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Alex Armstrong, Carly Woody, Piper Armstrong and Mikia Rhaney, all students at Forest City Dunbar Elementary School, enjoy a few minutes of fun on the snow covered ground outside their homes at Rutherford Manor Wednesday morning. They were waiting for the school bus, running two hours later than usual, because of the two-hour school start delay. Public schools were back in session Wednesday after being closed two days due to snow. More winter weather is forecast for the county over the next few days.

Third storm may be icy Central looked to wrestle away conference title Page 7

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FOREST CITY — Ready for round three? County emergency services are preparing for another winter storm this weekend, and are looking for more ice than snow. After having a storm that wasn’t as severe as expected last time, the county’s emergency management coordinator Roger Hollifield said he was on alert for ice beginning Friday night. “I’ll have a conference call soon with emergency management and the National Weather

Service before we have this storm this weekend. Right now we’re looking for more ice than snow,” Hollifield said. Weather service estimates called for a significant accumulation of snow last Saturday, but while there was some white stuff it wasn’t severe. “The weather service said we were to expect more snow accumulation than what we actually got,” Hollifield said. “We were very well prepared and we didn’t have to use some of Please see Storm, Page 6

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Town may be able to delay new water intake Daily Courier Staff Writer

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RUTHERFORDTON — The Rutherfordton Women’s League will sponsors its second annual fundraising baseball tournament at Crestview Park in May after Town Council agreed to a reduction on the rental fee policy. Tax exempt groups pay $150 per day for the use of the ballfield and others pay $250 per day, but since the women’s league is not tax exempt, several of its members asked council to consider the lesser fee at the regular board meeting Wednesday night. The women’s group is non-profit, but not tax exempt. The item was added to the night’s agenda since about 10 league members arrived at the board meeting to make the request. Since the women’s league does not make money and exists to help others, council voted unanimously to waive the fee policy. The baseball tournament will be May 1 and May 2 to coincide with the annual MayFest. Women’s league member Vickie Thompson asked council to respect the group’s mission to help others and lower the fee for the group. Some of the 45-member women’s group had researched other towns and cities, the same size as Rutherfordton, and told council the rental fee in other places is less. Christy Bare, a member of town council, said she has not hidden the fact she is also a member of

FOREST CITY — Commissioners on Monday received an update on the raw water intake project that indicates they may be able to delay immediate construction at the site. The Public Water Section of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Health, has issued a permit that authorizes construction of a Broad River raw water intake, pump station and raw water line. The state permit was issued on Nov. 3, 2009, and expires on Nov. 2, 2011. Keith Webb, of McGill Associates, sent the town a letter discussing the meetings he and City Manager Chuck Summey had Jan. 28 with both the Public Water Supply Section and the Division of Water Resources. Summey discussed the letter with commissioners at their regular meeting Monday. The meetings in Raleigh were held to discuss the project status, and “to express the desire of the Town to delay the project to the extent possible due to the cost of the project and the current water supply demands,” the letter says. McGill Associates met with Jessica Miles, director of the Public Water Supply Section, and Wayne Munden, technical services chief with the section. The town, which already has invested much in the project, wanted to find out if it is necessary to build Please see Intake, Page 6

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Sustaining members of Rutherford Housing Partnership were honored Tuesday night at an appreciation dinner at First Baptist Church in Rutherfordton.

RHP celebrates a big year By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON —Volunteers with Rutherford Housing Partnership are involved in a lot of projects and while working and raising money, they form lasting friendships, said Charlotte Epley. She addressed the annual RHP Appreciation Dinner Tuesday night and began her remarks singing, “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Going To Let It Shine.” Epley recalled the early days of the partnership 15 years ago; the sparks created when RHP won the $20,000 Tom’s of Maine grant just recently; the efforts in raising money at the spaghetti suppers and through Gears & Gables. RHP serves spaghetti before each Carolina Gospel Association-sponsored concert at R-S Central and host a cycle event in the spring. She said Rutherford County people became the “American Idol” for the grant

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project as 14,000 people went online, voting for RHP’s handicapped ramp project, winning $20,000 from Tom’s of Maine. She said the gentle “flames” created from helping those in need are “friendships.” RHP volunteers work as teams and the needs are cross generational, Epley continued. “How do we prove we love God?” she asked. By helping others, volunteers prove their love for God. In the past 15 years since the inception of RHP, more than 830 people have received porches, ramps, roofs, new floors, new plumbing and all the while laughter has been created by RHP’s 1,000 volunteers over the years. Epley said whether volunteers are roofing houses, cutting cake, making spaghetti or working on urgent housing needs, volunteers “all around the neighborbhood” will let Please see RHP, Page 6


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Local

Girl Scout cookie sales begin Feb. 6

FOREST CITY — The wait is over! Girl Scout Cookies arrive by the truckload this Saturday, Feb. 6, with booth sales continuing until March 9. Every year, the public anticipates the few weeks of the year when their cravings for Thin Mints or Caramel deLites are fulfilled, but to thousands of local girls, cookies provide an opportunity to attend summer camp, explore science and math, travel to various destinations and learn about future careers. This year, the varieties include Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot and the Daisy Go Rounds, a cookie packaged in 100 calorie packs! The price per box is $3.50, and all of the proceeds generated from the Girl Scout Cookie program stay within the girls’ local area. To purchase a box of cookies, contact a Girl Scout in your neighborhood or community. Or, search the council Web site at www.girlscoutsp2p.org to find the closest cookie booth in your area from Feb. 6 to March 9. This year, the Girl Scouts are promoting the following: n BUY 5 promotion – for every five boxes that a customer purchases, his/her name will be entered in a drawing to win a year’s supply (52 boxes) of free Girl Scout Cookies from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont! A winner from each of the four council service centers will be selected. n Operation Sweet Treat – Girl Scouts are also participating in a council-wide service project to collect 24,000 boxes of cookies and 1,000 letters of encouragement to place in care packages that will be shipped to U.S. military personnel serving in the United States and abroad. Customers can support this project by purchasing a box at a local cookie booth and pay $3.50 a box as they would for any other order. Or, cookies may be purchased by the box or by the case (12 boxes) by calling 800672-2148 to purchase with a credit or debit card.

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Emergency personnel, Rutherfordton police and firefighters at the scene of a vehicle accident Wednesday in front of Domino’s Pizza.

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Police Notes RUTHERFORDTON — Emergency personnel, Rutherfordton police and firefighters responded to a vehicle accident Wednesday on U.S. 74B in front of Domino’s Pizza. Sandra Radford, 44, of Horse Shoe Drive, Rutherfordton, was charged with multiple traffic violations after she drove her 1997 Chevrolet into the path of a moped driven by Elijah Mitchell, 25, of Kinston. Radford told Rutherfordton Patrol Officer Chad Nazelrod, she was pulling out from a convenience store parking lot on a signal from a truck driver that she could pull out into the road. Her vehicle collided with a moped driven by Mitchell. The truck driver told police he tried to stop Radford but it was too late. Radford was transporting her passenger, Ashley Hoyle, 22, to Rutherford Hospital’s emergency room to be evaluated following a fall on ice when the accident occurred. Hoyle is 8 1/2 months pregnant and was taken to the hospital by Rutherford County EMS. Radford was charged with no operator’s license, expired tag, expired inspection and failure to see before starting. The owner of the car,

Johnny Knox, is also charged with no insurance.

Sheriff’s Reports n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 128 E-911 calls Tuesday. n Mark Brian Biggerstaff reported the theft of jewelry. n Lora Lee Lancaster reported the theft of a shih tzu puppy. n Francis J. Hamrick reported a forcible entry.

Rutherfordton n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 19 E-911 calls Tuesday.

Spindale n The Spindale Police Department responded to 26 E-911 Tuesday.

Lake Lure n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to two E-911 calls Tuesday.

Forest City n The Forest City Police Department responded to 31 E-911 calls Tuesday. n An employee of Murphy USA, on Plaza Drive, reported an incident of larceny of fuel. n Margaret Biggerman, reported the larceny of a 1997 Ford Contour. The vehicle was later recov-

ered by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office abandoned on Pea Ridge Road in Bostic.

Arrests n Robert Weldon Reid, 40, of Yarboro Street; arrested and served with outstanding warrants for two counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering; placed under a $30,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n Samuel Lee Davis, 32, of 356 Beaver Creek Road; charged with failure to comply on child support; placed under a $1,300 secured bond. (RCSD) n William Davis Corn, 57, of 4365 Bills Creek Road; charged with resisting a public officer; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Joshua Shane Corn, 27, of 4365 Bills Creek Road; charged with resisting a public officer; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Billy Jolin Buckner, 27, of 141 Bayvale Drive; charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle; placed under a $15,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Matthew Yates McGinnis, 26, of 140 McDade Road; charged with simple assault, injury to real property, assault on a female and harassing phone

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call; released on a $1,500 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Ryan Ross Joseph Gordon, 22, of 164 Carnagee Road; charged with disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (RPD) n Michael Scott Toms, 45, of 1181 Piedmont Road; charged with failure to comply/ civil contempt on child support; placed under a $350 cash bond. (RPD) n Kevin Scott Davis, 46, of 4331 Maple Creek Road; charged with driving while impaired and failure to stop for stop sign/ flashing red light; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RPD) n Brian Seth Letterman, 22, of 94 Brevard Road; charged with driving while impaired and speeding; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (SPD) n Kenny Allen Van Dyke, 40, of 120 Sunny Slope; surrender on possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of cocaine, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; placed under a $35,000 secured bond. (Bondsman)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 25 E-911 calls Tuesday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to two calls Tuesday.

Fire Calls n Cherry Mountain firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash. n Ellenboro firefighters responded to a chimney fire, assisted by Cliffside firefighters. n Forest City firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash, to a fire alarm and to a smoke report.


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State

Ex-governor did state business on private e-mail

RALEIGH (AP) — Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley used a private e-mail account to conduct state government business, according to two of his former communications directors who testified in a lawsuit by media outlets accusing them of violating public records laws by deleting messages. Last week’s deposition by Cari Boyce and Sherri Johnson, both of whom led Easley’s press office during his eight years as governor, also raises questions whether Easley’s private e-mails were archived by the state or scrutinized when public records requests were made. E-mails from a private account in which state business was performed would likely contain government records that should be accessible to the public.

