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Snow Here and mostly gone quickly 3A 44º / 34º Cloudy, a little snow late Sunday, February 14, 2010 | $1 Forecast 12C Miss a day? Check out online archives for full recount of events around town Even with bad times, people are giving BY SHAVONNE POTTS A new way of getting tower Don Rink bought his wife these roses for Valentine’s Day. Be my Valentine? It took a while, but Don and Sue finally got together Money makes the world go round. It’s not just a song, but with a dicey economy it is a means of maintaining certain services. Job losses have more people looking to charitable organizations for help with food and other basic needs. But how has the faltering economy affected charitable giving? In Rowan County, the trend seems to lean more toward people continuing to give in spite of the economy. When it comes to donating, people seem to remember Main Street Mission in China Grove, said Director Anne Corriher. “We have benefited in a bad economy and it’s been amazing to see,” she said. Beginning around the holidays in 2009, Corriher said she anticipated few donations. “So far our donations have been up and I really feel like it’s due to the fact that people are aware there are a lot people in need and out of jobs,” she said. The holiday season is a big giving time for the nonprofit organization. Corriher chalks it up to people being in the giving spirit. “People are just reminded around the holidays,” she said. In the summertime, people are busier and school is out. The mission receives many of its food donations from schools conducting canned food drives. “Our shelves look amazingly healthy right now. We hope to last through March,” Corriher said. Most of the food and some monetary donations come in from October to December. There are also various groups, organizations like the United Way, churches and individuals who give to the mission. In May, postal carriers pick up food from homes and deliver it to the mission as part of a canned food drive. “But by mid-September we do not have a lot on the on and Sue Rink say they are like any other couple and on Valentine’s Day, they’ll go to dinner like so many others. But this will be the first year they will celebrate the day as a married couple. It took about half a century before they finally got together as a couple, holding the wedding ceremony last August. Both grew up in Rowan County. They knew of each other and even attended the same high school, but didn’t hang out in the same circles. In 2002, when Sue began trying to find her Boyden High classmates from the class of 1957, she hit the Internet. She stumbled upon a Web site,, and created a profile and wrote a message to several classmates. Don responded. He was living in Florida, just outside Daytona, and she was in Cabarrus County. The two began corresponding. Sue worked for NASCAR company Melling Racing Enterprises. When events took her to Florida, the two would meet for dinner. When Don came to Rowan County to visit family, the two would have dinner. He recalled the place where they had their first meal, a seafood restaurant in south Daytona. Another classmate accompanied Sue to Florida and the three were able to catch up and tour the area. Don jokes that he remembers Sue in high school, but she knows he doesn’t. She seems OK with that, saying she was the quiet type back then. They had some of the same classes together but weren’t friends then. “I remember him because he was cute. He still is,” she said. The couple can exchange banter that goes beyond six months of marriage. They laugh and carry on as if they’ve been married much longer. He’s retired from Honeywell Information Systems, where he was a See GIVING, 10A See VALENTINE, 10A BY SHAVONNE POTTS County against property owners’ attempt to have Mooresville annex 18 acres and allow permit D BY KARISSA MINN Owners of a Mount Ulla property are asking the town of Mooresville to annex 18 acres of their 200-acre farm, which could allow the construction of a radio tower prohibited by Rowan County. The Rowan County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution opposing the annexation at 7 p.m. Monday at the Cohen Administrative Offices Building, 130 W. Innes St. Rowan County Manager Gary Page said property owners Richard L. and Dorcas Parker were denied a permit for a radio tower four years ago. “Our board feels that this is an attempt of the property owners to ask the town of Mooresville to annex them as a way of circumventing the wishes of the Rowan County Commissioners and the Rowan County Zoning Ordinance,” Page said. In November 2006, commissioners voted to deny the permit for a 1,350-foot-tall broadcast tower on the property to serve Davidson County Broadcasting. Gig Hilton, president of the broadcast company