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Candidate files, England undecided — Page 3 Sports Winter Ball It’s not the Owls, but it is college baseball that will take the field at McNair Field, today at 2 p.m.

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Steve Gale, owner of Gale’s in Chimney Rock, has experienced the most challenging winter since his family took ownership of the shop in 1947.

Winter season has affected county businesses differently By JEAN GORDON

Tiger Woods tells the world he is sorry Page 7

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FOREST CITY — Winter weather has made it the best of times and the worst of times for businesses at both ends of Rutherford County. With an official 13.4 inches of snow recorded at the Broad River Water Plant since Dec. 18 and an official 14 inches at the Lake Lure Fire Department, times have been tough. The county is getting some much needed respite this weekend from snow events as temperatures are expected to reach a high of 59 degrees today and Sunday’s temperatures are expected to be even higher for the first time in weeks. For business owners and the tourism industry in west Rutherford County, the warm-up couldn’t come at a better time. Recorded messages from Chimney Rock State Park are telling folks of the gorgeous weather. On Feb. 10, Steve Gale, owner of Gale’s in Chimney Rock, was the lone person in his shop. Because of near 60 mph winds, most every Village shop was closed and only five cars were parked on Main Street. “Usually in December, if it’s a pretty day, we’ll have Christmas shoppers Please see Winter, Page 6

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Inn gets booking rights to town gazebo By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

LAKE LURE — Customers looking to get married at the gazebo in Morse Park will have to make their plans with Lake Lure Inn and Spa after town council voted to approve the hotel reserving weekends in blocks beginning May 2011.

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More than 13 inches of snow in Rutherford County has meant ordering and reordering sleds for Ed Washburn (above) at his general store in Bostic. The store has had its busiest winter in decades.

FOREST CITY — A slight break in winter weather has led to many roads thawing out. And potholes are still a big problem not just limited to Rutherford County. “The N.C. Department of Transportation reminds motorists that this is a bad year for potholes and to keep an eye out while driving on roads throughout the state,” said Jennifer Garifo, a DOT spokesperson in a press release. “We will continue to see potholes over the coming months.” The freezing of water and thawing of that ice cause the most problems for roads in Rutherford County and around the state. “North Carolina has seen several of these freeze-thaw cycles this winter,” Garifo said. “Motorists play an important role in identifying potholes.” DOT officials are looking to drivers to help them find the problems. Drivers can report potholes to the NCDOT Customer Service Office at 1-877-368-4968, or send in a report online at www.ncdot.gov/contact. Scroll down to “Reporting” and use the drop-down menu to choose the county, then the link for a Contact Us email form that can be sent directly to that county’s maintenance office. Provide as much detail as possible about the location of the pothole including the city or county, road name, nearest intersection, which lane the pothole is in, and the size and depth of the pothole. To report a pothole on a road that is not maintained by the state, contact the local municipality. “Extra crews have been assigned to respond to the large number of potholes occurring across the state,” Garifo said. “Since most asphalt plants are not operating during winter months

Lake Lure Properties (LLP), the parent company for the hotel, requested the

town council allow them to reserve the gazebo for every Saturday in May, June and October of 2011. “The dates would include all Saturdays excluding any that would keep the gazebo from being accessible, such as the Dragon Boat races,” wrote LLP Director of Sales and Marketing Heather Alley in a memo to council. The Inn will pay $300 per Saturday — the standard rate for anyone to reserve

the gazebo from the town. “In recent years, the Inn’s wedding planning/management service has sometimes booked directly with the town on behalf of individual weddings,” said Town Manager Chris Braund. “In these cases, the Inn is the customer and is responsible for payment, for cleanup and for following the rental guidelines. Procedurally or Please see Inn, Page 6

Calhoun takes on new RHI role By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Lucy Calhoun has helped more moms than she can count over the past 13 years and with a re-design of her current position, she’ll have the ability to touch the lives of countless more women in Rutherford and surrounding counties. Calhoun will serve as Childbirth/Women’s Health Coordinator and will be a navigator for women needing assistance with OB/GYN issues. “I think the difference is primarily I have dealt with OB patients and now I’ll also deal with women’s health in general. I’ve just added on to what I

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already did,” Calhoun said. The idea of such as a position is based on the cancer navigator position the hospital also has, said Matt Webber, director of marketing. “We found out through focus groups that one of the unique and strong characteristics of The Birth Place was Lucy,” Webber said. “She’s so personal that even months and years later people use her as a resource. “Some might say Lucy is our best-kept secret.” Calhoun came to Rutherford Hospital by pure coincidence, she said. Please see Calhoun, Page 6

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local Church News Groundbreaking at Mount Pleasant

FOREST CITY — Mount Pleasant Baptist Church will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday, Feb. 21, for a new 15,500 square foot multi-purpose worship center. The new facility will include a new sanctuary, classrooms and administration offices. The center will be constructed on the site adjacent to the existing sanctuary located at 397 Mt. Pleasant Church Road. The ceremony will take place immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service, where Pastor Bob Philbeck will deliver a message of commitment. Ground will be broken at approximately 12:45 p.m. A covered dish lunch will follow in the fellowship building. Mount Pleasant Baptist was first established as a church in 1853, making it one of the oldest churches in the county. There have been three worship facilities on site. The first meeting place was a log cabin, the second was a sanctuary constructed in 1914, and the present sanctuary and education buildings were constructed in 1967. The new 2010 Multi-Purpose Worship Center will be the fourth place of worship.

Advent Lutheran Church to hold Lenten meals and parables study

SPINDALE — As part of its observance of the Lenten season, Advent Lutheran Church will study five of Jesus’ parables (as recorded in Luke’s Gospel) on Wednesday evenings during Lent. Each study will last from 7 to 7:30 p.m. A soup and sandwich supper at 6:30 p.m., precedes each

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Singing: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., Faith Baptist Church, 149 West Main Street Ext., Forest City; with Blood Bought Trio. Simple Faith Trio will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 21, at Goodes Creek Baptist Church, off Ferry Road, Mooresboro. Singing begins at 6 p.m. Cross Reference will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 21, at Sandy Level Baptist Church. Singing begins at 6 p.m.

The Royal Quartet will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 28, at Harris Baptist Church. Singing begins at 2 p.m. The Snyder Family Band will be in concert Saturday, March 6, at Big Springs Baptist Church, Hollis Road, Ellenboro. Singing begins at 7 p.m. Love offering concert Singing: Sunday, March 7, 7 p.m., Riverside Baptist Church, Hogan Road, Harris; featuring The Royal Quartet.

study. Reservations for the meal are appreciated in order to prepare enough food. Contact the church office at 287-2056 by each noon Tuesday. The study topics include: Feb. 24 — The Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21) March 3 — The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin March 10 — The Obedient Servant March 17 — The Judge and the Widow March 24 — The Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Advent is located at 102 Reveley St., Spindale, next to the Spindale House. Rev. Ronald W. Fink, pastor. Public invited.

Lenten services at Spindale UMC SPINDALE — Spindale United Methodist Church announces the following services for its 2010 Lenten Calendar: Feb. 24 — Meal 5:15 p.m., program at 6 p.m., Dr. Hobart Rogers (mission trip); March 3 — Meal 5:15 p.m., program at 6 p.m., Carolyn Hardin on Yokefellow Ministries; March 10 — Meal 5:15 p.m., program at 6 p.m., Intergenerational games led by Rev. Jim Pyatt; March 17 — Spaghetti meal 5:15 p.m., program at 6 p.m., Youth puppet ministry by Salem UMC March 24 — Meal 5:15 p.m., program at 6 p.m., Jeane Watson family music program March 28 — Palm Sunday, Children’s Easter Party at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend all services.

Community Lenten services at Spencer SPINDALE — 11th Annual Lenten services: First Baptist Church of Spindale, 105 East Wilson St., each Wednesday through March 31; worship Gospel singing program: Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., St. Paul AME Zion Church, 200 Lawing Road, Forest City; on program — St. Luke Holiness Church choir, Four Square Gospel Choir, New Zion Gospel Choir and several other groups; Rev. Beauford Brown, pastor. The Royal Quartet will be in concert Saturday, March 13, at Holy Ground Community Church, 139 S. Powell St., Forest City (beside the post

office). Singing begins at 6 p.m.

Special services “Spiritual Bonding” luncheon: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m.; First Baptist Church of Spindale, 105 East Wilson St.; bring a dish or finger food to share (optional); sponsored by United Sisters in Christ; all denominations welcome. Revival: March 1-5, 7 nightly, Ross Hill Baptist Church, Calton Dairy Road, Sunshine;

The Works of the Flesh and the Fruit of the Spirit And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. R.S.V. Galatians 5:24-25 In the epistle to the Galatians, the apostle Paul contrasts the work of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit, and warns us that the works of the flesh are contrary to the Spirit, and further, that those who practice them “shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5.21) The context of this warning is noteworthy. That is, Paul has been telling the Galatians that as Christians they need not follow the letter of the Mosaic Law, including the injunction to be circumcised. However, he warns that although they are freed from the law by Christ’s sacrifice, they are not free to indulge the desires of the flesh. Those who “walk in the Spirit” will manifest the fruit of the Spirit, which Paul tells us is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control.” (Galatians 5.2223) In contrast, the works of the flesh are “fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.” (Galatians 5.19-21) Despite being freed from the dictates of the law, as Christians, we must not fall prey to the desires of the flesh, and must work constantly on manifesting the fruit of the Spirit. We should reflect on our own lives and behavior. Do we manifest the fruit of Sunshine United Methodist Church the Spirit or the works of the flesh?

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time at noon; lunch promptly at 12:30 p.m.; lunch $4 per person; different speakers each week; sponsored by the churches of Central Rutherford County. The theme for this year is “The Emotions of the Cross.” The speakers and their topic are: “Pain” — Bill Kirk, Spindale Presbyterian “Agony” — Donald Brown, New Zion Baptist “Sorrow” — Ron Fink, Advent Lutheran “Rejection” — Alfonza Everett, Wells Springs UMC “Loneliness” — Andy Evans, First Baptist, Spindale “Abandonment” — Billy Vaughn, Spencer Baptist Church.

Missions conference at Cornerstone MOORESBORO — Cornerstone Baptist Church will hold a Missions Conference March 14-17, beginning at 7 each night. The church is located at 4357 W Dixon Blvd., near the intersection of US 74 and N. Academy St., Mooresboro, (at the caution light). Speakers include: Sunday — Rev. Gene Rowell, pastor of Gantt Street Baptist Church, Cayce, S.C. Monday — Rev. Bryan Treadway, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Abingdon, Va. Tuesday — Rev. Andy Wells, pastor of Galilee Baptist Church, Monroe Wednesday — Rev. Wesley Webb, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, McBee, S.C. Special singing each service including the Cornerstone Baptist Youth Choir. Nursery available. The public is invited. guest speaker, Brother Charles Worley; special music; Earl Godfrey, pastor. Special service: “Women of the Four Gospels”; Sunday, Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Bible Way Fellowship Church; speakers include Gloria Robertson, Sandra Moore, Teresa Robertson and Barbara Shipp. Black History celebration: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2:30 p.m.; New Salem CME Church, 784 Pleasant Hill Loop Road, Rutherfordton; African Attire optional. Youth Day: Sunday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m., Holy Temple No. 2, Forest City; guest speaker, Rev. Rachel Twitty. Revival: Feb. 22-26, 7 nightly, St. Luke Holiness Church; guest speaker, Rev. Jackie Elliott of Mt. Olive. Crusade: “Miracle and Deliverance Crusade”; Friday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Holy Temple No. 2, Forest City. Black History program: Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m.; Piney Ridge CME Church, Union Mills; black history from the time of slavery until present will be performed in drama and song; Rev. Johnny L. Searight, pastor. Annual Fellowship service: Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m.; at New Salem CME Church, 784 Pleasant Hill Loop Road, Rutherfordton; Elder Jerry Lee Washburn, assistant pastor of The House of Shammah, Gastonia, will speak.

