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Burlington Times News (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Burlington, North Carolina Saturday january 10, 1998 Burlington . 50c daily / 1. Sunday sports coming sunday weather Alamance county will vote new congressional districts Index How to reach us working on the Railroad Jack sink / times news Larry Logan of Danville va., shovels Rock from Between Stuart company is Only replacing the bad Railroad ties the Railroad ties at the Pomeroy Street crossing Friday to Between Greensboro and Raleigh. They will be in the area make Way for new ones. Logan screw employed by . For another week. I i 6th District 87a Alamance county charter school passes first test River Mill gets initial approval from stately Ruth Borland times news the River Mill charter school planned for Saxapahaw moved closer to opening this week meaning Southern Alamance county May get some Relief from school overcrowding. The 300-student school for children in grades kindergarten through 12 was one of 21 charter applications that received preliminary approval from a state charter schools advisory committee. The committee considered about 40 applications. Another application from the destiny Community charter school in Burlington is still pending said Grova Bridgers director of the . Department of Public instruction s charter school office. That application Wasny to processed As quickly because Rona Tankard principal of Power in the word Christian school submitted it to the Alamance Burlington Board of education rather than the state Board. The advisory committee will discuss charter applications submitted to local boards Jan. 29. According to the Law governing charter schools state Board approval for this year s new charter schools must come by March 15. A it looks like we re past the first major hurdle Quot said Roger Gerber who submitted River Mill s application. A but we still have to go through the state school Board so i tend to be cautious about that sort of preliminary approval gives Gerber the Green Light to Start organizing the schools further. Quot the biggest thing we be Learned is that you be got to get a building Early Quot he said. A we also have to Start getting parents in the area to know we exist and Start recruiting teachers and Gerber said classes for River Mill will Likely be held in a renovated Mill building in Saxapahaw owned by Jordan properties. And he does t anticipate a Lack of student interest. A there was quite a bit of interest last year when we were looking to Start in the White Cross area Quot he said. A i m assuming there will be even More interest now that ifs across the River in in 1996, the general Assembly passed a Law allowing charter schools which receive state and local funding but Aren t bound by Many of the Rule please see school /a2 City goes for guns Philadelphia wants weapons Industry to pay costs of violence by Craig r. Mccoy and Clea Benson Knight Ridder news service Philadelphia a lawyers for Philadelphia mayor Edward ended have prepared a lawsuit contending that the nation s gun Industry has created a Public nuisance by saturating the City with firearms used by criminals. If the mayor approves this would Mark the first time a government had sued the firearms Trade according to the National Center to prevent handgun violence. The suit would demand that manufacturers pay millions of dollars to reimburse the City for costs stemming from guns a everything from the Cost of washing blood off streets to homicide unit overtime. To the expense of counselling survivors of murder victims. The approach mirrors that taken by a group of state attorneys general who negotiated a groundbreaking settlement last year with the tobacco Industry. Such an Effort would face daunt please Sec guns / a2 Many county voters lose Coble authorities have tips but no kidnapping suspect wednesday. Witnesses told invest in the associated press Raeford a investigators said they had dozens of leads Friday on the Man who kidnapped and murdered a 5-year-old Hoke county girl but still no detailed description of the suspect. Until the person is captured sheriff Wayne Byrd warned parents to protect their children. Sheriffs deputies said they were getting up to 30 Calls every hour Friday about the possible location of the Brown truck spotted at the time Brittany Locklear was abducted wednesday morning while she was waiting for a school bus. The girl s body was found thursday in a drainage ditch three Miles from her Home. More than 500 people had volunteered to help with the search Byrd said an initial examination of the body showed evidence the girl was sexually molested. Byrd said Fri and state Bureau of