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Vets guarding flag in park — Page 3A Sports Back to the field Three county teams are back in action tonight with two programs in town and one on road Page 7A Friday, October 22, 2010, Forest City, N.C. LOCAL 50¢ Volunteer efforts set for this weekend GOING FOR LAUGHS By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer It’s the season for those scary movies Comedian Jon Reep the “Hemi guy.” preformed his “Metro Jethro” show to an audience of around 500 Thursday at The Foundation At Isothermal Community College in Spindale. Born and reared in Hickory, and a graduate of NC State University, Reep was the winner of “Last Comic Standing” in the fifth season. Reep kept the audience in stitches with his energy-filled performance of non-stop characters and witty humor. Reep was part of the Foundations Comedy Club Series sponsored by City Table Catering. Page 1B SPORTS Garrett Byers/Daily Courier 49ers’ Smith offers advise as Moore returns FOREST CITY — Onehundred-fifty students from ReACH High School this morning are exchanging laptops and school work for yard tools and window washing paraphernalia. The students are working at Hospice of Rutherford County, spreading mulch and washing windows, for a few hours. Others will be helping at Youth Empowerment in Spindale. They are participating, a day early, in the 20th anniversary of Make a Difference Day. The national day of community service is actually Saturday, but in Rutherford County the Week of Caring has been ongoing this week. For many volunteers, the week of caring will extend further into the month. Regardless of the day, the concept is the same. Volunteers are reaching out across the county to make a difference in the lives of senior citizens, nonprofit groups and Please see Difference, Page 6A Page 7A GAS PRICES Conner, Francis vying for Sheriff By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer Low: High: Avg.: $2.66 $2.79 $2.73 DEATHS Rutherfordton Davine Ruppe Chris Francis Forest City RUTHERFORDTON — Incumbent Sheriff Jack Conner, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to a second four-year term in a race against Republican challenger Chris Francis, a lieutenant with the Lake Lure Police Department. A key point of the Francis campaign is that he says he wants to lead the Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century. Conner said recently the department is already there. “The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has entered the 21st century with more technology than was in place in 2006,” he said. “We have gone from three computers in our patrol vehicles to 31 (mobile data terminals) computers.” Francis said more could be accomplished. “Crime-fighting technology must be used to its fullest potential. Merely owning the equipment is not enough. Officers must be adequately trained, and clear policies must be in place to ensure the technology is Please see Sheriff, Page 2A Jack Conner Charles McAdoo Elsewhere Winston Baughn Corene Lindsay Page 5A WEATHER High Low 71 41 Today, sunny. Tonight, clear. Complete forecast, Page 10A Jean Gordon/Daily Courier Traffic is flowing at the new Oakland Road/Piney Ridge Road intersection at Poors Ford Road in Spindale. The state Department of Transportation will officially open the new road with an official ceremony Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. Spindale road realignment completed By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer SPINDALE — Jimmy Caulfield calls it the “The Super Highway.” He’s referring to Oakland Road, where the Department of Transportation has just completed a project. Vol. 42, No. 253 Caulfield and his wife, Cathy, of Cafe Caulfield’s, and other business owners along Oakland Road near the construction project have seen their business Now on the Web: decrease due the work. But now that the job is completed, the business people are praising the DOT for its work. “It is incredible now,” Caulfield said. “Today the traffic is flowing like crazy; it is beautiful.” However, during the past two or three months, Caulfield said, when the DOT workers were having to use the “slow” and “stop” signs for the motorists, “it was bumper to bumper half way to Tuscany’s. No one could get in here and we had people canceling their orders, stuck in traffic.” “We saw our numbers dropping week after week,” he said. Jack Lutz, owner of Lutz Petroleum, said the project did affect the business at times. “But it was something that had to be done. Somebody was going to get killed out there.” Please see Road, Page 6A

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