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Looking to walk

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The Arlington Street neighborhood of Forest City received a score of 91 out of 100 on a walkability index, meaning that it’s one of the best communities in the area for getting around without a car.

Walkability a plus for property values By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

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FOREST CITY — Having a neighborhood that’s within walking distance of many amenities can be a boon for your health, your gasoline budget and time management. And according to a new study, your home value, too. The report, “Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Housing Values in U.S. Cities,” was commissioned by CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders from the civic, business, academic and philanthropic sectors. “One of the things that made us want to highlight this is the ongoing housing market issues,” said Josh King, planner with


Isothermal Planning and Development Commission. “A home is usually the biggest purchase a person or family will ever make. Maintaining that value is of high importance and this walkability study shows that having things in walking distance will help maintain that value. And many people remember the days of $5 a gallon gas and that had a big impact on our lives. Those days will come back and so people don’t want to live 20 miles away from town.” Locally, the Arlington Street Neighborhood of Forest City ranked the highest on the walk score index at www., receiving a score of 91 out of 100. This lofty score was the highest score of any neighborhood in the four

counties covered by IPDC, and enviable to neighborhoods found in most major cities. Even in this down housing market, homes in the Arlington Street neighborhood continue to sell near their asking price. Local realtor Leniece Lane examined recent home sales in this neighborhood and said, “Home sales are strong in this neighborhood because of the proximity to the growing downtown area as well as easy access to highways. Most of the homes sold in the last year have closed within 7 percent of the list price, which is well above the average for other neighborPlease see Walk, Page 6A

Spindale gets sewer funding


Low: $2.18 High: $2.49 Avg.: $2.34

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Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild members Linda McGregor (left) and Sandy Fox unpack pottery that will be on display at the Guild’s Celebration for the Arts event that begins Sept. 18 at The Foundation lobby at Isothermal Community College. The show is free and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 22. Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m.For more information call 288-5009.

SPINDALE — Decades old sewer lines here will be getting an upgrade thanks to a $791,000 grant from federal stimulus funds announced Thursday. Town officials had first applied for the grant in March, and had not been given any time line about when to expect a response. “We knew that our project to replace the lines hadn’t been approved in the first round of stimulus grants,” said Spindale Mayor Mickey Bland. “They had some first rounds of these grants where they handed out some money and then some of the bids on these projects came in so low that they had money saved they could use on some of the second tier projects and that’s where we are.” Bland and the town council had initially wanted to ask for stimulus money to upgrade Spindale’s sewer plant, but engineer Kurt Wright told them that the project to replace sewer lines would have a better chance of getting approved Please see Spindale, Page 6A

Developer’s project now in foreclosure By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Queens Gap developer Keith Vinson has seen his other major property — Seven Falls in Henderson County — go into foreclosure. But company officials said Friday that Queens Gap would be unaffected. For the past few months, Vinson has said repeatedly he was seeking new financing for the Seven Falls development. When complete the project will

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have 838 single-family homes, 36 condominiums, a golf academy and retail shops built around an Arnold Palmer-designed course along the French Broad River. “Keith is constantly working with the lender and the foreclosure action was a necessary technical action that had to be taken by the bank by that date to protect their legal position,” said Burt Baine, general manager for Queens Gap. “We don’t know anything definitively yet. This is a process that Keith is working on and the lender had to take that step which was

regrettable.” Queens Gap is featured along with Seven Falls on several billboards on area roads, with Seven Falls highlighting the Palmer course and Queens Gap highlighting their Jack Nicklaus designed course. The National Bank of South Carolina foreclosed on the financing deal with Seven Falls in August, and said in court documents that Vinson was owed $13 Please see Project, Page 6

2A — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, September 13, 2009


Artreach program launched in Rutherford County From staff reports

FOREST CITY — Artreach: Community Development Through The Arts, is a community/arts collaboration announced Saturday by community leaders and art leaders. Realize Rutherford, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Rutherford Community Theater, Chase High School, Rutherford County Library Children’s Program, Community Empowerment Project/ Old Dunbar Center, Union Mills Learning Center, Green Hill Community Cultural Center and Rutherford County Arts Council have formed a consortium to bring about a more extensive outreach for artists, arts programs and other cultural activities into the diverse communities of Rutherford County, said Arts Council Executive Director Matthew McEnnerney.

The idea has been developed over the past few years to address one of the compelling facts of life here — Rutherford County (population approximately 63,000) is 566 square miles in area with about 40 identifiable communities and several mountainous sections, explained McEnnerney. “In this regard, the county retains some of the quality of its origins when it was a vast area on the frontier containing parts of several current states, with population clusters centered around farmsteads and small communities,” he said. “The Artreach project proposes building on this traditional community structure and encouraging the growth of additional cultural activities in these natural focal points, and sharing the programs created throughout the whole county. This can lead to a sort of “micro tourism” within the county which may also appeal to

visitors from outside, thus gradually spreading the economic benefits of tourism to all the businesses and areas of the county. “The planned activities for the first year will include the local production, touring and presentation of six theatrical productions and one community workshop,” he said. “In this first, experimental year, the initial presenting hubs will be Old Dunbar Community Center, the Union Mills Learning Center, Green Hill Community Cultural Center, Chase High School, Rutherford County Libraries (Henrietta, Spindale, Bill’s Creek/ Lake Lure) and Globe Park (Alexander Mills), with the Foundation Performing Arts Center at Isothermal Community College providing the location for a countywide production and YouthArts Festival. Additional programs are being explored and onver-

School provides a high quality, easily accessible theatre venue in the southern region of the county. “The Old Dunbar Center in Grahamtown will host the production of The Telling Circle: Folk Tales From Africa, produced by the Arts Council and subsequently toured to the three county libraries. After Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Elementary School moves to its new facility, Dunbar will host productions and other activities more frequently. “Globe Park will host the preparation of the spring musical produced by the Arts Council, to be presented at the Foundation the week of March 20, 2010, along with the YouthArts Festival.

sations are underway with other possible Cultural Hub sites. Union Mills Learning Center will be host to the three-play season of Rutherford Community Theatre, including Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, and Sanders Family Reunion. Certain of these shows will be toured to other hub locations yet to be determined. The Arts Council will premiere one of its productions at Green Hill Center and then tour it to other locations. “Chase High School Speech and Drama Dept. will produce a play for the public in the spring of 2010 and host a community drama workshop at its theatre.,” McEnnerney said. “The play is being considered for tour to other hubs. In addition to the production capacity of its speech and drama department, Chase High

Any group interested in participating or receiving further information may call the Arts Council at 245-4000 or email to

Historical Society sets Washburn area tour FOREST CITY —Members of the Rutherford County Historical Society and their guests will have the opportunity to visit and explore some of the most architecturally significant historic homes and buildings in the region during a fund raising tour on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The self-guided tour will showcase the Washburn Historic District and neighboring historic homes and structures in northeastern Rutherford County. Tour participants are asked to stop by the Washburn General Store, 2426 Bostic-Sunshine Highway, on the day of the tour to purchase tickets for the event. Tickets will be $5 each. A tour brochure and map will be provided to each participant. All proceeds will benefit the Rutherford County Historical Society. Included on the tour will be the E.N. Washburn home, completed in 1913, the Washburn General Store, erected in 1925, and the Salem United Methodist Church sanctuary, built in 1929. Additionally, the Ben F.W. Andrews home, completed in 1908, will be included on the tour as well as two 19th century structures, the CarsonAndrews Grist Mill, circa 1830, and the Miller’s House, circa 1860, located on the Andrews property. Many of these properties and sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both the Washburn and Andrews homes are examples of the Colonial-Revival style of architecture. Tours of those properties will be conducted by the owners. Historical Society volunteers will assist at each site. The Historical Society will solicit memberships for the coming year during the event and will take reserve orders for the new book, “Columns and Porches: Architectural Treasures of Rutherford County,” by Robin S. Lattimore, to be released in November 2009 for the benefit of the Historical Society. For more information about the tour or forthcoming book call Historical Society President, Robin S. Lattimore at (828) 447-1474, or contact him by e-mail at

Genealogy workshop set The Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society is sponsoring a workshop on Sept. 19 at its library in Asheville at 128 Bingham Rd,, Suite 700, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will be “Holdings of Interest to Genealogists in WNC Area Colleges and Universities,” and will cover the schools’ libraries, special collections and archives. WCU, UNC-A, Mars Hill, Warren Wilson, and ASU will be represented. Each attendee will receive a packet of handouts and other information. Door prize drawings will be held. There is a fee of $10 to cover the cost of materials. Preregistration information and forms may be found at or by calling (828) 253-1894. While preregistration is not required, it is advisable to assure a seat and a packet of information. However, walk-ins are welcome.

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Court session will begin on Monday From staff reports

RUTHERFORDTON — A man facing three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill is on the calendar for the session of Criminal Superior Trial Court that begins Monday at the Rutherford County Courthouse. Juan Camacho III is charged with those counts and is also charged with discharge a weapon into occupied property, felony aid and abet, manufacture marijuana, driving while license revoked, operate vehicle with no insurance, and fictitious/ altered title/ registration card/tag. The incident in which he is charged occurred July 27, when a .410-gauge shotgun was fired into the back of a vehicle on old Wagy Road, according to a Forest City Police Department report. In other cases on the calendar, Michael William McMahan is charged with first-degree burglary, firstdegree kidnapping, larceny from the person and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. William Odell Wilson is charged with first-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats. Five people are facing sex offense charges. Chance Mitchell Caledron is charged with four counts of first-degree sex offense on a child, four counts of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree rape of a child. David James Cole is charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Brian Anthony Gray is charged with first-degree rape and indecent liberties with a child. Charles Kevin Jackson is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual offense,

felony assault on handicapped, indecent liberties with a child, and habitual felon status. Robert Lee Wilson is charged with statutory rape/ sex offense where the defendant is at least six years older than the victim and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Four people are charged with drug offenses. Avery Stewart Hancock is charged with possession with intent manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony maintain vehicle/ dwelling/ place for controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operate/ possess gambling devices. Troyvess Marques Hoyle is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wallace Fran McClellan is charged with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substance and felony maintain vehicle/ dwelling/ place for controlled substance. Sammy Mark Smith is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony maintain vehicle/ dwelling/ place for controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce. A number of people are facing driving charges. Melvin Neal Bradley is charged with driving while license revoked, reckless driving to endanger and fictitious information to officer. Charles Glenn Bradley Sr. is charged with hit/run leave the scene of property damage. Clifford Oree Case Jr. is charged with driving while license revoked and possession of open container/ con-

sume alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle. Dwayne Ford is charged with driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer and simple worthless check. Richard Wayne Gibbs is charged with driving while impaired. Jonathan Vernon Hoyle is charged with driving while impaired and failure to comply with license restrictions. Christopher Lashon Miller is charged with driving while license revoked. Joey Lee Piercy Sr. is charged with driving while impaired. Ray James Reid is charged with driving while impaired. Benjamin Ray Sprouse is charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and failure to appear. Brian Eugene Whitener is charged with five counts of driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charged with felony probation violation are: Christopher Newel Bennick; Christopher Devon Carson; John Shedrick Carson Sr.; Jamie Leigh Conner; Brenda Faye Garner; James Noah Greene Jr., two counts; Luke David Greene; Robert Edward Hill; Earl Graham Jenkins II; James Leonard Maxwell, two counts; Charles Edward Mayse; Steve A. McGinnis; Marcus Lee Moore, three counts, and fictitious/ altered title/ registration card/ tag, driving while license revoked and exceeding posted speed; Antonia Marie Morrow; Stephanie Rose Turner; and Calvin Lew Watkins. Charged with misdemeanor probation violation are: John Shedrick Carson Sr.; Dennis Ray Cochran Jr.; Randy Dean Earley, two counts; Cornelius Isaiah

Edgerton, two counts; and April Brendle Morrow. Other cases on the calendar and the charges are: n Jermaine Jerome Allen, communicating threats. n Tina Renee Dunn Allen, assault and battery and misdemeanor larceny. n Jason Lee Couch, failure to comply on community service failure to comply/ $321 plus. n James Christopher Evans, two counts of obtain property by false pretense. n Calvin E. Hill, two counts of criminal contempt. n Karen Irene Hunt, two probation revocation appeals. n Chad Alan Hutchins, two counts of criminal contempt. n Anthony Sergio Jackson, failure to comply with monies. n Brock McGinnis, felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny, injury to real property, resisting a public officer and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods/ property. n Kenny William Michaels, felony conversion. n David Allen Player, misdemeanor stalking and communicating threats. n Kevin A. Stinchcomb, misdemeanor larceny. n Jacqueline Rene Street, failure to comply with community service and $530 plus, and failure to appear. n Ambers C. Surratt, illegal possession of food stamps, illegal use of food stamps, receiving stolen card, buying a financial card, financial card theft and obtain property by false pretense. n Charles Eugene Upton, probation revocation appeal. n Debra Ann Watkins, three probation revocation appeals. n Julie Webb, injury to personal property. n Valinca Lovet Williams, probation revocation appeal.

Easley case disappoints watchdogs RALEIGH (AP) — The latest allegations of possible favors given to former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley and his wife have government watchdogs groups disappointed, but not surprised. “There is case after case of bizarre behavior, from free country club dues to taking free air flights to free cars to a job for his wife, and now this. At the very least, this is very poor judgment for a sitting governor to engage in business deals with people seeking assistance from his administration,” Chris Fitzsimon, director of N.C. Policy Watch, told The News & Observer of Raleigh. The latest questions surrounding Easley stem from a report by the newspaper that Easley was given a 25 percent discount on property he bought in 2005 on Bogue Sound in Carteret County. The deed registered with the county doesn’t include the discount, recording the price as $549,880 and a spokeswoman said a year after the purchase that the governor paid the nonnegotiable asking price for the lot. The $137,000 discount could be considered a gift, and under law, any gifts more than $200 would have to be reported on state ethics forms. A political consultant now working with Easley said the discount was not a gift and Easley was given the same offer made to anyone else buying land in the subdivision. Ace Smith also threatened legal action, saying the closing documents the newspaper reviewed should be confidential.

4A — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, September 13, 2009 ■ A daily forum for opinion, commentary and editorials on the news that affects us all.

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Our Views Lessons of 9/11 are still critical


n Friday, America marked the 8th anniversary of the catastrophic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93. Our memorials this year were more subdued, but no less intensely felt. For those families who lost loved ones that tragic day, the change in tenor of these observances may be troubling. The pain of their losses are felt everyday. Our national pain continues to evolve. In the years since al Qaida terrorists carried out the Sept. 11 attacks, we have gone to war in Afghanistan and Iraq and many more American lives have been lost in those conflicts. Thousands of American lives have been lost in this struggle that began with the hijacking of those four planes. This battle shows no signs of ending. Even as we have begun the withdrawal from Iraq, the fighting in Afghanistan is intensifying. The simple fact is that even if we succeed there, we must ever be on guard against those hardened, bitter terrorists whose life goal is to inflict pain and suffering on America. On Sept. 11, 2001, Americans learned some difficult lessons. In the trying years since we have learned more and we must continue learning. The terrorists who launched those attacks opened our eyes. We now know that we are not invincible. We learned that we must be determined and vigilant if we are to survive.

Tough choices on prison reforms RALEIGH — After all that get-tough-on-crime talk, it was a rather interesting turn of events. North Carolina legislators narrowly approved a new law that promises to shave as much as two years off the prison terms of some violent felons. Meanwhile, most lawmakers wouldn’t touch a bill designed to reform a habitual felons law that can send nonviolent, repeat offenders to prison for terms as long as a that of a rapist. But for state prosecutors, the habitual felon law in North Carolina seems to be some kind of Holy Grail. Now that they’ve found it, no one wants it tarnished. The state, though, has a little problem. The prison population is growing, and there doesn’t seem to be much political will to build new prisons. That’s what happens when you have a prison population that rises at the same time crime rates drop, as they have for almost two decades. Back in the early 1990s, crime rates had spike. North Carolinians and state lawmakers decided to get tough by building new prisons and creating a new sentencing law that sent violent felons to prison for longer terms. The state’s Structured

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Sentencing Act also restored public confidence in the prison sentences handed out, requiring that those convicted serve all or most of their sentence. In fact, a report released a couple of years ago indicated that felons sent to North Carolina prisons were serving, on average, 109 percent of their sentence. Another get-tough-on-crime measure, the habitual felon law, required that anyone convicted for a fourth time of a fourth felony -- even if each crime involved nothing but breaking into a car -be sentenced as if he or she were an armed robber or rapist. State Rep. Phil Haire, a Jackson County Democrat, introduced legislation to change the law, dropping from consideration any violations of the two lowest levels of felonies. Most of his colleagues didn’t want anything to do with it. Instead, they passed a bill changing the state’s sentencing grid, potentially cutting the sen-

tence of some violent felons while increasing the terms of their supervised probation. It’s good to be tough on crime, politically and otherwise. And the state’s Structured Sentencing Law, by about any measure, has been a success story. It’s help keep the worst criminals off the street. Being dumb on crime is another matter. Legislators obviously felt like they had to do something to slow down the growth in the state’s prison population to avoid the kind of lawsuit faced by California, where a federal appeals court has ordered the release of 57,000 prisoners because of overcrowding. The prison population here has grown by 95 percent since 1992, rising from 21,000 to 41,000 during a period when the overall population has risen by about 40 percent. It’s an unsustainable trend. Making modest reforms to a law that causes nonviolent felons to spend 15 years or more in prison is better choice than carving off a couple of years for violent felons. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.

Our nation still mourns over the Sept. 11 attacks We have entered just a few years into a new millennium and the specter of war still looms. It is painful to even write these words, yet these were the words of our President as we awoke Tuesday morning Sept. 11th, 2001. America had taken great comfort in a false security bolstered by wealth, success and pride that, sadly, have not protected us from an enemy hiding behind religious fervor. Grant it, all Muslims are not in league with the religious values, or lack of them, of the Osama Bin Ladens and his disciples, yet one wonders how anyone of a religious and supposed “peaceful” religion nature can kill thousands of innocents. The war that continues is not a political one. It is, sadly, a religious one. There is no way to understand what is happening apart from seeing these events from a Scriptural perspective. This dilemma is recorded in the book of Genesis and the ultimate enmity between the Jews and Arabs is set in Genesis 16. Abraham and Sarah were promised a son that would be the heir of the Covenant spoken to Abraham, and this covenant was to be passed to Isaac and his offspring. When time had passed and Sarah had not given birth

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to this child, Abraham and Sarah took matters into their own hands and Sarah offered to allow Abraham to lay with Hagar, Sarah’s handmaiden. From this union Ishmael was born, who was part Egyptian and part Hebrew. Many have asked why the Muslims and Arabs hate America. It is because of our support and protection of Israel. But many in America take their faith seriously, and our Bible contains the same Old Testament Scriptures that Jews read as well. Jewish rabbis call the Old Testament the Hebrew Bible …. we call it the Old Testament, and of course we believe in the New Testament, or New Covenant. The Koran, the Muslim’s equivalent of our Bible, and so the Koran is not a part of our Bible. We do not see their prophet Muhammad, as a prophet in the likes of Ezekiel, Isaiah or John the Baptist. Israel belongs to Israel, not the Palestinians. It is a question of inheritance and land rights. When God was

speaking to Abraham and giving him the promises, God himself laid out the land rights and borders. In Genesis 15, we clearly see this land grant and its borders. God said,” To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates — the Kenites, the Kenezites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perrizites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites”. Gen. 15:18-21. Time will not allow a full geographical description of this but what God was describing was the geographical locations of these tribes that would be displaced by God’s people. Abraham and his descendants through Isaac were given what we now know as Palestine, or Israel. Here then is the problem we are facing; competitive religions that are competing over land and inheritance rights. Ishmael was the firstborn of Abraham; Ishmael was not the son of promise, however. It was said that in Isaac, God’s people would be called and it would be Isaac’s seed that would be blessed. St Paul even reiterates this in Galatians. Amazingly, Paul even speaks of the persecution that was still occurring to the Jews that Pharaoh had been destroyed for doing as

well. Galatians 4 tells this story. Paul is describing the difference between the children born of the promise, Sarah, and the children born of the bondwoman, Hagar. Verses 28-31 give us much light to why Arab terrorists did what they did; “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But, as he who was born according to the flesh (Ishmael) that persecuted him who was born of the Spirit (Isaac), even so it is now.” “Nevertheless what does Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son (Hagar and Ishmael) for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman (Sarah and Isaac).” Paul is quoting Genesis 21:10. It is very difficult in this short space to describe the difficulties of what we are seeing in the world. It is the expression of years of hatred between the Jews and the Arabs. Because of our alliance with Israel, we are embroiled in a conflict thousands of years old and as long as we stand with Israel, we will continue to be hated by many Muslims. This is a war that has been fought for ages and will not cease until time is at an end. Many of the Christian faith believe that what we are seeing is just the beginning of sorrows, described

in the Bible. These wars and rumors of wars prophesied by Jesus Christ will occur until the return of Christ. This is a particular truth in the Christian faith that many see as our only hope. That is why Jesus, in giving us what we know as the Lord’s prayer, said to pray” for the kingdom to come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Of course not all are Christian or believe in these words, or a god of any kind. I can tell you this: on that fateful Tuesday morning I received phone calls from frightened individuals asking me were we facing the end of the world or moving into a tribulation time. Many are afraid as they see woe and war before their eyes. I encourage, weekly, for people to go to church for comfort. It is sad that crisis seems to be a means of getting us to reorder our priorities and remember that our only chance at life is the Grace of God. We have not seen the last of violence and war. We cannot stop the events that are to come. We cannot cleanse other’s black and wicked hearts. We can pray and ask God for mercy and forgiveness. God will do His part. Fr. Lankford is pastor of St. Luke’s Church. He can be contacted at 286-8078 or via e-mail at

The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, September 13, 2009


Local/Obituaries/State PET OF THE WEEK

Obituaries Stella McGinnis

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Community Pet Center youth volunteer Gretchen Lantz holds Sugar Bear, a sweet female cat who is 1 yeard old. Sugar Bear has been spayed, declawed and is looking to find a good home. She is available for adoption in the cat room of the Rutherford County Animal Shelter on Laurel Hill Drive in Rutherfordton. The shelter’s hours are Monday-Thursday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. . For more information call 287-6025. For the Community Pet Center volunteers office call 287-7738.

