Due to comments from my editor, Dan "Oh, by the" Way, "suggesting" that I was not putting enough "Local" in my Local Voices column, this week's column is entirely local. Unless he would like more of this, my regular column should return very shortly.
Doug and Phil Graves invite the public to the dedication of a new memorial garden at Cross Roads Cemetery this Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
On Saturday at noon, Purple Crow Books LLC will have the first public reading offered by Hillsborough's own Rhoda and Rita Buch of their new biography of literary forger Warren Peace.
The interior design firm Roomscape's Shanda Lear says that Roomscape will be adding antiquities to its current offerings with two new sales consultants, Art Sellers and Anne Teake.
At Red Wolf Awards Night at Cedar Ridge High School, physical educator Jim Laucher, traffic safety teacher Rex Easley, art instructor Chip Stone were briefly honored as teachers of the week, before the big guns were rolled out with the fall student awards. "Band" was taken by Claire-Annette Reede, "Music Theory" was shared by Bea Minor and Dee Major, "Traditional Music" Amanda Lynn, "Dance" Corey O. Graff and "Musical Direction" Barbara Seville.
Meanwhile at Orange High, volunteers of the year Seymour Butz and Sawyer Heinie were given the "Big Black Bag" for leading in-game cleanup during football season. Also honored were the Orange-You-Glad Teachers of the Year physics instructor Annie Madder, English teacher Reid Enright and music teacher Paige Turner.
Carolina Vision Associates' chief optometrist Dr. Kenny Look is proud to announce the addition of optician Kent C. Strait, who just completed his studies at Iowa Central University's optics program. Dr. Strait finished first in his class at ICU.
Family Centered Health Care has greatly expanded its staff, making it the largest medical practice in the county, adding anesthesiologists Drs. Moe Gass, Les Payne and Estelle Hertz, gastroenterologist Dr. Emma Royds, general practitioner Dr. Lance Boyle, gynecologist Dr. Sy Hymen, medical geneticist Eugene Poole, neurologist Dr. Sarah Bellum, orthopedist Dr. Hugh Morris, pediatrician Dr. Tad Hurt, psychologist Dr. Ophelia Payne, sleep specialist Dr. Constance Noring, and urologist Dr. Uriah P. Freely.
All this week dentists Drs. Phil Ling and DeeDee Kay, DDS, are celebrating the career of Les Plack, "dental assistant extraordinaire," for his 30 years of combined service with their practices.
The personal injury law firm of Faison & Gillespie has acquired the firm of Moore & Moore (general partners Tad Moore and Morris Moore). Moore & Moore, perhaps not coincidentally, recently announced the hiring of Soo Yu as an associate.
Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass says the Orange County Sheriff's Office will be shuffling their its following the resignation of Deputy Pat Downe from the force following allegations of sexual harassment during traffic stops with the promotion to lieutenant of Deputy Marshall Law and to captain of Lieutenant Lauren Norder.
Eaton Wright and Liv Good of Food Choices have added a weight-loss specialist, Anna Recksiek, to what they smilingly call their "growing shrinking business."
After 18 years of business, Max Groady Clean-Up Services is closing its doors. Max will be retiring to Whynot in Randolph County.
The Bargain Bin's Lois Price and the Happy Factory's Barbee Dahl are mulling collaborating with local entrepreneur Ferris Wheeler to provide outdoor as well as indoor amusements. Watch for more details.
CPAs and tax advisors, Owen Moore and Owen Bigg, the Owens, as they are commonly known to their friends and associates, are expanding Moore & Bigg to encompass institutional financial consulting in their service array. They will be working with Robin Banks and Robin Moore-Banks of Banks and Moore-Banks who just added Phillip D. Baggs to their partnership.
Sunny Daze Plants is expanding its staff by hiring Raynor Schein, Douglas Furr, Russell Leeves, Rose Gardner and Pete Moss to their installation division.
Saratoga Grill wishes pasta chef Al Dente well as he leaves and welcomes on board new prep cook Russell Sproutt and dessert chef Sue Flay.
Siblings Winsome Cash and Owen D. Cash of Prospect Hill in Caswell County were the final $1 million winners in the N.C. Education Lottery's Cash Splash Millionaire Raffle. The ticket was sold at Ken's Quickie Mart on N.C. Highway 86 North.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Chapel Hill Police Department has asked that it be duly noted that Jim Huegerich, its crisis human services manager, gave no assistance in the compilation of this column.
Gary D. Gaddy is, currently, an Orange County local.
A version of this story was published in the Chapel Hill Herald on Friday October 15, 2010.
Copyright 2010 Gary D. Gaddy