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County’s stress rating drops By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Rutherford County’s economic stress rating has gone down, according to a study by the Associated Press. The new ranking of 168 is an improvement over a ranking of 13 in June. The ranking is based on counties nationwide with a population of 25,000 or more. Ranking counties according to unem-

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ployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure rates, the AP Economic Stress Index calculates the recession’s impact on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the worst result. Rutherford County’s final score was 15.71, down 1.03 points since June. Neighboring counties were in similar straits with Cleveland at 15.91, McDowell at 15.34, Polk County at 8.65

On the road with the CIT This Kel-Tec firearm was seized by Interdiction Team officers during a stop in Spindale. The owner of the gun, a 19-yearold man, was arrested on outstanding warrants and taken to the Rutherford County Jail.

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DEATHS Forest City

Margaret Head Ishel Gregory Mooresboro Trubie Jolley Elsewhere Ella Clark Page 5A

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RUTHERFORDTON — Because they are very mobile, members of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Team also work municipal streets and special assignments, as well as keeping an eye on the county’s main highways. When a Daily Courier reporter rode with the Interdiction Team recently, a pass through Spindale resulted in the arrest of a teen who had hidden a handgun under the backseat of a vehicle. A 4-year-old girl was in that same backseat. The officers made a stop on a vehicle for a traffic offense and asked for consent to search the vehicle. In their search, they found a load-

ed Kel-Tec .380 handgun under a notebook under the seat, and the stop took on a different tone. The people who had been in the vehicle were ordered to put their hands on the hood of the patrol car. “You find a weapon, all of a sudden the level goes up,” an officer explained. “It can go from being boring to a man with a gun, just like that. That’s why you always have to be on your toes, whether you are doing interdiction or whether you’ve doing city police work.” The owner of the handgun had outstanding warrants on him for communicating threats, false imprisonment and assault on a female. “Yeah, it sounds like he needed a gun,” an officer observed. “Being police officers, we’re Please see CIT, Page 9A

Please see Economy, Page 6A

Dalton salutes chaplains By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer

SPINDALE — Those who offer God’s love are the stars that inmates see in the “dark night” of prison, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton said Thursday night at the annual business meeting of the 096 Chaplaincy Ministry. Dalton commented, “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘The brightest stars are seen in the darkest night.’ I will tell you, for those in prison, it is a dark night. But you are those stars that they see. You are that hope that they have.” The lieutenant governor, from Rutherford County, spoke at the ministry’s annual business dinner at The Foundation at Isothermal Community College. Dalton encouraged those attending to continue their good work with prisoners. ”I didn’t do a lot of criminal law,” Dalton, an attorney, said, “but I did enough of it. And there is no question. I know there are a lot of bad people in prison. I saw some; everybody in this room has seen some. “But I will tell you there are far more good people who have done bad things. That have potential. That have abilities. There are good people who have done stupid things and gotten into trouble. And many of those people have been captive to drugs and alcohol and have had other problems. They are not people without redemption. “But many of them have never known love. They have never known redemption from a higher

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MARKING 35 YEARS

Firefighters preparing for competition By JESSICA OSBORNE

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Trinity Christian School held a 35 year celebration Saturday inside the school’s new gymnasium. The school began in 1974 with nine students and met in a home in Spindale. According to Board President Stephanie Hardin, there are now 161 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Former board members Jim Bross and Gina Snyder, right, along with former headmaster Pat Keeter, left, took part in a note burning that was held during the event.

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SPINDALE – Firefighters around the county will be competing in the first-ever Rutherford County Firefighter Challenge Oct. 17 at Isothermal Community College. “It’s an opportunity for firefighters in the county to come together as a group and enjoy themselves,” said Lynne Goode, interim emergency services coordinator at ICC. “It’s also a way to thank them for what they do and saving our lives.” Active members from the local Rutherford County Fire Departments will be competing in teams of five, groups of two and individual in a series of consecutive timed events. All members forming a team must be active members of the same department. Individuals may have a maximum of one entry for each challenge category, which include Team, Please see Firefighters, Page 6A


2A — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, October 11, 2009

Local CENTRAL CROWNS QUEENS

Rutherford Notes Bostic discusses recycling BOSTIC — Town board members on Monday discussed the state’s new recycling law for plastic bottles and decided to maintain the municipality’s current policy unless the number of those recycling and the volume of recyclables increase. Plastic bottles are banned from North Carolina landfills and must be recycled. Bostic currently picks up the recycle items on the third Saturday of the month. The town provides bins for those who wish to recycle, and board members were told that some households do recycle. Board members said they will consider making changes as needed. The board also was given an update on the cost of improving the tennis court. The board tabled the issue.

County makes board appointments

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R-S Central senior Sarah Beth Koonce (left) was crowned Miss Central 2009 during the Homecoming game Friday at R-S Central High School. Koonce’s escort for the event was Brett Thompson. R-S Central sophomore Alexis Greene (right) was crowned the 2009 Miss Hilltopper. Greene’s escort for the event was Seth Orr.

RUTHERFORDTON — County Commissioners made a slew of appointments to various boards at their October meeting. Brian Gill was appointed to the Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees for Firemen’s Relief Fund to replace Bobby Smith, who has moved from the district. Commissioner Margaret Helton was re-appointed to the Jury Commission. Keith Price was appointed to the Library Board by Commissioner Susan Crowe. Susan Hendrix was appointed to the board of Western Highlands LME. The Airport Appeals Board received four appointments with the Rev. Wayne Blackwood, Sammie Green, John Robert Howard and Phillip Miller serving. Donna Robbins and Jim Proctor have been appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission to replace members who have resigned. Brian Deck, Milagros Blanco and Robin Wiggins were appointed to SWEEP. Mark Franklin, Tom Johnson, David Herndon and Wesley Smith were all reappointed to the Workforce Development Consortium.

GWU hosts antibiotics seminar BOILING SPRINGS — The Center for Continuing Professional Education at GardnerWebb University will present Antibiotics 101: A Practical Workshop on the Basics of Antibiotics. The two-day, two class program will be held on the Boiling Springs campus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16, and the Hickory satellite campus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23 and 24, starting both days at 8:30 a.m. Gardner-Webb’s CCPE presents Antibiotics 101 in partnership with Campbell University’s School of Pharmacy, located in Buies Creek. The instructor for the workshop is Tom Martin. Martin, a resident of Cleveland County, serves as Pharmacy Clinical Specialist for Critical Care at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

FSA announces loan program RUTHERFORDTON – Dianne Davis, County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Rutherfordton, announced the loan limit for its Guaranteed Loan Program has been increased to $1,112,000, effective October 1. The limit is adjusted annually based on the “Prices Paid to Farmers Index,” compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The Guaranteed Loan Program allows commercial and farm credit lenders to extend credit to qualified applicants, who otherwise would not meet their standard lending criteria. Participating lenders can use the Guaranteed Loan Program to strengthen a loan’s viability through a guarantee of up to 95 percent of the loan amount. Farmers interested in guaranteed loans should apply through a conventional lender.

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Chamber forums are coming up

Local CLIFFSIDE DAY

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FOREST CITY — The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce plans to take its popular “Meet the Candidates” program to towns and communities throughout the county for the upcoming elections. “Meet the Municipal Candidates” will be conducted in Bostic, Ellenboro, Spindale, Forest City and Rutherfordton beginning Oct. 13 and ending Oct. 22. Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and be conducted by Chamber members residing in the particular municipality. Chamber director Bill Hall said it was his understanding that a forum for the Lake Lure and Chimney Rock candidates was being considered by the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber introduced the municipal candidate forums several years ago as a part of the organization’s community service program. “We want to make it easier for voters to attend these important information meetings,” said Chamber president Mike Campfield. “Hearing what a candidate has to say and being able to ask questions promotes voter interest and helps in making ballot decisions.” “Meet the Municipal Candidates” schedule: n Rutherfordton town council and mayor races, Oct. 13, County Annex Building, Rutherfordton; n Spindale town council, Oct. 15, Spindale House; n Bostic mayoral race, East Rutherford Elementary School, Oct. 19; n Ellenboro alderman candidates, Ellenboro Elementary School, Oct. 20; and, n Forest City mayor and commissioner races, Oct. 22, Cool Springs County Schools Building.

USDA announces DCP, ACRE sign-ups

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A threat of rain didn’t stop people from coming out to the Eighth Annual Cliffside Day Saturday. Cars and tractors lined up behind Cliffside Baptist Church for the youth-sponsored car show while nearby at the church’s fellowship hall a crowd gathered to listen to performances by gospel groups

G-Team church meeting is set

FOREST CITY — The Grahamtown Team will play host to a special meeting Tuesday at 4:30 at p.m. at New Bethel AME Zion Church on how churches can become RUTHERFORDTON – Dianne Davis, County involved in neighborhood reviExecutive Director of the Rutherford County talization and restoration. (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced Special guests will be Paster that enrollment for the 2010 Direct and CounterRobert Coleman and working cyclical Program (DCP) and the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program has begun and members of Hoppers Chapel in Shelby. will continue through June 1, 2010. They will make a presentaDavis adds eDCP is available to all producers tion on how they are working who are eligible to participate in the DCP and with other churches throughout ACRE Programs and can be accessed at www. Shelby to revitalize the West fsa.usda.gov/dcp. To access the service, producers Shelby neighborhood. West must have an active USDA eAuthentication Level Shelby was known to have one of 2 account, which requires filling out an online the highest crime rates in North registration form at www.eauth.egov.usda.gov folCarolina. lowed by a visit to the local USDA Service Center By working with other churchfor identity verification. For those without internet access or if they prefer, producers can also visit the es, they were able to “take back local USDA Service Center to complete their 2010 their neighborhood.” Hoppers Chapel is committed to ensuring DCP or ACRE contract. USDA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices. For 2010, eligible producers may request to receive advance direct payments based on 22 percent of the direct payment. USDA will issue advance direct payments beginning Dec. 1, 2009. Counter-cyclical payment rates vary depending on market prices. Counter-cyclical payments are issued only when the effective price for a commodity is below its target price. The effective price is the higher of the national average market price received during the 12-month marketing year for each covered commodity and the national average loan rate for a marketing assistance loan for the covered commodity.

The optional ACRE Program provides a safety net based on state revenue losses and acts in place of the price-based safety net of counter-cyclical payments under DCP. A farm’s payment is based on a revenue guarantee calculated using a 5-year average state yield and the most recent 2-year national price for each eligible commodity. For the 2010 crop, the 2-year price average will be based on the 2008 and 2009 crop years. An ACRE payment is issued when both the state and the farm have incurred a revenue loss. The payment is based on 83.3 percent (85 percent in 2012) of the farm’s planted acres times the difference between the State ACRE guarantee and the state revenue times the ratio of the farm’s yield divided by the state expected yield. The total number of planted acres for which a producer may receive ACRE payments may not exceed the total base on the farm. In exchange for participating in ACRE, in addition to not receiving counter-cyclical payments, a farm’s direct payment is reduced by 20 percent, and marketing assistance loan rates are reduced by 30 percent. The decision to enroll in the ACRE Program is irrevocable. The owner of the farm and all producers on the farm must agree to enroll in ACRE. Once enrolled, the farm shall be enrolled for that initial crop year and will remain in ACRE through the 2012 crop year.

The June 1, 2010, deadline is mandatory for all participants. USDA will not accept any late-filed applications. For more information on DCP or ACRE, please visit your FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.

that people in the neighborhood have decent, affordable housing alternatives. The church has bought nine deteriorated houses and two apartment complexes in the neighborhood and will be renovating them for rental housing. A recent march of faith-based organizations in the neighborhood had more than 700 participants from different churches. People attending the meeting will hear first hand how Hoppers Chapel has galvanized the neighborhood residents and churches into action. The Grahamtown Team, known as the G-Team, is a twoyear organization that is working to revitalize Grahamtown, a 100-year-old neighborhood in the heart of Forest City. The team worked with the town on a

strategic plan that won a statewide planning award for community development. Recently, the town of Forest City has been awarded $1,100,000 in two different grants for neighborhood revitalization. The G-Team works as the town’s active partner in the Grahamtown revitalization efforts. The meeting is open to the public. Information on the countywide “Weed and Seed” initiative will also be available. For more information or directions, call Wilfred McDowell, GTeam chair, at 248-3135, or Danielle Withrow at the town at 248-5200 New Bethel AME Zion Church is located at 263 Forest St.


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Our Views Town elections are important

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he first of a series of candidate forums for those people seeking elected offices in the county’s municipalities was held in Lake Lure on Thursday night. Forums are also scheduled for candidates in Rutherfordton (Oct. 13); Spindale (Oct. 15); Bostic (Oct. 19); Ellenboro (Oct. 20) and Forest City (Oct. 22). These sessions where candidates can outline their platforms and residents can question them are sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber conducted the Lake Lure session and the Rutherford County Chamber is sponsoring those events for the other towns. Both groups should be commended for these efforts. Citizens should take advantage of these opportunities to meet and question the candidates for their local offices. “Hearing what a candidate has to say and being able to ask questions promotes voter interest and helps in making ballot decisions,” Rutherford County Chamber President Mike Campfield said. Some voters tend to think that municipal elections are not important. Nothing could be further from the truth. The men and women of our town boards make decisions that are important for all of us and it behooves us all to elect the best people possible to fill those posts.

State can do better in recruiting RALEIGH — The decision by Dell Computers to shutter its Forsyth County plant will surely trigger a variety of responses from state leaders, local officials, workers and the critics of the lucrative incentives package that led to the plant’s construction. The decision comes nearly five years after Dell announced that it would build the $190 million plant, and just four years after the plant opened. To lure the company, state and local government came up with more than $300 million in tax breaks and other incentives. The deal even required a special legislative session for state lawmakers to approve all the goodies. Now, the same state Department of Commerce that helped put together the package is figuring out how much Dell will retain or return. It won’t be much. Most of the money hasn’t actually been handed out. And some of $8 million in state money that has been disbursed will be coming back to state coffers. That fact is pretty good evidence that incentives law and policy ensure that the money, at least at the state level, is going out to companies only if they live

Today in North Carolina Scott Mooneyham

up to their end of these deals. That’s the good news. The bad news is, of course, that more people in North Carolina will be unemployed. It also doesn’t appear that the failure of the project will cause much soul-searching when it comes to the effectiveness of incentives. “As a state, we will continue to aggressively pursue new business and job opportunities,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said in response to the announcement. “This state has been hit hard, but North Carolinians are resilient, and we know how to adapt and overcome challenges.” That aggressive pursuit will no doubt include similar deals in the future. The Dell closing, though, shows that no amount of incentives will overcome economic realities. If a company chooses to build in an area, it does so for factors that far outweigh any incentives

offered by state and local government. Workforce, infrastructure and market issues drive the decision-making. When a company shutters a plant, market forces steer that decision too. So, when Google and Apple decided to build server farms in western North Carolina, they did so mainly because of infrastructure, not lucrative incentives deals. The closing of furniture factories in the foothills meant major excess in the electricity grid for the power-hungry facilities. Sometimes companies are equally able to meet their needs in two different areas or two different states. Then these modernday robber barons with their seven-figure salaries can play state and local governments against each other. But the Dell bust — along with published reports back in 2005 implying that the state had overpaid — suggests that the state can do a better job figuring out when it is being played and when it has no choice. Instead, we seem to be a state where interests that feed off the incentives feeding frenzy become more entrenched every day. Mooneyham is executive director of

There is only one real hope for saving the world I recently viewed a documentary dealing with the rise of the Nazi’s to power and the Axis governments committed to gaining world dominance. Japan’s Tanaka had outlined his plan for conquest which was leaked to the Western media that initially gave rise to increased vigilance on the part of the United States. The will of the American public to fight wasn’t garnered until the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the famed Japanese Naval officer Yamamoto said, ”...we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.” By this time, Hitler had invaded Poland, Bohemia, and other smaller nation states. The Nazis spread their malicious tentacles of death East and West, facing a massive front along the Russian border, having occupied France to the Southwest and Russia to the East. Italy’s Mussolini had invaded the people of Ethiopia, having posed only a paltry resistance, and, with Nazi assistance, gained a foothold in Greece. As I have had an interest in how World War I and II were fostered, it has been more than a slight curiosity how these wars actually began and what motivated these despots to conquer the world. Both Germany and Japan posited racial superiority as

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both Hitler and the Japanese emperor also claimed a position of deity to their people. Hitler had systematically dismantled the Protestant and Catholic churches, imprisoning and killing those who resisted the Third Reich. German pastors like Bonhoeffer and Niehmoller still stand as symbols of faithfulness to Christ in the midst of Nazi horror. Steeples hoisting crosses and other Christian symbols were replaced with the dreaded Swastika. Children vowed allegiance to their, “lord and savior Furher“. Hitler is exalted above Jesus Christ, the Japanese Emperor is exalted as deity, as well, to his people. An entire generation is deceived by these maniacal and merciless rulers. Recently, two schools made in the news, have many people concerned for where the United states is headed. A school in Asheville and one in New Jersey, were filmed with the students singing praise songs to President Obama. This has infuriated many and raised questions as to why this was allowed. As I watched and listened

to these children sing and praise their President, it gave me a shudder. I asked myself what the response would have been if these songs had been sung to George Bush and what the outcry would have been. I know the answer to that question. I do not want my children singing those kinds of songs to any president. I have purposely shied away from being critical of our President, giving him the benefit of time, to see if he could make a difference. Though billions have been spent in stimulus, the economy struggles and unemployment rises. It seems he is catching heat from many groups for a lack of response to their respective agendas. Part of many people’s disappointment is the seeming constant apologizing that the President has made for all the supposed ills of America. I hear this from many groups, including Democrats and Republicans. This is a great nation and it’s greatness is what makes it distinct and differentiates it from other nations on earth. With Iran and North Korea developing nuclear weapons, we are on the precipice of danger. Many nations have been led down a perilous road of overpromising. This is to say, the State is not the savior of mankind. To re-distribute wealth to make everyone equal, know as egalitarianism, runs completely

contrary to the American psyche. This nation was founded upon the Biblical truth that we are “endowed by our Creator.” This endowment is both spiritual and natural. The storehouse of liberty and freedom never run dry if freedom and liberty are allowed to grow and flourish. In other words, government is not the all-providing Savior. One does not have to be an anarchists or rebellious to understand the role and limits of government. Even Romans 13 tells us government is a gift, if it walks in its respective role. Sadly, the defense budget that was just passed was tagged with a bill dealing with hate-crimes legislation that had to do with crimes against homosexuals. The bill passed even with some of the more conservative Democrats voting against it. Of course there are already laws that exist to protect everyone from attack or abuse. But political correctness pervades the thinking these days and it seems almost everyone and everything is protected except Christianity and associated symbols. Strange how a presidential praise song could be sanctioned at a public school, sung at a Parent-Teacher meeting, but if a song to or about Jesus Christ were to be sung a flurry of opposition and lawsuits would follow. Even now, the Supreme

Court has agreed to hear a case involving a cross formerly displayed on public property. But yet some courts are allowing Muslim women, with Muslim-specific dress codes, wear and display their clothing in public schools. As many in government have said, as well as conservative members of the Supreme Court, there is open hostility toward Christianity and an ever increasing tolerance for Islam and other groups in our society. The Old Covenant Scriptures prophesied of a coming Messiah. That Messiah came some 2000 years ago to establish a kingdom of conscience in the heart of mankind. That kingdom, established and guided by immortal truth, will face opposition much as Psalm 2 predicted; “the kings of the earth have set themselves against the Lord and His anointed.” The people of the earth that have tried to establish a new order in the earth have had successors in that effort. Their efforts, too, will not succeed. It is Christ and Christ alone that will ultimately rule and reign. As St. Peter said to the Jewish Sanhedrin, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” Acts 4:12. It was true then and so it remains: only one hope exists for the world.


The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, October 11, 2009

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Local/Obituaries PET OF THE WEEK

Obituaries Trubie Jolley

This sweet kitten located in the cat room is an 8-week-old female looking to find a good home. She along with many other loving animals is available for adoption from the Rutherford County Animal Shelter on Laurel Hill Drive in Rutherfordton. The shelter’s hours are Monday-Thursday Noon - 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. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

Man indicted in shooting case By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill were returned as true bills of indictment by a grand jury meeting this week. Juan Camacho III is charged with those counts, as well as discharging a weapon into an occupied property, manufacturing marijuana, felony aid and abet, misdemeanor simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, driving while license revoked, operate vehicle with no insurance and fictitious/ altered title/ registration card/tag. He is charged in connection with the discharge of a shotgun into a 1994 Mercury Cougar on Old Wagy Road, while it was occupied by Ariana Sanchez, Kendall McMillan and Alejandro Sanchez, on July 27, 2009. A true bill is returned when grand jurors are convinced there is enough evidence to proceed with the case. The grand jury met Monday. True bills were returned against Michael William McMahan, who is charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, larceny from the person, firstdegree burglary and firstdegree kidnapping. The incident occurred on June 9, 2009, and the alleged victim was Donald Arthur Higgins.

True bills also were returned against William Odell Wilson, who is charged with first-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats. The alleged victim in the case is Holly Davis Wilson. The incident occurred on June 27, 2009. Brennan Keith Atkins is facing a true bill indictment on a charge of assault inflicting serious bodily injury on Gary Steven Chapman on June 12, 2009. Rodney Teris Boykins is facing a true bill indictment on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is charged with assaulting Cornelius E. Edgerton with a .9mm handgun on May 23, 2009. A true bill was returned against Jason Dewayne Price, charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. Others facing true bills and their charges are: n Jordan Lindsey James, felony possession of schedule VI controlled substance. n Jason Bryan Buchanan, felony breaking and/or entering, larceny after break/enter and injury to personal property. n Cynthia A. Reynolds, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule IV controlled sub-

Police Notes Sheriff’s Department

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department responded to 144 E-911 calls Friday.

Rutherfordton

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

Spindale

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 22 E-911 calls Friday.

Lake Lure

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

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department reponded to 95 E-911 calls Friday.

