.
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AROUND OUR AREA ELECTION 2010
NRA endorses Democrat in District 51 race
SANFORD â€” N.C. Rep. Jimmy Love, D-Lee, is in the midst of a close battle for reelection this fall, but he has at least one major conservative organization on his side. The National Rifle Association of America, better known as the NRA, endorsed Love last week, grading the longterm lawmaker with an â€œAâ€? for advocating for gun owners. â€œYour exemplary record of past service in the North Carolina House of Representatives clearly illustrates your commitment to protecting the rights of law-abiding firearm owners and sportsmen,â€? wrote NRA state liasion Anthony Roulette in a March 5 letter to Love. Loveâ€™s campaign faxed the letter to The Herald office Tuesday. He faces Sanford Republican Mike Stone for the District 51 seat in November. â€” Billy Ball
Drug agents make a pair of arrests
SANFORD â€” Lee County and Sanford agents made a pair of drug busts after executing search warrants last week. Investigators said they charged Dale Edward Thomas, 56, of 3000 Khalif Court in Sanford, after searching his residence Thursday and finding the prescription painkiller OxyContin that he was allegedly planning to distribute.
Thomas is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling to sell drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Agents seized another local, 32-year-old Andrea Lanette Thomas, after finding marijuana in her residence at 382 Thomas Road in Sanford Saturday. Andrea Thomas, of no relation to Dale Thomas, is charged with possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to store drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Andrea Thomas was being held under $1,500 secured bond in Lee County Jail; Dale Thomas was released under a $20,000 bond. â€” Billy Ball
COLTS DASH van route starts Monday SANFORD â€” The County of Lee Transit System (COLTS) will kick-off its new COLTS DASH van route on Monday. The COLTS vehicle will be equipped with a wheel chair lift to accommodate two wheelchairs. The DASH route will have eight designated stops throughout Sanford, which will run six times per day Monday through Friday at each stop. Each stop will have a â€œCOLTS STOPS HEREâ€? sign posted at the location. â€” from staff reports
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SANFORD â€” Tuesdayâ€™s regular Board of Education meeting included everything from the first recipient of the Clean Schools Award to a public comment regarding possible misconduct in school athletics departments. At the start of the meeting, a parent asked the board members to clarify their recommendations to him about complaints he made to them in August. The parent said he wanted to further discuss some issues he had learned about related to student athletes, and requested records from their August meeting. Board Chairman Shawn Williams said the board could not elaborate on his comments because the meeting at which the issues were discussed was held in closed session.
â€œThis board is not at liberty to discuss something that was in closed session, but we have responded in writing,â€? Williams said. The board meeting also included a presentation from Abby Cameron, community services coordinator for the Lee and Chatham County office of the American Red Cross, about opportunities at the Red Cross for students. She shared the success of Red Cross blood drives in the high schools last year, with Lee County High School collecting 91 units of blood and Southern Lee collecting 183 units. She also told the board about the Queen of Hearts and King of Diamonds scholarship programs, in which students compete for scholarships through fundraising for the Red Cross. â€œAll of that money will stay in this county and
go toward disaster relief,â€? Cameron said. Caroline Allison of the Red Cross asked the board to consider implementing the Red Crossâ€™ Red Cord program in Lee County high schools. The program provides honor cords to graduating seniors who have contributed to the Red Cross three times during the school year by donating blood or volunteering. Cameron said so far this year, five students would be eligible. â€œWe want to give them extra thanks and encourage them to keep working with us,â€? Allison said. The board awarded its first Clean School of the Month Award to Deep River Elementary School, which achieved a cleanliness score of 99. The custodians at Deep River will all receive gift cards. The school with the lowest rating scored a 47, thought
the board did not say which school that was. â€œI decided since this is the first time theyâ€™ve been evaluated, I wouldnâ€™t read out every score,â€? Superintendent of Lee County Schools Jeff Moss said. The board also offered an update on the construction at Lee County High School, which is running on schedule. The first upright steel beams were installed in September. Brick masons are installing brick facing to the new Chiller Plant Building, and renovations to the Old Shop, New Shop and Ag buildings are nearing completion. The project is set to be completed in December 2011. â€œIf youâ€™ve been by recently, you can see (construction) is out of the ground,â€? Board Vice Chairman John Bonardi said. â€œItâ€™s a wonderful sight to see.â€?