WNC man dies in crash

ASHEVILLE (AP) — A western North Carolina businessman has died after his plane crashed into a gated golf community after taking off in heavy fog. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that 65-year-old pilot Larry Youngblood was the only person on the Beech A-30 Bonanza when the airplane crashed Thursday shortly after taking off from the Asheville Regional Airport. Blue Ridge Fire Department Chief Gary Brown says the plane appears to have hit several trees, coming to rest between two houses with its wings torn off. Youngblood was the former owner of Fletcher BMW and owned several convenience stores.

Stella Price McGinnis, 88, of 1290 Harris-Henrietta Road, Forest City, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at her residence. Born March 4, 1921, in Cherokee County, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Crowder Price and Sally Thrift Price. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of Floyd’s Creek Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Osborne McGinnis. Survivors include her daughter, Frances Morgan of Forest City; five sons, Wayne McGinnis, Ronnie McGinnis and David McGinnis, all of Forest City, Larry McGinnis of Sandy Mush and Doug McGinnis of Cary; a sister, Cilla Leach of Mooresboro; 16 grandchildren; 34 greatgrandchildren; and two great great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday at 5 p.m. at Floyd’s Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Travis Smith, David Bradley and Shane Kirby officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Harrelson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. An online guest registry is available at

Bobby Ensley

Bobby James Ensley, 71, of 1808 Spindale St., Spindale, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Hospice House of Forest City. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late James Rex and Vernie Mae McCurry Ensley. He was a member of Spindale United Methodist Church. He was a 32-year member of Spindale Fire Department, a former fire chief, former Spindale Town n James Ricky Hamrick, Council member, serving 16 47, of 948 Room 5 West Main St.; charged with com- years, and a former employee of O.M.C., G.F., Stonecutter mon law misdemeanor aid Mills and R-S Central High and abet; placed under a School. 48-hour hold. (RCSO) He is survived by his wife, n Sylvia Kay Hargett, 36, of Patricia Holland Ensley of 948 Room 5 West Main St.; the home and a daughter, charged with domestic vioRobin Ensley of the home. lence protective order violaThe family will receive tion; placed under a 48-hour friends from 5 to 8 p.m. hold. (RCSO) n Stephanie Paige Bridges, Monday at Crowe’s Mortuary in Rutherfordton. Funeral 23, of 1004 E. Main St.; services will be held 2 p.m. charged with injury to perTuesdayat Spindale United sonal property; placed Methodist Church with the under a $500 secured bond. Revs. Jim Pyatt, Joe Fulk (RCSO) n Jason Marshawn Murray, and Mike Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in 20, of 223 Mountain View the Spindale City Cemetery. St.; charged with local ordiHonor guard will be providnance consume beer/wine ed by fire department memunderage; placed nder a bers of Rutherford County. $500 secured bond. (RCSO) Memorials may be made n Marcus Demetrick Murray, 25, of 129 Valley St.; to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, charged with felony possession of cocaine; placed under Forest City, NC 28043 or to Rutherford County Employee a $25,000 secured bond. Relay for Life. (RCSO) n Nikki Lynne Fleshman, 35, of 302 Courtland St.; Online condolences: www. charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor required by citation, failure Keona Miller to wear seat belt - driver Keona Lamont Miller, and driving while license infant son of Ocie Sierra revoked; placed under a $500 secured bond. (RCSO)

Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 155 E-911 calls Friday.


n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 21 E-911 calls Friday.


n The Spindale Police Department responded to 25 E-911 calls Friday.

Lake Lure

n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to 11 E-911 calls Friday.

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 68 E-911 calls Friday.


n Steven Brock McGinnis, 28, of 166 McGinnis Road; charged with three counts misdemeanor probation violation; placed under a $15,000 secured bond. (RCSO) n Thomas Martin Elfers, 49, of 104 Butternut Lane; charged with manufacture marijuana, maintain place for controlled substance (vehicle/dwelling) and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; placed under a $20,000 unsecured bond. (RCSO) n Sean Patrick O’Connel, 37, of 195 Lavista Circle; charged with manufacture marijuana; placed under a $10,000 unsecured bond. (RCSO) n Tommy Ray Tipton, 57, of 1167 Old 221-A Hwy.; charged with failure to appear assault on a female and failure to appear resist public officer; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (RCSO) n Anthony Neal Drake, 22, of 42 Old Farm Circle; charged with two counts failure to appear - speeding and failure to appear expired registration card/tag; placed uner a $2,500 secured bond. (RCSO)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 26 E-911 calls Friday. n The Volunteer Life Savingand Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to 11 E-911 calls Friday.

Fire Calls n Bostic Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire, assisted by Cherry Mountain and Ellenboro Fire Departments. n Cliffside Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle crash Friday. n Forest City Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle crash and a smoke report Friday. n Sandy Mush Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle crash Friday.


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Miller of 156 Reid St., Forest City, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, in Rutherfordton. Arrangements will be announced by Pruitt Funeral Home.

Harry Grindstaff Harry I. Grindstaff, 88, of Forest City, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Rutherford Hospital. He was the son of the late Peter and Belle Weatherman Grindstaff. He retired from Grindstaff’s Interiors, and was a member and a former Deacon at First Baptist Church of Bostic. He was a World War II Army veteran and earned a Purple Heart, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Barrier Grindstaff; two daughters, Brenda Grindstaff Davidson and Debra Grindstaff Hester, both of Forest City; five sons, Larry Grindstaff, Edward Grindstaff, Ronnie Grindstaff and Stanley Grindstaff, all of Forest City, and Dennis Grindstaff of Bostic; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesdayat First Baptist Church of Bostic with the Rev. Clay Earle will officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Spruce Pine. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home. An online guest registry is available at www.washburndorsey. com.

Deaths Larry Gelbart LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry Gelbart, the awardwinning writer whose sly, sardonic wit helped create such hits as Broadway’s A Funny Thing Happened on

the Way to the Forum, the films Tootsie and Oh, God! and television’s “M-A-S-H,” is dead. Gelbart, who won a Tony for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, an Emmy for “M-AS-H” and was nominated for two Oscars, is most likely best remembered for the long-running TV show about Army doctors during the Korean War. Carl Reiner, his longtime friend and colleague, called Gelbart “the Jonathan Swift of our day.” “M-A-S-H” debuted on CBS in 1972, when the nation was still embroiled in the Vietnam War, and some viewers were initially puzzled or offended by its depiction of the cynical, wisecracking physicians who worked frantically to save the lives of soldiers. By its second season it had caught on, however, and it remained one of television’s top-10 rated shows for a decade, until its final episode in 1983. Along the way, it won numerous awards including the Emmy for best comedy series. Gelbart’ wrote gags for Bob Hope, Jack Paar, Red Buttons, Jack Carson, Eddie Cantor and Joan Davis. In 1953 he accepted Sid Caesar’s offer of $1,000 a week to work for “Caesar’s Hour,” joining a legendary writing team that included Reiner, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. Juan Almeida Bosque HAVANA (AP) — The death of Juan Almeida Bosque, a vice president who was one of the last giants of Cuba’s 1959 revolution, plunged the island into mourning Saturday and was a stark reminder of the mortality of all of Cuba’s aging leaders — including brothers Raul and Fidel Castro.

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Mr. Bobby James Ensley, 71, of 1808 Spindale St., Spindale, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Hospice House of Forest City, following a long illness. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late James Rex and Vernie Mae McCurry Ensley. A member of Spindale United Methodist Church, he was a 32 year member of Spindale Fire Department, a former fire chief, current Spindale Town Council member, serving 16 years, and a former employee of O.M.C., G.F., Stonecutter Mills and R-S Central High School. He also helped build the Spindale Police Club, which was formerly the softball field. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Holland Ensley of the home; a daughter, Robin Ensley of the home; two aunts, Winifried Hicks and Jennie Sue Haney, both of Gastonia; a number of cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia E. Liverett. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Crowe’s Mortuary in Rutherfordton. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Spindale United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jim Pyatt, Joe Fulk and Mike Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in the Spindale City Cemetery. Honor guard will be provided by fire department members of Rutherford County. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or to Rutherford County Employee Relay for Life. Online condolences: www.

Stella Price McGinnis, age 88, of 1290 Harris-Henrietta Road, Forest City, NC, died Saturday, September 12, 2009 at her residence. Stella was born on March 4, 1921, in Cherokee County, S.C., to the late Crowder Price and Sally Thrift Price. She was a homemaker and enjoyed all sorts of crafts and needle work. She also enjoyed making rugs and cooking. Stella was known for her ability to make everyone feel welcome in her home and truly had the gift of hospitality. She was a longtime member of Floyd’s Creek Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Osborne McGinnis; one grandson, Keith Morgan and eight brothers and sisters. Survivors include her daughter, Frances Morgan and husband, Eugene, of Forest City; five sons, Wayne McGinnis and wife, Reba, of Forest City, Larry McGinnis and wife, Janice, of Sandy Mush, Doug McGinnis and his wife, Sandy, of Cary, N.C., Ronnie McGinnis and his wife, Debbie, of Forest City and David McGinnis, also of Forest City. She is also survived by Jake Thrift of Shiloh; one sister, Cilla Leach of Mooresboro; 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2009 at Floyd’s Creek Baptist Church with the Reverend Travis Smith, the Reverend David Bradley and the Reverend Shane Kirby officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. The family requests memorial donations be sent to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family. An online guest registry is available at

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Olympiad experiences major growth Support groups Grace Support Group: The Grace Caregiver Support Group will hold the following meetings: Friday, Sept. 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Senior Center; topic — Finding Humor In Caregiving; speaker, Mary Mitchell; Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Rutherford LIFECare; topic — Survival Tips for Demenia Patient Caregivers; speaker, Dr. Larry Hedgemapt, MD; Friday, Oct. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Senior Center; topic — Self Care, Stress Management and Sharing Experiences; facilitator, Patty Olson, BSW.

Reunions Beaver family reunion: Sunday, Sept. 12, Big Springs Baptist Church, Ellenboro; call 657-6385 for more information. Camby family reunion: Sunday, Sept. 20, covered dish lunch 1 p.m., at Pleasant Grove Church in Fairview.

Fundraisers Plant auction, hot dog supper: Saturday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m., Crestview Park, Rutherfordton; large variety of registered daylilies and other perennials; sponsored by Foothills Daylily Society. Benefit barbecue: For Myrtle Greenholtz (kidney transplant patient), and Gary Zenker, (kidney donor); Saturday, Sept. 19, begins at 11 a.m., at First Wesleyan Church, Forest City; plates $7; whole butts $30, includes slaw and sauce; baked goods, yard sale items, auction, car wash and live music; orders must be placed in advance for whole butts, call 245-4064.

LAKE LURE — The 2009 Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad saw exponential growth as athletes and spectators poured into Lake Lure and Chimney Rock for the fifth annual sports festival on Aug. 27-30, said Michelle Yelton, media relations for the Olympiad. The biggest draw for the Olympiad is always the sprint triathlon, which anchors the sports festival, followed by the 5-Mile Dam Run and the Race to the Rock. All three races saw major growth from last year to this year. The 5-Mile Dam Run grew from 32 to 71 runners, the Race to the Rock increased from 36 participants to 119, and the acclaimed sprint triathlon grew from 169 athletes 432 athletes. Other events garnered more attendance including the shag dance, dragon boat races, lake swim, kayak races and Junior Olympiad. The Lake Lure Lions Club managed the golf tournament for the Olympiad and brought in over $2,000. Even with fewer sponsors, a poor economy and a nearly 50 percent cut in the organization’s operating budget, Kay Dittmer, chairman of the Olympiad Board of Governors, said one of the reasons for the growth was the implementation of a grass roots approach to marketing the Olympiad. “We (The Board of Governors) printed thousands of postcards for our three anchor races with additional info on what else athletes could do during the Olympiad, and physically handed them out at numerous triathlons around the state,” explains Dittmer. “The process took a huge

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Historical Society fundraiser: The Rutherford County Historical Society will tour of the Washburn Historic District and nearby properties on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. until noon. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased on the day of the event at Washburn General Store, 2426 Bostic-Sunshine Highway. All proceeds will benefit the Historical Society. For more information call (828) 447-1474.

hoods in the county.” She continues “Restoration of older homes is a large part of this neighborhood’s appeal. Residents are taking pride in this street and restoring the original character and charm of the homes that have been neglected. I see nothing but good things continuing to happen in the Arlington Street Neighborhood.”


Another thing the neighborhood has going for it is the architecture. “One thing that makes this neighborhood so attractive is the diversity of housing there,” King said. “It has duplexes, it has multi-unit housing and it has more traditional homes. It is so close to things and that makes it

Youth Fest 2009: Saturday, Sept. 19, 3 to 7 p.m., Spencer Baptist Church, Spindale; Tabacco Prevention Program with Dr. Tom LaBreche, Dr. Gary Schafer, and Jamie Ingraham, RN; talent show with youth from area churches; free pizza, prizes and t-shirts; for middle grades and high school students; to reserve seating or for more information call 286-5502. Hours changing: All Rutherford County Convenience Centers will be closed on Sundays, beginning Nov. 1. And will now close at 7 p.m., beginning Nov. 2. Book sale: Spindale Public Library will hold a book sale Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 10 a.m., (during the Spindale Fall Festival) at the Spindale House. Foothills Harvest Outreach Ministries will hold a 50 percent off sale on all men’s clothes. The store is located at 120 E. Trade St., Forest City. Celebration of the Arts: Sept. 18-22, at the ICC Foundation building lobby; 9 to 5 daily, and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; works of 50 artists will be on display; registrations for fall studio art classes will also be taken. For information visit or call 828-288-5009.

ICC classes To receive the ICC Continuing Education Fall 2009 catalog, call 286-3636, ext. 346, and a copy will be mailed to you. The catalog is also available online at www.isothermal. edu/conedu/. Real Estate Broker course: Real Estate Broker Pre-Licensing Course; must be at least 18 to take the state exam; MTTh, Sept. 14 - Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; fee $175; required texts $100.93; course #14750; call 286-3636, ext. 346 to pre-register. Fitness Swim (lap swim): Must pre-register and pay prior to class, but you can enter at any time during the session; MWF, Sept. 14 - Dec. 11, 7 to 7:50 a.m.; course #14745; or MTWTh, Sept. 14 Nov. 12, 5:30 to 6:20 p.m.; course #14745; fee $59; call 286-3636, ext. 346 to pre-register. Water Exercise: Must pre-register and pay prior to class, but you can enter at any time during the session; MWF, Sept. 14 - Dec. 11, 9 to 9:50 a.m.; course #13423; or MTWTh, Sept. 14 - Nov. 12, 4:40 to 5:30 p.m.; course #14737; fee $59; call 286-3636, ext. 346 to preregister. Adult Learn To Swim/Family Swim: Must pre-register and pay prior to class, but you can enter at any time during the session; MW, Sep. 14 - Dec. 21, 7:45 to 9 p.m.; course #14739; or Saturday, Sept. 19 - Jan. 2, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; course #14742; fee $59; call 286-3636, ext. 346 to pre-register.

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because it involved upgrading infrastructure. “This is great news for the town of Spindale,” Bland said. “Not only will we be able to replace these old deteriorating lines — some of which have

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million in September 2008 and was now in default. “He is working with them and is working on a funding source to resolve this,” Baine said. “He believes that he will get this resolved and that this foreclosure will not take place. It is regrettable but it is what it is. At some point, he will let everyone know that the funding source has been renewed.”

amount of time and energy, but it was absolutely worth it when you look at our attendance this year as compared to previous years. Sometimes you have to go back to the basics.” The 5-Mile Dam Run, the Sprint Triathlon and the Race to the Rock together formed the “Three Races in Three Days” challenge. While athletes were welcome to compete in just one event, the Olympiad wanted to see who could handle all three, Yelton explained. Only 10 of the athletes from the three races rose to the challenge including Lake Lure’s Town Manager Chris Braund and his wife Karen Van Sickler, and Travis Dodrill who owns A Plus Car Rental in Spindale and is a member of the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition. Jay Curwen of Asheville, who also completed the three races challenge, was the overall winner of the sprint triathlon. Like the other athletes interviewed throughout the weekend, Curwen had glowing feedback on the triathlon. “It was hard to focus on the course with such beautiful scenery around you,” said Curwen. While governed by a nine-member, all-volunteer board, there are countless people and organizations without whom the Olympiad would fail to exist. “We had some big-time help,” stresses Dittmer. “Rumbling Bald Resort was tremendously supportive, financially and otherwise. This event could not have gotten anywhere without the assistance of Tom Judson and

his great staff. Valley Market gave us an endless supply of ice and water, Camp Lurecrest baked 900 cookies for our athletes, and both Wyndham Vacations and Rumbling Bald Resort provided accommodations for the race work crews. Plus, Carolina First stepped up at the beginning of the year with a much-appreciated sponsorship. The list goes on.” Ingles donated food, ice and beverages for the Athletes’ Tables, which according to Dittmer, was proclaimed the “best food table ever” by the athletes. Local businesses also benefitted from the influx of people in the area like Genevieve Helms, owner of Lake Lure Adventure Company. “I had a lot of Olympiad participants rent pontoon boats from me over the weekend. They all had flattering remarks about the Olympiad, too. It was wonderful for my business.” Sixteen charities will benefit from the 2009 Olympiad. These organizations include: Bat Cave Volunteer Fire & 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, Lake Lure Lion’s Club, Cancer Resource Center, Hospice of Rutherford County, Rutherford County Humane Society and Shepherd’s Care.

more desirable. I could go home on a Friday and not have to drive my car again until Monday, but still have an active social life.” History is a favorable aspect as well. “Portions of this neighborhood are included in Forest City’s East Main Street historic district,” said Danielle Withrow, Forest City’s town planner and downtown development director. “Two of the oldest homes date back to 1910 and 1918, but most were built in the 1940s. From these notable porches a majority of downtown Forest City businesses are easily reachable by foot. These two factors play a huge role in why home values continue to be stable in this neighborhood.” King also noted that newfound emphasis on walkability is a reversal of trends from the rush to suburbs in recent years.

“Forest City’s Florence Mills project — the idea of building condos there — is fantastic because it is building on something you already have,” King said. “Re-using lots and turning parking lots into buildings is a great step toward rebuilding that core downtown. This is an idea that people really don’t think about but we are a rural area.

been in the ground for more than 50 years — but it will provide some jobs for some people.”

said. “That is pretty reasonable to get a loan of that size and do that kind of work. I really want to thank Kurt Wright, who did the engineering work and our town manager Cameron McHargue who did a lot of the leg work to get this information together for a lot of this stimulus funding.”

The grant will take the form of a $395,500 forgivable grant and a $395,500 loan that will be repaid at 0 percent interest for the next 20 years. “We’ll end up paying back about $19,500 a year for 20 years to cover the other part of the loan,” Bland

Baine said the reporting of the foreclosure was not premature, but may have been hasty. “It is similar to the situation with these bonds for Queens Gap with the Rutherford County,” Baine said. “The bonds are in place with the county again and everything is squared away with them. But we did have a period where they lapsed for just a little while and we came away with a black eye on that. Keith has now gotten the new bonds set up and everything is moving along well.” And Baine was emphatic that the foreclosure in Seven Falls would have

“The idea of urban sprawl on a local level is popping up with subdivisions coming in four or five miles outside of town. But the reverse is happening, too, with homes selling well in Rutherfordton at or close to what they’re asking price is on Pine Street, West Court Street and the blocks around there.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at

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no effect on Queens Gap. “It is two separate things, it does not affect us whatsoever,” Baine said. “The company is owned by Keith Vinson, but there is like a firewall between the two. The future development of Queens Gap is not affected Seven Falls. We’re still moving forward. Some rain last week slowed us down, but we’ve been building more roads in the past few weeks and work is proceeding well.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at

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Business Notes Dollar General to go public; HCA in line

An AP Member Exchange

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Large Nashville corporations that were bought up by private equity firms over the past three years could be going public again soon. Last month, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts announced it will take Dollar General public by selling $750 million in stock. Some analysts think another company in KKR’s portfolio, HCA, could follow. KKR and others took the hospital company private in a $33 billion buyout in November 2006 and it’s financial results have improved since then. Vicki Bryan, a bond analyst at Gimme Credit research, tells The Tennessean HCA could easily raise enough cash through an initial public offering of stock to pay off its estimated $26 billion in outstanding debt and provide its current owners a nice dividend. But most analysts don’t expect an IPO until after Congress acts on the current health care reform proposals. “Any potential investor would want to know what the likely impact of legislation will be before they make an investment,” said Ken Melkus, senior adviser in Nashville for private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. Private equity firms often borrow against the cash flow or assets of the company they are buying. They hope that by cutting costs and boosting efficiency they can take the company public again within three to five years and earn a profit. But the strategy doesn’t always work. “The big question about large leveraged buyouts is there’s a huge amount of debt that’s going to start to come due starting in 2012,” said Michael Devlin, managing partner in private equity firm Pharos Capital Group LLC, which has offices in Nashville and Dallas. “The question is: Can they pay that debt back? If they can’t, then the equity is going to be worthless.” In Dollar General’s case, the discount chain has done well in a down economy because consumers have become more cost-concious. The company had already reduced inventory and made store improvements before KKR’s buyout. After it went private, the company was able to make more improvements by focusing less on the short term results that please stockholders.

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In this Aug. 26 photo, realtor Scott Patterson, right, with Esslinger Wooten Maxwell, Inc., Realtors, talks with his partner Zoila Garcia about a listing in their office in Aventura, Fla.

Home sale norm returns to a time-tested model By ADRIAN SAINZ AP Real Estate Writer

The American dream of homeownership is still attainable. Buyers just have to deal with a new set of realities. A year after the collapse of the housing market triggered the financial meltdown, lenders are demanding more money up front, high credit scores and proof of income. Paperwork must be in perfect order. Patience and persistence are required. And don’t even bother asking about a subprime mortgage. It’s a vastly different set of rules from earlier this decade, when home prices soared and mortgages were easy to come by. In some ways, it’s a return to the standards that emerged as the World War II generation bought its first homes in the suburbs: Buy what you can afford. Stick to a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage. View your home as a place to live, not as a piggy bank. For people trying to sell their homes, the standards are different, too: Be patient and maybe even lower your asking price, because the balance of power has swung strongly to buyers.