Arrests

n Chad Maurice Hannon, 31, of 530 Markenham Road; charged with failure to comply non-support; released on a $586 cas bond. (RCSD) n Mark Travis Greene, 26, of 114 Londonberry Lane; charged with one county

manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; placed under a $20,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Debrah Thomas Anderson, 50, of 150 Lavista Circle; charged with shoplifting concealment of goods; placed under a $800 secured bond. (FCPD) n David Clark Greene, 47, of 446 New House Road; charged with possession drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule II controlled substance; placed under a $1,600 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Rona Susette Hines, 39, of 203 Ohio St.; charged with simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked; placed under a $1,500 unsecured bond. (RPD) n Tuan Logan, 31, of 332 Laurel Hill drive; charged with misdemeanor stalking, communicating threats and resisting a public officer; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD)

stance, manufacture marijuana, felony maintain vehicle/ dwelling/ place for controlled substance, trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, misdemeanor simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of misdemeanor simple possession of controlled substance.

Trubie Ester Jolley, 87, of 3000 McCraw Road, Mooresboro, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at Hospice Cleveland County. Born Aug. 22, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Lewis Jenus and Mary Etta McCraw Jolley. She was a member of Prospect Baptist Church and was retired from Cone Mill. She is survived by two sisters, Verdie Womack and Alma Joley, both of Mooresobor. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Propsect Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernie Cole Officiating. Burial will follow in Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:15 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Prospect Baptist Church Building Fund, 2711 Prospect Church Road, Mooresboro, NC 28114 or Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Hieghts Drive, Shelby, NC 28150. McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A guest register is available online at www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com.

Ella Clark

Ella Mae Clark, 90, of Marion, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Sunrise Rehab and Care Center in Nebo. She was born Sept. 22, 1919, in McDowell County to the late John Arrowood and Getty Dixon Arrowood. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. n Marqui Antowan Miller, In addition to her parents, three counts of driving while she was preceded in death by impaired. her husband, Stanley Clark. n Princeton Ellis Logan, Surviving are three sons, assault on a female and mis- Cecil Clark of Randleman, demeanor domestic criminal Eugene Clark of Marion and trespassing. James Clark of Nebo; two n Jason Bryan Buchanan, daughters, Eula Grooms felony breaking and/or enter- of Leicester and Margaret ing and larceny after breakTipton of Marion; one sising/entering. ter, Sylvia Medford of Nebo; n Erby Jack Padgett, three 10 grandchildren; 26 greatcounts of driving while grandchildren; and two impaired. great-great-grandchildren. n James Michael Camp, Funeral services will be simple possession of schedule held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in IV controlled substance, pos- McCall Memorial Chapel session of drug paraphernaat Kirksey Funeral Home lia, possession with intent to in Marion. Burial will folsell and deliver marijuana, low at McDowell Memoial felony maintain vehicle/ Park. The family will receive dwelling/ place for controlled friends one hour prior to the substance, trafficking opium service at the funeral home. or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell A guest register is available and deliver schedule II cononline at www.kirkseyfh.com. trolled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule Margaret Head Margaret Lovelace Head, IV controlled substance. 86, of Kent Drive, Forest City, died Saturday, Oct. 10, Contact Dale via e-mail at 2009 at Hospice House of ldale@thedigitalcourier.com. Forest City. She was a native of Rutherford County and a daughter of the late Hampton Lovelace and Eva Powell Lovelace. She was retired from Dicey EMS/Rescue Mills in Shelby and was a n The Ruterford County member of Florence Baptist EMS responded to 25 E-911 Church, Florence Baptist calls Friday. Senior Group; the Forest City Senior Citizens and a gradun The Volunteer Life ate of Ellenboro High School Saving and rescue, Hickory Class of 1941. Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to 14 E-911 calls THE DAILY COURIER Friday.

Fire Calls n Ellenboro responded to a smoke report and structure fire Friday, assisted by Cliffside, Bostic and Cherry Mountain Fire Departments. n Forest City responded to a residential fire alarm and an electrical fire Friday, assisted by S-D-O and Sandy Mush Fire Departments. n Hudlow responded to a tree down Friday. n Rutherfordton responded to an industrial fire alarm Friday. n Shingle Hollow responded to a motor vehicle collision Friday. n Sandy Mush responded to a motor vehicle collision Friday. n Union Mills responded to a tree down and a motor vehicle collision Friday.

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She was also preceded in death by a son, Beatty Joe Head, a sister, Jeanette Nance and brothers, Ben Lovelace, Kelly Lovelace, and Jack Lovelace. Survivors include two sons, Leon Head of Temple, Ga., Phillip Head of Cornelius; two daughters, Saralyn Daves of Shelby and Peggy Jones of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two sisters, Betty Smith of Shelby and Nancy Gerrard of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12, at Florence Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Gantt officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the church Narthex from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service on Monday. Memorials may be made to Florence Baptist Church Building Fund, 201 South Broadway Street, Forest City, NC 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. An online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com

Ishel Eugene Gosey Ishel Eugene “Bill” Gosey, of Seitz Drive, Forest City, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Rutherford Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by The Padgett and King Mortuary.

Deaths Marvin Fishman MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marvin Fishman, one of the original owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, has died at the age of 84. Raymond Brown NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Raymond A. Brown, a veteran defense lawyer who was involved in many of New Jersey’s most high-profile cases, has died. He was 94. Among those on Brown’s client list were former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and Mario Jascalevich, and Joanne Chesimard, who gunned down a state trooper in 1973. Carter was convicted along with another man of murdering three people in bar. Jascalevich, the so-called “Dr. X,” was accused of using the poison curare to kill five patients at a hospital. Chesimard was convicted of shooting Trooper Werner Foerster as he lay on the ground.

Margaret Lovelace Head

Margaret Lovelace Head, 86, of Kent Drive, Forest City, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Hospice House of Forest City. She was a native of Rutherford County and a daughter of the late Hampton Lovelace and Eva Powell Lovelace. She was retired from Dicey Mills in Shelby and was a member of Florence Baptist Church, Florence Baptist Senior Group; the Forest City Senior Citizens and a graduate of Ellenboro High School Class of 1941. She was also preceded in death by a son, Beatty Joe Head, a sister, Jeanette Nance and brothers, Ben Lovelace, Kelly Lovelace, and Jack Lovelace. Survivors include two sons, Leon Head of Temple, Ga., Phillip Head of Cornelius; two daughters, Saralyn Daves of Shelby and Peggy Jones of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two sisters, Betty Smith of Shelby and Nancy Gerrard of Charlotte and sister in law, Grace Lovelace of Spartanburg; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12, at Florence Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Gantt officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the church Narthex from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service on Monday. Memorials may be made to Florence Baptist Church Building Fund, 201 South Broadway Street, Forest City, NC 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. An online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com


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Calendar/Local Chaplains Continued from Page 1A

Health/education Free breast exams: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Community Clinic of Rutherford County will offer free breast exams Oct. 23 and 30, from 9 a.m. until noon-12. You do not have to be a current patient of the clinic. Call 245-0400 for an appointment. Free presentation: “In Our Own Voice” is a free community presentation which addresses living with mental illness. The program, hosted by NAMI Rutherford, will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m., at Rutherford Hospital, Norris Biggs Conference Room. For more information call 288-3820, leave message, or via e-mail amyz59@ hotmail.com.

Red Cross The following blood drives are scheduled: Oct. 22 — Corinth Baptist Church, 767 Pinehurst Rd., Ellenboro, 4 to 9 p.m., call Linda McCurry at 453-1775 for an appointment; Oct. 24 — Cliffside Masonic Lodge, Old Main St., 7:30 a.m. to noon; call Wayne or Betty Millis at 245-7606 an appointment, breakfast served; Oct. 26 — Red Cross Chapter, 838 Oakland Rd., Forest City, 2 to 6:30 p.m.; call 287-5916 for an appointment. All presenting donors (in October) will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of three pairs of Delta Airlines tickets. For more information call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit redcrossblood.org.

Meetings/other Library guests: Alice Lee and Greg Schwendinger, founders of CasaSito Association that focuses mainly on rural education in Guatemala, will speak Monday, Oct. 12, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Mountains Branch Library, Bills Creek Road right off of 64/74A between Rutherfordton and Lake Lure; they will be talking about life in Guatemala and volunteer opportunities there; call 287-0069 for more information.

Miscellaneous Foothills Harvest Outreach Ministries will hold a canned food drive Oct. 12-17. During this week, a clothing item can be purchased at half price with a non-perishable food item (one for one). The store is located at 120 E. Trade St., Forest City. Powder Puff football game: Tuesday, Oct. 20, begins at 6 p.m., at Chase High football stadium; all three high schools, (Chase, East and Central) are participating; admission $4; also, a cheerleading competition will be held in between the second and third game. Lights of Love: In memory or honor luminaries will be placed around Lake Imogene at Isothermal Community College CC on Nov. 14. The candles will be lit at sundown. Luminaries may be purchased at the local Wal-Mart entrances Oct. 23 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Oct. 25, from 1 to 9 p.m., or from any Pilot Club member. Contact Evelyn Lee at 245-4022, or Donna Ohmstead at 245-8867. Hours changing: All Rutherford County Convenience Centers will be closed on Sundays, beginning Nov. 1. Also the convenience centers will now close at 7 p.m., beginning Nov. 2.

Fundraisers Breast Cancer Awareness: Off The Beaded Path Bead Store in Forest City will hold a Breast Cancer Awareness earring drive during the month of October. Proceeds from this benefit will go to the ACS, Look Good Feel Good Program. For more information visit offthebeadedpathbeadstore.com. Fish fry: Friday, Oct. 16, 4 to 8 p.m., Long Branch Road Baptist Church, Shiloh community; not set price; donations accepted; take outs available; proceeds for a new fellowship hall. Poor man’s supper: Saturday, Oct. 24, 4 to 8:30 p.m., at the VFW Building, 940 Withrow Rd.; plenty of good country food; $5 per person; all proceeds got to the assistance of local veterans; sponsored by VFW. Benefit program: For Casandra Staley (kidney transplant patient); Sunday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m.; Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church, Rutherfordton; on program — Bethlehem Young Adult Choir, Simpsonville, S.C.; Rev. Michael Smith & The Voices of Inspiration, Marion; St. John Mass Choir; The Dewberry Family and Green Creek Inspirational Choir, Tryon. Benefit Schooling Horse Show: Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m., at The Squirrel’s Nest Farm, LLC; to benefit the Community Pet Center; for more information contact Deana Gilliam at 429-0688, or Sarah Lawing at 828-447-3405, or via email squirrelsnestfarm@skycatcher.net.

power. They have never had anyone take an interest in them. That’s why you have turned lives around.” The lieutenant governor cited the 25th chapter of Matthew, in which the “blessed” fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, took in the stranger, clothed the naked, visited the sick and came unto those in prison. “Many of the people in prison have always been hungry, always been thirsty, always sick, an outcast, for lack of compassion and spiritual nourishment,” Dalton said. “That’s why I encourage you to get involved. What you need to do and are doing is act out of compassion. “Not everybody deserves a life sentence; they deserve a second chance,” Dalton told his audience. “And the key is to make sure they get that second chance so they can make the most of their lives and be the best that they can be. We don’t want to see them go back. We want to see them back in society.” Dalton noted that a lot of inmates work at the governor’s mansion. “When it is a formal dinner or some-

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and Burke County at 14.82. In October’s report on the stress index, the most stressed counties were Imperial County, Calif. (31.83); Yuma County, Ariz. (27.58); Merced County, Calif. (24.28); Lyon County, Nev. (24.02); and Lauderdale, Tenn. (23.56). “The overall economic climate in the county has not changed very much since June,” said County Manager John Condrey. “Unfortunately unemployment has continued to hover around 15 percent. Nationwide, most economists are stating that the recession is over. I don’t think anyone in Rutherford County would agree with that assessment.” The forecast may call for an end to the recession soon, but as in previous economic downturns, unemployment is predicted to be a lagging indicator of recovery.

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Tandem and Individual. All competitors will be competing in their most recent department issued bunker coat, bunker pants, gloves, boots and helmet. Hoods, face shields and ear-flaps are not required. Articles of turnout gear must not be removed or lost during the competition. If dropped, they must be retrieved and correctly replaced by the competitor before continuing. Items not retrieved and/or correctly replaced will result in a penalty. Officials will inspect all gear prior to participation. Competitors found to be non-compliant either during or after a competition will be disqualified. All competitors must check-in at the designated check-in desk on the day of the event before 9:30 a.m. Competitors who fail to check-in before this time will be disqualified from all registered categories of the competition. The order in which teams, groups and individuals compete will be determined by their check-in order. All members forming teams and groups will be required to check-in together. Once competitors have been called to their designated competition deck area, they will be allotted an elapsed time of two minutes to get to the

thing, they will be wearing black coats and ties, and many people mistake them for the executive security there,” he said. Dalton also noted a personal experience in which an inmate works as a receptionist in the lieutenant governor’s office and does a good job. He said the man is “paying the price that the state imposed on him” for his mistakes, but Dalton added, “Sometimes you have to look at those situations and say, there, but for the grace of God, go I. So I ask you to continue this great work that you do, because you are changing lives.” Dalton noted a criticism that people have of inmates who embrace religion while in a correctional facility. He noted that people say, “Those guys go to prison and then they get religion. They don’t really get religion. They just get religion because they got in trouble.” But he said, “Well, maybe so, maybe not. That’s human nature. After 9-11 this was the most religious country in the world. We were very religious during World War II. We are very religious when our relatives get sick. When we are in trouble, we look to a higher power. Those in prison, I don’t think it is unusual that they would

look to a higher power. They are looking for that salvation. They are looking for that redemption. You gave them that hope. It’s really transforming, what you do.” The lieutenant governor told the audience about a 6-year-old girl who helped integrate the Arkansas public schools as an example of the attitude that people should have. “She marched to that school, 6-years old, with troopers lining the way,” Dalton said of the little girl. “Later they asked her, ‘How did you have the courage at 6-years old to do that?’ And she said, ‘I just did it because of what my grandmother told me. She said, “The Lord needs us to help him do his work.”’ So that is how she got through it. That’s what you’re doing. You’ve doing the Lord’s work.” During the business portion of the meeting, leaders of the organization gave figures for the year on services and attendance and on professions of faith. The 096 Chaplaincy Ministry also announced that its budget was being reduced by $1,405 for the upcoming year, from $35,769 in 2008-09 to $34,364 in 2009-10.

“As I understand, the continued increases in unemployment is one of the trends that is expected,” Condrey said. “That is not good news for the county because the need for jobs is particularly acute in our area, particularly here and in the surrounding counties. We just need to continue working on the things we know can benefit the county.” Job losses coming hard on the heels of other plant closings in 2008 and the early part of 2009 were one of the things that caused the county’s rate to peak so high and put it at number 13 on the list in June. A period of lower bankruptcy filings and less rapid job loss have helped reduce the economic stress level for the county. Condrey said it was time to focus on doing what the county can to attract new businesses, to keep that stress index going down. “We must continue to support efforts such as the schools and college,” he said. “The widening of U..S 221 and the bypass around Shelby are very important for the future trans-

portation needs of the county. The Economic Development Commission must continue to work with prospects through the N.C. Department of Commerce, Duke Energy, private realtors and developers and through the clients received from our Web site.”

deck. Failure to have all members in decking area in the given amount of time will result in a penalty. Failure to appear on deck within four minutes will result in disqualification of the team, group, or individual being requested. Prior to the start signal, the first competitor must have their hands on the start pad. Failure to do so will result in a penalty. Individuals who begin their run before the start signal will be assessed a penalty. Teammates who begin their run before obtaining possession of the event baton will be assessed a penalty and will be required to retrieve baton before the next competitor may proceed to the next event. For the running order, team members must be on their event pads and remain there when the first team member leaves the start pad. Once the competitor has possession of the event baton, the competitor can proceed to complete their challenge event. Passing of the baton must be made by hand to hand contact. This routine must be followed until the last competitor reaches the finish pad. The challenge baton can be laid down, held or tucked in clothing while the competitor completes their event, however the baton cannot be advanced. Team members who proceed to an event without the challenge baton will be assessed a penalty and will be required to retrieve the

baton before the next competitor can proceed. First, second and third place winners of each competition category will be awarded once all competitors have completed the course and all times have been calculated. The team’s time will equal the total time it takes for the first competitor to cross the start line until the last competitor crosses the finish line. The team’s penalties will also be added to this time, creating the team’s total score. The three teams with the shortest total score will receive a team trophy. Individuals of each three teams will receive a unique RCFC event medal in recognition of their achievement. The community is invited to come out to show their support to their local department and all of the area’s firefighters. Along with the firefighter challenge, the Hudlow Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its Eighth Annual Car, Truck and Bike Show, which will also be held at Isothermal, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be vendors, games for kids and a fire truck show. The RCFC competition is also available to all interested fire service members, whether from within or outside of Rutherford County. “So far the competition has been kept in the county this year since it is the first year,” said Goode. “It may branch out next year.”

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Condrey pointed to installation of a high speed fiber-optic network in the county as one positive for attracting new businesses. “The county is continuing to recruit new business and doing whatever we can to attract jobs,” he added. “We believe that with our public school system, community college, local hospital, airport, overall beauty of the county from Chimney Rock to Cliffside and our outstanding work force, we have a good product to sell. Hopefully we can start seeing some positive signs for an economic upturn soon.”’ Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com

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Business Notes McCammon in Leadership N.C. class RUTHERFORDTON — Keven McCammon, co-owner of Blue Ridge Designs, LLC Carolinas, is participating in the 2009-2010 Leadership North Carolina class. He joins 46 other citizens from across the state as they meet in two-day sessions six times over seven months in various North McCammon Carolina cities, including Raleigh, Boone and Pinehurst, to explore issues critical to North Carolina’s future. The class will delve into five key policy areas, including economic development, education, environment, government and politics and health and human services. The program has graduated more than 700 North Carolinians. McCammon, who was also graduated from Leadership Rutherford, has served the county in several capacities, including chair of the land use management information task force and co-chair of the Daniel Road Project committee. County Commissioner Brent Washburn, a Realtor, and Kerry Giles, marketing director for the county Economic Development Commission, have also graduated from Leadership North Carolina. The program began with an orientation session last weekend in Boone. The class meets again on Nov. 7 in Raleigh to learn about government and politics.

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Logan Brooke Prysiaszniuk, 11, crafts one of her designer scarves, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at the home of her grandmother, Faye Kapp, in Mocksville. Logan, 11, works alongside her mother, Kristina Prysiaszniuk, and her grandmother, Faye Kapp, to make colorful scarves from recycled sweaters. The basement workshop is the manufacturing center for Logi B. Designs, the company that Logan started last year with a $2,500 startup loan from her grandmother.

Girl makes scarves from sweaters An AP Member Exchange By MONICA YOUNG Winston-Salem Journal

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Every Wednesday night after she and her parents have supper at her grandparents’ house, Logan Prysiaszniuk heads downstairs to her workshop. Logan, 11, works alongside her mother, Kristina Prysiaszniuk, and her grandmother, Faye Kapp, to make colorful scarves from recycled sweaters. The basement workshop is the manufacturing center for Logi B. Designs, the company that Logan started last year with a $2,500 startup loan from her grandmother. Logan has been drawing and designing apparel since she was 5 and big enough to hold her own sketchbook. A lesson in recycling at Pinebrook Elementary prompted her to consider how she could make recycling fashionable, and she was inspired to start her venture. “We were having a lesson on global warming. I want to be a fashion designer one day, and I just had this idea for scarves,” said Logan, a sixth-grader at North Davie Middle School. She scours thrift stores for old sweaters, and as word of her business has grown, so has the number of

donations. She looks for unique patterns, bright colors, sweaters that do not unravel and lightweight sweaters for spring scarves. During their weekly Wednesday-night work sessions, the three of them chat and watch America’s Got Talent. Bins of bright yarn line the workshop walls. Stacks of colorful sweaters wait to be cut into strips. Containers of buttons and costume jewelry are lined in drawers, and two sewing machines sit atop a work table. Kristina Prysiaszniuk’s job is to cut the sweaters into widths of consistent size for her daughter’s designs. Logan combines textures, patterns, and chooses buttons and costume jewelry to embellish the scarves. “We figured out that each scarf takes about two hours to make,” Kristina Prysiaszniuk said. The average cost is $18 for a child-size scarf and $29 for the adult size. Logan sells her creations in Hip Chics, the boutique her mother owns in Clemmons. Earlier this month, Logan, her mother and grandmother attended a show in Ohio. Logan sold 83 of her scarves there in five hours. At a recent trade show, Logan’s mother and grand Please see Sweaters, Page 9A

Giddings certified in WorkComp program FOREST CITY ­— Rhett Giddings of Main Street Financial Group in Forest City recently earned the prestigious Certified WorkComp Advisor designation, conferred by the Institute of WorkComp Professionals. The Asheville, N.C.-based organization trains insurance professionals to locate costly errors in Workers’ Compensation coverage. “Companies are often unaware that they are paying too much for Workers’ Compensation,” says Giddings. “With the training I received from the Institute, I now possess the knowledge to detect errors, and potentially save money for our clients.” Preston Diamond, president of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals, says it is difficult to detect errors in Workers’ Compensation insurance because it differs from other types of insurance coverage. “Unless the insurance agent has the necessary training to locate and correct the errors in Workers’ Compensation coverage, the problems may go undetected and cause business owners to pay higher premiums than required,” says Diamond. The certification training provided by the Institute is essential in reviewing Workers’ Compensation insurance reports. There are approximately 300 insurance agencies that have staff members who have qualified for the Certified WorkComp Advisor designation.