Woman charged in fatal wreck near Cary RALEIGH (MCT) â€” A 20-year-old Harnett County woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter after a Sunday afternoon car crash near Cary that killed a 73-year-old man and injured six others.
Carla Edith Romeroof 12 Circle Tree Lane in Angier appeared before a magistrate early Monday to hear the charges against her in the collision that killed Donald Carl Reynard of Bonne Terre, Mo.
In addition to the involuntary manslaughter charge, Romero faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, according to arrest warrants filed in the Wake County
Magistrateâ€™s Office. She is accused of seriously injuring Irma Andrade, Anna Reynard and Kenia Reynard with a motor vehicle, the warrants state. â€” Raleigh News & Observer
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Doubling down on your food nightmares Our View Issue Kentucky Fried Chicken has chosen to include "sex" in its marketing campaign for the Double Down sandwich.
Our stance The marketing efforts are in bad taste. As for the Double Down, look at the State Fair’s menu this week for more cholesterol-raising fare
repare to be nauseated. It’s not enough that KFC — the proprietors of the Colonel’s restaurant have done away with the “Kentucky” and the “Fried” as part of a branding strategy — have introduced the Double Down to our food lexicon (and our stomachs). They’re using “ambassadors” — attractive college coeds wearing sweatpants with “Double Down” stamped across the rear — as a marketing tool. The coeds, at a growing number of universities, are paid $500 a day to wear the sweatpants and hand out $5 coupons to the maletargeted sandwich audience. “Hideous,” cried the head of the National Organization for
Women. “This is 12-year-old boy humor.” For the uninitiated, the Double Down is the world’s biggest chicken chain’s answer to McDonald’s Big Mac. It’s two slabs of fried chicken filets on the outside and two slices of cheese, two slices of bacon and a dollop of “Colonel’s sauce” on the inside. There’s no bread (“it’s so meaty, there’s no room for a bun” the ad campaign goes), but plenty to chew on for the nutritional police: 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and nearly 1,400 milligrams of sodium, which is just about as much as the American Heart Association recommends eating in a single day. “It is, all in all,” one popular
food blog writes, “a disgusting meal, must-to-avoid.” Double Down devotees describe the sandwich as delicious, but the marketing efforts — clever as they are — are in greasy bad taste. Sex sells, though, especially when it comes to food, so the marketing ploy shouldn’t come as a surprise. Officials on the campuses where the “student-body advertising” is taking place don’t like it, but haven’t taken steps to stop it; branding experts are calling KFC “the Hooters of fast food.” And speaking of bad taste, making us just as queasy this week was the announcement that one of the new items on the menu
at the N. C. State Fair — which opens its 11-day run on Thursday — is a Krispy Kreme hambuger. That’s right: an all-beef patty sandwiched between two glazed beauties from Krispy Kreme. Not enough for you? Cheese and bacon can be added for additional flavor, calories and a hastened hardening of the arteries. The “doughnut-ham-hamburger,” part of comedian Jim Gaffigan’s well-known riff on American’s obsession with fatty foods, now appears to be nearing reality. Pardon us while we find a bigger pair of sweatpants to change into.
