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Fire and Ice Volunteer firefighters from Ellenboro, Sandy Mush and Cilffside responded to a house fire Friday evening near Caroleen as snow began accumulating across Rutherford County. The home had not been occupied in about 10 years, said a neighbor who discovered the fire. The former owner was the late Sonny Dalton. By 6 p.m. fire departments from across the county were responding to dozens of calls for accidents and vehicles stranded as roads became snow covered.

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Clerk, sheriff candidates file By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

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FOREST CITY — Two Democrats filed for Clerk of Court Friday and a third candidate has filed for Rutherford County Sheriff as the fifth day of filing for the May 4 Primary Election ended at 5 p.m. The filing assures a race for the Democratic Party for Clerk of Court and also a race for the Republican Party candidate for Sheriff of Rutherford County.

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RUTHERFORDTON — A victim of a 2005 shooting said Friday that Jack Martin walked up to within two or three feet of him and shot him twice. Philip Salks was testifying in the murder trial of Martin in Superior Court. Martin is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jonathan Lehi Moore, and with two counts of attempted firstdegree murder in the shootings of Salks and Phillip Chiasson on the night of May 27-28, 2005. The incident occurred at Chiasson’s apartment at 919 Main St. in Chimney Rock, in the aftermath of a dispute at a poker game. Martin was convicted of those charges in 2007, but a retrial was ordered by the North Carolina Court of Appeals because of an error in the first trial. Salks said he was hanging a wet rug over a railing outside the apartment in the wake of an altercation between Moore and Please see Trial, Page 3

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Donnie Haynes Henson, (D) filed for Clerk of Court before lunch and Ramona Hall (D) filed for Clerk of Court Friday afternoon. Incumbent Robynn Spence (R) fiiled Monday afternoon, the first day of filing. Darren Hicks Hodge (R) of Square Hardin Road, filed for sheriff. Henson, a salesman, lives on Rosemont Farm Road, Rutherfordton, and said he has

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Webby Williams of Green Hill hopes to get to Haiti later this month.

FOREST CITY — As soon as commercial airlines start flying back to Port-AuPrince, Webby Williams will return to Haiti to visit his children at The Way of Jesus Orphanage. Since the devastating earthquake a month ago today, Williams has been waiting anxiously to get to Haiti. Williams communicates almost daily with people in Haiti or supporters in the United States with updates on the condition of the orphanage. The Jan. 12 earthquake claimed 220,000

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lives and injured more than 100,000 people. Millions are homeless including dozens who are spending nights inside the compound of The Way of Jesus Orphanage, just outside Haitian capital Port-AuPrince. Williams has been told he can go to Haiti on Feb. 20 to visit the children and assist the director in providing food and other supplies for the 15 orphans and others who are staying at the property. “The director tells me there are 50 to 60 staying on the compound each night Please see Haiti, Page 18


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Cross Reference in Concert

Cross Reference will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 21, at Sandy Level Baptist Church. Singing begins at 6 p.m. Public invited.

Music/concerts The Royal Quartet will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 28, at Harris Baptist Church. Singing begins at 2 p.m. Gospel singing program: Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., St. Paul AME Zion Church, 200 Lawing Road, Forest City; on program — St. Luke Holiness Church choir, Four Square Gospel Choir, New Zion Gospel Choir and others.

11 a.m. worship service at Glenwood Baptist Church; guest speaker, Wendy Duke, pro-life speaker and missionary. Revival: Feb. 14-17, with Jason Camp and family; Fellowship Holiness Church, 405 Deviney St., Spindale; Sunday services 11 a.m., and 6 p.m.; MTW 7 nightly.

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Special service: Sunday, Feb. 14, 3 p.m., Union Hill AME Zion Church, 461 Ferguson Ridge Road, Union Mills; program entitled, “THE SEVEN UPS”; seven speakers will speak; topics include Caught-Up, Stand-Up, Look-Up, SpeakUp, Pray-Up, Grow-Up, and Take-Up.

Anniversary service: In honor of Rev. Delroy Wilmont; Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Holy Temple No. 2, Forest City.

Revival: Feb. 15-19, 7 nightly; Welcome Home Baptist Church; Pastor Handley Milby will preach.

Singing: Sunday, March 7, 7 p.m., Riverside Baptist Church, Hogan Road, Harris; featuring the Royal Quartet of Forest City.

Special service: Sunday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m.; Holy Temple No. 2, Forest City; guest speaker, Bishop E.L. Gray from Statesville. 100 Women in White: Sunday, Feb. 14, 3 p.m., St. Luke Holiness Church. Special service: A Sanctity of Life service will be held Sunday, Feb. 14, during the

11th Annual Lenten services: Beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, at First Baptist Church of Spindale, 105 East Wilson St., and continuing each Wednesday through March 31; worship time at noon; lunch promptly at 12:30 p.m.; lunch $4 per person; different speakers each week; sponsored by the churches of Central Rutherford County. The theme for this

year is “The Emotions of the Cross.” The speakers and topics are: “Suffering” — Jim Pyatt, Spindale UMC “Pain” — Bill Kirk, Spindale Presbyterian “Agony” — Donald Brown, New Zion Baptist “Sorrow” — Ron Fink, Advent Lutheran “Rejection” — Alfonza Everett, Wells Springs UMC “Loneliness” — Andy Evans, First Baptist, Spindale “Abandonment” — Billy Vaughn, Spencer Baptist. Special service: “Women of the Four Gospels”; Sunday, Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Bible Way Fellowship Church; speakers include Gloria Robertson, Sandra Moore, Teresa Robertson and Barbara Shipp. Youth Day: Sunday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m., Holy Temple No. 2, Forest City; guest speaker, Rev. Rachel Twitty. Revival: Feb. 22-26, 7 nightly, St. Luke Holiness Church; guest speaker, Rev. Jackie Elliott of Mt. Olive. Crusade: “Miracle and Deliverance Crusade”; Friday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Holy Temple No. 2. Luncheon/tea: 3rd Annual Community Luncheon and Tea; Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 to

5 p.m., at Gold Hill Baptist Church Association building, Spindale; $10 per person.

Fundraisers Country ham supper: Saturday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Duncan’s Creek Presbyterian Church, 1658 Duncan’s Creek Road, Ellenboro. Sandwich sale: Saturday, Feb. 13, begins at 11 a.m., St. Paul AME Zion Church, 200 Lawing Road, Forest City; chicken sandwiches $3.75, fish sandwiches $4, drinks 50 cents. Barbecue supper: Saturday, Feb. 13, begins at 4 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, Ellenboro; adult paltes $9; ages 6-12, $4; under 6 free; take outs available; proceeds for international missions. Soup and chili sale: Saturday, Feb. 13, from noon to 5 p.m., Union Hill AME Zion Church, Union Mills; sponsored by the stewardess board. Sweetheart Banquet: Saturday, Feb. 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m.; Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church; baked spaghetti, salad, dessert and drink;

Impurity For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man. R.S.V. Mark 7:21-23

The second of the works of the flesh mentioned by Paul in his epistle to the Galatians is impurity, which is a translation of the Greek word “akatharsia.” The word “akatharsia” originally referred to something being literally dirty or unclean. However, in the Greek Old Testament it referred to ritual uncleanness, which prevented a person, such as a menstruating woman, from approaching the temple or engaging in religious rituals. Jesus and his disciples were accused of “akatharsia” by the Pharisees when they ate without washing their hands. (Mark 7.1-6) Jesus responded to the Pharisees by telling them that they were hypocrites, following the letter of the law, but failing to realize that it is not what goes into one’s mouth that makes them impure, but rather what comes out of their mouth, since our words have their source in our hearts. Impurity, then, is more properly considered not the literal uncleanness of our bodies, but the metaphorical impurity of our hearts and minds. Impurity, therefore, is a work of the flesh which taints the whole person. Our hearts, minds and personalities become defiled by impure thoughts and deeds. We should each prayerfully consider whether our hearts and minds are pure, and strive to rid ourselves of impure thoughts.

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ELLENBORO — Liberty Baptist Church will host its 7th Annual Sportsmen Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 20, with former New York Yankee Bobby Richardson as the keynote speaker. The program begins at 6 p.m. Richardson played second base for the New York Yankees alongside legends Roger Maris, Yogi Berra and Mickey Richardson Mantle. He was named MVP for the 1960 World Series. During his time (1960-64) with the Yankee team they won five consecutive pennants and two World Series. Richardson also produced many record batting performances in the World Series. Richardson earned five Gold Glove awards (1961-65), and was chosen as an American League Allstar many times from 1955-66. He was a .266 lifetime hitter, reaching .300 twice and leading the American League with 209 hits in 1962. He retired from major league baseball at age 31 to devote himself to his family and other interests including a run for Congress and work with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He later became the baseball coach for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks taking them to the College World Series for the first time in the school’s history. Tickets are $9 per person, which includes a main course of barbecue and wild game tasting. Door prizes. Liberty Baptist Church is located on Webb Road near Bobby Richardson was Ellenboro. For further named MVP in the 1960 information call 453World Series. 0186. $12 per couple or $6 per individual; children under 6 are free; take outs available; call 657-9446 to place an order; sponsored by the ladies’ auxiliary. Fish fry: Benefit for Haiti missions; Saturday, Feb. 13, from noon to 7 p.m., at Temple of Jesus Church, Lake Lure; dessert and drink included with meal. Shrove Tuesday pancake supper: Feb. 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; St. Francis Episcopal Church Parish House; adults $5; ages 6-12, $3; under 6 free; proceeds for the St. Francis Youth, Samaritan ministries. “Italian Night Out”: Saturday, Feb. 20, 4 to 7:30 p.m., Oak Grove United Methodist Church; spaghetti, lasagna and other Italian dishes; cost $8 for adults and $4 for children; price includes salad, drink and dessert; church located on Oak Grove Church Road near Ellenboro; proceeds for church projects; sponsored by the UMM. Spaghetti dinner, bake sale: Sunday, Feb. 21, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Forest City; $5 per person; children under 5 free; take outs available. Vegetable soup sale: The UMW of Spindale United Methodist Church will take orders for homemade vegetable soup through Saturday, Feb. 27. Concentrated soup ($6 per quart), freezes well. Pick up date March 6, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Other Mobile food truck: Chase Corner Ministries will sponsor a Mobile Food Truck for those in need on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Concord Baptist Church, 720 Old US Hwy. 74, beginning at 9:30 a.m., until the food is gone. Bring laundry basket or box, and a valid driver’s license. 2nd Annual food giveaway: Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning at 11 a.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Sandy Mush area; one box of food (per family) for those in need. Fall registration: The Tot Learning Center at First United Methodist Church, Rutherfordton, will begin registration for fall classes on March 1. Contact Cathy Watson at 287-3704 for more information. Christo Bible Bautista Church, Oakland Road, Spindale, is in the process of beginning a food pantry. The church is in need of two freezers to store food. Any donations will be appreciated, call 289-9837.

Mom’s Hope is a ministry that offers hope and support for mothers who face daily struggles and fears when their children are addicted to drugs or alcohol. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Missionary Wesleyan Church, 811 Doggett Rd., Forest City. Next meeting Feb. 11. For information contact Chris at 287-3687. “The Way Home”: A support group for anyone recovering from an addiction; meetings are held each Monday at noon, in the basement of Harvest House Church, Big Springs Ave., Forest City; call Sheila at 828-447-1880 for more information. “Celebrate Recovery” is a weekly Christ-centered program that meets every Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 1186 Hudlow Rd., Forest City. The group is open to anyone who wishes to find healing for whatever a person is going through. Call 245-3639.

