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Veterans Administration officials are still debating the exact opening date. “As a local contractor, we were very happy to get this job right in our own backyard,” said Bernie Dilgert who owns the Rutherfordton based company. “Usually we’re working in Asheville, Greenville or Charlotte. It’s nice not to have drive so far.” The bidding process was very tight for the project, with Dilgert and his team becoming the low bidder on a margin of about $1,000. “The work is going really well,” Dilgert said. “We’re framing up walls and working on getting in the electrical and plumbing lines. We

FOREST CITY — While news of the H1N1 flu continues to make headlines across the country, there is no definite day set for the vaccines to arrive in Rutherford County. “We do not have a definite date and we do not know how much of the vaccine we will have,” said Helen White, program supervisor, Rutherford-Polk-McDowell Health Department. “It will be the end of October or November before we know anything,” White said, regarding details of future immunizations. A group of community leaders from the health department, hospital, school system, emergency responders, city and county managers, DSS, and other agencies and organizations have been meeting to plan and prepare for the upcoming flu season. State health officials say the swine flu pandemic could begin hitting North Carolina as early as next week while students resume classes. Dr. Jeffrey Engel, the state health director, estimated Tuesday that between 30,000 and 50,000 people in North Carolina have already had the swine flu. Officials believe it is a mild pandemic as there have been only nine reported deaths in the state linked to the virus. Engel said the school year poses specific challenges, with students spending lots of time together in close quarters. He said school officials, families and students need to make sure that people are covering their mouths and noses when sneezing, washing hands and keeping kids home if

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High school bands prepare for season Spotlight Contractor Bernie Dilgert points to walls being framed at the VA Clinic site on Charlotte Road while VA Contracting Officers Terry Emory and Heather Hampton listen.

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RUTHERFORDTON — Veterans in the area might not have to drive to Asheville for medical services soon, as work is proceeding on a Veterans Administration Clinic on Charlotte Road. The outpatient facility will be located at 374 Charlotte Road in the Rutherford Square shopping center. The $400,000 project to convert the former CVS Pharmacy location into the clinic began in earnest earlier this month and contractor Maple Leaf Design and Building is working toward a Nov. 6 completion date. But that won’t be the day the clinic opens.

Olympiad gets under way Friday

A smiling Tynee Lawrence leads a group of school mates onto driver Sonya Bagwell’s bus No. 141 for the ride home from Forrest Hunt Elementary School Tuesday.

By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

LAKE LURE — The lighting of the Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad torch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure. The gates at Rumbling Bald will open at 5 p.m. for the public and at 6 p.m. the Lake Lure Ski Club will present a 12-act show. The ski show will include high flying wake board flips, ski pyramids, water ballet, barefoot skiing and more. Two original members of the Ski Club, Shannon Oates of Spindale and Mike Harris of Lake Lure are featured in the ski club show, including a 4-3 Pyramid. The grand opening ceremonies will be followed by more than 20 competitive events wich begin on Friday and continue on Saturday and Sunday. Competitive events will be at Rumbling Bald, Morse Park near the Lake Lure Municipal Center and Chimney Rock State Park. There is no fee for spectators at the sports competitions. Participants will pay fees according to the respective events. The only event with a fee for spectators is the shag dance competition at Rumbling Bald Resort’s Please see Olympiad, Page 6A

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School opening goes smoothly By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Tuesday was day one of 180 days for the 2009-10 school year for students in Rutherford County Schools. The first day was filled with forms, and for some that included a transportation form to get their child on the bus route for this school year. A few glitches — the normal for the first day for any school year — were had, but overall things went well, said Rutherford County Schools Transportation Director Curtis Hodge. “We’ve received a lot of requests (for transportation) just over the past few days,” Hodge said. The school year began with 11 fewer

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buses on the road, a change made as part of the system’s transportation improvement plan that was adopted in May. Prior to the change, each school had its own buses, which cost the county in money from the state. The system was losing at least $400,000 in state money each year because of transportation inefficiences. As the school year progresses, Hodge said, there could be even fewer than the current 111 buses on the road. “We’re going to continue to re-evaluate the routes,” Hodge said. “We made them loose in the beginning to allow for the changes going on now.” Those changes, he said, are adding addiPlease see School, Page 6A


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Dalton will go barefoot for cause RALEIGH — Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton will kick off an effort to deliver thousands of pairs of shoes to needy children in North Carolina Wednesday with a barefoot news conference on the front porch of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office at 310 North Blount Street. The news conference announces a major campaign in North Carolina by Samaritan’s Feet, the Charlotte-based international nonprofit founded by Manny Ohonme, a native of Nigeria who got his first pair of shoes at age 9 and ultimately won a scholarship to play basketball in the United States. “I’m proud to help launch this much-needed campaign in North Carolina,” said Dalton, who will field questions from the press barefooted on the front porch of the historic Hawkins-Hartness House, which houses the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Samaritan’s Feet has won national media acclaim for donating nearly 3 million shoes in more than 42 countries.

Broad River Water Authority plant supervisor Brad Boris shows board members one of the holding basins at the utility’s building on Baber Road. Scott Baughman/Daily Courier

BRWA explains need for plant Area Notes upgrade with tour for board By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Broad River Water Authority board members took a brief tour of the utility’s water treatment plant on Tuesday. And were given the condensed version of why the facility needs an upgrade soon. A plan to modernize the plant has been in the works for some years, but hit a snag in June when the N.C. Rural Center turned down the project’s request for a $1 million Community Development Block Grant. “We applied for the grant in January and were turned down in June,” BRWA Manager Maria Hunnicutt said. “The project will cost about $7 million overall and so we decided we’d wait until the next round of grants in December to see if we can qualify. That $1 million will far outweigh the cost of delaying the project.” The plant currently meets all state requirements, but a recent

deal to sell water has highlighted some systems that need upgrading. As more water is moved through the plant each day for sale to the Inman/Campobello Water District (ICWD) in South Carolina, the plant is being used more than in the past few years. The plant is rated to process eight million gallons a day (MGD) and that certification will not change even after the upgrade. “What we want to do is make it where this plant is able to process that eight MGD more efficiently,” plant supervisor Brad Boris said. “We’ve watched the demand from ICWD and sometimes we’re having to play catch up as they draw on us for water to fill their towers and holding tanks. But now, we’ve networked our computers with theirs to help make it easier to predict their high volume times and their needs.” The BRWA computers aren’t able to control the system in

South Carolina, nor is ICWD able to interact with the computers on Baber Road. But both sides can watch what the other is doing. “This means that when we see their demand start to go up, we already know they’re going to draw on us for more water soon,” Boris said. “That way, we can get our levels where they need to be so that we are proactive instead of reactive. We don’t have to play catch up because we’re ahead of the game.” Upgrading will also allow the plant to stop using chlorine gas as a chemical agent in processing the water. The gas is dangerous to humans and was used as a weapon by German forces during World War I. Switching away from the gaseous form would greatly increase the plant’s safety. The new liquid wouldn’t be liquid chlorine, but a compound similar to household bleach. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

GWU seeks band performers

BOILING SPRINGS – The Gardner-Webb University Symphonic Band is currently welcoming new instrumentalists for the fall 2009 semester. Dr. Matt Whitfield, director of bands for the Gardner-Webb Department of Fine Arts, says all wind and percussion players in the area, from high school sophomores to senior adults, are invited to participate alongside Gardner-Webb students, faculty and staff. The concert will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday nights from 6 until 7:40 p.m. in Room 202 of O. Max Gardner Hall on the Boiling Springs campus. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin on Aug. 25. For additional information on the Symphonic Band, contact Whitfield at 704-406-4457 or 704-434-6915 or e-mail mwhitfield@gardnerwebb.edu. There is no cost to participate.

Power of the Purse is Thursday FOREST CITY — The fifth annual Power of the Purse, sponsored by Family Resources, will be held Thursday, Aug. 27 at First Baptist Church, Forest City beginning at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and bidding. Dinner is at 6:15 p.m. Adult admission if $7; children 12 and under is $5. All proceeds will benefit the program of Family Resources.

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Investigators sorting out details Mother: Son in good spirits of shooting at Senator’s home before shooting CHAPEL HILL (AP) — The mother of a University of North Carolina student who was shot and killed by police says her son was in good spirits just hours before police said he called 911, saying he was suicidal. “His best friend was with him at 2 a.m. and said he was fine,” Susan Smith, the slain man’s mother, told The News & Observer of Raleigh. The 21-year-old junior and fraternity president from Houston was shot just before 5 a.m. Sunday after Archdale police officers pulled his car over on Interstate 85. Archdale is in Randolph County, just over the Guilford County line. A police report states that Smith first telephoned police and “indicated that he was suicidal.” Smith’s 911 call went to a dispatcher in Guilford County, and that alert reached the Archdale police. “Once the vehicle came to a stop, a confrontation ensued,” a police statement said. The exact details of that confrontation aren’t known. The chief assistant district attorney in Randolph County said he got a court order Monday to seal the 911 tape. “There is a valid reason related to the investigation for not releasing it,” Andrew Gregson said. Archdale Police Chief Darrell Gibbs says the officer who shot Smith, Jeremy Paul Flinchum, 29, has been placed on administrative leave with pay. Flinchum was hired by Archdale in April 2008 after spending about six years with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. The State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the shooting, which is standard procedure. Susan Smith said the family wants to know what was said on the 911 call. “We’re all asking what happened,” she said. “This is just not what my child would have done.” Both she and Courtland Smith’s father, Pharr Smith of Houston, described Smith as happy and upbeat. “He was a good student; he was smart; he was handsome; he was the perfect child, and he was just the love of my life,” Susan Smith said. Pharr Smith said he didn’t know where his son was headed early Sunday. Smith graduated high school in 2007 from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, where he was a wrestler. He also was a whitewater kayaker who had worked for the past two years as a counselor at a boys’ camp called Mondamin, near Hendersonville. He had been a camper there in the past, said Frank Bell, the camp director. “He was an extremely good kid, just top notch and one of the best young men we have ever had here,” Bell said. Smith was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, whose national executive director, David Easlick Jr., said he talked with some of Smith’s fraternity brothers Sunday. They said he displayed no signs of depression, Easlick said. “It’s such a shame to have such a young life cut off,” Easlick said.

RALEIGH (AP) — A mix of small-town familiarity and 21st century surveillance will help determine whether charges are filed in the case of a North Carolina lawmaker who shot an intruder at his home. Criminal investigators and the local prosecutor were sorting out Tuesday whether there is any criminal liability, either for Sen. R.C. Soles or for two men who authorities say kicked at the door of his secluded home outside the Columbus County town of Tabor City. Surveillance videos will show that Soles acted in self defense when he shot Kyle Blackburn, 22, in the leg Sunday, Soles attorney Joe Cheshire said. Blackburn was treated and released Monday from a South Carolina hospital. Over the past few years, Soles has been the central figure in a string of odd happenings, starting with former legal clients trespassing at his home. Soles says he tries to help his neighbors and clients — some with criminal records or dysfunctional families — by giving them thousands of dollars to help them pay rent and college tuition and buy cars. North Carolina law allows the use of potentially deadly force to prevent entry into a home if the resident could reasonably believe an intruder posed the threat of death, serious injury or commission of another felony, said John Rubin, professor of public law and government at the University of North Carolina School of Government and author of the book “The Law of Self Defense in North Carolina.” “Whenever someone uses defensive force at home, on the street, or defending others, there are two basic requirements,” Rubin said Tuesday. “The person has to believe that force is necessary and that force has to be reasonable in the circumstances.” It will be District Attorney Rex Gore’s job to decide whether to pursue charges against Soles, Blackburn or Billie J. Wright, 23, who joined Blackburn at

a Wilmington television station videotaped a year ago. Dowless said his nine-officer department was too small to investigate the shooting, so he and his officers merely secured the site until SBI agents arrived.

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This undated photo released by the North Carolina General Assembly shows Sen. R.C. Soles of Tabor City.

Soles’ home. State laws on self or home defense “may play a vital role in determining the ultimate outcome of this incident,” Gore said in a statement. “We are still in the fact-gathering mode and will not know what charges, if any, will be made. Nor do we know who, if anyone, will be charged.” But holes in the investigation’s paper trail have also cropped up. Soles, a Democrat who is North Carolina’s longest-serving state legislator, did not call 911 after the shooting, instead dialing the Tabor City police chief’s cell phone to report a problem. In addition, local police produced no report of their response. “It’s pretty standard practice to have an incident report,” State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Noelle Talley said Tuesday. Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless asked the SBI to add the shooting investigation to a previous probe into a former client’s videotaped claim that Soles fondled the 27-year-old man when he was 15. The man last week said he was high on drugs and lied about the molestation claim during an interview with

Numbers listed for the men who came to Soles’ house were either disconnected or answered by people who did not know them. However, Wright told WECT-TV in Wilmington that he went there to speak to Soles about taxes on a trailer he used to own. “He did ask us to leave numerous times,” Wright said. “Kyle had a few things to drink. They were arguing back and forth and he asked him to leave again. He didn’t kill him, just a minor wound to his leg. I bandaged him up and drove him to the hospital.” State records show Blackburn was released from prison in June 2008 after serving a year and seven months for felony breaking and entering, communicating threats and several other misdemeanors. He had been arrested in September 2008, accused of trespassing at Soles’ home and breaking and entering. Wright was released from prison two weeks ago after serving nearly 2 1/2 years for larceny and nearly a dozen misdemeanors, according to state records. Soles has called local police for help at least nine times in the past two years to warn of five different men whom officers have charged with trespassing at his home, which is tucked away from the road among pine trees and encircled by a white fence with a tan iron gate. Often, Soles declined to press charges, but he did pepper-spray one of them, according to police reports and Soles. Then there was the fire late last month. One former Soles client said he had to leap from the second floor of a house, built with contributions from Soles, when a blaze started there. Police have said it was likely arson.

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Our Views Bernanke man for job at Fed

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e agree with President Obama that Ben Bernanke is the right person to run the Federal

Reserve. The president recommended Bernanke for a second four-year term Tuesday. Educated at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bernanke has an obvious grasp of high finance, and we’re not just talking about the huge amounts of money the federal government is spending. Bernanke, a Republican, was first appointed to the post by President Bush in 2006 upon the retirement of longtime Fed guru Alan Greenspan, who served 18 years. In announcing his decision, Obama said, “Ben approached a financial system on the verge of collapse with calm and wisdom; with bold action and outof-the-box thinking that has helped put the brakes on our economic freefall. “Almost none of the decisions he or any of us made have been easy.” If, and when, he is confirmed for another term, Bernanke’s next challenge is to lead the full economic recovery and meet the expectations of the White House. Stabilizing and re-energizing our economy must be Job No. 1 for Bernanke and the administration.

Our readers’ views Donations made ‘bus’ drive a success To the editor: On behalf of the Communities In Schools of Rutherford County (CISRC) Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who supported our third annual “Stuff The School Bus” school supply drive, which took place at WalMart on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8. Even in this difficult economy, the citizens of Rutherford County demonstrated tremendous generosity and caring with their support of this year’s effort. All donated supplies have been turned over to the Rutherford County Schools central office. Staff members there will divide the donations and distribute them to each school, which will in turn distribute the supplies to students in need. Special thanks go to Wal-Mart, Food Lion of Forest City, The Daily Courier, and all of the volunteers who donated their time in support of “Stuff The School Bus.” The mission of CISRC is to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. To find out how you can help, contact CISRC at 828-288-0228. Chris Fuller Interim Executive Director

Time to remember patriotism a virtue To the editor: Where have all the patriots gone? No, I am not asking about the gridiron warriors from New England. I am not referring to the individuals who only display an American flag on the Fourth of July. I am asking about true patriots.

I think the definition of a patriot and patriotism need to be stated. According to Merriam Webster, the definition for patriotism is as follows: “love for or devotion to one’s country”. The definition of a patriot is “One who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests”. Patriotism requires selfless action on behalf of the country as a whole. Our country’s founding fathers were definitely patriots. These men risked all that they had to bring forth a brave new republic. Most people recognize the names of Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and Hancock, but Francis Lewis signed the Declaration of Independence also, and for his selfless act of patriotism, his wife was jailed by the British and she died shortly after. Carter Braxton and Thomas McKeam were also signers and died penniless for their place in history. These men helped manifest what I think is the greatest nation that this world has ever seen. The members of our armed forces and their families are true patriots, without a doubt, but they are a small percentage of the population as a whole. My great grandfather and grandfather were veterans of two world wars and in my eyes this makes them true patriots. There are people in this country that would have you think that all of the world’s ills are the fault of the United States. Do not believe this hypocrisy. These people malign the flag, ban the Pledge because it mentions God, force political correctness down our throats, but no one is ever allowed to cast the slightest aspersions concerning their patriotism. People in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous and unpatriotic.