Fundraisers Buffet breakfast: Saturday, Feb. 20, 7 to 10:30 a.m., Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Forest City; $5 all you can eat. Plate sale: Saturday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Doggett Grove AME Zion Church; chitterlins plates $8, includes dessert and drink. Spaghetti dinner, bake sale: Sunday, Feb. 21, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Forest City; $5 per person; children under 5 free; take outs available. “Italian Night Out”: Saturday, Feb. 20, 4 to 7:30 p.m., Oak Grove

United Methodist Church; spaghetti, lasagna and other Italian dishes; cost $8 for adults and $4 for children; price includes salad, drink and dessert; church located on Oak Grove Church Road near Ellenboro; proceeds for church projects; sponsored by the UMM. Vegetable soup sale: The UMW of Spindale United Methodist Church will take orders for homemade vegetable soup through Saturday, Feb. 27. Concentrated soup ($6 per quart), freezes well. Pick up date March 6, from 9 a.m. until noon. Breakfast buffet: Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 to 10 a.m.; Long Branch Road Baptist Church, 621 Long Branch Road, Forest City; no set price, donations accepted; proceeds for a new fellowship hall. Chicken, fish sandwich sale: Saturday, Feb. 27, begins at 11 a.m., St. Paul AME Zion Church, 200 Lawing Road, Forest City; chicken sandwich $3.75, fish sandwich, $4, drinks 50 cents.

Country ham, chicken pie supper: Saturday, Feb. 27, begins at 4:30 p.m., at Mt. Vernon Clubhouse; adults $8; ages 6-12, $5; ages 5 and under free; proceeds go toward the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church children and youth programs; also, please bring one non-perishable food item to help stock the community food pantry. Luncheon/tea: 3rd Annual Community Luncheon and Tea; Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 to 5 p.m., Gold Hill Baptist Church Association Bldg., Spindale; $10 per person. Soup dinner: Saturday, March 6, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; High Shoal Baptist Church, Henrietta; soups, cornbread, sandwiches, desserts, drinks and more; adults $5; ages 6-12, $2.50; under 6 free; proceeds to the Needy Family Christmas Fund.

Talent Night: “Make a Joyful Noise”; Saturday, March 20, 6 p.m., West Point Baptist Church, Rutherfordton; Christian and/or uplifting talent desired; donation requested for entry fee; prizes will be given; proceeds for mission trip to Jamaica; call 287-0165.


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Bobby England says he has still not made a final decision on re-election bid By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Another Democrat candidate has joined the race for Clerk of Court. Libby Smith Parton of W.V. Thompson Road, Rutherfordton, filed Friday with the Board of Elections in her first attempt to seek political office. Parton has been a Driver’s License Examiner for the past 16 years. She said if elected, she will be given opportunity to continue working with the public. “It is my desire to serve the citizens of Rutherford County in a capacity that will enhance the operation of the office of the Clerk of Court.” Other Democrats filing for Clerk of Court are Ramona Hall and Donnie Henson both of Rutherfordton. Incumbent Clerk of Court Robynn Spence, Republican, also of Rutherfordton filed for re-election the first day of filing. In other filing events, Rep. Bob England of the 112 House District said this week he had not made a definite decision, but he is leaning toward not seeking re-election. England said if he makes the decision

not to run, it is solely due personal reasons. He said at this time in his life, his health, age and his family are significant factors in his decision. England said he has thoroughly enjoyed the job and working for the people of the 112th district. “And it’s been a very challenging job,” he said. Three Republicans have already filed for the 112 District seat —Mike Hager, Jim Wayne Newton and Alan Toney. Another long time incumbent, County Coroner Shane Earley also said Thursday he will not seek reelection. “Twenty years is enough for anyone,” he said of his tenure as county coroner. He said it is time for him to step down and focus on other things. He said owning a funeral home, Padgett & King Mortuary, and everything required in such a business keeps him very busy. Republican Tommy Raye of Rutherfordton has filed for County Coroner. Filing for the May 4 Primary Election ends Friday, Feb. 26, at 12 p.m. at the Board of Elections, Old Fairground Road, Spindale. Filing for the Rutherford County Board of Election and Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor opens June 14 at 12 p.m. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@ thedigitalcourier.com.

Nominee deadline is set

FOREST CITY — Rutherford County is once again kicking off its annual search for the county’s top Volunteer of the Year, with the winner landing a $1,000 donation for the agency he or she most helps. Volunteers are lifelines for the organizations they serve, said Faye C. Hassell, executive director of United Way of Rutherford County, the sponsor of the $1,000 award. “The donation draws attention to the value of volunteers in this community,” she said. Applications for the 2010 Rutherford County Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service are now available. The annual volunteer recognition program is coordinated by Volunteer Rutherford. The program is spon-

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sored by the Rutherford County Commissioners. Volunteers may be nominated in five categories – individuals, youth (18 years and younger), senior adults (60 years and older), group or team, and business. Any individual, group, business or organization whose volunteer activities benefit the community in a substantial, important or unique way is eligible. All nominees will be honored at the annual luncheon Friday, April 23. Nomination forms are due by March 19. Forms are available at the Cooperative Extension office, 193 Callahan Koon Road, Spindale, or at the Habitat ReStore, 686 W. Main St., Forest City. For an on-line application call Cynthia Clark, 287-6190.

NAP crop protection deadline is Feb. 28

RUTHERFORDTON — The final date to buy NAP coverage on non-insurable crops for the 2010 crop year is Feb. 28. Coverage for most vegetables, melons, tomatoes, and sorghum, millet, and soybean for forage can be purchased until this final date. The cost for the NAP coverage is $250 per crop/$750 per county (to cover 3 or more crops)/ $1,875 per producer for multi-county producers. Producers are reminded that all crops that make a significant contribution to total farm income (5 percent) must be covered by NAP or crop insurance for the year of loss to be eligible for any disaster assistance. Insurance for insurable crops must be purchased from a crop insurance agent, lists will be provided to interested persons. Sales ending dates for insurance may be different from NAP closing date and must be verified with a reputable crop insurance agent. Also, some vegetable crops can be covered by crop insurance with a written agreement. Producers should contact a crop insurance agent to determine what crops can be insured, ending dates, and other pertinent information. More information on this or any other program administered by FSA may be obtained by calling the office at 287-4220 ext. 2, or by visiting the office at 121 Laurel Drive, Rutherfordton.

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The men of Bethel Baptist Church construct a ramp in Ellenboro for a disabled senior adult. The ramp is the first of an estimated 25 that will be constructed this year with money from the national Tom’s of Maine grant received by Rutherford Housing Partnership as the result of on-line voting. Paired with the $20,000 from Tom’s is another grant of $2,500 in materials from The Home Depot. In 2009, RHP built 23 handicap ramps and repaired 35 porches, floors and/or steps using volunteer labor.

Dems schedule precinct meetings FOREST CITY — The Rutherford County Democratic Party will hold annual precinct meetings in Rutherford County on Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. Meetings will be held at the following locations: Precincts Bostic-Sunshine, Danieltown-Sulphur Springs, Duncan Creek-Golden Valley, Forest City No. 1, Forest City No. 2, Haynes and Sandy Mush, will meet at Democrat Headquarters, Main St., Forest City. Camp Creek-Mount Vernon, Gilkey-

Morgan, Green Hill, Rutherfordton No. 1, Rutherfordton No. 2 and Union, will meet at the county annex on Main St., Rutherfordton. The Lake Lure Precinct will meet at Mountains Library in Lake Lure; Ellenboro meets at Ellenboro Fire Department; Spindale Precinct at the Spindale House; and CaroleenCliffside meets at Cliffside Baptist Church. For more information contact T. Eugene Mitchell, Chairman of the Rutherford County Democratic Party.

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rofessional golfer Tiger Woods made his first public appearance Friday since an ill-fated trip down his driveway ended with his car crashing into a neighbor’s tree. After that incident, Woods’ admitted marital infidelity has become a major topic of discussion. Woods’ 13-minute mea culpa was broadcast live by all the major cable news and sports networks and his performance has drawn decidedly mixed reviews. It is time now to leave Woods to himself. He has admitted his personal shortcomings and stated his intention to improve himself as a man, as a husband and as a father. What any one else — beyond his wife and family — feels about his past behavior is now irrelevant. He should be afforded the opportunity to, as he put it, become a better man. And, as his wife says, he should be judged by his behavior going forward.

Our readers’ views Says Dave Linder never hesitates to give To the editor: The article in last Sunday’s paper about David Linder’s gift to his daughter was a very inspiring story. It was, however, not a surprising one. Those of you who know David and his wife, know exactly what I mean. As a Rutherford County High School Principal, he amazes me with his generosity. He continually approaches our staff regarding ways to give back to our schools. He is always willing and ready to help no matter what is asked of him. He employs many of our young teenagers, who all have only positive things to say about him. The least this community can do is give David and his family all of our hopes and prayers for a bright future. The East Rutherford High School family appreciates all you do for the kids in Rutherford County as well as for your own little angels. Thank you very much. Tony K. Smith Forest City

Says some questions no one is answering To the editor: There are a number of questions that are in the public that seems to have no ready answer. Who are we fighting in Afghanistan? Why? Is the Taliban really worse that the government.? There is one way to live in Afghanistan at this time: To

grow the poppies and sell the dope on the world market, The Afghan president’s brother runs the government poppy business. The Taliban runs the business that the government wishes to shut down, whoever wins will have to have a way to produce a living. How will this be done without the poppy? Does Dick Cheney believe that if he tells the lie often enough about Iraq — weapons of mass destruction, and al Quida in Iraq — the American people will believe it? If Cheney really wants the prisoners of war tried in a military court, does that make our participants war criminals? In the past when a war was over prisoners were returned to their home country. We do not want this do we? Is it President Obama’s fault if he can not get bipartisanship if every Republican in the Congress votes no on every issue? Will this not shut the government down? Is there nothing good the government does? Do all Republicans in the government desire more to bring down the President than pass needed legislation? Why did the Republican Party of S.C .censure Senator Graham? Ray Crawford Rutherfordton

Comments on N.C. school history debates To the editor: In response to two recent articles about re-focusing education on history post-Civil War, I couldn’t agree more. As an avid history-loving highschool student in the 1990’s, I know more than my share about

American history up until 1870. It is interesting to me, but unfortunately, we simply “ran out of time” to cover American history to date, leaving me somewhat in the dark about important issues that continue to affect our country today. All American history is important, and as much as I love 18th and 19th century history, I realize that more current history is crucial to understanding today’s world. Lori Ashe Rutherfordton

Says President Obama has changed tunes To the editor: Ray Crawford, have you forgotten what Mr. Obama said, our party won and you lost. Now because they have not been able to achieve significant accomplishments over the last year, Obama has chosen to reach out to Republicans and offer them a seat at the table. John Kurtz Bostic

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North Carolina bypassing voters on debt issues RALEIGH – There are plenty of reasons for North Carolinians to be worried and angry about the recent fiscal management of their government. After spending too much money when the economy was growing, the General Assembly has raised income and sales taxes during recessions. State and local officials have failed to set firm budget priorities. And skyrocketing level of state indebtedness is consuming tax money that might otherwise have been used to balance the budget, cut taxes, or fund core services. I think all of these objections to the fiscal policies of current and former North Carolina leaders are valid. But there’s an argument I find even more persuasive: these public officials have repeatedly violated the fiscal-policy provisions of the state constitution and should be held to account. Many instances come to mind, but let me focus today on perhaps the most egre-

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gious one, government borrowing without securing the permission of voters in a referendum. In general, Article V, Sections 3 and 4 of the North Carolina constitution require that any state or local borrowing that would pledge taxes to pay off the debt must be subjected to voter approval. There are some exceptions, however. For example, officials can borrow without holding a referendum to fund or refund a valid existing debt, to supply an unforeseen revenue deficiency, or to meet public health or safety emergencies. They can also reissue a portion of bonded debt that was previously approved by voters and has been paid off, and use

this debt for any lawful purpose. But in recent years, both state and local governments haven’t bothered to use these exceptions. They have issued certificates of participation (COPs) to fund the construction of prisons, schools, and other facilities. COPs are not subject to voter approval, which is why politicians like them. Holding a referendum takes some time and expense. More importantly, holding a referendum means that you have to accept the possibility that voters will say no. It’s best just not to ask the peons in the first place. The use of COPs and other non-voter-approved debt is no minor occurrence. According to the 2010 Debt Affordability Study just released by the office of State Treasurer Janet Cowell, nearly one-third of the state’s total debt will be in the nonvoter-approved category by 2011. That’s higher than the 30 percent mark that bond-rating agencies prefer for states

to maintain a triple-A credit rating. For the 2008-09 fiscal year, the relevant figures for the state were these: $4.75 billion in general-obligation debt and $1.37 billion in COPs. In defending this practice, North Carolina politicians argue that COPs aren’t subject to the state constitution’s referendum requirement because they don’t pledge the taxing power of the government. Technically, investors who buy COPs are buying the right to share in the revenues to be derived from the buildings being financed. Technically, the investors can repossess their share of the buildings in question if the revenues don’t materialize. Technically, this is what a layman would call malebovine excrement. Public schools and prisons derive virtually all their “revenue” from government tax collections. Public universities derive a large share of theirs from taxes, too. In reality, investors who buy COPs are loaning money to

the state in return for receiving future tax revenue. They have no interest in claiming an ownership stake in the few bricks their money paid to lay. There isn’t even a practical means of exercising such a claim. Obviously, if COPs are used in a true emergency – say, to cover an unforeseen drop in revenue or to remedy a sudden public-health crisis – that would be constitutional, regardless of the wisdom of the act. But to issue COPs in lieu of general-obligation debt, simply because the politicians don’t want to risk voter disapproval, is to evade the clear intent, and arguably the clear letter, of the state constitution. As long as North Carolina politicians are never held to account for their misuse of the power to borrow, they’ll keep doing it. I wonder if we’ll ever see a major statewide bond referendum again. Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation.


