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SPINDALE — Burtchus Lathan Jr. was always talking about helping kids, recalled longtime friend Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. On Saturday, the Youth Empowerment POWER Center was dedicated in Lathan’s name in a ceremony that included his wife, Dalton and others. “When we started planning for this we were going to hold an open house to introduce you to the center,” said April Lathan, Burtchus Lathan’s wife. Lathan pointed to the wall, where a plaque bearing her late husband’s name hung. “There on the wall is the plaque donated by many of you.” Lathan spoke of her husband’s involvement with youth, saying he dreamed of starting a Boys and Girls Club. “He found out about Youth Empowerment and rather than reinventing the wheel, he helped to bring this center to fruition,” she said. A 501c3 non-profit, Youth Empowerment began as a ministry of Tanner’s Grove United Methodist Church. The initial funding for the organization came through a grant from the Duke Endowment. Lathan spoke of the continued need for community support for the organization. “The kids here have no place to go after school than this,” she said. “We would hate to see it go away.” Youth Empowerment serves more than 100 children with tutoring, conflict and anger management, leadership development, service learning and afterschool activities. The POWER Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. In addition to financial support, Lathan said volunteers are always needed. “One day a month would be a rewarding experience for you,” she said. “One day a week would be even better.” Volunteers and staff members make the difference, like for Lauren Peasley, who came

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The Winter Olympics in Vancouver are ending today and Rutherfordton’s Rob Decker has been on the scene enjoying the sights and sounds and shares his impressions. The entire city is decked out in either Olympic or Canadian flags. The 2010 Winter Games Olympic Torch sits in front of the city’s waterfront where you can look out into the mountains where the alpine events took place as well as onto the bay. Despite it being unseasonably warm in Vancouver, it was a perfect time to explore Vancouver and take in the international feel of a world sporting event. Vancouver was decked out in red and white to support their athletes. If something in downtown didn’t have an Olympic mascot on it, it had the maple leaf in bold red. The Olympics is a unique event, so curling was the perfect event to attend because there is nothing else like it. Curling was awesome to watch live. There were three matches going on at the same time, so there was always something happening. All nations showed up to cheer on their teams. There was even a large Canadian crowd that came out despite their team not playing in this round. Most of them spent their time loudly cheering for the Chinese to beat the U.S. This was in reaction mostly to the crushing defeat that Canada suffered at the hands of the U.S. in hockey the night before. The Chinese enjoyed the extra adopted cheering section no matter the motive and they did go on to beat the U.S.

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McNair program comes to Chase High By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — In a five-year plan laid out last spring, Chase High School has already reached the third year. Last spring the school began laying the groundwork for the McNair Educational Foundation to come to Chase High School. The program began with


Jumpstart last summer and the 20092010 freshman class was paired with mentors. In November, school administration learned that the school’s class of 2010 would be eligible for McNair’s ROPE Awards. ROPE (Reaching for One’s Potential for Excellence) Scholars receive college aid award money in an amount equal to parents out-of-pocket expenses up to $5,600

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RUTHERFORDTON — Beginning Monday, tobacco products and personal cell phones are banned from the premises of the Rutherford County Jail. A new state law takes effect March 1 that forbids the two items at state correctional facilities. The Rutherford Correctional Center in Spindale has had the ban in place since Dec. 7 of last year, so enforcement of the new statute Monday will be just another day there. The bans on tobacco and mobile phones apply to employees and visitors at correctional facilities as well. Employees or visitors may keep tobacco products or mobile phones in their Please see Bans, Page 6A

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School technology on agenda — and accompanying sound systems for about 100 classrooms. “After this purchase we will be looking to other grants, state, local, and federal funding sources to finish the classrooms with Promethean Boards and for funding other technology initiatives,” said Benny Hendrix, Chief Information Officer for the school district. Even these cuts may not be enough for the fund to avoid red ink. “The Schools Capital Reserve Fund is currently expected to begin to go in the negative before the end of the 2010 fiscal year and ultimately reach a negative balance of $1.5 million before the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year,” Condrey added. “With the expenditure of this third phase of technology, it is projected that the balance will ultimately be a negative $2 million. The county and schools have discussed splitting the amount needed to shore up the fund and making a loan to the fund which would be paid off in future years. County funds could come from either general fund bal-

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RUTHERFORDTON — County Commissioners will hear a plea from a school technology fund that is running out of money at their March meeting Monday night. Original plans called for $1 million to be spent each year for three years. Declining sales tax revenues and smaller amounts of money from the state have caused the school to cut back on their spending for technology. “On May 4, 2009 County Commissioners and the School Board discussed the current financial status of the School Capital Reserve Fund,” County Manager John Condrey wrote in a memo to commissioners. “It was reported at that time that the fund could potentially reach a deficit of $2 million dollars.” To avoid having such a deficit, Rutherford County Schools will only invest $500,000 this year for new technology, including Promethean whiteboards — a type of computerized chalkboard

ance or another capital reserve fund. If Phase 3 is approved, it is projected that each entity would need to loan the Fund $1 million beginning in fiscal year 2010.” Commissioners will also review a possible fuel partnership between county schools and Peak Energy/GoGas and the status of a house at the airport during their meeting. The home sits on land about to be cleared for a western hangar expansion area and plans call for it to be donated to charity. Commissioners will discuss a resolution supporting a test market for Google high speed Internet service along with Polk County, address renewal of the county’s audit contract with Gould Killian and debate the possibility of eliminating the position of county coroner. Other items may be added to the agenda. The Rutherford County Commission will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the county annex. Contact Baughman via e-mail at

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Town will hear McNair Field rental proposal FOREST CITY — Recommendations for rental of the McNair Field concourse area or parking lot are on the agenda for the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday. The agenda packet offers the following recommendations from the Recreation Commission Committee for rental of the concourse area: n Renters from inside the corporate city limits, $500 for fewer than 300 people, $750 for more than 300 people and a $250 deposit. n Renters from outside the corporate city limits, $750 for fewer than 300 people, $1,000 for more than 300 people and a $250 deposit. Recommendations for rental of the parking lot are: n $250 without access to bathrooms, with renter providing porta-johns. n Rates would be the same as rental of the concourse area if bathroom access is provided. The rates are in addition to employee or police/ security costs. Also at the meeting, Fire Chief Mark McCurry will provide an update on the cost of providing emergency medical services at the First Responder level. In other business at the meeting: n Commissioner Dee Dee Bright will lead a discussion of maintenance at McNair Field. n Stewart Briscoe will give an update on downtown buildings. n Scott Webber will discuss possible water line expansion. n Mayor Dennis Tarlton will ask the board to consider requesting the Department of Transportation to review traffic flow at U.S. 74 Business/U.S. 221A and the off ramp from U.S. 74 Bypass. n Town Manager Chuck Summey will present an offer to sell property to the town. The board meets upstairs at Town Hall at 6 p.m.

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Elon Poll shows Burr has some real work to do RALEIGH (AP) — More North Carolina adults are forming a negative opinion about U.S. Sen. Richard Burr as the Republican lawmaker heads into his re-election bid, according to a poll released Friday. The Elon University survey shows 40 percent of those interviewed approved of how Burr is handling his job. About 35 percent disapproved, while 25 percent didn’t know. A similar poll conducted by Elon in October showed that 37 percent approved of Burr’s work, 22 percent disapproved and 41 percent didn’t know. Burr faces opponents in May’s GOP primary while several Democrats are looking to challenge Burr in the November general election.

Elon University Poll Director Hunter Bacot said he was startled to see Burr’s disapproval numbers move up so quickly. “Some of that softness is just the current environment where everybody just hates any politician,” Bacot said. He warned that Burr could face election troubles, especially considering his numbers are worse than the ones former Sen. Elizabeth Dole had two years ago before her failed re-election bid. Associated Press At the time she had approval ratings above 50 perMaster Sgt. Timothy Hennis leaves the Terry Sanford Federal Building and Courthouse after a federal hearing cent and negative ratings of 24 percent. in Raleigh on Friday. Hennis was convicted in 1986 on state charges that he killed Kathryn Eastburn and two of Only 24 percent of respondents in this week’s poll said Burr deserves re-election, while 51 percent said it was time for a new person to have a chance in the job. A recent survey conducted for several North Carolina media organizations, however, showed that Burr was comfortably leading three prospective Democratic challengers in head-to-head matchups — beating each by at least 23 percentage points. Friday’s survey comes from interviews with 508 adults in North Carolina and was conducted Monday through Thursday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. The poll focused only on North Carolina adults, not “likely voters” as many election-year polls do — an issue that Burr’s aides have noted. “At the end of the day, Richard Burr is the most well-liked and most popular politican in North Carolina,” said his campaign spokeswoman Samantha Smith.

her children. He was later acquitted in a new trial ordered by an appeals court.

Judge declines immediate ruling RALEIGH (AP) — A federal judge declined to immediately rule Friday on whether to halt next week’s court-martial of a retired soldier forced back into the Army to face charges in a triple slaying that occurred a quarter century ago in North Carolina. Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis argues that the military does not have the power to charge him in the killings.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle took oral arguments on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s numbers were the matter but said he wasn’t similar to the ones she had five months ago, with able to provide an immediate an equal number of people — 40 percent on each decision, even though the courtside — approving or disapproving of her work. Gov. martial is set to begin Tuesday. Beverly Perdue’s numbers improved slightly, with “I’ll do my best to rule in a 41 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving. timely and efficient manner,” he President Barack Obama’s numbers remained said. largely steady, with 50 percent of respondents approving of his performance and 43 percent disHennis was convicted in 1986 approving. on state charges that he killed

Around N.C. Orthodontist gives $4M GREENVILLE (AP) — A retired North Carolina orthodontist has given East Carolina University $4 million for its new dentistry school. As thanks for his gift, university trustees voted on Friday to name the new building for the dentistry school after 84-year-old Dr. Ledyard E. Ross. East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard says the gift comes at a vital time. The new school will admit its first students in the fall of 2011. University officials say the $4 million gift is one of the largest in the school’s history.

Park removing wild hogs CHARLOTTE (AP) — A North Carolina wildlife refuge is close to eliminating a cluster of wild hogs that threatened to upset the ecology. The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that biologists trapped and euthanized a female and her eight offspring on the Gaston-Lincoln County side of Mountain Island Lake. Motion-detecting cameras in the Cowans Ford Wildlife Refuge show a lone male is still roaming the area. Wild hogs uproot and eat native plants. They have found good living conditions and multiplied in North Carolina’s western mountains, where hunting them is a tradition. But the hogs have spread to about half the state’s counties.

Natural resources manager Chris Matthews says there are pockets of the hogs in woods up and down the Catawba River.

Feds accuse mother FORT BRAGG (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing her soldier daughter at Fort Bragg. Linda Hough Shannon of South Carolina faces a second-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of Autumn Michelle Shannon. An FBI agent said in court documents released on Wednesday that Shannon admitted to stabbing her daughter after the two got into an argument Monday at the younger woman’s home on the Army post.

Democrats want apology. RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s Democratic Party wants a GOP state senator to apologize for comments he reportedly made to a Republican gathering about gays and blacks. The Statesville Record & Landmark quoted Sen. Jim Forrester of Gaston County as telling the Iredell County Young Republicans on Tuesday that “slick city lawyers and homosexual lobbies and African-American lobbies are running Raleigh” — a reference to state government. Democratic Party Chairman David Young called Forrester’s comments “hate-filled speech” that “are the lowest and worst type of politics.”

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Kathryn Eastburn and two of her children the year prior. He was later acquitted in a new trial ordered by an appeals court. Eastburn had been raped and all three had been stabbed repeatedly inside their Fayetteville home a few days after Hennis adopted the family dog. Her husband, a captain assigned to Pope Air Force Base, had been away on temporary assignment. The Army forced Hennis back into uniform in 2006, two years after his retirement, to face a court-martial in the case after civilian investigators reported that DNA testing linked him to the crime. Attorneys for Hennis argued that he was discharged from the

military on June 12, 1989, before re-enlisting the next day. They contended that previous court cases have concluded that the military cannot bring a service member to a court-martial for offenses occurring before a discharge. “They lost jurisdiction,” said lawyer Eric Allen. U.S. lawyers argue that Hennis was discharged in 1989 “for the pure reason of immediate enlistment” and that he never became a civilian during the process. Army Maj. Kelly McGovern, one of the attorneys, also said that Hennis should go through the whole military judicial process before making his case outside of it. “It is not necessary for this (federal) court to intervene at this time,” McGovern said. “It is not appropriate.”

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orth Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, like her predecessor Mike Easley, got sucker punched even before she took office as the state and national economies nose dived. Sadly, we are seeing a similar reaction in this Governor that we saw in the last one. Well, actually, it would probably be more appropriate to say it is what we are not seeing that troubles us. We repeatedly asked one question through the eight years former Gov. Easley was in office: “Where are you?” We are now asking the same question of Gov. Perdue. Where are you? We do not expect the Governor to have the answer to all our problems. We do not blame her for anything. Yet, governors have a duty to the people. Good governors are like the coaches of athletic teams. They lead. They inspire. And they challenge. That cannot be done from a cushy office on Raleigh insulated by a staff. The best governors will be out among the people. They will be listening to what people are saying. They will offer sympathy and they will give encouragement. They will speak out about what is happening or not happening. So what will it be Gov. Perdue? Will you spend the rest of your tenure mostly hanging around Raleigh or will you put on your walking shoes and get out among the people? North Carolinians have always been a resourceful people and with a bit of encouragement, inspiration and challenge they have achieved some pretty amazing things. Gov. Perdue, we need a good coach now. Are you up to the game?

Policy no substitute for character RALEIGH — Back in December, Gov. Beverly Perdue decided that she should put some new rules in play for the folks whom she was appointing to policy-making boards and commissions. Ruffin Poole, a top aide to former Gov. Mike Easley, was about to be indicted and had already refused to testify before the state Board of Election, citing his rights against self-incrimination. Democratic fund-raiser/ developer Lanny Wilson, who sat on the state Board of Transportation, was about to become the star of Poole’s criminal indictment, being prominently featured seeking Easley administration favor with gifts of travel and investment opportunities. So Perdue created a policy that makes criminal indictment or refusal to cooperate in a criminal investigation grounds for removal from a state board or commission. By the time of the announcement, Poole had already resigned from the Golden LEAF foundation, a group that hands out grants from the state’s proceeds of a national settlement with cigarette makers. Wilson would resign from the transportation board on the day of Poole’s indictment. As sad as it is to contemplate, Perdue’s policy probably isn’t

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enough. That’s saying a lot. Just a decade or two ago, such a policy probably wasn’t needed. Whether due to political pressure or personal embarrassment, most political appointees of previous generations, when caught stuffing their face at the public trough, would quickly slink away. No criminal charge or investigation was even needed. A nice, fat newspaper headline could accomplish the task. Today, we seem to live in era where people operating in the public arena feel no public shame and can delude themselves into justifying about any action. Wilson certainly recognized that his actions, as spelled out in the Poole indictment, would compromise public confidence in any decision made by the Board of Transportation while he sat on it. (It’s worth noting that, under Perdue’s policy, he’s still qualified to sit on the board. He has not been indicted; he is definitely cooperating with criminal investigators.)

On the other hand, two others prominently featured in the Poole indictment remain on key state commissions. Bob Wilson, a dock and marina builder from Mooresville, sits on the Coastal Resources Commission, which sets coastal development policy. Charlotte developer Randy Allen sits on the Wildlife Resources Commission, which makes hunting and fishing rules. The indictment alleges that Bob Wilson pressured state environmental regulators regarding a dredging permit for Cannonsgate, the now infamous coastal development where Easley got a sweetheart deal on a lot. Allen is the developer who provided that deal. According to the indictment, an e-mail from Allen’s development company says it wanted to reserve a Cannonsgate lot “for the CAMA director we have been working with to receive our permits.” That Wilson and Allen haven’t resigned their board seats shows two things: n Perdue’s policy should be tougher. n These two guys have a lot of gall and little regard for the public trust that they are sworn to uphold. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.

A cleansing of the Temple of God will take place With the season of Lent now here, a consideration of this important and necessary season is more than relevant considering our world and the condition of the visible church. As the coming of the kingdom of God draws ever closer, a cleansing will take place. The chaff will be burned with unquenchable fire. As the writer of Hebrews attests, “Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see God.” Jesus also admonished His followers, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” I think most would agree that the church is not experiencing an outbreak of excessive holiness; no, rather, a saddening sense of compromise and laxity is menacingly and confusingly pervasive. The visible church, as compared to the true invisible church world, is imprisoned within a web of nefarious apostasy. Apostasy is simply a desertion of the faith; one, driven by the winds of false doctrine, that has spiritually shipwrecked. The word Lent is a derivation of the Old English word “lengten,” which means, “spring,” hence the idiom “a spring cleaning.” The Lenten 40 days of prayer and fasting, culminat-

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ing at Easter, (not including Sunday feast days) are days of purifying our hearts and subjugating our passions to our Lord. Spring is coming: a time of life, of budding and breaking forth into fragrance and beauty. There is a parallel between spring and Lent which sums up desired results for Lent: to banish evil and vileness (unfruitfulness of winter) and allow the Holy Spirit to bring forth His fruitfulness (spring). This fruitfulness should occur in a graceful and miraculous way, just as Aaron’s rod that budded. The rod, removed from its natural source, budded (30 fold), bloomed (60 fold), and yielded almonds (100 fold — sustenance and life). (Num. 17:8) This also corresponds to the three levels of the Tabernacle and the three Feasts: (1) Outer Court/Passover — Salvation; (2) Holy Place/Pentecost — Spirit filled; and (3) The Holy of Holies/Tabernacles — maturity and perfection. To walk in faith is to walk

into spiritual maturity. Impediments need removing and Lent offers an opportunity to do that. Lent is a time of introspection and cleansing. As Jesus said in John 17:17, “I sanctify myself.” By the Holy Spirit we should sanctify ourselves, as we survey our motives, words, deeds and priorities. The Old Testament records several kings who, in essence, entered into a Lenten season, a springcleaning, if you will — Asa, Hezekiah and Josiah. For further study I encourage you to read the acts of these three kings in 2 Chronicles 15 (Asa), 2Chronicles 29-30 (Hezekiah), and 2 Kings 23 (Josiah). We see a pattern in these three kings as they seek to follow after the things of God in restoring Glory to the house of Israel. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul says now we are the temples of God. Like the three kings who cleansed the temple, there are “things or idols” in us, in our temples, that need to be burned (judged), ground (humbled) and placed in the Brook Kidron (washed into the sea of forgetfulness). Kidron is from a root Hebrew word that means, “To be ashy, dark colored, to mourn, and be black.”