They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find any criticism subversive. I am sure good King George III thought the colonists were subversive. I am sure that King George also thought the citizens that spoke out at colonial town hall meetings were thugs and members of an unruly mob as well. I can draw a modern day comparison of King George III directly to Pelosi, Reid, Emmanuel and Obama. These people demand that the United States treat enemies like friends, reason with terrorists, cut and run in the war on terror and lift sanctions against all of the world’s despots. They will have you believe that the world will be a better place and we will move closer to utopia. The world is jealous of our success and they hate us for this. I personally do not care if the French, Germans, Italians, Syrians, or Iranians agree with us? By the way, the only time the French think about the United States in a positive light is when they have German soldiers kissing their Mademoiselles, sipping coffee and eating croissants in Paris. It is unfortunate that most Americans only give a minimum amount of thought to what it takes to be a patriot. I hope we will never have to see the strife and turmoil our founding fathers had to face, as I feel that most people will not have the fortitude to stand for what is right and just. Here is a good quote from Benjamin Rush: “Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” Andrew Cain Forest City

Perdue’s latest hire raises even more questions RALEIGH ­— Judging from Gov. Beverly Perdue’s recent actions, you might think this stuff is brain surgery. It’s not. Perdue recently added a new aide to her staff, at a cool $136,000 a year. She did so just after signing a new state budget that will raise taxes by $1 billion and cause several dozen state employees at mental hospitals and prisons to be laid off. The addition of Pearse Edwards is a clear signal that Perdue is attempting to bolster her public standing, a response to polls showing her popularity slipping over the last several months. Edwards, who comes from the office of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, will be Perdue’s senior communi-

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cations and policy adviser. For weeks, the scuttlebutt in Raleigh had been that changes to Perdue’s staff were on the way. This wasn’t exactly what was expected. Perdue already has a communications staff, and one that’s a lot more responsive than that of her predecessor. Her problems have had little to do with an inability to get a message out. Rather, they’re two-fold: One, she took office at a particularly difficult time; two,

her message has too often been conflicting and convoluted. That’s not the fault of the messenger. It’s the fault of the person who crafted the message. Ultimately, Perdue is in charge of the message, the agenda, the policy. The result has been that she has come across as indecisive. The indecisiveness has all but obscured some early accomplishments, particularly Internet-based initiatives that have made state government more accountable and accessible. But an indecisive politician is kind of like a football receiver who drops the ball. Everyone tends to notice, even if you excel at other parts of the game. Drop the ball enough, and people want

you on the bench. Being decisive, on the other hand, can drive even those who disagree with your positions to harbor some grudging respect. It’s interesting that after months of seeing her public approval ratings slip, Perdue finally enjoyed a little positive bump in a recent poll from Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling. That jump followed a couple of weeks in which Perdue, even while taking positions on taxes that are surely unpopular, did so forcefully. She didn’t back down from legislative leaders. She made plainspoken, direct appeals before the media. Again, it ain’t brain surgery. It doesn’t need to be cor-

rected with a $136,000a-year media guy. His hiring only raises questions about whether the governor is willing to apply the same frugality to her office that she expects of other agencies in state government. What will improve her standing is more forcefulness and directness, from Perdue and the rest of the gang in her office actually responsible for making the decisions. Any more confusion of spin and policy, style and substance, will put the governor back into a downward spiral, just after she finally seemed to be gaining a little footing. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.


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RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue says members of a new panel designed to find North Carolina government waste have a tough job to do but believes they’ll make tough recommendations. Perdue spoke briefly to the Budget Reform and Accountability Commission at its first meeting on Tuesday. Members are sitting down to work about three weeks after the General Assembly passed a spending plan for this year. Perdue sought the panel during her winning 2008 gubernatorial campaign. But it doesn’t yet have the teeth she wants that would require lawmakers to vote up or down on recommendations. Panel leaders say they want to make their first round of recommendations by February so they can be considered during the next legislative session in May.

S.C. crash kills two N.C. brothers

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina brothers have died after their truck veered off an interstate in South Carolina and crashed into trees. The Herald of Rock Hill reported Tuesday that the driver, 39-year-old Jose Mario Guzman, and his brother, 33-year-old Thomas Guzman, both of Charlotte, died in the crash Monday. Another passenger, 42-yearold Mario Lavato, was hurt. All the men were wearing seatbelts. Authorities say the men were in their work truck, traveling from Columbia to

Charlotte. The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on I-77 when the truck towing a flatbed trailer left the road, hit some signs and crashed into trees.

Officers close I-77 during manhunt STATESVILLE (AP) — Authorities closed part of Interstate 77 in North Carolina and delayed classes on the opening day of the school year as they chased a suspect who shot at officers. Statesville police said Tuesday an officer was shot in the leg during the pursuit and capture of the suspect they identified as William Welton Jr., whom they said is a convicted felon. The manhunt began overnight when a driver who drove away from a check point in Wilkes County. The Highway Patrol pursued the driver south on I-77, closing the highway for more than an hour while troopers tried to blow out the car’s tires. Troopers say the man ran into a wooded area and fired shots at officers near Statesville Middle School and Pressly School, which were forced to postpone opening.

Easley security chief has been reassigned RALEIGH (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol captain who once headed former Gov. Mike Easley’s security detail has been removed from his supervisory post after the state’s crime control boss learned some of Easley’s flight records were deleted. Crime Control Secretary Reuben Young put Capt. Alan Melvin back on admin-

Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 156 E-911 calls Monday. n Sandi Gaye Ruppe reported the theft of a CD player and various other items. n Randy Eli Toney reported the breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and the theft of medication. n Ann Marie Osborne reported vandalism to an automobile.

Rutherfordton

n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 21 E-911 calls Monday. n The spray painting of graffiti on a town building was reported by the town of Rutherfordton.

Spindale

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 15 E-911 calls Monday.

Lake Lure

n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to four E-911 calls Monday.

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 81 E-911 calls Monday. n Barbara Fox reported an incident of being bitten by a stray cat. n An employee of Dollar General, on South Church Street, reported a larceny. n Wanda Rector reported a larceny.

Arrests

n Kenya Hughes, 24, of South Church Street, Forest City; charged with larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses; released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Ashley Dean Herny, 35, of Acorn Street, Rutherfordton; charged with driving while impaired; placed under a $500 secured bond. (FCPD) n Betsy Lynn Hughes, 54, of 178 Hollerth Rd.; charged with driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed;

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freed on a custody release. (NCHP) n Charles Douglas Teague, 42, of 6386 Hudlow Rd.; charged with felony probation violation; placed under a $10,000 secured bond. (Probation) n Brandy Dawn Padgett, 29, of 1880 Vernon Manor Apartments; charged with felony probation violation; placed under a $20,000 secured bond. (Probation) n William Dennis Toney, 48, of 213 Bradley Rd.; charged with possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia; released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Sylvia Kay Hargett, 36, of 110 Evergreen Lane; charged with domestic violence protective order violation; no bond. (RCSD) n Nathan Omar Thompson, 25, of 188 Joe’s Drive; charged with felony larceny; released on a $15,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Saundra Darlene Finger, 43, of 1543 State Line Rd.; charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and altering serial numbers; placed under a $20,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Raymond Doricchi, 47, of 80 Trentwood Condo; charged with possession of stolen goods; placed under a $2,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Robert Dean Fowler, 21, of 1060 Old Ball Road Parkway; charged with resisting a public officer; placed under a $500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Christopher J. Hoyle, 17, of 856 E. Zion Church Rd.; charged with breaking and entering, larceny and breaking an entering a coinoperated machine; no bond listed. (RCSD) n Brian Al Harris, 41, of 302 Phillips Drive; charged with larceny by employee; released on a $20,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Jennifer Simms Tomblin, 27, of 230 Kelsey Lane; charged with assault with a deadly weapon; released on a written promise to appear. (RCSD)

istrative duty and requested an independent investigation of missing flight records of Easley’s travels, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday. Young was concerned about new information that a highway patrol secretary told the newspaper about the missing records, patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said. Diane Bumgardner, a secretary assigned to the governor’s security detail, said Melvin had told her in February 2006 to download flight records from 2003 to 2005 onto a computer disk and then give it to him, according to an internal Highway Patrol inquiry. Melvin told Bumgardner to then delete the files to “free up space on the computer.”

John Hampton

John Melvin Hampton, of 1843 Spindale St., Spindale, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at his residence. Survivors include four sons, Javaro Hampton and Montray Hampton, both of Greensboro, Kenari Brown of Forest City, and Terell Jackson of Spartanburg, S.C.; a daughter, Lá Chelle Jackson of Atlanta, Ga.; her mother and husband, Ann and Robert Proctor of Spindale; three brothers, Paul Hampton and Jimmy Ray Lovett, both of Forest City, and Brad Logan of Rutherfordton; and six sisters, Twana Dunlap of Gastonia, Annette Hampton and Tiffany Logan, both of Forest City, Trudy McSwain of Hickory, Stephanie Logan of Charlotte, and Beverly Pooches allowed Lilly of Raleigh. on eatery patios Funeral services will RALEIGH (AP) — A coun- be conducted at 4 p.m. ty attorney in North Carolina Thursday at New Bethel Independent Church with says dogs can’t be banned the Revs. H.D. Tate and Joe from restaurant patios. Nathan Williams officiating. The News & Observer of Visitation will be held one Raleigh reported Tuesday hour prior to the service at that Wake County health inspectors began telling res- the church. Thompson’s Mortuary is in taurant owners earlier this charge of arrangements. month that pooches aren’t permitted on their patios. Both county and state Shirley Staley food safety officials say they Shirley N. Staley, of interpret a confusing state Columbus, died Saturday, sanitation rule the same way: Aug. 22, 2009, at her home. no animals allowed inside or She was a daughter of Ruby outside where food is being Briscoe Staley and the late served. Rev. Samuel N. Staley, and But Wake County attorney also preceded in death by Scott Warren says he thinks her companion of 37 years, the rule is meant to keep Ronnie Gary. animals out of kitchen areas She joined Zion Grove AME where food is prepared or Zion Church at an early age pantry areas where food is and attended Green Creek stored. He says that means Missionary Baptist Church. it’s up to restaurants to She was also a member decide whether to allow ani- and lead singer of The New mals on patios, unless federal Beginners singing group. law protects that right. In addition to her mother, she is survived by one brother, Joe Staley of Tryon; three sisters, Georgia A. Foster of Boiling Springs, S.C., Ruth S. Foster of Spartanburg, S.C., and Joyce Anderson n Jason Robert Allen of Columbus; and a host of Short, 27, of 130 Wes Cook nieces, nephews, cousins and Rd.; charged with communifriends. cating threats/domestic; no Funeral services will be bond. (RCSD) conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday n Ellis Thomas Logan, at Green Creek Missionary 17, of 111 Farmside Drive; Baptist Church, Polk County, charged with disorderly with Pastor Arnie Twitty conduct; freed on a custody officiating. Interment in release. (RCSD) the Zion Grove AME Zion n Larry Dean Cannon, Church cemetery. 41, of 142 Hedgeland Drive; Ulysses D. Miller Funeral two orders for arrest on Services, Spindale, is in child support, and charged charge of arrangements. with failure to heed light or siren, resisting a public offiCatherine Patterson cer, driving while license revoked and two counts of Catherine Paxton Patterhabitual felon; placed under son, 76, of 3591 Reepsville a $225,600 secured bond. Rd., Lincolnton, died (RCSD) Monday, Aug. 24, 2009. n Jerod David Durr, 19, Born in Gaston County, she of 122 Sandy Mush Rd.; was a daughter of the late charged with identity theft Brack and Bertie Paxton, and and two counts of obtain also preceded in death by her property by false pretense; husband, Tommy Patterson. placed under a $55,000 She worked as a sales clerk secured bond. (RCSD) for Belk’s. n Gretchen Marie Orr, 29, She is survived by a son, of 194 Forest Hills Circle; Ronald Wayne Patterson charged with misdemeanor of Forest City; a daughter, larceny and failure to appear Dawn Patterson Styers of on possession of stolen Winston-Salem; a sister, goods; placed under a $1,000 Mae Conley of Mt. Holly; secured bond and a $1,500 three grandchildren; one unsecured bond. (SPD) step granddaughter; and two step-great-grandsons. Funeral services will Citations be conducted at 11 a.m. n Richard Waters, 19, of Thursday at Hollybrook West Liberty Street, Forest Cemetery with the Rev. Steve City; cited for consuming Kiser officiating. The family malt beverage while underwill receive friends from 10 age; released on a written until 10:45 a.m., prior to the promise to appear. (FCPD) service at Warlick Funeral Home. EMS/Rescue Memorials may be made to the Catherine Patterson n The Rutherford County Funeral Fund, c/o Warlick EMS responded to 15 E-911 Funeral Home, P.O. Box calls Monday. 1407, Lincolnton, NC 28093. Warlick Funeral Home is n The Volunteer Life serving the Patterson family. Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue Timothy Hardin responded to four E-911 calls Timothy Shane Hardin, Monday. 34, of Rutherfordton, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009. Fire Calls He was a son of Webb Hardin and Linda Powell n Cherry Mountain fireHardin of Rutherfordton. fighters responded to a In addition to his parents, motor vehicle crash. he is survived by his wife, Renee Camp Hardin; two n Forest City firefighters responded to a motor vehicle sons, Corey Shane Hardin and Timothy Blake Hardin, crash. of the home; and two brothn Rutherfordton firefighters, Michael Hardin of ers responded to a motor Rutherfordton and Webb vehicle crash.

Hardin III of Forest City. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at West Point Baptist Church with the Revs. Lance Scarlett, Marshall Dill and Anton Roos officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at McMahan’s Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to a trust fund for Cory and Blake Hardin, c/o of Renee Hardin, 641 Tom Camp Rd., Rutherfordton NC 28139; or to West Point Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1160 Union Rd. Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Online condolences: www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com.

John Littlejohn John Luther Littlejohn, of Littlejohn Domain Rd., Forest City, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Pruitt Funeral Home.

Margaret Mauney Brooks Margaret Mauney Brooks, 90, formerly of 507 Dennis Drive, Shelby, died Aug. 25, 2009, at Hospice of Cleveland County. Funeral services will be held at Beaver Dam Baptist Church on Friday at 2 p.m. Visitation will be held at Cleveland Funeral Service on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Cleveland Memorial Park. Online condolences: www.clevelandfuneralservice.com.

Deaths William Emerson ATLANTA — William A. Emerson Jr., a journalist and author who covered civil rights flashpoints as part of a cadre of gutsy Southern reporters and later served as editor in chief of The Saturday Evening Post, has died. He was 86. A boisterous, outsize figure in an era of colorful New York magazine editors, Emerson stood 6-3 and his booming voice took over any room. His gifts as a phrasemaker made him a soughtafter speaker for years. Last month, he included hundreds of speeches — on subjects from journalism to religion — with the papers he had donated to Emory University’s archives. A veteran of the ChinaBurma-India theater in World War II, Emerson took up journalism at Collier’s magazine after graduating from Harvard in 1948. He was appointed Newsweek’s first bureau chief covering the South in 1953, one year before the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling, which ordered an end to public school segregation and triggered years of resistance and violence across Emerson’s native region. Emerson was born in Charlotte on Feb. 28, 1923.

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Meetings/other Veterans meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; at The Foundation Performing Arts & Conference Center, ICC; to learn more about the Veterans Health Clinic now under construction at 374 Charlotte Rd., Rutherfordton; representatives from the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville will be present; all veterans encouraged to attend. DAR Chapter meeting: Griffith Rutherford NSDAR; Wednesday, Sept. 2, 3 p.m., at the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County Library, 319 Doggett Rd., Forest City. Open house: Hospice of Rutherford County will hold open house at its new facility, Carolina Event and Conference Center, on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hospice is located at 374 Hudlow Rd., Forest City.

Miscellaneous Animal Shelter: Rutherford County Animal Shelter and CPC Office will be closed on Aug. 29 (staff volunteering at Olympiad), and Sept. 5 for Labor Day. Convenience centers: The county landfill and all convenience centers will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume Sept. 8. Hunter Safety Course: Sept. 21, 23 and 24, 6 to 9 p.m.; Cooperative Extension Office, Callahan-Koon Rd., Spindale; must attend all three nights; register online at www. ncwildlife.org or contact Officer Tim Bullock at 248-2694. 40th Class reunion: East Rutherford High School Class of 1969 will hold its 40th reunion on Oct. 10. Classmates who have not received information, contact Linda H. Lovelace at 245-2267 or Max Champion at 245-9243.

Fundraisers Food sale: Friday, Aug. 28, begins at 10:30 a.m., St. Luke Church, Forest City; rib steak, fish or chicken, $6.50 per plate; desserts $1.50; call 245-3222 to place an order. Car wash: Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Food Lion in Rutherfordton; cars $5, trucks $10; sponsored by the Trellborg Relay for Life team; proceeds for ACS. Yard sale, breakfast: Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Temple of Jesus, Lake Lure; large number of yard sale items; rain date Sept. 19. Singing, supper: Benefit for Rev. and Mrs. Lonnie Evans Jr.; Saturday, Aug. 29, 4 to 7 p.m., Shingle Hollow Congregational Holiness Church, 2490 Cove Rd., Rutherfordton; hot dogs and hamburgers; featuring The Crain Family, The Kinney Family and other local groups. Yard sale: Saturday, Aug. 29, begins at 6 a.m., at Walls Baptist Church; large number of yard sale items; sausage and livermush biscuits will also be sold; all proceeds will go toward Kay Luckadoo’s mission trip to India. Barbecue: Orders will be taken for Boston butts ($30 each) with barbecue sauce and slaw through Sept. 2. Pick up date Sept. 4, at Golden Valley Missionary Methodist Church. Call 247-1090 or 447-4100 to place an order. Proceeds for 2010 mission trip to Haiti. Poor man’s supper: Thursday, Sept. 3, 4 to 7 p.m., Providence United Methodist Church, Forest City; adults $5, children $3, under 6 free; proceeds will go to the Good Samaritan fund. Yard sale: Saturday, Sept. 5, begins at 7 a.m., at the Apostolic Church of Rutherford County, 440 S. Broadway St., Forest City; sponsored by the church youth.

hope to be doing drywall by next week.” As an outpatient clinic, the building will be more for patients to have blood work and other diagnostic tests done and various recurring procedures. Interest in the clinic is high, with more than 100 nurses applying for the six open positions being advertised. “We think work is proceeding well,” said Terry Emory, a contracting officer with the V.A. “It is obvious to us that the facility is in good hands.” During a brief inspection of the site Tuesday, Emory and fellow contracting officer Heather Hampton said they were pleased with what they saw and they weren’t the only ones. “We’re very excited by this project,” said Charlie Ellis, managing partner with building owner Collette and Associates from Charlotte. “CVS has been out of here for some years and my firm has been working with the building for the last three years. I think it is a perfect fit for the clinic.” Ellis pointed to H.C. Uniforms — a uniform store in the same shopping center — and the proximity of Rutherford Hospital as points in the building’s favor when the V.A. was scouting locations. “It is like when you see some doctors’ offices, veterinarian offices or chiropractors who are in a more retail-oriented location,” Ellis said. “When we took over this center, the hospital’s billing department was

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tional students to the bus. Parents who have not completed a transportation form and would like their student to ride the bus should pick one up at their school’s office. Hodge said it could take up to 10 days to add a student to a route, but

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Lakeview Resort Friday night. Friday’s opening events also include a Tasty Beach Barbecue, free ice cream sundaes, the Lake Lure 5-Mile Dam Run, a rigorous race for serious athletes beginning at the Lake Lure Fire Station on U.S. 64/74 and finishing on the Resort Beach; a 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk; and the Shag Dance and Competition. DJ Fessa John Hook will lead the shag on the terrace of the Rumbling Bald Resort Lakeview Resort. Fireworks will be held at the end of the evening also from Rumbling Bald. Events Saturday at Morse Park will be the Junior Olympiad events, sand volleyball and the Dragon Boat Races. The horse show tournament will be at the Geneva Inn in Chimney Rock. One of the most popular events in the Three Races in Three Days Challenge is the triathlon beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. More than 350 people have already registered for the event, said Michelle Yelton, publicity chair. Of those, eight are from Rutherford County with the other athletes coming from all over the state and the southeast. The Spring Triathlon includes the 500M lake swim, the 16.9 mile bike course and the 5K run. The other trio in the Three Races in Three Days is the Race to the Rock and the Ride to the Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. The race begins at 7:30 p.m. at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn

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VA Contracting Officers Terry Emory and Heather Hampton look over the plans for the renovation at the new VA clinic on Charlotte Road in Rutherfordton.

here.” But one hiccup might cause the project a problem. According to some NCDOT maps, Rutherford Square will be in the path of the proposed U.S. 221 Bypass project. Officials with the NCDOT haven’t announced their final choice of routes, but Ellis said he wasn’t con-

cerned. “I think there are several routes being considered,” Ellis said. “But DOT has assured me none of the routes on the table will affect this building.”

in most cases the wait time is closer to a day or two. “The 10 day time frame mostly applies when people live in an area where a bus doesn’t currently run,” he said. The 10 days in that case allows the transportation department to redo the route and estimate the pickup time again for each student on that route.