Easley didn’t use a state e-mail account in which to conduct business, Boyce testified. A government account with his name went to his citizens affairs office. The directors said Easley preferred phone calls but sent information about state business to a personal e-mail address that Johnson believed was the only way to message Easley. e-mail address that Johnson believed was the only way to message Easley. Other top administrative officials were aware of the personal e-mail, too. “E-mail was really just used to pass information along — a copy of an article, “a reminder your speech is at 10:00 tomorrow,�’ Boyce recalled in testimony Jan. 28. “’I need to talk to you about these three scheduling requests.�’ The 2008 lawsuit accuses Easley and his administration of violating public records law by deleting e-mails and directing other agency public information officers to remove messages to and from the governor’s office. Easley, a Democrat who left office in January 2009, has

Easley didn’t use a state e-mail account in which to conduct business, Boyce testified. A government account with his name went to his citizens affairs office. The directors said Easley preferred phone calls but sent information about state business to a personal

said there’s no evidence that occurred. Boyce, Johnson and two other employees who also are defendants in the lawsuit told lawyers under oath they followed state policies on saving e-mails. Johnson and press secretary Renee Hoffman gave differing testimony about whether the office told press officers in other agencies in 2007 to delete e-mails. The state Attorney General’s Office, which is representing Easley and the employees, declined comment Wednesday evening, saying the case is pending. A judge ruled lawyers could question former Easley press office workers before he decided whether the lawsuit could move forward. The testimony by Boyce, Johnson and two other

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im Will and the people at Foothills Connect are proving to be quite a creative force in Rutherford County. Their latest innovative idea is intriguing and holds potential to help their Farm Fresh Market effort reach new heights. Will and his crew are working on a plan to capture methane gas from the county landfill and use the gas to heat hoop houses where growers will be able to produce crops year-round. The project attacks two problems. First it uses the methane gas and element which is now being touted as one of the biggest greenhouse gas problems in the world. Second it adds months of potential profit in our agricultural economy. It is just this kind of creativity and the willingness to chase dreams and visions that we need to breath new life into our economy.

Our readers’ views Says proposed dental clinic is needed To the editor: In response to the article in Tuesday Jan. 26, edition of The Courier concerning the dentist opposing Spindale Board about locating the dentist office to serve Medicaid patients here in Rutherford county, I would like to suggest that these dentist that are opposing this clinic should recheck their position about this. When my children were enrolled in Medicaid, I was given a list of dentists in Rutherford County that accepted Medicaid and there was only one dentist that accepted Medicaid patients. If there is only one dentist doing this, why are these other dentists opposing this clinic? It is my belief that this clinic would greatly benefit people in this county. There would be no need to have to go out of county for treatment. I urge the Spindale Board to stand strong to this opposition by certain dentists to stop this clinic. Richard Curtis Forest City

Says commercial sites are not playgrounds To the editor: I am writing to address an issue of child safety. It is the behavior of two young children, about ages 3 and 8, that was watched on video footage from 1/28/10 that has prompted me to write. As the manager of a local car wash, I’ve dealt with many issues associated with this business.

Equipment maintenance and cleaning up after outrageously inconsiderate customers are issues that take a back seat to dealing with people who allow their children to run amok while they wash their car. Older children should know and act better. A very young child sees only an opportunity for fun, blissfully unaware of danger. These children were in an empty bay trying to swing on the hoses attached to an overhead boom; the older child, a boy, attempted it first, the female toddler then mimicked him. The adult with these children was in another bay washing their vehicle. No one was watching them. Had the metal arm disengaged, the children could have been seriously injured – never mind the hundreds of dollars in equipment damage that would have occurred. The boy then moved on from the hose line to violently turning the chemical selection knobs. He could reach the knob but the toddler couldn’t. She could have fallen as she tried to climb the wall up to reach the controls. These activities were not the only things they did, but I’ve presented enough to make my point – which is commercial sites are not playgrounds. Our car wash is a self-service facility but don’t be deceived by the fact that we don’t have automated bays – it can be a dangerous place. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to ask people to rein in their kids. Some folks are apologetic and comply; others – unbelievably! – are offended. Even when due diligence is exercised, life can be changed in the blink of an eye.

At the car wash last summer, I saw a mother holding onto her toddler’s hand. Suddenly, the child jerked free from her, running away along the rear of the bays. Mom ran after her. As the child reached the end bay, mom caught her just as a car was leaving the last bay. Had she not been stopped, the driver would not have been able to avoid hitting her, altering forever at least three lives. This mother was watching her child, but many that I encounter daily don’t watch theirs. Willfully allowing children to freely run around in an environment that can be harmful to them can constitute child endangerment as well as cause damage to property. If you can’t insure adequate monitoring of your children while on an errand, then, please, leave them home or with someone while you take care of any business that demands much of your attention. In the long run, it’s better for everyone – especially for the child. Marie Eckard Rutherfordton

Letter Policy The Daily Courier would like to publish letters from readers on any subject of timely interest. All letters must be signed. Writers should try to limit their submissions to 300 words. All letters must include a day and evening telephone number. The editors reserve the right to edit letters for libelous content. All submissions should be sent to The Editor, P.O. Box 1149, Forest City, NC, 28043. Letters may also be submitted via e-mail at dailycourier@thedigitalcourier.com or via our website at thedigitalcourier.com

Random thoughts just keep popping into my head I sometimes think I really do have the adult version of attention deficit disorder. If you’ve met me and carried on a conversation with me, you’ll know I am sometimes easily distracted and can switch topics randomly and at rapid pace. Today’s column is going to reflect that. Here’s what we’ll refer to as “Total Mom Sense’s Nonsense.” It’s going to just be a mish-mash of random thoughts I’ve collected over the days and weeks recently. So if you are looking for something meaningful and cohesive this week ..... try reading Scott Baughman’s column in tomorrow’s paper. And, I’m off – n Have you seen the new Cheeto’s commercials? What happened to Chester Cheetah?? When I was a kid and teenager, he was an orange animated cat who reminded you that Cheeto’s had the cheese that went “cru-u-u-unch.” Now, he’s still orange but he’s also

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computer generated .... and a tad bit on the skeevy side. n In next Wednesday’s paper there will be a guide to this year’s Winter Olympics. As I was doing research for it, I learned about the Biathlon. I’ve never heard of this sport, much less watched it. It combines skiing with shooting. Huh? I made fun of it and then that very night sat down and read the USA Weekend. In it, Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi said it was one of the most under appreciated sports. Her reason? Because it takes a considerable amount of control to go from the adrenaline high of skiing really fast to having a steady enough hand to shoot a gun. I feel kinda bad for hatin’ now .....

n My three year old has already become a smarty pants. He attends a Christian preschool and comes home regularly with new learned Bible verses to share. One morning this week, when he woke us up well before the alarm clock, I asked him to be quiet. When he wouldn’t settle down, I said (being a smarty pants myself) “You must not have learned about honoring your mother and father yet.” He quoted the scripture, complete with book and chapter. And grinned. How can you respond to that other than to smile and be proud? n Again from the three year old: He’s going to be a daredevil like his daddy and uncles David and Terry. Once Stephen managed to get the driveway cleared Sunday, Nathan asked his daddy if he could ride his tricycle. He then proceeded to get on the trike, fishtail along the driveway and land nearly head first in a big snow pile.

(It should be noted during the last snow in December he also tried snowboarding.) He did not get this from me.

gets into enough trouble on his own – I don’t need the Olympics giving him any ideas!

n Isn’t it surprising the things that bring us joy sometimes? When our house was built, the hinges on our bathroom door were put on upside down, and lately when you closed the door, the pin in the top hinge would pop out. After hearing me complain (quite vocally) about this and getting fed up with it too, Stephen decided to fix it. I got home from work one night to find him with his shirt sleeves rolled up, Nathan in the tub, taking off the hinge and turning it the proper way. It made my day.

n You know what else made my day recently? After a bad day at work, Nathan and I arrived home. Before we could even get out of the van, Nathan hopped out of his seat and said “Don’t cook supper yet Mommy,” and then gave me a hug and kiss. That hug and kiss made all the stress melt right away.

n Speaking of the Olympics and daredevil child, I’m a bit afraid of letting him watch snowboarding with his daddy. According to an interview I watched, American snowboarder Shaun White started snowboarding at age 3 – the same age Nathan is now. He

n It’s Girl Scout cookie time. I can’t help but think about the time my mom was cookie chair for my troop years ago. Our entire house and front porch was covered in boxes of cookies. Sounds like a dream come true? Not really – not when you can’t eat them! You’re now returned to your regularly scheduled reading. Next week’s column will be better, I promise. Contact Flynn via e-mail at aflynn@thedigitalcourier.com.


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Obituaries Gene Ford

Augustus Eugene “Gene” Ford, 83, of Forest City, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, DA seeks death at Hospice House in Forest for slaying suspect City. GASTONIA (AP) — A A native of Rutherford North Carolina man charged County, he was a son of the with killing three women and late Augustus George and dumping two victims’ bodies Elizabeth Sisk Ford. in the South Carolina woods He was a member of last fall will face the death Spencer Baptist Church and penalty if convicted. retired owner of Gene Ford The Gaston Gazette report- Painting. ed Wednesday that prosecuIn addition to his parents, tors announced their intenhe was preceded in death by tions at a hearing for 47-year- his first wife, Mary Elizabeth old Danny Robbie Hembree Ford. Jr. Survivors include his wife, Superior Court Judge Reba Luckadoo Ford of the Timothy Patti appointed home; three sons, Barry Ford Hembree a second defense of Spartanburg, S.C., the Rev. attorney. Larry Ford of Spindale, and Hembree is accused of Scott Ford of Gilkey; one killing 17-year-old Heather stepson, Gary McCurry of Catterton and 30-yearForest City; one sister, Betty old Randi Dean Saldana. Clements of Spindale; five Catterton’s body was found grandchildren; three greatin October near Clover, S.C. grandchildren; and two stepSaldana’s burned remains grandchildren. were found in November near Funeral services will be Blacksburg, S.C. held at 11 a.m. Saturday Police say they also found at Spencer Baptist Church evidence that Hembree killed with the Revs. Billy Vaughn Deborah Ratchford in 1992. and Tom Frady officiatPolice say Hembree knew ing. Interment will follow in all three women. Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holdup suspects Crowe’s Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memoricall cops for help als may be made to Hospice HICKORY (AP) — Two of Rutherford County, P.O. North Carolina men susBox 336, Forest City, NC pected of holding up a con28043. venience store were caught after police were called to Online condolences www. help change a flat tire and crowemortuary.com. recognized the men from surveillance videos. Alice Greene Multiple media organizations reported Wednesday Alice Avant Greene, 72, of that 31-year-old James Smith Grove Road, Forest Jennings of Claremont and City, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 46-year-old Mark Franklin of 2010, at her residence. Conover were each charged A native of Rutherford by Hickory police with one County, she was a daughcount of robbery with a dan- ter of the late William “Bill” gerous weapon. Avant and Daisy Brackett They were scheduled for Avant, and the widow of an initial court hearing Ronnie Greene. Wednesday. A jail official She was a bookkeeper for did not know if the men had Thompson Contractors, hired lawyers. Rutherfordton, and a memHickory Police spokeswom- ber of First United Methodist an Libby Grigg says the men Church, Forest City. called officers because they Survivors include two sons, knew patrol cars carried lug Mike Newton and Todd wrenches that could remove Newton, of Forest City; a the flat tire on their car. brother, Hugh Avant of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and six greatBread seller will grandchildren. Funeral services will be face fraud charges DURHAM (AP) — A bread vendor was arrested on fraud charges and his company ordered to stop selling food after consumers complained that bread sold as gluten-free contained the protein and made them sick. Agents with the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services arrested Paul Evan Seelig, 47, of Durham after a court hearing at which the state attorney general’s office urged a judge to shutter Seelig’s business, Great Specialty Products, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday. Seelig was charged with Clifford Thomas Henderson of Forest City, formerly of Spindale, six counts of obtaining propdied Sunday, January 31 at erty by false pretenses. He Hospice House. A native of Polk is accused of selling bread County, he was a son of the late to six people as gluten-free Peter A. and Mary Elizabeth despite knowing the bread Smith Henderson. He was a contained the protein that retired loom fixer and a member is found in wheat and other of Spencer Baptist Church. grains. Left to cherish his memory are

Clifford Thomas Henderson

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his wife, Sarah Anderson Henderson of the home; one daughter, Joan Flynn and husband, Jimmy of Huntersville, NC; daughter-in-law, Roemelda Henderson-Dahlin of Burnsville, NC; five grandchildren, Tanya Henderson of Colorado, Tod Henderson and wife, Shannon of Evansville, IN, Tyler Henderson of Metaire, LA, Jeffrey Flynn of Huntersville, and Joey Flynn of Greensboro; two great grandchildren, Tannor and Taylor Henderson of Evansville, IN. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Henderson. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 3:00 PM at Crowe’s Chapel with Rev. Billy Vaughn officiating. Concluding services followed at Sunset Memorial Park. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at Crowe’s Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Online condolences at: www.crowemortuary.com Paid obit.

held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Forest City with the Rev. Wesley K. Judy and Dr. Bobby Gantt officiating. Interment will follow in the Cool Springs Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Padgett and King Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 341 East Main St., Forest City, NC 28043; or to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Online condolences www.padgettking.com.

