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County swimmers hit the pool at ICC — Page 7 Sports “Long overdue” Former head basketball coach Stacy Lail was honored at R-S Central Friday.

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Greg Deshommes takes a call from Haiti Friday afternoon. The news is horrible. His friend’s daughter was killed in the earthquake.

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FOREST CITY — “Oh no! Oh no!” Greg Deshommes said lifting his hand to his forehead holding his cell phone in the other. The caller was a dear friend in his hometown in Carrefour, Haiti. Her 8-year-old daughter was killed in the earthquake. “Wow, wow,” he quietly said as he spoke to his friend in his native Haitian Creole language. From his classroom at Chase Middle School, Deshommes was pouring his heart out about the devastating earthquake when his cell phone rang. “It’s a call from Haiti” he said, excused himself, and literally ran to the windows for better reception. “It’s been like this every day. I get a call. Someone else has lost a loved one,” he said. But Thursday afternoon the news was Please see Haiti, Page 6

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Haiti native Sonia Whitesides learned Thursday her mother and family are safe. See her story, Page 6.

FOREST CITY — Verizon Wireless customers were left asking “Can you hear me now?” when calling to and from some phone numbers in the area Friday. First reports of connection problems started coming in around 3 p.m. Thursday, but the mobile phone company said they didn’t register widespread issues until early Friday morning. “We are currently experiencing a connectivity issue which is affecting calls from land lines to mobile phones in the Forest City area,” said Karen Schulz, spokesperson for Verizon Wireless. “It is in Forest City and some of the surrounding areas — not a huge area but some of the numbers there. “It’s only been a problem for most of Friday morning and engineers are tracking down the problem.” Mobile to mobile calls should work fine as should mobile calls to land line calls. The problem has only affected calls from land line phones to mobile phones so far. Customers in line at the Verizon store on Butler Road were waiting to pay their bill or activate new equipment, but most were also asking questions about some anomalous calling problems on Friday afternoon. Phones at the store were also ringing off the hook with customer service representatives reassuring customers the problem was only temporary and could be caused by either a down cell tower or perhaps a break in the land line cables. The cause was not immediately apparent Friday. “Our engineers and technicians are working together to Please see Verizon, Page 5

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BOSTIC – When students at East Middle School collected 5,878 canned food items for the Salvation Army in December – exceeding the goal of 5,000 – school administrators weren’t just over the moon. They wound up on the school’s roof. Prinicipal Brad Teague motivated students to collect the food by offering that he, Assistant Principal Ricky Greene and Resource Officer Mark Duncan would stay on the school’s roof for 24 hours. The trio was first scheduled to go up in mid-December, but snow and ice cancelled school and their plans to rough it on the roof. The school held a pep rally Thursday afternoon where students got to share with the men what they’d be eating. “We’re getting pickled pigs feet, oysters, sauerkraut and baby food I know,” Teague said. The winning homeroom for each grade level got to choose the meals, said Student Government Association Sponsor Janet Phillips. The SGA helped organize the drive. “It was really student driven,” Teague said, “but Bill Higgins over at Sunshine Please see Roof, Page 5


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‘Warm Winter Day for Women’ in Spindale SPINDALE — United Sisters in Christ will host a “Warm Winter Day for Women,” on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the First Baptist Church of Spindale, beginning at 2 p.m. This program is based on Romans 12:4, 5, 9 and 10, and the theme song for the event is “They Will Know We Are Christian by our Love.” All denominations are welcome to join the fun, fondue and fellowship. Bringing a dish to share is optional. The event will be held in the church fellowship hall, 105 East Wilson St., Spindale, (across from the car wash on Main Street). Parking and entrance in back of the church. For more information contact Sharon at 247-1853, or email Mammatuch@aol.com.

The Gospel Travelers will sing Sunday, Jan. 17, at Sandy Level Baptist Church. Music begins at 6 p.m. Public invited.

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The Carlson Trio will sing Saturday, Jan. 16, in honor of Wayne McCurry, at Sunshine Elementary School; chili supper begins at 5 p.m.; music starts at 6:30; sponsored by Fairview Baptist Church and Cherry Mountain VFD; the trio will also sing Sunday, Jan. 17, during the 11 a.m. worship service at the First Baptist Church of Bostic.

Gospel singing: Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Sunday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m., St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church; featuring St. John’s AME Zion Church, Piney Ridge CME Church Choir, Spirit of 67 and Rufus Johnson reciting “I Have a Dream.”

The Carolina Crossmen will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 24, at Spencer Baptist Church, Spindale. Singing begins at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken. Nursery provided. The group will also sing Jan. 24, during the 11 a.m. worship service at Pleasant View Community Church, 129 Michael Dr., Forest City.

Singing: Sunday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Riverside Baptist Church, Hogan Road, Harris; featuring Winners Either Way.

Gospel singing: Sunday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 130 Pleasant Grove Road, Rutherfordton; featuring In His Glory.

The Four Gospels will be preached Sunday, Jan. 17, at Doggett Grove AME Zion in Forest City, beginning at 4 p.m.

The Dixie Melody Boys will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 31, at Crestview Baptist Church in Forest City. Singing begins at 6 p.m.

Special services Spiritual services: Spiritual Awakening services will continue through Sunday, Jan. 17, 6:30 nightly, at Forest City Foursquare Church.

Youth Day service: Sunday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m. worship service; Holy Temple No. 2, Forest City; the Rev. Rachel Twitty will deliver the message.

Powers to lead ‘Weaving a Tapestry of Hope’ study FOREST CITY — “Weaving a Tapestry of Hope” will be led by Brandi Powers at the First Baptist Church of Forest City. The Bible study, written by David May, Associate Professor of New Revival: Jan. 31 Feb. 5, Little White Country Church, 184 Painters Gap Road, Rutherfordton; speaker, Rev. George Wright; Sunday service 6 p.m.; M-F, 7 nightly; special singing each night. Church reopening: Pastor Marjorie Patterson announces the reopening of Agape Ministries in Spindale (off Weathers Street). Services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. Also, the church doors will be

Anger Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. R.S.V. Ephesians 4:26-27

One of the works of the flesh mentioned by Paul in his epistle to the Galatians is anger, a translation of the Greek word “thumos.” The word “thumos” is variously translated as anger, wrath, or passion, and was considered by the ancient Greeks to be the spirited element within humans. Plato claimed that the psyche had three components, including nous (intellect), thumos (passion), and epithumos (appetite), and he compared thumos to a spirited steed that needed to be controlled by the other two elements. Likewise, when Paul uses the word “thumos” he is describing the kind of anger and passion characterized by uncontrolled, explosive outbursts, and which readily flares into violent words or deeds. Thus, it is not to be confused with righteous indignation, which is proper and controlled anger. In many cases, anger is perfectly appropriate and morally legitimate. The real question then is not whether we should be angry, but how to be angry at the right time and to the right extent, and how to have a reaction which is morally appropriate to the situation. When we become enraged over minor mishaps we are clearly being excessive, while not getting angry enough over serious injustices such as genocide errs in the other direction. Clearly, we need to find the mean between these two extremes, as Aristotle put it, and be angry with the right person, at the right time, and to the right extent. We should reflect on our tendency to become angry. Is it moderate and appropriate, or excessive, or perhaps even deficient?

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Testament at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kan., will be held at 11 a.m., each Thursday in February. During these four weeks the group will identify new ways to read an ancient vision that speaks about the past, the present and the future. By interweaving the ancient world of the original writer, John, with contemporary concerns of the church, this volume helps us to see that Revelation continues to reveal truths to those who seek to hear its original message. Readers are challenged to study Revelation from the vantage points of the history, culture, original audience, and the literary skills of the writer. Those who participate will also learn how to empathize with those for whom this book originally was written. The topics include: How to Study Revelation: An Introduction (Week 1) Being a Considerate Reader of Revelation (Week 2) Being a Sensitive Reader of Revelation (Week 3) Being a Perceptive Reader of Revelation (Week 4) Copies of the study book will be available in the church office and on Thursdays. The cost is $7 to purchase a copy. For more information contact the church office.

open during the national Week of Prayer, Jan. 18-23, at noon each day. 2nd Annual Women’s Conference: Jan. 22-24, Wheat Creek Baptist Church; Friday at 6 p.m., guest speaker, Evangelist Felicia Cureton from Victory Temple Bibleway Church, Rutherfordton; Saturday, 6 p.m., guest speaker, Audrey Clark from Agape Ministries in Forest City; Evangelist Loretta Martin from Upper Room Outreach Ministry, Columbia, S,C., will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday, and Dr. Particia Beason from Mabry’s Temple Bibleway Church, Campobello, S.C., will speak at 3 p.m.; call 828-863-2866 to register.

Fundraisers Buffet breakfast: Saturday, Jan. 16, 7 to 10:30 a.m., Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Forest City; $5 per person, all you can eat. Spaghetti supper: Saturday, Jan. 23, begins at 4 p.m., Little White Country Church, 184 Painters Gap Road, Rutherfordton; $5 per plate, all you can eat; ages 6 and under, $3; all proceeds to benefit the Neighbors Pantry. Breakfast buffet: Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 to 10 a.m.; Long Branch Road Baptist Church; no set price, donations accepted; proceeds for a new fellowship hall; church located at 621 Long Branch Road, Forest City,(Shiloh Community). Poor man’s supper: Thursday, Feb. 4, 4 to 7 p.m., Providence United Methodist Church, Chase Middle community; adults $5, children $3, under 6 free; proceeds will go toward Feed the Hungry Ministry; bake sale proceeds for the purchase a keyboard. Sweetheart Banquet: Saturday, Feb. 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m.; Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church; baked spaghetti, salad, dessert and drink; $12 per couple or $6 per individual; children under 6 are free; take outs available; call 6579446 to place an order; sponsored by the ladies’ auxiliary of Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church.

Other Free clothing: Good secondhand clothing will be offered free to those in need Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 250 Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Sandy Mush, from 8 a.m. to noon. Free clothing: Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., free clothes will be offered at the old K-Mart building (behind Denny’s restaurant). Free food: Free food will be given away to those in need Saturday, Jan. 23, at Forest City Foursquare Church, from noon to 3 p.m, (or until food runs out). Free clothing: Coats and blankets will be given away Saturday, Jan. 30, from noon to 3 p.m. at Holy Ground Community Church, (beside Forest City Post Office). Soup will also be served free of charge. “The Way Home”: A support group for anyone recovering from an addiction; meetings are held each Monday at noon, in the basement of Harvest House Church, Big Springs Ave., Forest City; call Sheila at 828-447-1880 for more information. Mom’s Hope is a ministry that offers hope and support for mothers who face daily struggles and fears when their children are addicted to drugs or alcohol. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Missionary Wesleyan Church, 811 Doggett Rd., Forest City. For more information contact Chris Park at 2896467, or Karen Elliott at 286-2308. “Celebrate Recovery” is a weekly Christ-centered program that meets every Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 1186 Hudlow Rd., Forest City. The group is open to anyone who wishes to find healing no matter what you’re going through. For more information call 245-3639.