Of the 9,396 students enrolled on the first day of school, Hodge said around 5,000 were riding buses. “We’ve probably added another 200 today,” Hodge said. If your child is missed by the bus, Hodge said, contact the school to let them know.

& Spa for the Chimney Rock Village for the 5K run and meanders through the Chimney Rock Park to the 7 percent grade to finish just below the 35-foot tall Chimney Rock. Athletes are invited to run or bike up to the chimney. The 7K bicycle ride begins at 7:30 p.m. and the Race to the Rock begins at 8 a.m. Other events during the weekend include miniature golf, Jr. Olympiad, Basketball 3-on-3, kayak sprints, lake swim, Dragon Boat races, golf tournament and golf skills, horseshoes tournament, pontoon boat challenge, sand volley tournament, tennis doubles and the shag dance competition. A new Dragon Boat team is “Mashed and Splashed.” The 12 women on the team are breast cancer survivors. “Having overcome the diagnosis and treatment of cancer these ladies have united to become Dragon Boat racers,” said Jamie Ingraham RN, BSN, Cancer Outreach Coordinator, and a member of the team. The team includes two breast cancer support groups, the Sparkle City Sisters from Spartanburg, S,C. and the Pink Ladies from Rutherford County. “These women have joined forces to raise money to help women who are uninsured and cannot afford the cost of a mammogram through the Rutherford Hospital Foundation,” Ingraham said. Walk-In registration will be available for all events, except the Sprint Triathlon on Saturday. Gold, silver and bronze medals will

be awarded for all competitive events. The Olympiad is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, and brings people together in the spirit of friendly competition for the broader purpose of promoting health and wellness, charitable giving, regional tourism and economic development.

Singing: Sunday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m., Bostic Missionary Methodist Church; featuring Living By Faith.

Singing: Saturday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at Sunshine United Methodist Church, 367 DePriest Rd., Bostic; featuring Soldiers For the Cross. Quinton Mills will be in concert Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Little White Country Church, beginning at 7 p.m., and also at the Shingle Hollow Congregational Holiness Church, Sunday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; the Little White Church is located at 184 Painters Gap Rd., Rutherfordton, and the Shingle Hollow CHC is located at 2466 Cove Rd., Rutherfordton. Singing: Sunday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m., Montford Cove Baptist Church, 4920 Cove Rd., Union Mills; featuring Shingle Hollow Senior Choir; fellowship afterwards.

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Since 2005, the Olympiad has given back over $120,000 to charities. 2009 Olympiad beneficiaries are: Bat Cave Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Bills Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Camp Lurecrest, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department, Community Pet Center, Dragon Boat Racing of Lake Lure, Fairfield Mountains Volunteer Fire Department, Friends of the Mountains Library, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS, KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum, Lake Lure Lion’s Club, Cancer Resource Center, Hospice of Rutherford County, Rutherford County Humane Society, and Shepherd’s Care. For more information on event places and locations or registration visit: www.hickorynutolympiad or call (828) 429-9011. The festival is presented by The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, Rumbling Bald Resort, Carolina First and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@thedigitalcourier.com.

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Hendersonville Christian spills TJCA By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

Cavs sign rookie Danny Green CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed rookie forward Danny Green, their second-round pick in this year’s NBA draft. Financial terms were not disclosed. The 6-foot-6 Green finished his college career at North Carolina as one of the most versatile players in ACC history. He is the only player in conference history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 3-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals. Green averaged a career-best 13.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 38 games while helping the Tar Heels win the NCAA title this year. He averaged 8.2 points in five games for the Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League.

AVONDALE — Four games into the season and the same thing continues to happen to Thomas Jefferson — they can’t seem to finish. A young group of Gryphons, who out-shot Hendersonville Christian 25-15 on Tuesday afternoon, lost 2-1 in the home opener. Kosta Vourgiotis was responsible for both goals, scoring early in both haves to walk away with the victory for Hendersonville Christian (2-0).

“We just can’t seem to find the back of the net right now,” TJCA soccer coach Brian Espinoza said. “That has been the story throughout the last three games. We out-shot every opponent that we have faced so far and there are seven freshmen on this team.” Vourgiotis scored in the third minute following a nice back foot move at midfield and spun away from the TJCA back line to face a one-on-one with the Gryphons goalie, Richard Petty. Vourgiotis easily punched the

ball into the right side of the goal and the 1-0 advantage. After Gryphons’ David Snyder and Aaron Shumate had two shots each go awry, a long assist by Shumate got the ball to the feet of Billy Krier. Krier then switched from his right foot to his left and placed a shot into the back of the net from the right side at 15 yards out in the 30th minute to tie it up. Defensively, Michael Dedmon, Please see TJCA, Page 9A

NC State QB out to avoid more injuries

Money Well Spent?

By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer

Johnson: Geathers to miss opener COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina defensive coach Ellis Johnson says he expects suspended defensive end Clifton Geathers to miss the Gamecocks opener at North Carolina State. Geathers was arrested Sunday by Columbia police and charged with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for his role in a fight. Geathers’ booking photo showed his right eye swollen shut and a bandage just underneath. Johnson told multiple media outlets after Monday’s practice that Geathers had a crack in the orbital bone and planned to visit a specialist to see if there’s any muscle or nerve damage. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier indefinitely suspended Geathers after the arrest. Regardless of Geathers’ suspension status, Johnson says Geathers would need at least two weeks to recover and wouldn’t play against the Wolfpack on Sept. 3.

NHRA adds event at Charlotte dragstrip CONCORD (AP) — The NHRA has scheduled a second race for 2010 at the suburban Charlotte dragstrip owned by Bruton Smith. The zMax Dragway will host the NHRA on March 25-28 and Sept. 16-19 next year. The second date comes after the facility next to Lowe’s Motor Speedway opened last year to large crowds. The series returns to the dragstrip this year Sept. 17-20. NHRA president Tom Compton and Smith made the announcement Tuesday.

Local Sports SOCCER 6 p.m. Asheville at R-S Central 6 p.m. Kings Mountain at Chase 6 p.m. Thomas Jefferson at Burns

On TV 4 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball World Series, International Semifinal — Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (ESPN2) MLB Baseball Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (TS) MLB Baseball San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves. 8 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball World Series, U.S. Semifinal — Teams TBA. 8 p.m. (FSS) MLB Baseball Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers.

Carolina Panthers’ Julius Peppers is shown during the team’s NFL football training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. Associated Press

Quiet preseason puts target on Julius Peppers By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE — After his failed campaign to leave Carolina and with his salary cap-busting $16.7 million salary, Julius Peppers was sure to face intense scrutiny this season. It took only two preseason games — and his meager total of one tackle and no sacks — for the defensive end’s critics to pounce. A rare interview may not have helped, either. “I mean, all this is is a practice with a

time and a score,” Peppers said Saturday in Miami after being held without a tackle, sack or quarterback hurry in a matchup with Dolphins Pro Bowl tackle Jake Long. “It’s not like we are gameplanning for each other or trying to make any statements right now.” The four-time Pro Bowl selection speaks so infrequently — he declined an interview request after practice Tuesday — that the little he does say is dissected for days. The quote led to a flood of angry Please see Peppers, Page 9A

RALEIGH — Nothing could make Russell Wilson forget last year’s visit to South Carolina. Not even a concussion. Besides, there’s always the game film to remind the quarterback of how North Carolina State fell apart after he was hurt. Calling the injury that prematurely ended his first college start “a freak accident,” Wilson said his maturity and understanding of the Wolfpack’s offense should help him avoid getting hurt this time around — beginning with next week’s opening rematch with the Gamecocks. “I’m never afraid. I’m never afraid of doing certain things or trying to play to the best level I can,” said Wilson, who’s carrying a school-record streak of 249 passes without a pick into that Sept. 3 opener. “I’m going to be smart. If I need to get down, I need to get down. But I think a lot of it is also watching film and understanding certain situations where I could have gotten down earlier or understanding where I am in the game. “A lot of that’s just maturing and more experience ... and the game slowing down for me,” he added. “(From) the beginning of the season last year to the end of the season last year, even though I did get hurt, the game slowed down for me a lot.” N.C. State played like two completely different teams last season, depending on whether Wilson was on the field. When he was healthy, the Wolfpack knocked off thenNo. 15 East Carolina in overtime, then routed rival North Carolina 41-10 during the lateseason four-game winning streak that helped them

Please see State, Page 9A

Waiting for the other leg to break Have you ever had a moment where you could ‘see’ that something bad was about to happen? Not that you actually saw it, or maybe you did, but more that you felt it in the pit of your stomach. This tiny little knot, just below the belly button, that seems to be yelling up at you, ‘Hey, stupid, you’re about to splatter yourself all over the highway!’ Well, maybe your knot doesn’t actually say that, but it’s along those lines. A forboding, if you will. Like, ‘Hey, did you take out the trash? You know your wife is gonna yell at you if you forgot again. It’s that big green bin sitting next to your car, you know, the one that smells funny.’ Maybe, that’s what your knot says. If John Fox has a little knot in his tummy, that talks to him and warns him of the future, it must be saying, ‘This can’t be good.’ The Carolina Panthers are three weeks away from the start of the regular season and the team is watching key defensive players drop like flies at a fly-dropping contest. The biggest loss for 2009 came right away with a season-ending injury to 350-pound DT Maake Kemoeatu. Kemoeatu’s ‘little’ brother is a starting guard for Pittsburgh, and he weighs

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in at 340-pounds. It had to have been tough feeding the Kemoeatu boys when they were little (if they were ever little). Kemoeatu is an important part in the defense that the Panthers like to run: a 4-3 with Cover 2. Kemoeatu would be one of the ‘4.’ His role is to basically chew through the center and right or left guard on the opposing team every time the opposing teams’ quarterback yells, “Hut! Hut!” By chewing through those two or more men, Kemoeatu allows linebackers like MLB Jon Beason to fire into a teams’ backfield and make tackles. But there is no Kemoeatu. And now there is no Beason. Beason sustained a knee injury and Fox, who had to have worked at the CIA before the Panthers hired him, is keeping quiet as to how bad Beason’s injury is. Several reports suggest Beason will be back by week one, or week two, or

sometime in the near future. Those may or may not be optimistic reports. The good news for the Panthers is that without Beason, safety Charles Godfrey could always fire in, a’la Troy Polamalu, and make the tackle. But there is no Godfrey. Godfrey is out with surgery on his hand, but don’t worry he’ll be back in time for the regular season. Right? There is always a silver lining and the Panthers do have players like Steve Smith and Jon Stewart (not the Comedy Central guy, but God I love the irony). Only they don’t. Neither has seen a snap, in a preseason game, all summer. Luckily, the Panthers’ schedule is easy. Let me check: Hmm, Eagles in game one, Falcons in game two, and the Cowboys in game three, oh, and that one is a Monday Night Football game. The point is, I think I can see the light at the end of John Fox’s tunnel. And, yes, John it is a train. The little knot in the pit of my stomach tells me that this coming year is going to be a bad one in Panthersland.

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8A — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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Scoreboard BASEBALL National League

East Division W L Pct 72 50 .590 66 58 .532 65 59 .524 57 68 .456 44 81 .352 Central Division W L Pct St. Louis 72 54 .571 Chicago 62 60 .508 Houston 61 63 .492 Milwaukee 61 63 .492 Cincinnati 52 71 .423 Pittsburgh 51 71 .418 West Division W L Pct Los Angeles 74 51 .592 Colorado 71 54 .568 San Francisco 67 58 .536 Arizona 55 70 .440 San Diego 52 74 .413

Philadelphia Atlanta Florida New York Washington

GB —  7  8  16 1/2 29 1/2 GB —  8  10  10  18 1/2 19  GB —  3  7  19  22 1/2

Monday’s Games Philadelphia 6, N.Y. Mets 2 Milwaukee 7, Washington 1 Colorado 6, San Francisco 4, 14 innings Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, late Florida 2, N.Y. Mets 1 San Diego at Atlanta, late Cincinnati at Milwaukee, late Washington at Chicago Cubs, late Houston at St. Louis, late L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, late Arizona at San Francisco, late Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia (Hamels 7-8) at Pittsburgh (Maholm 7-7), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Pelfrey 9-8) at Florida (Jo.Johnson 12-3), 7:10 p.m. San Diego (Stauffer 1-6) at Atlanta (Kawakami 6-9), 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Maloney 0-2) at Milwaukee (Looper 11-6), 8:05 p.m. Washington (J.Martin 2-3) at Chicago Cubs (Harden 8-7), 8:05 p.m. Houston (Oswalt 7-4) at St. Louis (Pineiro 12-9), 8:15 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Wolf 8-6) at Colorado (Fogg 0-1), 8:40 p.m. Arizona (D.Davis 7-11) at San Francisco (J.Sanchez 6-10), 10:15 p.m. Thursday’s Games N.Y. Mets at Florida, 1:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 2:05 p.m. Houston at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m. Washington at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct 78 46 .629 71 53 .573 68 56 .548 57 66 .463 51 74 .408 Central Division W L Pct 66 58 .532 63 62 .504 62 63 .496 55 69 .444 47 77 .379 West Division W L Pct 74 49 .602 69 54 .561 64 61 .512 55 69 .444

New York Boston Tampa Bay Toronto Baltimore

Detroit Chicago Minnesota Cleveland Kansas City

Los Angeles Texas Seattle Oakland

GB —  7  10  20 1/2 27 1/2 GB —  3 1/2 4 1/2 11  19  GB —  5  11  19 1/2

Monday’s Games Tampa Bay 12, Toronto 7 Boston 12, Chicago White Sox 8 Minnesota 2, Baltimore 1 Cleveland 10, Kansas City 6 Detroit 10, L.A. Angels 7 Seattle 3, Oakland 1 Tuesday’s Games Texas at N.Y. Yankees, late Tampa Bay at Toronto, late

Chicago White Sox at Boston, late Baltimore at Minnesota, late Cleveland at Kansas City, late Detroit at L.A. Angels, late Oakland at Seattle, late Wednesday’s Games Cleveland (D.Huff 7-7) at Kansas City (Hochevar 6-6), 2:10 p.m. Detroit (E.Jackson 10-5) at L.A. Angels (J.Saunders 9-7), 3:35 p.m. Texas (Holland 7-7) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 10-6), 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Kazmir 8-7) at Toronto (Rzepczynski 2-3), 7:07 p.m. Chicago White Sox (G.Floyd 10-8) at Boston (Wakefield 11-3), 7:10 p.m. Baltimore (Guthrie 8-12) at Minnesota (Blackburn 8-8), 8:10 p.m. Oakland (G.Gonzalez 4-4) at Seattle (French 3-3), 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:25 p.m.

Baltimore 24, N.Y. Jets 23 Thursday’s Games Jacksonville at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 New England at Washington, 8 p.m. Green Bay at Arizona, 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 Indianapolis at Detroit, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Oakland, 4 p.m. Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Tennessee at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. San Diego at Atlanta, 8 p.m. N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants, 8 p.m. San Francisco at Dallas, 8 p.m. Seattle at Kansas City, 8 p.m. Baltimore at Carolina, 8 p.m. Sunday’s Games Chicago at Denver, 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 Minnesota at Houston, 8 p.m.