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Obituaries

MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT

Margie Cline

Margie Ashe Cline, 96, of 271 Holly Forest Dr., Rutherfordton, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. Born in Jackson County, she was a daughter of the late Garland Ashe and Margaret Hopper Ashe. She worked most of her life in textiles as a weaver for Cleveland Cloth Mill and was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Mooresboro. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Cecil Mills Cline. She is survived by one son, R.B. Cline of Forest City; one daughter, Lynn Smathers of Rutherfordton; three brothers, David Ashe of Wayne, Mich., Clifton Ashe of Polkville, and Don Ashe of Sylva; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Jean Gordon/Daily Courier conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday Keith Timothy Johnson, 54, of Rutherfordton, sustained serious injuries Friday at about 3:15 p.m. when he crashed his moped on Poors Ford Road at Pate Road. Highway Patrolman Randy Patterson at Harrelson Funeral Chapel said eye witnesses said Johnson was riding along and everything appeared to be going fine when he with the Rev. Terry Frazier, ran off the right shoulder of the road and the moped overturned. He did not hit another vehicle. He Zachary Emory and Chaplain appeared to have sustained several broken bones and was having difficulty breathing. He was taken Cecilia Beck officiating. to Rutherford Hospital for a possible transfer to another facility. Assisting at the scene were SDO fire- Interment will follow in the fighters and Rutherford County Rescue. Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, with no operator’s license; Crime Stoppers seek Forest City released on a $180 unsecured Forest City, NC 28043; or n The Forest City Police to Calvary Baptist Youth info on attack Department responded to 59 bond. (RCSD) Fund, 1509 Ferry Road, RUTHERFORDTON — E-911 calls Thursday. Mooresboro, NC 28114. EMS/Rescue Rutherford County Crime n Danielle Williams Stoppers are requesting help reported an incident of a n The Rutherford County Online condolences www.harrelin finding two people who breaking and entering and sonfuneralhome.com. EMS responded to 18 E-911 attacked a 60-year-old man larceny from an outbuilding. calls Thursday. two weeks ago at an auton An employee of the State n The Volunteer Life Mildred Smith mobile clean-up shop off Employees Credit Union, on Saving and Rescue, Hickory Mildred Head Smith, 85, of Whitesides Road. Daniel Road, reported an Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherfordton, died Friday, Bennett was working at a incident of obtaining propRutherford County Rescue Feb. 19, 2010, at Rutherford shop at 438 Whitesides Road erty by false pretenses. responded to four calls Hospital. between 4 and 5 p.m. Friday, Thursday. Arrangements are incomFeb. 5, when two males Arrests came to the door. Bennett Fire Calls n Nathan Monteith, 27, answered the door and was of West Main Street, Forest n Forest City responded to hit several times in the foreCity; arrested on a warrant a motor vehicle accident and head and once on the side of to an industrial fire alarm. his head, and on the shoulder for nonsupport of children; placed under a $1,087 cash n Rutherfordton respondwith a blunt instrument. He bond. (FCPD) ed to a smoke report and to was taken to Spartanburg n Jeffery Michael Burgess, a motor vehicle accident. Regional Medical Center 32, of 122 Tisdale St. Ext.; n SDO responded to a where he stayed six days. charged with unauthorized motor vehicle accident. Anyone with information use of motor vehicle; released about the case is asked to on a $2,000 unsecured bond. call the TIPS line at 828(RCSD) 286-8477. n Kendrick Jerel Lattimore, 22, of 434 Piney Teen charged with Mountain Church Road; with assault inflictcell phone violation charged ing serious injury; placed RUTHERFORDTON under a $1,500 secured Mrs. Lucille Gaskey Crotts, 93, — A 16-year-old from bond. (RCSD) of 5118 Circle Drive, Shelby, South Carolina became died Thursday, February 18, 2010 n Nathaniel Garcia the first person charged by at Cleveland Regional Medical Landrum, 34, of 116 Hill St.; Center. She was born in Cherokee the Rutherfordton Police charged with assault on a County, SC, daughter of the late Department with a newly female; placed under a $500 George Adam and Mary Etta enacted cell phone offense. secured bond. (RCSD) Gaskey. She retired from J. P. Haley Briana Bowman, n Aaron Kelly Tate, 46, of Stevens and was a long-standing 16, of 117 Quail Drive, 1027 Depriest Road; charged member of Bethel Baptist Church Spartanburg, S.C., was with domestic violence in Shelby. charged with four offenses, In addition to her parents, she protective order violation; Mae Davis Scruggs, 86, passed including using a cell phone was preceded in death by her placed under a 48-hour hold. away Thursday, February 18, husband, Charles H. Crotts; five while operating a vehicle (RCSD) 2010 at St. Mary’s Health Center sisters, Mary Dixon, Madge under the age of 18. in Jefferson City, MO. n Dracarus Tremont Singleton, May Bell Walker, Lt. Marc Morgan reported She was preceded in death by McBrayer, 17, of 399 Doggett Laura (Annie) Kendrick, Idell her loving husband of 62 years, that he stopped the vehicle Grove Road; charged with Allen; four brothers, George M. Dan Scruggs; parents, Deck and after it turned in front of his disorderly conduct; placed Gaskey, Willard Gaskey, Robert Mary Davis; brothers, Lake, L.V., vehicle, almost causing a col- under a $1,000 secured L. Gaskey, and Birl (Buck) Virgil and Virlin (John) Davis lision. He noticed that the Gaskey and a son-in-law, Deaver bond. (RCSD) and sisters, Ppeola Davis Martin, L. Allen driver was on a cell phone, n Preston Drake Childers, Velva Davis, Emma Davis and She is survived by her three chilthe RPD report says. Mildred Davis Daniel. 18, of 358 East High Road; dren, Donnis A. Cox and husShe is survived by one daughter, charged with sexual batband, Jim, of Anderson, SC, In addition to the cell Diane Heffner of Jefferson City, tery; placed under a $5,000 Pamela C. Patterson and husMO; one granddaughter, Angie phone offense, Bowman secured bond. (RCSD) band, Del of Shelby, and Arnold Heffner Robyn and husband, Tim was charged with possesn Velia Olivia Mendoza, 28, H. Crotts and wife, Shirley of of Jefferson City, MO; four great sion of marijuana, possesBostic; five grandchildren, of 165 Salem Glen; charged grandchildren, Emily, Riley, sion of drug paraphernalia Nicholas Patterson, Wendy Thrift, Kayla and Davis; a sister-in-law, Cale Crotts, Denise Belk and and no operator’s license. Betty Scruggs Graham and husCharles Allen; one brother, Jack She was placed under a THE DAILY COURIER band, Lloyd of Forest City and Gaskey, and wife, Patsy; three $1,000 secured bond in the many nieces and nephews. sisters-in-law, Betty Gaskey, Ann Published Tuesday through Sunday Mae was a member of Cliffside Rutherford County Jail.

Police Notes

Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 130 E-911 calls Thursday. n Ibera Allen Cole reported the larceny of a motor vehicle.

Rutherfordton

n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 25 E-911 calls Thursday.

Spindale

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 33 E-911 Thursday.

Lake Lure

n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to nine E-911 calls Thursday.

Lucille Gaskey Crotts

Mae Davis Scruggs

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Baptist Church all her adult life and upon relocating to Missouri she joined First Baptist Church of Jefferson City. She retired from Cone Corporation with almost 50 years of service. Mae and Dan were avid motorcyclists and enjoyed riding all over North Carolina. They also enjoyed vacations on cruise ships. Funeral services will be at Cliffside Baptist Church at 1 o’clock on Saturday February 29th with Rev. Joel Cantrell and Rev. Larry Fleming officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial will be in Cliffside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Children’s Programs, Cliffside Baptist Church, PO Box 336, Cliffside, NC 28024. McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is service the family. An online guest registered is available at: www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com

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Crotts, and Mary Mayse; one brother-in-law, Thad Crotts and wife, Dee; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two step- grandchildren, Scott Golden and Jason Thompson; and many nieces and nephews, including special nephew, Royce Dixon. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 606 S. Dekalb St., Shelby, NC 28150. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home in Shelby. The funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel. Paid obit.

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Lucille Crotts Lucille Gaskey Crotts, 93, of 5118 Circle Dr., Shelby, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born in Cherokee County, S.C., she was a daughter of the late George Adam and Mary Etta Gaskey. She retired from J.P. Stevens and was a longstanding member of Bethel Baptist Church in Shelby. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Crotts. She is survived by three children, Donnis A. Cox of Anderson, S.C., Pamela C. Patterson of Shelby, and Arnold H. Crotts of Bostic; one brother, Jack Gaskey; five grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchild; two step grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel, Shelby. Burial will follow in Cleveland Memorial Park. Drs. Tim Sims and J.M. Ezell will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 606 S. Dekalb St., Shelby, NC 28150. Online condolences www.claybarnette.com.

Margie Ashe Cline Margie Ashe Cline, age 96, of 271 Holly Forest Drive, Rutherfordton, died Friday, February 19, 2010. Margie was born on May 2, 1913 in Jackson County, NC to the late Garland Ashe and Margaret Hopper Ashe. She worked most of her life in textiles as a weaver for Cleveland Cloth Mill. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Mooresboro and enjoyed gardening and flowers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Cecil Mills Cline; a daughter, Frances Spake; a grandson, Mike Spake and three brothers, Harlie Ashe, Grover Ashe and Hayes Ashe. She is survived by one son, R.B. Cline and his wife, Judy, of Forest City; one daughter, Lynn Smathers and her husband, Eric, of Rutherfordton; three brothers, David Ashe of Wayne, MI, Clifton Ashe of Polkville, NC and Don Ashe of Sylva, NC; seven grandchildren, Lisa Price, Robin Steinbrecher, Robert Cline, Zach Emory, Aaron Emory, Sadie Emory and Lane Smathers; 11 great grandchildren, Mellony Harris, Jill Ohmstead, Brandon Terry, Leigh Meece, Jessica Pye, John Humphries, Robbie Cline, Matthew Price, Clint Spake, Emilee Lineberry, Laylah Price and seven great-great grandchildren, Luke Harris, Keleh Meece, Bryn Harris, Judson Ohmstead, Landry Ohmstead, Aiden Meece and Matt Pye. She is also survived by her beloved cat “Boy” and by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Terry Frazier, Zachary Emory and Chaplain Cecilia Beck officiating. Interment will follow at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 until service time at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or to the Calvary Baptist Youth Fund, 1509 Ferry Road, Mooresboro, NC 28114. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family. An online guest registry and live webcast of the funeral service are available at: www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com Paid obit.


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Red Cross Blood drives schedule: Feb. 22 — Red Cross Chapter House, 838 Oakland Road, Forest City, 2 to 6:30 p.m., call 287-5917 for an appointment; All presenting donors (in February) will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1, 000 gift card. For more information call 1-800448-3543 or visit RedCrossBlood. org.

Meetings/other Young at Heart Club meeting: Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m., Rollins Cafeteria; fellowship and Bingo; all senior citizens welcome; contact Roy McCain at 245-4800 for more information. Training program: The Employment Security Commission offers a Food and Nutrition Employment and Training Program. If you are currently receiving food stamps and nutrition benefits and looking for work, contact the FNS Coordinator at the ESC office, 245-9841, for further details. Quarterly meetings: Rutherford County Nursing Home and Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee meets quarterly with the Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman to review facility visitation reports and trends/concerns of residents in long term care facilities. For more information about committee vacancies or meeting date/time, call 287-2281.