Housing bubbles have happened before and, experts warn, could happen again. Already, home sales and prices are rising slowly, helped by tax breaks for first-time homebuyers. But real estate agents, mortgage brokers, economists and homebuyers across the country say they’ve noticed a shift in attitudes that they expect will last for years. New reality: Selling your house Real estate agent Scott Patterson hits the gas and weaves his black MercedesBenz across three lanes of Interstate 95 near Plantation, Fla., holding his iPhone with one hand and the steering wheel with the other. He is rushing to meet with potential buyers of a condo with an ocean view. When he arrives, he turns on lights and opens doors in the four-bedroom place. The prospective buyers, a couple from Venezuela, walk around, ask a few questions — and leave. Business may be up in South Florida, but the power has shifted to the buyer. And price is the key. “If you’re not getting showings, you’re overpriced,” says

RALEIGH (AP) — When Jeff Torello opens his new business in Cary this fall, he’ll be making a six-figure gamble on the future of the video game business. He’ll be doing it in a time when consumers are spending less on entertainment and in a year when video game sales have dropped 14 percent so far. But he says he’s confident his RUaGamer business has the potential to succeed. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that RUaGamer will be a 4,000-square-foot emporium of video gaming, kind of like a Dave & Busters but solely dedicated to video games. Kids and adults will pay to play by the hour, as much as $6. They’ll be able play one of 32 Xboxes, each linked to its own HDTV, or get up on stage and play Rock Star on a 120-inch TV with their friends. Or they’ll be able to run around a tennis court-size area and play doubles Wii tennis on a jumbo screen. “The point of a LAN gaming center is not so much playing the game,” said Torello, 39, who lives in Holly Springs. “The value is really the social interaction.” LAN gaming centers, named after the local area network computer connection that fuels the machines, have been popping up across the country for years. But as video games become popular with a wider range of people, the potential for LAN centers has also expanded. As a result, LAN centers have grown in size and popularity, with some like RUaGamer trying to capture the family crowd as well as teens. Torello also plans to target senior centers who may want to patronize the business during the normally slower day-time hours, and create Wii bowling leagues. “It’s kind of like a pool hall,” he said. “The larger we’re able to make it, the more stations we can have, the more that social dynamic and the interactivity grows.” When RUaGamer opens, it will be the Triangle’s largest LAN center, roughly twice the size of GameFrog, probably the best-known local center. But Torello said the large building and its large over

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Wells Fargo plans hiring for about 150 WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — A Wells Fargo & Co. executive says the merged, San Francisco-based bank plans to add about 150 jobs at a North Carolina hub that specializes in serving wealthy customers. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Friday the bank will keep about 2,800 employees in Forsyth County. Wells Fargo regional president Stanhope Kelly said it also expects to add 150 jobs over the next two years primarily in wealth management, trust and branches. Kelly says some of the new wealth and trust jobs are being transferred into WinstonSalem from other locations. Wells Fargo took over Charlotte-based Wachovia last October. The acquisition has led to layoffs in North Carolina and the Midwest.

Sarah Hopper, left, recently purchased Gregory’s on Main Street from Greg and Kelliegh Hayes. The restaurant is located at 211 N. Main St. in Rutherfordton. Hopper said she has been a cook for 22 years. She said she might try some new nightly specials, but added that the Gregory’s recipes will not change. She is a Rutherford County native, from the Gilkey community. Here, Hopper chats with customer Mary Richardson at the restaurant’s cash register. Larry Dale/Daily Courier

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Patterson, an agent with Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Realtors Inc. The record number of foreclosed homes on the market gives buyers even more leverage. “They can afford to wait,” says David Baran, a broker with Prudential Preferred Properties in Chicago. Michael Davies and Nicole Anzia of Washington, D.C., got caught in their first bidding war when they bought their two-bedroom condo in 2003. The seller fielded eight bids within five days of listing. The couple waived an inspection to clinch the deal and paid $372,000. That was tame compared with what happened when they sold the condo two years later. They listed the property on a Thursday for $479,000 and held two open houses. More than 100 people showed up, and 11 bids were waiting for them by Tuesday. The final price: $605,000. The buyer waived the inspection, too. When they tried to sell their home this May, things were different. They listed the house at the purchase price and received just one bid. The negotiation process took longer, and they sold at a $21,000 loss. The buyer demanded an inspection. “We don’t feel like we went from boom to bust,” Davies says. “We felt like we went from boom to reality.” New reality: Getting a mortgage Jim Sahnger, a mortgage broker in Jupiter, Fla., still chuckles over one borrower three years ago who landed a mortgage with no down payment and two foreclosures and a bankruptcy in his past. Now, lenders pore over bank statements, tax returns and job histories. The average mortgage application today starts three times thicker than what it was at the start of the housing boom, and often gets thicker as the process drags on.



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which were written for people with poor credit histories and helped cause the meltdown when the interest rates jumped and borrowers defaulted. In 2005, one in every five mortgages was considered subprime. This year, it’s less than 1 percent. Another category of risky loans, Alt-A mortgages, which required little or no documentation of the borrower’s financial health, have plunged to $3 billion this year from $400 billion in 2005. New reality: Closing the deal Mike Delano thought everything was in order. He was set to buy a $785,000 home in Washington, D.C., until he learned his lender now required a 20 percent down payment instead of 10 percent. Unlike in years past, there was no wiggle room. He had to raise the extra money from his family. “It was a nightmare,” he says. It’s not uncommon nowadays for closings to take 60 days. One big reason: Appraisers have become more strict — or, some would say, more accurate. During the boom years, agents and brokers often pressured appraisers to “hit the number” that the buyer and seller had agreed on so the deal would close and everyone could collect fees. Under new industry rules, mortgage brokers are barred from ordering appraisals themselves. Instead, lenders order appraisals inhouse or hire independent firms. Some real estate agents and homebuilders say the rules are causing delays in closing sales, or undermining sales because appraisals are coming in too low. New reality: The future Nearly everyone in the real estate industry agrees on this much: Another dramatic boombust cycle isn’t likely soon. Albert Saiz, assistant real estate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, expects that new regulations and a different consumer mindset will help real estate return to a more traditional cycle.

Sometimes all the extra documentation still isn’t enough. Sahnger recently had a customer with a good job and a 20 percent down payment who couldn’t get a mortgage because the lender said there were too many delinquent mortgages in the neighborhood. “Now, they want to know everything about the buyer,” Sahnger says. “It’s a true and full underwriting process on every particular loan.” It is common to require a down payment of 20 percent — sometimes more. And it is virtually impossible to get subprime mortgages,

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There will be some ups and downs, Saiz said, but in the long run, prices should move higher. “In the end, the United States is still growing,” he says. “We’re going to need more housing.” Pava Leyrer, president of Heritage National Mortgage in Michigan, notes that the majority of people are still paying their debts. She’s confident the market will rebound once the unemployment rate begins to fall. “I really can’t imagine we would go back to the same situation because it took an exact wrong mix of everything for that to occur,” she says. “If it ever did happen, I’ll be long dead.”


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“We allow them to use our games even though they’re making repeated amounts of money on copies,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Cary-based Epic Games. “If users go and play and have a great experience at a LAN Center, they’re more likely to go home and buy our game.” Even though video game sales are down now, that’s probably temporary, said David Riley, an analyst that follows the toy and game industry for research firm NPD. “It’s a good time to invest time and money into the industry because the industry’s poised to appeal to an even larger audience,” he said. “We’re getting ready to see titles like Rock Band Beatles, and you know those weren’t made for teens.” “The Beatles: Rock Band” will be released in September. Though sales are down right now, Riley said, the video game industry is waiting for several big game releases at the end of this year and also tends to make half of its annual sales during the fourth quarter. “A lot of those titles are multiplayer,” he said. “And those are perfect for LAN centers.”




Surviving in the LAN center business is not easy, said Mike Gaines, CEO of LifeGaming Inc., the parent company of GameFrog. At one point, GameFrog operated four stores in the Triangle but now has just one, at Northgate mall in Durham. It also has stores in Winston-Salem and Charlotte. “Traffic has dropped off 40 percent in the last year and a half,” he said. “Startup is a big challenge. You have to have a lot of money. It can cost $10,000 in the games for the start of a new store. (Altogether), a small store can cost $20,000 to $80,000.”



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Obama says he wants reforms that work WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’ll be held responsible for any problems once a health care overhaul becomes law, so he has every reason to get it right. “I have no interest in having a bill get passed that fails. That doesn’t work,” he told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview to air Sunday night. Heading to a rally Saturday in Minneapolis, the president used his weekly radio and Internet address to focus on government figures showing that nearly half of all Americans live without health insurance in a 10-year period. He said the situation will worsen without the changes he wants and that losing coverage can happen to anyone. “I intend to be president for a while and once this bill passes, I own it. And if people look and say, You know what? This hasn’t reduced my costs. My premiums are still going up 25 percent, insurance companies are still jerking me around.’ I’m the one who’s going to be held responsible. So I have every incentive to get this right,” he said in an excerpt of the CBS interview released Saturday. While the president cleared out of town, thousands of people marched along Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol to protest Obama’s health care plan and what they say is outof-control federal spending. A new Treasury Department analysis found that 48 percent of all people under age 65 go without health coverage at some point in a 10-year period. The data came from a study that tracked the insurance status of a sample of people from 1997-2006. The report also found that 57 percent of those under 21 will find themselves without insurance at some point during a span of 10 years and that more than one-third of Americans will be without coverage for a year or more. “I refuse to allow that future to happen,” Obama said in his weekend message. “In the United States of America, no one should have to worry that they’ll go without health insurance — not for one year, not for one month, not for one day. “And once I sign my health reform plan into law, they won’t,” he added. In the Republican address, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Obama has paid lip service to bipartisanship, rejected ideas that would bring the parties together around overhauling the system and ignored the American people’s wishes. He criticized the cost and its long-term effect on the budget deficit, saying one of the House bills works out to $2.4 trillion over 10 years, beginning in 2013. Obama puts the cost of his plan at $900 billion for the period starting in 2010, when more revenue will be available right away. “President Obama should work with Republicans on a bottom-up solution that the American people can support,” Cornyn said. In the week ahead, Obama plans a speech Tuesday in Pittsburgh at the AFL-CIO convention, where the need for health care overhaul will be an overriding theme, and a rally Thursday in College Park, Md.

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Health care reform proposals faces key legislative bottlenecks WASHINGTON (AP) — The fierce national debate over health care is entering a new phase, with advocates on all sides focused on a few legislative bottlenecks that will determine the ultimate overhaul of the $2.5 trillion medical care system. President Barack Obama’s primetime address to Congress on Wednesday reassured some nervous Democratic lawmakers, and he aligned himself more closely with certain proposals. While Obama’s words seemed to halt and possibly reverse the momentum that conservative groups had gained in August, they did not resolve all the concerns of centrist Democrats who will play pivotal roles, especially in the Senate. Obama’s speech “was a gamechanger when it came to the message,” said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., one of the moderates. “But it’s not an automatic change on the legislative side.” Some version of a health care overhaul must squeeze through five key gates this fall if a final package is to become law by year’s end. Advocates would be shocked if the Democratic-controlled Congress failed to pass some version. At a minimum, they say, it would bar insurers from dropping customers who become sick and require them to cover people already with medical conditions. But Obama and most congressional Democrats want more: n granting subsidies to help lowincome people buy health insurance; n requiring nearly all U.S. citizens to have insurance and requiring large employers to contribute; n creating greater competition for private insurers, possibly through a government-run option; n imposing more efficiency in Medicare and other programs, where experts say too much money and effort are wasted. Obama is pressing the case with a rally Saturday in Minneapolis, an appearance Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes” and trips in the week ahead to New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. But the health care issue is mainly in Congress’ lap. Knotty issues include whether to establish a government-run insurance

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plan and how to control costs. Perhaps the easiest early hurdle will be in the House. But even there, divisions between liberal and conservative Democrats worry leaders, and Republican opposition appears absolute. Three House committees have approved portions of a far-reaching health care bill, but it will be changed before it reaches the full House. In essence, Obama encouraged House leaders to tweak their bill when he embraced several Senate proposals absent from the House version. He also set a 10-year spending target of $900 billion, which may prove hard to meet. Conservative Democrats may try to remove the government-run insurance option, which is dear to liberals. Still, many lawmakers expect the public option to stay in the House bill. Things are more complicated in the Senate, where procedural rules make it much harder for the majority party to impose its will. Obama’s remarks revitalized efforts by Senate Finance Committee negotiators to shape a compromise bill that can attract at least one Republican’s support. The first Senate showdown is expected in about two weeks, when that committee debates and votes on the bill. Liberals may try to add a government-run insurance option, similar to the House’s. More likely to survive are nonprofit insurance cooperatives, designed to compete with private industry and give consumers more choices. The committee-approved bill will be merged with a second committee’s version and sent to the full Senate, the third legislative choke point. Lawmakers expect emotional debate and numerous bids to amend the measure. To avoid a bill-killing filibuster by Republicans, supporters must assemble 60 votes in the 100-seat chamber. With Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s death, Democrats hold 59 seats. Their best hope for a GOP crossover is Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, one of the Finance Committee negotiators. But Snowe may be loath to be the only Republican supporter and the crucial 60th vote. “I’m not going to speculate” on the possibility, she said Friday. “That is very dangerous territory.” If Snowe balks, the ultimate Senate

bill may need a lower price tag or other changes to attract a few other Republicans, such as Ohio’s George Voinovich, who is retiring. Liberals would chafe at such concessions. Senate Democrats could try a contentious tactic, called “budget reconciliation,” to pass portions of the health care package with simple majorities that are not subject to filibusters. Some liberal groups urge this strategy. Senate insiders consider it unlikely. With Congress on track to pass substantially different bills, a yet-tobe-appointed House-Senate conference committee will meld them into one. This small group, dominated by Democrats, will wield extraordinary power, including the right to add provisions that neither the House nor Senate passed. Some lawmakers think the panel could try to split the difference on the public insurance question. A possible compromise would be to replace the House’s public option and the Senate’s cooperatives with a “trigger” or “fallback” public plan, which would take effect only if private insurers fail to meet targets for providing affordable policies. Snowe backs such a plan, and some lawmakers think it must be included in the bill at some point to win her vote. In the fifth hurdle for the legislation to clear, the conference committee would send its reconciled bill to the House and Senate for a final yes-or-no vote, with no amendments allowed. House liberals might be furious over various concessions, but Democrats think they would hold their noses and pass the bill. In the Senate, opponents could try one last filibuster. If so, the bill’s backers would need at least one GOP vote, as before. And they would need all, or virtually all, of the Senate Democrats to agree to let the bill reach the floor, even if some plan to vote against it on final passage, which requires only a simple majority. House and Senate Democrats might find plenty to complain about in the final bill produced by the conference committee, said Richard Kirsch of the liberal Health Care for America Now. But they will feel tremendous pressure to vote for a long-sought health care overhaul, flaws and all.

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Nation Today Va. seeks execution date

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Virginia is seeking a Nov. 9 execution for John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the deadly 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area. A prosecutor requested the execution date in a letter sent on Wednesday to Prince William Circuit Court in Manassas. Senior Assistant Attorney General Katherine B. Burnett wrote that the November date has been coordinated with the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to ensure consideration of an expected clemency petition. Muhammad was sentenced to death for the slaying of Dean Meyers, one of 10 people shot to death during a 2002 rampage that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area. Muhammadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, Jonathan Sheldon, has said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Elderly man robs bank

LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Authorities say a well-dressed elderly man carrying an oxygen tank has robbed a bank in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla. San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick says the suspect on Saturday presented a note demanding money to a teller at the San Diego National Bank. He fled with an unknown amount of cash. Battrick says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear whether the suspect had a weapon. The robber is described as a tall man in his 70s with white hair, a gray mustache and glasses. He was wearing a white beret, argyle sweater and brown sports jacket.

Battrick says the oxygen tank was in a black bag and connected to the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nose with plastic tubing.

Warhol art stolen LOS ANGELES (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A multimillion dollar collection of Andy Warhol portraits of Muhammad Ali and other sports superstars was stolen from a Los Angeles home, police said Friday. The 11 color screenprints were taken from businessman Richard Weismanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home sometime between Sept. 2 and 3, said Detective Mark Sommer of the Los Angeles Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art theft detail. Ten of the 40-inch-square portraits feature famous athletes of the 1970s, including golfer Jack Nicklaus, soccer star Pele and figure skater Dorothy Hamill. The other is of Weisman, likely a commissioned portrait. A $1 million reward was being offered for information leading to the return of the artwork. The original prints were on display in Weismanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dining room and his house was locked up. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t clear exactly when the silk screen paintings were taken or how the thieves got into the home. The theft was discovered by the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longtime nanny who arrived at the home to find the large prints missing from the walls. She immediately went to a neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to call police, Sommer said. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t known exactly how much the prints were worth but Weisman tried to sell the collection in 2002 for $3 million. Weismanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home contained other valuable artwork but the rest of his collection was untouched.

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A surfer walks past a sign warning of riptides in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., Friday, Aug. 21 as Hurricane Bill approached Bermuda on track to pass between the island and the U.S. East Coast. The hurricane season has been slow so far this year.

Hurricane season Thus far, 2009 has been a dud

MIAMI (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; It may be tempting the weather gods just to point this out, but this has been a dud of a hurricane So season so far. far this year, there have So far this year, there have Only only two hurricanes have formed been two Atlantic only been two Atlantic in the Atlantic over the past three hurricanes. The hurricanes. The season months, and neither hitseason the U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a continues through November. continues through November. somewhat unusual lull. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gladTropical that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go out depression Tropical depression and get anything â&#x20AC;&#x201D; yet,â&#x20AC;? said Lissette Tropical storm Tropical storm Galiana, who was shopping at a WalHurricane Hurricane Mart in suburban Miami on Friday, 30 30 around what is usually the very peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a chance.â&#x20AC;? Forecasters attribute the calm to a weak El 20 Nino, the periodic warming 20 of the central Pacific Ocean. It is producing strong upper-level winds out of the west that are shearing off the tops of thunderstorm clouds that can 10into hurricanes. 10 develop Of course, the season has nearly 2 1/2 months to go, and forecasters and emergency planners are warning people not 0 to let their guard down, 0 noting that 1995powerful 2000hurricanes 2005 2009 1995 2000 2005 2009 have hit in the fall, including Wilma, National Hurricane Center AP SOURCE: National Hurricane Center AP whichSOURCE: cut an unusually large swath of damage across Florida in October 2005. <AP> YEARLYRita, HURRICANES 0911 and Hurricane the 17th named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s less active, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still storm of the season, howled ashore Graphic shows number of hurricanes possibility of a hurricane strike,â&#x20AC;? near the storms Texas-Louisiana line on by tropical and depressions said Gerry Bell, a hurricane foreSept. 24. Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: It is mandatory to include all caster at the National Oceanic years; x 3 1/2 inches; 47 mmthe x 89 But no1churricanes at all struck that accompany this graphic when and sources Atmospheric Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mm; with BC-US--Where Are The U.S. in 2000, 2001 or 2006. And repurposing or editing it for publication Climate Prediction Center in during a less active period from 1970 Hurricanes?; JB; ETA 5 p.m. </AP> Washington. to 1994, there were six seasons when NOAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forecast just before the no hurricanes hit this country. June 1 start of the Atlantic season The Federal Emergency called for nine to 14 named tropical Management Agency advises coastal storms, with four to seven of them residents to maintain kits of emerbecoming hurricanes. No tropical storms took shape until gency supplies and other items that Aug. 15, when Ana formed. Five more might be needed in a storm. Venus Witherspoon of Miami keeps have developed since then, includa disaster kit packed all year with ing Claudette, which hit the Florida candles, batteries, flashlights, canned Panhandle. Two of those tropical storms strengthened into Hurricanes food, a radio and about 10 gallons of water. She has maintained it since Bill and Fred. Wilma four years ago. Bill never came ashore in the U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never know when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going but churned up waves blamed for at to need it,â&#x20AC;? said the 54-year-old state least two deaths â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one in Maine, the employee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The things you keep in other in Florida. Fred, meanwhile, there donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perish. I might drink the weakened to a tropical storm Friday water, but then I replace it. I can while it was still far out over the always use the candles.â&#x20AC;? Atlantic. Like a lot of other Floridians, By mid-September of last year, Witherspoon considers a disaster kit there had been nine tropical storms, just part of the cost of living on the five of them hurricanes, including coast. Ike, which plowed into Galveston â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to use it last year,â&#x20AC;? she Island, Texas, on Sept. 13, Gustav, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so I had it for this year.â&#x20AC;? which pounded Louisiana on Sept. 1, and Dolly, which slammed South On the Net: Disaster preparedness: http:// Texas in late July.; National Hurricane In 2005, Hurricane Katrina Center: smashed New Orleans in late August, shtml; NOAA:



Angola escapee sought in search ANGOLA, La. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hundreds of law enforcement officers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some on horseback, with bloodhounds or in boats â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are searching Louisianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rugged Tunica Hills for an escaped killer. Assistant Warden Cathy Fontenot says bad weather Saturday kept helicopters from joining the hunt for 44-year-old Henry Smith, who

walked off the Louisiana State Penitentiaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm on Thursday. Fontenot says investigators have a really good lead. He is serving life for second-degree murder. Fontenot said he left the Angola prison one day before the anniversary of his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, and is also mourning the recent death of a fellow inmate.

Ariel Anna Maria Wyatt celebrates her 6th birthday on September 13th. She is the daughter of Andrew Wyatt of Rutherfordton and April Wyatt of Forest City. Maternal grandparents are the late James Bradley and Don and Ingrid Miles. Paternal grandparents are Lee Wyatt of Forest City, Cynthia Holland of Rutherfordton and the late Frank Holland

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Clues sought in Yale studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappearance

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Investigators pored over blueprints and surveillance video footage Saturday at a Yale University laboratory building where a graduate student went missing just days before her wedding. Security records show Annie Le swiped her identification card to enter the building about 10 a.m. Tuesday, but there is no record of her leaving, despite some 75 surveillance cameras that cover the complex. Nearly a dozen unmarked police cars lined the sidewalks around the laboratory building in the Yale Medical School complex. University Vice President and Secretary Linda Lorimer called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;entirely perplexing that there doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to be a record of herâ&#x20AC;? leaving the building, according to the Yale Daily News. Lorimer didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t immediately return a phone call to The Associated Press on Saturday. A Yale spokeswoman said the university planned to make a statement later Saturday afternoon. Investigators, having already gone through the videos once, were reviewing the surveillance tapes frame-by-frame to see if they overlooked Le, who could have changed into a laboratory coat or other clothes before leaving the building. On Saturday, they brought what appeared to be blueprints to the building. FBI agents were also spotted questioning an unidentified man outside the lab. When they finished talking, the man got in the front seat of the unmarked car and an FBI agent got in the back seat. The car then drove away. Agent Bill Reiner said the FBI wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer any questions about the investigation while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing. Yale is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whereabouts. She is described as of Asian descent, 4 feet 11 inches tall and 90 pounds. Her purse, cell phone, credit cards and money were found in her office. Officials say thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no evidence of foul play. Le, originally from Placerville, Calif., was set to get married Sunday at the North Ritz Club in Syosset, N.Y. Workers at the club say the wedding was canceled Friday. Police say fiance Jonathan Widawsky, a Columbia University graduate student, is not a suspect and is assisting with the investigation. Meanwhile at Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment building across town, hopes for Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe return waned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel bad what happened to her,â&#x20AC;? said Anna Beth Funk, who lives across the street from Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It broke my heart hearing she was about to get married because I love being married and it must be so hard for her fiance.â&#x20AC;? Wesleyan University professor Charles Lemert, who also lives across the street, said Le always took time to talk to his 11-year-old daughter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish more than anything this could be solved and turn into some kind of misunderstanding, but it seems bleak,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Man flees after told he was target

OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A real estate agent told he was the third target of a shooting spree that left an abortion protester and a business owner dead said Saturday he fled his home after the violence that claimed two lives in their small Michigan city. The man charged with the killings, meanwhile, was taken from jail to a hospital to undergo surgery for a self-inflicted wound to his arm, according to a county prosecutor. James Howe of Owosso said his family was upset after police told him he was an intended target of the Friday shooting spree. He hesitated when asked how he was dealing with allegations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How would you hold up if someone was told you were going to be killed?â&#x20AC;? said Howe, who spoke to The Associated Press by cell phone. He declined to say where he and his family were staying.