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FOOTBALL National Football League Preseason Glance AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Miami 2 0 0 1.000 39 New England 1 1 0 .500 33 Buffalo 1 2 0 .333 66 N.Y. Jets 0 2 0 .000 43 South W L T Pct PF Tennessee 2 1 0 .667 58 Indianapolis 1 1 0 .500 26 Houston 1 1 0 .500 30 Jacksonville 0 2 0 .000 32 North W L T Pct PF Baltimore 2 0 0 1.000 47 Cincinnati 1 1 0 .500 14 Cleveland 1 1 0 .500 27 Pittsburgh 1 1 0 .500 33 West W L T Pct PF Oakland 1 1 0 .500 51 San Diego 1 1 0 .500 31 Denver 0 2 0 .000 29 Kansas City 0 2 0 .000 23 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF 1 1 0 .500 17 1 1 0 .500 40 1 1 0 .500 27 0 2 0 .000 40 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 2 0 0 1.000 55 Atlanta 1 1 0 .500 46 Tampa Bay 1 1 0 .500 44 Carolina 0 2 0 .000 34 North W L T Pct PF Green Bay 2 0 0 1.000 48 Minnesota 2 0 0 1.000 30 Chicago 1 1 0 .500 37 Detroit 1 1 0 .500 37 West W L T Pct PF San Francisco 2 0 0 1.000 38 Seattle 2 0 0 1.000 47 St. Louis 1 1 0 .500 36 Arizona 0 2 0 .000 16 Washington Dallas N.Y. Giants Philadelphia

PA 26 32 72 47 PA 68 28 48 36 PA 23 23 27 27 PA 31 26 44 33 PA 36 41 34 50 PA 21 40 50 51 PA 21 16 30 53 PA 36 27 40 37

Friday’s Games Dallas 30, Tennessee 10 Atlanta 20, St. Louis 13 Minnesota 17, Kansas City 13 Saturday’s Games Miami 27, Carolina 17 Washington 17, Pittsburgh 13 Cleveland 27, Detroit 10 Tampa Bay 24, Jacksonville 23 Green Bay 31, Buffalo 21 Chicago 17, N.Y. Giants 3 New Orleans 38, Houston 14 San Francisco 21, Oakland 20 San Diego 17, Arizona 6 Seattle 27, Denver 13 Monday’s Game

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct Indiana 19 7 .731 Atlanta 14 12 .538 Connecticut 14 12 .538 Chicago 13 14 .481 Washington 13 14 .481 Detroit 11 14 .440 New York 11 16 .407 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct Phoenix 18 9 .667 Seattle 15 11 .577 Los Angeles 13 13 .500 Minnesota 11 16 .407 San Antonio 11 16 .407 Sacramento 9 18 .333

GB —  5  5  6 1/2 6 1/2 7 1/2 8 1/2 GB —  2 1/2 4 1/2 7  7  9 

Tuesday’s Games Detroit at Connecticut, late Sacramento at Atlanta, late Washington at Seattle, late Chicago at Los Angeles, late Wednesday’s Games No games scheduled Thursday’s Games San Antonio at Indiana, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Connecticut at Seattle, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

SOCCER Major League Soccer EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF Columbus 10 3 9 39 34 Chicago 10 5 8 38 33 Toronto FC 8 8 6 30 30 New England 8 6 6 30 24 D.C. 6 5 11 29 34 Kansas City 5 9 6 21 20 New York 3 16 4 13 19 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF Houston 11 6 7 40 31 Los Angeles 8 4 11 35 27 Seattle 8 6 9 33 29 Chivas USA 10 7 3 33 23 Colorado 8 7 6 30 34 Real Salt Lake 7 9 6 27 30 FC Dallas 6 11 5 23 31 San Jose 5 11 5 20 26

GA 24 27 33 25 34 28 41 GA 21 23 23 19 27 27 35 38

Sunday’s Games New York 3, FC Dallas 2 Chicago 3, Colorado 2 New England 3, Real Salt Lake 1 Houston 1, Seattle FC 1, tie Wednesday, August 26 Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. Saturday, August 29 Toronto FC at Seattle FC, 4 p.m. San Jose at New England, 7:30 p.m. D.C. United at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Chivas USA at Los Angeles, 11 p.m. Sunday, August 30 Houston at Colorado, 3 p.m. Columbus at New York, 6 p.m.

2009-10 ACC’s Big Four Basketball

RALEIGH (AP) —The 200910 basketball schedule for North Carolina’s Big Four ACC schools.

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Nov. 9—Florida International Nov. 11—N.C. Central Nov. 15—Valparaiso Nov. 19—Ohio State, at New York Nov. 20—TBD, at New York Nov. 23—Gardner-Webb Nov. 29—Nevada Dec. 1—Michigan State Dec. 5—at Kentucky Dec. 12—Presbyterian Dec. 19—at Texas, at Irving, Texas Dec. 22—Marshall Dec. 28—Rutgers Dec. 30—Albany Jan. 4—at College of Charleston Jan. 10—Virginia Tech Jan. 13—at Clemson Jan. 16—Georgia Tech Jan. 20—Wake Forest Jan. 26—at N.C. State Jan. 31—Virginia Feb. 4—at Virginia Tech Feb. 7—at Maryland Feb. 10—Duke Feb. 13—N.C. State Feb. 16—at Georgia Tech Feb. 20—at Boston College Feb. 24—Florida State Feb. 27—at Wake Forest March 2—Miami March 6—at Duke

DUKE Nov. 13—UNC Greensboro Nov. 16—Coastal Carolina Nov. 17—Charlotte-Elon winner Nov. 21—Radford

Nov. 25—TBD, at New York Nov. 27—TBD, at New York Dec. 2—at Wisconsin Dec. 5—St. John’s Dec. 15—Gardner-Webb Dec. 19—Gonzaga, at New York Dec. 29—Long Beach State Dec. 31—Pennsylvania Jan. 3—Clemson Jan. 6—Iowa State, at Chicago Jan. 9—at Georgia Tech Jan. 13—Boston College Jan. 17—Wake Forest Jan. 20—at N.C. State Jan. 23—at Clemson Jan. 27—Florida State Jan. 30—at Georgetown Feb. 4—Georgia Tech Feb. 6—at Boston College Feb. 10—at North Carolina Feb. 13—Maryland Feb. 17—at Miami Feb. 21—Virginia Tech Feb. 25—Tulsa Feb. 28—at Virginia March 3—at Maryland March 6—North Carolina

N.C. STATE TBD—Georgia State Nov. 20—Akron, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Nov. 21—Austin Peay, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Nov. 22—Auburn, at Daytona Beach, Fla. Nov. 29—New Orleans Dec. 1—Northwestern Dec. 5—at Marquette Dec. 12—Georgia Southern Dec. 17—Elon Dec. 20—at Wake Forest Dec. 23—at Arizona Dec. 29—Winthrop Dec. 31—at UNC Greensboro Jan. 3—Florida

Jan. 6—Holy Cross Jan. 9—Virginia Jan. 12—at Florida State Jan. 16—Clemson Jan. 20—Duke Jan. 23—at Maryland Jan. 26—North Carolina Jan. 30—N.C. Central Feb. 3—at Virginia Feb. 6—at Georgia Tech Feb. 10—Virginia Tech Feb. 13—at North Carolina Feb. 17—Maryland Feb. 20—Wake Forest Feb. 27—at Miami March 3—at Virginia Tech March 7—Boston College

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In this June 14, 2009, file photo, New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana reacts in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Mets said Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, that Santana will have arthroscopic surgery to clean up bone chips in his left elbow.

Santana to have elbow surgery, is out for the year NEW YORK (AP) — Johan Santana needs surgery for bone chips in his left elbow and the star pitcher is out for the season, the latest blow to a New York Mets team battered by injuries. The team said their 30-year-old ace is expected to be ready for spring training next year. The twotime Cy Young winner was examined Tuesday by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek in New York. Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Santana was evaluated around the All-Star break, adding the injury worsened in recent weeks, especially after his last start. The GM said “nothing major was there” during the previous checkup. “It’s mostly soreness. It’s my understanding from the doctors there are bone chips,” Minaya said on a conference call. “We all want to see Johan Santana pitching in September. But this is a smart move because we want to see him pitching for the long haul,” he said. The Mets had feared a major setback to Santana, who has four seasons left on his $137.5 million, sixyear contract. Instead, he will have arthroscopic surgery. Santana was put on the 15-day disabled list and became the 12th Mets player on the DL, joining David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, J.J. Putz, John Maine and others. The development with Santana came on the same day that the fourth-place Mets traded reliever Billy Wagner to Boston for two players to be named. Lefty pitcher Pat Misch and first baseman-outfielder Nick Evans were recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. What began for the Mets as a season with hopes of reaching the World Series has fallen apart, leaving them out of contention and wondering when the next injury will occur. On Monday, the Mets said Santana would be scratched from his next scheduled start because of his elbow was bothering him. Strong at the start of the season, his stats had dipped noticeably since June — he was 7-2 with a 1.77 ERA and averaged nearly 12 strikeouts per nine innings before then, but was 6-7 with a 4.02 ERA after.

Mets trade Wagner to Bo’Sox BOSTON (AP) — Billy Wagner is on his way to the Boston Red Sox, leaving the New York Mets for the chance to pitch in a pennant race as a setup man for All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon. After a few days of back-and-forth talks about Wagner’s future, the depleted Mets traded the lefthanded reliever to the Red Sox on Tuesday for two players to be named. The AL wild-card leaders had claimed Wagner on waivers, and the teams worked out a deal that persuaded Wagner to waive his no-trade clause. Wagner’s main motivation, according to agent Bean Stringfellow, was his “overwhelming desire to pitch in a pennant race.” “He woke up and decided he wanted to join a team in the middle of a pennant race to have a chance to pitch in October and to have a chance to get a ring, which he’s never done,” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said.

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History is, sadly, on my side in this. The Panthers, historically speaking, have had more ups and downs than Britney Spears off her meds. Or is that LeAnn Rimes, I get my 20-something divas confused these days. Last year, was an ‘up’ year, until the last game of the season, which was a big ‘down’ moment for the Panthers. But, hey, the Cardinals had kidnapped Jake Delhomme’s kids; what was the guy going to do? I just wonder if Jerry Richardson kept Bill Cowher’s phone number on speed dial, because this year has 8-8 written all over it.


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sports Jaguars prepare for Michael Vick

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Defensive end Quentin Groves attended college about 100 miles west of Atlanta and watched Michael Vick every chance he could. He saw ankle-breaking moves, game-changing speed and a left arm strong enough to throw seemingly effortless deep passes while running full speed. Now, Groves will get to witness Vick up close for the first time. “I’m going to be a bit star-struck,” Groves said Tuesday. “Things he does on the football field don’t go away with being locked up in a cell.” Although Groves and his Jacksonville teammates aren’t sure what to expect when they play at Philadelphia on Thursday night, they anticipate being the first team trying to defend Vick outside a courtroom in nearly three years. The Jaguars hope to avoid embarrassment, too. “You never want to end up on anyone’s highlight tape,” Groves said. Vick, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the Falcons, hasn’t played an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006. He was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting operation. He signed with the Eagles two weeks ago and is eligible to play in the team’s final two preseason games. It’s unknown what role or how much he will play against the Jaguars. Quarterback Donovan McNabb and

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talk radio callers and message board posters who questioned Peppers’ commitment after he loudly declared in the offseason he had “maxed out” in Carolina. Peppers had a career-high 14 1/2 sacks last season, bouncing back from a career-low 2 1/2 a year earlier. The Panthers were determined to keep him — at the expense of other positions. A slew of preseason injuries have exposed Carolina’s lack of depth, which is largely due to Peppers’ monster contract. The Panthers didn’t sign one unrestricted free agent from another team and lost several key backups this offseason because Peppers’ $18.2 million cap figure takes up about 14 percent of Carolina’s available salary pool. But if there is angst around the

the rest of Philadelphia’s starters are scheduled to play three quarters, and coach Andy Reid said Vick won’t play in the fourth. So the Jaguars expect to see Vick early, either under center or in the wildcat formation. “Fortunately, I don’t have to try and tackle him,” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. “Obviously, he’s a terrific threat with the ball in his hand. ... We’re just going to go out and play our defense.” Jacksonville’s defense might be short-handed. All three starting linebackers — Daryl Smith (coach’s decision), Clint Ingram (concussion) and Justin Durant (hip flexor) — missed practice for the second straight day Tuesday and aren’t expected to suit up against the Eagles. Making matters worse for a unit that got roughed up against Tampa Bay, the Jaguars have prepared very little, if any, for containing Vick or defending variations of the wildcat. Defensive end Reggie Hayward, though, said the pressure will be on Vick. “I don’t think it’s anything different for us,” Hayward said. “It may put more pressure on him because everyone knows that in the NFL your past kind of gets smothered by the ability to make big plays and make your team, owner and fans happy. But for us as a defense, it’s just another person behind the center that’s trying to put points on us. We just need to get our job done.”

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Shane Dotson, left, and Brad Joyner hold the winners’ plaque from the Forest City Golf Club’s Member-Member Golf Tournament. The duo won the tourney with a 2-day score of 128, which was 16-under par.

Dotson, Joyner win local golf tourney From Staff Reports

FOREST CITY — Brad Joyner and Shane Dotson captured the Forest City Golf Club’s Member-Member Golf Tournament in dramatic fashion on Sunday. Joyner and Dotson posted a twoday tally of 128 as the duo edged Steve Harper and Steve Harper, Jr., by just one shot. The tourney began on Saturday with a Best Bll format and concluded Sunday with Captain’s Choice. Joyner

and Dotson finished the two days at 16-under par for the win. Jesse O’Dell and T.J. Francis claimed third place with a 131 scorecard. In the Championship B Flight, Gene Walker and George Helton fired in a final round 64 to capture 1st place honors. Helen West and Rita Atkins finished in second place, in B Flight, with a 66, while Derek Mason and Israel Short taking third place with a 67.

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team, it’s hidden well among the players and coaches. The quiet, unassuming Peppers was joking with a couple players as he left the field Tuesday. “You hate to say it’s no big deal, but that’s kind of what it is,” quarterback Jake Delhomme said. “It’s, ’All right he’s back.’ That’s pretty much it, because he never has a circus around him. I think that’s the biggest thing.” After skipping all offseason workouts and not meeting new defensive coordinator Ron Meeks until he reported to training camp, Peppers had to quickly learn a new system. With few blitzes, it relies on the majority of the quarterback pressure coming from the ends. “Defensive end is not an overly scientific position,” coach John Fox said. “He came back in great shape. He’s picked up very quickly what we’re doing. A lot of it is the same we’ve done in the past. It’s just a matter of some different techniques. Other than that he’s doing fine.”

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hold the lead. The other two opporContinued from Page 7A tunities were taken by Shumate with one of those being a catch Konnor Munjas and save on a direct kick. John Dunigan held the However, the final visitors off the scoreattempt in the last board during the final minute for Shumate 10 minutes of the first was batted away by period. While TJCA was Moore to preserve out-shot 11-9 in the first the Hendersonville half, the score went to Christian win. the break tied at 1-1. The Gryphons came Moore had eight saves out hungry again in the for the visitors and second half and put up Petty, who is in his first 16 attempts in assumyear at goal, had seven ing control of midfield. saves in the contest for Unfortunately, Thomas Jefferson. Vourgiotis went to work “They are playing again and hammered their guts out and I home his second goal am satisfied with the just two minutes after effort,” Espinoza said. the half began to go up “The boys are build2-1. ing up confidence with Five late shots on goal every game and I hope by the Gryphons kept the results will come hope alive, two from soon.” Snyder and one from The Gryphons look to Dedmon were all catch get their first win of the saves by Hendersonville season by playing again Christian’s keeper, on the road today verChristian Moore, to sus Burns at 6 p.m.

TJCA 3, HCA 0 AVONDALE — Thomas Jefferson handled Hendersonville Christian in three straight sets on Tuesday afternoon in the season opener to win 25-17, 25-12, 25-17 in volleyball. Michelle Owens and Hannah Bennett reeled off a number of service points along with Emily Mellnik’s power kills to knock off the visitors at home. “It was a team victory and I am proud of the girls,” Nick Longerbeam said. “We got the blocks, kills and digs when we needed them and I hope we continue to improve as the season goes along.”

McDowell Blaze 8- and under softball team traveled to Myrtle Beach to compete in the WFC World Series Aug 6th - 8th. The Blaze went undefeated on their way to the title. The Blaze, which includes young ladies from McDowell and Rutherford Counties, are: Madison Ogle (front, l to r), Dezi Williams, Bailey Elliott, Shelby Gardner, Kirsten Melvin, Maranda Schill; Kaitlyn Smith (middle, l to r), Callie Fender, Parker Brown, Zoe Miller, Taylor Buchannan; Heath Ogle, coach (back, l to r), Todd Miller, head coach, Jamie Brown, coach, Bill Fender, coach, and David Melvin, coach.

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reach their first bowl game since 2005. He became the first freshman quarterback in Atlantic Coast Conference history named to the allleague first team, after throwing just one interception all season. But when he was hurt — as he was all too often — N.C. State struggled mightily. After his concussion in the first half against South Carolina — he was strapped to a backboard and carted

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Nation Today VA investigates notices

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will personally apologize to veterans who received erroneous letters saying they had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, agency spokeswoman Katie Roberts said Tuesday. VA employees were still thumbing through case files, trying to determine exactly how many veterans mistakenly received letters intended to inform sufferers of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, of benefits available to them or surviving spouses and children.

Man convicted in deaths

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Kentucky man was convicted Tuesday of murder in the brutal carjacking, rape and murder of a young Tennessee couple who were snatched while they were on a date in 2007. Letalvis Cobbins, 26, of Lebanon, Ky., is the first of four defendants charged with participating in the attack on Channon Christian, 21, and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, 23. Cobbins admitted taking part, but he denied on the stand last week that he was a killer. The jury found him guilty of multiple counts of first-degree and felony murder in the death of Christian but opted for lesser charges of facilitating murder in the slaying of Newsom. They also convicted him of rape, kidnapping and robbery, charges that can carry sentences of 15 to 25 years in prison.

Shuttle launch called off

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA called off the launch of space shuttle Discovery for a second time Tuesday after a critical fuel valve failed to work properly. Launch officials halted the countdown midway through the fueling process. The seven astronauts had

not yet boarded the shuttle for the scheduled early Wednesday morning flight to the international space station. A new launch date was not immediately set. It was also unclear whether NASA would be able to meet the end-of-month deadline for sending Discovery on its way. Over the weekend, managers said if Discovery was not flying by Aug. 30 or so, the delivery mission almost certainly would slide into October because of a pair of upcoming launches to the space station from Japan and Russia.

Retiree claims lotto prize COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A retired South Carolina state employee who spent two bucks on the lottery was all smiles Tuesday as he claimed a $260 million Powerball jackpot. “For once in my life, I really experienced the old saying, pinch me to see if I’m still alive, or if this is real,” Solomon Jackson Jr. said. Jackson, a lifelong Columbia resident, shared few details about himself or his plans for the money.