Miscellaneous Foothills Harvest Outreach Ministries will hold a sale on all shoes and clothes through Feb. 27. 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. Basic shag lessons: Beginner shag class now forming. Sponsored by Rutherford County Shag Club. Call 287-9228 for more information or to sign up.

Fundraisers 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. Used book sale: To benefit March of Dimes; Tuesday, Feb. 23, 4 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Courtyard Room at Rutherford Hospital; large variety of paperbacks and hardbacks. 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.

Health/education Community Health Clinic of Rutherford County provides access to primary medical care, wellness education, medications and preventative programs. The clinic, open Monday through Thursday, is located at 127 E. Trade St., B 100, Forest City. Patients seen by appointment only. The clinic does not accept patients with private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Call 245-0400. The Medication Assistance Program provides access to medications at reduced rates or free of charge to those who qualify, call 288-8872.

Art classes The Visual Arts Center offers the following classes: So You Want to Be an Artist: Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m., beginning March 3; for teen students with a serious interest in art; Kay Latham, instructor; fee $48 includes some materials.

“I wrote a paper when I was getting my bachelor’s degree on prenatal classes and doing home visits after the birth of a child,” she said. “I was teaching a class at another hospital and learned about it through a student in it. I wasn’t looking for a job, but the job description matched what I’d written about. “Prenatal classes and home visits was a dream job I never thought I’d Contributed photos have.” Courtney, Jason and Tate Black and John, Karen and Olivia Harris are two of the In her new role, Calhoun will confamilies helped with the RHI outreach programs. tinue those home visits to patients like Courtney Black and Karen able – I have a feeling she’ll be that lives, even serving as godmother for Harris, both first time mothers who one. It’s that personal touch, Webber said they have benefitted from having way in her additional role.” Calhoun said she looks most forsaid, that sets the hospital apart. Calhoun care for them. ward, in her new role, to working “I think people expect a personal “I took her breastfeeding class and connection and that’s something we with it being my first baby, I was ner- with women she cared for during their prenatal and postnatal care. should be proud of and it’s one of our vous,” Black said. “From the first day “People I encountered 14 years ago most endearing qualities,” he said. she helped me, and every single day could now be menopausal,” she said. a couple of different times while we Calhoun will also be available to Calhoun said establishing a personal were in the hospital. She really helped talk with church and other groups relationship is something she stresses me relax a lot.” about women’s health issues. to nursing students. Harris agreed. “I had one call already from a PE “It’s not the long hours, but the “I don’t know what I’d have done teacher to come talk to a group of moments in nursing that will make a without her,” she said. “What was teachers on women’s health,” she said. difference,” she said. “How you take important for me was that the hosCalhoun said she has already care of somebody can be a lifelong pital had someone like her available. remained involved in many patients’ impact.” She’s so nice and makes you comfort-

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and hot mix asphalt is not available, crews will use cold patch, as well as spray patchers, to patch the holes as an interim treatment. Cold patch is a premix that NCDOT stockpiles for winter pothole response. Crews will perform perma-

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that will keep us afloat,” Gale said. But Gale said this has been the worst December, January and February since his family took over the shop in 1947. “I love a good snowfall. But enough is enough,” he said, adding quickly, “I am not complaining.” But his business has suffered along with so many others along Main Street and in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Gale was hoping for a warm-up last weekend, but another Friday snow meant businesses were closed again. “I’m looking forward to 2010 with a new beginning,” he added. Hopefully the new beginning starts with tourists converging in the Gorge this weekend. “Weather dictates our life at Chimney Rock,” Chimney Rock Park General Manager Mary Jaeger-Gale said last week on the heels of the county’s third measurable snowfall for the season. “This winter has been

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financially, it makes no difference to the town whether we’re renting to a bride or to someone coordinating for the bride.” The reservation arrangement isn’t the first time the Inn has tried working with the town at the gazebo. “About a year ago, they proposed to the council that they could oversee the entire gazebo operation as a concession for the town,” Braund said. “They stated that their principal concern was to improve the condition and maintenance of the gazebo as it had fallen into disrepair. Council directed me to address this through

Reunions McNair 20th anniversary: The Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation will celebrate its 20th year anniversary on May 14, 2010. If you are a McNair ROPE recipient, contact at rope2010@att.net.

impact with potholes. If a pothole can’t be avoided, slow down. Hitting a pothole at a high speed increases the chance of damage to the vehicle, and losing control. n Roll through. Rolling through the pothole is better than braking rapidly. n Properly inflate tires. Overinflated and under-inflated tires increase risk damage. n Avoid puddles that may conceal a deep pothole.

especially challenging as the elevator had been down for scheduled major maintenance. The continued accumulation of ice and snow coupled with long periods of extremely cold weather, have made it virtually impossible to get some of the trails and staircases thawed, cleared and open for guests on a daily basis. “However, when we can get guests safely to the top of the mountain, they’re in for a different Park experience. The lay of the land with the many boulders and rock formations that are usually hidden by trees and other vegetation appear scattered all over the mountain. You can almost be assured a clear 75-mile view into the piedmont from on top of the rock”, Jaeger-Gale added. When the trail to the waterfall is closed, admission rates are reduced to $9 for adults and $6 for kids ages six to 15. Across the county at Washburn General Store in Bostic, owner Ed Washburn has been ordering and reordering sleds all winter. His business has never had a better December or January, he said.

Although he doesn’t work at the store every day, he’s still in charge of all the ordering and that has kept him very busy. When the first snow arrived on Dec. 18, Washburn sold a supply of sleds he ordered three years ago he had stored in the basement. “By Dec. 19, those sleds were almost sold,” he said of the 30 to 40 sleds. He placed another order after the first snow and practically sold the more than 84 he ordered before the second snow. He also ordered extra toboggans, shovels, gloves and ice melt. During the season he has tried to keep small sleds for children, larger ones for older children, metal sleds and a few of the “old-timey” sleds. “They don’t do as good in Rutherford County as other places,” he said. Ever the businessman, Washburn said he’s also looking forward to spring. His latest order was for seeds and gardening supplies.

our public works crew and we did. Council chose not to consider putting the gazebo under a concession agreement.” The town does rent the Meadows area of the park for special events and has a partnership with the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce to administer the service. But not everyone is pleased with the plan. “This approval basically prevents any other lodging facility from bidding on weddings and providing the bridal party with usage of town property,” said Patricia Maringer, who runs Gaestehaus Salzberg — a German themed bed and breakfast — with her husband Werner. “This is town property, shouldn’t it be open for a first come, first served basis?

The town council are trustees to all the citizens and they shouldn’t make decisions to benefit just one citizen or business.”

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But officials felt the schedule would still be flexible. “By managing it this way the town benefits and there still is ample time for other business people to use the gazebo,” Mayor Bob Keith said. “You’ve got Thursday, Friday, Sunday and even on a Saturday if one wedding could be in the morning, another can be in the evening. One of our customer service people can schedule these things and work it out.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.

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Basket-Making Workshop: Saturday, March 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Ruby Lowery will teach the making of a Williamsburg basket; limited space. Photography Exhibit: The Earthly Treasurers and Flower Photography Exhibit; Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild members Susan Brooks and Nancy Hoopes are on display through March at the Norris Library, 132 N. Main St., Rutherfordton; reception March 5, 3 to 5 p.m.; library hours 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., M-F, and 10 to noon on Saturdays. The Visual Arts Center is located at 160 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Register for the above classes by calling 288-5009 or download an application from www.rcvag.com.

nent patches with hot mix when it is available.” Because of the high number of potholes, it may take weeks to make all necessary repairs. Potholes within travel lanes of major routes will be first priority. Meanwhile, AAA offers the following tips when encountering a pothole: n Avoid swerving. Swerving can cause loss of vehicle control. n Slow down. Carefully avoid

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The Boys Of Winter? Clemson announces secondary violations COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson’s athletic department reported 17 NCAA secondary violations, including one where a head coach gave staffers an improper money gift and an assistant coach who posted a message on a prospect’s Facebook wall. The school said several of the violations involved infractions that took place before the athlete enrolled at Clemson. Officals said such incidents are now processed through the school’s compliance office.

Tyler White, far left, seen in this 2009 Daily Courier file photo, talks things over on the mound with pitcher Robert Johnson, right, and former Chase baseball coach and Tyler’s dad, Brian. Tyler, who graduated from Chase in June, 2009, will return to area, today, to play baseball for Western Carolina at McNair Field.

Local Sports BASEBALL 2 p.m. Gardner-Webb vs. Western Carolina at McNair

On TV 7:30 a.m. (ESPN2) English Premier League Soccer Everton vs. Manchester United. 11 a.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Siena at Butler. 12 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) College Basketball North Carolina at Boston College. 12 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Seton Hall at West Virginia. 1 p.m. (WYFF) XXI Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing, Ski Jumping, Cross Country Skiing. Freestyle skiing: women’s aerials; ski jumping; cross country skiing. 1 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Louisiana Tech at Northeastern. 1 p.m. (FSS) Women’s College Basketball Texas at Texas A&M. 1 p.m. (TS) College Basketball UNC-Greensboro at The Citadel. 1:30 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball Tennessee at South Carolina. 2 p.m. (WBTV) College Basketball Wake Forest at North Carolina State. 2 p.m. (WSPA) PGA Tour Golf WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, Semifinals. 2 p.m. (WLOS) College Basketball Wake Forest at North Carolina State. 2 p.m. (WMYA) College Basketball Georgia Tech at Maryland. 2 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Texas at Texas Tech. 3 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Nevada at Missouri State. 3 p.m. (TS) College Basketball Stanford at Oregon State. 4 p.m. (WBTV) PGA Tour Golf WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, Semifinals. 4 p.m. (WYCW) College Basketball Mississippi State at LSU. 4 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Illinois at Purdue. 4 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Virginia at Clemson. 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Nationwide Series: Stater Bros. 300. 6 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Kentucky at Vanderbilt. 7 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Arkansas at Auburn. 8 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball College of Charleston at George Mason. 8 p.m. (TS) Tennis Cellular South Cup, Singles Final. 8 p.m. (WGN-A) NBA Basketball Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls. 9 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball UCLA at Washington.

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Bulldogs, Catamounts meet at McNair By SCOTT BOWERS Daily Courier Sports Editor

FOREST CITY — Baseball returns to McNair Field today at 2 p.m., when Gardner-Webb plays host to Western Carolina. The Bulldogs and Catamounts opened their respective seasons against each other on Friday, and the two schools will complete the 3-game series today and Sunday. Both remaining games will be at McNair. In addition to marking the opening of baseball at McNair Filed, the game also features two local sons returning home. Gardner-Webb’s Zeke Blanton, of Forest City, played four seasons at East Rutherford. Blanton’s power-hitting and speed played a pivotal role in the 2007 Cavaliers state title run. Western Carolina’s Tyler White, also Garrett Byers/Daily Courier of Forest City, played four seasons at Chase. White’s versatility and knowledge Zeke Blanton, above right, seen in this 2007 Daily Courier file photo, accepts the 2007 North Carolina 2A MVP award. Blanton will return to the area as a member of of the Gardner-Webb’s baseball team, today.

Woods pleads his case to millions

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Tiger Woods pauses during a news conference, Friday, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

NEW YORK (AP) — Across the media landscape, time stopped for 13 1/2 minutes as Tiger Woods emerged from the shadows with a much-awaited, tightly packaged video apology for his sexual escapades. Dozens of broadcast networks, cable news outlets and online streams carried his scripted statement live on Friday, allowing a global audience to see and hear from Woods for the first time since his public image went into free fall nearly three months ago. Viewers by the millions paused to watch and listen as the golf great spoke from the clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour, in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Meanwhile, news anchors, TV pundits and morning show hosts sat ready to pounce with their reviews. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos called the speech “one of the most remarkable public apologies ever by a public figure.” But Rick Cerrone, a public relations executive, disagreed. “What I expected to see today was some humility. What I saw today was arrogance. What I saw was anger. ... It was basically an infomercial,” he said on CNN. “I think he was very genuine in his responses and his statement,” Debert Cook, publisher of African American Golfer’s Digest, said on BBC News 24 television in London. “I think we are entering a whole new era spiritually and emotionally for Tiger Woods.” While concluding that Woods was sincere, NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts said he “looked like a deer in the headlights Please see Woods, Page 9


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Scoreboard OLYMPICS Winter Olympic Medals Table Nation United States Germany Norway Canada France South Korea Austria Switzerland China Sweden Russia Italy Netherlands Poland Japan Australia Slovakia Czech Republic Belarus Estonia Finland Kazakhstan Latvia Croatia Slovenia

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BASKETBALL National Basketball Association

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Charlotte Bobcats’ Raymond Felton (20) passes the ball around Cleveland Cavaliers’ Shaquille O’Neal (33) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, Friday.