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Food times at the fair
here’s something that sounds so good when one hears the words “deep fried.” Now, admittedly, I realize those are not the most healthy words to devour. Remember: good taste doesn’t necessarily mean good health. Nevertheless, “deep fried” has taken on new meaning at fairs, including the North Carolina State Fair. Of course, many of us are fans of “deep fried” french fries. North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler told me this week that he is “a french fry man. I love the home cooked french fries.” In recent years, fried sweets have become available at the fair. State Fair officials note the new deep fried treats that will be available at this year’s event —deep-fried chocolate pie, deep-fried pumpkin pie, gourmet funnel cakes, beignets, mashed potato bites, deep-fried N.C. Cajun turkey wings and fried Frito pie. On Monday, at a State Fair preview event, I had the opportunity to sample a deep-fried honey bun. Now, my friends, I had all intentions of taking just one bite. But following that warm bite came another ... and another. It was all I could do to stop at that point. It was delicious goodness at its finest, reminding much of the famous Britt’s Donuts from Carolina Beach. Others at the preview tried the deep-fried Chips Ahoy cookies. I’m not sure how they tasted, but I’m betting they were mighty good as well, as they were a most popular item of the day. The Pre-Fair Media Tip Sheet listed some of the other new foods to be served at this year’s State Fair, which begins Thursday and continues through Oct. 24 in Raleigh. The new foods include gourmet cupcakes, pineapple lemonade, crawfish etoufee, chocolated covered Twinkie logs, giant gummy bears, a 1-pound all-beef hot dog and a Krispy Kreme burger. Yum! Yum! At this year’s State Fair there will be an ice cream eating competition, with preliminaries at 5 p.m. Oct. 18-22 and championship at 11 a.m. Oct. 23. Entry fee is $20 in the adult division, with a grand prize of $1,000. There is a $5 junior division entry fee, with a grand prize trophy. That should be a cool competition! If you’re a fan of cheeses, you’ll want to make sure to visit the dairy artisan product tent that will feature a variety of cheeses from North Carolina cheese makers. Also set for the fair are a variety of culinary competitions, including a variety of products including peanuts, sweet potatoes, apples, pork, pecans, beef and more. There will be plenty of food booths, including some operated by non-profits and churches. The State Fair offers fun times — and food times as well! Here’s hoping you’ll have a great week!
Defining success W ASHINGTON — Success in Afghanistan is beginning to come in the first muddy trickles after a long
drought. Small groups of Taliban fighters — sometimes a dozen with a leader — are approaching local Afghan government officials, asking what kind of deal they might get. “First, they want to be taken off any list, so they are not targeted,” explains a NATO official in Afghanistan. “Second, they want protection from the insurgency. Third, some kind of economic opportunity.” In counterinsurgency doctrine, this is known as “reintegration.” The official admits it is currently “spotty” in Afghanistan but spreading in all regions. “It is happening in small numbers — drip, drip, drip. It has not yet changed the battle space. ... It is not a tipping point, at this point.” The goal is to push these numbers much higher, with more insurgents driven to negotiation and exhaustion, so they “put down their weapons and go home.” Many Americans ask: What would victory look like in Afghanistan? It would look like this — except more of it. Eighteen months ago, Afghan insurgents had the morale that comes from momentum. But the surge in NATO operations, particularly Special Operations, has started to change the psychological battlefield. Special forces now go after eight to 10 major objectives each night — perhaps three-quarters of these raids resulting in the death or capture of an insurgent leader. Two Taliban shadow governors — a key position in their leadership structure — were killed in the last week. Such roles are quickly refilled, but replacements tend to be less seasoned and more frightened. “We hear a lot of chatter,” says the official, “from networks inside of Afghanistan.” Some fighters don’t feel “a moment of peace. They can’t sleep. They keep moving all the time. They can’t plan attacks, because they are planning to survive.” And this is opening up a “real rift” with Taliban “bosses leading from the relative comfort of Pakistan.” While some units are well supplied, others are “not supplied, not paid, but told to keep fighting.” Reintegration of low- and mid-level fighters is based on their concern for survival. Reconciliation between the Afghan government and higher-level Taliban leaders is a political matter, gaining much recent attention. President Hamid Karzai has convened a High Peace Council, open to Taliban overtures but insisting on certain conditions: repudiating al-Qaeda, laying down arms, accepting the Afghan constitution. The most ideological of Taliban leaders will never reconcile. Others may calculate, as many Sunni leaders eventually did in Iraq, that their current rejectionism is undermining their long-term political influence. In a national settlement, some kind of power-sharing arrangement is probably inevitable. But sharing power in a united
Michael Gerson Columnist Michael Gerson is a columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group
government is very different from the concession of Taliban control over any portion of Afghanistan’s territory. This would incite ethnic conflict and recreate the conditions that led to the 9/11 attacks. It is the definition of American defeat. Political reconciliation is the objective. But it is only conceivable if momentum toward reintegration continues and gathers — and this, in large part, is a military task. Many have argued that an acceptable outcome in Afghanistan will not be achieved by military force alone. True enough. But an acceptable outcome is enabled by military pressure. That pressure is currently being undermined by a Taliban argument. President Obama’s July 2011 deadline for the beginning of American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan is being used, according to the NATO official, as “an opportunity for propaganda.” “They are trying to convince Afghans that we are out in July. They are saying we will be gone, telling people, ‘We will remember our friends, and remember our enemies.’” There are two ways to combat this claim. The first is to build up the Afghan army and police, so that an eventual American drawdown will not leave a void. “This is one area,” says my source, “where the enemy has misjudged. They said that our training goals for the army and police were too ambitious. But we are meeting our growth numbers, and the quality of the force is taking off.” The task remains “very challenging,” but, with enough partnership and patience, it is achievable. The second response is to make clear that America is not abandoning Afghanistan in July. The message should be, according to the official, “As conditions exist, there will be a responsible drawdown.” It is America’s commander in chief who has created a destructive ambiguity on this point. And only he can remove it.
