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FOREST CITY — Low voter turnout wasn’t much of a surprise to election officials for municipal races Tuesday, and early voting continued to be a popular choice for local politics. “It was about a More elec- 50 percent turnout rate in Lake tion news Page 2A Lure, but about 20 percent in the county overall,” said Debbie Bedford, director of elections. “This was not too different than what we were projecting.” Bostic’s vote saw a turnout of about 20 percent while Ellenboro’s races drew around 40 percent. For Forest City’s races the turnout percentage was around 20 percent, the same as it was in Rutherfordton and Spindale. Lake Lure’s election saw a 50 percent turnout in a race that was so closely focused on the town’s recent vacation rentals ordinance, that it was almost a referendum on that one issue. Voters showed they prefer the convenience of One Stop voting by casting many ballots ahead of the actual Nov. 3 election day — avoiding lines and being able to vote on their own schedules. “The early voting was not as large a percentage as it was last time, but people still chose to vote early,” Bedford said. “We had a lot of people come in Tuesday thinking they could vote at our office, as people

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Newly elected Rutherfordton mayor Jimmy Dancy (right) congratulates his opponent Darlene Harmon on a race well run.

Dancy elected mayor By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Jimmy Dancy was elected mayor of the town of Rutherfordton Tuesday, receiving 366 votes to defeat his opponent, Darlene Harmon, who got 257 votes in her first run for political office as she sought the town’s highest elected position. “I just may do it again,” Harmon said Tuesday night at the Rutherford County annex after congratulating Dancy. Harmon said her run for office was enjoyable and she had met a lot of “wonderful” people in Rutherfordton. “I enjoyed this and want to congratulate Jimmy,” she said. Dancy thanked the voters of Rutherfordton for their confidence in him. “Rutherfordton is a historical town and this is a very hum-

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Smart Start board member Sherry Bright (right) talks with other board members during Tuesday’s regular business meeting hosted by The Learning Tree in Forest City. Bright told the board she hopes to host the next meeting at Family Resources.

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FOREST CITY — Dennis Tarlton, in his first bid for office, was elected mayor Tuesday. Also, voters returned the two incumbents, Steve Holland and Shawn Moore, to commissioner seats. Tarlton defeated Keith Price and Tommy McBrayer. In unofficial returns, Tarlton had 307 votes, to 265 for Price and 138 for McBrayer. “I appreciate the support,” Tarlton said Tuesday night. “I want to thank everyone for their support and for the turnout.” “I look forward to working with the board. We have a great town manager and a great staff. We need to start work on getting the town to grow and to save and to look for an opportunity to make the town better.” Tarlton said he had heard that returns would come in quicker online than at the voting place at First Baptist Church, so he watched the vote from his

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FOREST CITY — An additional 5 percent state budget cut for the Rutherford/ Polk Smart Start Partnership means $94,689 fewer dollars from the agency, said Barry Gold, executive director. The additional 5 percent cut was announced shortly after the board’s September meeting. The initial reduction

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was $140,416. The budget was passed by the legislature with a projected cut of $15.9 million statewide. After the cuts were made, partnerships were notified that the additional 5 percent would be withheld. The additional 5 percent cut was made in the partnership’s Head Start program and on Tuesday, Gold said hopefully the funds Please see Budget, Page 3A

SPINDALE — Isothermal Community College’s board of trustees had their regular November meeting Thursday afternoon, but it was more like a continuation of their annual leadership retreat — which continues today. At the meeting, board members heard reports about ongoing development efforts, learned of some high dollar gifts and donations and passed a pandemic influenza plan. During her executive committee report, college President Myra Johnson informed the board about ongoing efforts with the college’s radio station WNCW to cross promote bluegrass festival Merle-Fest. She also told the board about the radio station’s efforts to promote the Snuffy Jenkins Festival. The college’s influenza response plan includes a Pandemic Response Task Force as the group responsible for the school’s actions if there is a pandemic outbreak of influenza. The plan Please see ICC, Page 6A


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Ellenboro votes four into office By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer

ELLENBORO — Voters on Tuesday returned two aldermen to office and selected two newcomers for the board in unofficial returns. The top vote-getters of the night are brothers, Jim and Mike Rhyne. Jim Rhyne retained the unexpired-term seat to which he had been appointed earlier after the resignation of an alderman. He received 96 votes. Rhyne was opposed in the race by Perry Whisnant, the mayor’s brother. He received 66 votes, or 40.49 percent, compared to Rhyne’s 58.90 percent Mike Rhyne was elected to fill one of the three Associated Press full terms, with 92 votes, or 18.62 percent of the vote. Mary Ann Dotson (left) campaigned for most of the day just outside the polling station for Lake Lure at the Mountain Branch Library in Bill’s Creek. Current board member Allan “Bunt” Black also was returned to the board, with 79 votes, or 15.99 percent. He, too, was appointed to the board after the resignation of an alderman. Voters also put newcomer Lee Allen on the board, with 77 votes, or 15.59 percent. Truett Murray, the other incumbent, was not By SCOTT BAUGHMAN people that I didn’t know but what is right for the town,” Keith returned to office. He had 65 votes, or 13.16 perhave come to know and their said. “The first thing is after Daily Courier Staff Writer cent. support put me in this position. I some recent work on some of The other current board member whose term LAKE LURE — Bob Keith want to represent all of the peothe rental ordinances we found expires, Paul Holland, chose not to run for rehas been elected mayor and will ple of the town for the benefit of ourselves a very split town and election. serve with newly elected comall of them.” there was a very divisive nature Other candidates for the three full-term board missioners Mary Ann Dotson in town. The first thing is to seats, and their vote totals, were: Michael Jennings and Jon Moore. Moore said he was also surrestore harmony and there is with 24 votes, Donald Mace with 55 votes, Patrice Keith defeated Bill Frykberg prised, but ready to get to work some healing to be done. The Lynn Mayes with 31 votes and John Morrow, with by 383 votes to 206. Moore was for the town. real challenge right not is to get 71 votes. the top vote-getter for the com“I knew it was going to be a everyone moving in the same missioners race getting 293 direction. One of the opportunivotes while Dotson received 265. close election and I had a lot of friends working hard for me ties is always to look for ways to Incumbent commissioner Bill and was really happy to see the reduce costs and save money in Beason got 252 votes, Rick Coley results,” Moore said. “We need the budget. We pay a lot of taxes received 241 votes and Melvin Continued from Page 1A to work together because there here in Lake Lure to the county Owensby got 105 votes. has been a rift in the community and we want to make sure we home. High voter turnout was the over here. We need to work to are getting our money’s worth.” Holland, who listened to the returns at First theme for the day in this resort heal that and going forward we Dotson added she was hopeful Baptist, said, “I’m very humbled by the vote today. town, as candidates and poll need more openness in the way to bring growth to the town. I’m very thankful for the citizens of Forest City workers alike saw voters steadily the town conducts business as coming out and voting. And I want to thank both arriving at the Mountain Branch far as the way we proceed on “The current council has done candidates. They have both run a great campaign. Library to cast their ballots. The working through ordinances.” a number of things and have I just appreciate what they did, and most of all voter turnout was around 50 Keith said his first goal as some things moving forward — percent. mayor was to restore unity in the like the new school — that we’re I’m thankful to the citizens. I look forward to four “I was a little overwhelmed,” town, but he was also keeping an counting on making more fami- more years.” The new mayor will serve a two-year term. Dotson said. “This has been eye on budget issues. lies able to come to Lake Lure,” Commission candidates serve a four-year term. quite an experience with towns“I’m looking forward to doing Dotson added. Moore, also at First Baptist, said, “I feel good. I feel like I’ve done what I was supposed to do while I served on the board. I’ve always voted the best for the town. I think Steve and I have worked well together, well I think the whole board worked well together. We’ve had a lot of issues that we had to By SCOTT BAUGHMAN jobs and there are no jobs here second with 171 votes leading go through, during this last year that we had to that they can get. I’m going to Kirton who had 163 votes. Tom Daily Courier Staff Writer make a lot of tough decisions, but we made them. really work toward trying to get Lawrence finished next with And I feel good with what the people have said. All SPINDALE — Incumbent some better businesses in here. 104 votes and Terry Dixon got of the candidates were super nice guys. I enjoyed council member Tommy Hardin They’ll have to be small busi68 votes. Most of the candidates it. I want to wish Tony well, of course, and I hope eked out a win Tuesday night nesses because all the textiles and poll workers saw low turnhe will run again. I look forward to working with defeating newcomer Andrew are gone. The buildings are here, outs at the Spindale House, a the board and whomever is going to be our next Kirton by a scant eight votes. but nobody wants that kind of fact that didn’t surprise Searcy. mayor.” Hardin will be joined on the “This was a small turnout but Unofficial returns announced at First Baptist board by former councilman and business any more. I hope we will all work together to get even then it was an off year election,” showed Tarlton with 59 votes in Forest City sheriff Ed Searcy. more small businesses to come Searcy said. “There’s no vote for Precinct 1, 108 in Precinct 2 and 14 in the Sandy Mayor Mickey Bland was rein here and so everyone can get president so I expected this.” Mush precinct. He received 126 early votes and elected handily as he faced no a job. And I know you still have The race was the first election absentee votes. opposition. to worry about whether the town as candidates for Dixon and Price had 77 votes in Precinct 1, 101 in Precinct “I knew I’d worked hard and has any money. It will take a Kirton. 2 and 8 in Sandy Mush, along with 79 early votes a lot of people helped me, all lot of study and we’ll depend on “This has been an eye-opening and absentee votes. those voters out there put me our mayor and town manager to experience for me,” Kirton said. McBrayer had 49 votes in Precinct 1, 54 in in so that was good. This is the work hard and get it done.” Dixon said, “I’m definitely Precinct 2 and no votes in Sandy Mush, along with first time I’ve been on since Hardin could not be reached going to run again next time 35 early votes and absentee votes. 1995,” Searcy said. “The confor comment. around, regardless of these Unofficially, Tarlton had 43.24 percent of the cern of people out here that I’ve Searcy received the most votes results. There are things that I vote, compared to 37.32 percent for Price and talked to is that they don’t have garnering 319. Hardin was want to get done. ” 19.44 percent for McBrayer. Holland was the leading vote-getter among the commissioner candidates. Unofficially, he received 544 votes, compared to 408 for Moore and 267 for Smith. Also unofficially, Holland got 160 votes in BOSTIC — The issue in the Wright, Keith Dobbins and Jeff dates will be vying for four-year Precinct 1, 201 in Precinct 2 and 12 in Sandy town on Election Day wasn’t Swink will serve two-year terms. terms as well. Mush, along with 171 early votes and absentee who was going to win, since the The town board is moving Lattimore was the leading votes. race was uncontested. It was toward staggered terms for candidate, receiving 33 votes. Moore got 117 votes in Precinct 1, 167 in Precinct who would win the four-year board members. To get to that Hollifield got 28 votes. 2 and 12 in Sandy Mush, along with 112 early votes board terms and who would be goal, the top two vote-getters in Wright had 27 votes, followed and absentee votes. elected to the two-year terms. this election will serve four-year by Dobbins and Swink, tied with Smith got 62 votes in Precinct 1, 111 in Precinct The top two vote-getters, Bill terms, while the next three will 26 votes. 2 and 9 in Sandy Mush, along with 85 early votes Lattimore and Mike Hollifield, serve two-year terms until the Mayor Mitch Harrill, also and absentee votes. will serve four-year terms. David next election, when those candiunopposed, received 32 votes. There were no write-in votes in either election.

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will be returned in the future. However, even with the additional cuts in services, program director Cathy Brooks said, “We are breathing a sigh of relief the cuts didn’t cause us to have to eliminate other programs,” she said. Gold said in the past few days, Gov. Beverly Perdue has announced some money is reverting back into the state’s Smart Start programs. “We’ll get a little back, we don’t know what yet, but we’ll take anything,” Gold said. Brooks told the board the reduction of state funds has affected Smart Start’s program. There is a 219 person waiting list for day care subsidies from Rutherford County’s DSS and 25 on the waiting list in Polk County. There is a waiting list of 25 people wanting to be involved in Parents as Teachers and there is also a waiting list for day care workers wanting to participate in the insurance benefit program. Gold also told the board, the July 2010 merger Jean Gordon/Daily Courier of Smart Start and More at Four, has expanded to include the consolidation of all State Early Emergency responders work to free Martha Moore Horton, 55, from her 2000 GMC Yukon Tuesday morning Childhood Initiatives. A task force will be appointafter it was struck by a Schwan commercial vehicle on Oakland Road/Birch Hutchins intersection in Forest City. ed to study the merger. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Horton, of Sulphur Springs Church Road, Forest City, was drivGold also reported the Nurse Family Partnership ing north on Oakland when Terry Lee Terrance, 30, of Asheville, was driving the Schwan vehicle and failed to yield and pulled into the path of the Yukon. The impact pushed the Yukon into a fence on the corner of McDade is continuing to add families from the three parand Oakland roads before it came to a rest in the ditch bank. She was transported to Rutherford Hospital by ticipating counties, McDowell, 22, Rutherford, 44 Rutherford County EMS where she was treated and released. Terrance was charged with failure to yield to stop and Polk, 23. sign. Estimated damage to her car is $5,000 and the truck damage about $3,500. NCHP Thad Condrey investiAlso Tuesday, the board received the 2008-2009 gated. Also at the scene were the S-D-O fire department, and Rutherford County EMS. annual report. The Smart Start programs, funds expended and highlights are: n WAGE$ is an education based salary supplement program for teachers, directors and family child care providers; $81,029 expended; Traditionally the turnover rate in child care faciliPrince St.; charged with assault ties is high, but the WAGE$ program offers incenof 291 Old Church St.; charged Sheriff’s Reports with simple possession of sched- with a deadly weapon; released tives for employes to stay in the same job; last year n The Rutherford County on a $1,000 unsecured bond. there was a 8 percent turnover rate in Rutherford/ Sheriff’s Office responded to 116 ule IV controlled substance; (SPD) placed under a $500 secured Polk; the state goal is to have less than 25 percent; E-911 calls Monday. n Brittney Ann Twyman, 20, bond. (FCPD) n Insurance Benefit for Child Care, provides of 106 Rice Rd.; charged with n Ascension Resendiz Lopez, reimbursement for a portion of health insurance Rutherfordton local ordinance consume beer/ 42, of 119 Park Circle; charged covers for qualified child care employees; $207,107 wine underage; placed under a with possession with intent to n The Rutherfordton Police expended; $1,500 secured bond. (SPD) manufacture, sell and deliver responded to 28 E-911 calls. n Child Care Resource and Referral, 83 percent schedule IV controlled substance n Ashley Lynn Leija reported of the child care workforce attended at least one an assault with a deadly weapon. and maintain vehicle/ dwelling/ training during the year; $105,000; Citations place for controlled substance; n Child Care Subsidy, Polk County, $88,551; n Heather Marie Wilson, 23, placed under a $5,000 secured n Child Care Subsidy and Subsidy Enhancement, Spindale of Shalom Place, Mooresboro; bond. (FCPD) Rutherford County, $510,406; cited for possession of marijuana n The Spindale Police respondn Ulises Gonzales Bautista, 24, n Parents as Teachers, $139,000; and possession of drug paraed to 27 E-911 calls. of 191 Park Circle; charged with n Head Start, 76 children received developmenphernalia; released on a written felony possession of cocaine, tal screening and 77 parents participated in home promise to appear. (FCPD) Lake Lure misdemeanor possession of visits, $43,379; schedule VI controlled subn Even Start: program focuses on educational n The Lake Lure Police EMS/Rescue stance and possession of drug needs of the whole family; $62,331; responded to one E-911 call. paraphernalia; placed under a n Mother Learn, Child Transportation: program n The Rutherford County EMS $9,000 secured bond. (FCPD) where young mothers can complete high school or responded to 26 E-911 calls. Forest City n Toby Garrett Myers, 39, of receive high school education, $46,937. n The Volunteer Life Saving n The Forest City Police 326 Dover Rd.; charged with n Dental Care for Kids: 1,066 parents particiand Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge responded to 83 E-911 calls. possession of drug parapherpated in one-on-one education at Collins Dental EMS and Rutherford County n An officer reported an incinalia; placed under a $3,000 Clinic; 229 children birth to five received dental Rescue responded to eight calls. dent of possession of marijuana secured bond. (RCSD) treatment; $66,829. and possession of drug paran Michael Staunton Van phernalia. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@thedigitalcourier. Fire Calls Winkle, 53, of 629 Old Buffalo com. n An employee of the Town of Church Rd.; charged with littern Forest City responded to a Forest City reported an incident ing not greater than 15 pounds, gas leak and to a motor vehicle of larceny and interfering with a driving while license revoked, crash. meter. (See arrest of Beaver.) possession of drug paraphernalia n Rutherfordton responded to n Cheryl Dash reported a lost and simple possession of scheda motor vehicle crash. or stolen pocketbook. ule VI controlled substance; n SDO responded to a motor n Sherrie McMellion reported placed under an $1,800 secured vehicle crash and to a brush fire. an incident of obtaining propbond. (RCSD) n Spindale responded to a erty by false pretenses. n Jeffrey Lewis Smith, 48, of motor vehicle crash. n William Ted Brackett report- 218 Pheasant Run; charged with ed an incident of obtaining prop- felony worthless check; placed Accidents under a $10,000 secured bond. erty by false pretenses. n Rashada Chantal Blanton, (RCSD) n An officer of the Forest City 28, of Forest City, was taken to n Cean Hollis Smith, 44, of Police Department reported Rutherford Hospital Monday 218 Pheasant Run; charged with an incident of recovered stolen morning as the result of a twodefrauding an innkeeper; placed property, possession of schedule vehicle accident on Railroad under a $10,000 secured bond. VI controlled substance and posAvenue in Rutherfordton. (RCSD) session of drug paraphernalia. According to police, Jimmie n Kenya Deun Hughes, 25, of n Stacy Wilson reported an Lee Camp, 62, of Levi Street, 398 S. Church St.; charged with incident of breaking and enterRutherfordton, was driving a misdemeanor probation violaing and larceny. 2004 Jaguar and was making a tion on misdemeanor larceny; n An officer reported an inciright hand turn onto Railroad placed under a $6,300 cash dent of finding property that Avenue from a stopped posibond. (RCSD) belongs to Dangie McKinney. tion when Blanton, driving a n Ashley Lynn Leija, 23, 1997 Honda, was turning onto of 302 Green St., Apt. 4, Arrests East 2nd Street from Railroad Rutherfordton; charged with Avenue. n Chassitty Beaver, 20, of assault with a deadly weapon; Camp’s vehicle struck Blanton’s Cherry Mountain Street, Forest no bond. (RPD) car in the side at an angle. City; charged with larceny and n Michael Kareem Hannon, Damage to Blanton’s car was interfering with a utility meter; 24, of 740 E. Howard St., Tryon; estimated at $2,000 and damreleased on a written promise to charged with assault with a age to the Jaguar at $1,000. appear. (FCPD) deadly weapon; no bond. (RPD) There were no charges. n Barbara Ann Blanton, 25, Anthony Vento Ross, 49, of 214

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he latest Elon Poll found that North Carolinians see a need for health care reform. According to the poll, three out of four residents believe the system needs reform. There is nothing surprising in those numbers. People in this state and across the nation know that health care is expensive and that the cost of insurance is getting out of hand. The major focus of the health reform efforts in Washington is on getting more people insured, a worthy goal, but a goal that by itself will do little to address the real problem which is the soaring cost of health care services. There are parts of the legislation being discussed that address some of the cost issues, but very little attention is being paid to those. Unless the cost aspect of the problem is addressed forcefully, then insuring more people will have only mixed results. Those people who get insurance will be helped, but they will still be paying heavily for medical care.