Soup Kitchens Community Outreach: “Give By Faith Ministries” of Piney Mountain Baptist Church provides a soup kitchen, clothes closet and food pantry to those in need the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Samaritan Breakfast: Thursdays from 6 to 8 a.m., at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 395 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Carry-out breakfast bags. St. Paul AME Zion Church, Forest City, each Monday at 6 p.m. St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 330 N. Ridgecrest Ave., Rutherfordton. “Helping Hands Outreach”: Members of Caroleen Congregational Holiness Church hold a monthly soup kitchen each Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The church is located on Walker Store Rd. First Baptist Church in Spindale, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday. New Beginnings Soup Kitchen, Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Green River Baptist Association, 668 N. Washington St., Rutherfordton. To include church announcements in The Daily Courier, send information via email to abyers@thedigitalcourier.com or call 245-6431, ext. 215.


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Local RCT sets dates for play auditions FOREST CITY — Rutherford Community Theatre is auditioning for the musical Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming Monday and Wednesday Feb. 15 and 17 at 7 p.m. at Union Mills Learning Center Auditorium. Directed by Les Beale, the musical includes four males and three females. Anyone interested in any aspect of live theater is welcome.

Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming is set in October 1945 and the gospel-singing Sanders Family is back together again. The war is over and America’s years of prosperity are just beginning. RCT is a non-profit community theater group who depends on donations and sponsors to operate. For more information call 2874809 or visit the website at www. rutherfordcommunitytheatre.org .

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Forrest Hunt Elementary School is sending 9,000 bottles of water to Haiti through Mission Haiti Inc. Asheville, following a fifth grade, schoolwide water drive. A few of the fifth graders who spearheaded the drive are shown above with representatives from Timken, Eaton and Hardin Trucking, contributors to the water drive. The school set a goal of 1,000 bottles and surpassed it by more than 3,000 bottles. Timken donated 1,500 bottles; Eaton, 720 bottles; Food Lion, four cases; Duke Energy Cliffside Plant, 1,500; and Hardin Rental is donating a U-Haul to transport the bottles to Asheville. Shown are: (l-r) front row — Dillon Thrift, Danielle Camp, Zach Carswell, Josh Allen, Braxton Jones; second row — Principal Brad Richardson; Hardin Trucking’s Chuck Hardin, Eaton’s Anton Littlejohn; Timken’s Mark Guffey and Nina Gaffney; fifth graders Riley Robinette, Bruce Squires and fifth grader teacher, Amber Fowler.

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Martin when he saw Martin come around a corner and back toward the apartment. “He had a gun In his hand,” Salks told jurors. Salks said he didn’t remember if Martin said anything to him, but he recalls he said something to Martin to the effect that Martin should go back home. “I didn’t believe he would start shooting,” Salks said. Salks said Martin walked up to within a few feet of him and shot him in the stomach. Salks said he felt a burning sensation and felt as if the breath had been knocked out of him. He said he fell immediately after the shot, and he had his hands on the ground. He said he recalls hearing another shot but didn’t know until later that he had been shot in the back of the head, too. After that, he said, he vaguely recalls hearing Chiasson calling for help. He also said he remembered being carried on a stretcher and hearing sirens. He underwent surgery and spent three weeks in the hospital. Salks said earlier in his testimony that Martin had called and invited him to a cookout at Chiasson’s apartment on May 27, 2005. Salks said his relationship with Martin was “fine, I thought.” The two had had a few small disagreements, Salks said, but nothing he considered serious. He added that he thought Chiasson and Martin had a similar relationship, although they had had a physical altercation once. Salks, a carpenter, and Moore had to work that day, but he said they arrived together in Chimney Rock somewhere between 6 and 7 p.m. They sat outside on a patio for perhaps an hour and a half before moving inside and starting to play cards. They played for maybe an hour or an hour and a half before taking a break. Salks went to his apartment downstairs to put away his tools and to go to the bathroom. Chiasson went to the bathroom in his apartment. His girlfriend, Samantha Carr, had already gone to bed. Salks told jurors that the four men seemed to be getting along fine at the game, but when he came back upstairs, Martin and Moore were struggling with each other. Salks said he heard Martin say something to the effect, “I can’t believe you said that.” Salks said he grabbed Moore and told him to sit down, and he told Martin to leave the apartment. Martin left immediately, Salks said, and Moore sat down on a sofa that divided the kitchen and living room, facing the doorway. Salks said Moore was “intoxicated but coherent.” The two combatants had knocked over a fish tank and broke it, Salks said, and he and Chiasson began cleaning up the water and the mess. Salks said that is when he took the rug outside to hang it up, and that is when he was shot. Earlier, Salks testified that he did not have a gun and did not think Chiasson had a gun. Salks said he didn’t have a key to Martin’s apartment. When asked if Chiasson had a key, Salks said, “I don’t see any reason he would.” He also testified he had not entered Martin’s apartment while Martin was gone. Most of the court day Friday

was spent hearing testimony from Detective Sgt. Bruce Greene of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. Greene was the lead forensic investigator in the case. Greene said a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber, five-shot revolver was recovered at the crime scene in a trash can. He said spent ammunition was found in the gun but no live rounds. Greene added that no firearm was recovered from inside the Chiasson residence. Earlier testimony revealed that two officers had gone into Chiasson’s apartment to wake up Chiasson’s girlfriend, who had slept through the shootings. Defense attorney Kent Brown asked Greene if the crime scene might have been compromised by that action. Greene said, “When people pass through a crime scene, it might be compromised.” Greene testified about the projectiles that were found in the apartment. One was found on a table near a dented metal container of poker chips. Greene said there was a blood and water mix around Moore’s body, and that a bullet was found on the floor near the body. A third projectile was found lodged in a wall. Greene confirmed that a gunshot residue test was done on Moore’s hands, which did not have to be “bagged” since he was dead and there would be no movement of his hands. When a gun is fired, Greene said, some of the powder leaves the barrel and some is expelled backward. Martin and Chiasson did have their hands bagged, but plastic bags were used, instead of the preferred paper bags, so evidence might have been compromised. Plastic bags are not normally used, Greene said, because the plastic makes the hands sweat, and particles might fall off. Martin became ill while at the scene, Greene said, so he did not make another attempt to collect residue evidence. Brown noted that officers where on the scene with Martin some two and a half to three hours, but Greene agreed that he did not make another effort to collect the evidence. Greene said the shell casings in the recovered revolver were processed for fingerprints. He said a “partial positive result” was obtained on one cartridge and it was sent to the SBI to see if they could get usable information. Greene said samples for DNA were taken from Martin and Moore, but not from Chiasson and Salks. Brown also questioned Greene about blood found both inside and outside the apartment, including on a trash bag. Greene said blood swabs taken from the trash can and from in front of the door were not sent to the SBI lab for testing. When District Attorney Brad Greenway began to question Greene about “scene D,” the Salks apartment downstairs, Brown made a motion to suppress, saying there was no allegation of probable cause for that apartment. Greenway said he would withdraw the question. Judge Mark Powell ended the court day at 3:30 p.m. Friday, telling jurors to return at 9:30 a.m. Monday. After the jury left the courtroom, Powell said the two-week session of Superior Court had been scheduled to end Friday, but he said he would extend the session until the trial ended. Contact Dale via e-mail at ldale@thedigitalcourier.com

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One of the most common misconceptions about coupons is that the item that you buy must match the picture that appears on the face of the coupon. It’s true that you can use the coupon to purchase the item that’s pictured. However, you want to pay close attention to the text on a coupon, too. After all, the text contains the precise information that the coupon’s bar code is programmed to deliver at the checkout counter. Which brings us to this week’s tip. Super-Couponing Secret: Forget the Photos, Read the Fine Print It’s a very common marketing technique for a manufacturer to show a new or more expensive variety of a product on the face of a coupon in the hope that you will buy this new or more expensive variety. If you read the coupon, though, you’ll discover that the offer is good for “$1 off any [brand] product.” Consider a coupon for a new variety of cold medicine put out by a leading manufacturer. The coupon may show the new, multi-symptom medicine in the picture, hoping that you will want to try it, but the text states clearly that you can use the coupon on any medicine from this manufacturer. Learning to distinguish between what the photo suggests and the full terms of the deal that the text actually spells out is a skill that can really help shoppers, giving us more freedom to buy the item we may prefer versus the variety shown in the photo. I recently had a coupon for a new variety of skin-care product. It showed a photo of the lotion, and the text read “$1 off [brand] lotion, body wash, or any [brand] product.” That wording is key! When I didn’t see a good sale for the company’s lotions or body wash, I did see a bar of the same brand of soap - for 99 cents. With my coupon, it was free. Brand-name sandwich meat is an area where it can pay to read coupon wording closely. People often ask me how to save at the deli counter. It’s not always easy to get discounts on fresh-cut cold cuts. But many meat manufacturers sell pre-packaged deli meats, too, and there are often coupons for those. Look closely at the wording on these coupons. While the coupon may show a boxed or bagged variety of meat, the wording often spells out a wider deal, such as “$1 off 1 package of [brand] sliced meat, or 1lb. of [brand] sliced meats at the deli.” These coupons are a great way to save on fresh-sliced meats of the same brand at the deli counter. Ready for another tip? This one involves brand loyalty. While we all have favorite brands of things, our brand loyalty can cost us in the long run if we aren’t shopping smart for those favorite-brand items when they’re on sale. Major brands often engage in what the industry calls “price wars” with one another. We see this frequently with items such as pasta sauce, where numerous brands compete to sell what is essentially the same product. Brand A may be cheap one week, but next week Brand B barrels in with an even lower price. This works out well for shoppers who aren’t particularly partial to any specific brand. But, if we think “I really like Brand A, and I will always buy it no matter what,” it’s great when Brand A is on sale for $1.29 a jar and we’ve got a 75-cent coupon for it. But when the sale ends and Brand A goes back up to $3.29 a jar, we’ll be paying the price. If we can let some of our brand preferences slide a little bit and fluctuate along with the sales, we can save more money in the long run. Next week, I’ll share one of the biggest and most surprising tips with you. It involves which days of the week are the least expensive days to shop at the grocery store. You might be surprised to learn what they are!


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f we were all waiting for Washington to enact a jobs creation bill that would solve all our problems, then it appears that we will be waiting for a long, long time. This should come as no surprise. There is no way government can really create jobs other than to hire more people for government jobs. Still, there are things that can be done to help restore confidence among business leaders and the public. That is what is really missing right now. Business people are wary about beefing up employment because credit issues continue and because the slow pace of the recovery is not giving them clear signals. No one can blame them for that. Employers who have had to tell workers that they are laid off are not going to be anxious to go through that again anytime soon. Until we have restored confidence, the recovery is going to be slow.