Today’s Prayer Those member of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. (I Corinthians 12:22) PRAYER: Father, help me when I get discouraged, that I can look to You and see victory. Amen.
To the Editor: Let me start off by thanking The Herald for sponsoring the conducting the forum on Oct. 7. For the citizens to do their civic patriotic duty and vote it is necessary to become informed on the candidates and their views. The voters need more than just who has the most yard signs or who has the catchiest sound bites. The voters need to understand the deeper political views and ideas that the politicians have. That is why it was good to see all of our County commission candidates and the candidates for the state house come out and answer questions. I was also pleased to see Congressman Bob Etheridge come out and answer questions; questions from the voters one-on-one before he took the stage and questions from The Herald readership after he took the stage. In fact, at one point he was practically surrounded by a gaggle of well-known Republican party members who all wanted to talk to him. He answered all of their questions in a polite and professional manner (even though I do not believe that they liked all of his answers). Congressman Etheridge stood up for his votes and explained how they have helped create jobs, kick start our economy and strengthen the middle class. I was disappointed to see that Renee Ellmers did not have time to attend. Mrs. Ellmers has time to meet with elite conservative journalists and attend secretive party fundraisers, but apparently she does not have time to mingle with common people who might want her to answer questions. Perusing her website will reveal painfully short opinions on the issues. For example she states, “I support tax reform.” What type of tax reform? A 23-percent federal sales tax? Ellmers (or her “handlers”) need to give the voters the information they need to make the right decision. Casting a vote for an unknown quantity like Renee Ellmers who apparently cannot deliver up her views is not the right choice for Lee County or the citizens of the 2nd Congressional District. RANDALL LEE YOW Sanford
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SANFORD â€” Graveside services for John Thaddeus â€œJTâ€? Gunter, 84, who died Friday (10/8/10), was held Tuesday at Shallow Well Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Thomas and Dr. Bob Brown officiating. Arrangements were by Rogers-Pickard Funeral Home.
SANFORD â€” Lillian Jones, 85, of 437 Clarence McKeithen Road, died Tuesday (10/12/10) at Siler City Care and Rehabilitation. Arrangements will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
SANFORD â€” Funeral service for Fred Murchison, 75, of 823 Boykin Ave., who died Friday (10/8/10), was held Tuesday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. George Dark officiating. Eulogist was the Rev. Fred Dunlap. Burial followed at Womack Cemetery in Sanford. Dorothy Matthews and the Sons of Destiny sang. Pallbearers were friends of the family. Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
SANFORD â€” Graveside service for Gene Leo Nutter, 84, who died Thursday (10/7/10), was conducted Tuesday at Sandhills State Veteranâ€™s
grandchildren, Kadan Blane McDonald, Chloe Kathrine McDonLILLINGTON â€” Patricia S. ald, Lyla Simone McDonald and McDonald, 56, of Lillington, died soon to be granddaughter, Bella Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at her Sloan McDonald. home. The family will receive friends A resident of Harnett County, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the she was the daughter of the late funeral home and other times at John Lewis and Frances Brown the family home. Sloan. Patricia worked as a United The funeral service will States Postal employee for be conducted at 2 p.m. Friover 23 years, retiring as day, October 15, 2010, at Postmaster of the Coats Raven Rock Presbyterian Post Office. She was an acChurch in Lillington with tive member of Raven Rock the Rev. Pat Fletcher officiPresbyterian Church. She ating. Burial will follow in enjoyed spending time the church cemetery. with her grandchildren Online condolences as well as working on the McDonald may be made at www. farm and caring for her oquinnpeebles.com. many pets. Memorials may be made to the She is survived by her husband, National Ovarian Cancer CoaliDanny McDonald Sr.; sons, Dan tion, 2335 East Atlantic Blvd., Suite McDonald Jr. and wife Amy of 401, Pompano Beach, Fla., 33062. Broadway and Brad McDonald Funeral arrangements entrustand wife Melanie of Delray Beach, ed to Oâ€™Quinn-Peebles Funeral Fla.; sisters, Malynda Mize and Home. husband Jim of Broadway and Pamela Backlund and husband Bob Paid obituary of Sanford; a brother, Tim Sloan and wife Dee of Carthage; three
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Cemetery in Spring Lake with full military rites. Eulogy was given by his cousin, Joy Kennedy Hughes. Arrangements were by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.
