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N.C. State professor helps save woman's home

Posted October 21, 2010

It’s a happy ending for Clara Hargrove, thanks in part to a North Carolina State University professor.

The 69-year-old Macon widow was facing tax foreclosure on her home and land, having owed more than $10,000 in property taxes.

She had been paying down the debt until last week, when she came up approximately $800 short. The house barely escaped the auction block when Warren County tax officials gave Hargrove one more week to pay off the bill.

The professor, who asked that his identity not be revealed, donated the rest of what she owed, saying that, after seeing her story on WRAL News, he could not let her lose it.

Hargrove could not be reached Thursday.

In an interview last week, she said she became overwhelmed with her finances after her husband died in 1997.

Both he and her son are buried on the land her family’s owned for more than 30 years.


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  • AF Flight Nurse Oct 22, 2010

    May I correct my inadvertent deletions below? "Even better than that, they (the giver) do(es) NOT want attention."

  • AF Flight Nurse Oct 21, 2010

    This is a prime example of how to "put legs" on love and concern for others. Someone has a kind, selfless, and generous heart. Even better that they do want attention. Hope they will be equally blessed in the future. Thank you for posting, WRAL.

  • Whosays Oct 21, 2010

    Scare Crow, some people don't have loving family that can help them, so are you saying to do away with Social Security all together, wait until you get old and see how far it gets you, if you are lucky enough to have a caring family.

  • mpheels Oct 21, 2010

    Baybee... First, the article says home, not house. Second, college professors are there to give you information. Beyond class and few office hours each week, professors don't own you anything, it's up to the student to succeed. Finally, your child is either a he or a she. Using a third person pronoun in an anonymous forum does not in any way compromise your safety or your child's. Knowing you have a child with a serious illness and you went to NCSU does far more to compromise your safety than knowing the gender of your child (though the "danger" is still minimal). Welcome to the internet.

    In other news... This is a wonderful story. If more people cared about their fellow human beings this much and would give what they can (volunteer time is just as good as money!), then we'd have far fewer problems in our society.

  • Baybee Doll Oct 21, 2010

    And the story says house with land, not trailor.

  • Baybee Doll Oct 21, 2010

    Lizzy, I referred to my baby as "it" for safety & privacy reasons. That is so obvious that anyone would know it.

    No, I'm not the least bit jealous. This is just like the stories where those who need it most don't get assistance. I wish the lady had donated the money to charity. Then again, it would just go to someone else who doesn't need it.

    And yes, NC State has double standards b/c not one professor there tried to help me succeed after paying all that tuition.

    Such is life.

  • royalnc Oct 21, 2010

    "...then they come after our children."

    Dude, you need to lay off of Fox "News" for a while.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 21, 2010

    Bubba, are you going to the www.keepfearalive.com rally in D.C.? It sounds like you'd love it. ;-)

  • rcrdngcountry Oct 21, 2010

    some people still have a heart with love.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 21, 2010

    The real culprit here is the government who charges obscene taxes and then taxes private property when people can't pay. Private ownership of property is essential to maintaining our liberty. When the govt owns all the property, then they come after our children.