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More snow in forecast for county By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

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FOREST CITY — A winter storm dumped about three inches of snow on Rutherford County Friday night, contributing to 75 reported traffic incidents and winter may not be finished yet. The forecast is calling for a chance of more snow Sunday evening and possibly into Monday. After the snow hit late Friday afternoon, Rutherford County’s 911 dispatch received about 45 calls while the Asheville office of the North Carolina Highway Patrol fielded about 30 calls in the area. Fire departments from around the county responded to 18 accidents and some roads were blocked at points during the night. Please see Snow, Page 6A

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Mike Carver helped dig out the Spindale Car Wash on Saturday, moving three to four inches of snow from the bays.

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Spindale Elementary is holding Grandparents Days in February. The first, held Thursday, was a time for Foy Gibson (left) and his grandson, Timothy Morgan (right) to eat lunch together. Gibson picks up his grandson each afternoon from school and the two spend a lot of time together, said grandmother Dianne Gibson.

Grandparents play key role By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

SPINDALE – Foy Gibson’s grandfather kept him from the time he was out of diapers and now, many years later, he’s watching after his grandson, Timothy Morgan, much the same way. On Thursday, grandfather and grandson ate lunch together in the cafeteria at Spindale Elementary to celebrate Grandparents Days, held annually at the school for more than 20 years. “We always do it in February and try to schedule it around Valentine’s Day,” said

Principal Angel King. Gibson picks up Timothy after school each day while his mom, Debbie Gibson Morgan, drives a bus route. They spend time at Gibson’s auto shop, where Timothy’s learned a lot. “We go to the shop and work on cars,” he said. During their times together, Gibson uses it as an opportunity to teach Timothy things, like a good work ethic. “My grandfather taught me to work and

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FOREST CITY — Dave Linder is a daddy whose heart, on this Valentine’s Day, is full of love for his little girls, Katie, 8, and Roxanne, 6, and his wife, Laura. A month ago, Jan. 19, Dave simply did what any “real parent” would do in his situation. He donated one of his kidneys to Katie, a victim of auto-immune disease Wegener’s Granulomatosis.

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RUTHERFORDTON — Foothills Connect has been awarded a $240,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to expand its Farmers Fresh Market project to two other business and technology centers in North Carolina. The grant is one of 11 authorized recently as part of the foundation’s Local Foods Initiative. The 11 grants total $1.8 million and will help fund ways to “improve and expand farmers’ access to commercial, institutional and retail markets that are increasing their use of local foods…” Tim Will, executive director of Foothills Connect, has already begun the process, meeting recently with farmers touched by the Rockingham Business and Technology Center in Rockingham County. The Farm Fresh project uses a website to allow farmers to post and see their produce. In Rutherford County, farmers sell to chefs of Charlotte restaurants. Ongoing communication between the two groups helps identify specialty crops the chefs need. Prior to the establishment of Farm Fresh, chefs said produce would often have to travel 1,500

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Dave Linder and daughter Katie, 9. On Jan. 19, Dave gave Katie one of his kidneys.

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When Dave knew he was a candidate for kidney transplant for Katie, he remained consistent throughout the decision and subsequent surgery. “Any real parent would do the same thing,” he said. “And I would do it

again.” Dave’s recuperation from the surgery has been more difficult than he anticipated, although he is back at work part-time at Big Dave’s in Forest City. The surgery took away more stamina than he imagined, although he was in great physical condition when he had surgery. He was surprised when he first went back to work, he only worked a few hours before having to go home to rest and nap. “Katie has complicated health issues,” Laura said Friday morning. Just last week, Katie had two emergency visits to Brenner’s Childrens

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RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Hospital Inc. (RHI) has announced an affiliation of its cancer program with Duke Medicine. Duke is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading academic medical centers and its Cancer Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 cancer centers in the nation. It is the highest ranked hospital for cancer care and research in the Southeast. The hospital’s affiliation with Duke represents the final phase of the development of RHI’s cancer program, which was designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons in 2001. Since becoming accredited, the cancer program has been expanded to include its Cancer Outreach Program with a freestanding Cancer Resource Center in Forest City. Along with its superior reputation for clinical excellence in treating many cancers, Duke is recognized as a national and international leader in cancer

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research which can provide local physicians with access to the latest investigational treatment protocols and procedures, while also providing sophisticated cancer education and training, explained Medical Oncologist Matt Rees, M.D. He added, “I look forward to the educational opportunities that the affiliation with Duke will offer our medical community. The development of peerto-peer relationships with Duke oncology specialist physicians will provide seamless access to world-class cancer care for our patients.” In addition, Rees said the affil-

iation will provide educational opportunities for physicians and nurses, as well as quality focused programs that feature visits from Duke physicians in the coming year. Karen Moore, RHI administrative director of community relations, added, “The addition of these supportive programs and services, along with having our own state-of-the-art imaging technology and team of board certified physicians, ensures that cancer care of the highest quality is offered right here in our own community. Access to Duke specialists for education and programmatic reviews will make a great impact not only on the medical and nursing staff but for our patients as well.” Scott Roberts, M.D., radiology oncologist, said, “I am very proud of Rutherford Hospital for its willingness to go the extra mile by establishing this relationship with Duke. The benefits from this affiliation should have a significant impact on all of our local physicians and their cancer patients.”

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FC meeting set for Monday FOREST CITY — Finance Officer Pruett Walden will talk about the utility disconnection schedule with town commissioners Monday when the board meets at 6 p.m. at town hall. Town staff has received numerous calls this winter because of higher utility bills and disconnects and Walden decided it would be a good time to update everyone on the policy schedule for disconnection. Also Monday, Stewart Briscoe will present an update on downtown buildings in bad shape. Mayor Dennis Tarlton plans to sign a formal proclamation declaring February as Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month in the town of Forest City. Commissioners will also receive public comments from Tom Graham regarding economic development.

ICC poetry contest seeks entries SPINDALE —Isothermal Community College is sponsoring its 2010 Isothermal Poetry Contest, open to all citizens of Rutherford, Polk and Cleveland counties. Poems are judged by a qualified person who has no current affiliation with Isothermal Community College, and ICC employees are ineligible. Winning poems, honorable mentions and the best of the rest are published in the school literary magazine, the Anuran. Winners and honorable mentions will be recognized publicly. Cash prizes will be awarded: $75 for first; $50 for second; and $25 for third. A maximum of two poems per entrant may be submitted, and poems may be no more than 50 lines each. All poems must be typed on 8-1/2-by-11-inch paper (one poem per page) and have poet’s name, address and phone number in the upper left corner. All poems submitted must be previously unpublished. Please make copies of poems, as they cannot be returned. Last year’s first place winner is ineligible for the first place award in this year’s contest. Please, no calls. Winner will be notified by mail no later than May 1. Receipt of submissions will not be acknowledged. All poems are subject to reasonable copyediting. Students who wish to receive a list of winners should submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their entry. Deadline to enter is Friday, Feb. 26. Poems may be mailed to Elisabeth Barrows, Isothermal Community College, Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 804, Spindale, NC 28160 or submitted in person to Barrows in the faculty suite on the second floor of the administration building.

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Hospital in Winston-Salem. She had a local doctor visit Friday. “But she feels so much better than she did before the surgery,” Laura said. “Her color, her demeanor, her laughter is so much better.” Katie is a “girlie-girl” her mother says. Among her favorite things are “You Tube” because of the time she has had to spend in bed and in the hospital, she thoroughly enjoys watching cats on You Tube. She enjoys several outdoor cats at her home that are allowed

indoors to visit Katie. Like other little girls, she enjoys dress-up in her mother’s clothes especially when girlfriends are spending the night. “She is a rock band kid and loves to sing. She’s told me a thousand times she will be the next American Idol.” She is a member at Dream Weavers and IGA gymnastics and participates when she is able. A third grader at Ellenboro Elementary, where her sister is in kindergarten, Katie has a home bound teacher to keep up with her studies. Teachers from Ellenboro have spent full days with Katie in the hospital. Laura said the level of care

from Ellenboro’s staff has been amazing. Roxanne helps keep up with Katie’s homework assignment and is a go-between many times for Katie. When Katie and Laura must be in the hospital, Roxanne doesn’t mind putting on her “Big Dave” T-shirt and go to work with her daddy. “She is a good helper,” Laura said.

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So many people have asked about the Linders, especially since the organ transplant surgery. Laura decided to write in her own words the family’s story since Katie diagnosis of WG’s disease last year.

A Father’s Gift: A story about organ donation

]By LAURA LINDER If you have attended a house of worship in the last year, then you have probably been asked to pray for my daughter, Katie Linder. For those of you who don’t know her, she is an eight year old girl, who is a third grader at Ellenboro Elementary. She enjoys dance, gymnastics and art. She is smart beyond her years, and very articulate. If you were to ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she would tell you a Rheumatologist. Now, you may ask, how did someone so young come to be influenced to respond with such a grown up answer? Well, almost a year ago, Katie was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called Wegener’s Granulomatosis (WG’s). WG’s is a disease that causes extreme inflammation of the vascular system in the body. This diagnosis came after nearly nine months of unexplained, and seemingly, unrelated medical issues that Katie had been afflicted with.

In the spring of her first grade year at school, it started with a stuffy nose. From there, we experienced upset stomach; after that, it was crippling lower extremity joint pain so bad, our seven-year-old couldn’t walk. The problems with her nose were consistent, progressive and unresponsive to medicine and treatment. We took her to a series of doctors, and finally were referred to Dr. Eric Mair with Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat. He only met Katie one time, but was able to assess her case, and give us a diagnosis that I am sure saved her life. I consider this divine intervention. This past March, and within one week of her diagnosis, Katie was hospitalized for renal failure, and severe bleeding in both of her lungs. I can tell you as a parent, this is not something that you want to hear from

a medical professional. We were in Charlotte at the time, but after being influenced by the Intensivist in the PICU at Presbyterian Hospital, we had Katie heliovacked to Brenner’s Childrens Hospital in WinstonSalem because they have a pediatric Rheumatologist and a Pediatric Nephrologist. She needed both. Wegener’s Disease is something that rarely effects people under the age 40. The Vasculitis Foundation describes it as “a systemic disease, meaning that the effect of inflammation can be present in the entire body. It affects the upper and lower respiratory system, and frequently involves the kidneys. For unclear reasons, blood vessels in the affected areas may become inflamed, and clusters of certain cells (granulomas) may occur.” These granulomas restrict blood flow to the affected organs. In May, we became certain that the damage done to Katie’s kidneys was irreversible; she was diagnosed as having End Stage Renal Disease. She had to start dialysis. We went through Peritoneal Dialysis for seven months, until infection made it impossible to continue. Then, she became a hemodialysis patient. Finally, I wept and asked God how much more would she have to endure before we could catch a break! Obviously, He heard me, and the thousands of other people in this county and around the South who have consistently prayed for our child. As my brother-in-law, Kenneth Linder said, “God didn’t even have to leave our home to find Katie what she needed.” That is where my husband, my hero, David, came into the picture. There are over 80,000 people currently waiting for kidney transplants. Katie’s health was certainly not going

to improve without a transplant. In November, Katie was finally accepted as a potential candidate for transplantation. Her WG’s had to be in remission for a period of six months or longer to be considered. At the first educational meeting we attended, we were asked for a list of possible living donors for our daughter. Blood typing plays a key role in this process, and therefore, I was ruled out as a possibility for her, but my husband, David, was not. He will tell you that he was put through the most rigorous physical of his life before we were told that he would be a good match for her. Basically, you have to be in very good physical shape before you can be accepted as an organ donor. However, it has been a very rewarding experience. Katie’s overall health has improved dramatically since the transplant on Jan. 19. You will probably hear from other transplanted patients that the donor has a more arduous recovery than the recipient, which I will confirm as true based on the observations in my own household. However, I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to look at your fellow man, and consider organ donation if you are physically capable. The Lord gave us two kidneys for a reason, and you could make a tremendous difference in someone’s life by sharing something that you can live without. The least any of can do, is have the DMV put that little heart on our driver’s license to be an organ donor after death. Our daughter, Katie, will continue to experience a more complicated medical life than the average child. Her health will be monitored closely for a long time to come, but at least with the gift of a kidney transplant, she will have the chance to grow up and become that Rheumatologist that she wants to be.

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Students, adults fall ill at conference in Raleigh RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wake County emergency medical responders have evaluated more than 150 people at a downtown hotel who all reported being ill with nausea and vomiting. Emergency officials said Saturday that 15 of those evaluated required treatment. The illnesses affected students and advisers attending the statewide YMCA Youth and Government conference at the Sheraton Hotel downtown. Wake County Emergency Medical Services director Brent Myers said in a news release that the cause of the illnesses has not been determined.

I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in My heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done By only me is your doing, my darling) I fear No fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) I want No world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) And it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant And whatever a sun will always sing is you. Here is the deepest secret nobody knows (Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud, And the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows Higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) And this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

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orth Carolina’s criminal justice system, already tainted by a recent series of conviction reversals in high-profile cases, got another slap in the face on Friday when an SBI expert testified in a case brought by the state’s Innocence Commission. Agent Duane Deaver testified that the SBI policy did not allow full results in lab reports. Specifically, what he said was that if an initial test for blood was positive, but a later test showed there was no blood, the agency report would state only that “there was a chemical indication for the presence of blood.” “We were given the wording to use,” Deaver said. The agent said that he had excluded a second, negative test from paperwork used to convict Greg Taylor, a 47-yearold Cary resident who has served almost 17 years for the murder of a prostitute in 1991. If Deaver’s testimony is true, it could have an impact on numerous criminal cases in the state, though no one can yet say how many that might be. It is difficult to believe that state law enforcement officials would ever have condoned such a policy. Still, what we have seen in some of the cases that have come to light over the past several years precludes us from dismissing the possibility. We are troubled, and we hope that the public is troubled, by the very possibility that a policy such as the one Deaver described could exist. If we cannot have faith in the fairness of the evidence generated by the state’s top law enforcement agency, how can we have faith in the judicial system?

Facts don’t support cell phone fear RALEIGH — For a lot of years, legislators have filed bills in the North Carolina General Assembly to ban all drivers from using cell phones. For a lot of years, those bills have gone nowhere. Now officials in Chapel Hill are considering carving out their own town-wide ban to prevent people from yakking on cell phones while driving. It might turn into a bigger undertaking than they imagine. The most immediate question town officials will face, if they decide to move forward with a ban, is whether they can do so with a town ordinance or will require the General Assembly to pass local legislation. The issue is a bit muddled, but without local legislation the town may see offenders challenging its authority. Putting the issue before the legislature could mean another problem — an all-out debate on whether the state, or any part of it, should ban cell phone use by drivers. The General Assembly typically passes local bills without much debate so long as legislators from the area affected agree with the legislation. Don’t expect the same when it comes to a cell phone ban. Last year, the legislature

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banned texting while driving. A couple of years earlier, legislators prohibited new drivers — those under age 18 — from driving while using a cell phone. But bills calling for cell phone bans for all drivers are usually dispatched without so much as a committee hearing. That most people, either occasionally or often, practice the art of driving while cell phone chatting might have something to do with the lack of legislative success. Traffic safety advocates argue that cell phone use increases the likelihood of accidents. In response, six states have banned the use of hand-held cell phones by drivers. Those arguments, though, inevitably lead to questions about all types of distracted driving. If cell phones, why not ban eating in cars? And what about those annoying drivers who can’t seem to keep their eyes on the road because of the stream of babble directed at a hapless passenger?

The claims about accidents also deserve tough scrutiny. In reality, as the use of cell phones in American society has exploded, traffic accidents, traffic-related fatalities and trafficrelated deaths have declined. In 2007, there were 6,024,000 police-reported car collisions causing injury or property damage in the United States, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 1990, the number was 6,471,000. Car accidents dropped despite rises in population, licensed drivers, registered vehicles and vehicle miles driven. Fatalities have declined from 1.73 per 100 million miles driven in 1994 to 1.27 per 100 million miles driven in 2008. Non-fatal injuries per vehicle mile driven are nearly half today what they were in 1988. Those figures can be explained in a lot of ways. Safer cars, increased seat-belt use, tougher drunken driving laws are all factors. But no matter the explanation, the numbers don’t jibe very well with notions that cell phones have made our roads markedly less safe. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.

We have blessings and promises of better covenant I must confess that as a young Christian, viable knowledge of the New Covenant of the New Testament was illusive and held no practical application to my thinking. A vast multitude of humanity has been exposed to “religion” in one form or another. Most, in Europe and the Western hemisphere, are familiar with the basic designs of Judaism, especially the Ten Commandments, Christianity, and less familiar with the Eastern mysticism and outright idolatry that abounds in other parts of the world. The Bible, as we know it today, is comprised of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. We shall consider some important and comforting truths as revealed in the New Covenant. Reading of history is of incalculable importance. Even the Bible recounts history in that it is a revelation of God’s dealings with mankind and even records history that is yet unlived in the form of prophecy. To understand the New Covenant is to first begin with the Old. When God formed man and woman, He entered into a covenant relationship with them. God is not random in

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His ways or errant in how he performs His Word. The concept of justice and law is founded upon the revealed acts of God and His ministration of His promises and laws “In the beginning God,” those famous words beginning the 1st chapter of Genesis, reveal to us the start of a grand and glorious plan. These few words form the basis of how we should see the covenant. God is the initiator and keeper of the covenant He establishes. “In the beginning God” should establish within our thinking that, as the epistle James declares, “all good things come from above.” As we note the beginnings of the founding of America, people want to be free. That is deeply embedded within every heart to be free. But what does freedom mean and how do we truly find it? We can only become free in Christ. Our ancestors were the

recipients of the freedoms that go as far back as the Magna Carta. These freedoms and benefits of law became part of the founding of our nation today. And as time passed and immigrants came to the New World, they brought with them a panorama of intellectual and spiritual riches with them. The antiquities of the past in the forms of Roman law, Greek philosophy, and of course, the truth found in the Old and New Testaments, came with them. The luminous divines of the Reformation and various philosophers, Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire, to name a few, impacted many thinkers. But nothing impacted this nation and its founding more than the Bible. The Constitution of the United States is a rather brief document with mammoth ramifications to its people. It is brief because its authors knew that the ethics, morality and faith found in the Scriptures would be the foundation of all man-made laws. But as time has passed, and unlike in Europe where the focal point of even small villages and towns was the church steeple, the courthouse and robed judges

have taken precedence over the church and truth. It is paramount that the church recover its place in society. This concept causes many to be filled with anxiety. As stated earlier, where did the founding fathers look for direction? They looked to the Word of God, especially the New Covenant of the New Testament. What is my point? Our forbears did not jettison their morals, ethics and reverence to the Almighty, to come to this land to see it become a place where sin is justified and glorified, where you can behave with no restraint and, with blind delusion, legalize immorality and perversion of every sort in the name of freedom. The Scriptures unequivocally tell us that entire nations are under the “eyes that see and the ears that hear,” Proverbs 15:3.” God has said the earth is His and the fullness thereof. This also means that nations are responsible to God and their leaders are as well. So what does all of this have to do with the New Covenant? The New Covenant is a covenant of grace and not works, as was the Old Covenant. Jesus made it clear that no man can come to the Father

unless he is drawn by the Spirit. We can take no personal credit for our works of righteousness, for works of righteousness do not exist apart from God. Works alone cannot save. Salvation is the free gift of God to those who repent of their sins and come humbly to the throne of grace. And in that coming, we recognize that the Spirit of God has carried us there since we are spiritually lame. How will blessings return to any nation? The New Covenant, in which the church is bound to Christ, allows for personal and national blessings when we keep covenant. We have become heirs according to the promise; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. If we have broken covenant with God, we need to repent. As we approach the season of Lent, a season of repentance, we should know that God will forgive our sins If we confess our sins. The blessings of God are promised to those who keep His word. Hold fast by faith to His Word for He has promised He will love us with an everlasting love. It is finished. He has won and we will overcome.