(Strong’s #6937) King David would pass through this same brook with tears, as David’s close friend, Ahithophel, had betrayed him. (2 Sam.15) And it would be this very brook that coursed on the eastern side of the Temple which Jesus would pass through prior to His betrayal by Judas. Jesus, with a broken and crushed heart, would be treacherously kissed in Gethsemane after He walked through the dark, ashy, black waters of Kidron. This walk would be wholly prophetic of the dark stream of death that Jesus would soon enter as he passed into death and hell. Jesus would take every stain of sin from every evil and idolatrous offense we have ever done or would do. Jesus would walk deep into a spiritual Kidron for the life of the world. (John 18:1) Jesus would also epitomize the cleansings done by Asa, Hezekiah and Josiah. Jesus would physically enter the temple and turn over the tables of the money- changers and cleanse His Father’s house. He demanded that House become a house of prayer even as our temples should be. God wants a clean house and Paul makes this clear in 2Cor. 7:1 …. “let us cleanse ourselves of all filthiness of flesh and spirit.”

In Lent, we too should go into the deep, inner courts of our hearts and bring out every evil and obscene desire. By faith, these evil and obscene desires are judged and burned by the fire of the Holy Spirit. By faith, our High Priest Jesus will crush them beneath His feet to be as dust (Dan. 2:44), dust being the food of the serpent. (Gen. 3:14) We should throw these wrong desires into the waters of our Lord’s cleansing and be pure and sanctified unto Him. There are things in my life I desire to be “dust beneath my feet.” I desire to walk above the food of the serpent in a heavenly realm, into an open heaven (Mt. 3:16). My prayer is: “Lord, show us our uncleanness and idols, and in this season of Lent, let our hearts be cleansed.” Our nation is also in need of a spiritual cleansing. The living waters still flow so that the dry places can be watered and the dust of Adam can be washed away. As St. Paul says, “We are cleansed by the washing of the water of the Word.” Don’t be afraid of a thorough spring-cleaning … it is just what we need. The Rev. Lankford is pastor of St. Luke’s Church contact him at at 286-8078 or revjlankford@

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ELLENBORO — The residents of Joyful Living in Ellenboro returned to their home care facility last Friday after a Feb. 2 fire evacuated the residents 17 days. Owner Joy Williams said the five residents and one new resident moved into the home Feb. 19 after the home was cleaned and refurbished. “We’re back in good condition,” Williams said. “We had to have some cosmetic work done since most of the damage was smoke,” she said. The facility has new floors and new walls. “We’re very fortunate we lost only one piece of furniture,” she said. However, she

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explained, the turn-around table that was burned held by home’s set of 1980s World Book Encyclopedias. “I know everybody uses the computer but we used these,” she said. “We’d be sitting in the living room talking about things and we’d go look up whatever we were talking about in the encyclopedias and discuss it,” she said. “We’d talk about how things had changed since the ‘80s and we really enjoyed the books,” she said. During the first days right after the fire the residents and owners Joy and Jim Williams, stayed at Comfort Inn but moved out when they learned insurance wouldn’t cover the bills.

Gladys Green Griswold, formerly of Rutherfordton, died Staff members took other Saturday in Fuquay Varina. residents to their homes until Funeral arrangements the renovation and clean-up are incomplete and will was finished by professional be announced by Crowe’s cleaners. Mortuary & Crematory. “We’re so glad to be back,” she said.

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A former resident, Robert Daniel Anderson Jr., was charged with first degree arson in setting the small fires throughout the living room. He remains in custody at the Rutherford County Detention Facility under a $200,000 bond. He was arrested shortly after the fire broke out and charged by Fire Marshal Roger Hollifield. Contact Gordon via e-mail at

Carolina Today Former teacher sentenced FRANKLIN (AP) — A former substitute teacher in North Carolina has been sentenced to jail time, probation and public service after she pleaded guilty to molesting a 12-year-old boy. The Citizen-Times of Asheville reported that 38-year-old Jennifer Geane Iannuzzi was sentenced Friday after she admitted to taking indecent liberties with the child and child abduction. Iannuzzi was a substitute at Macon Middle School for about a year when she was arrested in February. Investigators say the boy was a student at the school, but they think she knew the boy before he enrolled. The newspaper reports that Iannuzzi will spend 90 days in jail and have to serve three years’ probation. She also will have to register as a sex offender and perform 50 hours of community service.

Police find 2 dead after 911 call GARNER (AP) — Police say they found two dead bodies at a home after a man called 911 to confess to a killing. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that police officers were dispatched to a home after the call Thursday and found the bodies of 52-year-old Daniel Jonathan Powell

and his wife, 46-year-old Doreen Kay Powell. According to information in a search warrant, a man called 911 from Dan Powell’s cell phone say he had just killed two people. Garner police Sgt. Chris Clayton said the case is being investigated as a homicide, but investigators are not looking for a suspect. Clayton would not say whether a weapon was found in the home. Neighbor Cathy Mason told the newspaper the Powells have four daughters and at least one grandson.

Dance team’s van crashes in Va. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A van carrying a Temple University dance team to a competition in North Carolina crashed in southern Virginia early Saturday, killing one student and injuring seven others, police said. Kammini Ragoopath, 21, of Lansdale, Pa., died after the van veered off Interstate 85 and hit a guardrail in Dinwiddie County, according to Virginia State Police. Manisha Modi, a passenger who said she broke part of her jaw and collarbone, called the crash “a freak accident.” “There wasn’t anything that was out of control or irresponsible,” Modi, 19, said. The driver, Bilal Badruddin, 20, of Cranford, N.J., was charged with reckless driving.

Police Notes Sheriff’s Department n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department responded to 150 E-911 calls Friday.

Rutherfordton n Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 26 E-911 calls Friday.

Lake Lure n Lake Lure Police Department responded to 16 E-911 calls Friday.

Spindale n Spindale Police Department responded to 33 E-911 calls Friday.

Forest City n Forest City Police Department responded to 60 E-911 calls Friday.

Arrests n Samantha Jewel Brown, 26, of 3818 Fork Mountain Road; charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury; released on a 48-hour hold. (MCSD) n Chad Lee Bevins, 33, of 228 Hicks Grove Road Extension; charged with assault on a female; released on a 48-hour hold. (RCSD) n Franklin Hines, 47, of 439 Seitz Drive; charged with four counts non-support of child; released on a $3,500 cash bond. (RCSD) n Robin Leigh Hall, 39, of 468 Island Creek Road; charged with breaking and entering; released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Byron Lee Hall, 34, of 468 Island Creek Road; charged with breaking and entering; released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Alfred Taylor Allison, 59, of 301 Maple Creek Drive; charged with failure to appear-driving while



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impaired/driving while license revoked; released on a $1,000 secured bond. (RPD) n Steven L. Lindsay, 21, of 909-1/2 Carver St.; charged with felony probation violation; placed under a $15,000 secured bond. (Probation) n Jordan Stacey Shade, 16, of 284 Frady St.; charged with disorderly conduct; custody release. (RCSD) n Charlotte Ridings, 39, of 228 Hicks Grove Road; charged with common law misdemeanor aid and abet; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (RPD) n Kenneth Stephen Daniel, 61, of 1508 Piney Ridge Road; charged with driving while impaired and unsafe movement; custody release. (RPD) n Chad Lee Bevins, 33, of 228 Hicks Grove Road Extension; charged with violation of a court order; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RPD) n Inocencio Perez Jimenez, 23, of 250 Elms Drive; charged with carrying a concealed gun and simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance; released on a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Calvin Edward Huskey, 51, of 214 Baxter Way; charged with assault on a female; placed under a 48-hour hold. (FCPD) n Joshua Matthew Parker, 21, of 234 Josephs Road; charged with driving while impaired and misdemeanor larceny; released on a $2,000 unsecured bond. (RPD) n Jason K. Waters, 19, of 1248 Camp Creek Road; charged with misdemeanor larceny and local ordinance consume beer/wine underage; released on a $1,500 unsecured bond. (RPD) n Brian Steven Holland, 19, of 394 Buck Collins Road; charged with simple assault; released on a $500 unsecured bond. (RCSD)

Doris Land Goodwin, 86, of Elizabeth Avenue, died at Hospice House on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. She was born in Buffalo, S.C., and was a daughter of the late Joseph E. Land and Eva B. Land. She attended the College of Charleston where she graduated as a registered nurse and served in the Navy. She later lived in Mullins, S.C., where she first worked for Dr. F. Johnson’s private practice and later worked for Southern Packaging as a nurse and later as personnel manager. Doris was a member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City where she was active in the Dorcus Sunday School Class; the Wednesday Bible Study Class, and the WMU. She sang in the Senior Choir. She was preceded in death by her husband, Evins A. Goodwin Jr. Survivors include two sons, Evins A. Goodwin III of Hayes, Virginia, Joe Goodwin of Forest City; and five grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in The Padgett and King Chapel with the Rev. Barry K. Keys officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 211 West Main Street, Forest City, NC 28043 or The Symphony of Rutherford County, PO Box 750, Forest City, NC 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of cremation arrangements.

Deaths Bobby Sherrod FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Bobby Sherrod, who played guard on the undefeated TCU Horned Frogs of 1938, has died. He was 90. Sherrod’s death leaves only three known survivors from the school’s last national champion and only perfect season in Horned Frogs history — Don Looney, Mac Best and Connie Sparks — according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Quarterback Davey O’Brien led the team to 11 straight wins, and TCU was named the national champion after beating Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl. Sherrod was an all-Southwest Conference player. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. After the war, Sherrod earned a master’s in public administration at TCU and began a career as a teacher and football coach. He began at his alma mater, North Side High School, and later was a teacher and counselor at Polytechnic High. Ernst Beyeler GENEVA (AP) — Ernst Beyeler, whose early eye for undervalued Picassos and Impressionists helped him assemble one of Europe’s most famous art collections, has died, his Beyeler Foundation said Friday. He was 88. Beyeler, the son of a Swiss railway employee, became a widely respected art patron after World War II by acquiring hundreds of works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and others. He presented them to the public in his Basel gallery and later in the foundation he founded near the German border.

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n Matthew Yates McGinnis, 26, of 140 McDade Road; charged with injury to personal property and hit/run leaving the scene of property damage; released on a written promise to appear. (RCSD)

EMS/Rescue n Rutherford County Emergency Services responded to 18 E-911 calls Friday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to 13 E-911 calls Friday.

Fire Calls n Ellenboro responded to an electrical fire and controlled burn, assisted by Cherry Mountain and Polkville. n Hudlow responded to a powerline fire. n S-D-O responded to a grass fire. THE DAILY COURIER Published Tuesday through Sunday mornings by Paxton Media Group LLC dba The Daily Courier USPS 204-920 Periodical Postage paid in Forest City, NC. Company Address: 601 Oak St., P.O. Box 1149, Forest City, NC 28043. Phone: (828) 245-6431 Fax: (828) 248-2790 Subscription rates: Single copy, daily 50¢ / Sunday $1.50. Home delivery $11.75 per month, $35.25 for three months, $70.50 for six months, $129 per year. In county rates by mail payable in advance are: $13.38 for one month, $40.14 for three months, $80.27 for six months, $160.54 per year. Outside county: $14.55 for one month, $43.64 for three months, $87.28 for six months, $174.56 per year. College students for school year subscription, $75. The Digital Courier, $6.50 a month for non-subscribers to The Daily Courier. Payment may be made at the website: www.thedigitalcourier. com The Daily Courier is not responsible for advance subscription payments made to carriers, all of who are independent contractors.

Doris Land Goodwin Doris Land Goodwin, age 86 of Elizabeth Avenue, Forest City, North Carolina passed away peacefully at Hospice House on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. She was born in Buffalo, South Carolina and was a daughter of the late Joseph E. Land and Eva B. Land. She attended the College of Charleston where she graduated as a Registered Nurse and served in the United States Navy. She later lived in Mullins, South Carolina where she first worked for Dr. F. Johnson’s private practice and later worked for Southern Packaging as a nurse and later as personnel manager. Doris was a member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City where she was active in the Dorcus Sunday School Class; the Wednesday Bible Study Class, and the WMU. She loved music and sang in the Senior Choir and also attended many of The Symphony of Rutherford County concerts where her son Joe, and his wife Marsha performed. Her greatest love was reading and studying the Bible and sharing it with her family and friends. She also loved to cook and prided herself on her pecan pies and chicken bog, a lower South Carolina specialty. For the past year she had resided in the home of Joe and Marsha Goodwin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Evins A. Goodwin, Jr. Survivors include two sons, Evins A. Goodwin, III and his wife Phyllis of Hayes, Virginia, Joe Goodwin and his wife Marsha Wilson Goodwin of Forest City and her five grandchildren, Michael, Aubyn, Drew, Kim, and Charlotte. A celebration of her life will be held at two o’clock Monday, March 1, 2010 in The Padgett and King Chapel with Reverend Dr. Barry K. Keys officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 211 West Main Street, Forest City, NC 28043 or The Symphony of Rutherford County, PO Box 750, Forest City, NC 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of cremation arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking. com. Paid obit

Coy Eugene Bumgarner Mr. Coy Eugene Bumgarner, 74, of Golden Valley, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. He was the son of the late Oscar Harland Bumgardner and Sally Eunice Chapman Bumgardner, and was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Fannie Lee Hipps Bumgardner; his brother LeeRoy Bumgardner; and guardian parents Oscar and Pauline Chapman. He was a former logger and sawmill worker, and retired as a used car dealer. He was a member of First Broad Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shelby Jean Buchanan Bumgarner; three daughters, Donna Smith and her husband, Gary, of Golden Valley, Gloria Bowman and her husband, John, of Polkville, Lisa Philbeck and her husband, David, of Ellenboro; a son, Mitchell Bumgarner and his wife, Lisa of Cherryville; two sisters, Mary Sue Terry and Nina Cathleen Hipps both of Polkville; three half sisters, Brenda Bridges and Judy Gettys both of Polkville and Gail Bumgardner of Charlotte; two half brothers, Jerry Bumgardner and Ronnie Bumgardner, both of Polkville; nine grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service will be held at 3:30 PM Sunday, February 28, 2010 at First Broad Baptist Church. Rev. Kevin Towery, Rev. Charles Battle, and Rev. Gary Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The visitation will be held from 2 PM until 3:30 PM Sunday at First Broad Baptist Church, prior to the service. The body will lie in state during the visitation hours. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign the online guest book at: Paid obit.

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Calendar/Local Lauren Peasley, who as a youth was part of Youth Empowerment, spoke during the dedication of the Burtchus Lathan Jr. POWER Center Saturday. Peasley, who said community support helped her as a teen, has now obtained degrees in psychology and sociology and works with youth at Universal Mental Health. Lt. Governor Walter Dalton and Lathan’s wife, April Lathan, also spoke during the dedication ceremony.

Red Cross Blood drives schedule: March 6 — Goodes Creek Baptist Church, Mooresboro, 7:30 a.m. to noon, call 245-3513 for an appointment; March 12 — Rutherford Hospital, noon to 5 p.m., call 286-5338 for an appointment; March 13 — Cliffside Masonic Lodge, Cliffside, 7:30 a.m. to noon, call 245-7606 for an appointment. March 22 — Red Cross Chapter, Forest City, 2 to 6:30 p.m., call 2875916 Class schedule: Free Adult CPR — March 13, 9 a.m. until noon, ICC gymnasium Adult CPR — March 15, begins at 6 p.m. Child and Infant CPR — March 16, begins at 6 p.m. First Aid — March 20, begins at 8:30 a.m., Preventing Disease Transmission All classes must be paid in advance. Call 287-5916 for further information.

Meetings/other Athletic Boosters: Chase High Athletic Boosters will meet Monday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the office conference room. Also, the winter sports banquet is Monday, March 8. Refreshments 6:30 p.m., awards program at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Book club meeting: The Rutherford County Historical Society’s book club and history discussion group will meet Tuesday, March 2, at St. John’s Historic Church in Rutherfordton, beginning at 7 p.m. The discussion will focus on the book “The Lonely Hunter: The Life of Carson McCullers,” by Virginia Spencer Carr; for more information contact Robin S. Lattimore at 447-1474. NSDAR Chapter meeting: Griffith Rutherford NSDAR Chapter will meet Wednesday, March 3, at the county annex. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. A program will be presented about Crossnore School. Public meeting: Consumer & Family Advisory Committee; to learn about the Medicaid waiver for mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities; Wednesday, March 3, 5:30 p.m., Western Highlands office, 356 Biltmore Ave., Asheville; for more information call 800-951-3792.

Miscellaneous Low-cost rabies clinic: Saturday, March 13, noon to 1 p.m.; Thunder Road Animal Hospital; $10 cash, one-year rabies; $12 cash, threeyear rabies; other discounted vaccines available; call 286-0033.