Our readers’ views Expresses concern about Afghanistan To the editor: I am becoming increasingly more concerned about the lack of a coherent policy on the conduct of operations in Afghanistan and especially over the inaction of President Obama regarding immediate decisions required now. Upon his election, after declaring that Afghanistan was the key area of conflict in the Middle East, our new President declared that he was going to increase the number of troops there ... a necessary move, I would add. Then, after the removal of General McKiernan, who was obeying previous instructions, General McCrystal was sent in to conduct a “new” strategy similar to that which has been successful under General Petraeus in Iraq. However, after General McCrystal assumed command, he found that the Taliban was increasing its attacks against US troop positions and civilian targets. The general, in my opinion, correctly requested more troops to meet the threat. But now, our President has had a change of mind. For whatever reasons, primarily, I fear, based upon those political, Mr Obama has decided to base his strategy on a new “study” of the Afghan situation. This would be just fine, except for one “small” problem: American troops are dying while we await a Presidential decision. The President is charged by the US Constitution to be Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces. As such, he has a direct responsibility for the conduct of combat operations.

While the President has every right to decide the strategy to be employed, the fact remains that increased offensive action now being waged by the Taliban requires immediate action on his part to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan, regardless of whatever decision he may make. Thus, more troops are needed NOW. In addition to determining strategy, Mr Obama must also decide upon his objectives in the Middle East. If, as he has previously declared, his objectives in Afghanistan are to defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban; then he should provide General McCrystal, without delay, the troops necessary to achieve success. Chuck Ross Lake Lure

Offers thoughts on county work furloughs To the editor: I am writing about the article, County workers face three-day layoffs without pay. Does this mean all county employees including the county manager and all department heads? I believe the county commissioners should give back three months pay or more to be fair about asking people to take days off without pay. I think that would be leading by example. I hope the county commissioners do not make any cuts to the sheriff’s department or to the EMS department. I for one do not want to see any cuts that might have an effect on the health and safety of the citizens. No one likes to hear of people losing their pay or maybe losing their job. Everyone knows how

bad times are with the economy in the shape it is in. I think that if there are layoffs to come in county jobs, that maybe the commissioners should look at the planning department, the building and inspection department or maybe parks and recreation. If you look at the companies all over the county, they have had to lay people off and in some cases they have adjusted wages. I think the county has to operate like a company. Johnny Lowery Henrietta

Says letter writer might find better hobbies To the editor: I am amazed at how much free time some people have. Ralph Haulk of Forest City is one. I would love to have time to write as many letters to a newspaper as he does, but think I could find more interesting hobbies if I did have that much free time. Dawn Harris Mooresboro

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Easley testimony proved to be a riveting spectacle RALEIGH – The spectacle of a former governor testifying under oath before the state board of elections about corruption allegations didn’t just make political history in North Carolina. It also served to focus the state’s attention on a single moment in time – Mike Easley’s desperate attempt, broadcast live online and over the air, to save his hide. One great thing about modern technology is that it eliminates gatekeepers. Provided with the opportunity to witness events live, citizens can draw their own conclusions. They don’t have to rely on others to convert raw reality into bite-sized nuggets of news. Speaking just as one member of the audience, however, I heard a man start out confidently, employ his usual blarney to evade the early questions, and then begin to fall apart. Easley’s charm became smarmy. His bravado became arrogant. His faulty recollections became evasive.

John Hood Syndicated columnist

I have no way to predict with certainty what happens next. It seems likely that some of the allegations may lead to elections board fines against the Easley campaign, the Democratic Party, or both. It may lead to a referral to law enforcement. Various of the Easley scandals are already under investigation by state and federal authorities. The story is far from over, but anyone who tells you he knows how it will end is either fooling you or himself. Still, I can offer this prediction: many North Carolina politicians and activists are going to try to change the subject. They are going to argue that whatever Mike Easley and his allies did wrong

proves the need to “banish big money from North Carolina politics” through tighter campaign-finance limits and, ultimately, replacing voluntary private funding of campaigns with coercive taxpayer funding of campaigns. Something similar happened when former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps was convicted and sent to the slammer. It happened again when Frank Ballance, a former congressman and state senate majority whip, was convicted and sent to the slammer. It happened big time when former House Speaker Jim Black and his cronies were convicted and sentenced either to fines or to prison time. Once again, this is not about campaign-finance reform. People who assert that are actually making future corruption more likely, not less likely – hardly their intention, but so what? Mike Easley was a district attorney. He was attorney

general of North Carolina for eight years. He was governor for eight years. He knew the laws. He knew the ethical standards North Carolina sets for its government officials. He didn’t get into trouble because the rules were unclear, or because his opponents were better funded, or because he suffered some devastating personal loss that tempted him to accept unreported gifts, consume state resources for personal use, or get his wife a cushy job at N.C. State University. Easley did what he did because he felt entitled. And he figured he could get away with it. If it turns out that he was personally involved in schemes to evade the campaign finance laws, he no doubt figured that North Carolina would be better off if he was in charge of state government and so whatever needed to be done was justified. If limits on campaign donations are further tightened, those who feel personally entitled and adhere to

ends-justify-the-means ethics will simply find new ways to evade the rules. If direct private support to candidates is abolished, people and institutions with a strong interest in government policy and lots of cash will just find new ways to help elect politicians with whom they agree. To believe one could ever eliminate such influence is to engage in fantasy. What’s worse, it is simply to argue that a new set of powerful interests – such as media companies and ideologically motivated foundations capable of expending big dollars outside the rules – ought to wield more power. So it’s both fanciful and dangerous. If you blame the system rather than the perpetrator, you’re making excuses for his behavior. Like North Carolina’s growing list of disgraced politicians, Mike Easley doesn’t deserve it. Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation.


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Obituaries Julius Greene Julius Fay Greene, 91, of Spindale, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Hospice House in Forest City. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Byrd and Lucy Earwood Greene, and was the widower of Ella Mae Wise Greene. He was a member of Fellowship Holiness Church. Survivors include two sons, Julius Byrd Greene of Forest City, and Harlan McGinnis of Rutherfordton; three daughters, Doris Ebert of Bostic, Maxine McKinney of Danieltown, and Dorlis Roberts of Forest City; one brother, Amos Greene of Kings Mountain; two sisters, Elsie Brewer of Gastonia, and Nadine Tessnear of Rutherfordton; and a number of grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and greatgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Crowe’s Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Gantt officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Concluding services will be held at Spindale City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. The family will be at the home of Dorlis Roberts. Online condolences www. crowemortuary.com.

Patricia Whiteside Patricia Ann “Pat” Whiteside, of 119 Summerdale Lane, Lake Lure, died Thursday Oct. 29, 2009, at her home. Survivors include three sons, Scott Fernanders of Gaffney, S.C., and Terry Whiteside and Gerald Whiteside, both of Lake Lure; one daughter, Mana McDowell of Shelby; six brothers, Walter Petty, J.E. Fernanders and Joseph Fernanders, all of Mt. Holly, Freddie Petty, Charles Fernanders, and Troy Fernanders, all of Stanley; and one sister, Estelle Palmer of Charlotte. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Baptist Church, Lake Lure, with the Rev. Edgar Waters officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m., and visitation is from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Thompson’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Driver Charles B. Driver, 84, of Forest City, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at Hospice House in Forest City. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Robert Driver and Decenia Bolt Driver, and the widower of Dorothy Driver. He served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by two daughters, Peggy Davidson of Gaffney, S.C., and Matilda Hale of McMinnville, Tenn.; five sons, Gary Driver of Bessemer City, Ronnie Driver and Donnie Driver, of Forest City, Douglas Driver of McMinnville, Tenn., and Kenny Driver of Ellenboro; 19 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Sunset Memorial Park with the Rev. Ted Blankenship officiating. Full military honors will be accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Arrangements are being handled by McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Online condolences www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Smart Ruby C. Smart, 94, of Henrietta, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in

Shelby. Born in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Sam J. Crawley and Ola Padgett Crawley. She was a homemaker, worked as a salesperson, and retired as a nursing assistant from Greene’s Nursing Center. She was the oldest living member of Haynes Memorial Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher for years and a member of the WMU. She was also a volunteer Bible class teacher at the Senior Citizen Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Addie Smart. Survivors include one son, Joe Smart of Ft. Worth, Texas; two daughters, Peggy Alley of Forest City, and Suzanne Cranford of Charlottesville, Va.; five grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday at Haynes Memorial Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Battle and Tim Frazier officiating. Interment will follow in the Calvary Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 at Harrelson Funeral Home. At other times the family will gather at the Smart residence in Henrietta. Online condolences www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com.

Gary Bishop Gary Marion Bishop, 45, of 876 Scruggs Road, Forest City, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Hospice House in Forest City. Born in Vero Beach, Fla., he was a son of Bunnie Bishop and the late Nippy Bishop. He worked construction most of his life. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 12 years, Melissa Bishop; one daughter, Alecia Bishop of the home; two brothers, Johnnie Bishop and Billy Strawder, both of St. Cloud, Fla.; and a nephew and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A private memorial service has been planned. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com.

Elenora Mathis Elenora McKinney Mathis, 86, of 156 Cotton Patch Road, Ellenboro, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Rutherford Hospital. Born in Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas J. McKinney and Ollie Burleson McKinney. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, James Mathis. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Mathis of Ellenboro, and Carroll Mathis of Hazelwood; one daughter, Lorraine Mathis of Ellenboro; two brothers, Charles McKinney and Ivan

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McKinney, both of Asheville; two sisters, Clota Burleson of Asheville, and Emma Tincher of Sacramento, Calif.; and three grandchildren. A private memorial service and inurnment has been planned. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family.

He is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Jamial Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Thompson’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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Sue Davis Sue Elizabeth Davis, 56, of 825 New Hampton Road, Apt. 9, Spindale, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Rutherford Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Thompson’s Mortuary.

Verdie Womack Verdie Edna Jolley Womack, 90, of 3002 McCraw Road, Mooresboro, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at Hospice and Palliative Care of Cleveland County. A native of Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late L.J. Jolley and Mary Etta McCraw Jolley. She was a member of Prospect Baptist Church, where she was a long-time Sunday School teacher. She was retired from Cone Mills, Cliffside Plant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse W. Womack. She is survived by one sister, Alma Jolley of Mooresboro, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Prospect Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernie Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC 28150; or Prospect Baptist Church, 2411 Prospect Baptist Church Road, Mooresboro, NC 28114 McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is serving the Womack Family. Online condolences www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com.

Bernerd Harding CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Bernerd Harding, a World War II pilot from New Hampshire who went on a quest to find his buried pilot’s wings in Germany 65 years after his B-24 bomber was shot down, died Tuesday at age 90. Harding never found his wings during his September trip to Germany, but was given a bracelet belonging to another American airman shot down to return to his family. Later that month, Harding was a passenger in the Witchcraft — the last B-24 still flying. He sat in the cockpit behind the pilots in a 30-minute flight from Laconia to Manchester. Harding knew then his cancer was progressing and that would be his last landing. Harding had said that his last WWII mission — the 14th of his military career — was incomplete without one more landing. September’s was “close enough,” he said. “It was fun. It was worth it. It’s history,” he said after the flight. Harding was a 25-year-old first lieutenant on a mission to bomb Bernburgh, Germany, when his B-24 was shot down on the way back to his base in England. Fighters crippled his plane, forcing him and his crew to bail out with their parachutes. Harding waited for the others to jump, then turned and saluted a German fighter pilot for not blowing up the plane with the men inside. Harding’s B-24, nicknamed Georgette, was shot down a month after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, on July 7, 1944. One member of Harding’s crew was killed.

Clarence Mills Clarence Mills, of 512 Cherry Mountain St., Forest City, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at Hospice House in Forest City. He was a member and trustee of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, and a member of Sunbeam Lodge in Rutherfordton.

Julius Fay Greene Mr. Julius Fay Greene, age 91, loving husband and daddy, passed away Monday, November 2, 2009 at Hospice House of Forest City. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Byrd and Lucy Earwood Greene and was the widower of the late Ella Mae Wise Greene. He was a member of Fellowship Holiness Church and retired from Broyhill Furniture Co. He is survived by two sons, Julius Byrd Greene of Forest City and Harlan McGinnis of Rutherfordton; three daughters, Doris Ebert of Bostic, Maxine McKin-ney of Danieltown and Dorlis Roberts of Forest City; one brother, Amos Greene of Kings Mountain; two sisters, Elsie Brewer of Gastonia and Nadine Tessnear of Rutherfordton. A number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be held at 3pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at Crowe’s Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bobby Gantt and Mrs. Dee Hardin. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Concluding services will be held at Spindale City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. The family will be at the home of Dorlis Roberts. Online condolences: www.crowemortuary.com Pd. Obit.

Verdie Womack Verdie Edna Jolley Womack, 90, of 3002 McCraw Road, Mooresboro died Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at Hospice and Palliative Care of Cleveland County. A native of Cleveland County she was born September 17, 1919, a daughter of the late L.J. Jolley and Mary Etta McCraw Jolley. She was a member of Prospect Baptist Church where she was a long time Sunday School teacher and was retired from Cone Mills Cliffside Plant. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse W. Womack, seven brothers and two sisters. She is survived by one sister, Alma Jolley of Mooresboro, NC and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 3:00P.M. Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Prospect Baptist Church with Rev. Ernie Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or Prospect Baptist Church, 2411 Prospect Baptist Church Road, Mooresboro, NC 28114 McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is serving the Womack Family. Online condolences: www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com

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Claude Levi-Strauss PARIS (AP) — Claude Levi-Strauss, widely considered the father of modern anthropology for work that included theories about commonalities between tribal and industrial societies, has died. He was 100. The French intellectual was regarded as having reshaped the field of anthropology, introducing structuralism — concepts about common patterns of behavior and thought, especially myths, in a wide range of human societies. Defined as the search for the underlying patterns of thought in all forms of human activity, structuralism compared the formal relationships among elements in any given system.

Francisco Ayala MADRID (AP) — Francisco Ayala, a novelist, sociologist and one of Spain’s leading scholars, died Tuesday at age 103 after outliving the dictatorship that led him to flee into exile. Ayala’s foundation said he died of natural causes at his home in Madrid. Ayala won many prestigious prizes in Spain, from the Cervantes award — considered the Spanish-language equivalent of the Nobel for literature — in 1991 to the Prince of Asturias in 1998.