In this June 23 file photo, a woman tours a home for sale in Menlo Park, Calif. For all the doom and gloom about the housing market, it still generally pays to own a home. Associated Press

Home investment still sound choice By DAVE CARPENTER AP Personal Finance Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — For all the doom and gloom about the housing market, it still generally pays to own a home. That might be a tough case to make right now to the 16 million homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than their house is worth. But history suggests the American Dream is a pretty safe bet. Homes have appreciated by an average of 4 percent a year since World War II. They act as hedges against inflation and bestow significant tax benefits. Real estate is a leveraged investment; a 10 percent down payment produces a 1,000 percent return if the price of a home merely doubles. Plus there are intangibles: Owning a home provides a sense of indepen-

dence, security and community. And you get to live in your investment. You can’t do that with a stock. Of course, historical trends don’t pay the mortgage. People who wade in and out of the housing market too often, or who buy at the wrong time or price and need to sell quickly, can get burned. But if you own for a decade or more, price appreciation usually overcomes even bad slumps. Tony and Liz Iacobelli, who are far under water on the home they bought in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye three years ago, aren’t panicking. They owe about $177,000 on their mortgage on a house worth only $132,000, which is about 40 percent of what they paid. “Houses generally go up in price, and this one will again, too,” says

Tony, 51, a retired New York City policeman. Several booms and busts have occurred in the modern era of housing, which began when 30-year loans became widely available after World War II. This bust has been severe: Nationally, home prices are down an average 30 percent from their peak in 2006. The collapse of the housing market may have put an end to the notion of using a home as a speculative investment akin to a hot stock. And that may not be a bad thing, economists say. “People should recognize that value comes from a lot of other things besides a possible return on the investment,” says Joel Naroff,

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Owners Jesus and Cynthia Rivera have opened Uniquely Different at 208 Davis Street in Spindale, a thrift store offering a variety of new and used items. Items include, appliances, rims, strollers, car stereos, adult and children’s clothing, shoes, baby items, pocketbooks, cell phones, movies, video games, furniture, and much more. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 828-375-0022. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

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Seams to Be Fabrics, located at 526 U.S. Highway 74 Business, opened for business about two months ago. Offering sewing classes, alterations and long arm rentals, Seams to Be Fabrics offers many different types of fabrics from cottons to fleece as well as batting, machine needles, notions, threads, zippers and patterns. Owner Karen Willette, left, who is pictured with co-workers Iris Waite and Patti Pollock, welcomes beginners and experienced sewers to stop by if they need help with a project or would like to set up their machine and sew. The store is open Mondays until Christmas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 245-5400 or visit www.seamstobefabrics.com.

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chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors. Economists say home prices have risen by about half a percent a year above inflation, or roughly 4 percent, since the 1940s. That number, which is based on the median price of homes sold each year, was inflated a little by baby boomers starting families and building bigger houses. Since the National Association of Realtors began compiling statistics in 1968, the median sales price has climbed 6 percent annually, from $20,100 that year to $195,200 this past August. In the late 1990s, home values started growing like stocks. For the next five years, they appreciated at 8 to 9 percent a year, or about 5 percentage points ahead of inflation. You won’t find many skeptics among people who bought homes in the ’90s and still live in them. Their homes may be worth tens of thousands of dollars less than at the peak, but they’re still frequently worth twice what the buyers paid. For example, a house in Ewing, N.J., that sold for $160,000 for in 1996 was worth about $410,000 three years ago. It’s still worth $375,000 today. Home buyer beware, however: Price declines do occur with some regularity. Besides the 30 percent price meltdown of the last three years, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of home prices in 10 cities shows four declines lasting six months or more since 1990. The declines averaged 3 percent. And whether large or small, a drop can be followed by several years of flat prices. After the 1990-1991 recession ended a housing boom, prices didn’t start increasing nationally until 1997. So homeowners who buy at the wrong time can go years without gains. The hefty costs of homeownership also can work against people who aren’t committed to settling in for a while. Transaction costs — home inspections, sales commission, fees, transfer taxes — run thousands of dollars every time you buy or sell. And most people overestimate the tax benefits. They don’t realize the standard deduction they would get if they didn’t itemize might be nearly as great as their housing deduction. For example, a homeowner with a $200,000 mortgage might pay $11,000 a year in interest and $2,000 in property taxes. That’s $13,000 — a healthy deduction, but just $2,100 more than the standard deduction of $10,900 for those married filing jointly. And as a homeowner pays less each month toward interest and more

toward principal, the deduction will shrink — until it falls below the standard deduction, which rises to keep up with inflation, Baker says. Of course, paying principal builds equity and is the equivalent of a forced savings plan, which can finance big expenses such as college tuition. In the long run, many people fund their retirement partly by selling a home they’ve owned for many years and moving into smaller, cheaper housing. Another reason to buy a house is it’s a leveraged investment; you pay only a fraction of the price with your own money, which can produce an enormous return. If you make a down payment of 10 percent on a $200,000 house and it doubles in value to $400,000, your $20,000 investment has grown to $220,000, a return of 1,000 percent. That’s like buying a $40 stock and watching it soar to $440. But how can you tell in the short run whether it’s better to buy or rent? There’s a way to gauge how expensive homes are — the price-to-rent ratio. The ratio is determined by dividing the price of a home by the annual rent that could be earned from it. Since 1986, the ratio has averaged 9. Anything above that suggests it may be better to rent, depending on your area. After soaring to 15 at the end of 2005 — above 20 in some areas — the nationwide ratio has dropped back to 10, according to Economy. com data, making ownership far more attractive. Prospective buyers can do the price-to-rent calculation themselves. For example, if you can purchase a home for $180,000 but can rent a similar one for $18,000 a year ($1,500 a month), your price-to-rent ratio would be 10, making the buying price reasonable and close to average. And you would have the tax benefits and equity that you don’t get with renting. It would be nice to say home prices rise reliably and steadily — and a few years ago they seemed to. But that “sure thing” is no longer. Short-term prospects are cloudy. Many economists expect home prices to keep falling through 2010 as mounting unemployment, foreclosures and a glut of unsold homes all weigh on the housing market. Robert Shiller, a Yale University economist and co-inventor of the Case-Shiller index, says he expects home prices to be roughly flat for five years. Yet housing has proved a good investment if you stick with it. And with prices already having fallen so far, buying now could make it an even better one.


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In an undated photo provided by the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, gallons of moonshine are shown. North Carolina officials say the confiscation of almost 930 gallons of moonshine is one of the largest busts in state history. State Alcohol Law Enforcement officials say 63-year-old Roger Lee Nance of Wilkesboro was arrested Wednesday on charges including possession of non-tax paid liquor for the purpose of sell. Associated Press

Police Notes NC attorney found guilty hiding money

RALEIGH (AP) — A North Carolina attorney has been convicted of trying to hide money from the IRS by divvying up large cash deposits into amounts that avoided federal alerts. Multiple media outlets report defense attorney Johnny Gaskins was found guilty Friday of dividing $355,000 into deposits of less than $10,000 each, visiting multiple bank tellers at different branches. Banks must report deposits greater than $10,000. Gaskins is free until sentencing in February. The jury decided Gaskins can keep the money, earned between 2001 and 2006, because he reported the payments on tax forms and paid taxes on them. Gaskins said he kept cash in a safe in his home, but after clients were robbed and killed in 2005, he feared for his safety. He said he didn’t want any teller to know he had so much cash.

Former pastor is convicted of killing

RALEIGH (AP) — A former pastor has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 21-year-old North Carolina college student. Multiple media outlets report that Robert Lee Adams Reaves

was convicted Friday of firstdegree murder in the January 2008 death of North Carolina Central University student Latrese Curtis. Her body was found under an Interstate 540 exit sign. Judge Don Stephens sentenced Reaves to life in prison without parole. Prosecutors said Reaves killed Curtis in a jealous rage. They believe he followed her after she left his home, forced her car off the road and stabbed her dozens of times.

Moonshine found in WNC mountains WILKESBORO (AP) — North Carolina authorities say they have found 929 gallons of moonshine under a shed in the mountains. State Alcohol Law Enforcement officials say 63-year-old Roger Lee Nance of Wilkesboro was arrested Wednesday on charges including possession of non-tax paid liquor for the purpose of sell. The director of the agency says it’s one of the biggest mountain busts he can remember. Crime Control and Public Safety spokeswoman Patty McQuillan says Nance stored moonshine in different-shaped containers under a shed in his backyard and was arrested fol-

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mother were wearing Logan’s scarves and were approached by a woman who owns a boutique in New York. She wanted to sell Logan’s scarves in her boutique. Logan doesn’t sell her scarves online, but she does take e-mail requests for specific colors. “It’s grown so fast. Scarves are just so hot right now. Even guys are wearing them,” Logan’s mother said. “Not my scarves,” said Logan with a middleschool girl giggle. With the attention has come a new wrinkle. As a small-business owner, Logan has had to figure out how many scarves she can reasonably make to match demand. She has hired a woman to help with the sewing. Her grandfather, Jerry Kapp, has been enlisted to snip yarn for fringe while he watches ballgames. “My goal was to help pay for college, but I have to be able to do my homework to get into college,” Logan said. By tying her values to her passion for design, Logan is following a path that many other young entrepreneurs take, said Bren Varner, the director of the University Center for Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest University. In a 2007 survey of nearly 2,500 youth from ages 8 to 21, the Kauffman Foundation found that 40 percent had either started or intended to start businesses, and 37 percent said they would consider it. “Kids just make such great entrepreneurs,” he said. “They’re not beaten down yet by all the other obligations and everything else.”

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lowing a two-month investigation. A number listed for Nance was disconnected and a woman who answered another number identified herself as Nance’s daughter-in-law and said she had no comment.

NC cops who shot SC killing suspect cleared GASTONIA (AP) — The police officers who shot the suspect in a killing spree that left five people dead in South Carolina during the summer will not face any charges, a prosecutor said Friday. The three officers had no choice but to fire on Patrick Burris after he shot one of them when they confronted him in a home on July 6, said Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell, who reviewed a report on the shooting from the State Bureau of Investigation. “I read the entire thing, and it was clearly a justified shooting,” Bell said. Officers investigating an early morning burglary complaint at a vacant home in Gastonia found Burris. After learning he was wanted on a parole violation, they went to arrest him and he pulled out a gun, firing a shot that struck one of the officers but didn’t cause serious injuries, authorities said.

all about gun rights. We feel about the right to bear arms as strong as anybody. But there are certain citizens out there that don’t need those weapons in their hands. And a lot of time those weapons help facilitate crimes. “And drugs fall into that same category. Drugs make good people do bad things. The first time you use drugs, you consciously decide that. But after that it becomes an addiction. You start doing things that you wouldn’t normally do. You can’t be addicted to drugs and work a job. You’re going to go out and steal. So we go into these neighborhoods where they have had a lot of breakings and enterings. We worked this neighborhood for hours at a time, and it freed the road guys up to do their jobs. Because we were mobile enough, they pulled us over here.” But an officer emphasized that the Interdiction Team couldn’t work without the road officers. “These guys, in Spindale, they’re having to answer calls, they’re having to serve warrants. We can help out because we are so mobile. They’re the backbone. We couldn’t do what we do if these guys weren’t out.” In this particular arrest, a road officer was able to take the teen to the jail, freeing up the Interdiction Team officers to return to patrolling. The Interdiction Team recently took part in the search for a serial killer terrorizing Cherokee County, S.C. “We spent four days down on the state line and we would like to have been the ones that nabbed that serial killer.” an officer said, “But like the sheriff told us, we want to assist as much as possible, but if we can deter him from coming into our county we’ve done our jobs. And that is what we were there for. If he comes into the county, we’re going to catch him because we’re going to be on the state line, and we’re going to prevent him from coming up here.” The officers also emphasize that their work acts as a deterrent to community crime, too. “You hear about the crimes,” an officer noted, “but you don’t hear about the ones prevented. When we call it interdiction, we leave it that way; we don’t call it highway interdiction or street crimes, because we do highway and street crimes. “There is no telling, when we roll up, or a county car comes through, what crimes they have prevented. Someone may say, ‘He may come back, so I’m not going to break into this business.’ Moving around like we do, nobody knows where we are at. Just as we know the criminals, they know who we are.” About an hour and a half before their shift ended, the Interdiction Team was called out to a possible domestic violence situation. A man reportedly had threatened to come up from South Carolina and kill his former wife. Officers responded quickly to the Cliffside area and set up to look for the vehicle, but eventually they were able to stand down because the potential victim was not at her home. In interdiction work, officers never know from day to day what situation they might face. Contact Dale via e-mail at ldale@thedigitalcourier.com


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Nation Today Stripper canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t avoid cops

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Police say a Wisconsin woman stripped in front of her children in an attempt to avoid arrest for shoplifting, then scuffled with officers and exposed herself through a squad car window. Julia E. Laack, 36, of Sheboygan was charged Friday with felony battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer, shoplifting and two counts of disorderly conduct, the Sheboygan Press reported. The criminal complaint alleges Laack stole a bag of beef jerky and a lighter at a convenience store Thursday afternoon. Police went to her home. The complaint said she refused to come to the door and began screaming and swearing at three children in her house, telling one that the incident was all his fault. Police entered and tried to calm her down. With her children present, the complaint said, she stripped to her underwear and told the officers they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t arrest her because she would be naked. Laack struggled with the officers as they tried to arrest her, the complaint alleged, kicking one in the groin and spitting in the mouth of another. While in the squad car on the way to the police station, the complaint said, Laack exposed her buttocks against the rear window.

Food stamps for booze?

DETROIT (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Viagra and pornography are not staples on the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food stamp list. But authorities say a Detroit liquor store supplied them during a series of illegal deals. Federal prosecutors filed fraud charges this week against three people who worked at Jeffersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Liquor Palace. The alleged scheme worked this way: Food stamp recipients would

get cash from the store in exchange for swiping larger amounts off their electronic cards. The store would then be reimbursed by the U.S. Agriculture Department. And in some transactions, the government says the store provided informants Viagra, liquor and porn in exchange for swiping about $2,000 off food stamp cards. The government says fraud at the store topped $130,000 over 2 1/2 years. The store is closed.

Man shoots fiancee WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A man who thought there was an intruder in his house shot and killed his fiancee the day before they were to be married, police said Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now everything points to a tragic accident,â&#x20AC;? Police Chief Kevin Brunell told The Associated Press, adding investigators were awaiting forensic results. John Tabutt, 62, told investigators he got his gun when he thought he heard an intruder, then fired at a figure in the hallway, according to Brunelle. It was Tabuttâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s live-in fiancee, 62-year-old Nancy Dinsmore, who family members say he was going to marry Saturday. Tabutt told authorities he thought she was next to him in bed the whole time.

Elderly man robs bank SAN DIEGO (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A man in his 70s has robbed a bank branch inside a San Diego supermarket. Police investigators say the man handed a teller a note demanding cash Friday at the U.S. Bank inside a Vons supermarket in the Carmel Valley neighborhood. The man said he had a gun, but no weapon was seen. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. Investigators say the suspect may be responsible for similar robberies at banks in La Jolla and Santee.

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Three-year-old Audrey Carson of Omaha samples unusually early snow in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Several inches of snow accumulated in Omaha.

Columbine shooterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom still struggling DENVER (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In the first detailed public remarks by any parent of the two Columbine killers, Dylan Kleboldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother says she had no idea her son was suicidal until she read his journals after the 1999 high school massacre. Susan Kleboldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essay in next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, says she is still struggling to make sense of what happened when her son and Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher in the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in suburban Denver. Twenty-one people were injured before Klebold and Harris killed themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot look at a child in a grocery store or on the street without thinking about how my sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schoolmates spent the last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family, and about love.â&#x20AC;? The killersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parents have repeatedly declined to talk about the massacre. They gave depositions in a lawsuit filed by families of the victims, but a judge in 2007 sealed them for 20 years after the lawsuit was settled out of court. In her essay, Susan Klebold wrote that she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know her son was so disturbed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dylanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation in the massacre was impossible for me to accept until I began to connect it to his own death,â&#x20AC;? she wrote in excerpts released by the magazine ahead of Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s publication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I saw his journals, it was clear to me that Dylan entered

the school with the intention of dying there. And so in order to understand what he might have been thinking, I started to learn all I could about suicide.â&#x20AC;? In a statement with the essay, Oprah Winfrey wrote that Susan Klebold has turned down repeated interview requests but finally agreed to write an essay for O. A spokeswoman for the magazine said Klebold was not paid for the essay, and there were no plans for her to appear on Winfreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s television show. A spokeswoman for the Klebold family said there would be no further statements. In the essay, Klebold said her son left early for school on the day of the shootings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early on April 20, I was getting dressed for work when I heard Dylan bound down the stairs and open the front door. Wondering why he was in such a hurry when he could have slept another 20 minutes, I poked my head out of the bedroom. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dyl?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; All he said was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bye.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The front door slammed, and his car sped down the driveway. His voice had sounded sharp. I figured he was mad because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had to get up early to give someone a lift to class. I had no idea that I had just heard his voice for the last time.â&#x20AC;? She said she had â&#x20AC;&#x153;no inklingâ&#x20AC;? how sick her son was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the writings Dylan left behind, criminal psychologists have concluded that he was depressed and suicidal. When I first saw copied pages of these writings, they broke my heart. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had no inkling of the battle Dylan was waging in his mind.â&#x20AC;?

Instructors aided victim of stabbing at UCLA lab LOS ANGELES (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Blood gushed from a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neck and formed a puddle on the floor of a UCLA lab as instructors struggled to stanch the wound. The 20-year-old woman was taken across the hall after being slashed in the neck by a classmate, and two staff members quickly applied pressure and put gauze on the wound. Stunned students watched in horror. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her eyes rolled back in her head, I called out her name and told her to stay with me. She wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really responding. I think she could hear me,â&#x20AC;? said chemistry lecturer Stacie Nakamoto, whose lab the victim was brought into. The victim, who Nakamoto and police would not identify, went to the hospital in critical condition. On Friday, her family released a statement saying she was showing signs of improvement and was expected to recover. Damon D. Thompson, 20, was arrested shortly after the attack and booked for investigation of attempted murder. Immediately after the attack, he

walked into the student information center three floors below. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was very calm and said he had stabbed someone,â&#x20AC;? said Carol Verduzco, an administrative assistant who works in the office. She said she asked if he was joking and then she called the police. Thompson waited in a chair for the few minutes it took police to arrive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in shock,â&#x20AC;? Verduzco said, noting she saw no blood on Thompson. Los Angeles police detectives were interviewing witnesses to try to establish a motive for the attack. Thompson and the victim were not romantically involved, Detective Mike Pelletier said. A knife was recovered at the scene, a laboratory on the sixth floor of the Young Hall chemistry and biochemistry department in the heart of the university on the west side of Los Angeles. Thompson remained in jail Friday on $1 million bail and was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday. Authorities did not know if he had obtained an attorney.

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City hoping celebrity chef brings better health By TOM BREEN

One of the ways we improve the health of our community is to recruit outstanding physicians from not only around the country, but around the world. I’m worried that if we get pinned with that label, it’s going to be harder for us to recruit physicians and their families to come here.

Associated Press Writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Weary of being stuck with what they call the false label of America’s unhealthiest city, Huntington residents are offering a wary welcome to a celebrity TV chef who hopes to help them shape up. Jamie Oliver is starring in a reality TV show slated to be broadcast next year on ABC. In his native Britain, Oliver has done shows focused on improving school lunch meals and other dietary matters with an aim toward getting people eating healthier and living better.

— Doug Sheils Marketing director Cabell Huntington Hospital

mind this is really about America,” he said Thursday. “When this show airs, I believe people will fully get it and understand its value.” Those words echoed comments Oliver made at a public meeting held in city hall last month, when the celebrity chef said his aim wasn’t to attack anyone.

Oliver came to Huntington last month and the show is taping in West Virginia’s second-largest city throughout the fall.

Months before it airs, though, the show has opened still-fresh wounds from an Associated Press story last November that used federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data to proclaim the five-county Huntington metropolitan area the country’s fattest and unhealthiest. The AP analysis was based on a 2006 CDC report. “The quick, sexy way to promote the show is, ’We’re here to save the fattest town in the world,”’ said Doug Sheils, director of marketing and public relations at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “That’s going to be a label we can’t shake for a long time.”

Sheils noted that the AP analysis, which drew the attention of Oliver’s production company to the area, was based on data for five counties, including counties in Ohio and Kentucky. But it’s Huntington that gets stuck with a designation Sheils says it doesn’t deserve. “One of the ways we

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Chef Jamie Oliver arrives for a taping of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” in this 2008 file photo taken in New York. Oliver is starring in a reality TV show slated to be broadcast next year on ABC. The show is taping in Huntington, West Virginia, throughout the fall.

improve the health of our community is to recruit outstanding physicians from not only around the country, but around the world,” he said. “I’m worried that if we get pinned with that label, it’s going to be harder for us to recruit physicians and their families to come here.” Oliver and others working on the show have taken pains to say those fears are under-

standable but unwarranted. Those conversations haven’t made residents unfriendly to the crew working on the show, according to executive producer Craig Armstrong. The show, which will finish in Huntington in midNovember, should allay fears of a negative stereotype, Armstrong said. “I know we’re here in one community, but in my

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Shortly after that, though, local media outlets ran stories about comments Oliver made to the British Sky News service in which he said residents he’d met with lacked information about healthy eating and cooking from scratch. That set off a round of formal and informal meetings around the city, in which residents fretted that they would again be the poster child for problems like obesity and lack of exercise. Cabell-Huntington Health Department Director Dr. Harry Tweel said he was worried that Oliver’s show would focus on the negative and not on the efforts to improve residents’ health that came before and after the AP story. Part of the sensitivity, Tweel said, comes from the perception that people in the region weren’t aware of the serious health problems many residents here face. “People are just anxious about getting a fair shake,” he said. Like others, Tweel is optimistic the show can have

benefits for the region by drawing attention to healthier lifestyles. Obesity and related illnesses like diabetes are so common in West Virginia that the extent of the problem has been easy to ignore, said state Delegate Don Perdue, who represents part of the area covered by the CDC statistics. “All the years of statistics don’t strike home as much as the threat of a national TV audience getting this perception about Huntington,” said Perdue, who is chairman of the House of Delegates Health and Human Resources committee. Even so, Perdue is worried about the show. “If it’s accurate and not positive, that’s our fault,” the Wayne County Democrat said. “If it’s inaccurate and negative, that’s their fault.” Until the show airs, though, all residents can do is wait and hope for the best. “If Jamie’s coming into town to help make these positive changes, obviously he has to start with something that’s not so positive,” said Tyson Compton, president of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We realize it’s Hollywood and it’s all about hype and hoopla and creating interest, but we hope this can put some of the positive things we’ve done in the national spotlight,” he said.