Death penalty sought MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they’ll seek the death penalty for a convicted sex offender charged with luring his 12-year-old niece to his home with the promise of a pool party before molesting and strangling her. Michael Jacques is accused of kidnapping and intentionally killing seventh-grader Brooke Bennett, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave near his home in July 2008 a week after she went missing. Prosecutor say Jacques, 43, had drugged Brooke before killing her and disposing of her body in Randolph, the small town where he lived just south of Montpelier and about a five-minute drive from her

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Three are found dead in barn after standoff MOORESBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities were investigating a possible murder-suicide on Tuesday after three people were found dead in a barn in rural northeastern Tennessee following a standoff with police. The bodies were found by officers around dawn after a 10-hour standoff that started Monday night. The deaths initially appeared to be a murder-suicide, said Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Hawkins County Sheriff’s Detective Randy Collier said two men and a woman were found dead with gunshot wounds inside the barn, but would not confirm any relationships among the victims. The deputies responding to a domestic call arrived around 8 p.m., he said. “Upon arrival deputies heard voices inside and heard several gunshots,” Collier said. Around midnight, deputies entered the lower level of the two-story barn and found the bodies of a man and a woman, Collier said. The deputies retreated after they heard movement in the upper level of the barn, a loft that had been converted into a living space with a bed and a computer. Collier said following the discovery of the bodies, an unidentified man appeared in a window in the loft

and fired a weapon. It was not clear whether he was shooting at someone or if he shot himself, Collier said. Throughout the evening, Collier said they were unable to contact or establish communication with anyone inside the barn. Just before dawn on Wednesday, deputies went back inside and discovered a third body of a man in the loft. The names of the victims were being held pending notification of family. The barn is in an isolated area near Tennessee Valley Authority property north of the community of Mooresburg, about 50 miles northeast of Knoxville. Helm said the state agency was asked by District Attorney General Berkeley Bell Jr. to open an investigation into the deaths. According to property records, Dennis and Holly Christian own the barn and a neighbor, Laura Fugate, 76, said the couple had lived there for years until recently. The couple were going through a divorce and Holly and her adult son had moved out, but lived close by, Fugate said. Fugate said no one has told her the identities of the victims found inside the home, but she said she saw Holly Christian talking with police outside the home on Tuesday.

National SAT scores dip; N.C. scores steady NEW YORK (AP ) — Through the early 1990s and early 2000s, average scores on the SAT college entrance exam moved steadily upward. Now, for the last five years, they’ve been drifting back down. The reason? Unlike on the multiple-choice sections of the test itself, there’s no one right answer. But a big factor is the larger, more diverse group of students taking the tests, combined with a widening scoring gap between the best-performing groups and those whose numbers are growing fastest. Results released Tuesday show the high school class of 2009 earned a combined score of 1509 on the three sections of the exam, down two points from last year. The average reading and writing scores dropped one point each, while math scores held steady. North Carolina’s SAT scores stayed mostly static in 2009 compared to last year. The state’s students who took the three-part SAT in 2009 scored an average of 1,509, the same as the national average, on a 2,400-point scale. That compares to a state average of 1,511 in 2008. N.C. test-takers lost one point on critical reading and one point on writing in 2009; the average math score stayed the same. Differences among ethnic groups remained large. Whites scored an average of 1,570 in 2009, compared to 1,263 by blacks. Experts caution against reading too much into the national average SAT score, given the test-taking pool changes over time and can vary widely among states. Still, the aver-

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age score is now down nine points since 2006, when the writing section was first included and the test moved to a combined 2400-point scale. Math scores are higher over the last decade, but reading scores are four points below their 1999 level. The College Board, which administers the exam, emphasized the growing diversity of SAT-takers. Minorities made up 40 percent of last year’s group, and more than a quarter of the 1.5 million test-takers reported English was not their first language at home. That’s good news in that more students aspire to college, but it also weighs down the overall scores because, on average, students from most minority groups score lower. The exception is Asian-Americans, whose average combined score surged 13 points to a combined 1623, while scores for whites fell 2 points to 1581. For black students, average scores dropped 4 points to 1276. Average scores for two of the three categories the College Board uses for identifying Hispanics also declined, and overall ranged from 1345 to 1364. Men also widened their advantage over women by 3 points; men scored 1523 on average compared to 1496 for women. The difference comes mostly from math scores. Students reporting their families earned over $200,000 scored 1702, up 26 points from a year ago. That group is comparatively small, but the sharp increase could fuel further criticism the exam favors students who can afford expensive test-prep tutoring.

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The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, August 26, 2009 — 11A

business/finance

THE MARKET IN REVIEW

STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

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NYSE

6,697.22 +26.08

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last ReddyIce h 5.73 IvanhM g 10.81 Syniverse 18.82 Conseco 4.38 ExprsJet rs 2.85 Macquar h 6.71 RAIT Fin 2.79 FMae pfN 3.61 CaptlTr 2.65 FredM pfT 3.35

Chg +1.49 +2.06 +3.47 +.79 +.50 +1.07 +.44 +.56 +.32 +.40

%Chg +35.1 +23.5 +22.6 +22.0 +21.3 +19.0 +18.7 +18.4 +13.7 +13.6

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

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AMEX

1,693.93 -7.97

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Chg %Chg EntreeGold 2.09 +.42 +25.1 Sinovac 6.05 +.58 +10.6 OpkoHlth 2.32 +.16 +7.4 FullHseR 2.57 +.17 +7.1 TianyinP n 3.63 +.24 +7.1 SL Ind 7.51 +.47 +6.7 CCA Inds 4.20 +.26 +6.5 HallwdGp 28.50 +1.70 +6.3 PSCrudeDS76.92 +4.48 +6.2 UnivPwr 2.40 +.13 +5.7

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Chg %Chg Mirant wtB 2.05 -.40 -16.3 NoahEduc 4.60 -.78 -14.5 AAR 17.28 -1.75 -9.2 FredM pfR 2.93 -.27 -8.5 MMMHouDn23.53-2.12 -8.3 EksBrazil1110.26 -.89 -8.0 GLG Ptr un 5.75 -.50 -8.0 CitiABX09 n11.40 -.98 -7.9 GolLinhas 9.95 -.81 -7.5 BkAtl A rs 3.88 -.31 -7.4

Name Last Hemisphrx 2.00 RELM 2.85 Maxam 10.07 OrleansH 4.06 ASpectRlty 13.75 EVInsNJ 14.37 IEC Elec n 5.11 AlphaPro 4.25 IntTower g 3.00 SalisbryBc 23.85

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 9464409 4.75 -.07 FannieMae h6346761 1.86 +.16 BkofAm 2292607 17.75 +.40 FredMac h 2199352 2.06 +.01 SPDR 1929330 103.16 +.20 SPDR Fncl 900325 14.62 +.18 DirFBear rs 818408 23.60 -.78 GenElec 712845 14.30 +.10 SprintNex 644950 3.65 -.18 iShEMkts 575883 36.39 -.08

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Rentech 121481 2.10 -.07 Hemisphrx 108111 2.00 -.22 PSCrudeDL 81721 4.67 -.19 YM Bio g 56358 1.66 +.67 Sinovac 51384 6.05 +.58 EldorGld g 22393 11.02 +.13 InovioBio 22248 2.03 -.01 GoldStr g 18358 2.46 +.03 NRDC Acq 17524 9.84 +.01 GranTrra g 16597 4.05 -.02

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

DIARY

1,840 1,202 120 3,162 101 1 5,736,231,646

Chg %Chg -.22 -9.9 -.23 -7.5 -.78 -7.2 -.31 -7.1 -.99 -6.7 -.93 -6.1 -.28 -5.2 -.23 -5.1 -.16 -5.1 -1.25 -5.0

DIARY

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

268 254 66 588 15 1 123,591,512

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Last 3.75 2.61 3.10 2.54 4.00 2.96 9.90 6.19 10.10 13.00

Chg +2.02 +1.18 +.91 +.70 +1.08 +.65 +1.86 +1.13 +1.74 +2.21

%Chg +116.8 +83.0 +41.6 +38.0 +37.0 +28.1 +23.1 +22.3 +20.8 +20.5

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last PatrNBcp 2.15 TechTarget 5.57 WHeart rs 5.54 TrackD rs 4.26 Accuray 6.58 FstBkshs 8.26 BankSC 13.05 HampRdBk 2.90 Aristot pf 6.85 1stCnstBn 8.00

Chg -.45 -1.14 -1.06 -.71 -.94 -1.11 -1.65 -.36 -.80 -.88

%Chg -17.3 -17.0 -16.0 -14.3 -12.5 -11.8 -11.2 -11.0 -10.5 -9.9

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE)

Name Vol (00) PwShs QQQ860961 Intel 592306 Microsoft 413312 Oracle 293643 Cisco 265013 ETrade 261748 Comcast 257449 Dell Inc 253792 CellTher rsh 247318 HumGen 225507

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

Last Chg 40.37 +.12 19.10 +.34 24.64 ... 22.23 -.09 22.00 -.06 1.35 -.02 15.21 +.11 14.57 -.21 1.63 -.01 19.21 +2.03

DIARY

1,448 1,237 133 2,818 77 8 1,886,227,526

52-Week High Low

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Dow Jones industrials Close: 9,539.29 Change: 30.01 (0.3%)

2,024.23 +6.25

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

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DAILY DOW JONES 9,360 9,080

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6,469.95 2,134.21 288.66 4,181.75 1,130.47 1,265.52 666.79 397.97 6,772.29 342.59

STOCK MARKET INDEXES Name

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Dow Industrials 9,539.29 Dow Transportation 3,772.73 Dow Utilities 379.39 NYSE Composite 6,697.22 Amex Market Value 1,693.93 Nasdaq Composite 2,024.23 S&P 500 1,028.00 S&P MidCap 660.17 Wilshire 5000 10,594.95 Russell 2000 583.22

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10.74 25.16 45.90 31.66 51.94 25.34 14.51 24.02 95.06 94.47 36.01 22.77 88.66 29.96 23.46 26.33 15.25 29.88 10.74 11.56 1.93 27.48 61.02 95.08 25.35 13.67 94.47 29.68 19.69 27.98 32.56 2.79 10.44 12.01 13.73

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+6.6/A +3.4/A +5.0/C +7.6/A +4.9/A +1.4/B +3.0/B +1.8/B +0.5/C +0.7/C +9.4/A -0.2/D +0.6/C +8.2/A +6.6/B +5.9/C +2.0/C +4.6/A +6.4/A +2.4/D +3.4/B +5.2/A +5.0/A +0.6/C +1.5/B +7.5/A +0.7/C +5.1/A +1.4/B +4.9/A +1.4/B -1.1/E +4.5/A +0.4/C +0.6/D

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CA -Conservative Allocation, CI -Intermediate-Term Bond, ES -Europe Stock, FB -Foreign Large Blend, FG -Foreign LargeGrowth, FV -Foreign Large Value, IH -World Allocation, LB -Large Blend, LG -Large Growth, LV -Large Value, MA -Moderate Allocation, MB -Mid-Cap Blend, MV Mid-Cap Value, SH -Specialty-heath, WS -World Stock, Total Return: Chng in NAV with dividends reinvested. Rank: How fund performed vs. others with same objective: A is in top 20%, E in bottom 20%. Min Init Invt: Minimum $ needed to invest in fund. Source: Morningstar.

Confidence index, housing push market By SARA LEPRO AP Business Writer

NEW YORK — A rebound in consumer confidence and more healing in the housing industry have put stocks back on an upward path. Banks, retailers and homebuilders were Tuesday’s biggest winners, helping to lift the major indexes about 0.3 percent. Energy and utility stocks fell sharply as oil prices cooled following a recent surge. Though investors were pleased by better-thanexpected readings on consumers and housing, trading was choppy as it has been over the past week. Despite improving economic data, the market is still generally cautious. After a 52 percent climb in the S&P 500 since early March, investors are questioning how much further stocks have to go, especially in the absence of data showing actual growth in the economy. “The upward trend has still not broken,” said Brian Daley, sales trader at Conifer Securities. “It’s too dangerous to fight the trend in the market, even though clearly a lot of people are nervous that it’s too extended.” Stocks also got a boost from President Barack Obama’s reappointment of Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman. Bernanke’s reappointment, though expected, came sooner than anticipated and removed any uncertainty about a potential replacement. According to preliminary calculations, the Dow rose 30.01, or 0.3 percent, to 9,539.29. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.43, or 0.2 percent, to 1,028.00, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 6.25, or 0.3 percent, to 2,024.23. About two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1.14 billion shares. In other trading, the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 2.98, or 0.5 percent, to 583.22. Energy-related stocks fell after oil prices tumbled $2.32 to $72.02 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prior to trading Tuesday, prices had climbed 8.1 percent in just 5 days. Halliburton Co. fell 76 cents, or 3 percent, to $24.52. Chesapeake Energy Corp. lost 59 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $23.35. “It’s still a trader’s market,” said Steven Stahler, president of The Stahler Group. “You’ve got a lot of activity ... but not real legs.” Bond prices came off earlier lows and moved slightly higher after an auction of $42 billion in two-year notes was met with adequate demand. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.44 percent from 3.48 percent late Monday. The yield on the two-year note slipped to 1.02 percent from 1.03 percent. The dollar mostly fell against other major currencies, while gold prices rose to $945.05.

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Consumer sentiment rose more than expected according to a report Tuesday from the New York-based Conference Board. Associated Press

Consumer sentiment improves By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON — Consumer sentiment rose more than expected in August and expectations hit the highest level since the recession began, indications that Americans’ pessimism about the economy may be lifting. The housing sector also showed signs of life as a national measure of home prices posted its first quarterly increase in three years. The New York-based Conference Board said Tuesday its Consumer Confidence index rose to 54.1 from an upwardly revised 47.4 in July. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a slight increase to 47.5. Still, the index is well below 90, the minimum level associated with a healthy economy. Anything above 100 signals strong growth. Economists closely monitor confidence because consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. Consumer sentiment — fueled by signs the economy is stabilizing — has recovered a bit since hitting a record-low of 25.3 in February. Many analysts expect the economy to grow 2-3 percent in the current July-September quarter, spurred by a more stable housing market and the Cash for

Clunkers program, which has boosted auto sales. But economists worry that without healthier consumer spending, the recovery may weaken next year. The housing slump and a weak job market have made consumers reluctant to spend. But the outlook for jobs is improving, the Conference Board said, with fewer respondents saying positions are “hard to get,” and more claiming they are “plentiful.” Consumers’ expectations for the economy over the next six months rose to 73.5 from 63.4 in July, the highest level since December 2007, when the recession began. The consumer confidence survey was sent to 5,000 households and had a cutoff date for responses of August 18. Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the jump in the expectations index meant consumers likely will spend more in the months ahead. “It won’t be a smooth ride, but with consumer confidence now tracking higher, the groundwork for a sustainable recovery appears to be in place,” he wrote in a note to clients. The housing sector also received positive news. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller’s U.S. National Home Price Index rose 1.4 percent in the second quarter from the JanuaryMarch period, the first quarterly increase in three years. Home

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prices, while still down almost 15 percent from last year, are at levels last seen in early 2003. The reports, along with President Barack Obama’s reappointment of Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chief, sent the financial markets higher. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 80 points in midday trading, and broader indices also gained. Obama said Tuesday that his administration’s $787 billion stimulus package, and the extraordinary efforts by Bernanke to pump trillions of dollars into the financial system, have helped turn the economy around. “Our auto industry is showing signs of life,” Obama said. “Business investment is showing signs of stabilizing. Our housing market and credit markets have been saved from collapse.” Jobs are a weak spot, however, and could limit future consumer spending if Americans remain concerned about layoffs or declining wages. Still, the Labor Department reported earlier this month that the unemployment rate dipped for the first time in 15 months, and workers’ hours and pay rose slightly in July. The unemployment rate slipped to 9.4 percent, from 9.5 percent, while July job losses slowed to a total of 247,000, the fewest in a year and a big improvement from June’s 443,000.

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The White House and congressional budget officials predicted that the deficit for 2009 would increase to nearly $1.6 trillion.