Bobcats humble Cavaliers, 110-93

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Stephen Jackson scored 29 points and the Charlotte Bobcats took advantage of Antawn Jamison’s miserable debut for Cleveland in a 110-93 victory Friday night to send the Cavaliers to their second straight loss. Two days after being acquired from Washington, Jamison came off the bench and went 0 for 12 from the field. He was blocked five times and tossed up two airballs, while looking out of sync with his new teammates. The Bobcats used a big run to end the third quarter to beat the Cavaliers, the team with the NBA’s best record, for a third straight time and take the series 3-1 in a possible first-round playoff preview. LeBron James had 22 points and nine assists for Cleveland a night after being the first player in NBA history with at least 43 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, two steals and four blocks. It wasn’t the way Jamison had envisioned the return to his hometown. At least he didn’t go scoreless. While coach Mike Brown had pulled James and Shaquille O’Neal, Jamison hit two free throws with 41 seconds left for his only points. By then the Cavs, who allowed the Bobcats to shoot 55 percent, had been run over by their surprising nemesis — who three days earlier lost at home to the NBA-worst New Jersey Nets. Boris Diaw had 18 points and nine assists, Gerald Wallace had 17 points and eight rebounds and Tyrus Thomas had nine points and 12 rebounds a day after being acquired from Chicago as the Bobcats moved a game above .500. Delonte West came off the bench to score 13 points for Cleveland. Mo Williams added 12 in his return to the starting lineup after being out with a shoulder injury, but he had only one assist. Shaquille O’Neal had 10 points and seven rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting. A night after their 13-game winning streak was snapped by Denver while Jamison watched, coach Mike Brown announced before the game that Jamison would at least temporarily come off the bench. J.J. Hickson kept his starting job at power forward, but Jamison checked in after the first timeout with 5:09 left in the first quarter.

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct 34 18 .654 29 24 .547 20 33 .377 19 34 .358 5 49 .093 Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 37 18 .673 Atlanta 34 18 .654 Miami 28 27 .509 Charlotte 27 26 .509 Washington 18 33 .353 Central Division W L Pct Cleveland 43 13 .776 Chicago 27 26 .509 Milwaukee 24 28 .462 Detroit 19 34 .358 Indiana 18 35 .340   WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 33 21 .611 San Antonio 31 21 .596 Houston 28 25 .528 New Orleans 28 26 .519 Memphis 27 26 .509 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 36 18 .667 Utah 34 19 .642 Oklahoma City 31 21 .596 Portland 32 24 .571 Minnesota 13 42 .236 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Lakers 42 14 .750 Phoenix 32 23 .582 L.A. Clippers 21 33 .389 Sacramento 18 36 .333 Golden State 15 38 .283 Boston Toronto Philadelphia New York New Jersey

GB —  5 1/2 14 1/2 15 1/2 30  GB —  1 1/2 9  9 17  GB —  14 1/2  17 22 1/2  23 1/2 GB —  1  4 1/2 5  5 1/2 GB —  1 1/2 4  5  23 1/2 GB —  9 1/2 20  23  25 1/2

Thursday’s Games Denver 118, Cleveland 116, OT Boston 87, L.A. Lakers 86 Friday’s Games Charlotte 110, Cleveland 93 Washington 107, Denver 97 Philadelphia 106, San Antonio 94 Miami at Memphis, late

American League TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Agreed to terms with C Jose Molina on a one-year contract. Placed RHP Jesse Litch on the 60-day DL. National League HOUSTON ASTROS—Agreed to terms with RHP Matt Nevarez, INF Jose Vallejo and RHP Henry Villar on one-year contracts. LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Agreed to terms with RHP Eric Gagne on a minor league contract. SAN DIEGO PADRES—Agreed to terms with INF Josh Barfield on a minor league contract. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Agreed to terms with RHP Chien-Ming Wang on a one-year contract. Placed RHP Jordan Zimmermann on the 60-day DL. American Association EL PASO DIABLOS—Signed RHP DJ Mattox and RHP Clegg Snipes. FORT WORTH CATS—Signed OF Spenser Dennis. SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CAPTAINS—Signed RHP Justin Young and RHP Thad Markray. SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS—Traded OF Kraig Binick, a player to be named later and cash to the Sussex (Can-Am) for C Ray Serrano. United League AMARILLO DILLAS—Acquired RHP Ryan Mitchell from Worcester (Can-Am) for RHP Albert Ayala.

Chicago at Minnesota, late Indiana at New Orleans, late Milwaukee at Detroit, late Toronto at New Jersey, late Dallas at Orlando, late Atlanta at Phoenix, late Utah at Golden State, late Boston at Portland, late Saturday’s Games Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at New York, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Miami at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Indiana at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Charlotte at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Sacramento at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games Cleveland at Orlando, 1 p.m. Boston at Denver, 3:30 p.m. San Antonio at Detroit, 6 p.m. Memphis at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Golden State, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Utah at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF New Jersey 61 37 21 3 77 162 Pittsburgh 62 36 22 4 76 195 Philadelphia 60 32 25 3 67 179 N.Y. Rangers 62 28 27 7 63 161 N.Y. Islanders 62 25 29 8 58 159 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Ottawa 63 36 23 4 76 178 Buffalo 60 33 18 9 75 166 Boston 60 27 22 11 65 149 Montreal 63 29 28 6 64 164 Toronto 61 19 31 11 49 162 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 62 41 13 8 90 247 Tampa Bay 61 26 24 11 63 160 Atlanta 60 26 24 10 62 182 Florida 61 24 27 10 58 155 Carolina 61 24 30 7 55 168 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 61 41 15 5 87 199 Nashville 61 33 23 5 71 170 Detroit 61 28 21 12 68 159 St. Louis 62 28 25 9 65 163 Columbus 63 25 28 10 60 166 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Vancouver 61 37 22 2 76 194 Colorado 61 35 20 6 76 178 Calgary 62 30 23 9 69 156 Minnesota 61 30 27 4 64 171 Edmonton 61 19 36 6 44 153 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF San Jose 62 40 13 9 89 204 Phoenix 63 37 21 5 79 167 Los Angeles 61 37 20 4 78 185 Dallas 61 28 21 12 68 175 Anaheim 62 30 25 7 67 177

GA 144 179 160 169 194 GA 179 152 154 176 208 GA 177 182 194 177 194 GA 146 173 164 172 203 GA 152 158 156 178 211 GA 153 158 166 186 189

Thursday’s Games No games scheduled Friday’s Games No games scheduled Saturday’s Games No games scheduled

TRANSACTIONS Friday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETS—Re-assigned G Jermaine Taylor to Rio Grande Valley (NBADL). MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES—Assigned F Nathan Jawai to Sioux Falls (NBADL). Women’s National Basketball Association MINNESOTA LYNX—Re-signed G-F Roneeka Hodges and traded her to San Antonio for the right to exchange 2011 second-round draft picks.

FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS—Named Daryl Daye assistant coach. Canadian Football League EDMONTON ESKIMOS—Signed DE Kenneth Pettway. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS—Signed QB Adam DiMichele. Extended the contract of WR Adarius Bowman. Re-signed OL Ryan Donnelly.

HOCKEY National Hockey League ATLANTA THRASHERS—Re-assigned LW Michael Forney from the Gwinnett (ECHL) to Chicago (AHL). American Hockey League AHL—Suspended Chicago RW Spencer Machacek for one game as a result of his actions in a Feb. 17 game vs. San Antonio. CHICAGO WOLVES—Signed D Chris Chelios. SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE—Signed D Jimmy Sharrow and D Justin Kinnunen. ECHL ECHL—Fined Toledo F Adam Keefe an undisclosed amount as a result of his actions in a Feb. 18 game at Charlotte. CHARLOTTE CHECKERS—Announced D Ethan Graham was loaned to Texas (AHL). VICTORIA SALMON KINGS—Acquired D Bobby Davey from Bakersfield for future considerations. Announced D Jimmy Sharrow was loaned to San Antonio (AHL) and F Bryan Leitch was assigned to the team from Milwaukee (AHL).

COLLEGE AUGUSTANA, S.D.—Announced the resignation of football coach Brad Salem to become running back coach at Michigan State. Named Mike Aldrich football coach. FLORIDA—Dismissed freshman DT Gary Brown from the football team following his arrest last weekend. NORTH CAROLINA STATE—Named Bryan Bunn volleyball coach. WILLIAM & MARY—Promoted Spencer Milne to director of athletic marketing, promotions and ticket operations. Named Pete Kresky director of corporate sales and sponsorships.

Tar Heels get Zeller back from foot injury CHAPEL HILL (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams finally has some good news. Seven-foot sophomore Tyler Zeller is expected to return to the lineup at Boston College on Saturday, giving a desperately needed boost to the struggling and injury-depleted Tar Heels. Zeller has missed the past month with a foot injury as the defending national champions fell near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Zeller returned to limited work last week, then went through a full practice Thursday. Players were not available for interviews Friday, though Zeller was seen getting some shots up in

the Smith Center shortly after Williams’ news conference. “I’m hoping we can get him in and get some productive minutes out of him,” Williams said. “That with each and every game, he can build on it. But it’s hard. He’s been out for (10) games ... so it’s been quite a while. But we’re going to give him a chance to see what he can do when he does get in there.” Zeller missed last month’s loss at Clemson as a precaution due to pain in his right foot, which was diagnosed the next day as a stress fracture. The Tar Heels (14-12, 3-8) have lost eight of 10 since Zeller went down, a stretch that has also seen them lose fel-

low big men Ed Davis (likely for the season with a broken left wrist) and freshman Travis Wear (out with a sprained left ankle). Zeller averages 9.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and shot 56 percent in just 16 minutes per game off the bench. His return will provide some needed punch for a traditionally fast-paced and highscoring offense that has turned anemic amid injuries, turnovers and youthful mistakes. North Carolina managed just 54 points in a loss to Duke for its lowest scoring output under Williams, then broke that mark two games later by managing 51 in a lopsided loss at Georgia Tech.

Daytona champ McMurray on pole in Fontana

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game played a key part in the Trojans winning the 2009 3A/2A Southwestern Conference title. Blanton is expected to start in left field for the Bulldogs, while White may draw the start at first base for the Catamounts. Tickets may be purchased at the gate beginning at 1 p.m.

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Jamie McMurray has gone from winning the Daytona 500 to sitting on the pole in California. After a whirlwind week of appearances and interviews as the champion of NASCAR’s season opener and biggest race, McMurray got back into the cockpit of his No. 1 Chevrolet on Friday and qualified first with

a lap of 183.744 mph at the two-mile superspeedway. “I am so amazed at the week I’ve had, and then to come here to be able to be on the pole,” McMurray said. “I really can’t believe it. It’s just pretty awesome.” McMurray captured his fourth career pole, his first at California, and will be joined on the front row by Earnhardt Ganassi teammate Juan Pablo

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Montoya, who ran a lap of 183.477 mph to qualify second. Clint Bowyer qualified third in another Chevy, which has an engine also built by EarnhardtChildress Racing, like the ones in McMurray and Montoya’s cars. Kasey Kahne was fourth in his No. 9 Ford, followed by Dave Blaney in a Toyota. The highest-qualifying Dodge was Sam Hornish Jr. in eighth. Matt Kenseth, who won at California the last two Februarys, qualified 20th. Kenseth hasn’t won a race since opening last season with victories at Daytona and California and this week changed crew chiefs. Roush Fenway drivers have won the past five February races

at California, with Kenseth winning three of the past four. Greg Biffle won in 2005 and Carl Edwards went to victory lane three years ago. Edwards qualified 31st, five spots ahead of Biffle. When McMurray got to the track Friday morning, he described it as “just a different feeling that I’ve ever had in the garage area.” After all the responsibilities that came with winning at Daytona, which he said he definitely enjoyed, McMurray still looked forward to getting back into the car. “Getting in the car was going to be easier than what I had to do (last week). I can’t want to get back to the race track to I can rest,” McMurray said.