Our readers’ views Offers more thoughts on constitutional rights To the editor: In studying Yale law professor Akhil Reed Amar’s statements in his book The Bill of Rights, I noticed some interesting things on illegal search and seizure regarding the Fourth Amendment. For example, this part: “...no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation...” There’s that oath or affirmation thing again, and since the state of North Carolina recognizes the sovereignty of God, an affirmation is subject to the same restrains as an oath. But the wording of the amendment is what strikes me, “..no warrant shall issue...” If any warrant is issued, therefore, it is automatically supported by oath or affirmation. Can this grant any kind of “good faith immunity” to the officer who requests the warrant? Actually no, since we see from Biblical protections that the accused always has the presumption of innocence (Isaiah 54:17) and the right to face his accuser(Isaiah 50:8). Based on those principles, and based on the fact that North Carolina recognizes the sovereignty of God, the officer who requests a warrant has no more immunity against his accuser than he would have as a private citizen. The reason for this is found in the prohibition of Isaiah 29:21: “That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate (courts), and turn aside the just for a thing of nought”. That is, no person can be convicted “for a word”, which is basi-

cally what a search warrant is, and why all such warrants are subject to oath or affirmation. By this process, no judge can uphold any person’s right or guarantee immunity should the warrant be wrongly granted. That is actually condemned in Jeremiah 5:26-31. The “priests” in verse 31, were the equivalent to our judges today, empowered to decide procedural due process, but not empowered, under the oath of the requested warrant, to give immunity for false warrants. As we see clearly condemned in verse 31: “the priests bear rule by their means(by their own decisions), and my people love to have it so.” In other words, by the power of the oath, the judge cannot act in the interest of some vague entity called “the people”. That is clearly condemned in the law of Exodus 23:2: “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgement.” First we see that no warrant

is to issue except under oath or affirmation, and once under oath affirmation, the accused has the protection of the sovereign, which the state recognizes as God. To issue false warrant is to be a false witness, or to commit perjury, and under God’s law of Deuteronomy 19:19, the false witness is to serve the penalty he would have imposed on the accused. Under oath, the accuser is bound to those principles. Once bound by oath, the responsibility of the courts is directly tied to the First Amendment, and the same prohibition applies to the states under the “due process” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. If the Fourteenth Amendment “incorporates” the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court says it does, then all search warrants, under oath or affirmation, would be subject to First Amendment prohibitions. Ralph Haulk Forest City

Governor might be well served to take advice RALEIGH — When North Carolina Republican Chairman Tom Fetzer held a press conference a few days ago to urge Gov. Beverly Perdue to fire two controversial members of her Cabinet, you can be sure that he didn’t intend to do the governor any favors. That’s not Fetzer’s job. His job is to elect Republicans. But intentions aren’t the same as results. And as it turns out, Perdue would indeed be well advised to fire Crime Control & Public Safety Secretary Reuben Young and Correction Secretary Alvin Keller without delay. I don’t bear the two officials any personal ill will. I don’t know them. But I do know that by their past actions, they’ve put Gov. Perdue in a difficult situation – or, more accurately, their actions have worsened the governor’s already difficult situation. Despite recent upticks in statewide polls, Perdue remains one of the most unpopular governors in the

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United States. Because she’s only been at the job for a year, it’s unlikely that her policy decisions alone, as questionable as some have been, explain the depths of her unpopularity. The other explanation has a name: Mike Easley. The former governor has been thoroughly disgraced, and facing the very real prospect of a criminal indictment. That’s already happened to one of his closest aides, former legal counsel Ruffin Poole. Other former Easley staffers and political supporters have been talking to prosecutors. It’s unlikely they’ve been spending the past several months exonerating the governor. In the minds of many North Carolina voters, the Perdue administration is a

continuation of the Easley administration. That’s a bit unfair on two counts. First, unlike the vice president of the United States, the lieutenant governor of North Carolina doesn’t really serve in the administration of the top dog. It’s a separately elected job. Its responsibilities pertain mainly to presiding over Senate meetings and serving on state boards. Second, Gov. Perdue has already taken important steps to distinguish the conduct of her administration from that of her predecessor. Her press aides actually respond to reporter requests and release public records. Perdue appears in public and offers explanations of her policy decisions, whatever you think of them. Her schedule is usually public and reflects an actual attention to the responsibilities of the office, rather than to personal business and tax-funded commuting trips from the beach. Still, the governor hasn’t yet taken the additional steps she needs to convert

the political equivalent of a separation into a divorce. As recent testimony in an ongoing lawsuit has revealed, the Easley administration had an ongoing policy of stymieing media inquiries and evading state laws mandating open government. As former legal counsel to Easley, Reuben Young was at least complicit if not active in the administration’s misbehavior. As for Correction Secretary Keller, his contribution to the mess wasn’t years ago, during the Easley administration, but just months ago, while handling one of the Perdue administration’s thorniest issues — a NC Supreme Court decision that may result in the release of dangerous criminals with botched “life” sentences. To disagree with the Court’s reading of past state laws and sentencing decisions is one thing. But public records just obtained by the Raleigh News & Observer appear to show that Keller wasn’t candid with the judicial branch or the public

about what steps his department took to prepare for the release of the inmates before Gov. Perdue went public with her objections. Coming on the heels of the revelations about the Easley administration’s improper and obnoxious approach to providing public information and complying with its legal and ethical responsibilities, the Keller story has once again drawn a damaging connection between North Carolina’s current governor and her predecessor. In order to recover her footing and become an asset rather than a liability to a Democratic Party facing big challenges, Perdue should do whatever it takes to put Easley far, far in the rearview mirror. To begin with, it means finding new secretaries at Correction and Crime Control & Public Safety. It’s the right move, even though Tom Fetzer (and now I) said so. Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation.


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Obituaries Julie Glover Julie Mae Hutchins Glover, 65, of Whelchel Road, Mooresboro, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. She was a daughter of the late Tildon and Mary Hutchins, a member of Walls Baptist Church. She was a greeter at WalMart. She is survived by her husband, James “Junior” Glover; a daughter, Tammy Elliott of Rutherfordton; a son, Danny Bradley of Bostic; a stepdaughter, Teresa Lancaster of Mooresboro; stepson, James “Jamie” Glover, Jr., of Rutherfordton; two sisters, Betty Baynard of Bostic, and Georgia Owens of Ellenboro; four brothers, Associated Press Elbert Hutchins of Forest Duane Deaver, a State Bureau of Investigation agent, testifies in front of the North Carolina City, John Hutchins of Innocence Inquiry Commission on Friday, in Raleigh. North Carolina’s top state law enforcement Caroleen, Clarence Hutchins agency had a policy of excluding complete blood test results from lab reports presented at criminal of Ellenboro, and Perry trials, an agent testified Friday during a hearing into the potential, groundbreaking exoneration of a Hutchins of Ellenboro; six convicted murderer. grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Walls Baptist Church with the Rev. Eugene Passmore RALEIGH (AP) — North ing to become the first Carolina State University and Dr. Robert Toney offiCarolina’s top state law convict freed as a result with a degree in zoology, is enforcement agency had a of the work of the North certified as a court expert in ciating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. policy of excluding complete Carolina Innocence Inquiry serology but now works as Visitation is Saturday from blood test results from lab Commission. a criminal specialist in the reports presented at crimiDeaver’s notes indicate that SBI’s training and investiga- 6 to 8 p.m. at Washburn & nal trials, an agent testified samples from Taylor’s sport tive support division, earning Dorsey Funeral Home. Memorials may be made Friday during a hearing into utility vehicle tested posimore than $72,000 a year. to Hospice of Rutherford the potential, groundbreaktive for blood in preliminary His job last changed Dec. 9, County, P.O. Box 336, Forest ing exoneration of a convicttests. But those samples test- although personnel records City, NC 28043. ed murderer. ed negative in follow-up tests don’t indicate if that was a State Bureau of called takayama, his bench demotion, promotion or some Online condolences www.washInvestigation Agent Duane notes show. other change. burndorsey.com. Deaver told a three-judge His formal lab report, howpanel that when a first test ever, only said that the samSBI spokeswoman Noelle was positive for blood but ples indicated the presence of Talley said Friday that the Vonnie Braddy a follow-up test was negablood. agency was searching for Vonnie D. Braddy, 98, of tive, the agency’s policy was “What was decided policies in place regarding West Church St., Bostic, died to state only that there was was how we should say lab reports in 1991. The SBI Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at a chemical indication for the the results,” Deaver said. director in 1991, Charles Fairhaven Home. presence of blood. “Whether someone made Dunn, died in 1996. Arrangements are incoma conscious decision not to Former state Chief Justice plete and will be announced “We were given the wordreport a negative takayama, I I. Beverly Lake Jr., whose by Padgett & King Mortuary. ing to use,” Deaver said. The couldn’t say.” launched a study commisdecision was made by people He didn’t tell the prosecusion that led to the forma“a lot higher than my pay tor, Wake County Assistant tion of the Innocence Inquiry Tim Whitaker Tim Whitaker, 38, of grade,” he said. District Attorney Tom Ford, Commission, said he didn’t Dimsdale Dr., Rutherfordton, Deaver excluded a second, about the negative results, believe Deaver. died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. negative test from paperDeaver said, although he said “I can’t imagine that that’s Arrangements are incomwork used to convict Greg he would have explained if the case,” Lake said in a Taylor, a 47-year-old Cary he had testified. Ford also is phone interview from his law plete and will be announced by Washburn & Dorsey resident who has served prosecuting the innocence office in Raleigh. “I would almost 17 years for the murcase. be absolutely shocked if that Funeral Home. der of a prostitute in 1991. Deaver, who has worked was the SBI policy at any Taylor, who has always said with the SBI since 1985 time during the history of the Olema Toney he was innocent, is hopafter graduating from North SBI.” Olema Cash Toney, 78, of 277 Goodes Creek Road, Mooresboro, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced n Ralph Lee Hutchins, 53, released on a $1,000 bond. Sheriff’s Reports by McKinney-Landreth of 133 North St., Spindale; (RCSD) Funeral Home. n The Rutherford County charged with domestic crimin John Karl Garner, 23, of Sheriff’s Department nal trespass; held for 48 175 Elm Dr., Rutherfordton; responded to 117 E-911 calls Abraham Spicer hours. (RCSD) charged with three counts Thursday. Abraham M. Spicer, 73, of n Holly Epley Taylor, 33, of misdemeanor proban Billy Perez reported dam- of 213 Camp Ferry Road, Austintown, Ohio, died Feb. tion violation and resisting age to property. 3, 2010. Rutherfordton; charged a public officer; released n Autumn Care in Forest A native of Rutherford with habitual impaired drivon a $20,000 secure bond. City reported breaking and County, he was a son of Gillie ing, driving while license (RCSD) entering and larceny. and Hattie Lou Buff Spicer. revoked, reckless driving to n Wanda Lane Alley, 49, n Theresa Swink reported a endangerment, driving while He was a member of of 246 Crutchfield Road, burglary. impaired and contributing Rutherfordton; charged with Riverside Baptist Church n Anthony Triaricio reportto the delinquency of a juvemisdemeanor probation vio- in Harris and retired from ed a burglary. nile; released on a $32,000 lation; released on a $10,000 Republic/LTV Steel, where n Carole Nickoson reported secured bond. (NCHP) he worked for over 30 years. bond.(RCSD) a burglary. He later became a night n Bobby Eugene Taylor, n Bobby Eugene Taylor, n Annie Page reported a watchman for Greenwood 49, of 213 Camp Ferry Road, 49, of 213 Camp Ferry larceny. Chevrolet, retiring in 1999. Rutherfordton; charged Road, Mooresboro; charged n Glenn Luckadoo Jr. He is survived by his with driving while license with driving while license reported a larceny. wife of 54 years, Barbara revoked; released on a revoked; placed under a Porter Spicer; three chil$1,000 secured bond. (RPD) $1,000 bond. (RPD) dren, Kathy Glover, Danny n John Max Metcalf, Rutherfordton n Chastity Washington, Spicer and Debra Gilmer, 42, of 99 Georgia Ave., 34, of 424 Owens Chapel n The Rutherfordton Police all of Austintown; five sisRutherfordton; charged with Road, Union Mills; charged Department responded to 37 ters, Louise Dedmon, Irene simple possession of a conwith driving while license E-911 calls Thursday. trolled substance; released revoked, speeding and failure Hall, Judy Tessnear and n Iris Hickman reported on a $1,000 bond. (RPD) to pay monies; placed under damage to property. n Royce Jeffery Ollis, 35, a $1,000 bond. 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Julia Lewis, all of Forest City, and Janie Fleischer of Austintown; two brothers, John Spicer and Ronnie Spicer, both of Forest City; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Private services were held in Austintown. Arrangements were handled by Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, Youngstown, Ohio.