Lillian Truax Lillian Jane Truax, 89, a resident of Rutherford County, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Fair Haven Home. A native of Philadelphia, Penn., she was a daughter of the late John Carson Davis and Zola Goodwin Davis, and also preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Wilbert Preston Truax. Survivors include five children, Bill Truax, Judith Truax, Richard Truax, John Truax and Joyce Stanley; a brother, Jack Davis, and a sister, Laura Dunfee; 12 grandchildren; and 12 greatgrandchildren. A memorial service and visitation will be held locally for family and friends on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Fairview Baptist Church. The Rev. Gary Smith will officiate. An early spring interment will take place next to her husband in Philadelphia at a later date. For further information contact, William Truax at 609-242-9747. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the Truax Family. Online condolences www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com.

Flavers Culbreth Jr. Flavers Franklin Culbreth Jr., 68, of Columbus, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at

Lucille H. Cathcart Lucille H. Cathcart, age 76, of Lenoir City, TN, formerly of Lake Lure, NC passed away Monday, February 1, 2010 in Knoxville,TN. Lucille was retired from Paxtuxent River Naval Base in Lexington Park, Maryland. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presby-terian Church. Lucille was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid reader and a great cook and loved to play Dominos. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and John Gerstenlauer of Lenoir City; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Priscilla Cathcart of Maryland, Tony and Sally Cathcart of North Carolina; grandsons, Charles Cathcart III and wife, Bethany, Shawn Cathcart and Scott Cathcart all of Maryland; sisters, Evelyn Pearson and Mary Jeffries of Tennessee, Betty Snellings and Gean Robison of Texas and brother, Jim Hardin and wife, Bea of Mississippi, and nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel with Rev. Jeff Sledge officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 14025 Highway 70 E Lenoir City, TN 377725429. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Cathcart family. www. clickfuneralhome.com Paid obit.

Holly Springs Senior Center. A native of Jasper, Ga., he was a son of the late Flavers Franklin Culbreth, Sr. and Grace Rhymer Culbreth. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam and a retired fireman. Survivors include his wife, Irene Culbreth of Columbus; three daughters, Michelle Hamlet of Harris, Angela Scruggs of Cliffside, and Wendy Culbreth of Spartanburg, S.C.; one son, Mark Culbreth of Spartanburg; four sisters, Betty Smith of Tryon, Helen Price of Spartanburg, Mabel Valentine of Greenville, S.C., and Clara White of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Crowe’s Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences www. crowemortuary.com.

Lucille Cathcart Lucille H. Cathcart, 76, of Lenoir City, Tenn., formerly of Lake Lure, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, in Knoxville, Tenn. She retired from Paxtuxent River Naval Base in Lexington Park, Md., and was a member of Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Gerstenlauer of Lenoir City; two sons, Charles Cathcart of Maryland, and Tony Cathcart of North Carolina; three grandsons; four sisters, Evelyn Pearson and Mary Jeffries, of Tennessee, and Betty Snellings and Gean Robison, of Texas; a brother, Jim Hardin of Mississippi; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Click Funeral Home, Farragut Chapel, Farragut, Tenn., with the Rev. Jeff Sledge officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 14025

Lillian Jane Truax Lillian Jane Truax, age 89, a native of Philadelphia, PA and a resident of Rutherford County, NC went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at Fair Haven Home. Lillian was born on September 12, 1920 to the late John Carson Davis and Zola Goodwin Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Wilbert Preston Truax and by eight brothers and sisters. Survivors include five children, Bill Truax, Judith Truax, Richard Truax, John Truax and Joyce Stanley; her brother, Jack Davis and by her sister, Laura Dunfee. She was also a loving grandmother to her 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. A memorial service and visitation will be held locally for family and friends from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at the Fairview Baptist Church with Reverend Gary Smith officiating. An early spring interment will take place next to her husband, Wilbert, in Philadelphia at a later date. For further information please contact, William Truax at 609-242-9747. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be sent to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the Truax family. An online guest registry is available at: www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com Paid obit

Highway 70 E. Lenoir City, TN 37772-5429. Online condolences www.clickfuneralhome.com.

Mary West Mary Frances Champion West, 75, of Morristown, Tenn., died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at MorristownHamblen Healthcare System. She was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Kate Champion of Spindale. She was a member and pianist at Talbott Cumberland Presbyterian Church, attended Carson-Newman College, and graduated from Georgia State University. She was a retired educator, having taught for 33 years. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Walter W. West of Morristown; a daughter, Kathy Gibson of Morristown; two sons, Philip West of James Island, S.C., and Rodney West of Conyers, Ga.; a brother, John Champion of Florida; and a number of grandchildren. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Talbott-Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Graveside service in the Jarnagin Cemetery afterwards. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TalbottCumberland Presbyterian Church, building fund, P.O. Box 116, Talbott, TN 37877. Allen Funeral Home of Morristown is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Frances Champion West Mary Frances Champion West, 75, of Morristown, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System from complications of Alzheimer's Disease and pneumonia. She was saved at an early age, and devoted much time serving her church through Vacation Bible School and participating in the Rockdale County Bible Study Fellowship. She was a member of Talbott Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she enjoyed being the pianist. She attended Carson-Newman College and graduated from Georgia State University. She was a retired school teacher who received Teacher of the Year awards in the Atlanta City and Rockdale County, Georgia schools after teaching for 33 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and a true Southern Lady who was loved by all who knew her. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Kate Champion of Spindale, NC; brother, Preston Champion of Greenville, SC, and an infant daughter. Her surviving family includes her devoted husband of 54 years, Walter W. West of Morristown; daughter, Kathy and husband, Joe Gibson of Morristown; sons, Philip and wife Laura West of James Island, SC, and Rodney and wife, Melissa West of Conyers, GA; sister-in-law, Dorothy Champion of Greenville, SC; and brother, John and wife, Mary Katherine Champion of Florida. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Chip, Ben, and Katelyn Gibson of Morristown, Ashley West of Virginia Beach, Alexis and Andrew West of James Island, SC, and Steven, Bradley, and John West of Conyers, GA. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Heritage Nursing Home, and the staff at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare for their caring compassion and concern. The family will receive friends from 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday, February 6 at Talbott-Cumberland Presbyterian Church prior to the funeral service at 3:00 p.m. The graveside service will follow at Jarnagin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TalbottCumberland Presbyterian Church building fund, P.O. Box 116, Talbott, TN 37877. Allen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Paid obit.

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Health/education Postponement: The free blood pressure checks (hosted by The First Tuesday Club) originally scheduled for Feb. 2, at Salem United Methodist Church, has been postponed until Feb. 9. Health screening: Plum Natural Market will host a health screening by Medical Screening Services on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. Walk-ins welcome, or to make an appointment, call 245-6842.

Meetings/other Post 74 meeting: American Legion Post 74 will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the National Guard Armory. Dinner at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m. Shag Club: Rutherford County Shag Club will meet Friday, Feb. 5, at Club LA from 8 to 11 p.m. For more information about shag lessons beginning in February, call 287-9228.

Students/youth Little League sign ups: Chase Little League; Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 to 5 p.m., at Chase High gym; Monday, Feb. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., old Harris School concessions; Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Cliffside Park concessions; $40 per child, $15 each additional children; birth certificate required. Little League sign ups: Rutherfordton Little League; Feb. 4 and 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; all sign ups at The Spindale House; $35 per child, $15 second child, $10 each additional child; birth certificate required. Walk-in soccer registration: Spring recreational season; Saturday, 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 more information.

Miscellaneous Play: The production of Music Man will be at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy - CFA Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 4-6, beginning at 7 each night. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. In addition, Mr. Darby’s Saturday dance classes are canceled this week. Artists reception: An artist reception will be held Friday, Feb. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Norris Library. Nancy Hoopes (photography) and Susan Brooks (gourds and jewelry) open an exhibit of their works, which runs through March at the library, located at 132 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Free clothing: Free coats and blankets will be given away Saturday, Feb. 6, from noon to 3 p.m. at Holy Ground Community Church, (beside Forest City Post Office). Hot soup will also be served free of charge. Art workshop: Susan Peterson will teach an off-loom weaving workshop at the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center Feb. 6, 13, and 20, from 10 a.m. to 12:30p.m. Learn to use a simple board loom to make a tapestry or pouch. No experience necessary. Fee $60, includes all materials. Registration forms available at www.rcvag.com or by calling 288-5009. Low-cost rabies clinic: Saturday, Feb. 13, noon to 1 p.m.; Thunder Road Animal Hospital; $10 cash, one-year rabies; $12 cash, threeyear rabies; other discounted vaccines available; call 286-0033. Gospel Showcase: Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., at Chase High School auditorium; featuring The Millwood Family, In His Glory, Mercy’s Touch, and the Golden Valley Crusaders; $10 at the door; all proceeds go toward the purchase of band uniforms.