Fundraisers Bingo: Friday, March 5, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Spindale House; $1 per card; sponsored by the ‘98 Rutherford Rumble Team. Relay for Life fundraiser: March 5 and 6, at Rutherford Internal Medicine; Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon; wedding dresses and formal gowns (new and used) on sale. Benefit spaghetti supper: For Marshall Baynard, (retired Assistant Chief FCFD); Saturday, March 6, begins at 4 p.m., Forest City Clubhouse; ages 13 and up, $7; ages 4-12, $4; under 4 free; take outs available; all proceeds to help defray medical expense. Benefit singing: Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m., Isothermal Community College, library auditorium; sponsored by REaCH students Shelley Stacy and Carina Escalera as part of their senior project; proceeds for Terry Griffin (kidney transplant patient) and children’s kidney research.

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through the organization as a teenager. Peasley shared her story of coming to Youth Empowerment, speaking of meeting her therapist the first time. “My mom didn’t tell me where we were going and when we got there, I locked myself in the car,” Peasley said. “Karen asked me for five minutes of her time, and I don’t know why, but

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“McNair came to Chase this year to offer the financial aid but ROPE was not in the plan,” said McNair Foundation Executive Director Monica Lee. “The best case scenario was to be able to offer ROPE to this year’s freshmen their senior year. “But when we went to Texas in the fall the McNairs were so impressed by the commitment at Chase they decided to go ahead and offer ROPE to this year’s seniors.” There are around 60 seniors who have met eligibility requirements for ROPE, said Chase Principal Greg Lovelace. To be eligible, students must have taken or be enrolled in courses that meet UNC system admission requirements; carry a cumulative 3.0 grade point average at the time of application; meet required SAT or ACT scores or take the tests at least three times at the time of application; complete a minimum of 100 service learning hours by the application deadline; have applied to at least one college by time of application; maintain good character; and have three teachers and the student’s McNair mentor

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locked vehicles in the parking lot but may not bring them onto the correctional facility premises. The General Assembly approved the changes in August 2009. Sheriff Jack Conner said Friday that the ban might be an issue with regard to trusties at the jail. He said that there was no designated smoking area at the jail but trusties sometimes could step outside the building to smoke. That will no longer be allowed beginning Monday. Jail employees will not be allowed to have tobacco products on the premises or outside either. The sheriff said he had not heard any complaints about the tobacco ban yet, but he added, “I’m sure we will.” Conner used to smoke, but he said he

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es for young people to cross along the way.”

write a recommendation. Mentors are key in the process, Lee said, keeping students on the path to having the coursework and requirements needed to apply for ROPE. There is no limit on the number of students who can receive funding and students are not competing against anyone but themselves. “Within in four years every student here will have a mentor,” Lee said.

“If they take the classes and meet the eligibility, there is no reason they should not be able to go to college,” she said. “Studies show the first year is the most difficult and after that finding funding is not as hard.” ROPE awards may be used for instate and out-of-state tuitions, Lee said, but there are three institutions that will match ROPE funding. “Gardner-Webb, Lees-McRae and Mars Hill each match what is given by ROPE and also does a tuition freeze so those students don’t have their fees increased each year,” she said. “That’s an extra benefit to those students who go to these colleges.”

This year’s freshman class and now the senior class are aware of the foundation, Lee said, but making the benefits known to sophomores and juniors – and the community – are important. Lee has been meeting with students in the other classes to talk about how they can be eligible for ROPE and both have been visiting the elementary and middle schools that feed into Chase. “Post-high school – whether its college or elsewhere – there needs to be an expectation of students from being a small child,” Lovelace said. “We want to change the mindset. Monica wants parents to talk to their students about what they want to do after high school.” The message to parents, Lee said, is that financial barriers should not exist in considering your child’s future. gave up the habit in October 2008. The Rutherford County Jail already does not allow inmates to have cell phones, and jailers will not be able to have them on the premises either. Conner said there are phones available to jailers should they need to address personal issues, however. Michael Callahan, administrator of the Rutherford Correctional Center, said Friday that his facility is already two months into the bans. Signs at the entrance to the minimum-security men’s prison and on the fence of the property advise visitors about the rules. One of the signs on the fence is in Spanish. Callahan said the facility began having smoking cessation meetings 45 days before the Dec. 7 ban went into effect. He said the facility has had some inmate disciplinary issues concerning smoking. Visitors bring some of

Lathan would be proud of the building dedicated in his name, Dalton said. “The naming of this building is a tribute, but the greatest tribute of all will be the work of this center with children.” Contact Flynn via e-mail at

The McNair Educational Foundation, formed by Cool Springs graduate Robert McNair and his wife, Janice, is now in its 20th year. The program has been in place at East High School since its inception and began at Chase and R-S Central High School’s with Jumpstart in 2009. The program matches freshmen with adult mentors, who review the student’s course selections and grades, attendance and SAT/ACT preparation, attendance and other issues that affect school success. Contact Flynn via e-mail at

the contraband, he said, but added that inmates who are allowed to leave the facility on work release or litter pickup, for example, sometimes bring in tobacco. Callahan said volunteers at the prison, such as those in the chapel service, are reminded about the bans. He noted, too, that sometimes people throw tobacco products over the back fence at the prison facility. He added that the ban has made tobacco more popular than marijuana as the focus of smuggling efforts. The prison only allows state-issued mobile phones at the facility, Callahan said. Violations of the tobacco and cell phone bans are Class 1 misdemeanors. Contact Dale via e-mail at

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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. 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.

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Business Notes Parton Lumber announces change in siding product RUTHERFORDTON — Parton Bark Siding of Rutherfordton has announced that it will increase the minimum thickness standard of its poplar bark siding shingles to better withstand harsh weather conditions. Poplar Bark Siding is mainly used as an exterior cladding for houses. Rain and wind are the main elements that affect the bark siding. To counter weathering, the bark needs to be at least a certain thickness to withstand the forces over time. In an effort to enhance the durability of their poplar bark shingles, Parton Lumber has decided to increase the minimum thickness standard from 9/16-inch to 5/8-inch. The extra sixteenth of an inch will insure that all poplar bark shingles will be thick enough to be used to the maximum advantage as a natural exterior siding for homes, businesses and other structures. This new standard has been applied to Parton Lumber’s existing stock of bark siding as well; a thorough sorting process has insured that no pieces below 5/8-inch will be sold for exterior use. These thinner pieces have been marked as “interior grade” stock. All new pieces cut for outdoor grade stock will now be at least 5/8-inch thick. Poplar bark siding is a natural alternative to traditional synthetic sidings and shingles. Bark siding makes a beautiful, resilient, durable and ecofriendly cladding material.

Dell again postpones closing N.C. plant WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Dell Inc. is again postponing plans to close its North Carolina personal computer plant by three months thanks to an uptick in computer sales to businesses, governments and schools. The company told 400 workers Friday they could keep their jobs until the end of July, the close of the company’s second quarter. Dell announced last fall it would close the plant in January, then pushed the date back to April, and now to July. Spokesman David Frink said Dell cut its workforce from 900 last fall in anticipation of closing. The company quickly repaid local governments $26 million in incentives used to attract the plant that opened in 2005. Dell was offered more than $300 million in state and local incentives to choose a North Carolina site in 2004.

VF Jeanswear ends Alabama operation HOLLY POND, Ala. (AP) — The VF Jeanswear distribution center in Holly Pond is shutting down after more than 25 years of operation. The company, part of VF Corp. of Greensboro, N.C., says the shutdown is related to its need to balance its distribution and supply capacity and to keep its product costs competitive. About 150 jobs will be lost. The 100,000-square-foot distribution center once employed close to 300 people. The company says employees at the center will be offered a combination of severance pay, outplacement help or other assistance. VF Jeanswear includes Wrangler, Lee and other brands.

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In this photo taken Feb. 17, Rob Fisher poses by High Rock Lake with a rod and reel and L’il Robbies, a soft body jig fishing lure that he designed and is selling in local stores and over the Internet near Salisbury. Fisher lost his job last year due to NASCAR mergers, and decided to turn one of his lifetime goals into a reality. Fisher, of Salisbury, was fishing with his father last April, discussing a dream of his to design his own fishing lure, and see it in stores.

After layoff, man turns to producing fishing lures An AP Member Exchange By SHELLEY SMITH Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — When Rob Fisher lost his job last year due to NASCAR mergers, he decided to turn one of his lifetime goals into a reality. “There are only two ways I can think clearly,” he said. “Either sitting in a tree stand or sitting in a boat.” Fisher, of Salisbury, was fishing with his father last April, discussing a dream of his to design his own fishing lure, and see it in stores. Fueled by his passion, Fisher set a goal for himself to have a fishing lure ready for stores by spring 2010, and he has done just that. He named his company Lil’ Robbies Soft Baits, made completely in the United States. “Nowadays, it seems like everything comes from overseas,” Fisher said. “I wanted to do everything in the U.S. and keep it cheap for the fishermen. “My other goal was to sell the end product at $2 a bag.” Fisher designed the lure himself. “I kind of had an idea of what I wanted, and wanted something different I hadn’t seen,” he said, noting that his lure was modeled after a crawdad. “I made my own prototype out of metal, and found an established company to pour the bait.” The U.S. company used his prototype to make a mold, and sent him several samples. “I fished with it, I liked it, and I gave them the OK to make a production mold,” Fisher said. Fisher then chose the color combinations for the 15 lures he offers, saying he chose them, “just knowing what seems to work pretty good,” he said. “Most fishermen know.”

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In this photo taken Rob Fisher’s L’il Robbies soft body jig fishing lures are displayed at a Salisbury marina.

Colors vary from black to red to orange, silver and red glitter, to color combos such as pink and green. By July 2009, Fisher had prototypes in his hand, and the different-colored lures came in at the beginning of October. Through many phone calls and a lot of research, Fisher said he found what he needed in the United States. “People were telling me how much money I’d save if I got it from China, but I knew the quality of the product would suffer, and I wanted to help out our local and national businesses,” he said. Fisher even found a plastic bag manufacturer in the U.S. “If I ever have a problem, I can drive to these companies if I need to,” he said. Fisher said he still wants to race with NASCAR, but is glad he took a chance on Please see Lures, Page 8A

MIAMI — Home sales in the South posted an annual increase of 8 percent in January as buyers grabbed hold of federal tax credits and affordable prices. However, sales plummeted 35 percent from December, a sign that the housing market’s recovery may be on shaky ground. The median sales price of previously owned homes was $140,200, a decrease of 2 percent from January last year, the National Association of Realtors reported Friday. Nationally, there were 275,000 homes sold, a 33 percent decrease from December, but up 7 percent from yearago levels, without adjusting for seasonal factors. The national median sales price was $164,700, unchanged from last January. The year-over-year increase in the South was mainly driven by low prices, government incentives, and mortgage rates that have hovered near 5 percent. Homebuyers have until April 30 to take advantage of tax credits of up to $8,000 for first-time homebuyers and $6,500 for current homeowners. Some analysts who expected rough winter weather to hurt sales were surprised at the annual increase. “The bargains are so good that people were braving the rain, sleet, snow and frigid air to take advantage of them,” said Jeff Humphreys, an economist with the University of Georgia. Still, job losses, falling consumer confidence, high foreclosures and tight lending standards remain obstacles for a sustained recovery. “There’s a lot of underlying weakness in the world economy and national economy,” said Bill Weaver, real estate professor at the University of Central Florida. “That’s not the general economic environment in which people decide to go out and spend $200,000 on a house.” In the South, nine of the 19 cities covered by the Associated Press-Re/Max Monthly Housing Report showed sales increases compared with last January. Median sales prices dropped in 10 Southern cities. The AP-Re/Max report, also released Friday, analyzed sales transactions in the metropolitan statistical areas recorded by all real estate agents, regardless of company affiliation. Here are some highlights: n Little Rock, Ark.: Sales fell 22 percent, the largest year-over-year drop in sales

Please see South, Page 8A

NEW BUSINESS Ellenboro Pet & Livestock Supply owners Tina and Dave Hendrix offers a wide assortment of goods tailored to meet your specific pet or livestock needs. Services include horse owners, as well as dogs, cats, small animals and more. A variety of feed, bedding, hay, riding gear, leashes are available as well as animal health and hygiene supplies and engravings for collars and tags. The business is located at 189 Depot Street Ellenboro and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number is 828453-8003. Garrett Byers/The Daily Courier

8A — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, February 28, 2010






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his fisherman dream. “Being off has given me time to do this,” he said. “I’ve already met my ultimate goal by seeing my product in stores. “A lot of people get down when they are unemployed. They need to take that negative and make a positive out of it.” Fisher said he’s lucky people still fish, no matter the economy, and he’s given some local fishermen his lures to try. Last year when he was trying the lures, he caught more than 40 crappies out of High Rock Lake, he said. “It’s done really well,” he said. “I’m pretty pumped up for this fishing season.” Fisher said fish caught with Lil’ Robbies are usually crappie, trout, sea trout small mouth bass, walleye and other fish that hit soft bait. Lil’ Robbies are available at Tamarac Marina, Fleming Candy Co., Highway 49 Sporting Goods, Carolina Print Works and Foothills Hunting and Fishing in Hudson, as well as online. Fisher said a store in Pennsylvania is planning on picking up Lil’ Robbies because of the lures’ success with trout. A bag containing 10 lures costs $1.89. “I just want it to be cheap for people,” Fisher said, urging fishermen to go to the stores for their purchases, not only to support the local businesses, but to cut down on shipping and handling rates. “Hopefully I won’t be so busy selling bait, and I will be able to fish,” Fisher said.

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, second from right, and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, walks back to the White House, from the Blair House in Washington, Thursday after meeting all day with Republican and Democrat lawmakers as he renewed his struggle to reform health care. Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday he is ready to compromise with Republicans on health care if they are serious about it, but that an overhaul must go forward. “Let’s get this done,” he said. Obama’s comments in his weekly Internet and radio address, two days after an allday bipartisan summit across Continued from Page 7A from the White House, were the latest sign that Democrats are among the report’s 19 Southern metro areas. getting set to try to pass health A lack of confidence in the economy likely led care legislation without any Little Rock buyers and sellers to hold back, with Republicans on board. job losses hitting close to home, said Ethan Nobles, Success will require colossal spokesman for the Arkansas Realtors Association. efforts on the part of Obama and Despite the drop in sales, the median sales price Democratic leaders to round up in Little Rock rose nearly 11 percent to $147,000. votes after a year of corrosive n Orlando, Fla.: This central Florida city’s basedebate and a Senate specialment-level prices led to a 52 percent increase in election upset that threw the sales compared with January last year. Orlando’s overhaul effort into limbo last median sales price was $104,250, down 28 permonth. But Obama and the cent compared with the same month last year, the Democrats reject the piecemeal AP-Re/Max report showed. approach sought by Republicans Foreclosures sold at heavy discounts are keeping and have no intention of scrapprices down and luring investors, especially in the ping their 10-year, $1 trillion bill condo market. and starting over, as the GOP demands. n Houston: This Texas metro area posted a 10 “I am eager and willing to percent increase in its median sales price, which move forward with members of was $143,500, the AP-Re/Max report showed. both parties on health care if the Sales for homes $500,000 and higher rose 40 other side is serious about compercent compared with last January, said Danny ing together to resolve our difFrank, an agent with Keller Williams Realty in ferences and get this done. But I nearby Pearland, Texas. also believe that we cannot lose Houston has been one of the steadiest housing the opportunity to meet this markets in the past year. But it isn’t immune to challenge,” Obama said. worries about the economy — sales fell 11 percent “The tens of millions of men compared with last January. and women who cannot afford


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their health insurance cannot wait another generation for us to act. Small businesses cannot wait. Americans with pre-existing conditions cannot wait. State and federal budgets cannot sustain these rising costs. “It is time for those of us in Washington to live up to our responsibilities to the American people and to future generations,” Obama said. Obama’s legislation would insure some 30 million more Americans over 10 years with a new requirement for nearly everyone to carry insurance and would end insurance company practices such as denying coverage to people with medical problems. Republicans generally oppose mandates that make everyone get insurance, and although they want people with health conditions to be able to buy insurance, they would try to address the problem without new requirements on insurers. Obama plans to release an updated proposal in the week ahead, likely on Wednesday, according to press secretary Robert Gibbs. Gibbs suggested it would include concepts put forward by Republicans at the summit. One attendee, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., was contacted Friday by the White House and asked to submit details of suggestions he made to tackle waste and fraud in the medical system, Coburn’s spokesman said.

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John Hart said Coburn views Obama’s legislation as a government takeover and would not be able to support it even if it includes some of his proposals. Adding Republican ideas is not likely to win Republican votes because the GOP insists Democrats should start from scratch. But Obama would be able to say that he’d listened to Republicans and attempted to meet them part way. Moving ahead may mean using Senate rules that would let Democrats pass legislation with a simple majority instead of the 60 vote they no longer command. The approach infuriates Republicans and is opposed by some Democratic moderates because of its partisan nature. Coburn, in the GOP’s weekly address, argued against a Democrats-only bill. “Unfortunately, even before the summit took place the majority in Congress signaled its intent to reject our offers to work together,” Coburn said. “Instead they want to use procedural tricks and back-room deals to ram through a new bill that combines the worst aspects of the bills the Senate and House passed last year.” “The American people are telling us to scrap the current bills, which will lead to a government takeover of health care, and we should start over,” Coburn said.