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Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department responded to 114 E-911 calls Friday.

Rutherfordton n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 34 E-911 calls Friday.

Spindale n The Spindale Police Department responded to 21 E-911 calls Friday.

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Obituaries Lauren Baxter Lauren Ann Wingo Baxter, 57, of Forest City, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 at Rutherford Hospital. A native of Tryon, she was the daughter of the late Nathaniel Polk Wingo and Jessie Mae Gary Wingo. A high school graduate from the Isothermal Community College adult high school program, Baxter also attended ICC to get her degree in business administration. She formerly worked for Spindale Mills and Rutherford Hospital. A member of Chase Baptist Church, she was the originator of the Wingo Family Choir.

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She is survived by four children, Gloria Mcdowell of Mooresboro, Jessie Washburn of Forest City, Curtis Gary of Mooresboro Forest City and Alfrieda Baxter of n The Forest City Police Department responded to 51 Henrietta; three sisters, Naomi Palmer of Augusta, E-911 calls Friday. Ga,, Rosemary Palmer of Morganton and Ann Bush of Arrests Forest City; three brothers, Charles Gary of Columbus, n Shontal Renee Snow, 23, of 127 Jacobs Ln., Forest City; Ohio, Hawthorne Wingo of New York and Mcdonald charged with two counts of Wingo of Forest City; 10 simple possession of a controlled substance, possession grandchildren; and 12 greatgrandchildren. of drug paraphernalia, posFuneral services will be session of marijuana greater than one ounce; placed under held Sunday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. at New Bethel AME a $3,000 bond. (RCSD) Zion Church. n Victor Stephen Miller Funeral Service is Webb, 66, of 145 Elm St., Rutherfordton; charged with serving the Baxter family. assault on a female. (RPD) Department responded to 13 E-911 calls Friday.

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Emergency Medical Services responded to 21 E-911 calls Friday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to 24 E-911 calls Friday.

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responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Cliffside firefighters responded to three motor vehicle accidents. n Cherry Mountain firefighters responded to four motor vehicle accidents and were assisted by Bostic firefighters.

Vonnie Braddy

Vonnie Dycus Braddy, 98 of Blair Street, Bostic, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at Fairhaven Home where she was a resident. She was a daughter of the late James D. Dycus and Georgia Bailey Dycus. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Bostic. She joined First Baptist Church of Bostic in 1931 and was an active member and recently received an award for 57 years of perfect attendance in Sunday School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Braddy. Survivors include three sisters, Sue Dobbins of Bostic, Pearl Dickens of Weldon, and Myrtle Long of California.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at n Ellenboro firefighters responded to four motor vehi- the First Baptist Church of cle accidents and were assist- Bostic with the Rev. Clay Earle officiating. Interment ed by Bostic firefighters. will follow in the Bostic n Ellenboro firefighters responded to a structure fire Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the and were assisted by Sandy Mush and Cliffside firefight- service in the church sancers. n Forest City firefighters responded to two motor vehicle accidents, two fire alarms and a heater fire. n Fairfield firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Green Hill firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Rutherfordton firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. n SDO firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Sandy Mush firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. THE DAILY COURIER Published Tuesday through Sunday mornings by Paxton Media Group LLC dba The Daily Courier USPS 204-920 Periodical Postage paid in Forest City, NC. Company Address: 601 Oak St., P.O. Box 1149, Forest City, NC 28043. Phone: (828) 245-6431 Fax: (828) 248-2790 Subscription rates: Single copy, daily 50¢ / Sunday $1.50. Home delivery $11.75 per month, $35.25 for three months, $70.50 for six months, $129 per year. In county rates by mail payable in advance are: $13.38 for one month, $40.14 for three months, $80.27 for six months, $160.54 per year. Outside county: $14.55 for one month, $43.64 for three months, $87.28 for six months, $174.56 per year. College students for school year subscription, $75. The Digital Courier, $6.50 a month for non-subscribers to The Daily Courier. Payment may be made at the website: www.thedigitalcourier. com The Daily Courier is not responsible for advance subscription payments made to carriers, all of who are independent contractors.

Michael Anthony Thrift

Mr. Michael Anthony Thrift, 62, of 240 Golden Hill Drive, Golden Valley, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. He was the owner/operator of M & J Roofing, and was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Thrift. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Thrift; two daughters, Melissa Dunlap of Enid, OK, and Theresa Felton of Lake Wales, FL; a son, Mike Thrift, Jr, of Lake City, FL; four brothers, Charles Thrift of Polk City, FL, Donnie Thrift and his wife Norma, of Polk City, FL, John Thrift and his wife Sharon, of Elizabethton, TN, and James Morris and his wife Doris, of Nauvoo, AL; three sisters-in law, Betty James of Hickory, Annette Guy of Golden Valley, and Brenda Kay Calendo of Boca Raton, FL; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service will held at 2 PM Sunday, February 14, 2010 at the family residence at 240 Golden Hill Drive, Golden Valley. Gary James will officiate. Friends may call from 9 AM until 5 PM Saturday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online guest book at: www.washburndorsey.com Paid obit

tuary. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Fund, P.O. Box 225, Bostic, N.C. 28018. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. An online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com.

Faye Dixon Faye Dixon of Bostic, formerly of Spindale, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at Rutherford Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Crowe’s Mortuary and Crematory.

Nell Ford Nell Abernathy Ford, 88, formerly of Chesnee, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. A native of Rutherford County, she was the widow of the late Claud R. Ford and the daughter of the late Samuel D. and Floy Wilkerson Abernathy. She was a member of Chesnee United Methodist Church where she served as a Board Member and President of the United Methodist Women. She retired from Spartanburg Technical College after 15 years. She is survived by a halfsister, June A. Jones. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home of Chesnee. Funeral Services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel of Chesnee with the Revs. Lee Roper and Tommy Bailey officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Greenville. The family will be at their respective homes. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mission Outreach Fund, Chesnee United Methodist Church, 409 Kentucky Ave., Chesnee, S.C. 29323 or to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, N.C. 28043. E-condolences may sent at www. eggersfuneralhome.com.

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Ollie Mae Moore Cash. She was retired from Cone Mills Cliffside Plant, and was a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband Whitey Henson. She is survived by her husband James Toney; two sons James Henson and Rick Henson both of Mooresboro; three brothers Buster Cash of Mooresboro, David Cash of Sevierville, Tenn., and Chester Cash of Boiling Springs; one sister, Colleen Pearson of Cherryville; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15 at Goodes Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Cecil Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 7 - 9 p.m. Sunday at McKinneyLandreth Funeral Home Cliffside. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336 Forest City, N.C. 28043. McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home Cliffside is serving the Toney Family. Oonline register is available at www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com

Briana Watts Briana Watts, 15, daughter of Shonna Logan and Brian Watts, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at her home in Charlotte. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at St. Paul Baptist Church in Charlotte. Interment will follow at Beatties Ford Memorial Garden in Charlotte. Miller Funeral Service is serving the Watts family.

Timothy Whitaker Robert Timothy “Tim” Whitaker, 38, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. He was a member of Ross Hill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Julie Mae Hutchins Glover, 65, of Whelchel Road, Mooresboro, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. She was the daughter of the late Tildon and Mary Hutchins. A member of Walls Baptist Church, she was a greeter at Wal-Mart. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Teddy Bradley; and two sisters, Rachel Daves and Lettie Crowe; and two brothers, Glenn Hutchins and Charlie Hutchins. She is survived by her husband, James "Junior" Glover; a daughter, Tammy Elliott of Rutherfordton; a son, Danny Bradley of Bostic; a stepdaughter, Teresa Lancaster of Mooresboro; a stepson, James “Jamie” Glover, Jr., of Rutherfordton; two sisters, Betty Baynard of Bostic, and Georgia Owens of Ellenboro; four brothers, Elbert Hutchins of Forest City, John Hutchins of Caroleen, Clarence Hutchins and Perry Hutchins both of Ellenboro; six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. The Funeral Service will be held at 4 PM Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Walls Baptist Church. Rev. Eugene Passmore and Dr. Robert Toney will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Visitation will be from 6 PM until 8 PM Saturday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Friends may sign the online guest book at: www.washburndorsey.com Paid obit

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, at Fellowship Baptist Church. The Rev. Earl Godfrey will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church, prior to the service. Washburn and Dorsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online guest book available at www.washburndorsey.com.

Olema Toney Olema Cash Henson Toney, 78, of 277 Goodes Creek Road died Friday Feb. 12,2010 at her residence. A native of Cleveland County, Olema was born June 16, 1931 a daughter of the late Sherman and Ollie Mae Moore Cash. She was retired from Cone Mills Cliffside Plant, a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church and also loved to sew. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband Whitey Henson. She is survived by her husband James Toney, two sons and daughters-in-law James and Kimberly Henson of Mooresboro, Rick and Becky Henson of Mooresboro, three brothers Buster Cash of Mooresboro, David Cash of Sevierville Tenn., Chester Cash of Boiling Springs, one sister Colleen Pearson of Cherryville four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Goodes Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Cecil Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 7 - 9 p.m. Sunday at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home Cliffside. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County P.O. Box 336 Forest City, N.C. 28043. McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home Cliffside is serving the Toney Family. Paid obit

He is survived by his wife, Misty Toney Whitaker; a daughter, Amber Michelle Whitaker of the home; his parents, Joe and Pat

Olema Cash Henson Toney, 78, of 277 Goodes Creek Road, Mooresboro, died Friday Feb. 12, 2010 at her residence. A native of Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Sherman and

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Whitaker of Rutherfordton; a brother, Joseph Wayne Whitaker of Rutherfordton; a sister, Mary Ann Lamberger from Lavonia, Mich.; and maternal grandmother, Grace Elizabeth Lewis Nodine of Rutherfordton.

Nell Abernathy Ford Vonnie Dycus Braddy Vonnie Dycus Braddy, age 98 of Blair Street, Bostic, North Carolina died Thursday, February 11, 2010 at Fairhaven Home where she was a resident. She was born August 14, 1911 in Rutherford County and was a daughter of the late James D. Dycus and Georgia Bailey Dycus; a homemaker and faithful member of First Baptist Church of Bostic. Vonnie joined First Baptist Church of Bostic in 1931 and was an active member all of her life and recently received an award for 57 years of perfect attendance in Sunday School. She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Braddy who died at birth and her husband of 64 years, Wilbur Braddy who died in 1999. Survivors include three sisters, Sue Dobbins of Bostic, Pearl Dickens of Weldon, and Myrtle Long of California. There are also a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Bostic with Reverend Clay Earle officiating. Interment will follow in the Bostic Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Fund, P.O. Box 225, Bostic, N.C. 28018. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com. Paid obit

Mrs. Nell Abernathy Ford, 88, formerly of Chesnee, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. A native of Rutherford County, N.C., she was the wife of the late Claud R. Ford and the daughter of the late Samuel D. and Floy Wilkerson Abernathy. She was an active member of Chesnee United Methodist Church where she served as a Board Member and President of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Ford was retired from Spartanburg Technical College after 15 years. She is survived by a half-sister, June A. Jones; nephews Boyce Abernathy, Charles Ford and Randy Tate; niece Barbara Peterson; cousins Charles Abernathy, Barbara Wilkerson, and Larry Whitlock; and sisters-in-law Inez Ford, Frances F. Tate and Sarah F. Hayes. She was preceded in death by two brothers, V. Woodrow Abernathy and C. Wade Abernathy, and by one step-sister, Janelle Peterson. The family will receive friends Monday, from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home of Chesnee. Funeral Services will be held Monday, at 1:30 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel of Chesnee with the Rev. Lee Roper and the Rev. Tommy Bailey officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Greenville. The family will be at their respective homes. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mission Outreach Fund, Chesnee United Methodist Church, 409 Kentucky Ave., Chesnee, S.C. 29323 or to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, N.C. 28043. E-condolences may be made on line to: www.eggersfuneralhome. com. Paid obit


6A — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, February 14, 2010

Calendar/Local

Meetings/other Alumni meeting: Carver Alumni Association will meet Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Carver Center in Spindale; board meets at noon, general meeting at 1 p.m. Annual meeting: Sunday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Sandy Mush Volunteer Fire Department; this meeting is open to the public. Public meeting: Rutherford County Farmer’s Market and Youth/ Livestock Building Committee will meet Thursday, Feb. 18, at the county annex in Rutherfordton. Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. The committee will be reviewing both projects and outlining a proposed schedule of meetings. Annual membership meeting: Saturday, Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m., Union Mills Learning Center, 6495 Hudlow Road, Union Mills; all UMLC members and prospective members welcome; call 287-2191 for information. HNG meeting: “Conservation Conversation”; Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Old Rock Café (beside the entrance to Chimney Rock Park); topic “The Green Issue” by Michael Pollan; anyone interested in the protection/preservation of the natural beauty of Hickory Nut Gorge is welcome to attend; call 828-685-8798 for more information.

Schools/students Information Night: Chase High School will hold a Registration Information Night on Thursday, Feb. 18; Elective Fair from 6 to 7 p.m., featuring various course and club offerings; beginning at 7 in the auditorium, speakers will explain graduation requirements, online course offerings, ICC Concurrent Enrollment and Huskins courses, graduation project requirements, the McNair Program and more; all rising 9th - 12th graders and their parents encouraged to attend; registration is the week of March 1.

Miscellaneous Foothills Harvest Outreach Ministries will hold a sale on all shoes and clothes Feb. 15-19. Fill a plastic grocery bag for $5, a tall kitchen bag $7, or 30-gallon bag $9. The store is located at 120 E. Trade St., Forest City. Mobile food truck: Chase Corner Ministries will sponsor a Mobile Food Truck for those in need on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Concord Baptist Church, 720 Old US Hwy. 74, beginning at 9:30 a.m., until the food is gone. Bring laundry basket or box, and a valid driver’s license. 2nd Annual food giveaway: Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning at 11 a.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Sandy Mush area; one box of food (per family) for those in need. RCT auditions: Rutherford Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming,” Feb. 15 and 17, 7 p.m., at Union Mills Learning Center auditorium; roles for 4 males and 3 females; Les Beale, director; anyone interested in any aspect of live theater is welcome; for more information call 287-4809 or visit website www. rutherfordcommunitytheatre.org. Play/supper: Saturday, Feb. 20, Union Mills Learning Center auditorium; “Stand for Freedom,” a play on the American Revolutionary War, begins at 6 p.m.; cast of approximately 50 homeschool children ages 5-16; spaghetti supper 4:30 to 6 p.m.; adults $6; children under 12, $4; all you can eat.

Fundraisers March of Dimes fundraiser: The Birth Place at Rutherford Hospital will sell orange twists and donut holes from Davis Donut House on Thursday, Feb. 18; $2.50 per dozen (delivered); to place an order call 286-7260; order by Tuesday, Feb. 16. Benefit supper: For Mike “Fluff” Marlowe (Lymphoma cancer patient); Saturday, Feb. 20, 4 to 8 p.m.; Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, 2676 Hudlow Road; hamburgers and hotdogs; live music with Brooks and Ledford Band; open mike for musical friends. Benefit ride: For 12-year-old Hayden Clark (diagnosed with Myoepithelioma); Saturday, March 20, at Rutherford County Moose Lodge; yard sale begins at 7 a.m.; barbecue plates, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; benefit ride starts at 2 p.m., $15 per single rider, $20 for doubles; music by Bandana and Double Cross, 6 to 9 p.m.; door prizes, T-shirts, 50/50 tickets and more; for information call 429-5195.

Music/concerts 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.

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Andres Elias wasn’t going to let a little bit of snow interfere with a roofing project he had planned at his home off Rollins Road, Forest City Saturday. So as soon as sun warmed the house top, Elias and friends who had driven down from Spruce Pine, got right on the job. Most of the snow was gone in the yard by Saturday afternoon, getting ready for the next snowfall predicted for tonight across the area.

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On Saturday, residents tried to dig out and shovel snow — again. “This winter is probably going to be some kind of record,” said Mike Carver as he ran a snow plow at the Spindale Car Wash. “But hey, at least I’ve got something to do. In this recession I’m glad to have some work to do.” Carver said he’s been moving snow around with his tractor more than ever, a job he’d never done before this winter. “I sell some used cars, do house renovations, really anything I have to in

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do the best you can the right way,” Gibson said. “Not to cut corners, and to do it right the first time.” Timothy and his “Papa” have been close since he was born, said grandmother Dianne Gibson. In first grade, Timothy created a book for class all about his grandfather. “He spends the night with us every Saturday night and he follows him every step he goes,” Mrs. Gibson said. Helping in Gibson’s car business is something Timothy enjoys, Mrs. Gibson said. “Foy’s taken him to the car shop

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miles to reach their facilities. When buying from Farm Fresh, the chefs usually received produce picked within the last one or two days. More than 90 farmers — most using small plots of land and sustainable agriculture techniques — are utilizing the www.farmersfreshmarket.org

order to make a living,” Carver said. “This is the first time I’ve gotten paid to shovel snow around.” Car wash co-manager Russell Buchanan was glad to have the help getting the business back up and running. “This snow wasn’t as thick as it has been earlier this year,” Buchanan said. “I think we had a good four inches piled up in the car wash bays, though, so I’m glad to clean it out. But it looks like we might not be through yet. I think they’re calling for more snow on Sunday.” Forecasts from the National Weather Service station at the Greenville-Spartanburg airport do call for another chance of snow Sunday night.