Ralph Buff Ralph Brady Buff, 77, of 241 Bald Mountain Road, Casar, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Hospice House in Forest City. Born in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Marvin Lee Buff and Lona Mozelle Newton Buff. He was a cattle trader and a member of Mount Gilead Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lottie Mae Lail Buff; a son, Jerry Buff of Casar; two daughters, Donna Mosteller of Casar, and Lori VanDyke of Golden Valley; three brothers, Wayne Buff of Connelly Springs, Roy Buff of Casar, and Gerald Buff of Hickory; five sisters, Ruby Walker of Lawndale, Muriel Lingerfelt of Lincoln County, Mildred Lail of Casar, and Faye Swink and Maxine Truett, both of Newton; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston, with the Rev. Keith Fulbright officiating. Interment in the St. Paul Baptist Church cemetery, Casar. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043; or to St. Paul Baptist Church, Fellowship Building Fund, 337 Hull Road, Casar, NC 28020. Online condolences www.stameyfuneralhome.com.

Deaths Walter Morrison SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Walter Fredrick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, has died. He was 90. Morrison sold the production and manufacturing rights to his “Pluto Platter” in 1957. The plastic flying disc was later renamed the “Frisbee,” with sales surpassing 200 million discs. It is now a staple at beaches and college campuses across the country and spawned sports like Frisbee golf and the team sport Ultimate. An official disc golf course at Creekside Park in the Salt Lake City suburb of Holladay is named for Morrison.

Michael Anthony Thrift Mr. Michael Anthony Thrift, 62, of 240 Golden Hill Drive, Golden Valley, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. He was the owner/operator of M & J Roofing, and was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Thrift. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Thrift; two daughters, Melissa Dunlap of Enid, OK, and Theresa Felton of Lake Wales, FL; a son, Mike Thrift, Jr, of Lake City, FL; four brothers, Charles Thrift of Polk City, FL, Donnie Thrift and his wife Norma, of Polk City, FL, John Thrift and his wife Sharon, of Elizabethton, TN, and James Morris and his wife Doris, of Nauvoo, AL; three sisters-in law, Betty James of Hickory, Annette Guy of Golden Valley, and Brenda Kay Calendo of Boca Raton, FL; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service will held at 2 PM Sunday, February 14, 2010 at the family residence at 240 Golden Hill Drive, Golden Valley. Gary James will officiate. Friends may call from 9 AM until 5 PM Saturday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online guest book at: www.washburndorsey.com Paid obit


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Residents have year to change addresses

Meetings/other Alumni meeting: Carver Alumni Association will meet Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Carver Center in Spindale; board meets at noon, general meeting at 1 p.m.

By SCOTT BAUGHMAN

Annual meeting: Sunday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Sandy Mush Volunteer Fire Department; this meeting is open to the public.

Daily Courier Staff Writer

Public meeting: Rutherford County Farmer’s Market and Youth/ Livestock Building Committee will meet Thursday, Feb. 18, at the county annex in Rutherfordton. Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. The committee will be reviewing both projects and outlining a meeting schedule. Annual membership meeting: Saturday, Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m., Union Mills Learning Center, 6495 Hudlow Road, Union Mills; all UMLC members and prospective members welcome; call 287-2191 for information. HNG meeting: “Conservation Conversation”; Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Old Rock Café (beside the entrance to Chimney Rock Park); topic “The Green Issue” by Michael Pollan; anyone interested in the protection/preservation of the natural beauty of Hickory Nut Gorge is welcome to attend; call 828-685-8798 for more information.

Schools/students Information Night: Chase High School will hold a Registration Information Night on Thursday, Feb. 18; Elective Fair from 6 to 7 p.m., featuring various course and club offerings; beginning at 7 in the auditorium, speakers will explain graduation requirements, online course offerings, ICC Concurrent Enrollment and Huskins courses, graduation project requirements, the McNair Program and more; all rising 9th - 12th graders and their parents encouraged to attend; registration is the week of March 1.

Miscellaneous Foothills Harvest Outreach Ministries will hold a sale on all shoes and clothes Feb. 15-19. Fill a plastic grocery bag for $5, a tall kitchen bag $7, or 30-gallon bag $9. The store is located at 120 E. Trade St., Forest City. Mobile food truck: Chase Corner Ministries will sponsor a Mobile Food Truck for those in need on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Concord Baptist Church, 720 Old US Hwy. 74, beginning at 9:30 a.m., until the food is gone. Bring laundry basket or box, and a valid driver’s license. 2nd Annual food giveaway: Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning at 11 a.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Sandy Mush area; one box of food (per family) for those in need. RCT auditions: Rutherford Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming,” Feb. 15 and 17, 7 p.m., at Union Mills Learning Center auditorium; roles for 4 males and 3 females; for more information call 287-4809 or visit website www.rutherfordcommunitytheatre.org. Play/supper: Saturday, Feb. 20, Union Mills Learning Center auditorium; “Stand for Freedom,” a play on the American Revolutionary War, begins at 6 p.m.; cast of approximately 50 homeschool children ages 5-16; spaghetti supper 4:30 to 6 p.m.; adults $6; children under 12, $4; all you can eat.

Fundraisers Fish fry: Saturday, Feb. 13, 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Concord Community Clubhouse; adults $10; ages 6-12, $5; under 6 free; includes dessert and drink; all take outs $9. March of Dimes fundraiser: The Birth Place at Rutherford Hospital will sell orange twists and donut holes from Davis Donut House on Thursday, Feb. 18; $2.50 per dozen (delivered); to place an order call 286-7260; order by Tuesday, Feb. 16. Benefit supper: For Mike “Fluff” Marlowe (Lymphoma cancer patient); Saturday, Feb. 20, 4 to 8 p.m.; Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, 2676 Hudlow Road; hamburgers and hotdogs; live music with Brooks and Ledford Band; open mike. Benefit ride: For 12-year-old Hayden Clark (diagnosed with Myoepithelioma); Saturday, March 20, at Rutherford County Moose Lodge; yard sale begins at 7 a.m.; barbecue plates, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; benefit ride starts at 2 p.m., $15 per single rider, $20 for doubles; music by Bandana and Double Cross, 6 to 9 p.m.; door prizes, T-shirts, 50/50 tickets and more; for information call 429-5195.

Music/concerts Gospel Showcase: Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., at Chase High School auditorium; featuring The Millwood Family, In His Glory, Mercy’s Touch, and the Golden Valley Crusaders; $10 at the door; all proceeds go toward the purchase of band uniforms.

Joseph Byrd displays the Rutherford County flag.

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Scouts mark 100th year By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Although East High sophomore Joseph Byrd has been involved in Boy Scouts since the first grade, on Monday he got to celebrate Scouting’s 100th anniversary. “I went to Raleigh for the 100th anniversary march on the capital,” Byrd said. “There was one Boy Scout from each county in the state. But counting parents and all there were about 500 people there.” The 15-year-old is currently a Life Scout and is working on his project to become an Eagle Scout. — putting up two flagpoles at his church, Glenwood Baptist. “I keep doing scouting because it is fun and it gives you something to do to get out of the house other than scout activities,” Joseph said. “I’ve learned life skills and about making right decisions. I’ve learned how to do CPR and other things like that, and I know I’ll remember that all my life.” He said the trip to Raleigh was also something he’d always remember. “It was pretty cool, the biggest group I’d ever been a part of,” Joseph said. “We marched around the capital with our flags and toured the capital building, the justice building, the legislature and the supreme courtroom. We stayed overnight and there was an Order of the Arrow representative

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always been intrigued by the court system and feels the time is right for him to throw his hat into the political ring. Henson said he wants to help folks when they need it, and if elected Clerk of Court he will be able to help people with needs such as estates. He said it is time for a middle age or younger person to step up in the position and carry on the future for a successful Rutherford County. “I care about the people who live in the county and it would be an honor to serve them. This is my first try and

who gave a speech. I didn’t know it had been around for 100 years so that was pretty good.” Joseph took along his younger brother, 11-year-old Daniel, who is a Second Class Scout. “I’ve been a Boy Scout for one year now,” said Daniel. “I started when I was a Tiger Cub when I was six years old and worked my way up all through the ranks in Cub Scouts. My brother has inspired me to become a good Boy Scout.” Local scout leaders have recognized Joseph for his dedication. “Joseph is an exemplary scout,” said area director Travis Walker. “In this county he represents what we want all of our scouts to be and strive for. He is well rounded, big into football at East High and third place in conference in wrestling and is an all around good guy.” And Joseph has earned quite a few merit badges in his quest for Eagle. “I’ve gotten 24 merit badges. I had a lot of fun earning my shotgun badge and kayaking badge,” Joseph said. “And I liked earning my lifeguard badge.” But he did have to make sure missing school on Monday was permitted. “I did call his principal on Monday just to let him know where he was,” Walker said. “And to tell him that Joseph had an excused absence from Gov. Beverly Perdue.” decided to throw my hat into the ring and give it my best,” Henson added. Hall said with her 25 years of service to Rutherford County, she wants to continue to serve the people and provide a standard of excellence and professionalism to the office of Clerk of Court. She lives on Old Stonecutter Road, Rutherfordton, and is a former Clerk of Court staff member. Spence said during the past 14 months, the clerk’s office has undergone a lot of good changes. “And I want to continue to make the clerk’s office better,” Spence said. She said being the clerk of court is a long-time dream.

SPINDALE — E-911 addressing continues, but residents will have a little more time to change their addresses. Letters from the Rutherford County Addressing Department have been sent to citizens whose addresses will change informing them of their new house number. But the time frame referenced is a little confusing. “The letter is a little misleading because it says the number change is going to take effect within 30 days,” said Spindale Mayor Mickey Bland. “And it will take effect in the 911 computer system, but you have a year to change your address with all your correspondence.” According to the letter, the county and U.S. Postal Service have worked together so the USPS will recognize the new addresses immediately. Residents don’t have to contact the post office to change their house number. “At 911 they’ll have your old address number and your new one,” Bland said. “My address changed from 404 Deviney St. and now it will be 298 Deviney St. I have a year to change that on my mailing correspondence, but I will change it on my house and my mailbox soon so that if they have to dispatch an ambulance they can find it.” County ordinances require homeowners to display their new address on the front of the home so that it is visible from the street. The 911 system operators ask residents to use three inch high numbers for residences and six inch high numbers for businesses. If your home is 75 feet or more from the roadway, you are asked to display a sign indicating the assigned number at the entrance to the driveway. “For a period of time the 911 system will have both numbers available,” Bland said. “Both my 404 and my new 298, so they won’t get the ambulance to the wrong residence. But it is important that people do start to change those numbers because that is how they’ll send an emergency vehicle.” Spindale is the last town in the county to do E-911 addressing. “Every other town has already done this and we’re just getting on board,” Bland said. “It will be confusing for a while but in the long run it is the best thing for all the citizens. If anyone has a question, call me or any council member or come to town hall and we’ll help them.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

Sheriff’s candidate Hodge, who resides in Shingle Hollow, said after reviewing statistics on the state’s justice academy Web site and reading the large difference in the number of calls reported to the sheriff’s department and the number of cases being solved, he decided to seek the office of sheriff. ‘When I saw that was such a big difference, I decided something needs to be done about that, and I believe as sheriff I can help solve some problems in the area.” Filing for the May primary ends Feb. 26 at noon. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@thedigitalcourier.com.