Ruby C. Smart Ruby C. Smart, age 94, of Henrietta, died Monday, November 2, 2009 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby. Ruby was born on April 27, 1915 in Rutherford County to the late Sam J. Crawley and Ola Padgett Crawley. Besides being a wonderful homemaker, she worked as a salesperson and retired as a nursing assistant from Greene’s Nursing Center. She was the oldest living member of Haynes Memorial Baptist Church where she faithfully served as a Sunday School Teacher for years and a member of the WMU. She was also a volunteer bible class teacher at the Senior Citizen Center and served in helping take blood pressure readings. She will be known as a devoted friend, wife, mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Addie Smart and by two sisters, Mary Crawley and Hazel Kiser. Survivors include one son, Joe Smart and his wife, Peggy, of Ft. Worth, TX; two daughters, Peggy Alley of Forest City and Suzanne Cranford and her husband, Jeff, of Charlottesville, VA; five grandchildren, Joann Parker and her husband, Brad, of Weatherford, TX, Kathy Baker and her husband, Darryl, of Ponder, TX, Marcus Alley of Forest City, Anna Whitcomb and her husband, Lee, of Waynesboro, VA and William Cranford of Charlottesville; four great grandchildren, Kyle Williams of Weatherford, Samuel Whitcomb, Eli Whitcomb and Catherine Whitcomb all of Waynesboro, VA. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and dedicated friends. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Haynes Memorial Baptist Church with Reverend Charles Battle and Reverend Tim Frazier officiating. Interment will follow in the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Harrelson Funeral Home. At other times the family will be gathered at the residence in Henrietta. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family. An online guest registry is available at: www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com Paid obit

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Meetings/other DAR meeting: Griffith Rutherford NSDAR Chapter will meet Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Isothermal Community College, Red Room. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. Program will be the Good Citizens award winners and their guests from local schools. Shag Club: The Rutherford County Shag Club will meet Friday, Nov. 6, at Club LA in Spindale. Anyone interested in beach music or shag dancing is invited to participate. New Beginner I and Beginner II classes now forming. For Information call 287-9228. Free video presentation: “Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?” will be be shown Saturday, Nov. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 1186 Hudlow Rd., Forest City. For more information call 288-8058. An informative and entertaining porgram sponsored by the Rutherford 912 Group. Irish Traditional Music: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2:15 p.m., at Mountains Branch Library, Lake Lure; Irish Fest and Annual Friends of the Mountains Branch Library annual meeting, featuring Adrian Rice and the Belfast Boys. Annual corporation meeting: Cherry Mountain Volunteer Fire Department; Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., at the fire department; anyone (age 16 and up) that lives within or owns property within this fire district are members of the corporation. Alumni breakfast: Harris High School Alumni; Tuesday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m., Turner’s Restaurant (back dining room) in Chesnee, S.C.; Dutch treat; for additional information contact Joan at 245-2658. New club: Inventors Club of America is starting a new chapter in the Tri-City area. Interested persons contact Sam McIlwain at 828 288-0090. Limited membership available.

Reunions 30-year reunion: East Rutherford Class of 1979; Nov. 7, at the Forest City Clubhouse; for more information contact A. Elliott at 245-0361; or via email mcelliott@bellsouth. net. Band reunion: East Rutherford Cavalier Band (1966-1976) members under W. W. Jacobus (1966-1976); planned for August 7, 2010 at the high school cafeteria; to be added to the mailing list email cavalierbanderhs@yahoo.com or by mail, P.O. Box 934, Forest City.

Fundraisers School fundraiser: A portion of the sales on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Courtside Eatery will go to the Knights of the Round Table (PTO) at R-S Middle School. Annual craft sale: Friday, Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Senior Center, 193 Callahan-Koon Rd., Spindale; baked goods, handmade crafts, Christmas decorations and much more. Church fundraiser: Saturday, Nov. 7, begins at 7 a.m., Christian Celebration Church, 4517 BosticSunshine Hwy., baked goods and yard sale items; grilled chicken plates go on sale around noon. “A Touch of Christmas” bazaar: Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at First Wesleyan Church; sponsored by the Wesleyan Women; country store, gift mixes, baked and canned goods; wreaths, handpainted gifts, gift baskets, ornaments, designer bags, pillows, wallhangings, snowmen, Santas, place mats and gifts. Poor man’s supper: Saturday, Nov. 14, begins at 4:30 p.m., Gilkey Clubhouse; ages 12 and up, $6; ages 11 and under, $3; homemade meal and desserts; all proceeds go to Anath Christian Academy; sponsored by the Academy and Welcome Home Baptist Church

Religion Revival: Pastor Lindon Frost from Jasper, Ala., will speak Nov. 5, 6 and 7, at the Temple of Jesus Church in Lake Lure. Services will begin at 7 each night. Rev. Lloyd Montgomery, pastor. 45th Anniversary service: Sunday, Nov. 8, Main Street Baptist Church, Spindale; worship service 11 a.m.; lunch will follow; afternoon singing at 2 with Land of the Sky Boys (formerly the Kingsmen); a love offering will be taken. Community Thanksgiving service: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m., Corinth Baptist Church, on Pinehurst Road between Old US 74 and Tiney Road, Ellenboro; sponsored by several churches from the Ellenboro area.

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Election officials, from left, Wendy Hodge, Rhonda Hardin and Jan Hill wait for voters at Bostic Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

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ty annex all day and agreed it had been a very long day. “When we got here the moon was above the building, now it’s over there,” Clements said. “We’ve been here to see the moon rise and set,” he said.

Political newcomer Stan Clements was the top vote getter in the race for Rutherfordton Town Council receiving 405 votes in his first-ever run for public office. “I am very pleased and very humbled,” said Clements. “This is big responsibility and I had a lot of support. I don’t want to let the voters down.” Voters also returned its incumbent town councilman Terry Cobb to the board by a slim seven-vote margin with Dennis Hill coming in a close third with 339 votes.

“This race is neck and neck,” said Hill, who later conceded to Cobb as they waited the final votes to be counted. Hill said the “voters” won in Rutherfordton as they were given choices for mayor and for town council. Cobb, who received 339 votes, thanked the voters for their vote of confidence and said he will continue to make the decisions he believes will be in the best interest of the people. “I want to thank everybody. All the candidates were excellent choices,” he said. Cobb was already busy picking up his political signs at 9:30 p.m. and said he’d finish that task before retiring for the evening. Gloria Higgins received 47 in her first run or office. She was not at the annex for the vote count as she was at Isothermal Community College taking computer classes. Nearly 36 percent of Rutherfordton’s eligible voters cast votes in the election. All the candidates were at the coun-

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bling experience to get the votes and the confidence of the citizens. I’m proud to be a part of this town and I will serve all families equally,” he added. “I’m proud of be Mayor of Rutherfordton,” he added. “I don’t reckon I’ve ever said that.”

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didn’t realize that it was only for early voting. We encourage people to do the early voting more as you never know what is going to happen on election day that might keep you from the polls. That way you can vote when you want to vote.” Candidates at various polling places did notice that the election day turnouts were lower than they had been in last year’s elections. “I did notice it was low,” Ed Searcy said in Spindale. “But that’s normal.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

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includes education and hygiene efforts as the major preventative actions. Should the Centers for Disease Control declare a pandemic with human to human transmission, the plan will go into effect. There are four levels of response in the strategy with the fourth and most dire level including closing the college campus to the public. The board voted unanimously to approve the plan. Finally, the board voted unanimously to accept approximately $1.5 million in gifts and donations that had been given since their last meeting.

FOREST CITY — At 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, one Chimney Rock official predicted 16 to 17 voters to cast ballots for the two incumbent councilmen running unopposed for another four year term on the board. At the end of the day when all votes were counted, 34 of the town’s eligible 120 voters went to the polls in the two uncontested races for village council. Incumbent Frank Campbell received 16

As the Rutherfordton precinct workers will be completing the tallies, the early voter count was posted on the Board of Elections Website with the Rutherfordton candidates gathering around a laptop to check totals. In early voting, Dancy received 57 votes and Harmon received 53 votes by people casting early votes prior to Tuesday. Early vote totals for council were: Clements, 75, Cobb, 69, Higgins, 6, and Hill, 57. When Dancy and the council take the oath of office Dec. 2, he will be the town’s first new mayor in 12 years. Cobb was re-elected to his second term of office. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@thedigitalcourier.com.

votes and Bob Wald received 17 votes. There was one write in vote. For the three candidates, nearly three dozen votes were cast in the tourist town. One official said it was a picture perfect day in Chimney Rock. In Ruth, the town’s 242 registered voters had an opportunity to return its mayor and two commissioners to the town board, but of that total, 34 people went to the polls to

Many of the highest donations accepted included $7.666.75 worth of steel donated to the school’s construction classes from Ultra Machine Fabircation — which was about 21,000 pounds of metal — and $1.4 million from the estate of Mildred McDonald Furches to be used for seven different scholarship endowment funds. The board also received a $120,000 grant from the Golden LEAF foundation as a Golden Leaf Opportunities for Work grant to help with workforce training initiatives. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

return the long time mayor and commissioners. Mayor Don Baynard received 34 votes; and Commissioners Mike Ellenburg and Jim Goode received 34 votes each. The threesome have served together at the town’s helm since 1991. Prior to that year, Baynard served as a commissioner and Goode’s brother, the late Franklin “Tobe” Goode was the town’s mayor.

Clarification The information about the AP Scholars reported in The Daily Courier on Tuesday may have confused some readers. When Dr. John Kinlaw read the numbers, he stated there were several levels of scholars recognized. East High had 10 AP Scholars, three AP Scholars with Honor and three AP Scholars with Distinction. This is a total of 16. R-S Central had 15 AP Scholars and three AP Scholars with Distinction. This is a total of 18. Chase had one AP Scholar. Dr. Kinlaw stated the total number of county students recognized as scholars, at any level, by the College Board for 2009 was 35.

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Central, Chase postseason bound By SCOTT BOWERS Daily Courier Sports Editor

Wake QB questionable with concussion WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner remains questionable for this week’s game at No. 10 Georgia Tech with a mild concussion. Coach Jim Grobe said Tuesday that he’s optimistic that Skinner will play, but says the decision will be made by the team’s medical staff. Grobe says Skinner hasn’t experienced headaches or dizziness. With about 6 1/2 minutes left in the Miami loss last week, Skinner took a hard hit near the sideline that ripped off his helmet and broke his face mask. He was replaced by Ryan McManus, who will start this week if Skinner can’t play. Skinner hasn’t missed a start since the third game of his sophomore season in 2007, when the right-handed quarterback had a separated throwing shoulder.

FOREST CITY — The 2009 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Soccer Playoffs begin tonight at schools across the state. Locally, two Rutherford County soccer programs will be looking to capture state titles. R-S Central will enter the 3A playoffs as the No. 1 seed out of the South Mountain Athletic Conference. The Hilltoppers put together a 10-3-3 record over the course of the regular season. Chase will be entering the 2A play-

offs as the No. 2 seed out of the South Mountain Athletic Conference. The Trojans closed the year with a 2-13-2 overall mark. Central will be at home tonight to face South Point. The Red Raiders enter the postseason as a No. 4 seed with an 8-10-2 record. “I look for South Point’s midfield to be pretty strong, and we need to win the midfield and to stay strong in our backfield,” said Central Head Coach Jason Hipp. “It feels good to be at home and the kids have worked hard for us to be in this spot. Having J.T. being solid in goal and, well really, all

our seniors have really helped.” Central, with a win, would host the winner of the North Buncombe (8-93) vs. East Henderson (9-7-3) game. “I feel a lot of this (the 2009 season) has a lot to do with Coach (Rich) Dominguez and my assistant coach (Ashley Fromson), plus the hard work and dedication that was taught by Dominguez,” said Hipp, about former Central head coach Rich Dominguez. Hipp is in his first season as head coach of the Hilltoppers. Chase will be at home tonight

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Rep. Waxman: Decisions threaten progress on steroids WASHINGTON (AP) — A key lawmaker says recent court decisions blocking suspensions of two NFL players threaten to undermine progress made in reducing performance-enhancing drug use among athletes at all levels. Rep. Henry Waxman said at a House hearing Tuesday that if the court rulings are not reversed, action by Congress may be needed. The California Democrat has held high-profile hearings on steroids in sports. He says the rulings could make sports leagues’ testing programs unenforceable The NFL had attempted to suspend two Minnesota Vikings players, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, for violating its doping policy. But last month, a federal appeals court essentially allowed them to continue playing while the players’ lawsuit proceeds in Minnesota state court.

WADA wants closer look at Agassi LONDON (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency has asked tennis to investigate Andre Agassi’s admission that he took crystal meth in 1997. Agassi wrote that he ingested crystal meth and then lied to the governing body of men’s tennis to avoid a suspension after failing a doping test.

Local Sports SOCCER 7 p.m. 3A Western Playoffs South Point (8-10-2) at R-S Central (10-3-3) 7 p.m. 2A Western Playoffs Chase (2-13-2) at East Davidson (14-6-1)

On TV 7 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball Miami Heat at Washington Wizards. 7:30 p.m. (WHNS) MLB Baseball World Series, Game 6 — Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees. 7:30 p.m. (FSS) NHL Hockey Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers. 8 p.m. (ESPN2) Boxing Johnnie Edwards vs. Jason Litzau. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball Dallas Mavericks at New Orleans Hornets. 10 p.m. (TS) NBA Basketball Atlanta Hawks at Sacramento Kings.

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Duke offensive lineman Sean Cascarano (79) celebrates with teammates their NCAA college football 28-17 win over Virginia, Saturday, in Charlottesville, Va.

Blue Devils find a defense to go with pass attack DURHAM (AP) — Adam Banks doesn’t mind that Duke fans only want to talk about Thad Lewis and the Blue Devils’ passing attack these days. “I wouldn’t blame them,” the junior linebacker said Tuesday. “It’s probably more exciting to watch (than defense), to tell you the truth.” Maybe, but the defensive improvement going on Durham these days can’t be ignored when looking at the Blue Devils’ push for bowl eligibility. After repeatedly ranking as the worst defense in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke has improved to any-

where from the middle to upper third of the league in several key categories. And while Lewis is throwing the ball all over the field, the defense has just as much to do with the Blue Devils’ three-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s game at rival North Carolina. “It definitely helps them out,” Banks said of the offense. “If I was an offensive guy, I’d like to know we don’t have to score every single drive.” The Blue Devils (5-3, 3-1 ACC) rank fourth in the league in total defense Please see Duke, Page 9A

BOILING SPRINGS — Rick Scruggs and his squad of Runnin’ Bulldogs have never shied away from playing the blue bloods of the college basketball world. This year, however, the veteran coach is taking that approach to new heights as both Duke and North Carolina highlight the Gardner-Webb mens’ basketball schedule. “My philosophy is to play anyone, anywhere,” said Scruggs. “We played well against top level competition before. We lost to Oklahoma and Virginia Tech by a combined seven points, so our players are not intimidated by anyone.” Scruggs is aware that not every one in Boiling Springs might be pulling for the Bulldogs during these contests, so he is quick to offer a solution for fans with divided loyalties. “I want all the Duke fans to go to the UNC game and the UNC fans to go to the Duke game,” quipped Scruggs. “That way everybody will root for us.” As much hype as those two games are getting from local media and fans, one might wonder if the contests with a pair of ACC heavyweights are the only games on the GWU slate. “We have a lot of tough nonconference games in addition to Duke and UNC,” said Scruggs. “We have thirty games on the schedule that includes games at Texas and Penn State, as well as a game against a tough Charlotte team on the road, Please see GWU, Page 9A

Is there a bandwagon for Blue Devils? I have every reason to believe that my wife is really mad at me. It all started Saturday when I returned home from work to tell Emily that her beloved Blue Devils had won another football game. “Who’d we beat,” she asked. “The Sisters of the Three Blind Mice Academy,” I said. The room suddenly got a little cooler. So, in an effort to make my home life a little more pleasant, I offer an apology to the Blue Devils and Emily. Duke (5-3, 3-1) appears to have a shot — a legitimate shot — at winning the Coastal Division. Wow, my right hand just went numb as I typed that last sentence and a strong smell of sulfur is coming from my computer. The Blue Devils are coming off of three wins against three programs (NC State, Maryland, and Virginia) that are distant cousins of ‘The Sisters of the Three Blind Mice.’ The win over the Cavs of Virginia is the one that intrigues me the most. Duke faces North Carolina, Saturday, and the Tar Heels’ worst loss of the season came at the hands of Virginia. The Cavaliers held the Tar Heels to just 174 yards of offense and three points as Virginia took a 16-3 win. I still laugh every time I think about that one — they lost to Virginia. Oh,

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sorry. The Blue Devils held those same Cavs to 196 yards of offense as they claimed a 28-17 win. In the world of ACC football, those numbers mean nothing — UNC is quite capable of beating Duke, regardless of how the two teams did against a common opponent. Of course, the reverse is also true. Thus the parity that is the ACC raises its ugly head. Duke, after UNC, will face No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 18 Miami, and then end the regular season with Wake Forest. Now, I pull for Georgia and whoever is playing Georgia Tech, so, I have to give that game to the Blue Devils. Georgia Tech finds at least one game a year to lay an egg in and that might just be the one. The Blue Devils’ defense is capable of shutting down the Yellow Jackets’ Flex-Option offense and Duke’s Thad

Lewis is proving he can play QB —wow, there it goes again. I can’t feel my big toes and that sulfur smell is back. Lewis has thrown for 2,315 yards, with 15 touchdowns against just four interceptions all season long. In addition, Lewis sports a really good 143.2 QB rating. The ACC is up for grabs and Duke has just enough talent, is well-coached (David Cutcliffe has my vote for ACC Coach of the Year), and, with a little luck, can run the table against a group of teams that are up one weekend and down the next. Man, my left leg just started shaking and a little devil is staring out at me from my monitor. Duke last won nine football games in 1941. About a month later, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and WWII began. If Duke wins nine games this season, it may be a good idea to stay away from Hawaii. Of course, if Duke wins nine games, that really hot place may have frozen over and there really will be a bunch of ‘Blue’ Devils running around — but, my wife will be smiling. I wonder if it’s too late to get on the Blue Devils’ bandwagon, or if they even have one?