The wet weather will start around 8 p.m. with a chance of rain, then a chance of rain and snow between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. A chance of snow will come after 11 p.m. The sky will be cloudy, with a low around 30. There will be a 40 percent chance of precipitation.

every day since he started walking,” she said. “When he was two he was playing with his toys and heard somebody say something about a carburetor and wanted to know what one was. “When we’d go to Wal-mart or church he’d always walk through the parking lot pointing out what the different cars were.” Both are also country music fans and went to see George Jones, Mrs. Gibson said. Timothy’s other grandparents, Don and Becky Morgan, died before he was born, but Mrs. Gibson said she and Gibson tell him about them and how much they would have loved him. That, in part, is why she believes

Gibson is so special to Timothy. “Two years ago when he had his tonsils out he wanted his Papa,” she said. “He feels safe with him.” Now the duo are going to embark on another adventure – caring for a pet together. “We have a dog at the shop now who’s named Buddy,” Timothy said. Timothy is also the son of Keith Morgan of Rutherfordton. Spindale Elementary will hold two additional Grandparents Days this week – Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, contact the school at 286-2861.

Web site to sell their produce. During the next year, Foothills personnel will work with the other business and technology centers to establish a similar program in those locations. Foothills was established in 2005 as part of the statewide effort to expand the penetration of broadband access to the rural areas of North Carolina and to encourage the use of technology to create more opportunities for local jobs and businesses.

During a visit to Rutherford County last year, state Agriculture Secretary Steve Troxler praised the program for its contribution to the growth and diversification of the local economy.

Presidents’ Day will see a chance of rain and snow before 1 p.m., then a slight chance of rain between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. There will be a slight chance of rain and snow after 5 p.m. as it is mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

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During this week’s Institute for Emerging Issues Conference held in Raleigh, Gov. Beverly Perdue cited Foothills Connect as an example of a creative use of social media to affect change in economically challenged communities.

Neighborhood watch, animal control on town agenda SPINDALE — Spindale Town Council will have their February meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Spindale House. Council will hear a neighborhood watch update from organizer Melinda Nodine and review a draft ordinance of a new animal control regulation. Tasha Davis and Jane Henson will request one hour parking signs to post in front of Munchie Town Sweets

and Treats at 317 W. Main St. for the parking space adjacent to the handicap space. Council will also hear a detailed report from Town Manager Cameron McHargue on the possibility of purchasing used fire trucks and other firefighting equipment. The main problem with purchasing new fire trucks for the town are the small bays in the current fire station. Council

will hear the report about planning for new fire trucks and a possible new facility. The report will propose purchasing two 2006 Kenworth Pumper trucks for $150,000 each along with a pre-owned brush truck. Council members will debate the possibility of cancelling health and life insurance benefits for retirees who have been late in their premium payments.

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The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, February 14, 2010 — 7A

Business Notes Shock presented hospital award at CRMC

SHELBY - Ernest Shock, RN, was presented with the 2009 John Young Leadership Award at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Shock is the director of the Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy, Cardiac Cath Lab and the nursing Float Pool at CRMC and has been with the organization for four years. Shock “Ernest is a great example of a dedicated leader who cares about his people and his patients,” said Brian Gwyn, president and chief executive officer for Cleveland County HealthCare System. “Its people like Ernest that make our hospitals such great places to receive care.” Given annually, the John Young Leadership Award recognizes excellence in leadership in several areas including communication, teamwork, creative problem solving and the leader’s ability to positively influence people and bring out the best in others. The award was created in 2004 to honor former Cleveland County HealthCare System President and CEO John Young for his years of dedicated leadership and strategic vision. Shock’s nomination for this award included statements written by every person working for him at the time – 103 employees. “The folks I have the pleasure to lead are great people,” said Shock. “They work together to make our hospital great and to give our very sick patients the best experience possible. My staff has always been willing to try new things and I think that is the reason I am now getting my picture on a wall.” Several members of the medical staff also wrote letters in support of Shock’s nomination, expressing their admiration of his ability to creatively solve problems and adapt to the ever-changing environment of healthcare while inspiring his staff. Shock refused to take all the credit for his accomplishments, saying, “My co-leaders in ICU, Respiratory and Float Pool, and now the Cath Lab are the reason why I have any modicum of success. I have a lot of ideas, but only with their help and support can I bring any of them to fruition.  We are a great team that complements each other so well and I hope our successes show that.” Shock lives in Rutherfordton with his wife, Eden Rae, and their four children, Courtney, Caitlin, Emma and Jacob.

Downturn a boon for the small An AP Member Exchange By JOHN MURAWSKI The News & Observer of Raleigh

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, — Damon Clark began his high-tech career at Nortel Networks fresh out of college, just two weeks before the company’s first wave of layoffs in 2001. The electrical engineer jumped to another job last summer before the bankrupt corporation got around to downsizing him. At 31, he says his 28 percent salary cut at Aviat Networks in Morrisville was a small price to pay, considering that he has friends here who’ve been unemployed for months and are looking for jobs all over the country. Clark is typical of the Triangle’s tele-

com industry brain trust. Thousands of local workers navigate layoffs and other shake-ups that thin out weak companies, give rise to new employers in the region, and restock opportunistic competitors with a highly trained work force. Their anxiety only intensifies during periodic economic disruptions. “I came to RTP because of all the telecommunications firms,” Clark said. “I liked the idea that I could go across the street. I liked that it was a central hub for an industry.” The last such episode of creative destruction shook up the region during the dot-com bust a decade ago, when Nortel hired Clark and began weeding out highly paid workers. At the time, Nortel was home to as many

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In this 2009 file photo, a line worker works near the Duke Energy Plaza, background in CharlottePower company Duke Energy said Friday its fourthquarter profit edged higher as cost cuts offset continued weak demand for electricity. Associated Press

Duke Energy sees 4Q profit gain By MARK WILLIAMS AP Energy Writer

Power company Duke Energy said Friday that its fourth-quarter profit climbed 5 percent as cost cuts offset continued weak demand for electricity. Duke, one of the nation’s largest power generators with 4 million customers, said it made $346 million, or 26 cents per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with profit of $331 million, or 26 cents per share, in the year ago-quarter. Revenue was flat at $3.1 billion. Duke, based in Charlotte, said demand for electricity from industrial

customers declined by less than 5 percent — another sign that the economy is beginning to stabilize. Power companies such as Duke can serve as a proxy for how the U.S. economy is performing because they reflect how much businesses and individuals are spending on electricity. The Great Recession has cut demand for electricity over the past two years. As a result, Duke and other power companies have been slashing expenses. Duke said it cut operations and maintenance costs by $150 million last year. “We are seeing signs of stabilization. It’s too early to tell whether it’s a rebound of any significance,” Lynn

Good, Duke’s chief financial officer. Demand for electricity has been weak from industrial customers in both parts of the country where Duke operates, the Carolinas and the Midwest. Consumption was down by as much as 20 percent earlier in 2009. Overall, industrial sales were off 14 percent during the year. Good said demand from Duke’s chemicals and metals customers show signs of leveling off after a steep decline. Demand from its textile customers in the Carolinas remains weak, down 8 percent in the quarter. With much uncertainty in the economy, Good said Duke will continue to focus on cost-cutting in 2010.

GWU offers an Internet business class

TOY FAIR OPENS

BOILING SPRINGS – The course Building a Business Using the Internet through SiteSell Education, and made possible by Gardner-Webb University’s Center for Continuing Professional Education (CCPE), couldn’t come at a better time in today’s computer savvy world. Through SiteSell Education, participants will learn how to generate traffic, how to get noticed by search engines, and how to make money online. SiteSell’s Building a Business Using the Internet is a course where participants have the opportunity to progress stepby-step through a proven methodology to build an online business. While a website is a by-product of this process, the real focus of this course is a hands-on learning environment that will teach participants how to succeed on the Internet. SiteSell is headquartered in Quebec, Canada, and was started in 1997 by Dr. Ken Evoy. According to Certified SiteSell Software Instructor Randall Davis, Evoy wanted to show how anyone could build an online business.

Cherokees oppose work near sacred site

BRYSON CITY (AP) — The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is protesting Duke Energy’s construction of an electrical station near the site the tribe considers its birthplace. Duke Energy is clearing a site overlooking the ancestral home the Cherokee call Kituwah (KEE-to-wa), which archaeologists say was occupied at least 9,000 years ago, The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday. The Swain County site includes a mound 170 feet wide and 5 feet high in a field along the Tuckasegee River and surrounded by mountains. Cherokee tradition says the mound once was the foundation of buildings that held the sacred flame the tribe tended yearround.

as 10,000 local employees and contractors, making it the crown jewel of the region’s telecom hub. Soon Nortel will be a historical footnote, leaving just one supersize telecom employer in the area: Cisco Systems, with 4,300 employees and contractors. Even as new tech companies are moving in to replace others that have peaked and waned, the disruption inevitably raises questions about the long-term prospects for the Triangle’s place in the global telecom sector. New job announcements are restoring a fraction of the jobs lost during the recession, and some tech workers have been jobless for more than a year.

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In this photo provided by Hasbro, Jessica Hinkle makes final adjustments to the Star Wars booth lighting, behind the new ‘Star Wars AT-AT,’ which stands more than 24 inches tall, at Hasbro’s showroom at the American International Toy Fair in New York, Thursday. The Toy Fair opens today.

The course will be offered on Thursday evenings, March 4 through May 20 (with the exception of April 1) from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hamrick Hall, Room 107. Participants are urged to register by Feb. 26 to ensure that class materials arrive prior to the course beginning. For more information and to register visit the Internet link www.gardner-webb.edu/ ccpe/sitesell.html or call Elizabeth Pack, director of GWU’s CCPE at 704-406-2173. The Center for Continuing Professional Education at Gardner-Webb is committed to the pursuit of lifelong learning. More information on CCPE is available, including a schedule of events, at www.ccpe. gardner-webb.edu.


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The nation’s technology hubs - Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle and others - have been battered by the recession. Economic developers and academics say the Triangle’s tech culture can no longer sustain itself by recruiting megabrands such as Cisco, Nortel and IBM. The current remapping of the telecommunications landscape has erased thousands of high-tech workers from the region’s economy. Nortel, which designs and manages telecom networks, is auctioning itself out of existence, while mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson is shutting down an RTP operation that once employed 850people. Smaller outposts like avecom, Pliant and Ciena missed their growth opportunities here and left, while many of those that remain have cut staff. Alcatel-Lucent is down to about 340 workers in the Triangle from a high of about 1,800 a decade ago when the company was Alcatel. Ericsson, which once employed 1,900 people in the area, is down to about 120 - all former Nortel employees who came over recently with Ericsson’s acquisition of a Nortel unit that provides services and support for wireless phone networks. “In the technology industry, like their products, the companies have a relatively short life span,” said Michael Smith, a research analyst in Greensboro with the Gartner firm. “When you have an economic tsunami, you see an awful lot of acquisitions or companies going out of business. That’s when companies with a good cash position go out on a shopping spree.” Still, Voller and Smith say the Triangle is a vibrant industry hub that will regenerate itself as the economy recovers. It retains sufficient gravitational force to attract employers and keep innovative workers here. Competitors are already moving in to fill the void created by the decline of Nortel, Sony Ericsson and others. Research In Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry phone, is opening a research facility, as is Garmin, the world’s largest maker of satellite navigation devices. Tech stalwarts Ciena, Avaya and Genband are all setting up operations in the Triangle as they buy business units from Nortel. In December, Avaya hired 230 Nortel workers in RTP when it bought the Nortel unit that provided voice and data services for businesses and government agencies. A few telecommunications network designers, like Tekelec, which employs 675 in Morrisville, have weathered the recession virtually unscathed. Tekelec makes technology that initiates and terminates phone calls, and allows people to keep the same phone numbers when they switch services. Some companies are remaking themselves to remain competitive. Aviat, which employs 250 at its Morrisville headquarters, was known as Harris Stratex Networks until last month. The company develops wireless relays in networks.

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GOP sending mixed signals in response to health summit Since Obama proposed the summit last weekend, Republicans and Democrats have voiced skepticism. Some in the GOP wondered if it would be nothing but a spectacle that could benefit the president at their expense. Democrats viewed Republicans’ insistence that Obama trash existing bills and start over as evidence they weren’t sincere about bipartisanship.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans sent mixed signals after President Barack Obama challenged them to participate in a one-of-a-kind televised summit with Democrats to come up with health care legislation. House Republicans derided the Feb. 25 event, casting doubt on whether it would produce any bipartisan agreement to extend coverage to millions of people and rein in medical costs. “Are they willing to start over with a blank sheet of paper?” said Kevin Smith, a spokesman for House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio. “We need answers before we know if the White House is more interested in partisan theater than in facilitating a productive dialogue about solutions.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was more receptive, saying he would work with the White House “to maximize the effectiveness of the meeting.” The summit is considered a last, best attempt to revive Obama’s yearlong health overhaul quest, now stalled after Democrats lost their filibusterproof Senate majority. Yet since Obama proposed the summit last weekend, Republicans and Democrats have voiced skepticism. Some in the GOP wondered if it would be nothing but a spectacle that could benefit the president at their expense. Democrats viewed Republicans’ insistence that Obama trash existing bills and start over as evidence they weren’t sincere about bipartisanship. By presiding over a meeting with three dozen lawmakers trying to get a word in edgewise, Obama may be able to dominate the conversation and the visual images. That’s what

many Democrats say he did at a Jan. 29 session when he faced a roomful of GOP House members in Baltimore. In its invitation, the White House argued that remaking health care was imperative, and Obama challenged Democrats and Republicans to come up with comprehensive bills before the event at Blair House, across the street from the White House. The White House named 21 lawmakers the president wants to attend the summit: the top leaders in the House and Senate and of the committees with jurisdiction over the health legislation. Obama also invited the top four leaders to invite four more lawmakers each, bringing the total to 37 — 20 Democrats and 17 Republicans. Obama will offer opening remarks, followed by comments from a Republican leader and a Democratic leader, according to the format detailed in a letter Friday by Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Obama will then moderate a discussion covering four topics: insurance reforms, cost containment, expanding coverage and the impact of health legislation on the deficit. The letter stands as a challenge

not just to Republicans but also to Democrats, who have yet to finalize a deal on sweeping overhaul legislation. They were on the verge of doing so last month before the special election victory of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts deprived Democrats of the filibuster-proof 60 votes they need to move forward in the Senate. That threw the undertaking into disarray and congressional leaders have been struggling to pick up the pieces. Some hope the summit will break the logjam one way or the other. Democratic leaders are working toward a package that could pass the Senate under rules that require only a simple majority vote, not 60 votes — a strongarm partisan approach infuriates Republicans and makes moderate Democrats uneasy. Democrats and Republicans are far apart in their aims. Democrats’ legislation would cover more than 30 million uninsured, while a House Republican plan would cover only 3 million. Members of both parties say they see a few areas for common ground, including revamping the medical malpractice system and finding ways to allow consumers to shop for insurance plans across state lines.

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Nation/world World Today Police: Blasts hit political offices

BAGHDAD (AP) — Police officials say a series of bombs have targeted political groups across Baghdad, wounding at least 11 people. Two police officials say the bombs struck Saturday night outside the offices or homes of leaders of at least five political groups — four of which were Sunni. The attacks come as tensions escalate between the Shiite-led government and Sunnis, following the barring of hundreds of candidates from the March 7 parliamentary elections because of ties to Saddam Hussein. Police said eleven people were injured in the blasts, mostly bystanders or passing civilians.

Apparent bomb kills 8 in bakery

NEW DELHI (AP) — An apparent bomb tore through a crowded bakery popular with foreigners on Saturday in western India, killing eight people and wounding 42 near a famed meditation center. If confirmed, it would be the country’s first terror attack since the Mumbai rampage in 2008. The blast in the city of Pune, 125 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Mumbai, threatened to damage new efforts to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan, with Hindu nationalist leaders already placing the blame for the explosion at India’s Muslim neighbor. Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said the 7:30 p.m. explosion at the German Bakery, near the Osho Ashram, a renowned meditation center, was likely caused by a bomb. “It appears that an unattended package was noticed in the bakery by one of the waiters who apparently attempted to open the package when the blast took place,” Pillai told reporters.

Killing suspects plead not guilty

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian Muslim men accused in a drive-by shooting that killed seven people outside a Coptic church pleaded not guilty on Saturday, a judicial official said. Egypt’s prosecutor general has charged the three with murder and threatening national security in the Jan. 6 attack on Coptic Christmas Eve in the southern town of Nag Hamadi. The shooting shocked Egypt’s Coptic minority and underscored the government’s failure to address chronic sectarian strains in a society where religious radicalism is gaining ground. Six members of the ancient community and a Muslim guard were killed while nine other people were wounded.

20 people killed by electrocution

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP) — A police spokeswoman says at least 20 people were killed after a cable fell on a bus and electrocuted the passengers inside. Spokeswoman Rita Abbey says the death toll could rise further. An Associated Press cameraman saw more than 10 bodies at a local hospital. The electrical cable fell during heavy rains in the provincial capital of Port Harcourt. The dead are mostly passengers but also include passers-by who were near the bus when the cable fell.

No rest for Rio revelers

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Carnival’s biggest bash took to the streets at dawn Saturday, proving that if there is one thing citizens of this laidback seaside city take seriously, it’s partying. Organizers expected up to 1 million people at the Bola Preta street party, or “bloco” — one of Rio’s oldest. In the northeastern city of Salvador, which battles Rio each year for bragging rights to the nation’s wildest Carnival, police said thousands of people had simply collapsed in public plazas to catch a few hours of sleep after partying all night. Even sober Sao Paulo, Brazil’s business capital, showed its partying colors, holding its first night of flamboyant samba group parades.

Neo-Nazis rally in Dresden

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Thousands of protesters formed a human chain in Dresden on Saturday, determined to stop neo-Nazis from exploiting the German city’s painful history on the 65th anniversary of its deadly Allied bombing in World War II. Heavy security including riot police was in place to prevent clashes between the two groups, and five police helicopters flew overhead to monitor the crowds. Neo-Nazis have caused outrage in the past by comparing the 1945 bombing of Dresden to the Holocaust. Organizers of a far-right protest Saturday characterized it as a “mourning march.” Some 5,000 far-right supporters poured into the city, according to police, who limited them to a rally near a railway station rather than a march for security reasons after opponents staged sitdown blockades in streets nearby. When that decision was announced, far-right demonstrators chanted “open the streets to the German youth.” Across the Elbe River, some 10,000 people joined hands to create a human chain symbolically protecting the restored city center from neo-Nazis.