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WASHINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The federal govCumulative deficit White House Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ernment faces deficits and $7.1 exploding trillion (2010-19) mounting debt over the next decade, -0.5 Cumulative deficit $7.1 trillion (2010-19) White House and congressional bud-0.5 get officials projected Tuesday in comBy PHILIP ELLIOTT peting but similar economic forecasts. Associated Press Writer -1.0 Both the White House Office of -1.0 Cumulative deficit $9.1 trillion (2010-19) Management and Budget and the nonOAK BLUFFS, Mass. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; partisan Congressional Budget Office President Barack Obama predicted the budget deficit this year announced Tuesday he wants -1.5 swell to nearly $1.6 trillion, a would to keep Ben Bernanke on -1.5 deficit The White House and congressional budget record, and Cumulative far above the then-record as Fed chairman, saying he $9.1deficit trillionof (2010-19) 2008 budget $455 billion. officials predicted that the deficit for 2009 shepherded America through But while figures released by the the worst economic crisis would increase to nearly $1.6 trillion. -$2 trillion White House foresee a cumulative $9 since the Great Depression. -$2 trillion 2009 deficit from 2010-2019, 2015 2019 trillion $2 2009 2015 2019 trillion more than the administration â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ben approached a finanSOURCES: White House; AP estimated in May, congressional budcial system on the verge of Congressional Budget Office SOURCES: White House; Congressional Budget Office AP get analysts put the 10-year figure at a collapse with calm and wislower $7.14 trillion. dom; with bold action and <AP> ECONOMY PROJECTIONS 082509: Graphic compares budget forecasts One reason for the difference: out-of-the-box thinking that cits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as nearly doubling over the next The new numbers come as he prods the White and congressional budget sizes; 1c x 4 The CBO projection is based on an from decade. has helped put the brakes TheHouse total national debt, made Congressofficials; to enact two a major overhaul assumption that all the tax cuts put inches; 46.5 mm xthe 102 mm; 2c x owes 2 3/8toinches; mm x system 60 mm;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;with BC-US- on our economic freefall,â&#x20AC;? up of amounts government of the96.3 health care one that into place in the administration of said Obama. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost none of the public, including foreign could cost $1 trillion or more over 10 -Obama-Economy; DGM; ETAgovern4 p.m. <AP> former President George W. Bush will the decisions he or any of us ments, as well as money it has boryears. Obama has said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want expire on schedule by 2011 as dicEditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note: It is mandatory to include all sources rowed that accompany this graphic when repurposing orthe editing it for publication made have been easy.â&#x20AC;? from itself, stood Tuesday at a measure to add to the deficit, but tated by current law. President Barack staggering $11.7 trillion. Obama made the lawmakers have been unable to agree Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget baseline, however, announcement while on Congressional Budget Office director on revenues that cover the cost. hews to his proposal to keep the tax vacation on the island of Douglas Elmendorf said if Congress Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, the high unemploycuts in place for families earning less Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard off the doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reduce deficits, interest rates ment could last well into the congresthan $250,000 a year. coast of Massachusetts after will likely rise, hurting the economy. sional election campaign next year, Beyond the 10-year forecast, the aides said initially that the But if Congress acts too soon, the eco- turning the contests into a referendum nation will face further challenges president intended a newsnomic recovery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; once it arrives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic policies. posed by rising health care costs free week there. could be thwarted, he said. Republicans pounced. and the aging of the population, the Bernanke, 55, is credited â&#x20AC;&#x153;We face perils in acting and perils â&#x20AC;&#x153;The alarm bells on our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CBO said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The budget remains on with turning the economy in not acting,â&#x20AC;? Elmendorf told reportfiscal condition have now become a an unsustainable pathâ&#x20AC;? over the longaway from its deepest and ers. siren,â&#x20AC;? Senate Minority Leader Mitch term and will require some combinalongest recession since the One solution, Elmendorf said, is for McConnell, R-Ky., said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anyone had tion of lower spending and higher tax 1930s. Now he faces the Congress to pass measures today that any doubts that this burden on future revenues, it said. challenge of meeting White would reduce the deficit in the future, generations is unsustainable, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Both forecasts see unemployment House expectations to chart after the economy recovers. That could gone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; spending, borrowing and debt rising to 10 percent before falling and the full economic recovreassure bondholders that Congress is are out of control.â&#x20AC;? both suggest growth will return to the serious about cutting the deficit, withery considered critical to The revised White House estimates economy later this year but that recov- out stifling the recovery, he said. Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy. project that the economy will contract ery will be slow after the longest and Obama himself may have drowned by 2.8 percent this year, more than In sticking with a deepest recession since the 1930s out the rising deficit news with the twice what the White House predicted Republican for the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;This recession was simply worse announcement Tuesday that he earlier this year. Romer projected that top banker, the Democratic than the information that we and oth- intends to nominate Ben Bernanke the economy would expand in 2010, president was aiming for er forecasters had back in last fall and to a second term as chairman of the but by 2 percent instead of the 3.2 perstability at a time of continuearly this winter,â&#x20AC;? said Obama ecoFederal Reserve. The Bernanke news, cent growth the White House predicting, though easing, crisis. nomic adviser Christina Romer. and a report that consumers are ed in May. By 2011, Romer estimated, The move was designed to She predicted unemployment could regaining some confidence, may have the economy would be humming at 3.6 reassure the U.S. financial reach 10 percent this year and begin a neutralized any disturbance in the percent growth. sector as well as foreign censlow decline next year. Still, she said, financial markets caused by the high Both Romer and budget director tral banks that the Obama the average unemployment will be 9.3 deficit projections. Stocks were up in Peter Orszag said this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contracadministration isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changin 2009 and 9.8 percent in 2010. The late morning trading. tion would have been far worse withing course on its largely CBO had similar figures. The deeper red ink and the gloomy out money from the $787 billion ecowell-received approaches to Both see the national debt â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the unemployment forecast present nomic stimulus package that Obama the financial meltdown and accumulation of annual budget defiObama with an enormous challenge. pushed through Congress. overall monetary policy.

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theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick. Engel said he expects a vaccine to be available in October. A report by the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, delivered Monday, said that while the impact of H1N1 was impossible to predict, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;plausible scenarioâ&#x20AC;? is that the epidemic could â&#x20AC;&#x153;produce infection of 30-50 percent of the U.S. population this fall and winter, with symptoms in approximately 20-40 percent of the population (60-120 million people), more than half of whom would seek medical attention.â&#x20AC;? Swine flu could lead to as many as lead to as many as 1.8 million U.S. hospital admissions during the epidemic, with up to 300,000 patients requiring care in intensive care units. In fact, those very ill patients could occupy 50-100 percent of all ICU beds in affected regions of the country at the peak of the epidemic and place â&#x20AC;&#x153;enormous stressâ&#x20AC;? on ICU units. Seasonal flue typically causes 30,000-40,000 annual deaths, mainly among people over 65. People with certain preexisting conditions, including pregnant women and patients with neurological disorders or respiratory impairment, diabetes, or severe obesity are at high risk, along with certain populations, such as Native Americans, the report said. The report emphasized that this was a planning scenario, not a prediction. But, it added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the scenario illustrates that an H1N1 resurgence could cause serious disruption of social and medical capacities in our country in the coming months.â&#x20AC;? In North Carolina there have been 546 confirmed cases with 156 people being hospitalized and 9 death

return with fever and worse cough There are medications to treat H1N1 infections which are antiviral. These are prescription medications that fight against flu by keeping the virus from reproducing in the body. They can help to make your illness milder and make you feel better faster and can help to prevent serious flu complications. These drugs work best if taken within the first 2 days of symptoms. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that during the pandemic antiviral be used to treat severe flu like illnesses (for example hospitalized patients) and people who have conditions that place them at high risk for complications. According to CDC flu is a serious contagious disease. Each year in the US more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 people die from seasonal flu complications. This flu season could be worse due to the H1N1 virus that is spreading worldwide which may cause more illness or more severe illness than usual. A vaccine to protect against H1N1 is being tested at this time and should be available to be administered by local health providers in the coming fall months.

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occurring due to H1N1 flu virus. One confirmed case of H1N1 has been reported in Rutherford County in May and one case in McDowell County. Some reports are indicating half the country could be infected with H1N1. White submitted the following facts about the flu and how it can be avoided. H1N1 virus is a contagious respiratory infection caused by an influenza type A virus. In June 2009 H1N1 was declared a pandemicmeaning it is everywhere in the world. The symptoms of novel H1N1 in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include: n Fever over 100 degrees F n Cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue, headache, chills, Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting Symptoms usually develop one to three days after exposure to someone who has the H1N1 virus. The virus is spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people who have the virus.

To prevent the spread of the H1N1 Flu: n Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue if coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue in a waste basket; n Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 15-20 seconds each time, especially after coughing or sneezing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; alcohol based hand cleaners are also effective; n Cleanse bedside tables, bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toys, telephones by wiping them with a safe household disinfectant, n Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, (Germs are spread this way); n Try to avoid close contact with sick people; n If you are sick with flu like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care. Keep away from others as much as possible while you are sick. Other important actions that you can take are: n Follow public health advice regarding avoiding

crowds; n Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week by having a supply of over the counter medications, alcohol-based hand rubs, tissues and other items that would help you to avoid making trips out in to public while you are contagious. People with severe chronic illnesses that make them high risk for flu complications should contact their health care provider or seek medical care for the following warning signs;

Children â&#x20AC;&#x201D; fast breathing or trouble breathing; bluish or gray skin color; not drinking enough fluids; severe or persistent vomiting; not waking up or not interacting; being so irritable that the child does not want to be held; Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough. Adults â&#x20AC;&#x201D; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion; severe or persistent vomiting; flu like symptoms improve but then

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New meth making method dodges tougher laws

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — This is the new formula for methamphetamine: a two-liter soda bottle, a few handfuls of cold pills and some noxious chemicals. Shake the bottle and the volatile reaction produces one of the world’s most addictive drugs.

Only a few years ago, making meth required an elaborate lab — with filthy containers simmering over open flames, cans of flammable liquids and hundreds of pills. The process gave off foul odors, sometimes sparked explosions and was so hard to conceal that dealers often “cooked” their drugs in rural areas. But now drug users are making their own meth in small batches using a faster, cheaper and much simpler method with ingredients that can be carried in a knapsack and mixed on the run. The “shake-and-bake” approach has become popular because it requires a relatively small number of pills of the decongestant pseudoephedrine — an amount easily obtained under even the toughest antimeth laws that have been adopted across the nation to restrict large purchases of some cold medication. “Somebody somewhere said ‘Wait this requires a lot less pseudoephedrine, and I can fly under the radar,”’ said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. An Associated Press review of lab seizures and interviews with state and federal law enforcement agents found that the new method is rapidly spreading across the nation’s midsection and is contributing to a spike in the number of meth cases after years of declining arrests. The new formula does away with the clutter of typical meth labs, and it can turn the back seat of a car or a bathroom stall into a make-

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In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 14, a display of items used in the “shake-and-bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine is shown at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics in Oklahoma City.

shift drug factory. Some addicts have even made the drug while driving. The pills are crushed, combined with some common household chemicals and then shaken in the soda bottle. No flame is required. Using the new formula, batches of meth are much smaller but just as dangerous as the old system, which sometimes produces powerful explosions, touches off intense fires and releases drug ingredients that must be handled as toxic waste. “If there is any oxygen at all in the bottle, it has a propensity to make a giant fireball,” said Sgt. Jason Clark of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. “You’re not dealing with rocket scientists here anyway. If they get unlucky at all, it can have a very devastating reaction.” One little mistake, such as unscrewing the bottle cap too fast, can result in a huge blast, and police in Alabama, Oklahoma and other states have linked dozens of flash fires this year — some of them fatal — to meth manufacturing.

“Every meth recipe is dangerous, but in this one, if you don’t shake it just right, you can build up too much pressure, and the container can pop,” Woodward said. When fire broke out in older labs, “it was usually on a stove in a back room or garage and people would just run, but when these things pop, you see more extreme burns because they are holding it. There are more fires and more burns because of the close proximity, whether it’s on a couch or driving down the road.” After the chemical reaction, what’s left is a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject. They often discard the bottle, which now contains a poisonous brown and white sludge. Dozens of reports describe toxic bottles strewn along highways and rural roads in states with the worst meth problems. The do-it-yourself method creates just enough meth for a few hits, allowing users to make their own doses instead of buying mass-produced drugs from a dealer. “It simplified the process

so much that everybody’s making their own dope,” said Kevin Williams, sheriff of Marion County, Ala., about 80 miles west of Birmingham. “It can be your next-door neighbor doing it. It can be one of your family members living downstairs in the basement.” A typical meth lab would normally take days to generate a full-size batch of meth, which would require a heat source and dozens, maybe hundreds, of boxes of cold pills. But because the new method uses far less pseudoephedrine, small-time users are able to make the drug in spite of a federal law that bars customers from buying more than 9 grams — roughly 300 pills — a month. The federal government and dozens of states adopted restrictions on pseudoephedrine in 2005, and the number of lab busts fell dramatically. The total number of clandestine meth lab incidents reported to the Drug Enforcement Administration fell from almost 17,400 in 2003 to just 7,347 in 2006. But the number of busts

has begun to climb again, and some authorities blame the shake-and-bake method for renewing meth activity. Some states lack a central database to monitor cold medicine sales, so meth cooks circumvent state laws by pill shopping in multiple cities and states — a practice known as “smurfing” that allows them to stay under restrictions placed on sales. Traci Fruit, a special agent with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said law enforcement officials are becoming increasingly frustrated because there’s no way to tell who is buying what “unless we go from store to store ourselves and pull up the records.” Historically, rural states like Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas have been hotbeds for meth use because an important ingredient in the traditional method, anhydrous ammonia, was easily available from tanks on farms where it’s used as a fertilizer. But the new formula does not need anhydrous ammonia and instead uses ammonium nitrate, a compound easily found in instant cold packs that can be purchased at any drug store. Data from the Justice Department and the DEA data suggest the method could only be in its early stages, and “shake-andbake” labs have recently been discovered as far north as Indiana and as far east as West Virginia. States surveyed by the AP also included: Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, New Mexico, Arizona and California. While many law enforcement agencies are just learning how to spot the new labs, other states are rushing to close loopholes in laws limiting the sale of meth ingredients.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s campaign manager Haji Din Mohammad, smiles after hearing the results of Hamid Karzai during an event of announcing the results of the presidential election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah both have roughly 40 percent of the nationwide vote for president with 10 percent of ballots counted, the country’s election commission said Tuesday.

By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Five car bombs detonated in a single simultaneous blast Tuesday in Afghanistan’s largest southern city, flattening buildings and killing at least 41 people, officials said. The force of the explosion just after nightfall shattered windows around the city and sent flames shooting into the sky. So many houses and nearby buildings had collapsed that officials feared the death toll could rise further. At least 66 people were wounded, said Gen. Ghulam Ali Wahabat, a police commander in charge of southern Afghanistan. Afghan officials said the blast appeared to target a Japanese construction company that mostly employs Pakistani engineers. The blast collapsed the company headquarters and destroyed part of a the first time showed marked nearby wedding hall, an Associated Press reporter ballots, pictures and video of at the scene said. alleged fraud. Meanwhile, six It wasn’t clear why the construction company was presidential candidates— none targeted. of them Abdullah or Karzai — The AP reporter described the blast as the largwarned that fraud threatens est he has heard in nearly eight years of living in to undermine the election and Kandahar, the site of several large Taliban attacks could stoke violence. in recent years. Abdullah showed reporters a This blast destroyed about 40 shops, the AP packet of ballots with an offireporter estimated. cial stamp on the back — used “Once again they’ve killed children, women, to mark cast ballots — nearly innocent Afghans. They are not human. They are all checked for Karzai. He also animals. You can see for yourself the destruction showed video of what he said of this enemy,” said deputy provincial police chief were Karzai supporters in eastMohammad Sher Shah. ern Ghazni province marking Five vehicles filled with explosives detonated dozens of ballots for Karzai. together, causing the massive blast, said provincial “If the widespread rigging council member Haji Agha Lalai. is ignored, this is the type of Taliban militants have carried out several comregime that will be imposed plex attacks in Kandahar the last several years. upon Afghanistan for the next Kandahar is the spiritual home of the Taliban. A five years and with that sort large NATO base sits on Kandahar’s outskirts, but of a system, a system that has militants control districts immediately to the city’s destroyed every institution, bro- west. ken every law,” Abdullah said at In other violence, a bomb blast killed four U.S. a news conference just before the troops in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, results were announced. said military spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Christine The election commission said Sidenstricker. No other information was released it had fired four election workers pending the notification of family members. in northern Balkh province for The deaths bring to 41 the number of U.S. troops attempted fraud. killed in Afghanistan this month, the second deadPhotographs showed three try- liest month in the country since the 2001 U.S. ing to vote with multiple cards, invasion. while the fourth was ordering Last month a record 44 U.S. troops died. voters to cast ballots for a speThis year has been the deadliest of the war for cific candidate, said Daoud Ali U.S. troops. Including the latest deaths, at least 172 Najafi, the commission’s chief American forces have died in the Afghan war this electoral officer. year, according to an Associated Press count.

Two Afghan candidates in a tie By RAHIM FAIEZ and HEIDI VOGT Associated Press Writers

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah both have roughly 40 percent of the nationwide vote for president with 10 percent of polling stations counted, the Afghan election commission said Tuesday as it announced the first official returns. If neither Karzai nor Abdullah gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the two will face each other in a runoff, likely in early October. The Independent Election Commission plans to release more results in the coming days, but final certified results of last week’s election won’t be ready until at least midSeptember. Low voter turnout and allegations of fraud have cast a pall over the election. Abdullah has accused Karzai of widespread vote rigging, including ballot stuffing and voter intimidation. Karzai’s camp has leveled similar accusations. Both campaigns have denied the claims. The Independent Election Commission announced that Karzai has 40.6 percent and Abdullah has 38.7 percent of the votes in the country’s first

official returns since millions of Afghans voted for president last Thursday. But the returns come from only 22 of the country’s 34 provinces and represent votes from just 10 percent of the country’s polling stations. Of the roughly 525,000 valid votes counted so far, the majority came from Kabul, nearby Parwan and Nangarhar provinces, Kunduz and Jowzjan provinces in the north and Ghor province to the west. In the volatile south, less than 2 percent of Kandahar votes have been counted, and no votes in Helmand have been tallied, the commission said. Karzai would expect to do well in both provinces, suggesting his returns could go higher. Both Karzai and Abdullah have claimed they were leading in early returns, but no official figures have backed those assertions. The U.S. government urged candidates to wait for more complete results. “We call on all parties to refrain from speculation until national results are announced,” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said. Allegations of vote rigging mounted Tuesday. Abdullah for

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Humor me Abbe Byers

Can you hear the old school now?