that operates 94.1 FM in Lexington, appealed the county's decision. In September 2007, a three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld the denial, saying the county acted appropriately in its decision that the tower would present a hazard to a nearby private airstrip, Miller Airpark. The resolution states that the board has gone on record opposing annexations that are controversial or harmful in nature, as well as North Carolina’s “outdated and inherently unfair” annexation law. “We recognize that general statutes allow for voluntary and satellite annexations,” Page said. “What our board is saying is that it crosses the county line and it would not be good for that area of the county.” In other news, the board plans to approve a resolution Monday calling for the prohibition of illegal immigrants from attending North Carolina’s community colleges. “That resolution, other than the name, JON C. LAKEY/SALISBURY POST Sue and Don Rink were Boyden High School classmates in 1957 but didn’t really know each other. They got reacquainted at a 50th reunion, dated for a while and recently married. Sue says she remembers Don, as seen in their 1957 Boyden High School annual, ‘because he was cute. He still is.’ See TOWER, 10A Masked protesters try to mar Olympics as first medals handed out VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Police in riot gear confronted more than 200 masked protesters who hurled newspaper boxes through the display windows of a popular department store selling Olympic souvenirs. Seven people were arrested after officers carrying clubs and shields quashed the downtown protest on the opening day of competition at the Vancouver Olympics. There were no reports of injuries. Police knew in advance about the protest but only decided to move in once they knew “criminals” were involved. Authorities said they were wary of masked anarchists who dress in black and use a tactic called “Black Block” to hide their identities. Among them was a loosely organized group known to disrupt [xbIAHD y0 0 2ozX Too graphic? Some question why networks would show death of luger, 9C events that draw media coverage, police said. “Their tactic is to hide within the ranks of legitimates protesters,” Police Chief Jim said. On Friday, several thousand protesters had staged an anti-Olympics “Take Back Our Streets” rally before the opening ceremony The first gold medalist of the 2010 Winter Games is the guy who won two golds in Salt Lake City eight years ago. Simon Ammann, the Swiss ski jumper who looked a lot like Harry Potter at the 2002 Olympics, is now 28. He’s no longer a double for the boy wizard, but he won the individual normal hill title Satur- Please recycle this newspaper day for the honor of being the first of 86 champions to be crowned at the Vancouver Games. The first Olympic record was set by Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer in winning the 5,000 meters. Kramer’s time of 6 minutes, 14.60 seconds shaved six-hundredths of a second off Jochem Uytdehaage’s record set at altitude in Salt Lake City in 2002. Competition at the 21st Winter Olympics opened Saturday with all eyes and heavy hearts on the Whistler Sliding Center. Sliders resumed training on a repaired and slightly reconfigured track the day after a 21-year-old luger from the republic of Georgia died following a crash on the last turn of a training run. They also all started from a new spot farther down the Deaths Clyde E. Bostian Timothy “Tim” Ray Cook Mary Ethel Hutto Derrick Raymond D. Gibson track in hopes of slowing speeds and improving control. American luger Tony Benshoof, who hurt his foot when he slammed into a wall Friday, was first down the course Saturday morning. After taking a deep breath, the three-time Olympian navigated all 16 turns without incident. The final turn, where Nodar Kumaritashvili crashed, now has a higher wall and there’s now padding on the steel poles along the finishing curve. Modifications also were made to the surface of the ice. The men’s downhill was supposed to be the first medal of these games, but it was postponed because of warm, wet weather in Whistler. That put the ski jumpers at the head of the list. Celebrities were seen all over the Vancouver Games, Otis Saulters Michael Thompson Robert E. Waterworth ASSOCIATED PRESS Dancers perform ahead of the medal ceremony Saturday at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia. but local stargazers have been abuzz about George Clooney. One fan posted on Twitter Contents Books Business Celebrations Classifieds 5D 1C 2E 4C Deaths Horoscope Opinion People that he was staying at the Fairmont Hotel. But there was no official confirmation. 4A 9C 2D 1E Second Front 3A Sports 1B Television 9C Weather 10C

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