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• Born and raised in Rutherford County • Married for 25 yrs to Tina-Employed by public school system • Two children: Cory is a Junior at UNC, Wesley is a Junior at East Rutherford • Son of Vernon and Lovada Tarlton • Member First Baptist Church • 1974 Graduate of East Rutherford • 1978 Graduate of The Citadel, Business Admin. • Presently Director of Operations for AGI IN STORE, a division of American Greetings • Coached numerous youth sport teams • Past member of various civic clubs

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• Christian values • No increase in taxes • Complete the Cone Mills project without using town monies • Create and support new ways to fill empty buildings in Forest City • Support other agencies that will help create jobs for Forest City • Build our reserves-they are to low now • Keep our focus on the town’s business and not get caught up in activities outside of the town’s responsibility • Keep our focus on providing quality services to our citizens at the lowest price • Treat our citizens with respect and concern for we work for them and are accountable to them for our actions and decisions. Advertisement paid for by the candidate.


The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, October 11, 2009 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 13A

Nation

State Attorneys General, from left, Andrew Cuomo of New York, Martha Coakley of Massachusetts, and Roy Cooper of North Carolina, right, take their seats in the East Room of the White House in Washington Friday, prior to President Barack Obama delivering remarks on regulatory reform. Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The number of job seekers competing for each opening has reached the highest point since the recession began, according to government data released Friday. The employment crisis is expected to worsen as companies stay reluctant to hire. Many economists expect a jobless recovery, putting pressure on President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats to stimulate job creation. There are about 6.3 unemployed workers competing, on average, for each job opening, a Labor Department report shows. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most since the department began tracking job openings nine years ago, and up from only 1.7 workers when the recession began in December 2007. The highest point after the 2001 recession was 2.8 workers per opening in July 2003, as the economy suffered through a jobless recovery. Employers have cut a net total of 7.2 million jobs during the downturn. While layoffs are slowing, profile companies have resigned Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report shows the other critical piece of a labor market recovery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hiring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has yet to begin. their membership over the cliâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Fewer people are facing job loss,â&#x20AC;? said Heidi mate change issue. Shierholz, an economist at Economic Policy In his push to pass regulatory Institute in Washington, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but once you have lost changes, Obama and his adminyour job, you are in serious trouble.â&#x20AC;? istration also have been remarkThe departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Job Openings and Labor ably hands-on. The administration drafted its Turnover survey found less than 2.4 million openings in August, the latest data available. That may own proposed legislation. seem like a lot of jobs, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s down from 3.7 million a year ago and half its peak in June 2007. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s This week, Treasury Secretary also the lowest tally on nine years of government Timothy Geithner met with records. House Democrats, including At the same time, the number of unemployed Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Americans doubled from the beginning of the D-Md., in the latest of several recession to 14.9 million in August. administration sessions with Economists fear the job market will take years to lawmakers to press the case for recover. an overhaul. Shierholz said the economy faces a â&#x20AC;&#x153;jobs gapâ&#x20AC;? of almost 10 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 7.2 million jobs lost plus The effort, especially the prothe roughly 125,000 per month that would have posal for a consumer agency, has been needed since the recession began just to keep met with stiff resistance from up with population growth. the chamber, which has run To close that gap and get back to pre-recession radio and television ads against levels in two years would require more than the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consumer effort, 500,000 new jobs per month, a pace of job creand from community banks that ation that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been seen since 1950-51, Shierholz have been buttonholing memsaid. bers of Congress in their home Most analysts expect the nation to keep losing districts to eliminate the conjobs through this year and the unemployment rate sumer agency. to peak above 10 percent by the middle of next Frank, in an interview Friday year, even as the economy starts to recover. with the Associated Press, preâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The recovery in output continues to be unacdicted that passage of a concompanied by a recovery in jobs,â&#x20AC;? said Nigel Gault sumer agency in the House was at IHS Global Insight. He expects the unemployâ&#x20AC;&#x153;very likely.â&#x20AC;? But he indicated the ment rate, currently at 9.8 percent, will be at 8.6 final legislation will not go as percent in 2012. far as the Obama administration Cynthia Rosso, a Potomac Falls, Va.-based marwishes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are some sensible com- keting and communications professional laid off in March, is painfully aware of the competition. promises we can make,â&#x20AC;? Frank A networking group where she once announced said. jobs she was trying to fill as a manager is now One of the key sticking points dominated by people looking for work. has been the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rosso went to a job fair over the summer but call for states to be able to overturned back after seeing a line snaking around the ride federal consumer regulabuilding. She later heard that 3,000 job seekers tions with their own tougher showed up to vie for the attention of a handful of requirements. Banks complain employers. that would subject them to myriThe jobs crisis is likely to have political repercusad different rules. sions. The last time the unemployment rate topped 10 percent, in 1982, President Ronald Reaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Frank indicated that a midRepublican party lost 26 seats in midterm elecdle ground could allow states tions. to enact regulations covering emerging consumer issues that are not addressed in federal law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do we want to say, if a new pattern that comes up thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abusive, that states canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intervene?â&#x20AC;? he asked.

Obama pushes consumer agency

WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; President Barack Obama fought to keep his proposed banking overhaul on track Friday, casting the political struggle ahead as one between big financial interests and average Americans victimized by complex or unscrupulous financial transactions. The president illustrated his call for a consumer finance agency by showcasing five unwitting borrowers and bank customers whose troubles ranged from massive overdraft fees to unwanted interest-only mortgages.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My concern are the millions of Americans who behaved responsibly and yet still found themselves in jeopardy because of the predatory practices of some in the financial industry,â&#x20AC;? Obama said from the East Room of the White House. Taking time out of a day overshadowed by his Nobel Peace Prize award, Obama confronted opponents, singling out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is conducting a $2 million advertising and organizing effort to defeat the consumer plan.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing what they always do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; descending on Congress and using every bit of influence they have to maintain a status quo that has maximized their profits at the expense of American consumers,â&#x20AC;? Obama said of his critics. The proposed consumer agency is a central element of a package of financial regulatory changes the administration says would prevent crisis like the one that brought Wall Street to its knees last year.

Critics such as the Chamber of Commerce have said the consumer agency is unnecessary and would impose restrictions even on retailers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We disagree that adding a new agency atop a broken regulatory system solves the problem

or closes regulatory gaps,â&#x20AC;? David Hirschmann, head of the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, said in a statement issued before the White House event. The chamber defended its lobbying efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is our constitutional right to petition our government on behalf of our members, the millions of businesses trying to make their way out of this recession,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas Collamore, a chamber senior vice president. The stepped-up White House campaign comes days before a key House committee begins assembling some of the main components of a regulatory bill. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, who met Friday with Obama in the White House, has called a meeting of his committee Wednesday to take up the creation of a Consumer Finance Protection Agency as well as new regulations on complex instruments known as derivatives. Eager to put a face on the dry and complex subject of financial regulations, the president met with five individuals who had financial transactions go awry. Obama said the four women and one man were victimized by outdated regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was caught in a debt trap,â&#x20AC;? said Patricia Nelson, a 64-yearold Waukesha, Wis., retired nursing home worker who said she ended up paying $2,700 in interest on a $550 loan from payday lenders. The White House seemed particularly eager to pick a fight with the Chamber of Commerce, which has challenged Obama not only on financial regulations, but also on health care and on climate change policies. White House officials want to cast the chamber as being out of touch and particularly vulnerable now, as a number of high-

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14A — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nation

A sign on a barn supports a single-payer health care system Monday, Oct. 5, a few miles west of Valley City, N.D., along Interstate 94. Putting up the sign was initiated by Sharon Clancy of Valley City, and a sign was put up on a former grainery on the east side of Valley City that reads, “No Obamacare.” Associated Press

Obama sees help, hindrance on health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sees both “unprecedented consensus” from outside Congress on his drive to remake the nation’s health care system and obstructionism by some on Capitol Hill. “The historic movement to bring real, meaningful health insurance reform to the American people gathered momentum this week as we approach the final days of this debate,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet video address. The consensus “includes everyone from doctors and nurses to hospitals and drug manufacturers” — even Republican governors and former GOP lawmakers, Obama said. It does not extend to congressional Republicans, however, as nearly all of them oppose the Democrats’ health care proposals. The president noted that California Gov. Arnold tor, if you’ve got a beef you go to Schwarzenegger, former Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Bill Frist, all Republicans, and the courts. Have you ever tried former Health and Human Service chiefs Louis to sue the government? It takes Sullivan and Tommy Thompson, who both served a lot of bucks and time, and it in Republican administrations, have all come out doesn’t get done very often.” in favor of overhauling health care. Clancy said, “I have experi“These distinguished leaders understand that enced national health care in England; I have friends and rela- health insurance reform isn’t a Democratic issue tions in England, and friends in or a Republican issue, but an American issue that demands a solution,” Obama said. Canada, and it works just fine.” Democrats have made significant strides since Labor Day, when they returned to the Capitol after Colville agreed the health sysan August spent absorbing attacks from noisy contem has problems. servative critics over health care. “Oh sure, our system is not A health care bill soon to emerge from the Senate good, but government-run health care is not good at all,” he Finance Committee is the only one judged to meet Obama’s conditions for expanding insurance coversaid. age without raising the federal deficit, while also Colville said measures such as slowing the rise in medical costs. allowing competition between Yet Obama said he recognized the issue remains states, tort reform and controldivisive among members of Congress. ling illegal immigration would “There are some in Washington today who seem help restrain health care costs. On the subject of costs, Clancy determined to play the same old partisan politics, working to score political points, even if it means said, “I think we’re all about one health care issue away from burdening this country with an unsustainable status quo,” Obama said. bankruptcy.”

Signs reflect debate on health care

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — On Interstate 94, two signs on buildings outside Valley City express opinions on the health care debate. They are appropriate enough — from the perspective of someone facing north, the signs are on the left and right of the city, the same ends of the political spectrum they represent.

A sign supporting a “universal single payer” system is on the north side of I-94 west of Valley City. The project was initiated by Sharon Clancy of Valley City and is on Richard Munson’s farm. Clancy said that of the $850 spent on the sign, a little more than half came from donations of friends. For the rest, she approached the District 24 Democrats. East of town, Keith Colville of Valley City helped make

the sign opposing government health care — “No Obamacare,” it reads. Colville, a member of local group called Committee for Community Involvement, and friends put up the sign on an old granary on Mark Ertelt’s farm. Clancy and Colville shared their opinions on health care and what motivated them to put the signs up. “I believe that good health is a right, not a privilege,” Clancy said, “and to me that means universal health care. We already have single-payer on many levels: congressional, state Legislature, state public employees, the military and Medicaid. Medicare is a blend of government, private and insurance.” Colville said, “The one big thing I don’t like about government health care is one of our checks and balances is the courts. Through the private sec-

Health care bill will not bring immediate benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty years is how long Democrats say they’ve been pushing for legislation that provides health care access for all Americans. They’ll have to wait another three if President Barack Obama gets a bill to sign this year. Under the Democratic bills, federal tax credits to help make health insurance affordable for millions of low- and middle-income households won’t start flowing until 2013 — after the next presidential election. But Medicare cuts and a sizable chunk of the tax increases to pay for the overhaul kick in immediately. The eat-your-vegetablesfirst approach is causing heartburn for some Democrats. Three years is a long time to wait for dessert, and opponents could capitalize on misgivings about the complex legislation to undo what would be a signature achievement for Obama. “The real danger is that health reform could be vulnerable to what we see with the stimulus package,” said Democratic health policy consultant Peter Harbage,

referring to criticism that Obama’s $787 billion economic plan hasn’t stemmed rising unemployment. “There needs to be more focus on what can you do quickly so that real people will start seeing change sooner, rather than later.” Obama administration officials and Democratic lawmakers say the reason for the three-year wait is the time it’s going to take to set up insurance marketplaces, write consumer protection rules and reconfigure the bureaucracy to carry out the legislation. It took President George W. Bush’s administration two years to phase in the Medicare prescription benefit, a more modest undertaking. “It’s very important to get the execution right,” White House budget director Peter Orszag told The AP. There’s another reason, less talked about: to make the costs of the plan seem more manageable under congressional budgeting rules. Lawmakers use a 10-year accounting window to assess new programs. Starting the Medicare cuts and some of

the taxes in the early years — and pushing the bulk of new spending into the latter years — helps keep the cost of the health care overhaul within Obama’s $900 billion limit. Bush used the same kind of maneuver to push the Medicare benefit through Congress. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., addressed the concerns in a recent news release captioned: “What You Get Right Away.” Among the major shortterm improvements in his bill would be a benefit for people on Medicare, who already have insurance coverage. Starting in 2010, those who fall into the Medicare prescription plan’s coverage gap would get a 50 percent discount off the price of brand-name drugs. In 2011 and 2012, certain small employers with fewer than 25 workers could get a tax credit for up to 35 percent of what they contribute toward the cost of employee coverage. That could encourage some companies that don’t offer coverage to do so, but it’s more likely to shore

up those who already do. To answer Obama’s call for an immediate end to insurance company discrimination against the sick, Baucus would set aside $5 billion from 2010-2013 to help states provide affordable coverage to people denied because of a medical condition. The money would be apportioned to high-risk insurance pools that many states have set up. It may not go far enough. State high-risk pools now spend about $1 billion a year and cover only 200,000 people. “With $5 billion and (other) improvements, they probably can double that enrollment, maybe a bit more, but that may not reach everybody who needs the immediate help,” said Karen Pollitz, a Georgetown professor. The House Democratic bill tries to provide some immediate relief. For example, insurance companies could not cancel coverage just because a policyholder develops an intractable disease such as cancer. Yet all of that has failed to make much of an impression

on the Congressional Budget Office, the umpire of the costs and benefits of legislation. The CBO estimates that under the Senate Finance Committee bill, the number of uninsured will stay stuck around 50 million from 2010 through 2012, until federal tax credits start flowing the following year. If there’s a silver lining in the three-year wait, it’s that it will give individuals and families time to prepare for a new federal requirement to carry health insurance, starting in 2013. That won’t be a problem for the majority who with employer or government coverage. But even with the tax credits that Democrats are proposing, many middleclass families that buy their own coverage still may be unable to afford it, and risk being assessed a penalty. But lawmakers may have figured out how to use time to their advantage. The Senate Finance Committee voted to pare down the penalties and postpone them until 2014. Because the fines would be collected through income taxes, no one will get a bill until April 2015.

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New energy winners are yet to be determined

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The sun had just crested the distant ridge of the Rocky Mountains, but already it was producing enough power for the electric meter on the side of the Smiley Building to spin backward. For the Shaw brothers, who converted the downtown arts building and community center into a miniature solar power plant two years ago, each reverse rotation subtracts from their monthly electric bill. It also means the building at that moment is producing more electricity from the sun than it needs. “Backward is good,” said John Shaw, who now runs Shaw Solar and Energy Conservation, a local solar installation company. Good for whom? As La Plata County in southwestern Colorado looks to shift to cleaner sources of energy, solar is becoming the power source of choice even though it still produces only a small fraction of the region’s electricity. It’s being nudged along by tax credits and rebates, a growing concern about the gases heating up the planet, and the region’s plentiful sunshine. The natural gas industry, which produces more gas here than nearly every other county in Colorado, has been relegated to the shadows. Tougher state environmental regulations and lower natural gas prices have slowed many new drilling permits. As a result, production — and the jobs that come with it — have leveled off. With the county and city drawing up plans to reduce the emissions blamed for global warming and Congress weighing the first mandatory limits, the industry once again finds itself on the losing side of the debate. A recent greenhousegas inventory of La Plata County found that the thousands of natural gas pumps and processing plants dotting the landscape are the single largest source of heat-trapping pollution locally. That has the industry bracing for a hit on two fronts if federal legislation passes. First, it will have to reduce emissions from its production equipment to meet pollution limits, which will drive up costs. Second, as the county’s largest consumer of electricity, gas companies probably will see energy bills rise as the local power cooperative is forced to cut gases released from its coal-fired power plants or purchase credits from other companies that reduce emissions. “Being able to put solar systems on homes is great, you take something off the grid, it is as good as conserving,” said Christi Zeller, the executive director

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Dusty Bender, left, and Allen Riling, both with Shaw Solar and Energy Conservation, install two of 105 solar panels on the roof of a barn on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, north of Hesperus Colo. As La Plata County looks to shift to cleaner energy sources, solar is becoming the power of choice even though it produces only a small fraction of the region’s electricity. It is nudged along by tax credits and rebates, a growing concern global warming and the region’s plentiful sunshine.

of the La Plata Energy Council, a trade group representing about two dozen companies that produce the methane gas trapped within coal buried underground. “But the reality is we still need natural gas, so embrace our industry like you are embracing wind, solar and the renewables,” she said. It’s a refrain echoed on the national level, where the industry, displeased with the climate bill passed by the House this summer, is trying to raise its profile as the Senate works on its version of the legislation. In March, about two dozen of the largest independent gas producers started America’s Natural Gas Alliance. In ads in major publications in 32 states, the group has pressed the case that natural gas is a cleanerburning alternative to coal and can help bridge the transition from fossil fuels to pollution-free sources such as wind and solar. “Every industry thinks every other industry is getting all the breaks. All of us are concerned that we are not getting any consideration at all from people claiming they are trying to reduce the carbon footprint,” said Bob Zahradnik, the operating director for the Southern Ute tribe’s business arm, which includes the tribes’ gas and oil production companies. None is in the alliance. Politicians from energy-diverse states such as Colorado are trying to avoid getting caught in the middle. They’re working to make sure that the final bill doesn’t favor some types of energy produced back home over others. At a town hall meeting in Durango in late August, Sen. Mark Udall, who described himself as one of the biggest proponents of renewable energy, assured the crowd that

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natural gas wouldn’t be forgotten. “Renewables are our future ... but we also need to continue to invest in natural gas,” said Udall, D-Colo. Much more than energy is at stake. Local and state governments across the country also depend on taxes paid by natural gas companies to fund schools, repair roads and pay other bills. In La Plata County alone, the industry is responsible for hundreds of jobs and pays for more than half of the property taxes. In addition, about 6,000 residents who own the

mineral rights beneath their property get a monthly royalty check from the companies harvesting oil and gas. “Solar cannot do that. Wind cannot do that,” said Zeller, whose mother is one of the royalty recipients. In July, she received a check for $458.92, far less than the $1,787.30 she was paid the same month last year, when natural gas prices were much higher. Solar, by contrast, costs money. Earlier this year, the city of Durango scaled back the amount of green power it was purchasing from the local

electric cooperative because of the price. The additional $65,000 it was paying for power helped the cooperative, which is largely reliant on coal, to invest in solar power and other renewables. “It is a premium. It is an additional cost,” said Greg Caton, the assistant city manager. Instead, the city decided to use the money to develop its own solar projects at its water treatment plant and public swimming pool. The effort will reduce the amount of power it gets from sources that contribute to global warming and

make the city eligible for a $3,000 rebate from the La Plata Electric Association. Yes, the power company will pay the city to use less of its power. That’s because the solar will count toward a state mandate to boost renewable energy production. “In the typical business model, it doesn’t work,” said Greg Munro, the cooperative’s executive director. “Why would I give rebates to somebody buying someone else’s shoes?” The same upfront costs have prevented homeowners from jumping on the solar bandwagon despite the tax credits, rebates and lower electricity bills. Most of Shaw’s customers can’t afford to install enough solar to cover 100 percent of their homes’ electricity needs, which is one reason why solar supplies just a fraction of the power the county needs. The higher fossil-fuel prices that could come with climate legislation would make it more competitive. “You can’t drive an industry on people doing the right thing. The best thing for this country is if gas were $10 a gallon,” said Shaw. The private residence, nestled in a remote canyon, probably will produce more power from the sun than it will use, causing its meter to spin in reverse like the Smiley Building’s. The cost, however, is steep: more than $500,000.

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Nation/world World Today Seychelles captures 11 pirates

PARIS (AP) — French soldiers successfully defended two fishing boats from capture by pirates in the Indian Ocean on Saturday, and 11 men suspected of involvement in the failed attack were pursued at sea and captured, officials said. The chain of events illustrated the teamwork in the international community to crack down on piracy in the Indian Ocean. After French soldiers chased away the pirates, the coast guard of the Seychelles archipelago, south of where the attack took place, chased the assailants. The coast guard captured two boats — a small craft with eight men aboard and a larger ship carrying three that was the pirates’ suspected mothership.

Iraqis take to streets to protest

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds took to the streets Saturday throughout Iraq to demand open elections and improved public services, revealing a growing discontent among Iraqis that is overshadowing concerns about the ability of Iraqi forces to take over from withdrawing American troops. Low oil prices have left the Iraqi government struggling to restore infrastructure after years of neglect, corruption and insurgent attacks, as well as to rebuild their security forces before a planned American withdrawal in 2011. About 200 demonstrators took to the streets in central Baghdad, chanting: “No water, no electricity in the country of oil and the two rivers,” a reference to Iraq’s ancient name.

US troops help in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. military trucked in supplies and marshaled helicopters and Navy ships as the Philippines struggled with the aftermath of back-to-back storms that have left more than 600 dead. After pulling six people from landslides late Thursday and early Friday, Filipino rescuers said they remained hopeful of locating more survivors in the stricken north of the country, but retrieved only bodies on Saturday. With roads blocked and bridges washed away, the Philippine government’s resources have been stretched thin. Officials have asked U.S. troops in the country for an annual military exercise to extend relief operations. Troops from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, based in Okinawa, Japan, had just finished rescue and cleanup work around the Manila, which experienced the worst flooding in over four decades after Tropical Storm Ketsana dumped record rains Sept. 26. Then Typhoon Parma struck Oct. 3 and has lingered as a tropical depression for about a week, also over the main northern Philippine island of Luzon.

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Pakistan troops take positions close to its army’s headquarters after an attack by gunmen at the army’s headquarters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Saturday. Gunmen wearing military uniforms and wielding assault rifles and grenades attacked Pakistan’s army headquarters Saturday, sparking a ferocious gunbattle outside the capital, authorities said.