Old school. As I pulled to the stop sign yesterday at the end of my road, I noticed something. Well, actually, several “somethings.” I waited as three cars passed and all three drivers were talking on cell phones. One right after another... gab, gab, gab. That amazes me. I never imagined that people have so much to say. What do they talk about? Having a cell phone seems almost like a necessity these days, and some folks only have a cell phone and no land line. I don’t get that. They say it’s cheaper just to have one phone and it’s less expensive on long distance. It may be. Truthfully, I don’t know. But I can’t imagine not having a land line at my home. Anyway, after seeing that, I decided to take notice of drivers I passed to see how many were using their phones. I live not quite seven miles from the office and it takes about 8 to 10 minutes to get here (depending on traffic). I passed approximately eight drivers talking on cell phones and those are just the ones I could see while trying to drive safely myself. One young woman looked like she was having a conniption fit, holding the phone with one hand, laughing uncontrollably and beating the other hand she had on the wheel... slap, slap. I wouldn’t be surprised if she wet herself. I laughed just looking at her. Hope I don’t come off as being judgmental, but not a one of those drivers appeared to be in an emergency situation. Call me “old school” but that’s the only reason I have a cell phone. I’m not blasting the very existence of cell phones and what they can do, and, no, I’m not “Miss Suzy” perfect driver. Occasionally, I receive a call that isn’t a matter of life and death but I keep it to a minimum. That just works out best for me, you know, dealing with the task at hand... reaching my destination all in one piece. And texting, don’t get me started. It’s like second nature to the younger generation, and those who say they can text without looking, hmm, maybe they can. But, behind the wheel of a car is not the time to test your skills. If you’re engaged in a text message it draws your eyes away from the road. Bottom line. One would think this is a nobrainer, however, I was behind a vehicle several weeks ago and the driver was texting. No question about it. He had the phone held up where he could see (and I could see it). There was way to much thumb action going on just to be dialing a number, not to mention this person was with a local agency, emergency personnel at that. I was shocked. I realize this is the 21st century and modern technology is soaring, but please be careful. Be aware. Make the right choices. Save chatty conversation for when you get home and by all means text when you’re not on the road. Check the statistics of accidents and fatalities related to cell phones. There are no redeeming factors associated with why a driver would be able to text and drive. Can you hear me now? Byers is the Courier lifestyles editor. Contact her via email at abyers@ thedigitalcourier.com

Chase High School’s Marching Band will play songs by Jermaine Jackson, Oasis and AC/DC during halftime this season.

Ready to kick some grass

Marching bands jazzed up for football Friday nights, Saturday morning competitions

East High School is directed by Patrick Smith, above. The band took part in the inaugural parade for Gov. Beverly Perdue this year.

Photos by Garrett Byers

Above, Chase High School’s drum line lays down the beat for the band to keep time and at right, East High School’s trumpet section plays a portion of this year’s show, “Romeo and Juliet.” R-S Central, below, will be performing an American West show this season.

More pictures, Page 8B


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local Land Transfers

The following land transactions were recently recorded at the Rutherford County Register of Deeds Office. The dollar amount is the deed stamps recorded, with $2 representing each $1,000 of property value. James L. McDowell, Patricia A. McDowell to Kevin L. Deloach, Jill C. Deloach; Cool Springs Township; 2.61 acres; $299. Myron L. Moore, Cynthia J. Speas to Jerilynn Marie Gardner, John Michael Gardner; Chimney Rock Township; lot 9, phase 1, The Peaks at Lake Lure, LLC; $786. The Peaks at Lake Lure, LLC to Terry W. Mullins, Danette M. Mullins; Chimney Rock Township; lot 7, Stonecrest; $100. Desi J. Greene, Judith A. Greene to Lauree Hayden, Richard Hayden; Colfax Township; 0.68 acre; $250. John Samuel Gettys, William Clinton Gettys, Christy Gettys to Kent Dorsey, Carol Dorsey; Cool Springs Township; lot 9, S C Gettys Estate; $140. Fall Creek Land Company, Inc. to Charles Brandon Hills, Carole Mary Hills; Golden Valley Township; lot 165, phase 6, South Mountain Peaks; $200. Thomas Andrew Conner, Laura Ann Furr Conner to William Johnny Conner Jr., Stacia C. Conner; Morgan Township; 19.99 acres; $60. Phillip Eugene Spratt, Sandra Spratt, Sandra Lynn Spratt Love,

Andrew Love, Sarah P. Lawing, H.E. Lawing, Helen Anderson, Ralph Anderson, Ann Elliott, Emily A. Phillips by heirs, R.W. Phillips by heirs, Elizabeth P. Spratt by heirs, Duke Willard Spratt by heirs to Sheila Marie Kendell; High Shoals Township; ¾ acre; $10. Paula D. Whitesides to Donna L. Buff; Rutherfordton Township; lots 13 through 15, H.H Harton Sub; $124. Don Robbins, Joan Robbins to Jeffrey Dwayne Hoyle; lot 9, Robbins; $195. Steven Franklin Mullinax, Kimberly Pruett Mullinax to James W. Morris; Colfax Township; 1.84 acres; $78. Robbins Family Real Estate LLC to James Hampton, Dramel J. Hampton, Jordan Hampton Telfor; High Shoals Township; property on east side SR2149; $7. Robert Zeno Hawkins, Kathy Diane Hawkins, Zeno Brent Hawkins, Mary Megan Hawkins to Cliff Hawk Properties LLC; High Shoals Township; 12,756 acres; $50. King Plantaton Group to Marleny Martinez; lot 28, King Plantation; $200. David Howard Doar to Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP; lot 122, phase 1, Queens Gap; $2,755. Kenneth Whelchel, Lessie Whelchel to Patrick Smith; Colfax Township; lot 29A, 29B, 30A, 30B; Hillbrook Acres; $246. Larry B. Long, Lindella Long to Donald H. Byers;

Morgan Township; lot 65, phase 4, Pinnacle Mountain; $296. Kane Development Corporation to Angela Maria Vasquez; Sulphur Springs Township; lot 23, phase 3, Elms Acres; $19. Stephanie Twitty Carmon by AIF, Terry L Carmon individually and AIF to Eric Rogers Koch, Juliana Marie Koch; Chimney Rock Township; 2.00 acres; $420. Barry W. Guffey, Angelia Griffin Guffey to Davie S Powell; High Shoals Township; 2.93 acres; $200. Covenant Custom Homes LLC to NC Department of Transportation; two tracts on Hwy. 221; $190. Jeff McRary, Diana McRary to Lawrence J. O’Connor, Joyce O’Connor; Camp Creek Township; lot 4, Katherine Tallini and Nathaniel S. Dunn property; $430. Paul Maxwell Taylor, Melissa Jane Taylor to Tracy Dailey, Barbara Pickels, Council Pickels; Morgan Township; 6.00 acres; $52. Jerry E. Hames, Rhonda D. Hames to RFS Properties LLC; Logan Store Township; lot 5, Ammons Village; $16. Glenn S. Dinga, Leslie B. Dinga to Evan A. Amaya, Sharai G. Amaya; property shown in PB 19/85; $620. Carroll E. Frye to Charles Dean Greene Sr.; Camp Creek Township; 6.60 acres and two acres; $256. Gregory Carter, Luanna D. Carter to Terry L. Schuh, Karen J. Schuh; Union

Township; lots 209 and 205, Cleghorn Enterprises; $483. Teresa V. Hutchns co exer, Susan V. Martin co exer, Lucille R. Vickers Estate by co exers, L.R. Vickers by heirs to Billy R. Haynes, Phyllis Haynes; Cool Springs Township; property on Caroleen Road; $21. Diamondback Properties LLC to Leroy E. Blair, Pamela W. Blair; Colfax Township; lot 11, Stoney Creek; $40. NC Mountain Development Properties LLC to Paul McLees, Cassandra Pannasuk; lot 44, phase 111, Vineyards; $38. NC Mountain Development Properties LLC to Sean Cotter; lot 43, phase 111m, Vineyards; $150. Gary M. Pearson TRUSTEE, Nathan Arron Wolff Trust by Trustee, Meggan Noell Wolff Trust by TRUSTEE to Steven John Sutton, Cynthia B. Sutton; lot 40, Emmett Hamrick Property; $139. Emm of Collier, Inc. to Robin Fisher, Reggie Biegler, Michelle M. L. Biegler, Howard Biegler, Lisa Biegler; Chimney Rock Township; lot 117, Chalet Village North; $17. Larry Gene Thompson to Darrell Moore, Catherine Moore; Gilkey Township; 6 acres; $66. Larry Gene Thompson to Justin Keith Moore; Gilkey Township; 1 acre; $220. Robert M. Lawson, Inc., Wayne McGinnis, Gladys McGinnis to French Browning; Sulphur Springs

Township; 1.71 acres and 1.323 acres; $34. Furman Blackwell to Sampson Clanton; High Shoals Township; lot 1, Keith Carver and Associates; $10. Charles G. Wall, Leslie C. Wall to James R. Hooper, Renee M. Hooper; Colfax Township; 2.836 acres; $170. James R. Hooper, Renee M. Hooper to Charles G. Wall, Leslie C. Wall; Logan Store Township; 0.68 acre; $412. Michael D. Flannigan, Nina S. Flannigan to Peter J. Roussopoulos, Sue M. Roussopoulos; Duncan Creek Township; 24.69 acres; $638. Ned B. Steadman trustee, Steadman Family Trust to Alexander United Methodist Church; $15. Virginia B. Hill by AIF, Susan Logan AIF to Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity, Inc.; Cool Springs Township; 0.22 acres; $13. Vista NC LTD partnership to Terry Chappelli, Brooke Chappelli; Chimney Rock Township; lot 197, section 2, Riverbend; $32. Andrew Page, Laura M. Page to Paul Tecklenberg, Hilda Tecklenberg; Duncan Creek Township; 5.08 acres; $40. James Hubert Street per rep, Zachariah Alvaro Murray Estate by per rep, A.Z. Murray Estate by per rep to Donald Irvin Murray, Helen Kay Murray; Logan Store Township; property on west side Padgett Road; $80. Thomas M. Harris,

Gwendoyn to Souriya Khaophachanh, Melissa Joy Khaophachanh, Lula Austin; Chimney Rock Township; lot 284, section 3, Riverbend; $35. Neal Kay, Penny J. Kay to David Ray Boone; Green Hill Township; 0.85 acre; $110. Jeremy L. Hill, Tamara W. Hill, Brandon K. Hill, Hope C. Hill to Gary M. Pearson trustee, Nathan Arron Wolff trust, Meggan Noell Wolff trust; Rutherfordton Township; property on Pine Street; $41. Carol Ann Prescott to Kay L. Smith, William F. Smith; Morgan Township; 1.67 acres; $250. William A. Barry, Debra Ann Barry, Anthony J. Barry, Josephine Barry to James Nelson Jessee, Tracy Lea Stone; Chimney Rock Township; unit T TH5, Building 13, Fairway Villas; $378. Deutsche Bank National Trust company to Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC; Cool Springs Township; property on Vance Street; $55. Wendi J. Fiolka to Joshua A. Ledbetter, Christy M. Melton; High Shoals Township; two tracts on Ferry Road; $175. Sergio R. Escalera by AIF, Reyna Margarita Escalera AIF, R. Margarita Escalera to Gerardo Escalera; Colfax Township; property on Webb Road; $138. Selma W. Brooks See Transfers, Page 4B

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Dodging questions about dating Dear Abby: I’m a 16-year-old male high school sophomore in what I think is a pretty common predicament. A lot of my friends have had sex, and some are having it pretty regularly. Abby, I’ve never even kissed a girl! How can I deflect attention from myself when my friends ask me how far I’ve gone? And what can I do to make sure I am not in this spot forever? — Minority Dear Minority: Some of your friends may be having sex, but I have a flash for you. A lot of the boys who say they are may be lying to each other. You don’t need to “deflect” attention from yourself when the guys start asking about something that isn’t their business. News has a way of traveling — fast. If they’re your friends, they would know if you were interested in someone and the feeling was mutual. If you’re asked, just say you’re not seeing anyone. P.S. In order to kiss a girl (etc.), you first have to become friends with one. Be patient and let nature take its course. You won’t be in this “spot” forever. It’ll happen when the time is right. Dear Abby: My stepmother would like us to have a closer relationship. She and my father married eight years ago while I was in college. She was his mistress. I don’t like her for

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Hair loss tied to B-12 deficiency Dear Dr. Gott: I read your column a while ago about a 77-year-old woman who was experiencing hair loss. At the age of 75, I, too, was losing my hair. My doctor checked my vitamin B-12 level, and it was very low. I was started on the tablets that dissolve under my tongue. It has been just a few months since I began the B-12 and I now have a thick, healthy head of hair again. Perhaps this suggestion will help the woman and maybe some of your readers suffering hair loss. Dear Reader: There is evidence hair loss may be connected with a deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals, specifically B-12, zinc and biotin. We sometimes fail to realize that the body is a system designed to function as a complete unit. As part of that unit, hair requires proper nutrition. A function of B-12 is the formation of healthy red blood cells, which are necessary to transport oxygen throughout the body.

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You are correct in that some people complaining of hair loss tend to have low B-12 levels. Oddly, the body stores B-12 supplies for longer than a year. Therefore, a deficiency is not something that occurs rapidly but is long-standing. Some sources of the vitamin include milk, eggs, poultry, fish, shellfish and fortified cereals. Some people may also require injections of the vitamin in order to achieve better absorption. You were fortunate your physician ran lab work and discovered the deficiency. He or she assisted you and, in turn, you may be helping many others who read this column.

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Your Birthday, Aug. 26; Be extra careful about developing a powerful desire for something that won’t be good for you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If you have to attend a gathering, be on your best behavior around those you may not like. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Those people who usually excuse your little foibles might not be as tolerant. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You could quickly fall out of favor with someone you like if you display a lack of respect. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Until you are familiar with the ramifications of a transaction, don’t enter into any agreements. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — There is a possibility that you will be influenced by someone with selfish motives. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Instead of being supportive of fellow workers, you might find reasons to criticize. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Catering to certain people to get one to provide a giant favor will backfire. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Discord within the household concerning ways and means to govern issues is quite possible. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Your usual ability to deal with disturbing issues might not be ready for prime time right now. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Your skillful handling and managing of resources may fall short at this time. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Why should business associates make compromises or concessions? Giveand-take is essential. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — A number of assignments not of your making may be dumped in your lap. Take care not to shirk them.


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Scotty Ray Stone, Sheila Philbeck Stone to Thomas Eugene Sisk, Continued from Page 2B Pamela B. Sisk; Logan Store Township; 9.04 acres; $82. to Howard Doyle William Clarence Hollifield, Thomas Tesseneir, Eva S. Wilburn Hollifield; Tesseneir to Juan Colfax Township; 1.26 Antonio Escalera Perez, acre; $130. Marial Del Carmen Branch Banking Ortega Rodriguez; and Trust company Green Hill Township; to MonteL. Hutchins; property shown in pb Yellowtop Mountain 7/33; $64. Estates, lot 133; $30. 01 Victor LLC to Baltazar Jimenez David L. Harrington, Razo, Eulalia Martinez Jimenez to Jose Angeles Ann W. Harrington; Chimney Rock Jimenez; High Shoals Township; 1.02 acres; Township; lot 99, sec$200. tion 2, BI Cotton Mills John W. Jones Jr. to Cotton Mills; $12.

Donald J. Joubert; lot 1, Shadowgate Sub; $108. Zachary T. Whiteside Jr., Jennifer Whiteside to Carol Thomas Whiteside; Chimney Rock Township; 14 acres; $90. Chester wood Walker, Carole Harris Walker to Landy Norris Walker; Gilkey Township; 2.93 acres; $32. Robert Church Jr. to CMH Homes Inc.; Colfax Township; 1.96 acres; $30. Jeffrey E. Soffer, Marilyn R. Soffer to Bruce Ramsey; Golden Valley Township; lot 12, phase 1, South

Mountain Peaks; $43. Marjorie O’Conner Wallen, Fraulein Merita Swaringen Beio to Michael Edward Gloster, Linda Gloster; Rutherfordton Township; 1.3 acres; $98. James Duane Holland, donna C. Holland, James Leroy Holland by heir, Sarah Biggerstaff Holland by heir to Emily Beth McCurry; Cool Springs Township; property on west side Westwood Drive and east side Owens Street.; $190. Mark Eades, Donna Eades to Carolina First

Bank; Chimney Rock Township; lot 155, Riverbend Highlands; $82. Wanda L. Toney, Michael W. Toney to Travis R. McCurry, Vanda A. McCurry; Logan Store Township; 0.636 acre; $430. Two Mile Properties LLC to Oak Street Properties LLC; Rutherfordton Township; two tracts on Davis Street Tennessee Street; $110. Naomi Alicea, Eulogio Alicea to Dennis H. Branham, Kristi S. Branham; Green Hill Township; 3.00 acres;

$170. Barnabas J. Zsigmond to John Curtis Ager; Sulphur Springs Township; 11.89 acres and 62.14 acres; $1,000. James Hudson exer, Purvie Hudson estate by exer, Mary Linda Johnson to James Hudson; Logan Store Township; 44/100th acre and 44/100th acre; $3. Lonnie D. Whipperman to Tracy A. Moore, Lorrie J. Moore; Colfax Township; lot 43 and 44, East Fork; $296.