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Police Notes Man charged in sex case

n Floyd Rosco Dotson, 43, of Bear Creek Road; charged with misdemeanor probation violation; placed under a $15,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Devanta Mevquer Hill, 17, of 101 Carriage Place; charged with second-degree trespassing and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; placed under a $15,00 secured bond. (RCSD) n Derrick Devall Lake, 20, of 239 Cherry Mountain St.; charged with second-degree trespassing and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; placed under a $1,500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Jorge Luis Lopez Aguilar, 34, of 109 Circle St.; charged with resisting a public officer; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Linda Blanton Robbins, 25, of 291 Old Church St.; charged with disorderly conduct; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Willie Carnell Matthews, 52, of 15013 Taylor Ridge Lane,

CAROLEEN — True bill indictments were returned against a 25-year-old man. Jonathan David Pollock, of 102 West St.; is facing two counts of first-degree statutory rape. Pollock was placed under a $400,000 secured bond Friday morning.

Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 127 E-911 calls Thursday. n A burglary/ forcible entry was reported at Rutherfordton Pediatrics, 1168 Old Caroleen Rd., Forest City. n The theft of a 2006 Chevrolet truck was reported at Mint Motorcars. n Sophia Martin Satterfield reported a larceny. n The theft of petroleum products was reported at Dollar General, Cliffside. n April Marie Husted reported a larceny. n Tommy Gene Tessiner reported a burglary/ forcible entry. n Nelson Gustavo Yedro reported vandalism to the front bumper of a 2001 Ford Escort. n Della Hudson Keeter reported the theft of medications and keys. n Ricky James Watson reported the theft of building materials and appliances. n Christine Anise Klahn reported a breaking and entering.

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Martin Luther Harkey III of Shelby was driving this Honda east on U.S. 74A Thursday evening when he told a trooper he began to feel sleepy. He said he was attempting to pull off the highway, when he apparently fell alsleep and hit the guard rail in the median and overturned. He was taken to Rutherford Hospital.

Spindale n The Spindale Police responded to 21 calls.

Lake Lure n The Lake Lure Police responded to five calls.

Forest City n The Forest City Police responded to 40 calls.

Arrests n Gregory Todd Hoyle, 42, of 780 Withrow Rd.; charged

with driving while impaired and driving left of center; freed on a $500 unsecured bond and a custody release. (FCPD) n Jason Ray Fite, 26, of 590 Dewitt Owens Rd.; charged with driving while impaired and possession of open container/ consume alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle; released on a $500 unsecured bond. (NCHP) n Donald R. Morrow Jr., 53, of 470 Goodes Creek Church Rd.;

charged with misdemeanor probation violation; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (Probation) n Jeremy Shane Rowe, 32, of 220 Old U.S. 221; charged with breaking and/or entering, larceny after break/ enter, break or enter a motor vehicle, larceny of motor vehicle and two counts of possession of stolen goods/ property; placed under a $100,000 secured bond. (RCSD)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 27 E-911 calls Thursday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rescue responded to five calls.

Fire Calls n Bostic responded to a control burn. n Ellenboro responded to a motor vehicle crash. n Forest City responded to a gas leak. n Spindale responded to a motor vehicle crash, to an industrial fire alarm and to a smoke report. n Sandy Mush responded to a fire alarm, assisted by SDO and Cliffside.

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ormer Gov. Jim Hunt set an ambitious goal in 2000 when he challenge the people of North Carolina to preserve a million acres of open space by the year 2010. A report out this week shows that despite strong efforts by a variety of groups, that goal has not been met. The preservation effort did get more than 600,000 acres under protection. That is nothing to scoff at. There is also no reason to quit trying to put more of our undeveloped land under protection. The fact that in the same time period, more than a million acres of land went under development in North Carolina just underscores the need to continue preservation efforts. Among the things that make North Carolina unique are its farmlands, its pastures, its wetlands and its wild areas. These are valuable assets that need to be preserved.

Will deficits trigger inflation? *It seems like it’s hard to get everything right with the economy. As one problem passes, others emerge. This is the way many see the current economy. With the problem of the deep recession beginning to fade, the potential for higher inflation looms ahead. Indeed, many say higher inflation is inevitable because of something the federal government has been doing to fight the recession – borrowing record amounts of money. Last year the government borrowed over $1 trillion to fill the gap between spending and tax revenues, and the red ink is expected to continue flowing in the coming years. The worry is that all this borrowing and spending by the federal government will eventually cause prices to rise more rapidly, which is the definition of a higher inflation rate. But is there a direct link between federal budget deficits and inflation? The perhaps surprising answer given by most economists is, no! While higher inflation rates can certainly occur at the same time as larger budget deficits are appearing, a third factor must be present to tie the two together – money creation. The late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman asserted that “inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.” In a less formal way he said, “inflation results from too much money chasing too few goods.” The idea can be illustrated with a simple example. Say there’s $1,000 in circulation and there are 100 identical widgets (economists’ all-purpose fictitious product) for people to buy. People can only purchase widgets. In this case each widget will be priced at $10.

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Now suppose the supply of money in circulation doubles to $2,000. Again, the only thing people can do with this money is spend it on widgets. If there still are 100 widgets available, now each widget will be priced at $20. So a doubling of the money supply, with no change in the supply of widgets for sale, has resulted in a doubling of widget prices. Who controls the amount of money in circulation? The central bank of the U.S. – the Federal Reserve – does. So effectively, the Federal Reserve (often known simply as the Fed) controls the rate at which average prices rise, which is the definition of the inflation rate. Note I said average prices – some individual prices can increase faster than others, and some can actually decline. The point is that when we look at the average of prices, how fast that average rises over time is strongly influenced by the amount of money the Fed is putting into circulation. Yet what about the budget deficit? Doesn’t a bigger budget deficit mean the government (here the Fed) necessarily prints more money? The answer once again is no. Borrowing by the federal government and the printing of money are controlled by two separate agencies. Borrowing is done by the Treasury Department and money creation is – as I’ve said – a function of the Federal Reserve. There’s no mandatory coordination between the two. Only if the

Fed prints more money at the same time that the Treasury is borrowing more funds is there a link between the two actions. When this happens, economists have a term for it – “monetizing the debt.” Now, as it turns out, we have had both significant borrowing by the Treasury and money creation by the Fed in the past year. Both actions have been used to fight the recession. So people who worry about inflation have good reason to do so. Fortunately, at the moment inflation doesn’t seem to be a problem. One reason is because a great deal of the new money created by the Fed is sitting in the vaults of banks – unspent – so it isn’t in circulation. Also, the money that is in circulation is changing hands very slowly, which lessens its impact on prices. Fed Chairman Bernanke, who is well aware of the inflationary dangers of excess money, has said he will drain the extra cash from the economy at the appropriate time. If he is successful, this will nip in the bud (as Barney Fife used to say) an inflationary outbreak. Be aware, however, nothing I’ve said here should be interpreted as suggesting budget deficits don’t create issues. They certainly do, such as the potential for higher interest rates, the crowding out of other federal spending and the shift of investment funds from private to public purposes. But higher inflation need not be one of the issues. The Federal Reserve has the ability to control inflation. You decide if the Fed will be successful! Dr. Walden teaches and writes on personal finance, economic outlook and public policy.

More evidence shows incentives not all they claim RALEIGH – Back in the mid-1990s, when North Carolina first began to offer large incentive packages in an attempt to land economic-development deals, I wrote that such targeted incentives had never really been about creating jobs. They were about creating job announcements. The distinction is important, and the passage of time has only made it more obvious. Within a dynamic market economy, employers create jobs all the time. They create jobs during booms. They create jobs during busts, though fewer ones. But employers also eliminate jobs, more during busts but also during booms. For the economy as a whole, the key statistic is the net — how many jobs are created minus the number of jobs destroyed. Giving out special tax breaks, cash payments, or other subsidies to particular firms can certainly be associated with job announce-

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ments. Actually, I’ll put it more strongly than that. One of the main reasons politicians offer incentives in the first place is so they can credit for the new jobs being announced, even though in many cases the companies would have made the same location or expansion decision without the incentives. But to say that incentives work because they lead to job announcements is to miss the boat entirely. Giving subsidies to some politically favored companies inevitably means increasing costs to other companies, typically smaller ones less capable of presenting a credible threat to leave if they aren’t subsidized. One reason why this happens is that incentives shift the tax burden for local ser-

vices. The location or expansion of a major employer in a community has a range of effects on the demand for public services. If newcomers to the community take the jobs offered at the new subsidized firm, there will be an increase in traffic, school enrollment, and other demand. If existing residents take the jobs, then they’ll usually be leaving the employ of firms without incentives, firms responsible for a higher proportion of local taxes paid to finance those services. Either way, you create a growing gap between service costs and net tax collections. Existing firms and households have to make up the difference, in ways that can often lead to lower employment. That’s why the net effect on job creation is not at all the same as the immediate effect on job announcements. Another reason why job announcements at the front end of incentive deals don’t necessarily result in net job creation is more mundane:

much of the time, the job announcements are simply wrong. The announced jobs never materialize. It’s not usually the case that politicians and employers lie about the anticipated effects of an incentive deal. It’s just not possible to predict with precision or confidence the performance of particular companies and their employment needs three, five, or 10 years out. When economic-development officials and politicians claim to have proven that an incentive deal will make money for taxpayers over such time frames, they are being quite silly. Such predictive powers are beyond their capabilities. They are beyond any human being’s capabilities. What’s more, those who negotiate incentive deals are rarely held accountable for job announcements that don’t pan out. Few even bother to check the numbers. The Winston-Salem Journal’s Richard Craver just did a spectacular job of demonstrating how valuable such

diligence can be, however. In a recent piece, he examined 70 local incentives packages awarded since 1990 and found that more than 40 percent of the pledged jobs either were never created or no longer exist. The bottom line is that over the past decade and a half North Carolina has become known as an easy mark for companies seeking incentives. That’s the main reason our state shows up highly in “business climate” surveys conducted among economic recruiters. They know they’ll get a big package here. At the same time, though, North Carolina has usually lagged the regional and national averages in actual job creation, and currently has one of the weakest state economies in the nation. It’s another example of our debilitating Blarney Tradition – big talk with little to show for it. Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation.


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Local/Obituaries/state N.C. hospital laying off 112 of its workers

LUMBERTON (AP) — A southeastern North Carolina hospital is laying off 112 people, or 5 percent of its workforce, and says a weak economy is to blame. Multiple media outlets reported Friday that Southeastern Regional Medical Center officials said the layoff will save the facility $7.5 million. A ststement from the hospital said it took the move because of declining trends in the numbers of patients seeking care, decreases in revenue and increases in expenses. It said it expects poor economic conditions to continue and that pending health care reform will cut its income. The layoffs included personnel at all levels, but hospital spokeswoman Amanda Crabtree would not elaborate on which positions were eliminated, nor was it indicated when the layoffs would take effect. Crabtree said no services for patients were cut.

Obituaries Bill Rash

Nell Rice

William “Bill” Gregory Rash, of Forest City, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral Home.