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Troubled teenager wanted ‘to make the news’ but gave no first aid. Once the other units began arriving — Smith said she counted 27 police and sheriff’s cars — Glosson was taken away in an SUV and then to an ambulance with chest pains. According to the Smiths and the Rook family, Christian was left lying on the ground unattended. He sat up once and complained of trouble breathing, his mother said. On the 911 tape, a dispatcher is heard advising deputies that an ambulance cannot reach Christian because of the roadblock at Alcorn and Moutline. Barnes said the youth died en route to the hospital, and a trauma nurse who spoke to the family told Christina Rook that Christian died from internal pressure. His father, a pistol sharpshooter and rifle expert, questions the deputy’s training. “How come this officer didn’t give my son any kind of chance?” Chad Rook asked. “There was no talking. Just, ’Shoot now, ask questions later.’ “ Barnes declined a request for an interview with Glosson, who has worked for the department for 10 years, because he is considered a witness in the ongoing SBI investigation. As to the father’s question, Barnes said Glosson had no choice. “The officer challenged him (to stop) the whole way up the driveway,” Barnes said. “He could have followed the officer’s command and dropped the knife. It was all in his hands.”

By LORRAINE AHEARN News & Record of Greensboro

GREENSBORO (AP) — When Christian Rook, 17, felt a manic episode blow in like a storm front, family members say, he looked for shelter. Either he would get himself arrested, as he did in December, spending 12 days in jail, or committed for treatment as he did in November, at Moses Cone Behavioral Health. Associated Press But on Feb. 2, his plan backfired, with tragic results. In this Feb. 2 photo, investigators surround the scene after Christian Rook was shot “Let’s see if we can make the news,” family members Christian was the oldest engage. But he then cursed at driveway. This is where the heard the teenager say, as he of four, and both he and his her, finally getting his wish: two accounts — the deputy’s grabbed a 12-inch knife from 14-year-old brother were She called 911 to report the and the family’s — differ sigthe kitchen drawer. diagnosed three years ago stolen money, but was told by nificantly. Within minutes of that with bipolar disorder. the operator that she would According to Glosson’s ill-conceived challenge, the Christian’s parents describe have to see a magistrate statement, Christian refused bipolar teen lay dying in the their son as a charming, “if there was no violence to drop the knife, lunged at afternoon sleet in front of his affectionate boy, but torinvolved.” him, and was only 12 feet house, shot in the chest by mented by his illness. In Hearing that response, away when Glosson drew his a Guilford County Sheriff’s Christian upped the ante: .45-caliber Smith & Wesson deputy answering a domestic California, the only psychiatrist available to the military “They want violence? Fine,” and fired four shots in rapid call from the boy’s grandfamily specialized in treating his mother recalls him saysuccession, hitting Christian mother. attention-deficit disorder. ing. “Let’s see if we can make once in the upper left chest With autopsy results and Determined to find proper the news.” and missing the other three an SBI inquiry pending, treatment for the boys, their On the second 911 call, he times. the key question for family, mother, Christina, temporarcan be heard shouting over Chase Rook, who watched neighbors and law enforceily moved in with her mothhis grandmother’s voice, from the living-room winment is how the scene escaer-in-law in Greensboro last cursing for the police to dow, said Christian stopped lated so fast, with such irreNovember. come before he “cuts” somein the middle of the road vocable results. Here, Christian at last had one. and held his hands above his “Literally, from the time the a doctor and a therapist, was Chase takes him outside, head. At that point, Chase officer arrived on the street adjusting to medications that away from the two women said, he saw his brother to the time he fired the shots made his weight fluctuate and the two younger sibstumble and fall. was 34 seconds,” Sheriff BJ drastically. lings, ages 9 and 6. He tries As Chase, Diane Rook Barnes said. After he and his brother to calm him, but fails, goes and neighbor Melissa Smith back inside, locks the door, describe it, the distance Barnes said the deputy had Chase got into a fight in December, Christian was and leaves Christian alone. between where Christian no options: he told investigaarrested and jailed, his The Sheriff’s Department landed and where the cruiser tors that Christian lunged at mother said, as the older of dispatches Deputy Barry was parked measures 24 feet. him with the knife. But the the two. His mother said Glosson, a civil process servSmith and her father both two family members who he seemed better when he er who according to Barnes heard the shots, and looked witnessed the shooting gave returned home. is not a patrolman but has out a front window immea starkly different version of But on Feb. 2, Christian received the same training. diately, but did not see the events. awoke irritable, and quarGlosson’s marked Crown shooting itself. At that point, “You call the police hopreled with Chase. He then Victoria, not using a siren Smith said, the deputy was ing that they’ll help you,” sought a confrontation with and not equipped with a walking around the front of said Christian’s grandmothhis grandmother. The boys, dashboard camera, pulls his cruiser toward Christian, er, Diane, who placed the Christian told her, had stolen into Moutline Drive within 3 who was on the ground, shot. 911 call, and said she then $400 from her and spent it minutes. The dispatcher tells On the 911 tape, the deputy watched her grandson walk on drugs. him there is a suspect with tells the dispatcher immeditoward the deputy’s car. “What are you going to do a knife threatening family ately after the shooting that The morning of Feb. 2 about it?” Christian demand- members, but that the sushe is rendering assistance, was busy for dispatchers, ed. “You just need to call the pect is now outside the house and Barnes said the officer but inside Rook’s home off police.” alone. gave first aid. Smith, the Alcorn Road near Piedmont Christian wanted an arguDiane Rook meanwhile neighbor, disputed that stateTriad International Airport, ment, the grandmother could tells a dispatcher she sees ment. Rook’s mother said the it was another restless snow see, and she was reluctant to Christian walking down the deputy took the teen’s pulse, day.





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State/Nation Today Police: Wis. boy found MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police said a 6-week-old boy whom they feared was in danger was found abandoned but safe outside a church Friday afternoon after his mother and two young brothers were found dead following a suspicious fire in their home. Hours later, the body of a 19-yearold woman who lived in the family’s home — and who police called a “person of interest” in the case — was found dead on the city’s northwest side. The infant, Maurice Visor Jr., was found about 1:45 p.m. in good condition in a baby carrier on a sidewalk outside the church, Police Chief Ed Flynn said at a news conference.

Man pleads not guilty JACKSONVILLE (AP) — A North Carolina accused of strangling his wife and burying her in a shallow grave in their back yard has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. The Jacksonville Daily News reports that 20-year-old Soyer Moll entered his plea Friday and prosecutors said they would not be seek-

ing the death penalty. Investigators say Moll led them to the location where 21-year-old Virginia Tillman Moll’s body was buried. According to an autopsy, a red cloth was still tightly wrapped around her neck.

Officers shoot man DURHAM (AP) — Durham police say an armed man was shot after a confrontation with police. Durham police said in a news release Saturday that officers were responding to the sound of shots in the southern part of town when they confronted the man who had a handgun.

6 students charged HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) — Fire officials in North Carolina have taken six juveniles into custody after an investigation into fires set at Henderson Middle School. The Daily Dispatch of Henderson reported the fires were set Friday in an unused part of the school. A damage estimate was not available. Police said an arson task force investigation determined that a group of students had set the fires.

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Crews work to restore electricity to customers in Bow, N.H., Saturday. A large pine that had snapped at the base during a windstorm earlier in the wee took down wires and knocked several road signs askew.

Thousands still lacking power after storm hits CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Frustration turned to resignation Saturday for hundreds of thousands of people in the Northeast struggling to survive another day waiting for utility crews to restore electricity after powerful storms socked the region with heavy snow, rain and hurricane-force winds. The region was left to deal with the fallout of gusting winds that created near-blizzard conditions this week in what was the third strong storm this month for some areas. Parts of New York got more than 2 feet of snow while some areas of coastal New England were drenched with flooding rains. One man was killed by a falling snow-laden tree branch in Central Park in New York City, and two people in Candia, N.H., died in a house fire caused by improperly using a propane heater to stay warm, fire officials said. The highest wind reported from the storm was 91 mph off the coast of Portsmouth, N.H. — well above hurricane force of 74 mph. Gusts also hit 60 mph or more from the mountains of West Virginia to New York’s Long Island and Massachusetts. Frustration was beginning to show on Charlotte Letteney’s face Saturday at Concord High School, one of 24 shelters in New Hampshire. Letteney, 64, of Allenstown, arrived Friday night with her 66-year-old husband, who is a quadriplegic, two granddaughters, her grandson-in-law and 6-month-old great-grandson. The family left their mobile home when the temperature dropped to 46 degrees and Letteney’s hands had gone numb, leaving behind four parrots in covered cages and a couple of days’ worth of food for their dog, Bosco. They have no car — a city van brought them to the shelter — and no way to get home to feed the animals

or to let the dog out. “He’ll go out in the kitchen, and I’ll have to sterilize my floor,” Letteney said. The Letteneys are among more than 1 million customers across the Northeast who lost power because of the storm, and as of Saturday afternoon more than half of them were still without electricity. New Hampshire’s electrical grid was the hardest hit, with more than a quarter-million customers still without power. New York had more than 160,000 outages and Maine about 67,000. Some residents were warned they’ll be without electricity for up to a week, as uprooted trees and fallen utility poles hindered utility crews. Bow, N.H., Assistant Fire Chief Dick Pistey compared the situation two years ago during a powerful ice storm when ice quickly coated trees, bringing down tree limbs and power lines, leaving millions without power — some for two weeks. “It’s deja vu all over again,” Pistey said. In Londonderry, N.H., Irene Stanley, 68, was sitting in a rocking chair next to a wood stove to keep warm, her royal blue beta fish in its container nearby. Stanley, who managed without power for nearly two weeks during the ice storm two years ago, said her mission for the day was to buy batteries to keep her radio operating. In York, Maine, 70-year-old lobsterman Pat White, was able to use his generator to help cook a pancake breakfast Saturday to feed his neighbors who were without power — a father, his daughter and her baby. White and his wife, Enid, were planning what to serve them for dinner. “We’ve got to use up some of the stuff in the refrigerator,” he said.

Bakery recalls flawed scout cookies LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — They promise to entice the senses with a “hint of cinnamon-ginger spice” and a “refreshingly zesty lemon creme filling,” but some batches of Lemon Chalet Creme Girl Scout cookies didn’t quite turn out that way. A Kentucky bakery that makes the cookies pulled some batches Thursday after about a dozen people complained of a foul smell and taste. Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, one of two bakeries in the U.S. that makes Girl Scout cookies, said Friday no one has gotten sick from the

stinky, bad-tasting cookies sold in 24 states, and they are safe to eat. The problem is caused by a breakdown of oils in the cookies, the bakery said on its Web site. The cookies were distributed in Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

S.C. police arrest two N.C. men on drug charges SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina men have been arrested and more than 200 pounds of marijuana and two vehicles were seized in a drug bust, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said. Deputies charged Edgar Quintanilla-Arteaga, 24, and Raudel Cortex Haro, 30, with

trafficking more than 100 pounds of marijuana. Both men are from Charlotte, and were being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center. Investigators say Haro was driving a luxury sedan and was trying to act as interference for a pickup truck with an enclosed trailer. The cars were pulled over

in a traffic stop after the sedan nearly hit a deputy’s cruiser. A police dog alerted officers to drugs in the trailer. Investigators say they also seized $1,143 from Haro. Wright said Friday that one kilogram — 2.2 pounds — likely “would supply a small drug trade for several months.”

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Attack leaves 11 dead MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Suspected al-Qaida-linked militants raided a village in the southern Philippines early Saturday, killing 11 people in the country’s worst militant attack on civilians in nine years. Gunmen from the extremist Abu Sayyaf group backed by renegade Muslim separatist rebels fired grenade launchers and automatic rifles on houses while residents were asleep, killing one governmentarmed militiaman and 10 civilians in the village of Tubigan on Basilan Island, said deputy regional police commander Sonny David. “The villagers were sleeping when the Abu Sayyaf came with their guns blazing. They spared no one, not even the children,” David said. The attack came in the wake of the recent killing of an Abu Sayyaf commander and the arrest of two key members. Government forces had been told to be on alert for reprisal attacks. “It’s a normal thing for them to

retaliate,” David said. “We’re not lowering our guards, particularly at soft targets like markets, schools, churches, piers and public utility terminals.” Four children were among those killed, said armed forces spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner. He corrected an earlier report that the target of the attack was the village’s militia detachment. “They really attacked the villagers,” he said. One of the villagers, who are mostly citrus farmers, told police he was awakened by the sound of gunfire and saw blood oozing from his body, David said. The gunmen strafed and torched at least 10 houses before escaping, David said. A 32-year-old woman and her 1-year-old daughter burned to death in their house, he said. At least 11 who suffered burns and gunshot wounds were taken by boat to two hospitals in the nearby port city of Zamboanga, hospital staff said.

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A U.S. Army soldier of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, checks for enemy presence as he stands on the top of a mud house in the Badula Qulp area, West of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Friday.

U.S. forces clean up pockets of resistance MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Marines and Afghan troops who fought through the center of Marjah linked up Saturday with American soldiers on the northern edge of the former Taliban stronghold, clearing the town’s last major pocket of resistance. The joint force encountered almost no hostile fire, indicating that the militants have either fled or blended in with the local population — perhaps to stage attacks later if the Afghan government fails to hold the town. Some Taliban operatives are believed to remain west of Marjah. Establishing a credible local government is a key component of NATO’s strategy for the 2-week-old offensive on the Taliban’s longtime logistical hub and heroin-smuggling center. Earlier in the week, the government installed a new town administrator, and several hundred Afghan police have begun to patrol the newly cleared areas of the town in the southern province of Helmand. After a grueling four-day march, Marines and Afghan troops succeeded Saturday in linking up with a U.S. Army Stryker battalion on Marjah’s northern outskirts. “Basically, you can say that Marjah has been cleared,” said Capt. Joshua Winfrey, commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines Regiment. As helicopters and unmanned drones circled overhead, NATO troops saw little resistance except from homemade explosives buried in the ground. Lima Company’s more than more than 100 heavily armed Marines, along with nearly as many Afghan army soldiers, had spent days carefully advancing to the north in tactical columns, searching every compound for possible Taliban ambushes. But there was no enemy in sight. The Marines didn’t fire a shot — except at a couple of Afghan guard dogs who attacked the unit. Some of the allied force said the Taliban probably just went underground, waiting for better days. “They’re not stupid. I’d do the same if I saw a company of U.S. Marines coming my way,” said Capt. Abdelhai Hujum, commander of the Afghan unit. The Marjah milestone came a day after Taliban suicide attackers killed at least 16 people — half of them foreigners — in bomb and gun assaults on two guesthouses in Kabul, a reminder that the insurgents still have the strength to launch attacks even in the heavily defended capital. At least six of the victims were Indian citizens whose bodies were

returned home Saturday on an air force jet sent from New Delhi. Afghan President Hamid Karzai telephoned Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday to express regret and vowed his government would take extra security measures, Karzai’s office said. An Indian statement said Singh was “outraged” at the attack. The Marjah offensive has been the war’s biggest combined operation since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion to topple the Taliban’s hard-line regime and the first major test of NATO’s counterinsurgency strategy since President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 new American troops to try to reverse Taliban gains.

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Saturday’s linkup between the U.S. military units along with their Afghan partners means the offensive on the town has now given way to what military officials are calling “the hold phase,” though that doesn’t mean an end to fighting in Marjah. There remain some suspected groups of Taliban fighters on the western outskirts of town. Marine spokesman Capt. Abe Sipe downplayed the development, describing it as another step in the effort to secure Marjah. He warned that the combined forces expect to face intermittent attacks for at least two more weeks. “We are not calling anything completely secure yet,” Sipe said. On Saturday, a Marine convoy hit a large roadside bomb on Saturday, but there were no injuries. U.S. Army soldiers have also discovered buried explosives in northern Marjah, but they have had no direct enemy contact for two or three days. Gunfire rang out Saturday from the British-patrolled eastern side of the area’s main canal, but it was unclear if there were any casualties. Sipe said armed resistance has “fallen off pretty dramatically” in the last four to five days, but he added, “We don’t think that necessarily means it’s gone completely.” Hujum, who spent two decades in Afghanistan’s various militia before joining the nascent national army, shared that view. He said most of the Taliban in the area probably buried their AK-47s and blended with the civilians. “I can sense them all around us,” Hujum said Friday as squads of Afghan troops and some Marines stormed a mosque where a child had said eight insurgents were preparing an ambush. Villagers were somewhat hostile —one threw a stone at a Marine waiting outside. But again, there wasn’t a single rifle or Taliban in sight.

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Tsunami does little damage across Pacific HONOLULU (AP) — With a rapt world watching the drama unfold on live television, a tsunami raced across a quarter of the globe on Saturday and set off fears of a repeat of the carnage that caught the world off guard in Asia in 2004. Japan was still bracing for the prospect of large waves, but the tsunami delivered nothing more than a glancing blow to the U.S. and South Pacific. The tsunami was spawned by a ferocious magnitude-8.8 earthquake in Chile that sent waves barreling north across the Pacific at the speed of a jetliner. But Pacific islands had ample time to prepare for the tsunami because the quake struck several thousand miles away. By the time the tsunami hit Hawaii — a full 16 hours after the quake — officials had already spent the morning ringing emergency sirens, blaring warnings from airplanes and ordering residents to higher ground. The tsunami caused no real damage in Hawaii and the islands were back to paradise by the afternoon. There were no immediate reports of widespread damage, injuries or deaths in the U.S. or in the Pacific islands, but a tsunami that swamped a village on an island off Chile killed at least five people and left 11 missing. Waves hit California, but barely registered amid stormy weather. Despite reports of significant problems in coastal areas of California, no injuries or major property damage occurred. It was still possible that the tsunami would gain strength again as it heads to Japan, and nearly 50 countries and island chains remained under tsunami warnings from Antarctica to Russia. But scientists said the worst threat had passed. “We dodged a bullet,” said Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii. The tsunami raised fears that the Pacific could fall victim to the type of killer waves that killed 230,000 people in the Indian Ocean in 2004 the morning after Christmas. During that disaster, there was little to no warning and much confusion about the impending waves. Officials said the opposite occurred after the Chile quake: They were off in their predictions for the size of the waves and the threat. “We expected the waves to be bigger in Hawaii, maybe about 50 percent bigger than they actually were,” Fryer said. “We’ll be looking at that.” In the hours before the tsunami, boats and people near the coast in Hawaii were evacuated. Normally bustling beaches were empty. Hilo International Airport, located along the coast, was closed. Residents lined up at supermarkets to stock up on food and at gas stations. The Navy moved more than a half dozen vessels to try to avoid damage from the tsunami. A frigate, three destroyers and two smaller vessels were being sent out of Pearl Harbor and a cruiser out of Naval Base San Diego, the Navy said. The tsunami caused a series of surges in Hawaii that were about 20 minutes apart, and the waves arrived later and smaller than originally predicted. The highest wave at Hilo measured 5.5 feet (1.7 meters) high, while Maui saw some as high as 2 meters (6.5 feet). Water began pulling away from shore off Hilo Bay on the Big Island just before noon, exposing reefs and sending dark streaks of muddy, sandy water offshore. Waves later washed over Coconut Island, a small park off Hilo’s coast. “We’ve checked with each county. There was no assessment of any damage in any county, which was quite remarkable,” said Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle. “It’s just wonderful that nothing happened and no one was hurt or injured.” Officials in Tonga and the Samoas evacuated coastal residents and used radio, television and mobile phone text messages to alert residents. On the island of Robinson Crusoe near Chile, a huge tsunami wave flooded the village of San Juan Batista, killing at least five people and leaving 11 missing, said Guillermo de la Masa, head of the government emergency bureau for the Valparaiso region.


