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Friday, November 5, 2010 | 50¢ Time Warner speeds up as Fibrant service begins BY EMILY FORD As Salisbury officially launched its Fibrant fiber-optic service this week, Time Warner Cable announced it would speed up its own Internet service in Rowan and the region. But Fibrant already offers the new Internet download speeds touted by Time Warner, a city official said. “We just haven’t advertised it,” Assistant City Manager Doug Paris said. And Fibrant’s top available speed is 10 times faster than the cable giant’s when upload- ing, Paris said. Uploading is sending information out, like video chatting on Skype. Downloading is bringing information in, like opening a photo attachment in an e-mail. “We’re cheaper, and we’re faster,” Paris said. The city launched Fibrant on Monday, offering Internet, cable TV and digital phone service. The next day, Time Warner Cable announced new Internet download speeds in the Charlotte area of up to 50 megabits per second — twice as fast as Fibrant’s quickest advertised speed of 25 Mbps. A ‘TRANSFORMATIONAL’ YEAR Chamber looks back, keeps focus on future Pless, the third to hold post, out after 21⁄2 years BY HUGH FISHER BY SHAVONNE POTTS Wayne hinshaW/for the sALIsBUrY Post Winston Kelley, executive director of NAsCAr hall of fame, was the featured speaker at the rowan Chamber of Commerce’s 85th Annual meeting thursday night. “We enjoy being in the community and working with the folks here.” LEE SNOW accepting the Chamber Champion Small Business of the Year Award for Snow Benefits Group Snow was traveling out of state with his wife, who is having health problems, and was unable to attend. His son and colleague in the family business, Lee Snow, accepted the award on his behalf. “We enjoy being in the community and working with the folks here,” Lee Snow said. Calling Snow Benefits Group “a well-kept secret in Salisbury,” he recounted the company’s history and its work providing insurance and other services to local businesses. “(The award) means a lot to us, and especially him,” Snow said on behalf of his father. Cindy Hart of Great American Publishing was the recipient of the 2010 Paul E. Fisher Volunteer of the Year Award. An incoming 2011 Chamber of Commerce officer, Hart has led the group’s Women In Business initiative and is a past re- cipient of the Small Business of the Year Award. The night’s keynote speaker was Winston Kelley, executive director of the HART NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. The longtime Motor Radio Network announcer and former Duke Energy Carolinas executive talked of the economic impact that the Hall of Fame is having on the region. One thing Kelley said right away: recent news reports that the Hall of Fame isn’t attracting as many visitors as expected don’t tell the whole story. “It’s actually doing a whole lot better than you might have heard,” Kelley said. The Hall of Fame is part of a large downtown Charlotte complex, and is much more than just a “car museum,” he said. Kelley highlighted the impact the Hall of Fame is having as part of a nearly $6 billion motorsports industry in North Carolina. And, he said, the convention facilities surrounding the new NASCAR-themed complex have helped the region draw the National Rifle Association and made Charlotte a possible choice for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Current Chamber members said they were pleased to have the opportunity to meet others and honor those who received awards. “I think the Chamber is doing an excellent job and providing the tools to help any business succeed, if they’re willing to look for the help,” said Tyler Weant, owner of Spencer-based Elium Exterminator Co. Mark Lewis, senior vice president of Bank of North Carolina, said the Chamber offered unparalleled opportunities for networking, as well as a means for local residents’ concerns to See BUSINESS, 2A Republicans jockey for leadership positions in Raleigh RALEIGH (AP) — Republican lawmakers are ratcheting up their campaigns for key leadership posts in the General Assembly following Election Day returns that will put them in control of both chambers. At least four House Republican members have indicated they’re running for speaker or are interested in the job, including Minority Leader Paul Stam of Wake County and Minority Whip Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County. Reps. Mitch Gillespie of McDowell County and Ric Killian of Mecklenburg County also said Thursday they’re seeking the top job. In the Senate, Republicans are coalescing around Minority Leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County for the top job — Sen- [|xbIAHD y0 0 1rzu See FIBRANT, 2A China Grove fires town manager At its 85th annual meeting, the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce reflected on a year that was “transformational.” That word was repeated throughout the night by those gathered to celebrate the group’s accomplishments and to honor the small business and the volunteer of the year. “From my perspective, 2010 has been a transformational year for our Chamber and our community,” said Skip Wood, outgoing Chamber board chairman. He cited the