Protesters gather near the Capitol in Washington Saturday during a rally against the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending. Associated Press

Protestors chide Obama at rally WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tens of thousands of protesters fed up with government spending marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, showing their disdain for the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care plan with slogans such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obamacare makes me sickâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not your ATM.â&#x20AC;? The line of protesters clogged several blocks near capitol, according to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Demonstrators chanted â&#x20AC;&#x153;enough, enoughâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;We the People.â&#x20AC;? Others yelled â&#x20AC;&#x153;You lie, you lie!â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pelosi has to go,â&#x20AC;? referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Throngs of people waved U.S. flags and held signs reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Green Recycle Congressâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Not Your ATM.â&#x20AC;? Men wore colonial costumes as they listened to speakers who warned of â&#x20AC;&#x153;judgment dayâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Election Day 2010. Richard Brigle, 57, a Vietnam War veteran and former Teamster, came from Paw Paw, Mich. He said health care needs to be reformed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but not according to President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My grandkids are going to be paying for this. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to cost too much money that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have,â&#x20AC;? he said while marching, bracing himself with a wooden cane as he walked. FreedomWorks Foundation, a conservative organization led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, organized several groups from across the country for what they billed as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;March on Washington.â&#x20AC;?

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Howe also declined to discuss or say whether he knew Harlan James Drake, 33, who is accused  #" of shooting to death anti-abortion activist James    Pouillon and gravel pit owner Mike Fuoss. Authorities said when he was arrested Drake told police he also intended to kill Howe. Take time to help our area blood banks with your much needed donation.

Organizers say they built on momentum from the April â&#x20AC;&#x153;tea partyâ&#x20AC;? demonstrations held nationwide to protest tax policies, along with growing resentment over the economic stimulus packages and bank bailouts. Armey and other speakers directed their ire at Pelosi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Armey took a photo, telling the crowd he wanted to be able to prove to her they were there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come back here next year,â&#x20AC;? he said. Many protesters said they paid their own way to the event â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an ethic they believe should be applied to the government. They say unchecked spending on things like a government-run health insurance option could increase inflation and lead to economic ruin. Terri Hall, 45, of Starke, Fla., said she felt compelled to become political for the first time this year because she was upset by government spending. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our government has lost sight of the powers they were granted,â&#x20AC;? she said. She added that the deficit spending was out of control, and said she thought it was putting the country at risk. Race also became an issue when a black Republican leader denounced African-American politicians that she said had an â&#x20AC;&#x153;affinityâ&#x20AC;? for socialism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m outraged prominent black politicians use the race cardâ&#x20AC;? to cover up their failed policies, said Deneen Borelli. Lawmakers also supported the rally. Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said Americans want health care reform but they

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Nation/world World Today Back-to-back bombs kill 4

Afghan women walk past under an election poster of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is a presidential candidate in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. Election officials released just a sliver of new results Saturday, showing President Hamid Karzai with 54 percent and challenger Abdullah Abdullah with 28 percent. Associated Press

Three Americans among 50 dead KABUL (AP) — About 50 civilians, security forces and militants were killed in violence around Afghanistan, including a bomb that left 14 Afghan travelers dead in one of the country’s most dangerous regions. Another roadside bomb killed three American soldiers in the east. The attacks Friday and Saturday reached a broad swath of the country, demonstrating the spread of the Taliban insurgency, which had been largely confined to the country’s south and east in the years after the 2001 U.S. invasion. Half of those killed in the most recent attacks were civilians, who often find themselves caught in the grinding war between the Taliban and U.S. and NATO forces. Bombs caused most of Saturday’s casualties — including homemade blasts in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar and a neighboring province that together killed 20 civilians. U.S. military officials said a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed the three Americans, but released no other details. But Taliban militants also staged ambushes and suicide attacks — and came under attack themselves. Coalition and Afghan forces on Saturday killed 11 militants during an overnight raid in northern Kunduz province, said Abdul Razaq Yaqoubi, the provincial police chief. The operation targeted Taliban fighters who helped foreign fighters and suicide bombers

infiltrate the region, said Capt. Elizabeth Mathias, a U.S. military spokeswoman. She said “a number” of militants were killed after the forces exchanged fire. Roadside bombmaking material, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades were found at the compound, she said. The raid did not appear to be connected with the kidnapping of a New York Times reporter and his Afghan colleague in the province this month, officials said. British commandos freed the Western reporter last week but the Afghan and a commando died in the operation. The abductions followed a NATO airstrike on two stolen fuel tankers that appeared to have killed some civilians, officials said. Officials estimated about 70 people died in the strike. Civilian casualties have dogged the U.S. and NATO mission in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion, and have been repeatedly criticized by the Afghan government. In Kabul, the capital, an American service member and an Afghan police officer got into an argument because the American was drinking water in front of the Afghan police, who are not eating or drinking during the day because of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, said the district chief, Abdul Baqi Zemari. The police officer shot the American and seriously wounded him, while other American troops responded and seriously

wounded the police officer, Zemari said. Lt. Robert Carr, a U.S. military spokesman, confirmed an incident between Afghan police officers and a U.S. police mentoring team. He could not provide information on the conditions of the two men. Authorities reported a string of deadly militant attacks in the south and east. In Kandahar, two suicide bombers on a motorbike tried to attack an office of the country’s intelligence agency on Saturday. Officers and the bombers traded gunfire. One bomber blew himself up and killed an intelligence officer, while the other bomber’s explosives went off but didn’t kill anyone, said Kandahar deputy provincial police Chief Fazel Hamid Sherzad. Also in Kandahar, six civilians were killed by a homemade bomb Friday in Maiwand district, said district police Chief Bashir Hamad. In neighboring Uruzgan province, 14 civilians were killed Friday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Churra district, the Interior Ministry said. Roadside bombs planted by militants are usually aimed at NATO or Afghan troops, but hundreds of civilians have been killed by them. A Taliban ambush, meanwhile, killed six private security guards working for a construction company in the eastern province of Kunar on Saturday, said Gen. Khalilullah Ziayi, the provincial police chief. Ten guards were wounded, he said.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two bombs exploded back to back near a Shiite shrine in central Baghdad where worshippers had gathered in prayer Saturday, killing four people and injuring 24, police and hospital officials said. The first bomb went off next to the tomb of a revered ninth century religious figure, Sheik Othman al-Omari. Then a car bomb exploded in a nearby parking lot as crowds were gathering. The blasts damaged the shrine and blew out the windows of neighboring buildings. Attacks blamed on al-Qaida in Iraq and other Sunni extremists are again targeting Shiite civilians. Violence between Shiites and Sunnis drove the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007, though it has ebbed since. Iraqi and U.S. officials say the attacks are aimed at rekindling that violence, but so far Shiite groups have reacted with restraint.

Russia: Officials say 7 are killed

GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Russian authorities say seven people have been killed in attacks and gunbattles in the North Caucasus region, most of them alleged militants. Officials say one of the dead Saturday was the second suicide bomber to strike the region in less than 24 hours. Chechnya’s Interior Minister said three police were wounded when the attacker blew himself up in the provincial capital, Grozny. An alleged militant was killed in a separate incident in Chechnya. The Interior Ministry in neighboring Dagestan said security forces killed three alleged militants and the wife of one of the men. In Ingushetia, which also borders Chechnya, authorities said gunmen shot and killed a police investigator outside his home. The North Caucasus has experienced a surge of violence recently.

Pakistani troops kill 22 militants ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says its troops have killed 22 insurgents in on ongoing operation in the northwestern Khyber tribal region. A statement from Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force, said Saturday it also destroyed three militant hideouts. It was not possible to independently confirm the death toll. The military claims to have killed scores of militants in the region in the past two weeks. Militants frequently attack trucks in the famed Khyber Pass carrying supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the top official in Khyber, Tariq Hayat, said 350 police have quit their jobs because of threats from the Taliban-affiliated group, Lashkar-e-Islam.

S. Korea not opposed direct talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea would not oppose the United States holding direct talks with North Korea to persuade the communist regime to rejoin stalled international nuclear disarmament negotiations, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Friday that Washington was preparing to accept Pyongyang’s offer for one-on-one talks as part of efforts to resume the six-nation negotiations. Pyongyang pulled out of the talks with the U.S., South Korea, China, Russia and Japan in April, protesting international criticism of its launch of a rocket which the regime said was a satellite launch but which other nations suspected was a test of long-range missile technology. North Korea subsequently conducted a nuclear test that drew U.N. sanctions.

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Off The Wall


Scott Bowers

My mind just goes wanderin’ Typically, I can write a football story in 10 to 15 minutes. On Friday night, I had the first four paragraphs written in my mind before my Ford minivan with the racing stripes and cool child safety seats ever hit the Daily Courier parking lot. One side of my mind was busy acting as a mental typewriter, while the other was mulling over a big Rutherford County problem. We need more nicknames. Now, this season, yes, we do have Mountain. Nick Beaver the starting right tackle for the Hilltoppers earned that nickname the first time I stood next to him and thought that someone had moved Kings Mountain to Rutherford County. We also have Oddie. Chris Murray the starting running back out at Central has had that handle since his childhood. We also have Kasper. Tyler Hamilton of East Rutherford picked up that little dandy somewhere along the way, probably from someone in his family. But, after watching East Rutherford’s Adrian Wilkins run against West Henderson it occurred to me that the county’s leading rusher needs a nickname of his own. The first one that crossed my mind was, “Air.” This one is filled with problems. The con, of course, is that the nickname belongs to Michael Jordan; and if I used it on Wilkins, I am sure a team of Chicago lawyers will descend upon me like locusts in the Biblical stories of places that I can’t pronounce. The other problem is that it is a little lofty for a high school kid to carry around, no matter how good he is. And, make no mistake about — Wilkins is good. The West Henderson defenders were left grasping and gasping for ... wait for it ... air, every time Wilkins touched the ball. On 13 touches, Wilkins gained 216 yards — that’s 16.6 yards per touch for those of you scoring at home. The second name that crossed my mind was, “Wheels.” As in, ‘That Wilkins fellow has a set of wheels on him.” But, that’s Georgia-speak and this is North Carolina. Then I thought about “A&W,” “Turf-killa,” and even “Don’t call me A-train, that’s been used before.” Of course, that last one is a little long. Keep in mind that all of these nicknames crossed half of my mind just in the time that I left East Rutherford and drove the 10 minutes back to the Courier, while the other half of my mind was busy writing my story. I don’t believe that left a half of my mind to actually drive my van, but at least I wasn’t texting and driving. I got back to the Courier and still had reached no decision on a new nickname for Wilkins. So, East Rutherford, it’s up to you. You need a nickname before Wilkins plays against Central. The game will be live on WCAB and I need it before Friday, Oct. 2. The Hilltoppers have two nicknames, and you Cavs only have one. Next week, I’ll be working on a new nickname for Tyreece Gossett of Chase. I’m leaning towards, “The Henrietta Peach.” Think about Ty, and it’ll come to you.

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Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis is pressured by Army defensive end Joshua McNary (44) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in West Point, N.Y., Saturday.

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Connecticut quarterback (10) Zach Fraser is pulled down by North Carolina’s Marvin Austin the first half of a NCAA football game in East Hartford, Conn., on Saturday.

No. 19 Heels edge Huskies EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Dan Ryan was called for holding in the end zone with 1:32 left in the game Saturday, giving No. 19 North Carolina a safety and a 12-10 comeback win over the Huskies. The Tar Heels(2-0) trailed 10-0 entering the fourth quarter, when Casey Barth kicked a 22-yard field goal. Then, T.J. Yates led the team on a 13-play drive, and his 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zack Pianalto with 2:36 left tied the game at 10. Pianalto hurt his leg jumping up and down after the score and had to be taken from the field in an air cast, another bizarre moment from a game that ended in crazy fashion. After the safety, UConn recovered the

onside kick but couldn’t get into fieldgoal range, allowing North Carolina to improve to 3-0 against the Huskies. UConn has just one win in 13 games against Top 25 opponents. The Huskies (1-1) were playing without its best defensive player, injured linebacker Scott Lutrus, and lost starting quarterback Zack Frazer to a knee injury late in the third quarter. UConn’s stifling defense held North Carolina scoreless and with just 134 yards of offense through three quarters. The Huskies seemed poised for an upset after cornerback Robert McClain batted Yates’ pass into the hands of Twyon Martin at the Tar Heels 26 late Please see UNC, Page 3B

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Duke backup quarterback Sean Renfree threw two second-half touchdowns and completed seven of his first eight passes to lead the Blue Devils to a 35-19 win over Army on Saturday. Renfree threw for 106 yards and connected on his first career attempt for a 17-yard scoring pass to with Brett Huffman that gave the Blue Devils (1-1) their first lead of the game, 14-10, midway through the third quarter. Renfree later threw a 31-yard TD to an open Donovan Varner on the first play the fourth quarter for a 21-13 advantage. Leon Wright returned two interceptions for touchdowns of 51 and 33 yards in final 1:48 to seal it. Army (1-1), in coach Rich Ellerson’s Michie Stadium debut, got a quick touchdown with its triple option offense. But the Black Knights didn’t score another touchdown until time expired. Patrick Mealy led Army with 99 yards rushing on 10 carries. The Black Knights outgained Duke, 385 yards to 236.

McNabb, Delhomme look to overcome scrutiny

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Donovan McNabb, left, and Michael Vick are seen during afternoon practice at NFL football training camp in Philadelphia, Monday, Aug. 31, 2009.

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Donovan McNabb will soon share snaps with Michael Vick and remains burdened by his 1-4 record in NFC championship games. Jake Delhomme is coming off one of the worst playoff performances by a quarterback. Sure, the two friends have led Philadelphia and Carolina to a combined 136 wins. Their clubs rank 1-2 in victories in the NFC since 2003, too. It just doesn’t make the scrutiny any less intense as McNabb’s Eagles visit the Delhomme’s Panthers in Sunday’s opener. The only difference between the two may come down to the vastly dissimilar cities they play in. “I’m out and about a good bit in Charlotte, naturally, with kids, soccer fields, school, things like that. I never, mark my words, had one person say anything,” Delhomme said when asked if he’s faced the fans’ fury over his six-turnover performance against Arizona. “I had to prepare myself to bite your tongue. But never one time...” McNabb chuckled when asked if he’s faced the fans’ scorn after his low points. “Here in Philadelphia? Never,” said McNabb, dripping with sarcasm. Southern hospitality may not have reached Philly, but both cities have gotten used to these guys behind center. Delhomme will make his sixth straight opening day start for Carolina. It’ll be 10 in a row for McNabb with the Eagles. Yet it would seem both quarterbacks need solid games Sunday. McNabb has publicly supported Vick’s arrival, declaring he wishes Vick wasn’t suspended for the first two games to complete penalties for bankrolling a dogfighting ring. But if the 32-year-old McNabb struggles — Please see QBs, Page 8B

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Scoreboard Cleveland

BASEBALL National League

East Division W L Pct 80 59 .576 75 66 .532 73 68 .518 62 79 .440 49 92 .348 Central Division W L Pct St. Louis 84 58 .592 Chicago 72 67 .518 Houston 69 72 .489 Milwaukee 67 73 .479 Cincinnati 63 78 .447 Pittsburgh 54 85 .388 West Division W L Pct Los Angeles 84 58 .592 Colorado 82 60 .577 San Francisco 76 65 .539 San Diego 63 79 .444 Arizona 62 80 .437 Philadelphia Florida Atlanta New York Washington

GB — 6  8  19  32  GB —  10 1/2 14 1/2 16  20 1/2 28 1/2 GB —  2  7 1/2 21  22 

Friday’s Games Chicago Cubs 6, Cincinnati 4 Philadelphia 4, N.Y. Mets 2 Washington 5, Florida 3 Houston 9, Pittsburgh 1 Atlanta 1, St. Louis 0 Milwaukee 6, Arizona 3 Colorado 4, San Diego 1 L.A. Dodgers 10, San Francisco 3 Saturday’s Games Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 5 Atlanta 7, St. Louis 6 N.Y. Mets 10, Philadelphia 9 Washington at Florida, late Houston 4, Pittsburgh 2 Milwaukee at Arizona, late L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco, late Colorado at San Diego, late Sunday’s Games N.Y. Mets (Maine 5-4) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 0-1), 1:05 p.m., 1st game Washington (Lannan 8-11) at Florida (Volstad 9-11), 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Maholm 7-8) at Houston (F.Paulino 2-8), 2:05 p.m. Atlanta (J.Vazquez 12-9) at St. Louis (C.Carpenter 16-3), 2:15 p.m. Cincinnati (H.Bailey 5-4) at Chicago Cubs (Lilly 11-8), 2:20 p.m. Colorado (Marquis 15-10) at San Diego (Cl. Richard 4-2), 4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Billingsley 12-9) at San Francisco (Penny 2-0), 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee (M.Parra 10-10) at Arizona (Scherzer 9-9), 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Redding 2-5) at Philadelphia (P.Martinez 4-0), 8:05 p.m., 2nd game Monday’s Games Houston at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. Florida at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Arizona at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. American League

New York Boston Tampa Bay Toronto Baltimore

Detroit Minnesota Chicago Cleveland Kansas City

Los Angeles Texas Seattle Oakland

East Division W L Pct 91 51 .641 81 58 .583 72 68 .514 64 77 .454 57 83 .407 Central Division W L Pct 75 65 .536 70 71 .496 70 72 .493 60 80 .429 56 85 .397 West Division W L Pct 85 55 .607 79 60 .568 72 69 .511 63 77 .450

GB — 8 1/2 18  26 1/2 33  GB —  5 1/2 6  15  19 1/2 GB —  5 1/2 13 1/2 22 

Friday’s Games Baltimore 10, N.Y. Yankees 4 Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1, 12 innings Toronto 6, Detroit 4 Tampa Bay at Boston, ppd., rain Seattle at Texas, ppd., rain Oakland 12, Minnesota 5 L.A. Angels 7, Chicago White Sox 1 Saturday’s Games Baltimore 7, N.Y. Yankees 3 Oakland 4, Minnesota 2 Chicago White Sox 4, L.A. Angels 3 Kansas City at Cleveland, late Toronto 8, Detroit 6 Tampa Bay at Boston, late Seattle at Texas, late Sunday’s Games Tampa Bay (Garza 7-9) at Boston (Buchholz 5-3), 12:05 p.m., 1st game Baltimore (Guthrie 10-13) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 16-7), 1:05 p.m. Kansas City (Davies 7-9) at Cleveland (C.Carrasco 0-1), 1:05 p.m. Toronto (R.Romero 12-7) at Detroit (Porcello 12-8), 1:05 p.m. Seattle (Fister 2-1) at Texas (Tom.Hunter 7-3), 1:35 p.m., 1st game Oakland (G.Gonzalez 5-5) at Minnesota (Duensing 2-1), 2:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 12-7) at L.A. Angels (Kazmir 8-8), 3:35 p.m. Seattle (F.Hernandez 14-5) at Texas (Holland 7-10), 5:05 p.m., 2nd game Tampa Bay (J.Shields 9-10) at Boston (Lester 12-7), 5:05 p.m., 2nd game Monday’s Games L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

FOOTBALL National Football League

AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Buffalo 0 0 0 .000 0 Miami 0 0 0 .000 0 New England 0 0 0 .000 0 N.Y. Jets 0 0 0 .000 0 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 0 0 0 .000 0 Houston 0 0 0 .000 0 Jacksonville 0 0 0 .000 0 Tennessee 0 1 0 .000 10 North W L T Pct PF Pittsburgh 1 0 0 1.000 13 Baltimore 0 0 0 .000 0 Cincinnati 0 0 0 .000 0

PA 0 0 0 0 PA 0 0 0 13 PA 10 0 0

0 0 0 .000 0 West W L T Pct PF Denver 0 0 0 .000 0 Kansas City 0 0 0 .000 0 Oakland 0 0 0 .000 0 San Diego 0 0 0 .000 0 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 0 0 0 .000 0 N.Y. Giants 0 0 0 .000 0 Philadelphia 0 0 0 .000 0 Washington 0 0 0 .000 0 South W L T Pct PF Atlanta 0 0 0 .000 0 Carolina 0 0 0 .000 0 New Orleans 0 0 0 .000 0 Tampa Bay 0 0 0 .000 0 North W L T Pct PF Chicago 0 0 0 .000 0 Detroit 0 0 0 .000 0 Green Bay 0 0 0 .000 0 Minnesota 0 0 0 .000 0 West W L T Pct PF Arizona 0 0 0 .000 0 St. Louis 0 0 0 .000 0 San Francisco 0 0 0 .000 0 Seattle 0 0 0 .000 0