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U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment walk past a wall they blew open as they enter Marjah in Afghanistan’s Helmand province Saturday.

Bombs slow coalition advance MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Bombs and booby traps slowed the advance of thousands of U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers moving Saturday through the Taliban-controlled town of Marjah — NATO’s most ambitious effort yet to break the militants’ grip over their southern heartland. NATO said it hoped to secure the area in days, set up a local government and rush in development aid in a first test of the new U.S. strategy for turning the tide of the eight-year war. The offensive is the largest since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. The Taliban appeared to have scattered in the face of overwhelming force, possibly waiting to regroup and stage attacks later to foil the alliance’s plan to stabilize the area and expand Afghan government control in the volatile south. NATO said two of its soldiers were killed in the first day of the operation — one American and one Briton, according to military officials in their countries. Afghan authorities said at least 20 insurgents were killed. More than 30 transport helicopters ferried troops into the heart of Marjah before dawn Saturday, while British, Afghan and U.S. troops fanned out across the Nad Ali district to the north of the mudbrick town, long a stronghold of the Taliban. Maj. Gen. Gordon Messenger told reporters in London that British forces “have successfully secured the area militarily” with only sporadic resistance from Taliban forces. A Taliban spokesman insisted their forces still controlled the town. In Marjah, Marines and Afghan troops faced little armed resistance. But their advance through the town was impeded by countless land mines, homemade bombs and booby-traps littering the area. Throughout the day, Marine ordnance teams blew up bombs where they were found, setting off huge explosions that reverberated through the dusty streets. The bridge over the canal into Marjah from the north was rigged with so many explosives that Marines erected temporary

bridges to cross into the town. “It’s just got to be a very slow and deliberate process,” said Capt. Joshua Winfrey of Stillwater, Okla., a Marine company commander. Lt. Col. Brian Christmas, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, said U.S. troops fought gunbattles in at least four areas of the town, including the western suburb of Sistani where India Company faced “some intense fighting.” To the east, the battalion’s Kilo Company was inserted into the town by helicopter without meeting resistance but was then “significantly engaged” as the Marines fanned out from the landing zone, Christmas said. Marine commanders had said they expected between 400 and 1,000 insurgents — including more than 100 foreign fighters — to be holed up in Marjah, a town of 80,000 people which is the linchpin of the militants’ logistical and opium-smuggling network in the south. Shopkeeper Abdul Kader, 44, said seven or eight Taliban fighters, who had been holding the position where the Marines crossed over, had fled in the middle of the night. He said he was angry at the insurgents for having planted bombs and mines all around his neighborhood. “They left with their motorcycles and their guns. They went deeper into town,” he said as Marines and Afghan troops searched a poppy field next to his house. Saturday’s ground assault followed several hours after the first wave of helicopters flew troops over the mine fields into the center of town before dawn. Helicopter gunships fired missiles at Taliban tunnels and bunkers while flares illuminated the night sky so pilots could see their landing zones. The offensive, code-named “Moshtarak,” or “Together,” was described as the biggest joint operation of the Afghan war, with 15,000 troops involved, including some 7,500 in Marjah itself. The government says Afghan soldiers make up at least half of the offensive’s force. Elsewhere in the south, three U.S. soldiers were killed by a bomb in an attack unrelated to

the operation, NATO said. Once Marjah is secured, NATO hopes to quickly deliver aid and provide public services in a bid to win support among the estimated 125,000 people who live in the town and surrounding villages. The Afghans’ ability to restore those services is crucial to the success of the operation and in preventing the Taliban from returning. Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, the top NATO commander in the south, said coalition forces hope to install an Afghan government presence within the next few days, bringing health care, education, electricity and other public services to win the allegiance of the townspeople. Teams of international development workers and Afghan officials are ready to enter the area as soon as security permits. A deputy district chief has already been appointed for Marjah and government teams have drawn up maps of where schools, clinics and mosques should be built. Some officials were more cautious about the speed with which government can be installed. “I can’t yet say how long it will take for this military phase to get to the point where we can bring in the civilian support from the Afghan government. We hope that will happen quickly,” NATO’s civilian chief, Mark Sedwill, said in Kabul. Sedwill said a key part of establishing government in Marjah will be a series of meetings with tribal elders to hear their concerns much like two meetings that preceded the offensive. Tribal elders have pleaded with NATO to finish the operation quickly and spare civilians — an appeal that offers some hope the townspeople will cooperate with Afghan and international forces once the Taliban are gone. Still, the town’s residents have displayed few signs of rushing to welcome the attack force. “The elders are telling people to stay behind the front doors and keep them bolted,” Carter said. “Once people feel more secure and they realize there is government present on the ground, they will come out and tell us where the IEDs are.”


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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man trying to find a way out his burning home got trapped in its bathroom Saturday and could only listen in horror to the screams of two of his children, who died in the fire along with his girlfriend, friends and authorities said. The man escaped by breaking a window and jumping out. Daniel Fox, 37, told fire investigators he ran into the first-floor bathroom of the two-story rental house, looking for a way out for himself and the three others after the blaze broke out around 6 a.m. But the door, which had no doorknob, closed behind him and he couldn’t open it. Fox’s children apparently were overcome by smoke as they pounded on the door, yelling for their father during the chaos of the fire, which Fox escaped by smashing out a small bathroom window and jumping out, said Capt. Rita Reith of the Indianapolis Fire Department. Fox’s girlfriend, Cheryl Strong, 32, and his 16-year-old son, Michael Fox, died at the scene, while his 8-year-old daughter, Kelsey Fox, was pronounced dead at a hospital. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Reith said Fox told investigators he believes an electric space heater started the blaze.

No answers in ax slaying

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police haven’t determined what drove a man to allegedly attack his bedridden sister-in-law with a medieval-style battle ax and then go on a rampage outside a Las Vegas home, hacking a 4-month-old baby to death and critically wounding the child’s mother. “We don’t know why he wanted to injure the woman or why he attacked the people on the street, just that he did,” Las Vegas police homicide Sgt. Russell Shoemaker said Friday. “We’ll figure this out

some day. For right now, all we have is theories.” Harold E. Montague, 33, told investigators he remembered nothing about the attack, and police said he didn’t know the woman or the boy he is accused of hacking with the blade of an ax before noon Thursday on a sunny street east of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Boy charged in shooting DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 12-year-old boy was charged Friday with murder and other counts in a shooting that killed his stepfather and wounded a young girl in Iowa. Authorities responded to a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Chariton, about 40 miles south of Des Moines. When they arrived at the white farmhouse south of town, they found the body of Todd Peek, 37, who authorities say was shot in his upper body. Authorities said 5-year-old Cheyanne Peek was also found in the home with a gunshot wound to the leg. She was taken to a Des Moines hospital. On Friday, the hospital said it had no listing for the child but would not comment further and it was unclear if she had been released. Lucas County The boy’s mother, Sarah Peek, 33, and another girl, age 7, were in the home at the time of the shooting, police say, but neither was wounded.

Woman sues CNN star NEW YORK (AP) — An interior designer is suing CNN anchor Anderson Cooper after she took an unusual fall at an old New York City firehouse that he is converting into a new home. Killian O’Brien, of Brooklyn, says in her suit that she plunged 17 feet through the hole that once held the station’s fire pole. The pole had been removed, but the hole was uncovered.

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Suspect Amy Bishop is detained by Huntsville, Ala. police, Fridayon the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus in Huntsville, Ala.

Accused professor shot brother dead in 1986 HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The professor accused of killing three colleagues during a faculty meeting was a Harvard-educated neurobiologist, inventor and mother whose life had been marred by a violent episode in her distant past. More than two decades ago, police said Amy Bishop fatally shot her teenage brother at their Massachusetts home in what officers at the time logged as an accident — though authorities said Saturday that records of the shooting are missing. Bishop had just months left teaching at the University of Alabama in Huntsville when police said she opened fire with a handgun Friday in a room filled with a dozen of her colleagues from the school’s biology department. Bishop, a rare woman suspected in a workplace shooting, was to leave after this semester because she had been denied tenure. Police say she is 42, but the university’s Web site lists her as 44. Some have said she was upset after being denied the job-for-life security afforded tenured academics, and the husband of one victim and one of Bishop’s students said they were told the shooting stemmed from the school’s refusal to grant her such status. Authorities have refused to discuss a motive, and school spokesman Ray Garner said the faculty meeting wasn’t called to discuss tenure. William Setzer, chairman of chemistry department at UAH, said Bishop was appealing the decision made last year. “Politics and personalities” always play a role in the tenure process, he said. “In a close department it’s more so. If you have any lone wolves or bizarre personalities, it’s a problem and I’m thinking that certainly came into play here.” The three killed were Gopi K. Podila, the chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, and two other faculty members, Maria

Ragland Davis and Adriel Johnson. The wounded were still recovering in hospitals early Saturday. Luis CruzVera was in fair condition; Joseph Leahy in critical condition; and staffer Stephanie Monticciolo also was in critical condition. Descriptions of Bishop from students and colleagues were mixed. Some saw a strange woman who had difficulty relating to her students, while others described a witty, intelligent teacher. Students and colleagues described Bishop as intelligent, but someone who often had difficulty explaining difficult concepts. Bishop was well-known in the research community, appearing on the cover of the winter 2009 issue of “The Huntsville R&D Report,” a local magazine focusing on engineering, space and genetics. However, it was unclear how many of her colleagues and students knew about a more tragic part of her past. She shot her brother, an 18-year-old accomplished violinist, in the chest in 1986, said Paul Frazier, the police chief in Braintree, Mass., where the shooting occurred. Bishop fired at least three shots, hitting her brother once and hitting her bedroom wall before police took her into custody at gunpoint, he said. Frazier said the police chief at the time told officers to release Bishop to her mother before she could be booked. It was logged as an accident. But Frazier’s account was disputed by former police Chief John Polio, who told The Associated Press he didn’t call officers to tell them to release Bishop. Bishop’s husband, James Anderson, was detained and questioned by police but has not been charged. Police said Bishop was quickly caught after Friday’s shooting. A 9-millimeter handgun was found in the bathroom of the building where the shootings occurred.

South cleaning up snow ATLANTA (AP) — The Big Chill turned into the Big Dig on Saturday for many Southerners — the Americans who least expect to open their doors to see up to a foot of snow. Some stayed indoors a day after the storm moved out to sea, while others turned icy streets and snowcovered parks into sledding playgrounds. Many who tried to dig out found shovels in short supply at home improvement stores. Tens of thousands of people lost power in Texas and South Carolina, and thousands of others were left stranded by airline flight cancellations. The National Weather Service says Dallas got 12.5 inches of snow, while Harkers Island, N.C., got 8.8 inches, Belleville, Ala., got 6 inches, Foreman, Ark., got 4 inches and Atlanta got more than 3 inches. The weather was blamed for deaths in the Macon, Ga., and the Louisville, Ky., areas. The worst appeared to be over — for now. But another dose of snow could roll through some parts of the region on Monday, when many

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workers will be off because of the President’s Day holiday. Folks in the Washington, D.C., area might be wondering what all the fuss was about, considering they got walloped by as much as 4 feet of snow from back-to-back storms earlier this month. But people who live further south aren’t used to dealing with lots of snow, which made for treacherous driving conditions and forced many people to stay indoors. Supermarkets and post offices in Marietta, Ga., were practically empty around midmorning Saturday. The snow was blamed for more than 1,500 car crashes, about 37,000 power outages and hundreds of canceled sports events across South Carolina, which saw 3 to 8 inches of snow in some parts of the state. About 125,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, almost entirely due to trees buckling under the weight of snow and falling onto power lines. Utility crews were expected to be working throughout the weekend to restore power to the area.

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Will his latest health problem slow Clinton?

The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, February 14, 2010 — 11A

Nation

By JIM FITZGERALD and BETH FOUHY Associated Press Writers

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — Right until he was wheeled into an operating room for a heart procedure, Bill Clinton was on the phone, talking about Haiti earthquake relief. An aide finally took the phone away from him. On Friday, the 63-year-old former president seemed to have returned to multitasking, just a day after having a clogged artery reopened and two stents inserted into his chest. “I feel great. ... I even did a couple miles on the treadmill today,” Clinton said, speaking to reporters in a leather jacket from the driveway outside his home. He said doctors advised him “not to jog but walk. Not to walk fast up steep hills for a week.” Aides said Clinton’s Bill Clinton second heart procedure in five years seemed unlikely to slow down his brutal work schedule, which included two trips to Haiti, stumping for Senate candidate Martha Coakley and attending an economic summit in Switzerland — all in just over a month. “He’s working as hard as he’s ever worked. He’s done it for 63 years and will do it for the next 63 years. He’s never going to stop,” said Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist who helped guide Clinton’s first presidential bid in 1992. But some other advisers said Clinton’s brief hospitalization was a reminder that his health has become more fragile. They worried that he’s running too hard. “He’s got to slow down,” Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said on MSNBC Friday. “He’s got to slow down to a good, human schedule. He’s had a superhuman schedule for a long while, and he’s got to cut back. There’s no question about it.” Advisers said the Haiti earthquake-relief effort have been Clinton’s main focus, and he appeared to return to that cause on Friday. Through his foundation, Clinton put out a statement marking the one-month anniversary of the quake and urging people to donate. The Clinton Foundation’s Haiti fund has given $7 million to relief organizations in the aftermath of the quake that killed more than 200,000 people. Clinton said Friday that he had been working long hours on the Haiti relief effort, including taking three overnight flights in a week. He said his first symptoms were about four days ago, when he felt “just a little bit of tingling, not pain.” Clinton has been doing more than most people do in a day or a month: On Jan. 7, he met with President Obama at the White House. Five days later, he attended the funeral of Vice President Joe Biden’s mother in Delaware. On Jan. 15, he campaigned for Coakley in the race for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts. Three days later, he toured a destroyed hospital in Haiti. On Jan. 28, he made an appeal for Haiti aid at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and was back in Haiti on Feb. 5. “He’s just constitutionally unable to say no to a good cause, to say no to a good candidate,” Rendell said. Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairman and a close friend of the Clintons, told CBS’ “The Early Show” that it was probably time for Clinton to slow down. But “you can’t change him.” “If I know President Clinton, he’ll be on the phone ... calling people asking for more help for Haiti and where he can get pickup trucks so they can deliver food or generators. If I know Bill Clinton, he’ll be raring to go in about 35 minutes,” McAuliffe said. Clinton consulted with his cardiologist Thursday after suffering discomfort in his chest for several days. He had the procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, three black SUVs with tinted windows arrived in Chappaqua, a wealthy suburb about 35 miles north of Manhattan. Clinton returned home with his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, advisers said. A couple of hours later, C.J. Williams, a secondgrader from New Fairfield, Conn., arrived at the cul-de-sac carrying a get-well card and a red heart-shaped box filled with Skittles. The sandy-haired boy said he wrote on the card, “Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you feel better, and here’s a little heart to make your big heart feel better.”

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In this Nov. 8, 1994 file photo, Democratic Congressional candidate Patrick Kennedy celebrates his election victory over Republican Kevin Vigilante in Providence, R.I., with his mother Joan Kennedy at his side. On Thursday, it was learned that U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., will not seek re-election in November.

Politics was never a perfect match for Patrick Kennedy By ANDREW MIGA and LAURIE KELLMAN

be both propelled and tormented by his pedigree. Many assumed that he ran for office because it was expected of him. He noted himself that staying the course in politics meant extra time and conversation with his hero, his father. Ted Kennedy wrote in his autobiography that the conflicts presented by the Kennedy name confronted Patrick even before he was sworn into his first elected job as a member of the Rhode Island Legislature. Ted Kennedy wrote in his autobiography that the conflicts presented by the Kennedy name confronted Patrick even before he was sworn into his first elected job as a member of the Rhode Island Legislature. First, Patrick said he didn’t want his father there for his inaugural ceremony. So Ted Kennedy went to Hawaii. Then, Patrick changed his mind, and Ted flew 14 hours to Providence. But after all that, Dad wrote later, “Patrick greeted me with some interesting news. His people thought it was best if I didn’t go down for the swearing in.” The senator said he didn’t really mind — “I was just so proud of him and so happy.” The differences between the Senate lion and his son were widely noted. Patrick Kennedy, for example, was never known for the kind of rousing speeches that were his father’s signature. “You just have to take an extra pound of grief if you are a Kennedy,” said veteran Boston Democratic strategist Dan Payne. “It helps open doors, sure, but you are always measured against the other Kennedys; that’s a tough load to carry.” All through the funeral services last summer, grief and loss played across Patrick’s face for the world to see. “It looked as though it was taking every ounce of energy just to keep going,” Payne said. Patrick’s departure from public office comes as other Kennedys of his generation work to make their mark outside elected office, steering away from the decisions of their parents’ generation. Former Massachusetts Rep.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It was never a perfect fit — politics and Patrick Kennedy, the latest and perhaps the last in the long line of Kennedys at the heart of American political life. The sometimes fragile son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy has spent all of his adult life in public office, but he has rarely seemed at ease in the spotlight. On Friday, five months after his father’s death, he announced he’ll retire from Congress, expressing a sense of relief. It will be the first time in six decades that Washington will be without a Kennedy in office. “It feels like a load off my shoulders,” said the Rhode Island Democrat, who started pursuing public office before he graduated from college. “I’ll have a private life and a personal life that heretofore I really haven’t experienced,” he said in a telephone interview. “I am looking forward to it.” Kennedy, 42, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy and of Attorney General and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, says he will serve out his eighth term but won’t seek a ninth this fall. In his autobiography, Edward Kennedy wrote that his son had a shy nature but seemed to love retail campaigning. Still, Patrick showed little zeal for political combat, finding his place instead as a passionate advocate for the mentally ill and speaking candidly about his own struggles with depression and substance abuse. The younger Kennedy said his father’s death from brain cancer last summer helped lead him to pivot away from the life in government embraced by so many Kennedys before him. He said his father agreed that you don’t have to hold public office to make a difference. Family examples: siblings and cousins who have chosen lives as activists — promoting the Special Olympics, protecting the environment and fighting fetal alcohol syndrome. Patrick Kennedy has seemed to

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Eurozone recovery falters; Germany flat

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 16 countries that use the euro barely grew in the fourth quarter, as a modest recovery stalled amid turmoil in financially troubled members such as Greece and a disappointingly flat performance from Germany, the biggest euro economy. The figures lagged well behind fourth-quarter growth in the United States and raised concerns that Europe could slip back into recession as government stimulus efforts expire and the continent struggles with a government debt crisis in some countries. Eurozone gross domestic product grew by only 0.1 percent in the last three months of 2009 from the previous three-month period, EU statistics agency Eurostat said Friday. Export powerhouse Germany turned in zero growth as consumption levels remained weak — reinforcing analysts’ thinking that sustained growth in Europe will have to wait until household spending picks up decisively. The eurozone growth figure fell short of expectations for a 0.4 percent increase and stoked worries the eurozone may dip back into recession. The euro took a further battering for the euro on currency markets. By late morning London time, the euro

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Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou prepares to speak during a cabinet meeting in the Greek Parliament in Athens on Friday. World markets were mostly higher Friday on optimism Europe’s pledge to help debt-laden Greece would stave off a broader crisis among the 16 countries that use the euro.

was trading at near ninemonth lows $1.3535, a full cent lower than where it was when the German figures came out. “Today’s data shows that the recovery in the euro area is a long way off from being self-sustained,” said Jorg Radeke, an economist at the Centre for Economic and Business Research. The third quarter increase of 0.4 percent had encouraged hopes that the eurozone recovery would be solid,

especially as U.S. growth spiked sharply higher — it was up a quarterly 1.4 percent — during the period and China continues to grow strongly. However, the recovery in the third quarter now appears likely to have been due to temporary factors like government spending boosts, a build-up in inventory levels and car scrappage schemes that pay people to trade in old cars, particularly in Germany.