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Bode Miller earns super-G silver for US

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Tiger Woods hugs his mother Kultida Woods after making a statement at the Sawgrass Players Club, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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— the kind of expression people have when they’re playing with him on the golf course.” CBS’ David Feherty, who has covered Woods on the circuit, said, “I have never seen him appear so vulnerable. ... I was very impressed with what he said.” “The vast number of people just want their Tiger Woods back,” Feherty said. Covering Woods’ appearance were networks as far-flung as the Golf Channel and business-focused CNBC, which beforehand had a digital countdown clock on the screen and dubbed Woods’ remarks his “Media Culpa.” It was unusual for such a broad swath of TV outlets to hand several minutes of precious live airtime, no questions asked, to any prominent figure, even an A-lister such as Tiger Woods. On the other hand, Woods’ message was overdue, much-sought-after and sure to take a cue from one of TV’s favorite themes: a celebrity atoning. Whether you bought his display of remorse or not, it was gripping when Woods said things such as, “I was unfaithful, I had affairs, I cheated. What I did is not acceptable.” For many of the networks — especially cable news and sports-oriented ESPN — his confessional was a welcome rallying point, rich grist for the mill for talk-dominated TV. It promised to fuel hours of fresh debate on All Things Tiger, a favorite sport since Woods ran his SUV over a fire hydrant and into a tree outside his Florida home on Nov. 27. The resulting scandal has imperiled Woods’ lofty status as an athlete, hero and commercial brand.

As a media event seen around the world, Woods’ appearance was a notably low-tech production. He stood at a spindly lectern in front of a velvety blue curtain that seemed borrowed from a high school auditorium. There were two cameras, one of which failed several minutes before he finished speaking. (It “lost power,” according to spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade at CBS Sports, which provided the pool video coverage.) But viewers weren’t distracted by the stagecraft — or lack of it. Troy McDonald, 64, took a break from hitting golf balls at an outdoor driving range in Madison, Wis., to watch. He said he had tears in his eyes as Woods apologized for letting down children who looked up to him. His own son, Erin McDonald, is a 34-year-old amateur golfer who gets lessons at a Texas school run by Woods’ golf coach, Hank Haney. “I had lost a lot of the enthusiasm I had for him, but he’s regained a lot of that with this statement,” McDonald said. “I was very impressed.” At the Golf Range Santa Fe in Mexico City, teaching pro Andres Arias said he found Woods’ apology genuine. “I think all he wants to do is get back to playing golf,” Arias said. In South Africa, 33-year-old Mlungisi Mlogehwa was forgiving as he watched Woods on a big-screen TV in the popular Cape Town bar Lapeng. “Everybody makes mistakes,” he said. “He deserves a second chance.” On the snowy streets of Stockholm, people were also skeptical. “This is probably about what people think about Tiger Woods the brand,” said Tommi Anttila, 36. Daniel Kennedy, a 26-year-old Australian living in Stockholm, agreed, saying the apology was designed to help Woods “regain his career.”

Tiger’s mother ‘proud of my son’ DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods’ mother sat in the front row, arms folded across her black sweater, eyes fixed on her worldfamous son as he apologized again for letting so many people down with his infidelity. Kultida Woods usually is seen, not heard. She is the Thai woman with the wide-brimmed visor, leaning on a portable seat just beyond the ropes, now only at the Masters and his Chevron World Challenge. With rare exception, she does not give interviews. Friday was different.

After Woods and all but a few of his 40 associates left the room, Mrs. Woods stayed in her seat. “I would like to talk,” she said as three wire service reporters approached. It was her voice that was heard on the 911 tape the night of the Nov. 27

car accident that led to revelations of Woods’ rampant affairs. “What happened?” she could be heard in the background as Woods was found on the street next to his SUV. Mrs. Woods did not want to discuss details — “this thing is a family matter,” she said — only to reveal she was upset. Mostly, however, she is angry at media outlets that stalked her in airports and the relentless coverage of Woods’ downfall. “Some of media, especially tabloid, hurt my son bad,” said Mrs. Woods, who moved to America some 40 years ago and speaks haltingly. “Sometimes think there double standard. He didn’t do anything illegal. He didn’t kill anybody.” Mrs. Woods was flanked on both sides by women — Amy Reynolds, formerly of Nike who now works at Tiger Woods Design, and Kathy Battaglia, the administrative assistant for the ETW Corp. Woods walked directly to his mother when he finished his 13½-minute statement.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Just a few gates into the super-G, Bode Miller started to wobble. Sure didn’t last long, though. Miller regained control and kept picking up speed, getting down the mountain faster than anyone in the field — until Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway came in a few ticks quicker. Although denied the first gold medal of his star-crossed career, Miller wound up with silver and his second trip to the podium in as many events at the Vancouver Olympics. That’s quite a run for a guy who considered calling it a career and skipping these games. Fellow American Andrew Weibrecht — 41st in the World Cup rankings coming in — snagged the bronze, upping the United States’ medal count to 20, far and away the best. Consider this: With six gold, six silver and eight bronze, add up just two of the colors and it would still be more than any other country. Germany is the closest, with four gold and 11 overall. But all is not well for the U.S. delegation. There’s a crisis in curling. After an 0-4 start that’s made the Americans the only winless club in the field, the men’s team changed its skip. John Shuster, a bronze winner in 2006, was benched for the match Friday against France. Shuster understands. After the latest loss, he said, “I’ve let my teammates and USA Curling down.” At least the women finally broke the ice, so to speak. Skip Debbie McCormick bumped out a Russian stone with her last rock, giving the U.S. a 6-4 victory — its first after an 0-3 start that had put her stewardship in jeopardy, too.

SUPER-G When Miller took bronze in the downhill, he was all smiles at the end of the race. He looked more worn out this time. He let out a big breath of air and quickly shook his head. Then he leaned forward, resting his helmet on forearms still locked atop his poles. Once his lungs stopped burning, he took out his mouthpiece and gave a little fist pump. With his fourth career medal, Miller regained the title of most decorated American Alpine skier, a day after Julia Mancuso tied him for that honor. The title could keep changing hands with the men’s super combined and slalom still to come; Mancuso has two events left and Lindsey Vonn has three. Svindal won by 0.28 seconds. To appreciate how big a gap that is, Miller was only .03 ahead of Weibrecht. Svindal continued Norwegian dominance of a race that joined the Olympic program at the 1988 Calgary Games. Norwegian great Kjetil Andre Aamodt won it in 1992, 2002 and 2006 — giving the Scandinavian nation a 4-for-7 record in the event’s Olympic history. The race was marred by more horrific wipeouts. The most serious involved 40-year-old Patrik Jaerbyn flying through the air, landing on his back and bouncing hard on the icy surface before sliding to a stop, his face bloodied.

BOBSLED Swiss brakeman Juerg Egger was strapped to a support board and taken away by ambulance after his twoman sled overturned during practice at the Whistler Sliding Center. There was no immediate word on his condition. The two-man field will be missing the gold-medal favorite: Beat Hefti of

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Bode Miller of the United States reacts after finishing the Men’s super-G at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Friday.

Switzerland, this season’s World Cup champion and a bronze winner four years ago. Hefti withdrew Friday because of a concussion from an accident during practice Wednesday night. He also cut his leg in the wreck. He hasn’t decided whether to compete in the four-man, which begins next Friday.

SHAUN WHITE Having already won a pair of halfpipe gold medals, Shaun White would love the chance to double his collection at the 2014 Olympics. White said he’d consider competing in halfpipe and slopestyle if that event was added to the mix for the Sochi Games. In slopestyle, riders do huge tricks while going down the mountain and through “features” — rails, big jumps and bumps. At ski resorts, slopestyle is widely thought of as an easier way for amateur snowboarders to do cool tricks than on a halfpipe. White likes the idea of being in the spotlight a little longer. Odds are NBC would like to have him around more, too. “It’s a strange thing going to the Olympics, where so many people have four, five events and we just have the one big night,” he said.

FIGURE SKATING On his first day as an Olympic champion, Evan Lysacek said he’s not even thinking about retirement. Defending his world championship next month in Turin? Well, that’s still to be determined. The 24-year-old American also said he was a “little disappointed” his long program was criticized by silver medalist and reigning champion Evgeni Plushenko. He added that Plushenko congratulated him with “a strong handshake.”

SECURITY The task force overseeing security for the Winter Olympics has done a good job protecting athletes and their families. They’re also keeping a close eye on each other. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 11 officers have been sent home for breaking rules, including two officers whose cases are being investigated by Vancouver police.


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NTSB and FBI investigators search through the aircraft wreckage inside a building in Austin, Texas, Friday. Authorities said that Joseph Stack flew his aircraft into the building Thursday, where several Internal Revenue Service employees worked.

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State/Nation Today Solon leaves hospital

HIGH POINT (AP) — U.S. Rep. Howard Coble has left a North Carolina hospital where he was treated for a day after fainting and hitting the back of his head. Coble’s Chief of Staff, Ed McDonald, said physicians couldn’t find anything wrong with the 78-year-old lawmaker. Coble left the hospital Friday afternoon but has canceled his events for this weekend to rest before returning to Washington on Monday.

Woman sought hit man

CHARLOTTE (AP) — North Carolina police say a woman who used the Internet to search for a paid killer instead latched on to a retired police officer, who reported her to authorities. Multiple media outlets reported Friday that 45-year-old Kimberly Lumpkin has been charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder. Mooresville police say Lumpkin met a man on the Internet several months ago, then asked him in e-mails and at least one telephone call if he would be willing to kill her husband. Police say the man was a retired police officer in Oregon who reported Lumpkin’s wishes. Lumpkin was in the Iredell County jail Friday under $75,000 bond. An attorney listed as repre-

senting the pet store owner did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Dance marathon still hit CHAPEL HILL (AP) — More than a thousand North Carolina college students aim to dance around the clock to help a hospital. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill holds its largest student-led fundraiser when the annual dance marathon kicks off Friday night. The event has raised more than $2 million since the first was held 12 years ago. About 1,600 students will try to stay awake and on their feet for 24 hours to raise money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Ky. man charged LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been charged with posting a poem threatening President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on a white supremacist Web site. U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Stephan M. Pazenzia said Johnny Logan Spencer Jr., 27, of Louisville wrote and posted the poem, titled “The Sniper,” on a page called NewSaxon.org. The site is described as an “Online Community for Whites by Whites.” The poem was posted in August 2007, according to an arrest affidavit.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Robin De Haven was driving the company truck to a job when he saw something that didn’t look right — a small plane, flying extremely low over a heavily congested area of Austin. The 28-year-old Iraq war veteran recalled Friday how he then saw black smoke billowing from the glass building and rushed to the scene. There, where the plane had exploded into flames in a suicide attack fueled by anti-government hatred, De Haven found five people trapped on the second floor of the burning office housing Internal Revenue Service employees. “I wanted to go help,” said De Haven, who works for a glass company. “I thought, ’I’m going to go ahead and do it.’ I thought my boss would understand.” He quickly hurled his 17-foot ladder onto the building, climbed up and went inside to help the workers escape. Authorities have credited stories of heroism like De Haven’s for keeping the death toll so low in Thursday’s crash. The pilot, Andrew Joseph Stack III, and one other person were killed when the software engineer fueled with rage against the IRS slammed his plane Thursday morning into the hulking Echelon 1 building. “When you look at the building, it’s hard to say we were lucky, but we were,” said Ernie Rodriguez of the Austin/Travis County EMS. He credited the actions of “many heroic” people who were at the scene. Stack, 53, apparently targeted the lower floors of the office building, where nearly 200 IRS employees worked. Thirteen people were injured and one remained hospitalized at an Army burn unit in San Antonio. Authorities have not identified the other person killed. In a ranting manifesto posted on a

Web site, Stack lashed out at the government — especially it’s tax code — claiming they robbed him of his savings and derailed his career. In the note, Stack says he realizes “violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.” U.S. law enforcement officials were trying to determine if Stack put anything in the plane to worsen the damage. One law enforcement official also said they were looking into whether a marital dispute precipitated the attack. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. Six miles away from the charred office building, arson crews on Friday inspected Stack’s home — which he apparently set on fire before taking off Thursday from an airport 30 miles north. Across the street, a representative for his wife, Sheryl Stack, told reporters that she thanked her friends and family for their kindness. “Words cannot adequately express my sorrow or the sympathy I feel for everyone affected by this unimaginable tragedy,” the statement read. The grandmother of Sheryl Stack’s adolescent daughter said the family “had nothing” after the fire. “I was with her all day yesterday. How would you expect she is doing? She’s totally distraught,” Jacquelyn “Jackie” Mann said as she was rushing out the door Friday to bring the family clothes. In a suburb of Los Angeles, the husband of Joseph Stack’s ex-wife said she was also distraught and unwilling to answer questions. Wiggs Mendoza said Ginger Stack only occasionally mentioned her former husband — who she divorced in 1999 after 18 years of marriage — but said he was a kind man who had deep affection for the children of her daughter from another marriage.