Gunmen storm army HQs RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — Heavily armed militants were holding up to 15 soldiers hostage inside Pakistan’s army headquarters early Sunday after they stormed the complex in an audacious assault on the heart of the most powerful institution in the nuclear-armed country. Ten people were killed in the attack, including two ranking officers. The standoff was continuing 12 hours after assailants wearing military uniforms bundled from a white van and launched the strike, which appeared to be a warning to the military that its planned offensive on the insurgents’ stronghold along the Afghan border would be met with attacks against targets across Pakistan. The government said the assault on the headquarters, which followed a bloody market bombing and a suicide blast at a U.N. aid agency in the past week, had strengthened its resolve to push into South Waziristan — a mountainous region home to al-Qaida lead-

ers where security forces have been beaten back by insurgents before. The spasm of violence was confirmation that the militants had regrouped despite recent military operations against their forces and the killing of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a CIA drone attack in August. His replacement vowed just last week to step up attacks around the country and repel any push into Waziristan. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said “four or five” assailants were holding between 10 and 15 troops hostage in a building close to the main gates of the complex in Rawalpindi, a city near the capital, Islamabad. He said the building had no connection to any of the country’s intelligence agencies. No senior military or intelligence officials were among those being held. He said special forces had surrounded the building. “They will decide how and when to act,” he said, declining to comment on whether authorities had

attempted to talk to the hostage takers. Late Saturday, sporadic gunfire was heard coming from the complex. In its brazenness and sophistication, the assault resembled attacks in March by teams of militants against the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in the eastern city of Lahore and a police training center, which the insurgents took over for 12 hours before security forces retook it. It began shortly before noon when the gunmen, dressed in camouflage military uniforms and wielding assault rifles and grenades, drove in the van up to the army compound and opened fire, Abbas and a witness said. “There was fierce firing, and then there was a blast,” said Khan Bahadur, a shuttle van driver who was standing outside the gate of the compound. “Soldiers were running here and there,” he said. “The firing continued for about a half-hour. There was smoke everywhere. Then there was a break, and then firing again.”

Afghans claim foreigners are bolstering the Taliban KABUL (AP) — Thousands of foreign fighters have poured into Afghanistan to bolster the Taliban insurgency, the country’s defense minister said Saturday as he called for more international troops. The remarks come as the U.S. debates whether to substantially increase its forces in Afghanistan or to conduct a more limited campaign focused on targeting al-Qaida figures — most of whom are believed to be in neighboring Pakistan. The minister’s comments hit on a key worry of the United States — that not sending enough troops to Afghanistan will open the door back up to al-Qaida. They also suggest that the Afghan government is nervous about the U.S. commitment amid talk of changing the strategy and a surge in violence in recent months. An American and two Polish troops were killed by bombs in the latest violence reported by NATO forces. ���The enemy has changed. Their number has increased,” Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak

told lawmakers in a speech. He said about 4,000 fighters, mostly from Chechnya, North Africa and Pakistan “have joined with them and they are involved in the fighting in Afghanistan.” He gave no timeframe for the supposed increase in foreign fighters. Wardak said Afghan intelligence services had asked for more international forces to cope with the foreign threat, and the minister’s spokesman said Wardak backed the call. U.S. military officials said they could not immediately comment on the claim of a recent influx of foreign fighters. Afghanistan’s interior minister, who also spoke to parliament, endorsed a strategy promoted by the top U.S. commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal to focus on protecting civilians rather than simply killing insurgents. “If the target of this fight is only killing the Taliban, we will not win this war. If it is saving the Afghan people, then we have a possibility,” Interior Minister Hanif Atmar said.

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Off The Wall Scott Bowers

Panthers begin the begin again The Associated Press sent an interesting picture out across the wire, this past week. In the photo, Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox is walking across the practice field in Charlotte, his eyes looking down at the ground in front of him and his arms are outstretched as if he is saying, “You see, what has happened was ...” Walking with Fox — his new boss, Panthers’ president Danny Morrison. Morrison is walking like a man who has never been wrong about anything. He looks stern, in the photo, and more than a touch unamused. Today may very well be the most important day of John Fox’s career. Well, the next three Sundays, in fact, may be the most important Sunday’s in Fox’s time in Carolina. The Panthers enter a stretch, over the next three Sundays, in which they will play the Washington Redskins (2-2), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4) and the Buffalo Bills (1-3). These games are absolutely, positively must-wins. Anything less and, well, Mr. Morrison will not look any happier. The Panthers bye week came at the very best possible time. After three weeks of looking lost and as a result losing, this team needed a break. Nothing the Panthers have done has looked right; nothing they have tried has worked. They now get to start over. Carolina must look at the remaining 13 games as a whole new season, a new beginning. The list of teams that have gone 0-3 and reached the playoffs is very thin. Paper thin. But, the Panthers, to my mind, have most of the needed ingredients to be a playoff team. First, they must get back to smash mouth football. The tandem of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart need to be turned loose behind the mammoth offensive line that Fox has assembled. 14 carries a game simply will not work. Second, Julius Peppers must play better. Period. The days of Mike Minter and Mike Rucker are over. These are Peppers’ Panthers now and he needs to step up to the plate and accept the responsibility — if he can’t, then he owes Jerry Richardson a rebate. Third, there was once this guy named Jake Delhomme and he was kidnapped by aliens and replaced with a fellow called, Jake Delhomme. The Panthers must get the original one back. That is only three things, and the list is really much longer, but this column isn’t. But, if those three things don’t happen — the AP will soon send down a very different picture of Fox. n On a beautiful October afternoon, Saturday, just outside of Gilbert Town, Sara and Chris said, “I do.” The newlyweds took their vows outside and the rain, which had fallen heavily throughout the night, stayed away on the special day. As I get older my memory gets fuzzier, but I believe I met Sara, who is my wife’s cousin, when she was about 14 or 15. She was at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy then. The new Mrs. Dimsdale made a lovely bride and I can only wish her and Chris all the best. The best part: Tim Mathis and I stayed out of trouble.

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R-S Central’s Jacob Kinlaw (9) standing behind his offensive lineman Cody Sellers (61) tosses a 26 yard touchdown pass to Leon Brown, not pictured, during the football game against Freedom, Friday.

Hilltoppers clear 3A hurdle with win By SCOTT BOWERS and KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporters

RUTHERFORDTON — It has been a sore spot with R-S Central head coach Mike Cheek. For whatever reason, the Hilltoppers, over the last five seasons, have struggled when facing 3A opponents — including five straight first round losses in the 3A state playoffs. In fact, one can count the

Hilltoppers’ wins against 3A opponents over the last five years on one hand, and not even need a thumb. But, Friday’s win may have a signalled a bit of a turning point for the Boys in Blue. The Hilltoppers are now 2-1 on the year against 3A teams and if they can pull down victories over Patton and Burns, Central would equal its win total against 3A clubs over the previous five seasons in just one year. “I think it comes back to our

seniors,” said Cheek. “They have been working hard for four seasons and they understand that we will face 3A teams in the playoffs, and that we must beat 3A teams to play at home in the playoffs.” n Freedom’s opening drive was a blistering 67 yards that ended with the Patriots lone score, but the Hilltoppers responded quickly. “When Freedom went down the

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North Carolina’s Johnny White (34) stops Georgia Southern’s Ronnie Wiggins (23) on a punt return during the second quarter on Saturday in Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

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Duke’s Brandon King (22) has a pass broken up by North Carolina State’s Marty Stoner during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, Saturday.

Duke stuns State RALEIGH (AP) — Thad Lewis threw for career-highs of 459 yards and five touchdowns in a dazzling one-man show to help Duke beat North Carolina State 49-28 on Saturday. Lewis also ran for a score for the Blue Devils (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped an 11-game losing streak to their instate rival and earned their first road league win in almost six years. Donovan Varner added 154 yards receiving while Conner Vernon had 10 catches

and was one of five different players to catch a TD pass from Lewis. But on this day, everything started with Lewis, a senior quarterback who has until now almost always seen his big passing days go for naught. He picked apart the Wolfpack’s defense, helping Duke roll to 502 total yards and convert 13 of 19 third downs to dominate the game in front of a stunned home crowd for the Wolfpack (3-3, 0-2).

UNC bounces back, clubs Ga. Southern CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Ryan Houston rushed for three touchdowns and Quan Sturdivant returned a fumble 49 yards for a score, one of six turnovers forced by North Carolina during a 42-12 rout of Georgia Southern on Saturday. Bruce Carter brought back an interception 41 yards for a TD and the defense set up two quick scoring drives with takeaways for North Carolina (4-2). Houston scored on rushes of 1, 1 and 7 yards. Shaun Draughn added a 16-yard touchdown run for the Tar Heels, who held the Eagles to 170 total yards and 75 through the air. Adam Urbano had a 45-yard TD rush — the longest allowed this season by North Carolina’s stingy defense — for the Eagles (3-3). The Tar Heels managed only a combined 10 points in consecutive losses to Georgia Tech and Virginia that dropped them out of the national rankings and into last place in the ACC’s Coastal Division.


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sports Rocky Mountain baseball: Game 3 in Denver off

DENVER (AP) — Colorado manager Jim Tracy suspected this might not be a night for baseball when even his dogs wanted to skip the morning walk. Major League Baseball agreed with Tracy’s beagles. Game 3 of the Phillies-Rockies playoff series Saturday night was postponed because of weather better suited for cross-country skiing. The game will be played Sunday night, with Game 4 pushed back to Monday. Game 5, if necessary, will be played as scheduled Tuesday in Philadelphia, without a day off for travel. “I think it’s a very wise decision,” Tracy told The Associated Press by phone. “You could have something happen in weather like this where you could lose a player for half a year in 2010. I don’t think that would be good for anybody. “There’s no question about the type of play that you would see in this kind of weather vs. if you have better conditions that they’re calling for Sunday. To be cold and wet and rainy and sleety or snowy is completely different than cold and dry and clear.”

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BASEBALL Postseason Baseball DIVISION SERIES American League New York 2, Minnesota 0 Wednesday, Oct. 7 New York 7, Minnesota 2 Friday, Oct. 9 New York 4, Minnesota 3, 11 innings Sunday, Oct. 11 New York (Pettitte 14-8) at Minnesota (Pavano 14-12), 7:07 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 x-New York (Sabathia 19-8) at Minnesota (S.Baker 15-9), 5:07 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 x-Minnesota at New York, 6:07 p.m. or 8:07 p.m. if only game Los Angeles 2, Boston 0 Thursday, Oct. 8 Los Angeles 5, Boston 0 Friday, Oct. 9 Los Angeles 4, Boston 1 Sunday, Oct. 11 Los Angeles (Kazmir 10-9) at Boston (Buchholz 7-4), 12:07 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 x-Los Angeles (Saunders 16-7) at Boston (Lester 15-8), 8:37 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 x-Boston at Los Angeles, 9:37 p.m. or 8:07 p.m. if only game National League Los Angeles wins series, 3-0 Wednesday, Oct. 7 Los Angeles 5, St. Louis 3 Thursday, Oct. 8 Los Angeles 3, St. Louis 2 Saturday, Oct. 10 Los Angeles 5, St. Louis 1 Philadelphia 1, Colorado 1 Wednesday, Oct. 7 Philadelphia 5, Colorado 1 Thursday, Oct. 8 Colorado 5, Philadelphia 4 Saturday, Oct. 10 Philadelphia at Colorado, ppd., weather Sunday, Oct. 11 Philadelphia (P.Martinez 5-1) at Colorado (Hammel 10-8), 9:07 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 Philadelphia (Happ 12-4) at Colorado (Marquis 15-13), TBA Tuesday, Oct. 13 x-Colorado at Philadelphia, 6:07 p.m. or 8:07 p.m. if only game

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols sits in the dugout during the eighth inning in Game 3 of the National League division baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, in St. Louis.

Dodgers sweep Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP)—Vicente Padilla shut down Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals, putting the Los Angeles Dodgers back in the National League championship series with a 5-1 victory on Saturday night. Andre Ethier missed the cycle by a single, Manny Ramirez had three hits and two RBIs and the Dodgers didn’t need help from another Cardinals fielding blunder to sweep their division series opponent for a second straight season. Pujols and Matt Holliday were a combined 2 for 8 with a late RBI for the Cardinals, who never recharged after being the first National League team to clinch a division title.

Woods & Stricker 1st unbeaten team in 30 years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker became the first partnership in the Presidents Cup to go 4-0, winning twice Saturday behind an improbable rally by Woods and the pure putting of Stricker. On the verge of defeat in morning foursomes, Woods made a 25-foot birdie putt to square the match on the 17th, then drilled a 3-iron to 8 feet on the final hole for an eagle that was conceded in a 1-up victory over Mike Weir and Tim Clark. In afternoon fourballs, Woods only had to watch Stricker make one long birdie putt after another in a 4-and-2 victory over Y.E. Yang and 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa, the first loss for the Asian duo. Jim Furyk and Anthony Kim held on for a 2-up victory over Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera, assuring the Americans the lead going into the final day of 12 singles matches. The International team picked up easy victories in fourballs from Weir and Ernie Els, who had a 5-and-3 win over Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard; and Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby, winning 2-and-1 over Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink. Glover is the only American without a point going into singles. Woods and Stricker are the first partners to go 4-0 in any team competition since Larry Nelson and Lanny Wadkins won all their matches in the 1979 Ryder Cup at The Greenbrier.

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Sunday’s Games Pittsburgh at Detroit, 1 p.m. Oakland at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Dallas at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Washington at Carolina, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Atlanta at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Jacksonville at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Houston at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. New England at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. Open: San Diego, Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans Monday’s Game N.Y. Jets at Miami, 8:30 p.m. College Football Major Scores EAST Albany, N.Y. 55, Duquesne 10 Army 16, Vanderbilt 13, OT Brown 34, Holy Cross 31 Buffalo 40, Gardner-Webb 3 Cent. Connecticut St. 42, Robert Morris 21 Delaware 43, Massachusetts 27 Fordham 35, Bryant 7 Harvard 28, Cornell 10 Lafayette 24, Columbia 21 Lehigh 27, Georgetown, D.C. 0 Maine 16, Hofstra 14 Marist 31, Jacksonville 27 New Hampshire 28, Villanova 24 Penn 21, Bucknell 3 Penn St. 52, E. Illinois 3 Pittsburgh 24, Connecticut 21 Rutgers 42, Texas Southern 0 Sacred Heart 29, St. Francis, Pa. 7 Temple 24, Ball St. 19 Towson 36, Rhode Island 28 Wagner 27, Monmouth, N.J. 24 West Virginia 34, Syracuse 13 William & Mary 34, Northeastern 14 Yale 38, Dartmouth 7 SOUTH Alabama 22, Mississippi 3 Alcorn St. 32, MVSU 10 Appalachian St. 55, N.C. Central 21 Ark.-Pine Bluff 20, Jackson St. 13, OT Chattanooga 14, Samford 7 Davidson 16, Morehead St. 10 Dayton 35, Campbell 17 Duke 49, N.C. State 28 Elon 43, The Citadel 7 Grambling St. 41, Alabama A&M 20 Houston 31, Mississippi St. 24 Jacksonville St. 41, Murray St. 7 Marshall 31, Tulane 10 Morgan St. 7, N. Carolina A&T 6 North Carolina 42, Georgia Southern 12 Old Dominion 34, Presbyterian 16 Prairie View 24, Alabama St. 10 Richmond 21, James Madison 17 S. Carolina St. 37, Norfolk St. 10 South Carolina 28, Kentucky 26 Tennessee 45, Georgia 19 Tennessee Tech 35, Tenn.-Martin 28 Virginia 47, Indiana 7 Virginia Tech 48, Boston College 14 MIDWEST Austin Peay 24, SE Missouri 14 Bowling Green 36, Kent St. 35 Cent. Michigan 56, E. Michigan 8 Drake 19, Missouri S&T 0 Kansas 41, Iowa St. 36 Michigan St. 24, Illinois 14 Minnesota 35, Purdue 20 N. Iowa 42, N. Dakota St. 27 North Dakota 31, Stony Brook 24 Northwestern 16, Miami (Ohio) 6 Ohio St. 31, Wisconsin 13 S. Dakota St. 24, Missouri St. 17 S. Illinois 43, Illinois St. 23 San Diego 48, Valparaiso 7 UC Davis 24, South Dakota 23, OT Youngstown St. 31, W. Illinois 21 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 44, Auburn 23 Navy 63, Rice 14 Oklahoma 33, Baylor 7 Oklahoma St. 36, Texas A&M 31 SE Louisiana 51, Texas St. 50, OT Sam Houston St. 44, Nicholls St. 21 FAR WEST Arizona St. 27, Washington St. 14 Montana 35, Cal Poly 23 N. Arizona 23, Montana St. 10 Oregon 24, UCLA 10 Portland St. 23, N. Colorado 18 Sacramento St. 38, Idaho St. 17 Weber St. 31, E. Washington 13 Wyoming 37, New Mexico 13

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1. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 183.87. 2. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 182.704. 3. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 182.635. 4. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 182.315. 5. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 182.246. 6. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 182.223. 7. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 182.182. 8. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 182.002. 9. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 181.979. 10. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 181.717. 11. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 181.644. 12. (44) AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 181.42. 13. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 181.383. 14. (12) David Stremme, Dodge, 181.346. 15. (13) Max Papis, Toyota, 181.305. 16. (07) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 181.214. 17. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 181.137. 18. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 181.096. 19. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 181.032. 20. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 180.968. 21. (82) Scott Speed, Toyota, 180.945. 22. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 180.868. 23. (09) Mike Bliss, Dodge, 180.845. 24. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 180.773. 25. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 180.741. 26. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 180.65. 27. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 180.632. 28. (43) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 180.591. 29. (26) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 180.524. 30. (71) David Gilliland, Chevrolet, 180.524. 31. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 180.51. 32. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 180.288. 33. (66) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 180.144. 34. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 179.91. 35. (96) Bobby Labonte, Ford, 179.672. 36. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 179.269. 37. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 179.14. 38. (7) Robby Gordon, Toyota, 178.496. 39. (19) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 178.372. 40. (34) John Andretti, Chevrolet, 178.293. 41. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, Owner Points. 42. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, Owner Points 43. (36) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 179.033.

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF N.Y. Rangers 4 3 1 0 6 14 Philadelphia 4 3 1 0 6 17 Pittsburgh 4 3 1 0 6 12 New Jersey 3 1 2 0 2 8 N.Y. Islanders 2 0 0 2 2 5 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Ottawa 3 2 1 0 4 7 Montreal 4 2 2 0 4 10 Buffalo 2 1 0 1 3 3 Boston 3 1 2 0 2 9 Toronto 3 0 2 1 1 8 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 4 2 1 1 5 18 Atlanta 2 2 0 0 4 10 Carolina 4 2 2 0 4 11 Florida 3 1 2 0 2 6 Tampa Bay 3 0 1 2 2 7 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Nashville 2 2 0 0 4 6 Columbus 3 2 1 0 4 10 St. Louis 3 2 1 0 4 11 Chicago 3 1 1 1 3 9 Detroit 3 1 2 0 2 9 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Calgary 5 4 1 0 8 19 Colorado 3 2 1 0 4 10 Edmonton 3 1 1 1 3 11 Minnesota 3 1 2 0 2 8 Vancouver 4 1 3 0 2 13 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF Los Angeles 3 2 1 0 4 15 Phoenix 3 2 1 0 4 10 San Jose 4 2 2 0 4 16 Dallas 3 1 0 2 4 11 Anaheim 3 1 1 1 3 10

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

Logano races to 5th win of season Lightning FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Joey Logano moved up then pounced strikes Logano avoided a late-race collision after another late caution set up and held off Brian Vickers to win the a green-white-checker finish. He Hurricanes NASCAR Nationwide Copart 300 on roared to the front after the restart Saturday at Auto Club Speedway for his fifth series victory of the season and second in two weeks. The 19-year-old Logano started on the pole, but fell well back after an incident with Greg Biffle early in the race. Logano steadily worked his way back to front and caught a break when Biffle and Denny Hamlin collided with less than 10 laps to go.

Logano took the lead following a caution with two laps to go, then pulled away from Vickers. The win proved to be sweet vindication for Logano, who figured he had a top-20 car at best after a scrape with Biffle sent him into the wall. Instead, Logano found himself in the perfect spot after Biffle, Hamlin and Brad Keselowski got mixed up running three-wide out of Turn Four.

and simply had too much for Vickers. “You don’t want to get me mad,” Logano said. “I just race harder.” Carl Edwards finished third and pulled within 155 points of series leader Kyle Busch, who exited his No. 18 Toyota early in the race because of a fever.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP)— Ryan Malone had three goals, including a go-ahead score midway through the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Saturday night. Hamlin filled in capably for his teammate and appeared to have one Malone made it 3-2 of the strongest cars on the track from the slot with 9:14 when he found himself stuck between to play after receiving a Keselowski and Biffle coming out of nifty pass from Martin the fourth turn, relegating the car to St. Louis. After Steve a 31st-place finish. Downie extended the Hamlin and Keselowski had a run- Tampa Bay advantage to in during the Nationwide race at 4-2 on a power-play goal Dover two weeks ago, and Hamlin at the 13-minute mark, admitted he got so caught up focusMalone completed his ing on Keselowski he never saw Biffle hat trick on an emptytrying to pass on the outside. netter.