A real concern in the markets now is that upcoming austerity programs in places like Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland will continue to depress activity in those countries and further undermine the overall eurozone recovery. The Eurostat figures clearly showed that the countries most affected by the debt crisis are struggling. Greece, which is in the midst of a debt crisis that made EU leaders to pledge

support on Thursday, saw its output shrink by 0.8 percent. Portugal’s output was unchanged following two solid quarterly increases, and Spain’s economy contracted by a further 0.1 percent as it continues to suffer from its property market collapse and near 20 percent unemployment levels. The third quarter recovery in Italy also proved to be short-lived as the eurozone’s third largest economy shrank by 0.2 percent during the period. France, the eurozone’s second-largest economy, appears to have been the main reason behind the overall rise in the fourth quarter in the eurozone, as it posted a respectable 0.6 percent increase in output. The fourth quarter figures cap a miserable economic year — for 2009 as a whole, the eurozone economy, which includes around 330 million people, contracted by a massive 4 percent. Though most economists as well as the European Central Bank expect growth this year, it’s unlikely to be remarkable, especially as there are signs of underlying weakness in France — much of the growth there in the fourth quarter was due to car sales, which were boosted by the upcoming scaling back of the car scrappage scheme at the end of the year.

Swiss will not extradite Polanski GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities won’t extradite Roman Polanski to the United States until courts in Los Angeles rule definitively that the director must face further sentencing in person in a 32-year-old sex case, a senior official said Friday. In a new twist in Polanski’s long legal saga, the Swiss Justice Ministry’s deputy director said it would make “no sense” to remove him from house arrest at his Alpine chalet while he seeks to resolve his U.S. case in absentia for having sex in

1977 with a 13-year-old girl. Polanski’s lawyers insist that the 76-year-old filmmaker served his full sentence in 1978 when he underwent a diagnostic study at a California prison for 42 days. Los Angeles courts have disagreed and Polanski’s lawyers have promised to appeal. “When the question is still open, why should he be extradited?” Rudolf Wyss told The Associated Press. “As long as the question is still open, our decision depends on that.”

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Days Of Thunder Return

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The boys shouldn’t play nice Like many of you, I have a mother. Like some of you, I have a wife. Like some of you, I have daughters. So, women are very important to me, and I will do my very best to instill in my daughters a strong sense of self-worth, big dreams, and a never-say-can’t attitude. On that level, as a husband and father, I am very pleased for NASCAR driver Danica Patrick. I believe she is a very important role model for young women; although I would prefer fewer Go Daddy! commercials and a little more attention to the race track, but that’s neither here nor there. Patrick is a far better role model than, oh say, Lindsey Lohan or Paris Hilton, or any of a half a dozen young ladies that grace television on a seemingly daily basis. Most of them looking as if they weigh less than my left foot. Patrick, though, is also beginning to bother me in an, ‘I have an itch on my back and can’t scratch it,’ sort of way. And, it isn’t really her fault. At least, it’s a little her fault, but mostly the fault lies with others. This ‘A ll Danica, all the time,’ media fascination is going overboard. The swarms of cameras, recorders, and press people that swirled around Patrick, following Saturday’s Nationwide Series race in Daytona Beach, was incredible for a driver who had just completed 69 laps officially. Patrick finished 35th, and was treated to basically the same coverage given to whatever guy won the race (pun intended — I know it was Tony Stewart). There is a certain novelty to Patrick, there is a certain beauty, to be sure, and there is a large touch of celebrity fawning, but as a sports guy, and I assume many of you are sports guys and gals, I’d like to see her do something. Like finish a race. Or, gasp, win one. One of the Nationwide drivers tweeted that he felt many in the media thought, “Patrick is related to Jesus.” His words, not mine. If this feeling, that the attention on Patrick is too much, too soon, grows among drivers, well, the gloves are off according to NASCAR, and boys can play rough. I’d hate to see Patrick pushed into a wall, on purpose, by some never-was, never-will-be like Tony Raines, or Stanton Barrett, or insert name of any of a dozen guys who just run laps for no real purpose on any given weekend. NASCAR is full of guys who won’t win this or any other year. But, if Patrick falls victim to some petty jealousy that might just be ... exactly what she needs. Patrick needs to grow into this sport, and she needs to take some hits. She needs to show she can take them and dish them out. She needs to run a full season of Nationwide before she jumps into the ‘big leagues’ of Sprint Cup. By doing all of this, she can earn respect from the types of drivers who feel a little overwhelmed by all of the attention heaped on a young lady, who has just run 69 laps. Part of playing with the boys is showing you can throw punches with the boys. I sure hope she can throw a punch.

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Danica Patrick (Go Daddy!) drives past as Travor Bayne (99) crashes during the NASCAR DRIVE4COPD 300 Nationwide series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday. Moments later, Patrick lost control of her car as the accident claimed 12 cars.

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Patrick involved in 12-car crash on lap 68. JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kevin Harvick knew his race cars were good enough to get either he or Tony Stewart into Victory Lane. Once Dale Earnhardt Jr. was out of contention, their path was wide open. Stewart held off Carl Edwards,

Harvick and Justin Allgaier to win the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway for the fifth time in six years. Kevin Harvick Inc. owned the car he drove to victory Saturday, as well as in 2005 and 2006. “They have always given us great race car, every time,” Stewart said. It was Stewart’s 15th win in a stock car at Daytona, moving him into a tie with Cale Yarborough for third all-time at the storied track. He now

trails only Dale Earnhardt (34 wins) and Bobby Allison (16) for most at Daytona. “I would trade a couple of them just for a win in a Sunday race here,” said Stewart, who is 0 for 11 in the Daytona 500. He’ll start sixth in Sunday’s main event. Stewart and Harvick clearly had the best cars from the moment they hit the track this week, making Harvick Please see Nationwide, Page 2B

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

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Takahisa Oguchi of Japan practices during a men’s singles luge training run at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Saturday.

Duke’s Jon Scheyer (30) shoots for three over Maryland during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, Saturday. Scheyer scored 22 points in their 77-56 win.

Luge resumes on fast track No. 8 Duke routs Terps

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Olympic luge events will start farther down the track than originally planned, officials said Saturday, a decision they made with the “emotional component” of athletes in mind following the death of a Georgian competitor. They reiterated that the lightningfast track was safe for competition, and Olympic officials said they were “completely satisfied” with the adjustments. “We never said it is too fast,” International Luge Federation president Josef Fendt said. An extra session of men’s training, as well as all four runs of the men’s event — two on Saturday, two on Sunday — will begin from the women’s start ramp. Meanwhile, the women’s and doubles entrants in the Olympic field

will now start even lower, at the junior start position, between the fifth and sixth curves. It means speeds in all luge events will be a bit slower at the Whistler Sliding Track, where 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili crashed and died in a training run on Friday after his body flew over the track wall and smashed into a steel pole at nearly 90 mph. The decision to change the start’s location seemed to have the desired effect during men’s training on Saturday, the first session on the track after Kumaritashvili’s terrifying crash. None of the 36 sliders, all of whom wore black tape on the left sides of their helmets in tribute to Kumaritashvili,

DURHAM (AP) — Jon Scheyer scored 22 points and No. 8 Duke marked coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000th game at the school with a 77-56 rout of Maryland on Saturday in a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top two teams. Brian Zoubek had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the first-place Blue Devils (21-4, 9-2). They dominated this matchup by shooting 41.5 percent and locking down the Terrapins, who finished 25 points below their season average.

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Driver Danica Patrick looks on before the start of the DRIVE4COPD NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday.

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convinced he’d get a KHI win as either a driver or owner by the end of the race. “Tony and I talked right before the race, and I said I didn’t think they could beat both cars, as good as they were in practice,” Harvick said. “Best car I’ve ever had here, and I think we worked a long time, a lot of hours in our speedway program, and it all paid off today.” But the effort was overshadowed by Danica Patrick’s NASCAR debut and Earnhardt’s spectacular crash. Patrick announced Monday she would run the Nationwide race, basing her decision on a successful stock-car debut three days earlier in the ARCA event. So all eyes were on her from the first practice all the way through her involvement in a raceending 12-car accident just past the halfway mark. She was running in the middle of the pack when several cars wrecked in front of her, and Patrick tried to duck low to avoid them. But she couldn’t dodge everything, slammed into the outside wall, and then spun through the grass. “That just proves how hard it is out here, and how much there is to learn and how good all these drivers really are,” she said. Shortly after the media crush surrounding her in the garage began to dissipate, her car owner sent the cameras scurrying back outside with a frightening accident along the superstretch. Edwards and Brad Keselowski were racing sideby-side when both drifted to the center of the track in an apparent attempt to claim the same spot of real estate. As they bounced away from each other, Keselowski hooked the rear of Earnhardt’s car to send his Chevrolet into the wall and then upside down onto its roof. He skidded along the track, where he was tagged by several other cars, before sliding through the infield grass and finally rolling back onto its wheels. He took the mandatory ambulance ride to the infield care center, and emerged in an unusually jovial mood for a driver who had just rolled his car. “You don’t want to flip one upside down and it not be spectacular. You don’t want to waste your opportunity, right?” Earnhardt joked. “It’s good to flip upside down every once in a while, but it’s just too expensive for me.” The Earnhardt and Patrick accidents sent both JR Motorsports cars back to North Carolina in crumpled heaps, a costly setback for a team that is still seeking sponsorship. Patrick’s 13 races are sponsored, but Earnhardt may have to pay out of his own pocket for the No. 88 to run a full season. “We’re going to have to go back and balance our books after that. This has been a rough day for JR Motorsports,” he said. “We do our books by the month pretty much, and kind of know where we are financially. “We just knocked ourselves back a few steps. It was an expensive day for us.” After an 11-minute red flag for Earnhardt’s accident, Stewart took command and led the final 24 laps for his third consecutive Daytona victory. Among his 15 victories are wins in the exhibition Budweiser Shootout, the Daytona 500 qualifying races and the July Sprint Cup Series race. “Doesn’t matter what kind of car it is, it’s always an honor to win at Daytona,” he said. “After 15 of ‘em now, there’s one I haven’t won, and that’s the Sunday show.”

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1. (32) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet 2. (2) Carl Edwards, Ford 3. (4) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet 4. (12) Justin Allgaier, Dodge 5. (7) Brian Vickers, Toyota 6. (43) Paul Menard, Ford 7. (6) Joey Logano, Toyota 8. (11) James Buescher, Chevrolet 9. (8) Kasey Kahne, Toyota 10. (13) Steve Wallace, Chevrolet 11. (28) Brian Keselowski, Dodge 12. (18) Michael Annett, Toyota 13. (24) Brad Keselowski, Dodge 14. (20) Tony Raines, Chevrolet 15. (39) Scott Riggs, Ford 16. (19) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet 17. (26) Eric McClure, Ford 18. (1) Kyle Busch, Toyota 19. (37) Brian Scott, Toyota 20. (42) Bobby Gerhart, Chevrolet 21. (36) Danny Efland, Chevrolet 22. (40) Morgan Shepherd, Toyota 23. (5) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet 24. (25) Michael McDowell, Dodge 25. (27) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet 26. (31) Greg Biffle, Ford 27. (33) Jeff Green, Chevrolet 28. (23) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet 29. (3) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet 30. (16) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet 31. (30) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet 32. (14) Scott Lagasse Jr., Ford 33. (22) Jason Leffler, Toyota 34. (9) Colin Braun, Ford 35. (15) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet 36. (10) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford 37. (41) Stanton Barrett, Chevrolet 38. (38) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet 39. (29) Josh Wise, Ford 40. (21) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet 41. (17) Trevor Bayne, Toyota 42. (34) Brad Teague, Chevrolet 43. (35) Chrissy Wallace, Chevrolet

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Dustin Johnson is powering his away around the Monterey Peninsula. Paul Goydos is poking along. Two golfers who couldn’t be any more different were tied for the lead Saturday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Johnson reached the 595yard opening hole at Spyglass Hill with a hybrid and made a 20-foot eagle from the fringe to send him on his way to an 8-under 64, despite a three-putt bogey on his final hole. Goydos reached the 513-yard second hole with a 3-wood and made an 8-foot eagle putt, then birdied two of the final three holes for a 64 at Pebble Beach. They were at 18-under 196 and were four shots clear of anyone else. Johnson is leading the field this week in driving distance at 310.7 yards, while Goydos is averaging 262.7 yards off the tee. J.B. Holmes and Bryce Molder each had a 68 at Spyglass Hill, while Matt Jones had a 66 on the Shore Course at Monterey

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Friday’s Games No games scheduled Saturday’s Games No games scheduled Sunday’s Games East vs. West at Arlington, TX, 8 p.m. Saturday’s College Basketball Major Scores EAST Albany, N.Y. 75, UMBC 62 Boston U. 58, Hartford 55 Buffalo 70, Kent St. 55 Cincinnati 60, Connecticut 48 Colgate 75, American U. 74, 2OT Columbia 66, Penn 62 Cornell 48, Princeton 45 Drexel 68, Delaware 60 George Washington 78, Fordham 53 Harvard 81, Brown 67 Lafayette 83, Navy 77 Lehigh 78, Army 66 Michigan St. 65, Penn St. 54 Monmouth, N.J. 76, Wagner 67 Mount St. Mary’s, Md. 77, Fairleigh Dickinson 67 Quinnipiac 80, Long Island U. 72 Richmond 68, St. Bonaventure 49 Robert Morris 52, Bryant 42 Sacred Heart 62, St. Francis, NY 50 St. Francis, Pa. 59, Cent. Connecticut St. 57 Stony Brook 81, Binghamton 61 Temple 78, Rhode Island 56 Towson 74, Georgia St. 69, OT Villanova 92, Providence 81 Yale 69, Dartmouth 56 SOUTH Alabama 73, Arkansas 68 Alcorn St. 55, MVSU 54 Appalachian St. 111, Georgia Southern 83 Ark.-Pine Bluff 66, Southern U. 62 Belmont 70, S.C.-Upstate 57 Clemson 74, Miami 66 Coastal Carolina 52, Radford 51 Coppin St. 79, S. Carolina St. 61 Davidson 75, W. Carolina 72 Delaware St. 67, Bethune-Cookman 50 Duke 77, Maryland 56 Florida A&M 80, Md.-Eastern Shore 71 Furman 87, Chattanooga 78 Georgia 66, South Carolina 61 High Point 73, Charleston Southern 68 Hofstra 87, UNC Wilmington 70 Howard 59, N. Carolina A&T 49 Jacksonville 69, Stetson 54 James Madison 76, Va. Commonwealth 71 Liberty 69, Gardner-Webb 61 Middle Tennessee 109, Houston Baptist 79 Mississippi St. 85, Auburn 75, OT Morgan St. 79, Winston-Salem 65 Murray St. 75, Jacksonville St. 67 N.C. Central 81, Longwood 78 Norfolk St. 70, Hampton 66 North Carolina 74, N.C. State 61 North Florida 68, Florida Gulf Coast 65, OT Northwestern St. 82, Cent. Arkansas 76 Old Dominion 76, George Mason 60 SE Louisiana 76, Nicholls St. 63 Southern Miss. 66, Rice 50 The Citadel 77, Elon 72 UCF 62, Tulane 54 UNC Asheville 114, VMI 97 Vanderbilt 77, LSU 69 William & Mary 53, Northeastern 52 Winthrop 66, Presbyterian 53 Wofford 59, Samford 54 Xavier 76, Florida 64

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF New Jersey 60 37 20 3 77 160 Pittsburgh 61 36 22 3 75 192 Philadelphia 59 31 25 3 65 173 N.Y. Rangers 61 27 27 7 61 156 N.Y. Islanders 60 24 28 8 56 151 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF

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Saturday’s Games N.Y. Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 4 Buffalo 3, San Jose 1 Philadelphia at Montreal, late Carolina 5, New Jersey 2 Boston at Florida, late Ottawa at Detroit, late Washington at St. Louis, late Dallas at Phoenix, late Atlanta at Chicago, late Anaheim at Calgary, late Colorado at Los Angeles, late Sunday’s Games Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 1 p.m. Nashville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Vancouver at Minnesota, 3 p.m. Ottawa at N.Y. Islanders, 5 p.m. Chicago at Columbus, 5 p.m. Anaheim at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS Saturday’s Sports Transactions

HOCKEY National Hockey League CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS—Recalled LW Bryan Bickell from Rockford (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS—Assigned D Cory Murphy to Lowell (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS—Assigned F Donald Brashear to Hartford (AHL). Recalled D Corey Potter from Hartford. OTTAWA SENATORS—Assigned F Jonathan Cheechoo to Binghamton (AHL).