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Scoreboard BASEBALL Postseason Baseball DIVISION SERIES American League NEW YORK 3, MINNESOTA 0 Wednesday, Oct. 7 New York 7, Minnesota 2 Friday, Oct. 9 New York 4, Minnesota 3, 11 innings Sunday, Oct. 11 New York 4, Minnesota 1

Georgia Tech has made rapid rise under Johnson

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech is probably a little too far back to become a factor in the national championship race. That doesn’t diminish what the program has accomplished in less than two years under coach Paul Johnson. “I have all the confidence in the world that this team could go out there and play with anybody on a given Saturday,” defensive end Derrick Morgan said. “We have that confidence about ourselves.” With good reason. The No. 10 Yellow Jackets (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are on a sixgame winning streak and haven’t been ranked this high since 2001. They are two victories away from clinching a spot in the league championship game, where they likely would be playing for a spot in the Orange Bowl. Georgia Tech is also No. 10 in the BCS standings and would need a major shake-up to climb into contention for a spot in the national championship game. None of its last three regular-season opponents — Wake Forest on Saturday, followed by Duke and Georgia — is ranked, so even winning out isn’t likely to provide much of a ratings boost. Johnson isn’t totally giving up on the idea of making a run for the top two spots in the BCS, though he knows the odds are against his team. There are some chances to make up ground, such as No. 3 Alabama hosting No. 9 LSU this weekend. “If we can beat Wake Forest, that will keep us in the mix one more week,” the coach said. “If you’re in the mix, you’ve got a chance.” The players are moving around with a little extra bounce in their step, which isn’t that easy considering they’ve played nine straight games without an off week. “We’ve put Georgia Tech on the map,” star running back Jonathan Dwyer said. “Now people want to see what we can do next. We know we can go even higher in the polls. As long as we keep doing our job, things will work out for us.” Johnson, who made his first big splash as a coach leading Georgia Southern to what was then known as the Division I-AA championship, said he has no idea if his team is good enough to be considered among the best teams in the country. He doesn’t put much stock in the poll voters, either. The only fair way to decide the national champion is a playoff, he said, just like the one they have in every other division of the NCAA. “Whoever is picked first to start with, unless they lose, they’re going to play in the (BCS championship) game. They pick that before we ever play a game,” Johnson said, adding that a playoff “is the best way I know. You find out who’s the champion.”

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PHILADELPHIA 3, COLORADO 1 Wednesday, Oct. 7 Philadelphia 5, Colorado 1 Thursday, Oct. 8 Colorado 5, Philadelphia 4 Saturday, Oct. 10 Philadelphia at Colorado, ppd., weather Sunday, Oct. 11 Philadelphia 6, Colorado 5 Monday, Oct. 12 Philadelphia 5, Colorado 4

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PF PA 140 96 185 159 78 201 105 181 PA 133 136 183 123 PA 154 149 166 203 PA 174 134 150 205 PA 143 140 147 221

Sunday’s Games St. Louis 17, Detroit 10 Miami 30, N.Y. Jets 25 Dallas 38, Seattle 17 Chicago 30, Cleveland 6 Baltimore 30, Denver 7 Houston 31, Buffalo 10 Indianapolis 18, San Francisco 14 Philadelphia 40, N.Y. Giants 17 San Diego 24, Oakland 16 Tennessee 30, Jacksonville 13 Minnesota 38, Green Bay 26 Carolina 34, Arizona 21 Open: New England, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Washington, Tampa Bay Monday’s Game New Orleans 35, Atlanta 27 Sunday, Nov. 8 Arizona at Chicago, 1 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Miami at New England, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Detroit at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 4:05 p.m. San Diego at N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m. Tennessee at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. Open: Buffalo, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, Minnesota, St. Louis, Cleveland Monday, Nov. 9 Pittsburgh at Denver, 8:30 p.m.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES American League NEW YORK 4, LOS ANGELES 2 Friday, Oct. 16 New York 4, Los Angeles 1 Saturday, Oct. 17 New York 4, Los Angeles 3, 13 innings Monday, Oct. 19 Los Angeles 5, New York 4, 11 innings Tuesday, Oct. 20 New York 10, Los Angeles 1 Thursday, Oct. 22 Los Angeles 7, New York 6 Saturday, Oct. 24 Los Angeles at New York, ppd., rain Sunday, Oct. 25 New York 5, Los Angeles 2 National League PHILADELPHIA 4, LOS ANGELES 1 Thursday, Oct. 15 Philadelphia 8, Los Angeles 6 Friday, Oct. 16 Los Angeles 2, Philadelphia 1 Sunday, Oct. 18 Philadelphia 11, Los Angeles 0 Monday, Oct. 19 Philadelphia 5, Los Angeles 4 Wednesday, Oct. 21 Philadelphia 10, Los Angeles 4

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WORLD SERIES NEW YORK 3, PHILADELPHIA 2 Wednesday, Oct. 28 Philadelphia 6, New York 1 Thursday, Oct. 29 New York 3, Philadelphia 1 Saturday, Oct. 31 New York 8, Philadelphia 5 Sunday, Nov. 1 New York 7, Philadelphia 4 Monday, Nov. 2 Philadelphia 8, New York 6 Wednesday, Nov. 4 Philadelphia (Martinez 5-2) at New York (Pettitte 17-8), 7:57 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 x-Philadelphia at New York, 7:57 p.m.

FOOTBALL National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 5 2 0 .714 198 N.Y. Jets 4 4 0 .500 177 Miami 3 4 0 .429 176 Buffalo 3 5 0 .375 123 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 7 0 0 1.000 197 Houston 5 3 0 .625 198 Jacksonville 3 4 0 .429 133 Tennessee 1 6 0 .143 114 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 5 2 0 .714 163 Pittsburgh 5 2 0 .714 167

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF 5 2 0 .714 203 5 2 0 .714 197 5 3 0 .625 212 2 5 0 .286 96 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 7 0 0 1.000 273 Atlanta 4 3 0 .571 171 Carolina 3 4 0 .429 128 Tampa Bay 0 7 0 .000 96 North W L T Pct PF Minnesota 7 1 0 .875 244 Green Bay 4 3 0 .571 187 Chicago 4 3 0 .571 159 Detroit 1 6 0 .143 113 West W L T Pct PF Arizona 4 3 0 .571 157 San Francisco 3 4 0 .429 147 Seattle 2 5 0 .286 135 St. Louis 1 7 0 .125 77

National League LOS ANGELES 3, ST. LOUIS 0 Wednesday, Oct. 7 Los Angeles 5, St. Louis 3 Thursday, Oct. 8 Los Angeles 3, St. Louis 2 Saturday, Oct. 10 Los Angeles 5, St. Louis 1

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LOS ANGELES 3, BOSTON 0 Thursday, Oct. 8 Los Angeles 5, Boston 0 Friday, Oct. 9 Los Angeles 4, Boston 1 Sunday, Oct. 11 Los Angeles 7, Boston 6

Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt (9) looks for a receiver in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009. Nesbitt threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns as Georgia Tech won 56-31.

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PA 98 134 177 169 PA 91 168 177 211 PA 128 129

National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct 4 0 1.000 2 1 .667 1 2 .333 1 3 .250 0 4 .000 Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 3 0 1.000 Orlando 3 0 1.000 Atlanta 2 1 .667 Washington 2 1 .667 Charlotte 2 2 .500 Central Division W L Pct Cleveland 2 2 .500 Milwaukee 1 1 .500 Chicago 1 2 .333 Detroit 1 2 .333 Indiana 0 2 .000 Boston Philadelphia Toronto New York New Jersey

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Houston 3 1 .750 Dallas 2 1 .667 San Antonio 2 1 .667 Memphis 1 2 .333 New Orleans 1 3 .250 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 3 0 1.000 Oklahoma City 2 1 .667 Portland 2 2 .500 Minnesota 1 2 .333 Utah 1 2 .333 Pacific Division W L Pct

GB — 1 1/2 2 1/2 3  4  GB —  —  1  1  1 1/2 GB —  —  1/2 1/2 1 

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Sunday’s Games Orlando 125, Toronto 116 Miami 95, Chicago 87 Boston 97, New Orleans 87 Portland 83, Oklahoma City 74 Denver 133, Memphis 123 Phoenix 120, Minnesota 112 L.A. Lakers 118, Atlanta 110 Monday’s Games Charlotte 79, New Jersey 68 New York 117, New Orleans 111 Houston 113, Utah 96 Sacramento 127, Memphis 116, OT L.A. Clippers 93, Minnesota 90 Tuesday’s Games Denver 111, Indiana 93 Boston 105 Philadelphia 74 Cleveland 102, Washington 90 Phoenix 104, Miami 96 Orlando at Detroit, late Milwaukee at Chicago, late L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, late Utah at Dallas, late Atlanta at Portland, late Wednesday’s Games Phoenix at Orlando, 7 p.m. Miami at Washington, 7 p.m. Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m. Denver at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at New York, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. Atlanta at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Memphis at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF Pittsburgh 14 11 3 0 22 48 N.Y. Rangers 15 9 5 1 19 50 New Jersey 12 8 4 0 16 31 Philadelphia 12 7 4 1 15 45 N.Y. Islanders 14 5 4 5 15 37 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Buffalo 11 8 2 1 17 33 Montreal 14 7 7 0 14 38 Ottawa 12 6 4 2 14 37 Boston 13 6 6 1 13 33 Toronto 12 1 7 4 6 30 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 14 8 2 4 20 52 Tampa Bay 12 4 4 4 12 32 Atlanta 10 5 4 1 11 34 Florida 12 4 7 1 9 32 Carolina 13 2 8 3 7 28 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 13 8 4 1 17 39 Columbus 13 7 5 1 15 42 Nashville 13 6 6 1 13 28 Detroit 12 5 4 3 13 38 St. Louis 12 5 6 1 11 29 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Colorado 15 10 3 2 22 45 Vancouver 15 8 7 0 16 42 Calgary 12 7 4 1 15 44 Edmonton 15 7 7 1 15 45 Minnesota 14 5 9 0 10 31 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF San Jose 15 10 4 1 21 52 Los Angeles 15 9 4 2 20 51 Phoenix 14 9 5 0 18 38 Dallas 14 6 3 5 17 48 Anaheim 12 4 6 2 10 34

GA 31 39 28 34 42 GA 24 45 37 35 50 GA 44 42 29 44 50 GA 31 46 38 42 33 GA 34 41 39 46 42 GA 38 45 30 45 42

Sunday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 1, Boston 0 San Jose 5, Carolina 1 Columbus 5, Washington 4, OT Vancouver 3, Colorado 0 Monday’s Games Philadelphia 6, Tampa Bay 2 N.Y. Islanders 3, Edmonton 1 Los Angeles 5, Phoenix 3 Tuesday’s Games Detroit 2, Boston 0 Atlanta 5, Montreal 4 Tampa Bay at Toronto, late Pittsburgh at Anaheim, late N.Y. Rangers at Vancouver, late Wednesday’s Games San Jose at Columbus, 7 p.m. Washington at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Carolina at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Pedro’s back! And he ain’t afraid of no ghosts By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist

NEW YORK — A city seethes in anticipation. Outside Yankee Stadium, workmen wielding power washers crisscross the walkways on a crisp autumn afternoon, dutifully cleaning each and every groove between thousands of concrete squares. Inside, groundskeepers wielding rakes push pebbles back and forth, smoothing the dirt around home plate. Everyone in town, it seems, wants the place to look perfect for the return of Pedro Martinez. “This is the kind of stage that I deserve,” Martinez said, “and in a stadium like this, the most legendary of all places.” It will be nothing short of a miracle if the Yankees’ new baseball palace remains anchored to its moorings when Martinez walks out to the mound Wednesday night in a Phillies uniform for Game 6 of the World Series. The last time the level of psychokinetic energy in New York pushed the needle this far off the meter, the “Ghostbusters” were called in to save the city. Pedro ain’t afraid of no ghosts, either, even though he brings a history to the Bronx like almost no other.

When Martinez last showed his face here — in the interview room after losing Game 2, despite a strong effort — he was wearing a striped jacket that looked like it had been stolen from the set of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Yet it was while wearing the red socks of hated rival Boston a half-dozen years ago that Martinez was rendered a villain in these parts forever. In Game 3 of the ALCS, he was at the center of a tit-for-tat, purpose-pitch skirmish that erupted into a bench-clearing brawl. Don Zimmer, then a 72-yearold bulldog of a bench coach with the Yankees, rushed from the Yankees dugout straight for Martinez, who threw him to the ground. New York didn’t have to wait long for its revenge. In the eighth inning of Game 7, Red Sox manager Grady Little left a tiring Martinez in to clean up the jam he’d gotten himself into. Bad idea: four straight hits erased Boston’s 5-2 advantage, leading to a dramatic extrainning, series-ending victory for the Yankees. But Martinez’s lowest moment in New York was still almost a year off. The following September, after yet another tough loss, the defiant right-

hander was disconsolate and said he never wanted to face New York again. “What can I say?” Martinez said then. “I tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy.” He’s been reminded of that comment on every visit since. Taunts of “Who’s your daddy?” echoed again across the Bronx throughout Game 2, supplemented by gestures that can’t be described here. Martinez left the field smiling but later that night practically begged Yankee fans to tone down the abuse, if not for his sake, then at least for the kids within earshot. Say what you will about the once-flamboyant character; at 38, both his personality and competitive nature have been leavened by a nearly two-year absence from the game, when Martinez wondered whether his arm was shot and his career over. Philadelphia took a flyer on him, wondering how much magic Martinez could still conjure up. “Two months back I was sitting at home not doing anything, none of you were thinking of me whatsoever,” Martinez said. “None of you were asking me questions, and today I am here, probably pitching one of the biggest games ever in the World Series.”


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A good step for golf, even with Americans sitting at home By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

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Duke wide receiver Johnny Williams (37) catches the ball in front of Virginia quarterback Brendan Lane (2) during an NCAA college football game against Duke, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Charlottesville, Va.

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SHANGHAI — The field for a World Golf Championship is never as strong when Americans require a passport. The HSBC Champions is no exception. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the best two players in the world, are competing at the same tournament in Asia for the first time. That alone is enough to give the HSBC Champions the appearance of a world-class event, just as it would any tournament at home. Even so, it is difficult to ignore the number of Americans who chose to stay home. And it’s equally difficult to ignore the sarcastic, yet caustic comment from Stuart Appleby at the start of the decade when a dozen Americans decided against going to Spain to close out the PGA Tour season.

“They’re like a bag of prawns on a hot Sunday,” he said in 2000 at Valderrama. “They don’t travel well.” (324.8 yards per game), fifth against the pass and The PGA Tour isn’t helping the sixth against the run. Duke is eighth in scoring cause in this case. defense at 24 points per game. It did the right thing by conThose numbers aren’t all that eye-popping, but verting a tournament with only compare them to the three years before David four years of history into a World Cutcliffe’s arrival at Duke. From 2005-07, Duke ranked last in the league in both scoring defense — Golf Championship. At the very least, that ensures at least one allowing at least 33 points in all three seasons — and in total defense at nearly 400 yards each year. “world” event is played outside the boundaries of the United In the past two games, the defense held States, and that’s important. Maryland to 13 points, then came up big in the The next step is to give more Blue Devils’ 28-17 win at Virginia. In that game, Duke even got a defensive touchdown as it protect- Americans a reason to go. Because it is played so late in ed a one-point lead in the final 3 1/2 minutes — the kind of play the Blue Devils have never seemed the year — and partly because the HSBC Champions did not to make during their long run of futility. become a WGC until six months “When you’re watching the tape, from the point ago — it will not count as an Virginia went ahead 17-12, our defense became official event on the PGA Tour. by far the dominant unit on the field,” Cutcliffe Earnings from the $7 million said. “They were better than Virginia’s defense, purse won’t count toward the they were better than Duke’s offense and they were better than Virginia’s offense. That helps you PGA Tour money list. The winner will not get a win games in the fourth quarter. Their speed of three-year exemption. play, their intensity level, I loved it, because it got For PGA Tour members, it is turned up a notch at the right time.” little more than an exhibition It’s especially good timing considering Lewis, except for the world ranking a four-year starter at quarterback, has Duke’s points. The tour did make one offense humming along as the league’s top passexception by granting the wining attack. But the offense can’t always be great, such as when it failed to score a touchdown against ner a spot in the season-opening SBS Championship at Kapalua. Virginia until the final 4 minutes. Instead of asking why 10 Yet Duke still was in position to win thanks to a Americans didn’t come to China, defense that didn’t let Virginia get too far ahead. perhaps the better question is “That’s the sign of a good football team, that why any of them came at all. you’re clicking on all cylinders,” Lewis said. “You have faith in each and every unit. Good football “Why wouldn’t I be here?” teams obviously have to do everything well. You Steve Marino said. “I’ve never can’t be one-dimensional and have a shootout competed in one of these.” every game.” Jason Dufner feels the same way. Ditto for Brian Gay, who last played in China when he was just out of college trying to earn a living. “I’m in no position to skip free money,” Jerry Kelly said with a laugh. Continued from Page 7A

Sean O’Hair doesn’t get a chance to travel much with three children. Pat Perez won for the first time at the Bob Hope Classic this year and wants to enjoy the rewards that come with winning. “It’s cool to be in these things,” he said. Not so cool is that it doesn’t count. “I can’t believe it’s not official,” Perez said. “It’s a world event. Tiger and Phil are here. It should count on the money list.” Rod Pampling, the Australian living in Dallas, said he spoke to the tour not long after the HSBC Champions became a WGC and asked why it wouldn’t be treated

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The Trojans’ soccer team will enter the playoffs for the first time in the school’s history. Chase has offered mens’ soccer for just three seasons.