0 PA 0 0 0 0 PA 0 0 0 0 PA 0 0 0 0 PA 0 0 0 0 PA 0 0 0 0

Thursday’s Games Pittsburgh 13, Tennessee 10, OT Sunday’s Games Miami at Atlanta, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Houston, 1 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Dallas at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Carolina, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. Monday’s Game Buffalo at New England, 7 p.m. San Diego at Oakland, 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Washington, 1 p.m. New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Green Bay, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Arizona at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 4:05 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Chicago, 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. Cleveland at Denver, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 Indianapolis at Miami, 8:30 p.m. College Football Major Scores EAST Boston College 34, Kent St. 7 Bucknell 26, Robert Morris 23 Colgate 23, Stony Brook 13 Drake 34, Marist 6 Duke 35, Army 19 Hofstra 40, Bryant 24 Holy Cross 52, Sacred Heart 21 Lafayette 28, Georgetown, D.C. 3 Maine 17, Northeastern 7 Massachusetts 44, Albany, N.Y. 7 Navy 32, Louisiana Tech 14 North Carolina 12, Connecticut 10 Penn St. 28, Syracuse 7 Pittsburgh 54, Buffalo 27 Richmond 16, Delaware 15 Rutgers 45, Howard 7 St. Francis, Pa. 31, Morehead St. 0 West Virginia 35, East Carolina 20 SOUTH Alabama St. 20, Savannah St. 17 BYU 54, Tulane 3 Birmingham-Southern 35, Campbell 28, OT Coastal Carolina 24, Monmouth, N.J. 17 Elon 41, Presbyterian 7 Florida 56, Troy 6 Florida St. 19, Jacksonville St. 9 Furman 38, Chattanooga 20 Gardner-Webb 27, W. Carolina 20 Lenoir-Rhyne 42, Davidson 0 Louisiana-Monroe 58, Texas Southern 0 Maryland 38, James Madison 35, OT McNeese St. 40, Appalachian St. 35 N. Carolina A&T 17, Norfolk St. 13 N.C. State 65, Murray St. 7 Nicholls St. 14, Duquesne 7 Old Dominion 49, Virginia Union 17 S. Carolina St. 24, Bethune-Cookman 3 SMU 35, UAB 33 Samford 27, Jacksonville 0 Southern U. 68, Central St., Ohio 0 TCU 30, Virginia 14 UCLA 19, Tennessee 15 Virginia Tech 52, Marshall 10 Wake Forest 24, Stanford 17 William & Mary 33, Cent. Connecticut St. 14 Wofford 42, Charleston Southern 14 MIDWEST Akron 41, Morgan St. 0 Butler 49, Franklin 19 Cent. Michigan 29, Michigan St. 27 E. Illinois 31, Indiana St. 0 Indiana 23, W. Michigan 19 Iowa 35, Iowa St. 3 Michigan 38, Notre Dame 34 Missouri St. 24, Tenn.-Martin 14 N. Iowa 66, South Dakota 7 Nebraska 38, Arkansas St. 9 Northwestern 27, E. Michigan 24 Urbana 13, Dayton 10 Valparaiso 20, Concordia, Wis. 17 Wisconsin 34, Fresno St. 31, 2OT Youngstown St. 38, Austin Peay 21 SOUTHWEST Ark.-Pine Bluff 45, Langston 30 Houston 45, Oklahoma St. 35 Stephen F.Austin 92, Texas College 0 FAR WEST Cal Poly 38, Sacramento St. 19 California 59, E. Washington 7 Colorado St. 24, Weber St. 23 Montana St. 23, Dixie St. 20 N. Colorado 31, San Diego 12 Portland St. 34, S. Oregon 10 Texas 41, Wyoming 10 Washington 42, Idaho 23

BASKETBALL Women’s National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct y-Indiana 22 11 .667 x-Atlanta 18 15 .545 Detroit 17 16 .515 Chicago 16 17 .485 Washington 15 17 .469

GB — 4  5  6  6 1/2

Connecticut 15 18 .455 New York 12 21 .364 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct y-Phoenix 23 10 .697 x-Seattle 19 14 .576 x-Los Angeles 17 16 .515 San Antonio 15 18 .455 Minnesota 14 19 .424 Sacramento 11 22 .333

7 10  GB —  4  6  8  9  12 

y-clinched conference y-clinched playoff spot Saturday’s Games Washington 82, Atlanta 64 Detroit at Chicago, late Seattle at San Antonio, late Sunday’s Games Indiana at Connecticut, 3 p.m. Los Angeles at Phoenix, 3 p.m. Washington at New York, 4 p.m. Minnesota at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Wednesday’s Game Seattle at Los Angeles, 10 p.m.

SOCCER Major League Soccer EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF Columbus 10 4 9 39 34 Chicago 10 6 8 38 33 D.C. 8 5 12 36 38 New England 9 7 6 33 28 Toronto FC 8 9 7 31 30 Kansas City 6 11 6 24 24 New York 4 16 4 16 20 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF Houston 11 7 7 40 31 Los Angeles 9 4 11 38 28 Colorado 10 7 6 36 36 Seattle 8 6 10 34 29 Chivas USA 10 9 3 33 23 Real Salt Lake 9 9 6 33 35 FC Dallas 6 11 6 24 33 San Jose 5 12 5 20 27

GA 25 28 36 30 34 32 41 GA 22 23 27 23 24 27 37 40

Saturday’s Games Toronto FC 3, Colorado 2 Seattle FC 2, D.C. United 1 Kansas City 1, New York 0 Chicago at Real Salt Lake, late FC Dallas at Los Angeles, late Sunday’s Games New England at Chivas USA, 3 p.m. Houston at Columbus, 5 p.m. Friday, September 18 New England at New York, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at San Jose, 11 p.m. Saturday, September 19 Chivas USA at Seattle FC, 3 p.m. Real Salt Lake at Houston, 8:30 p.m. FC Dallas at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. Toronto FC at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, September 20 Columbus at Chicago, 3 p.m.

RACING NASCAR Camping World Truck-Copart 200 Results (Start position in parentheses) 1. (9) Mike Skinner, Toyota 2. (3) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet 3. (4) Brian Scott, Toyota 4. (15) Aric Almirola, Toyota 5. (17) Tayler Malsam, Toyota 6. (6) Matt Crafton, Chevrolet 7. (8) Timothy Peters, Toyota 8. (10) Stacy Compton, Toyota 9. (13) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet 10. (11) Rick Crawford, Ford 11. (23) Mikey Kile, Chevrolet 12. (18) Todd Kluever, Chevrolet 13. (30) Chris Fontaine, Chevrolet 14. (26) Jason Young, Chevrolet 15. (22) Brian Ickler, Toyota 16. (14) David Starr, Toyota 17. (2) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet 18. (7) Todd Bodine, Toyota 19. (1) Colin Braun, Ford 20. (19) Jason White, Dodge 21. (12) Terry Cook, Toyota 22. (20) Ricky Carmichael, Chevrolet 23. (16) James Buescher, Ford 24. (5) T.J. Bell, Toyota 25. (36) Dexter Bean, Chevrolet 26. (33) Norm Benning, Chevrolet 27. (24) Tommy Joe Martins, Ford 28. (27) Brent Raymer, Ford 29. (34) Brandon Knupp, Chevrolet 30. (31) Nick Tucker, Dodge 31. (32) Butch Miller, Chevrolet 32. (21) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet 33. (35) Wayne Edwards, Chevrolet 34. (25) Mike Garvey, Chevrolet 35. (29) Lance Hooper, Chevrolet 36. (28) John Jackson, Chevrolet NASCAR Nationwide Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Results (Start position in parentheses) 1. (39) Carl Edwards, Ford 2. (18) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet 3. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota 4. (5) Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet 5. (15) David Reutimann, Toyota 6. (6) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet 7. (9) Trevor Bayne, Toyota 8. (19) Justin Allgaier, Dodge 9. (29) Steve Wallace, Chevrolet 10. (8) Scott Speed, Toyota 11. (4) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet 12. (10) Greg Biffle, Ford 13. (3) Paul Menard, Ford 14. (25) Erik Darnell, Ford 15. (16) Jason Keller, Ford 16. (24) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet 17. (1) Denny Hamlin, Toyota 18. (17) Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet 19. (23) Michael McDowell, Dodge 20. (35) Travis Kvapil, Ford 21. (12) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet 22. (38) Tony Raines, Chevrolet 23. (31) Bobby Hamilton Jr., Dodge 24. (41) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet 25. (36) Michael Annett, Toyota 26. (27) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet 27. (32) Travis Kittleson, Chevrolet 28. (37) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet 29. (42) Eric McClure, Ford 30. (30) Benny Gordon, Ford 31. (40) Justin Marks, Toyota 32. (14) Jason Leffler, Toyota 33. (34) Matthew Carter, Ford 34. (43) Dennis Setzer, Dodge 35. (22) Shelby Howard, Chevrolet 36. (33) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet 37. (26) Josh Wise, Chevrolet 38. (7) Mark Green, Chevrolet 39. (11) Justin Hobgood, Chevrolet 40. (28) J.C. Stout, Chevrolet 41. (13) Coleman Pressley, Toyota 42. (21) Johnny Chapman, Chevrolet 43. (20) Kevin Lepage, Dodge

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Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Fernando Gonzalez in three sets in their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Saturday. The match had been suspended after inclement weather on Thursday.

Nadal finally wins NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal has no way of knowing how his aching stomach muscles will feel when he plays in the U.S. Open semifinals. And no one else knows exactly how much Nadal is bothered by the injury, because he steadfastly refuses to delve into details on the subject. What the six-time major champion is willing to make clear: He feels a lot less drained these days than he normally does by the time the year’s last Grand Slam tournament — the only one he hasn’t won — rolls around. “I’m more fresh than last year, 100 percent sure. We will see how I am physically tomorrow. But mentally — last year, (I) was totally destroyed mentally,” Nadal said Saturday after finally completing his rain-interrupted quarterfinal win over an error-prone Fernando Gonzalez. “Mentally, this year, I am perfect, no?” The No. 3-seeded Nadal beat No. 11 Gonzalez 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-0 in a match that began Thursday evening, was suspended that night because of showers in the second-set tiebreaker, and didn’t resume until Saturday thanks to more rain Friday. “I have to admit, I’m pleased that match is finished,” tournament director Jim Curley said. He joined U.S. Tennis Association executive director Gordon Smith at a news conference, where they declined to commit to building a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, a topic of much discussion around these parts. “It will be some time before there’s any decision made on whether or not to go forward with the roof,” Smith said. Not long after Nadal-Gonzalez wrapped up, a steady drizzle returned, forcing the postponement of the men’s doubles final and delaying the start of the women’s semifinals. Organizers were still hoping to be able to get those two matches — Serena Williams vs. Kim Clijsters, and Caroline Wozniacki vs. Yanina Wickmayer — on court Saturday night. Weather permitting — two key words at Flushing Meadows lately — Nadal will face No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro in one men’s semifinal Sunday, and No. 1 Roger Federer will meet No. 4 Novak Djokovic in the other. The men’s final, usually played on Sunday, has been pushed back to Monday on account of the weather.

Tiger Woods builds lead LEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Tiger Woods dropped his 3-wood in disgust after his first tee shot Saturday sailed left into the bunker for another sloppy bogey. Four hours later, he finished off his best round of the year to build a seven-shot lead in the BMW Championship. Getting better with every shot, Woods broke the course record at Cog Hill with a 9-under 62 and blew away the 68-man field in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. His also tied the tournament record, set last year by Jim Furyk outside St. Louis at Bellerive. A course renovated by Rees Jones with hopes of landing a U.S. Open was no match for Woods. He hit his most unheralded shot of the round, a 7-iron that stopped 3 feet away from a dangerous pin at the par-3 sixth, and never came close to missing another green. The signature shot was his 3-wood from just over 300 yards to 10 feet at the par-5 ninth for an eagle, so pure that the gallery crammed into the bleacher rose to its feet when the ball finally stopped rolling. Woods was at 16-under 197 and had his largest lead on the PGA Tour since he was eight shots in front in the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines early last year.

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European Tour COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Peter Hanson of Sweden leads three players by one stroke at the Mercedes-Benz Championship after shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round.

Walker Cup ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — The Americans moved closer to winning their third straight Walker Cup behind the strong play of Rickie Fowler, taking an 8-4 lead over Great Britain and Ireland at Merion Golf Club.

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Houston stuns No. 5 Oklahoma St.

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Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner celebrates the winning run into the end zone against Sanford during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, Saturday. Wake Forest wins 24-17.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Case Keenum threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, and Bryce Beall caught the goahead 6-yard pass off a batted ball as Houston stunned No. 5 Oklahoma State 45-35 on Saturday. The Cougars (2-0) gave secondyear coach Kevin Sumlin his first marquee win with the program’s first victory over a Top 5 team since an upset of thirdranked Texas in 1984. Oklahoma State (1-1) was coming off of perhaps the biggest opening win in the program’s history last week against Georgia and vaulted into the Top 5 for the first time since 1985. But after overcoming a 17-point halftime lead, the Cowboys squandered their final chances for a win.

Michigan 38, No. 18 Notre Dame 34

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Tate Forcier threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Greg Mathews with 11 seconds left, lifting Michigan to a win over WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Riley Skinner scored Notre Dame. on a 1-yard keeper with 2 seconds remaining and Armando Allen ran for a Wake Forest rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat touchdown and got the 2-point Stanford 24-17 on Saturday. conversion on a nifty Statue Skinner finished 18 of 26 for 187 yards with a of Liberty play with 5:13 left touchdown pass for the Demon Deacons (1-1). His after Jimmy Clausen threw his 44-yard pass to third-stringer Lovell Jackson with third touchdown pass to give less than a minute left set up his winning score. the Fighting Irish (1-1) the lead, Redshirt freshman Andrew Luck was 23 of 34 for but their defense could not deny 276 yards with two touchdowns to Ryan Whalen Forcier and the Wolverines (2-0). for the Cardinal (1-1). They were denied their first Forcier’s 31-yard TD run on a 2-0 start since 2004. fourth down gave the Wolverines an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter. He threw an N.C. State 65, Murray State 7 interception on his next drive RALEIGH (AP) — Russell Wilson threw four to aid the Irish’s comeback, but touchdown passes to help North Carolina State’s the freshman bounced back by offense bounce back from a miserable showing in converting a third down with a its opener and beat Murray State 65-7 on Saturday pass and clutch connection with night. Mathews on the side of the end Toney Baker had two rushing scores and a receiv- zone. ing touchdown for the Wolfpack (1-1), who led 45-0 at halftime and scored on its first 10 drives before No. 1 Florida 56, Troy 6 punting in the fourth quarter. Wilson finished with 228 yards passing. GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) It was a 484-yard day for N.C. State, which had — Tim Tebow threw four 133 yards in last week’s 7-3 home loss to South touchdown passes, ran for Carolina. It was the most points ever scored by a another score and the Gators Tom O’Brien-coached team, including his 10 years beat Troy in their final tuneup at Boston College. before beginning Southeastern N.C. State’s defense and special teams helped Conference play. out, too. Leroy Burgess recovered fumbles on the Florida (2-0) started slow in Racers’ first two possessions to set up short touch- this one, punting twice and down drives, while T.J. Graham had a 57-yard fumbling once in its first four punt return later in the half that put the Wolfpack series. But once Tebow & Co. at Murray State’s 1. got on track, the Trojans (0-2) With the Wolfpack leading 65-0 with about five looked nearly as overmatched minutes left in the third quarter, N.C. State had as Charleston Southern did last rolled to 440 total yards and 23 first downs comweek. pared to minus-5 total yards and one first down Tebow completed 15 of 24 for the Racers (1-1). passes for 237 yards and equaled The only highlight for Murray State came when his career high with four TD Nico Yantko connected with Daniel Ard on a passes. He also ran 13 times for 2-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. 71 yards. His 4-yard TD run was The Racers finished with 36 yards of offense. the 45th of his career and tied Wilson also extended his interception-free streak him with former Auburn star to 293 passes, moving him into second place in Cadillac Williams for third on NCAA history. the SEC’s all-time list.

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McNeese St. 40, Appalachian St. 35

BOONE (AP) — Josh Lewis connected on an 18-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining as McNeese State defeated Appalachian State 40-35 on Saturday. The kick capped a 79-yard, 10-play drive, following a game-tying score by Appalachian State (0-2). After receiving the kickoff, the Mountaineers made several laterals before Travaris Cadet was tackled in the end zone by Kentrel Butler for a safety to seal the win for McNeese State (2-0). Derrick Fourroux had 341 yards on 25 of 34 passing with three touchdowns and one interception for the Cowboys.

West Virginia 35, East Carolina 20

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jarrett Brown threw a career-high four touchdown passes and West Virginia overcame special teams mistakes and 11 penalties to beat East Carolina 35-20 Saturday. Brown completed nine straight passes at one point against a veteran defense and finished 24 of 31 for a career-high 334 yards.

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in the third quarter. UConn tailback Jordan Todman dragged several defenders the final four yards for the score, putting the Huskies up 10-0. Yates, who completed 23 of 32 passes for 233 yards and two interceptions, found his groove in the fourth quarter. He led the Tar Heels on a 78-yard drive that ended with Barth’s field goal, and when UNC got the ball back, he marched 78-yards again, eating up 6:36 before finding Pianalto in the end zone.

No. 2 Texas 41, Wyoming 10 LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Colt McCoy warmed up after a shaky start and No. 2 Texas overcame poor special teams play and a bad first half to beat Wyoming. The Longhorns (2-0) looked ready to be lassoed until taking a 13-10 lead just before halftime, although their defense had a great afternoon against a spread offense in preparation for next weekend’s showdown with Texas Tech. The defense held the Cowboys (1-1) out of the end zone and limited them to 3-for-17 on third down in helping to secure the Longhorns’ 15th straight non-

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Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier (5) out runs Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith (22) to score a touchdown run during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, in Ann Arbor.

conference win, tying a school record established in the 1940s.

No. 7 Penn State 28, Syracuse 7 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Evan Royster ran for a touchdown and caught another, and Penn State contained quarterback Greg Paulus and rebuilding Syracuse. Royster turned a short throw into a 49-yard touchdown on the game’s opening drive, and added a 12-yard scoring run to give the Nittany Lions a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Penn State (2-0) throttled Syracuse’s running game early, and the Orange (0-2) unsuccessfully tried to throw off the Nittany Lions’ defense, at times alternating Paulus and backup Ryan Nassib at quarterback. Paulus, the former Duke basketball player, finished 14 of 20 for 105 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He threw mostly quick passes to counter Penn State’s pressure.

No. 9 Brigham Young 54, Tulane 3 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Max Hall threw two touchdown passes, Bryan Kariya scored twice and Brigham Young crushed Tulane. The Cougars (2-0) got off to a sluggish start following their big win over Alabama, managing only two field goals by Mitch Payne in the first quarter. BYU began hitting its stride just before halftime, building a 20-3 lead. BYU had 527 yards of total offense, including 206 on the ground. Tulane (0-2) was held to 162 yards and managed only 37 yards rushing. Hall completed 24 of 32 passes for 309 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. His counterpart for Tulane, Joe

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No. 14 Virginia Tech 52, Marshall 10 BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Freshman Ryan Williams ran for 164 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 14 Virginia Tech more than tripled its offensive production from last week in a rout of Marshall. The Hokies (1-1) managed only 155 yards in their opener against Alabama, but that tally was topped before the end of the first quarter against the Thundering Herd (1-1). Marshall barely laid a hand on Williams during his 57-yard scamper up the middle in the first quarter. He added scoring runs of 4 and 28 yards in the second as the Hokies took a 35-7 halftime lead.

No. 16 TCU 30, Virginia 14 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — TCU held Virginia’s new spread offense to seven first downs, and the Horned Frogs breezed to a victory in their season opener. Virginia (0-2) largely avoided the turnover problems that led to their opening loss to William and Mary, but couldn’t get anything going against the stout TCU defense. Virginia escaped its first home shutout since 1984 when Jameel Sewell heaved a 56-yard touchdown pass to Javaris Brown late in the game. He added 26-yard TD to Tim Smith with 1:48 left.

No. 22 Nebraska 38, Arkansas State 9 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Zac Lee passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns, and Nebraska warmed up for next week’s trip to Virginia Tech with a victory over Arkansas State.

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sports R-S Central 48, McDowell 6 MC — 0 0 0 6 — 6 RS — 14 14 7 13 — 48 First Quarter RS — Oddie Murray 4-yard run (C. Owen PAT) RS — J. Kinlaw 16-yard pass to C. Jimerson (C. Owens PAT) Second Quarter RS — Oddie Murray 17-yard run (C. Owens PAT) RS — L. Brown 45-yard run (C. Owens PAT) Third Quarter RS — J. Kinlaw 1-yard run (C. Owens PAT) Fourth Quarter MC — D. Arrowood 36-yard pass to R. Lambert (PAT no good) RS — J. Smith 1-yard run (C. Owens PAT no good) RS — D. Atchley 58-yard run (C. Owens PAT)

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Chase assistant coach Daniel Bailey watches the action during the football game between the Trojans and the Cherryville Ironmen. Chase won, 10-7.

Central remains steady, focused By KEVIN CARVER and SCOTT BOWERS Daily Courier Sports Reporters

RUTHERFORDTON — It could have been a let down, or a trap game, but R-S Central showed up on Friday night and did exactly what they needed to do — take care of business on the football field. R-S Central moved to 4-0 on the season after dispatching of McDowell rather handily, 48-6, despite two big games to look ahead at on the schedule. “The coaching staff and I were hoping not to see a let down, but we keep plugging away weekafter-week,” R-S Central Coach Mike Cheek said. “Right now, we are just doing what we need to do in order to win games. I don’t think we have had a spectacular game yet.” While Tuscola and East Rutherford loom in the next two weeks, Central’s gridiron team continues to stay the course, beating a win-less McDowell program in piling up 234 yards rushing and 95 yards through the air to rout the visitors. From the blocking of Oddie Murray on one play and Nick Beaver on another for touchdowns, to the all-around defensive effort for the Hilltoppers during Friday night, Central is buying into the idea of team football. On defense, Anthony Walke came up with 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, while William Brown, Cody Thomas and Marque Phillips each earned a sack. Darrien Watkins and Leon Brown each ended drives with interceptions in the second quarter when McDowell moved the pigskin in Central territory. Aris Smith, who came into the contest with nine sacks in three games, was held to a half sack, but his presence was still felt. Smith statistically made a tackle for loss, three assists and batted down a pass on the evening. Central’s defense spelled trouble for the visitors in the first half, allowing just 107 total yards and just 39 of that yardage was rushing. Overall, Central held McDowell to 103 yards rushing on the night. Games do not get any easier for R-S Central as the next task ahead is 3A Tuscola and the passing machine of Tyler Brosius. “We just need to keep working and staying after it, but Tuscola is going to be quite a challenge,” Cheek said.