TELEVISION 12 p.m. (WHNS) NASCAR Racing Sprint Cup: Daytona 500. From Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. 1 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) College Basketball Ohio State at Illinois. 1 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Louisville at Syracuse. 2 p.m. (WYCW) Women’s College Basketball Florida at Tennessee. 3 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) PGA Tour Golf AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Final Round. From Pebble Beach, Calif. 3 p.m. (ESPN2) Women’s College Basketball Teams TBA. 3 p.m. (USA) XXI Winter Olympics Hockey. From Vancouver, B.C. Hockey, women’s: USA vs. China. 4 p.m. (FSS) Women’s College Basketball LSU at Auburn. 5 p.m. (TS) Women’s College Basketball California at Washington. 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Women’s College Basketball Teams TBA. 7:30 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Boston College at Florida State. 8:30 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball 2010 All-Star Game. From American Airlines Center in Dallas. 10 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball UCLA at USC.

Peninsula. They were tied for third at 14-under 200. David Duval had a 67 and was tied for seventh. Phil Mickelson had a 69 at Pebble Beach and was eight shots out of the lead. The biggest star Saturday was the weather, some of the most spectacular conditions this tournament has seen in years. Along the coast of Pebble Beach, huge swells crashed against the rocks and the sea wall.

The 50-year-old Couples is coming off a 37th-place tie last week in the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera. He made two senior starts in Hawaii last month, teaming with Nick Price to finish third in the exhibition Champions Skins, then losing to Tom Watson by a stroke in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Dan Forsman was three strokes back.

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GURGAON, India (AP) — England’s Richard Bland and Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed shot 6-under 66s to join a seven-man logjam atop the Avantha Masters leaderboard. India’s Rahil Gangjee (69), Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka (70), Australia’s Darren Beck (70), England’s Barry Lane (71) and Taiwan’s Chan Yin-Shin (72) also were 11 under in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours and the Professional Golf Tour of India.

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CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Larry Drew II had 15 points and North Carolina snapped its fourgame losing streak by beating North Carolina State 74-61 on Saturday. Deon Thompson added 12 points for the Tar Heels (14-11, 3-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who gained some measure of relief with their first victory since beating the Wolfpack nearly three weeks ago. It was also their first home win since beating Virginia Tech more than a month ago. But more importantly, the victory kept the defending national champions from doing something unthinkable in the preseason: falling into last place in the ACC standings with just a handful of games left to play. Instead, that dishonor fell to Associated Press N.C. State (14-12, 2-9), which Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledges lost its fourth straight game former player J.J. Reddick after being awarded a jeroverall and its eighth in a row to sey for coaching 1,000 Duke games after an NCAA the Tar Heels. college basketball game against Maryland in Durham, Tracy Smith scored 20 points Saturday. Krzyzewski, a Hall of Famer now in his 30th season in Durham, has won 781 of those 1,000 games, to lead the Wolfpack and Javi including three NCAA championships. Gonzalez added 13, but they got little help. Senior Dennis Horner, the team’s second-leading scorer at 12 points per game, finished with two points and one Continued from Page 1B rebound in 24 minutes. As for the Tar Heels, they proved they are not quitting on a Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points and Cliff Tucker miserable season. They had lost added 12 to lead the Terrapins (16-7, 6-3), whose eight of 10 games since the start late run couldn’t make up for going 7 minutes of 2010, including Wednesday’s between baskets in the first half. They were 2 of 13 64-54 loss to rival Duke that from 3-point range. ranked as their lowest scoring Former Duke players from Art Heyman to J.J. performance in seven seasons Redick came to Cameron Indoor Stadium to celunder coach Roy Williams. ebrate a double milestone for Krzyzewski, who on Then came news that starter his 63rd birthday became the eighth Division I Ed Davis — the team’s No. 2 coach to reach four figures at one school. He’s 781- scorer and top rebounder — 219 in 30 seasons at Duke. might miss the rest of the season After the final horn sounded, he was presented with a broken left wrist suffered with a framed Duke No. 1,000 jersey, the playagainst the Blue Devils. That ers pulled on T-shirts adorned with Krzyzewski’s pushed freshman John Henson, silhouette and the Cameron Crazies sang “Happy a lanky 6-foot-10 forward, into Birthday” to him. the starting lineup alongside “A guy couldn’t have a better job than I’ve had for Thompson up front. 30 years,” Krzyzewski told the crowd. Henson had looked lost after Nolan Smith had 14 points and Kyle Singler finstarting the season at small ished with 10 for the Blue Devils — who have won forward, but had played well four straight, six of seven overall and 40 in a row at in a loss at Virginia Tech and home against unranked teams. They have rarely been tested at Cameron this season — 14-0 with all but one of the victories coming by double digits. This time, they held off a late charge by Maryland and kept control throughout against the PHILADELPHIA (AP) — second-place Terrapins, the last visitors not named Scottie Reynolds and Corey North Carolina to win here when they did it in Fisher scored 22 points each 2007 when Vasquez was a freshman. and No. 4 Villanova pulled away Since then, Duke has won all six meetings between the teams, though in his final visit to one late to beat Providence 92-81 on Saturday. of college basketball’s most inhospitable arenas, The Wildcats (22-2, 11-1 Big Vasquez recovered from a rocky start and nearly East) moved into a tie with clawed Maryland back into the game. Syracuse atop the Big East Vasquez scored nine consecutive points during standings. a 10-0 run, hitting a jumper to pull the Terrapins Providence (12-13, 4-9) had its within 54-44 with 9:26 to play. Duke responded second win over a Top 25 team with a reverse layup by Singler, two free throws by in sight until two costly fouls Smith and a three-point play by Scheyer to stretch were called on Sharaud Curry the lead to 61-44. with 8 minutes left. Curry fouled That came after Vasquez was held without a Reynolds and snapped at the refpoint for the opening 16 minutes, prompting the eree — a personal and a techniCameron Crazies to chant “scoreless” at him. By the time he hit his first basket — a floating jumper cal that gave him five fouls and sent Reynolds to the line for four at the 4-minute mark of the first half — the Blue Devils already were up by double figures for good. shots. Reynolds made three of them Duke, which beat the Terps by 41 in last season’s for a 67-60 lead. With Curry, visit, looked well on its way to another easy win who had 19 points, out of the when they reeled off 15 consecutive points during game the Friars had no serious the early 25-6 run that pushed their lead into douruns left. ble figures. Singler and Scheyer capped the burst with 3-pointers 15 seconds apart to make it 30-14 No. 6 Purdue 63, Iowa 40 with 7 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Zoubek, a 7-foot-1 senior making his first start of WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) the season, was effective in doing the dirty work — JaJuan Johnson had 21 points underneath for the Blue Devils, with one impresand 10 rebounds and Purdue sive individual effort pushing him into double figwon its seventh straight. ures in two stat categories and gave him his first E’Twaun Moore had 11 points double-double of the ACC season. and Chris Kramer anchored the After Singler missed a 3-pointer 3 minutes into defense with four steals for the the second half, Zoubek broke unimpeded down Boilermakers (21-3, 9-3 Big Ten). the lane and dunked the rebound to make it 48-26. Johnson was held to six points in the first meeting with the Hawkeyes, a 67-56 Purdue win in Iowa City. Cully Payne scored 11 points and Jarryd Cole had 10 for the Hawkeyes (9-17, 3-10). Matt

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North Carolina State forward DeShawn Painter, right, blocks the shot of North Carolina guard Dexter Strickland (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, Saturday.

has shown progress since playing more at power forward. He came through with nine points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a season-high 26 minutes against N.C. State, and even soared into the paint to stuff home a missed shot by Thompson for the game’s first basket. It was Drew, however, who finished off the Wolfpack. The Tar Heels led by two at halftime and maintained control for the entire second half before Drew scored seven straight points that pushed

North Carolina’s lead to 66-54. Drew finished with seven assists, while freshman Dexter Strickland added 11 points. North Carolina shot 42 percent, but helped itself by taking a 44-32 rebounding advantage and converting 17 offensive boards into 17 second-chance points. Before Saturday’s game, the Tar Heels honored Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington, the backcourt duo who helped the team win last year’s national championship.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Kalin Lucas returned to the starting lineup and scored 24 points as Michigan State ended a three-game losing streak. Durrell Summers and Delvon Roe scored all the points in a130 second-half run that gave the Spartans (20-6, 10-3 Big Ten) a 57-46 lead. Lucas didn’t look like he was hobbled by the heavily wrapped right ankle he sprained Feb. 2. He missed one game, then came off the bench in a 76-64 loss to No. 6 Purdue on Tuesday.

No. 11 Wisconsin 83, Indiana 55 MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jason Bohannon had seven 3-pointers and a career-high 30 points to help Wisconsin rebound from a surprising home loss.

No. 14 Texas 91, Nebraska 51 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Avery Bradley scored 20 points in the first half to lead Texas’ romp.

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No. 21 Temple 78, Rhode Island 56 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Micheal Eric scored a careerhigh 19 points and Temple set a school record for shooting.

No. 22 Vanderbilt 77, LSU 69 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Reserve Lance Goulbourne scored 11 of his career-high 18 points in the second half for Vanderbilt.

San Diego St. 68, No. 23 UNLV 58 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Billy White scored 19 points and freshman Kawhi Leonard had a double-double for San Diego State.

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John Lackey, welcome to the beach. Roy Halladay, have a safe trip to Florida. Mr. Cliff Lee, enjoy your stay in Arizona. It’s time. In the snowy Northeast and chilly Midwest — even in sunny California — it’s the signal that baseball is coming back. Pitchers and catchers report to camps over the next 10 days, finally shifting the biggest winter moves from podiums and conference calls to the field. “Spring training is a special thing,” Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “It sets the tone for a championship season.” The St. Louis Cardinals hope to get a boost from Mark McGwire. He’s set to be their batting coach after — he hopes — putting his steroids admission in the past. Lackey joins Josh Beckett at the front of a stellar Boston rotation after the top pitching prize on the free-agent market signed an $82.5 million, fiveyear contract. Philadelphia will have Halladay after getting him in the biggest winter trade, a swap that also sent Lee to revamped Seattle. Minnesota strengthened its roster with a surprising spending spree ahead of its first season in open-air Target Field. It’s all in an effort to unseat the New York Yankees, who once again begin the spring as the team to beat following their 27th World Series championship. Never content to sit still, the Yankees added All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson, pitcher Javier Vazquez, designated hitter Nick Johnson and outfielder Randy Winn. But the moves left the popular Johnny Damon looking for a team — outfielder Jermaine Dye, slugging first basemen Carlos Delgado and Russell Branyan, and left-hander Jarrod Washburn are among the other available free agents as the season approaches. The Yankees play the major league opener on April 4 against Boston at Fenway Park. “Everybody puts on their Sunday best for the Yankees,” said Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who was in New York’s dugout the last time it won consecutive titles. In the meantime, there are workouts and games. The exhibitions start on March 2 when Atlanta plays the New York Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Torre, who managed New York to three straight titles from 1998-2000, is hoping to lead Los Angeles back to the postseason. But an ownership dispute featuring a bitter divorce could handcuff his team, and the Giants and Rockies like their chances in the NL West. “Last year we opened that door,” said Tim Lincecum, who agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract with San Francisco on Friday following consecutive NL Cy Young Awards. “We won 88 games and we surprised a lot of people who didn’t think we were going to do that. Now that that door is open, we’ve got to pound through it and make ourselves a little more well known.” St. Louis has a spot to fill in its rotation after losing solid right-hander Joel Pineiro to the Angels in free agency. Fellow NL Central power Chicago could be without lefty Ted Lilly at the start of the season, leaving the division wide open, with Milwaukee also in the mix. At least the Cardinals kept Matt Holliday. The star outfielder was on the market before agreeing to stay in St. Louis for a franchise-record $120 million, seven-year contract. McGwire and the Cardinals are hoping his media blitz over the winter will allow him to focus on work this spring. “I don’t know what else he can say,” manager Tony La Russa said during the team’s fan festival last month. “How many more times does he have to apologize? How many more times does he have to admit he made a mistake?” Also this spring in the NL Central: the Pirates open camp in Bradenton, Fla., hoping to avoid their 18th consecutive losing season, and there’s intrigue at Chicago’s training home in Mesa, Ariz. The Cubs have new ownership in the Ricketts family, and Piniella is entering the final year of his contract. “Every manager feels good about his team this time of year,” said Piniella, who turns 67 in August. Texas also could have new owners by opening day. Tom Hicks has agreed to sell the club to a group that includes team president and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. The Rangers (87-75) begin this spring with high hopes after only their second winning season since their last playoff appearance in 1999. They’re expected to contend for the AL West title, along with the Mariners and defending champion Angels.

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1st gold in Vancouver to the Swiss VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The first gold medalist of the 2010 Winter Games is the guy who won two golds in Salt Lake City eight years ago. If the name Simon Ammann doesn’t ring a bell, maybe this will: He’s the Swiss ski jumper who looked a lot like Harry Potter. Now 28 — and no longer a double for the boy wizard — Ammann is again the best in the world. He won the individual normal hill title Saturday for the honor of being the first of 86 champions to be crowned at the Vancouver Games. Four more gold medals were to be awarded Saturday. It would’ve been five, but the men’s downhill was postponed because of warm, wet weather in Whistler. Among the things to watch for was whether Canada would get its first gold medal at home, having been shut out in Montreal at the 1976 Summer Games and at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary. Who will be first to stir up a spirited rendition of “O Canada”? Odds are it’ll be either moguls skiers Jenn Heil or Kirsti Richards, or speedskater Charles Hamelin, all in action Saturday night. Competition at the 21st Winter Olympics opened Saturday with all eyes and heavy hearts on the Whistler Sliding Center. Sliders resumed training on a repaired and slightly reconfigured track the day after a 21-year-old luger from the republic of Georgia died following a crash on the last

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turn of a training run. The starting point for the men was shifted to the women’s start ramp, which should slightly slow speeds throughout the treacherous track. That also should help improve control. American luger Tony Benshoof, who hurt his foot when he slammed into a wall Friday, was first down the course Saturday morning and he navigated all 16 turns without incident. The final turn, where Nodar Kumaritashvili crashed, now has a 12-foot-high wooden wall to cover exposed steel beams. Workers also scraped and shaped ice from the edges of the last turn. The International Luge Federation and Vancouver Olympic officials said Friday night their investigation showed that the crash was the result of human error and there was “no indication that the accident was caused by deficiencies in the track.” Ammann’s victory in the ski jump was decisive — he posted the longest jumps in both rounds. His score of 276.5 points far beat his 269 from Salt Lake. At Turin in ‘06, Ammann went out in the first of two rounds, finishing 38th. Polish veteran Adam Malysz took silver and Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer bounced back from a disappointing first jump to earn bronze in his Olympic debut. None of the three U.S. ski jumpers made it to the final round. Peter Frenette and Nick Alexander tied for 41st, while

broke 90 mph after speeds routinely surpassed 95 mph earlier in the week. Russia’s Albert Demtschenko was clocked at 88.1 mph after topping at 94.6 mph in his fifth practice run.

made to the surface of the ice itself. During the training session Saturday morning, workers were seen strapping padding to the steel poles along the finish curve. When training resumed from the lower start, American Tony Benshoof — the first man to slide in the session — navigated the track without incident.

Germany’s Felix Loch was fastest in training at 89.2 mph — well off his track record of 95.68 set during a World Cup event last year. Other changes were made overnight, including raising the wall at Curve 16, the area where Kumaritashvili crashed; some modifications were also

“For me, personally, and for the International Luge Federation, yesterday was the worst day,” Fendt said. “The saddest day.” Kumaritashvili’s teammate, Levan Gureshidze, did not train on Saturday, skipping both runs. He was at the track, wearing a black armband, and there was no official word on why he did

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Anders Johnson was 49th.

Men’s downhill Alpine skiers woke up Saturday to news of another day of delays. The competition-opening men’s downhill was called off about 4 a.m., with officials realizing their slopes would be too slushy. It wasn’t much of a surprise because the women’s supercombined, originally planned for Sunday, was postponed Friday afternoon. The International Ski Federation is considering throwing out its schedule and starting from scratch, with a new plan featuring seven straight days of racing. So far, the only decision is that the men’s event will (hopefully) be Monday, at 10:30 a.m. PST. The women’s event — featuring American sensation Lindsey Vonn — had not been rescheduled as of Saturday morning.

Figure skating Johnny Weir didn’t like living at the Olympic village four years ago in Turin. So why he is he staying at the Vancouver version? Safety. Weird said he received “very serious threats” from anti-fur activists after adding white fox fur to the left shoulder of his costume for the free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last month. He could have had bodyguards at a hotel, but it was easier to stay in the village, where security is always at a premium. not slide or if he planned to race when the men’s competition opened later Saturday. Argentina’s Ruben Gonzalez, the first person to compete in four Winter Olympics in four different decades, also skipped the training run. It was unclear if Gonzalez, from Katy, Texas, would compete later on. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge planned to attend Saturday’s competition, which was certain to have a somber atmosphere. Someone placed a small bouquet of yellow flowers near the bottom of the pole that Kumaritashvili struck. A man was seen kneeling near the pole, sobbing as the morning training session ended.

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the first time in its 11-yearhistory. He accuses Mavericks Surf Ventures Inc. of selling out the contest for commercial gain. Mavericks chief executive Keir Beadling counters that the allegations in his lawsuit are “completely false.” The event begins when the first six or 24 world-class surfers are ferried by jet ski to the surf spot. Each heat of six surfers competes for 45 minutes, with each competitor allowed to catch up to 10 waves. Surfers are judged on their best two waves, and the top three scorers in each heat advance to the semifinals.

The contest is not held every year and is called only when conditions are prime. In the past, Clark made the decision when the event would he held and gave competitors 48 hours warning. This year the competitors voted. The waves are expected to be huge and the sun to be out. But forecasters say there is a chance for south winds in the morning. Surfers say that could make for choppier waves than if the winds were out of the northwest, which is expected in later afternoon rounds. The dispute has fiercely divided loyalties in the insu-

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lar world of surfing, with some defending Clark as the soul of the contest and others criticizing him for committing the original sin by publicizing a once-secret surf spot. “This is a dispute between Jeff Clark, a passionate and respected member of the international surfing community, and a series of corporations and persons with no interest in surfing other than as a source of corporate and personal profit,” stated the lawsuit filed last month. Clark, who owns a surf shop in Half Moon Bay that sells his own line of Maverick’s clothing and surf

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When reviewing job candidates, I often see a fair share of resumes that exaggerate the truth. Most people simply embellish their previous work experience, but my latest applicant wins for 'best explanation' of his exaggeration. His qualifications were solid and he came with excellent recommendations. It was his list of previous employment that didn't quite make sense. When he showed up for the interview, I thought I better ask him to explain. "Your cover letter states that you have over 20 years work experience," I said, "but your resume only shows 10 years of employment." "That's true," the young man said quite confidently, "I actually worked twice as hard as everyone else!" (Thanks to Sarah W.)