Fundraisers Chili Cook-off: Thursday, Feb. 4, 5 to 7 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar School, Forest City; $5 per person; all proceeds go toward the fourth grade field trip to the NC Outer Banks. Spaghetti supper: Friday, Feb. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Long Branch Road Baptist Church, 621 Long Branch Road, (Shiloh Community); no set price; donations accepted; proceeds for Team Kids. Postponement: The benefit fish fry (for Haiti missions) set for Feb. 6, has been postponed until Feb. 13, from noon to 7 p.m., at Temple of Jesus Church, Lake Lure. Dessert and drink included with meal. Postponement: The country ham and chicken pie supper scheduled for Feb. 6, at Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, has been postponed until a later date (to be announced). Fish Fry: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., prior to the evening service at Long Branch Road Baptist Church, (Shiloh Community); no set price, donations accepted; proceeds for building fund.

the women’s club and was wearing two hats Wednesday night. She said it would be tragic if the women’s league had to go to another town for the tournament because of fees. Last year’s tournament brought teams from all over the state and raised more than $10,000 for a scholarship in memory of a former Little League player. The tournament also brought overnight guests to Rutherford County and hundreds of visitors ate in restaurants in town and Jean Gordon/Daily Courier the county. Members of the Rutherfordton Women’s League attended the regular meeting of Two Rutherfordton business owntown council Wednesday night asking the rental fee at Crestview Park be reduced for ers, Kurt Hall and Ellen Cantrell, a ball tournament in May. sent word the tournament greatly increased their business last year. Room nights were rented at the Also Wednesday night, Council Also Wednesday night, the corpoFirehouse Inn as well as other hotels recognized three town employrate limits of the town of Rutherand motels in town, Ann Deviney ees — Patrol Sgt. Josh Padgett and fordton were extended by unanisaid. mously board action. Property owner Maintenance Mechanic Don Epley — She said the attendance at MayFest for five years service each to the town. Tammie S. Nelon, of 226 Westview was also higher last year because of Street, requested her property be the tournament. Council also approved a budget annexed. Council also approved the “Obviously we want it here.” amendment of $2,194.50 in grant zoning classification of the newly Member Tracey Faucette said the money received for radars for the annexed property to R-2 zoned propwomen’s league was certainly planpolice department. erties. R-2 is single and multi-family ning to pay the fee, but at a reasonCouncil also set Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. dwelling. able rate. for a continuation of last week’s revThe Planning and Zoning The board unanimously agreed to enue workshop. Committee recommended the propreduce the fee to $150 per day for the erty annexation at its last meeting. tournament if the dates do not conBefore the unanimous vote by Town Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@theflict with a Little League schedule. digitalcourier.com. Council, a public hearing was held.

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those resources because thankfully not a lot of trees fell. But now with all the water saturation and the possible ice accumulation we might see a lot of trees down.” In Lake Lure, the local fire department is keeping a close eye on water levels due to possible flooding. “If we were concerned about it, we’d open the floodgates, but this is the year that the lake level is lowered for people to work on their docks and other projects,” said Randy Hardin, assistant fire chief for Lake Lure.

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a structure at the intake site for Forest City to ensure water rights. The letter states: “After much discussion Ms. Miles and Mr. Munden both expressed a concurrence that the construction of some facility would be beneficial, but not necessarily required to protect the vesting the Town currently has made.” The other meeting was with Tom Reeder and several members of his staff at the Division of Water Resources. The letter said, “Mr. Reeder indicated that it was his division’s understanding that under North Carolina law and the riparian rights that the

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their lights shine.” Barbara Jean Bullman, who was also scheduled to speak, sent her remarks by Nell Bovender, RHP Executive Director. Bullman’s sister is a recipient of RHP volunteers and she wanted to thank everyone for their work. “She wanted to give back to RHP for what it has done for her sister,” Bovender said. “(RHP) touches lives

“We’re not worried about any flooding here for right now, but we may open the gates later on to try and keep the levels low enough because people have a lot of money invested in their construction projects.” Hollifield said flooding wasn’t on his mind either. “With the snow taking time to melt it isn’t overloading our rivers and streams,” Hollifield said. “We had on average about six or seven inches of snow, but it has been a really slow melt, so I don’t think it will cause any problems with flooding.” The weather service forecast calls for sleet before 10 a.m. on Friday, followed by rain and sleet mixed

between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. with a high near 35. Rain or freezing rain is likely before 1 a.m. Friday night. Saturday’s forecast calls for a slight chance of snow and sleet before 1 p.m., but mostly cloudy with a high near 40 degrees.

fact that Forest City owns property on the Broad River gives the town the right to use the water under the riparian rights laws,” whether a structure is in place at the site or not. McGill Associates summarized the meetings by indicating that building a structure at the water intake site is not necessary at this time. McGill also urged continuing to monitor other potential users of the river’s water, checking to see if any other entity wants to join Forest City in a joint venture on the project, and watching for possible water legislation from Raleigh that might affect the town’s ability to use the Broad River water. Town leaders are already looking at the option of working with others to help ensure the town’s future water needs. Commissioners took no action

on the water intake report Monday, but agreed to send letters to water purveyors who might be interested in a joint project with Forest City.

in ways it is very hard to explain. It has certainly changed my life to do this work,” Bovender added. RHP President Billy Honeycutt also expressed his thanks and appreciation for all the volunteers and the partnership between RHP and Habitat for Humanity as the groups work to meet housing needs of people in Rutherford County. In addition to Honeycutt, other RHP board members are: Jane Alexander Bell, vice president; Emily Moose, secretary; Cynthia Jarvis, treasurer; Lori Herrick, past president; Rob Crain, Julia Hensley,

Edna Michael, Elinore Reuss, Becky Spencer and David Williams.

“Thankfully, we didn’t have a lot of trees down last weekend,” Hollifield said. “But with the water saturating the soil and the ice making trees heavier, we might see a lot of trees down this weekend. We’ll just have to wait and see.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

The town currently draws its water from the Second Broad River, but is concerned that the waters of that river might not be sufficient in dry conditions or if water demand increases, so it wants to construct a raw water intake and raw water lines along the Broad River to draw up to 12 million gallons a day. Since the project might cost $14 million or more, commissioners are reluctant to begin work on a water project that is intended to meet future, not immediate, needs. Contact Dale via e-mail at ldale@the digitalcourier.com

RHP is funded by local businesses, churches, Sunday School classes, civic groups and individuals. Through the years, RHP has received funding from private foundations, including the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, The Janirve Foundation, Sisters of Mercy Foundation, Stonecutter Foundation, Tanner Foundation, Timken Foundation and the Endowment Fund of First United Methodist Church, Forest City.

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Owls, United Way collect blankets FOREST CITY — The Forest City Owls and the United Way have teamed up to collect new blankets for the less fortunate in Rutherford County. The Owls are collecting blankets at their office at 353 W. Main St., Monday through Friday, and at McNair Field the final two weekends in February. Anyone who donates a new blanket can purchase a general admission ticket to any college game in February at McNair Field for $3, half-off the face value. United Way will distribute the blankets to agencies in Rutherford County who will get them to people in need. “We are pleased to work with the United Way in this worthy cause,” said Owls general manager James Wolfe. “There are plenty of people that are struggling to make it through the winter and this is one small way that we can help.” McNair Field will host five days of collegiate baseball in February, beginning with Western Carolina versus Gardner-Webb February 20 and 21. The following weekend, Forest City will be the host for the inaugural North South Challenge. Appalachian State, Gardner-Webb, Niagara, and Marist will compete, with two games per day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. “Being that we are experiencing unusually cold weather this year, I am delighted that the Forest City Owls are eager to facilitate a project to help more people keep warm without impacting their heating bills,” added Faye Hassell, Executive Director of the United Way of Rutherford County.

Congress, McHenry honor Johnson WASHINGTON – Last night, the House of Representatives voted to pass H. Res. 957, honoring Jimmie Johnson, 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. Introduced by Congressman Patrick McHenry, this resolution commemorates Jimmie Johnson becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to win the Championship in four consecutive seasons, surpassing the previous record of three straight by Cale Yarborough.

Local Sports BASKETBALL 6 p.m. Shelby at R-S Central 6 p.m. East Rutherford at Freedom 5 p.m. Hendersonville at TJCA WRESTLING 7 p.m. R-S Central, Chase, East Rutherford at Burns

On TV 7 p.m. (ESPN) (ESPN2) College Basketball Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (FSS) Women’s College Basketball Arkansas at Tennessee. 8 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers. 9 p.m. (WMYA) College Basketball North Carolina at Virginia Tech. 9 p.m. (ESPN) (ESPN2) College Basketball Teams TBA. 10:30 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers. 10:30 p.m. (TS) College Basketball Arizona at Washington. 11 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Portland at Gonzaga.

The Hilltoppers’ Austin Elfers, top, goes for the pin against Freedom during the wrestling match at R-S Central, Wednesday. Elfers won the 112-pound weight class with the pin as Central tried to win the SMAC title. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

East clips Burns; RS pinned at home By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

FOREST CITY — Burns rolled into town on Wednesday night and East Rutherford was looking for a little revenge — they got it in thriller. The Cavaliers’ only loss this season came at Burns, but East Rutherford’s Rob Gray (31 points, 9 boards, 4 blocks) made a pivotal 3-point play with 29 seconds to go to untie the game at 65-all, handing the home team the victory, 71-65. The game was a battle all the way to the bitter end as the lead changed hands 10 times and the two teams tied on eight more occasions throughout the night. On Gray’s game-winning play, he stole the ball away from Burns’ Brandon Littlejohn at half court and blasted to the left side of the rim for two points and the foul. Burns missed the front end of a 1-and1 and they couldn’t get a three by A.J. Humes to fall through either. Gray buried 3-of-4 from the line after getting fouled on each of those trips to keep East undefeated at home this season. “We are just trying to keep the home court advantage for the playoffs,” East Rutherford Coach Brad LeVine said. “We didn’t play our best basketball tonight, but the kids were tough and resilient in their effort.” Tied at 9-9 in the first, East Rutherford’s Devince Boykins electrified the crowd on an extended baseline dunk to give the Cavs an 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. East found the advantage before halftime, as Rob Gray’s block of Brandon Whitworth was sent back to Cavalier teammate Raheem Hampton. Hampton drove the rest of the way for the lay up and he converted another crafty up and under going right of the lane for a 33-29 lead at the half. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier Burns claimed two 3-point plays to The Cavaliers’ Devince Boykins goes up for a shot during the basketball game Please see Prep, Page 8

against Burns, Wednesday, at East Rutherford.

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NFL players begin strike posture By FREDERIC J. FROMMER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — A year without a Super Bowl? It may be unthinkable to football fans, but that’s one worry behind a new lobbying push by NFL players. The NFL Players Association is bracing for a showdown with team owners that could lead to a work stoppage when the current collective bargaining deal expires. Hoping to enlist powerful allies, the players’ group is ratcheting up its lobbying on Capitol Hill under new executive director DeMaurice Smith. The players union spent $220,000 on lobbying in the second half of last year, more than double what it had spent in all of the previous year. Last May, soon after taking over at the union, Smith switched lobbyists, hiring Patton Boggs, the powerhouse Washington firm where he had been a partner. Since then, he’s organized a couple of player lobby days, featuring dozens of Please see NFL, Page 8

Julius Peppers is one of several players caught in a waiting game as the owners and players try and solve labor issues. Peppers could be franchised by the Carolina Panthers or become a free agent. Associated Press


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FOREST CITY — As of press time on Wednesday evening, only two Rutherford County football players had made commitments to play college football. R-S Central’s offensive tackle Nick ‘The Mountain’ Beaver, 6-foot-5, 315-pounds, signed his letter of intent to play for Campbell University. Beaver was a member of the 2009 Hilltoppers that played into the second round of the 3A NCHSAA Playoffs. Beaver was selected to the Daily Courier All-County Football Team, the South Mountain All-Conference team, and the 2009 NC Preps 3A All-State team. East Rutherford’s running back Tyler ‘Kasper’ Hamilton, 5-foot-9, 185-pounds, was expected to sign his letter of intent with the University of Charleston-West Virginia, today. Hamilton was a three-time member of the Daily Courier AllCounty Football Team and finished his career with the Cavaliers with over 5,000 all-purpose yards.