Nell Flack Rice, 100, of Conover, died Thursday, Han. 14, 2010 at the home of her daughter, Dr. Pat Rice Whitley, in Salisbury. Born in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Elzaja Wellington Flack and Louria A. Koone Flack, and also preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, James Oscar Rice, who died in 1986. She served as a seamstress in several upholstery furniture plants and later founded Rice Upholstering Company in Conover with her husband. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover. She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Patricia Rice Whitley of Salisbury, and Peggy Rice Sherrill of Asheboro, a son, James Oscar Rice Jr. of Conover; a half-sister, Alpha Parker of Forest City; a half-brother, Jason Flack of Union Mills; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery in Union Mills. Pastor Michael O. Kane will officiate. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Crowe’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the congregation of the donor’s choice.

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Canathaus “Connie” Simms-Forney, of 142 McDaniel St., Forest City, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 at Willow Ridge Nursing Home in Rutherfordton. She was a daughter of the late Lonnie and Thelma Simms Lockhart. Survivors include her husband, Skippy A. Forney of the home; three stepsons, Skippy W. Forney and Tramell Forney, of Union Mills, and Dexter L. Hopper of California; two stepdaughters, Rhonda F. Logan and Yvette McEntire of Union Mills; four sisters, Alice McCluney of Spartanburg, S.C., Wessie Epps of Philadelphia, Pa., Jacquelyn Lockhart of Baltimore, Md., and Virginia Bell of Kings Mountain; and three brothers, Eugene Lockhart and Bobby Lockhart, both Continued from Page 1 of Charlotte, and Ricky Lockhart of Baltimore, Md. donated 800 cans to us too. Funeral services will be I think East High gathered conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday more than we did – so I think at Mt. Pleasant CME Church Tony Smith should be up in Union Mills with the Rev. there too.” Selena McEntyre officiatTeague said he reminded students during the pep rally ing. Burial will follow in the that while the end result was church cemetery. The body fun for them, the real reason will be placed in the church for the event was to help oth- one hour prior to the service. Thompson’s Mortuary is in ers in need. charge of arrangements. “I hope they realize how many families they helped,” Leroy Roper he said. Rutherford County Schools Charles “Leroy” Roper, of as a whole gathered 29,558 119 Boiler Road, Mooresboro, canned food items for the died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 Salvation Army’s Christmas at Hospice House in Forest Cheer Center. East High City. School collected the most Arrangements are incomitems with 9,500 canned plete and will be announced goods. by Harrelson Funeral Home. After school Thursday the men prepared for their Amber Arrowood adventure, with bags filled Amber Renaye Arrowood, with clothes, a tent, lawn infant daughter of John chairs and other items to help “J.J.” Arrowood and Molly them pass the time. “Tanaye” Fowler Arrowood of “We have a small tent, but Forest City, died Wednesday, I’m not guaranteeing I’m Jan. 13, 2010 at Rutherford staying in there,” Teague Hospital. said. “And I don’t think the In addition to her parents, students think we’re going to she is survived by one brothstay up there 24 hours.” er, Joshua Eugene Arrowood, A group of East Middle and one sister, Madison staff and students gathered Faith Arrowood; maternal to watch the men head up grandparents, Mike and the ladder to the flat area of Renee Greenlee of Forest the roof above the school’s City, and Terry Fowler of main entrance. Rutherford Inman, S.C.; paternal grandCounty Sheriff Jack Conner parents, Junior and Sybile watched as Duncan climbed Arrowood of Forest City; up. Duncan, who’s afraid of great-grandmother, Dorcas heights, was cheered on by Greenlee of Forest City; and those in attendance and by several uncles and aunts. Conner. A graveside service will “I’ve already told them I’d be conducted at 1 p.m. help get 10,000 cans next Monday in the Mt. Pleasant year just to see him go up Baptist Church cemetery again,” he said. As students filed into school with the Rev. Bob Philbeck officiating. The family will or went outside for recess, receive friends Monday they asked Teague, Duncan from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior and Greene how cold it was to the service at Harrelson last night (18.2 degrees) and how much sleep they’d gotten. Funeral Home. Memorials may be made “Officer Duncan got the most – one hour and 20 min- to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest utes,” Hutchins said. Teague said he didn’t know City, NC 28043. what he’d promise students Online condolences www.harrelnext year, but Phillips said sonfuneralhome.com. not to worry. “We have a year to get them into something else,” she said. THE DAILY COURIER

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fully diagnose the problem,” Schulz said. “We do have some back up and re-routing programs in place and we hope to have the problem diagnosed and resolved soon. But right now we have no estimate on when it might be fixed.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier. com.

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Rev. Caris Owens Jr. Rev. R. Caris Owens Jr., 70, of 430 Sandy Run Church Road, Mooresboro, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center after a ninemonth battle with (AML) Leukemia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Renzo C. Owens Sr. and Mary C. Black Owens. He was educated at Lattimore High School and Fruitland Baptist Bible College in Hendersonville, and served as pastor of churches in Cleveland and Rutherford counties. Rev. Owens was a member of Crossway Baptist Church in Mooresboro. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth

Verner R. Hardin Verner R. Hardin, age 78 of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, January 13, at Rutherford Hospital. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late John Patrick and Linnie Biggerstaff Hardin. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, retired human resources manager for Drexel Furniture and was an Air Force veteran serving in Korea. He was a charter member of the Piedmont Gun Club and a Gideon. He is survived by his wife, Gail Cole Hardin of the home; son, Tony Hardin and wife, Debbie of Jacksonville, NC and two grandchildren, Joshua Hardin and Sarah Hardin of Jacksonville, NC. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 17 at 2:30 PM at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry White, Tony Hardin, and John Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the Southern Baptist Church cemetery with military honors provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 until 8 PM at Crowe’s Mortuary. Online condolences at: www.crowemortuary.com Paid obit

“Libby” Ledford Owens of the home; two sons, Nicholas “Nico” Daniel Owens and Dakota Ryan Owens, of the home; one sister, Joyce Owens Ward of Lattimore; one brother, W. Gene Owens of Hickory; a niece whom he raised as a daughter, Monica Ledford Mathis of Shelby. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Pherson Weatherman officiating. Internment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation was held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Shelby. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home of NC, Attn: Michael C.

Blackwell, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 273619989; or donate blood in his memory at the American Red Cross, Shelby.

Deaths Florence Cooper LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. District Judge Florence Marie Cooper, who presided over such high-profile cases as the Winnie the Pooh copyright dispute, has died. She was 69. President Clinton appointed her to U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in 1999.

Nell Flack Rice Rev. R. Caris Owens Jr. Rev. R. Caris Owens Jr., 70, of 430 Sandy Run Church Road, Mooresboro, NC, departed this life for eternal life to be with his God and Savior Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center after a nine month battle with (AML) Leukemia. Known to many as “Preacher”, he was preceded in death by his parents, Renzo C. Owens, Sr. and Mary C. Black Owens. His parents-in-law, Thurman and Bertha Ledford, two infant sons, Anthony Caris and Jeffrey Brian Owens, a teenage son, Duane Starr Owens and a brother, Alfred Owens. He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Elizabeth “Libby” Ledford Owens of the home; two sons who were the love of his life, Nicholas “Nico” Daniel Owens and Dakota Ryan Owens also of the home; one sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Owens Ward and Donald O. Ward of Lattimore; one brother, and sister-in-law, W. Gene Owens and Kim Owens of Hickory; a sisterin-law, Peggy Owens of High Point. A special niece whom he raised as a daughter, Monica Ledford Mathis and husband, Charles “Marty” Mathis and their children, Joseph and Clarissa Mathis of Shelby, Joshua and Cori Mathis and their children, Madison and Troy Mathis of Forest City whom he claimed as his grandchildren and was known to them as pawpaw. Several nieces and nephews, a host of other relatives and friends. Special friends, Larry Whitener and his daughter, Tammie Whitener of Mooresboro, Doug and Ann Mathis of Shelby, and his bad bulldog, Shiloh and Amazon parrot, Zoe. Mr. Owens was educated at Lattimore High School and Fruitland Baptist Bible College, Hendersonville, NC. He served as pastor of churches in Cleveland and Rutherford counties. A member of Crossway Baptist Church in Mooresboro, he was a former houseparent at the N. C. Baptist Children’s Home, “Broyhill” home in Clyde, NC, a member of the Baptist men, served on the Board of Directors of the Boiling Springs Rescue Squad, served as moderator of Sandy Run Baptist Association. He was a self taught guitarist and computer whiz, which he enjoyed but preaching the gospel of Jesus was his first love and passion. He was known for his leadership, his humble and kind way of life and a beautiful friendly smile that you never forgot, and his deep love for children. A special thank you to all who took care of Caris during his illness. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 15, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory. Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Pherson Weatherman. Internment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials were requested by Mr. Owens to be sent to the Baptist Children’s Home of NC, Attn: Michael C. Blackwell, P. O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-9989 or donate blood in his memory at the American Red Cross, Shelby, NC Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. Paid obit

Nell Flack Rice, 100, of Conover, NC, passed away Thursday evening at the home of her daughter, Dr. Pat Rice Whitley, in Salisbury, NC. The family thanks the management and staff of Hospice and Palliative Care Center of 512 Klumac Road in Salisbury for the loving care provided at Ms. Whitley”s home. Mrs. Rice was born on October 27, 1909 in Rutherford County to Elzaja Wellington Flack and Louria A. Koone Flack. She moved to Catawba County, NC, in the early 1930’s where she sought employment in the hosiery and furniture industries. She married James Oscar Rice of Conover, NC, in 1934 and they were married over 50 years when he died in 1986. She served as a seamstress in several upholstered furniture plants and later founded Rice Upholstering Company in Conover with her husband, Oscar. The Rices settled in Conover in the home built in 1872 by James Oscar Rices grandfather, Julius Patrick Cline, the second mayor of Conover, a home still maintained by the family. Mrs. Rice, a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, was active in the community through the Conover Garden Club and various craft groups as well as the Dorcas Society and Ladies Aid Service of her congregation. She recently attended and was honored at the first Conover City Council meeting of 2010 for becoming a Centenarian, a recognition the city provides long-time citizens who reach 100 years of age. Mrs. Rice was preceded in death by her parents as well as the following siblings: Brothers Paul Edwin Flack of Union Mills, NC and Addie Flack of Orangevale, CA and half-brother Sam Flack of Union Mills, NC. She is survived by a half-sister Alpha Parker of Forest City, NC and half-brother Jason Flack of Union Mills, NC. Also left to cherish her memory are her daughters Dr. Patricia Rice Whitley of Salisbury, NC and Peggy Rice Sherrill and her husband, Mac, of Asheboro, NC and her son, James Oscar Rice, Jr of Conover, NC. She has five grandchildren, Kim Sherrill Reamy Cothran of Moore, SC, Christy Sherrill Joyce of Raleigh, NC, Andy Rice of Newton, NC, Jeff Rice of St. Louis, MO and Brad Rice of Tulsa, OK; eight great grandchildren are scattered throughout the country, Meade Reamy of Moore, SC, Brayden Joyce of Raleigh, NC, Drew Rice, Kathryn Rice and Will Rice of Newton, NC, Sarah Rice of St. Louis, MO, Jackson and Ben Rice of Tulsa. Mrs. Rice will be buried in the cemetery at Round Hill Baptist Church in Union Mills, NC. where her mother and father and some siblings are buried. A graveside service with the family attending will be conducted by Pastor Michael O. Kane of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, NC at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. A memorial service will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover at 2:00 o’clock on Monday with the family receiving friends at the church at 1:00 p.m. just prior to the service. Long-time family friends of Crowe’s Mortuary and Chapel have been entrusted to handle burial arrangements in Union Mills, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be provided to the congregation of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at: www.crowemortuary.com Paid obit.


