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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 50¢ Cleveland resident receives Carnegie Medal for heroism B Y S ARAH C AMPBELL COOLEEMEE — When Andrew Carnegie created the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in 1904 he said “I do not expect to stimulate or create heroism by this fund, knowing well that heroic action is impulsive.” Impulse was exactly what 17year old Eli Wittum, a rising senior at West Rowan High School, was acting on when he entered the South Yadkin River to save Marlo Ramos from drowning on May 30, 2009 at Riverpark in Cooleemee. “I didn’t give it a second thought,” Wittum said. “I didn’t hesitate.” Eli, the son of Cyndi Allison Wittum and Jimmy Wittum, received the Carnegie Medal on Tuesday at Riverpark. “It’s a huge honor,” he said. WITTUM The award is given citizens of the United States and Canada who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree saving or at- tempting to save the lives of others. More than 80,000 individuals have been nominated for the honor, but only about 9,000 medals have been awarded. Eli also received a $5,000 financial award, which he plans to use toward college. • • • Eli had been going to Riverpark since the age of 2 and expected his trip on May 30, 2009 to be like all the rest — uneventful. He helped his mother un- Dave Parker, center, awards the Carnegie Medal to Eli Wittum, left, Tuesday at Riverpark in Cooleemee, as Dianne Scott looks on. Wittum was awarded the medal for saving Marlo Porfirio Ramos from drowning in the South Yadkin River on May 30, 2009. See MEDAL, 2A Sarah campbeLL/SALISBURY POST — A WALK ACROSS ROWAN — City backs rehab for Shober Bridge DOG DAYS OF SUMMER BY EMILY FORD Jon c. Lakey/SALISBURY POST Pam Hamby grooms Jaziman, a Maltese, at Doggie Doo’s and Cats Too pet grooming salon off U.S. 29. W e learned Tuesday why August has its dog days. Post photographer Jon Lakey and I couldn’t resist following a sign on U.S. 29 South that took us down a gravel road to where Pam Hamby has a pet grooming and boarding business. The sign gave the name of her establishment: Doggie Doo’s and Cats Too. “You groom cats?” I asked Hamby. She held up her arms, as if inspecting her latest wounds. MARK “I’ve got some scars from WINEKA cats,” she said. “They’re worse than dogs.” Hamby had just finished her grooming of a Maltese dog named Jaziman. She likes to call her Jazzie. See SUMMER, 4A See BRIDGE, 2A Michael Brubaker waits in his truck before he makes a delivery of storage buildings. Developers to build apartments using federal tax credits B Y E MILY F ORD Developers will build apartments for low-income families in Salisbury and Kannapolis using federal tax credits. Wynnefield Properties will construct Westridge Village at 100 Donner Drive behind the Salisbury Mall. The development is valued at $6.7 million and qualified for $670,074 in federal tax credits. [|xbIAHD y0 0 1rzu The city of Salisbury loaned the 48-unit project $150,000 as part of a strategic housing plan. Westridge Village also qualified for state tax credits and received a $600,000 loan from the N.C. Housing Finance Agency, said Margaret Matrone, agency spokesperson. “The tax credits will reduce the amount of bank loans and market-rate financing the property would require, and Today’s forecast 88º/73º Couple of thunderstorms In a surprise vote Tuesday, Salisbury City Council unanimously agreed to pursue rehabilitation for historic Shober Bridge, rather than replacing the 153-year-old structure. Council authorized Mayor Susan Kluttz to write a letter notifying Norfolk Southern Railway that the city will pursue approval from the N.C. Department of Transportation for rehabilitation of the bridge on Ellis Street, which crosses two railroad tracks. Norfolk Southern will have 60 days to respond. “It’s like Christmas,” said Gwen Matthews, who works for Historic Salisbury Foundation and serves as co-president of the Ellis Street Graded School Historic District, where the bridge is located. Matthews attended the meeting and ran outside to scream for joy after the vote. She returned to thank council members. “I’m so thankful for the support of the city,” she said. Historic preservationists have tried for nearly a quarter-century to save the bridge while the city has debated rehabilitation or replacement. Currently, firetrucks and other heavy vehicles can’t cross the timber structure built in 1857. Ubiquitous yard signs call for rehabilitation of the bridge. For years, the city has asked the railroad for input to help determine whether rehabilitation or replacement is better, City Manager Dave Treme said. The bridge was recently closed for several weeks while the city performed maintenance to bring it up to state standards. But that was just another temporary fix, Treme said. The city wants a permanent solution and has sought guidance from the railroad to make an informed decision, Treme said. “We have given it our best efforts, and it has not moved,” he said. “For whatever reason, this thing hasn’t gone anywhere and it’s not for lack of effort. We have been unable to get definitive responses from the other party.” Treme advised council to take a position on the bridge and move forward. N.C. DOT has asked for the city’s preference. Deaths this reduces the monthly debt service,” Matrone said. That way, the property can offer below-market rent, she said. Twelve apartments will go to tenants who earn 40 percent of the area’s median income. For a family of three, that’s $23,320 a year or less. Twelve apartments are reserved for tenants at 50 percent of median income, or $29,150 for a family of three. Anthony Atkinson Sr. Eliza B. Coleman Margie B. Hamilton Betty T. Relford Robert D. Cowan Sr. And 24 units will rent to people at 60 percent of median income, or $32,940 for a family of three. “This is not public housing,” Matrone said. The federal tax credit program, created by Congress in 1987, finances construction of almost all low-income apartments in the country, she said. Westridge Village is the Edna M. Houck Ruth W. Furr Dollie S. Doby Emma B. Wilson James McNally Jr. See BUILD, 2A Contents 82-year-old woman reported missing Rowan County authorities were searching Tuesday night for an 82-year-old woman who went missing earlier in the day. Vivian Haataja Bradshaw is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, according to a Sliver Alert issued by the state. She was last seen at the intersection of Mooresville Road and Jake Alexander Boulevard. Bradshaw is 5-foot-1 and weighs 110 pounds. She has short BRADSHAW gray hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call Detective K. Miller at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8500. Bridge Classifieds Comics Crossword 15B 8B 14B 14B Deaths Horoscope Opinion Food 7A 15B 6A 1B Second Front 4A Sports 1C Television 15B Weather 16B

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