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Our New Adopted Home Team Hurricanes send Cullen to Senators RALEIGH (AP) — The Ottawa Senators acquired center Matt Cullen from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in exchange for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a draft pick. The trade gives the Northeast Division-leading Senators a forward with significant postseason experience. Cullen was a valuable third-line center on the Hurricanes’ team that won the 2006 Stanley Cup and reached the Eastern Conference final last year. “It’s a tough day to say goodbye to him,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said. The 32-year-old Cullen has 12 goals and 28 assists in 60 games this season. He is making $2.8 million this year and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Picard is a 24-year-old who has four goals and 11 assists in his fifth NHL season and second with Ottawa, and will be a restricted free agent after the season.

On TV 12 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Michigan State at Penn State. 12 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Miami at Clemson. 12 p.m. (TS) Women’s College Basketball Baylor at Iowa State. 1 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) College Basketball Maryland at Duke. 1:15 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Nationwide Series: Camping World 300. 1:30 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball LSU at Vanderbilt. 2 p.m. (WMYA) Women’s College Basketball Presbyterian at UNC-Asheville. 2 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Oklahoma at Oklahoma State. 2 p.m. (FSS) Women’s College Basketball USC at UCLA. 3 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) PGA Tour Golf AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Third Round. 3:30 p.m. (TS) College Basketball Presbyterian at Winthrop. 4 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball South Carolina at Georgia. 4 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball North Carolina State at North Carolina. 4 p.m. (FSS) Women’s College Basketball Washington State at California. 5 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Texas A&M at Texas Tech. 6 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Xavier at Florida. 6 p.m. (TS) College Basketball The Citadel at Elon. 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Memphis at Tulsa. 7 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Auburn at Mississippi State. 7 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball H.O.R.S.E. Contest. 8 p.m. (WBTV) (WLOS) College Basketball Georgia Tech at Wake Forest. 8 p.m. (WMYA) College Basketball Virginia at Virginia Tech. 8:30 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball 2010 All-Star Skills Competition. 8:30 p.m. (TS) NHL Hockey Atlanta Thrashers at Chicago Blackhawks. 9 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Tennessee at Kentucky. 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball St. Mary’s at Portland.

Gardner-Webb’s junior SS Aaron Miller hit .365 last season and he should make a big impact in a line-up built for run-scoring. Contributed Photo

Gardner-Webb coming to McNair By JACOB CONLEY Daily Courier Sports Reporter

BOILING SPRINGS — GardnerWebb’s baseball team has faced tough challenges before, such as moving to Division I and changing to the powerful Big South Conference from the Atlantic Sun. But, Coach Rusty Stroupe admits that the 2010 campaign could be the greatest challenge his team has faced. “This is going to be a transition year,” said Stroupe. “We lost 15 players from last year that have been replaced by 15 freshmen, so we are going to have a very young squad. “ This young team, along with the usual rigors of collegiate baseball, will face the unique situation of playing their “home” games away from campus, 15 of which will be played at McNair Field. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to play in Forest City, but it is still going to be a road game in the sense that you have to load up the vans and travel to every game and that can be tough,” said Stroupe. “It’s like I told the team, we can offer dozens of legitimate excuses as to why this team can’t have a successful season, but we are not going to accept any of them.” If the Diamond Dogs do have a successful season, it will have to come against one of the most challenging schedules in program history, as GWU is slated to face the likes of perennial powers UNC, East Carolina and Clemson.

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Gardner-Webb junior LHP Brett Stackhouse will play for the Owls this coming sumPlease see Gardner-Webb, Page 10 mer.

Lady Cavs foil Chase upset bid n Chase-East

boy’s game postponed until 3 p.m. today. By JACOB CONLEY Daily Courier Sports Reporter

Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

Chase’s Euletha Davis (21) moves up the court with the basketball during the game against East Rutherford, Friday, at Chase High.

CHASE — Friday night’s contest between East and Chase had all the elements a basketball fan could ask for in a rivalry game — physicality, scoring runs by both teams, and a game that wasn’t decided until the final minute. In this local classic, it was the Lady Cavaliers that withstood a furious Chase rally to win, 45-38. Both teams had a hard time finding the range in the early going as neither squad could dent the scoreboard for the first three minutes of game action. Chase’s Katlyn Smart and Shana Watkins of East traded triples after the Trojans grabbed a 5-3 lead. East finished the quarter on a 6-2 run to take a 9-7 lead after the first. The Lady Cavs went on a 5-0 run to open the second. That run was snapped on a Dasia Edwards’ put back, but that was the only field goal Chase could muster for the rest of the half. East took full advantage and by the time Tamara El-Amoor found the range from beyond the arc, the visitors had grabbed a 19-9 Please see Lady Cavs, Page 10


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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, left, argues a call during the second half of Duke’s 64-54 win over North Carolina in an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.

Coach K celebrates 1,000 game, birthday By BRYAN STRICKLAND Special to the Courier

DURHAM — Even if today’s game between Duke and Maryland wasn’t for first place in the ACC, it wouldn’t be a standard Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. About 100 former players and staff members are expected be on hand to recognize Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000th game at Duke, which also happens to fall on his 63rd birthday. It’s also a chance to celebrate Krzyzewski’s 30th season and Cameron’s 70th birthday.

At Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla. (Car number in parentheses) 1. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 191.188 mph. 2. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 190.913. 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 190.359. 4. (9) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 189.056. 5. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 188.996. 6. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 189.374. 7. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 190.054. 8. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 190.408. 9. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 190.118. 10. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 190.359. 11. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 188.699. 12. (19) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 188.533. 13. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 189.593. 14. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 188.727. 15. (43) AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 189.255. 16. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 189.693. 17. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 190.577. 18. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 189.757. 19. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 189.282. 20. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 189.314. 21. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 190.05. 22. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 188.628. 23. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 188.411. 24. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 190.05. 25. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 189.072. 26. (12) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 189.737. 27. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 189.195. 28. (36) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 189.052. 29. (55) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 185.924. 30. (82) Scott Speed, Toyota, 189.958. 31. (13) Max Papis, Toyota, 188.198. 32. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, 189.294. 33. (34) John Andretti, Ford, 187.512. 34. (7) Robby Gordon, Toyota, 188.735. 35. (37) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 187.285. 36. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 190.05. 37. (38) Robert Richardson Jr., Ford, 187.289. 38. (26) Boris Said, Ford, 186.908. 39. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 188.865. 40. (21) Bill Elliott, Ford, 190.573. 41. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 189.709. 42. (71) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 189.665. 43. (51) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 189.454. Failed to Qualify 44. (90) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 188.3. 45. (27) Kirk Shelmerdine, Toyota, 184.407. 46. (49) David Gilliland, Toyota, 187.766. 47. (46) Terry Cook, Dodge, 187.056. 48. (75) Derrike Cope, Dodge, 185.041. 49. (09) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, 187.278. 50. (66) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 186.254. 51. (32) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 188.391. 52. (92) Mike Wallace, Dodge, 182.678. 53. (57) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 180.607. 54. (97) Jeff Fuller, Toyota, 187.363.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division W L Pct 32 18 .640 29 23 .558 20 32 .385 19 32 .373 4 48 .077 Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 36 18 .667 Atlanta 33 18 .647 Charlotte 26 25 .510 Miami 26 27 .491 Washington 17 33 .340 Central Division W L Pct Cleveland 43 11 .796 Chicago 25 26 .490 Milwaukee 24 27 .471 Detroit 18 33 .353 Indiana 18 34 .346 Â WESTERN CONFERENCE Boston Toronto Philadelphia New York New Jersey

Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 32 20 .615 San Antonio 30 21 .588 Houston 27 24 .529 New Orleans 28 25 .528 Memphis 26 25 .510 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 35 18 .660 Utah 32 19 .627 Oklahoma City 30 21 .588 Portland 31 24 .564 Minnesota 13 40 .245 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Lakers 41 13 .759 Phoenix 31 22 .585 L.A. Clippers 21 31 .404 Sacramento 18 34 .346 Golden State 14 37 .275

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Thursday’s Games Cleveland 115, Orlando 106 San Antonio 111, Denver 92 Friday’s Games No games scheduled Saturday’s Games No games scheduled Sunday’s Games East vs. West at Arlington, TX, 8 p.m.

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF New Jersey 59 36 20 3 75 155 Pittsburgh 60 36 22 2 74 190 Philadelphia 58 30 25 3 63 170 N.Y. Rangers 60 26 27 7 59 153 N.Y. Islanders 60 24 28 8 56 151 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF

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61 35 22 4 74 173 59 32 18 9 73 163 61 29 26 6 64 160 59 26 22 11 63 146 60 19 30 11 49 162 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 61 41 13 7 89 244 Tampa Bay 59 26 22 11 63 154 Atlanta 58 25 24 9 59 175 Florida 60 24 27 9 57 153 Carolina 60 23 30 7 53 163

172 151 167 152 204 GA 173 172 187 174 192

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF 59 39 15 5 83 189 59 32 22 5 69 164 60 27 21 12 66 155 60 26 25 9 61 155 61 25 27 9 59 159 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Vancouver 59 36 21 2 74 188 Colorado 59 34 19 6 74 176 Calgary 61 29 23 9 67 153 Minnesota 59 29 26 4 62 163 Edmonton 60 19 35 6 44 150 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF San Jose 61 40 12 9 89 203 Phoenix 61 37 19 5 79 166 Los Angeles 60 36 20 4 76 182 Dallas 60 27 21 12 66 172 Anaheim 60 29 24 7 65 169 Chicago Nashville Detroit St. Louis Columbus

GA 138 165 163 169 194 GA 143 154 155 173 204 GA 150 153 166 186 183

Thursday’s Games San Jose 3, Detroit 2, SO Edmonton 3, Los Angeles 2, SO Ottawa 6, Washington 5 Carolina 4, Buffalo 3, OT Boston 5, Tampa Bay 4 Vancouver 3, Florida 0 Dallas 3, Calgary 1 Friday’s Games Montreal at Philadelphia, late Nashville at New Jersey, late Vancouver at Columbus, late N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, late Toronto at St. Louis, late Atlanta at Minnesota, late Phoenix at Colorado, late Saturday’s Games Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 2 p.m. San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Montreal, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Carolina, 7 p.m. Boston at Florida, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Detroit, 7 p.m. Washington at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Dallas at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Anaheim at Calgary, 10 p.m. Colorado at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 1 p.m. Nashville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Vancouver at Minnesota, 3 p.m. Ottawa at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m. Chicago at Columbus, 5 p.m. Anaheim at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

It’s difficult to fathom such numbers, especially for Krzyzewski, who never has forgotten a much more modest set of numbers. “It’s hard for me to believe that on Saturday I’ll be coaching my 1,000th game. I always remember being 38-47,� Krzyzewski said. “I coach every game remembering that I was 38-47 my first three years. That’s a long way to a thousand, and if we kept going that way, the record wouldn’t have been very good. “But the record is pretty damn good, and it’s because of the people who committed themselves to play here and be assistants here and manage here. So to come back for that one day and say, ‘Let’s try to beat Maryland and let’s try to remember those 30 years and 1,000 games,’ I think is good. Any school would celebrate that.� Thanks in part to the unwavering support of former athletic director Tom Butters in the wake of some early calls for a coaching change, Krzyzewski reached the modest mark of 100 games at Duke on Jan. 11, 1984, a 73-60 victory over Appalachian State.