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NFL Playoff Glance Wild Card Round 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 New Orleans 45, Arizona 14 Indianapolis 20, Baltimore 3 Sunday, Jan. 17 Minnesota 34, Dallas 3 N.Y. Jets 17, San Diego 14 Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 24 Indianapolis 30, N.Y. Jets 17 New Orleans 31, Minnesota 28, OT Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31 At Miami AFC 41, NFC 34 Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7 At Miami New Orleans vs. Indianapolis, 6:25 p.m. (CBS)

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current and former players who bring their star power to meetings with lawmakers and congressional staffers. Those making the rounds have included Washington Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and Kevin Mawae, a Pro-Bowl Tennesse Titans center and president of the players’ union. The union has said it fears the owners will impose a lockout after next season’s Super Bowl, and it has been building relationships on Capitol Hill in hopes of getting Congress’ help in keeping the games going. The league counters that a new collective bargaining agreement will get done, but owners also contend the existing agreement, which calls for players to receive about 60 percent of revenues, is too favorable for players. “I believe that our players have a role in making this game better for our fans, and being business partners with the NFL to grow the game,” Smith said in an interview. “At the same time, we want to make sure that partnership doesn’t become onesided. Every major union in the country has a presence on the Hill.” Smith said that the increased lobbying was in part a reaction to the NFL’s own expanded Washington presence. In 2008, the league hired an in-house lobbyist, former Capitol Hill staffer Jeff Miller, and established a political action committee to raise campaign money. Last year, the NFL’s “Gridiron PAC” made about $250,000 in political donations. The union doesn’t have a PAC. Even with the union’s increased lobbying, the NFL continues to vastly outspend it. In the last six months of 2009, the NFL reported $610,000 in lobbying expenses, nearly triple the union’s total. Smith said another factor in the union’s increased lobbying expenditures was the recent Supreme Court case in which the NFL argued it should be considered one business — not 32 separate teams — when it comes to selling NFL-branded items. The players are worried that a broad ruling from the court, which heard arguments in the antitrust case last month, could go well beyond merchandise. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, a union executive committee member who will start in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts, recently warned that a favorable decision for the NFL would enable owners to end or restrict free agency. The league insists the case is only about licensing of intellectual property and has nothing to do with labor. Smith brings Washington connections to the job. In addition to being a partner at Patton Boggs, he served on the Obama transition team and previously worked for Eric Holder, now the nation’s attorney general. “We recognize that Congress has a legitimate role in a myriad of issues that affect our players, their families, and our fans, beyond just the labor issues,” Smith said. In particular, Smith said that he decided to take an aggressive position on head injuries and their lasting effects on players. “That was an issue that I felt that not only had the NFL not done enough in the past, but we as a union had not done enough in the past,” said Smith, who testified at two congressional hearings on the subject over the past few months. Congress has leverage over the league in several areas, including an antitrust exemption for broadcasting contracts. That exemption, which allows the NFL to sign TV contracts on behalf of all teams, helped to transform the league into the economic powerhouse it is today.

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 30 16 .652 — Toronto 26 23 .531 5 1/2 New York 18 29 .383 12 1/2 Philadelphia 16 31 .340 14 1/2 New Jersey 4 43 .085 26 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Orlando 33 16 .673 —  Atlanta 30 17 .638 2  Charlotte 24 23 .511 8  Miami 24 24 .500 8 1/2 Washington 16 31 .340 16  Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 39 11 .780 —  Chicago 23 23 .500 14  Milwaukee 21 26 .447 16 1/2 Indiana 17 32 .347 21 1/2 Detroit 16 31 .340 21 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 30 18 .625 —  San Antonio 27 19 .587 2  Houston 26 22 .542 4  Memphis 26 22 .542 4  New Orleans 26 22 .542 4  Northwest Division W L Pct GB Denver 33 15 .688 —  Utah 29 18 .617 3 1/2 Portland 29 21 .580 5  Oklahoma City 27 21 .563 6 

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Tuesday’s Games Indiana 130, Toronto 115 Cleveland 105, Memphis 89 Orlando 99, Milwaukee 82 Detroit 97, New Jersey 93 L.A. Clippers 90, Chicago 82 Oklahoma City 106, Atlanta 99 Houston 119, Golden State 97 Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 103, L.A. Clippers 97 Toronto 108, New Jersey 99 Philadelphia 106, Chicago 103, OT Washington at New York, late Oklahoma City at New Orleans, late Miami at Boston, late Golden State at Dallas, late Portland at Utah, late San Antonio at Sacramento, late Charlotte at L.A. Lakers, late Phoenix at Denver, late Thursday’s Games Miami at Cleveland, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Portland, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m. Washington at Orlando, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at New York, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Chicago at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Denver at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s College Basketball Major Scores EAST Binghamton 78, Albany, N.Y. 73 Richmond 68, Saint Joseph’s 58 South Florida 72, Georgetown 64 Stony Brook 54, Hartford 44 Temple 76, Duquesne 60 Vermont 64, Maine 51 West Virginia 70, Pittsburgh 51 Xavier 87, Massachusetts 79 SOUTH Arkansas 72, Georgia 68 Charlotte 72, George Washington 68 Georgia St. 61, George Mason 57 Hofstra 68, James Madison 48 Old Dominion 61, William & Mary 42 Va. Commonwealth 73, UNC Wilmington 60 Virginia 59, N.C. State 47 Wofford 72, Elon 56 MIDWEST Akron 90, N. Illinois 76 Indiana St. 72, Illinois St. 65 Marquette 80, DePaul 69 Ohio St. 75, Penn St. 62 SOUTHWEST Baylor 84, Iowa St. 63 Lamar 73, Cent. Arkansas 65 Sam Houston St. 73, UTSA 67

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The final Burns surge came in the third period as Tamara Continued from Page 7 El-Amoor drained two long 3s and Shaquisha Dawkins a final one in a 9-0 run that stretched recaptured the lead at the end of out the lead to 48-33. the third 54-51. However, this game didn’t However, Gray hit a 3-ball in come easy for the Lady the fourth to take the lead (64Cavaliers. East fell behind 15-11 62) with a 1:20 left in the game at the end of the first quaronly to see Humes bury his fifth ter, but 3s by Dawkins, Shanay trey of the night, 15 seconds Watkins and El-Amoor, plus later. a fastbreak layup by Dawkins In the end, Gray hit a free pushed a 14-2 run in the second throw to tie the game and then quarter. East held a 35-26 lead the big 3-point play on the next at the half. possession to take control of the The Lady Cavs had nine field outcome. goals compared to four for the Devince Boykins had 19 Lady Bulldogs. East was 8-ofpoints and 13 rebounds for East 16 from 3-point land in the first Rutherford (17-1, 8-1). Burns was half. led by Brandon Whitworth with Following the half, East picked 21, Littlejohn had 20 and Humes up its level of intensity and five 3’s accounted for 15 points. found three more 3s in the third frame to take care of Burns in SMAC play. Girls Basketball El-Amoor led the way with 17 points, Watkins added 15 and East Rutherford 59, Dawkins finished with 12. Burns 49 Alexis Littlejohn paced Burns FOREST CITY – Sometimes with 17 points. the inside can be your friend, but in Wednesday night’s case for the East Rutherford girls basWrestling ketball team it was the outside Freedom pins Hilltoppers jumper that led them to victory. East sank 11 triples to solve RUTHERFORDTON — R-S every Burns comeback in a Central’s wrestling team fell just 59-49 win at home. short against Freedom, in con-

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 55 37 14 4 78 180 Nashville 55 30 21 4 64 151 Detroit 56 27 19 10 64 146 St. Louis 55 24 22 9 57 143 Columbus 58 22 27 9 53 150 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Vancouver 55 34 19 2 70 180 Colorado 55 31 18 6 68 161 Calgary 56 27 21 8 62 143 Minnesota 56 27 25 4 58 155 Edmonton 54 17 31 6 40 141 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF San Jose 56 36 11 9 81 189 Phoenix 57 34 18 5 73 155 Los Angeles 56 34 19 3 71 168 Dallas 56 25 20 11 61 161 Anaheim 56 26 23 7 59 155

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Tuesday’s Games Phoenix 1, Nashville 0, SO Washington 4, Boston 1 Toronto 3, New Jersey 0 Tampa Bay 2, Atlanta 1 Montreal 3, Vancouver 2 Dallas 4, Minnesota 2 Colorado 5, Columbus 1 Los Angeles 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 Detroit 4, San Jose 2 Wednesday’s Games Ottawa 4, Buffalo 2 St. Louis at Chicago, late Carolina at Calgary, late Philadelphia at Edmonton, late Detroit at Anaheim, late Thursday’s Games Montreal at Boston, 7 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Dallas at Columbus, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Colorado at Nashville, 8 p.m. Edmonton at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Toronto at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Washington, 7 p.m. Carolina at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

ference action, Wednesday. The Hilltoppers (5-1) needed to defeat the Patriots in order to secure the 2009-10 South Mountain Athletic Conference Championship, but the Patriots came away with the close victory. Five Hilltoppers were able to claim wins on the night. In the 103-pound class, Central’s Adam Vanwormer defeated Gabe Villamoor, 9-4. Central’s Austin Elfers came away with an early pin against Freedom’s Jaylen Wilson to claim the 112-pound weight class. Evan Boggs continued the Hilltoppers winning ways with a 10-2 decision over Lenden Hoke in the 119-pound division. Josh Stephens followed that with a pin of Freedom’s Josh Moses in the 125-pound weight class. The Hilltoppers would find victory only once more the rest of the night. Angelo Nunez pinned Akil Logan to lift the Hilltoppers to victory in the 140-pound weight class. Central’s coach Rich Cox thanked his charges for their hard work, but acknowledged Freedom’s experience in their victory.

Scott’s 13 lead Virginia past NC State, 59-47 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mike Scott scored 15 points and Virginia held North Carolina State scoreless for more than 7 minutes on the way to a 59-47 victory Wednesday night.

Virginia (14-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) regained a share of first place in the conference with No. 10 Duke, and completed a season sweep of the series with the Wolfpack.

North Carolina State (149, 2-6) led 28-25 at halftime, but managed just 19 points in the second half, none during a stretch when Virginia turned a 32-29 deficit into a 40-32 lead.

