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Sunday, October 11, 2009, Forest City, N.C.
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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Team has varied duties Second of two parts By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer
Low: $2.23 High: $2.36 Avg.: $2.30
DEATHS Forest City
Margaret Head Ishel Gregory Mooresboro Trubie Jolley Elsewhere Ella Clark Page 5A
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
Please see Chaplains, Page 6A
MARKING 35 YEARS
Firefighters preparing for competition By JESSICA OSBORNE
Daily Courier Correspondent
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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
From staff reports
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
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
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.
n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 45 E-911 calls Friday.
n The Spindale Police Department responded to 22 E-911 calls Friday.
n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to eight E-911 calls Friday.
n The Forest City Police Department reponded to 95 E-911 calls Friday.
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 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 email@example.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
6A — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, October 11, 2009
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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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8A — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, October 11, 2009
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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 email@example.com
10A â€” The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, October 11, 2009
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Nation Today Stripper canâ€™t avoid cops
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) â€” 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€™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€” Viagra and pornography are not staples on the governmentâ€™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€™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€” 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€œRight now everything points to a tragic accident,â€? 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€™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€” 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.
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€™s mom still struggling DENVER (AP) â€” In the first detailed public remarks by any parent of the two Columbine killers, Dylan Kleboldâ€™s mother says she had no idea her son was suicidal until she read his journals after the 1999 high school massacre. Susan Kleboldâ€™s essay in next monthâ€™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€œFor the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused,â€? she wrote. â€œI cannot look at a child in a grocery store or on the street without thinking about how my sonâ€™s schoolmates spent the last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family, and about love.â€? The killersâ€™ 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€™t know her son was so disturbed. â€œDylanâ€™s participation in the massacre was impossible for me to accept until I began to connect it to his own death,â€? she wrote in excerpts released by the magazine ahead of Tuesdayâ€™s publication. â€œOnce 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€? 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€™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€œEarly 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€˜Dyl?â€™ All he said was â€˜Bye.â€™ The front door slammed, and his car sped down the driveway. His voice had sounded sharp. I figured he was mad because heâ€™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€? She said she had â€œno inklingâ€? how sick her son was. â€œFrom 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€™d had no inkling of the battle Dylan was waging in his mind.â€?
Instructors aided victim of stabbing at UCLA lab LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” Blood gushed from a studentâ€™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€œHer eyes rolled back in her head, I called out her name and told her to stay with me. She wasnâ€™t really responding. I think she could hear me,â€? 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€œHe was very calm and said he had stabbed someone,â€? 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€œI was in shock,â€? 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.
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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
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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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€” 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€™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€™s report shows the other critical piece of a labor market recovery â€” hiring â€” has yet to begin. their membership over the cliâ€œFewer people are facing job loss,â€? said Heidi mate change issue. Shierholz, an economist at Economic Policy In his push to pass regulatory Institute in Washington, â€œbut once you have lost changes, Obama and his adminyour job, you are in serious trouble.â€? istration also have been remarkThe departmentâ€™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€™s down from 3.7 million a year ago and half its peak in June 2007. Itâ€™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€œjobs gapâ€? of almost 10 million â€” 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€™s consumer effort, 500,000 new jobs per month, a pace of job creand from community banks that ation that hasnâ€™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€œThe recovery in output continues to be unacdicted that passage of a concompanied by a recovery in jobs,â€? said Nigel Gault sumer agency in the House was at IHS Global Insight. He expects the unemployâ€œvery likely.â€? 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€œThere are some sensible com- keting and communications professional laid off in March, is painfully aware of the competition. promises we can make,â€? 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€™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€™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€œDo we want to say, if a new pattern that comes up thatâ€™s abusive, that states canâ€™t intervene?â€? he asked.
Obama pushes consumer agency
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” 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€œMy 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€? 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€œTheyâ€™re doing what they always do â€” 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€? 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€œWe disagree that adding a new agency atop a broken regulatory system solves the problem
or closes regulatory gaps,â€? David Hirschmann, head of the chamberâ€™s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, said in a statement issued before the White House event. The chamber defended its lobbying efforts. â€œIt 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€? 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€œI was caught in a debt trap,â€? 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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