East Rutherford pushes mark to 2-2 FOREST CITY — The Cavaliers not only won a football game, but they did so against a quality opponent, 25-21 Friday. East’s win over West Henderson did not come easy, but Coach Clint Bland was more than happy to take it —with or without style points. “Yeah,” chuckled Bland. “We may not get style points on that one. But, we are very happy to have that win.” The turning point in the game may have come with a decision that surprised even the East coaches. West, having moved the ball for nearly seven minutes in the third quarter behind the hard-running of Kevin Thomas, found themselves faced with a 4th and 3 from the East 10 yard line. The Falcons opted to throw on the important third quarter down. “We talked about that as we were walking off the field,” said Bland. “It did surprise us. They had just eaten us alive with the two big boys, and we couldn’t stop them. They were chewing up five yards on nearly every carry. So, that was a surprise and we had it covered.” The turnover on downs that resulted allowed Adrian Wilkins to come up with his biggest run of the night — a 65-yarder that may have covered 120-yards of grass. Wilkins twisted, turned and visited nearly ever square inch of turf before finally being brought down at the West 25 yard line. “Adrian is a special player and I think he is in for a really big year,” Bland said. Wilkins leads the county with 506 yards rushing and eight total touchdowns.

Chase wins its first HENRIETTA — If Brad Causby is smiling today, well, there is no doubt as to why. The Trojans’ head coach was very pleased to come away with a varsity win with a team that almost resembles a JV team. “We were real young,” said Causby. “I guess for folks looking in from the outside, they might say, ‘well, they just won a game.’ What they have to understand is that we had two freshman at cornerback and we had freshman and sophomore’s all over the field.

“I’ve been happy before with our kids for a variety of reasons, but this has to be the happiest that I’ve been for them. This one was special.” The win came after Chase lost three players, who decided to leave the team, and five more out due to injury. The losses left the Trojans with 21 active on the roster and no quarterbacks. But, Chase turned the reins over to Tyreece Gossett, and the young signal-caller delivered a win. “I think some may be wondering why we didn’t just start Tyreece from the beginning, but we had two upperclassmen that had earned the job, including Tyreece’s brother Dache,” said Causby. “But, we, as coaches, have known all along that we have someone special in Tyreece.” Chase (1-3) will play host to West Lincoln (3-1), Friday, Sept 18.

Thomas Jefferson takes one on the chin AVONDALE — The Gryphons coach, Tony Helton, didn’t mince his words. “We just got plain whipped,” said Helton. “There were things we did wrong and what have you, but that was just a tailwhipping.” TJCA (0-3) found themselves on the wrong end of a 62-0 decision against West Lincoln, on Friday. The Rebels rolled for over 500-yards of total offense, while holding the Griffs to just 44 yards. Thomas Jefferson will look for its first win of the season when they visit Southside Christian Academy in Greenville, S.C., on Friday.

LEADERS Passing: East Rutherford’s Mikhail Baxter passed for 111-yards on seven completions and a touchdown. Rushing: East Rutherford’s Adrian Wilkins gained 124 yards on just 10 carries to lead all county runners. Wilkins scored a touchdown on a 41 yard scamper. Receiving: East’s Wilkins also hauled in three passes for 92 yards. Sacks: R-S Central’s Anthony Walke posted 1.5 sacks to lead all defensive players in the county.

Hilltoppers in Top 10? FOREST CITY — Four 3A programs in the Associated Press Top 10 took losses on Friday night with one school, Havelock idle. Central, which received 15 votes in last week’s poll, may have an opportunity to move into this week’s AP Poll. The Hilltoppers are now 4-0 and would become the first Rutherford County prep football team in the AP’s Top 10 since the 2005 Cavaliers (2A).

RUSHING RS — J. Kinlaw 10-44-TD, O. Murray 10-42-2 TD, C. Green 4-10, L. Brown 2-50-TD, W. Lynch 3-1, J. Smith 2-32, D. Atchley 1-58-TD, C. Jimerson 2-(-3) MD — D. Martin 14-52, D. Arrowood 12-18, C. Moore 5-14, T. Anderson 5-23, M. Queen 2-(-4) PASSING RS — J. Kinlaw 6-9-95-TD, T. Ledbetter 0-1 MD — D. Arrowood 8-19-139-TD-2INT, M. Queen 1-5-15 RECEIVING RS — D. Watkins 3-38, C. Jimerson 2-27, T. Abrams 1-14 MD — M. Rowe 4-73, R. Lambert 1-36-TD, J. Johnson 1-15, M. Lytle 1-11, C. Moore 1-4

East Rutherford 25, West Henderson 21 WH — 7 14 0 0 — 21 ER — 10 8 7 0 — 25 First Quarter ER — M. Baxter 59-yard pass to A. Wilkins (R. Bailey PAT) ER — R. Bailey 25-yard FG WH — D. Baker 39-yard pass to K. Thomas (S. Castellanos PAT) Second Quarter WH — K. Robinson 12-yard run (S. Castellanos PAT) WH — D. Baker 16-yard pass to T. Keyse (S. Castellanos PAT) ER — A. Wilkins 41-yard run (M. Baxter 2-point conversion) Third Quarter ER — J. Barksdale 13-yard run (R. Bailey PAT) RUSHING WH — K. Thomas 23-137; K. Robinson 13-62TD; G. Simpson 5-2; D. Baker 4-45; P. Maurer 3-(9); K. Young 1-5 ER — A. Wilkins 10-124-TD; T. Hamilton 9-8; T. Wilkerson 4-12; J. Barksdale 2-14-TD; M. Baxter 2-5 PASSING WH — D. Baker 2-10-55-2 TD ER — M. Baxter 7-11-INT-111-TD RECEIVING WH — K. Thomas 1-39-TD; T. Keyse 1-16-TD ER — A. Wilkins 3-92-TD; Z. Price 2-14; R. Wilkins 1-7; T. Hamilton 1-(-2)

Chase 10, Cherryville 7 CV — 0 0 0 7 — 7 CH — 0 10 0 0 — 10 Second Quarter CH — T. Gossett 8-yard run (B. Moffitt PAT) CH — B. Moffitt 36-yard FG Fourth Quarter CV — T. Bess 1-yard run (PAT good) CH — D. Hines 16-106 No other stats available.

West Lincoln 62, Thomas Jefferson 0 TJ — 0 0 0 0 — 0 WL — 21 21 20 0 — 62 First Quarter WL — Devyn Travis 36 run (Brad Newton kick) WL — Kyle Arias 15 run (Newton kick) WL — Justin Carpenter 46 pass from Caleb Beal (Newton kick) Second Quarter WL — Arias 53 run (Newton kick) WL — Travis 15 run (Newton kick) WL — Arias 10 run (Newton kick) Third Quarter WL — Travis 17 run (kick failed) WL — Arias 42 run (Newton kick) WL — Anthony Harkey 49 run (Newton kick) RUSHING TJ — W. Beam 19-(-22); W. McCraw 3-1; H. Nelson 1-3; Hayden Blice 1-(-9) WL — D. Travis 16-194-3; K. Arias 10-159-4 PASSING TJ — W. Beam 13-25-0-0-71 yards RECEIVING TJ — H. Blice 3-30; R. Spurlin 4-24; M. Trimble 1-8; C. Sundale 1-6; W. McCraw 1-2; H. Nelson 1-1

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Jeter tops Lou Gehrig, sets Yankees hit record

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter bounded out of the dugout and peered up at the rain-soaked stands, surprised to see so many people on such a miserable night. The conditions were dreadful, sure. His record-setting swing was sublime. Jeter broke the New York Yankees’ hit record held by Lou Gehrig for more than seven decades when he singled to right in the third inning Friday night. His opposite-field grounder against Baltimore gave Jeter

2,722 hits, one more than Gehrig, whose Hall of Fame career was cut short by illness in 1939. “Being a former captain and what he stood for, when you mention his name to any baseball fan around the country it means a lot,” Jeter said. “I think passing him makes it stand out that much more.” Now, No. 2 in Yankees pinstripes is number one in the record book for baseball’s most storied franchise. “The whole experience has

been overwhelming,” Jeter said. “This is more than I could’ve imagined.” His record-breaking hit was remarkably similar to the one that tied Gehrig on Wednesday night, a sharp grounder inside the firstbase line. After this one, Yankees players poured out of the dugout and engulfed Jeter at first base with hugs and pats on the back. “I didn’t know that they were going to do that, so that sort of caught me off-guard,” Jeter said. “It’s a special

Ask the Guys Dear Classified Guys, I've loved cats ever since I was a kid. To me they are the perfect pets. They're easy to care for, always affectionate and easy to love. I have two of them that I named Abbot and Costello. The names came not from their sense of humor, but from the fact that one is tall and lean while the other is considerably overweight. I'm not sure if this is in his genes or if he's snacking on the kitchen garbage. Unfortunately I've taken on a job that requires extensive travel and caring for Abbot and Costello is becoming increasingly complicated. My hope was to find them a new home together, but all the people who have responded to my classified ad only want Abbot. Poor Costello (my fat cat) doesn't seem to attract any caregivers. Although no one says it, I'm sure people just don't like his weight. Do you have any solutions for finding both of these guys a new home?

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argue "Who's on First?" they'd find a home in no time. However since it's unlikely they'll learn the art of slapstick comedy, you do have a tricky task.

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Carry: It's difficult to give up a pet that you've grown to love. Finding them a new home together will be tough. But even more difficult may be entertaining the idea of splitting them up. Cash: On the plus side, it sounds like your cats get along very well together. That should help. In addition, your choice of catchy names may encourage people to try and keep them together as well. Carry: Unfortunately, finding a new owner will probably come down to how much time you can afford to put toward the process. The longer you can wait to find a suitable home, the better chance

you have of success. Cash: If your new job and constant travel is interfering with their care or finding them a home, then you may have to consider splitting up the comedy duo. Although emotionally difficult for you, finding them good homes separately is better than not finding one at all. Carry: While you continue your search, put Costello on a diet if you're concerned about his weight. Loosing a few pounds may not find him the perfect owner, but it could go a long way to improving his long-term health. Cash: And to make sure he's not cheating, you might want to get a lid for your kitchen garbage!

moment for me, it’s a special moment for the organization. To get an opportunity to share it with my teammates was a lot of fun.” Jeter spread his arms wide after rounding first base and gave an emphatic clap as he headed back to the bag. Rain-drenched fans, many wearing bright ponchos, roared during an ovation that lasted about 3 minutes. Jeter twice waved his helmet to the crowd of 46,771 — just as he did after tying the record. Fans chanted his

name and the ball was taken out of play as a souvenir. “For those who say today’s game can’t produce legendary players, I have two words: Derek Jeter. Game in and game out he just produces,” Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement. “As historic and significant as becoming the Yankees’ all-time hit leader is, the accomplishment is all the more impressive because Derek is one of the finest young men playing the game today.”

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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.

Vacation year round live at beautiful Cleghorn Country Club 2BR/3BA furnished, fireplace, newly decorated, gas logs. $1,000/mo. 1BR/2BA $800/mo. 287-0983 or 223-1112

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828-289-2700 2BR & 3BR Close to downtown Rfdtn. D/w, stove, refrig., w/d hook up. No pets! 287-0733

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity is seeking a full-time executive director with proven experience and management skills to assume leadership of this non-profit organization. Responsibilities include overall day-to-day affiliate administration and Board coordination, fundraising, public relations, recruiting and managing volunteers, coordinating activities of committees, grant writing and program development. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and be computer literate. Demonstrated abilities in building relationships and partnerships, nonprofit leadership, resource development, program planning and understanding of affordable housing development are highly desirable. A bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least four years of relevant experience is preferred.

Interested candidates please submit a cover letter and resume by September 25, 2009 to: Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity P.O. Box 1534 • Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or email to RCHFH is an equal opportunity employer.


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Homes For Rent Nice 2BR/1BA Central h/a. 911 Stonecutter St., Spindale $400/mo. + $200 dep. 429-6670 3BR/1BA Newly remodeled! East High area. $500/mo. + dep. Call 828-748-0059 2BR/1BA, Ellenboro Hopewell/Hollis Rd. brick home, appliances furnished, hardwood floors. No pets. Ref. 453-7717 2BR house in Rfdtn area. Central h/a. $400/mo.Dep. and ref’s. Call 286-9383 4 Bedroom/2 Bath (between Lake Lure and Rutherfordton) $650/mo. 828-329-4577 5BR/1.5BA 2 Story Best Spindale neighborhood. Big porch, outdoor storage workshop. No A/C $650 per month Call 561-523-4077 or at 828-201-0851

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Mobile Homes For Rent 2 & 3 Bedroom Mobile Homes in Chase area. No Pets! Call 429-6691

2 & 3BR Stove, refrig., cable, lawn service & trash incld. $260-$350/mo. + dep. No cats! Long term only! Call 453-0078 or 429-8822 2BR/2BA in nice area Stove, refrig. No Pets! $400/mo. + deposit Call 287-7043 2BR/2BA MH Chase community All appl., garden tub, semi priv. lot. $450/mo. 245-7115


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Vacation Property For Rent: Lake Lure Fox Run Townhouse 2BR/2BA sleeps 6 Avail. Oct. 10th-14th $125 per night Call Frank 505-280-5815

Commercial Property Main St., Rfdtn, office or retail space for rent, utilities furnished, ready to move in! $550/mo. 287-0983 or 223-1112

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


Work Wanted Home Health Care Provider NC Cert. CNA Reasonable rates, ref’s. avail. 248-3179 Willing to work with the elderly any time. 16 yrs exp. References 828-305-3607

Help Wanted CAD OPERATOR First Choice Armor and Equipment Inc. is seeking an experienced CAD Operator. Individual selected will be responsible for grading all new patterns received by our Design Dept. In addition work on regular production markers will be required on an as needed basis. At least 5 years experience required. Knowledge of Accumark System strongly preferred. Microsoft Excel experience helpful. If interested please send resume, salary history/requirements to: jflynn@

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Cleghorn Plantation hiring golf cart staff. Must be reliable, responsible, drug, tobacco and alcohol free. Duties include detailing golf carts, picking driving range, etc. Flexible hours. $8/hr. + golf privileges. Apply in person

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

Technical In House Sales position with local company that sells accounting software to accountants and CPA’s nationwide. Telephone follow up on generated leads, demonstrate product over the internet and close deals. Assist customers w/software implementation and training. Earn base salary + commissions. Benefits include paid vacation and sick time. High School education, good computer and communication skills req. Email resume to

RN SUPERVISOR White Oak Manor Rutherfordton is now accepting applications for a full time, first shift RN Supervisor with five years or more of Long Term Care experience. Monday Friday with flexible hours. Excellent benefits. If you are interested, please stop by the Human Resource Dept. to complete an application at 188 Oscar Justice Rd., Rutherfordton, or call Gail Eller, RN, Director of Nurses at 828-286-9001 EEOC

Maintenance Free Golf Cart Batteries discount on multi-sets $250/set 657-4430

2000 Chevy Impala White, 3.8 V6, very clean! Local listings are asking $5800, this one goes for $3,000. Call 453-0953



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

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2003 Honda Civic EX 4 door, 132K mi. Good condition! Asking $6,500 Call 453-0554

Trucks 1994 GMC Pick Up P/w, p/l, good a/c, new tires. Runs good! Call 828-305-3627

Chihuahua puppies 6 weeks old. 1 male, 3 females, rare blue. $100. 828-447-0712 Free beautiful white male cat, blue eye and green eye, has rabies shot, 6 months old, 288-9923 or 287-7861 Free to a good home Doberman/Chocolate Lab puppies. Mother is reg. blue Doberman. Call 248-2980 after 6p

Lost Female Calico Cat Approx. 1 yr. old, no collar. Lost 8/5 from Lawing Mill Rd. Reward! 288-9591 2 Cocker Spaniels One white, one blonde Lost 8/24 from Trojan Ln., FC. Reward! Call 429-6017 or 289-9125

Shepherd type dog Dark in color, 30-35 lbs. has collar. Found 8/31 in Oak Grove Church community 453-7322


To provide care within the Carolina Access Program. Requires BS in Nursing with a Public Health Nursing Rotation and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be licensed RN in NC. Salary negotiable. Excellent benefits package.

The Town of Ruth will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 6:00 pm at the Town Hall located at 221 Northview Dorsey Street, Rutherfordton. The purpose of this meeting is to meet with DOT engineer Jay Mcinnis to discuss the 74A bypass. Any interested citizens may attend.

Cleveland Co. HR, 311 E. Marion St. • Shelby, NC 28151 (704-484-4833) EOE

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Female yellow tiger cat 1 year old, skinny. Lost 9/4 from Cane Creek Rd. in Rfdtn Call 287-5737

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Miscellaneous Want to end an addiction and get your life back? Join us Sept. 14th at 7PM Spindale Church of the Brethren, Midland St., Spindale

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NFL Week 1

By BARRY WILNER AP Football Writer

NEW YORK — A look at the AP’s picks for NFL winners in week one. The AP did pick the Steelers to defeat the Titans, 16-10. The Steelers needed overtime, but came away with a 13-10 win. Buffalo (plus 10) at New England (Monday night) BEST BET: Hello T.O. from Buffalo. No matter how much you do in your Bills debut, Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Patriots will do more. PATRIOTS, 35-13 San Francisco (plus 6 1/2) at Arizona UPSET SPECIAL. Niners nearly beat Cardinals in Mike Singletary’s debut as interim coach last November. They win his debut as full-time coach. 49ERS 21-20 Minnesota (minus 2 1/2) at Cleveland In this Dec. 14, 2008 file photo, Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams Everybody loves Brett Favre-led (34) runs past Denver Broncos’ Dre’ Bly (32) for a touchdown in the third quarter of Vikings. Doesn’t seem like anyone the Panthers’ 30-10 win in an NFL football game in Charlotte. The Panthers are hop- likes Eric Mangini-led Browns. ing that Williams can equal a very successful 2008 season. VIKINGS, 24-10 Associated Press

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even if he played well in his fourth NFC championship game loss to the Cardinals in January — it’ll lead to calls that Vick should supplant the man who’s been the regular starter since 1999. “Not too many people can say that they’ve done that on a consistent basis with one team,” McNabb said. “I’ve been blessed to be able to do that. But again, there is one thing that I want and I’m searching to get and willing to do whatever it takes, and that’s winning a Super Bowl and bringing it back here to Philly.” Delhomme led Carolina to a Super Bowl loss in his first season with the Panthers in 2003 after beating McNabb’s Eagles in the NFC title game. Yet Delhomme looked lost in Carolina’s last real game. On his 34th birthday he threw five interceptions — one shy of the NFL playoff record — and lost a fumble against the Cardinals. The performance put an abrupt end to a 12-win season and Delhomme’s successful return from reconstructive elbow surgery. And even in polite Charlotte, Delhomme was peppered with boos. “I probably pressed way too much too early in that game,” he said. “That was something that I was so frustrated with myself for: I let my teammates down. I always felt like I was the one who could try to come through for them. That was the thing that bothered me more than anything.” His teammates and coaches rallied around him. Delhomme received a lucrative contract extension, faced no competition in training camp and was voted a captain. Now he hopes to lead an offense that still features speedy receiver Steve Smith and running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, who last season combined for the most yards rushing by NFL teammates since 1984. It’ll be up to an emotional Philadelphia defense to stop them in its first game since longtime defen-

Miami (plus 4) at Atlanta We’ve had similar but differA year ago, this was considered an ent careers. We’ve laughed and early-season dud. Now, it’s a matchup joked about just our paths and worthy of prime-time. AFC is superior to NFC, so ... just where they go. He’s just DOLPHINS, 24-21 trying to do the same thing and that’s lead his team to a Detroit (plus 12) at New Orleans Let’s see, Lions haven’t won since Super Bowl two days before Christmas — in Donovan McNabb 2007. SAINTS, 31-7 Eagles quarterback

sive coordinator Jim Johnson died of cancer. “Despite all the glitz and the things he presented to the opposing quarterback, which I definitely enjoyed, you talk about a guy who would do whatever it took to help his team win,” coach Andy Reid said of Johnson. The Panthers replaced defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac with Ron Meeks in the offseason after allowing 30 or more points in five of their last seven games. The preseason wasn’t pretty. They lost run-stuffing defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu to a season-ending Achilles’ tendon tear in the first practice. Linebacker Jon Beason then went down with a knee injury, but has recovered quickly and should play Sunday. They’ll try to slow McNabb and running back Brian Westbrook, who’s healthy after sitting out the preseason. The rebuilt offensive line was also banged up and didn’t take a snap together in the preseason. Led by Julius Peppers, the Panthers hope to put plenty of pressure on McNabb. They did that in the 2003 playoffs, when McNabb was sacked five times and threw three interceptions, one of his ugliest NFC championship game memories. McNabb was out with a knee injury the last time the teams met, a 2006 Philadelphia victory on a Monday night that included Delhomme throwing two fourth-quarter interceptions. “We’ve had similar but different careers,” McNabb said. “We’ve laughed and joked about just our paths and just where they go. He’s just trying to do the same thing and that’s lead his team to a Super Bowl.”

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New England Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour (93) before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants in Foxborough, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009.

Indianapolis With Tony Dungy retired, Colts might take some missteps. Not here. COLTS, 27-10 Dallas (minus 3) at Tampa Bay Cowboys tune up for big debut game of their billion-dollar stadium. Are they looking ahead? Nope. COWBOYS 30-13

Kansas City (plus 8 1/2) at Baltimore Maybe Matt Cassel is better off not facing Ravens’ fierce D. RAVENS, 20-3

Washington (plus 6) at N.Y. Giants Redskins might be best fourthplace team in NFL. Giants are likely first-place team. GIANTS, 24-14

Philadelphia (plus 1) at Carolina Two franchises that had very busy offseasons. Brian Westbrook and DeAngelo Williams are worth admission price. EAGLES, 24-20

St. Louis (plus 7) at Seattle Jim Mora takes over as Seahawks coach. He’s got better roster than Steve Spagnuolo does in his Rams debut. SEAHAWKS, 16-10

Denver (plus 1) at Cincinnati Bengals might be jealous that Broncos have stolen the dysfunctional thunder. BENGALS, 20-3

Chicago (plus 3) at Green Bay Longest running rivalry in pro football, and both franchises have strong teams. Pack looks bit stronger right now. PACKERS, 28-17

New York Jets (plus 4) at Houston Mark Sanchez, meet Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans. OUCH. TEXANS, 24-10 Jacksonville (plus 7 1/2) at

San Diego (plus 7) at Oakland (Monday night) Regardless of Chargers star LB Shawne Merriman’s status, Oakland is outmanned. CHARGERS, 33-7

DA drops charges against Merriman SAN DIEGO (AP) — District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis dismissed reality TV star Tila Tequila’s accusations that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman choked her and threw her to the ground early Sunday while she was trying to leave his suburban home. Merriman was arrested after Tequila signed a citizen’s arrest warrant accusing Merriman of battery and false imprisonment. Both are felonies. Dumanis decided not to charge Merriman after her office spent three days reviewing reports from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. ‘Williams Wall’ can play MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal

appeals court cleared the way for Minnesota Vikings defensive linemen Pat Williams and Kevin Williams to play all season, despite the NFL’s attempts to suspend them for violating the league’s anti-doping policy. The NFL had already said the two players could play in Sunday’s season-opener at Cleveland because their court fight over the suspensions would not be decided in time. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld earlier decisions from a federal district court — including one that says the remaining legal issues must be resolved in state court. The judge there has issued an injunction prohibiting the NFL from suspending the players.