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not to mention the conference schedule, so our season is more than those two games.” So just how do the Bulldogs plan to be successful against a Continued from Page 7A schedule that reads like a Top 25 poll? to begin the playoffs as they face East Davidson. Scruggs sums it up in two East enters the playoffs with a 14-6-1 record as words: confidence and continuthe No. 3 seeded team in the Central Carolina ity. Conference. “We had our starters together The Trojans, with a win, would then travel to face for only seven games last year the winner of the East Lincoln (16-6-1) vs. Bandys because of injury and we won (10-5-1) game. five of them,” said Scruggs. “This Chase Head Coach Greg Deshommes leads a season, everybody seems to be young Trojans program that is making its first trip healthy, and we have got four into the postseason. starters returning, so I am con“It feels really good to be in our third year and to fident that we can have an excelmake the playoffs,” said Deshommes. “We aren’t lent season.” really worried about them (East Davidson) because Scruggs has reason to be conwe haven’t see them. We want to stay in the playfident. His returning starters offs and play our game, so, we can’t worry about include preseason All Big South them.” selection, Grayson Flitner, as Both games kick off at 7 p.m. well the nation’s top freshman

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Phil Mickelson hits a ball during a photo call of the HSBC Champions golf tournament Tuesday, in Shanghai, China. The golf tournament will be held at Shanghai Sheshan International Golf Club from Nov. 5 to 8.

like the other WGC events held in America during the heart of the PGA Tour season. “They said, ’We’ll get back to you on that.’ Typical answer,” Pampling said. “It’s a world event. How does this not count?” Those who stayed home had their reasons, and some are tough to argue. U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover is a no-show, yet his schedule should not be subject to criticism. After winning a career-defining major at the U.S. Open, and enduring the crush of publicity that followed, Glover played the next four weeks on the PGA Tour because he made a commitment he refused to break. Kenny Perry played the Presidents Cup a few days after his mother died. This is time to be home with his family. Steve Stricker? Even if a WGC were played within a car drive of his home in Wisconsin, he probably wouldn’t leave the deer stand. Stricker hardly ever plays after September. British Open champion Stewart Cink understands why the PGA Tour treats the HSBC Champions differently from other WGC events. He is on the policy board and recalls the concerns of some players that it might give an unfair advantage to international players. “We thought it might have an

rebounder in Joshua Henley. “We have a lot of experience and talent with Grayson and Josh coming back, with a senior in Auryn McMillan at the 5 position. We will definitely have an experienced team,” said Scruggs. “But we also have a good recruiting class, so hopefully, that will be the right mix of veteran leadership and to go with the younger players.” Scruggs will need this mix to be successful in the Big South, as GWU looks to capture the conference crown and earn that coveted ticket to the Big Dance that comes with it. But first the ’Dogs will have to deal with preseason favorite Radford. “Radford is the team to beat in conference this season,” said Scruggs. “They are a tough team that played in the tournament last year, so I think the road to the championship will go through Radford.” Preseason predictions won’t

impact on the top 125 this time of the year,” Cink said. The 78-man field doesn’t include anyone outside the top 100 on the U.S. money list. Still, there has been grumbling from the lower end of the food chain that international players have too many shortcuts to a PGA Tour card, and this would be another one. “You get a World Golf Championship outside America, it doesn’t sit well with people outside the top 50,” Cink said. “But I fully expect it to be official very soon.” It can’t happen soon enough. Whoever wins this week, is that not worthy of the same three-year exemption from winning at Doral or Firestone or in match play in the Arizona desert? He will have beaten a field that includes Woods, Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Henrik Stenson and others who comprise 15 of the top 20 in the world. Why shouldn’t the money apply? The PGA Tour season doesn’t end until next week at Disney. No one in the field is going to keep anyone from finishing in the top 125 on the money list required to earn a card for next year. If the PGA Tour wants this to be a World Golf Championship, it’s time to treat it like one.

keep GWU from being a major player in the postseason, however. “I told the guys that if we can get a home game in the conference tournament, anything can happen,” said Scruggs. “Our fans are some of the most passionate I’ve seen anywhere, not just in the Big South. And the guys feed off of that, so I don’t expect to lose a home game all season” That statement will be put to the test early as GWU hosts four games to start the season beginning with Mary Washington on Nov. 7, and they don’t leave the friendly confines of Paul Porter Arena until they travel to Chapel Hill to take on the defending national champions on the 29th. “These early home games will give folks a chance to come out and see some great basketball and give the team a chance to pick up some wins and build some confidence,” said Scruggs. “Hopefully that will be a starting point to a successful season.”


10A — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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night that police are “still investigating” the cause of the deaths. Authorities have been searching since Sunday night for 22-yearold Kyrstin Gemar of San Diego; 20-year-old Afton Williamson, of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; and 21-yearold Ashley Neufeld of Brandon, Manitoba.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad plan to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to stop next week’s execution. Muhammad is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 10 at a Virginia prison. Attorneys for the 48-year-old have said they planned to file the appeal Tuesday. They asked Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for clemency last month.

More bodies found

Court upholds conviction

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina appellate judges have upheld the conviction of former state Rep. Thomas Wright on three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Wright was found guilty in April 2008 and sent to prison on charges he mishandled charity contributions and fraudulently obtained a $150,000 loan. A three-judge panel on the North Carolina Court of Appeals said Tuesday Wright received a fair trial.

Students found dead

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Police say three missing North Dakota college softball players have been found dead in their vehicle, which was pulled from a pond northwest of Dickinson. Police Lt. Rod Banyai said Tuesday

CLEVELAND (AP) — More remains were discovered Tuesday at the Cleveland home of a convicted rapist, raising to 10 the number of bodies that have been found there, authorities said. Four more bodies and a skull were found at the home, where the remains of six women were removed last week, said police Chief Michael McGrath. Fifty-year-old Anthony Sowell was charged Tuesday with five counts of aggravated murder.

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Police: Man killed wife, two teens and then self FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A North Carolina businessman who coached basketball at the religious school where his teenagers attended classes fatally shot his family in their upscale home before turning the gun on himself, police said Tuesday. Authorities would not hint at what might have driven William Maxwell to kill his wife and two children Monday night. Bewildered friends described the Maxwells as active churchgoers and good neighbors, with a student-athlete son who helped his father maintain a meticulous lawn around their home in Fayetteville and a daughter who was a cheerleader applying to colleges. “Billy, if you knew him, loved his family. Everybody knew that. That’s what makes this so tragic,” said John Cook, pastor of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, where every member of the family was active. “Obviously something tragic was going on for this to happen.” Police said Maxwell, 47, shot and killed his wife, Kathryn, 43, and their children, 17-year-old Connor and 15-year-old Cameron, before killing himself. Connor Maxwell was found in an upstairs bedroom, the other three bodies were in the kitchen. William Maxwell was a builder and land developer who built residential subdivisions in Cumberland and Harnett counties, said John McKinney of Fayetteville, who described himself as Maxwell’s business partner and friend for more than a decade. Richard Wiggins, an attorney for

Maxwell’s business operations, said Maxwell had been “concerned about a lot of things lately,” including some legal matters related to a single-family subdivision he was working on. But Wiggins said those issues were close to resolution. “I was absolutely shocked and just could not believe anything like this could happen,” Wiggins said. Maxwell followed his father into the residential real estate business and also owned a couple of local car washes, while his wife Kathryn was a stay-at-home mother who taught Sunday school at Snyder Memorial. Connor Maxwell performed in a dance troupe and sang in the big Christmas celebration at the family’s church, which has about 1,800 members, Cook said. She was a senior and a cheerleader at Village Christian Academy in Fayetteville, where her brother was in the 9th grade and their father coached junior varsity basketball. Years ago, Kathryn Maxwell taught in Fayetteville’s public schools, said neighbor and state Sen. Tony Rand, whose wife worked with her. Kay Edwards, who has lived next door since 1994, said she would often see family members walking their small dog through the quiet, leafy neighborhood. Police said the black schnauzer was unharmed. “They were just wonderful people,” Edwards said. A steady stream of cars drove through the neighborhood Tuesday, slowing for drivers to gape at the crime scene. One woman came to lay a bunch of yellow daisies on the lawn.

Solons begin tax study RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers returned Tuesday to resume conversations on overhauling the state’s tax system as soon as next spring after House and Senate Democrats couldn’t agree on a plan before the Legislature adjourned in August. A joint House-Senate finance committee held the first of at least four scheduled meetings that could ultimately lead to approval of a rewrite that’s been batted around in Raleigh since the 1950s. “Today, we begin the process which is really unprecedented,” said Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham, cochairman of the House Finance Committee. “It’s unclear where we’ll end up at the end of the process,” he added, but meeting is “a sign of our commitment to address the issue.”

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At least three state panels have considered these broader tax issues since 2000, which generally have centered on lowering tax rates in exchange for broadening the number of items and services subject to taxation. The changes are designed to tap into transactions in an economy that have shifted toward services and technology and away from traditional manufacturing. Bringing several dozen lawmakers together to listen to tax experts is a step forward in building the political will to approve the changes, a committee leader said. “It’s a useful exercise for everybody to go through,” said Sen. Dan Clodfelter, D-Mecklenburg, one of the Senate’s key proponents of an overhaul.


The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 — 11A

Business/finance

THE MARKET IN REVIEW

STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

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NYSE

6,812.70 +27.76

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Chg BlackD 62.00+14.66 AlbnyIn 20.96 +4.57 BurlNSF 97.00+20.93 Landrys 13.69 +2.93 VersoP h 2.67 +.45 HeclaM 4.85 +.74 MaguirePr 2.02 +.30 QiaoXMob 4.46 +.62 HeclaM pfC58.60 +7.86 ResrceCap 5.14 +.68

%Chg +31.0 +27.9 +27.5 +27.2 +20.3 +18.0 +17.4 +16.1 +15.5 +15.2

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

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AMEX

1,754.53 +14.79

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name CoastD SeabGld g MinesMgt NovaGld g GoldStr g CoffeeH Banro g Minefnd g US Gold IntTower g

Last 3.38 23.46 2.83 4.97 3.67 4.39 2.33 10.54 2.97 5.20

Chg +.48 +3.03 +.36 +.58 +.40 +.47 +.24 +1.07 +.30 +.51

%Chg +16.6 +14.8 +14.6 +13.2 +12.2 +12.0 +11.5 +11.3 +11.2 +10.9

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

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NASDAQ 2,057.32 +8.12

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last USecBcCA 4.44 MagyarBc 4.14 DiedrichC 25.83 DonegalB 21.95 ReadgIntB 6.21 Navarre 2.63 Perfuman lf 4.20 US Enr 6.23 WldEnSol n 3.71 CT BkTr 4.85

Chg +1.44 +1.19 +5.47 +4.44 +1.21 +.51 +.80 +1.11 +.66 +.85

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

%Chg -26.6 -22.3 -21.5 -20.9 -19.6 -19.1 -19.0 -17.3 -16.7 -15.9

Name Last Chg %Chg FiveStar 3.00 -.31 -9.4 HMG 3.76 -.30 -7.4 SearchM un10.00 -.80 -7.4 SagaCm rs 11.38 -.85 -7.0 Aerocntry 19.55 -1.30 -6.2 EnterAcq 9.17 -.58 -6.0 BioTime n 5.36 -.33 -5.8 ReadyMix 2.83 -.17 -5.7 Pacif pf 83.75 -4.95 -5.6 BioTime wt 3.41 -.19 -5.3

Name Last Carmike 6.60 ThomasPrp 2.16 SptChalB 2.65 ParkOh 5.07 ChelseaTh 2.39 FstSecGrp 2.15 Ness Tech 5.24 OptiBkHld 2.20 AssetAcc 5.99 PlumasBc 4.00

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 4843272 4.04 +.05 SPDR 2016835 104.65 +.33 BkofAm 1838153 14.80 +.17 FordM 1807714 7.44 -.14 SPDR Fncl 1066400 14.21 +.04 DirFBear rs1063819 22.16 -.31 SchergPl 902501 28.15 -.25 iShR2K 779239 57.07 +.85 GenElec 761527 14.32 -.15 iShEMkts 699773 38.19 +.06

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg CelSci 99278 1.10 +.18 Hemisphrx 85002 1.13 -.20 Taseko 67576 3.25 +.22 GrtBasG g 58474 1.61 +.09 GoldStr g 50938 3.67 +.40 EnterAcq 44533 9.17 -.58 NthgtM g 44031 2.81 +.19 NovaGld g 42212 4.97 +.58 NwGold g 32557 4.09 +.34 Oilsands g 26437 1.23 +.04

Name Vol (00) Intel 1001129 PwShs QQQ864504 ETrade 562920 Microsoft 481919 Cisco 458886 YRC Wwde 311037 RschMotn 304259 ApldMatl 301100 HumGen 295915 HuntBnk 283819

Name CedarF RBSct prQ RBSct prS RBSct prT RBSct prM RBSc prP RBSct prN RBSct prR Technitrl RBS pfG

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

Last 6.99 8.41 8.36 9.26 8.41 8.20 8.38 8.33 6.52 8.49

Chg -2.53 -2.41 -2.29 -2.45 -2.05 -1.94 -1.96 -1.74 -1.31 -1.61

DIARY

1,881 1,179 85 3,145 33 10 5,545,655,985

DIARY

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

291 230 52 573 10 8 139,728,336

%Chg +48.0 +40.3 +26.9 +25.4 +24.2 +24.1 +23.5 +21.7 +21.6 +21.3

Chg -2.98 -.89 -.83 -1.32 -.55 -.49 -1.16 -.45 -1.15 -.75

%Chg -31.1 -29.1 -23.9 -20.7 -18.7 -18.6 -18.1 -17.0 -16.1 -15.8

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE)

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

Last Chg 18.50 -.51 41.26 +.13 1.45 +.06 27.53 -.35 22.91 -.09 1.23 -.09 59.61 +3.87 11.89 -.41 28.07 +2.79 3.82 +.21

DIARY

1,624 1,083 128 2,835 32 43 2,121,115,694

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Total Return/Rank Pct Min Init 4-wk 12-mo 5-year Load Invt

CI 107,798 LG 63,925 IH 57,511 WS 55,088 LG 52,867 LB 52,578 MA 47,865 LB 47,348 LB 45,505 LB 40,396 FB 40,009 LV 37,893 LV 37,864 FV 34,519 WS 31,930 FG 30,991 LB 29,549 MA 28,943 CI 28,858 CA 27,892 CI 27,411 MA 26,971 LB 26,340 LG 25,826 LB 25,120 FB 24,329 LB 23,676 MB 22,842 LV 14,741 LB 9,041 LB 4,047 GS 1,363 LV 1,179 SR 386 LG 177

+0.2 +19.2/B +1.7 +17.4/C +1.1 +15.2/D +1.5 +24.9/B +2.8 +14.0/D +1.7 +12.5/C +1.6 +15.6/C +2.0 +13.5/C +2.1 +11.1/C +2.1 +11.2/C +1.1 +33.2/A +2.1 +14.9/B +2.4 +5.4/D +0.8 +36.9/A +1.7 +26.0/B +1.5 +24.2/D +1.7 +17.2/B +1.8 +12.3/D +0.2 +18.9/B +1.2 +25.2/A +0.4 +16.3/C +1.7 +18.8/B +2.1 +11.2/C +1.1 +19.0/B +1.7 +12.6/C +1.7 +31.1/A +2.1 +11.2/C +1.1 +28.4/A +2.3 +10.7/C +1.4 +23.4/A +4.0 +8.3/E +0.3 +6.7/B +1.8 +16.2/A +3.0 +5.7/C +2.1 +20.2/B

10.91 25.69 46.50 32.41 54.45 25.68 14.81 24.36 96.48 95.87 36.97 90.43 23.07 30.63 24.26 26.89 30.49 15.57 10.91 1.96 11.81 27.82 96.49 62.86 25.69 14.03 95.87 29.78 19.80 28.27 33.52 10.51 2.81 12.61 14.05

+6.8/A +2.7/A +4.1/C +6.6/A +4.7/A +0.8/B +2.7/B +1.4/B +0.2/C +0.3/C +8.3/A -0.3/C -0.2/C +6.5/A +5.8/A +4.4/C +3.8/A +1.9/C +6.5/A +3.4/B +2.5/E +4.8/A +0.3/C +4.1/A +0.9/B +6.0/A +0.3/C +3.8/A +0.8/B +3.7/A +1.0/B +4.7/A -1.6/E -0.2/B -0.1/D

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Commodity prices help lift stock markets

Auto sales post gains for month

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors sidestepped some of their doubts about the economy and bought energy and industrial stocks as commodity prices rose. Stocks ended back-and-forth trading mostly higher Tuesday as a spike in the price of gold and corporate dealmaking extended an advance from Monday. The gains in commodity prices helped stocks pare early losses. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 18 points, while broader indexes rose. Investors drew some comfort from billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s decision to pay $100 a share for Burlington Northern Santa Fe in a deal valuing the railroad at $34 billion. Meanwhile, tool maker Stanley Works struck a deal to acquire Black & Decker Corp. for $3.46 billion in stock. Commodities rose broadly and gold jumped to a new high after India’s central bank bought $6.7 billion worth of gold from the International Monetary Fund. Even with the gains in commodities, traders remained on edge about unemployment and the overall strength of an economic recovery. Health care products maker Johnson & Johnson said it would cut up to 7 percent of its global work force and streamline its business structure to save up to $900 million next year. Financial stocks fell after the Royal Bank of Scotland got a $41 billion infusion from the U.K. government. Traders have been uneasy in recent weeks, wary about whether the economic recovery can maintain the same pace once government stimulus measures are removed. That uncertainty has led to wild swings in the market. The Dow has risen or fallen more than 100 points in six of the last eight trading days, the most volatility since March. Analysts said a break in the advance could ease worries that the market has run too far. According to preliminary calculations, the Dow fell 17.53, or 0.2 percent, to 9,771.91, after being down as much as 86 points. The Dow rose 77 points Monday. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.53, or 0.2 percent, to 1,045.41. The Nasdaq composite index rose 8.12, or 0.4 percent, to 2,057.32. Bond prices fell, pushing yields higher. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.48 percent from 3.42 percent late Monday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies. Crude oil rose $1.47 to settle at $79.60 a barrel, while gold surged to a new high of $1,082.20 an ounce.