Mary Jiles DUNN â€” Mary Jiles, 94, of 201 N. Ellis Ave., died Tuesday (10/12/10) at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn. Arrangements will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford.
Donnell Walden CHAPEL HILL â€” Donnell Walden, 83, died Thursday (10/7/10) at Hospice of Wake Count in Raleigh. He was local cab driver for over 53 years and worked for the University of North Carolina for over 22 years. He joined First Baptist Church over 50 years ago and served as Trustee and Head Usher. He was a member of the Farrington #347 Masonic Lodge (Enterprise). He is survived by a daughter, Princess M. Walden of High Point; stepchildren, Roger Kinaid and wife Gail of Morganton, Jessie Kinaid Yaut and husband Oscar of Lenoir, Rosetta Kinaid Riggsbee and husband Bobby of Newport News, Va. and Scottie Kinaid and wife Larie of Hillsborough; sons-in-law, Nabe Davis and Bobby Riggsbee, both of Chapel Hill; brothers, Levi Walden and wife Etta of Waterbury, Conn., Pernel
Walden of Raleigh and Charles Walden of Apex; and a host of nieces, nephews, grands, greatgrands, cousins, and friends. The funeral service was conducted Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. Arrangements were by Knotts Funeral Home of Chapel Hill.
POLICE BEAT SANFORD â– Sheron Larnette McNeill, 53, was charged Monday at 1400 S. Horner Blvd. with simple assault. â– Travis Lynn Tyner, 19, was charged Monday at 616 Sunset Drive with failure to appear. â– La Phiffaney Shante Morgan, 22, was charged Monday at 1400 S. Horner Blvd. with failure to appear. â– Whitney Rachelle Brown reported assault inflicting serious injury Monday at 1135 Carthage St. â– Jack Gilbert Booker reported communicating threats Monday at 835 Boykin Ave. â– M&R Associates reported larceny Monday at 248 Glendale Circle. â– Curt Alan Petrarca reported larceny Monday at 618 Halifax St. â– Leonard Ray Ragan reported fraud Monday at 3112 Foggy Mountain Loop. â– Jeffrey Scott Marsh reported vandalism Monday at 818 Spring Lane. â– Wilco Hess reported larceny Modnay at 2224 S. Horner Blvd.
Veda Freeman SMITHFIELD â€” Veda Freeman died Tuesday (10/12/10) at her residence. Arangements will be announced by Fry and Prickett Funeral Home of Carthage.
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If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane. I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken, No time to say â€œGoodbyeâ€?. You were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why. My heart still aches with sadness, and secret tears still flow. What it meant to love you â€” No one can ever know. But now I know you want me to mourn for you no more; To remember all the happy times life still has much in store.
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Since youâ€™ll never be forgotten, I pledge to you today~ A hollowed place within my heart is where youâ€™ll always stay. Author: Unknown It has been one year since you were taken from us. It seems like just yesterday you were here with us laughing and joking with that huge smile. Although you are not here in the physical, you will always live in our hearts and our lives. We will continue to keep your memory alive each and every day so you will never be forgotten. Since we lost you, life has not been the same. No pen can write and no tongue can tell my sad and bitter loss; and no little paragraph can even try to explain what a special gift you were to all of us. I have lost my soulâ€™s companion, a life linked with my own. And day by day, I miss you more as I walk though life alone. I miss you so very much and wish everyday I could bring you back.