ATTENTION ADULTS AGE 55+ In these unusual economic times, planning for future health care needs is more crucial than ever. One option available is EASTWOOD VILLAGE, Rutherford County’s only complete retirement and health care concept. Homes are individually owned and designed for maintenance-free living with the following amenities:

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Sunday Brunch Jean Gordon

Spindale book brings back volume of memories What seems to be a long time ago now, there was a Biltmore Dairy Farms at the corner of Main Street and Ohio Street in Spindale. My great uncle Harry would scoop up my three sisters and I in his car for a ride to the Biltmore for vanilla ice cream. Those visits to the Biltmore with Uncle Harry and so many other memories of Spindale came flooding back this week as I looked through Robin Lattimore’s latest book on the town of Spindale. My great-grandma Crawford lived on Georgia Street, so our family spent time there too, especially at Christmas. It was a happy day if we went to Keller’s Cafe. I can honestly hear the squeak of that screen door that led customers into the cafe, with its wooden floor, dinette tables and chairs. In the back of the building was a very long counter where two tall men wearing their cooking hats, fried hamburgers. I can still see the black frying pans and the hamburgers floating in grease. Beef dogs and hot dogs were amazing. If it was a really good day, you might have a bag of potato chips and a Coke in a small glass bottle. Grandpa Crawford, a bivocational pastor, worked at Spindale Mills for many years in order to make a living for his seven children. It was a good day, though, when he was able to quit the mill job and spend more time with his flock. Daddy spent more than 35 years at Stonecutter Mills. He worked in the spinning plant, and I can remember the occasional times Mama loaded my sisters and I in the car for a drive to the mill to take Daddy a hot supper. Once we went with Daddy on a Sunday to take something to the big mill. The mill was closed, but when he pulled the whistle switch, my sisters and I came close to dying. Scared us to death. He loved it. One person, quoted in the book, said there wasn’t a need for a clock in Spindale. When the mill whistle blew at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., every one knew where they were supposed to be. We made regular trips to the Mitchell Company where fabric from Stonecutter Mills was sold. We had a discount card since Daddy worked there and for hours my sisters and Mama looked at bolt after bolt of cloth. That was not my idea of fun. I was the first to select her cloth for a dress and the first to go out and sit under the shade trees. The best part of the Mitchell Company was the ice cold water fountain beside the front door and the chute where cloth came flying down from the upstairs. I thought it’d be a lot of fun to come down the chute. And who can forget the Rutherford County Fair located east of downtown Spindale? The exhibit hall, with the crazy mirrors, was actually a favorite, and of course, our parents loved the exhibit hall with all the vegetables and produce lining shelves as far as one could see. My older sister actually won blue ribbons for her prize winning gourds. My little sisters and I were thrilled. A blue ribbon winner in our house. Please see Gordon, Page 8C

The story of a town,

past and present

Left: A woman works at a spinning frame in Spindale Mills in the 1950s. Below: Weaving at Stonecutter Mills in the 1950s.

Left: Main Street, Spindale Below: In February 1937, students posed outside their new Spindale Elementary School.

New book . provides details about Spindale By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — “I can tell you that Spindale is a special place,” Clyde Tomblin is quoted in a new book, “Spindale — The Story of a Southern Textile Town” written by Rutherfordton author Robin Lattimore. “My life completely revolved around the mill and the folks I grew up with,” said N.C. Rep. Bob England, quoted in the book. Another quote, “I remember carrying a hot lunch to my daddy in the mill and sitting on a stool beside his loom while he ate,” Pauline Cochran White, 96, resident of White Oak Manor, Rutherfordton. The 248-page coffee-table book, published by Hilltop Publications, is the history of the textile town with hundreds of vintage photographs telling the story of the town, its past and present. The book is the stories from mills, Spindale House, town hall, Rutherford County Fair, the swimming pool, The Spindale Sun and of the people who

lived or grew up in Spindale. The book will be presented Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. in the Spindale House, in conjunction with the town’s annual fall festival. The book will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the historic room. The book is Lattimore’s 12th book release and was funded entirely by The Stonecutter Foundation. All book sales will benefit the Spindale Public Library. Lattimore said he is pleased the book sales will go to the library. “I believe in libraries and I feel they are one of the strongest assets that a community can have.” Spindale librarian Amy Taylor said,

“I am pleased beyond words at the generosity of Robin Lattimore and James Cowan and the Stonecutter Foundation. James Cowan has always been a friend of the library and I am deeply grateful,” she said. “This donation will help enhance every facet of the library in this tough economic climate.” “Writing this book has been just as rewarding as any history project that I have ever worked on,” Lattimore said. “ I felt a sense of urgency to tell the story of this special place before another generation of textile workers is gone. Please see Spindale, Page 8C

Story times begin at libraries Tuesday SPINDALE — The Rutherford County Libraries’ Story Times will begin again on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Jeannie Smith, will be leading the educational sessions each week in Spindale at the Main Library on Callahan-Koon Road at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, 11 a.m. on Wednesdays in Henrietta at the Haynes Branch, and 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays in Lake Lure at the Mountains Branch. Preschool Story Times are designed for children ages 2-5 and younger homeschoolers, and consists not only of interactive, theatrical reading of stories, but also games, activities, songs, crafts, puppetry and snacks designed around a weekly educational theme where children learn as they have fun. They are free and open to the public as a service of Rutherford County to its citizens.

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Rutherford County Libraries’ Story Times begin Tuesday. Story time is held at each of the three libraries in the system – at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the Main Branch, 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Haynes Branch and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at Mountains Branch.

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Llama Visits Doc on Labor Day

Eaves Greets Board Members

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Vicki Sundberg of Wilmington, owner of Sundmist Farms, brought one of her champion llamas to visit Dr. and Mrs. Don Hughes at their Rutherfordton farm on Labor Day. Vicki stopped to visit the Hughes while enroute to the Mountain State Fair with four llamas for competition. The couple’s daughter, Donna, met Sundberg recently in Raleigh while they were taking the NC State Solar Center Graduate Diploma program for Renewable Energy Technologies and Green Building. Dr. Hughes, who has advanced Parkinsons disease, enjoyed the visit from the llamas, and according to Donna, was a nice diversion from his health concerns. The animals met the challenging obstacle courses to maneuver the deck and into the Hughes den where they met Hughes in his house.

Dylan Thrift, 10, a fifth grader at Forrest Hunt Elementary, was fishing at Toms Lake on Labor Day, accompanied by his grandmother. He said he’d much rather fish than go to Wal-Mart or school.

When Delores Hansen was seen last Sunday afternoon driving a John Deere tractor off Bostic-Sunshine Hwy. picking up hale for friends, she declared, “Women don’t usually do this.” But when her friends’ horses got out of the pasture, they had to go round them up and she offered to bale hay.

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First Gentleman Bob Eaves (left), husband of Gov. Bev Perdue, greets Rutherford County Board of Education member Jackie Hampton while other board members Sherry Bright and Ritchie Garland, look on. Eaves and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton visited Harris Elementary School last Friday where he read a book to second graders. County Commissioners, Board of Education members and Harris school staff also met Eaves. The son of the late Robert Wendell Eaves, a native of Rutherford County, Bob spent most of his summers in the Harris area visiting his uncle and other relatives.

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local Foster Named to Country Music Hall of Fame Rutherford County native Fred Foster, founder and president of Monument Records, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame next month in Nashville, Tenn. Foster has produced records for a number of entertainers including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Ray Stevens, Kris Kristofferson and Roy Orbison, who he is pictured with (right) on the 1965 cover of Cash Box magazine. Foster is a member of the R-S Central Class of 1949 and was unable to attend the 60th class reunion earlier this year. He was in town recently and gathered with a group of classmates and friends (below, sixth from right) at Hickory Log Barbecue, Forest City. Foster is shown (inset photo) during the interview “Mr. Record Man: A Conversation with Fred Foster,” which was a tribute to the legendary producer, record label owner, songwriter, music publisher, and promoter, in front of an audience at the museum’s Ford Theater.

CHARLOTTE — Greater Media Charlotte’s Sunday morning fun, faith-based show, The Satisfied Life, heard locally on 107.9 the LINK, will host The Satisfied Life LIVE! (Bras and Bibles Optional) on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. from the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The show’s trio of stars The Matt & Ramona Show’s Ramona Holloway; The Pam Stone Show’s Pam Stone; and Sharon Decker, will be on hand to present live music, special guests and prizes. Admission (Tickets $10) to the event includes a stand-up comedy performance by Pam Stone, Sharon Decker’s Weekly Word, and Ramona Holloway’s Tribute to Mothers and Daughters, as well as access to the grounds of Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, which is located at 6500 S. New Hope Rd., in Belmont. The Satisfied Life airs on Sundays from 8 to 11 a.m. on WLNK-FM (107.9 the LINK) in Charlotte. The Satisfied Life is a part of The Tapestry Group, a ministry of encouragement and inspiration based in Rutherfordton. Tickets are available for purchase at the venue or online at thesatisfiedlifenetwork.eventbrite. com.

Brittany Heber, (left) and Timothy Hamrick, (right), Rutherford County scholars who missed the Chamber’s awards ceremony in June, were recognized for their achievements at a special ceremony in the Chamber offices on August 13. Chamber President Mike Campfield (center) made the presentations. Brittany, the top graduate at the Rutherford County Opportunity Center, is a scholarship student at Appalachian State. Timothy, East Rutherford High School valedictorian, won a McNair scholarship to the University of South Carolina. Recognition of the county’s top scholars is an annual project of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. Contributed photo

Visual Artists Guild ready to celebrate knitting, and drawing have been popular. The Tour of the Arts summer camp program for youth filled up for the three week-long sessions. Other activities have included the popular “Art for Fun” nights and Dulcimer Music Nights. “As soon as we opened, we started planning for the summer juried pottery show, and “Wheel and Coil and Slab” attracted participation from 22 potters. For a fledgling venture, this has been an exhausting but exhilarating six months.” Fox says that demand for studio art classes has prompted the Visual Arts Center to establish a second classroom so that two classes can be held at the same time. “This fall, in addition to continuing the painting classes, we have new woodcarving classes, a new Art After School program for ages 8 to 12, and

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Radford awarded master’s degree CULLOWHEE — Brandi Nicole Radford of Forest City, graduated from Western Carolina University in August with a master’s degree in physical therapy. Brandi received her bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy from WCU in August 2007. She is a 2004 graduate of East Rutherford High School and employed by Rutherford Hospital. Radford She is the daughter of Chris and Pam Radford of Forest City, and granddaughter of J.B. and Jessie Flowe, and Shirley Elton, all of Forest City.

Sailors graduates from ECU GREENVILLE — Holly Ann Sailors graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a bachelors of fine arts in painting and drawing, and a minor in business administration. Sailors is pursuing a masters of fine arts in painting and a masters of business administration. She was the resident artist for Sailors Cancer in Our Communities with Pitt County Arts Council at Pitt Memorial Hospital, providing art workshops for cancer patients throughout eastern North Carolina. Sailors has been awarded a N.C. Arts Council Community Arts Administration Internship Grant for fall 2009 with the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo. She was also awarded a community mural project for the City of Greenville. Her artwork can be viewed at Holly is the daughter of Deborah Sailors of Forest City.

a School of the Arts for ages 12 and up.” Customers have come too. The guest register shows Labor Day weekend visitors from as far away as Colorado and Washington state. “They needed a wedding present,” says Fox, “and they liked finding something beautiful that was handmade locally.” Other visitors came from New Jersey, Atlanta, Spartanburg CC summer dean’s list and Maryland. “It’s made us SPARTANBURG, SC — Jason W. Lee of Bostic, aware that Rutherford County was among a number of students who have earned really is attracting people from deans’ list honors for the summer 2009 term at all over the country. Now we Spartanburg Community College. want to find ways to offer more for short-term visitors as well as for county residents. The Guild is serious about helping artists find multiple ways to make a living doing what they love, that’s the true purpose of the Visual Arts Center.” For more info call Sandy Fox at 223-4379 or Lynn Padgett 2881440.

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SPINDALE — The Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild is celebrating both the annual Celebration of the Arts exhibit at the Foundation at Isothermal Community College Sept. 18- 22 and six months of successful operation of the Visual Arts Center on Main Street in Rutherfordton. “When we opened in March, I had faith that if we opened a studio gallery to carry members works, that artists would participate and customers would come,” said Sandy Fox, Guild president. “What has happened has exceeded my dreams. In just six months, Guild membership has grown from 40 to over 100 members, and 80 artists now have their works on display at the Visual Arts Center.” Fox is also proud of the number of courses that Guild members have taught in the studio/ classroom. Painting, mosaics,

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local Engagements Dianne Szpak and Brian Bice

Chelsea Kurkendall, Justin Bailey

Ida Owens and Joseph Buchanan

Dianne Szpak and Brian Bice are engaged and plan to be married Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Forest City. Their Bice, Szpak engagement is announced by the brideelect’s parents, Carolina Tech. She is Robert and Joan Szpak employed by Autumn of Rutherfordton. The Care of Forest City, and groom-elect is the son White Oak Manor in of Linda Bice and Mike Tryon. Davis of Fort Myers, Brian is a 2006 gradFla. uate of Winter Haven Dianne is a 2006 High School in Florida. graduate of Chase He serves in the United High School, attends States Air Force curIsothermal Community rently stationed at Shaw College, and plans to Air Force Base near continue her education Sumter, S.C. in nursing at Central

Tracy Hodge of Spindale, and Danny Kurkendall of Rutherfordton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsea Danielle Kurkendall, to Sgt. Justin Scott Bailey. He is the son of Scott and Sherry Bailey of Shiloh.

Ida Bennick Owens and Joseph P. Buchanan are engaged and plan to be married Saturday, October 3, 2009 in the mountains of North Carolina. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ittia Neal Bennick of Rutherfordton, and granddaughter of Mrs. Mavis Crabtree, also of Rutherfordton. She is a graduate of R-S Central High School and employed by Chimney Rock Park. Ida is also employed by a construction and development company in Tryon. The groom-elect is the son of Mrs. Marion Buchanan Hopper of Charlotte, and the late Joe E. Buchanan. He

The couple will be married Saturday, October 3, 2009 at Second Baptist Church in Rutherfordton. Chelsea is employed by Cherry Point MCAS as a lifeguard and plans to continue her education in nursing. Justin serves at the rank of sergeant in the United States Marine Corps currently sta-

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is a graduate of Chase High School. Joseph is employed by Curtis Wright Systems and Engineering in Boiling Springs.

Blantons celebrate 50th Anniversary

In Uniform Gray completes basic training

COLUMBIA, SC — Army Pfc. Georgina Gray has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Gray is a 2006 graduate of R-S Central High School. She is the daughter of Adelheid Gray of Rutherfordton.

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Bobby and Blanche Blanton of Ellenboro, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 15, 2009. They were honored with a reception on August 22, at Corinth Baptist Church. The celebration was hosted by the couple’s children and grandchildren. A number of friends and family members were in attendance. Bobby and Blanche are pictured (right) on their wedding day in 1959.

Commission reminds hunters of rule delays RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters that a number of rules adopted at its March Commission meeting will not be in effect when hunting seasons open this fall. The North Carolina Rules Review Commission referred a number of the proposed rules changes to the General Assembly as a consequence of written opposition, an action required under state law. As a result, these rules changes cannot take effect until reviewed by the Legislature next year. Legislators have 30 days from the start of the next session to propose a bill disapproving any of these rules. If no bill is proposed, the rules automatically go into effect for the 2010-11 season. Rules NOT in effect for the 2009-2010 season are: H1) Require persons harvesting deer through the Deer Management Assistance Program to use tags provided by the Commission and report their harvests, whether those deer are antlerless or antlered. Allow harvest of deer on DMAP areas under the big game harvest report card and the bonus antlerless deer harvest report card, where applicable. H2) Change the description of where bonus antlerless deer harvest report cards may be used from “private lands” to “lands other than those enrolled in the Commission’s Game Land Program” in order to permit the use of these cards on military installations, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands that are NOT game lands. H3) Remove the daily bag limit for deer. H4) Allow hunters to use archery equipment to harvest deer during the muzzleloading firearms season on game lands. H5) Shorten the bow season by one week and open the muzzleloader season one week earlier to create a two week muzzleloader season. H6) Deer seasons in the Northwestern deer season will be changed so that the regular gun season is extended through January 1. Deer seasons in the Eastern, Central, and Western deer season structures will remain unchanged. H7) Deer seasons on game lands in the Northwestern deer season will be changed so that the regular gun season is extended through January 1. Deer seasons on game lands in the Eastern, Central, and Western deer season structures will remain unchanged. Please See Hunters Page 5C

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local Weddings

Bridges, Smith wed in Winston-Salem

Nancy Callie Bridges and Charles Lee Smith exchanged wedding vows July 18, 2009 at Northwest Baptist Church in WinstonSalem. The Rev. Brandon Hudson, Dr. Randy McKinney, Rev. Mark McClamrock and Dr. Jac Coad, were the officiating ministers. Musicians for the two o’clock ceremony were Linda Jones, organist, Joan Hermann, pianist, and Amy Evans, vocalist, accompanied by Laura Shoop, pianist. Jill Bromenschenkel, Becca Brotherton and Gary Hoover were readers. The bride is the daughter of Romey Forest and Suzanne Wilkie Bridges of Winston-Salem. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Wilkie of Forest City, and Mrs. Margarethe Bridges of Spindale. The groom is the son of Diane Irvin Smith of Concord and Harold Smith and Lisa De Temple of Sandra Park, N.M. He is the grandson of Flora Hurlocker of Concord. Given in marriage by her father, the bride carried a bouquet of calla lilies and a prayer book belonging to her grandmother, Anita Jobe Wilkie. The book was also used by the bride’s mother and sister on their wedding days.

Sandra Park, brother of the groom, was a junior groomsman. Emma Wilkie of Forest City, cousin of the bride, and Kelsey Smith of Sandra Park, sister of the groom, were flower girls. Ringbearers were Allistair Wilkie of Forest City, cousin of the bride, and Patrick Smith of Sandra Park, brother of the groom. A formal reception followed at the Holiday Inn’s Salem Ballroom in Winston-Salem. A bridesmaids’ luncheon was held at Zevely House in Winston-Salem. Hostesses were Barbara Wilkie, Nancy Wilkie Hermann, Joan Hermann and Anita Wilkie, all of Forest City, and Hope Williamson of Philadelphia, Penn. The bride holds a BA in mathematics from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee Smith Meredith College. She is employed as a math teacher and aquatics Mr. and Mrs. Philip Scott McEntire The bride chose her of Daejon, South Korea. director at Gyeonggi sister, Claire Anita Alexandra Zickefoose Suwon International Slade of Atlanta, Ga., to of Daejon, was a junior School, South Korea. serve as matron of hon- bridesmaid. The groom is a or. She wore a honeyThe groom chose graduate of Columbia dew gown and carried a Matthew Reinhold International School, bouquet of calla lilies. Evans of Daejon, as Columbia, S.C. He Gowned identically, best man. is employed as a bridesmaids were Erin Groomsmen were Lee finance administraGilbert Otey of Salem, Horton of Kingstree, tor at Gyeonggi Suwon Va., Mandy England S.C., Jay Coad of Wesley International School, Cole of Charlotte, Chapel, Fla., Jamie South Korea. Yvette Palacios and Philip Scott McEntire were Mamie McKinney Ward of Daejon, David united in marriage July 18, 2009 at Little White Sutphin of Pilot Blanchard of Raleigh, The couple took Country Church. Paul Lane was the officiant. Mountain, Renee Frye and Timmy Goster of a wedding trip to Music was provided by Eric Weinbrener’s DJ Davis of Chesnee, S.C., Black Forest, Germany. Jamaica. They reside in Company. and Ronaldo Johnson Zachary Smith of Suwon, South Korea. The bride is the daughter of Yolanda Cabrera of Pembroke Pines, Fla. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida and employed as a registered x-ray/medical technician. The groom is the son of Ruben and Shirley McEntire of Rutherfordton. He is a 1993 graduate BOILING SPRINGS – ily connection and 37 other take on a complete Gardnerof R-S Central High School and employed by Polk Gardner-Webb University is fea- relatives connected to GWU. Webb theme throughout the resCounty Sheriff’s Office. tured in the September issue of The article also examines how taurant. Many other individuals The bride was presented in marriage by Howard Our State Magazine. area businesses offer Gardnerand businesses throughout the Cabrera. She wore a custom designed gown of Complete with pictures of cam- Webb support on a daily basis. town also show their GWU colivory satin featuring a cathedral-length train and pus and area businesses, the With business names like the ors on a daily basis. pearl and crystal embellishments. Her veil was article focuses on the GardnerBulldog Quik-Snak, Bulldog edged with pearls, and she carried a bouquet of Webb family ties of Boiling Music and Dirt Dawg Laundry The September issue of Our roses and lilies. Springs residents, Allen and – it is obvious that the town State Magazine is available on The bride’s sister, Yolanda Weinbrenner, served as Sonja Jones. Sonja’s grandfaof Boiling Springs believes newsstands now. First published matron of honor. She wore a brown silk gown and ther, J.D. Huggins, was the first strongly in the relationship in 1933, Our State Magazine carried a bouquet similar to the bride’s. principal of Boiling Springs with the University. In recent has over 150,000 subscribers Bridesmaids were Gabrella Cabrera and Natalie High School (the forerunner of years, the Runnin’ Bulldogs of throughout the world. Our State Oliveros, nieces of the bride, Ruth Yeo, sister of Gardner-Webb) and the first GWU have also been displayed celebrates the people and places the bride, Dee Prieto, friend of the bride, and Josie dean of Boiling Springs Junior prominently on the sides of the that make North Carolina great. Cabrera, sister-in-law of the bride, all of Florida. College. Turner Trucking trailers offering From the mountains to the They wore sea blue silk gowns. This feature story shares nation-wide travelling billboards coast, Our State features North The groom chose his father as best man. some memories and thoughts for the University. As another Carolina travel, history, folklore Groomsmen were Phillip Scott McEntire Jr., son from Sonja (also a Gardnerexample, this summer the new and beautiful scenic photograof the groom, and Dylan Austin Powell, son of the Webb alumnus) about her famMcDonald’s in town decided to phy. bride. Angela Lee Harris, niece of the groom, and Riley H25) Allow falconry on to anyone. Require the recipient Prieto, niece of the bride, were flower girls. The bride’s nephew, Julian Weinbrenner, greeted Sundays, except for migratory to retain a copy of the depredaguests at the register. game birds. tion permit. A reception followed at the Rutherfordton Continued from Page 4C H28) Allow the use of crossH51) Eliminate the requireClubhouse. bows, without permit, anytime ment that a landholder must The tables were skirted with floor-length ivory bow and arrows are legal weapget a U.S. Fish and Wildlife H8) Open all private lands linens and centered with arrangements of roses ons. Service permit for the taking of in the Eastern, Central, and H48) Disallow the selling of migratory birds before getting a and lilies. Northwestern deer seasons to A lasagna dinner was prepared by Chef Jordan live foxes and coyotes taken Commission permit to do so. the maximum either-sex deer Morrison. under a depredation permit to For a complete list of North season. The two-tiered wedding cake was frosted white controlled hunting preserves. Carolina’s 2009-2010 Inland H9) Assign all of Moore and decorated with roses and doves. H50) Allow a landowner with a Fishing, Hunting and Trapping County to the Eastern deer seaThe couple honeymooned in Tennessee. They valid depredation permit to give regulations, visit www.ncwildson. make their home in Rutherfordton. away the edible portions of deer

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local Rutherford Today Caregivers meeting set for October

FOREST CITY — On Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. Dr. Larry Hedgepath, MD for Hospice with be speaking to the Grace Caregiver Support Group about “Survival Tips for Dementia Patient’s Caregivers.” The meeting will be held at Rutherford LIFECare. Sitter service will be available for anyone who wants to attend and needs to bring a loved one. According to The Alzheimer’s Association, there are around 2,000 caregivers in Rutherford County taking care of someone with some form of memory loss.