DETROIT (AP) — After months of roller coaster-like sales, the auto industry offered signs of recovery from its yearlong slump on Tuesday, as most automakers reported higher levels of U.S. sales in October. GM, the largest U.S. automaker, reported its first monthly sales gain in almost two years, while Hyundai and Subaru were huge winners thanks for their popular models and fuelefficient sedans. Other top automaker — Toyota, Ford, Nissan — also posted higher sales. The mood was in contrast to a year ago, when consumers were frightened away from showrooms by the early effects of the financial meltdown Automakers had said this October would be a test of the strength of the auto market after the volatile effects of the government’s Cash for Clunkers program. The industry staggered through a tough September following the summer’s clunkerfueled sales surge. The industry still has to see its way through a number of economic challenges, said Bob Carter, a Toyota vice president. Americans remain anxious about high unemployment, while consumer confidence remains dampened. Demand for new cars and crossovers fueled the better October sales for General Motors Co. and rival Ford Motor Co. GM’s sales rose 4.7 percent, while Ford notched a 3-percent gain. Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp. said its sales edged up less than a percent. Less rosy news came from Chrysler Group LLC, whose sales fell 30 percent, though they improved from September. Hyundai said its sales jumped 49 percent. Subaru also topped the winner’s list with a 41-percent surge.

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In this Aug. 26 file photo, Vinny Sorrentino, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., works on a 2010 Ford Escape at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.

Factory orders rise 5th time in six months WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rebounded in September, helped by strength in autos, heavy machinery and military aircraft. The fifth increase in six months bolstered hopes that a revival in manufacturing will help support an overall economic recovery. The worry is that if consumer spending falters in coming months, orders will slump again. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders rose 0.9 percent in September, slightly better than the 0.8 percent gain economists had expected. Demand increased for both durable goods, and nondurable goods such as chemicals and energy products. New orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, advanced 1.4 percent, better than the 1 percent estimate the government made last week. Demand for heavy machinery jumped 7.9 percent, the biggest gain in 18 months. There also

was strong demand for military aircraft, which helped offset a second straight drop in orders for commercial airplanes. Orders for nondurable goods rose 0.6 percent following a 0.9 percent increase in August, led by petroleum, chemicals and food products. Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc. in New York, noted that orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft — a good proxy for business investment plans — posted a solid 1.8 percent rise in September after two straight declines. “Much of this is related to a need to stabilize inventories after savage liquidation in the first half of the year,” Shapiro wrote in a note to clients. The better-than-expected reading for factory orders followed a report Monday from the Institute for Supply Management that its gauge of manufacturing activity grew in October at the fastest pace in more than three years.

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Reid suggests health reform may miss target

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., center, talks to committee member Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, left, on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday during the committee’s markup on the Climate Change legislation. Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del. is at right. Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the White House, the Senate’s top Democrat signaled Tuesday that Congress may fail to meet a year-end deadline for passing health care legislation, leaving the measure’s fate to the uncertainties of the 2010 election season. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., spoke as Democratic officials said it could be December before Senate debate begins in earnest on the legislation atop President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda, months after senior lawmakers and the White House had hoped. House leaders, on a somewhat faster track, pointed toward a vote this weekend on a bill to extend coverage to tens of millions who lack it, ban insurance industry practices such as denying coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions and generally slow the rate of growth of medical spendprogress being made ahead of the Copenhagen conference and ing nationwide. The 10-year, $1.2 trillion legislation is estimated to expand coverage to about 96 called a climate agreement “a percent of eligible Americans. defining moment” for this genThe measure includes an option for consumers to eration of world leaders. purchase a government insurance plan, an attempt n The European officials to put pressure on private firms. pressed for a larger U.S. contriWhile Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House bution to an international aid leaders weighed final changes to their version of fund to help developing counthe bill, Reid for the first time publicly raised the tries adapt to a warmer world. n In Barcelona, Spain, African possibility that lawmakers would not be able to meet their — and Obama’s — self-imposed deaddelegates to a preliminary cliline of completing work on health care by year’s mate conference briefly boycotend. ted the discussions over their “We’re not going to be bound by any timeconcern that industrial nations will not have to make significant lines. We need to do the best job we can for the enough reductions in greenhouse American people,” he said after the weekly closeddoor meeting of rank-and-file Democrats. gases. They ended the boycott At the White House, spokesman Dan Pfeiffer after assurances that the issue sought to put the best face on the developments. would be the subject of extended “The House plans to vote on the health reform negotiations. bill within days. Senator Reid has committed to n Former Vice President Al the president that as soon as the Senate has the Gore, a leading voice for action information back from the CBO they will move on global warming, said he expeditiously to pass health reform,” Pfeiffer said. expects Obama to visit the The Congressional Budget Office is at work on a Copenhagen conference to reinforce the country’s commitment. cost estimate for the draft bill Reid submitted. A few hours later, Reid’s office revised his After meeting with the remarks with a written statement. “Our goals Europeans, Obama said, “All of us agreed that it was imperative remain unchanged. We want to get health insurance reform done this year, and we have unprecfor us to redouble our efforts ... to assure that we create a frame- edented momentum to achieve that. There is no reason why we can’t have a transparent and thorwork for progress in dealing with what is a potential ecologi- ough debate in the Senate and still send a bill to the president by Christmas,” it said. cal disaster.” Any delay past Obama’s oft-repeated year-end Swedish Prime Minister timetable would put the issue off until the 2010 Fredrik Reinfeldt praised election year and raise doubts about Democrats’ Obama for “real leadership on ability to deliver on behalf of the administration. this issue.”

Climate debate gets rocky start

WASHINGTON (AP) — European leaders pressed Congress and the White House on Tuesday to unite on a plan to combat global warming, even as a Republican boycott forced a delay of votes in a key Senate committee, demonstrating the deep partisan rift. An emotional plea for action by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an address before Congress was met with silence from most Republicans, while Democrats stood and applauded. The Europeans as well as the U.S. were pressured in turn by African nations to do more, at a conference in Spain leading up to next month’s international climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. In Washington, shortly before Merkel spoke in the House chamber, GOP senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee shunned the planned startup of voting on amendments to a 959-page Democratic bill that would curb greenhouse gases from power plants and large industrial facilities. They protested that the bill’s cost to the economy — in the form of more expensive energy and the impact on jobs — had not been fully examined. The action underscored the difficulties Democratic lead-

ers face in moving climate legislation this year — or even in showing significant momentum ahead of the Copenhagen conference. At that meeting, nations will try to forge an agreement on cutting heat-trapping pollution beyond levels established in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan. “We all know we have no time to lose,” Merkel said, arguing that at Copenhagen “the world will look to us, to the Europeans and to the Americans” for leadership on setting binding reductions of greenhouse gases. It’s a matter “in the interest of our children and grandchildren and in the interest of sustainable development all over the world.” “I liked her speech, but I disagree with her completely on the climate comments,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a sharp critic of the Senate bill. Merkel made the same plea on climate action earlier in a meeting with President Barack Obama on a day of far-flung developments concerning the contentious climate change issue: n European Union leaders, also meeting with Obama at the White House, pressed anew for U.S. action. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told reporters that he was worried about the

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Obama priority, teacher pay tied to student performance. California lifted a similar ban last month. And before that, charter school restrictions or budget cuts were eased in eight states — Louisiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Delaware, Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Duncan had repeatedly warned that such restrictions would hurt a state’s chances at the money. The administration can’t really tell states and schools what to do, since education has been largely a state and local responsibility throughout the history of the U.S. But Obama has considerable leverage in his nearly $5 billion competitive grant fund, dubbed the “Race to the Top,” that was set aside in the economic stimulus law. “If you put a very large, $5 billion program in front of the entire country, everyone eyes that as an opportunity,” said Wisconsin state Sen. John Lehman, a Democrat who chairs the state’s Senate Education Committee.


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Humor Me Abbe Byers

Back to the future it is

Time circuits on. Flux Capacitor... fluxxing. I announced to my coworkers last week that I’ve been coming to The Daily Courier office for 20 years now. They weren’t nearly as impressed by my milestone as I thought they’d be. No gold watch, no applauds, no accolades. I guess they’re saving that for 25 years. (wink wink) Maybe it’s not that big a deal to some people, but, hey, that’s 20 whole years of my life and it hit me like a frying pan to the head. That’s a college student... two decades... four kindergartners... a jail sentence. Heck, some marriages don’t even last that long. I started to recall the way things were when I came to the Courier in 1989, after a ten-year banking career. I worked in Spindale and dearly loved that little town and its people. But, around that time, banks began to do away with satellite offices and consolidate into bigger offices... for bigger, fancier, more impersonal banking (with a hint of sarcasm). It’s funny to me that now they are returning to the slogan of “small town friendly” banking. I guess it’s just whatever works at the time. Ownership has changed at the Courier since then, but I will always fondly remember the days of working for Ron Paris and Bill Blair. My hire date was Sept. 26, 1989. In November that year, my Mom suffered a heart attack and had to have open heart surgery. Of course, I didn’t have any sick leave built up, but I never missed an hour’s pay being out with her. They continued my pay right on. You never forget acts of kindness like that. When I came to work here I had big hair (now it’s flat), and a smaller waist, among other things. My youngest son started his first full day of kindergarten on my first day of work, and my oldest was in fourth grade. Now, they’re grown. My house was knee-deep in Ninja Turtles, baseball bats, Nintendo games and a portable video game — Nintendo Game Boy — so the kids could zone out in places, other than in front of the television. Barbie turned 30 years old in 1989, and, of course, she turned 50 this year. How depressing is that. What if Barbie faces a mid-life crisis? She already has a sports car and lives with a plastic man who can’t talk back. She should be happy. Mattel could create a Barbie with fuller hips and cellulite, wearing sweatpants and eating Oreo cookies. That might be more realistic. Then again, there’s all that plastic surgery available nowadays. Or, she could get a tattoo across her lower back and have her belly button pierced in an attempt to recapture her youth. (Note to self, do not do that). Duly noted. The first Batman movie was shown in 1989, paving the way for many, many sequels. A gallon of gas was around 97 cents, Hurricane Hugo made landfall in South Carolina, and the US postage stamp was 25 cents. Much has changed in 20 years. Where will I be 20 years from today, or even five years from today? Time will tell. But, for now, where’s that DeLorean? I’ve got to get back to the future. Contact Byers at abyers@thedigitalcourier.com

“Fall Leaves” by Jeffrey Smith is featured in October.

Scenic splendor year round n Friends of the Mountains Branch Library are selling picturesque calendars.

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he beauty of the Hickory Nut Gorge is represented in the Friends 2010 Calendar on sale by the Friends of the Mountains Branch Library, Lake Lure. The Friends sponsored the photo contest, “As seen in the Hickory Nut Gorge” and received more than 300 entries from numerous photographers in the gorge area. A panel of judges including Mayor Jim Proctor, Friends President Nancy Hoopes and realtor Ken Jordan selected the 12 winners. The first place winner is “Morning Moonset” by Blaine Cox and is featured on the cover and for January. The calendar may be purchased from the library located at 150 Bill’s Creek Road in Lake Lure. There are two sizes to choose from: the free standing desk size for $5 and the larger wall size for $10. All proceeds go to support the library. The other winning entries are: February — Bottomless Pools by Bruce Ahard March — Rocky Broad by Jane Howell April — Sunrise Sunset by Rob McComas May — Rainover Over the Rock by Emily Gillespie June — Goldfinch by Dale Gray July — Reflections, by Billie Nicholson August — Turtles, by Chris Wolfe September — Lake Lure Gazebo, by Beth Henson October — Fall Leaves, by Jeffrey Smith November — Wild Turkeys, by Sheila Spicer December — Rainy View, by Mike Lumpkin. More Photos on Page 8C

“Rainbow Over the Rock” (top photograph) by Emily Gillespie is featured in May, and “Goldfinch” by Dale Gray in June.

Text by Jean Gordon Photos contributed

“Morning Moonset” by Blaine Cox was the first place winner, featured on the cover and for January.

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local Honor Rolls Chase Middle School

The first six weeks honor roll at Chase Middle School has been announced by Joey Glenn, principal. Those students named to the list are: A Honor Roll 6th Grade Ambria Badger, Alan Baynard, Braxton Bright, Cole Buckner, Summer Byers, Devin Davis, Zion Deshommes, Megan Ensley, Jamila Hamilton, Zach Hodge, Shana Hoyle, Taylor James, Trevor James, Zackary McGinnis, Takirah Mckinney, Kia Miller, Kierston Mullinax, Kaylee Parris, Savannah Pierce, Madison Reep, Charles Roach, Cypress Snyder, Hunter Walker, Courtney Walker, Haley Wood. 7th Grade Jacob Blanton, Ashley Brown, Erika Dover, America Gonzalez, Ryan Johnson, Kaylee Jones, Breanna Lytle, Kaitlin Owens, Tyra Phillips, Makenzie Reynolds, Samuel Scarlett. 8th Grade Nadia Berry, Jacob Bright, Eric Buchanan, Harley Burgess, Emily Dotson, Devyn Gowan, Christiana JimenezBeltran, Michaela Langley, Hannah Mitchem, Kaleb Morrow, Joelle Murray, Linita Pruett, Devin Scoggins, Haidyn Liz Splawn, Alyssa Watson, Mason Womack. AB Honor Roll 6th Grade Jordan Adcox, Virginia Bailey, John Baker, Corey Ballesteros, Autumn Bennett, Alexia Bomwer, Morgan Bostic, Tyler Branch, Kristin Bridges, Riley Bright, Jacob Brooks, Kaitlin Brummitt, Lyndsay Burgess, Sydney Burgess, Gwendolyn Caban, Anna Campbell, Donald Carr, Dakota Carroll, James Childers, Haley Cockerham, Cody Cogdell, Alyson Culp, Ashley Davis,

Blakely Dobbins, Terra Fowler, Harlee Freeman, Christopher Frontena, Zachary Garner, Audrey Gettings, Travis Greene, Kaylan Hampton, Timothy Hardin, Raven Harrill, Sara Harrington, Trey Hawkins, Ethan Hawks, Hunter Henson, Luther Herrera, Brittany Hill, Kelsey Hollfield, Ricardo Huaroco, Jacob Jenkins, Dylan Johnson, Carrie Jones, Suzanne Jones, Bethany Kinsey, Austin Laforge, Stuart Luckadoo, Keaton Maness, Alysa McGinnis, Tyger McSwain, Michael Mueller II, Makayla Ownbey, Ethan Pearson, Seth Peterson, Jesica Pogue, Andrew Price, Austin Radford, Noah Radford, Melia Roberts, Lucas Ross, Hannah Ruppe, Kaylei Scott, Zellie Scott, Brandon Sebastian, Trey Short, Brian Stafford, Anna Tate, Avery Tate, Brianna Terry, Keely Thomas, Brendaon Thompson, Cody Thompson, Jose Vasquez Jr., Haylee Waldrop, Elizabeth Watkins, Jack White, Abbigail Willis, Drew Wood, Seth Yelton 7th Grade Kaylyn Adams, Michael Bailey, Jordan Baker, Tiffany Barnes, Jennifer Brainard, Jonathan Bridges, Eric Brigman, Keynari Brown, Lauren Buckner, Clarke Burleson, Hydea Carson, Juan Castrellon Jr., Mia Chapman, Ricky Chavez, Timothy Clark, Emily Conner, Makayla Crawford, Morgan Deck, Audra Dowden, Marshal Downey, Kelly Evans, Jared Fox, Madison Francis,Richard Gowan, Caleb Greene, Donna Harrill, Casey Haynes, Juanita Haynes, Sarah Heatherly, Rabeckah Heiliger, Syndie Holden, Jaycee Holland, Jacob Horton, Kelsey Hoyle, Megan Hoyle, Emily Hutchins, Kyle Johnson, Brianna Kingery, Kiah Kraus, Autumn LaMora, Joshua Lane, Miayah Macopson, Caleb McGill,

Victoria Moore, Jessica Morrow, Tyler Nguyen, Mercedes Painter, Eric Peacock, Stephan Phillps, Marissa Ray, Dakota Reid, Courtney Scherer, NAncy Sebastian, Summer Shytles, Austin Smith, Anjelica Spencer, Jordan Sprouse, Benjamin Tesseneer, Cody Thompson, Haley Thompson, Tabitha Trudel, Bethany Walker, Brittany White, Micheal Wilkins, Adrionna Young 8th Grade Kenley Adams, Ashley Allen, Jennifer Bain, Jose Basurto-Nieto, Haley Blanton, Tyler Bolick, Kelsey Bridges, Brittany Brown, Morya Camp, Kaylee Campbell, Margaret Carroll, Jalen Case, Chandler Casen, Chasity Conner, Dave Cox, Meranda Dotson, Lucas Eller, Monica Esalera, Robert Evans, Alma Fabian, Kelsey Fite, Matthew Glynn, Abrianna Godfrey, Brittany Haight, Kiana Hampton, Maria Head, Sierra Hefner, Brandon Hill, Jessica Huffman, Tiara Keim, Haley Laughter, Dylan Lewis, Brittney Lipscomb, Mckenzie Morrow, Ashley Murray, Marsden Murray, Anna Nieto, Joshua Parks, Colby Pettit, Cameron Reynolds, Jade Rodriguez, Geoffrey Rollins, Debbie Rubio, Jacob Ruff, Daniel Sams, Austin Spencer, Kelsey Spurlin, Alexandra Vickers, Zhane Watkins, April Wells, Brittany Williams, Darcie Williams, Tacy Williams.