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A woman sits in front a quake-damaged house in Talca, Chile, after a 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country early Saturday.

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devastates nation’s second largest city, sends a tsunami racing across the Pacific SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A devastating magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, shattering buildings and bridges, killing at least 78 people and setting off a tsunami that threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe. Chilean TV showed devastating images of the most powerful quake to hit the country in a half-century: In the second city of Concepcion trucks plunged into the fractured earth, homes fell, bridges collapsed and buildings were engulfed in flames. Injured people lay in the streets or on stretchers. Many roads were destroyed and electricity and water were cut to many areas. There was still no word of death or damage from many outlying areas that were cut off by the quake that struck at 3:34 a.m. (1:34 a.m. EST, 0634 GMT) 200 miles (325 kilometers) southwest of Santiago. Experts warned that a tsunami could strike anywhere in the Pacific, and Hawaii could face its largest waves since 1964 starting at 11:19 a.m. (4:19 p.m. EST, 2119 GMT), according to Charles McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami waves were likely to hit Asian, Australian and New Zealand shores within 24 hours of the earthquake. The U.S. West Coast and Alaska, too, were threatened. A huge wave swept into a populated area in the Robinson Crusoe Islands, 410 miles (660 kilometers) off the Chilean coast, President Michele Bachelet said, but there were no immediate reports of major damage there. Bachelet said the death toll was

at 78 and rising, but officials had no information on the number of people injured. She declared a “state of catastrophe” in central Chile. “We have had a huge earthquake, with some aftershocks,” Bachelet said from an emergency response center. She urged Chileans not to panic. “Despite this, the system is functioning. People should remain calm. We’re doing everything we can with all the forces we have. Any information we will share immediately,” she said. Powerful aftershocks rattled Chile’s coast — 21 of them magnitude 5 or greater and one reaching magnitude 6.9 — the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Bachelet urged people to avoid traveling, since traffic lights are down, to avoid causing more fatalities. The airport for Chile’s capital of Santiago airport was shut down and will remain closed for at least the next 24 hours, airport director Eduardo del Canto said. The passenger terminal suffered major damage, he told Chilean television in a telephone interview. TV images show smashed windows, partially collapsed ceilings and pedestrian walkways destroyed. In Concepcion, nurses and residents pushed some of the injured through the streets on stretchers. Others walked around in a daze wrapped in blankets, some carrying infants in their arms. The epicenter was just 70 miles (115 kilometers) from Concepcion, where more than 200,000 people live along the Bio Bio river, and 60 miles (95 kilometers) from the ski town of Chillan, a gateway to Andean ski resorts that was destroyed in a 1939 earthquake. The quake also shook buildings in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires, 900 miles (1,400 kilometers) away on the Atlantic side of South America. Marco Vidal — a program director for Grand Circle Travel

who was traveling with a group of 34 Americans — was on the 19th floor of the Crown Plaza Santiago hotel when the quake struck. “All the things start to fall. The lamps, everything, was going on the floor. And it was moving like from south to north, oscillated. I felt terrified,” he said. Cynthia Iocono, from Linwood, Pennsylvania, said she first thought the quake was a train. “But then I thought, oh, there’s no train here. And then the lamps flew off the dresser and my TV flew off onto the floor and crashed.” “It was scary, but there really wasn’t any panic. Everybody kind of stayed orderly and looked after one another,” Iocono said. In Santiago, modern buildings are built to withstand earthquakes, but many older ones were heavily damaged, including the Nuestra Senora de la Providencia church, whose bell tower collapsed. An apartment building’s two-level parking lot also flattened onto the ground floor, smashing about 50 cars whose alarms and horns rang incessantly. A bridge just outside the capital also collapsed, and at least one car flipped upside down. The quake struck after concertgoers had left South America’s leading music festival in the coastal city of Vina del Mar, but it caught partiers leaving a disco. “It was very bad, people were screaming, some people were running, others appeared paralyzed. I was one of them,” , Julio Alvarez told Radio Cooperativa in Santiago. Bachelet said she was declaring a “state of catastrophe” in three central regions of the country. She said Chile has not asked for assistance from other countries. Several hospitals were evacuated due to earthquake damage, she said.

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Off The Wall Scott Bowers

The more things change I was 11 years old the last time I was excited about watching a hockey game. Team USA had done the impossible and taken down the mighty team from the Soviet Union, and all that remained in its path for gold was the team from Finland. Many have said that after beating the U.S.S.R., the game against Finland was anti-climatic, but not for an 11 year old, far removed from the deep political meaning and symbolism behind that victory. Sure, I was astute enough to know that we hated the Soviets, and I remember the old saying, ‘the only good commie is a dead commie,’ but beating the Soviets didn’t get Team USA a gold medal. Beating Finland would. The Soviets had ruled Olympic Hockey for two full decades, winning gold in every Olympics from 1960 through 1976. Over that time period, the Soviets had gone 27-1-1 in Olympic games. The win was enormous, in more ways than one, and to this day I can still hear Al Michaels asking his now legendary, semi-rhetorical question, “Do you believe in miracles?” But, Team USA still had to beat Finland. The risk for a letdown was as enormous as beating the Soviets had been. I mean, how do you follow that up? It would be easy to lose focus, but Team USA had one of the great motivators of its era in coach Herb Brooks. Prior to the game with the U.S.S.R., Brooks read from a single piece of paper, “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” At the second intermission of the gold medal game with Finland, with Team USA trailing, 2-1, Brooks changed tactics. “If you lose this game, you’ll take it to your (expletive deleted) graves,” barked Brooks. “To your (expletive deleted) graves.” He then spun and walked out of the room. Team USA responded with a three goal, third period for the 4-2 win, and a gold medal. At that point, the miracle was real. A whole lot can change in 30 years. A whole lot doesn’t. Team Canada is hardly an enemy, but they are a very worthy opponent. Here at home, well, much like 30 years ago, our confidence is rattled. Unemployment in February, 1980 was 7.1-percent, according to the US Labor Department, but we were on our way into an 18-month recession. Iran had held Americans captive for almost four months at that point, and there was, as I recall, a collective feeling of despair. Today, unemployment is a tick above 10-percent, we are fighting two wars, and we are bogged down in constant petty squabbles about how to slice up a large and wealthy American Pie. Who are we, as a nation? What are our goals? How do we get there? These are questions we should ask ourselves, and better men and women than me need to search for those answers, not personal glory. Perhaps, they will be reminded of that as we gather around TV sets today to chant with our children, “USA! USA! USA!”

Gardner-Webb’s Ty Bowles, top right, rounds third base and fists bumps coach Rusty Stroupe after Bowles 3-run, home run against Marist College Saturday at McNair Field. Bowles’ teammates Aaron Miller and Kurt Fulginiti wait at the plate. GWU’s Josh Drewery, below, watches a pitch go just outside for a ball. Scott Bowers/Daily Courier

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Challenge will conclude today. 1st pitch, 1 p.m. By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

FOREST CITY — The second day of the North-South Challenge took place Saturday at McNair Field. Appalachian State took on Marist Please see Baseball, Page 2B

USA players celebrate after beating Finland 6-1in a men’s semifinal round ice hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Associated Press

U.S. must top Canada again for gold VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Here we go again. A week ago, on what was called Super Sunday, the Americans beat the Canadians in the Olympics for the first time in 50 years. On Sequel Sunday, the U.S. will try to become Olympic champions on the 50th anniversary of their out-of-nowhere gold medal in Squaw Valley, Calif.; the only other American hockey gold was the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid 30 years ago. No, one game wasn’t nearly enough. Canada, the hockey superpower, was

always was supposed to play for the gold medal on home ice in the very country that invented hockey. The United States, the infrequent power that hasn’t won a hockey gold outside its own borders, has been the best team in the Olympics so far. Beating Canada on Canadian ice with a pro-Canadian crowd once was difficult enough for the U.S., the surprise of the tournament and the only unbeaten team remaining. “It’s hard to be a team twice in a tournament like this,” U.S. coach Ron Wilson said. “But we’ve beaten

Canada, and we’ll play better than we did the last time we played against them.” The Americans have no choice unless they’re to leave the Olympics with the silver for the second time in three Olympics. Canada also beat them in Salt Lake City eight years ago. “We all talked, ’Wouldn’t it be nice?’ and now we have the opportunity,” said Ryan Miller, arguably the best goalie in the games. “We have the talent. We have some youthful excitePlease see Hockey, Page 4B

Jordan faces challenges in owning the Bobcats CHARLOTTE (AP) — Michael Jordan’s drive and immense physical talent made him an NBA superstar. His stardom and shrewdness helped him make millions in business. His latest venture will test his talents and skills like no other. NBA commissioner David Stern said Saturday he expects Jordan to be approved as majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats by the end of next month. Minutes before his exclusive negotiating window expired late Friday night, Jordan struck a deal with owner Bob Johnson to take over the money-losing team in his home state.

It puts the biggest basketball star of his generation in charge of a 6-yearold team that’s never made the playoffs, has struggled to win over fans and has more than $150 million in debt. Can Jordan’s Jordan streak of business success continue? “If he’s going to be an absentee owner, just like Bob was, it’s not going to work,” said Felix Sabates, a NASCAR team owner who also holds a minor-

ity stake in the Bobcats. “I think if Michael makes a commitment and shows dedication, he can be very successful. He’s a big icon in this part of the country.” An icon that has been rarely seen. He’s been a part-owner of the Bobcats with the final say on all basketball decisions since 2006. But Jordan has kept a low profile, rarely attending practices or games, taking no role in marketing and leaving the day-to-day operations to a team of assistants. But former Houston Rockets executive George Postolos, who had an Please see Jordan, Page 5B

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Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones stretches during spring training baseball practice, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in Kissimmee, Fla.

Jones: I’ll either rebound or retire

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — An offseason of reflection hasn’t softened Chipper Jones’ stance. The Atlanta Braves’ third baseman still says he will walk away from the game if he can’t bounce back from a disappointing 2008 season. Jones, who will turn 38 in April, said this week he won’t hang around just to collect a paycheck if he’s no longer playing up to the standards which have made him one of the best switch-hitters in history. Some scoffed when Jones spoke last year of possible retirement after this season. Count Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox among those who don’t believe Jones will walk away from two years and $28 million on his contract, which runs through 2012. He signed a three-year, $42 million extension last spring that includes an option for 2013. “I never took them to heart at all,” said Cox this week of Jones’ comments. “He’ll play three more years and play them good.” Jones’ frustration and talk of retirement came after seeing his batting average drop 100 points last year. He led the National League with his .364 average in 2008 but fell to .264 last season with 31 fewer hits in almost 50 more at-bats. He said last year he won’t keep playing if he doesn’t return to form this season. He’s sticking with that stance this spring. “It was a true statement,” Jones said. “If I don’t play this game at the level I want to play it at, then I will walk away from it.” Most baffling to Jones was he couldn’t blame his decline — including slight dips in homers and RBIs — on injuries. He played in 143 games — his high mark since 2003 — and had 488 at-bats. He finished with career-low totals of 18 homers and 71 RBIs, down from 22 and 75 in 2008. Jones’ hits, runs, homers and RBIs have declined two straight years. His 22 errors last season were his highest total since 25 in 2000. “I’m not going to enjoy myself having years like I had last year,” he said. “There weren’t any injuries that were hindering me from producing last year. “I’m not going to stick around and be a role player. I’m not going to play the game just to earn a check. I want to produce. I want to be good. That’s all there is to it.” Jones started strong last season, hitting .322 in April and .312 in May. His average peaked at .335 on June 9. He hit only .230 the rest of the way and drove in only 30 runs after the All-Star break. The 6-foot-4 Jones gained about 10 pounds, to 230, in hopes of improved stamina. “I hit the weights hard,” he said. “I built some upper body strength.” Jones also had too little support in the middle of the Braves’ power-depleted lineup last season, particularly when catcher Brian McCann rested. For the first time, McCann was the team’s primary cleanup hitter. McCann overcame vision problems to post solid numbers, but the Braves lacked other power threats. Jones ranked fifth in the NL with 101 walks. The Braves signed Troy Glaus to play first base. Glaus is projected as the new cleanup hitter, moving McCann back to the No. 5 spot. The lineup could receive another boost if top prospect Jason Heyward, whose long batting practice homers were the highlight of the first week of spring training, starts in right field.

(Car number in parentheses) 1. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 188.719 mph. 2. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 188.646. 3. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 188.18. 4. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 188.173. 5. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 188.153. 6. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 187.611. 7. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 187.598. 8. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 187.5. 9. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 186.942. 10. (42) J. Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 186.793. 11. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 186.748. 12. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 186.554. 13. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 186.548. 14. (77) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge, 186.445. 15. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 186.355. 16. (12) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 186.245. 17. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 186.233. 18. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 186.188. 19. (9) Kasey Kahne, Ford, 185.995. 20. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 185.963. 21. (13) Max Papis, Toyota, 185.497. 22. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 185.395. 23. (82) Scott Speed, Toyota, 185.236. 24. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 185.109. 25. (34) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 185.058. 26. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, 184.773. 27. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 184.615. 28. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 184.59. 29. (71) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 184.552. 30. (36) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 184.54. 31. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 184.458. 32. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 184.445. 33. (55) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 184.439. 34. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 184.08. 35. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 183.961. 36. (66) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 183.955. 37. (19) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 183.468. 38. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 181.965. 39. (37) Kevin Conway, Ford, 181.843. 40. (43) AJ Allmendinger, Ford, 181.038. 41. (26) Boris Said, Ford, Owner Points. 42. (7) Robby Gordon, Toyota, Owner Points. 43. (09) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, 183.038. NASCAR Nationwide Sam’s Town 300 Results At Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Start position in parentheses) 1. (2) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200 laps, 144.2 rating, 195 points. 2. (4) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 200, 122.3, 175. 3. (3) Carl Edwards, Ford, 200, 117.1, 170. 4. (1) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 200, 109.5, 165. 5. (10) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 200, 114.7, 160. 6. (18) Trevor Bayne, Toyota, 200, 94.1, 150. 7. (13) Justin Allgaier, Dodge, 200, 104.7, 146. 8. (6) Paul Menard, Ford, 200, 94.7, 142. 9. (9) Greg Biffle, Ford, 200, 100.8, 143. 10. (15) Steve Wallace, Toyota, 200, 93, 134. 11. (34) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 200, 77, 130. 12. (31) Jason Leffler, Toyota, 200, 82.5, 127. 13. (26) B. Gaughan, Toyota, 200, 83.6, 129. 14. (20) Scott Riggs, Ford, 200, 77.2, 126. 15. (14) J. Townley, Chevrolet, 200, 78.4, 123. 16. (5) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, 112.8, 120. 17. (32) Scott Lagasse Jr., Ford, 200, 68.5, 112. 18. (22) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 200, 68, 109. 19. (39) Josh Wise, Ford, 199, 51.7, 106. 20. (19) Shelby Howard, Chevrolet, 199, 62.2, 103.

21. (36) Eric McClure, Ford, 199, 48.5, 100. 22. (40) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 198, 43.7, 97. 23. (27) Danny Efland, Chevrolet, 198, 50.9, 94. 24. (29) Stanton Barrett, Chevrolet, 197, 50.1, 91. 25. (25) Willie Allen, Chevrolet, 195, 50.4, 88. 26. (41) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, 194, 44.1, 85. 27. (28) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 192, 57.4, 82. 28. (11) Colin Braun, Ford, accident, 170, 75, 79. 29. (16) James Buescher, Chevrolet, accident, 163, 74.1, 76. 30. (7) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 152, 59.5, 73. 31. (8) Brian Scott, Toyota, accident, 144, 84.9, 70. 32. (42) Brian Keselowski, Dodge, 132, 38, 67. 33. (23) Michael Annett, Toyota, transmission, 108, 74.2, 64. 34. (38) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet, engine, 96, 31.9, 61. 35. (21) Parker Kligerman, Dodge, transmission, 92, 58.3, 58. 36. (37) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, accident, 82, 54.4, 55. 37. (24) Kevin Lepage, Toyota, vibration, 32, 42.5, 52. 38. (30) Danny O’Quinn Jr., Chevrolet, electrical, 18, 36.1, 49.