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Help Wanted Little Red School: 2 year old teacher, must have early childhood credentials and 12 or more edu. credits. Classroom exp. a plus. Apply at center Doctor’s office hiring Previous work exp. as CNA or Medical Tech is beneficial, but not necessary. Hiring for part time, with potential to be full time. Send resume & cover letter to: Carolina Medical PO Box 955 Columbus, NC 28722 Wanted: Determined applicants for Security Officer positions in the Rutherfordton area. Part time openings currently available. Applicants must have no criminal record, have dependable transportation, have dependable telephone communications, be willing to work where and when needed, and possess a sincere desire to do a professional job. Be part of a winning team! Contact Kim Parks, District Manager, Spartan Security, at (864) 494-2532

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Mark Martin wants elusive Daytona win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mark Martin was driving in the middle of a pack when things got a little dicey during his qualifying race Thursday. Cars were ducking high and low, sliding left and right, banging, bumping and battling for every inch around Daytona International Speedway. Martin backed off. The 51-year-old driver — the guy who has endured so many close calls, frustrating finishes, big wrecks and equipment failures at NASCAR’s most famous track — simply had too much to lose this time around. Martin earned his first Daytona 500 pole last week, a strong sign this could be his best shot at getting what would be the most meaningful victory in his 29-year career. His No. 5 Chevrolet will lead the 43-car field to the green flag in Sunday’s race — and would like to do the same when the checkered flag drops about four hours later. “We’ve got as good a car as anybody,” said Martin, who finished second to teammate Jimmie Johnson in last year’s Sprint Cup standings. “Anybody can win this thing. It might as well be us.” Few would complain, not after everything Martin has been through at the 2 1/2mile superspeedway. The storied track has given him more heartache and disappointment than reason for celebration. He once ran out of gas late, crashed some of his fastest cars and even came up a few inches short in 2007. After returning to the sport on a part-time basis, he was leading with two laps remaining that year and looked like he would hold off Kyle Busch in a greenwhite-checkered finish. But Busch wrecked, and Kevin Harvick edged Martin at the line in one of the closest finishes in race history. Martin could have been sour, and no one would have blamed him. But he got exactly what he wanted — a chance at winning the sport’s premier race. Nonetheless, Martin is still winless in 49 Cup starts at Daytona. Sure, he has two victories in the now-defunct IROC series, another in the exhibition Budweiser Shootout and one more pick up ad 1599739dc, please add the phone number in the truck series, but 828-287-3871 none of those compare to the Great American Race.

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Old timey aprons; pockets of memories The “old-timey” apron, its multiple uses by our grandmas and great-grandmas and the disappearance of apron-wearing folks caught my attention this week. Grandma Buckner’s old timey full-length apron was as much a part of her clothes as her dress. The aprons went within two inches of her nearly floor-length dress. She was never without her apron unless it was a dressup day and I do not recall such a day. Her apron was made with a “thingy” around her neck, an uncle recalls, fastened to a bib which was the top of the apron. He recalls how good they smelled. She dried them on the clothes line and ironed them to perfection. Her aprons had one big pocket on the right side where she stored lots of things she gathered from the garden, fruit vines and chicken house. Aprons were used a long time ago to protect dresses underneath. Back then when you washed clothes in a wringer washer or a black tub outside with a wooden stick, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, I’ve been told. Neither my Grandma Crawford nor my mother wore aprons, but Grandma Gordon did. One purpose of Grandma Gordon’s apron was to hide grandchildren, who suddenly got shy when company drove up. Aprons were also used to protect a grandchild from being scolded by a parent. In our photo album is my older sister hiding behind Grandma’s apron, hiding from something. I’m sure it worked, after all we were at Grandma’s house. Grandmas would even use aprons to wipe dirt off a grandchild’s face, wipe a tear or clean a dirty ear. They were wonderful pot holders for lifting burners away from wood burning stoves. Today’s young mothers don’t usually wear aprons, I’m told, unless they don’t have time to change into their “uniforms” after work. If a young mom has a meeting after dinner, she may wear an apron to protect her attire, but not usually. Another friend wears her aprons only on holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter. It doesn’t have anything to do with wanting to keep flour off her holiday clothes, it’s because she is cooking such a variety of dishes, an apron feels right. Other peers wear aprons only for holiday cooking and some of my pastor-wife friends wear aprons because they have another church meeting, funeral and or shower after lunch. Except for a sentimental apron from a friend who passed away years ago, I don’t own an apron. There’s a reason. I don’t cook a lot and I promise you if I’m in the kitchen actually doing serious cooking, I’m definitely in my uniform — sweat pants and a T-shirt. My almost 11-year-old greatnephew has become quite the cook. He helps his mom in the kitchen preparing such dishes as pot roast and shepherd’s pie. Among his Christmas gifts was an apron. He must wear an apron for protection from flour and sugar on his school clothes. I suppose there will never be anything to replace “old-timey aprons” — serving more purposes than we can imagine. And today, one of those purposes — the vivid pictures of our grandmas and grannies in our hearts, this Valentine’s Day.

Couples share how their romances began Tommy & Danielle Aley Tommy and I met in December 1997. I had just gotten home from a final exam and my dad told me that my friend Rodney just called, who, by the way, was an old boyfriend when I was 13. When I called him back, he told me he had ran into a friend at the store and he asked Rodney if he knew anyone that would like to accompany him to a Christmas dinner. Rodney thought of me, thus the phone call. I hesitantly told him that I would meet this guy (after all – a girl’s got to eat). I even gave Rodney permission to bring Tommy over to my house, which was very unusual for me. I told Rodney that I was in my test taking clothes which amounted to me in my sweat pants and a sweat shirt. Rodney, his wife, Christy, and Tommy came over. Rodney had set me up before, so my expectations were not high. Once they got there, I immediately thought that Tommy was a cutie. He had that sweet, country boy look about him that I’m usually attracted to. We all sat around and talked for a little while and Rodney finally asked, “Well, how about it, can Tommy have your number?” I did give Tommy my number, and he did call the next night to make arrangements for the Christmas dinner that was the following night. Before we hung up Tommy said, “OK, I’ll be there around 7 to pick you up on my moped.” I was pretty sure he was kidding. That following night he came to pick me up, and to my relief, he was driving a truck. As I got in the

truck there was a rose lying across the dash. I’m a sucker for a rose. Once we were at the dinner, Tommy made me laugh constantly. If he wasn’t acting as if he was going to pass out from starvation, he was feeding me cheesy pickup lines. One was “My tea is not sweet enough, will you stick your finger in it to sweeten up?” I just laughed. As he was doing one of his slapstick comedy stunts, I remember thinking to myself, “There’s something different about this one.” We ended the night with, “Well maybe our paths will meet again.” The next evening he did call me and we talked for a few minutes. He was getting ready to go out of town for the weekend so there wasn’t much more said except a thank you for going, I had a good time. The next Sunday, when he came home, he called me. I think it was as soon as he walked in his door. When he did that, I knew he was hooked. We talked for hours and made plans for a second date. That night, on our second date, I still had not made up my mind about him. However, Please see Aley, Page 8C

Ritchie & . Ashley Garland Ritchie and Ashley Garland met in 1995, when Ashley was in sixth grade and Ritchie in ninth. Members of the same church, their parents were friends and their relationship began innocently with them seeing each other at church on Sundays and Wednesdays. Ashley said she became the talk of the town when in eighth grade, her parents decided she and Ritchie could go on their first real date – on Valentine’s Day. Their other dates after that, the couple said, were either spent at his house or hers. The couple became engaged New Year’s Eve 2001, and were married June 19, 2004. The couple shares the same passions – both are teachers, Ritchie at Chesnee High school and Ashley at Chase High. And both are involved with the Beta Club at their high schools. In Ashley’s own words, she describes their new shared passion – their children, Ava and Jude. Ritchie and I had Ava Elizabeth on April 2, 2008. She quickly became the love of our lives, and captured our hearts. The gift of a baby was a miracle, and we knew we wanted to have more. We discovered I was pregnant again at the end of 2008. It was a complete surprise, but we were so excited. On January 26, 2009, we went to the OB for a gender ultrasound. I was four months pregnant. We were greeted with a precious baby on the screen, who we learned would be our second daughter. We were allowed about ten minutes of joy as we waited to see the doctor, who then informed us our baby had hydrocephalus, and it was so advanced at such an early age that there was nothing that could be done to save the

baby. We were rushed to the specialists, who confirmed the tragic news. Two days later, on January 28th, I was induced at 16 weeks pregnant. We were able to hold the baby, and she was already looking just like her big sister. We named her Angel. On January 29th, we drove home with our baby’s footprints, but that was all. Hopeless, I grieved and fell into depression for a few months. I truly thought I would never get pregnant again. However, in June 2009, a month before Angel’s original due date, I discovered I was pregnant. The Please see Garland, Page 8C


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Out & About Bargains In The Dark

Students Collect For Haiti

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When the lights went out at Rutherford Hospital Wednesday due to downed power lines and trees, Nelda Newton arrived at the hospital auxiliaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual $5 jewelry sale with a flashlight. The hospital immediately switched to its auxiliary power, but not in all areas of the hospital such as the Norris Biggs Conference Center where the jewelry sale is being held today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and also Friday.

Gateway Mountain Scenery

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Mark Holland of Forest City submitted these photos of Gateway Mountain in Old Fort shot Sunday, Feb. 7. Permanent residents living there said the winter wonderland was beautiful, but not a lot of fun because of power outages. They are hoping for spring.

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Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School students collected $787.89 to help in Haiti. They presented this check to the American Red Cross. Pictured are (l-r) peer helper students Savannah Hutchins, Jordan Gray, Vinson Lowrance and Whitley Tate; Linda Bridges, assistant principal; Carol Bailey, Red Cross volunteer; Sally Blanton, principal; and Karen Bailey, counselor. Kneeling are peer helpers, Corey Daves and Lakeisha Camp.

Mary Ellen Fortenberry Splawn of Forest City, celebrated her 90th birthday on Jan. 9. She is the widow of Howard Edward Splawn and they had eight children. Mrs. Splawn worked in textiles for over 40 years, retiring from Burlington Industries, Caroleen Plant. She is a member of Crestview Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was honored with a party given by her children and their spouses, Rita Splawn of Rutherfordton, Angela Scoggins and husband Grover â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sonnyâ&#x20AC;? of Cliffside, Ronald â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rustyâ&#x20AC;? Splawn and wife Shelba of Forest

City, Michael Splawn and wife Suzanne of El Paso, Tex., and son-inlaw James Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor of Fayetteville. Another son James Splawn and wife Rebecca of Huntington, Ind., were unable to attend. Three of the children are deceased, Lemuel Splawn, Kaye Splawn Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, and an infant daughter. Mrs. Splawn has 20 grandchildren, 31 great- Splawn grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchilheld in the fellowdren. ship hall of Crestview A number of quilts Baptist Church, where handmade by Mrs. Splawn were on display a catered buffet was as well as a collection of served. Approximately cards, albums and pho- 80 guests were in attendance including several tographs. from out-of-town. The celebration was

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Boy Scouts and Scout leaders of the Chimney Rock District of the Piedmont Council Boy Scouts recently attended the annual district banquet.

Piedmont Council holds district banquet RUTHERFORDTON — The Chimney Rock District of the Piedmont Council Boy Scouts held its district banquet on Feb. 6 in Rutherfordton. The banquet, held annually, recognizes and awards Scouts and Scout leaders in Rutherford and Polk counties. This year, of the 16 Eagle Scout recipients in the district, six attended the banquet, said District Executive Travis Walker. Those honored include: Outstanding Leader – Terry Henderson, Troop 129 Steve McCann Eagle Scout Award – Drew Henderson, Troop 129 Pack of the Year – Pack 122

Cubmaster of the Year – Sandra Poteat, Pack 659 Outstanding Youth – Chris Robinson, Troop 125 Spark Plug Awards – Randy Wallace, unit commissioner; Jackie Wallace, Pack 901 Cubmaster; Amber Thompson, den leader; and Stephanie Mitchell, Pack 122 Cubmaster Rookie of the Year – Stephanie Mitchell, Pack 122 Golden Kernel Award – James Painter, for selling $1,500 worth of popcorn Popcorn Sale Scholarship Recipient – Brandon Mitchell, for selling more than $2,500 worth of popcorn Scoutmaster of the Year – Roger Byers.

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Brandon Mitchell (left) of Cub Scout Pack 122 was the Popcorn Sale Scholarship Recipient for his record sales of more than $2,500 worth of popcorn. District Executive Travis Walker is also pictured.

Scout leader Terry Henderson (far left) of Boy Scout Troop 129 received the District Award of Merit. Shown with Henderson (l-r, from left) are Sandra Etheridge, District Commissioner; Dave Hunt, District Chairman; and Travis Walker, District Executive. Contributed photo

‘Explore the Creative Eye’ with Susan Johann in Tryon TRYON — The Tryon Fine Arts Center continues its Explore the Arts series on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Photographer Susan Johann. The topic is “Explore the Creative Eye.” Susan’s portrait work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Her portraits of notable people in the arts — from Midori to Salman Rushdie — have been featured in magazines including The New York Times, American Theater Magazine, Time, Detour, Newsweek, The New Yorker, and innumerable book covers for Penguin, Random House, Villard as well as CD covers for Decca, Classic

Masters, and others. Susan is currently at work on a book of portraits and interviews with contemporary playwrights. Among the almost one Johann hundred major playwrights photographed are Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson and Sam Shepard, David Hare and Tom Stoppard. Her image for the Broadway musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel, for Grey Media, looked out over Times

Square, four stories high and a block long. Johann’s fine art work of floral and other nature forms has been seen in solo exhibits throughout the United States as well as in private and corporate collections. Among her photography awards is the PDN/Nikon Award and a Golden Pen from the NYArt Directors Club for her pictures that were part of an ad campaign for Pfizer. Recently her work “Winter Hydrangea” won first prize in a juried Art Competition in Spartanburg at the Chapman Center Art Museum. Admission is $7 for adults and $ 4 for students. Call 828-8598322, ext. 219 for more information.

FOREST CITY — Carrie Price, a Birth Place RN at Rutherford Hospital, drove for seven hours Jan. 30 from Old Fort to the RBC Center in Raleigh to attend the Carolina Hurricanes game to help raise awareness about the Period of Purple Crying. The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months. There are other common characteristics of this phases, or period, which are better described by the acronym PURPLE. All babies go through this Period it is just that during this time some can cry a lot, some far less, but they all do go through it. There have been decades of research done on this early stage of crying in an infant’s life. Dozens of studies by scientists have shown this to be a robust finding. These studies have been done world-wide by many scientists including developmental pediatricians. Representatives of the 5,000 nurses from 86 North Carolina hospitals and birthing centers cheered the Hurricanes to a 4 to 2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks and celebrated the first two years of the five-year program designed to change expectations and social norms about infant crying. The goal is to reduce the number

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of deaths and serious injuries that occur when frustrated caregivers shake babies. Price was thrilled with the event and said, “I had so much fun. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It was for such a wonderful cause and we got to see a really great game.” Hurricanes team Captain Eric Staal and his wife, Tanya, have first-hand experience with the Period of PURPLE Crying. Their son, Parker, was born in September, and the couple is featured in a public service announcement encouraging parents to keep their cool during this difficult period. “We all know it’s normal for babies to cry, but it can be really frustrating when they cry for hours and nothing we can do makes the crying stop,” Staal explained. “The most important thing is what we do with that frustration. You just have to stay cool and know that this normal crying period will end.”

Miller’s ‘Mr. Right’ opens Friday in Spartanburg, S.C. SPARTANBURG, SC — Every woman has prayed for her Mr. Right, but will she know him when she finds him? That is the question posed in “Lord, Send Me Mr. Right,” a locally written and produced romantic comedy set to play at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. “Lord, Send Me Mr. Right,” Miller written and produced by Terrence D. Miller, is a story full of suspense, infidelity, sensitive emotions and issues, and situations that the audience can identify with. Set in an executive-style apartment and a hospital office, there are ample opportunities for all of the characters in this story to find some trouble. In this stage play, Rebecca Washington, a highly successful 29-year-old head nurse, finds that she is constantly praying to God for the right man. After many nights of praying for her prince charming, she finds a close friend, Craig Lowe, a true gentleman and man of God. He just might be the one. This musical stage production is a romantic, inspirational, comedy for women that always pray for Mr. Right. Tickets are $15 and $20. Calling 864-542-ARTS (2787) or visit www.chapmanculturalcenter.org.

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Engagements Katie Batten and Patrick Wheeler

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Jessica Price and Mark Quinn exchange vows

The parents of Katie Batten and Patrick Wheeler, of San Jose, Calif., announce their engagement. The couple will be married in March 2010 at the Little Gardens Special Events facility near Atlanta, Ga. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. George Batten of Madison, Ga., and Jeanne Batten of Atlanta, Ga. The groom-elect is the son of Dr. Mike Wheeler and Camille Wheeler of Rutherfordton. Katie is a 2005 graduate of Wake Forest University with a BS in computer science. She is employed by Accenture as a computer systems integration consultant. Patrick is a 2003 graduate of Wake Forest University with a BS in computer sci-

Jessica Price and Mark Quinn were united in marriage Saturday, December 12, 2009 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Forest City. Pastor Bob Philbeck performed the eleven o’clock ceremony. Music was provided by Lisa Bradley, pianist, and vocalists Susan Harris, Laura Thompson, Karen Taylor and Connie Taylor. The bride is the daughter of Dale and Diane Price of Forest City. Jessica is a 1999 graduate of R-S Central High School Batten, Wheeler and attended Isothermal Community College. She is employed by the Rutherford ence. He received a County Sheriff’s Department as master’s degree in com- a 911 Telecommunicator. puter science from the The groom is the son of Becky University of California Quinn and the late Larry Quinn at Davis, and also of Forest City. Mark is a 1998 studied graduate-level graduate of Chase High School policy analysis at the and holds a bachelors degree in University of California business and religious studies at Berkeley. He is from Gardner-Webb University employed by the United (2004). He is employed by States Department of Rutherford County EMS. Justice. A candle was placed on the altar in loving memory of the father. Meredith Haywood, Jordan Greene groom’s Escorted to the altar and given in marriage by her father, the Meredith Rae bride wore a formal, strapless Haywood and Jordan gown of white satin. The fitted Nash Greene, of bodice was elegantly draped to Marion, are engaged one side and the top was embeland plan to be married lished with beads and sequins. July 31, 2010 at Love The bride also wore a rhineJoy United Methodist stone tiara and carried a bouChurch, Troy. quet of stem-wrapped ivory The bride-elect is the roses. daughter of Billy and Misty Johnson of Ellenboro, Ronda Haywood of served as matron of honor, and Troy. The groom-elect Alishea Paz of Rutherfordton, is the son of Kenny and was maid of honor. Robin Hardin Greene of Greene, Haywood Sidney Taylor of Caroleen, Marion, and the grandcousin of the groom, was a son of Wilber and Doris bridesmaid. Hardin of Forest City. School, Marion. The honor attendants and Meredith is a Jordan is a 2009 grad- bridesmaid wore knee-length 2009 graduate of uate of Appalachian dresses of black satin featurAppalachian State State University with ing veed necklines and deeply University with a a degree in finance veed backs. The waistlines were degree in middle and banking. He is grades education. She is employed by the State employed as a 7th grade Employees Credit math teacher at West Union in Burnsville as a McDowell Junior High financial service officer.