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NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 246 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Amy K. Harris and James L. Harris to Title South, LLC, Trustee(s), dated November 03, 2003, and recorded in Book 0764, Page 0308, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at the Courthouse Door in Rutherford County, North Carolina, at 10:00AM on September 09, 2009, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property, to wit: Beginning on an iron in the West line of the Bruce Harris property, the said iron being located North 85-33-20 East 20.41 feet and South 23-59-20 East 328.81 feet from the point of beginning of the Bruce Harris 5.29 acre parcel described by deed of record in Book 584, Page 221 of the Rutherford County Registry, and running thence with the line of Bruce Harris South 10-43-45 East 430.55 feet (passing over an iron in the line at 411.26 feet) to a point in the branch in the North line of Yanda Ramsey, running thence with the branch and the North Line of Ramsey the following calls: South 29-4-7 West 6.42 feet, South 4-49-29 East 48.41 feet, South 52-35-47 West 19 feet, South 68-21-16 West 14.15 feet, South 16-20-59 West 9.95 feet, North 26-49-24 West 31.4 feet, North 60-3-32 West 16.43 feet, South 82-48-01 West 30.65 feet, South 44-42-45 West 14.69 feet, South 73-46-54 West 95.11 feet, South 76-20-05 West 58.52 feet to a point in the branch, a new corner, and thence a new line North 13-00-37 West 407.98 feet passing over an iron in the line at a 8.54 feet to an iron, thence North 67-25-41 East 242.23 feet to an iron and North 67-25-41 East 93.21 feet to the place of beginning, containing 3.2 acres according to a plat and survey dated July 8, 2002 by Professional Surveying Services. Easement for private driveway also conveyed herein as an appurtenance to the foregoing 3.2 acre parcel is perpetual nonexclusive right of way of ingress and egress to and from the North line of the aforesaid 3.2 acre parcel and the end of the center of the end of right of way of Fairview Road with said easement being 25 feet in width lining on either side of the following center line, beginning on an iron in the North line of 3.2 acre parcel the said beginning point being located South 67-25-41 West 93.21 feet from the Northeast corner of said 3.2 acre parcel, running thence through the property of James Harris the following calls: North 17-40-8 West 117.77 feet, North 15-13-31 West 109.78 feet, North 20-54-23 West 64.39 feet, North 9-31-23 East 54.84 feet, North 6-32 East 77.27 feet, with the understanding that said right of way shall be used for ingress and egress between the subject parcel and Fairview Road (State Road 1974). Said property is commonly known as 204 Fairview Road, Mooresboro, NC 28114 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 105-228.30, in the amount of One Dollar ($1.00) per each Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or fractional part thereof, and the Clerk of Courts fee, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7A-308, in the amount of Forty-five Cents (45) per each One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or fractional part thereof or Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), whichever is greater. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the bid, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale and must be tendered in the form of certified funds. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts will be immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance AS IS WHERE IS. There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, special assessments, land transfer taxes, if any, and encumbrances of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Amy K. Harris. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, that tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. ___________________________________ Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc. Substitute Trustee 1587 Northeast Expressway Atlanta, GA 30329 (770) 234-9181 Our File No.: 226.0818381NC/LMS Publication Dates: 8/26/09 & 9/2/09

Quiet studio apt. near college. Water, power, Direct TV, included. No smoking. No pets. $475/mo. 287-7368 Richmond Hill Senior Apts. in Rfdtn 1BR Units w/handicap accessible units avail. Sec 8 assistance avail. 287-2578 Hours: Mon., Tues., & Thurs. 7-3. TDD Relay 1-800-735-2962 Equal Housing Opportunity. Income Based Rent.

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Apartments 2 Bedroom/1 Bath Oakland Rd. area $375/mo. + deposit Call 828-748-8801 2BR & 3BR Close to downtown Rfdtn. D/w, stove, refrig., w/d hook up. No pets! 287-0733

Homes For Sale 3BR/2BA Brick Home Natural gas heat & cent. air. $80,900 Call 828-229-0308

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Cleghorn Condos 1BR/1BA $600/mo. 3BR/2BA $1,100/mo. Utilities incld. and appl. furn. for both. Call 828-429-9442 2BR/1BA House in Spindale $400/month + $350 deposit Call 828-442-0799 after 5p Beautiful 2BR/1BA on 3.5 ac. on Hudlow Rd. Hdwd floors & bsmt. $500/mo. 704-376-8081

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3BR/2BA New home in Rfdtn. Hardwood floors, appliances furnished, 2 car garage $875/mo + dep. Ref’s. required. No indoor pets. 828-289-5800 or 828-429-3322

Mobile Homes For Sale 5BR/2BA DW 14 ac. Another mobile home hook up on property. $119,000 Owner fin. w/down pmt. 657-4430


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

2 & 3BR Stove, refrig., cable, lawn service & trash incld. $260-$350/mo. + dep. No cats! Long term only! Call 453-0078

House Cleaning/ Caregiving Service tailored for you! Exp. & ref’s. avail. 289-2384

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LAND OWNERS BRAND NEW HOMES Well, septic, grading. We do it all!

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1996 14x76 Single wide $6,500 Call today 704-481-0895

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Single & Double wide Shiloh: 2BR/2BA & 3BR/3BA No Pets! 245-5703 or 286-8665

2BR & 3BR in quiet park. $350/mo. & up. Call 287-8558

DSS SEEKS CLAIMANT FOR BODY The Rutherford County Department of Social Services announced that they are looking for someone to claim the body of a Rutherfordton man who died of natural causes. Walter Langley age 58, a patient of Willow Ridge Nursing Center and who formerly resided at Hillcrest Rest home, passed away on Thursday August 13, 2009 and so far DSS has been unable to locate any of Mr. Langley’s relatives who might be able to claim the body. Mr. Langley was born on October 9, 1950 in Texas to Raymond and Geneva Seals Langley and was living in Texas prior to coming to North Carolina six to seven years ago. According to the information DSS has Mr. Langley’s parents are deceased. DSS has information that Mr. Langley may have daughters in Texas and a twin brother in California, but no identifying information on these relatives. Anyone with information or anyone wishing to claim Mr. Langley’s body for final arrangements should contact Vic Martin at 828-287-6282.

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

Business Opportunity Seeking Seasoned Entrepreneurs New local bail bondsman Start up cost $3,165 (includes state license fees). Serious inquiries only. 866-255-9520

New Wireless Telecommunication Co. is now offering distributorships in your area. www.mygvbiz.com/mandj

704-434-9308 Changing the World of Communication

NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE 09-SP-272 UNDER AND BY VIRTUE OF the power and authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed and delivered by Robert D. Whisnant and Michelle Cole Whisnant, Husband and Wife, dated the 23rd day of July, 2007, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, North Carolina, in Book 968 at Page 682 and because of default in the payment of the indebtedness thereby secured and failure to carry out and perform the stipulations and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale in the County Courthouse of Rutherford County, in the city of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, at 11:00 a.m. on the 9th day of September, 2009, all that certain parcel of land, more particularly described as follows:

Help Wanted Needed: Outside material workers Pay $10.00 and up per hour, depending on exp. Heavy equipment operators, persons with CDL driver’s license or torch cutting exp. Only persons with a good work record apply. Also taking resumes for local sales and office work, pay salary plus commission. Apply at 23 Memorial Park Rd., Marion, NC Phone: 828-659-9539

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

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For Sale 3 Spaces for Sale Roselawn Garden at Sunset Memorial Park Lot 36 Spaces 1 & 2 and Lot 37 Space 2 $2,100 615-364-9292 Maintenance Free Golf Cart Batteries discount on multi-sets $250/set 657-4430

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I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS Up to $10 per 100 ct. Call Frank 828-577-4197

2 Cocker Spaniels One white, one blonde Lost 8/24 from Trojan Ln., FC. Reward! Call 429-6017 or 289-9125

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Miniature Male Red Dachshund Black on tail, no collar. Lost 8/24 Washburn community in Bostic. 748-6078

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

Motorcycles Attention Sport bike owners or riders. Anyone interested in starting a club. Please contact 245-8406

Pets AKC Male Boston Terrier pups $300 Call 828-429-5290 or 828-429-3866 Free to a good home! Pit bull and Black Lab mix puppies 6 wks. old Call 704-472-5706 if no answer, lv. msg. Free to a good home! Three mix puppies, tan in color. 2 girls, 1 boy. Good with kids! Call 286-8514

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Female Boston Terrier About 9 yrs. old. Lost 8/21 from 3282 Pea Ridge Rd. in Bostic Call 286-4889

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Male puppy Found Tuesday 8/18 in Green Hill on Cove Road Call to describe 287-7100

Mix breed Female dog w/tan points. Found 8/23 running on Hwy 74 near Old Macko Plant. Call 288-8106

Lost or found a pet? Place an ad at no cost to you! Runs 1 week. Call 245-6431

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the estate of ROBERT LEE PETERSON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said ROBERT LEE PETERSON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 5th day of November 2009 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 5th day of August, 2009. Iris Deanne Batayte, Executor 370 Lincoln Road Forest City, NC 28043

IMPROVEMENTS: House and lot/Condominium/or Lot LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Situate, lying and being in High Shoals Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being Lots Numbers 1 through 18 of the Luckadoo Park Subdivision as originally shown in Plat Book 5, Page 27, Rutherford County Registry, being bound on the South by High Shoals Church Road (S.R. 1991), on the West by the property of Phrynia Lucille Green as directed in Deed Book 336, Page 616, Rutherford County Registry, and on the North and East by the property of Solon D. Smart and wife as described in deed recorded in Deed Book 221, Page 97, Rutherford County Registry, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at an iron pin, said iron pin being the southernmost corner of the tract herein described, said iron pin lying North 8 degrees 26 minutes 51 seconds East 30.05 feet from a P.K. nail lying in the centerline of High Shoals Church Road (S.R. 1991), which P.K. nail lies 189.0 feet North 85 degrees West of a P.K. nail lying in the intersections of the centerlines of High Shoals Church Road (S.R. 1991), North Carolina Highway 120 and S.R. 1990 and running thence from said beginning point North 85 degrees 16 minutes 54 seconds West 458 feet to an iron pin; thence North 21 degrees 23 minutes 55 seconds East 216.27 feet to an iron pin; thence South 84 degrees 12 minutes 38 seconds East 409 feet to an iron pin; thence South 8 degrees 26 minutes 51 seconds West (passing through an iron pin at 179.95 feet in the line) 199.95 feet to the Beginning, containing 2.03 acres, according to map and survey by Professional Surveying Services, Nathan Odom, Registered Land Surveyor, dated June 1, 1989. Together with improvements located thereon; Said property being located at 761 High Shoals Church Road, Mooresboro, North Carolina ADDITIONAL POSSIBLE STREET ADDRESS FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY:

NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 250 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by CHARLES R D'AGOSTINO AND HELEN W D'AGOSTINO to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated March 1, 2006 and recorded on March 1, 2006 in Book 887 at Page 766, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on September 8, 2009 at 1:30PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: Situate, lying being in Chimmey Rock Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina and being more particularly described as follows: Lying in the Town of Lake Lure and being Lot 9, Block 8 of Bald Mountain Properties according to Survey of Associated Services dated July 1996, as follows:

761 High Shoals Church Road, Mooresboro, NC 28114 Notice & Disclaimer: The listed street address may be incorrect and is stated hereby for informational and reference purposes only. The Substitute Trustee makes no certifications or warranties that said street address is accurate or correct. It is each potential bidder's duty to determine with his/her own title examination that said street address is correct and matches the above legal description. The above legal description describes the property being sold and shall be controlling. PRESENT RECORD OWNERS as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds not more than 10 days prior to posting the notice are Robert D. Whisnant and Michelle Cole Whisnant. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §45-21.23. In the event that this sale is one of residential real property with less than 15 rental units, an order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to NCGS §45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the Clerk of Superior Court of the County in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. That upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of forty-five (45) cents per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308 (a)(1). This sale is also subject to any applicable county and/or state land transfer and/or revenue tax, and the successful third party bidder shall be required to make payment for such tax. The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS". Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the Deed of Trust/Security Instrument, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee of the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, special assessments, land transfer taxes, if any, encumbrances of record, including prior Deeds of Trust. The Substitute Trustee reserves the right to require a cash deposit or certified check made payable to the Substitute Trustee (no personal checks) for five percent (5%) of the purchase price or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, at the time of the sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all remaining amounts are due immediately. If the Trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the Trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the Trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, EXCEPT AS STATED BELOW IN THE INSTANCE OF BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY.

BEGINNING on an iron pin on the Southern edge of Lake View Drive, Northwest corner of Lot 8, Block 8 which is fully described in Deed of Trust dated July 12, 1966, duly recorded in Deed of Trust Book 148, Page 582, Rutherford County Registry, N.C. and runs thence, with line of said Lot 8, Block 8, South 39 degrees 45 minutes West 152.5 feet to an iron pin, Southwest corner of said Lot 8, Block 8; thence North 84 degrees 40 minutes West 26.5 feet, North 79 degrees 20 minutes West 77 feet and North 59 degrees West 34.7 feet to an iron pin, extreme Southern Corner of Lot 10, Block 8; thence with line of said Lot 10, North 46 degrees 45 minutes East 184.8 feet to an iron pin in the Southern edge of said Lake View Drive, corner of said Lot 10; thence with said edge of said Drive, South 75 degrees 15 minutes East 62 feet and South 63 degrees 23 minutes East 37.9 feet to the BEGINNING. Subject to Easements for the usual Public Utilities and to Restrictions hereto attached and made a part of this Deed. Being the same identical property which was conveyed by Carl Wesley Middlebush, single to Charles Ronald D'Agostino and wife Helen W. D'Agostino by deed dated February 28, 2006 and of record in Deed Book 897, at Page 350, Rutherford County Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 503 Youngs Mountain Drive, Lake Lure, NC 28746 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Charles Ronald D'Agostino and wife, Helen W. D'Agostino. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy.

This the 19th day of August , 2009.

THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, EXCEPT IN THE INSTANCE OF BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY.

The Caudle Law Firm, P.A., Substitute Trustee David R. Caudle President & Attorney at Law State Bar Number 6075 2101 Rexford Road, Suite 165W Charlotte, North Carolina 28211 http://www.caudlelawfirm.com

Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-12007-FC01


6B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, WEDNESDAY, August 26, 2009 NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 256 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by TIFFANY OLLIVER, John Olliver and wife, Kathryn Olliver, Mark Dowd and wife, Nancy Dowd and Kelly Olliver, single and SEAN BUCKWALTER, single to TRSTE, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated October 25, 2005 and recorded on October 28, 2005 in Book 868 at Page 149, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on September 8, 2009 at 1:30PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: Situate, lying, and being in Chimney Rock Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina and being all of the 1.535 acre tract shown as Lot #40 on plat entitled "Sweetbriar Farms Phase Two," Sheet Two of Three, as shown on plat of record in Plat Book 25, at Page 85, Rutherford County Registry. Being a portion of that 142.52 acres (Tract Two) conveyed in Deed from Rebecca Logan Freeman, widow to Mtn. Creek Land Co., Inc., dated July 22, 2003 and of record in Deed Book 825, at Page 246, Rutherford County Registry. SUBJECT TO all notes shown on plat hereinabove referred to and further subject to any restrictions or rights of way of record and SUBJECT FURTHER TO all provisions and restrictions of record as set forth in Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions of Sweetbriar Farms dated March 3, 2004 and of record in Deed Book 841, at Page 0066, Rutherford County Registry. Being the same and identical property which was conveyed by Mtn. Creek Land Co., Inc., a North Carolina corporation to John Olliver and wife, Kathryn Olliver; Mark Dowd and wife, Nancy Dowd, Tiffany Olliver, single and Kelly Olliver, single by deed dated April 29, 2005 and of record in Deed Book 871, at Page 713, Rutherford County Registry. See also Deed of record in Deed Book 887, at Page 73, Rutherford County Registry.

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CLASSIFIEDS! NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 260 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by D.C. BEHELER to WILLIAM R ECHOLS, Trustee(s), which was dated September 22, 2003 and recorded on October 6, 2003 in Book 0758 at Page 0559, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on September 8, 2009 at 1:30PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: SITUATE, lying in Sulphur Springs Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina and being all of Lot #5 of the County Meadow Subdivision as shown on plat duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, North Carolina in Plat Book 23 at Page 17, to which reference is hereby made for a more full and complete description. There is also conveyed herewith a right of way leading from State Road #1132 over that certain road known as Country Lane as shown on plat referenced above. Subject to the restrictions of recorded in Deed Book 791 at Page 237, Rutherford County Registry.

Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 654 Sweetbriar Road South, Lake Lure, NC 28746 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing.

Said property is commonly known as 124 Country Lane, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing.

Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are John Olliver and wife, Kathryn Olliver; Mark Dowd and wife, Nancy Dowd; Kelly Olliver, Tiffany Olliver, Sean Buckwalter.

Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are D. C. Beheler.

An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy.

If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy.

THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, EXCEPT IN THE INSTANCE OF BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY.

THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, EXCEPT IN THE INSTANCE OF BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY.

Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 08-11497-FC03

Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-12452-FC01

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8B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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Raising today’s youth is a challenge. And it’s an even greater challenge if you are a grandparent or other relative raising children. Terms such as “grandparents raising grandchildren,” “grand families,” and “kinship care” are often used to refer to grandparents or other relatives who are responsible for the full-time care of another relative’s child. Almost six million children in the United States are living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. In Rutherford County, that number is well over 1,000. These relatives, who have become full-time parents, face many challenges that are unique to kinship care. In addition to legal and financial issues, there are educational and medical care concerns as well. The physical, mental, and emotional demands of raising another relative’s child is exhausting. But relatives take on this added responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of children. In an effort to support families, Cooperative Extension began operating the Foothills Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) program in 2002. Last year, the program was awarded a Brookdale Foundation “Relatives As Parents Program” (RAPP) grant to further enhance its services to kinship care families. The Foothills GRG program offers educational programs and support services for adults and children. These include a monthly support group, a clothing exchange closet for children’s clothing, an annual backpack and school supplies project, children’s comfort bags, a lending library, and a county resource guide specifically for relative caregivers. One of the more recent projects is a science and literacybased program for children. This program is conducted by Rutherford County Master Gardeners during the spring and summer months when the children can play and learn in the Kids Garden

All three high school bands spent early August at band camp, learning music and marching drills. Chase High School, above, will take part in the Bands of America Regional Event at the Georgia Dome in October. East High School, right, performed in Ohio and R-S Central, below, will compete in three competitions this season.

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during the monthly support group time. During the winter months, KidSenses InterActive Children’s Museum continues the science and literacy-based program indoors. Both offer games, crafts, science experiments, and storytime. The newest project is the upcoming Grand Families Conference to be held Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10–3 at Spindale Elementary School. This oneday event is free for kinship care families and both children and adults are invited to attend. While the children are enjoying games, crafts and a variety of recreational activities, adults will have an opportunity to take part in a program tailor-made just for them. Numerous speakers will present topics related to legal issues, finances, discipline, children’s learning, challenges of today’s youth, and many more topics. Health services and a resource fair will also be available. Lunch and door prizes are part of this special day as well. The purpose of the Grand Families Conference is to provide a day of support for adults who are raising relative children while those children are in a safe, positive environment. The Foothills GRG program, and especially the Grand Families Conference, offers a time for these families to talk to others in similar situations, learn more about coping with the challenges, find the resources they need, and voice their concerns.

If you are interested in attending the Grand Families Conference, call Cooperative Extension at 287-6020 for more information. Pre-registration is requested so that we may prepare for the number of children and adults who will attend. There is no charge to attend and all activities are free.


The Daily Courier August 26, 2009