Lotto winners claim prize after six months INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eric White didn’t realize he’d left $2.5 million sitting on the desk in the office in his Indianapolis home for six months. On Friday, he and his wife, Lori, cashed in, beating the odds by turning in the winning Hoosier Lotto ticket from the Aug. 19 drawing a week after the

lottery officials said the prize wouldn’t be awarded because the 180-day deadline had passed. Officials extended the deadline to Feb. 22 after saying the date had been miscalculated. Lori White, 38, said she sent her husband a text Tuesday night asking if he had any old lottery tickets after seeing a

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THE MARKET IN REVIEW

STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

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NYSE

7,083.25 +2.87

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last NewpkRes 5.01 RAIT pfA 12.15 SmithIntl 37.70 RAIT pfB 12.99 iStar 3.56 Dex One n 29.79 Lydall 7.65 CIBER 3.82 RAIT pfC 13.60 ClearwPpr 48.47

Chg +.73 +1.46 +4.35 +1.37 +.36 +2.89 +.71 +.35 +1.20 +4.24

%Chg +17.1 +13.7 +13.0 +11.8 +11.3 +10.7 +10.2 +10.1 +9.7 +9.6

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last EnergySol 6.35 GP Strat 7.74 FstPfd pfA 8.09 ION Geoph 4.41 Venoco 12.09 JacksnHew 2.71 CapTr12 pf 2.35 LaZBoy 12.71 GLG Ptrs 2.73 Goodyear 13.46

Chg %Chg -1.44 -18.5 -.80 -9.4 -.78 -8.8 -.34 -7.2 -.93 -7.1 -.18 -6.2 -.15 -6.0 -.81 -6.0 -.17 -5.9 -.84 -5.9

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 2002887 3.42 -.01 BkofAm 1846984 15.88 ... S&P500ETF1713319111.14 +.23 SprintNex 1360002 3.49 +.18 iShEMkts 746305 39.38 -.34 GenElec 648134 16.17 -.07 SPDR Fncl 570429 14.46 +.08 DirFBear rs 560368 18.38 -.26 iShR2K 511094 63.06 +.08 Pfizer 502997 17.99 +.26 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

DIARY

1,821 1,244 118 3,183 187 1 3,951,934,042

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AMEX

1,880.21 +10.83

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last ManSang 2.75 TelInstEl 7.75 Barnwell 4.20 Gastar grs 5.34 BowlA 13.80 SagaComm14.10 Ever-Glory 3.83 PacAsiaP n 4.20 HeraldNB 2.95 RELM 4.27

Chg %Chg +.75 +37.5 +.88 +12.8 +.35 +9.1 +.34 +6.8 +.80 +6.2 +.82 +6.1 +.21 +5.8 +.22 +5.5 +.15 +5.4 +.22 +5.4

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last IncOpR 5.39 SuprmInd 2.75 Solitario 2.08 SoCTBcp 3.07 ATS Corp 2.61 WLbtyBcp 6.70 MexcoEn 8.40 SwGA Fn 13.75 WellsGard 2.28 Gainsco rs 8.35

Chg %Chg -.61 -10.2 -.20 -6.8 -.15 -6.7 -.22 -6.7 -.15 -5.4 -.38 -5.4 -.45 -5.1 -.72 -5.0 -.12 -5.0 -.43 -4.9

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg NovaGld g 28257 5.84 -.03 GoldStr g 23600 3.06 -.12 Rentech 20552 1.09 +.02 Taseko 19513 4.63 +.08 RexahnPh 19123 1.14 -.04 VantageDrl 18150 1.38 +.03 NthgtM g 18019 2.63 -.03 BarcGSOil 15359 25.79 +.22 CFCda g 14869 13.43 +.03 VirnetX 14624 5.30 +.21 DIARY

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

215 259 55 529 13 1 93,405,152

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NASDAQ 2,243.87 +2.16

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last SinoCkg n 14.40 PECO II rsh 5.74 XenoPort 8.38 ColonialBk 8.00 MexRestr 2.74 AlliancB 2.86 Isramco 57.89 Somaxon 3.24 GFI Grp 5.23 LodgeNet 6.87

Chg +5.60 +1.75 +1.71 +1.51 +.43 +.43 +8.42 +.43 +.69 +.90

%Chg +63.6 +43.9 +25.6 +23.3 +18.6 +17.7 +17.0 +15.3 +15.2 +15.1

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Unilife n Knot Inc MeritMed UtdWestrn Endologix AtlSthnF CdnSolar AtriCure Telvent UnvElc

Last 9.80 7.90 14.41 2.64 3.91 2.13 20.85 4.62 29.31 21.60

Chg -2.35 -1.67 -3.03 -.55 -.79 -.41 -3.89 -.80 -4.10 -2.68

%Chg -19.3 -17.5 -17.4 -17.2 -16.8 -16.1 -15.7 -14.8 -12.3 -11.0

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE)

Name Vol (00) SiriusXM h 1180719 Dell Inc 951806 PwShs QQQ716038 Intel 401905 Cisco 383778 ETrade 382270 Microsoft 381806 ApldMatl 287914 XenoPort 275240 MicronT 271834

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

Last Chg 1.08 -.05 13.47 -.96 44.83 -.02 20.82 -.02 24.36 +.08 1.56 +.01 28.77 -.20 12.50 -.18 8.38 +1.71 8.90 +.14

DIARY

1,393 1,237 163 2,793 146 8 2,060,986,742

DAILY DOW JONES

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Dow JonesINSURANCE industrials LIFE LATELY? Close: 10,402.35 10,120

Change: 9.45 (0.1%)

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

STOCK MARKET INDEXES Name

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Dow Industrials 10,402.35 Dow Transportation 4,060.52 Dow Utilities 377.10 NYSE Composite 7,083.25 Amex Market Value 1,880.21 Nasdaq Composite 2,243.87 S&P 500 1,109.17 S&P MidCap 740.16 Wilshire 5000 11,556.11 Russell 2000 631.62

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12-mo %Chg

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Total Assets Obj ($Mlns) NAV

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

CI 120,690 LG 62,872 LB 57,210 IH 56,411 LG 54,252 WS 53,325 MA 48,112 LB 46,864 LB 46,604 LB 43,152 LV 39,228 FB 38,266 LV 37,278 FV 35,646 WS 31,178 CI 31,078 FG 29,974 LB 29,675 CA 29,617 MA 29,215 MA 27,900 CI 27,514 LB 27,342 LB 27,014 LG 26,376 FB 25,013 CI 24,642 LB 24,167 LV 15,084 LB 9,451 LB 4,142 GS 1,487 LV 1,193 SR 408 LG 176

0.0 +14.5/C -3.5 +44.9/C -3.0 +48.5/B -3.9 +30.3/C -2.9 +39.7/D -6.7 +45.9/C -2.8 +37.5/B -3.9 +41.2/D -3.4 +45.6/C -3.4 +45.8/B -4.0 +56.4/A -7.3 +49.4/B -3.3 +38.3/E -6.8 +72.4/A -4.9 +48.8/C 0.0 +14.2/C -7.2 +47.8/C -3.9 +47.2/B -2.3 +43.8/A -1.9 +34.3/C -2.9 +32.6/C -0.3 +16.6/B -3.3 +45.8/B -3.0 +48.6/B -2.6 +49.7/B -8.1 +56.2/A 0.0 +14.0/C -3.3 +45.8/B -3.6 +55.7/A -4.9 +58.5/A -2.8 +42.7/D +0.1 +3.9/B -2.0 +33.7/E -3.2 +90.9/C -4.8 +41.5/D

10.91 27.08 27.50 46.85 57.33 32.51 15.37 25.67 102.41 101.74 96.54 36.44 24.53 30.73 24.98 10.91 26.71 32.45 2.04 16.33 28.76 11.88 102.43 27.51 68.68 13.76 10.91 101.75 21.02 30.31 35.76 10.36 2.96 13.73 14.82

+7.1/A +2.8/B +1.1/B +3.3/C +4.2/A +4.8/A +2.6/B +1.5/B +0.4/C +0.5/C -0.6/D +6.3/A +0.2/C +4.1/A +5.3/A +6.9/A +2.5/D +3.8/A +3.6/B +2.2/C +4.6/A +2.6/E +0.5/C +1.2/B +5.0/A +4.0/B +6.6/A +0.6/C +0.7/B +3.3/A +1.2/B +4.8/A -1.8/E +0.9/C +0.5/D

NL 5,000,000 5.75 250 NL 3,000 5.75 250 NL 2,500 5.75 250 5.75 250 5.75 250 NL 3,000 NL 5,000,000 NL 2,500 5.75 250 5.75 250 NL 2,500 5.75 250 NL 5,000,000 NL 2,500 5.75 250 4.25 1,000 5.75 250 NL 10,000 3.75 250 NL 100,000 NL 100,000 NL 2,500 NL 3,000 3.75 1,000 NL200,000,000 NL 2,500 5.50 1,000 5.75 1,000 1.50 1,000 4.25 2,500 5.75 1,000 4.75 0

CA -Conservative Allocation, CI -Intermediate-Term Bond, ES -Europe Stock, FB -Foreign Large Blend, FG -Foreign LargeGrowth, FV -Foreign Large Value, IH -World Allocation, LB -Large Blend, LG -Large Growth, LV -Large Value, MA -Moderate Allocation, MB -Mid-Cap Blend, MV Mid-Cap Value, SH -Specialty-heath, WS -World Stock, Total Return: Chng in NAV with dividends reinvested. Rank: How fund performed vs. others with same objective: A is in top 20%, E in bottom 20%. Min Init Invt: Minimum $ needed to invest in fund. Source: Morningstar.

Investors find good news and push stocks up

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market ended a strong week with modest gains after investors found good news in the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin dismantling emergency lending measures for banks. Stocks initially fell in response to the Fed’s announcement late Thursday that it is raising the rate it charges banks for emergency loans, known as the discount rate. Stocks turned higher in late morning trading as investors saw the Fed’s move as a vote of confidence that the financial system was recovering and that banks didn’t need as much support. A tame report on consumer prices brought reassurance that the Fed would be able to hold down more important rates for consumers and business loans. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up only 9 points but recorded its best week in more than three months. “The Fed certainly isn’t exiting the easy money policy door yet,” said Burt White, chief investment officer at LPL Financial. The central bank didn’t change its more widely used federal funds rate, which is a benchmark for short-term interest rates. The focus on rates comes as investors examine the state of the U.S. economy after weeks of concerns about overseas economies. Upbeat reports on the manufacturing and industrial industries, as well as another round of strong corporate earnings reports boosted hopes that a recovery is on track. Starting last month, investors began worrying that debt problems in Greece and other European nations as well as China’s move to curb its economic growth would hurt a global rebound. The Dow rose 9.45, or 0.1 percent, to 10,402.35, its highest finish in a month. The Dow is now down only 0.25 percent for the year. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.42, or 0.2 percent, to 1,109.17, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 2.16, or 0.1 percent, to 2,243.87. Three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1.1 billion shares, compared with 960 million Thursday. For the week, the Dow rose 303 points, or 3 percent. It was the second straight weekly gain and the strongest point and percentage increase since the week ended Nov. 6. The S&P 500 index rose 3.1 percent, while the Nasdaq gained 2.8 percent. U.S. markets were closed Monday for President’s Day. Bond prices rose, pushing yields lower, after a benign report on inflation. Rising prices cut into returns of fixed-income investments. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell 3.79 percent from 3.81 percent late Thursday. The dollar mostly rose against other major currencies. Gold and oil both rose. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 2.30, or 0.4 percent, to 631.62. Overseas, Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6 percent, Germany’s DAX index gained 0.7 percent, while France’s CAC-40 rose 0.6 percent. Japan’s Nikkei stock average fell 2.1 percent.