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CHAPEL HILL (AP) — North Carolina coach Butch Davis unveiled a 21-player recruiting class Wednesday, which includes a couple of talented linemen that could see playing time right away. Davis signed four offensive linemen, including a pair who enrolled in school last month in James Hurst and T.J. Leifheit (LIFE-hite). That position is an area of need for the Tar Heels, who were stretched thin up front because of injuries last season. Contributed Photo Hurst was rated a five-star prosThe view of holes No. 10 & 11 from one of the new patio homes at Meadowbrook pect by Scout.com, while Leifheit Golf Course. Meadowbrook announced on Wednesday that the holes will be comwas a four-star choice. In addition, pleted by late summer or early fall of this year. defensive lineman Brandon Willis is already in school after switching his commitment when Lane Kiffin left Tennessee to take over at Southern California. Davis also added ATH Reggie Wilkins from Boiling Springs. Wilkins spent his freshman season at Chase High before transferring to Crest High. Wilkins played quarterFrom Staff Reports Yardage will increase to 395-yards back all four years of his high school on the new 10, but the new 11 will be career, but is expected to make the RUTHERFORDTON — a 440-yard, par 4 instead of a par 3. Meadowbrook Golf Course move to wide receiver with the Tar Since the new 11 is a par 4, the length Heels. announced Wednesday that changes will increase, but so will the overall to their course are nearing complepar for the back 9 as well as the total tion. Duke Blue Devils 18. The course has undergone a slight The course changes were designed DURHAM (AP) — David Cutcliffe transformation due to the addition by Rick Robbins, who recently is keeping even more future Duke of 19 custom lots and five new patio was nominated to the Executive players close to home. homes. That construction lead to Committee of American Association Nine of 19 players signed changes on holes No. 10 and 11. of Golf Course Architects. Wednesday by the Blue Devils are “Upon completion, we will have a from North Carolina. That’s the lat“We feel honored to have chosen new 18 hole routing for the course,� est product of Cutcliffe’s effort to such a highly qualified member for said William Deck, golf pro at focus on local recruits. They also our development team,� said Deck. Meadowbrook. “Also, a new practice signed nine players from the state The Decks admitted the economic hole for teaching and instruction will last year. conditions had been tough on all be available.� The recruiting experts rank this business, but especially those that are “This spring, we will sprig the tees class near the bottom of the Atlantic often relying on disposable incomes. and fairways with 419 Bermuda, Coast Conference and in the middle “It has been a challenging year build the green complex for the new of the pack in the Bowl Subdivision. to forge ahead, but with the sup11th green, and finish drain basins.� According to Scout.com, all the port of our family and the interThe new holes will be playable in signees are rated as either two- or est of our members and patrons we late summer or early fall of this year. three-star prospects. will see our efforts make a differThe current 10th hole is 292-yards The gem might have come from ence in the character and presentafrom the back markers creating a out of state. Scout.com says Chicago tion of Meadowbrook Golf Club and lay up shot to a sharp dogleg left. Carolina Hills at Meadowbrook,� said native Laken Tomlinson is the The current 11th is a par 3 that nation’s 23rd-best offensive guard. Deck. is 184-yards from the back tees. Other key signees include Monroe quarterback Anthony Boone and Charlotte back Brandon Braxton.

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Watson: Woods needs to show humility

DUBAI, United Arab (AP) — Tom Watson says Tiger Woods needs to “show some humility to the public� when he returns to golf after sorting out his personal life. Watson also said Wednesday that Woods should clean up his on-course behavior in order to be considered among the true greats of the game. Woods is on an indefinite break since his car crash Nov. 27 that fueled sordid tales of extramarital affairs. “I’ll let the cat out of the bag,� Watson said ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic. “Tiger has to take ownership of what he has done. He must get his personal life in order. I think that’s what he’s trying to do. And when he comes back, he has to show some humility to the public. “I would come out and I would do an interview with somebody and say, ’You know what? I screwed up. And I admit it. I am going to try to change. I am trying to change. I want my wife and family back.�’ The 60-year-old Watson, one of golf’s elder statesmen, also criticized Woods — a 14-time major winner — for bad language and other on-course

behavior. “I feel that he has not carried the same stature that other great players that have come along like Jack (Nicklaus), Arnold (Palmer), Byron Nelson, the Hogans, in the sense that there was language and club throwing on the golf course,� Watson said. “You can grant that of a young person that has not been out here for a while. But I think he needs to clean up his act and show the respect for the game that other people before him have shown.� Despite beginning his year with victories in Hawaii in the Champions Skins and the senior’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship, Watson played down his chances of winning the Desert Classic. After playing in the pro-am, Watson said he was impressed with the condition of the Emirates course but had trouble keeping his drives on the narrow fairways. “The rough is very tough,� he said. “It is very tough to get the ball on the green from the rough. You have probably only got a one-in-seven or one-in-eight chance to get the green if you drive into the rough.�

            

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North Carolina State Wolfpack RALEIGH (AP) — One of the nation’s top offensive line prospects has a short drive to continue his career in college. North Carolina State announced its 19-player recruiting class Wednesday on Signing Day. The jewel of the crop was offensive tackle Robert Crisp — who comes to campus from Raleigh’s Athens Drive High School. Coach Tom O’Brien says he wants to build “an NFL line, like we did at Boston College.� Scout.com rates Crisp as a fivestar recruit and says he’s the nation’s fourth-best prospect at offensive tackle. The recruiting service Scout.com rated N.C. State’s class in the middle of the pack in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 41st nationally. Another signee, Durham receiver Anthony Creecy, is a four-star prospect according to Scout.com.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Some of Wake Forest’s newest players might have a chance to play right

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BOILING SPRINGS (AP) — National Signing Day was fruitful for Gardner-Webb University’s football program, as 20 student-athletes signed to play for the Runnin’ Bulldogs. Head coach Steve Patton and his staff targeted the Southeast heavily, with 19 of the 20 signees hailing from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The Runnin’ Bulldogs inked 12 players who played high school football within a two-hour drive of campus. One signee, cornerback Terrance Thomas (5-11, 170) is already enrolled at Gardner-Webb and started classes in January. The speedy Thomas, from Pageland, S.C., led the state of South Carolina with 11 interceptions as a senior during the 2008 season – helping Central High to the Class 2A state finals. The class was balanced, with 10 signees slated for offense and 10 for defense – although several in the class could wind up on either side of the football. Six were named AllState as seniors.

       

 

       

 



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of a trooper’s cruiser on his way to a hospital for a blood test. The report says Bledsoe was then locked inside the cruiser’s K-9 cage for his safety. Trooper David Osborne said in the report that Bledsoe performed poorly during a field sobriety test — even after it was explained to Bledsoe 18 times.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for Michael Jackson’s doctor were meeting Wednesday to talk about their client’s defense strategy in the event he’s charged in the death of the singer. As of Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Conrad Murray and his lawyers had received no word from prosecutors about a decision from the district attorney. Lead attorney Ed Chernoff was waiting for news in a Los Angelesarea hotel, and planned to meet with the other two members of the defense team later in the day. “There’s no joy in representing someone who shouldn’t be charged in the first place,” Chernoff said. “But I suppose there’s some truth to the proposition that the waiting is the hardest part.” District Attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said she had no word on when any developments were likely.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a body has been found in a car blocking the drive through lane of a South Carolina restaurant. Columbia police told multiple media outlets that employees arriving for work Wednesday morning at a Kentucky Fried Chicken found the dead man behind the wheel of a car. Investigators say the injuries to the victim indicate he was likely a victim of foul play, but they would not give details.

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff’s deputy arrested on a drunken driving charge wound up in a dog house before he was taken to the big house. The Kingsport Times-News reported the details of a Tennessee Highway Patrol arrest report, which said 47-year-old Samuel Monroe Bledsoe was kicking the windows

Man found dead

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina attorney has been shot to death outside his law office. Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley says 61-year-old J. Redmond Coyle was shot just after 5 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot and died a short time later at the hospital.

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This image provided by TV-2 KLBC, Sam Medrano shows a police vehicle outside the Edgewater Hotel and Casino, the site of a crash where two casino patrons were killed and at least eight people were hurt Wednesday when a speeding vehicle crashed through the entrance of this hotel in the southern Nevada resort town of Laughlin, authorites said.

Car crashes into casino killing two, injuring eight LAS VEGAS (AP) — A speeding car crashed through the entrance of a casino and into a bank of slot machines Wednesday in the southern Nevada resort town of Laughlin, killing two patrons and injuring at least eight other people, authorities said. The driver, a 70-year-old man, told investigators he fainted while driving toward the Edgewater Hotel & Casino on the Colorado River waterfront, Las Vegas police Officer Jacinto Rivera said. Witnesses said the speeding Pontiac Vibe drove through a red light, crossed Casino Drive and careened down a horseshoe-shaped driveway into the casino area of the 26-story hotel. “Slot machines were just everywhere, just wiped out, tumbled and tossed,” said Bill Kinsey, fire division chief in Bullhead City, Ariz., across the river from Laughlin. The 2,700-pound car came to rest about 35 feet inside the casino between the hotel registration desk and a cashier cage. One of the people killed was found wedged beneath the car and slot machines, authorities said. Joe Magliarditi, the casino’s chief operating officer, said he heard the car was going at least 60 mph.

The name of the driver and his hometown in Washington state were not immediately released. None of the victims were identified. Rivera said there was no evidence the driver had applied the brakes before the crash. Investigators planned to examine the vehicle for mechanical malfunctions. Depending on the results, the man could face felony charges including reckless driving causing death, Rivera said. The 2007 Vibe involved in the crash was not part of two Toyota recalls that recently affected millions of cars in the United States because of a risk of unintended acceleration. The car, however, is a joint venture of Toyota and General Motors Co., and the 2009 and 2010 models were recalled last month because of a risk of the driver-side floor mat trapping the gas pedal, causing unintended acceleration. Six of the people injured in the crash were taken to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City. One woman was admitted in stable condition. Two others with more serious injuries were flown to the trauma center at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Three other people were treated and

Toyota problems deepen WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans should park their recalled Toyotas unless driving to dealers for accelerator repairs, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Wednesday — then quickly took it back — as skepticism of company fixes grew and the government’s probe expanded to other models in the U.S. and Japan. Questions now are being raised about the brakes on Toyota’s marquee Prius hybrid. The Prius was not part of the most recent recall, but Japan’s transport ministry ordered the company to investigate complaints of brake problems with the hybrid. LaHood said his department, too, was looking into brake problems. About 100 complaints over Prius brakes have been filed in the U.S. and Japan. Harried dealers began receiving parts to repair defective gas pedals in millions of vehicles and said they’d be extending their hours deep into the night to try and catch up. Toyota said that would solve the problem — which it said was extremely rare — of cars unaccountably accelerating. At a congressional hearing, LaHood said his advice to an owner of a recalled Toyota would be to “stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix for it.” His comments prompted new questions and rattled Toyota stockholders, causing shares to plunge 8 percent before they recovered, declining 6 percent for the day. LaHood later told reporters, “What

I said in there was obviously a misstatement. What I meant to say ... was if you own one of these cars or if you’re in doubt, take it to the dealer and they’re going to fix it.” Adding to Toyota’s woes, LaHood said his department had received new complaints about electronics and would undertake a broad review, looking beyond Toyota vehicles, into whether automobile engines could be disrupted by electromagnetic interference caused by power lines or other sources. Toyota has said it investigated for electronic problems and failed to find a single case pointing that direction. Toyota Motor Corp., in a statement, said if owners were experiencing problems with the accelerator pedal “please contact your dealer without delay. If you are not experiencing any issues with your pedal, we are confident that your vehicle is safe to drive.” But the damage was done for many drivers. Meredyth Waterman, who bought a 2010 Toyota Corolla in December, said the alarming statements from Washington confused her and she planned to wait until her dealer told her to come get the fix to bring her car in for repairs. “If it is largely believed to be a rare instance, why would he tell people to stop driving their cars?” asked Waterman, of Burrillville, R.I. “It was an irresponsible thing to say.”