investigation agents and other authorities have compiled leads based on the evidence found interviews with witnesses and other information. He said there were no specific suspects and he could not yet Otter detailed physical characteristics of the a Hhd Mehmi Man. Quot i do not want to say so much that we re going to spook this Byrd said. A i d like to see him in the Hoke county like an arsonist who returns to the scene of the crime Byrd said the suspect May Well have remained in the area. A i Felt like this person knew the area Quot the sheriff said a nothing has changed my the girls father who lives in Pembroke and has had Little Contact with his daughter since her birth is not the focus of the investigation Byrd said the abduction occurred about 7 . Tors Brittany was snatched from tin school bus Stop near her Home by a Man driving a Brown pickup truck w a overhead lights. The body was found near the spot where Brittany s clothing and Backpack had been found the Day before. Family members waited and prayed for Brittany a safety while the search continued they Learned through a minister that Brittany was dead. A it Ain t even gotten started that Little life and now it s taken away Quot said Mary Ann Stevens. Brittany a great department 60 about 150 people helped celebrate the birthday of the Alamance county health department. Marvelling at the growth of the building and Medicine in general. / Page a6 Wolf pack keeps Holt . State Junior receiver Torry Holt announced hell remain in College for his senior year putting a professional career on hold. / Page cd Lighthouse fun food you Don t have to go to the coast to enjoy a Lighthouse. Its not on the Beach but it does share the same name. Take a closer look inside the Lighthouse tavern amp Deli at Elon College. / accent sunny Clear Calm today sunny. High in id-50s. West wind 5 to to mph. Tonight Clear and Calm. Low near 30. Sunday partly sunny. High lower 50s. / Page a2 Church. Cd classifieds. B9 comics. A5 crossword. By editorial. A4 markets. B12 movies. C8 obituaries. A7 Public record. A7 Region. A scoreboard. C3 sports. Cd circulation. 229-2444 ii 6 un.-5 . Sat., sol 6 i . Advertising. 227-0131 ext. 30hh classified.22h-4414 news. 229-2452 accent. 227-0131 ext. 3055 photography. 227-0131 ext. 3048 sports. 229-2454 times news online by Andy Barksdale times news Graham a Many in Alamance county will bid Adieu to a familiar face a at the polls at least. Nearly 50.000 Alamance county voters will cast votes in a new congressional District this year. North Carolinas 12 congressional seats Are up for election. The districts were redrawn last Spring after the . Supreme court ruled the 12th District constituted racial gerrymandering. The change Means a majority of Alamance county residents will no longer cast a vote in the 6th District which Republican Howard Coble has held since 1984. Quot he a very upset and hates to lose that Many people he likes and has come to Call As his a sweethearts a a Coble spokesman de Mcdonald said. Instead most will vote in the 5th District now held by two term Republican Richard Burr. That District includes Caswell county and other counties on the North Carolina Virginia Border. Coble Watt redistricting also eliminates the i2th District from Alamance county. Former 12th District voters will cast ballots in the 5th or 6th districts. This week the Alamance county Board of elections mailed new voter identification cards to 47,460 registered voters. Each carries a simple message a please note. Congressional District the mailing Cost $8,700. The elections Board considered including a letter explaining the new boundaries but postage costs would have doubled said Rena Johnson director of the elections Board. A we did one big mailing just for the people who Are affected with the District change a she said. The new boundaries mean changes for the congressional offices too. Coble now represents 53,345 voters in Alamance county but Atter his current term ends Jan. 5, 1999, the seat will represent Only 19,277 voters Here. Republican Mel Watt represents 13,494 voters in the 12th District. Johnson said she a unsure How the changes will effect voter turnout but some Coble supporters already Are melancholy. A a in a hearing from people who Call Iii or Stop by and say they want to vote for Howard Coble and can to she said Coble has a District office in downtown Graham staffed by Janine Osborne. It will be moved next year if he is reelected because interstate 85/40 Marks the Northern Boundary of his District. Congressional offices technically have to be within the District Boundary. Mcdonald said. He said its too soon to please see voters i a

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