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No. 3 ’Bama whips No. 20 Miss

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mark Ingram rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown and No. 3 Alabama stuffed No. 20 Mississippi 22-3 on Saturday. Jevan Snead threw four interceptions for Ole Miss (3-2, 1-2 SEC), tying a career high, and the Crimson Tide (6-0, 4-0) scored after a blocked punt and Garrett Byers/Daily Courier a fumble recovery on a punt R-S Central’s defense lead by William Brown (40) return. swarms Freedom’s Patrick Park (23) during the game Leigh Tiffin hit five short Friday. field goals, passing his father Van Tiffin on the Crimson Tide career list for third place in career scoring. Snead completed 11 of 34 passContinued from Page 7 es for 140 yards. Twice Alabama defenders ripped the ball away from Ole Miss receivers who field, like they did, and we came right back and were bobbling it. scored, I thought that was key,” said Cheek. “Again, The Crimson Tide held the Jason and the coaches are working hard, the play- Rebels to 19 yards and one first ers are working hard. down in the first half on the way “I can give you a great example — Cameron to a 16-0 lead and allowed them Associated Press Green. He acted in the most-unselfish manner past the 50 just four times overTennessee’s Monterio Hardesty (2) outruns Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo (18) by understanding that it wasn’t a night where he all. during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, in was going to get a lot of carries. The way Freedom Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 45-19. defended us, we had to run the buck sweep and Arkansas 44, that calls on Cameron to make blocks and he did a No. 17 Auburn 23 (AP) — Zac Robinson threw great job opening up lanes.” FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) two touchdown passes and In addition to Green’s performance, seniors No. 9 Ohio State 31, Oklahoma State overcame the William Lynch, Jonathon Fuller, Leon Brown and — Michael Smith rushed for Wisconsin 13 145 yards and a touchdown, and absence of its top two playmakOddie Murray and junior QB Jacob Kinlaw all COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Arkansas held off a late Auburn ers. enjoyed big nights. Kurt Coleman and Jermale rally to hand the Tigers their n Kinlaw was 7-of-10 for 119 yards and two Hines returned interceptions first loss. touchdowns. No. 16 Kansas 41, for touchdowns and Ray Small Arkansas jumped out to a n Murray rushed for 129 yards on just nine carIowa State 36 brought a kickoff back 96 yards, 34-3 lead before Auburn (5-1, ries, but left early in the third with an injury. LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — dealing the self-destructive Murray’s status for Friday against Patton is doubt- 2-1 Southeastern Conference) Todd Reesing threw for 442 Badgers their first loss of the responded with a three-touchful. yards and four touchdowns season. down flurry toward the end n Lynch rolled for 112 yards on 13 carries. and Kerry Meier set two school of the third quarter. Dennis n Fuller came up with two tackles for loss and receiving records in a game Johnson helped the Razorbacks No. 13 Oregon 24, UCLA 10 two sacks. filled with big plays and missed (3-2, 1-2) regain momentum n The biggest night of all belonged to Leon PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — extra points. with a 70-yard kickoff return, Brown. Brown put up 79 yards on two kick Kenjon Barner returned the and Arkansas shut out the Tigers second-half kickoff for a 100returns, 83 yards in receiving, 82 yards in rushin the fourth. ing and he scored twice. In all, Brown tallied 244 yard touchdown, and Talmadge Ryan Mallett threw for 274 No. 19 Oklahoma 33, yards. Jackson returned an intercepyards and two touchdowns for Baylor 7 tion 32 yards for another score the Razorbacks. Ben Tate ran just 13 seconds later. NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Chase Trojans for 184 yards and two TDs for Heisman Trophy winner Sam Auburn. CHASE — Three first half fumbles that turned No. 14 Penn State 52, Bradford threw for 389 yards into scores for the visitors were too much for Chase Eastern Illinois 3 and a touchdown in his return to overcome in a 48-7 loss to Burns, Friday night. No. 5 Virginia Tech 48, from a shoulder injury and Chris STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) While the pigskin fell in favor of the Bulldogs, a Boston College 14 Brown had two short scoring — Daryll Clark threw for three number of Chase players had moments during the runs. BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — touchdowns and ran for anothnight. Tyrod Taylor, Ryan Williams er, Jared Odrick led a menacJosh Waters continued to plug away making tackand Virginia Tech’s swarming ing defense with two sacks and les on special teams and defense. The best play No. 25 South Carolina 28, defense made sure the Hokies’ linebacker Navorro Bowman of the night from him came in the first quarter. Kentucky 26 returned a fumble 91 yards for a Burns’ Blake Pressley received a Blake Moffitt punt regular season losing streak COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — touchdown in the Nittany Lions’ at the Burns 36-yardline, and tried to reverse field. against Boston College ended. Stephen Garcia threw for three Taylor threw two early touchmost complete performance of Waters would have none of it, hitting Pressley low touchdowns and ran for another down passes, and Williams ran the season against lower-diviand for a three-yard loss on the return to the 33. and South Carolina stopped a for 159 yards and a TD. sion Eastern Illinois. Dache Gossett nabbed an interception and potential tying two-point conThe victory ended a threerushed for 23-yards during the second half. Tajae version in the fourth quarter, game regular season skid by McMullens had 33 yards rushing and Tyreece No. 15 Oklahoma State 36, keeping coach Steve Spurrier Virginia Tech (5-1, 3-0 Atlantic Gossett was responsible for the lone Chase touchTexas A&M 31 a perfect 17-0 against the Coast Conference) against down. COLLEGE STATION, Texas Wildcats. Boston College (4-2, 2-2). Brian Woods and Carlos Watkins also had multiple tackles on the night. Unfortunately, Watkins wouldn’t return after the half due to blood pressure issues. The injury bug also plagued Chase again this week as Raheem Hampton broke his left foot and will likely sit out for the rest of the season. WINSTON-SALEM catch. Buffalo 40, n Let there be light! Though the game went (AP) — Riley Skinner Gardner-Webb’s Stan Gardner-Webb 3 from a scoreless first quarter to a 35-0 deficit by threw for 360 yards Doolittle completed BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) halftime for Chase, that may not have been the and a career-high four 16 of 29 passes for 159 — Zach Maynard had wackiest part of Friday night’s contest. A set of ARCADIA, Calif. touchdowns Saturday, yards but was sacked 232 yards passing and light behind the visitors bleacher on the left side at shattering the Wake three times by a defense (AP) — Mine That Bird three touchdowns and Allen Stadium went out with less than nine minmissed the winner’s Forest record for yards that pressured him all Buffalo raced to a big utes to go. After conferring with both coaches, circle again Saturday, passing in a career in game. halftime lead in a 40-3 they agreed that their was still enough light to fin- a 42-32 victory over finishing sixth behind win over Gardner-Webb ish the game. upset winner Gitano Maryland. App. State 55, on Saturday. Chase finished up with 190 yards total on the Hernando in the Chris Givens caught N.C. Central 21 A total of 132 yards night. The Trojans finished with 130 yards rush$350,000 Goodwood five passes for 116 yards in the air went to Brett BOONE (AP) — ing, 37 passing and 23 on return yardage. Four Stakes at Santa Anita. and two scores for Hamlin, who had one Devon Moore rushed Trojan rushers had 23 yards or more in that catThe Kentucky Derby the Demon Deacons touchdown of 7 yards. for 124 yards and egory. champion is winless (4-2, 2-1 Atlantic Buffalo (2-4) took a Appalachian State Once Burns got going offensively, the Bulldogs in four starts since his Coast Conference), 33-3 halftime lead on dominated in the runquarterback Brandon Littlejohn finished the game who moved into first stunning 50-1 upset on two touchdown runs ning game to defeat with five touchdowns on 11-21 passing for 244 the first Saturday in place in the Atlantic of 1 yard each from North Carolina Central May. yards. Division by shredding Ike Nduke, 2 yards 55-21 on Saturday. n From one animal to another, Chase (2-6, 0-3) Britain-bred Gitano Maryland’s suspect by Bran Thermilus The Mountaineers is through with the Bulldogs of Cleveland County, Hernando won the 1 defense. and two short tosses (3-2) had 407 yards but now face the Lions of Shelby this coming week 1-8-mile race, earning from Maynard to Jesse on the ground and six at home. an automatic berth in Wake Forest scored Rack. Nduke finished rushing touchdowns. the $5 million Breeders’ touchdowns on its first with 131 yards on the Appalachian State Cup Classic on Nov. 7 at five possessions in Thomas Jefferson ground. trailed 14-7 late in Santa Anita. building a 35-10 halfThe Bulls took advan- the first quarter, AVONDALE — The Gryphons’ Tony Helton Ridden by Kieren time lead. Skinner went tage of a muffed punt knows how hard it is to win in your first season but responded with Fallon, Gitano over 8,000 yards passto score first. The extra of varsity football, and TJCA could hardly use the 27 straight points. Hernando covered the ing in the second quarpoint was blocked, and outbreak of illness and injury that has further Armanti Edwards distance in 1:48.39. ter to move past Brian Gardner-Webb (3-2) complicated an already difficult challenge. put the Mountaineers Kuklick. A week eardrove down and R. “We have 23 ballplayers, but several have been ahead 34-14 on a 7-yard lier he broke Kuklick’s Gates kicked a field out with injury or illness and we had just 17 for the career touchdown run with 3:15 left in the goal for its only score. game,” said Helton. third quarter. mark. Hamlin finished out The Griffs have struggled to find the end zone, Edwards finished It looked easy against the scoring in the third and will enter a brutal four game stretch havwith 97 yards and two Maryland (2-4, 1-1), ing scored just one touchdown in conference play. touchdowns. which couldn’t build on with a 7-yard pass TJCA will face Moutain Heritage, Hendersonville, last week’s surprising Polk County and Owen to finish the season. win over Clemson. The “We are having a hard time getting into the end TOWN OF FOREST CITY Terrapins allowed 516 zone,” Heltons said. “It is pretty obvious that we yards and their bangedLEAF COLLECTION need to hit the weight room and continue to get up offense couldn’t keep better. We must get stronger.” SEASON BEGINS up

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Wake downs Terps, 42-32

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Golfers excited at prospect of Olympic gold By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

SAN FRANCISCO — Golfers from nine countries are staying together this week in a hotel that could pass for an Olympic village. They are playing for the flag, not cash, with a gold prize going to the winning team. In some respects, the Presidents Cup is like an Olympic event. On their way to Harding Park on Friday morning, Tiger Woods, Ryo Ishikawa, Camilo Villegas and other players learned they might have a chance to play for a gold medal.

“It’s a perfect fit for the Olympics, and I think we are all looking forward to golf getting into the Olympics,” Woods said. It was reinstated, along with rugby sevens, for the 2016 and 2020 games following a vote in Copenhagen by the International Olympic Committee. “Awesome news,” Canadian Mike Weir said. “It means a world-class athlete like

Ryo Ishikawa ... can have the opportunity to win an Olympic medal for his country, something none of us in golf would have thought possible when we were growing up in the sport.” The last time golf was part of the Olympics was in 1904, when George Lyon of Canada won the gold medal and the United States won the team title. That makes the Americans the defending champions in Rio de Janeiro, never mind the 112-year gap. Woods, the world’s No. 1 player whose Olympic support was seen as vital in golf’s bid, will be 40 when Rio rolls around; he’s already said he would compete, hopeful of adding a gold medal to his collection of green jackets and claret jugs. British Open champion Stewart Cink isn’t sure he’ll get that chance. “It’s great for golf,” Cink said. “I don’t know if it’s great for me or not because I’ll be 43 and I might be over the hill by then. But it’s

exciting. I think that when a sport gains Olympic status, it gets a lot more attention, and national sports institutes tend to pay a lot more attention. So it will only do good for the game of golf.” Ty Votaw, the PGA Tour’s vice president of communications and international affairs, coordinated golf’s effort to get back in the games along with Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson. Golf had support from every tour around the world, men’s and women’s, along the a variety of its biggest stars — from Woods and Jack Nicklaus and Padraig Harrington, to Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa and Michelle Wie.

Cash: Sometimes it seems like the

people who create assembly instructions must be comedy writers. And they probably should be since trying to decipher their instructions is enough to make you laugh. Carry: With so many car seat and automobile manufacturers, creating a

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standard installation is difficult. Since 2002, new cars are required to have the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system now available on car seats in an effort to make installation a little easier. The system bypasses the use of the vehicle's seat belt. However, that doesn't help if you have an older car. Cash: Even though you don't have friends to tap for knowledge, help is still available nearby. Your local police station can be a great place to begin. They often perform safety installation checks on car seats at no cost. Carry: Additionally, AAA has programs to assist with child safety. You can check with your local branch to

find out when and where their next safety check is being held. Cash: As yet another option, check with you local auto dealer. They may be able to help with the installation or have more detailed information about your specific vehicle model. Carry: For a soon-to-be dad, you're already making good decisions. Since it's estimated that more than half of all car seats are installed incorrectly, getting assistance is a great idea. Cash: You can only hope that when you have to assemble the first bicycle, help is as readily available. Although maybe by that point, your child will be old enough to help!

the United States and a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup. Finchem has said golf organizations agreed to work together to squeeze in the Olympics. Phil Mickelson said the players “are working hard on our games so that over the next six years, we are able to make the team.” He might have been half-joking since he will be 46 when Olympic golf returns in Rio.

He also expects a ripple effect across the board in the golf industry, from equipment manufacturers to golf course architects and even to resort courses around the world. Some details have not been worked out, specifically where to play the Olympics and when. Golf already has a crowded summer schedule with three majors, a World Golf Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs in

Among the more likely candidates are the 18-yearold Ishikawa and Villegas, a 27-year-old Colombian, and Geoff Ogilvy, a U.S. Open champion from Australia who is one year younger than Woods. “I think on a personal level, it will add a new dimension and another thing to strive for,” Ogilvy said in an e-mail. “I think the bigger picture is more interesting, as it will potentially expose a lot more of the world to our beautiful game, and encourage nations just getting into the game to grow the game, especially at a junior level.”

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My friend Janet and I hold birthing classes for expecting parents on the weekends. In addition to covering what to anticipate during the birth process, we also go over how to care for the newborn baby at home. After lunch at our last class, Janet was showing everyone how to properly swaddle a baby using a practice doll. One couple just couldn't seem to get the hang of it, so Janet continued to show them repeatedly. Finally it dawned on them. "Oh I get it," the soon-to-be father said. "It's just like making a turkey wrap for lunch." "Kind of," Janet replied jokingly. "Just make sure to hold the mayo!"

Unlike other sports, there will be no Olympic trials for golf. Eligibility will be determined by the world ranking, with the top 15 automatically exempt. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said if the Olympics were held now, some 30 countries would be represented in the men’s and

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women’s competitions. Finchem was more enthused by the growth he hopes golf will experience as an Olympic sport. “We’ve said all along that there is good growth in the developing areas of the world, and there is,” he said. “But when you consider that over a hundred countries will now invest in the sport to grow the game, it will catapult the level of growth — particularly in Asia, Eastern Europe, also in South America and other areas that have not had the level of growth historically.”

Road Trip Traveling with children can sometimes be difficult, and it can be much worse when someone suffers from motion sickness. This temporary illness is the result of a conflict in the brain between the eyes and the inner ear. The inner ear detects motion, but the eyes focused inside the car do not. The result is nausea. If you suffer from motion sickness, try focusing on distant objects while traveling. Opening the window for fresh air or making frequent stops can also help, although nothing feels as good as reaching your final destination. •

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CHEF/KITCHEN MANAGER for state of the art, 500 seat conference and event center needed Culinary degree, hotel or country club experience & management experience required. Excellent benefit package available.

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Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by MICHAEL PAUL CONNER AN UNMARRIED MAN to WILLIAM R ECHOLS, Trustee(s), which was dated August 29, 2007 and recorded on September 5, 2007 in Book 975 at Page 97, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on October 21, 2009 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: Situate, lying and being in Rutherfordton Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, being the same and identical property as described in Deed recorded in Deed Book 903, Page 806-808, Rutherford County Registry, and being described according to said Deed as follows: Tract One: Situate in the town of Spindale, North Carolina, on the West side of Oakland Road (Frog Level Road) and on the East side of Pine Street, adjoining the lands of Paul B. Laughter and wife, on the North and Marvin L. Conner and wife, on the South and being the Northern part of Lot no. 8 of the Gaines W. Wood Subdivision as shown upon a plat which is of record in Plat Book 2, Page 80 in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being also lot no. 7 of Block 1 of Rutherford County Tax Map R-18, which is on file in the office of the Rutherford County Tax Supervisor and bearing further described metes and bounds as follows: BEGINNING on an iron pin on the West side of Oakland Road, the Southeast corner of Lot No. 7 of the aforesaid Gaines W. Wood Subdivision and runs thence with West margin of Oakland Road, South 16 degrees 30 minutes East 100 feet to an iron pin; thence North 84 degrees West 167 feet to an iron pin on the East edge of Pine Street; thence with the East margin of Pine Street, North 18 degrees West 100 feet to an iron stake; the southwest corner of the aforesaid lot no. 7 of Gaines W. Wood Subdivision; thence South 84 degrees 30 minutes East 170 feet to the BEGINNING. SAVE AND EXCEPTING FROM THE ABOVE TRACT: Situate, lying and being in the Town of Spindale, North and being a part of that tract of land described in Deed Book 250 at Page 85, Rutherford County Registry, lying on the west side of Oakland Road also known state tax map 18, Block 1, as shown on the tax maps of Rutherford County, lying 20 feet west of center line of Oakland Road and being the old southeast corner of Lot No. 7 of the Gaines Wood Subdivision; runs thence with the west edge of Oakland Road North 17 degrees West 15 feet to a new iron pin corner; runs thence a new line, South 74 West 84.63 feet to an iron pin, a new corner; thence with the old line, Norht 84 East 86.20 feet to the point and place of BEGINNING. Tract two: Situate lying and being in the Town of Spindale, Rutherford County, North Carolina, on the East side of Pine Street, and BEGINNING on an iron pin, the old Southwest corner of Lot #8 of the Gaines Wood Subdivision as shown Rutherford County Tax Map 18, Block 1, Lot 7; runs thence with the East edge of Pine Street, South 25 East 15 feet to a new iron pin corner; runs thence a new line North 74 degrees 00 minutes East 81.09 feet to a new corner; thence a new line South 84 West 84.70 feet to the point and place of BEGINNING. Tract Three: Situate lying and being in the Town of Spindale on the West side of Oakland Road and on the East side of Pine Street and being shown on Rutherford County Tax Map 18, Block 1, Lot 6, and BEGINNING on an iron pin in the West edge of Oakland Road, set iron pin being the southeast corner of the old Laughter lot and the Northeast corner of the old Freeman lot; thence runs with the East edge of Oakland Road, North 17 degrees West 15 feet to an iron pin, a new corner; thence a new line South 84 degrees 36 minutes West 170.92 feet to an iron pin in the East edge of Pine Street; thence with the East edge of Pine Street South 7 degrees 00 minutes East 15 feet to an old iron pin corner, the Northwest corner of the Freeman lot; thence with the old Freeman line, North 84 degrees 30 minutes East 173.50 feet to the point of BEGINNING. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as: 221 Oakland Road, Spindale, NC 28160

For Sale 3BR/1.5BA Fernwood Circle in Rfdtn. Lots of updates, big backyard! $139K Call 305-0555

3BR/2BA in nice area Stove, refrig. No Pets! $400/mo. + deposit Call 287-7043

3BR/2BA on priv. 2 ac. lot near Harris. Cent. h/a. $100/wk. + $200 dep. Call 247-0091

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2BR/2.5BA home on 64/74 1 mile from Lake Lure Beach, Chimney Rock and Ingles. Lake Lure view. $700/mo. Also, 2BR/2BA on 2 ac. in Rumbling Bald Resort, washer /dryer, cen. h/a. $750/mo. Call Eddy Zappel 828-289-9151 or Marco 954-275 0735

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Newly remodeled 2BR/1BA on 1.42 ac. near Chase High. 2 out bldgs, city water. $45,000 864-909-1035

Nice 3BR/1BA Newly remodeled! East High area. $475/mo. + dep. Call 828-748-0059

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Established pest control co. is looking for a lead man w/exp. in structural repairs, moisture control needed immediately. Clean driving record, drug test, criminal record req. Medical ins., dental, retirement, vision provided. Applications can be made at Goforth Pest Control between the hours of 11:30-2:30, 667 N. Washington St., Rutherfordton Start new career! Expanding retail co. needs Mgr Trainees and PT Sales. Exc. salary + bonus. No exp. nec. Medical. Some physical work required. Forest City location Email resume tomj23@earthlink.net Temporary position for Class A CDL Driver, experienced tractor/trailer operator. Oversize load experience required. Insurance, 401K, holidays & paid vacation, home every night. Must have valid driver’s license. Apply in person to Blue Ridge Log Cabins, 625 East Frontage Rd., Campobello, SC. No phone calls please

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828-289-3024 For Sale MOVING Oak coffee & end tables w/glass tops, exercise equip., 36” RCA Console TV, misc. Call 245-5703

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

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Autos 2006 BMW 325i 94,000 mi. Exc. cond.! Silver/gray leather, 6 spd. manual $15,800 firm 828-748-1294

2002 Chrysler Concord Auto, a/c, ps, pw, pl, pb. 98k mi. Clean, nice car! $3,000 firm 828-287-4843

2005 Mercury Sable Auto, a/c, pw, pl, cd, cruise. Excellent condition! 88,000 miles $5,200 Call 287-0057 Original 72 Buick Lesabre Exc. cond.! 73,000 mi. $1,100 obo Call 286-3349

Motorcycles 07 Buele Blast 500cc 3,800 mi. Windshield, new rear tire. Exc. starter bike! $2,500 287-3843

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Must Sell! Old Pregnant Reg. Paso Mare Delivers beautiful colts. $400 obo. Also, 3 yr. Paso Stud Colt $200 obo 286-3349

Lost Black adult female cat w/white paws/red collar. Last seen Sat. 9/19 - Chase High area

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FEMALE BLACK LAB Older dog, red collar, no tags! Found middle of Sept. off Railroad Ave. in Rfdtn 447-1811

Young dark gray tabby cat w/pink collar Found 10/7 in the Ruth Co Courthouse parking lot. Call Animal Shelter

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WANTED: Fish Aquariums and accessories of all sizes and types but prefer 29 gallons or larger for non-profit project. Call Don at 828-748-0102 to get more info or have your aquarium picked up.

Lost or found a pet? Place an ad at no cost to you! Runs for 1 week! Help reunite the animals with their owners! Call Monday through Friday 8am-5pm to place your ad. 245-6431

Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Michael Paul Conner. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, EXCEPT IN THE INSTANCE OF BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-16236-FC01

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6B — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, SUNDAY, October 11, 2009 SURPLUS PROPERTY SALE

Administrative Assistant

Surplus property now being sold by Isothermal Community College is listed on the state surplus property website. For a list of items go to www.ncstatesurplus.comand click on the “Available Items On Bid”, then choose Spindale for location.

8am-1pm, Monday through Friday. Excellent computer skills, associate degree, professionalism, accounting experience, attention to detail required. Email resume to heowen@hospiceofrutherford.org or apply at Hospice, 374 Hudlow Rd. • Forest City, NC

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Apply in person at: Brookview Healthcare 510 Thompson Street Gaffney, SC 29340

Bachelors degree in public relations or related field, marketing, volunteer management, ability to function with high professionalism and independence required.

Call 864-489-3101 for directions. Brookview is a drug free workplace EOE/M/F/D/V

Email resume to: heowen@hospiceofrutherford.org

ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS! Bidders are invited and encouraged

WATER TREATMENT PLANT MODERNIZATION

NOTICE OF SALE

to inspect the property at the college prior to submitting bids.