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STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

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NYSE

7,042.62 -58.82

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Chg %Chg MuellerWat 5.35 +.67 +14.3 HarteHnk 12.49 +1.50 +13.6 Duoyuan n 9.17 +1.08 +13.3 ConsGph 39.26 +4.27 +12.2 GrayTvA 2.40 +.25 +11.6 CapTr12 pf 2.75 +.25 +10.0 UnivTInst 21.06 +1.90 +9.9 CaptlTr pf 2.49 +.21 +9.3 MS S&P12-1113.15+1.11 +9.2 NoAmEn g 9.22 +.76 +9.0

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Chg AlliData 54.70 -6.76 JPM FTLgC26.97 -3.09 Synovus 2.47 -.28 InvTech 18.80 -2.02 WstnUnion 17.17 -1.68 Polo RL 78.51 -7.16 CallonP h 2.70 -.24 WolvWW 25.04 -2.11 Ryder 34.45 -2.89 ZaleCp 2.25 -.17

%Chg -11.0 -10.3 -10.2 -9.7 -8.9 -8.4 -8.2 -7.8 -7.7 -7.0

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 2557129 3.37 -.04 S&P500ETF1506037109.83 -.55 BkofAm 1263627 15.53 -.07 Pfizer 1054140 18.62 -.44 SPDR Fncl 1027427 14.40 -.16 FordM 866910 11.64 +.25 Motorola 751525 6.69 +.14 GenElec 691341 16.68 -.17 PNC 654829 53.71 -.94 DirFBear rs 640943 19.10 +.57 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

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Name Last SkyPFrtJ n 6.30 SoCTBcp 3.68 Flanign 6.85 SuprmInd 2.75 ShengInn n 8.55 OrienPap n 11.05 CoreMold 3.21 MagHRes 2.30 TianyinPh 4.05 IEC Elec n 5.50

Chg +.65 +.37 +.65 +.25 +.77 +.80 +.21 +.15 +.26 +.33

%Chg +11.5 +11.2 +10.5 +10.0 +9.9 +7.8 +7.0 +7.0 +6.9 +6.4

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Versar 2.87 Tompkins 35.13 Lannett 4.95 PolyMet g 3.10 ReadyMix 2.12 CheniereEn 2.89 BNJIQ 13.00 CoffeeH 4.10 NthgtM g 2.61 NovaBayP 2.10

Chg %Chg -.33 -10.2 -3.89 -10.0 -.44 -8.2 -.21 -6.3 -.12 -5.3 -.16 -5.2 -.67 -4.9 -.21 -4.9 -.13 -4.7 -.10 -4.5

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Taseko 29990 4.54 -.11 NwGold g 19831 4.34 -.13 NthgtM g 18935 2.61 -.13 NovaGld g 17873 5.79 +.03 MagHRes 16778 2.30 +.15 GoldStr g 16647 2.97 -.04 NA Pall g 16597 3.97 -.13 Rentech 15002 1.21 -.03 ChNEPet n 13120 9.17 +.11 GrtBasG g 12552 1.77 +.02 DIARY

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

210 285 46 541 14 ... 98,218,299

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GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last HomeDiag 11.45 AcmePkt 13.59 SptChalB 2.47 Auxilium 32.96 WSB Hldgs 2.74 3D Sys 12.22 NetLogic 49.48 Somaxon 2.58 SilicGrIn 9.34 SuprtlH pfA 9.52

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10,729.89 4,265.61 408.57 7,471.31 1,908.81 2,326.28 1,150.45 755.91 11,941.95 649.15

6,469.95 2,134.21 288.66 4,181.75 1,234.81 1,265.52 666.79 397.97 6,772.29 342.59

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Dow Industrials 10,270.55 Dow Transportation 3,937.81 Dow Utilities 380.60 NYSE Composite 7,042.62 Amex Market Value 1,820.32 Nasdaq Composite 2,190.91 S&P 500 1,097.28 S&P MidCap 718.63 Wilshire 5000 11,386.33 Russell 2000 610.66

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Name Last ExideTc 6.08 Conolog rs 2.98 Labophm g 2.21 CreditAcc 45.49 PlanarSy 2.69 Alvarion 3.82 Vocus 14.55 FarmCB 7.65 KFedBncp 7.95 PECO II rsh 3.71

10,340

52-Week High Low

Mutual Fund Footnotes: b = Fee covering market costs is paid from fund assets. d = Deferred sales charge, or redemption fee. f = front load (sales charges). m = Multiple fees are charged. NA = not available. p = previous day’s net asset value. s = fund split shares during the week. x = fund paid a distribution during the week.Gainers and Losers must be worth at least $2 to be listed in tables at left. Most Actives must be worth at least $1. Volume in hundreds of shares. Source: The Associated Press. Sales figures are unofficial.

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

CI 120,690 LG 66,116 IH 58,324 LB 57,210 WS 56,527 LG 54,252 MA 49,431 LB 49,143 LB 46,604 LB 43,152 FB 40,624 LV 39,228 LV 38,906 FV 35,646 WS 33,009 CI 31,078 LB 30,966 FG 29,974 MA 29,690 CA 29,617 MA 27,900 CI 27,358 LB 27,342 LB 27,014 LG 26,376 FB 25,013 CI 24,642 LB 24,167 LV 15,493 LB 9,451 LB 4,142 GS 1,487 LV 1,193 SR 408 LG 176

+1.6 +14.9/C -2.2 +37.2/C -1.9 +25.2/C -1.4 +36.3/B -3.7 +39.4/C -2.7 +31.9/D -1.2 +30.0/B -2.0 +31.8/D -1.5 +34.0/C -1.5 +34.2/C -3.4 +45.4/B +0.3 +43.5/A -1.1 +27.5/D -1.2 +64.1/A -3.0 +42.0/C +1.5 +14.6/C -1.8 +38.8/B -3.5 +40.6/D +0.1 +26.9/C +0.2 +38.2/A -0.7 +26.9/C +1.6 +16.5/B -1.5 +34.2/C -1.3 +36.5/B -2.6 +40.1/B -3.0 +48.5/A +1.5 +14.4/C -1.5 +34.2/C -1.0 +39.7/A -1.1 +51.5/A -1.5 +30.9/D +0.8 +4.3/B -0.7 +24.1/E -4.2 +48.5/C -2.5 +34.1/C

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+7.1/A +2.8/B +3.6/C +1.0/B +5.5/A +4.3/A +2.7/B +1.6/B +0.4/C +0.5/C +7.2/A -0.3/C +0.2/C +5.3/A +5.7/A +6.9/A +4.0/A +3.4/D +2.2/C +3.9/A +4.8/A +2.7/E +0.5/C +1.1/B +4.8/A +5.0/B +6.6/A +0.5/C +0.7/B +3.6/A +1.1/B +4.8/A -1.9/E +1.0/B +0.2/D

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Service industry news curbs market NEW YORK (AP) — A disappointing report on services industries halted a two-day advance in the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 26 points Wednesday after jumping a total of 230 points in the first two days of the week. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index posted a steeper drop, while the Nasdaq composite index was little changed. The report on services businesses, which make up the biggest slice of the U.S. economy, reminded investors that a recovery will be slow. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of service activity rose to 50.5 in January from a revised 49.8 in December. The January reading was below the level of 51 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had been expecting. Any number above 50 signals growth. The weaker activity in service companies chilled enthusiasm about a report that private employers cut fewer jobs than expected last month. The news on jobs from ADP, a payroll company, comes ahead of the government’s January employment report on Friday, which is expected to show employers added 5,000 jobs in the first month of the year but that unemployment edged up to 10.1 percent from 10 percent. ADP said employers cut 22,000 non-farm, private jobs last month. That was the best showing since employment started to weaken in February 2008. A reduced forecast from Pfizer Inc. dragged health care stocks lower. Meanwhile, bank stocks fell after PNC Financial Services Group Inc. said it would repay $7.6 billion in bailout funds to the U.S. government. Traders grew concerned that other regional banks would face pressure to follow suit. Stocks jumped the first two days of this week on encouraging reports about the economy. The advance came after stocks ended January with a loss. The market retreated late last month on concerns that the recovery was faltering and a strong 10-month rally was running out of steam. Events in Washington con-

tinued to ripple through the stock market. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he misspoke when he said early Wednesday that owners of Toyota cars and trucks should stop driving them because of problems with accelerator pedals in some models. Toyota shares fell sharply but pulled off their lows after LaHood clarified his remarks. The zigzag in Toyota’s stock was the latest reminder that events in Washington are high on investors’ list of concerns. Worries that tougher laws, including President Barack Obama’s proposal to restrict banks trading activity, would hurt profits helped drive the market lower last month. “It isn’t surprising that when you get this sort of populist uprising and everybody kind of plays to that,” said Max Bublitz, chief strategist at SCM Advisors in San Francisco. “You’re going to get these spikes of volatility.” According to preliminary calculations, the Dow fell 26.30, or 0.3 percent, to 10,270.55. The S&P 500 index fell 6.04, or 0.6 percent, to 1,097.28, while the Nasdaq rose 0.85, or less than 0.1 percent, to 2,190.91. Three stocks fell for every two that rose on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1.1 billion shares compared with 1.2 billion Tuesday. The Dow rose Monday and Tuesday on upbeat reports about manufacturing and housing. The 230-point gain was the biggest back-to-back advance for the Dow in three months. In other trading Wednesday, bond prices fell and pushed yields higher. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.71 percent from 3.65 percent late Tuesday. The dollar rose against other major currencies, while gold fell. Crude oil fell 25 cents to $76.98 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Kim Caughey, vice president and investment analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh, said the economic numbers are driving short-term trading but that uncertainty about how lawmakers might rewrite the rules that govern corporations is still hanging over the market.

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In this 2009 file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is introduced before speaking at the The Economic Club of Washington.

Bernanke begins second term with some concerns WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed concerns Wednesday about the economic recovery during a ceremonial swearing-in for another four-year term. In brief remarks to staffers, Bernanke said that while the economy is growing, “far too many people remain unemployed, foreclosures continue at record rates and bank credit continues to contract.” One of the Fed’s challenges is protecting its independence from congressional meddling, he said. Another is making the Fed more open and accountable about its operations. And another is improving its oversight of banks. Lawmakers have complained about deficiencies in those areas. The Fed “cannot hope” to solve the nation’s economic problems on its own, Bernanke said. Both the nation and the central bank as an institution face enormous challenges, he said. The closed-door event was held at the Fed’s stately headquarters. Vice Chairman Donald Kohn administered the oath of office as Bernanke’s wife, Anna, looked on. (Because Bernanke’s second term is a reappointment, he was not required to be sworn in again. His second term started Feb. 1.) Bernanke won Senate confirmation for a second four-year term last week — but only after being skewered by some lawmakers for helping rescue Wall Street while ordinary Americans suffered in recession.