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Calendar/Local

Red Cross Blood drives schedule: Jan. 18 — Smith’s Drugs, Main St., Forest City, 1 to 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 25 — Red Cross Chapter House, 838 Oakland Road; Forest City, 2 to 6:30 p.m., call 287-5916 for an appointment; Jan. 28 — R-S Middle School, 2 to 7:30 p.m., call 286-8314 for an appointment.

Greg Deshommes points to his native hometown, Carrefour, Haiti, where the earthquake struck Tuesday.

Health/education Community Health Clinic of Rutherford County provides access to primary medical care, wellness education, medications and preventative programs. The clinic, open Monday through Thursday, is located at 127 E. Trade St., B 100, Forest City. Patients seen by appointment only. The clinic does not accept patients with private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Call 245-0400.

Meetings/other Monthly board meeting: Forest City Housing Authority; Tuesday, Jan. 19, 12:30 p.m., in the community room of the Housing Authority office, 147 E. Spruce St., Forest City. PWA meeting: The Professional Women’s Association meets the third Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. Dutch treat lunch. The next meeting is Jan. 19, at Tuscany Italian Grille, Spindale. PWA meeting: The Professional Women’s Association meets at noon the third Tuesday of each month in the private dining room of Rutherford Hospital. The next meeting is Jan. 19. Guest speaker, Dr. Sharai Amaya, Rutherford OB/ GYN Associates. Lunch is dutch treat. Door prizes. For information, call 286-5218. Rutherford County Humane Society will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the county annex. Monthly meeting: Rutherford County Beekeeper’s Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m., at the Cooperative Extension Office, Callahan-Koon Road; Edd Buchanan will speak on Spring Startup. Friends of HNG meeting: “Conservation Conversation”; Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Lake Lure Municipal Center, 2948 Memorial Hwy., Lake Lure; open to anyone interested in the protection and preservation of the natural beauty of Hickory Nut Gorge. Contact Becky at 828-685-8798 or e-mail batcave25@yahoo.com for further details. Senior citizens club: Young at Heart Senior Club will meet Saturday, Jan. 23, at Rollins Cafeteria; meeting begins at 11 a.m.; Dutch treat lunch 11:30 a.m.; fellowship and Bingo; for information call Roy McKain at 245-4800. Annual membership meeting: Saturday, Jan. 30, 3:30 p.m., at Union Mills Learning Center, 6495 Hudlow Road, for all UMLC members and potential members to review the 2009 activities and for an update on what is planned for 2010; for information, call 287-2191.

Fundraisers Spaghetti supper: Saturday, Jan. 23, 4 to 8 p.m., Hopewell-Hollis Community Clubhouse; adults $7, ages 6-12 $4, under 6 free. Spaghetti supper: Saturday, Jan. 30, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Union Mills Learning Center, 6495 Hudlow Road, Union Mills; adults $6, and children younger than 12, $4; allyou-can-eat.

Miscellaneous Foothills Harvest Ministry will hold a 25 cents sale Jan. 18-23 on all men and women’s slacks and jeans. Located at 120 E. Trade St., Forest City. Workshop: Tier 1 N.C. MarketReady Training Workshop; Thursday, Jan. 28 - Feb. 4, 11; Cooperative Extension Office, 193 Callahan-Koon Road, Spindale; the workshop focuses on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and what it takes to obtain GAPs certification; fee $10, includes course materials and refreshments; registration deadline Jan. 25; for more information call 287-6011. Achievement Program: ECA Annual Achievement Program; Tuesday, Jan. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; meal and awards program at the Cooperative Extension Office, 193 Callahan Koon Road, Spindale; for more information, contact Tracy Davis at 287-6020. Walk-in soccer registration: Spring recreational season; Saturdays, Jan. 23, and Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day; bring birth certificate; $40 first player, $35 each additional sibling; call 286-0073 for information.

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good. His mother, Laurente Deshommes, has been living with Greg and his wife Lewanda since October, and they have been anxiously waiting to hear about her home and the four people who live there. “We do not know how many aunts and uncles have been killed.” In Haiti, Greg’s 73-year-old mother takes care of the four people in her house. Greg pays all the expenses for his mother and the others who live there; food and education. “A child will always take care of parents in Haiti. That’s the way it is, it is the culture of the country,” he said. “I can’t describe (the tragedy) I always think you are in a dream. Maybe I’m going to wake up. I still want to wake up. I refuse to believe Haiti is going through this. “Our shoulders are too weak for what we are carrying now,” he said of his native land and people. “We have always suffered. It is almost like 9-11 when we were attacked. We asked then ‘What are we going to do to face the enemy? We will run after them,’” he said. “But there is no way for them to recover. Hope is not a plan. Maybe we hope they will have courage to suffer. It is not for us to move forward.” Deshommes was thankful for American assistance, but said it can only go so far. “We have a nation that is destroyed. The United States government is going to give $100 million and that is wonderful. But the United States can only do so much. We have our own problems,” he said. “This is a country that has shown love. People here have been wonderful.” An American citizen for years, Greg said he had been overwhelmed with calls from people across the county sharing their concern for his family in Haiti. “But hope in Haiti is not a plan. What are we doing to do? A plan is nice words, but we have to have money, lots of money” he said. He wonders if there will ever be enough money to rebuild and if the people will be strong enough to survive. “I am afraid to say it will recover. A nation has been destroyed. I am proud to be a Haitian. But there is no government in Haiti. They should be embarrassed. The government should be embarrassed for doing nothing. There is no excuse for not doing anything,” he said. Greg blames the poverty and the horrible living conditions in Haiti on its government. There is money there, he said, in the hands of only a few.

Whitesides weeping for her native country By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — “I do not sleep. I have not slept since Tuesday,” said Sonia Whitesides as a tear trickled down her face. The native Haitian, whose mother and family live in Port Au Price, learned Thursday her mother and family are safe. She has not talked with any of them but received confirmation from a friend in Arizona, “they are safe.” Although the family house is gone, Whitesides said her mother, 80, is living in a Seventh Day Adventist School house. Her mother came to America several years ago, but wanted to go back. “That is her home. She didn’t want to stay.” Whitesides supports her mother, although she lost her job when National Textiles closed, and hopes some day to bring her mother here permanently. Whitesides said when she saw the news, she fell in the floor and While living in Haiti, Greg said he really didn’t think he was poor. He received one meal maybe two a day and his parents were able to send him to school. He sat in a classroom of 70 or 80 people with one school book for everyone. He said when his students in his classroom at Chase tell him they can’t find their books. He replies, “We didn’t have that problem. We had one book.” Only after coming to America did Greg realize how poor he was. His father was a painter and passed away in 1996 due to a heart attack, caused by the stress of the government. “I pray the people will have the strength to suffer,” he said. “I know what it means to be without water. I have been there during the hurricane. I know what it is not to have food or electricity,” he said. “I was there during Hurricane David but this is 300 times worse.” Greg is resilient, a trait he learned in Haiti. “Whatever I face, I’m a happy person. You see the tears in my eyes, but I’m still going to smile,” he said. “The road has been longer for me to get here than others. There have been so many challenges and difficulties.

put her hand on her head. “And I prayed, Oh, Lord, God in Heaven.” “Never, never in my life have I seen anything like this before,” she said of the earthquake, but she recalls hurricanes and she has seen first hand what a natural disaster can do. “What is killing me,” she said, “is to see the little babies and the children.” “But there has never been life in Haiti,” she quietly said. She believes if the country can recover it will be other governments that will help clean up. “That is the only way for Haiti to be clean,” she said. “Most of the time the government keeps the money for themselves ... . The people are still hungry.” Whitesides came to America 19 years ago, got married in Lake Lure and the couple has a high school daughter. She loves America and she weeps for her home in Haiti and wonders if things will ever change. No one really knows it all, but I am a happy person,” he said. He has wept for his homeland and he is concerned for their future. “Oh, please ask the people to pray for the Haitians. Please pray God will give them the strength to suffer, because that is what they will have to do. They will suffer and they need courage,” he said. “This is going to affect everybody somehow,” he continued. Greg was 29 years old when he left his native country in 1997 for America. His parents yearned for a better life for him. Although he was teaching in Haiti, when he came to Rutherford County, he studied at ICC and later worked on a master’s degree at Gardner-Webb University while he was teaching at Chase Middle. Greg wishes his mother could stay here. But Monday she flies to Miami, Fla. where she plans to stay at least two months or until she can get back into Haiti. “I can take care of her better here,” Greg said, but she wants to go. “She worries about the house and the people.” Contact Gordon via email at jgordon@thedigitalcourier.com

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MLK Classic today FOREST CITY — The 2010 MLK Holiday Hoops Classic is today at East Rutherford. Seven games are on tap in both gyms at East. Please see schedule below.

Local Sports BASKETBALL 2010 MLK Holiday Hoops Classic at East Rutherford High 12 p.m. Chase vs. Thomas Jefferson (girls) 1:30 p.m. Bishop McGuiness vs. Chase (boys) 2:30 p.m. St. Matthais vs. Thomas Jefferson (boys) 3 p.m. Kings Mountain vs. R-S Central (girls) 4:30 p.m. Kings Mountain vs. R-S Central (boys) 6 p.m. Veritas vs. East Rutherford (girls) 7:30 p.m. Veritas vs. East Rutherford (boys)

On TV 7:30 a.m. (ESPN2) English Premier League Soccer Stoke City vs. Liverpool. 11 a.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Dayton at Xavier. 12 p.m. (WLOS) College Basketball Clemson at North Carolina State. 12 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Syracuse at West Virginia. 12 p.m. (TS) Women’s College Basketball Western Carolina at UT-Chattanooga. 12:30 p.m. (FSS) Women’s College Basketball Texas at Texas Tech. 1 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Missouri at Oklahoma. 1:30 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball Mississippi at Tennessee. 2 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Georgia Tech at North Carolina. 2:30 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball California at Washington. 2:30 p.m. (TS) College Basketball College of Charleston at UT-Chattanooga. 3 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Georgia at Mississippi State. 3:30 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) College Basketball Illinois at Michigan State. 4 p.m. (WMYA) College Basketball Maryland at Boston College. 4 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball Kentucky at Auburn. 4 p.m. (ESPN) High School Basketball Northland (Ohio) vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.). 4:30 p.m. (WHNS) NFL Football NFC Divisional Playoff — Arizona at New Orleans Saints. 4:30 p.m. (TS) College Basketball Arizona at Oregon. 5 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Wichita State at Creighton. 6 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Virginia Tech at Florida State. 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Morgan State at South Carolina State. 8 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) NFL Football AFC Divisional Playoff: Baltimore at Indianapolis 8 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball LSU at Florida. 8 p.m. (TS) NHL Hockey Atlanta Thrashers at Carolina Hurricanes. 9 p.m. (ESPN) Women’s College Basketball Notre Dame at Connecticut. 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Prairie View A&M at Jackson State. 11 p.m. (FSS) Boxing Kassim Ouma vs. Vanes Martirosyan.

