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Free Press, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 2007, Kinston, North Carolina MONDAY FEBRUARY 12 2007 VOL 124 NO 317 KINSTON NORTH CAROLINA 50 CENTS Tomorrow Greene Countys school board will meet Find out what they discussed in Tuesdays Free Press Inside today Local Mattie Murphy spreads the word Murphy could be Kinstons wisest woman Even in retirement living at Spring Arbor Murphy uses every opportunity to help those around her out of joy that God has called her to do His work PageBl Nation Bilingual speakers stay sharper A team of Canadian researchers found that those who regularly used two languages reported their minds stayed sharper than those who only spoke one language Page A3 World US Iran armed Shiite militia US military officials on Sundayaccused the highest levels of the Iranian leadership of arming Shiite militants in Iraq with sophisticated armor piercing roadside bombs Page A5 County changes recycling collection rules ByTRlSHACAPANSKY Staff Writer Concerns that Lenoir Coun ty stopped its recycling pro gram can be put to rest The program continues to exist but the method of collecting has changed Separating items is no lon ger required but placing them together in one container is While there has been con Mickleson takes Pebble Beach Mickelsoh finally got his season on track by closing with a 6under 66 and a win at the Pebble Beach National ProAm PageBl Todays weather Some sunshine giving way to clouds with a late shower High of 62 and a low of 44 cern by citizens that recy clables are being transported to the landfill Allen Pridgen Waste Industries site manag er said that is not the case I can tell you firsthand that Lenoir County has been recycling and that none of what we pick up goes to the landfill he said The request to change did not come from county offi cials but from a company Waste Industries contracts with Waste Industries the refuse collection company the county contracts with to sell its recyclables is clos ing its Kinston site and con solidating a small portion of its services with one it owns in Wilson While the compa ny will continue collecting in Lenoir County it will deliv er to a Greenville company capable of better handling the countys volume The Greenville site requires that incoming waste not be separated because it uses a conveyor belt machine and not a bailer which was used at the site here The other site hires dis abled workers to handle the sorting as they remove it from the conveyor belt A large quantity of one item would slow a workers ability to sort County Manager Mike Jar man said Waste Industries is in its third year of a fiveyear contract TVisha Capansky can be reached at 252 5273191 Ext 242 PageA2 Good morning to Tamiko Loftin of La Grange a Free Press subscriber since 2000 Page design by Jeremy Falls INDEX Comics A7 Movies Classified Nation Deaths B2 Sports Editorial A4 TV listings Local Bl2 World A6 A3 B35 A6 A5 A Freedom Communications Inc Newspaper 2005 COMMUNICATIONS ENCO 6 FLEDGLING WRITERS Janet The Free Press Teachers Memorial secondgraders Nakeem Moore and Alaa Qutaishat read their book Amazing Dogs Friday iri Mrs Theresa Blounts class Mrs mounts class wrote and illustrated the book r v By MlpHAEl ABERllETHV Staff Writer NichblasSparks better watch his back Twenty newly published secondgradersare nip ping at the hugely success ful authors heels to claim the title of mostaccom plished Eastern North Car olinian writer thanks to a couple weeks of research writing and illustration iri Teresa Blounts class at Teachers Memorial Elementary Amazing Dogs is the culmination of the class relentless proofreading and painstaking research into the ways dogs help people We had to go through the whole writing process three times said 7yearold Dajah Harris in exasper ated pride Dajah chose to write about Saint who go to great lengths to rescue people lost and trapped in snow drifts Nakeem Moores two dogs at home dont work quite the same way as the search dogs he read and wrote the 8yearold is glad when his dogs walk with him and help him get home book about Ja net Button The Free Press Teachers Memorial second grade teacherTheresa Blount passes out the published books her students created Friday The book Amazing Dogs taught the students about teamwork sometimes But the students are finding their project in which they each wrote and illustrated one page spans beyond the canine subject matter Persian Eryin 8 is already considering writ ing a book about her favor ite sports a move and interest toward writing and learning that would delight any teacher The hardcover fullcolor book is a trophy of the class accomplishment Ive had classes put together books before but this is the first time weve ever published one Blount said They are so proud to see this finished work with their names on it They worked hard Michael Abernethy can be reached at Ext 232 or at NewlSLC tax system proposal making waves By BARRY SMITH Freedom Raleigh Bureau RALEIGH push is on in the state capital for a North Carolina earned income tax credit The proposed tax system which would piggyback the one operated by the federal government is hailed by supporters as an excellent program designed to help lift the working poor out of poverty Critics see it differently calling it a welfare transfer and saying that it in some instances is a disincentive to work The federal earned income tax credit EITC is a program that reduces or eliminates the taxes that many working poor pay In some cases when the credit exceeds the amount of income taxes that a tax payer has paid it acts as a wage subsidy Since 1975 the federal earned income tax credit has been more effective at lifting families but of poverty than any other government program said MaryBe McMillan secretarytreasurerof the North Car olinaAFLCIO which supports estab lishing a North Carolina program And in these current economic tunes there are more families teeter ing on the edge of To make the calculations simple andthe paperwork less cumbersome supporters of a state EITC are push ing for a program that would be a percentage such as 10 percent of the federal refund For example in 2003 the average family received back from the federal gov ernment in EITC credits Such a per son would receive an additional back from the federal government Some question how much such a state program will really help Its not going to keep somebody out of poverty said Joe Coletti fis cal policy analyst for the John Locke Foundation a conservative think tank in Raleigh Its going to help at the margin Youre still going to be giving back to the person more than they paid in in income tax Coletti said It turns into welfare instead of just a tax credit Sen Eddie Goodall RTJnion said in a prepared statement that under a plan where the state EITC cred it would be 5 percent of the feder al credit much of the money would actually be a welfare transfer instead of a tax credit Please turn to CREDIT Page AS Dixie Chicks win 5 Grammy Awards Mary J Blige wins 3 By NEKESA MUMB1 MOODY AP Music Writer LOS ANGELES Dixie Chicks completed a defiant comeback on Sunday night winning five Grammy awards after being shunned by the country music estab lishment over the groups antiBush comments leading up to the Iraq invasion The Texas trio won record and song of the year for the no regrets anthem Not Ready to Make Nice They also won best country album which was especially ironic consid ering that the group has said they dont consider themselves country artists anymore Mary J Bliges comeback also was richly rewarded She received three trophies for her doubleplatinum album The Breakthrough The Red Hot Chili Peppers won three as well for their double disc Stadium Arcadium Thats interesting Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines crowed from the podi um after winning the coun try award Well to quote the great Simpsons HehHeh Just kidding added Maines A lot of people just turned their TVs off right now Im very sorry for that Bandmate Emily Robison noted We wouldnt have done this album without everything we went through so we have no regrets I thank everyone who voted for us Below Is a few of the many winners of the 43th Annual Grammy Awards Show a Record of the year Not Ready To Make Nice Dixie Chicks S Album of the year Taking The Long Way Dixie Chicks g Song of the year Not Ready To Make Nice Dixie Chicks S Best new artist Carrie Underwood fiBest Alternative Music Album St Elsewhere Gnarts Barkiey R Best Song I Be Without You i MaryJ Blige The Associated Press The reunited group The Police from left Sting Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers acknowledge the audience after performing the song Roxanne at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday In Los Angeles
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