Broad River Water Authority Spindale, North Carolina

Pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 44A-40, various items of personal property contained in warehouses:

BID CLOSING DATE IS OCTOBER 20, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Sealed Bids for furnishing all materials, labor, tools, equipment and appurtenances necessary for the construction of the Water Treatment Plant Modernization will be received by the Owner at the Rutherford County Annex, 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 in the County Commissioners Conference Room, until 2:00 p.m., local time, on November 6, 2009, and then at said location publicly opened and read aloud.

Call Debbie Melton in the business office at 828-286-3636 ext. 258 to set up an appointment to view property.

Property viewing hours are Monday through Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Bidder Pre-Qualification: Pre-qualification of Bidders has been completed. Only Bids submitted by properly pre-qualified Bidders will be opened. Copies of Contract Documents may be obtained at the office of the Engineer, Jordan, Jones & Goulding, 6801 Governors Lake Parkway, Bldg. 200, Norcross, Georgia 30071, upon payment of $350, non-refundable, for each set. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, to waive informalities and to readvertise.

G16..................................Tony Crawford C4....................................Angie Flack B13..................................Cindy Munn B29..................................Timothy Sheffield Z6....................................Pamela Thompson will be sold at public auction at R/S Self Storage, 450 Thunder Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 at 12:00 PM on October 13, 2009. Sale is being made to satisfy the warehouse lien on said goods for storage charges due and unpaid. Due notice has been given.

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Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers

Redskins’ Jason Campbell (17), left, and Panthers’ Jake Delhomme (17) have each struggled on the field and off the field with fans who are not impressed with the performances of their QBs. Associated Press

Redskins in familiar spot facing winless Panthers MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE — At this rate you’d expect the Redskins’ next opponent will be a directional school, or maybe even a Championship Subdivision team. In a stretch that would make even cupcake-collecting college coaches blush, Washington (2-2) visits Carolina (0-3) on Sunday set to become the first NFL team in 55 years to play a winless teams in each of the first five weeks of the season. Granted, the opener was a loss to the still unbeaten New York Giants. Since then the Redskins eked past struggling St. Louis, became the first team in 20 games to lose to Detroit and barely edged woeful Tampa Bay. According to STATS LLC, the last team to face five winless opponents in a row was the 1954 Giants. No

team has faced six straight teams without a victory, and 0-4 Kansas City sparkles on the schedule next week like a homecoming opponent. “Oh, wow,” Redskins running back and captain Rock Cartwright said when told of matching the 55-yearold mark. “I mean, if that’s the case, then we probably should be 4-0. But that’s not the case.” Their offense is struggling so much against the weak competition that longtime assistant Sherman Lewis was brought in this week to be an “extra set of eyes.” Team officials downplayed talk that’s a bad sign for embattled coach Jim Zorn, whose task is to keep desperate Carolina winless. “The hardest teams to beat are the ones that are searching for a win right now,” Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell said. “The reason for

it is because teams feel like they are back against a wall and they tend to play with a lot more urgency and a lot harder.” The Panthers are in that position. They’ve gone from NFC South champions to disarray thanks to injuries, a disappointing defense and Jake Delhomme’s bushel of turnovers. They had a bye last weekend and were forced to ponder the statistic that only three teams since 1990 have made the playoffs after starting 0-3. “As a coach and as a player in the National Football League, you’re going to get beat physically sometimes,” Panthers coach John Fox said. “That team practices and gets paid, too. But it’s when you don’t execute that it drives you crazy, and we’ve got to get it fixed.” It’s easy to see why both teams are

in such predicaments. They can’t score or hold onto the ball. The Panthers’ minus-8 turnover margin is the worst in the league, with Delhomme committing 15 in his last 15 quarters dating to January’s playoff loss to Arizona. The Panthers, who haven’t had the dominating run game of a year ago, are averaging 12.3 points a game, 29th in the league. Campbell threw a career-high three interceptions last week and has fumbled a league-high seven times. Washington is averaging 14 points a game, 27th in the NFL. So maybe it’s not a surprise the Panthers, despite being outscored 87-37 this season, are favored. “We’ve got a lot of 0-fers that we’ve been playing against this year so far, but that’s just part of it,” Redskins receiver Antwaan Randle El said.

Baltimore looks to end surging Bengals run BARRY WILNER AP Football Writer

NEW YORK — Even in defeat at New England, the Baltimore Ravens were impressive. They showed lots of moxie in staying close to the Patriots despite turnovers and overall carelessness. That game very well could be an anomaly for what has become one of the most balanced teams in the league. In last year’s playoffs and certainly in the first month of this season, the Ravens have matured exponentially on offense and remained solid on defense. Sure, they struggled against Tom Brady, Randy Moss and company at times last weekend, but who doesn’t, particularly in Foxborough? With any chance at a comeback victory depending on getting downright stingy on defense, though, the Ravens performed well enough. And if Mark Clayton doesn’t shy away from getting hit on a fourth-down

pass, who knows? “When your offense has 70 plays, or your offense keeps the ball for eight minutes on a drive, it’s great,” Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce said. “Your best defense is the one sitting on the sideline. So, we don’t mind at all.” Now comes Cincinnati, soaring after three straight last-minute wins, including an overtime thriller against Cleveland. (Did we put thriller in the same sentence as the Bengals and Browns?) The Bengals are 9-point underdogs at Baltimore. “We’ve got to quit making it hard on ourselves,” guard Bobbie Williams said. “We’ve got to stop doing that.” The Ravens, angry after the loss in New England, will put an end to those close calls. RAVENS, 26-13 Oakland (plus 15) at N.Y. Giants Banged-up Giants get another pushover as they try to get healthy before the real

competition shows up. BEST BET: GIANTS 30-7 Houston (plus 5) at Arizona Cardinals have been mediocre at home, losing both games. If Texans can run, they can win. UPSET SPECIAL: TEXANS 24-21 Jacksonville (off) at Seattle With Matt Hasselbeck uncertain to play, no line here. With or without the Seahawks QB, we like the revitalized Jaguars. JAGUARS, 17-13 Minnesota (minus 10) at St. Louis No hype, no hoopla, just a total mismatch. Even if the Vikings are a bit flat, they can handle Rams. VIKINGS, 23-10 Dallas (minus 9) at Kansas City Chiefs show up at a good time for the inconsistent and vulnerable Cowboys. COWBOYS, 24-7

Washington (plus 5½) at Carolina If the Panthers can’t get off the schneid this week, there’s no hope for them. PANTHERS, 17-10 Tampa Bay (plus 14) at Philadelphia Fresh from a bye, with Donovan McNabb a possible starter, Eagles should soar. EAGLES, 31-7 Cleveland (plus 6) at Buffalo Wouldn’t T.O. fit better in Cleveland’s locker room these days? BILLS, 17-10

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Pittsburgh (minus 12) at Detroit Steelers hope to have Troy Polamalu back. They won’t need him this week. STEELERS, 30-14

N.Y. Jets (minus 2½) at Miami (Monday night) Other than Mark Sanchez, Jets performed well at New Orleans. Can Dolphins unnerve him, too? JETS, 21-20

Atlanta (pick-em) at San Francisco Niners are 2 seconds from being 4-0, but Falcons match up well and are rested after

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By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY – His only intention in writing “The Shack” was to print 15 copies at Office Depot for his children. With more than 7.5 million copies in 46 languages in circulation, William Paul Young is still amazed at its success and blessed by sharing his journey with others. On Saturday, Oct. 31, Young will be speaking at GardnerWebb University on the book, faith and whatever comes to mind. “I will for sure talk about how the book came to be,” Young said in a phone interview with The Daily Courier recently. “And there will be a Q&A... I’m sure it will be in a lot of different directions. I never plan anything – I anticipate God will show up.” “The Shack” is the story of one

man’s journey back into a relationship with God. According to Young, the shack in the book is a metaphor for our own soul or heart. “The shack is a house on the inside we build,” Young said. “You build this false facade and hope you can paint it fast enough to keep people from seeing what it really looks like.” Spoiler alert: In the book, main character Mack goes back to the shack where his daughter, Missy, was murdered. It is in the shack he comes to grips with what has happened in his life and embraces God’s love for him – and his for God. “That’s where you hate yourself,” he said. “If you are ever going to come to healing, you have to go back into it.” The book has sparked conversations, group book studies and is being used in curriculums not only in high schools

and colleges but in seminaries, too, Young said. “It’s being used in so many different ways,” Young said. “It opens up conversations and people feel free to talk about their journeys and sadnesses.” The book also explores forgiving those who have hurt you the most. In Mack’s case, it is the man who killed his daughter. Young said the book is even being read in prisons and he’s been asked by them if he really believes God could forgive them. “I’ve been in prisons and had prisoner’s ask me ‘Do you really think Papa’s fond of me?,’” he said. His book has been one that’s been in the making for 50 years, Young said. His own life and experiences bleed through in the characters of Mack and Willie, Please see Young, Page 8C

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William Paul Young, bestselling author of “The Shack,” will be speaking at GardnerWebb University’s Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 to 11 a.m. Tickets, if purchased before Oct. 16, are $20 per person and $25 per person if purchased at the door. Groups of 25 or more can purchase tickets in advance for $16 per person. All purchases include a ticket to the 1 p.m. Gardner-Webb runnin’ Bulldogs vs. Stony Brook Seawolves homecoming football game. For more information, go to www.supportgwu.com and click on homecoming button or call the Gardner-Webb University Office of Alumni Relations at 704-406-3862.

Popular author will bring newest novel to Fireside From staff reports

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Author Silas House will be at Fireside Books & Gifts Oct. 13 for an author reading and signing.

FOREST CITY — Popular author Silas House will bring his newest novel, “Eli the Good” to Fireside Books & Gifts, Tuesday, Oct. 13, for an author reading and signing. The event is free. House, who lives in eastern Kentucky, is the author of three novels: Clay’s Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2003), The Coal Tattoo (2004), a play, The Hurting Part (2005), and Something’s Rising (2009), a creative nonfiction book about social protest co-authored with Jason Howard. The author serves as Writer-inResidence at Lincoln Memorial University, where he also directs the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. He is a contributing editor for No Depression magazine, where he has done long features on such artists as Lucinda Williams, Nickel Creek, Buddy Miller, Kelly Willis, Darrell Scott, Delbert McClinton, and many others. He is also one of Nashville’s most in-demand press kit writers, having written the press kit bios for such artists as Kris Kristofferson, Kathy Mattea, Leann Womack and many others. House is a two-time finalist for the Southern Book Critics

Circle Prize, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Chaffin Prize for Literature, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and many other honors. Recently House was personally selected by the subject to write the foreword for the biography of Earl Hamner, creator of The Waltons. In 2005, he also wrote the introduction for the new HarperCollins edition of Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of Moses. House’s work can be found in Newsday, Oxford American, Bayou, The Southeast Review, The Louisville Review, Night Train, and others, as well as in the anthologies New Stories From the South 2004: The Year’s Best, Christmas in the South, A Kentucky Reader, Of Woods and Water, A Kentucky Christmas, Shouts and Whispers, High Horse, The Alumni Grill, Stories From the Blue Moon Café I and II, and many others. “House is a favorite of many customers who enjoy authors such as Tony Earley and Ron Rash,” said Valerie Hoffman, manager at Fireside. He is also working on his fifth novel, Evona Darling. He lives in

Eastern Kentucky, where he was born and raised.

About “Eli the Good”

Eli the Good, is the story of 10 year-old Eli Book who, during the Bicentennial Summer of 1976, watches as his family deconstructs around him. There is his beautiful and distant mother, Loretta; his troubled father, Stanton, who is just coming to terms with his time in Vietnam; Eli’s wild and confused sister Josie, who is questioning everything about herself and everyone around her; Eli’s beloved aunt Nell, a former war protester who moves in with them under mysterious circumstances; Eli’s tough and determined best friend Edie, who is the only person with whom he can completely be himself. Eli the Good is a tender look at childhood and all its complexities, as well as the terrible nature of the wars that occur on a global scale as well as the wars that are waged in people’s own homes.


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Hanging Out with ‘The Possum’ Gail and Robert Smathers of Ellenboro, recently returned from a second honeymoon trip to Renfro Valley, Ky., where they took in a live performance by country music star George Jones. The couple traveled with Toney Tours and received a big surprise when they were invited backstage to visit with Jones and have a picture made. Although, meeting their country music idol was the highlight of their trip, the couple also enjoyed many other stops including the big flea market and the Lincoln Memorial Museum. Contributed photo

Autumn Leaves With Jay Seagrave

Jay Seagrave played the piano on the sideway in Rutherfordton Saturday during the annual Hilltop Festival. Thousands attended the festival under a sunny Autumn sky. Among Seagrave’s selections was “Autumn Leaves.”

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This okra plant, which measures more than twelve feet tall (152 inches), was grown at the home of Syble Hill in Rutherfordton. Mrs. Hill planted the okra in a flower bed hoping to have enough to enjoy for the season. Now she has to get on a step ladder to gather all of the pods.

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This 1917 photograph shows a young man working for the Tryon Toy Makers in Polk County. The image is from the John C. Campbell Folk School collection. (Courtesy of Condar Press and Bartol Photography)

History Society will discuss Tryon Toy Makers

FOREST CITY — One of the most significant chapters of North Carolina’s craft heritage took place in neighboring Polk County in the early days of the 20th century. Mike McCue, art historian and collector, of Tryon, will discuss the history of the famed Tryon Toy Makers and Wood Carvers, for the Rutherford County Historical Society, on October 20, at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Historic Church on Main Street in Rutherfordton. The event is open to the public without charge. After the death of George Vanderbilt in 1914, the cofounders of Biltmore Industries in Asheville, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale, chose to relocate from Asheville to Tryon, in Polk County. On the eve of World War I they established a new enterprise that created exceptional and imaginative wooden toys and other items with the labor and craftsmanship of dozens of local young adults and children. By the 1920s their organization had its own workshops and a charming retail cottage called the Tryon Toy House. That business remained successful into the 1940s. Before coming to Tryon, Vance and Yale studied woodcraft in

England and visited hand-loom crafters in the northern British Isles. While many of their toys exhibited European flair, several of their products celebrated the indigenous themes of North Carolina. One of their most popular toy sets was the Mountain Home group, consisting of a hinged “log cabin” wood storage box filled with hand-painted “mountaineer” figures and animals such as mules, pigs, and fowl. Included were a churn, and iron pot, and split rails to make a fence around the homestead. Other folk toys included a mountain sled with oxen to dray it, and a toy on wheels, featuring a hunter and a hound dog, that was pulled by a string. In 2005 an important trove of original Tryon Toy Maker design drawings, documents, and photographs, known as the Pauline Miller Cowan Collection, was presented to the University of North Carolina at Asheville for its special collection. The most extensive public collection of Tryon Toy Maker artifacts is held by the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. For many years McCue has studied the history of the Tryon Toy Makers and Wood Carvers. In 2005 he co-chaired a land-

mark exhibition of more than 500 objects, designs, and photographs of the Tryon Toy Makers at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. He plans to bring several items made by the Tryon Toy Makers and Wood Carvers to display during his lecture in Rutherfordton. McCue is an award-winning author who has served as a citizen panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. He is a board member of the American Historical Print Collectors Society, and has served as chair for that organization’s jury for the annual Ewell L. Newman Book Prize. McCue, a graduate of Harvard College, is currently writing eight articles for the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, soon to be published by the University of North Carolina Press. His other books include, Paris & Tryon: The Art of George C. Aid (1872-1938), and Tryon Artists 1892-1942: The First Fifty Years.

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RUTHERFORDTON — The following babies were born at Rutherford Hospital. Tony Guzman and Ashley Rose, Forest City, a girl, Angelina Leann Guzman, Sept. 20. Thomas and Valerie Williams, Spindale, a boy, Jude Dominick Andreas Williams, Sept. 20. Brandon Benfield and Clare Wylie, Forest City, a boy, Byron Matthew Leon Benfield, Sept. 21. Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Rowe, Mill Spring, a girl, Leah Faith Rowe, Sept. 21. Mr. and Mrs. Travis Mace, Rutherfordton, a girl, Emma Lynn Mace, Sept. 22. Mr. and Mrs. David Lovelace, Bostic, a boy, J.D. Lovelace, Sept. 24.

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The Pilot Club of Rutherford County recently voted Violet Lutz (right) as their Pilot International Foundation Club Sweetheart. Joyce Ferguson, Pilot Club president and last year’s sweetheart, made the presentation. The criteria for this award is that the Pilot member must be active in an assigned role within the club, as well as active in a project that exemplifies the brain-related service focus of the Foundation. The member must also be faithful in attending meetings and give generously of his/her time to assist with service projects and fund-raising activities.

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Roger and Stacy Laws, Rutherfordton, a girl, Abigail Louise Laws, Sept. 25. Caitlin Hughes Larry, Forest City, a boy, Noah Jackson Hughes, Sept. 25. Daniel Greene and Kayla Carver, Forest City, a girl, Addison Danielle Greene, Sept. 26. Kimberly Gregory, Spindale, a boy, Nicholas William Joe Gregory, Sept. 26. Mr. and Mrs. Preston Hamrick, Forest City, a boy, Grayson Randy Hamrick, Sept. 28. Marcus Watkins and Tricia Eddy, Forest

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City, a boy, Noah James Watkins, Sept. 28. Calvin Bell and Surica Huskey, Forest City, a boy, JáQual Tayun Bell, Sept. 28. Derrick Godfrey and Akievia Whiteside, Spindale, a boy, Kahleek Rashaud Godfrey, Sept. 29. Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Francis, Forest City, a girl, Kaitlyn Faye Francis, Sept. 29. John and Shaneal Bradley, Bostic, a boy, Jason Michael Bradley, Sept. 29. Paul Jackson and Melissa Lovette, Forest City, a girl, Zaniya Denise Jackson, Sept.

29. Mr. and Mrs. William Huddleston, Ellenboro, a girl, Kelly Grace Huddleston, Sept. 30. Samuel and Megan Steffey, Forest City, a girl, Alexis Danielle Steffey, Sept. 30. Adam Casturao and Christy Owensby, Rutherfordton, a boy, Dakota Bradley Casturao, Oct. 2. Antoine Lowrance and Alexis Huskey, Bostic, a girl, Ariel McKee Lowrance, Oct. 2. Billy Terry, Jr. and Ashley Riley, Forest City, a boy, Riley Christian Terry, Oct. 3.

Ashlee Sims, a senior at North Henderson High School, was crowned homecoming queen on Oct. 2 during the half-time presentation. Ashlee, daughter of Danny and Donna Sims of Edneyville, was escorted by her father. She is the granddaughter of Carolyn Shipman of Edneyville, and Melvin and Nancy Sims of Rutherfordton. Her great-grandmother is Lela Sims of Spindale.

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NFL Punt, Pass and Kick

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Rutherfordton Elementary students took part in the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick Program at the end of September. The program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between ages 8 and 15; the girls and boys compete in four separate age divisions. The program is free to organizers and those who wish to participate. Taking part from Rutherfordton were, front row from left, Jake Laughter, Taylor Stofer, Lorenzo Woods and Tiahna Guyan. They will advance to the sectionals at Watauga College on Oct. 18. Sectional winners will advance to the nationals, which will be held at a Carolina Panthers game in January. Also taking part were, second row from left, Charmee Miller, Courtney Poteat, Skylar Moran, Shakir Twitty, Shaquan Hampton and Cameron Snethen.

The Queen Family

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The Queen Family was among entertainers at the annual Mountain Heritage Festival at Western Carolina University Saturday. Several Rutherford County residents attended the event, including Mark Shehan, who sold roasted corn from his vendor station.

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father, Curtis L. Jordan. She holds a masters in business administration from the University of South Carolina and is employed as a resource manager for the Department of the Navy. The groom is the son of William H. Withrow II and Genna L. Withrow of Ellenboro. He holds a bachelors in criminal justice from Central Missouri State University and serves at the rank of first lieutenant in the United States Army. The couple honeymooned at Disney World, Orlando, Fla. They reside in Columbia, S.C.