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Stacy Lail, far right, speaks to the crowd during the basketball game at R-S Central, Friday. The gym was named in honor of former Hilltoppers’ head basketball coach Lail, who led the team to two state title in 11 years.

Stacy Lail honored at R-S Central By SCOTT BOWERS Daily Courier Sports Editor

RUTHERFORDTON —Stacy Lail, best known for coaching at ‘The Pit,’ now has his name on the wall at ‘The Palace.’ R-S Central Principal Phil Rogers announced the naming of the Stacy L. Lail, Jr. Gymnasium to a crowded house and thunderous applause. “Tonight is a very special night for the Hilltopper family,” Rogers said, as he welcomed in the crowd in-between

the girls and boys game against Burns, Friday, at Central. Many of the ‘Hilltopper family,’ was in attendance and well-wishers included former principal, Tommy Porter, former athletic director, Worth Johnson, and former players from Johnny Smith to Andrew Harding to Keith Miller. Other well-wishes came from all over the country, including a special email from the University of North Carolina Athletics Department that was signed by Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge, and Roy Williams.

“I want to thank all the coaches, players, teachers, fans, and students for all they have done,” said Lail, from the podium, moments after receiving a plaque to mark the occasion. Lail went on to thank his family, including his “No. 1 fan,” wife, Kathy. Lail, following the presentation, stood behind the gym that now has his name on it and tried to find the words to descibe how the night felt to him. Please see Lail, Page 8

R-S Central splits with Burns n Devince

Boykins’ doubledouble leads Cavs past Shelby By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

RUTHERFORDTON — Central vowed not to let Burns penetrate to get easy baskets, unfortunately the Bulldogs were able to ring the three-pointer instead. The Bulldogs made three more 3s than Central and that stat propelled the visitors to a 55-49 victory, in which the gym was dedicated in honor of Stacy Lail, Friday night. “We had good defensive execution and played well all game long except for maybe six possessions,” R-S Central boys basketball coach Greg Wright said. “Offensively, we can’t miss 23 shots from inside six feet and expect to win. It’s been the same story all season.” Shaq Wilkins gave Central 11 points and Jacob Kinlaw came away with a double-double, 11 points and 14 rebounds.

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Central’s Shaq Wilkins (21) goes up for a shot during the game against Burns, Friday, at R-S Central.

RUTHERFORDTON — Momentum was easy for the Lady Hilltoppers to gain on Friday night as they reached the Please see Prep Report, Page 8

County swimmers hit the water at ICC By JACOB CONLEY Sports Reporter

SPINDALE — The 2010 Rutherford County Championships swim meet was held at Isothermal Community College, Friday. The mens swim team from Chase and the R-S Central women brought home the county swimming championship trophies from the county meet Friday. The Trojans finished with a score of 158.50, doubling up an R-S Central squad, who netted an even 73 points on the night. East finished just behind their Rutherford rivals garnering 68.5 points. Please see Swimming, Page 8

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Swimmers leave the blocks during the 2010 County Championships at Isothermal Community College, Friday. Swimmers representing all four county high schools took part in the event.


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“I am almost without words,” said Lail, pausing to collect his thoughts. “To have the name on the wall, the plaque, and all of that is great, but to have all of these players here tonight, to come up and hug my neck ... I never wanted to win for the records. I wanted to win for this school and, most of all, for those players, who worked so hard. They gave so much of themselves and I wanted to win for them, but never for the records.” Porter, who spoke to the crowd following Rogers’ introduction, talked about those records, and how appropriate it was that the night’s opponent was Burns. “Back in the late 1970s and early 80s, Burns had several good basketball teams,” said Porter. “Coach Lail finished his career with a 23-2 record against Burns, but Burns shouldn’t feel that bad. Coach Lail was 22-2 against Chase and 20-5 against East Rutherford.” Porter, later, echoed a common theme as he spoke of Lail. “This is long overdue,” said Porter. “He is most deserving of this honor. His ability to inspire young men to go above and beyond, and to get the very best out of them made Stacy special.” Lail’s former players also spoke of the man that they knew so well. “He deserves it a lot, it’s overdue,” said Miller. Millers’ former teammate, Harding, agreed competely. “I think the operative word is overdue,” said Harding. “He is a guy you wanted to play hard for .... I don’t miss his practices, though.” Lail averaged 23 wins a season for 11 years at the helm of the Hilltoppers, and his charges captured the 1979-80 and 1985-86 3A state titles. And, the gym at the Palace now has a much better name than the old gym at Central High Hill.

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On the women’s side, the Lady Hilltoppers took home the top prize with 125, with the Lady Trojans narrowly missing the century mark with a total of 97. East notched a third place finish, while TJCA notched a team total of 32 points. Top individual performers for each program include, on the men’s side: Chase’s Alex Hutchins had a hand in numerous victories for his squad with an individual win in the 50 yard freestyle, while notching relay team victories 200- and 400yard relay. Evan Morse, Zane Kingery and Joseph Toney also notched victories for the Trojans. Kendall Corbett led R-S with wins in the 200yard IM, as well as in the 100-yard Backstroke and a relay win, 200-Free. East’s’ top performer were Kyle Maynard, Jake Smith and Zackery Arrowood, who won the 500-yard Free, the 200-Free, and the 100-yard Backstroke respectively. On the womens side, Kaley Holmstrom led R-S with wins in the 200-Free, as well as helping to notch the top time in the relay of the same distance, while also picking up the win in the 100-yard Breaststroke. Christy Powell and Shayla Hensley picked up multiple wins for the Hilltoppers. The Lady Trojans got wins in 200- and 400-yard Medley Relay, while Mollee McKinney picked up a win in the 50-Free. The Lady Cavs gained wins in 100-Free by Lauren Henderson. Rebecca Brenon, Mara Chambers and Leonie Manus also had strong showings TJCA picked up a win in the combined 500-yard Freestyle, where as the lone female competitor in the race Sammi Jo Thompson out-distanced her nearest competitor and the rest of the field by nearly 22 seconds. She and her sister, Sarah, finished second and third, respectively, in the 200yard Free, while teammate Amber Brooks picked up points in the 100-Free.

Bobcats stifle Spurs

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Boris Diaw had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Gerald Wallace added 21 points and the Charlotte Bobcats used stifling secondhalf defense to beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-76 on Friday night for their franchise-record sixth straight home win. With Wallace collecting acrobatic blocks, the Bobcats took control with a dominant defensive stand that bridged the third and fourth quarters. The Spurs went more than 9 minutes without a field goal, and the Bobcats’ 19-2 run put them ahead 70-57 and secured their sixth win in seven games overall.

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FOOTBALL NFL Playoff Glance Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 9 N.Y. Jets 24, Cincinnati 14 Dallas 34, Philadelphia 14 Sunday, Jan. 10 Baltimore 33, New England 14 Arizona 51, Green Bay 45, OT Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 16 Arizona at New Orleans, 4:30 p.m. (FOX) Baltimore at Indianapolis, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 17 Dallas at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX) N.Y. Jets at San Diego, 4:40 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 24 AFC, 3 p.m. (CBS) NFC, 6:40 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31 At Miami AFC vs. NFC, 7:20 p.m. (ESPN) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7 At Miami NFC champion vs. AFC champion, 6:25 p.m. (CBS)

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century mark for the first time this season. Central, buried their first four shots and captured 15 points off seven first quarter steals to rout the Burns Lady Bulldogs, 10249, at Stacy L. Lail Gymnasium on the campus of R-S Central. Shannon Hines led Central to a hot start as she connected on an open left wing 3-ball after Burns could get nothing on its first possession. On the inbounds, Burns had the ball taken away by Central’s Taylor McDaniel and passed off to Hines, who connected on the lay up and the free throw attached. Melissa McLaughlin countered with a steal of her own and was true with an easy right side lay up. Taylor Gray ended the 11-0 run to start the game on a left corner trey on Central next possession as Central in two minutes began to throttle the Lady Bulldogs. Burns found just three first quarter field goals, while the Lady Hilltoppers made 11 in the opening period in building a 31-6 led after the first quarter. Hines paced the way with 24 points and 8 assists. McLaughlin ended the night with 18 as 13 Ladies Hilltoppers scored in the game. Alyssia Watkins had her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mercedes Davis and McDaniel added 9 apiece in the win.

East Rutherford 62, Shelby 52 SHELBY — Emotions ran high in an up-tempo renewal of the Shelby-East Rutherford boys basketball rivalry on Friday

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night at Lloyd Little Gym. The Golden Lions used fullcourt pressure defense the entire second half and the game was put out of reach by a fourthquarter breakaway dunk, but not in the fashion the Shelby faithful hoped for in a 62-52 road win by the Cavaliers. Zone or man defense, the Lions would have had trouble containing East’s “big two” of sophomore Rob Gray and junior Devince Boykins. Boykins scored a game-high 21 points while grabbing 12 rebounds, and his two-handed 360 degree throwdown dunk put East up 54-36 with just more than three minutes left to play. Gray was held below his nearly 23-point average but still recorded 13 points with seven assists in the Cavaliers’ first win in Shelby since 2005. “That’s a huge win,” East Rutherford coach Brad Levine said of the victory which put his team into first place in the SMAC standings. “I thought our kids played hard and had tons of energy. “The zone surprised us a little, but Aubrey saw us struggle some at Chase last week against a zone. Once we got good movement and settled down, we were fine. … I’m tickled; our guys worked awfully hard.”

Lady Lions 56, Lady Cavs 29 SHELBY — Shelby earned the split in varsity contests for the evening though, as the Lady Lions earlier cruised to a 56-29 win. Shelby jumped on top 26-10 by halftime and Kelantra Allen was the difference — literally. Allen scored 14 points by half, her fourth 3-point hit giving her Lady Lions a 24-10 edge.

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R-S Central’s girls basketball team celebrates their decisive victory over Burns, Friday.

Ebony Whitworth added 10 for Shelby (12-1, 4-1) and Tamara El-Amoor led East with 15, all in the second half.

Cavaliers pin down Shelby in wrestling FOREST CITY — East’s Tyler McGinnis came up with, perhaps, the biggest pin of his season when he took down his Shelby opponent and lifted the Cavs to a one-point win, 42-41, over the Lions, Friday. The win secured East a place in the 2A State Duals ­­­— a first in school history. Joining McGinnis (160-pounds) in the winners’ column were teammates Cody Hill (112), Andy Van Dyke (119), Brandon Jackson (130), Charlie Perez (135), Tyler Nelson (140), and Joseph Byrd (Heavyweight). Shelby Stars’ Paul Schenkel contributed to this report.