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finding new uses for student growth data as part of North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant. Atkinson asked Moss to share the Head of Class Project as an example of how that data might be used. The Head of Class Project was officially announced in August with support from notable figures in education such as former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley and Gov. Bev Perdue. The public-private partnership between Lee County Schools and the Lee County Education Foundation is an incentive-based initiative that rewards the highest performing elementary school with $50,000, to be distributed
among everyone on staff from the principal to the custodians. “I think it’s created some excitement across the state,” Moss said. “There are many districts that have explored merit pay programs. I think the superintendents were eager for a template or rubric that could be replicated across the state.” Moss said other superintendents came up to him after the presentation wanting more information about the project, but some expressed concern about where they would find the funding for such an initiative. “We were fortunate enough here to have an organization to generate that funding,” Moss said. Atkinson also asked Moss to speak at the New Superintendent Orientation on Oct. 7 about the lo-
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cal budget process. In his presentation, “Navigating the local budget process: From the beginning to the Board of County Commissioners presentation,” Moss advised the state’s 18 new superintendents on how to best organize and present their budgets for the 2011-2012 school year. “It’s an area I feel comfortable with,” Moss said. “Over the years they like to hear from different districts about working with different boards of commissioners and how you structure your budget around the funds available and the priorities you set.” Moss is no stranger to giving statewide presentations. Atkinson has invited him to speak at meetings throughout the past 12 years. Prior to becoming superintendent of Lee County Schools, he gave a presentation about incorporating technology into the classroom. Moss said he hopes to continue sharing Lee County Schools initiatives such as the Head of Class Project with other districts across the state in the coming months. “It’s just an honor to represent the many individuals in this community that have worked diligently to provide some
additional incentives to our teachers,” Moss said. “It’s great to present their hard work to the state.”
PROJECT SUMMARY ■ AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) percent: The percentage of subgroups making AYP target goals met. Each percent = 1 point. Maximum points = 100. ■ ABC composite percent: The ABC composite score. Each percent = 1 point. Maximum points = 100. ■ Free/reduced lunch percent: The percent of students who qualify for free/reduced lunch. Each percent = 1 point. Maximum points = 100. ■ Percent increase in ABC composite score from the previous school year: Each percent increase = 1 point. ■ ABC expected growth: 10 points for becoming an ABC expected growth school. ■ ABC high growth: 20 points for becoming an ABC high growth school. ■ School of Distinction: 15 points for achieving School of Distinction status. Schools with more than 60 percent free/reduced lunch get 25 points. ■ School of Excellence: 25 points for achieving School of Excellence status. Schools with more than 60 percent free/reduced lunch get 35 points.
D.A. seeks mental evaluation in Carthage nursing home killings CARTHAGE (MCT) — Moore County prosecutors are seeking a mental evaluation of Robert Stewart, after his lawyers said mental illness may be a defense in his trial over the Carthage nursing home killings. Last week, the defense lawyers told a judge they intend to use the defense but were waiting for more evidence before filing a formal notice. Stewart is accused of murdering eight people in a shooting rampage. This week, prosecutors are attempting to preempt the defense team by seeking their own evaluation of Stewart. They asked Judge James Webb to order that doctors at a state psychiatric hospital examine Stewart to determine his mental state on March 29, 2009, when he is accused of shooting 10 people at Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center. A hearing for the
motion is set for 2 p.m. Thursday. Last week, Webb heard arguments over a defense motion to change the location of trial. Stewart’s lawyers used the results of a poll they commissioned to contend that most Moore County residents had already made up their minds about Stewart’s guilt. Webb did not rule on the change of venue, and it’s not clear when he plans to. During the hearings, which spanned two days, Webb pushed the lawyers to agree on a trial date. Webb said he wanted to schedule the trial for the spring, but prosecutors said they would need 90 days for a state mental health evaluation if Stewart’s lawyers formally announced they were going to use mental capacity as a defense.
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