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New Bern Sun Journal (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, New Bern, North Carolina Sun journal new Bern . A sunday december 5, 1999 a a5state Tower painters remembered Cleveland apr one of the three men who fell to their deaths while painting a 1,500-foot communications Tower was described by his younger brother As a one of the safest Guys i authorities say the men All from Gates county died instantly when they fell nearly 1,000 feet. The victims Are identified As Daniel Foster Zortman 40, his Stepson Ronald Dean Brooks 16, and Charles Shively 19, a family Friend. All three lived together in the tiny town Corapeake near the Virginia line. Wanda Zortman the wife of Daniel Zortman and Mother of Ronald Brooks tried desperately to hold onto a rope As she saw her family plummet from the Tower. She was treated for Shock and rope bums to her hands at Rowan regional medical Center though 2she was not admitted. She was joined at the Hospital saturday by relatives. The four worked for Daniel Zortman a company Quality Power painting of red Oak a. A anything to do with those towers he a done it a said Richard Zortman one of Daniels younger Brothers. Richard Zortman also worked in the business for about eight years travelling All Over the country on jobs and working with Daniel at times. Richard got out of the business about two years ago. A younger brother still operates his own Tower contracting business. A if you know anything about that Type of business the workers rotate a lot a Richard Zortman said. A climbing up a Tower like that it takes a special person to climb. Some people try it for a few months and decide its not for them. A a. It bothers everybody to fete v y k Lite in in i a 4 it i 1 work at those Heights. Once you be done it for a while you just get used to the three men had been working for about a week on the 1.500-foot Tower which is located about a half mile from the Rowan Iredell county line. The Tower belongs to inc., a firm based in Dallas Texas that also owns the a fax radio station in Statesville. According to the Rowan county sheriffs department and other emergency personnel the three men were being hoisted around 10 30 . On a i Inch diameter rope by an electric Winch up the Rowan county officials leave the area at the base of a 1,500-foot communications Tower where three workers fell to their deaths Friday near Cleveland. The associated press Side of the Tower. Normally they climbed up and Down on a ladder inside the Tower but officials said they were taking up Metal seats to Bolt onto the sides. The seats or platforms would be used for rest Breaks during Long climbs. Officials believe that either a seat or one of the men got tangled in the Tower creating Slack in the rope and causing it to jump off the Winch at the base of the Tower. Incidents involving towers have occurred across the county but nothing Ever of this magnitude according to Rowan Rescue squad chief Coyt class helps kids Kenly apr gov. Jim Hunt set Forth in january to make North Carolina the Best in Public education by 2010. Being first he said Means preparing students for the 21st Century eighteen year old Robert Creech is already there. After taking a class on How to upgrade computers at North Johnston High school. Creech a senior started his own business last summer. He repairs and rebuilds computers and advises people on what computer they should buy. A the makes More Money than i do a said the schools computer teacher. Jamey Phillips. Creech is one of nearly 1.300 students across the state who will have finished the compute recycling project class by the end of this year. Car is run by the state funded exp Lornet that was created in 1996 to help organize net Day. A Volunteer Effort to wire classrooms for computers. Vocational students in car classes take apart old computers donated by businesses and rebuild them with upgraded parts so the computers can be reused in schools said exp Lornet co founder and president Dave Boliek. Meanwhile the students earn a certificate in employment As a computer technician and Community College credit. A North Carolina is going to end up with something no other state has a a technology career path a Boliek said. So far there Are computer building classes in 51 High schools in 39 mostly Rural counties. It started in fall of 1997 with six Pilot programs and 106 students. Between 30 and 40 More High schools will be added this year Boliek said. By end of 1999. 1.300 students would have taken the class. A this really turned into an outstanding learning program. Every ifs digital. Ifs satellite. You own it. Plus a free self install kit. Only i 99 635-1875 get in balance. Axelson chiropractic Axelson 3334 Wellons blvd., new Bern a 633-3334 Palmer graduate 4 North Carolina is going to end up with something no other state has.? Dave Boliek exp Lornet co founder president body in the school system is using the technology and it makes the county More attractive for economic he said. Since North Johnston started offering the car class the number of computers in the school has More than doubled he said. The school located in the Small town of Kenly off interstate 95. Has about 700 students. A we Are proud of being from a Small town Quot Phillips said. Quot we re hoping to turn out some students who Are headed to bigger and better things and then come the next step for exp Lornet is to offer More subjects such As web Page design. Boliek said. Phillips also envisioned robotics laser technology and automotive manufacturing. He said All of those areas must Start however with Basic computer knowledge. Quot i Hope they will be really Phillips said. Quot i have tried to bring that to the the classes attract students like Creech who have been into computers for Many years and others who have Little computer know ledge. Quot we teach from the ground up a Phillips said. Quot you done to have to know Plantation shutters 4________and blinds Hardwood plywood and Vinyl a a 948-0021 shutter direct Highway 264 a Washington no to Fie Tedder at Mccarthy crossing a different kind of gift shop Dale now 30% off All items jewelry 1 Camille Beekman Kitchen amp let Carden \ accessories Antiques a baskets country furniture lamps amp shades quilts and More we have old amp new things that you wont find anywhere else in town do in Claradon fish in you Bern. So 2s> i2 a i i i his i mom i. Al Ani 7/tin a Sal. Al pm i nil Opai Sandal 2 to pin starting a son mix r 2stli Boyds bears Yankee candles pm open your Belk charge today get 10% off All Day see a sales associate for details. Subject to credit approval. 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