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Forest City to host 2010 CPL All-Star Game FOREST CITY — McNair Field, the home of the Forest City Owls, will host the 2010 Coastal Plain League All-Star game. The event will begin with an All-Star Fan Fest and Home Run Derby on Monday July 19 and conclude with the AllStar Game on Tuesday July 20. Forest City will host the event in the team’s third season in the league. The event will begin with the All-Star Fan Fest Monday July 19 which will allow fans to meet the CPL All-Stars from both Associated Press teams and watch the teams’ batIndianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell responds ting practices. The Home Run to a question during a news conference in Indianapolis, Derby is the centerpiece of the Thursday. The Colts hots the Baltimore Ravens in an evening and will feature the NFL divisional playoff football game on Saturday, Jan. league’s 16 best hitters in the 16. annual contest. The All-Star players and coaches will be treated to a lunch on Tuesday before participating in an afternoon of workouts for professional scouts. The All-Star game will take place that night, beginning at 7:05 p.m.

Colts want to be sharp against Ravens

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts are trying to repress those old playoff memories. Back in 2005, they were undefeated entering December, had a bye week in early January and a home date against the AFC’s No. 6 seed (Pittsburgh), which had lost in the AFC championship a year earlier. The Colts lost. On Saturday night, Indy faces the same scenario against another AFC North foe, Baltimore. “That was 2005, and that was a completely different team,” defensive end Dwight Freeney said. “It was a completely different defense. There’s not much that needs to be said other than ‘This is the playoffs.’ Either win or go home.” It’s a simple philosophy the Colts (14-2) understand as well as any team still in the hunt. Despite having the most successful decade in regular-season history (115 wins), an NFL record seven straight 12-win seasons and the league mark for most consecutive regular-season wins (23), Indianapolis has won just one Super Bowl title. Critics contend they’ve struggled in the playoffs because those long, late-season breaks made them rusty. This time, they’re at least healthy. Not one player missed practice this week, a first this season. But the lesson is clear: Regular-season success, seeding and oddsmakers mean nothing in the postseason. Being sharp does. “Don’t go out there and look like you haven’t played a game in six months,” receiver Reggie Wayne said when asked what the Colts learned from their early exits. “As long as you can just go out there and play football and play all four quarters, somewhere in there you’ll have the opportunity to win the game.” A victory clearly would help the Colts change perceptions after two straight playoff losses, both to San Diego. Indy hasn’t won in the postseason since beating Chicago in the Super Bowl after the 2006 season. Baltimore (10-7), meanwhile, understands what it takes to be win playoff games on the road — a suffocating defense and a proficient running game. That was the game plan Baltimore used to win its Super Bowl title following the 2000 season as a wild-card team. They won their first-round game again last Sunday, handing New England its only home playoff loss since 1978 though quarterback Joe Flacco threw only 10 passes and finished with just 34 yards. It didn’t matter on a day when the Ravens defense intercepted Tom Brady three times and its offense ran for 234 yards, including Ray Rice’s 83-yard burst for a score to open the game. Not only was it the Ravens first win over New England, but it also gave Baltimore a sixth road playoff win this decade, matching the record set by the 1970s Dallas Cowboys — and a chance to break it Saturday in Indy. “Playing away is kind of an advantage because we always look at it as there’s no pressure on us,” former Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis said. “The bottom line is, no matter where we go play at, no matter who we’re playing, going to play in somebody else’s home, there is no pressure. Just go let your hair back and just go play football.” Facing Indianapolis has always been a little different, though. In Baltimore, merely saying the word Colts is considered heresy even now, more than a quartercentury after the team’s midnight move to Indy. The public address announcer and scoreboard still do not use the team’s nickname.

“We’re very excited to announce Forest City as the host city for our 2010 CPL All-Star Game,” said league President and Commissioner. “Ken (Silver), James (Wolfe), Denise (Holland), and their staff have done such a wonderful job with that franchise that bringing the AllStar event to McNair Stadium seemed like a natural move. Wilmington did a great job with the event in 2009, and we look for the Owls to add their touch to the All-Star Game in 2010. Overall, we think it will be very successful.” The Owls were very pleased to receive word about the decision. “We are tremendously honored to host this year’s All-Star Game” said Owls general manager James Wolfe. “The cities who have hosted the event in the past have done a tremendous job, and we have a lot to live up to. This is a great opportunity to showcase our facility and fan support, and we look forward to giving the people of Forest City and Rutherford County a first

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Forest City’s David Walters delivers a pitch during the first game played at McNair Field in this May, 2008, file photo. McNair Field will play host to the Coastal Plain League 2010 All-Star Game in July.

class event.” The Owls are offering ticket packages to the event, which are $12 for box seats, $11 for general admission reserved seats, and $10 for general admission. Packages include tickets to both the Fan Fest and the All-Star Game. The event marks only the third

time the All-Star Game has been hosted by a West Division city; Gastonia hosted the game in 2003 and Asheboro in 2008. It is also the first time that a defending Petitt Cup champion has hosted the event. The Forest City Owls are the 2009 Coastal Plain League Petitt Cup Champions.

Arenas pleads guilty to charge WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty Friday to carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, a felony conviction that could jeopardize his future in the NBA. Arenas pleaded guilty to a single count of violating the city’s strict gun laws as part of a plea bargain in D.C. Superior Court. The charge stems from a Dec. 21 incident in which Arenas admitted that he stored guns in his locker at the Verizon Center and took them out to play a joke on a teammate. The NBA has suspended him indefinitely. A pre-sentence report is not yet complete, but defense attorney Kenneth Wainstein said Friday that prosecutors have agreed not to seek a sentence longer than the low end of sentencing guidelines.

That means Arenas likely faces no more than six months behind bars. Arenas “accepted full responsibility for his actions, acknowledged that those actions were wrong and against the law, and has apologized to all who have been affected by his conduct,” Wainstein said in a statement. Ever since Arenas first acknowledged keeping guns in his locker, he has publicly employed the “goof ball” defense, claiming he wasn’t aware of the law, meant no harm and never takes anything seriously. Wizards teammate Antawn Jamison said Friday he hasn’t talked to Arenas. “Hopefully he’s doing better than what I’d be doing in the situation or better than I expect,” Jamison said from the team’s morning practice in Chicago. “But one thing about Gilbert,

he’s a tough-minded individual.” The three-time All-Star has acknowledged storing four unloaded guns in his locker at the Verizon Center, saying he wanted to keep them away from his young children and didn’t know it was a violation of the city’s strict gun laws. He says he took them out of the locker Dec. 21 in a “misguided effort to play a joke” on a teammate. He was charged Thursday, hours after the teammate, Javaris Crittenton, had his northern Virginia apartment searched by police looking for a silver- or chrome-colored semiautomatic handgun with a black handle. The search warrant indicated police were investigating crimes that include brandishing a weapon. No evidence was seized, according to court documents, and Crittenton has not been charged.

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Inflation is outpacing wage growth WASHINGTON (AP) — The spending power of families is being squeezed, government data showed Friday, highlighting doubts about consumers’ ability to drive the economic rebound. Workers saw their inflation-adjusted weekly wages fall 1.6 percent last year — the sharpest drop since 1990 — even as consumer prices rose only modestly. Slack pay and scarce job growth, along with tight credit and a rising savings rate, are holding back spending. That’s hindering the recovery. For some families, the overall inflation rate last year — 2.7 percent — understates their burden. Many are struggling with surging costs for health care and college tuition, both of which have been galloping far above the overall inflation rate. Energy led consumer prices higher last year, offsetting the biggest drop in food costs in nearly a half century, the Labor Department said Friday. Core inflation, which excludes the volatile food and energy sectors, rose 1.8 percent. That’s the secondsmallest rise in four decades. Economists expect core inflation to remain tame in 2010, giving the Federal Reserve leeway to keep interest rates at record lows to try to invigorate the economy. Inflation and wages remain low because employers can’t or won’t raise pay in an economy that’s shed 7.2 million jobs since the recession began two years ago. The unemployment rate is 10 percent. The 1.6 percent drop in average weekly earnings for nonsupervisory workers was the worst yearly performance since a 2.5 percent fall in 1990. Inflation-adjusted pay has sunk in five of the past seven years, underscoring the pressures households felt even before the recession. (Unadjusted for inflation, weekly wages rose 1.9 percent last year.) Over the past 10 years, for example, inflationadjusted wages grew only about 13 percent — the slowest pace in five decades, according to calculations made by Scott Hoyt of Moody’s Economy. com. And that trend is expected to persist as long as the recovery remains weak and the job market tight. The last period of strong wage gains occurred in the 1970s, when the country suffered doubledigit inflation triggered by oil shocks. Many unions negotiated cost-of-living wage increases. To fight inflation, the Federal Reserve responded by aggressively raising interest rates, conquering inflation but leading to a severe recession. Even though the Consumer Price Index rose 2.7 percent from December 2008 to December 2009, more than 50 million Social Security recipients got no cost-of-living benefit increase this year. That’s because overall prices fell from July to September 2009 compared with the same months in 2008 — the period the government uses to determine Social Security adjustments. Even as wages, on average, have stagnated, Wall Street is one industry that’s still handing out lavish pay raises. While the 1.8 percent rise in core inflation was within the Fed’s comfort zone, it masked the pain consumers felt in their pocketbooks because of the big jump in energy prices and other key items.

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Mortgage program misses mark WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s mortgage relief plan provided help to only 7 percent of borrowers who signed up last year, another black mark for the struggling program. The plan was announced with great fanfare 11 months ago, but has done little to stem the foreclosure crisis or its drag on home prices. A record 2.8 million households were threatened with foreclosure last year, up more than 20 percent from a year earlier, RealtyTrac Inc. reported this week. Home prices, meanwhile, are down 30 percent nationally from the peak in mid2006 As of last month, only about 66,500 homeowners of the 900,000 enrolled had received permanent relief last year, the Treasury Department said Friday. Another 46,000 have been approved and should be completed soon. Under the program, homeowners in financial difficulties can see their mortgages modified to make them more affordable. Interest rates can be reduced to as low as 2 percent, the length of the loan can be extended, or the principal balance reduced. Borrowers initially receive temporary modifications. They are supposed to become permanent after homeowners make three payments on time and complete necessary paperwork, including proof of income and a letter explaining the reason for their financial hardship. The mortgage companies say they have struggled to get hom-

As of last month, only about 66,500 homeowners of the 900,000 enrolled had received permanent relief last year, the Treasury Department said Friday. Another 46,000 have been approved and should be completed soon. eowners to return the necessary paperwork. The government is pressing the 102 companies participating in the program to do a better job. But many lenders, including the nation’s largest, Bank of America Corp., continue to perform poorly. BofA has completed modifications for only 1.5 percent of the more than 200,000 borrowers it has enrolled, while other companies are processing applications much faster. Ocwen Financial Corp. and Carrington Mortgage Services, have completed modifications for more than 40 percent of their enrolled borrowers. “Some of the banks are just doing a better job,” said Michael Barr, an assistant Treasury secretary. “You have some banks that really did step up to the plate quickly ... and others whose results were disappointing and who need to do much better.” Rebecca Mairone, a Bank of America executive, said the bank is stepping up its efforts, sending notaries door-to-door to get signed documents back quickly. Wells Fargo & Co. has completed modifications for about 7 percent of its borrowers. But the company projects only about half of the 74,000 borrowers who

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completed at least three trial payments by the end of last year will wind up being approved. The rest either won’t send back all the required documents or will be deemed ineligible according to the government’s formula. Collecting the documents up front would make the process much easier, said Mike Heid, copresident of Wells Fargo’s mortgage division. “You could make a better decision for the consumer right up front,” he said. Nevertheless, homeowners and housing counselors say navigating the bureaucratic maze often seems impossible. The nation’s economic woes have made more borrowers fall behind on their payments. More than half of the borrowers approved for a loan modification have seen their income cut, according to the Treasury Department. Unemployment, now at 10 percent, is expected to remain elevated for the whole year. Industry executives and housing advocates alike have been in talks with the Treasury Department to develop a program to aid the unemployed, but nothing has been rolled out yet.