Gardner-Webb’s senior catcher Ty Boyles blasted 15 home runs during the 2009 season. Contributed Photo

Lady Cavs Continued from Page 7

advantage at the half. Chase exploded out of the locker room and after Ann Edwards hit a layup Chase had cut the deficit to five at 22-17. El-Amoor then got hot from beyond the arc, hitting two key 3s to keep the momentum on the side of the Cavs. Chase’s Smart converted an old-fashioned threepoint play late in the quarter to make the score 30-24 going into the final frame. The teams traded buckets until the six minute mark when the Lady Cavs’ Ciara Lowrance converted a 3-point play as part of a 5-1 East run. But Smart and Euleatha Davis led the Trojans back and by the time Davis nailed two free throws, the Trojans had clawed to within two, 39-37, with just under 2 minutes left. Once more El-Amoor hit several key shots to help East pull away with the seven-point win. Davis and Smart led Chase with 12 points apiece, while El-Amoor tallied 17 for East. The scheduled boy’s game between Chase and East Rutherford was postponed once heavy snow began to fall in the Chase area. The game is expected to be played today at 3 p.m., if weather permits.

Gardner-Webb Continued from Page 7

“The way the non-conference schedule is set up, it will force the younger players to grow up quickly,� said Stroupe. “That will help prepare us for conference games that will be just as tough as any of the more well-known teams we play earlier in the year.� Even with all of these challenges facing GWU, there is still reason for optimism, according to Stroupe. “We can hit and we can score runs. Four of our best hitters are back including Kurt Fulginiti and Josh Drewry, so I think offense is going to be our strength.� GWU will also garner help at the dish via a familiar face to Rutherford County baseball fans. Former East standout and North Carolina Tar Heels outfielder Zeke Blanton is expected to see playing time in the outfield while adding some pop to the Bulldogs batting order. The Bulldogs, who are picked to finish eighth in the Big South, which features two preseason Top 25 teams in Winthrop and Coastal Carolina, know

that they face an uphill battle to finish among the league leaders. But Stroupe pays little attention to the pundits’ predictions. “Preseason polls are great for media and fans because it gets people interested in the programs,� said Stroupe. “But to me, they don’t mean a thing. I’m not going to hang them in the locker room as bulletin board material. If we come out and play hard every night and play to the best of our ability, the standings will take care of themselves.� Stroupe is also hopeful that fans in Rutherford County will embrace the Bulldogs as the hometown team this spring. “We know how much passion the people of Forest City and Rutherford County have for the Owls during the summer and it is our hope that they will adopt us and bring that same level of passion to our games this season,� said Stroupe. “I want the fans of Rutherford County to know that the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs are your team and we will do our best to bring great collegiate baseball to McNair field.� GWU’s first game at McNair is Saturday, Feb. 20, as the Bulldogs take on former Chase Trojans’ Tyler White and the Western Carolina Catamounts. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

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2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Luger dies after crash in practice

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A men’s Olympic luger from the country of Georgia died Friday after a high-speed crash on a track that is the world’s fastest and has raised safety concerns among competitors. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the death hours before the opening ceremony “clearly casts a shadow over these games.” Nodar Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled during training, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center. Doctors were unable to revive the 21-year-old luger, who died at a hospital, the International Olympic Committee said. “We are deeply struck by this tragedy and join the IOC in extending our condolences to the family, friends and teammates of this Associated Press athlete, who came to Vancouver to follow A snowman holds the Canadian flag under a grey sky at the ski jumping venue during the ski jumping normal hill qualification at the his Olympic dream,” Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, Friday. said John Furlong, chief executive of the Vancouver organizing committee. Rescue workers were at Kumaritashvili’s side within seconds. Chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation started less than one minute after the crash, and he By DAVID CRARY win the medals race. be the Americans. Their flagaccompanied by one or two was quickly airlifted It was uncertain whether bearer is Mark Grimmette, 39, other icons from the nation’s AP National Writer to a trauma center in Georgian President Mikhail of Muskegon, Mich., competbeloved sport. But there also Whistler. VANCOUVER, British Saakashvili, who is in ing in his fifth Olympics as a was intense speculation that Kumaritashvili struck Columbia — The show goes Vancouver, would attend the doubles luge competitor. the ending might feature Betty the inside wall of the on. opening ceremony, according The ceremony was expected Fox, mother of national hero track on the final turn. The mood in the Olympic to Zurab Darchiashvili, head to feature many of Canada’s Terry Fox. His body immediately world was far from what orgabest-known musical stars. Terry Fox lost a leg to bone went airborne and nizers had hoped heading into of Georgia’s office of protocol. About 2,500 athletes from Based on leaks from rehearscancer as a youngster, then set cleared the ice-coated Friday’s opening ceremony. a record 82 countries are als, and other reports, peroff in 1980 on a fundraising concrete wall along the The death of luger Nodar participating in the games, formers were expected to trek across Canada. He had left side of the sliding Kumaritashvili from the counvying for medals in 86 events include Bryan Adams, Nelly to give up after covering more surface. try of Georgia after a horrific — including the newly added Furtado, Sarah McLachlan, than 3,000 miles, and died in training-run crash assured a ski-cross competition. Firstk.d. lang and possibly Celine 1981 at age 22, but remains muted and distraught start to time Winter Olympic parDion. revered by his compatriots as the Vancouver Games. ticipants include the Cayman a symbol of courage and per“This is a very sad day,” Islands, Columbia, Ghana, The rehearsal leaks swiftly severance. said a visibly shaken Jacques Montenegro, Pakistan, Peru spawned a mini-controversy, Rogge, president of the and Serbia. with some Canadians outUnder one widely circulated International Olympic raged at a juiced-up version scenario, Betty Fox would be Committee. “The IOC is in The overall favorites include of “O Canada,” the national accompanied by a hologram of deep mourning.” Germany and the United anthem. her son as the cauldron is lit. While protesters and rain States — which finished first The cultural segment of the The flame reached the staclouds gathered outside, and second four years ago in show was expected to highdium after a 106-day torch ticketholders began to fill Turin — and also Canada, a light performers and tradirelay across Canada, passVancouver’s BC Place Stadium best-ever third in 2006 and tions from Canada’s aboriginal ing through more than 1,000 for the evening extravaganza, now brashly proclaiming its communities. And the highcommunities in every province the first Olympic opening or intention to finish atop the est-ranking official delegaand territory. closing ceremony ever held medals table on its home turf. tion at the ceremony — amid The relay was the occasionindoors. Rain was forecast “We’re still going to be dignitaries from around the al target for protesters, and through the weekend in the nice, but we’re going to world — was to include the Friday was no exception. city, with high temperatures be nice in winning,” said four chiefs of the First Nations Activists espousing a varinear 50 degrees, prompting Michael Chambers, presiwhose traditional native terety of causes prompted the some to dub these the Spring dent of the Canadian Olympic ritory overlaps the Olympic relay to change course twice Olympics. Committee. region. as it passed near Vancouver’s skid-row neighborhood, the The luger’s death was expectThe Canadian team was Still a well-guarded secret Downtown Eastside. ed to be observed during the scheduled to be the last conwas the identify of the final “The Olympics have done ceremony — a somber additingent in the parade of torchbearer who would light more damage than good,” protion to a show that was to nations at Friday’s ceremony, the Olympic cauldron at the test leader Lauren Gill said. feature big-name talent, an marching behind flagbearer close of the two-and-a-half“But one positive is the world expected spine-tingling endClara Hughes, defending gold hour ceremony. getting to see what Vancouver ing, and an exultant roar for medalist in the 5,000- meter Many Canadians were hopreally is. Downtown Eastside the Canadian team, whose speedskating race. ing it would be hockey great is an international model of not-so-impossible dream is to Just ahead in the parade will Wayne Gretzky, perhaps disaster.”

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ATLANTA (AP) — Snowstruck Southerners tossed snowballs not far L H from the Gulf of Mexico as winter took its biggest whack at the region in decades Friday, coating areas from Texas to the Carolinas and grounding all but a few flights at the world’s busiest airport. The storm also put a treacherous glaze on highways ahead of the is arguably the best public university Three dead in shooting holiday weekend. A car plunged in America, and I have no doubt that off an icy road into a pond outside HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — you will attract a very competitive Montgomery, Ala., killing two brothOfficials at the University of pool of candidates,” Bowles said. ers ages 4 and 2, State Trooper Kevin Alabama’s Huntsville campus say The former White House chief of Cook said. The boys’ mother, who three people have been killed and staff under President Bill Clinton was driving, survived. another injured in a campus shootbegan his job at UNC in 2006 but It was the South’s turn to cope with ing. has lately faced grueling questions winter after back-to-back blizzards University spokesman Ray Garner about Easley’s hiring at the system’s in the past week dumped 3 feet of says one suspect is in custody. largest campus. As a federal grand The shooting occurred Friday after- jury last year began investigating the snow on the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast, where pockets of noon in the university’s Shelby center. matter, Bowles supported the firing residents remained without power. of former Gov. Mike Easley’s wife Insurance rates soar from her job at North Carolina State Federal forecasters said every state but Hawaii had snow on the ground University. Several other campus TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Consomewhere Friday, a freakishly rare leaders also left their jobs. sumers in at least three states who occurrence. Bowles has repeatedly led efforts buy their own health insurance are Airlines scrapped 1,700 flights to keep tuition from moving higher. getting hit with premium increases at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta On Friday, the Board of Governors of 15 percent or more. International Airport, which sees recommended an average tuition Anthem Blue Cross plans in 2,700 arrivals and departures on increase of 5.2 percent, sending along California and Maine are planning an average day, and hundreds more an alternative proposal to state lawrate increases of up to 39 percent and were halted at Dallas-Fort Worth 24 percent, respectively. The increas- makers who had initially mandated a International Airport, which got higher increase. es affect some customers who purmore than a foot of snow from chase individual health insurance, Thursday into Friday. rather than getting it through their NC: Expect refund delay The cancelations quickly jammed employer. up air traffic around the country. RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina In Oregon, multiple insurers were “It’s frustrating,” said Russ Cereola, taxpayers be warned: You’ll have to granted rate hikes of 15 percent or a New York salesman trying to fly wait longer again this year to get more this year after increases of home from Atlanta. “There’s no your income tax refunds. around 25 percent last year. snow on the ground yet, and they’re Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay canceling flights. Now I understand told The Associated Press on Friday UNC president retiring his agency is starting to delay refund inbound stuff is probably canceled, but this is a little nuts.” checks for individuals and businessRALEIGH (AP) — Erskine Bowles es. It’s all part of the state’s effort to said Friday he is retiring from his Many places were seeing snow for manage cash while tax collections post as University of North Carolina the first time in a generation or lonremain anemic. president, stepping aside after helpger, and some people weren’t quite It usually takes between two to six ing the system weather a tumultuous sure what to do. weeks for a return with no errors year that led to the firing of former “We don’t even sell snow shovels. or problems to be processed and a First Lady Mary Easley. They’d have to go to the old-time coal refund approved this time of year. Bowles announced his decision at shovels, which is the closest thing I There’s no timeline on the delays the UNC Board of Governors meetright now, but Lay says everyone ulti- have,” said Todd Friddle, the managing, saying he will leave his position er at a Lowe’s in the Charleston, S.C., mately will receive their refunds. at the end of the year or as soon as a The same thing happened last year suburb of Mount Pleasant. replacement can be found. Children in cities better known for but Lay acknowledged his agency “The University of North Carolina stifling humidity took to throwing snowballs and building snowmen, ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ A to Z while snow dusted the kudzu vines so prevalent in warm Southern cli❤ ❤ It's In mates. ❤ ❤ In the Florida Panhandle town The ❤ ❤ of Century, 44-year-old Steve Pace This map shows high temperatures, type of precipitation expected and location of frontal systems at noon.