Rutherfordton Elementary The first six weeks honor roll at Rutherfordton Elementary School has been announced by Linda Edgerton, principal. Those students named to the list are:         A Honor Roll 3rd Grade Logan Bridges, Nell Bentley Camp, Caitlin Dailey, Hannah Fox, Jacob Knox, Timothy Marshall, Logan Mathis,

Mayce Mattox, Maya Ng, Allison Oates, Sequoia Smyser-Lewis, Owen Wilson. 4th Grade Corine Barnes, Martin Barrella, Mark Contreras, Joseph Daigle, Justin Duff, Savannah Gillie, Isaac Hughes, Emma Hutchins, Christian Keller, Miranda McGinnis, Charmee Miller, Kristen Moore, Rose Robertson, Will Scofield, Zach Scofield, Caroline Terry, Wesley Wells. 5th Grade Garrett Blanton, Preston Byrd, Bryson Hamrick, Krisjaria Haynie, Grant Hernandez, Noah Lawing, Charity Salyers, Emily Yelton. B Honor Roll 3rd Grade Michael Brown, Stephen Browning, Trevor Byrd, Duncan Charles, Nathan Craig, Mark Crane, Destiny Cureton, Morgan Hill, Mackenzie Ingle, Hannah Jones, Chelsea McEntire, Sarah McMahan, Willliam Salyers, Lucia Sargent, Jacob Vess, Jessica Walker. 4th Grade Zander Bell, Macee Boone, Grant Craig, Zeke Dunn, Mackenzie Epley, Sydney Flack, Owen Gait, Madison Greene, Landen Lane, Jacob Laughter, Kimberleigh Lovett, Sam McArthur, Holly Newon, Nick Owenbey, Jacqueline Porter, Courtney Poteat, Shyon Randolph, Katie Rumfelt, Kristen Shehan, Mason Shields, Jalen Singleton, Savannah Smith, Wesley Smith, Parker Smoak, Makiah Staley, Taylor Stofer, Jacob Terry, Jonathan Terry, Taylor Toney, Keyla Twitty, Harley Upton, Emily White. 5th Grade Alyssa Bechtel, Sarah Brown, Allye Butler, Mackie Campbell, Austin Carter, Haley Conner, Kayleigh Conner, Joseph Curtis, Tiahna Guyan, Blake Hardin, Ricki Head, Matthew Hoyle, Taylor Koon, Charlotte Lattimore, Brittany Lynch, Keri Morris, Seth Parton, Dakotah Price, Benjy Rodriguez, Jason Rose, Lindsay Shires, Natylee Sprouse, Kristen Turner.

Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar The first quarter honor roll at Thomas Jefferson

Classical Grammar School has been announced by Jason Cole, principal. Those students named to the list are: A Honor Roll 3rd Grade Olivia Bennett, Samantha Betor, Grayson Blake, Sydney Carpenter, Emma Carter, Alex Neal, Hunter Ruppe, Charli Shade, Emily Shroyer, Quinn Teddy, Anna White. 4th Grade Bonnie Bridges, Audrey Colnot, Cape Dickerson, Luke Doggett, Marlee Jo Greene, Brendan Johnson, Matthew Martin, Jordan McIntyre. 5th Grade Rebekah Bass, Nicole Betor, Katherine Carter, Shakyra Davis, Paris Lane, Kerina Patel, Gabe Turner. B Honor Roll 3rd Grade Madeline Armstrong, Abby Beaumont, Lauren Bennett, Amber Bowen, Maddy Breedlove, Scott Camper, Austin Coggins, Xandria Colbert, Jordan Faucette, Hunter J. Gowan, Hunter R. Gowan, Brooklyn Hill, Brad Lail, Morgan McCall, Matthew Minder, Meet Patel, Aryanna Rhoads, Breanna Robbins, Lyndsay Sears, Faith Sheridan, Kylie Sisk, Gracie Vaughn, Jeremiah Vess, Ethan Walker, Turner White. 4th Grade Chase Beheler, Alexis Bennett, Austin Camp, Caleb Camp, John Turner Camp, Destiny Hope Campbell, Justin Campbell, McKenzie Campfield, Elijah Carroll, Danielle Carter, Kaci Carter, John Ciliberti, Zoey Conn, Jesse Conner, Blue Crawford, Isabella DeLeGarza, Linda Dominguez, Jerry Earley, Hope Francis, Michael Greene, Jonathan Hargro, Jacob Hill, Sarah Howell, Katie Hunt, Brian Kean, Kendall Keator, Chloe Langley, Parker Langston, Anna Lovelace, Christina Maimone, Colin Martin, Nathaniel Qualls, Michael Rash, Molly Smith, Conner Stroud, Matt Switzer, Simeon Wallace. 5th Grade Emily Allred, Savannah Bell, Amber Blanton, Lauren Brown, Mikayla Burleson, Madison Burley, Robert Capaldo, Claire Duncan, Josh Duncan, Alex Harrelson, Andrew Hoyle, Austin Hullen, Ali Huston, Lydia Kercher, Matthew Malone, Madelyn Martelle, Bryanna Melaugh, Brandon Mitchell, Madison Ruff,

Alayna Smith, Erin Tevis, Amanda Thompson, Destiny Vance, Garrett Wantuch, Brett Williams.

R-S Central High School The first six weeks Principal’s List and Honor Roll at R-S Central High School has been announced by Phil Rogers, principal. Those students named to the list are: A Honor Roll 9th Grade Dustin Atchley, Karen Hernandez, Christian Hewitt, Kiara Hines, Kayla King, Leah King, Spencer Lane, Kaitlyn Mesich, Takesha Milelr, Christa Oglesby, Kendra Person, Christy Powell, Brittany Putnam, Adam Schopeck, Alex Splawn, Tiffany Thrower, Cody Watson. 10th Grade Ashley Bechtel, Colleen Burns, Cameron Bynum, Kent Craig, Brittany Desgages, Hailey Fetherolf, Hannah Fry, Sydney Griffin, Christina Gutierrez, Jessica Hernandez, Matthew Higgins, Genia Martin, Mackie McMahan, Jonathan Michael, Lindsey Pizzo, Katie Russell, Casey Whiteside, Jessica Wyatt, Jerry Yelton, Kaitlyn Yelton. 11th Grade Daryl Brown, Shakeia Burgin, Megan Burns, Austin Conner, Jennifer Hall, Kelly Hamby, Jennifer Hutchins, Courtney Ledbetter, Amanda Lewis, Joel Lowery, Erin McMahan, Kevin Miller, Julie Padgett, Lindsey Reed. 12th Grade Amber Cruz, Maegan Dalton, Kevin Dinga, Whitley Dobbins, Jessica Eberhart, Kayla Fox, Ezekiel Gillespie, Laurel Godfrey, Brian Hampton, Jessica Hancock, Morgan Herfel, Shaniqua Hines, Chacorey Jimerson, Alyssa Karam, Yasmin Littlejohn, William Lynch, Raven McGregor, Melissa McLaughlin, Holly Melton, Christopher Noffke, Ashley Ownbey, Jessica Ownbey, Alex Parker, Caroline Pocock, Brooke Price, Sharis Smith, Aaron St.Clair, Alex Thompson, Stevie Turner, Janie Vanjura, Anthony Walke, Devyn Walke, Caleb Wilkie, Jacob Yant. A/B Honor Roll 9th Grade Amy Arante, Justin Babb, Julian Bailey, Ali

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Man ignores his visiting grandpa Dear Abby: My wife and I were visiting our children and grandson, “Rhett,” age 24. Rhett is a college student who lives at home. He had his girlfriend, “Peggy,” who lives in another town, at the house for the weekend. Rhett and Peggy retired to his room early in the evening. When we saw them at breakfast, they were, basically, uncommunicative. Shortly after, they went to the backyard and immediately climbed into the hammock, where they lay like tightly wound dishrags for the next two hours until it was time for us to leave. Our son and his wife did not awaken them to say goodbye, so we concluded that they had been exhausted by the previous night’s activities. Is this normal behavior in today’s world? We realize that we may be “old fogeys” by current standards, but isn’t there any line drawn anymore? My son and his wife acted like this was all perfectly fine. —Grandpa Dear Grandpa: Whether Rhett’s behavior is “fine” in today’s world depends upon the standards in that household. However, there are “family manners” and “company manners.” From your description of the goingson during your visit, and that no effort was made to spend any quality time with you, I’d say your grandson’s behavior was just plain rude. That said, Rhett was not entirely to blame. Some fault lies with your son

Dear Abby Abigail van Buren

and his wife for tolerating your being ignored and not insisting that you be treated with more courtesy and respect. Dear Abby: My brother, “Jeff,” has not communicated with any of the family — parents or siblings — for two years. Nobody knows why. We grew up a close-knit family with lots of love and affection. About six years ago, Jeff moved with his wife and children to a different state. During the first few years, he stayed in touch via phone calls and e-mails, but suddenly all communication ceased. We know where he lives and have tried contacting him through letters, phone calls and e-mails, but he will not respond. We have so many questions: Is Jeff hiding something? Is he ill? Please help. — Family in Pain Dear In Pain: Because you have tried everything else, only one thing is left. If at all possible, your parents and the sibling who was closest to Jeff should schedule a visit to the city in which he now resides and pay him a call.

Large aneurysm needs surgery Dear Dr. Gott: My husband has a splenic-artery aneurysm. It is large, measuring 5.7 centimeters. It is on the bottom left side of his rib cage near the spleen and pancreas. In six months, it grew from 5.2 centimeters to its current size. I know little about this condition but have recently learned that it is rare, and not many doctors are familiar with this type of aneurysm. He has seen a heart and vascular physician, but didn’t feel the doctor knew enough about the situation to do the surgery. Is this typical enlargement? Is it safe for him to wait and watch, or should he risk having surgery to repair it? What can he do in the meantime that will help him? Do you recommend any specialists for this type of surgery? Do you think it is better to just live with it and hope it doesn’t burst or have the high-risk surgery? In his early 70s, my husband is in good health otherwise. He is not overweight, and his blood pressure is stable. Less

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than a year ago, he had a partial kidney removed owing to cancer. He did not require radiation or chemotherapy, since it was caught in the early stages. Could he have caught this aneurysm from the surgery? Dear Reader: Your husband has an abnormally large splenic-artery aneurysm (SAA), a stretched portion of the artery that provides blood to the spleen. As with any type of aneurysm, the larger the deformity, the greater the risk of rupture. I urge your husband to be seen as soon as possible by a vascular surgeon. He or she can re-evaluate the situation and recommend treatment.

IN THE STARS

Your Birthday, Nov. 4;

Regardless of the difficulties of the past, the year ahead is likely to bring some dramatic changes. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Even if change is not on the radar screen, you might benefit from an adjustment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — There is nothing wrong with your goals, and you’re not shy about going after what you want. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Don’t waste this day on mundane activities. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Don’t be an all-work or all-play person because, to acquire true fulfillment, a good balance between the two is necessary. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — You’ll set the example others want to follow when they see a resilient person. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Friends will expect you to devise something fun during recreational hours. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Roll up your sleeves, and make the big bucks that are out there. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Because you’ll operate unencumbered from things that usually hold you back, you can make great headway. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Keep a low profile, and you’ll be able to conduct your private affairs without attracting much attention. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Your natural wit and personality will be a welcome addition to any gathering. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If you keep a low profile, the fulfillment of your ambitious objectives might actually come easier than expected. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — A new social outlet might be just what the doctor ordered.


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Gonzalez, John Greenway, Kierstyn Hammett, Alexander Harris, Continued from Page 2B Heather Hayes, Shayla Hensley, Nicole Johnson, Austin Jones, Simon King, Bovender, Dennis Bradley, Curtis Koone, Whitney Sarah Brandle, Harley Levesque, Jared Logan, Braun, Trevor Brooks, Kenya Logan, Morgan Kevin Brown, Hunter Long, Roxanne McDowell, Bumgardner, Savannah Akasha Miller, Will Camper, Austin Clarke, Odom, Brian Ownbey, Anna Cobb, Dustin Andres Rodriguez, Cook, Aaliyah Davis, Mitchell Rollins, Cody Simona Dinovetskiy, Smith, Jerry Smith, Christopher Diver, Katie Kaitlin Summers, Ashley Dixon, William Doggett, Suttles, Kendra Taylor, Arely Dominguez, Tyler Wallace, Corey Alex Drasser, Travis Washburn, Annalee Ensley, Madison Evans, Whitlock, Bobby Wilkins, Colby Fagan, Zachary Erin Wilkins, Misty Fowler, Joshua Frye, Yelton-Lane. Alex Godlock, Christian Godlock, Kelsea Greene, 11th Grade Yolanda Hamilton Mosley, Olivia Baumann, Lucas Hamrick, Michael Anthony Blackburn, Harton, Sonora Hartzog, Thomas Caouette, Tyler Sara Hawkins, Morgan Carson, Jonathan Cash, Helton, Tyler Herfel, Lindsey Cathcart, Sarah Kaylee Hollifield, George Coyne, Chelsey Crawford, Holt, Haley Johnson, Andrew Dalton, Ashley Kayla Kearns, Alexander Davis, Sean Dickinson, Keough, Dakota Summer Fike, Cole Flack, Kesterson, Harrison Lave, Cassondria Forney, Ginger Logan, Megan Jesse Fowler, Kayla Long, Hayleigh Martens, Frady, Vaughn Freeman, Cindy Melgoza, Kayla Jasmine Glenn, Kristen Mesich, Taylor Miller, Greene, Timothy Guffey, Tyler Morgan, Danny Taylor Hammett, Rachel Mossburg, Walter Murray, Harris, Ashley Helton, Adrian Newton, Adriana Amanda Hill, Bobby Ortega, Alexander Owens, Hill, Dylan Hipp, Jerry Tiffany Padgett, Mihaya Jenkins, Jacob Kinlaw, Pitts, Abbie Proctor, Lindsay Koonce, Harry Joshua Pruitt, Christopher Lane, Kreig Langley, Ramsey, Levi Ramsey, Carrie Lovelace, Jonathan Kayla Roper, Tracy Ross, Lutz, Mary Martin, Benjamin Satterfield, Melanie McEntire, Autumn Shelton, Patrick Michael McEntire, Simmons, Tyler Sims, Michelle McEntire, Sarah Justin Smith, Stephen Miller, Jayna Moore, Snider, Blaise Splawn, Alexis Morgan, Alex Nicholaus Stoehrer, Dylan Murray, Whitney Murray, Swink, Ashley Tessnair, Michaela Norville, Hannah Thompson, Kayla Brittany Patterson, Joseph Waters, Kyle Watson, Pauley, Andrew Rhom, Jonathan Whisnant, Susan Richardson, Lauren Emily Wiggins, Bryanna Rivas, Joseph Robles, Wilkerson, Ridge Emily Rothrock, Adam Wilkerson. Russell, Cody Salyards, 10th Grade Jessie Scofield, Rodrick Barner, Rachel Scoggins, John Amanda Baynard, Self, Andra Simpson, Kristina Baynard, Kathryn Snyder, Sara Courtney Blair, Alison Stegemoller, Ashley Brandle, Randy Brown, Stephens, Lauren Taylor, Michael Browning, Jamila Shelly Von Briel, Carmen Burns, Austin Conner, Washington, Randy Cassie Crowe, Nathan Whitener, Leah Whitton, Dinovetskiy, Brittney Miranda Williams, Rusty Edwards, Rosajean Flack, Woody. Lindsay Frazier, Duran 12th Grade

Diamond Ammons, Miyisha Battle, Brianna Baynard, Adam Beasley, Marianne Beasley, Erica Biggerstaff, Kirstan Blender, Harley Bowen, Stephanie Boykins, Nicole Bradley, Wesley Brown, William Brown, Carsyn Butler, James Butler, Lee Carpenter, Davis Choun, Leah Cooke, Blake Dula, Hannah Enloe, Bennett Evans, Michael Fall, Katherine Fetherolf, Halie Gasper, Kaila Gibson, Ivonne Gonzalez, Hilari Griffin, Holly Guffey, Breanna Hager, Kortney Hamby, James Hampton, Logan Hartzog, Marissa Hill, Kyle Holmstrom,Andrea Hooper, Richard Huntley, Ashley Hutchins, Sarah Koonce, Kaitlyn Laughter, Paige Leslie, Cameron Long, Cory Lowery, Will McBrayer, Tyler McCrary, Kalie McCurry, David McLaughlin, Brittney Monteith, Denisse Morales, Seth Orr, Dre Person, Michael Phillips, Nicholas Pope, Sydney Pugh, Kayla Rikard, Kayla Robertson, Jonathan Russell, Jonathan Shelton, Matthew Simmons, Shontay Singleton, Amaris Snyder, Audrey Steffans, Stacie Stott, Jennifer Street, Savannah Swofford, Candice Tessneer, Brett Thompson, Drew Thompson, Forrest Thurman, Danielle Watson,Melissa Wheat, Chasity Whitesides, Drema Wilson.