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SHOE by Chris Cassat and Gary Brookins

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THE BORN LOSER by Art and Chip Sansom

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Reunion spotlights wife’s past Dear Abby: My wife, “Jana,” and I have been married 15 years. She’s the love of my life. I can’t imagine living without her. We have three beautiful children, successful careers and a nice home. We have a great relationship, and I trust her completely. Before we dated, Jana ran with a fast crowd. She was also somewhat promiscuous back then. Don’t get me wrong, there are things from my past that I’m not proud of, either. But it bothers me that her “adventures” exceeded mine. We went to Jana’s class reunion last fall, and I met several friends from her past. Each guy I met, I couldn’t help but wonder if he had slept with my wife. I know about some of her old boyfriends, but not all. I think Jana knows this bothered me, but she doesn’t know how much. I literally became nauseated thinking about her past. After almost 20 years of dating and marriage, I thought I’d be over it. Should I press her for more details or just live with the knots in my stomach? — Curious George Dear George: Neither. After 20 years of dating and marriage, it’s time to grow up. You have a happy, successful marriage — so why are you wasting time obsessing about the distant past? If you have digestive problems, discuss them with your doctor or a therapist. But to ask your wife for a scorecard at this

Dear Abby Abigail van Buren

late date will be counterproductive, and I doubt that it will fix what ails you. And in the future — skip the reunions Dear Abby: I am a 12-year-old girl who attends a private middle school. When I go to school, I see girls my age wearing a little bit of makeup. When I try to sneak off to school with a little bit on my face, my parents wipe it off and say I’m beautiful just the way I am, although I disagree. Abby, I will be 13 next month! I’m absolutely positive that I can handle makeup without going overboard. But when I say it to my parents, they still forbid me to wear or buy any. How do I convince them that I’m mature enough to handle this? — Not Immature Dear Not Immature: One of the hallmarks of maturity is being honest with your parents. If you want to convince them that you’re mature enough to handle makeup, perhaps you should consider not sneaking out of the house wearing any.

What type of provider is best? Dear Dr. Gott: I recently switched jobs and had to move to a new state. My problem now is that I have to pick a new healthcare provider. I was given a book that lists all the available providers in the area that accept this insurance, but the list is quite extensive. I noticed that there are also several types of providers: MD, DO, APRN, NP and PA. I know that an MD is a typical medical doctor, but I don’t know what any of the others are and wonder if they are perhaps a better choice. Dear Reader: First, the MD. Medical doctors are by far the most common type of healthcare professional. They include general practitioners, pediatricians, urologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, pulmonologists and other types of specialists. They all are able to diagnose, treat, correct and give advice and prescriptions for any human disease. Next is the DO, or doctor of oste-

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opathy. They are similar to MDs, but rather than treating symptoms or specific illnesses, they treat the patient as an integrated whole. A physician’s assistant (PA) is just as it sounds. These are people who are not physicians, but after appropriate education are able to work with an MD or DO. The final category is the APRN (advanced practice registered nurse). There are four major groups of the APRN, including nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), certified nurse midwives (CNM) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA).

IN THE STARS Your Birthday, Jan. 16; In the year ahead, you’re likely to be exceptionally intrigued by new products. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You’re not likely to have the patience for selfish people. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — If something is dependent upon the cooperation of certain people, you had better make sure that they understand their roles. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — It’s never smart to criticize another who isn’t present. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Make sure that you’re setting a good example before insulting someone. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Make sure that your actions are positively directed. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — It’s never a good day to debate political or religious positions with friends. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Unfortunately, you could be a tad adversarial for your own good. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’re likely to be your own worst enemy, especially if you reject advice. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — The only way to avoid unnecessary stress is to establish a sensible agenda. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Be careful not to inadvertently dominate the conversation at a social gathering. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Imposing opinions on others will evoke their ire, not their cooperation. If you want support, explore other people’s viewpoints and discover. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Usually, you’re a rather indulgent person who gives matters a chance to play out, but you’re likely to be unduly impatient.


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Nation/world

Strike kills one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A U.S. missile strike in Pakistan killed one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists, a man suspected in a deadly 1986 plane hijacking with a $5 million bounty on his head, three Pakistani intelligence officials said Friday. The death would be the latest victory for the CIAled missile campaign against militant targets in Pakistan’s insurgent-riddled tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, a campaign that has recently escalated. One Thursday is believed to have missed Pakistan’s Taliban chief. The intelligence officials said a Jan. 9 missile strike in the North Waziristan tribal region killed Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim. The FBI’s Web site lists him as a Palestinian with possible Lebanese citizenship. The Pakistani officials called him an al-Qaida member, but the FBI site says he was a member of the Abu Nidal Palestinian terrorist group. Rahim is wanted for his alleged role in the Sept. 5, 1986, hijacking of Pan American World Airways Flight 73 during a stop in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, according to the FBI site. The hijackers demanded that 1,500 prisoners in Cyprus and Israel be released and that they be flown out of Pakistan. At one point, the hijackers shot and threw hand grenades at passengers and crew in one part of the plane. Some 20 people, including two Americans, died during the hijacking. Rahim had been tried and convicted by Pakistan, but he and three suspected accomplices were apparently released in January 2008. All four were added to the FBI list late last year. The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. The three Pakistani intelligence officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they lacked authority to speak to media on the record. They cited field informants and sources in militant ranks. But the information is nearly impossible to verify independently. North Waziristan is considered a key sanctuary for a range of militant groups, including alQaida and factions focused on battling the U.S. in Afghanistan.

Former Army Secretary Togo D. West Jr., left, and former chief of naval operations, retired Navy Adm. Vern Clark, take part in a news conference at the Pentagon Friday to discuss the results of their independent review related to Ft. Hood shooting. Associated Press

Pentagon finds mistakes were made by officers in Hasan case WASHINGTON (AP) — The military remains vulnerable to another Fort Hood-like massacre with religious radicalization on the rise and too little attention being paid to internal threats, senior Pentagon officials said Friday. An internal investigation into the shooting at the Texas Army post in November found that several officers failed to use “appropriate judgment and standards” in overseeing the career of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan and that their actions should be investigated immediately. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, has been charged with killing 13 people. “I would ask all commanders and leaders at every level to make an effort to look beyond their day-to-day tasks and be attuned to personnel who may

be at risk or pose a danger,” said Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Separately, the FBI said it would revise its own procedures to make sure that when it does investigate a member of the military, it notifies the Pentagon. In the Hasan case, a local joint terrorism task force run by the FBI with some military personnel examined Hasan but did not alert the Pentagon that concerns had been raised. The FBI also says it will increase training for task force members to better search bureau databases when conducting investigations. Lawmakers including Rep. Ike Skelton, the Missouri Democrat who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, and Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn called the findings unacceptable. “We cannot let our guard down,” said Cornyn, a mem-

ber of the Senate Judiciary Committee. A separate White House assessment concluded the government doesn’t do enough to share information on “disaffected individuals” and that closer scrutiny of some information is needed by intelligence and law enforcement officials. Of particular concern is “selfradicalization” by individuals seeking out extremist views, said Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. According to two officials familiar with the case, as many as eight Army officers could face discipline for failing to do anything when Hasan displayed erratic behavior early in his military career. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because that information has not been publicly released.

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

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Apartments Nice 2 Bedroom on one floor & 1 Bedroom Apt across from Super 8 Motel in Spindale $385/mo. & $515/mo. Call 828-447-1989

Homes For Sale 1BR/1BA Owner financing with down payment! Central heat & air, 2 out buildings. $29,900 Call 657-4430

Homes For Rent Beautiful country cottage Hudlow Rd. 2BR/1BA $500/mo. 704-376-8081 Secluded on 1.5 acres 2,000 sqft. 3BR/2BA $700/month + deposit References. No pets. Call 336-364-1534 or 919-943-8931

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Homes R Us Single Wides, Double Wides and Modulars. We’ve Got you covered! Plus Receive $6,500 - $8,000 for purchasing a home. Call 828-433-8455

Mobile Homes For Rent 2BR & 3BR in quiet park in Forest City & Ellenboro. $325-$400 per month 287-8558

3BR SW & 3BR DW in Harris. Water & sewer incld. $350 & $450/mo. + dep. 828-748-8801 2BR/2BA in nice area Stove, refrig. No Pets! $350/mo. + deposit Call 287-7043 2BR/2BA 14x70 $375/mo. + dep. No pets. Ref’s. required. Call 828-453-8483 SPACIOUS & PRIVATE

3BR/2BA in Rfdtn. $650/mo. + securities. 748-0658 or 286-1982 3BR Mobile Home Large Lot, quiet section. Owner lives on

property. 245-8734 3BR/1.5BA SW in Chase area. $400/mo. Ref’s & $400 dep. req. No pets! 289-2074

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14 — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, SATURDAY, January 16, 2010 Mobile Homes For Rent 3BR/1.5BA in Sunshine Community. Appliances furnished. $300/mo. Call 828-289-3933

Business Opportunity Tired of looking for work? Create your own job by starting your own business! And the government’s Project GATE can help! Call Toll Free 1-877-962-4283 or go to www.ncprojectgate.org

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Now enrolling children 0-12 yrs. 1st & 2nd shifts •Weekend care Rutherford center only •Transportation provided (if needed and general area) •Diapers & wipes provided at FC center •Healthy meals and snacks •Professional speech therapy through Alpha & Omega

Forest City 247-1717 or Rfdtn 286-9979 Work Wanted Responsible mature male will sit with elderly, CNA certified Call 980-4869

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FIRST CLASS LINEMAN TOWN OF FOREST CITY The Town of Forest City is accepting applications for a first class lineman. Salary range is from $31,670.00 to $45,640.00. Applicants must have current CDL’s. Applications will be received at Town Hall, 128 N. Powell Street, Forest City, beginning Wednesday, January 13th. Applications will close at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, January 27th. For further information contact electric superintendent, Barry Spurlin, at 248-5249. Successful applicant must pass drug test prior to employment. The Town of Forest City is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.