Clarence Campbell and new Habitat homeowner Sharon Harmon looking over the building plans. The Harmon’s family home is under construction off Flack Road and is nearing completion.

KidSenses plans 5th annual gala

RUTHERFORDTON — A Night for Inspiration, KidSenses Fifth Annual Gala will be held Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Event tickets are $50 per person as the children’s museum celebrates five years. A weekend at the Grove Park Inn will be among prizes given away at the evening. The package, valued at $5,000, will include the complete weekend stay, breakfast, dinner and the Chef’s table, wine cellar experience, spa package and golf. Raffle tickets will be $50 each and there are only 300 available. Purchase tickets at KidSenses, by phone or during the Sept. 26 event. For more information, call 286-2120 or visit Drawing will be held at the museum during the gala. You do not have to be present to win.

Celebration of the Arts announced

RUTHERFORDTON — The Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild’s Celebration of the Arts begins Sept. 18 in the lobby of The Foundation, Isothermal Community College. The show continues through Sept. 22 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists and be present for the awards presentations at the opening reception on Friday Sept. 18th from 5 to 7 p.m. The works of 50 artists will be on display representing painting, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, textile arts, mosaics, metalworking and more. Registrations for fall studio art classes for adults and youth will also be taken at the Celebration. For more information, visit the Guild website, rcvag. com or call 828-288-5009.

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Habitat looking for potential 2010 homeowners FOREST CITY — Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity is looking for potential homeowners for 2010. An information session for potential homeowners will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall in Rutherfordton. This free meeting will explain how someone qualifies for a Habitat house and what is required to be a homeowner. There has been a shortage of homeowners over the past year. Habitat is hopeful that this year more applicants will come forward. An addition this year is linking outside services to applicants who do not qualify. “We want to work with applicants to help them qualify this year or in future years,” said Fred Bayley, Habitat for Humanity volunteer. “We have a couple of alternatives to assist applicants to make adjustments so they can become qualified for a Habitat home. This is a new direction for us so we can provide more homes.” Habitat for Humanity builds

simple, decent homes with the help of the homeowner’s family. Houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with a 20 or 25 year, no-interest loan. To be eligible for a Habitat house a family must be living in inadequate housing, willing to partner with Habitat, and be able to pay for a Habitat house. Several criteria are considered in determining if someone is living in inadequate housing. An unsafe house, heat that is not working, inadequate plumbing or electricity, not enough bedrooms, unsafe neighborhood, and paying too much of their income for rent are some items examined in potential Habitat homeowner’s current location. Each family becomes a partner with Habitat in building their home. They invest at least 300 hours of sweat equity into their house and other families’ houses. Building experience is not required. They also complete Habitat’s education program on being a successful homeowner. Habitat homeowners have to be able to pay a $500 down pay-

ment and the monthly mortgage. Their income and credit history are examined. Habitat does not give houses away. They sell houses at cost. The potential homeowner needs a steady income source and a satisfactory credit history. Interested applicants are suggested to bring their last check stub from their current job and all other income verification. Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity builds houses in partnership with low-income families and the community to provide safe, decent, and affordable houses. Volunteer labor, taxdeductible donations of money and materials, and partner families’ sweat equity makes these houses possible. Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that works with people in need to improve the conditions in which they live. For more information contact Sally Norman, Executive Director, 248-3178 or Fred Bayley, 245-7411.

The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, September 13, 2009 — 7C

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Words of apology not part of wife’s vocabulary Dear Abby: My wife and I have been married 23 years. Not once have I ever received an apology from her. She spilled mustard on my shirt while reaching across a table. . While we were playing racquetball she drilled me in the back with the ball and left a huge and painful welt. She charged $4,000 on a credit card and didn’t tell me. She was “getting back at me” for spending too much time at work. I’m not perfect, and we have other issues in the marriage, but I am at a loss as to why she won’t apologize for anything — even injuring me in an accident. She spins

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every argument so she can win. Why won’t my wife say “I’m sorry”? — Harassed Husband Dear Husband: I strongly suspect it’s because she isn’t sorry. What she is is angry and has a need to punish you. The safest way to do that is through an “accident.” What you need is insight from a licensed psychotherapist to help you understand why your wife acts out the way she does and why you would continue to tolerate it.

Gilbert syndrome harmless? Dear Dr. Gott: Can you tell me what Gilbert syndrome is. My son’s doctor said he has it. Dear Reader: Gilbert (pronounced zheel-BAYR) syndrome is a mild, inherited condition in which the liver cannot process bilirubin properly. The disorder doesn’t usually require treatment, nor does it cause serious complications. About 3 percent to 7 percent of the U.S. population is affected by Gilbert syndrome. More men have the condition than do women. The syndrome is present from birth but usually causes no symptoms; therefore, it goes undiagnosed. Rarely, it may cause bilirubin levels to go high enough that mild jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin) may occur. Other possible symptoms include episodes of abdominal pain, fatigue and weakness, but it is currently unknown whether these are due to Gilbert syndrome or to other factors, such as stress. Illness, overexertion, menstruation, dehydration and fasting/ missing meals may increase the likelihood of developing symptoms. The disorder is caused when the gene that controls the enzyme that aids the breakdown of bilirubin is


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present in abnormally low levels because of an abnormality within the gene. There are no known risk factors that increase the chance of getting Gilbert syndrome since it is hereditary. Because the condition is mild and harmless, treatment is not necessary. Long-term monitoring and blood tests are not generally needed. Any associated jaundice that may appear typically disappears on its own and is often considered harmless. Unless he has already seen one, I recommend your son consult a liver specialist. From there, any concerns can be brought to the attention of an internist or general practitioner. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Medical Specialists.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a check or money order for $2 to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

Dear Abby: At what point does a parent stop giving unsolicited advice? It is painful to watch my “child” repeatedly make choices that aren’t in her best interest. My daughter, “Alicia,” is 43. When she inherited a considerable estate, I told her the windfall could make her quite comfortable in her old age. She agreed. After a year and a half I doubt she has much of her inheritance left. Now that another live-in relationship has ended, I suggested she find a man who is self-supporting. . After years of weight issues, Alicia now has a new figure thanks to Lap-Band and plastic surgery. She let the

boyfriend select the size of her implants. He chose DD. Abby, my daughter looks like two olives on a toothpick. I’m heartsick and can’t help but wonder what my teenage grandchildren think. . Although I am trying to keep my mouth shut, she tells me she “feels” my disapproval. I think it’s her conscience that she’s trying to ignore. — Disapproving MomS Dear Mom: At this point, yes. Your daughter is an adult. She hasn’t listened before and she’s unlikely to do it now. Perhaps when her current romance ends, she’ll be more receptive. But for now, keep mum, mom.

Dear Abby: I’m 16 and a junior in high school. I was diagnosed with panic disorder and have recently started treatment. I have only told a few friends and family members that I’m seeing a therapist and am on medication. What should I do if I have an attack or in class? Should I talk to the school nurse or counselor so I’ll have a safe place to go? — Panicked Dear Panicked: Yes, you should absolutely do that if it will lessen your level of anxiety. You should also inform your teachers. But before you do, ask your therapist to give you a note you can share with them.

Consider making arrangements for pets What kind of arrangements to the front of cages to greet The Pet have you considered making everyone. It’s hard to tell for your pets should you pass how much they miss their Project away before they do? Most owner, but they don’t seem Produced by Jo-Ann Close and Lynne Faltraco of us don’t like to think about as depressed as Amy was Community Pet Center this. But some early planning and they seem well adjusted can lead your pets to a much and should make the transihappier ending should you leave them pretion to a new home easily should they be formaturely. tunate enough to be adopted. Community Pet Center Volunteers work with a many different situations at the Rutherford County Animal Control (RCAC) Facility. A couple of weeks ago, just such a set of circumstances touched our youth and adult volunteers. Amy, an eight years old, a reddish golden retriever mix, came to RCAC with two cats when their owner passed away Amy must have been a beauty when she was younger. In spite of needing a good grooming, Amy was still lovely and sweet. We could tell that she was missing her human very badly. As the days wore on, she became more and more depressed. Amy was missing her owner terribly and as each day passed, she became more and more despondent. On Saturday, youth volunteers came to RCAC for volunteer duty and Amy perked up a little with their attention and affection. They brushed her, feed her, put a blanket under her, and made sure that she had plenty of water. They tried to get her to stand, but she was too weak. We all knew that she would have to be put to sleep, but knowing her circumstancesreally made her passing more heartbreaking than usual. Fortunately, her two cats are currently residing in the Cat Room at RCAC. One is a handsome light orange and beige boy. From what the officers could tell, he must have been an indoor/outdoor pet, is a big boy, extremely friendly and purrs all the time. The have settled in nicely and come right up

IN THE STARS Your Birthday, Sept. 13 Although national economic trends may continue to be unsettling, you could be one of the lucky ones who won’t feel the pinch as much. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Be cognizant of the fact that the very things that arouse your enthusiasm might not have the same effect upon your friends. Don’t get angry or think less of them. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Even if you find conditions more challenging than usual, when properly motivated, the possibilities for finishing what you started are excellent. Do what you love best. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t be timid when it comes to situations that require bold measures because you’re up to it, even if it is necessary to take a calculated risk. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You’re in a cycle for generating income from unusual sources. When given a chance to work for something beyond usual means, you’ll do extremely well. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Regardless of how independent or selfsufficient you are, cooperation might be required in order to be a big producer. Work in close harmony with everyone. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Devote quality time and effort to some top-priority assignments if you want to have a productive day. You’ll handle even the tough jobs beautifully. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — A departure from your regular routines could be more invigorating and uplifting than you might think. If this means devoting time to fun activities, do it. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Be a go-getter because it’s an extremely favorable day to get what you want and to complete tough jobs to your satisfaction. Things should work out. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You may be a person of few words, but there will be no mincing of messages, and you are likely to tell offenders exactly what you think and how you feel. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Should you place too much emphasis on things of a material nature when dealing with friends, you’ll come off looking more concerned about your interests than theirs. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If things don’t go your way, you could easily overreact in an unbecoming manner. Think before you speak. You don’t want to make a poor impression. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — If you keep running into someone who recently insulted you, find a way to bring the matter into the open.

Amy’s owner must have loved all of these wonderful pets dearly but hadn’t made any arrangements for them and there were no family members or friends to provide for them. This is one example of why it’s important to make arrangements for our pets when considering end of life issues. In the meantime, here are a few questions to ask your family, relatives, friends or veterinarian: Can they accommodate your beloved pet/s in their home, apartment, hospital or clinic? Can they buy pet food and pay for boarding, veterinary care or pet emergencies? Devote enough time to take care of your pet/s by playing, exercising, and loving them? We all love our pets and want the very best care for them-whether we are here or we’re entrusting someone else to do this. It is always heartbreaking when animals come to RCAC but most especially sad when animals end up at RCAC after being someone’s beloved pets. If you think about it, you have to know that this end for the pets couldn’t possibly be what the owner intended. The possibility that this could happen to them just wasn’t considered or provisions made for a smooth transition to another safe home. Take the time to think about this and decide what you would like to happen to your pets when you die so that heartbreaking decisions like this one don’t have to be left to non-family members.

Reasons to air-dry laundry Air-drying clothes has made a big comeback. For years, it seemed most of the clotheslines were used during the summer months and found in the country. You might enjoy the modern convenience of your dryer, but you can save a considerable amount of money by air-drying your clothes. Try it out for a month, and check your savings. If you can’t afford an outdoor clothesline, have neighborhood restrictions (visit for information on what you can do to help change this) or allergies, you can install a retractable line indoors, use a drying rack, or simply use hangers. Here are the top reasons excluding saving money on electricity. FEWER CHEMICALS: Dryers by Sara Noel create static. If you air-dry your clothes, you don’t need to use fabric softeners. If you find them too stiff, you can add vinegar to the rinse cycle or toss them into the dryer for a few minutes. And there’s no need to use bleach. The sun is a natural whitener. One reader shares: “Use the slowest spin on your washer to help prevent wrinkles. The clothes come out of the washer less wrinkled and also much wetter, which is a good thing when hanging clothes to dry. Take clothes out of the washer and hand-smooth them. That helps relax wrinkles. I occasionally will spritz a few things with a fine mist spray of water and smooth out wrinkles with my hands. You can also use wrinkle release to get wrinkles out before you hang them. Stiffness is generally caused by detergent buildup. I use Charlie’s Soap ( to eliminate detergent buildup. Low-grade cotton will always remain somewhat ‘stiff’ when linedried. Better-quality cotton (Egyptian or Pima) will dry soft.” You can make your own wrinkle release by combining a tablespoon of liquid fabric softener and a cup of distilled water in a spray bottle. And let’s not forget that your laundry will have that fresh outdoor scent. CLOTHES LAST LONGER: There’s far less wear and tear on your clothing when you air-dry them. Think about all the lint in your dryer’s lint trap. You won’t accidentally shrink any clothing from the wrong dryer setting or from over-drying. TIMESAVING: There are sunny, breezy days your clothes can dry faster on the line. You can use plastic hangers outdoors on the line, too. From line to closet, it doesn’t get much easier than that. Plus, with the clothes hanging outside, you can leave your home to do other tasks and not be concerned with a possible fire. COOLER HOME: Your dryer heats up your home (and the planet) while it dries your clothes. JOY: There’s something peaceful, soothing and almost therapeutic about hanging clothes and watching them blow in the breeze and removing clothespins when they’re dry. Air-drying is quiet. You won’t hear any of the clanging or buzzer noise from a dryer. You’ll benefit from the time spent outdoors enjoying the sun, fresh air, nature, quiet time with your own thoughts and a little added exercise, too. Plus, it’s better for the environment. Another reader, Denise in Illinois, adds: “I love the feeling I get when I take down a load of clothes from the lines -- plus I feel a connection to the women of our family in generations past. I always think of my grandmother hanging clothes.”

Frugal Living

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“As a working historian I couldn’t ignore how important it was to document Spindale’s heritage now, while memories of the town’s textile history are still fresh and there are first-hand stories to Robin Lattimore be told,” he said. “I feel that Spindale, like all our Southern how an entire commutextile towns, has been nity grew up around the kicked in the teeth by mills and how the Town changes in the world of Spindale became an economy. I knew from important part of the the very beginning that county.” I wanted this book to The book recounts the celebrate the thousands history of how manufacof people who helped turing began in Spindale make Rutherford County just before World War I a textile powerhouse in and how the town came the past. Those people to be chartered in 1923. deserve to be comIt showcases the antebelmended for their skill lum and late 19th cenand ingenuity. I hope this tury history of the town. book is something that Lattimore said he Spindale’s citizens will plans to share all his cherish for generations.” research and copies The book is a reminder of the manuscript and of the generations of video/audio interviews people who worked to with the North Carolina build the textile indusTextile Heritage Center try in Spindale and in in Raleigh and the North Rutherford County. Carolina Textile History “But the book is much Museum in Coolemee. more than the story of In addition copies textiles here. It is a com- will be made available prehensive history of to the North Carolina

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Back then, Democrats and Republicans had their respective booths in the exhibit hall and since the fair was held just weeks before election, the booths were pretty impressive to an 8-year-old kid. When I got a Kennedy-forPresident hat in 1960, I wore it with much pride. But less than an hour later, while on a midway ride with Mama and my older sister, the hat flew out of the squirrel cage, never to be seen again. I cried. I remember pulling sticky cotton candy

off my shoes, collected while walking through layers of sawdust. The times spent swinging and riding the merry-go-round at the Spindale House were so special. Once, after a trip to the emergency room to have stitches removed from my leg, Mama took us there to play because I didn’t cry when the stitches came out. But I cried when it appeared I’d be going back to be re-stitched after one trip down the slide. The Spindale House was the place I bowled the first time in my life, and also saw Flatt and Scruggs in person, at least 47 years ago. Not only did we hear the

Book specifics: n 225 personal interviews (textile workers, townspeople, mill owners, etc.); n 260,000 word manuscript; n 446 vintage photographs, maps and documents used to illustrate the book; n 2 years for research and writing. n Designed by Lynn Padgett; research assistant Lesley Bush Office of Archives and History and the Carolina Historical Collection at Wilson Library on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Lattimore is president of Rutherford County Historical Society, chairs the Rutherford County Historic Preservation Commission and Rutherford County Library Board of Trustees and is a Rutherford County Historian. Contact Gordon via e-mail at

best five-string banjo picking in the world, Daddy said, our family got a bag of Martha White Flour. We knew we had arrived when we got our little hands on that bag of flour. After Daddy’s death three years ago, my sisters and I were looking through some of his things and we found the Picture Album and Song Book from the Flatt and Scruggs at the Spindale House. The program was signed by every member of the Foggy Mountain Boys and Flatt and Scruggs. Spindale — a place of fond childhood memories. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@thedigitalcou-

Fireside Books and Gifts announces coming events FOREST CITY — Upcoming Events at Fireside Books and Gifts include:

Thursday, Sept. 24 Workshop 5:30 p.m. Young Adult Author Anne Barnhill Book Club hosts a writer’s workReading “Catching shop Fire” by Suzanne Collins Promotion and Monday, Sept. 14 Getting Published; 5:30 p.m. Fireside Saturday, Oct. 3 She will presents her Book Club meets 1 to 3 p.m. Author latest work in a reading/ Reading “Same Kind Event signing of Different as Me,” by Paranormal Romance Ron Hall Writers Dorian Wallace, Tuesday, Oct. 13 Dahila Rose, 6 to 8 p.m. Author Thursday, Sept.17 Regina Riley reading/ Event 5:30 p.m. Paranormal signing Southern author Silas “Love Bites” Book Club House Reading “Darkfever” Saturday, Oct. 10 Reads from his new by Karen Marie Moning 1 to 3 p.m. Writer’s novel, “Eli the Good”

Newest arrivals at Fireside Books FOREST CITY — New arrivals at Fireside Bookstore include: “92 Pacific Boulevard” by Debbie Macomber “The Bodies Left Behind” by Jeffery Deaver “Must Love Hellhounds” by Charlaine Harris “Moscow Rules” by Daniel Silva “Royal’s Bride” by Kat Martin “Hunting Ground” by Patricia Briggs “Frankenstein Dead or Alive” by Dean Koontz “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks “The New Valley” by Josh Weil “A Duty to the Dead” by Charles Todd

Conroy “Labor Day” by Joyce Maynard Children’s Titles “Can You Make a Scary Face?” by Jan Thomas “Star Seeker” by Theresa Heine “The Big Storm” by Nancy Tafuri “I Don’t Want to Go to School” by Stephanie Blake “Find My Friends” by Carl R. Sams II Junior Titles “Billy Bones: The Road to Nevermore” by Christopher Lincoln “Rat Life” by Tedd Arnold “Knavehearts Curse” by Adele Griffin “Birdie’s Book” by Jan Bozarth “Tentacles” by Roland Smith

“In This Way I Was Saved” by Brian DeLeeuw

Young Adult Titles “Vampire Beach” by Alex Duval “Jackson” by T.P. Jones “Meridian” by Amber Kizer “Impossible” by Nancy Werlin “Sand Sharks” by Margaret “Tricks” by Ellen Hopkins Maron “The Hollow” by Jessica “Every Patient Tells a Story” by Verday Lisa Sanders “Catching Fire” by Suzanne “South of Broad” by Pat Collins

New books at the libraries Rutherford County Library

to ignore by David Jeremiah Angels in the ER by Robert Lesslie Liberty and Tyranny: Conservative manifesto by Mark Levin 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Joyce Meyer

SPINDALE — New books at the Rutherford County Library include:

Non-fiction: 4 Weeks to a Healthy Digestion by North Greenberger Genealogy Online for Dummies by Matthew Helm

Loose that Man and Let Him Go by T. D.Jakes What in the World is going on? 10 prophetic clues you cannot afford

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SPINDALE — New book at the Spindale Public Library include: Fiction: Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (also

available in large print) No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacqueline Mitchard 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs The Spire by Richard North Patterson The Missing by Beverly Lewis Rhino Ranch by Larry McMurtry Ground Zero by F. Paul Wilson Nonfiction: Christmas with Southern Living 2009 Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd & Anne Kidd Taylor My Journey With

Farrah by Alana Stewart You Were Born for This by Bruce Wilkinson Where We Win Glory by Jon Krakauer Juvenile & Young Adult: The Big Storm by Nancy Tafuri Budgie & Boo by David McPhail Happy Birthday to Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo Police Officers on Patrol by Kiersten Hamilton The Vampire Diaries Vols. 1-4 by L.J. Smith


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