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College in the day’s opening game, while Gardner-Webb University played host to Niagara University in the nightcap. The three-day tourney will conclude today with Appalachian State facing Niagara, while Gardner-Webb battles Marist. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Appalachian State 5, Marist College 3 FOREST CITY — David Towarnicky had just one hit all day, but it was a big one. A three-run homer by the Mountaineer lifted Appalachian State over Marist College, 5-3, Saturday in game one of the North-South Challenge at McNair Field. Towarnicky blasted his shot following walks issued to App State teammates, Jeremy Dowdy and Wes Hobson.

39. (33) Michael McDowell, Dodge, accident, 18, 39.8, 46. 40. (35) Chad Blount, Toyota, overheating, 15, 32.5, 43. 41. (43) Mark Green, Chevrolet, rear end, 14, 31.8, 40. 42. (12) Kelly Bires, Chevrolet, accident 43. (17) Dennis Setzer, Dodge, vibration

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Boston 36 21 .632 Toronto 31 26 .544 Philadelphia 22 36 .379 New York 20 37 .351 New Jersey 6 52 .103 Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 39 20 .661 Atlanta 36 21 .632 Miami 29 29 .500 Charlotte 28 29 .491 Washington 20 36 .357 Central Division W L Pct Cleveland 46 14 .767 Chicago 31 27 .534 Milwaukee 29 28 .509 Detroit 21 37 .362 Indiana 19 39 .328 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 38 21 .644 San Antonio 32 24 .571 New Orleans 31 28 .525 Houston 29 28 .509 Memphis 29 29 .500 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 39 19 .672 Utah 37 21 .638 Oklahoma City 34 23 .596 Portland 34 27 .557 Minnesota 14 46 .233 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Lakers 44 15 .746 Phoenix 37 23 .617 L.A. Clippers 24 34 .414 Sacramento 19 39 .328 Golden State 16 41 .281

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Towarnicky, who bats clean-up, towered a long fly ball to right field on a 1-0 count and the lefty slugger left no doubt about it. Even with a gusty wind blowing towards left field, the ball hurried out of the park to give the lead back to the Mountaineers for the final time. The Mountaineers fourth pitcher of the game, Taylor Miller earned the win by throwing two complete innings, walking two and striking out one. Chris Patterson got the save by forcing a ground out and sitting down the last two hitters for the Red Foxes. The Mountaineers now move to 5-0 on the young season and Marist falls to 2-4. Rutherford County native Ryan Arrowood went hitless for the second day, going 0-for-3 at the plate.

Gardner-Webb 11, Niagara 4 FOREST CITY — GardnerWebb pounded out 17 hits as they broke into the win column for the first time this season with an 11-4 victory over Niagara, Saturday night at

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OLYMPICS Winter Olympic Medals Table At Vancouver, Canada 6 of 7 medal events 83 of 86 total medal events Nation G S B United States 9 14 13 Germany 10 12 7 Canada 12 7 5 Norway 8 7 6 Austria 4 6 6 Russia 3 5 7 South Korea 6 6 2 China 5 2 4 France 2 3 6 Sweden 5 2 3 Switzerland 6 0 3 Netherlands 4 1 3 Czech Republic 2 0 4 Poland 1 3 2 Italy 1 1 3 Japan 0 3 2 Finland 0 1 3 Australia 2 1 0 Belarus 1 1 1 Slovakia 1 1 1 Croatia 0 2 1 Slovenia 0 2 1 Latvia 0 2 0 Britain 1 0 0 Estonia 0 1 0 Kazakhstan 0 1 0

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McNair Field. The Runnin’ Bulldogs Ty Boyles destroyed an offering from the Purple Eagles Daniel Morari in the first inning to left field for three-run home run to begin Gardner-Webb’s rout of Niagara. O.J. McFarland came in assistance of Boyles to provide three hits and four RBI to push Gardner-Webb’s record to 1-5, while Niagara fell to 0-5 on the season. Meanwhile, Brett Stackhouse, who will be a Forest City Owl this summer, started and gave seven terrific innings for Gardner-Webb on the mound. Stackhouse hurled a four-hitter, fanned nine and gave up just two runs on the evening for the win. Former Burns High pitcher, Adam Izokovic took over in the eighth and calmly handled the frame with two strikeouts in four batters faced and allowed no hits. Gardner-Webb’s Daniel Merck went 4-for-4 and Kurt Fulginiti was 3-for-4 on the night. Aaron Fuller also had two hit for the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, February 28, 2010 — 3B


Oklahoma State shocks No. 1 Kansas

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — James Anderson scored 27 points, Keiton Page was perfect on four 3-point tries at crucial times and Oklahoma State denied a bid by No. 1 Kansas to go undefeated through Big 12 play with an 85-77 victory on Saturday. The Jayhawks (27-2, 13-1) had won their last 13 games since losing at Tennessee to close nonconference play and suffered their second loss of the season just hours after No. 2 Kentucky also lost to the Volunteers.

The last time the top two teams lost on the same day was Jan. 21, 2006, when No. 1 Duke lost to Georgetown and No. 2 Florida lost to Tennessee. Both of those teams were 17-0 at the time. Students stormed the court after Oklahoma State (20-8, 8-6) moved to 3-1 against topranked teams all-time at home and likely removed any doubt of whether it would make the NCAA tournament for a second straight season. Despite entering the game in seventh place in the Big 12, the Cowboys had an RPI

of 33. It was OSU’s first win against a No. 1 team since beating Oklahoma on Feb. 4, 1989, and the landmark victory came in the same season the program got its first road win over a top 10 team in 52 years. Sherron Collins had 22 points to lead Kansas, which allowed Oklahoma State to shoot 60 percent from the field and make 10 of 19 from 3-point range. Freshman Xavier Henry added 17 points and Cole Aldrich scored 11 but had little impact on the boards with only five rebounds. The Cowboys used strong 3-point shooting to build a 19-point lead late in the first half and then held off a late charge by Kansas fueled by its full-court press. The Jayhawks closed within 80-74 on Henry’s 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining but Anderson hit three of four free throws on the Cowboys’ next two possessions and swatted Tyshawn Taylor’s shot in between. The only thing that stopped the celebration after that was a malfunction that stopped the clock

as it ran down — fittingly with all ones at 11.1. Matt Pilgrim had 18 points after missing OSU’s last game due to a suspension, Obi Muonelo scored 17 and Page was 4-for-4 from 3-point range on his way to 15 points. Oklahoma State was 32-for-53 from the field and became only the second of Kansas’ past 103 opponents to shoot over 50 percent. Page hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to keep the Jayhawks at bay after they had closed within 63-50 as Anderson rested on the bench midway through the second half. That proved to be a big enough margin for the Cowboys to protect despite difficulties against pressure down the stretch. OSU beat Kansas for the fourth time in six games at Gallagher-Iba Arena, including its last visit in 2008. That proved to be the Jayhawks’ last loss on their way to the national championship. Kansas hadn’t trailed by more than 11 all season and led from start to finish in each of its previous two games.

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North Carolina’s John Henson (31) grabs a rebound over Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in WinstonSalem, Saturday.

UNC snaps slide by beating Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Freshman Leslie McDonald scored a season-high 16 points and North Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Wake Forest 77-68 on Saturday. Will Graves had 13 points and Larry Drew II added 10 points for the Tar Heels (15-14, 4-10 Atlantic Coast Conference). The defending national champions, who entered having lost 10 of 12, avoided falling below .500 by locking down on Al-Farouq Aminu and winning their first road game this season outside of the Triangle. Ari Stewart had 16 points to lead the Demon Deacons (18-8, 8-6). L.D. Williams finished with 14 before fouling out in the final minute, and his 3 pulled Wake Forest to 71-68 with 57.3 seconds left. McDonald followed that with a layup 7 seconds later, then drew a key charge on C.J. Harris with Tennessee’s J.P. Prince celebrates 42 seconds to play. with fans after their Ishmael Smith added 12 points on 5-of-21 shoot74-65 win over No. ing for the Demon Deacons, who have lost three 2 Kentucky in an an straight since spending a week in the national NCAA college basketrankings and were beaten at home by an ACC ball game, Saturday, in team for the first time this season. Knoxville, Tenn. Neither team led by more than five until the Tar Heels used a big run to dig out of their only defiAssociated Press cit of the second half. They outscored Wake Forest 16-5 to claim the first double-figure lead for either team. McDonald hit a 3 with 12:25 left to put North Carolina ahead to stay, John Henson dunked off an inbound pass and McDonald came through with an clutch third-chance putback. Graves capped ranked Panthers beat St. John’s the burst with a 3 to stretch the lead to 57-47 with for their fifth win in six games. about 7 1/2 minutes left. Coming off a 68-53 loss at Before this one, they hadn’t beaten an ACC team Notre Dame that ended a fournot named North Carolina State since opening game winning streak, Pittsburgh league play with a home victory against Virginia (22-7, 11-5) remained in the runTech, and were losing not only games but big men ning for a double-bye in the Big with alarming frequency. East tournament. Top rebounder Ed Davis (broken wrist) and freshman David Wear (left hip injury) are likely No. 16 Vanderbilt 89, lost for the year because of their injuries, and Arkansas 72 Travis Wear missed five games with a sprained FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — ankle. But Travis Wear came back, scoring four points in 12 minutes — and so did a measure of the Jeffery Taylor scored 18 points and A.J. Ogilvy added 14 to lead Tar Heels’ confidence. Senior guard Marcus Ginyard had 13 rebounds No. 16 Vanderbilt over Arkansas. and Henson added 12 boards for North Carolina. Vanderbilt (22-6, 11-3 For the Demon Deacons, this certainly wasn’t Southeastern Conference) moved how they wanted to enter the final week of the regwithin one game of first-place ular season. They were coming off a 14-point loss Kentucky in the SEC Eastern to the last-place Wolfpack in which they failed to Division. No. 2 Kentucky was make a 3-pointer for the first time since 1992. upset by No. 19 Tennessee on Playing host to a seemingly vulnerable opponent Saturday. with a poor track record on the road — North Carolina’s only victories away from the Smith No. 22 Texas A&M 74, Center were a neutral-site win against Ohio State No. 21 Texas 58 and last month’s win at N.C. State — Wake Forest COLLEGE STATION, Texas instead was denied its third straight win in the (AP) — Donald Sloan scored series and fell to 12-2 at Joel Coliseum. 19 points to lead No. 22 Texas A&M over No. 21 Texas in a game that saw Longhorns guard J’Covan Brown injured after a hard fall late in the game. Brown was taken off the court on a board with his neck stabilized after falling hard on a drive to the basket late in the game. Texas officials said he had a neck injury, likely a stinger, and was being taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Come See He was conscious as he was wheeled out of the arena on a For Your stretcher about 20 minutes after the game.

Tennessee upends No. 2 Kentucky

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — J.P. Prince had 20 points and Scotty Hopson added 15 and No. 19 Tennessee withstood a late rally to upset No. 2 Kentucky, handing the Wildcats just their second loss of the season. It was the second major upset of a highly rated program this year for the Volunteers (21-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference), who also knocked off top-ranked Kansas last month. The Wildcats (27-2, 12-2) had trailed by 19 early in the second half but managed to tie the game at 65 with just over two minutes left before Prince and Hopson scored the final nine points to clinch the victory.

No. 8 West Virginia 74, Cincinnati 68

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kevin Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and No. 8 West Virginia came from 13 points down to beat Cincinnati. West Virginia (22-6, 11-5 Big East) can earn a bye in the first two rounds of the conference tournament with a win over No. 11 Georgetown on Monday night. Cincinnati led 46-36 after a pair of baskets by sophomore Yancy Gates two minutes into the second half. But the Bearcats went more than nine minutes without a field goal and West Virginia used a big rebounding advantage to take over in the second half.

No. 9 Ohio St. 66, Michigan 55

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — William Buford scored 24 points and Evan Turner added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 9 Ohio State past Michigan. The victory kept the Buckeyes (23-7, 13-4) in the thick of the Big Ten race heading into the final week. It also gave them a

measure of retribution for an earlier loss to the Wolverines (13-15, 6-10). Dallas Lauderdale matched a career high with 14 points for Ohio State. DeShawn Sims, Darius Morris and Zack Novak each had 11 points for Michigan, which lost its third in a row.

No. 10 New Mexico 83, No. 13 BYU 81 PROVO, Utah (AP) — Dairese Gary scored 23 points and Darington Hobson blocked a last-second shot as No. 10 New Mexico edged No. 13 BYU, clinching the top seed in the Mountain West tournament and a share of the regular-season title.

Notre Dame 78, No. 11 Georgetown 64 WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points, Tim Abromaitis had 19 and Notre Dame has thrust itself back into the NCAA tournament picture with a win over No. 11 Georgetown, its second straight win over a Top 25 team. The Fighting Irish (19-10, 8-8) have looked like a Big East contender the last two games without leading scorer Luke Harangody. Harangody missed his fourth straight game with a bone bruise on his right knee. The Irish knocked off No. 12 Pittsburgh by 15 on Wednesday and controlled this one from the tip against the Hoyas (19-8, 9-7) to win its first road game over a ranked team in more than two years.

No. 12 Pittsburgh 71, St. John’s 64 NEW YORK (AP) — Nasir Robinson scored 13 points, including Pittsburgh’s first nine of the second half, and the 12th-



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Gold medallist Lindsey Vonn, right, and silver medallist Julia Mancuso, of the USA, wave their country’s flag as they celebrate after the women’s downhill Wednesday February 17, 2010 at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in Whistler British Columbia.

Vonn leaves the hype behind her By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Lindsey Vonn could have quit, probably should have quit. She wasn’t going to win the Olympic slalom even if she somehow managed to drag her battered body across the finish line. There wasn’t much sense in even trying, but, hey, this is the Olympics and the show must go on. Her best friend in skiing, Maria Riesch, would be the fastest on this day. Vonn, meanwhile, was done so quick she had plenty of time to grab a bite to eat and freshen her makeup before giving Riesch a heartfelt hug of congratulations. When they get together for the holidays at the end of the year as they usually do at Riesch’s home in Germany, they can swap Olympic stories. Perhaps Riesch will pull out her two gold medals just for old times’ sake. And maybe by then, Vonn will be able to really smile about her Olympic experience. This wasn’t how it was all supposed to unfold in the mountains outside Vancouver. Vonn was supposed to be the one carrying NBC to record ratings as the face of the Olympics, the one leaving the games with a fistfull of gold. But her Olympics were all but over even before she stepped into the starting gate Friday. And her medals — one gold and one bronze — didn’t measure up to the hype.

They almost couldn’t. Expectations had been set way too high, especially by NBC and the sponsors who were only too eager to sign up for the golden girl’s ride. No one remembered the lesson that was Bode Miller four years ago in Turin. Once again the gold standard was five medals in five races, and once again America’s best skier didn’t come close. “Nothing goes the way you want it to,” Vonn said. “Nothing’s ever perfect.” Vonn found that out before she ever took the slopes in these games. She suffered a badly bruised shin a week before the Olympics and, though she won her speciality, the downhill, she picked up only one other medal and didn’t finish in her other three races.

It was enough to keep her spot on the Jay Leno show when he returns Monday to late night television, and more than enough to add to her list of sponsors for everything from makeup to energy drinks. Men across America will also surely keep the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue that features Vonn in a bikini.

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A close-up of the injured right hand of Lindsey Vonn as she leaves the finish area after skiing out in the first run of the Women’s slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.

Vonn herself insisted she was happy, and she had a smile and a positive message for everyone who asked a question as she made the rounds of media in the snow near the finish line. “I got the gold medal that I came here for, and even though I didn’t get all the medals that everyone else expected me to get, I accomplished all of my dreams,” she said. “You have to keep it in perspective.” Had Vonn followed her own advice, it might have been easier for others to keep her Olympics in perspective. Two medals — one of them gold — is usually enough to get on a Wheaties box, but because Vonn expected more, everyone else did, too. Could easily have been more, too. She was the first-run leader in the super-combined before crashing out, and she was leading the super-G before playing it too safe at the bottom. Now Riesch is the skiing star of these games, not Vonn. She’s the champion now. Her (Vonn’s) best friend is the champion,” said Austria ski federation president Peter Schroecksnadel. “That’s how it is at the Olympics.” There was no real reason for Vonn to even ski Friday in the slalom because she was physically banged up, and mentally beaten down. But she stood in the falling snow, in the starting gate for one last time. A mitten covered the plastic brace on her right hand

to protect the pinkie she broke in the giant slalom two days before, but there wasn’t much that could be done about the sore back or the shin she bruised badly before the games began. She was, as her publicity-happy husband Thomas put it a day before, “a ball of hurt.” It was destined not to end well, and it didn’t. Slow at the top, Vonn straddled a gate in the first half of her run as she tried to make up time. “I don’t know what’s going on,” she wondered plaintively back in the finish area. Just like that, her Olympics were over. “I was contemplating stopping after my crash in the GS, after I broke my finger,” she said. “But that’s just not who I am. The Olympics are something special — they only come once every four years — and I wanted to go out there and try. I knew that I wasn’t probably going to win a medal, but at least I gave it everything I have.’ The message was relentlessly positive, because that’s who Vonn is. If she was disappointed, she wasn’t going to show it and, besides, there’s always the appearance on Leno to look forward to. She’s leaving with Olympic gold, but the what-ifs may nag her all the way to the 2014 Games in Russia. Maybe then she’ll leave the hype machine behind.

