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President delivers State of Union — Page 10 Sports What was that? Coach Bobby Lutz led his UNC-Charlotte 49ers against No. 15 Temple Page 7 Saturday, January 28, 2010, Forest City, N.C. NATION 50¢ Election filing will begin on Feb. 8 By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer SPINDALE — Filing for 2010’s primary elections officially begins Feb. 8 at noon. With 17 races to be determined on local ballots, the primary season and the general election will see many new candidates. The Rutherford County Commission District One seat presently held by Paul McIntosh (R) will be up for election as will the District Four seat held by Margaret Helton (D) and the District Five seat held by Brent Washburn (D). Washburn has already announced he is not seeking re-election. Also in the county, Sheriff Jack Conner (D) will run for re-election. Clerk of Court Robynn Spence (R) is up for reelection along with District Attorney Brad Greenway (D) and Coroner Shane Early (D). On the county’s board of education, District One representative Carolyn Keever’s seat is up for election as are Please see Filing, Page 6 County will get shelter, food aid Toyota halts sales of seven car models Page 11 SPORTS n $68,122 in FEMA funds distribution will be overseen by UW From Staff Reports Tar Heels glad to have skid behind them Rosa Upton with her husband and two children. Upton’s experience as a foster child inspired her to a career as a social worker. Page 7 GAS PRICES Low: High: Avg.: $2.61 $2.79 $2.70 DEATHS There were no obituaries reported on Wednesday Contributed photo Upton shares gift of caring Editor’s note: The Rutherford County Department of Social Services currently has 99 children in foster care. And while there are many individuals willing to go through the training and steps to open their homes to children in need, the department said there’s always a need for more. In a three part series, The Daily Courier looks at the aspects of foster care in Rutherford County, from how to become licensed, to what it’s like to be a foster parent and how one county woman’s personal experience in foster care led her to a career in social work. By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer WEATHER FOREST CITY — Driving by the neighborhood where she lived as a child, Rosa Upton was asked by her daughter if it was a landfill. “I’ve tried to explain it to them, but they just don’t understand,” Upton said. The explanation is this: Upton was taken away from her mother around age 13 and placed into the custody of Rutherford County Department of Social Services. From there she landed in a foster home, where she remained until age 18. Now an adult, Upton’s experience as a child in foster care inspired her to go into social work. “I had a really good social worker — I could Please see Upton, Page 3 Rutherford County has been chosen to receive $68,122 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. A local board through United Way of Rutherford County, made up of area representatives, will determine how the funds awarded to the county will be distributed. Funds will be given to emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area, not individuals, said United Way Director Faye Hassell. “You have to be an organization to apply,” Hassell said. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) have an Please see Aid, Page 6 FREE VACCINES PROVIDED High Low 59 36 Today, mostly sunny. Tonight, mostly cloudy. Complete forecast, Page 10 INSIDE Classifieds . . . 14-15 Sports . . . . . . . . 7-9 County scene . . . . 6 Opinion . . . . . . . . 4 Vol. 42, No. 24 Now on the Web: Donald H. Fox recieves his H1N1 flu shot from nurse Cheryl Edwards Wednesday at the Rutherford County Senior Center in Spindale. The vaccines were provided for anyone from the community interested in receiving one. According to CDC, H1N1 nasal mist is a safe and effective way for healthy non-pregnant people ages 2 to 49 years of age to prevent flu. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

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