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scraped some snow from the hood of his truck and formed a snowball to throw at his 6-year-old grandson, Kaleb. It only snowed for about 10 minutes before giving way to rain again, but it was enough. “I’ve only ever seen snow on TV till now,” Kaleb said, smiling. For the first time in its 88-year history, Grandview Florist in the Panhandle community of Gonzalez had to reschedule Valentine’s Day deliveries for winter weather. Owner Marie Pierce, 77, managed the chaos while creating arrangements from lilies and roses in the back of the rural shop. “The schools and some businesses are closed, so we are sending our drivers to customers’ homes instead,” said Pierce, whose grandmother started the shop in 1923. Rafael Williams, 8, was walking in the snow through a Jackson, Miss., neighborhood and posing for pictures. “I love it. It’s never been this way before since I’ve been alive,” the 8-year-old said. In northern Mobile County, Ala., a few miles from Mobile Bay, the storm dumped as much as 6 inches of snow in two hours, said Jeffrey Medlin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Mobile. “There was a band that got focused on that area, and it just pummeled it,” said Medlin. “If you get 6 inches plus, that’s certainly record territory.” Flurries settled on downtown Atlanta by midafternoon, almost immediately snarling the streets, and snow kept falling as dusk came. The southern Alabama city of Andalusia had recorded its largest snowfall since 1973 — 2 inches as of Friday morning. The city of 8,800 near the Florida line was getting ready to close its streets because of snow, which no one could remember happening before, said city building inspector Micah Blair. Lawyer Clay Benson, on his daily Starbucks run, said a lot of clients had understandably canceled appointments at his office in downtown Montgomery, Ala., though he thought the closing of state offices was overkill. “People from up North laugh at us,” he said. “We act like it’s Armageddon coming down here when it snows.”

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Retail sales gain a good sign WASHINGTON (AP) — A modestly better-than-expected report on retail sales for January could suggest stronger economic growth in coming months. But this week’s severe snowstorms will likely depress activity in February. The 0.5 percent gain the Commerce Department reported Friday exceeded the 0.3 percent rise economists had expected. Strength came from a surge at general merchandise stores. These include big chains such as those owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Excluding autos, sales rose 0.6 percent. Higher consumer spending is vital because it accounts for about 70 percent of economic activity. Economists caution, though, that the spending increases seen since summer could falter as the jobs crisis weighs on a fledgling recovery. They noted a second report that showed consumer confidence slipped in early February. The Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dipped to 73.7 for early February. That was down from 74.4 in January. Some analysts said the unsettled global economy is eroding confidence that the United States can sustain a recovery from the worst recession in decades. But economists said the biggest threat to the U.S. economy remains the reluctance of U.S. consumers to keep spending. “We expect that lingering high

unemployment, weak income growth, low confidence, tight credit conditions and the continuing need to deleverage will constrain consumption growth for at least this year and possibly well beyond,” said Paul Ashworth, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics. Adding to the caution was a separate Commerce report on businesses’ inventories. It said companies reduced their stockpiles 0.2 percent in December. Economists had expected firms to boost their inventories 0.2 percent. The dip in inventories shows businesses are reluctant to add to their stockpiles because they think consumer demand and the recovery will remain weak. Still, total business sales rose 0.9 percent in December. That followed an even stronger 2.4 percent gain in November. The economy grew at an annual rate of 5.7 percent from October through December. That was the best showing in six years. But analysts warn that growth could slow in coming months as the benefits of government stimulus programs fade and unemployment remains near double digits. Many economists cautioned that retail sales were likely to fall in February because of the impact of winter storms that have hit most of the country in the past week. The storms are a particular problem for apparel stores with mostly lightweight items on

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Administration may abandon civilian 9/11 trial Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 20010, following a meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus. Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials sought on Friday to stem mounting criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of terrorism cases, saying they would not rule out using a military court to try accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Both Attorney General Eric Holder and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs did not rule out a military trial when asked about the Obama administration’s options. Trying Mohammed in military court would mark a further political retreat from Holder’s announcement last year that the five Sept. 11 suspects now held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be tried in federal court in New York. The Obama administration is trying to head off a possible vote in the Senate that could stop any terror suspects currently held at Guantanamo from being brought to the United States to face a civilian trial. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is offering such legislation, after losing a vote last year on the issue. The new Senate bill features At stake is the public’s perception of the admintax breaks for businesses that istration’s handling of national security, already hire unemployed workers or shaken last year by strong congressional opposibuy new equipment, along with tion to transferring any Guantanamo detainees funding for highway programs to American soil. A Hill defeat over the trial issue and local infrastructure projects. The $174 billion House bill could embolden the GOP minority to raise national security concerns in the midterm elections later didn’t include a tax break for this year. hiring workers because House The prospect of such a vote could test of how Democrats were skeptical that it many moderate Democrats have abandoned would create many jobs. Obama on the issue. Republicans, who said Reid White House officials said Friday that Obama blindsided them when he and his top advisers will play a direct role in ultiabruptly nixed the bipartisan mately deciding how to prosecute Mohammed. Senate bill, are unlikely to offer The administration initially decided to try the much help, jeopardizing a brief five terror defendants in New York but have since attempt at bipartisan lawmakappeared to backtrack. ing. As a result of Holder’s decision to seek a civilian Reid, D-Nev., put forward the prosecution, Bush-era military charges that had pared-back $35 billion plan — been pending against the five suspects were discombining about $15 billion in tax provisions with a $20 billion missed last month. Those military charges could now be revived. cash infusion into highway and The administration is reconsidering Holder’s transit programs — Thursday plan to put the five men on trial in a federal court after Senate Democrats balked in Manhattan, after local officials there balked at at a broader, $104 billion bill security and logistics complications. stuffed with unrelated provi“Obviously there are efforts on Capitol Hill sions sought by lobbyists for through legislation to restrict either the type of or business groups and doctors. His the venue of a trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed maneuver blew apart an agreement with key Republicans, who and his coconspirators. That, by definition, involves the White House and ultimately the presiworked for weeks to produce a dent,” Gibbs said. bill containing the provisions.

House Dems offer mixed signals on Senate jobs bill WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leaders sent mixed signals Friday on a new jobs bill supported by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, further complicating plans to quickly pass election-year legislation addressing huge job losses. Senate Democrats scrapped a bipartisan jobs bill Thursday in favor of one they say is leaner and more focused on putting Americans back to work, all but daring Republicans to vote against it. Now, they might have to dare House Democrats to vote against it as well. If the Senate passes the new bill, it will put House Democrats on the spot to hand President Barack Obama a badly needed political victory while addressing the biggest economic issue facing the country — the loss of 8.4 million jobs since the start of the recession. Supporters hope nervous lawmakers facing congressional elections in November, and an unemployment rate just below 10 percent, will feel obligated to support a jobs bill. Reid wants to quickly pass the bill after Congress returns from

a weeklong break Feb. 22. House Democrats were at odds over the pared-down Senate bill. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said he could live with it, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said she wants to pass key provisions of a much broader House-passed bill centered more on spending than tax cuts. Pelosi issued a statement Friday saying she would work with Reid, but she said she wants to salvage parts of the House bill, including $27 billion in aid to states, mainly to save teachers’ jobs. Hoyer gave a different assessment. “The answer is yes,” he said when asked whether the House would support a scaled-back Senate bill. “We feel it’s very important to pass a bill which will help expand the economy and grow jobs, so we’d be very inclined. If the Senate can pass something, we’re going to pass that, and we know we can pass that,” he told reporters Friday in Annapolis, Md.

US: Attack on Marjah launched

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U.S. Army Spc Marshall Hodge, 21, from Indianola, Mississippi, of the 4th Battalion, 23th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division walks during a patrol west of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. This unit is operating in support of a planned U.S. Marine offensive against the Taliban in Marjah area.

NEAR MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines and Afghan troops swooped down on the Talibanheld town of Marjah before dawn Saturday, launching a long-expected attack to re-establish government control and undermine support for the militants in their southern heartland. The attack on Marjah climaxed the biggest joint Afghaninternational offensive of the war and is the largest combat operation since President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 U.S. reinforcements here last December to turn the tide of the war. Marine commanders say they expect between 400 to 1,000 insurgents to be holed up inside this southern Afghan town of 80,000 people in Helmand province, including more than 100 foreign fighters. Marjah is the biggest southern town under Taliban control and the linchpin of the militants’ logistical and

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opium-smuggling network. “The first wave of choppers has landed inside Marjah. The operation has begun,” said Capt. Joshua Winfrey, commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, which was at the forefront of the attack. Several hundred U.S. Marines and some Afghan troops were in the first wave of troops, flying over minefields the militants are believed to have planted around the town, 360 miles (610 kilometers) southwest of Kabul. The operation, codenamed “Moshtarak,” or Together, was described as the biggest joint operation of the Afghan war. Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, the commander of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, says 15,000 troops were involved in the operation, including some 7,500 troops fighting in Marjah and British forces to the north in the district of Nad Ali. The helicopter assault was preceded by illumination flares

which were fired over the town about 2 a.m. In the pitch darkness of a moonless night, the roar of helicopters could be heard overhead, flying in assault troops from multiple locations. The white flash of Hellfire and Tow missiles could be seen exploding over the town as flares illuminated the darkness to help assault troops spot targets in the town. Once the town is secured, NATO hopes to rush in aid and restore public services in a bid to win support among the estimated 125,000 people who live in Marjah and surrounding villages. The Afghans’ ability to restore those services is crucial to the success of the operation and to preventing the Taliban from returning. Tribal elders have pleaded for NATO to finish the operation quickly and spare civilians — an appeal that offers some hope the townspeople will cooperate with Afghan and international forces once the Taliban are gone.


The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Saturday, February 13, 2010 — 15 SHOE by Chris Cassat and Gary Brookins

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Couple moves at different speeds Dear Abby: I have been seeing “Hillary” for a little more than a year. We’re both in our late 20s and just starting our careers. We both live with our parents. We’ve been having problems because I’m not willing to move in with her. I have told Hillary many times that there is no audition for marriage, but she’s convinced it would “bring us closer.” Many of the people I’ve worked with ended up splitting shortly after moving in together. Conversely, many of Hillary’s friends moved in with significant others and were married shortly after. I admit, I’d like to take things slow (call me old-fashioned), but Hillary doesn’t know if she can wait until I feel ready to take this step or propose. We acknowledge that we love each other. Our parents are not exactly rooting for us, so we’re taking another break from things. — At a Crossroads Dear Crossroads: I’m glad you asked. Neither you nor Hillary seem ready for the kind of commitment she’s angling for right now. What’s clear to me is that she wants to get out of her parents’ house, while you appear to want some independence before making a lifetime commitment. Your suggestion about getting separate apartments is a good one. I

Dear Abby Abigail van Buren

would love to know why neither set of parents is “rooting” for this match. But let it serve to make you think long and hard before doing anything you’re not 100 percent ready for. Dear Abby: My wife and I are having a disagreement. I went into a women’s clothing store to buy her a formal dress for Christmas. She has recently gotten into superb shape, and I wanted to celebrate it by buying her something. I found an item I liked but was unsure how or whether it would fit her. The store manager who was helping me asked one of the salesclerks to try it on for me. She did, and I bought the dress. My wife feels this was highly inappropriate of everyone involved — tantamount to a “come on.” Can you give me your views? — Well Intended Dear Well-Intended: The store manager’s offer to have an employee put on the dress to show you was something that’s done all the time. Your wife may be in “superb shape” physically, but emotionally she appears to be insecure.

Daughter needs attentive physician Dear Dr. Gott: I hope you can help my daughter, as I am worried about her. She is not getting the help she needs. In February 2009, she started suffering from a skin condition on her scalp, which flakes. She also started losing large amounts of hair. She then developed a rash on her face and body. She has been seen by three doctors and four dermatologists all connected to a local medical center, which is part of a college. One of them said she had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and another said she didn’t. She has had nine lab tests, including a CA-125, a testosterone test and a DHEA test. She is still waiting for some of the results because the doctors and medical center are being lax about sending the information to her new off-campus physician. She is getting very discouraged and depressed, and cries all the time. She also doesn’t have insurance, so this whole thing is costly.