Forrest Hunt Elementary School The first six weeks honor roll at Forrest Hunt Elementary School has been announced by Brad Richardson, principal. Those students named to the list are: A Honor Roll 3rd grade Carlee Arrowood, Jenna Bailey, Shana Briscoe, Zach Dalton, Diana Romero, Caitlin Roper, Riley Smith, Stesha

Turner, Morgan Wheeler, Anna Yelton. 4th Grade Bethany Coffey, Ciera Hardin, Melissa LugoMejia, Lauren Millette, Chancellor Saine. 5th Grade Jessica Alley, Elizabeth Bradley, Zeke Brandle, Arianna Edwards, Grey Griffith, Hayden Hutchins, Drew Melton, Lauren Mode, Diana Newton, Chandler Patrick, Will Yelton. B Honor Roll 3rd Grade Kristin Adair, Brittney Bomer, Mykel Bracken, Salena Carrillo, Rylan Champion, Tamia Dobbins, Sheridan Francis, Garrett Haney, Collin Hipp, Rhyne Howard, Kaleb Logan, Kristen McBrayer, Jessica Spainhour, Demitri Williams. 4th Grade Asia Allen, Ashton Armstrong, Lacy Bailey, Sarah Bradley, Kiana Burns, Joerik Castillo, Austin Causby, Ashlyn Cox, Kaitlyn Doggett, Morgan Earp, Landon Fagan, Morgan Freeman, Ethan Harris, Noelle Harris, Katie Hoyle, Nathan Hoyle, Jonathan Jimenez, William Lanser, Darius Lovett, Brianna Lynch, Kendrick Macopson, Trevor Mode, Madison Morrow, Mayghan O’Connell, Alivia Pruett, Morgan Rogers, Courteney Saine, Madison Snyder, Devin Tesseneer, Brittany Trotter, Jose Vargas, Andrea Womick. 5th Grade Bryce Arrowood, Erica Arthur, Juwan Blanton, Zach Carswell, Danielle Chavez, Victoria Chavez, Kennedi Cotarelo, Latia Cureton, Tiffany Dotson, Miranda Eddins, Dixie Elmore, Kayla Frady, Amber Gilbert, Ian Hawkins, Preston James, Miguel Jimenez, Tynec Lawrence, Austin Mech, Zach Pritchard, Hayley Ramsey,Elizabeth Randall, Jaquelyn Rojas, Nicholas Rose, Austin Ruff, Halie Smith, Bruce Squires, Hannah

Tavernia, Zhaniya Thomas, Dylan Thrift, Billy Walker.

Ellenboro Elementary The first six weeks honor roll at Ellenboro Elementary School has been announced by Bill Bass, principal. Those students named to the list are: A Honor Roll 3rd grade Sabie Bright, Joshua Clark, Noah Conner, Gabriella Day, Harrison Dyess, D’Ana Flores, Drew Greene, Aaliyah Hardy, Dakota Hendrick, Katie Linder, Jordon Maner, Myann McEntyre, Jesse Mitchell, Vivica Moore, Trent Morgan, Jade Morrow, Lily Price, Cameron Sharpe, Macie Sherburne, Emily Taylor, Bethany Terry, Kaitlyn Whisnant. 4th Grade Jacob Baldwin, Gracie Bennett, Abby Bland, Nathan Brock, Hannah Conner, Amber Culleton, Ally Flack, Tucker Hamrick, Adam Hensley, Adam Hollifield, Addie Hopper, Addie Lavender, Blake Lovelace, Auralee Mayfield, Josie Morrow, Jonathan Newton, Billie Owens, Cassie Padgett, Logan Price, Hunter Scruggs, Holly Sherburne, Dallas Snyder, Kelly Wallace. 5th grade Brittany Bailey, Zach Barnes, Tyler Bridges, Taylor Byers, Gissell Escalera, Carson Harrison, David Hunt, Kendall McGowan, Shynia Oaks, Weston Randall, Katie Sessoms, Caleb Stewart, Sarah Thurman, Rebecca Toney. B Honor Roll 3rd grade Sarah Boyd, Jeremiah Boykins, London Bradley, Jeremy Burgess, Kaylee Camp, Adrian Escalera, Miranda Ferguson, Madison Goode, Brooklyn Henderson, Randi Beth Henson, Justin Lovelace, Evan McRory, Nikki McDonald, Ethan

Miller, Damian Parker, Tristan Pegram, Beau Rodriguez, Dylan Russell, Paige Stanley, Madison Wishion, David Wood, Dylan Wright. 4th grade Camryn Bernhardt, Casey Blanton, Miranda Byers, Julie Catoe, Skylar Cooper, Austin Cordell, Heather Crawford, David Davis, Noah Downey, Bryson Ellis, Hunter Epley, Mia Flores, Cody Greene, Courtney Hensley, Lawson Jolley, Victoria Kelly, Dylan Litaker, Storm Mace, Madison Miller, Makayla Moore, Brenley Morehead, Kassidy Patrick, Vanessa Ramey, Sam Ryan, Victor Santiago, Nick Schmidt, Wade Sneed, Amber Spratt, Jordyn Stroup, Hunter Toney, Ashley Williams, Katie Wilson, Syerria Winters, Jay Wright, Holly Yelton, Kalab Yirin. 5th grade Dakota Blanton, Jasmine Blanton, Noah Blanton, Gloria Bradley, Tyler Bradshaw, Jessie Byars, Kaitlyn Canipe, Chris Causby, Jerica Coffey, Michael Cournoyer, Ashley Davis, Ashton Davis, Steven Downey, Emily Elgin, Paige Floyd, Bridget Friddle, Ashley Godfrey, Holden Greene, Steven Greene, Ayanna Grier, Erik Guerin, Taylor Hardin, AJ Hardin, Kelsea Jackson, Brandi Laughlin, Carson Marshall, Christian McNeely, Tisha Mengel, Tiffany Messer, Adam Millwood, Grace Morgan, Madison Morrow, Jamie Norton, Sammy Peticos, Trinity Simpson, Cameron Smith.

Honor Roll Corrections Jordan Crawley’s name was omitted from the 5th grade B Honor Roll at Ellenboro Elementary School. Sullivan Stevens should have been listed on the 3rd grade B Honor Roll at Harris Elementary.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of VAUGHTIE EDWARDS PARK of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said VAUGHTIE EDWARDS PARK to present them to the undersigned on or before the 14th day of January 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 14th day of October, 2009. Laura Kay Park Dechant, Administrator 2 Hawk View Drive Asheville, NC 28804-1971

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the estate of REBECCA ANN HEWITT DOGGETT of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said REBECCA ANN HEWITT DOGGETT to present them to the undersigned on or before the 28th day of January 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 28th day of October, 2009. Steven Harold Hewitt, Executor 542 Rollins Road Forest City, NC 28043

PROCESSING ASSISTANT III Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department is accepting applications for a Processing Assistant III position in the Environmental Health section of the McDowell County Health Department. Position is intensely customer-focused requiring excellent communication and customer service skills. Responsibilities include assisting the public, answering incoming telephone calls, data entry, filing, maintaining records, assisting with preparing clinic charts and correspondence. High school diploma or equivalent is required. Demonstrated possession of knowledge, skills and abilities gained through at least one year of office assistant/secretarial experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience is required. Associate Degree in Medical Office Administration, Medical Secretary, Business Administration is preferred. Minorities and Spanish/English bilingual persons are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit a current resume and state application (PD 107) by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 16, 2009. Applications can be obtained from our website at www.rpmhd.org/hr/employment or from the following address:

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS Town of Lake Lure, North Carolina Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Lake Lure Town Council at the Lake Lure Municipal Center, 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, North Carolina on the 10th day of November, 2009, at 7:00 pm or shortly thereafter, for the purpose of considering an amendment to Title IX, Chapter 91, Subdivision Regulations, Town of Lake Lure, modifying the requirements for improvement guarantees as well as adding requirements for deposits of compliance. The public is advised that it has the right to appear at said public hearing and present information with regard to the proposed ordinance. A copy of the proposed ordinance, identified as Ordinance Number 09-11-10, is on file at Town Hall for inspection by all interested persons.

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Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Kristen D. Williams and David Williams (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Kristen D. Williams and J. David Williams aka David Williams) to McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A., Trustee(s), dated the 8th day of December, 2005, and recorded in Book 875, Page 422, in Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door at 229 North Main St in the City of Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina at 1:30 PM on November 17, 2009 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Rutherford, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows:

Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Larry Y. Najor and Hyassant Najor (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Larry Y. Najor) to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), dated the 29th day of September, 2005, and recorded in Book 863, Page 215, in Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door at 229 North Main St in the City of Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina at 1:30 PM on November 17, 2009 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Rutherford, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows:

Being all of Lot 352 as shown on survey by R.L. Greene PLS entitle: Greyrock Subdivison Phase 2B as recorded in Plat Book 26 at Page 122, said plat being one of a series of plats recorded in Plat Book 26, Page 119 through 123 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry, reference to said recorded plats being made for a more particular description of said Lot 352. Together with improvements located thereon; Said property being located at: Lot 352, Phase 2B, Greyrock, Lake Lure, North Carolina Together with and Subject to all easements, restrictions and rights of ways of record and a non-exclusive appurtenant easement for ingress, egress and regress is over and upon all private subdivision roads for GreyRock at Lake Lure as shown on the above-described plats and the plats for Phase 1A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 188 through 192: Plats for Phase 1B as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 205 through 208 and Plats for Phase 2A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 26, at Pages 114 through 118 and to the covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for GreyRock as recorded in Book 858, at Page 122 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and also being recorded in Book 3827, Page 764 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. BEING a portion of that property to LR Buffalo Creek, LLC by deeds recorded in Deed Book 855, at Page 816 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and as recorded in Deed Book 3793, at Page 665 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §45-21.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 27th day of October, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE BY: Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1013855

Being all of Lot 239 as shown on survey by R.L. Greene, PLS entitled "Greyrock Subdivision Phase 2A as recorded in Plat Book 26 at Page 114, said plat being one of a series of plats recorded in Plat Book 26, Page 114 through 118 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry, reference to said recorded plats being made for a more particular description of said Lot 239. Together with improvements located thereon; Said property being located at: Lot 239 Glen Ridge Trail, Lake Lure, North Carolina Together with and Subject to all easements, restrictions and rights of ways of record and a non-exclusive appurtenant easement for ingress, egress and regress is conveyed over and upon all private subdivision roads for Greyrock at Lake Lure as shown on the above-described plats and the plats for Phase 1A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 188 through 192; Plats for Phase 1B as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25 at Pages 205 through 208 and to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Greyrock as recorded in Book 858, at Page 122 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and also being recorded in Book 3827, Page 764 of the Buncombe County, North Carolina Registry. Being a portion of that property conveyed to LR Buffalo Creek, LLC by deeds recorded in Deed Book 855, at Page 816 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and as recorded in Deed Book 3793, at Page 665 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §45-21.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 27th day of October, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE BY: Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1015646


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DOCUMENT 000312R – RE-ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids will be received until 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 12, 2009 in the Commissioners Room in the Spindale House, 100 East Main St., Spindale, North Carolina 28160, for the construction as described below, for the 2009 Spindale Collection Sewer Replacement – Division 3: Oak Street Pump Station Components Replacement Project, Spindale, North Carolina, at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Bidders who wish to mail or otherwise deliver their bids to the town of Spindale prior to the Bid Opening must have their bids delivered to the Spindale Town Hall, 103 Reveley St., Spindale, North Carolina 28160 such that they are received at the Town Hall no later than 10:00 AM on the day of the Bid Opening. After 10:00 AM on the day of the Bid Opening the bidder must deliver his/her bid to the Commissioners Room. The project is for the replacement of certain existing components of the pump station and related appurtenances. Work consists of all associated sitework, piping and appurtenances. Complete plans and specifications and all Addenda for this project can be ordered from Kurt D. Wright and Associates, Inc., Professional Engineers, 163 Heritage Lane, Bostic, North Carolina 28018, telephone (828) 245-4080, fax (828) 245-2189, during normal office hours. General Construction Prime Bidders may obtain one complete set of certified bid documents and all addenda on a non-refundable cost basis. Printed sets of bid documents and addenda or copies of individual documents may be purchased by Bidders, Subcontractors, and Suppliers, without refund. Note the set of plans and specifications also include two other Divisions of the 2009 Spindale Collection Sewer Replacement project. Allow three (3) business days for normal shipping and delivery of documents. Pickup of documents is available upon request. Expedited delivery of documents is also available upon request at an additional charge. The plans and specifications are copyright protected. CONTRACT DOCUMENTS COST: $60.00 non-refundable A conditional or qualified bid will not be accepted. Award will be made to the lowest responsible, responsive bidder for the contract. The Owner reserves the unqualified right to reject any and all bids. This project will be funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, therefore, applicable provisions of the Davis Bacon Act and Buy American requirements will apply. The Town of Spindale is an equal opportunity employer. Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) including small and minority firms and local (Section 3) firms are encouraged to submit bids and to be utilized by contractors and subcontractors. Signed: Mr. Cameron McHargue, Manager Town of Spindale

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 404 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Catherine Aspell and John K. Aspell (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Catherine Aspell) to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), dated the 12th day of January, 2007, and recorded in Book 937, Page 307, in Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door at 229 North Main St in the City of Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina at 1:30 PM on November 17, 2009 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the Township of Morgan, in the County of Rutherford, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: All that certain lot or parcel of land situated in Morgan Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and more particularly described as follows: Being Lot Number 165, of Queen's Gap, Phase I, as described more fully in Plat recorded in Plat Book 27, Pages 280-292, (the "Plat"), Rutherford County Registry, to which plat reference is hereby made for a more full and accurate description. Together with improvements located thereon; Said property being located at: Lot 165 Craigen Drive, Rutherfordton, North Carolina Subject to Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions for Queen's Gap as recorded in Book 917, Page 402-442, Rutherford County Register of Deeds, and recorded in Book 891, Page 624-664, McDowell County Register of Deeds, and any amendments and supplements thereto. Subject to all matters shown on subdivision plat of Queen's Gap, Phase I, as recorded in Plat Book 27, Pages 280-292, Rutherford County Register of Deeds, and Plat Book 13, Pages 60-72, McDowell County Register of Deeds, hereinafter referred to as "the Plat". Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §45-21.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 27th day of October, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE BY: Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1015401

NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 371 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Salma Arefi to PRLAP, Inc., Trustee(s), dated October 06, 2006, and recorded in Book 922, Page 89, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at the Courthouse Door in Rutherford County, North Carolina, at 1:45PM on November 18, 2009, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property, to wit: Lying in Chimney Rock Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina: Being all of Lot 124, Phase 1B, as shown on subdivision plat for GreyRock at Lake Lure Subdivision recorded in Plat Book 25, at Page 206, said plat being one of a series of plats recorded in Plat Book 25, Pages 205 through 208, all of the Rutherford County, NC Registry, reference to said plats being made for a more particular description of said lot. Together with and subject to all easements, restrictions and rights of way of record and a non-exclusive appurtenant easement for ingress, egress and regress is conveyed over and upon all private subdivision roads for GreyRock at Lake Lure as shown on the above described plats and to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for GreyRock at Lake Lure as recorded in Book 858, at Page 122 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and also recorded in Book 3827, Page 764 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry (hereinafter " Declarations"). Together with and subject to easements for the installation, repair and maintenance of a community water system as set forth in the declarations, said water system to consist of a shared system of wells and water line to be installed upon the lots. Each lot is conveyed together with appurtenant easements for all shared water line and wells marking up the water system as the same may or will be installed in the reserved easement areas as set forth on all recorded plats and described in the declarations. Also being the same property as described in a deed recorded in Book 899 at Page 461 of the aforesaid registry. Said property is commonly known as: Lot 124 Grey Rock, Lake Lure, NC 28746 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 105-228.30, in the amount of One Dollar ($1.00) per each Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or fractional part thereof, and the Clerk of Courts fee, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7A-308, in the amount of Forty-five Cents (45) per each One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or fractional part thereof or Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), whichever is greater. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the bid, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale and must be tendered in the form of certified funds. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts will be immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance AS IS WHERE IS. There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, special assessments, land transfer taxes, if any, and encumbrances of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Ronald Berg, Individually and as Trustee of the 124B Greyrock Trust. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, that tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. ___________________________________ Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc. Substitute Trustee 1587 Northeast Expressway Atlanta, GA 30329 (770) 234-9181 Our File No.: 158.0928573NC / LMS Publication Dates: 11/4/09 & 11/11/09


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