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ment, we have the right kind of veteran players.” A decidedly young U.S. team is the only team to win every game in regulation in Vancouver, and it owns two of the most impressive victories by beating Canada and 2006 silver medalist Finland 6-1 in the semifinals. The Canadians have been very good since losing to the U.S., blowing out Germany 8-2 and Russia 7-3, but they’ve also shown some vulnerability. The Americans’ speed confounded them, and they barely held on to beat Slovakia 3-2 in the semifinals Friday night as Roberto Luongo gave up two late goals. No lineup can match Canada’s for depth, talent and versatility. But this isn’t a seven-game series, it’s a 60-minute game, and the Americans already know they are capable of beating Canada. If they have few fans in the building, so what? Every crowd in Vancouver has rooted for the Americans’ opponent. “There were no expectations for us, from the media or the fans, from everyone, no expectations for us other than ourselves,” defenseman Jack Johnson said. “I think we had higher expectations for ourselves than anyone. Our expectations were to win a gold medal. We’ve put ourselves in a position to do that, and I think we’ve earned that, absolutely.” It’s been a difficult month for the man charged with picking that team, general manager Brian Burke, who insisted from the start the U.S. could win. Burke lost his son in a car accident earlier this month, but he said the late Brendan Burke would have wanted him to carry out his commitment to the Olympic team. So far, the players’ performance has justified Burke’s immense faith in them. He also made sure they kept their competitive edge by saying they hadn’t come close to playing up to their potential even while beating Canada. Canada’s confidence apparently wasn’t shaken by last Sunday’s loss. Coach Mike Babcock was half-smiling after the Slovakia game when he said the U.S. should be favored, and defenseman Shea Weber said, “They did beat us, but now it’s a whole different game.” Miller might represent the United States’ biggest advantage; he has outplayed Luongo, who took over for Martin Brodeur following the U.S. loss. But there are plenty of worries for the Americans, too, given how Canada is getting scoring from all four lines. “We were too easy on Miller last time,” Babcock said. “We won’t be this time.” The player expected to be Canada’s best, Sidney Crosby, hasn’t scored in two games, and his most significant contribution was beating Switzerland in a shootout. He has yet to be dominating, but what better time than in the gold-medal game? When he last faced Miller in the NHL, on Feb. 1, he scored three goals. If this is one shared sentiment in the Canadians’ dressing room, it’s this: We’re not going to let the United States beat us twice. “It doesn’t matter who we play in the gold-medal game, we want it so bad,” forward Jonathan Toews said. “It will feel good to beat the U.S., for sure.”

Olympic Roundup VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Having already matched the most medals won by any country at any Winter Olympics, Americans went into the last two days of the Vancouver Games seeing how many more they can add. The U.S. total is officially 34, although two more are locked up, guaranteed to be gold or silver. One of those was to be determined Saturday afternoon, when speedskater Chad Hedrick and the men’s team pursuit squad raced against Canada. The women were in the bronze-medal race in the same event, having lost a semifinal Saturday. If they can beat Poland for medal No. 37, that would break a tie between this U.S. delegation and the Germans at Salt Lake City in 2002. If not, maybe Steve Holcomb and his “Night Train” can do it. They are strong favorites to win the four-man bobsled race after setting track records in both of their first two heats. The final two heats were later Saturday afternoon. Bode Miller won’t be adding anything beyond the gold, silver and bronze he’s already won. He bailed out just a few gates into the slalom Saturday morning, a casualty of “grabby” snow that bedeviled a slew of skiers. Other events being decided on the next-to-last day of competition were women’s 30-kilometer mass start in cross-country skiing, men’s curling and snowboarding’s men’s parallel giant slalom. The U.S. is likely to win the medal chase for only second time at a Winter Olympics, and first since 1932 at Lake Placid. The Germans are next with 27, then Canada with 21. There’s still a good battle for the most golds. Canada has 10, Germany nine and the U.S. and Norway eight.

CHILEAN ATHLETES Most of Chile’s athletes and coaches plan to skip the closing ceremony to get home as soon as possible following a magnitude-8.8 earthquake that has devastated their country. Team spokesman Luis Alberto Santa Cruz said some athletes and coaches heard that their loved ones are fine. Others were still trying to make contact.

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involving 21 players since the start of last season, and the Bobcats (2829) are in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. Now Jordan becomes the second black majority owner for this franchise in a state where he’s adored. He grew up in Wilmington and hit a last-second shot to give North Carolina the 1982 national championship.

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ownership group together to buy the team before Jordan swooped in at the last minute, thinks the deal shows Jordan really wanted the team. “It’s a very substantial part of his net worth,” Postolos said. “He’s very, very committed.” Jordan remained silent on Saturday. Details of his ownership group — called MJ Basketball Holdings LLC — weren’t available. Sabates said he won’t be part of Jordan’s ownership group, and believes Jordan is buying 100 percent of the team. Johnson, the first black majority owner of a major professional sports team, has also declined comment after coming close to ridding himself of a venture that cost him a fortune. “Whatever the number is, Bob is taking a huge financial loss,” Sabates said. “He tried hard. He just made some stupid mistakes. Bob has a bit of an attitude problem that some people owe him. Nobody owes anybody anything.” Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, paid $300 million for the expansion team, which replaced the New Orleansbound Hornets in this town and

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Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown, right, talks with managing partner Michael Jordan before an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Charlotte in this Oct. 30, 2009, file photo.

began play in 2004-05. Johnson, who maintained his residence in Washington, had several missteps, from a failed venture to start a regional sports network, pricing tickets too high, clashing with business leaders and struggling to win over fans soured by the Hornets’ ugly exit. While the Bobcats lost on the floor, Johnson was losing tens of millions of dollars each year despite a new arena funded by taxpayers. The losses mounted despite his successful effort to recruit Jordan, who bought a small stake in the team and was

given control of personnel moves. Just like his stint running the Washington Wizards and his decision to draft Kwame Brown No. 1 overall in 2001, Jordan quickly had a gaffe in Charlotte when he selected the disappointing Adam Morrison with the third pick in the 2006 draft. While Jordan was eventually fired in Washington, he’s been praised for some recent moves in Charlotte, most notably persuading fellow Hall of Famer Larry Brown to take over as coach before last season. They’ve paired up to complete seven trades

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“We have been anticipating an agreement for transfer of a majority interest in the Bobcats and are pleased it has occurred,” Stern said in a statement. “Bob Johnson brought the excitement of the NBA back to Charlotte and I am certain that as Michael Jordan returns to his home state as the principal owner of the Bobcats the team will continue its growth as a success on the court, as a business success and as a valued community asset.” Sabates said making Charlotte his home is key to making it work for Jordan. If he doesn’t, his streak of business success may end. “If Michael doesn’t do that, he’s wasted a lot of money,” Sabates said. “But Michael is pretty smart and Michael’s got some pretty good advisers. He didn’t get to where he’s at by being dumb. “This is the biggest investment of his life. He can have 19,000 people at every game. It’s up to him.”

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Kevin Harvick wins Nationwide

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kevin Harvick overcame a pair of horrendous pit stops to win the Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Harvick led 83 of the 200 laps Saturday, but had to rally after his crew cost him several spots on pit road. “You look like a bunch of idiots on pit road,” he told his Kevin Harvick Inc. crew after their first slow stop. Harvick had to methodically work his way back through the field, and found himself trailing leader Denny Hamlin late in the race. Once past Hamlin, Harvick coasted to his second career win at Las Vegas and 35th in the Nationwide Series. “I get mad, and they know how I am and what I expect of them,” Harvick said in Victory Lane. “But I learned a long time ago you can only gripe about it for so long, and then you’ve got to go back and drive the car.” Hamlin was second, followed by Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Brian Vickers. Danica Patrick finished 36th in her third and final NASCAR race before she takes a four-month hiatus to return to IndyCar racing. She wrecked about halfway through the race when she ran into the lapped car of Michael McDowell. She had just pitted and was on fresh Associated Press tires, and McDowell said he misjudged her closing Kasey Kahne (9) waits to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Shelby American auto race qualifying Friday, Feb. rate. “I guess she was coming out on new tires, and the 26, 2010, in Las Vegas. closing rate was so fast,” McDowell said. “I tried to give the outside, I saw her coming into it and I closed the door. It was completely 100 percent my fault. I hate it for everyone at JR Motorsports. Like I said, I take 100 percent responsibility.” Patrick, who had climbed as high as third earlier By JENNA FRYER There’s no panic in part but was able to overcome all the in the race, was livid on the radio and uttered a because Kahne and crew chief RPM speedbumps to win two AP Auto Racing Writer few profanities immediately after the accident. Kenny Francis know they’ve had races, make the Chase and finLAS VEGAS — Kasey Kahne good cars. Kahne won one of the ish 10th in the final standings. has all season to figure out But that’s not good enough for where he’s going to drive in 2011. Daytona 500 qualifying races, and ran well in the seasonKahne, who wants to be able to The more pressing issue right opening 500 until a late accident run up front every week. now is climbing from the bottom relegated him to a 30th-place of the Sprint Cup Series standHe’s declined to declare himfinish. ings. self for sure gone from RPM, but He was good last week at Kahne arrived at Las Vegas he’s admittedly keeping close eye Atlanta, too, but spun while tryMotor Speedway a disappointon everyone else in the garage in SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker is ing to pass Juan Pablo Montoya ing 33rd in points and in need an apparent evaluation of poten- back to playing like the rising young PGA Tour star and took full responsibility for of a complete race. He had good tial future jobs. he was supposed to be. his 34th-place finish. cars in the first two races of the “It’s kind of nice to be able The 29-year-old Tennessean rolled in his sixth season, but wrecked at Daytona So he has faith he can be good to sit back and look and watch birdie of the day on No. 17 and finished at 14-under and California to fall far behind in Sunday’s race at Las Vegas. the performance of our team, 199 for a one-shot lead over Scott Piercy in the the competition in the race to But he’s not sure it’s good watch the performance of the Phoenix Open. claim one of the 12 Chase for the enough to win, and he’s positive Chevrolets, the Toyotas, the Snedeker shot a 66, while Piercy had a pair of championship slots. it’s not good enough to comFords and the Dodges and just eagles en route to a 65 in the third round Saturday “I don’t think our season is pete weekly with the Hendrick kind of see where everybody is at amid a loud, rowdy crowd estimated at just over over, but we’re definitely in a Motorsports cars. and make that decision,” he said. 121,000. Many were on hand for the party as hole,” Kahne said Friday. Although the offseason switch much, or more than, for the tournament. There’s reason to believe from Dodge to Ford has given So where does RPM stack up? Rickie Fowler (69) and Matt Every (68) were two Kahne and his Richard Petty Kahne stronger motors and Well, Kahne doesn’t know. And back at 12 under. Camilo Villegas, who shared the Motorsports team can turn the more resources, the overall profrom the sounds of it, the team is lead with Mark Wilson after two rounds, birdied year around. After all, Mark gram is not at the level he hoped going to have to show him a lot the last two holes to finish even for the day and Martin dropped as low as 34th for when RPM began leaning on to keep him. minus-11 for the tournament. in points in the first month of Roush Fenway Racing. “I have to feel like we’re going Wilson, Mark Calcavecchia and Lee Janzen were last season, but rallied to make in the right direction,” he said. among nine at 10-under 203. the Chase and finish second in “I expected the cars to be bet“This is my seventh year and I’ve The 49-year-old Calcavecchia has won the the final standings. ter. I mean just a little bit,” stuck it out with them since day Phoenix Open three times, in 1989, 1992 and 2001. “I think we all know that in Kahne said. “You’d think gaining one and done everything I could The last of his 13 PGA tour victories came in 2007. this sport, you can go on rolls that many people in that group to drive, and done everything to The sky was overcast with a threat of rain at and if you can run consistently and pulling our knowledge and communicate, and I’m going to TPC Scottsdale, and the wind kicked up late in the you can gain points pretty fast, their knowledge together you keep doing that. day. Perhaps that’s why the crowd was more than especially early in the season,” he would think, ‘Man, we’ve got to “In the middle of this year or 40,000 shy of the estimated 164,000 who attended said. have a better balance on race towards the end of this year, on Saturday a year ago. “If you’re 34th in points after cars doing that.’ That’s not the when I decide to make my deci10 races, you’re probably in trou- case, but I think as the season sion of what I’m going to do, if I HSBC Champions ble. But early in the year, I think goes, hopefully, it will be the don’t feel like we’re going to be SINGAPORE (AP) — Juli Inkster and Ai you have plenty of time to make case, but not as of right now.” able to run with the Hendrick Miyazato shot 3-under 69s to share the thirdthose gains and we need to get And that’s going to be critical cars for the next three or four round lead in the HSBC Women’s Champions. started this weekend. We have to for Kahne, who is the final year years, then I’ve got to make a The 49-year-old Inkster is trying to become the run well this weekend if we want of his contract with RPM. change. If I feel like we can, then to get started on going the right He was openly aggravated dur- I’m going to stay right where I’m oldest winner in LPGA Tour history. Beth Daniel was 46 when she won the 2003 Canadian Women’s direction.” ing the tumultuous 2009 season, at.” Open. Miyazato, the 24-year-old Japanese star who won the season-opener last week in Thailand, moved into a tie with a 30-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole. Inkster and Miyazato had 7-under 209 totals. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An get the ball scores a touchdown, The competition commitMomoko Ueda (68), Sun Young Yoo (71), Hee NFL spokesman said Saturday Greg Aiello said. If the first team tee will discuss the new conYoung Park (69) and Hee-won Han (71) were the league could change its over- to get the ball makes a field cept with teams and players at time format for playoff games at goal and the other team ties the league meetings March 21-24 in two shots back, and Cristie Kerr (71) and Suzann Pettersen (72) were 4 under. a meeting next month. game, action would continue Orlando when it could come to Michelle Wie (69) was five strokes back along Under the new format, both until a team scores again. a vote. At least two thirds of the with defending champion Jiyai Shin (72) and teams would get the ball at least Under the current rules, the teams would need to agree for Karrie Webb (72). once unless the first team to first team to score wins. new rules to be adopted.

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Sunday Brunch Jean Gordon

An A to Z list of nine positive things to do everyday Are there more things on your to-do list than can be done? With just 20 days until the first day of spring (did I hear a Hallelujah?) our to-do lists will only get a lot longer. Chores such as cleaning the house, sprucing up the yard, washing windows, painting my kitchen, cleaning out the garage, advertising yard sales in this newspaper, and long overdue, much needed trimming of shrubbery and grapevines, I’ll never get caught up. How could anyone ever get all these chores completed? But don’t be discouraged. There are lots of things we can get done in one day and they will all make a difference in the way you feel and others. From The Happiness Project online was a suggestion of nine things to do every day – make your bed, wear sunscreen, wear your seat belt, jump up and down a few times, pick up one object that’s in the wrong place and put it away, go for a 10-minute walk outside, eat a fruit or vegetable, put your keys in the same place and touch everyone in your house with affection. The 10th bonus suggestion — go to sleep as soon as you become sleepy if possible. The writer of the project said as long as we do one or two of the suggestions, at least we feel like we’ve had a day when we got things accomplished. Doesn’t it feel great to climb into a smooth, madeup bed after a long hard day? How about those good apples and walking outdoors or wearing a seat belt? And putting at least one thing in its place that’s been out of place for a long time. That’s a good way to start spring cleaning. Imagine the time saved by putting the keys in the same place every day. I’m notorious for not always knowing where my keys are. They are always in one or two places, but I’m always looking. Touching all our family members with affection is one of my favorites. Many days when I get home my cat Boots is waiting for me. I’ll pick him up in my arms and he clings to my shoulders for dear life and I cling to him and pet him. Even if it’s just for a little while and little bit of affection, we like that. When I’m at my niece’s house and her children come running up to me with their arms wide open, that’s about as much loving and affection as I can stand. Touching your family members, including the four legged ones, is a great thing. I’ll add a couple of my other favorite things to do in a day that will make a difference. Say a prayer for you, for others and counting blessings from A to Z. By doing some of these things, I’m thinking the encouragement level will increase and we’ll move on to washing windows. Maybe. Maybe not. Contact Gordon via e-mail at

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Hospital Foundation will use . proceeds to pay for mammograms By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

SPINDALE — Rutherford Hospital Foundation will host “be Inspired,” an annual women’s event, at The Foundation, Isothermal Community College, Friday, March 12. The event begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch tidbits will be available during the event. Sharon Decker of Rutherfordton will speak to the women at 11:30 a.m. Decker is a host on “The Satisfied Life” radio show, which airs on Sunday mornings on 107.9 The Link and is founder of The Tapestry Group. As the daughter of a minister, she learned early the value of spirituality as the grounding for other facets of life. “I hope I can guide a few more women down the path of recognizing it’s a tapestry we weave, not a perfect piece of cloth,” Decker says of The Tapestry Group. Born and raised in small towns near Charlotte, Decker’s history offers inspiration for women everywhere. She is a highly successful business executive who has effectively balanced her professional life with responsibilities of the home, service to the community and devotion to her faith.

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Sharon Decker, founder of The Tapestry Group, will be the speaker at this year’s “be Inspired” women’s event held March 12 at The Foundation.

The “Be Inspired” event also includes plenty of time for shopping as more than 25 merchants will offer items for sale, including Brighton jewelry and accessories, hand-blown glass art, personalized picture frames and kitchen accessories. Doncaster Outlet by Tanner will have a special “boutique” showing its newest lines and gift certificates for facials and nail care will be Please see Inspired, Page 8C

‘Church Basement Ladies’

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Church Basement Ladies, A New Musical Comedy will be presented Tuesday, March 9 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Foundation, Isothermal Community College. The musical is a down to earth musical comedy celebrating the church basement kitchen and the four distinct characters who work there, their relationships, and their challenges as they solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to go through changes in 1964. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on due course. Audiences will recognize these “steel magnolias” from their own community. Single Tickets: Adults: $25 & Youth: $12. Call 286-9990 for more information.