Help Wanted INSURANCE ASSOCIATE AGENT Applicant must be able to perform a variety of general office duties. Applicant must hold both Property and Casualty Insurance licenses within a prescribed time frame. Applicant will be expected to assist our agency force in marketing insurance products. Applicant must possess strong people skills and be able to work with the public in a professional manner. Mon.-Fri. 8a-5p. Employer performs credit check & aptitude test and is an equal opportunity employer. Please send resume: Attn: Job Opening 105 Reservation Dr., Spindale, NC 28160 PART TIME HOUSING COUNSELOR position available with CCCS. Starting salary $12/hr. D.O.E., with partial benefits and daytime hours. Minimum qualifications: Graduation from a four year college with a degree in Counseling, Business, Human Services or related field; OR High School diploma or equivalent & five yrs satisfactory work experience in banking, mortgage lending or related field. NO PHONE CALLS! Mail letter of interest &

resume to: Executive Director, PO Box 6, Spindale, NC 28160 Pre-employment drug testing required. EOE.

NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 533 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by WILLIAM J FLEMING to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated February 26, 2007 and recorded on February 27, 2007 in Book 943 at Page 163, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on January 27, 2010 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: 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 7 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. 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".

Help Wanted Lead teacher position

6:30 am at Wee The People 30-35 hrs./ wk. Must have 18 hrs. EDU classes or 2 yrs exp. in child care. 289-8774 or 288-2844 White Oak ManorRutherfordton is currently seeking FT LPN for second shift with at least three years exp. in long term care. Works five days each week. Excellent benefits. If interested apply in person to Gail Eller, RN, Director of Nurses. No telephone calls, please. EEOC MAINTENANCE LEAD PERSON Aallied Die Casting of NC has an immediate opening for a Maintenance Lead Person for 2nd shift. This position requires minimum 5 years of maintenance exp. in a manufacturing environment and supervision experience is required. This position is completely a hands on job that requires someone who can handle multiple tasks under high pressure deadlines. We are seeking applicants w/electrical, hydraulics, & welding experience. Must be capable of troubleshooting and repairing all machinery problems in a timely manner. Experience in die casting or plastic injection a plus. Pay commensurate with skills and experience level. Aallied offers medical/dental insurance, vacation, & 401k retirement plan. Successful candidate must apply in person at: Aallied Die Casting 401 Aallied Drive Rutherfordton, NC 28139 EOE

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Medical Social Worker Part time or PRN needed to provide services to terminally ill patients & their families. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work & Master’s Degree preferred. Send resume to: Hospice of Rutherford County, Inc. PO Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043 Fax: 828-245-5389

Part-Time Director Needed for non-profit organization at the Washburn Community Outreach Center. Responsibilities include overseeing the daily and long-term operations of the resale store and assistance program. Strong oral and written communication skills. Associate degree preferred. To apply, please send interest letter, resume, and three references to: Outreach Director PO Box 220 Bostic, NC 28018 or submit by email to salemumc@rfcinet For a complete job description call 245-5603, or email the address provided.

FREE FEMALE GERMAN SHEPHERD Call for details 429-1427

Nursing Assistant/ Receptionist position for St. Luke’s Hyperbaric & Wound Care Center. First shift, part time position, approximate 32 hours. Duties/requirements: clerical duties, handson patient care, computer skills, CNA Certification required. Minimum 1 year exp. Please send resume to: medney@ saintlukeshospital.com

or mail to: St. Luke’s Hospital Attn: Marie Edney 101 Hospital Drive Columbus, NC 28722 WAITRESS/CASHIER Apply in person at Scott’s On Broadway, 753 S. Broadway, FC. between 2-5PM MonFri. No phone calls. Must be 21. Exp. a + but not necessary. Substance Abuse Care Managers to provide assessment & case management to clients involved in the criminal justice system. Stable, full-time position with benefits. Must be highly organized and able to work independently. Minimum of BA/BS (no exceptions) & human services experience. Positions are available in Marion, Lenoir, Rutherfordton, Shelby and Gastonia. Please send resume to Region4TASC@ nctasc.org

PT HABILITATION TECHNICIANS Providing services for individuals with MR/DD diagnosis. Min. req.: proof of HS diploma/ GED, proof of CPR/FA Certification (training available), criminal/ DMV background checks, proof of valid DL & vehicle insurance. Contact Judith at 828-247-0622 or 284 West Main St., Forest City

For Sale 14.1 cu.ft. Frigidaire Freezer upright, manual defrost. Exc. cond.! $350 286-4232

Autos 1998 VOLVO S70 181,500 mi. New tires, roters, brake pads & battery. Good cond.! $4,000 828-674-0027

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Free to good home One female hound mix and one female pit bull Both good dogs! Call 245-1871

Lost Male cat tiger striped w/white. Neutered, wearing collar. Lost 1/13 Grays Creek Church area 248-3985

Found Small brown/white short haired dog Found 1/13 in RHI area. Call 287-0716

Miscellaneous

I, Keith Allen Mitchell, will not be responsible for any debt occurred by Stephanie Salmon Mitchell as of January 13, 2010.

Thrift Shops WANTED: Quality items for consignment shop opening in Rfdtn. Call 447-9129 for info

Yard Sales ESTATE SALE Rfdtn 126 Marys Lane (off Edwards St.) Fri. & Sat. 7A-until Dining room, den, bedroom furniture, household items, T.V.’s

Large 165 Stoneybrook (off Piney Ridge) Sat. 9A-3P Furniture, antiques, all size clothes & more. Everything must go!

MOVING SALE FC: 246 Maryland Drive (off Piney Ridge) Fri. & Sat. 7A-until Clothes, tools, furniture, lots of misc.!

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Co-Executor of the estate of CHARLES G. CAMBY of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said CHARLES G. CAMBY to present them to the undersigned on or before the 26th day of March, 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 26th day of December 2009 Michael Gene Camby, Co-Executor 880 Mt. Creek Rd. Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Charles Edward Camby, Co-Executor 8725 Williamsburg Circle Huntersville, NC 28078

Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as: 7 Queens Gap, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are William J. Flemming. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-22416-FC01

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Aid slowly reaching desperate Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Pushed to the far edge of desperation, earthquake-ravaged Haitians dumped decaying bodies into mass graves and begged for water and food Friday amid fear that time is running out to avoid chaos and to rescue anyone still alive in the wreckage. The U.S. military brought some relief, taking control of the airport, helping coordinate flights bringing in aid and evacuating foreigners and the injured. Medical teams, meanwhile, set up makeshift hospitals, workers started to clear the streets of corpses and water was being distributed in pockets of the city. But the task was enormous. Aid workers and authorities Associated Press warned that unless they can French military rescuers work with U.S. rescuers in the collapsed Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince, quickly get aid to the people, Haiti, Friday. A powerful earthquake hit Haiti Tuesday. Port-au-Prince will degenerate into lawlessness. net. a mechanical front-loader ment and other obstacles. There were reports of iso“I could see a dead body to lift the box and tip it U.N. peacekeepers patrollated looting as young men that was there, sort of on into a large metal trash bin. ling the capital said popular walked through downtown top of the cabinet; I could South of the capital, workanger was rising, warning with machetes, and robbers hear the baby on the left ers burned more than 2,000 aid convoys to add security reportedly shot one man side of the body screaming,� bodies in a trash dump. to guard against looting. whose body was left on the said David Celestino of the The Red Cross estimates Tom Osbeck, an Indiana street. Survivors also fought Dominican Republic, who 45,000 to 50,000 people missionary whose Protesteach other for food pulled had been working with the were killed. A third of Haiti’s ant-run Jesus in Haiti from the debris. TV crew. 9 million people may be in Ministry operates a school “I’m getting the sense Although her parents were need of aid. As many as half north of Port-au-Prince, that if the situation doesn’t dead, Winnie Tilin survived of the buildings in the capisaid nerves were becoming get sorted (out) real soon, with only scratches and soon tal and other hard-hit areas increasingly frayed. it will devolve into chaos,� was in the arms of her uncle, were damaged or destroyed, “Even distributing food said Steve Matthews, a vetwhose pregnant wife also according to the United or water is very dangerous. eran relief worker with the was killed. Nations. People are desperate and will Christian aid organization As temperatures rose into U.N. Secretary-General fight to death for a cup of World Vision. the high 80s (upper 20s Ban Ki-moon said the World water,� Osbeck said. Time also was running Celsius), the sickly smell of Food Program was providTempers flared at one of out to rescue anyone who the dead lingered over Porting high-energy biscuits and the capital’s functioning gas may still be trapped alive in au-Prince, where countless ready-to-eat meals to around stations as drivers tried to the many buildings in Portbodies remained unclaimed 8,000 people “several times jockey their dusty cars into au-Prince that collapsed in in the streets. Hundreds of a day.� line. An armed guard branTuesday’s magnitude-7.0 bloated corpses were stacked U.S. Secretary of State dishing a shotgun intervened quake. outside the city morgue, and Hillary Rodham Clinton to keep motorists from comAn Australian TV crew limbs of the dead protruded said she would go to Haiti ing to blows. pulled a healthy 16-monthon Saturday to to inspect Grocery stores were looted old girl from the wreckage of from crushed schools and the damage and meet with clean soon after the quake, her house Friday — about 68 homes. At a cemetery outside the President Rene Preval and according to Emilia Casella hours after the earthquake city, trucks dumped bodies other officials. of the U.N. World Food struck. In a collapsed house, by the dozens into a mass The effort to get aid to the Program. She said the WFP neighbors and reporters grave. Elsewhere, people victims has been stymied by would start handing out heard a cry and found an air pulled a box filled with bodblocked roads, congestion at 6,000 tons of food aid recovpocket: part of the top floor ies along a road, then used the airport, limited equipered from a damaged warehad been held up by a cabi-

house in the city’s Cite Soleil slum and was preparing shipments of enough readyto-eat meals to feed 2 million Haitians for a month. Asked about the concern of frustration spilling into violence, U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon said his peacekeepers, working with Haitian police, “are now taking charge of law and order in the city.� The U.S. military has several hundred personnel on the ground, including more than 100 troops from the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division. Hundreds of sailors, meanwhile, pulled into Port-auPrince harbor on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Within hours, an 82nd Airborne rapid response unit was handing out food, water and medical supplies from two cargo pallets outside the airport, a helicopter lifted off with water to distribute, and a reconnaissance chopper went searching for drop zones around the capital to move out more aid. Soldiers said they expected more supplies later in the day. At the airport, foreigners waved their passports to guards as they scrambled to escape the chaos by boarding the departing flights. Some 250 Americans were flown to New Jersey’s McGuire Air Force Base on three military planes. U.S. forces in control of the airport initially blocked French and Canadians from boarding planes, even though a French military aircraft stood by. They lifted their cordon after protests from French and Canadian officials. The State Department said the U.S. death toll was six and predicted it will rise. The Cuban government said Friday it had allowed U.S. airplanes to fly through its airspace as it evacuated wounded from Haiti, a move which shaves 90 minutes off flights to Miami.

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