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In this photo made Feb. 18 shoppers head into and out of Wal-Mart in Brunswick, Maine. Consumer prices rose less than expected in January while prices excluding food and energy actually fell, something that hasn’t happened in more than a quarter-century.

CPI gives Fed room to hold rates WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve seems likely to keep interest rates at record lows for several more months after news Friday that consumer prices excluding food and energy fell in January. It was the first time such prices have fallen in any month since 1982. The tame report on consumer prices sent a positive signal to investors and borrowers. It suggested that short-term rates can remain low to strengthen the economic recovery without triggering inflation. Some have worried that a Fed rate increase affecting consumers and businesses might be imminent, especially after it just raised the rate banks pay for emergency loans. The Fed has kept a key bank lending rate at a record low near zero since December 2008. The goal is to entice consumers and businesses to boost spending. Many analysts said the consumer-price report reinforced their view that the earliest the Fed will start raising rates is the fall. Some said the central bank might wait until the end of this year or early next year before

raising its target for the federal funds rate. That’s the rate banks charge for overnight loans. “Rate hikes remain unlikely until late 2010 or early 2011,” Eric Lascelles, an economist at TD Securities, wrote in a research note. Overall consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent in January, the Labor Department said. But excluding volatile food and energy, prices fell 0.1 percent. That drop, the first monthly decline since December 1982, reflected falling prices for housing, new cars and airline fares. The news was better than expected, especially after the government said Thursday that inflation at the wholesale level, excluding food and energy, rose 0.3 percent in January. That was faster than the 0.1 percent increase economists had predicted. Chairman Ben Bernanke has said the Fed will likely start to tighten credit by raising the rate it pays banks on money they leave at the central bank. Doing so would raise rates tied to commercial banks’ prime rate and affect many consumer loans. That would mark a shift away

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from the federal funds rate, its main lever since the 1980s. The Fed announced late Thursday that it was boosting the rate banks pay for emergency loans by a quarter-point to 0.75 percent. That rate is called the discount rate . The announcement of the discount rate increase initially roiled global financial markets. Investors feared it could be a signal that the Fed might start raising consumer and business rates because of inflation fears. The Fed increases rates to slow the economy and keep inflation pressures from rising too much. But Friday’s report of benign consumer prices calmed the initial market jitters. It solidified economists’ belief that the central bank is still months away from any rate change that would directly affect consumers. “The economy is still suffering from major problems,” said Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets. “The Fed is going to err on the side of keeping policy loose because of the high unemployment rate and the minimal risk that inflation will move higher over the next couple of years.”


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Sitter needs advance notice

Dear Abby: I am 17 and baby-sit regularly for a family on my street. The kids are well-behaved and enjoy it when I go there to watch them. My problem is their mother never gives me notice when she needs me. She’ll ask if I can baby-sit that day, or even worse, that moment. Sometimes she’ll just say something vague like, “Sometime later today — I’ll let you know when I need you.” I love the kids and enjoy looking after them, but I do not appreciate their mother’s inconsiderate behavior. How should I deal with her next “request”? — Seething Sitter Dear Seething: The next time the woman calls at the last minute, tell her you’re sorry, but you already have something scheduled, and when she needs you to baby-sit to please give you more notice so you won’t disappoint her. And if she isn’t definite about what time she wants you to be there, tell her you need to know NOW so you can make any arrangements you need to. Dear Abby: My wife and I were recently invited to a friend’s home for a screening of a movie in their home theater. About 15 other guests were also in attendance. We arrived on time and chose our seats by leaving our coats on them, then joined the other guests for premovie socializing. When we returned to the room to

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watch the film, we found that a college-age couple had tossed our things aside and taken our seats. Because there were no other seats together, we told them the coats were ours and that we had placed them on the seats for a reason. The couple left. Later, another couple mentioned that they thought we had overstepped our bounds — that we should have said nothing because this was a private home. I had always been taught that one could set one’s items down, and that it indicated that seats were spoken for. Were we in the wrong? — Wondering Dear Wondering: Everybody was “in the wrong.” The young couple should not have moved your things and grabbed your seats. Because you were all guests in a private home, you and your wife should have taken what seats were available. (I mean, would it have killed you to sit apart for a couple of hours?) And last, the couple who corrected you should have kept their mouths shut.

Give foot pain the boot Dear Dr. Gott: My 63-year-old mother has complained every day for three months about a sore heel. It feels better when I massage it for her, and it also helps if she stays off her feet. She believes it’s only the sole that hurts but refuses to see her doctor, so we would appreciate your thoughts on the matter. Dear Reader: There are a number of reasons for a person to complain of foot pain, whether it presents in the heel or in the sole. Without knowing the true cause of your mother’s pain, I recommend you begin simply. Purchase a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory over-the-counter pain medication. If you have any questions about the numerous brands available, speak with your pharmacist for his or her recommendation. If shoes are the issue, depending on her general activity, have your mother purchase a pair of relatively flat or athletic shoes designed to cushion and provide extra support. She may wish to pur-

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chase cushioned shoe inserts and/or arch supports that can relieve stress. She can likely benefit from using a whirlpool-type foot bath at home and might relax in the evening with her feet propped up on a foot stool or pillow. An ice pack, either the real thing or one made from a frozen bag of vegetables placed against the foot, might also lessen the pain. If all my recommendations fail to provide relief, attempt to convince her to see her physician or a podiatrist. A noninvasive X-ray, CT scan or MRI can be performed that will likely provide the answers her doctor needs to determine the correct diagnosis.

IN THE STARS

Your birthday, Feb. 20;

In the year ahead, a stranger will present an unusual but enticing business proposal. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Making a judgment call out of spite or anger could cause unanticipated complications. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Your abilities to withstand financial pressure have limitations. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — While at a social gathering, you could encounter someone who arouses your animosity. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — If you are in a position of authority, don’t establish rules that are overbearing and inflexible. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Be careful about taking a strong stance on something, even if it involves your expertise. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — It could prove to be unwise to use your funds to purchase something you can ill afford. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — What you think is fair for everyone may prove to be completely wrong. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Developments might necessitate assuming responsibility for something you don’t believe is right. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Instead of expressing your independence, you might yield to peer pressure. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Getting involved in a competitive development where the odds completely favor the other guy is unrealistic. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Should an idea you feel strongly about be rejected, don’t get angry. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Establish a clear-cut understanding before joining a group whose members might think differently.


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Nation/world

U.S. Marines seize Taliban headquarters

MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) — After a fierce gunfight, U.S. Marines seized a strongly defended compound Friday that appears to have been a Taliban headquarters — complete with photos of fighters posing with their weapons, dozens of Talibanissued ID cards and graduation diplomas from a training camp in Pakistan. Insurgents who had been using the field office just south of Marjah’s town center abandoned it by the end of the day’s fighting, as Marines converged on them from all sides, escalating operations to break resistance in this Taliban stronghold in southern Helmand province. Marines from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines fought their way south from the town center Friday after residents told them that several dozen insurgent fighters had regrouped in the area. Throughout the day, small groups of Taliban marksmen tried to slow the advance with rifle fire as they slowly fell back in face of the Marine assault. “They know that they are outnumbered ... and that in the end they don’t have the firepower to compete with us conventionally,” said Capt. Joshua Winfrey of Tulsa, Okla., commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines.

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Afghan soldiers kneel in formation next to U.S. soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, during conduct a dismounted patrol in the Badula Qulp area, West of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Friday.

As the Marines advanced, they found rows of abandoned bunkers dug alongside an irrigation canal that the Taliban had used to fire on them the day before. Located at a crossroads, the five abandoned bunkers, camouflaged under a layer of mud, looked out across an open field. In the near distance, large stones had been set up to help the Taliban site in on their targets. Just behind the bunkers,

the Marines found a compound, surrounded by a mudbrick wall, typical of family homes in the town. Inside the compound, where a few chickens still wandered, Marines uncovered dozens of Taliban-issued ID cards, official Taliban letterhead stationery and government stamps. They also found graduation diplomas from an insurgent training camp in Baluchistan, an area of

southern Pakistan that borders Helmand province, along with photos of fighters posing with AK-47 assault rifles. The insurgents had fled with their weapons and ammunition. The Marines said they’d been coming under fire all day — but never saw any of the elusive gunmen, who retreated to resume hit-and-run tactics using snipers and small gun squads to harass Marine

lines. Lima Company’s advance was part of a move by several Marine companies to converge on a pocket of Taliban fighters from all four directions. The Marines believe they’ve cornered what appeared to be a significant Taliban fighting force. “It seems that it’s their last stand,” Winfrey said. NATO said one service member died Friday in a small-arms attack but did not identify the victim by nationality. Six coalition troops were killed Thursday, NATO said, making it the deadliest day since the offensive began Feb. 13. The death toll for the operation stands at 12 NATO troops and one Afghan soldier. Britain’s Defense Ministry said three British soldiers were among those killed Thursday. No precise figures on Taliban deaths have been released, but senior Marine officers say intelligence reports suggest more than 120 have died. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. The Marjah offensive is the biggest since the 2001 U.S.led invasion of Afghanistan and a test of President Barack Obama’s strategy for reversing the rise of the Taliban while protecting civilians.

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Having qualified as Co-Executor of the estate of VIRGINIA M. BLANTON HARRIS of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said VIRGINIA M. BLANTON HARRIS to present them to the undersigned on or before the 30th day of April, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 30th day of January, 2010. Diane R. Giddings, Co-Executor PO Box 335 Forest City, NC 28043

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Notice to Creditors Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Risbeth Horne, of Rutherford County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 30th day of April, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 30th day of January 2010. John B. Crotts, Administrator 215 North Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE This is to inform the public that a public hearing will be held on the proposed Fiscal Year 2011 Community Transportation Program Application to be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation no later than March 31, 2010. The public hearing will be held on March 1, 2010 at 6:00PM before the (governing board) Rutherford County Board of Commissioners. Those interested in attending the public hearing and needing either auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or a language translator should contact Gene Adair on or before February 22, 2010, at telephone number 828-287-6153 or via email at gene.adair@rutherfordcountync.gov. The Community Transportation Program provides assistance to coordinate existing transportation programs operating in Rutherford County as well as provides transportation options and services for the communities within this service area. These services are currently provided using 12 passenger vans. Services are rendered by Rutherford County Transit. The total estimated amount requested for the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 Project Total Amount Local Share Administrative $196,469 $29,470 (15%) Capital (Vehicles & Other) $452,200 $45,220 (10%) ________________________________________________________________________ TOTAL PROJECT $648,669 $74,690 Total Funding Request Total Local Share This application may be inspected at Rutherford County Transit, 294 Fairground Road, Spindale, North Carolina 28160 from 8:30am until 5:00pm. Written comments should be directed to Gene Adair, at the above address before March 30, 2010.

Aviso de Junta Publica Este aviso es para informar al publico sobre la junta que se levara acabo, acerca de la aplicacion del Programa de Transporte para la Comunidad que sera sometida al Departamento de Transportacion del Norte de Carolina no mas tarde del March 31, 2010. La junta se levara acabo el March 1, 2010 at 6:00 PM frente al grupo gobernador Rutherford County Board of Commissioners. Personas interesadas en attender la junta que necesiten ayuda auxiliaria o servicios bajo el acto de Americanos con Incapacidades o un interprete favor de contractar a Gene Adair 828-287-6153. El Programa de Transportacion para la Comunidad proporciona asistencia para coordinar programas de transporte ya en existencia y que operan en Rutherford County. El programa tambien proporciona opciones de transporte y servicios para las comunidades en el area de servicio. Estos servicios actualmente son proporcionados usando 12 passenger vans. Servicios son dados por Rutherford County. La cantidad aproximada que sera pedida para el periodo del 1 de Julio, 2010 al 30 de Junio, 2011

Provecto Cantidad Amount Porcion local Administrativo $196,469 $29,470 Capital (vehiculos y otros) $452,200 $45,220 ____________________________________________________________________________ TOTAL $648,669 $74,690 Cantidad Total pedid Total de Porcion local Esta aplicacion puede ser inspeccionada en Rutherford County Transit de 294 Fairground Road, Spindale. Comentarios escritos deben ser hechos a Gene Adair antes del March 30, 2010.

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