Limehouse takes lead as ‘Joseph’ FOREST CITY — Rutherford County will present it’s Spring Musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on March 20 at The Foundation Performing Arts Center. The lead role of Joseph will be played by Ben Limehouse. This exciting and popular Broadway musical was Ben Limehouse written by composer Andrew Lloyd Weber. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. He is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers Please see ‘Joseph,’ Page 8C

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Out & About Changing Of The Guard

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When the nearly two feet of snow fell in Washington, D.C. (two weeks ago), the U.S. Army’s Honor Guard did not miss a moment of their duties. A colleague of Rutherford County native, Major Steven Walden, reminded him that during the recent snow fall not all of Washington took a snow day. Walden’s colleague captured a Changing of The Guard at the Tomb of The Unknown during that time. Walden is the son of Pruett and Mary Walden of Forest City. He has been an active duty Army officer for 13 years and is attending the United States Army’s Command

and General Staff College located in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. This school teaches field grade officers about how to work on high level military staffs at the Division, Corps, and Army levels. Walden is married to the former Amy Smith of Hickory. They have three children Jacob, 9, Patricia, 8, and Oliver, 4. Walden is a 1991 graduate of East Rutherford, a 1996 graduate of Appalachian State University, and earned an Army Officer’s Commission in 1996. He served in Bosnia in 1998 and is expected to do a second deployment in Iraq.

A Rutherford County elementary school boy asked Dr. Katherine Jowers last week from the Tooth Bus how long his mouth would be numb. Before she could answer his question about novocaine, he said, “I’ve got plans for these lips this afternoon. I’ve got a girlfriend� the 8-year-old said. From the next chair where his brother was having another dental procedure came these words, “Hey, I dated her last year.� He was 7, Dr. Jowers said. It was a great day to be a dentist, she said.

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Students in the dance department at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy practiced rehearsals for their production of “The Firebird.� Production choreographer and director Keith Darby, right, offers Katie Harmon, and Michael Minder direction on Wednesday.

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last week, he had fresh fruit — a cold apple and cold orange.�

From the Pittsburgh Post Gazett in Pittsburgh, Pa. last week was a lengthly feature story with this headline: “Local folklore has it that this overgrown N.C. hilltop is the real birthplace of Lincoln.� The story was written by John Bordsen, McClatchy Newspapers with a dateline: BOSTIC, N.C. and of course, is the story of Abe Lincoln’s birth date and place in Bostic. The story began: “Note to aspiring saints and office-holders: You’ll know you’ve achieved “legendary�

status when whispered tales are attached to your life story with question marks. The higher you rise, the more there are. Consider Abraham Lincoln. There are tales about him in Washington, where the 16th president saved the Union and was assassinated. Likewise in Springfield, Ill., the closest to a normal “home� the self-made Lincoln had. Likewise in this Rutherford County crossroads where some say he was born atop Lincoln Hill, just east of larger and more rugged Cherry Mountain.� For those wanting to travel from Pittsburgh to Bostic these direc-

tions were given: If You Want tto Go: Bostic Lincoln Center, 112 Depot St., Bostic. From Charlotte, take Interstate 85 South to U.S. 74 (Kings Mountain area); take U.S. 74 Bypass West. West of Shelby, near Mooresboro, take the exit for U.S. 74 Business West; turn right on Bostic Sunshine Road and continue north into Bostic. The drive is roughly 70 miles. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission: free (donations accepted). Details: 828-245-9800; www. bosticlincolncenter. com. Group visits to Lincoln Hill are by appointment only.

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Forty-six students recently completed Nurse Aide I training at Isothermal Community College.

Graduation ceremony held for Nurse Aid I students

SPINDALE — Fortysix students completed Nurse Aide I training and were honored at a graduation ceremony at Isothermal Community College recently. The ceremony, which included students from three classes, was held in the Library Auditorium. The audience was welcomed by Donna Hood, dean of Continuing Education at Isothermal. Special music was provided by Marnie Beaver, who helps coordinate the program in the college’s Continuing Education Division. The students received their pins from instructor Judy Baynard and coordinator Patsy Pennington. Both are registered nurses. The graduates of the morning class are Kristen Crawford, Laura Dills, Nikki Dover, Natalie Gamble, Timothy Hall, Jerry Hernandez, Patricia Hollar, Diane Holt, Dwayne McCoy, Jessica Mensch, Katina Miller,

Donna Smith and Nicki Wood. The graduates of the afternoon class are Brad Anderson, Latasha Barnette, Mary Blanton, Anita Cash, April Edgerton, Brittany Flack, Tiffany Gibert, Jamelia Hamilton, Emily Hensley, Tammy Hunt, Christine Jones, Julie Keys, Jessica McCarson, Brittany Phillips, Tera Spangler, Connie Spencer, Jeanette Strange and Tabatha Strange. The graduates of the evening class are Rodney Basak, Margaret Bright, Norma Devine, Brandee Gash, Elizabeth Hembree, Lauren Kutchar, Adena Lewis, Lekisha Logan, Leigh Lynch, Bernardo Martinez, Sonya Moody, Christine Nolan, Sharita Richardson, Marsha Splawn and Dandria Surratt. Timothy Hall, Tabatha Strange and Norma Devine served as speakers for each

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Students graduating from Nurse Aid I training were recognized during a recent ceremony in the library auditorium of Isothermal Community College.

class. Before closing the ceremony, Hood thanked several people and organizations for supporting the program and event, including: White Oak Manor,

Rutherfordton; Mrs. Jack Jenkins, Gideon Association; and Jay Coomes, who helped with the sound system. Funding for the afternoon class was made possible by

Jobs Now, an initiative supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Development

and the Region C Workforce Development Board. For more information on the Nurse Aide I program, contact Pennington at 828-2863636, ext. 395.

Isothermal Junior Challenge Winners

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Middle school students in Rutherford County challenged their academic skills recently during the annual Isothermal Junior Challenge. The R-S Middle 7th grade team lost in the final round to the TJCA 7th graders. TJCA and R-S Middle 8th grade teams were paired in the eighth grade final with R-S winning with more than 200 points. The competition, which also included students from Chase and East Rutherford middle schools, is set up in a round robin type of play with 20 questions in regular play. During the final round 25 questions are given with a correct answer yielding bonus questions for additional points. The questions for the challenge come from Triple Q Questions and are geared to the junior varsity quiz bowl level. Students who take part at the middle school level often take part at the high school level as well. The Isothermal Senior Challenge is set for March 26.

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local Harrill earns social work licensure

FOREST CITY — Debra H. Harrill of Forest City, recently completed the requirements for North Carolina certification/ licensure as a licensed clinical social worker. The certification/licensure requires completion of education, training, experience, and examination standards as mandated by state law and assessed by the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. Harrill is in her third year as the middle school counselor at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. Prior to TJCA, she worked for two years at Accordance Psychological Associates as a therapist under the super-


vision of Dr. Louis Gadol. She received her bachelor of social work from Appalachian State University and practiced Medical Social Work at Hospice of Rutherford County and Rutherford Hospital before attending the University of South


Hayley Waters, Mark Murphy

Hayley Brooke Waters of Rutherfordton, and Mark Stanley Murphy are engaged and plan to be married Saturday, September 18, 2010 at West Point Farms in Rutherfordton. Hayley is the daughter of Bruce and Debbie Avey and the late Scott Waters of Rutherfordton. She is employed by Rutherford Hospital. Mark is the son of Dave and Hazel Mow and the late Ernest Murphy Jr. of Forest City. He is employed by Camp Electric.

Carolina in Columbia, S.C. to complete a master of social work. She will also see clients at Rutherford Psychiatric and Counseling Services in Forest City by appointment. Harrill completed an internship at New River Behavioral Health in Boone, and also completed an internship with Spartanburg Regional Hospice in their inpatient Palliative Care Program. Her parents are the late Millard “Sonny” Harris and Pat Harris Contributed photo of Ellenboro. She is Chief Petty Officer Brett Redden, his wife Jennifer, and their 16 month old son, married to George Wake Harrill, II. They Nathan. Brett and Jennifer are native of Rutherford County and graduates of R-S Central HIgh School. have three children, Clint Harrill, Brad Harrill and Erin Hoyle, and four grandchildren, all of Forest City. FOREST CITY — Chief Electronics and granddaughter of Helen Cooke Technician Brett M. Redden, US of Spindale. Both are graduates of Navy, was recently awarded a R-S Central High School, (Brett 1995 Navy Commendation Medal by the and Jennifer 1998). The couple has Secretary of the Navy for meritoria 16 month old son, Nathan William ous service and exceptional leaderRedden. ship onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN-71. With 12 years of military service, Redden is the son of the late Redden has received four Navy William “Bill” Redden of Charlotte, Achievement Medals in the past four and Carolyn MacDonald of years for distinguished service and Lexington, Va. He is married to the was recently selected to the rank of former Jennifer Harper, daughter of Chief Petty Officer. The Reddens the late William Wayne Harper and are currently stationed in Virginia Sharon K. Smart of Rutherfordton, Beach, Va.

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Political parties announce events

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, GilkeyMorgan, 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. The Rutherford County GOP Convention will be held Saturday, March 6, at the county annex. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., precinct organizational meetings at 9 a.m., and the convention at 10 a.m. All registered republicans are encouraged to participate. The Rutherford County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner will also be March 6, at Rutherfordton Clubhouse, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. The guest speaker is NC GOP State Chairman Tom Fetzer.

College News

Montreat dean’s list

MONTREAT — Marshall Dill of Bostic was named to the Dean’s List at Montreat College. Dill shows a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.89. Montreat College is a Christcentered liberal arts institution with its main campus for four-year traditional students in Montreat. The accelerated School of Professional and Adult Studies program has campuses in Asheville, Charlotte, and Black Mountain.

Wake Forest dean’s list

WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest University has released its Dean’s List for the 2009 fall semester. Katherine Ruth Koone of Union Mills, was among those students named to the list.

Students who achieve a 3.4 or higher grade point average with no grade below a C were named to the list.

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Ruby Bright celebrated her 90th birthday on Feb. 3, with 45 family members and friends visiting her at Autumn Care, Forest City, for birthday cake. Mrs. Bright is pictured with her sons (front, l-r) Jim Bright and Joe Bright; back row — Mike Bright, Doug Bright and Wayne Bright.

Maloney earns degree ALBANY, NY — Jo Ann Maloney of Bostic, has earned an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing from Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y. Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. Its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, N.Y., it is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Celebrate Home!

Couple celebrates 50th anniversary

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Melvin and Nancy Sims of Rutherfordton, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 19, 2010. The couple has four children, 12 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. They were married February 19, 1960 in Gaffney, S.C. Judge Douglas performed the ceremony.

FOREST CITY — Made a New Year’s Resolution? Already broken it? Make another one, said staff members at the American Red Cross.

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T.L.C. offers a 3 Day Program for 2 year olds and 3/5 day program for 3 and 4 year olds. Tiny Tots Class (Child must be 18 months by August 31st) Applications available in the Church Office.

“Make A New Resolution: Give Blood.” The need for blood remains constant and it is important to take the time to give blood and platelets during these coming months. All those donating blood or platelets until March 31 has an opportunity to win a $1,000 gift card. March blood drives in Rutherford County are: Saturday, March 6 – Goodes Creek Baptist Church, Cliffside; 7:30 a.m. to noon. Call 245-3513 for further information or to schedule an appointment. Friday, March 12 – Rutherford Hospital; Noon to 5 p.m. Please call 286-5338 for further information Saturday, March 13 – Cliffside Masonic Lodge, Forest City; 7:30 a.m. to noon. Call 245-7606 for further information or to schedule your appointment. Monday, March 22 – Rutherford Chapter American Red Cross, Spindale; 2 to 6:30 p.m. Call 287-5916 for further information or to schedule your appointment.

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Rutherford County 4-Herâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were recognized recently during the annual achievement night program at the Cooperative Extension Office.

4-H achievement program SPINDALE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rutherford County 4-H recently held its annual achievement night program at the Cooperative Extension Office on Callahan-Koon Road. Awarded during the event were: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Dare Youâ&#x20AC;? Leadership Award â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rachel Bell Outstanding Junior 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;er (9 to 10 years) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Brooklyn Breedlove Outstanding Junior 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;er (11 to 12 years) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Isaac Clay Outstanding Senior 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;er (13 to 15 years) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kristen Miller Outstanding Senior 4-Hâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;er (16 to 18 years) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Todd Elliott Outstanding Cloverbuds â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Madalyn Fleming, Madison Breedlove Horse Award â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Caitlin Bridges Cattle Award â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rachel Bell Goat Award â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kristen Miller Poultry Award â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joseph Clay Electric Award â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joseph Clay Electric Congress Delegates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joseph

Clay, Isaac Clay Outstanding 4-H Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Betsy Ross 4-H Club, Discovery 4-H Club Mini Garden Awards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Emily Hutchins, first; Charity Fulton, second; Maizie Bucy, third. 2009 Project Records Animals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; County champions, Autumn Clay, Gwendolyn Ruppe, Kristen Miller and Rachel Bell; Runners-up, Jessica Davey, Isaac Clay, Joseph Clay and Laurel Godfrey; Citizenship and Civic Education â&#x20AC;&#x201C; County champions, Brooklyn Breedlove, Aerin White and Katelynn Ruppe; Runners-up, Joelle White, Gwendolyn Ruppe and Christopher Davey; Communications and Expressive Arts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; County champions, Joah Bickley, Aerin White, Kristen Miller and Todd Elliott; Runners-up, Savannah Bell, Isaac Clay and Joseph Clay; Environmental Education and Earth Science â&#x20AC;&#x201C; County champions, Brooklyn

Breedlove, Matthew Griffis, Maizie Bucy and Todd Elliott; Runners-up, Savannah Bell and Willie Griffis; Family and Consumer Sciences â&#x20AC;&#x201C; County champions, Savannah Bell, Willie Griffis and Katelynn Ruppe; Runners-up, Emily Hutchins;

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Paul Best (second from right) of Boy Scout Troop 132 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Feb. 14, during a Court of Honor ceremony held at the First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton. The Rev. Ed Hillman officiated. Also shown (l-r) are Assistant Scoutmaster Eric Gibson; Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, Matt Best; Scoutmaster Dean Perry; and Assistant Scoutmaster Doug Munjas. Paul and Matt are the sons of David and Debbie Best.

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Healthy Lifestyles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; County champions, Savannah Bell, Joseph Clay and Todd Elliott; Runner-up, Emily Hutchins; Personal Development and Leadership â&#x20AC;&#x201C; County champions, Jessica Davey, Matthew Griffis, Kristen Miller and Todd Elliott; Runners-up, Autumn Clay, Isaac Clay, Joseph Clay and Meriana Matheny; Plants â&#x20AC;&#x201C; County champion, Emily Hutchins; Runner-up, Brooklyn Breedlove; Science and Technology â&#x20AC;&#x201C; County champions, Contributed photo Savannah Bell, Isaac God and Me awards were presented Sunday, Feb. 7, at Hicks Grove Baptist Clay, Joseph Clay and Church. The recipients are (l-r): Jordan Murray, Carl Jolley and Ty Houser. Absent Todd Elliott; Runners- from the photograph is William Ruppe. The boys are members of Troop 999. up, Christopher Davey and Rachel Bell.

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Belinda Evans 4th grade class at Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School uses the CPS system with her math program. The students are shown playing Mindpoint Quiz Show. CPS is a Classroom Performance System, which are student hand held clickers. Students break into three teams and compete against each other making math in the classroom more fun.

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Austin Beheler, (from left) Carl Jolley, Ty Houser, of Boy Scout Troop 999, received their God and Family awards on Feb. 7, at Hicks Grove Baptist Church. Absent from the photograph is Avery Waters.


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Wanted: Dragon Boat racers LAKE LURE — “Paddy”, the 2010 mascot for the Lure of the Dragons Boat Race and Children’s Charity Fundraiser Festival, has been unveiled. Paddy wants the public to take a ride and join in the fun for a good cause on Saturday May 8 at 3rd annual “Lure of the Dragons” Boat Races and Cultural Festival in Lake Lure. Anyone who can hold a paddle and get in a canoe participate in the team sport. It doesn’t take expertise, just a desire to have fun and to do something good for children. Teams are formed from many different sources, including, friends, businesses, churches, schools, youth groups, civic organizations, municipalities, and families. 2010 race divisions will include the following team types: Youth (12-18), mixed (at least 4 female paddlers), All Women, Commercial/Business, Community, Breast Cancer Survivors, Municipalities, Open, and Masters (50 & over). Paddy says to starting building a team of 10 paddlers and a drummer willing to compete and raise money for children in Rutherford and surrounding counties. Last year’s “Lure of the Dragons” festival drew 22 teams, 264 paddlers and over 2,000 spectators. It was a family-oriented day of racing and cultural festivities at Morse Park, in Lake Lure.

Guild offers art classes RUTHERFORDTON — The following new classes and events are announced by the Rutherford Visual Arts Guild. So You Want to Be an Artist. Wednesdays. 4 to 5:30, beginning March 3. A new class for teens at the Visual Arts Center. Students with a serious interest in art will study color theory, color mixing, and brushwork. Instructor: Kay Latham. Fee: $48 includes some materi-

Before race day, each team will get two one-hour on-the-water instruction sessions so they know how to paddle and race the boat down the 250 meter course. All equipment is supplied. The paddlers’ say “there’s usually more laughing than paddling until the quarter finals and then teams get real serious about wanting to win their division and the overall festival champion’s title”. Money raised goes to this year’s regional beneficiaries — ARC of Rutherford/ Polk Counties, Camp Lurecrest, Friends of Mountains Branch Library, Western NC Down Syndrome Alliance. The Dragon Boat Festival is dedicated to improving the quality of life and future of our children in Polk, Buncombe, Henderson and Rutherford counties. Each team also

has the opportunity to direct 50% of their total team’s pledge money to their local children’s charity of choice. