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Jury finds defendant not guilty By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Jurors on Thursday found a man not guilty of a 2007 home break-in in which a woman was attacked. Lamont Edgerton was cleared in Rutherford County Superior Court of burglary and false imprisonment charges

in the Oct. 28, 2007, case. The Grassy Knob Road residence of Donna Jones Hoyle and Margaret Jones was entered by a lone black male wearing a stocking mask who jumped on Hoyle as she left a laundry room at about 10 o’clock on that Sunday night. But because neither of the residents of the home could identify the intruder, the

prosecution had to rely on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of witness Heather Nicole Allen, who said Edgerton once told her details about just such a break-in In his closing argument, defense attorney Brian Oglesby hammered away at the Please see Jury, Page 2

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Lorie Guffey was just one of the Hospice staff who gave tours of the new Carolina Event and Conference Center on Thursday. The $3 million facility held a grand opening after almost 12 months of work.

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FOREST CITY — With a seating capacity of about 500 people, the Carolina Event and Conference Center is one of the largest meeting facilities in the county, and Hospice staff hope the location is a big draw for social gatherings or business events. “This is the culmination of a lot of work,” said Heidi Owen, director of community services. “In 1994 is when this project actually began when some of our board wanted us to build a training facility for 100 people. Today, we have

over 200 volunteers and 124 staff so it is probably good that didn’t come to pass because it would’ve have ended up being very short-sighted by today’s numbers.” The $3 million facility is at 372 Hudlow Road, next door to the Hospice House. “The Hospice House has our resale shop that can provide funding for it’s operation and also for those less fortunate so they can still access that care when they need it,” Owen said. “But before now there wasn’t a way for us to do that Please see Hospice, Page 6

The end of summer is luring more vacation travelers than the beginning of the summer season. Despite an increase in gasoline prices since Memorial Day, continued economic turbulence and one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, 1,017,000 North Carolinians are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day holiday, an increase of 12.5 percent. “That is 113,000 more than Memorial Day,” said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “It means people really want to get away for the last holiday of the summer, despite the fact that most schools are already in session.” Travel experts from Boone in the mountains to Wilmington on the coast believe Labor Day will see an influx of tourists greater than Memorial Day. Gas prices across the state are up about 14 cents a gallon more than Memorial Please see Travel, Page 6

Reunion is set for Saturday By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Lynetha Miller believes that family extends to your community and for the fourth time this year will help host the Annual Grahamtown Reunion Saturday. Miller said she and her brother, Greg Watkins, got the idea for the event at a Father’s Day cookout in 2006. “We grew up family oriented,” Miller said. “Our Uncle Melvin would have parties on Thompson Street and invite the family. We got to talking and said why didn’t we do something like that again.” Miller said she presented the idea to the mayor and Forest City Town Council who provided support for the effort. Now what she’s always desired for the community happens. “Hope has come back alive for us,” she said. Businesses too have supported the event, Miller said. Several grocery stores have donated food items and others have given donations to cover other costs. “No matter how bad the economy is, people are still giving,” she said. Please see Reunion, Page 6

Gov. Bev Perdue waves to the crowd attending Wednesday’s 75th Anniversary Rededication of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Rockfeller Memorial, Newfound Gap.

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Governor proud of mountains By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Gov. Bev Perdue returned to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wednesday for the 75th Anniversary Rededication Event held at the Rockefeller Memorial at Newfound Gap. Perdue talked about the beauty of the place and talked about excitement of the event. “This is the day the Lord has made,” she said quoting Psalm118:24. She said the mountains are one of God’s greatest gifts to North Carolina and the

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nation. Perdue, who grew up in the coal mining mountains of Southwest Virginia lived most of her adult life in New Bern, told the group she grew up just over the hill and each year her family took one vacation, to Mrytle Beach, SC. “We always made our way back to the Smokies” for a visit she always loved. She described the Park as the “People’s Park” and thanked everyone who had a part Please see Governor, Page 6


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Finance Officer Julie Scherer (center) and Assistant Finance Officer Paula Roach received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial reporting.

Finance office honored By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Rutherford County’s Finance Department has reached a milestone by winning the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 20th consecutive year. The award is given each year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada as the highest award for governmental accounting. Rutherford County’s 20th win in a row is the culmination of decades of hard work. “You have to meet certain criteria on the presentation and whether or not it meets accounting standards,” said County Finance Director Julie Scherer. “And there are certain things that must be on that report — there’s a checklist of items you have to make sure you’ve displayed. Among those are your management’s discussion and analysis which is a summary of how the fiscal year ended. It describes some financial indicators like if revenues increased or decreased by a certain amount and explains how that happened. And it talks about what next year’s budget looks like.” The awards won for the past few years have required a great deal more scrutiny, Scherer said, after recent changes in government reporting made the effort more like commer-

cial accounting. “They also look at our statistical section that gives ten years worth of data on everything like general revenues, general expenditures and a ten year history of fund balance,” Scherer said. “There is also a section in there on indicators for different departments — for instance how many people were housed in the detention center, how many building permits were issued, etc. They want to make sure that is there and is presented in the way it is expected.” Even as staff has varied from year to year over the past two decades, the department has continued to earn this award every year, like clockwork. “We’re always very proud to get it because a lot of effort has to go into it, but there is also a sense of relief,” Scherer said. Scherer gave credit to her fellow workers Assistant Finance Director Paula Roach, Staff Accountant Jeanette Bosgra, Accounting Technician Diane Hirt and Accounting Technician Angie Ownbey. “We feel that winning this award today is probably more difficult than it was 10 years ago,” Scherer said. “A lot of the credit needs to go to Stella Womack who was the director at the time the county first won this award, it was a major undertaking at that time and she really did a good thing by getting it started.”

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testimony of vital prosecution witness Allen, and jurors apparently were convinced he had made his case for acquittal. Oglesby said the credibility of Allen was questionable because she was an adulterer who was married to Edgerton’s cousin but had an affair with Edgerton, had been a cocaine user for 10 years, had been on the lam from law enforcement officers, had orders for her arrest on four felony charges and had told her story only after the indication by a sheriff’s deputy that she would be charged if she did not implicate Edgerton in the break-in. “But for her,” he noted, “there is no case.” Also, a key part of the prosecution case was that Edgerton was seen by two neighbors wearing orange pants, and the intruder had on orange pants. But Oglesby said the orange pants were not enough to convict, and said that investigators had done no forensic work at the crime scene, pointing out that no pictures were taken at the home. Security was extremely tight when the jury returned with its verdict. Six officers from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office were in front of the courtroom bar, standing very close to Edgerton at the defense table. Also, about eight law enforcement officers were at the back of the courtroom. An outburst by Edgerton earlier in the day was one of the reasons for the stepped-up security. Judge Bradley Letts had jurors begin deliberations at around 12:30 p.m., the normal time for lunch break in Superior Court. When they had not returned a verdict by 1:45 p.m., Letts said he was going to call the jury back in to see if they wanted to continue deliberating or go to lunch then. Before he could do that, however, Edgerton stood up and began to talk. Among other things, he said there was “a lot of sly stuff. My life is on the line. I feel like there is something going on.” Order was restored, but when it appeared Edgerton was going to start speaking again as the jurors returned, Judge Letts told him, “I will have you removed,” and Edgerton did not say anything. Jurors told the judge they wanted to continue deliberations, and they returned the not guilty verdicts some 20 minutes later. The jury had four options. They could have found Edgerton guilty of first-degree burglary or of nonfelonious breaking and entering. In the charge conference Letts held with the two attorneys in the case, it was determined that the original charge of attempted kidnapping was not appropriate in the case, so jurors could have returned a verdict of guilty to false imprisonment for the attack on Hoyle. The fourth option for jurors was not guilty. The court day began with Allen returning to the stand to read the

statement she has given officers abut Edgerton allegedly telling her about the break-in. Then Gary Roberts, a neighbor, took the stand to say that he had seen Edgerton wearing orange pants the day before the break-in. The prosecution then rested its case. Oglesby offered only two witnesses, Edgerton’s parents, Joseph Isaiah Edgerton and Virginia Edgerton. They both said their son had been in the house with them watching the movie “Lockdown” when law enforcement officers came by and shone a light toward their home. Edgerton’s father said he commented, “Lamont, thank goodness you’re in the house. This is one time they can’t come up here and try to put something on you.” Chief Assistant District Attorney Alex Bass asked the senior Edgerton about his criminal convictions, and listed them as felony manufacturing of marijuana, driving while license revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon. Bass listed Virginia Edgerton’s convictions as driving while impaired, assault and battery and manufacturing marijuana. Mrs. Edgerton told jurors Allen had once called her and “said if she didn’t talk she would get a long time in prison.” She added during her testimony that her son didn’t own any orange pants. In his closing argument, Bass said his case involved putting pieces of the puzzle together until they made a whole picture. “It all goes to the totality of the circumstances,” he said. Bass noted, for example, that the orange pants were important because two neighbors had seen Edgerton in orange pants shortly before the incident, and the victim in the case said her attacker had on orange pants. As he talked to jurors about the various pieces of the puzzle, he put together the letters G-UIL-TY on a projector pointed at a screen in the courtroom. He noted that the Edgertons’ alibi for their son was a “Johnny come lately” story. Also, apparently in referring to witness Allen’s testimony, he said, “you take evidence where you can get it.” In an unusual twist, Judge Letts removed one juror from the panel when he was found to apparently be asleep in the jury box. The same juror had been reprimanded Wednesday for reportedly sleeping. The judge ordered that the juror be removed and confined for a discussion about possibly being held in contempt. The alternate juror in the case was moved into the vacant seat. At the conclusion of the trial, spectators in the courtroom were told to remain in their seats until dismissed. That apparently was done to allow the departure of the victims in the case and witness Allen.

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At Your Leisure M Squared Restaurant, located at 125 West Main St., Spindale., offers the following entertainment/events: Sept. 4 — Alex Thompson, 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 5 — The Undecided (on the patio), 8 p.m. Tuesday Tapas — The roaring 20’s (weekly) Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar (weekly) Web site www.msquaredrestaurant. com.

Bead and Jewelry Show: Sept. 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, at the Asheville Civic Center, 87 Haywood St., Asheville. Admission $5 (Saturday) and $4 (Sunday). Visit for more information.

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Grand Ole Opry star and country music legend John Conlee will be in concert Saturday, Sept. 5, at Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets (reserved seating) are available at the box office and by phone at 828-926-9658. For more information and a seating chart, visit

Live music is played every Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. at Jake’s Barbecue (the former Golden Valley Music Park). Karaoke every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Loud & Proud Band plays on Fridays, and the Lonesome Road Band on Saturdays. For more information call 248-2223. Jake’s is located at 136 Music Row, Bostic. Club L.A. is a private club for members and guests, located at 319 W. Main St., Spindale. Admission — members free, guest $5. Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Each Thursday is ladies’ night and Karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Shagging every Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m. Wagon Wheel Country & Western Dance Club, W.E. Padgett Rd., Ellenboro area, hosts the following entertainment: Sept. 5 — Broken Axle Band, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission $5. Concessions, game room, family entertainment. Dance lessons every Tuesday night from 7:30 to 10, $3 per person. Web site Max Cruise (Ron McKinney) performs every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., at 57 Alpha Café, Rutherford County Airport. Weather permitting. Off the Beaded Path, located at 120B West Trade St., Forest City, offers Try-itTuesdays (every Tuesday) which features brief jewelry-making demos. The following classes are also available:

Sept. 5 — Silk Ribbon Necklace, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 — Square Stitch Bracelet, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 — Oval Ring, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 — Wire Wrapped Donut, 10 a.m. to noon Web site offthebeadedpathbeadstore. com. Spindale Fall Festival: Starts Friday, Sept. 18, with a Street Dance and Classic Car Show from 6 to 10 p.m., on Main St. An old-fashioned Street Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a great assortment of arts, crafts, children’s activities, entertainment, gem mining, clowns, petting zoos, church yard sales and food. Highlights of the event will include the unveiling of Robin Lattimore’s new book on the history of Spindale. Books go on sale that day at the Spindale House with all proceeds going to support the Spindale Library. There will also be a pie eating contest from noon to 4 p.m., sponsored by Munchie Town (pies donated by Bi-Lo). Proceeds will benefit the goat parade/festival currently being planned. For additional information, call 288-4875 after 6 p.m. 3rd Annual Art in Autumn outdoor arts and crafts festival offers more than one hundred juried artists and craftsmen to Main Street Weaverville on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Old-time and bluegrass music throughout the day. Rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit

Heritage Festival: 11th Annual Green Creek Heritage Festival; Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Green Creek Community Center; Festival Parade begins at 9:30 a.m.; local fire departments will compete in the “Firemen’s Barrel Roll Competition” at 11:30 a.m.; Antique Car, Truck and Tractor Show, registration from 7 a.m. until noon; judging ends at 2 p.m.; arts, crafts, country store, food, entertainment, 4-H livestock show, Draft Horse Exhibition, local Farmers Market; demonstrations for bee keeping, leather crafting, historical uses of herbs, spinning, and blacksmithing; blood pressure screenings, McGruff the Crime Dog, and much more; live entertainment includes Phil and Gaye Johnson, Jack Roper, Never Too Late, and LuLu Roman, former Hee Haw Comedy Show star; for more information contact Krista Haynes at 828-863-4367; free admission and free parking. International Demolition Derby: Saturday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Bar H Arena in Boiling Springs (previously held at Cleveland County Fair); admission — adults $8, ages 6-12 $5, under six free; sponsored by Boiling Springs Rural Fire Department; for information call 704-434-2866 or visit www. Living By Faith of Forest City, and The Chapelettes from Gaffney, S.C., will be in concert Saturday, Sept. 5, at Chesnee Gospel Music Center. Music begins at 7 p.m. Concessions available at 5:30 p.m. Spaghetti plates and hot dogs will be sold this weekend. The center is located on Greenlake Rd., Chesnee, S.C. Call 828-223-1514 for more information. Waterfall 21st Annual Craft Sale: Sept. 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Timothy Methodist Church in Brevard (across from Strauss Park); lunch, snacks and beverages available; for more information call 828-883-2029. 5K Run/Walk: (3.1 miles) Saturday, Sept. 19, at Boiling Springs Baptist Church; starting time 8 a.m.; children’s fun loop 9:15 a.m.; entry fees before Sept. 5 — 5K Run/Walk $20; family of 4, $45; children’s fun loop $10; children’s fun loop and 5K, $15; T-shirt with pre-registration; fees after Sept. 5 are $5 more on each price. Awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds for India missions. For more information visit

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Museum events this weekend FOREST CITY — Weekend events at KidSenses children’s museum include the Garden Night, Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Children are invited to enjoy the Magical tree house, Adventure Slide and play in the flowing stream. On Saturday, Super Art Saturday will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with children creating a special keepsake.

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t’s hard to know how Rutherford County fans of the Carolina Panthers are feeling on the cusp of the new NFL season. Pre-season has been tough. Some may say it was disastrous. First, the contract hassle with defensive end Julius Peppers left fans wondering if he will put the pedal to the metal this season. His play in pre-season games added to that concern. Then injuries have beset the Panthers from the first day of practice and continue to cause worries about the ability of the defense to get the job done. At the same time, the unexpected shake-up in the front office with the resignation of both of owner Jerry Richardson’s sons provided another layer to the uncertainness facing the Panthers whose great season last year ended suddenly and clumsily against Arizona in the playoffs. But there are still 16 regular season games to go and there is no time like the present to say: “Go Panthers!”

Our readers’ views He sees health plan as an ‘Obamination’ To the editor: I was delighted to read Ray Crawford’s latest letter in which he stated that “it was good to hear from (me) again.” In his missive he asked two questions which I am happy to answer. Because an answer to the first question could become somewhat complex, I will first answer the second: “What kind of medical insurance do [I] have?” Well, the basic answer is that I have no medical insurance; but, I am happy to state that I am enrolled under two excellent government medical plans ... Medicare and Tricare for Life. Neither plan provides completely cost-free care; but, I consider the benefits to be very generous and I would hate to lose these benefits under Obamacare. Nevertheless, I have paid for, and continue to partially pay for these benefits; Medicare through more than 60 years of Social Security payments; Tricare through 28 years of active duty in the regular Army. I continue to co-pay for these benefits and am also taxed on my Social Security and Medicare benefits. I will add that, for quite a few years, I found it necessary to pay for private health insurance prior to the advent of Tricare; which represents my government’s rather belated meeting of promises made when I first held up my right hand on my enlistment in 1942 and, again, upon acceptance

of a regular Army commission in 1947. These promises were made first for medical care during World War II; second for medical care for life during active service and retirement in the regular Army. To Mr. Crawford’s other question: “How [does] one government option make socialized medicine?” The answer is also basic. It doesn’t; nor is Obamacare a single government option. Obamacare is not an option; it is a requirement. Under Obamacare, every American citizen and, apparently, every illegal immigrant, must have medical insurance as outlined in his 1,000-page bill now before the Congress ... a bill which few Americans have read or understand. I believe I am correct when I also state that few legislators have read or understand this confusing and controversial bill. As for Medicare, Tricare, and also Medicaid; they are forms of socialized medicine; but, there is one major difference. These plans are not mandatory. No one is required to enroll (I’m told than none of our congressmen are enrolled). Further, doctors and other care providers are able to care for patients as they see fit. No board of government bureaucrats determines what, when, why, and how care will be prescribed; nor will medical service be rationed or only provided to those “more deserving” than others. The above comments are illus-

trative of some of the many reasons I believe Obamacare is an ill-conceived Obamination. I trust these responses to Mr. Crawford’s questions will also apply to those asked by Mr. Wilson in his recent letter. Chuck Ross Lake Lure

Cyclists invited to Tour de Peach To the editor: I would like to invite all local cyclists to the 3rd annual Tour de Peach in Gaffney, SC. This is a fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. The ride is on Sept. 26th. For more info, visit Kristi Queen Mooresboro

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Scott to Scotty: “Beam me up to DragonCon’ Labor Day weekend means my annual pilgrimage to Atlanta, Ga. for DragonCon — the biggest geek convention on the East Coast. Organizers make that claim every year, of course, but this year it might just be the truth. First, there’s the fact that about 20,000 people are expected to arrive — and it’ll probably blow those expectations out of the water. Why, you ask? Because this year Leonard Nimoy — the original Spock — has been a confirmed guest since sometime in February. And then, just last month, the geek guest of all geek guests announced he’d be there. That’s right William “Captain Kirk” Shatner will be a guest. I can’t believe The Daily Courier building hasn’t burned down or warped into sub-space from the sheer level of my nerd-tastic excitement. My main goal this year is

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to get Nimoy and Shatner to autograph some Star Trek Customizable Card Game cards. By the way, that’s a great game and I highly recommend it to any Star Trek fan out there. It is true they don’t make that game anymore, but you can still easily find the cards on the Internet for sale. Even after the game’s demise commercially, fans have kept the game alive and we’ll be having various tournaments at DragonCon this year. In that way, it sort of mirrors the success of Star Trek as a whole. Fans kept the series alive, pretty much from day one, despite either

ridiculously low budgets (in the 1960s) or ridiculously high expectations for ratings (in the 2000s) that both led to cancellations eventually. Everyone was more than ready to write off Star Trek as dead and gone when J.J. Abrams and his crew came out with a brand new movie (complete with the unthinkably new cast) this year and made hundreds of millions of dollars. You can’t blame Nimoy for wanting to appear at the convention this year as he was in the movie as old-man Spock (or, Spock Prime as we respectfully call him now) but it is a little funny to me that Shatner has decided to finally grace DragonCon. Numerous Trek stars have made their way to the convention over the years, but this is the first time Shatner has decided to grace us with his presence. So, why would I not get to meet him? Simple, I expect the line for autographs and

photos to be stretched out the door, around the block and ...well... pretty much all the way back up Interstate 85 into South Carolina and North Carolina with people clamoring to meet Capt. Kirk. This will not, however, deter me from standing in line. I’ve pretty much blocked out my Saturday morning to do two things — see the DragonCon parade and stand in line for Shatner and Nimoy autographs. If I do pull this off, I’ll definitely be posting on my Facebook page (and maybe even my Twitter) that I’ve gotten the autograph. Heck, it will at least give me something to do while I stand in line, right? The bigger question, though, is why might I go through all this trouble to get these autographs? The simple answer is I’m a Star Trek fan. But the more complicated answer is that these

men embodied American icons for decades. It’s true that Christopher Pine and Zachary Quinto are now known throughout the world as Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock. But for some of us,09042009courierA04 those characters will always be associated with Shatner and Nimoy. And it is the characters and stories that truly make Star Trek such a phenomenon. You can point to special effects and alien babes all you want, but the real reason so many people of so many stripes like to see the adventures of these guys, is the way they are written. Despite every galaxythreatening situation that Kirk and Spock (and the others) have encountered over the years, they save the day more often than not because they work together, trust in each other, and exemplify the best of humanity. If this isn’t worthy of my being a fan, I don’t know what is.

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ROCKY MOUNT (AP) — A man accused in the fatal stabbing of an eastern North Carolina volunteer church worker has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Multiple media outlets report that 32-year-old Tommy Lee Holiday of Rocky Mount also pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery. In exchange for his guilty pleas, Holiday was spared the death penalty. Investigators say Holiday killed Kornegay and critically injured another woman while they were working in the church kitchen for Meals on Wheels in October 2007. They believe Kornegay was helping the homeless Holiday find a shelter when he attacked her.

Man sentenced for threatening Obama

STONEVILLE (AP) — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to saying he was going to assassinate President Barack Obama. The Rockingham County sheriff’s office says Steve Lee Stone pleaded to charges Wednesday of communicating threats, resisting a public officer and misusing the 911 system. He was sentenced to two 45-day jail terms, which were suspended, and 18 months probation. Police say the 44-year-old man called a 911 dispatcher

twice from his trailer about five miles south of the Virginia border in late July and said he was going to assassinate the president. He did not identify himself. Sheriff’s deputies and a Secret Service agent investigated the caller’s identity. Stone was interviewed by deputies at his trailer in Stoneville. Deputies say Stone became combative during the interview and they were forced to use a stun gun and arrest him.

Police seize four fighting roosters WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — A North Carolina city’s police have seized four roosters and items related to cockfighting for the second time in two weeks. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday that police raided a WinstonSalem house after a report of abandoned animals. Animal control officers found 22 roosters and hens. Two of the chickens had injuries and officers found tools that could be used to cut the loose flesh on a rooster’s head and chin. The procedure is typically used on roosters involved in cockfighting to make it harder for them to get hurt.

Dog breeder facing cruelty charges

RALEIGH (AP) — A North Carolina dog breeder being scrutinized for possible animal safety violations gave

Police Notes Six people injured in car accident

FOREST CITY— Six people were taken to Rutherford Hospital as the result of a one-vehicle accident Wednesday at about 8 p.m. on Whiteside Road. Trooper D. R. Walker said Laura Wingo, 20, of Old Caroleen Road, Forest City, was driving a 1989 Cadillac traveling west on Whiteside Road, entered a sharp curve, ran off the road, traveled down an embankment and hit a tree. Walker said Wingo told him she was pushed off the road by a truck. Wingo and her five passengers, Crystal Baxter, Erica Lattimore, Shawn Moore, Anthony Wingo and Chad Hunt, were taken to the hospital by Rutherford County EMS where they were treated. He said the injuries appeared minor. Rutherford County EMS, NC Highway Patrol, and Hudlow firefighters were among those assisting at the scene.

Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 146 E-911 calls Wednesday.


n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 45 E-911 calls Wednesday.


n The Spindale Police Department responded to 19 E-911 calls Wednesday.

Lake Lure

n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to six E-911 calls Wednesday.

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 64 E-911 calls Wednesday.

n Ambers Surratt reported an incident of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, damage to property and burglary. (See arrest of Chapman.) n Danny Weaver reported an incident of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and larceny. n Christine Evans reported an incident of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle.




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n Jessica Mooney reported an incident of breaking and entering, larceny and damage to property. n An employee of the Forest City Police Department reported an incident of found property. n An employee of D & H Garage reported felony larceny. n An employee of Ingles reported a larceny. (See arrest of Hollis.) n An employee of Ingles reported an incident of receiving a counterfeit check and obtaining property by false pretense.

Arrests n Gary Chapman, 24, of Race Path Church Road, Ellenboro; charged with attempted first-degree burglary, break and enter into a motor vehicle and injury to personal property; placed under a $36,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n Christopher Hoyle, 17, of East Zion Church Road, Shelby; arrested on warrants for three counts of breaking and entering a coin-operated machine, two counts of larceny, felony breaking and entering and felony larceny; freed on a custody release. (FCPD) n John Hollis, 29, of Stillwater Road, Shelby; charged with larceny; released on a $500 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Derrick Joseph Reynolds, 24, of 23 Holly Way; charged with drive/ allow motor vehicle with no registration and fictitious/ canceled/ revoked/ altered registration card/tag; placed under a $1,500 secured bond. (Probation) n John Thomas Davis, 47, of 180 Proctor School Rd.; charged with misdemeanor probation violation; placed under an $8,000 secured bond. (Probation) n Jeremy Lee Brown, 26, of 210 Alabama St.; parole revocation appeal; no bond. (Probation) n Anthony Michael Montanez, 18, of 366 N. Main St.; charged with assault by pointing a gun; placed under a $500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Barry Anthony Dalton, 33, of 101 Carriage Place; charged with aid and abet impaired driving; released on a written promise to appear. (RCSD)

hundreds of animals away in an unsuccessful attempt to evade prosecution, authorities said Thursday. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said 38-yearold Ranna (RAY’-nah) Scott of Lucama kept more than 230 dogs in poor health over several months. She’s been charged with 13 felony counts of cruelty to animals. Maj. Mickey Wilson said animal enforcement officers visited Scott’s home about 50 miles east of Raleigh on Aug. 21 to follow up on a previous visit to her breeding business. There they discovered hundreds of dogs needing immediate medical treatment for ailments including insect infestation, rotting teeth and eye infections. Wilson said the dogs remained because the department didn’t have the manpower to move them. Wilson said Scott told officials she would resolve the medical issues over a threeday period. Police agreed to return the following week to retrieve the animals and have Scott surrender ownership of the dogs. Wilson said during this time Scott contacted friends, including at least 30 fellow breeders, in an attempt to get rid of the dogs, which included 23 purebred breeds. When police returned to Scott’s home on Aug. 24, all the dogs were gone. “She thought that if she got rid of them, there would be no evidence there, and she wouldn’t be charged,” Wilson said. “I think she just panicked.”

Steven Quade Steven Dexter Quade, 63, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 at Willow Ridge. A native of Beltrami, Minn., he was a son of the late John and Melba Oglesby Quade. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and a veteran of the Navy. He was a foreman in the steel industry with Columbia Tools. He is survived by his wife, Maria Glenda Guevarra Quade of the home; two sons, Nickolas of the home, and Theodore Quade of Utah; one daughter, Emily Weber of Washington; and three brothers, John Quade III of Washington, Marvin Quade of Wisconsin, and Billy Quade of Illinois. Services will be private. Online condolences www.

Jack Melton

Jack Ray Melton, 62, of 1178 Old US Hwy. 74, Ellenboro, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 at his residence. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Howard Melton and Clara Nanney Melton Allen. He was the owner/operator of Melton’s Leather Store and attended Corinth Baptist Church. He is survived by one brother, Joel Melton of Elkin; two sisters, Gail Parton of Rutherfordton, and Diane Villareal of Macon, Ga.; and special cousins, Fran and Ken Melton of Ellenboro. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corinth Baptist Church with the Revs. David Jendrey and Ad Hopper officiating. The n Kim Undria Curtis, 37, of family will receive friends 380 Mayse Rd.; charged with after the service. McKinneyLandreth Funeral Home is shoplifting/ concealment of goods; released on a written serving the Melton family. promise to appear. (RCSD) n Chad Lee Bevins, 32, Online condolences of 228 Hicks Grove Road Extension; charged with second-degree trespass and resisting a public officer; placed under a $1,500 secured bond. (RCSD) Bill Hefner n Bobby David Gilbert, 31, HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) of 243 Heffner St.; charged with breach of peace; placed — Former Democratic U.S. under a $300 secured bond. Rep. Bill Hefner, a Southern Baptist gospel singer and (RCSD) radio station owner who n Curtis Leach, 34, of 512 served in Congress for 24 Goldeater St.; charged with years from North Carolina, resisting a public officer, no liability insurance and drive has died. He was 79. Nancy Hefner said her husleft of center; placed under band died at a Huntsville, a $1,000 secured bond. Ala., hospital from a brain (RCSD) aneurysm Wednesday. n Mark Anthony McCall, Hefner was a Tennessee 40, of 149 Clay St.; charged native. He joined the U.S. with failure to comply on child support; placed under a House of Representatives in 1975 and served for 12 $1,600 cash bond. (RCSD) terms. He was the dean of n Donald Lee Hall, 54, North Carolina’s U.S. House of 125 J.E. Morrow Rd.; delegation when he decided charged with operating a lot- not to seek re-election in tery; placed under a $500 1998. He represented the 8th secured bond. (RCSD) Congressional District, which n Don Joseph Buff, 42, of comprises several south-cen231 Clarence Henson Rd.; tral counties. charged with attempt to He fought for funding for break and enter and injury to North Carolina military baspersonal property; released es and for veterans services on a $2,000 unsecured bond. Hefner owned a Kannapolis (RCSD) radio station. He was also the founding member of the EMS/Rescue Harvesters Quartet gospel singing group. n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 30 E-911 Robert Schnabel calls Wednesday. VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Former Valparaiso University n The Volunteer Life President Robert Schnabel Saving and Rescue, Hickory has died at age 86. Nut Gorge EMS and The university announced Rutherford County Rescue that its leader from 1978 to responded to 16 E-911 calls 1988 died Tuesday in Angola, Wednesday. where he had lived in recent years. Schnabel arrived Fire Calls at the private Lutheran n Cliffside firefighters school after time as presiresponded to a motor vehicle dent of Concordia College crash. in Bronxville, N.Y., and as a philosophy professor at n Ellenboro firefighters Concordia Senior College in responded to a fire alarm. Fort Wayne. n Forest City firefighters His tenure at Valparaiso responded to a motor vehicle included the construccrash. tion of three major campus n Hudlow firefighters buildings — the Athleticsresponded to a motor vehicle Recreation Center, the School crash. of Law and the communican Rutherfordton firefighttions and computer facility ers responded to a motor that bears his name. vehicle crash. n Spindale firefighters Jim White responded to a motor vehicle ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jim crash. White, a retired KMOX n Sandy Mush firefighters radio personality who was responded to a grass fire. a well-known fixture in St.


Louis for three decades, has died at the age of 73. White, known on air as The Big Bumper, died Wednesday morning of complications from surgery, KMOX said. He joined KMOX as an assistant news director in 1969. He was number one in the 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. time slot for 20 years before he retired in 1999.

John M. Stephens SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — John M. Stephens, the 1988 Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, has been killed after his pickup truck ran off a highway and struck some trees, authorities said Wednesday. Stephens, 43, apparently lost control of his vehicle on a rural stretch of Louisiana Highway 169 near Shreveport on Tuesday evening, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office said. Stephens wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was thrown after the truck hit some trees head-on, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick said. The statement said Stephens apparently was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the single-vehicle accident. No one else was injured in the crash. “This is a very sad loss,” said Adrian Howard, a defensive back who played with Stephens at Northwestern State from 1986 until 1989. Stephens, selected 17th in the 1988 NFL Draft, played six NFL seasons, reaching the Pro-Bowl as a rookie when he ran for 1,168 yards. He played for the Patriots until 1992, then spent time with Green Bay, Atlanta and Kansas City before retiring with 3,440 career yards and 18 touchdowns. At Northwestern State, Stephens broke the school’s career rushing record previously set by Joe Delaney, topping it by 10 yards with 3,057. Delaney was the 1981 AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Kansas City Chiefs and when Stephens won his award seven years later, it made Northwestern State the only school to produce two running backs who went on to be Rookie of the Year. Stephens also won the NFL’s first Gale Sayers Humanitarian Citation for his work on behalf of the Roxbury (Mass.) Comprehensive Community Health Center. Mohamed Seineldin BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Mohamed Seineldin, a former army colonel who led failed military uprisings against two elected governments seeking to prosecute dictatorshipera human rights abuses in Argentina, died Wednesday. He was 75. Seineldin, a nationalist who gained fame for his role in Argentina’s 1982 Falklands War against Britain, was an ideologue of the “carapintada,” or “painted face,” movement — soldiers who rebelled against the governments of President Raul Alfonsin and President Carlos Menem.


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Hospice Hospice of Rutherford County offers the following services: Advance Care Planning Clinics: Offered the first Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m., and the third Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m., social workers help participants complete documents at the Hospice Annette Cash Whitaker Center of Living. GRACE: For anyone caring for a loved one; conducted the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Rutherford Life Care, and the third Friday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Adult care services are available on Tuesday evenings. HOPE Support Group: Tuesdays for four weeks beginning Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the Center of Living. This group is for any adult who has lost a loved one. PROMISE Group: For anyone who has lost a child of any age. The fourweek educational group will be conducted by Chaplain Jim Johnston, every Monday in beginning in the fall. Widow/Widower’s Lunch Bunch meeting: Meets the third Friday of each month at Spindale Restaurant. Dutch treat from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For anyone in the community who has lost a spouse. For information or to register for any of the above events, call 245-0095.

Reunions 4th Annual Graham Town reunion: Saturday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m. until 10 p.m., at Hardin Road Park, Forest City; fun, food, live entertainment; arts/crafts vendors welcome (no food vendors); for more information call 288-4760, 289-1207 or 247-4142. Beaver family reunion: Saturday, Sept. 12, covered dish lunch 1 p.m., Big Springs Baptist Church, 534 Big Springs Rd., Ellenboro; for more information contact Donna Beaver Walker at 657-6385. Vickers family reunion: Sunday, Sept. 13, covered dish lunch 1 p.m., Mt. Vernon Clubhouse; bring wellfilled basket.

Miscellaneous Fall storytime: Spindale Library will hold fall storytime for preschoolers at 10 a.m. every Tuesday, beginning Sept. 15. Yokefellow Service Center will hold a half-price sale through Sept. 12. The store will be closed Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day. The center is located at 102 Blanton St., Spindale. Animal Shelter: Rutherford County Animal Shelter and CPC Office will be closed Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day. Convenience centers: The county landfill and all convenience centers will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume Sept. 8. Hunter Safety Course: Sept. 21, 23 and 24, 6 to 9 p.m.; Cooperative Extension Office, Callahan-Koon Rd., Spindale; must attend all three nights; register online at www. or contact Officer Tim Bullock at 248-2694.


Day (May 25) to $2.51 a gallon. The most expensive gasoline currently is in Durham at $2.57 cents a gallon and the least expensive is in Wilmington at $2.45 for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded gasoline. The most popular destinations for motorists, who represent 86% of those traveling, are: Myrtle Beach, Washington D.C., Asheville, Charleston and Atlanta, according to AAA Vacations, which tracks hotel bookings and TripTik routings. Economic conditions still affect North Carolina, which has an unemployment of 11 percent, compared to the national rate of 9.7 percent. “There exists a current pent-up desire to travel that is manifesting itself this weekend,” said Parsons. “It helps that hotels, airlines and entertainment venues are offering discounts, some specific to this weekend,

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with in-home care. The revenue stream from the use of the Carolina Event and Conference Center will go toward helping with our in-home care.” Much of the facility will be open for state-of-the-art conference center uses with audio and video capabilities in each of the three meeting rooms. But staff members will also have offices and work spaces set aside at

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People may begin to set up on Friday, but the event will officially begin at noon Saturday and is set to end at 10 p.m. In between, Miller said, there will be free food, fun and games, family entertainment including gospel singing, reggae and rhythm and blues, sports entertainment and even a tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

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in its past stewardship, vision and the maintenance of the Park. “We’re at bat now,” Perdue said. “It is our job to make sure the legacy of the Park” remains intact as people continue to walk in God’s creation. “This is a great day,” she said, arriving at the ceremony at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Dressed in a navy blue suit, Perdue was accompanied to a press area by security officials, but stopped momentarily when she heard a woman calling from the crowd of 2,000 people, , “Beverly. Beverly,” Perdue made her way to the special guests section seats and the two women hugged and talked briefly. She

some ongoing.” Traffic enforcement will be heavy along the South Atlantic region with stepped up highway patrols and checkpoints along the borders of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Last year, four people died in traffic crashes in North Carolina over the Labor Day holiday. Air travel will drop significantly for this short holiday weekend from 60,000 passengers over Memorial Day to 39,000 this weekend, representing only 4 percent of those traveling. The remaining 10 percent will travel by bus, train or boat, according to surveys prepared by IHS Global Insight on behalf of AAA. Most construction projects along interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes will be suspended beginning at 4 p.m., Friday, September 4, until 9 a.m., Tuesday, September 8, with four exceptions. The four exceptions are: n I-85 in Vance County between

mile markers 206 and 214. The interstate is reduced to one lane in each direction and traffic has been shifted to the northbound lanes so that crews can reconstruct the southbound lanes as part of a pavement rehabilitation project. n Exits 25 and 33 over I-95 in Robeson County are closed to traffic crossing over the interstate as a part of the bridge raising and rehabilitation project. n One of three lanes will be closed on I-85 North and I-85 South at the interchange with N.C. 62 at Exit 113 near High Point due to construction of the U.S. 311 Bypass. No work will occur during the holiday; however, the right lane in each direction will remain closed. n One lane of U.S. 220 South at the Randolph/Montgomery County line will be closed due to the construction of rest areas. No work will occur during the holiday; however, the right lane in each direction will remain closed.

the center. Some rooms will be equipped with laptop computers, telephones and copier machines so staff can complete their usual assignments.

very similar to the one in our chapel,” said Lorie Guffey, a Hospice staff. “And naming opportunities for this exist at $5,000. We also have our Tree of Life piece with naming opportunities for $1,000.”

“The main dining room can seat about 430 people,” Owen said. “And if you include the smaller rooms and patio, the center has a capacity of 500 for events.” Also on display are several pieces of artwork designed to help with dedication to loved ones or be named in honor of former patients. “Our Wall of Hope glass art work is “The whole community is going to sing ‘We Are the World,’” Miller said. “We’ll also have a dancing contest for kids to do the moon walk.” Mayor Jimmy Gibson said the event should serve as an example to other communities in the town’s limits and around the county. “I hope it will continue and spread all over the town,” Gibson said. “We are encouraging people to take pride in their communities.” Miller plans to keep the seed her

also signed a few autographs A senior citizen asked for an autograph for “a little 3-year-old” and talked about the National Park she loves. She promised a group of people from Swain County she’d be back in October to visit their schools and talk about programs there, as they posed comments regarding their area of the state. On the state of the state, Perdue said times are tough, but “they will get better.” Regarding budget funding cuts in areas of economic development and tourism, Perdue said, it was hard to concentrate on those things, when “we are firing (school) teachers.” Perdue was joined on the podium by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and the entire N.C. and Tenn. Congressional Delegation represent-

Organizers hope that the center will not only raise money for Hospice services, but also provide another place for high profile events in the county that may spur usage of local hotels and restaurants. Contact Baughman via e-mail at

uncle Melvin Watkins planted so many years ago nurtured. “It brought him joy just to do things like that,” Miller said, saying Melvin would attend Saturday’s event. “This is something God had always put in mine and my brother’s hearts – to carry that torch. “He just needed two people crazy enough to bring it together.” For more information on the reunion, contact Miller at 288-4760, or Greg Watkins, 247-1760.

ing the Smokies — Rep. Phil Roe, Rep. Heath Shuler, Rep. Zach Wamp, Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr., Sen. Kay Hagan, Sen. Bob Corker; Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Richard Burr. The delegation presented the proclamation of the Congress of the U.S. for the rededication of the park. Dolly Parton, ambassador for the Smokies, sang two songs, “Forever Home” and “My Mountains, My Home,” she wrote for the 75th anniversary and Cherokee Elder Jerry Wolfe said the blessing of the Park. GSM Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson and Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Acting Director of the National Park Service Dan Wenk, also addressed the crowd. Contact Gordon via email:jgordon@thedigitalcourier.

Country ham supper: Saturday, Sept. 4, 4 to 8 p.m., Duncan’s Creek Presbyterian Church; adult plates $9; children $4.50; under six free; proceeds for the building fund.

Officer, drug suspect shot in parking lot

Friday night supper: Sept. 4, begins at 4 p.m., Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, BosticSunshine Hwy.; pork tenderloin plates, homemade biscuits and desserts; adults $10; ages 6-12, $6; under 6 free; all proceeds for Camp McCall.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy and a suspect in a narcotics investigation were shot and wounded in a restaurant parking lot. Multiple media sources reported Wednesday night that two people were taken into custody, although they were not immediately identified

Yard sale: Saturday, Sept. 5, begins at 7 a.m., at Hopewell United Methodist Church; large number of yard sale items; church located four miles from Ellenboro at the corner of Hollis and Hopewell roads.

Music/concerts Gospel singing: 29th Annual South Mountain Christian Camp Gospel Singing; Saturday, Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, Ellenboro; featuring The American Quartet and The Carolina Quartet. Singing: Sunday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Riverside Baptist Church, Hogan Road, Harris; The Golden Valley Crusaders. Singing: Sunday, Sept. 6, 2 p.m., Village Chapel Church, 141 Huntley St., Forest City; featuring In His Glory. Singing: Sunday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m., Sandy Level Baptist Church; featuring Joe Willis of Morganton.

side of the restaurant. Shots were fired and the vice squad officer and a suspect were hit. The sheriff’s office said the officer was struck in the foot. While the extent of the suspect’s wounds were not released, officials said both people received non-life-threatening injuries.

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Bulldogs open vs. Mars Hill By JACOB CONLEY

Edwards will race despite broken foot CHARLOTTE (AP) — Carl Edwards will race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway despite breaking his right foot playing frisbee. Edwards is on crutches but was cleared to race in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series by doctors from the University of Missouri. He is from Columbia, Mo., and was injured in a hometown game Wednesday night. “I know this probably sounds ridiculous to a lot of people, and I could hardly believe it myself,” Edwards said Thursday. “I was playing frisbee with a couple of buddies and we both went for the frisbee at the same time. I put my foot on it, my friend dove for it, and the next thing you know, we all heard a pop. “I knew it was broken and we all kind of looked at each other in disbelief that of all things, I would break my foot playing frisbee.” Edwards has three victories at Atlanta and is the defending race winner. He said doctors told him he’ll have no problems using the accelerator. Edwards is fifth in the Sprint Cup Series standings with two races remaining before the title-deciding Chase for the championship begins. Because of his series-high nine wins last season, he was widely considered the favorite to end Jimmie Johnson’s run of three straight titles. But he’s winless this season in NASCAR’s top series and has been counting on a hot streak during the 10-race Chase to mount a title run.

Rays call up INF Reid Brignac ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have called up infielder Reid Brignac from Triple-A Durham. Rays manager Joe Maddon said Brignac will add depth to the bench and will start at shortstop in place of Jason Bartlett in one game of Monday’s day-night doubleheader at the New York Yankees. Also, pitcher Joe Nelson, designated for assignment earlier this week, accepted an outright assignment to Durham.

Local Sports FOOTBALL 5:30 p.m. Asheville School at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy 7:30 p.m. Chase at Bessemer City 7:30 p.m. McDowell at East Rutherford 7:30 p.m. R-S Central at Polk County

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R-S Central’s Leon Brown (25) breaks up a pass intended for a Wolverines’ receiver during last season’s football game against Polk County. Polk won the game, 31-23, as they rushed for 355-yards and four touchdowns. It was the sixth straight win in the series for Polk.

Central looks to end Polk County skid; 3 look for win n Chase,

East and TJCA still searching for season’s first win By SCOTT BOWERS Daily Courier Sports Editor

FOREST CITY — The third week of the NCHSAA football season will find three county programs looking for their first win of the season, while one, R-S Central, looks to remain undefeated. The Hilltoppers (2-0) are beginning to take the shape that many in the area thought they were capable of, but Friday

night will find the county’s only 3A program battling rival Polk County. The Wolverines (2-0) have owned this series since it resumed six years ago and Central will be searching for its first win of the decade against Polk. Rutherford County’s three other programs — Chase, East Rutherford and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy — will take to the field trying to find their respective first wins of 2009. The Trojans (0-2) travel into Bessemer City (1-1) to face the 1A Yellow Jackets. Please see Football, Page 7

BOILING SPRINGS — After a disappointing 5-6 season in 2008, GardnerWebb head football coach Steve Patton couldn’t keep the excitement out of his voice while discussing the Bulldogs and their season opener against Mars Hill on Saturday. “I’m ready,” said Patton with a grin. “And the kids are ready to hit somebody else too.” Patton has reason to be excited. The Dogs have experience under center with senior quarterback Stan Doolittle and a talented receiving corps returns to offset the loss of Dobson Collins to graduation. “Dobson was a guy who we could count on for 13 touchdowns a season, and that is why he is in the NFL,” said Patton. “We don’t have one guy that can do that, but we do have a group of receivers who can find the end zone.” Defensively, GWU’s strength is in linebackers, as they return five players with significant starting experience from last season’s squad. This depth will allow Patton to run multiple defensive fronts. “We are going to try some 4-3, some 3-4 and maybe a version of a 5-2 with a backer dropping into coverage,” Patton said. Even with the high expectations he has for the Bulldogs, Patton admits to a feeling of nervousness about the first game. “Like everybody else we will find out a lot about the team after the first game

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Lady Trojans remain undefeated By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

CHASE — Chase found a fire to furiously come back and wear down Shelby, in volleyball, to remain undefeated after Thursday night’s match. The Lady Trojans rallied to get a huge conference win, in the 2A side, by scoring a 21-25, 25-20, 13-25, 25-21, 15-4 decision, which puts them on the inside track of a playoff spot.

“They didn’t get down on each other and point fingers,” Chase volleyball coach Jessica Beheler said. “They finally decided to leave the mistakes behind. They fought back, didn’t give up and made things happen to win.” For a while, Chase (4-0, 2-0) looked as though the unbeaten mark was about to come to an end. In the first set, despite 12 kills for the Lady Trojans, Shelby made fewer errors and

faults, allowing Shelby to take the first set by four points. Chase led most of the second set and jumped out to an 11-6 advantage, but Shelby tied the game at 14-all later on. Katherine Murray broke the tie moments later for Chase after a long period of play, with a kill down the sideline to help the Lady Trojans to Please see Prep, Page 8

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On TV 1 p.m. (ESPN2) Tennis U.S. Open — Men’s Second Round and Women’s Third Round. 7 p.m. (ESPN2) Tennis U.S. Open — Men’s Second Round and Women’s Third Round. 7:30 p.m. (TS) MLB Baseball Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves. 8 p.m. (ESPN) College Football Tulsa at Tulane.

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Stefan Logan (41), left, celebrates with fans after returning a punt for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, Thursday. Steelers’ Keiwan Ratliff (31) looks on. Carolina Panthers’ Josh McCown (12) loses the ball as he is hit by Pittsburgh Steelers’ Arnold Harrison (97). The Steelers recovered the fumble. The Steelers lead, 21-10, at press time.


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Scoreboard BASEBALL National League East Division W L Pct 76 54 .585 70 63 .526 69 64 .519 59 74 .444 46 88 .343 Central Division W L Pct St. Louis 79 55 .590 Chicago 67 64 .511 Milwaukee 64 68 .485 Houston 63 70 .474 Cincinnati 60 73 .451 Pittsburgh 53 79 .402 West Division W L Pct Los Angeles 79 55 .590 Colorado 74 59 .556 San Francisco 73 60 .549 Arizona 61 73 .455 San Diego 59 76 .437 Philadelphia Atlanta Florida New York Washington

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Chase’s Kristin Hutchins (10) goes up for the shot during the volleyball game against Shelby on Thursday.

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cruise and earn a five-point win. In the third, Chase had some lethargic play and gave up points by posting 18 faults or errors in the set, as Shelby went on to win by double digits during the third game. Down 2-1 in sets, Chase went on a tear after falling behind 4-0 to Shelby in the fourth set. Euletha Davis and Sam Carpenter smashed two kills, while Chase avoided making the mistakes it plagued them in the first three sets to climb back into tie during the fourth set, at 12-all. Carpenter and Davis continued the attack as Caroline Jolley set the two up for back-to-back kills and Hutchins tap volley that skimmed over the net, gave Chase a 25-21 win in the set. With the teams tied at two win sets each, Chase had no problem in racing to the 15-point barrier to earn the win. Chase got two aces by Hutchins and kills by Carpenter, Enriquez and Davis to reach a 5-0 lead as the Lady Trojans ran away win a 15-4 victory in the deciding game. “Shelby is tough and this was an important conference game,” Beheler said. “I’m proud of the way they came back and finished this one in the way they did.” Davis led the way with 13 kills and three aces on the night. Enriquez had eight kills, five aces and a block to back up the Trojans’ arsenal. Chase still has three more South Mountain Athletic Conference matches involving 2A schools, (one more with Shelby and two with East Rutherford) making Thursday’s win that much more important for postseason hopes.

JV Football R-S Central 35, Polk County 6

RUTHERFORDTON — Dustin Atchley found pay dirt three times and rushed for over 200-yards for the JV Hilltoppers and Central posted a 35-6 thumping of Polk County, Thursday.

Chase 37, Bessemer City 20

CHASE — Tyreece Gossett rushed for a touchdown, passed for a touchdown and returned an interception 95-yards for a score as the JV Trojans blasted Bessemer City, 37-20, Thursday.

GB — 7 1/2 8 1/2 18 1/2 32  GB —  10 1/2 14  15 1/2 18 1/2 25  GB —  4 1/2 5 1/2 18  20 1/2

Wednesday’s Games Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 3 Chicago Cubs 2, Houston 0 San Diego 7, Washington 0 San Francisco 4, Philadelphia 0 Florida 8, Atlanta 7 St. Louis 10, Milwaukee 3 Colorado 5, N.Y. Mets 2 Arizona 4, L.A. Dodgers 1 Thursday’s Games Milwaukee 4, St. Louis 3 Chicago White Sox 5, Chicago Cubs 0 N.Y. Mets 8, Colorado 3 Philadelphia 2, San Francisco Atlanta at Florida, late Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, late Friday’s Games Florida (West 6-5) at Washington (Mock 3-6), 7:05 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 16-7) at Pittsburgh (K.Hart 4-4), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Zambrano 7-6) at N.Y. Mets (Parnell 3-7), 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Arroyo 11-12) at Atlanta (D.Lowe 13-8), 7:35 p.m. Philadelphia (Cl.Lee 5-1) at Houston (W.Rodriguez 12-9), 8:05 p.m. San Francisco (Zito 9-11) at Milwaukee (Suppan 6-8), 8:05 p.m. Arizona (Haren 13-8) at Colorado (Hammel 8-7), 9:10 p.m. San Diego (LeBlanc 0-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 8-7), 10:10 p.m. Saturday’s Games Chicago Cubs at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. San Francisco at Milwaukee, 4:10 p.m. Florida at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Houston, 7:05 p.m. St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Arizona at Colorado, 8:10 p.m. San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Sunday’s Games Chicago Cubs at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m. Florida at Washington, 1:35 p.m. St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. Philadelphia at Houston, 2:05 p.m. San Francisco at Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m. Arizona at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 8:10 p.m. American League New York Boston Tampa Bay Toronto Baltimore Detroit Minnesota Chicago Cleveland Kansas City Los Angeles Texas Seattle Oakland

East Division W L Pct 85 48 .639 77 55 .583 72 60 .545 59 73 .447 54 80 .403

Central Division W L Pct 71 61 .538 67 66 .504 65 69 .485 58 74 .439 51 82 .383 West Division W L Pct 78 54 .591 75 58 .564 70 64 .522 59 74 .444

7 12 25 31

GB — 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2

GB — 4 1/2 7  13  20 1/2 GB —  3 1/2 9  19 1/2

Wednesday’s Games Chicago White Sox 4, Minnesota 2 Oakland 10, Kansas City 4 Seattle 3, L.A. Angels 0 Detroit 4, Cleveland 2 N.Y. Yankees 10, Baltimore 2 Tampa Bay 8, Boston 5 Texas 6, Toronto 4 Thursday’s Games Detroit 4, Cleveland 3 Chicago White Sox 5, Chicago Cubs 0 N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, late Boston at Tampa Bay, late Seattle at Oakland, late Friday’s Games Minnesota (Pavano 11-10) at Cleveland (Sowers 5-9), 7:05 p.m. Texas (Feldman 14-4) at Baltimore (Tillman 1-2), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Chamberlain 8-4) at Toronto (Halladay 13-8), 7:07 p.m. Detroit (Verlander 15-7) at Tampa Bay (Niemann 12-5), 7:38 p.m. L.A. Angels (Jer.Weaver 13-5) at Kansas City (Meche 6-10), 8:10 p.m. Boston (P.Byrd 1-0) at Chicago White Sox (Garcia 0-2), 8:11 p.m. Seattle (Rowland-Smith 2-2) at Oakland (Mazzaro 4-9), 10:05 p.m. Saturday’s Games N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox, 4:10 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m. Texas at Baltimore, 4:10 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:08 p.m. L.A. Angels at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Oakland, 9:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Minnesota at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Texas at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1:38 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox, 2:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m. Seattle at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.

FOOTBALL National Football League Preseason Glance AMERICAN CONFERENCE East L T Pct PF 0 0 1.000 49 1 0 .667 60 2 0 .333 70 3 0 .250 66 South W L T Pct PF Tennessee 2 2 0 .500 75 Houston 1 2 0 .500 40 Indianapolis 1 2 0 .333 42 Jacksonville 0 3 0 .000 65 North W L T Pct PF Baltimore 3 0 0 1.000 64 Cleveland 2 1 0 .667 50 Pittsburgh 2 1 0 .667 50 Cincinnati 1 2 0 .333 35 West W L T Pct PF Oakland 1 2 0 .333 58 San Diego 1 2 0 .333 55 Denver 0 3 0 .000 46 Kansas City 0 3 0 .000 33 W Miami 3 New England 2 N.Y. Jets 1 Buffalo 1

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 1 2 0 .333 53 N.Y. Giants 1 2 0 .333 52 Philadelphia 1 2 0 .333 73 Washington 1 2 0 .333 41 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 3 0 0 1.000 100 Atlanta 2 1 0 .667 73 Tampa Bay 1 2 0 .333 50 Carolina 0 3 0 .000 47 North W L T Pct PF Green Bay 3 0 0 1.000 92 Minnesota 3 0 0 1.000 47 Chicago 2 1 0 .667 64 Detroit 2 1 0 .667 55 West W L T Pct PF San Francisco 3 0 0 1.000 58 Seattle 3 0 0 1.000 61 St. Louis 2 1 0 .667 60 Arizona 0 3 0 .000 53

PA 32 56 72 89 PA 91 65 46 68 PA 36 44 27 47 PA 76 53 71 47 PA 61 61 82 63 PA 28 64 60 68 PA 58 26 47 70 PA 49 37 61 81

Thursday’s Games Detroit at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m. Baltimore at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Giants at New England, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. Green Bay at Tennessee, 8 p.m. Kansas City at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Miami at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 8 p.m. Arizona at Denver, 9 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 10 p.m. Friday’s Games Houston at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego, 10 p.m. End of Preseason

BASKETBALL Women’s National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct Indiana 20 9 .690 Atlanta 16 14 .533 Detroit 14 15 .483 Washington 14 15 .483 Chicago 14 16 .467 Connecticut 14 17 .452 New York 12 18 .400 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct Phoenix 21 10 .677 Seattle 19 11 .633 Los Angeles 15 15 .500 San Antonio 13 17 .433 Minnesota 12 18 .400 Sacramento 11 20 .355

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1 5 7 8

GB — 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 10 

Tuesday’s Games Seattle 65, New York 58 Detroit 101, Phoenix 99 San Antonio 84, Minnesota 82, 2OT Sacramento 90, Connecticut 70 Atlanta 84, Los Angeles 79 Wednesday’s Games Phoenix 106, Indiana 90 Thursday’s Games Seattle at Washington, late Friday’s Games New York at Connecticut, 7 p.m. Indiana at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Atlanta at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

SOCCER Major League Soccer EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF Columbus 10 4 9 39 34 Chicago 10 6 8 38 33 New England 9 6 6 33 26 D.C. United 7 5 11 32 35 Toronto FC 8 8 7 31 30 Kansas City 5 10 6 21 20 New York 4 16 4 16 20

GA 25 28 26 34 33 29 41

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF Houston 11 7 7 40 31 Los Angeles 9 4 11 38 28 Seattle FC 8 6 10 34 29 Colorado 9 7 6 33 35 Real Salt Lake 9 9 6 33 35 Chivas USA 10 9 3 33 23 FC Dallas 6 11 5 23 31 San Jose 5 12 5 20 27

GA 22 23 23 27 27 24 35 40

Saturday’s Games Kansas City at New England, 7:30 p.m. D.C. United at FC Dallas, 8 p.m. Toronto FC at Colorado, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 Kansas City at D.C. United, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 Colorado at Toronto FC, 3:30 p.m. Seattle FC at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. Kansas City at New York, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. FC Dallas at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 New England at Chivas USA, 3 p.m. Houston at Columbus, 5 p.m.

Woods on a roll, except for his putting NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Tiger Woods created a slight stir Thursday morning on the TPC Boston when a Nike representative approached him on the first tee carrying two putters. One was the Scotty Cameron model that Woods has used in 72 worldwide victories and 13 majors over the last 11 years. That’s the putter he was using when he missed one crucial putt after another on the back nine at Hazeltine to lose the PGA Championship, the same one

in his hands when he missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole last week at The Barclays. The other putter that Rick Nichols brought him was a Nike model. Woods studied it with a meticulous eye, leaning the putter on its toe as he looked down the shaft. Is the world’s No. 1 player so frustrated that he is willing to finally change putters? Is he fed up with missed putts that cost him a chance to win the last two tournaments?

Not quite. Woods was only checking the alignment of the grip on his backup putter. He prefers it to be 1 degree to the right, which slightly closes the blade on impact. This grip was too square, and the glue had already dried before Woods could twist it where he wanted it. He has several backup putters, which hardly anyone ever mentions. “That’s because I haven’t needed it,” Woods said.

NFL: Vick can play in 3rd game


NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Vick got the green light for full reinstatement in the NFL on Thursday when commissioner and Mars Hill has a reputation for having some Roger Goodell said the disgraced tough kids, so it’s going to be a good challenge for quarterback could play later this us,” said Patton. The biggest key, according to Patton, will be stop- month instead of waiting until October. ping Lions quarterback, former Clemson Tigers Vick, recently signed by the signal-caller Jon Richt, who threw for two scores Philadelphia Eagles, will now be in Mars Hills’ season opening win last weekend. able to play in the Sept. 27 game “He (Richt) can run the option and throw the at home against the Kansas ball, so we will have to play well,” said Patton. “What scares me is that sometimes kids think that City Chiefs. It would be his first regular-season game since he just because your team has a few more scholarwas sent to prison for his role ships, that means an automatic win. But it’s not. Mars Hill has a lot of D-I transfers at key positions in operating a dogfighting ring. The former Atlanta Falcons star and this game is going to be a battle.” was released from federal cusIn addition to the talented transfers, the Lions tody July 20 after serving 18 roster also sports a duo of former Chase Trojans’ standouts — Robbie Miller and Tyshawn Simpson. months of a 23-month sentence. Originally, Goodell said he “Miller and Simpson are both doing great,” said would consider Vick for reinLion head coach Tim Clifton. “They work hard in statement no later than the sixth practice every day and they are an important part week of the season — Oct. 18. of our program’s future. “ “I think he’s making real progKick off for the contest is scheduled for 6 p.m., at ress,” Goodell said at a news Spangler Stadium on the GWU campus. Continued from Page 7

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conference. “I think he has a better feel for the challenges ahead of him. “He understands he has very little margin for error, that people are watching him.” Goodell met with Vick earlier Thursday at the Eagles’ hotel near Newark International Airport. Philadelphia played the Jets in an exhibition game at the Meadowlands at night. “He met with Michael this morning and I think he came out of it feeling very confident that Michael’s doing the right things and is on the right track,” Eagles president Joe Banner said before the game. “I think Michael wants to play as soon as he can. On the other hand, I think he thinks this was fair.” A three-time Pro Bowl pick during six seasons with the Falcons, Vick was a surprise

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signing by the Eagles on Aug. 13. He received a one-year deal for $1.6 million with a team option for a second year at $5.2 million. Vick started practicing with the Eagles on Aug. 15, but did not travel with the team to its second preseason game a week later in Indianapolis because he could not play. He played six snaps in Philadelphia’s home game against Jacksonville last week, lining up at quarterback and receiver. He completed all four of his pass attempts, but the Eagles’ offense scored just three points in the possessions he played. “We thought that if Michael did the right things, somewhere — probably one to three weeks — would be the likely outcome. So this is certainly in the range we expected,” Banner said. “We appreciate the commissioner’s thoughtfulness.”

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sports Lady Rumble Claim Crown

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The ’94 Rutherford Lady Rumble 15- and under soccer team claimed the championship at the 2009 Dick’s Sporting Goods Charlotte Invitational recently. The Rumble went 4-0 to claim the tourney title that included just over 350 travel soccer teams. The Rumble are: Macy Ruiz (front, l to r), Morgan Gilreath, Carrmen Haynes, Emily McLaughlin; Eleora Albala (2nd, l to r), Wendy Harmon, Caroline Warburton, Courtney Flack, Jessica Lawson, Dominique Capaldo; Abbey Taylor (3rd, l to r), Kasey Wilson, Katie Trimble, Victoria Bennett, Leah Lineberry, Courtney Austin, Lindsey Warburton, Leah King; and coaches (L to R): Brian Espinoza (head coach), Tommy Harmon, Steve Lawson.

Melanie Oudin, Football 17, pulls upset at US Open

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NEW YORK (AP) — It’s right there on her shoes: “Believe.” Melanie Oudin always has, though even she had to admit this latest accomplishment felt a bit overwhelming. Maybe that helped explain why her leg was cramping, why the tears were falling, why the match points were slipping away toward the end of her U.S. Open upset over fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva on Thursday. “First time playing on Arthur Ashe, I was beating No. 4 in the world, about to beat her,” Oudin said. “Just a little bit of everything. A lot of things were going through my mind.” The 17-year-old from Marietta, Ga., ranked 70th in the world, won 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. She is now, by almost every account, the next great American hope in women’s tennis. She places this upset next to the one over No. 6 Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon that catapulted her into the top 100. Or maybe a little above it. That one was on Court 3 in front of hundreds an ocean away. This one was in Arthur Ashe Stadium in front of thousands in her home country. “I think it means more to me, though, since this is the U.S. Open,” Oudin said. “You know, I had the whole crowd cheering for me, so much support.” She played much of the third set with a heavy wrap on her left thigh, a lingering injury she said shouldn’t prevent her from returning for her thirdround match against either 29th-seeded Maria Sharapova or Christina McHale, a 17-year-old American just like her. The United States has long been looking for depth in a talent pool that has consisted of Serena and Venus Williams dominating at the top, with not too much beyond them. “They’ve been, like, my idols,” Oudin said. “I’m really proud of that, to be the third-best American.”

She started moving up the list at Wimbledon, where she became the youngest American to reach the fourth round since Jennifer Capriati in 1993. Between then and now, she still had to go through qualifying to get into main draws in tournaments in the U.S. Somewhere in the midst of all that, her boyfriend prodded her into sticking the word “Believe” on her shoes. “It seems to fit me well,” she said. Dementieva agreed. She committed 37 unforced errors, but insisted she did not hand the victory to Oudin. The Russian hit winners to stave off Oudin’s first two match points. “So I needed to go for a big serve, and it went in,” Oudin said. For a winner. “She was in the court, not afraid to play, playing very aggressively, really enjoying this atmosphere and the crowd support,” Dementieva said. “It looks like she has a good future.”

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R-S Central’s Aris Smith is The Daily Courier/Edward Jones Gridiron Great for week two of the NCHSAA football season. Smith recorded two sacks, forced a fumble and was a factor in stopping the East Henderson running game in last week’s Hilltoppers win. The Daily Courier/Edward Jones Lineman of the Week is Patrick Bearden, as selected by the Central coaches. Smith and Bearden were joined by Edward Jones’ Frank Faucette (left), Central Coach Mike Cheek and Edward Jones’ David Smith.

The Cavaliers (0-2) return home to the Puzzle Creek area to play host to the Titans of McDowell County (0-2). The Gryphons (0-1) will play their final home game of the year, in Avondale, when they welcome in visiting Asheville School. TJCA will kick off at 5:30 p.m., while the remaining three games all have a 7:30 p.m. scheduled kick off.

R-S Central at Polk County RUTHERFORDTON — It seems almost like a broken record. A Central team with high hopes for a strong gridiron season, and perhaps, a deep run into the playoffs, finds itself facing Polk County in the third game of the year. The hopes quickly meet reality. Last year, the ‘broken record’ nearly resulted in broken records as Polk County rushed for 355 yards and four rushing touchdowns to claim the 31-23 win, that wasn’t nearly as close as the score would indicate. Is this the year? “We’re going to go down there and give it our best shot,” said Cheek. “We must play good on both sides of the ball. They make few mistakes, and a turnover to them is only going to make it easy on them.” Central’s defense has held its first two opponents to under 100-yards rushing and Polk County will test Jason Watson’s defense. Cheek is pleased with the job that both Watson and the defense has done through out the early going. “I knew when he came in (Watson), he made our kids excited about playing good defense,” said Cheek. “We needed that. We need the kids to be excited about playing defense.” Cheek is well aware that this game represents the biggest test, so far, of his charges. “We must play good on both sides of the ball, no doubt. We can’t make too many mistakes,” said Cheek. “I know Friday is a big game, the kids know it, but life goes on — win or lose — and the season will go on as well. We

have to play good football every Friday night, and not just when we feel like it.” Key to the game: Enough is enough. One game does not a season make, but the Hilltoppers face a very interesting challenge in this one. A win here goes a long way in proving whether or not Central has indeed taken a step forward.

Chase at Bessemer City CHASE — The Yellow Jackets of Bessemer City (1-1) were held to a paltry 66 yards of offense last weekend. It didn’t matter. The Yellow Jackets’ defense and special teams provided the team with two touchdowns and Bessemer City took a 13-12 win over Hunter Huss. The Trojans, who committed four turnovers in last week’s 35-7 loss to Chesnee, can ill-afford to make similar mistakes against an opportunistic Yellow Jackets team, and Chase coach Brad Causby knows it. Chase will once more hand the reins of its offense over to Dache Gossett after QB Tyler Gaffney was injured in last week’s loss. Gaffney is expected to see limited duty. Key to the game: Finding your stride. The Trojans still resemble the hard-hitting, never quit bunch that took down Polk County and Burns last season, but the young Trojans are still learning how to win games. That education could use a shot of confidence and a win tonight, on the road, would be big.

McDowell at East Rutherford FOREST CITY — It has been two very tough losses to open the Clint Bland era at East Rutherford. The Cavs fell 28-21 to Lincolnton, in week one, and 19-7 to Forestview, in week two; both losses also came with tense moments. In both games a Cavaliers’ player lay motionless on the field, a sight Coach Bland doesn’t want to see again anytime soon. “It really just rips at your stomach,” said Bland. Bland’s stomach has also had to deal with the far less serious, but stressful, shortcomings of his offensive line. East (0-2) was able to run for positive yards in the season

opener, but against Forestview his team barely broke three yards per carry. The duo of Tyler Hamilton and Adrian Wilkins, that rushed for 229 yards in week one, was stuffed for just 121 yards in week two. The challenge this week, on paper, isn’t as daunting. The Titans come in with struggles of their own as they have also fallen to 0-2 on the young season. Key to the game: Something’s got to give. One of these two proud programs is going to walk away with a win. The Cavaliers have a solid collection of talented and skilled players and if the offensive line can improve its’ performance of the last two weeks — well, it should be East that gets it.

Asheville School at Thomas Jefferson AVONDALE — It can be a challenge to play against an opponent that you know little about. The Gryphons (0-1) will face the Blues and TJCA Coach Tony Helton has no video footage on Asheville School, so game planning specifically to this week’s opponent has been difficult, but not impossible. “This is their first game of the year,” said Helton. “I believe they have roughly 25 young men on the roster, and their coach is a super great guy. All we can really worry about is us. We have to take care of ourselves and run our game plan and we have to execute better than last week.” The Gryphon’s QB Will Beam got off to a solid start with an 18 of 30 passing day for 137 yards, with one interception. Beam will play a big role tonight and the Gryphons’ execution starts right at his position. The Blues will look to blitz early to pressure Beam into errors. If Beam can withstand the onslaught, and make good reads, the Gryphons could give Avondale a reason to cheer. Key to the game: Don’t stop hitting the man in front of you. The Gryphons’ have an opportunity to come away with the school’s first-ever varsity football win, but Asheville School has been offering football to its sturdents for 82 years. TJCA cannot afford to take the Blues for granted.


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Cindy Pain, right, fights back tears as she embraces neighbor Dave Johnson on Stonyvale Road off Big Tujunga Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles on Thursday. Pain and Johnson both lost their homes in the Station fire on Saturday.

Homicide probe begun in LA-area arson fire LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators launched a homicide investigation Thursday into the wildfire north of Los Angeles after determining that the gigantic blaze — which has killed two firefighters, scorched 226 square miles and destroyed dozens of homes — was set intentionally. “We believe that this was caused by someone intending to set a fire,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said at an afternoon briefing. Officials said forensic evidence at the fire’s point of origin revealed that the wildfire — among the largest in Southern California’s history — was an act of arson. Whitmore declined to elaborate on the evidence due to the ongoing investigation. The two firefighters died Sunday when their truck careened off a steep mountain road.


Earlier Thursday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured a fire-ravaged community where the fire left dozens of homes in ruins, encountering piles of twisted metal and rubble L H as firefighters began to bring the blaze under greater control. The blaze was 38 percent contained Thursday, up from 28 percent the previous day. Schwarzenegger talked to residents about their losses and later thanked cial circumstances, such as the slayfirefighters for all of their work in ing of a police officer or killing for putting out the flames. At one point financial gain. during the tour, the former bodyGarrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy, builder picked up a 30-pound barbell 54, were arrested last week and face located amid the wreckage. 29 charges in the kidnapping, rape “Even though we are still batand imprisonment of Jaycee Lee tling those fires, we are now trying Dugard. She was 11 years old when she was snatched outside her home in to help get people’s lives rebuilt,” South Lake Tahoe in 1991. They have Schwarzenegger said. “When you see this kind of devastation, it’s horpleaded not guilty. rible to lose your home, your personal Hall was 26 and was working as belongings.” a Lake Tahoe casino dealer when Despite the overall progress against Garrido knocked on her car window the fire, firefighters dealt with a and talked her into giving him a ride flare-up overnight in a remote canin Reno 33 years ago. She said he handcuffed her and drove to a sound- yon as strong downslope winds “just kind of blew the fire up,” said U.S. proofed storage unit where he spent several hours sexually assaulting her Forest Service official John Huschke. Twenty-five people in 11 homes were before a police officer noticed a broevacuated in the canyon area. ken lock and found them. 90s

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada woman who was abducted and raped in 1976 by California kidnapping suspect Phillip Garrido said Thursday she believes he deserves the death penalty, although his crimes wouldn’t qualify him. “I think he should be executed,” Katherine “Katie” Callaway Hall said in a telephone interview from New York City, where she and her husband have been describing her encounter with Garrido in network television and radio interviews. “Don’t let him on the streets again,” she told The Associated Press. “He did this to me. He is dangerous and he is a liar. Don’t let him out. Don’t let this happen to anyone else.” California has the death penalty, but only for murder cases with spe-

The wildfire, now in its eighth day, has destroyed 64 homes, burned three people and left two firefighters dead. During the night, a firefighter injured his leg when he fell 20 foot from a cliff and was taken to a hospital by a medical helicopter, officials said. He was in stable condition. Full containment was expected Sept. 15, meaning fire officials expect that they will have the blaze completely surrounded by then. Firefighters have been conducting an aerial assault on the fire to complement efforts on the ground. Helicopters have doused the fire with 1.7 million gallons of water — enough to fill about three Olympic-sized swimming pools — while airplanes have dropped 670,000 gallons of retardant on the fire. “We’re changing the pace and treating this as a marathon,” U.S. Forest Service incident commander Mike Dietrich said. “If it were a 26-mile race, we’d only be at mile six.” There were growing signs that Los Angeles was looking to move beyond the fire. The UCLA football team earlier in the week feared it might have to postpone its home opener on Saturday because the fire is so close to the Rose Bowl, its home stadium. But the school said Thursday that the game will be played as scheduled. Schwarzenegger got an earful from some residents as he toured the community of Vogel Flats in Big Tujunga Canyon, where most of the 40 homes were leveled by the blaze. Bert Voorhees, 53, who lost his 800 square-foot home, wondered why firefighters didn’t have aircraft or strike crews available before the fire raced into the canyon over the weekend and wiped out the mountain community. “I just know a terrible mistake was made in this canyon,” said Voorhees, a civil rights lawyer. “It’s much bigger than this canyon. The fact that it cost two guys (firefighters) their lives, it’s like bigger than any of this.”

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adjoining campuses comprising Atlanta University Center along with Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Morehouse College of Medicine. Jerome Jones, a Clark Atlanta student who was with Lynn, was hit by a bullet in the wrist, treated at a hospital and released, police said. “One of the friends actually heard the gunshots, actually saw the weapon and told her to get on the ground,” Atlanta Police Lt. Keith Meadows said. “As she

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Montana girl admits trying to poison dad LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — A 15-year-old Montana girl has admitted trying to poison her father with tainted Jell-O. The teen appeared before District Judge Nels Swandal Monday via video conferencing. She admitted to a charge of simple assault, a lesser count than the felony attempted aggravated assault charge she first faced. Court records say in early June, the girl made Jell-O tainted with lamp oil. Twice over a period of three days she tried to get her father to eat it. The girl and her father had recently quarreled because he revoked her privileges for missing curfew. The girl told the judge she thought the oil would give her father diarrhea. Swandal placed the girl on probation until she turns 18. Her attorney says she will enter treatment for chemical dependency.

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In this photo made Wednesday, unemployed Sergio Fuentes, right, gets some help from a state worker for a job at the State of California Employment Development Department in San Jose, Calif. New jobless claims fell slightly last week while the number of people receiving unemployment benefits rose, a sign the job market’s recovery will be long and bumpy.

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Jobless claims dip slightly WASHINGTON (AP) — New jobless claims fell slightly last week while the number of people receiving unemployment benefits rose, a sign the job market’s recovery will be long and bumpy. While most economists believe the recession has ended, they predict the jobless rate will keep rising until at least next summer as the country struggles to mount a sustained recovery. The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of laid-off workers applying for benefits dipped to 570,000 last week from an upwardly revised 574,000. That was a weaker performance than the drop to 560,000 claims that economists expected. The number of people receiving jobless benefits totaled 6.23 million, up 92,000 from the previous week, which had been the lowest level since early April. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected that number, which lags new claims by a week, to fall to 6.13 million. Economists closely watch initial claims, which are considered a gauge of layoffs and an indication of companies’ willingness to hire new workers. First-time claims have trend-

ed down in recent months and are well below the recession’s high of 674,000 hit in the first week in April. But even with the improvement, they are running at levels well above the 325,000 mark considered a sign of a healthy labor market. The Labor Department on Friday will release a report on the employment picture in August. Many economists believe it will show the jobless rate rose to 9.5 percent, up from 9.4 percent in July, but that the number of layoffs slowed to 225,000, from 247,000. Obama economic adviser Christina Romer said last week that unemployment could reach 10 percent this year and some private economists are forecasting it will hit 10.3 percent next summer before starting to improve. But Vice President Joe Biden issued an upbeat report card on the economy Thursday, saying that the massive stimulus program had been more effective “than we had hoped.” The recession, which began in December 2007 and is the worst since World War II, has eliminated a net total of 6.7 million jobs. The Labor Department report

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NEW YORK — Investors moved back into stocks after a four-day slide as they awaited a key government report on unemployment. The Dow Jones industrial average tacked on 64 points Thursday after sliding 300 points since Friday. Stocks held to a tight range in light trading volume as some investors squeezed in late-summer vacations. Those remaining braced for the August jobs report, which is due before the opening bell Friday. The biggest gains came in the final half-hour, with the Dow doubling its advance, as some traders looked to buy ahead of the jobs data. Economists expect the unemployment rate to edge up to 9.5 percent from 9.4 percent, while the number of layoffs is expected to slow to 225,000 from 247,000. The latest snapshot on employment Thursday offered investors little to go on ahead of the big report due on Friday. The Labor Department said the number of people filing for unemployment claims fell last week by 4,000 to 570,000 while the number of people receiving benefits rose. Economists had been expecting a bigger drop, and the report served as a reminder of how difficult a recovery in employment will be. In other economic news, monthly sales reports from retailers Thursday revealed that while some consumers are starting to open their wallets, most remain focused on necessities. Overall sales were still weak, but Gap Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. posted results that topped investors’ expectations. According to preliminary calculations, the Dow rose 63.94, or 0.7 percent, to 9,344.61. The S&P 500 index rose 8.49, or 0.9 percent, to 1,003.24, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 16.13, or 0.8 percent, to 1,983.20. Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to a light 1.2 billion shares compared with 1.4 billion Wednesday. Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.34 percent from 3.31 percent late Wednesday. The dollar rose against most other major currencies, while gold prices extended their recent climb. Light, sweet crude fell 9 cents to settle at $67.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 6.66, or 1.2 percent, to 562.49.


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Thursday showed that the fourweek average of initial jobless claims edged up to 571,250 last week, compared with 567,250 the previous week. Even with the rise in continuing claims to 6.23 million for the week ending Aug. 22, that fourweek average dipped slightly to 6.22 million. The large number of people remaining on the rolls indicates that unemployed workers are having a hard time finding new jobs. More job cuts were announced this week. Washington-based manufacturer Danaher Corp. said it will lay off about 3,300 of its roughly 50,000 employees, an increase from the 1,700 cuts it announced in the spring. American Airlines said it is cutting 921 flight attendant jobs. Among the states, California had the largest increase in claims of 8,632, which it attributed to greater layoffs in the construction, trade and service industries. The next largest increases were in Ohio and New Hampshire. Michigan had the largest drop in claims of 2,968, which it attributed to fewer layoffs in the auto industry. The next largest decreases were in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Alabama.


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1.3 million will exhaust benefits by year’s end

In this photo made Monday, Aug. 11, shoppers move through the aisles at Kohl’s department store in Springfield, Ill. Retailers on Thursday, posted sales declines for August as shoppers held back on back-to-school purchases and continued to focus on necessities, but overall results came in ahead of analyst predictions. Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jobless since January, Donald Money has already moved in with his elderly parents, stopped going to the movies and started using less of his prescription medication so it will last longer. This month, something else will fall by the wayside: Money’s unemployment check. The 43-yearold former printing press operator is among the more than 1.3 million Americans whose unemployment insurance benefits will run out by the end of the year, placing extra strain on an economy that is just starting to recover from the worst downturn in a generation. These are the most unfortunate of America’s 14.5 million jobless: the ones whose benefits are drying up — in some cases after a record 18 months of government support. With savings depleted and job opportunities and building materials retailers. scarce, people .... are living with relatives and borWith Wal-Mart no longer partic- rowing cash from friends. They are even skipping ipating in the industry roundup, meals. Through it all, they are trying to stay positive through exercise and prayer. it shows more about discretionThe government said Thursday that 570,000 ary spending than the economy laid-off workers filed new claims for unemployoverall. The industry tally is sometimes seen as a better gauge ment benefits last week, bringing the number of people receiving benefits to 6.23 million. The of retailers’ viability, however, because it compares established Labor Department is expected to report Friday stores from one year to the next, that the August unemployment rate rose to 9.5 percent, up from 9.4 percent in July. while the government figure is Money and others like him are scrambling to find for total sales. Discounters performed best as work before the government safety net is taken consumers remained focused on away. On a recent day in Jacksonville, Money attended a church-run job fair in a half-vacant bargains. Target Corp.’s sales at shopping mall. Most of the vendors were vocational established stores dropped 2.9 percent, better than the 5.1 per- schools trolling for students, or recruiters for the cent drop analysts expected. The military and fast food joints. Money, who was laid off from a printing business, 5 percent increase at TJX Cos., said he’ll do anything for a paycheck. which operates Marshall’s as “I’m tired of not working,” he sighed. “I just can’t well as TJMaxx, also beat expecsit at home anymore.” tations. People who lost white-collar jobs seem most surUpscale retailer Saks Inc. prised by the dire circumstances they are finding reported a 19.6 percent drop, even larger than analysts expect- themselves in as unemployment benefits dry up. ed. And department stores over- Before the recession and financial crisis, it had always been easy for them to find work. all remained weak. Macy’s Inc. reported an 8.1 percent decline Clifford Sheffield, 43, of Fernandina Beach, in sales at established stores. Fla., used to earn $2,000 a week as an analyst for Gap Inc. reported lower sales Merrill Lynch’s Jacksonville office. but beat expectations, boosted Today, lives off of a $1,300 monthly check from by its low-priced Old Navy the government — and is burning through his savchain. ings to keep up with rent. The unemployment benefits run out later this month. The teen sector was weak. The Buckle Inc., which has been At a recent job fair, he perused applications for doing better than others in the Valu Pawn and Taco Bell, but did not fill them out. sector, reported higher sales but “I have family I could fall back on, but it’s not missed analyst expectations. very appealing,” Sheffield said.

Retail sales drops are easing

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers limited their back-to-school purchases and stayed focused on necessities in August, resulting in the 12th straight month of declining sales for retailers, but there were signs the holiday season could be less dismal than feared. Despite the weakness many reported, retailers overall did better in August than analysts expected. Some stores, such as TXJ Cos.’ TJMaxx and Gap’s Old Navy chains, even saw sales rise compared with a year earlier, though upscale stores’ sales slipped. “It does seem like the consumer is willing to spend if given a great deal,” said Carl Steidtmann, an economist at Deloitte Research. “That reflects a consumer that is slowly coming out of their bunker.” There have been encouraging reports from the housing and manufacturing sectors that the economy is stabilizing, but any recovery will have to include an uptick in consumer spending because it accounts for about 70 percent of economic activity. “It’s still weak in the broad trend, but it is considerably stronger than it has been in some time,” said Michael Niemira, International Council of Shopping Centers’ chief econ-

omist. A monthly compilation of 32 retailers’ sales by The ICSC and Goldman Sachs showed sales in established stores fell 2 percent this August compared with August 2008. That was better than the 3.5 percent to 4 percent drop analysts forecast. About half of retailers reporting did worse than analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected while half did better. ShopperTrak RCT, a Chicagobased research company that tracks customer traffic at more than 45,000 stores, said foot traffic figures for back-to-school are in line with its forecast of 10 percent drop compared with a year ago. The better-than-expected sales results eased some analysts’ concern that the holiday season will be as bad as last year. “The core issue here is pentup demand; that’s what we’ll be talking about this holiday season,” Niemira said. “I think August is the start of this transition to better times for the industry.” The retail industry’s monthly report comes more than a week before the U.S. Department of Commerce’s monthly retail tally, due Sept. 15, which includes a much broader range of businesses such as auto, gasoline

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VP says economic plan is working

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the economy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Thursday at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Associated Press

Biden confident about health care WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday the Obama administration is fiercely determined to get a health care overhaul, although he conceded it likely won’t happen without “an awful lot of screaming and hollering.” Appearing at a Brookings Institution gathering, Biden said it will be difficult to find a consensus on remaking the health care system. But he also predicted that “we’re going to get something substantial” and said he believes “we’re going to get there.” Biden spoke as President Barack Obama continued a pre-Labor Day rest at Camp David. Obama is shifting his push for health care changes into high gear next week with a State of the Union-style address to a joint meeting of Congress. The vice president suggested Obama will tell Congress and the American people precisely what he thinks must be included in the package that the White House is pressing lawmakers to approve this fall. Obama’s scheduled speech next Wednesday is in no small part a bid to salvage his health initiative in the face of withering attacks from Republicans, interest groups and many private citizens. Biden did not say whether the screaming would come from liberals who feel Obama is accepting too many compromises, or from conservatives and moderates who feel his plan costs too much and threatens

the health of private insurance companies. Biden said he would not provide details of the scheduled speech, but he said Obama will lay out the main options for a health care overhaul and “what he thinks those pieces have to be and will be.” The president’s speech will come a day after lawmakers return from their August recess. It underscores the White House’s determination to confront critics of Obama’s overhaul proposals and to buck up supporters who have been thrown on the defensive. Allies have been urging Obama to be more specific about his plans and to take a greater role in the debate. The speech’s timing also suggests that top Democrats have all but given up hope for a bipartisan breakthrough by Senate Finance Committee negotiators. The White House had given those six lawmakers until Sept. 15 to draft a plan,. It follows an August recess in which critics of Obama’s health proposals dominated many public forums. Approval ratings for Obama, and for his health care proposals, dropped during the month. White House senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters Wednesday, “We believe this is the best way to kick off the final discussions, the final debate, and bring this thing to a close in a way that is meaningful.” Many advocates of sweeping health care changes — which would include

health coverage for virtually every American, greater competition among insurers and incentives to increase the quality of care instead of the number of medical procedures performed — welcomed the president’s more direct role in the debate. Obama and congressional Democrats clearly lost momentum during the August recess, they say, and the president’s high profile and still-considerable personal popularity are needed to change the dynamic. Republicans fiercely oppose creation of a government-run plan, and the White House has been talking directly with Sen. Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican from Maine, who has proposed an alternative. Snowe’s idea is to use the threat of a government plan to force private insurers to become more competitive and cost conscious. The precise details have yet to be worked out, but the general idea is to give the insurance industry a fixed time to show that it can stem rising medical costs. If the private carriers fail, the government-run plan would be created. The approach could be tailored so that the government plan is used only in areas of the country where one or two private insurers control the market and have failed to bring down costs. But the government plan wouldn’t have to be used in regions where consumers have a choice of insurance companies and competition has kept prices low.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the Obama administration’s sweeping and very expensive stimulus effort “is in fact working” despite steady Republican criticism and public skepticism. Nearly 200 days into the stimulus, a $787 billion rescue effort that President Barack Obama pushed through Congress, Biden delivered an upbeat report card. He quoted estimates by private analysts that the plan has created or saved 500,000 to 750,000 jobs so far, although millions of people remain out of work. Biden said, “Instead of talking about the beginning of a depression, we are talking about the end of a recession.” The vice president’s speech at the Brookings Institution precedes a speech to Congress by Obama scheduled for Wednesday night to sell his plan to refashion the U.S. health care system. In recent weeks controversy over that plan has served to pull attention from the stimulus package. The effectiveness of the two-year stimulus program also is a matter of sharp political debate. The White House is eager to promote signs of progress as the economy lumbers out of recession, and Biden sought to counter critics with a listing of tangible results. The stimulus package is a mix of tax cuts, increased spending on Medicaid, a government-run medical program primarily for the poor, and huge investments in infrastructure, education, energy projects and more. Many economists warn that the unemployment rate will keep rising until at least next midyear 2010, and it is that measure by which many Americans decide whether economic life is getting better. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers will give an updated projection next Thursday of the number of jobs created or saved because of the stimulus plan.


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First residential Internet addiction center opens

FALL CITY, Wash. (AP) — Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game “World of Warcraft.” As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa. Alexander, 19, needed help to break an addiction he calls as destructive as alcohol or drugs. He found it in this suburb of high-tech Seattle, where what claims to be the first residential treatment center for Internet addiction in the United States just opened its doors. The center, called ReSTART, is somewhat ironically located near Redmond, headquarters of Microsoft and a world center of the computer industry. It opened in July and for $14,000 offers a 45-day program intended to help people wean themselves from pathological computer use, which can include obsessive use of video games, texting, Facebook, eBay, Twitter and any other time-killers brought courtesy of technology. “We’ve been doing this for years on an outpatient basis,” said Hilarie Cash, a therapist and executive director of the center. “Up until now, we had no place to send them.” Internet addiction is not recognized as a separate disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and treatment is not generally covered by insurance. But there are many such treatment centers in China, South Korea and Taiwan — where Internet addiction is taken very seriously — and many psychiatric experts say it is clear that Internet addiction

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This photo taken Sept. 1, 2009 shows reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program co-founder Cosette Dawna Rae, right helping client Ben Alexander of Iowa City, Iowa cook bacon for a dinner of hamburgers at the program’s facilities in Fall City, Wash.

11 Signs of Internet addiction Signs of Internet addiction, according to Hilarie Cash, executive director of the ReSTART center for Internet addiction near Seattle. Three of the following symptoms suggest abuse, five or more addiction:


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n Neglecting family and friends

n Heightened euphoria while on Internet n Craving more time on Internet, restless when not there

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n Lying to others about use

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n Internet interfering with job and school n Feeling guilty or ashamed of behavior n Changes in sleep patterns n Weight changes, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel n Withdrawl from other activities

The effects of addiction are no joke. They range from loss of a job or marriage to car accidents for those who can’t stop texting while driving. Some people have died after playing video games for days without a break, generally stemming from a blood clot associated with being sedentary. Psychotherapist Cosette Dawna Rae has owned the bucolic retreat center since 1994, and was searching for a new use for it when she hooked up with Cash. They decided to avoid treating people addicted to Internet sex, in part because she lives in the center with her family. According to Dr. Kimberly Young of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery in Bradford, Pa., addiction warning signs are being preoccupied with thoughts of the Internet; using it longer than intended, and for increasing amounts of time; repeatedly making unsuccessful

efforts to control use; jeopardizing relationships, school or work to spend time online; lying to cover the extent of Internet use; using the Internet to escape problems or feelings of depression; physical changes to weight, headaches or carpal tunnel syndrome. Exactly how to respond is being debated. For instance, Internet addiction can be a symptom of other mental illness, such as depression, or conditions like autism, experts say. “From what we know, many so-called ‘Internet addicts’ are folks who have severe depression, anxiety disorders, or social phobic symptoms that make it hard for them to live a full, balanced life and deal face-to-face with other people,” said Dr. Ronald Pies, professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. “It may be that unless

we treat their underlying problems, some new form of ‘addiction’ will pop up down the line,” Pies said. There is debate about whether to include Internet addiction as a separate illness in the next edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” due in 2012, which determines which mental illnesses get covered by insurance. Pies and Dr. Jerald Block, of Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, said there is not enough research yet to justify that. “Among psychiatrists there is general recognition that many patients have difficulty controlling their impulses to chat online, or play computer games or watch porn,” Block said. “The debate is how to classify that.” Cash, co-author of the book Video Games & Your Kids, first started dealing with Internet addiction in 1994, with a patient who was so consumed by video games that he had lost his marriage and two jobs. Internet addicts miss out on real conversations and real human development, often see their hygiene, their home and relationships deteriorate, don’t eat or sleep properly and don’t get enough exercise, Rae said. Alexander is a tall, quiet young man who always got good grades and hopes to become a biologist. He started playing “World of Warcraft,” a hugely popular online multiplayer role playing game, about a year ago, and got sucked right in. “At first it was a couple of hours a day,” he said. “By midway through the first semester, I was playing 16 or 17 hours a day. “School wasn’t interesting,” he said. “It was an easy way to socialize and meet people.” It was also an easy way to flunk out. Alexander dropped out in the second semester and went to a traditional substance abuse program, which was not a good fit. He graduated from a 10-week outdoorsbased program in southern Utah, but felt he still had little control over his gaming. 09So he sought out a specialized program and arrived in Fall City in July. He thinks it was a good choice. “I don’t think I’ll go back to ‘World of Warcraft’ anytime soon,” Alexander said.

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Nuclear goals facing hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five months after President Barack Obama, with great fanfare, called for a world free of nuclear weapons, a crucial step toward that goal is running into resistance. There is little indication Obama will have the votes he needs for a cornerstone of his nonproliferation efforts: Senate ratification of a nuclear test ban treaty. If Obama can’t get the treaty approved, he probably will have a hard time persuading the rest of the world to rein in nuclear weapon programs. Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, an advocacy group based in Washington, said the Obama administration needs to “work faster and harder” to build support in the Senate. The absence of progress comes as a backdrop to the special U.N. session to be chaired by Obama later this month. The summit Sept. 24 on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual ministerial session will seek broad consensus on preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Political realities have made focusing on the test ban treaty difficult. Obama’s top priorities these days are passing a massive health care overhaul and overcoming violence in Afghanistan. On arms control, his administration is now focused on another goal: securing a successor to a bilateral treaty with Russia that expires in December. The treaty with Russia would amount to a small step toward the goal of a nuclear-free world that Obama outlined in April in a sweeping speech before a crowd of 20,000 in Prague. In the same speech, he promised to focus on the test ban treaty. “My administration will immediately and aggressively pursue U.S. ratification,” he said. The administration says it is now working behind the scenes to build congressional support for the test ban treaty. “We are pushing very hard on all fronts,” White House spokesman Mike Hammer said. But supporters of that goal outside the administration say they have not seen evidence of urgency. “If this pace continues, there is little chance he will achieve the goals he outlined,” said Joseph Cirincione, president of the San Francisco-based Ploughshares FundNegotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty specified 44 nuclear-capable countries that must give formal approval before it can take effect. Eight countries besides the United States have yet to ratify the treaty: China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan. In 1999, during the Clinton administration, the Senate rejected ratification overwhelmingly, with all but three Republicans voting against. Many countries see ratification of the treaty as a test of U.S. commitment to phase out nuclear weapons.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, followed by Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, arrives for a news conference at the Pentagon Thursday. Associated Press

Gates: America’s Afghanistan mission ‘only now beginning’ WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing eroding public support for the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon chief said Thursday that the Obama administration’s effort in the eight-year-old conflict is “only now beginning.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates also said he disagrees with people who say it’s time to get out of Afghanistan. Several recent public opinion polls have shown Americans expressing declining support for the idea of sending more troops to the conflict and falling confidence in how the campaign is going. But at a Pentagon news conference, Gates challenged the public perception that the effort is getting away from the administration. “I don’t believe that the war is slipping through the administration’s fingers,” Gates said. “The nation has been at war for eight years. The fact that Americans would be tired of having their sons and daughters at risk and in battle is not surprising.” Gates argued that President

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Barack Obama’s new strategy in Afghanistan hasn’t even been given a chance to work. “I think what is important to remember is the president’s decisions on this strategy were only made at the very end of March; our new commander appeared on the scene in June,” Gates said, adding that the extra troops Obama ordered are not even all there yet, nor is the “civilian surge” he wants on hand to help. “So we are only now beginning to be in a position to have the assets in place and the strategy or the military approach in place to begin to implement the strategy,” he said. The new U.S. and NATO commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, on Monday delivered a classified assessment of how the war is going and is expected in the coming weeks to ask for more troops and money to turn the war around. Obama is reading the report during the long Labor Day weekend at Camp David, his aides said.

Neither Gates nor Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen responded to a question about what the still-classified report concludes. But they repeatedly dropped references to some of McChrystal’s recommendations, with Mullen calling it a “frank and candid” look at how military forces can accomplish the Afghanistan mission. Much of the debate around Afghanistan has centered on how many additional troops are needed there, and for how long. By the end of the year, an estimated 68,000 troops will be in Afghanistan — 21,000 of which were ordered there by Obama last spring. Military commanders and State Department officials on the ground, however, say many more are needed to get the job done. Mullen said questions of how many more troops might be sent was just a piece of the needs that the Pentagon soon will ask Congress to fulfill. “It’s a piece — critical, but it’s not total,” Mullen said.


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Woman lacks gumption

Dear Abby: I am 23 and have never been able to stand up for myself. I have an extremely sloppy roommate whom I always have to clean up after, a former fiance I want to cut ties with, and an overbearing mother who treats me like a child. I know I’m in these situations because I have allowed them to happen. I’d like to be able to speak my mind without fear of what will happen, but it’s almost as if I feel blackmailed, and sticking up for myself will make them angry. Any advice you can offer will be much appreciated. — Wants to speak up Dear Wants: Stop for a moment and look at what being a peoplepleaser has gotten you — a roommate who takes advantage, a former fiance who won’t stop clinging, and a mother you’re afraid of having a frank talk with. Are you afraid if you have an unpleasant conversation that they won’t “like” you? By refusing to speak up, what you’re doing is encouraging more of the same. However, if you draw the line with your roommate and stop acting like her maid, she might straighten up — or move — which would free you to find someone with better personal habits. If you tell your former fiance it’s time to hit the road, you will free him to find someone else, which would actually be doing him a favor. And as for your mother,

Dear Abby Abigail van Buren

wouldn’t it be healthier to air your feelings than harbor the resentment you’re nursing? Dear Abby: I have been married to a wonderful man for 28 years. My problem is his mother, “Hildegarde,” has always been overly attached to him, so much so that we moved out of state to get away from her. Hildegarde has now not only moved to our same small town, but to a home just up the street! My husband works long hours, and his mother expects him to visit her daily. If he gets a day off and we do something together, she cries to anyone who will listen that her son “never comes to see her.” This is affecting our marriage. Hildegarde acts like a jilted lover, and I am considering divorcing him to get away from her. Can you please help me? — Trapped like rats Dear Trapped: Nowhere in your letter have you mentioned your husband’s feelings about his mother’s antics. Surely he must have known she was considering the move. Was he afraid to discourage her?

Reader questions osteopenia meds Dear Dr. Gott: I read your column every day and have learned many helpful things, but I’ve never written before. I am concerned about a decision I have to make soon regarding Reclast or Forteo for my osteopenia. I’m not sure I want to take either one, but my DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan indicates I should. I’ve always taken calcium with vitamin D and magnesium. I’ve also taken Evista and calcitonin daily. I take Protonix for reflux, and I learned from your column that acid pills affect absorption. I have no major health problems, but I do have allergies to antibiotics, some foods and trees. Therefore, I’m afraid of all the chemicals in allergy shots. I am 88 and still walk on my own. What would you suggest? I’ve talked to an endocrinologist once. Thanks for any help you can provide. Dear Reader: Bone-mineraldensity testing measures the level of


Ask Dr. Gott Dr. Peter M. Gott

minerals in bones. Readings classify how strong and dense bones are. The DEXA scan you refer to is a bone-mineral-density test similar to an X-ray. Some individuals have osteopenia (loss of bone calcium and phosphorus) without a loss of bone density because of disease, specific treatments or other conditions. Osteopenia itself refers to levels lower than the normal range, but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis. If osteopenia is diagnosed, the probability of advancement to osteoporosis is likely. Bones don’t reach their greatest density until about the age of 30. As we age, our bones lose density naturally.


Your Birthday, Sept. 4;

Use your best judgment when putting together a partnership arrangement for a mutual purpose. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Fail to think for yourself, and you will find someone waiting to take advantage. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Don’t think you’ll be able to relax and have fun if you have to sweep any unfinished jobs under the rug. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Your ego could be punctured if members of the opposite gender do not perceive you the way you see yourself. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Take extra care to stay within your own sphere of influence. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Just because an arrogant person makes a lot of noise, it doesn’t necessary mean they’re right. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Be mindful about money, especially if you are handling the funds for others. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Avoid allowing an issue to arise that you know from experience annoys your mate. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Don’t leave anything important until the last minute. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Impulsively taking a gamble on a tip from a stranger isn’t likely to work to your advantage. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Angry explosions within the household are likely to occur if you take a “do as I say not as I do” attitude. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — for yourself, and don’t try to be a copycat. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Handle your funds carefully, especially if you are socializing with a wellheeled friend.

The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Friday, September 4, 2009 — 17 The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, FRIDAY, September 4, 2009 — 17


Gunmen kill 17 at Mexican drug rehab center

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen broke into a drug rehabilitation center and shot 17 people dead in a northern Mexican border city, an official said. The attackers on Wednesday broke down the door of El Aliviane center in Ciudad Juarez, lined up their victims against a wall and opened fire, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the regional prosecutors’ office. At least five people were injured.

Authorities had no immediate suspects or information on the victims. Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico’s most violent city, with at least 1,400 people killed this year alone. Most of the homicides are tied to drug gang violence. Dozens of sobbing relatives rushed to the center to find out if their loved ones were among the dead. Soldiers and federal agents patrolled the streets surrounding the center in the Bellavista neighborhood. President Felipe Calderon sent thousands more troops and federal police to Ciudad Juarez earlier this year, but the surge has done little to stem the raging violence. The

weeks ago to state deputy public safety director, is the highest-ranking government official killed in the wave of assassinations sweeping Michoacan, the cradle of La Familia drug cartel. Attackers drove up alongside Revuelta as he headed home and opened fire, state Attorney General Jesus Montejano said. Revuelta tried to speed away, but only made it a few blocks before he was intercepted by two vehicles. Six gunmen got out and sprayed Revuelta’s car with bullets, killing him, two bodyguards and a truck driver caught in the crossfire.

Associated Press

Police officials stand guard in front of the El Aliviane drug rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Thursday. Gunmen broke into the drug rehabilitation center Wednesday night, lined people against a wall and shot 17 dead in a particularly bloody day in Mexico’s relentless drug war.

city is home to the Juarez drug cartel, which is battling other gangs for trafficking and dealing turf. The government is struggling to revamp Ciudad Juarez’s police force, which is plagued by corruption and the assassination of many of

its officers. Other police have quit the force out of fear of being targeted. The massacre capped a particularly bloody day in Mexico’s relentless drug war. Gunmen killed the No. 2 security official and three other people in Calderon’s

home state of Michoacan, where the government is locked in an intensifying battle with the ruthless La Familia cartel, blamed for a string of assassinations of police and soldiers. Jose Manuel Revuelta, who was promoted less than two

An AP reporter at the scene saw the bodies of Revuelta and his bodyguards in the car, which had at least 15 bullet holes in the front windshield. Soldiers and federal police rushed to the site — just three blocks from the headquarters of the Michoacan Public Safety Department — and a helicopter circled overhead. Soldiers and federal police have intensified their fight against La Familia since accusing the cartel of killing 18 federal agents and two soldiers last month.

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Mobile Homes

Mobile Homes


Help Wanted

2 Bedroom /1.5 Bath RoseHill Townhouses near Hospital 1st Months Rent Free water included in rent Call 288-8462

2BR & 3BR Close to downtown Rfdtn. D/w, stove, refrig., w/d hook up. No pets! 287-0733

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5BR/1.5BA 2 Story Best Spindale neighborhood. Big porch, outdoor storage workshop. No A/C. $650 per month Call 561-523-4077 or at 828-201-0851

Large 3BR/1.5BA in Chase area. Cent. h/a, large fenced yard. $650/mo. + dep. Ref’s req. Call 289-8105

Nice, Clean, Private 3BR/2BA in Rfdtn. $650/mo. + securities. 286-1982 or 748-0658

Rollback Services Cars Rolling $40 local Utility Bldgs. $95 local After 5pm & weekends extra 828-289-8346

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September Special Ask about free month’s rent! Senior Citizen Piney Ridge Apt 2BR Appl., w/d hookup, carpet, cent. h/a. One person. No pets! $400/ mo. + $400 dep. 1 yr. lease. 245-4263 (day) or 245-4083 (evening) Richmond Hill Senior Apts. in Rfdtn 1BR Units w/handicap accessible units avail. Sec 8 assistance avail. 287-2578 Hours: Mon., Tues., & Thurs. 7-3. TDD Relay 1-800-735-2962 Equal Housing Opportunity. Income Based Rent.

Homes For Rent Beautiful 2BR/1BA on 3.5 ac. on Hudlow Rd. Hdwd floors & bsmt. $500/mo. 704-376-8081 2BR/2.5BA home on 64/74 1 mile from Lake Lure Beach, Chimney Rock and Ingles. Lake Lure view. $700/mo. Also, 2BR/2BA on 2 ac. in Resort. $800/mo. Call Eddy Zappel 828-289-9151 or Marco 954-275 0735 Nice 2BR in FC Cent. h/a, w/d hook up $425/mo. + dep & ref’s req. Call 245-5035

White Oak Manor - Shelby is currently accepting applications for

RN - Supervisor

Full-time, Mon.-Fri., 2nd shift Supervisory experience required, LTC experience is preferred. Excellent benefits with a well established company.

Apply at 401 North Morgan St., Shelby, NC 28150 or fax resume to 704-487-7193 Julie Hollifield Human Resources EOE

Nice 2 or 3BR in Rfdtn Refrig., stove, microwave, dishwasher, gas logs, hdwd floors, cent. h/a, lg. storage bldg. No Pets! Dep. & references required! Call 828-659-8614 or 245-4851 3BR/1BA Newly remodeled! East High area. $500/mo. + dep. Call 828-748-0059 3BR/2BA New home in Rfdtn. Hardwood floors, appliances furnished, 2 car garage $875/mo + dep. Ref’s. required. No indoor pets. 828-289-5800 or 828-429-3322

3BR/1.5BA off Hwy 9 in Sunnyview near Lake Lure & Ingles. $700/mo. 828-329-4577

Mobile Homes For Sale 14’x70’ 3BR/2BA completely remodeled $1,200 down, owner finance. 245-6189 5BR/2BA DW 14 ac. Another mobile home hook up on property. $119,000 Owner fin. w/down pmt. 657-4430

Sell or rent your property in the Classifieds!


in Rutherfordton!


Will Finance! No Banks! Hurry! You pay no lot rent, taxes, or insurance!

NEG. $99 wk + dep


2BR/2BA Rfdtn on Taylor Rd. Stove, refrig., washer & dryer. $350/mo + $350 dep. No pets! Call 287-2511 RENT or RENT TO OWN! 3BR/2BA in good condition! Call 287-8558 Single & Double wide Shiloh: 2BR/2BA & 3BR/3BA No Pets! 245-5703 or 286-8665 Several 2BR & 3BR mobile homes for rent in Sandy Mush area. $280/mo. + dep. No pets! Call 657-4430

The Daily Courier office will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day Classified Advertising deadline for new ads, cancellations, and changes to existing ads for the Tuesday, September 8th edition are as follows: LINE ADS: Deadline is Friday, September 4th at 2:00 PM DISPLAY ADS: Deadline is Thursday, September 3rd at 2:00 PM

2BR/2BA on private lot. Chase area. Water & appliances furnished! $525/mo. + $525 deposit. References required.

Call 248-1681

Land For Sale 3.88 acres, Bostic, gated comm, breath taking views. $69,500 obo. 941-915-1048

Commercial Property For rent: Warehouses & Shop Spaces 1,700 ft. warehouse w/dock, 4,000 ft. warehouse w/dock, 1,800 ft. shop building, 1,500 ft. shop building. Call J & R Davis 245-1767

Garage/Shop For Rent: 60’x25’, cement floors. Main Street in Bostic $200/mo. 1 yr. lease. Call 447-3634

Daycare Wee The People Child Care, has openings for 6 weeks to 3 years of age. Located on West St., Spindale


Help Wanted

NOW HIRING Earn $65k, $50k, $40k (GM, Co Mgr, Asst Mgr)

We currently have managers making this, and need more for expansion. 1 year salaried restaurant management experience required.

Fax resume to 336-431-0873 Needed:

RN Supervisor 3-11 RN/LPN 3-11/11-7 Lic. Social Worker Staffing Coordinator RN Staff Development Apply in person at: Brookview Healthcare 510 Thompson St., Gaffney, SC 29340 Call 864-489-3101 for directions. Brookview is a drug free workplace EOE/M/F/D/V

For Sale

Outside material workers Pay $10.00 and up per hour, depending on exp.

3 door drink cooler $350, 6’ glass display case $125, balloon stuffing machine, $25. Call 245-2884 from 9AM-5PM

Heavy equipment operators, persons with CDL driver’s license or torch cutting exp. Only persons with a good work record apply.

Hustler 48” walk behind mower 17hp Kawasaki eng., less than 25 hrs. $2,500 Call 289-4768

Also taking resumes for local sales and office work, pay salary plus commission. Apply at 23 Memorial Park Rd., Marion, NC Phone: 828-659-9539

Sunset Memorial Park Good Shepherd I Lot 109 Spaces 3 & 4 $1,400 obo for both Call 336-623-1376 Sundrop drink machine $250. Pepsi drink machine, $350. Call 828-288-1026

18 — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, FRIDAY, September 4, 2009 For Sale

Want To Buy

Maintenance Free Golf Cart Batteries discount on multi-sets $250/set 657-4430 SOFA, LOVESEAT AND CHAIR Tan velvet $250 Call 287-0479

WILL BUY YOUR GOLD AND SILVER We come to you! Get more for your gold!! 289-7066


Sport Utility

Yard Sales

Yard Sales

Yard Sales

Yard Sales

2000 Cadillac Deville white pearl w/Albaster top, all leather, power

1995 Landrover Discovery All wheel drive. Exc. cond.! Must sell! $4,200 980-8009

111 Withrow Road (beside National Guard Armory) Sat. 7:30A-til A little bit of everything!

BIG YARD SALE Spindale: 1201 E. Main St. (front of Regtrol) Sat. 8A-12P Toys, kids clothes, household. Rain or Shine!

HUGE SALE Mooresboro: Six Points MHP (74 East to 120 t/r to Six Points-follow signs) Thurs-Sat 8A-until Lots of stuff!

MULTI FAMILY Rfdtn 215 Hardin Rd. Sat. 7A-until Household items, clothes, furniture and more!

windows/doors, heated

seats, Michelin, 89K mi. Luxury/exc. cond.! $8,900 941-685-6933

Want To Buy WANT TO BUY OR REPAIR USED APPLIANCES. Call 447-6215 or 429-7728

Lost Black/brown Chihuahua w/long ears. Lost on 8/21 in Spindale. Little girl is heartbroken. 980-5105 2 Cocker Spaniels One white, one blonde Lost 8/24 from Trojan Ln., FC. Reward! Call 429-6017 or 289-9125


Female Calico Cat Approx. 1 yr. old, no collar. Lost 8/5 from Lawing Mill Rd. Reward! 288-9591

Cars & Trucks Pick up at your convenience!

Call 223-0277 Rutherford County has a full time JANITORIAL POSITION available Reports to the Maintenance Director. Work involves dusting, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, emptying trash cans, cleaning bathrooms. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7:00am-4:00pm, Fri. 7:00am12:00pm. Salary: $20,637 annually, excellent benefits. Minimum Requirements: High School Diploma with 1-3 years experience in janitorial work, valid driver’s license with clean driving record. Job requires courtesy and tact with general public and county employees.

Apply Rutherford County Human Resources Office 289 N. Main St. • Rutherfordton, NC Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Male Shih Tzu Gray and tan, 1 year old. Lost last week from Florida Avenue in Spindale. 305-5666 Male Black lab pup w/ orange collar. 10 mo. old. Last seen 8/31 on Pleasant Hill Church Rd. in Rfdtn 980-5085

Yard Sales HUGE MULTI FAMILY Gilkey: Oak Springs Rd. (off 221N) Sat. 7A-Noon Household bedding, curtains, clothes, furniture, printers and more! Bargains!


2 FAMILY Ellenboro 362 Harmon Road (off Beams Mill Rd. or Pilgrim Mill Rd.) Sat. 7:30A-11:30A Household, clothing, and decorations! 2 FAMILY Rfdtn: 631 Baber Rd. (off Poors Ford Rd.) Sat. 7A-til Baby items, furniture, household, TV’s, and much more! 3 FAMILY Old Wagy Rd. Sat. 7A-til Home interiors, Princess House & ladies clothing 4 FAMILY YARD SALE Mooresboro: 180 Twin Creek Rd. Fri. & Sat. 7A-until Everything must go! Cheap!

774 Hames Ridge Rd. (Ferry Rd. to Old Calvary Church Rd.) Sat. 8A-until Lumber, books, household items, soda bottles, miscellaneous! Annual Labor Day Big Yard Sale Caroleen: 248 Boss Moore Rd. Sat. 7A-until Antiques, collectibles, household

GIGANTIC SALE FC: Take Countryside to Lakeside Dr. Sat. 7A-til Items galore!

BIG Rfdtn 194 Forest Hill Circle Sat. 8A-11A Car, computer desk, knick knacks, clothes. FC 389 Dogwood Ln. Sat. 7A-until Futon w/extra mattress, ceiling fan, light fixtures, fall clothes, shoes, dishes, linens and much more! Garage Sale Bostic 3709 Pearidge Rd. (5th house on right after conservation center) Sat. 7A-until Household items. Too many items to list! MOVING SALE Rfdtn 198 Center Ridge Dr. (in Green Hill Farms, next to Green Hill Baptist Church on Hwy 64/74) Sat. & Sun. 7A-until Furniture, gas fireplace, household, patio furniture, appliances, landscaping items, A/c-heating unit YARD SALE Ellenboro 1891 EllenboroHenrietta Rd. Saturday Sept. 5th 7A-Noon Young men’s and women’s clothes, furniture, and household items!

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the estate of KENNETH DEAN GREEN of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said KENNETH DEAN GREEN to present them to the undersigned on or before the 21st day of November 2009 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 21st day of August, 2009.

HUGE YARD SALE FC: 178 Washington St. Fri. & Sat. 8A-until Lots of baby items, clothes, toys, tools, computers, Nascar LARGE YARD SALE FC: 230 Mountain View Street (off Old Wagy Road) Saturday 7A-until Something for everyone!

MOVING SALE FC 159 Georgia Avenue Fri. & Sat. 8A-until Furniture, tools, garden equipment, household items and much more!

MULTI FAMILY Bostic 117 Necktie Thompson Rd. Sat. 7A-until Baby clothes, furniture, household, computers, a little bit of everything MULTI FAMILY Rfdtn 241 S. Ridgecrest (across from hospital) Saturday 7A-until Women, men’s children clothing, toys, DVD’s, household items, Christmas items! SIDEWALK SALE Forest City: Medical Arts Pharmacy’s Gift Solutions Saturday, Sept. 5th from 9A-2P Gifts and Accessories!


MULTI FAMILY Danieltown: 128 Brookmont Ave. Saturday 7A-until Young girls and boys, men and women’s clothing, furniture books, odds and ends, etc. NEIGHBORHOOD SALE Green Hill 460 Starview Dr. Fri. & Sat. 8A-until Some furniture, antiques, collectibles, TV’s, housewares, tools, clothes, Pepsi collectibles & more! See Craigs List, Asheville Yard Sales. YARD SALE Forest City: 110 Jefferson St. (off of Broadway) Sat. 7A-12P Clothes and miscellaneous items!

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NOTICE OF SALE Dolly Louise Green, Executor 3652 Big Island Rd. Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 44A-40, various items of personal property contained in the warehouses listed below will be sold at public auction at FCI Mini-Warehouses on Saturday, September 19, 2009.

NOTICE OF SALE Pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 44-40, various items of personal property contained in the warehouses listed below will be sold at public auction at Reids of Forest City, Reids Mini Storage, 407 U.S. Hwy 221-A, Forest City, NC 28043 on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 9:00 AM. Rain date will be Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 9:00 AM Units: J, 5, 28, 68, 97, 110, 130, 148, 156, 165, 172, 183, 199, 202, 238, 263, 265, 313 Allan D. Reid, President Reids of Forest City Reids Mini Storage 407 U.S. Hwy 221-A Forest City, NC 28043

10:00 AM 168 Meadowbrook Drive, Forest City, NC Units 40, 66, 72, 112, and 116 11:30 AM West Street, Spindale, NC Unit 13 1:00 PM Chase High Road, Forest City, NC Units 3, 9, 22, 23, 40, 62, 63, 73, 100 and 110 Johnny Sisk, President Forest City Investment Club, Inc. PO Box 915 Forest City, NC 28043

IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION RUTHERFORD COUNTY 09 SP 259 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY ALLEN ROBINSON AND MARSHA BROADWELL DATED DECEMBER 10, 2007 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 988 AT PAGE 135 IN THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY, NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE OF SALE Pursuant to a Court order and under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of default in the payment of the secured indebtedness and failure to perform the stipulation and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the secured debt, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 3:00 PM on September 9, 2009 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Situate, lying and being in Green Hill Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being a portion of those properties as described in Deeds to Ranches at Mountain Creek, LLC recorded in Deed Book 920, Page 130, Deed Book 938, Page 285, and Deed Book 910, Page 656, Rutherford County Registry, and being described herein as follows: Being all of Lot 13, a 3.63 acres tract of "Mountain Creek, Phase I" subdivision as shown on a plat recorded in Plat Book 28, Page 263-264, Rutherford County Registry, reference to said plat being made for a full metes and bounds description of said lot and the plat notes recited thereon. SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS of record which are recorded in Deed Book 944, Page 31, Rutherford County Registry. And Being more commonly known as: Ranches At Mountain Crk Lot 13, Stable Pl, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Allen Robinson and Marsha Broadwell.

The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale.

The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

The date of this Notice is August 20, 2009.

The date of this Notice is August 20, 2009.

Grady Ingle Substitute Trustee 8520 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 333-8107 09-115298

Grady Ingle Substitute Trustee 8520 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 333-8107 09-115777


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LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — A once-dangerous and powerful Hurricane Jimena mellowed into a soggy, drifting tropical storm Thursday, bringing much needed rain to Mexico’s droughtstricken Baja California peninsula. Forecasters still warned of flash floods and large waves, but even those were expected to gradually subside as the slow-moving storm made its way up the peninsula and then back out over the Pacific Ocean. Earlier this week, tourists evacuated and residents sought shelter as Jimena roared toward the multimillion-dollar resorts of Los Cabos as a Category 4 hurricane, with winds topping 150 mph (240 kph). But the beaches and condominiums where Hollywood stars vacation year-round were mostly spared, and the hurricane has since moved its way north ripping off some roofs and toppling power poles in smaller farm towns and fishing villages.

Britain confirms ID of hostage

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says a body handed over to officials in Iraq is that of missing security contractor Alec MacLachlan. Brown said Thursday tests on the remains received by British officials Wednesday had confirmed MacLachlan’s identity. He was one of five Britons abducted by Shiite militants in a raid on Iraq’s Finance Ministry in 2007. The bodies of two other men were returned to Britain in June. Brown called on the hostagetakers to release IT consultant Peter Moore and to confirm the fate of Alan McMenemy, who is feared dead.

Gabon opposition leader injured

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Opposition leader Pierre Mamboundou has been injured by police during protests against the electoral victory of the eldest son of Gabon’s longtime dictator. Louis-Gaspon Mayila, head of a political party allied to Mamboundou, said the opposition leader was injured in the arm when police fired tear gas early Thursday at opposition demonstrators who camped outside the electoral commission in Libreville overnight. Mayila had no details on Mamboundou’s whereabouts, but said he had gone into hiding. Mamboundou called the election results “a fraudulent farce” and insisted that results of individual polling stations showed he had around 40 percent of the vote, with Ali Bongo snaring less than 30. Bongo is a son of dictator Omar Bongo, who ruled this African nation for 41 years until his death in June.

Afghan election workers input electoral results at the Independent Election Commission offices in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday. Accusations of voter intimidation and large-scale ballotstuffing have poured into the Electoral Complaint Commission, which must investigate before final results can be announced. Associated Press

Embassy guards under guard KABUL (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has banned alcohol and assigned American personnel to watch the embassy’s security guards following allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct at their living quarters. The announcement of the crackdown on embassy guards came as NATO reported the deaths of two U. S. service members in southern Afghanistan. A British soldier was also killed, according to the U.K. military. The two U.S. personnel were killed by a bomb while on patrol in the region, which has seen some of the most intense fighting of the war. No other details have been released. The British soldier from 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment was shot dead while on patrol in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province. The U.S. Embassy announced its new security measures Thursday after an independent watchdog group charged that guards hired by a private contractor were threatened and intimidated by supervisors. The alleged mistreatment occurred at their offsite living quarters. Meanwhile, photos were released of guards and supervisors in various stages of nudity

We’ve already started to make changes to remedy some of the problems. — Caitlin Hayden Embassy spokeswoman

at parties flowing with booze. The State Department inspector general is leading an investigation of the contractor, ArmorGroup North America. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry held a meeting with his staff on Thursday to discuss the situation, said embassy spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. “We’ve already started to make changes to remedy some of the problems,” Hayden said. Alcohol has been prohibited at Camp Sullivan — the offsite location where ArmorGroup guards live — and diplomatic security staff have been assigned to the camp, the embassy said. The embassy “will continue to take every possible step to ensure the safety and security of American Embassy personnel, while respecting the values of all Afghans, Americans and contract employees and visitors from other countries,” a statement said. The ArmorGroup security personnel guard the gates to the embassy road and perimeter and screen visitors. The Project

on Government Oversight, an independent watchdog group, said the nearly 450 ArmorGroup guards live and work in an oppressive environment in which they are subjected to hazing and other inappropriate behavior by supervisors. In at least one case, supervisors brought prostitutes into the quarters where the guards live, a serious breach of security and discipline, the group said this week. In other instances, members of the guard force drew Afghans into activities forbidden by Muslims, such as drinking alcoholic beverages, it said. The situation led to a breakdown of morale and leadership that has compromised security at the embassy, where nearly 1,000 U.S. diplomats, staff and Afghan nationals work, according to the nonprofit group. The embassy has been targeted in insurgent rocket attacks, and suicide bombs have exploded at or near its gates. Militant attacks have risen across Afghanistan the last three years.

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