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Kitten thrown from Burlington car finds new home

BURLINGTON — A family of animal lovers took in an unexpected companion last week when they witnessed him being thrown out of a car window.

Christina Eldred and her 7-year-old daughter Elizabeth were driving down Saint Mark’s Church Road on July 2 when Elizabeth saw something go out the window of the car in front of them.

“I thought they had thrown a black bag out, but once I saw it dart across the road, really scared, I noticed it was a kitten,” Elizabeth said. “I told Mama, ‘Mama, what did they throw out the window?’”

It turned out to be a kitten, only five or six weeks old.

“He landed close enough that he darted into the road,” Eldred said. “I didn’t hit him, but I was like, ‘We need to go get him.’ ”

Eldred and her daughter looked for the kitten but couldn’t find it. She didn’t call the police and report the incident as they didn’t get the car’s description.

“I feel bad about it because my husband is always telling me to leave the dashcam on, but I didn’t even think about turning it on,” Eldred said.

She later called Piedmont Ale House and told bartender Chris Allred what happened as the kitten had run into the woods behind the business. Eldred asked Allred to call her if anyone found the kitten. By 5 p.m., someone reported hearing a kitten’s cries outside.

“This kitten, which is no bigger than your hand, had climbed up into the engine of the car,” Allred said. “I called my father, and we ended up having to jack the car up. It took us about an hour and a half to get that kitten out there.”

Eldred came back, took the kitten home and later named it Jasper. The family decided to keep him.

“I always wanted my own kitty,” Elizabeth said.

Eldred took Jasper to the animal shelter Friday and had him checked out.

“He’s healthy. He is fine,” Eldred said. “You could see his ribs through his fur last week, but since we have had him, he has been doing a lot better.”

The Eldred family, which owns dogs, snakes, rats and another cat, have no problem taking in their new pet.

“This is a normal thing for us. We are heavy animal lovers,” Eldred said. “We don’t turn down an animal. If we have it in our means to take care of them and help them, we will.”

As for the driver, Eldred doesn’t understand why he or she didn’t take Jasper to the shelter.

“The shelter is always open. There was no need to throw him out of the window at all,” Eldred said. “I was horrified that someone felt that was a better solution than taking them to the shelter. I have no idea why specifically him because he seemed to be the only one, unless they were throwing them out periodically, which would really kill me because I only found one.”

Candidate filing for municipal offices

The following candidates filed Wednesday or Thursday for municipal offices in Guilford, parts of Alamance and Rockingham counties. Filing runs through noon, July 19. Races are nonpartisan. An (i) indicates incumbent.

Get a complete list of candidates in every county at the N.C. State Board of Elections.



Town Council

n Sean Dwyer, 5902 Mary Hall Court, Summerfield

n Dana Luther, 5406 Deer Trail Road, Summerfield

n Priscilla Olinick, 3100 Pleasant Ridge Road, Summerfield



n Ricky Cox, 106 Driftwood Drive, Gibsonville


n Paul Dean, 107 Kelly St., Gibsonville (i)



n Christine (Chris) Federico, 410 Dogwood Trail, Gibsonville


n Jenny Fulton, 6104 Old Orchard Road, Kernersville (i)

n Joe Pinnix, 332 Post Oak Road, Kernersville (i)



Council Ward 6

n Tom Fulton, 220 E. Stadium Drive, Eden


Council District B

n James K. Festerman, 1201 Benton Lane, Reidsville

n Hemco Patharkar, 2734 Reid School Road, Reidsville



n Jodi Lester, 200 Lee St., Stoneville

Local news in brief


Man recovering after being shot multiple times

GREENSBORO — A 22-year-old man is recovering at a local hospital after being shot multiple times Wednesday.

Police said the victim is in stable condition but officers won’t release his name until his family has been notified.

Officers responded at 4:54 p.m. to an aggravated assault at a house at 917 Benjamin Benson St., police said in an incident report. They have not released further details about the assault.



School of the Arts designates interim chancellor

WINSTON-SALEM — Brian Cole will be the interim chancellor for the UNC School of the Arts starting Aug. 1, the UNC System said in a news release.

Cole has been dean of the School of Music since 2016, where he oversees operations at the school and all programs at the graduate, undergraduate and high school levels.

He will replace Lindsay Bierman, who is stepping down at the end of July after five years as the school’s chancellor. Bierman has been appointed the new chief executive officer of UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina and will begin his new job on Aug. 12.


Ex-employee charged after making fraudulent check deposits

ASHEBORO — A 19-year-old Greensboro man has been charged after police said he made fraudulent check deposits.

A business owner in Randolph County contacted the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office about a former employee who had worked for several months before quitting without notice, the sheriff’s office said.

When the victim checked his monthly bank statement, he found three separate payroll checks written to former employee Landen Deonte Leftwich that had been altered by changing the payable amounts to a greater number than had originally been on the checks.

Leftwich, of 309 Charles Ave., was arrested and taken into custody Thursday by sheriff’s deputies.

He was charged with three counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

This day in history

In 1543, England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.

In 1817, author, poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts.In 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing the Army Medal of Honor.

In 1909, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing for a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states. (It was declared ratified in February 1913.)

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was flown by helicopter from the White House to a secret mountaintop location as part of a drill involving a mock nuclear attack.

In 1960, the Etch A Sketch Magic Screen drawing toy, invented by French electrician Andre Cassagnes, was first produced by the Ohio Art Co.

In 1962, The Rolling Stones played their first-ever gig at The Marquee in London.

In 1967, rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey, over the police beating of a black taxi driver; 26 people were killed in the five days of violence that followed.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter defended Supreme Court limits on government payments for poor women’s abortions, saying, “There are many things in life that are not fair.”

In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton, visiting Germany, went to the eastern sector of Berlin, the first U.S. president to do so since Harry Truman.In 2003, the USS Ronald Reagan, the first carrier named for a living president, was commissioned in Norfolk, Va.

In 2005, Prince Albert II of Monaco acceded to the throne of a 700-year-old dynasty.

In 2009, rebels in Nigeria set fire to an oil depot and loading tankers in Lagos, killing five people in the group’s first attack outside the Delta region. Eun Hee Ji of South Korea made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, finishing off an even-par 71 to win the U.S. Women’s Open.

In 2014, Afghanistan’s two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to allow a complete audit of their contested presidential election. (Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani emerged the winner over former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah.)

Correction for July 12

Getting it right

The News & Record corrects errors in its news columns that come to its attention. It also publishes appropriate clarifications. Please call 336-373-7052 to report items that need correction.

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Earlier this year, Associate Justice Paul Newby publicly voiced his displeasure at the appointment of Cheri Beasley as chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court. Another judge was mistakenly identified as the source of that remark in a story that appeared on page A5 of Thursday’s paper.