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Dear Reader: Based on your description, the first thing that comes to mind is psoriasis or some other type of dermatitis. However, if she has seen four dermatologists, this common skin condition should have been recognized and diagnosed quickly. Psoriasis causes the body to overproduce skin cells, which it then cannot flake off as normal. It results in skin plaques that are red with silvery-white scales. When scratched or picked at, the plaques may come off but will result in bleeding. Scalp psoriasis typically starts within the hairline and may present as nothing more than dandruff.

IN THE STARS

Your Birthday, Feb. 13;

In the year ahead, try to get involved in projects that utilize your artistic and/or creative abilities. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Do not use surrogates in a matter where you have invested considerable time. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — By being a better listener than a talker, you could learn something of considerable personal value. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Involve yourself in a new endeavor that has recently captured your attention and interest. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Think of this day as a new beginning with regard to objectives. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Starting today, anything that can benefit your career should be added to your knowledge. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Don’t hesitate to collect what others discard if you think you can transform their projects. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — After achieving a successful conclusion to a complicated arrangement, you’re now ready to begin anew. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If you’ve been eager to start a diet, the timing is excellent right now. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Your prospects for a happier and more active social life are better. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — The next couple of days are likely to be a time of endings and beginnings. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — It would be smart to put in writing any proposal for a new project. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Raise your financial expectations by first considering what you can do to make yourself more productive. Your thoughts could motivate you to discover ways to make good things happen.


16 — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, SATURDAY, February 13, 2010

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Having qualified as Collector Of Affidavit of the estate of FLORENCE DEYTON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said FLORENCE DEYTON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 30th day of April, 2010 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 30th day of January, 2010.

Having qualified as Executor of the estate of DOROTHY C. MELTON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said DOROTHY C. MELTON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 13th day of May, 2010 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 13th day of February, 2010.

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Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of JUDY JANETTE MENIUS (GUFFEY) LOUDERMILK of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said JUDY JANETTE MENIUS (GUFFEY) LOUDERMILK to present them to the undersigned on or before the 30th day of April, 2010 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 30th day of January, 2010.

Having qualified as Executor of the estate of MARTHA HARVIN of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said MARTHA HARVIN to present them to the undersigned on or before the 13th day of May, 2010 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 13th day of February, 2010

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice to Creditors Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Risbeth Horne, of Rutherford County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 30th day of April, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

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and we’re trying to feed them and the children,” Williams said this week. The orphanage and compound are behind a gated entrance. Since there are extra people at the orphanage, Williams said medical and relief teams in Haiti are trying to help with feeding. “The children are taking their mattresses outside and sleeping every night,” he continued. “They do not feel safe inside buildings.” Williams had planned two other trips to Haiti but could not travel because of the devastation and lack of commercial flights into the area. Since he can’t get to Haiti, he has been sending monetary donations through Western Union to help orphanage director Nasson Jean Pierre and his wife buy needed supplies. The children are always on his mind and God is seeing them through, he said.

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help establish medical facilities. A medical planner with the Air Force, Johnson was deployed to Haiti with other Joint Forces to erect medical tents and set up cots on the grounds where the U.S. Embassy once stood. His wife Susan, whose mother Annette Marks lives in Forest City, said her husband had to deploy fully geared with ammunition knowing full well the military would be dealing with looting and rioting. The couple has been stationed in Virginia but since his deployment, Susan and

the younger children are still in Forest City with her mother. The couple’s two older children also live in Forest City. On Monday, Johnson talked about the Haitian man pulled from rubble on Feb. 8. “Although he is in pretty rough shape it is amazing he was still alive. Still trying to figure out if he was trapped in the initial quake or the 6.0 that happened right after I got here.” Johnson said he would love to return to Haiti to work after military retirement. “I saw a little boy that

How to help: Monetary donations for Haiti relief are received by numerous organizations. Among those in Rutherford County area—Red Cross, 838 Oakland Road, Forest City, NC 28043; earmark, Haiti Relief; n Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity — Send donations to, RCHFH/ Haiti Recovery, PO Box 1534, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Please make Checks payable to Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity and write Haiti Recovery in the memo line.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Parishioners filled churches in Atop the rubble of destroyed churchPort-au-Prince’s Petionville suburb es, in parks and on sidewalks, thouand set up loudspeakers so those in sands of Haitians prayed Friday in a the streets could follow. Others stood national day of mourning, one month on debris that used to be a Catholic after a magnitude-7 earthquake Church and an evangelical church to killed more than 200,000 and left remember victims anonymously burthis Caribbean country struggling for ied in mass graves outside the devassurvival. tated capital, Port-au-Prince. Leaders of Haiti’s two official reliPeople raised their hands to the gions — a Catholic bishop and the heavens as they sang. Hymns and head of the Voodoo priests — joined gospel music pumped throughout Protestant ministers for a prayer the city’s apocalyptic landscape of service in the shade of mimosa trees flattened concrete and buildings near the shattered National Palace. A uprooted at strange angles from their Muslim preacher also attended. foundations. Men wore black armbands of Those killed in the Jan. 12 quake mourning, girls frilly white dresses. included church leaders, missionarAmong them were earthquake ampu- ies and children studying at faithtees in wheelchairs, casts and hobbased schools. The Roman Catholic bling on crutches. archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Joseph President Rene Preval wept during Serge Miot, was among them. the service, his black-clad wife trying Many Port-au-Prince church to console him. landmarks were destroyed, includ“The pain is too heavy — words ing the Roman Catholic Cathedral; cannot describe it,” Preval said in one the Catholic Church of the Sacred of the first major public addresses he Heart, Haiti’s oldest, and the iconic has made in weeks. Episcopalian Church of the Holy Preval said he was there as a father Trinity, with its murals of a black — not the president — but urged Christ, black Virgin Mary and black people to keep supporting the govdisciples painted by great Haitian ernment. no mention ofpleaseartists in the 1950s.number pickHeupmade ad 1599739dc, add the phone the many small demonstrations this More than 1 million people have 828-287-3871 week demanding that he resign over been left homeless, with aid agencies a lack of leadership in the wake of rushing to provide shelter before the the crisis. rains come.

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me was seeing hundreds of people who went to the trouble of finding their suits, ties, white dresses, nice shoes to walk through the trash, rubble, and filth to go to church,” he said. “They had hope on their faces. Heartbreaking on the one hand and truly uplifting on the other.” “All is good for me and I’m certainly not complaining because we are here totally in support of Haiti’s systems and in support of their recovery efforts.”

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Lt. Col. Dave Johnson (above) took this photograph of children eating their meals, sitting on the ground in a makeshift Haitian home. The island nation was rocked by one of the worst earthquakes in history last month.


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2010 NASCAR: Let’s Go Racing

Daily Courier picks Mark Martin to claim title By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

1) Mark Martin — The gut tells me one thing, but the mind says another. One would think Mark Martin is destined to win a championship. He won five racesz last year and there is nobody that is more deserving to claim the sport’s top prize than Martin. Martin has a great crew chief in Alan Gustafson and all the resources in the world at Hendrick Motorsports. Expect another big year from the 50-year-old kid.

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2) Jimmie Johnson — I wish I could pick Jimmie Johnson and if I were a betting man, this is who I would pick. Johnson is without a doubt a preseason favorite with the rest of the media and a four-time consecutive champion. Nobody has ever accomplished that and it’s unlikely that anybody else will in the sport. Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus will be tough to stop again, but only Gibbs’ drivers and or somebody within the Hendrick bunch can take them down. While Johnson is the most dangerous driver in the Chase, misfortune may visit him on a couple of occasions. 3) Denny Hamlin — He won four times last season and compiled 15 top fives and 20 tops tens last season. All three of those stats top his previous best in

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full season of Nextel Cup racing and he has made an impact. While he didn’t win a year ago, his consistency makes him a formidable opponent every weekend. Montoya had a career high in top fives (7) and top tens (18) last season. 9) Greg Biffle — Known as “The Biff”, Greg was the most consistent Roush/Fenway driver with 10 top fives and 16 top tens. He didn’t win at all last season, but look at the Michigan or California race as a place for him to find victory lane in 2010. 10) Kurt Busch — He had four wins, 15 top fives and 20 top tens in 2009. Dodge teams have been scaled back to four full time teams and three of those are Penske cars. Busch has the only capable Penske car to make the top ten again and maybe the focus on just that car could help his championship chances. 11) Matt Kenseth — Kenseth won the first two races of last season and then vanished for the rest of 2009. Look for an improved 2010 from Kenseth. He only had 12 top tens last season. 12) Kevin Harvick — Harvick won the Daytona 500 two years ago, but has been really inconsistent ever since that time. Speculation is that he could form his own Nextel Cup operation, next season, when his contract runs out after this season with RCR. His team is good enough to find the top 12. Looking in from the outside: Brian Vickers, Dale Earnhardt Jr., David Reutimann, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton Joey Logano.

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Dale Jr. enters ‘Junior’ year with Hendrick By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

FOREST CITY — Wearing National Guard, Amp Energy Drink or showing out that number 88 gear has been incredibly disappointing for “Junior Nation” over the past couple of seasons. Nobody feels the agony more than the man who sports those items for a living, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Junior left Dale Earnhardt Incorporated three years ago following a bitter dispute with family and enters his “junior year” at Hendrick Motorsports this season. While his teammates in Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon finished 1-2-3 in points for 2009, Earnhardt Jr. finished a dismal 25th in the standings. Earnhardt Jr. had no wins, just five top 10 finishes in 36 races last season, and only one driver in the top 25 in points had less top five finishes a year ago. Owner Rick Hendrick vowed to get Junior and his No. 88 Chevy up to speed if that was the last thing he did. Hendrick changed Junior’s crew chief late last season (from Tony Eury Sr. to Lance McGrew) and Junior himself is hoping that maybe they can hit on the right combination soon, considering what is being provided by a four-car stable. “It’s really simple to go get that information and try to use that to your advantage. It’s just however much input you get. It just comes down to making a little bit of effort

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to get this information ‘cause it’s sitting right there,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. Meanwhile, business is good at Jr. Motorsports. His Nationwide team picked up one of the biggest names in racing, Danica Patrick, this offseason. He will also open up another Whiskey River establishment in March, this one in Florida. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr. claims that just because his business adventures are going well, that doesn’t mean he can’t focus on driving his race car.

“Every job gets frustrating at times,” said Earnhardt, Jr. “But, I would be a complete fool not to want to come back every year and keep trying at least to turn around last year or the year before, out‑do the past season, no matter how good or bad it was.” No matter how it’s viewed, fans, sponsors and even NASCAR is wishing that Junior can change his luck around with a new season upon us. So far, so good for Junior, his season begins on the outside front row for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

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FOREST CITY — Yes, Western North Carolina there is a North Wilkesboro . It was a long and tough fight, but late in 2009, North Wilkesboro was granted a lease to revamp the North Wilkesboro Speedway and go racing for 2010. A new group of owners came to the forefront which includes Alton McBride, Alton McBride Jr., Bosco Lowe, David Erhart, John Burwell and Teri Parsons. Parsons is the wife of the late Benny Parsons. A forum named Save the Speedway had been working during the past few years to open the speedway back up, but couldn’t come up with the cash. The last event to take place at the North Wilkesboro Speedway occurred in October of 1996, but NASCAR will not be apart of the re-opening at the Wilkes County facility.

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