accomplishments of Chamber members and the beginnings of new projects such as the I-85 bridge replacement at the Yadkin River. “Do I think our challenges are all over? Nope. … Do I wake up every morning thinking the glass is half full? Yes,” Wood said. Soon after, LOEBLEIN Wood welcomed the chairman-elect, Tom Loeblein, who will lead the Chamber of Commerce board in 2011. Loeblein said that the Chamber was “financially strong” and ready to offer leadership in the time of recovery ahead. The 2010 Chamber Champion Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Snow Benefits Group of Salisbury, headed by Ed Snow. Snow has been a member of the chamber for decades. Snow Benefits Group was founded in 1974. The Chamber cited Snow’s many accomplishments, including his leadership in the Chamber’s annual membership drive and his volunteerism, particularly in the Business After Hours program and the Chamber’s annual Business Show. But on Thursday, Paris said Fibrant does offer download and upload speeds of 50 Mbps. The fastest upload speed available with Time Warner’s new upgrade is 5 Mbps. Fibrant’s speediest service ate president pro tempore. Berger, the minority leader for the past six years, has been widely praised by fellow Republicans for organizing and building up a campaign war chest to compete with Senate Democrats this fall. “We’re unified around Sen. Berger, and more importantly we’re unified around our agenda,” said Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, who challenged Berger for minority leader two years ago. The other 2008 challenger, Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, also said Thursday he didn’t believe anyone would run against Berger for pro tem. The scramble began picking up two days after the GOP wrested control of the two chambers from the Democrats, who Today’s forecast 58º/32º Partly cloudy Weather 8C Deaths Claudia E. Ellis Willie A. Bruce John L. Morgan Ruth L. Moore haven’t been out of power in both chambers simultaneously since 1898. Although the full House and Senate don’t elect a speaker or pro tem until the Legislature reconvenes Jan. 26, Republicans who won Tuesday meet in two weeks to pick their nominees for both posts, as well as jobs in their respective caucuses such as majority leader. The speaker and pro tempore will become the top Republican leaders in state government, setting the tone for what legislation will be heard and which lawmakers will get plum committee assignments. They’ll also serve as chief negotiators with, and likely foils of, Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue. Edward R. Smith Mary L. Lee Mary C. Smith Bobby E. Lawrence Norma W. Goodson Gaynell G. Fisher Randal Dockins CHINA GROVE — Town staff confirmed Thursday that Town Manager Bill Pless “has been let go.” According to town attorney Tom Brooke, Pless was terminated because of unsatisfactory job performance. Brooke said that starting in September, the China Grove town board laid out specific goals. Brooke said Pless had not met those goals. Pless is no longer listed on the town’s website as an employee. The board had been meeting in closed session since September to evaluate his performance. “Basically as a result of those evaluations, the board determine he wasn’t satisfactorily performing his job,” Brooke said. Part of the evaluation included goals and changes the board set that needed to be made. “He didn’t make them,” Brook said. After Tuesday night’s meeting, where the board conducted an evaluation, Pless was terminated. The board made a motion to dismiss “for cause after evaluation for failure to perform duties as directed by the board,” according to information See FIRED, 2A Man with plans of bombing abortion clinic to plead guilty GREENSBORO (AP) — A former Rowan County resident who called himself an “extremist radical fundamentalist” has agreed to plead guilty to giving bomb-making instructions to a confidential informant who said he planned to attack an abortion clinic, according to court documents. Justin Carl Moose, 26, of Concord, faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, according to a plea agreement filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Greensboro. According to the plea agreement, Moose will plead guilty to the charge of distributing information pertaining to the manufacturing and use of an explosive. Moose is scheduled to be sentenced March 2 in Winston-Salem. “He has taken responsibility for his conduct, which is set out in the plea agreement,” said Moose’s at- MOOSE torney, Walter Holton Jr. Moose was arrested by the FBI in September after Planned Parenthood alerted the agency that he was advocating violence against abortion clinics on his Facebook page. On his Facebook page, Moose said he graduated from South Rowan High School and attended Royal Oaks Baptist Church in Kannapolis. According to documents filed by federal prosecutors, Moose had described himself as a “freedom fighter” on his page, advocating opposition to abortion “by any means necessary and at any cost.” See GUILTY, 2A Contents Classifieds Comics Crossword Deaths 1D 6C 6C 7A Home & Garden Opinion Sports Television 1C 6A 1B 7C

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