Mrs. Mark Quinn

adorned with a wide royal blue sash tied in back. Each carried a stem-wrapped bouquet of ivory roses similar to the bride’s. Groomsmen were Chris White of Forest City, Kaleb Johnson of Ellenboro, and Steven Winn of Spindale. Ushers were Max Price of Caroleen, cousin of the bride, and Jeremy Gregg of Green Creek. Katelin Davis served as flower girl, and Landyn Johnson, was ringbearer. Vicki Marks, aunt of the bride, presided at the bridal register. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church fellowship hall. The three-tiered wedding cake, made by the groom’s mother,

was frosted with buttercream icing and accented with royal blue flowers. The top tier was separated from the bottom layers by clear columns and a crystal bride and groom figurine served as the topper. The catered menu was prepared by Mario’s Italian and included Tortellini, meatballs in marinara sauce, chicken drumettes, fresh fruits served from a carved watermelon, vegetables and dip, and a variety of cheeses and rolls. Amanda Davis, friend of the bride and groom, was the wedding photographer. The couple honeymooned in Gatlinburg, Tenn. They reside in Forest City.

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Jan Pegram, Rev. Larry Ballard Jan Pegram of Raleigh and The Rev. Larry Ballard of Reidsville announce their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ray Pegram of Spindale, and the late Madge Hardin Pegram. The groom-elect is the son of the late J. Edwin and Dorothy Wells Ballard of Nashville, Tenn. A May 2010 wedding is planned at Spencer Baptist Church in Spindale.

New Arrivals RUTHERFORDTON — The following babies were born at Rutherford Hospital. C.J. and Amber Kirkland, Rutherfordton, a boy, Tyler Rich Kirkland, Jan. 26. Brandy Taylor, Spindale, a girl, Kaylen Cheyenne Taylor, Jan. 27. Doug and Melissa Newton, Nebo, a girl, Lydia Grace Newton, Jan. 29. Jason and Courtney Black, Ellenboro, a boy, Tate Daniel Black, Feb. 1. Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Tessnair, Spindale, a girl, Autumn Rayne Tessnair, Feb. 2. Kathy Denson and Jeremy Haulk, Forest City, a boy, Jeremy Quartus Haulk Jr., Feb. 2. Victor Webb and Erica Thorn, Forest City, a boy, Timothy Howard Alexander Webb, Feb. 2. Mr. and Mrs. John Harris, Rutherfordton, a girl, Olivia Carolina Harris, Feb. 3. Michaela King, Bostic, a girl, Fairran Marinina Peace Higgins, Feb. 4.

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Mr. and Mrs. Bob Freeman (left) celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. The Freemans (right) are shown in 1950 leaving for their honeymoon to Richmond, Va.

Freemans celebrated 60th wedding anniversary Bob and Lola Freeman of Bostic, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on January 28, 2010. The couple was married on January 28, 1950 in Gaffney, S.C. Judge Roy C. Cobb performed the ceremony. Lola retired from Kemet Electronics in Shelby, and Bob

retired from Henson Timber in Forest City. Both attended Sunshine School and Bob served in the United States Army during World War II. They enjoy the outdoors, working in their garden and maintaining their lawn. They also enjoy daily walks and have par-

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local Weddings

Paulson, Harding united in marriage

Newton, Dellinger

Sara Elizabeth Paulson and William Robert Harding were married on October 24, 2009 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Smithfield. The Reverend Kenneth C. Miller Jr. officiated at the double ring ceremony. A reception followed at the Embassy Suites of Cary, hosted by the bride’s parents. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David M. Paulson of Benson. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her master’s degree from East Carolina University. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Harding of Rutherfordton. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University. Katie Wetherell of King George, Va., sister of the bride, was matron of honor, and Danner Chambless of Durham, was maid of honor. The groom chose his brothers, Andrew Harding of Charlotte, and John Harding of Apex, as best men. The couple honeymooned in Jackson Hole, Wyo., They reside in Raleigh. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Newton of Rutherfordton, announce the wedding of their daughter, Sharon Newton, to Mike Dellinger, on January 22, 2010. He is the son of Mary Dellinger of Shelby. The couple will make their home at Carolina Beach.

Mr. and Mrs. William Robert Harding

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‘Shindig on The Green’ scheduled for March 20 CANTON — “A Celebration of Mountain Traditions” fundraising concert for Shindig on the Green Saturday, March 20, at the historic Colonial Theatre in downtown Canton. The concert begins at 7 p.m., featuring headliner Balsam Range plus Laura Boosinger, and Bobby Hicks and the Cole Mountain Cloggers. Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. Additionally the logistical support provided by the City of Asheville has been significantly reduced due to budget cuts. The Folk Heritage Committee initiated the spring concert fundraiser five years ago in order to raise necessary funds in advance of Shindig’s annual kickoff. By coming to the March 20 concert, you can enjoy some of WNC’s most talented acts while ensuring that Shindig happens all summer long.

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Tickets for adults are $20, students with ID $10, group rate (10 or more adults) $15 per person. Contributed photo The Colonial Theatre Students in Leah Buckley’s first grade class at Pinnacle Elementary School recently received Read-at-Home backpacks, purchased with funds Mrs. Buckley received from The Community Foundation of Western Carolina. is located at 53 Park This is the second year she has received a grant from this foundation for her classroom. Street in Canton, NC (Exit #37 off of I-40). Parking is available in the theatre parking lot on the side of the building and across the street A to Z in the municipal parking lot. It's In To reserve tickets in advance contact the hisThe toric Colonial Theatre at 828-235-2760. Classifieds

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WCU announces fall dean’s list CULLOWHEE — A total of 1,735 students have been named to the Western Carolina University dean’s list for the fall semester 2009, according to Kyle R. Carter, WCU’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Local students named to list are: Bostic — Gary Patrick Brackett, Megan Louise Chapman, Jennifer Gail Gosey, Karess Yalon Mayse; Ellenboro — James Stephen Hawk; Forest City — Kristen Starr Bullman, Aaron Drew Camp, Chloe Caroline Greene, Samantha Kellie Hahn, Courtney Elizabeth Morrow, LaToya Shemia Petty; Mooresboro — Paige Marie Jolley; Rutherfordton — Ashley Kyle Buchanan, Dasiey Boarders Carpenter, Laura Elizabeth Carpenter, William Kyle Connor, Luis Angel Escalera, Megan Traci Jones, Michael Cameron McLean, Melinda Deann Toler, Joshua Caleb Vance; Spindale — Marian Elizabeth Smith. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average out of a possible 4.0 on a regular semester’s work of no less than 12 hours, excluding remedial courses, with no grade of D or F.

Western Carolina confers degrees CULLOWHEE — Western Carolina University conferred degrees on 661 students who completed their studies during fall semester 2009. A total of 176 undergraduate students received academic honors, with 40 graduating summa cum laude (with highest honors), 67 graduating magna cum laude (with high honors), and 69 graduating cum laude (with honors). Local students who received degrees are: Bostic — Leslie Blankenship, MA in Education; Gayla Michelle Hudson, Bachelor of Science Nursing, Cum Laude; Karess Yalon Mayse, Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice; Forest City — Aaron Drew Camp, Bachelor of Social Work; Lori Ann Green, Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice; Gina Nicole Harrill, Bachelor of Science Nursing; Jason Michael Stanley, Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice; Lydia Green Waddell, Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice; Lake Lure — Jarrod Ronnie Wood, BS Business Administration, Business Administration/Law; Rutherfordton — Acacia Raquel Brijalba, BS Education, English; Mandy Leigh Johnson, Master of Health Sciences, Health Sciences.

Putnam awarded scholarship SPARTANBURG, SC — David Carson Putnam, a senior at Crest High School, has been awarded an Old Main Scholarship at Wofford College. Putnam is the soon of David and Jill Putnam of Shelby.

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Hollis Masonic Lodge #535 held its installation of officers on Jan. 9. The newly installed officers are (l-r): in front — Robert Grace, chaplain; Aundre Hill, Junior Deacon; Daniel Jones, Junior Warden; Larry Walker, Steward; second row — Adam Harris, Senior Warden; Jasper Yelton, Secretary; third row — Burt Canipe, Tyler; Steve Smith, Senior Deacon; David Philbeck, Master; fourth row — David Yelton, treasurer; Jack Huskey, installing officer; Danny Wells, Marshal. Absent for the photograph is Dale Ramsey, Steward.

Norris Public Library announces new book list RUTHERFORDTON — Norris Public Library in Rutherfordton has the following new books: Robert Crais, The first Rule Barbara Delinsky, Not my Daughter Jude Devereaux, Days of Gold Julie Garwood, Sizzle Amy Greene, Bloodroot

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Man’s ‘love taps’ are no game to girlfriend Dear Abby: My boyfriend recently moved in with me. We have a great relationship except that he is always slapping me on the bottom. He refers to it as “love taps.” I have told him many times I regard it as degrading and frustrating. It stings and I hate it. I have told him 10 different times in 10 different ways, including getting so angry I screamed obscenities at him. When we get into little arguments, he will say, “That’s it! You deserve a spanking for that!” and proceeds to hit me again. I know he thinks it’s cute, and he obviously gets some sort of enjoyment out of it, but I am

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at my wits’ end. How can I get it through his head that his behavior is not only offensive, it is seriously harming our relationship by creating resentment? Does he just not care about my feelings, or does he not take me seriously when I tell him to knock it off? — Sore Dear Sore: When someone continues to do something after having been told that it hurts, that you don’t like it, and that you want it stopped, what it shows is lack of

respect for your feelings and your “space.” What is going on is not my definition of a “great” relationship. It’s one in which there is a serious communication problem. Dear Abby: I take the shuttle bus from work along with a group of others from the same company. Last week, I got out of work a little early and was already sitting on the bus when the others boarded. Not realizing that I was there, a man who works in another department — whom I do not know well — said loudly, “I don’t think that old lady is here today.” Abby, I am not yet 60, and he is older than I am! I know that for a fact. His remark

was within earshot of the other workers and the driver. Needless to say, I was deeply upset and humiliated. In fact, I wrote a letter to the human resources department but never received a response. I have considered calling the crass fellow to tell him how much he embarrassed me. Should I? What would you do, Abby? — Loyal Reader Dear Reader: Are you the only older female who rides the shuttle? And are you positive the remark was about you? My initial reaction was that the man may have thought someone who usually takes the bus wasn’t

there yet and he might have been voicing concern — as in, “Maybe we should wait a few minutes until she gets here.” Rather than calling him, I would let it go. If he was talking about you, he embarrassed HIMSELF with his tactlessness far more than he embarrassed you. Dear Reader: Today is a double holiday. Not only is it Valentine’s Day (greetings to all you lovers out there), but it also is the beginning of the lunar New Year. This is the Year of the Tiger. Individuals born this year are known for their charm, and when they see opportunity, they’re quick to pounce.

Gene test unnecessary And the Pet Center Oscar goes to... Dear Dr. Gott: My father has Alzheimer’s disease. Should I be tested for the APOE 4 allele? I would like to know what I’m facing. Dear Reader: Your short note has a complex answer. I must start by asking some questions. How old is your father? At what age was he diagnosed? What are his symptoms? Is there any doubt of the diagnosis? Is he under the care of a neurologist or other physician familiar with Alzheimer’s disease? Does anyone else in your family have Alzheimer’s or other neurological conditions? How old are you? Are you displaying any symptoms or early-warning signs? The more information readers and patients provide, the more accurate the answers they will receive. Given that I don’t know these things, I can only provide a general overview. There are several types of dementia. These include Lewy body dementia, Parkinson’s dementia, normal pressure hydrocephalus and more; however, the most common form is Alzheimer’s, of which there are two forms — earlyonset and late-onset. AD affects about 4.5 million Americans. Early-onset AD is rare. It occurs in people between the ages of 30 and 60 and

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accounts for only about 5 percent of all cases. In some cases, the condition is inherited and known as familial AD. It is caused by several different gene mutations on specific chromosomes, which cause abnormal proteins to be formed. If one parent is affected, a child has a 50 percent chance of inheriting one of these mutations, and those that do almost always lead to the development of AD. Late-onset AD develops in those over the age of 60 and accounts for the remaining 95 percent of AD sufferers. No specific gene has been found to cause AD, but there is a predisposing genetic factor that increases the risk of developing the condition. It is known as the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene. There are several forms of this gene, but APOE 2, 3 and 4 occur most frequently. APOE 2 appears to be somewhat rare but may provide some protection against AD. Those with this type who do develop Alzheimer’s typically do so later than others.

Oscar night is coming soon and those of us who tune in will hear these words over and over again. At the Community Pet Center, there are many unsung heroes who help the animals in big and small ways everyday. We appreciate these kindnesses and want to send our heartfelt kudos your way. Thank you so very much for all you do. If we held our own Oscar event, and perhaps in the future we will, we would highlight these wonderful acts of kindness. Ann’s Cozy Quilts and Fabrics: thank you, your family and your customers. Monthly, Anne flies into our office with a basket of goodies including pet food and other much needed items. Visit Anne and Bill Parent and their two lovely pets at the store. Emily Shroyer, a fourth grader at Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar, volunteers with her sister, Hannah, and mom, Allyson, every Monday after school. They do the pet inventory and tidy-up the Cat Room while enjoying time with the cats. Emily says that pets need special attention and supplies! When our office computer crashed, City Computer came to the rescue. We are up and running again. It’s amazing how much we all depend on computers for nearly everything we do!. Thanks for bringing us back into the 21st. Century! Forest City Pets has opened the store for many of our activities. On Saturdays, youth volunteers bring puppies or dogs from the Rutherford County Animal Facility. After being groomed, these animals take a ride to the Pet Store for a visit. Many of these animals find new homes as a result! Cats and kittens also occupy a very special cat condo where they are available for adoption. Thank you, Chris & Steve, for all you do! Pads for Paws by Carolyn and Jack

IN THE STARS Your Birthday, Feb. 14; Owing to your optimism and drive, your outreach will be far more extensive than usual in the year ahead. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Go about your business doing what you have to do and the money you hope to make will automatically be there. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Personal projects or undertakings will be the ones most likely to turn out the best. Don’t put anything important in the hands of others. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — A new start is in the making with someone important to you. Try to be more sensitive, and intuitively, you’ll know exactly how to appeal to this person. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — It’s an excellent time to weed out what has been unproductive in your life, so begin to show some faith in those who are trying. Use your best thoughts to do so, and you won’t be sorry. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Do not minimize the excellent potential of a new project. If you need a fresh start, give it a chance by nurturing it slowly and properly until it flourishes on its own. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — New developments could arouse fresh stirrings within you to persevere with something you’ve been working on. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Conditions look favorable when it comes to someone you want to get to know better. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Regardless of how a venture has been going, it will now start to accelerate in an upward direction. It could even pick up an added feature that it previously lacked. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — This is an excellent day to begin a new project or set out to accomplish something you’ve never tried before. Your mind is extremely receptive to new ways of doing things. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — If you want to promote some type of program or talk others into doing something different, this is the day. You’ll be more persuasive than usual. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Devote your best and most intense efforts toward a situation or project that could be personally meaningful. You have what it takes to get what you want. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Companions might talk about what they hope to accomplish, but you’re the one who is likely to quietly get things done without having to toot your own horn.

Osborne provides shelter for people’s pets who are living outdoors. . Last year, they built or refurbished and delivered many such shelters for needy pets. Courtside Restaurant dedicated 10 percent of their proceeds from lunch and dinner to the Community Pet Center. This money went into our Peticare Fund to help families with pets in emergency situations. The Courier sponsored a newspaper insert in December and donated $200.00 to care for many animals. Our Pet Pantry would be bare except for everyone who has brought pet food to supply it. With the needs in the community so great, we have been able to help families during this difficult time. Thank you, thank you. Thanks to all of you and the businesses you represent. You help us address many family needs in Rutherford County.

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

Now that’s using the old bean For greater savings when using dried beans, cook them using a slow cooker or thermos. Because most people buy canned beans for convenience, I’m sharing four tasty recipes that include canned beans. But for those who prefer using dried beans, you can substitute them in all but the calicobean recipe. One pound dry beans = 2 cups dry beans One pound dry beans = 6 cups cooked beans, drained One cup dry beans = 3 cups cooked beans, drained One 15-ounce can of beans = 1-1/2 cups cooked beans, drained Fusilli with Broccoli and Beans 1 pound fusilli pasta 1 bunch broccoli, cut into small pieces 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed 2 tablespoons lemon juice salt and pepper, to taste 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 ounces shredded prosciutto or ham 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese Cook the pasta, adding the broccoli during the last two minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Place in a serving bowl, and keep warm. In same pan the pasta was cooked, saute the garlic in oil until softened. Add the reserved liquid and all remaining ingredients except the cheese. Heat through. Add to the pasta, add the cheese, and toss together. — Darlene B., New York

Frugal Living by Sara Noel

Slow-Cooker Calico Beans 1 pound hamburger, browned 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 2 cans pork and beans 1 can kidney beans 1 can butter beans 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons white vinegar 1/2 cup ketchup 3 tablespoons chili powder pepper, to taste Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook for three to five hours on low or two hours on high. Stir occasionally. — Beks, Kansas Chicken and Beans 1 (15-ounce) can white kidney beans 1 cup onions, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts salt and pepper, to taste 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomato, undrained 1/2 cup sherry (or broth) 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning In a slow cooker, add the white kidney beans, onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Put the chicken on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix together the diced tomatoes, cooking sherry or broth and Italian seasoning. Pour over the chicken. Cook on low for seven hours. — Ladyslipper, Florida


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