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LAKE LURE — New books at the Mountains Branch Library, Lake Lure, include — FICTION “206 Bones” by Kathy Reichs “Spartan Gold” by Clive Cussler “Skull Duggery” by Aaron Elkins “In the Woods” by Tana French “The Spire” by Richard North Patterson “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks “Rough Country” by John Sandford “Smooth Talking Stranger” by Lisa Kleypas “Take Two” by Karen Kingsbury “Vanishing Act” by Fern Michaels “The Year that Follows” by Scott Lasser “Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict” by Laurie Rigler “The Price of Blood” by Declan Hughes “Black & White and Dead All Over” by John Darnton “The Dawning of Power” by Brian Rathbone “The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love” by Beth Patillo “The White Queen” by Phillipa Gregory “The Law of Nines” by Terry Goodkind “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown “Hothouse Orchid” by Stuart Woods “The Year of the Flood” by Margaret Atwater “Evil at Heart” by Chelsea Cain NON-FICTION “Wake Up Laughing” by Rachel St. John-Gilbert “One Last Dance: Patrick Swayze” by Wendy Leigh “I am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee” by Charles J. Shields “Geocaching for Dummies” by Joel McNamara “The Hidden Life of Deer” by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas “Embellish, Stitch, Felt” by Sheila Smith JUVENILE AND ADULT “The Last Holiday Concert” by Andrew Clements “Blue Moon” by Alyson Noel “Evermore” by Alyson Noel “Max: A Maximum Ride Novel” by James Patterson “Life as We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer “The Dead and Gone” by Susan Beth Pfeffer “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

SPINDALE — New books at Spindale Public Library are: FICTION “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown “A Change in Altitude” by Anita Shreve “An Echo in the Bone” by Diana Gabaldon “Little Bird of Heaven” by Joyce Carol Oates “Plum Pudding Murder” by Joanne Fluke “The Perfect Christmas” by Debbie Macomber “Locked” in Marcia Muller NON-FICTION “Spindale: The Story of a Southern Textile Town” by Robin S. Lattimore “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom “The Murder of King Tut” by James Patterson CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT

“The Happiest Hippo in the World” by Danielle Steel “Skippyjon Jones Lost in Space” by Judy Schachner “Ready for Anything” by Keiko Kasza FOREST CITY — New books at Mooneyham Public include: FICTION “The Traffickers” by W.E.B. Griffin “The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners” by LuAnne Rice “Blindman’s Bluff” by Faye Kellerman “The Birthing House” by Christopher Ransom “Intervention” by Robin Cook “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy “Smash Cut” by Sandra Brown “Dying for Mercy” by Mary Jane CLark “Rhino Ranch” by Larry McMurtry “The Rapture” by Liz Jensen “The Invisible Mountain” by Carolina De Roberts “The Scoop” by Fern Michaels “Evil at Heart” by Chelsea Cain “Spartan Gold” by Clive Cussler “The White Queen” by Phillippa Gregory “Alex Cross’s Trial” by James Patterson “206 Bones” by Kathy Reichs “Red Bones” by Ann Cleeves “Twisted Tree” by Kent Meyers “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks “Traveling with Pomegrantes” by Sue Monk Kidd “Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown “Arctic Chill” by Arnaldur Indridason NON-FICTION “The Year Before the Flood, A Story of New Orleans” by Ned Sublette “True Compass Memoir” by Edward M. Kennedy “Soul of a Dog” by Jon Katz “Paul Harvey’s America” by Stephen Mansfield “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom YOUNG ADULT AND JUVENILE “Stick Man” by Julia Donaldson “Viola in Reel Life” by Adraina Trigiani “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman RUTHERFORDTON – New books at the Rutherford County Library are: FICTION “Capitol Offense” by William Bernhardt “Dixie Hearts” by Andrea Boeshaar “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown “The Christmas Dog” by Melody Carlson “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy “Shootout on the Sabine” by Kent Conwell “The Fate of Katherine Carr” by Thomas Cook “Necessary as Blood” by Debbie Crombie “An Echo in the Bone” by Diana Gabaldon “Too Many Yesterdays” by Sara Hylton “The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte” by Syrie James “The Calligrapher’s Daughter” by Eugenia Kim “The Phoenix Transformed” by Mercedes Lackey “Dexter By Design” by Jeff Lindsay “A Bad Day for Sorry” by Sophie Littlefield “Perfect Christmas” by Debbie

Macomber “No Time to Wave Goodbye” by Jacquelyn Mitchard “The Professional” by Robert Parker “Alex Cross’s Trial” by James Patterson “Rules of Vengeance” by Christopher Reiche “206 Bones” by Kathy Reichs “Rough Country” by John Sadfored “A Change in Altitude” by Anita Shreve “The Lost Art of Gratitude” by Alexander mcCall Smith “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper “By Heresies Distressed” by David Weber NON-FICTION “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage” by Christopher Anderson “The Way of Boys: Raising Healthy Boys in a Challenging and Complex...” by Rao Anthony “Arguing with Idiots” by Glenn Beck “The Governor” by Rod Blagojevich “6-Week Cure for the MiddleAged Middle” by Michael Eades “Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson” by Ian Halperin “Blood in the Sand” by Benny hinn “The Age of Wonder” by Richard Holmes “Eat Well Live Well with Gluten Intolerance” by Susana Holt “True Compass: A Memoir” by Ted Kennedy “In the President’s Secret Service” by Ronald Kessler “A Big Little Fife: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog” by Dean Koontz “Spindale: The Story of a Southern Textile Town” by Robin Lattimore “I’ll Scream Later” by Marlee Matlin “Catastrophe” by Dick Morris “The Murder of King Tut” by James Patterson “End the Fed” by Ron Paul “Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back” by Reynolds Price “2, 4, 6, 8: Great Meals for Couples or Crowds” by Rachel Ray “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American...” by Jeff Sharlet “Christmas with Southern Living 2009” by Southern Living “100 Days of Weight Loss: The Secret to Being Successful” by Linda Spangler “Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places” by Bill Streever “Complete Idiot’s guide to Canoeing and Kayaking” by Dennis Stuhaug “The Time of My Life” by Patrick Swayze “You Were Born For This” by Bruce Wilkerson YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION “Pretty Dead” by Francesca block “Split in Two: Keeping It Together When Your Parents Live Apart” by Karen Buscemi YOUNG ADULT FICTION “Fire” by Kristin Cashore “Catching fire” by Suzanne Collins “Sea Change” by Aimee Friedman “Among the Betrayed” by Margaret Haddis “Among the Impostors” by Margaret Haddis

Storytelling Festival scheduled in Brevard BREVARD — The 11th Annual Fall Storytelling Festival will be Saturday, Nov. 14, at Transylvania County Library. Sponsored by the North Carolina Storytelling Gudger O’Callahan Guild and Transylvania Friends of the Library, the festival features national favorites Jay O’Callahan and Connie ReganBlake, along with three NCSG regional tellers and two Asheville area tellers, Marvin Cole and Sandra Gudger. Morning sessions include stories for small children and storytelling workshops with O’Callahan and Regan-Blake. Regan-Blake Afternoon and evening concerts entertain family and adult audiences. In conjunction with the festival Connie Regan-Blake will perform a story concert, “Finding Your Way Home,” Friday at 7 p.m. Events schedule: 9 to 10:30 a.m. — Jay O’Callahan Workshop, “Stories Are Like Fireflies” 10 to 10:45 a.m. — Stories for Young Children 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Connie Cole Regan-Blake Workshop, “Stage Presence & Deep Listening” Noon to 1 p.m. — Youth Storytelling Showcase 1 to 1:45 p.m. — Pre-Concert Showcase of NCSG Tellers 2 to 4:30 p.m. — Family Storytelling Concert, featuring NCSG regional storytellers, with headliners Jay O’Callahan and Connie Regan-Blake 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. — Storytelling Concert for Youth and Adults, featuring headliners Jay O’Callahan, Connie Regan-Blake, and NCSG regional storytellers All concerts and events are free and open to the public. Transylvania County Library is located at 212 South Gaston St., Brevard. For more information contact Sandra Gudger at 828-274-1123 or visit www.ncstoryguild.org.

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local Martin Named VOA President David Martin, of BSA Troop 126, Ellenboro, was elected as president of the Ventureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Officer Association of the Piedmont Council on Sept 24, at the association meeting. David is an Eagle Scout and son of Ronnie and Lisa Martin. Venturing is a coed program of Boys Scouts of America for ages 14-21. His duties will include planning council activities and training for the upcoming year. The council area covers seven counties. Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term will be for one year. Venturing is a coed program of Boys Scouts of America for ages 14-21. David is also president of Venturing Crew 126 of Ellenboro, Corinth Baptist Church. BSA Troop 126 is sponsored by Bethel Baptist Church in Ellenboro.

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CHS Debate brings home top honors

FOREST CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Chase High Speech and Debate team kicked off their tournament season on Saturday, Oct. 3, at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville. Approximately 25 teams from across North Carolina competed for the Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup. Chase High School had an excellent showing as several of the Trojans were able to take spots in overall competition. Matthew Melton with a varsity debut record of 3-1 took the 5th overall spot in Varsity Lincoln Douglas debate. Haley Hunt took the 5th overall spot in Varsity Dramatic Interpretation, and the team of Michael

Thurman and Taylor Moore placed 5th in the event of Impromptu Duet Acting. The Trojans also showed their strength in interpretation events by dominating several categories. Novice Dramatic Interpretation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jacob Scoggins ranked 4th overall, Amanda Eason was 3rd overall, and teammate Shanice Goode, was runner up. Novice Humorous Interpretation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Angel Proctor took 2nd place overall and was runner up of that Division as well. Varsity Humorous Interpretation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chase students locked out the top two spots. Jay Mills ranked 2nd overall just behind teammate Bridgette Brainard,

who was named tournament champion in this category. Duo Interpretation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chase High teams proved why they are some of the best in the State with all of Chaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings in this category taking a top spot: 4th overall in Duo Interpretation, team of Paige Baynard and Monica Poteat; 3rd place honors, team of Michael Thurman and Taylan Doherty; and the veteran team of Chase McKnight and Taylor Moore took the top spot and were named the champions of Duo Interpretation.

Chase was only one point shy of 3rd place overall. They finished 4th overall out of the 25 schools in attendance.

Dillsboro to host veterans moving wall

DILLSBORO â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vietnam veterans and those who lost a loved one in the war will have an opportunity to remember their fallen heroes when the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall comes to Dillsboroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monteith Park, Oct. 15-19. The wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It has traveled to hundreds of sites across the county since 1984, and will be on display 24 hours a day while in Dillsboro. On the Vietnam

Veterans Moving Wall are the names of 58,253 soldiers who gave their lives, including about 1,300 unaccounted for and considered missing in action. Thousands visit the moving wall each year to see the names and pay tribute to those who served. Veteran John Devitt conceived the idea of a traveling wall upon visiting the memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1982. He teamed with veterans Norris Shears and Gerry Hayer to create this moving tribute to their fellow soldiers.

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It was first displayed in Tyler, Tex., in October of 1984. Now there are two replicas which travel throughout the country each year from April through November. Dillsboroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to host the wall was spearheaded by local veteran Allen Fields, who owns a small music gift shop and recording studio called A House Beside the Road. For more information, call the Jackson County Visitors Center at (800) 962-1911, or visit www. MountainLovers.com.

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Talk of suicide threatens expecting mother and baby Dear Abby: A woman I work with is pregnant. While this may seem like exciting news, it is the opposite. She is already depressed and often talks about suicide. My real concern is for her baby. She often says how, if she has a girl, she’ll drown it, suffocate it, etc. She says it openly. Everyone in the office has heard her make these statements. The baby’s father is an alcoholic, and he is the one who wants the kid — not her. She already has an older child she has nothing to do with. I feel something should be done to keep her baby from being harmed, but what can I do? Can Child Protective

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Services be of any help when it comes to an unborn baby? Or should we co-workers speak up and ask her to seek help? — Worried Dear Worried: Of course you should speak up! Hormones have a lot to do with the way people think and react — as anyone knows who has had anything to do with women who suffer from PMS. Your co-worker should be urged to level with her OB/GYN about the feelings she is experiencing.

I discussed your letter with Child Protective Services and was informed that no intervention can be done until a baby is actually born. However, when your co-worker goes to the hospital to have her child, you should notify the hospital officials because, if necessary, an intervention can be done, and CPS can become involved when she delivers. It goes without saying that when anyone talks about suicide, that person should be advised to discuss their feelings with a counselor at one of the suicide prevention hotlines. Both numbers are toll-free: (800) 784-2433 and (800) 273-8255.

Dear Abby: I am a 22-year-old woman, fairly mature, intelligent and stable. I’m 5-foot-3 and wear a size 5 or 6. I have this friend, “Tish,” who is stunningly gorgeous. She looks like a model, stands about 5-foot-8 and wears a size 1 or 2. She dresses stylishly and has the figure to pull off many outfits that I never could. Tish is also a nice person who has never said anything to put me down. I feel no ill will toward her, just inferior when I’m around her. I have had super-short hair most of my life, but have been growing it out for the past year to “reinvent”

myself. When I saw Tish last week, she had donated her shoulder-length hair to Locks of Love and now sports an ultra-chic haircut that makes her look better than I ever did. I cried for almost an hour after she left. I know my feelings are stupid and childish. How can I get rid of these unwanted feelings? — Pale in Comparison Dear Pale: You say you feel inferior when you’re around Tish. How do you feel when you’re not around her? And why are you constantly comparing yourself to her? Figure out what’s behind it, or your feelings of inferiority will extend.

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Dear Dr. Gott: I am an 82-year-old lady and have been very active all of my life. Five months ago, I was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. I had a tumor on the outer side of my urethra. After several opinions, it was determined that I would have to have my bladder and urethra removed, as well as have a complete hysterectomy. The operation was successful, but I now wear a urostomy pouch. My reason for writing is that, about a month ago, both of my feet started swelling. I saw my primary-care doctor, who told me that it was caused by the removal of lymph nodes during my surgery. I then called my surgeon, who agreed it was due to the lymph-node removal. Is this a temporary situation or permanent? It is only affecting my left leg now. I am taking a diuretic and elevate my leg whenever possible. What else can I do? Dear Reader: There are two circulatory systems within the body. The first and most well-known is the blood. This system carries red and white cells, platelets, plasma and nutrients throughout the body to sustain the muscles and organs. The second is the lymphatic. This system is vital to keeping the body

In addition to the month of October being Adopt a Dog Month as we highlighted last week, October 16 is National Feral Cat Day. This designation has been made by Alley Cat Allies, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to education and action on behalf of feral cats. There are many non- profit organizations that support humane solutions to the feral cat problem. There are millions of stray or feral cats roaming the streets of cities and towns all over the United States. The problem is as huge or bigger in New York City as it is in rural communities like ours. The overwhelming number of these cats, if they are caught, are brought to animal control units and routinely destroyed like varmints. There are more positive, effective and humane solutions. Did you know that in Rutherford County alone, over 90% of the cats and kittens coming into Animal Control are destroyed? There are relatively few adoptions which are the only ways out for these animals. Not all of them are feral. Some are simply previously owned cats who have strayed. So, this means that they are or were someone’s pets. More often than not, no distinction is made at pounds between a stray but tame cat and a wild or feral cat. This is largely because, regardless of the cats’ origin or background, there just isn’t enough room to house them all. This problem needs to be addressed in our community and it begins with information about these cats and how to help them. There are many websites that provide extensive information about the problem and how to resolve it in a compassionate manner. Among them are: The Feral Cat Coalition: www.feralcatcoali-

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healthy. It circulates protein-rich lymph fluid throughout the body, which collects waste products, bacteria and viruses. These substances are carried until they reach a lymph node, which then filters the fluid, removes the waste, and flushes it out of the body. When something causes the lymphatic system to back up, fluid builds up in the extremities. If a blockage occurs in the upper body, it may affect one or both arms, but most commonly affects one or both legs. There are some genetic causes of primary lymphedema; however, most cases are considered secondary, meaning they were caused by some other condition. Surgical removal of the lymph nodes, cancer, injury, infection and radiation treatments are the main causes of secondary lymphedema. In your case, the combination of your cancer and the removal of some of your lymph nodes likely caused your current problem. Unfortunately, there is no cure for lymphedema; however, there are ways of controlling the swelling.

IN THE STARS Your Birthday, Oct. 11; You should be able to mix business and pleasure more effectively than ever before, with the far-more-favorable results. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Something of a positive nature that has been stirring behind the scenes for quite some time could suddenly emerge. It’ll prove to be beneficial both professionally and socially. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Even though this might be a day of rest, you’re not likely to feel fulfilled unless you have a busy agenda on the calendar. Make sure that you have lots of activities planned. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Don’t be surprised if you find yourself needing some complex targets to shoot for. The more significant an objective is, the better you’ll like it and the more satisfying the results will be. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Involve yourself in conversations with as many smart people as you can, because valuable information can be derived from simple comments. Draw out those who fit this bill. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Even though you might be socializing with friends, you’re likely to hear about a new channel of earnings from an unexpected source. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — When ironing out an agreement with a friend, be as liberal with the terms as possible because it should encourage your pal to act similarly. If he or she doesn’t, back out of the deal. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Conditions are favorable for finalizing things you’ve had on the back burner for some time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — This is an excellent day to introduce some new acquaintances to a few of your old buddies. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Your chances for material gratification look exceptionally good. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Family and friends will automatically look to you for their cues as to what’s going on. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Even though conditions might be a bit unpredictable, they should work out quite well. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Without any plans, you could find yourself discussing your hopes and desires with someone who will have much to offer in the way of getting you started toward your goals.

The Pet Project Produced by Jo-Ann Close and Lynne Faltraco Community Pet Center

tion.com Alley Cat Allies: www.alleycat.org The Feral Cat Project: www.feralcatproject. com

Save a Kitty: www.saveakitty.com There are many others. All enlist the aid of local communities and residents in addressing the problem. If you have a feral cat colony living near you or are interested in learning more about these cats, visit one or more of the above web sites. Call the Community Pet Center at 287-7738 if you need assistance or have questions.

Five smashing pumpkin recipes Celebrate fall with the irresistible earthy flavor of pumpkin combined with a touch of sugar and spice. With some pumpkin harvests down this year, you can opt for canned to get your pumpkin fix. These recipes are all easy to make and will be a special treat for your family and friends. Extra pumpkin puree can be used in spaghetti sauce, chili, mashed potatoes, muffins, applesauce, oatmeal or pancakes. Pumpkin Pudding 1 (15-ounce) can canned pumpkin 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice 1-1/2 cup milk 3-1/2-ounce package instant vanilla pudding Mix pumpkin and pumpkinpie spice together in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Slowly stir in milk. Mix well. Add the instant pudding mix, and stir slowly for about one minute until it thickens. Portion into serving dishes, and chill the mixture in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped cream (if desired) and a dusting of crushed gingersnap cookies. Makes six servings. — Karen Pumpkin Latte 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin 2 tablespoons vanilla extract cinnamon, ground to taste (up to 1/4 teaspoon) 1/2 cup strong coffee, or 1/4 cup espresso In a saucepan, heat milk and pumpkin until steaming. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Put mixture in a blender or use an immersion blender, and blend for 15 to 20 seconds until thick

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and foamy. Pour into tall glass, then add coffee (or espresso). — Debbie Pumpkin Waffles 2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1-1/2 cups milk 4 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 cup canned pumpkin Combine the first five ingredients, and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix well. Spray a preheated waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto the waffle iron. Cook approximately four minutes. — Kim Pumpkin Dump Cake 1 (29-ounce) can pure pumpkin 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons cinnamon 1 box yellow-cake mix 1 cup chopped pecans 3/4 cup melted margarine Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-by-13-inch pan. Mix first six ingredients until well combined, and pour batter into pan. Sprinkle cake mix on top and then a layer of pecans. Pour melted margarine over top. Bake 50 minutes. Serve with whipped topping or ice cream. — Tammy


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he said. “This is what God is to me,” he said. In essence, God is all about love, Young said. And the ways the book is working in others’ lives is both joyful and humbling. “I have over 50,000 e-mails from all over the world,” Young said. “But the person who sticks out to me most is a pastor’s daughter I met in Florida.” She grew up learning that when you were bad, God punished you, Young said. So when she learned she had cancer, she felt it was a direct result of something displeasing she’d done in her life. “She told me she wasn’t afraid to die, she was just afraid of the look of disgust God would give her,” he said. “She said the book changed her... she was no longer afraid to walk through the thin veil.” Of reading the book, Young said he would tell those who hadn’t read it or were struggling to get through it, to hang on. “The first five chapters are very wrenching,” he said. “It’s a mystery suspense wrapped up in it.” Young is looking forward to his appearance at Gardner-Webb. His

speaking engagement is scheduled as part of the university’s homecoming weekend activities. “I’m going to the homecoming game and I love colleges anyway,” he said. The whole journey – writing the Continued photo book, selling millions of copies – Bettina Donovan has volunteered more than 13 years at Mountains Branch Library, Young said it’s not about him at all. Lake Lure. She is retiring at the end of this month, said librarian Melanie Greenway. “This is a God thing,” he said. “There is no way to look at it and say it’s not.” Contact Flynn via e-mail at aflynn@ thedigitalcourier.com.

Upcoming events, new releases at Fireside

Oct. 13 – Fireside Book Club meets/ attends signing at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 – First Meeting of The Civil War Era Book club at 6 p.m. Interested in the Civil War Era? In brushing up on your History? Everyone is welcome. Nov. 6 – Author Event: Ed Southern visits Fireside for a reading/signing from 5 to 7 p.m.

Nov. 13 – Author Event: Local author Jim Schroyer visits Fireside with his debut novel, “Crossroads: The Wisdom of Grace,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fans of Jan Karon will enjoy this novel. Nov. 21 – Author Event: Bestselling authors Joan Medlicott and Celia Miles return to Fireside for a read-

ing/signing, from 1 to 3 p.m. All events are open to the public.

New Releases/Bestsellers ADULT RELEASES “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown “Don’t Look Twice” by Andrew Gross “Going Away Shoes” by Jill McCorkle CHILDREN’S “Dear Vampa” by Ross Collins “Vunce Upon a Time” by Jotto Seibold “Do Not Build a Frankenstein” by Neil Numbermann “The Happiest Hippo in the World” by Danielle Steel

Historical Society Book Club reading ‘Lost Plantations

FOREST CITY — The Rutherford County Historical Society book club and history discussion group is currently reading, “Lost Plantations of the South,” by Marc Matrana, M.D. The book will be discussed on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.. at the County Annex, 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton. Matrana will speak to the group via a speaker phone and answer questions and take comments about his new book. Matrana is a native of Louisiana and is currently the chief resident at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. In addition

to his medical career, Matrana has developed a solid reputation as a historian and author of award-winning books about the South. “Lost Plantations of the South,” was published by the University Press of Mississippi in September 2009. The book details the history of 60 plantation estates across 13 southern states and the story of their demise due to war, neglect, fire and vandalism. The book contains 189 vintage photographs selected from the archives of the Library of Congress. Matrana is an advocate for the preservation of antebellum-era

homes and buildings and encourages adaptive reuse of vacant historic structures. He also encourages community efforts that help steer commercial development away from historic sites and homes. “Lost Plantations of the South” is available at the Rutherford County Library. In addition, copies of Matrana’s first book, “Lost Plantation: The Rise and Fall of Seven Oaks,” can also be found at local libraries. For more information contact Robin S. Lattimore at 447-1474, or by e-mail at robinlattimore@rutherfordton.us.

Library’s photo contest winners announced FOREST CITY — Friends of Mountains Branch Library announce the 2009 Photo Contest Winners. The winning pictures will be featured in the Mountains Branch Library 2010 calendar. First place — Blaine Cox, Lake Lure, “Morning Moonset”; Dale Gray, Lake Lure, “Gold Finch on Blackeye Suzie”; Billie Nicholson, Lake Lure, “Blueboat & Reflections” Emily Gillespie, Lake Lure, “Rainbow over the Rock”;

Also Rob McComas, Mill Spring, “Sunset Sunrise, fishermen”; Jeffrey Smith, Rutherfordton, “Leaves on Deck” ; Sheila Spicer, Rutherfordton, “Wild Turkeys”, Mike Lumpkin, Lake Lure, “Rainy View from Bayfront; Also Beth Henson, Lake Lure, “Gazebo”; Chris Wolfe, Lake Lure, “Turtles”; Jane Howell, Lake Lure, “Rocky Broad #1”; and Bruce and Tina Ahart, Lake Lure, “Bottomless Pools.”

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