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The 70-30 vote was the closest vote ever for the post. Bernanke’s confirmation battle has been a test of Fed independence. The central bank’s decisions on interest rates carry immense consequences for the economy. The anti-bailout anger that had eroded Bernanke’s support in the Senate could have a lasting impact on the Fed’s ability to manage the economy without regard to the political winds, economists and academics say. The biggest challenge for Bernanke this year is deciding when and how to start boosting record-low interest rates and winding down other support programs, to prevent inflation or a speculative asset bubble. Last week, the Fed pledged to keep rates at record lows near zero for an “extended period” to nurture the recovery. Some economists say that’s at least six more months. A scholar of the Great Depression, Bernanke, 56, has been widely credited for taking unconventional steps to prevent the Great Recession from turning into a second Great Depression.

Bernanke spent most of his professional career in academia, including 17 years teaching economics at Princeton University. He came to Washington to take a job at the Federal Reserve, working with Chairman Alan Greenspan. President George W. Bush selected him to be his top economist. After that, he was sent to run the Fed starting in 2006.

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President Barack Obama, right, answers questions at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Issues Conference, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at the Newseum in Washington. From left are, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen, Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and the president.

for each net new worker they hire in 2010. Also, businesses that increase wages or hours for existing workers in 2010 would be reimbursed for the extra Social Security payroll taxes they would pay. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, were working on a bipartisan jobs package Wednesday that includes a similar plan to exempt companies from paying the employer’s share of Social

Security payroll taxes for new workers hired this year, as long as those people had been unemployed at least 60 days. The plan is modeled after a proposal by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. It would save companies 6.2 percent of the workers’ salaries that are subject to Social Security taxes, and would

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offers the jobless a subsidy for health insurance premiums under the COBRA program. About $33 billion in popular tax breaks, including an income tax deduction for sales and property taxes and a business tax credit for research and development, would be extended for one year, through 2010. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said companies that have struggled to keep workers would miss out on the credit while those that got rid of workers could get it when they hire replacements. “Surely, the Treasury can come up with a better way to promote job growth,” Doggett said to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Wednesday at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. Geithner said that while increasing consumer demand is key to job growth, tax breaks for hiring new workers could help as demand starts to pick up. “This doesn’t solve all problems,” Geithner said. “But we think it’ll make a real difference.”

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daughter’s feelings, is she using as an indicator that the schools are awful? Understanding and dealing with what’s at the root of the child’s failure will. — Carol Dear Abby: In preschool, children generally learn social skills, with some introduction to letters and numbers. From kindergarten to second grade, classroom instruction in mathematical and reading skills carry expectations of mastery. Comparing the enthusiasm and success of preschool to grade school achievements is like comparing apples to oranges. Her daughter may be exhibiting signs of learning disabilities much before second grade because children develop at different rates. It is when they begin to learn to read and do mathematical computations that these difficulties are recognized. I encourage this mother to talk with her daughter’s teacher. She may find an ally there who is as invested in her daughter’s social and academic success as she is — and not an enemy. — Jenni

Numbing side effect of chemo Dear Dr. Gott: During the latter part of 2007, I was diagnosed with metastatic bladder cancer. My doctors recommended chemotherapy treatments from November 2007 to May 2008. I underwent surgery in June 2008 for removal of the bladder, prostate and two lymph nodes. In July, my kidneys failed, and that, too, was successfully treated. So far, so good. I’m doing fine and have regained my weight back to 216 pounds. Unfortunately, the surgery has left me with numb feet — no pain, just numb. After several doctor visits, including trips to a neurologist, podiatrist and neurosurgeon, I have been told that this is a side effect from the chemotherapy. I would like to know whether you or any readers could recommend something that might help me. I read your articles every day and hope there is something someone can suggest to improve my condition. I do realize

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West 123.47 feet and South 64 deg. 29 min. 56 sec. West 38.08 feet to a point located in the centerline of a 45 foot wide right of way for a private road constructed or to be constructed; thence running with the centerline of the said private road the following seven (7) courses and distances: (1) North 07 deg. 51 min. 27 sec. East 61.51 feet; (2) North 01 deg. 40 min. 18 sec. East 43.38 feet; (3) North 07 deg. 45 min. 52 sec. West 39.85 feet; (4) North 12 deg. 39 min. 27 sec. West 92.21 feet; (5) North 12 deg. 32 min. 39 sec. West 93.33 feet; (6) North 14 deg. 38 min. 25 sec. West 89.25 feet and (7) North 24 deg. 32 min. 33 sec. West 37.08 feet; thence leaving said right of way and running a new line North 40 deg. 25 min. 43 sec. East 581.14 feet to an existing iron pin; thence running South 57 deg. 14 min. 07 sec. East 205.80 feet to a new iron pin, and South 04 deg. 17 min. 34 sec. East 99.96 feet to the point and place of beginning, and containing 5.000 acres, according to said survey. There is also conveyed herewith a 45 foot wide right of way and easement for purposes of regress, ingress and egress to and from the above described property and US 64/74A over and across McOwenben Pass as shown on that plat recorded in Plat Book 20, Page 29, Rutherford County Registry, and also over and across that private road referenced in the description of the property described above, said private road bordering the Northern boundary of Lot 23 and the Eastern Southern and Western boundaries of Lot 25 of the proposed Section Two of Twelve Mile Post Subdivision. Subject to the right of others an easement for the purpose of ingress, regress and egress over and across that 40 foot wide private lane referenced in the description of the above described property over and across that private road a portion of which the centerline is the thirteen calls referenced in the description of the above described property. Subject to restrictions of record recorded in Deed Book 729, Page 459, Rutherford County Registry. Also subject to the following restrictions: 1. Minimum building setbacks are as follows: Distance from street right of way lines 20 feet Distance from side lot lines 15 feet Distance from rear lot lines 20 feet 2. Easement for underground utilities along the rights of ways of all roads. 3. There is a 10 feet utility easement to be reserved along the side lot lines. 5 feet either side of line. 4. 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SHAHI KOTO, Pakistan (AP) — The deaths of three American special operations soldiers in a roadside bombing in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday drew unwanted attention to a U.S. program of training local forces to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida — a little-publicized mission because of opposition here to American boots on Pakistani soil. The killings were the first known U.S. military fatalities in nearly three years in Pakistan’s Afghan border region, where militants are being pummeled by U.S. missile strikes and struggling to regroup following the loss of a key stronghold in a recent Pakistani army offensive. The blast also killed three girls at a nearby school and a Pakistani paramilitary soldier traveling with the Americans. Two more U.S. soldiers were wounded, along with about 100 other people, mostly students at the school. Several were left trapped, bloodied and screaming in the rubble. The U.S. special envoy to Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, said it did not appear the Americans were directly targeted by the blast, which he said was caused by roadside bomb. Local officials said the device was detonated by remote control, but at least one police officer said it was a suicide attack. Witnesses said the vehicle carrying the Americans took the brunt of the explosion as their five-car convoy traveled along the road in Lower Dir, indicating it may in fact have been directed at the Americans. That would raise the specter of a militant informant close to the training mission. Lower Dir is a base for militants belonging to the Pakistani Taliban. The Pakistani army claimed to have retaken the area from the militants last June. The soldiers were part of a small group of American soldiers training members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, Pakistan’s army and the U.S. Embassy said. The mission is trying to strengthen the ill-equipped and poorly trained outfit’s ability to fight militants. Unlike Afghanistan and Iraq, Pakistan does not allow U.S. combat troops on its territory, making training local security forces an important part of ensuring that militants are not able to use the area as a sanctuary from which to attack American and NATO troops across the border in Afghanistan. While not a secret, neither the Pakistanis or the Americans have talked much about the program because of the political sensitivity in Pakistan of accepting American assistance. While the government in Islamabad is closely allied with Washington, America is deeply unpopular among many Pakistanis, even those who recognize that fighting militants is in their country’s interest.

Melanie Augustin, 58, poses for a photo in the rebuilt area of her home in the mountain village of Callebas, Haiti, Wednesday. Parents in this struggling village said they willingly handed 20 children over to the American missionaries who promised the kids a better life, contradicting claims by the Baptist group’s leader that the children came from orphanages and distant relatives. Associated Press

Villagers contradict group’s story CALLEBAS, Haiti (AP) — Parents in this struggling village above Haiti’s capital said Wednesday they willingly handed their children to American missionaries who showed up in a bus promising to give them a better life — contradicting claims by the Baptist group’s leader that the children came from orphanages and distant relatives. The 10 Baptists, most from Idaho, were arrested last week trying to take 33 Haitian children across the border into the Dominican Republic without the required documents, according to outraged Haitian officials, who have called them child traffickers. An investigating magistrate was questioning the five men Wednesday after interrogating the women a day earlier. A district attorney will then determine whether to file charges, officials said. The Haitian parents told The Associated Press they surrendered their children on Jan. 28, two days after a local orphanage worker acting on behalf of the Baptists convened nearly the entire village of about 500 people on a dirt soccer pitch to present the Americans’ offer. The orphanage worker, Issac

Adrien, said he told the villagers their children would be educated at a home in the Dominican Republic so that they might eventually return to take care of their families. Many parents jumped at the offer. The village school had collapsed and their homes were destroyed in Haiti’s catastrophic Jan. 12 quake, and they had no money to feed the children, they said. “It’s only because the bus was full that more children didn’t go,” said Melanie Augustin, a 58-year-old who gave her 10-year-old daughter, Jovin, to the Americans. Ironically, Augustin had adopted Jovin because her birth parents couldn’t afford to care for her. Adrien said he brought the Americans to this mountain village where people scrape by growing carrots, peppers and onions. He told the AP he met their leader, Laura Silsby of Boise, Idaho, at a school in Portau-Prince two days earlier. Silsby said she was looking for homeless children, Adrien said, adding that he went that very day to talk to the parents in Callebas. In a jailhouse interview Saturday, Silsby told the AP that most of the children had been

delivered to the Americans by distant relatives, while some came from orphanages that had collapsed in the quake. The missionaries’ lawyer, Jorge Puello, told the AP on Wednesday “they willingly accepted kids they knew were not orphans because the parents said they would starve otherwise.” The parents of four children taken by Silsby said the Americans took down contact information for all the families and assured them that a relative would be able to visit them in the Dominican Republic. Silsby’s Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, had begun planning last year to build an orphanage, school and church in Magante, on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Their plan was to work with U.S. adoption agencies to find “loving Christian parents” for Haitian and Dominican children. When the quake struck, the church members decided to act immediately, renting a hotel in a nearby Dominican beach resort and hiring a bus to collect children from the disaster area. Adrien said he had no knowledge of the group’s larger plans; villagers said they were told none of their children would be offered for adoption.

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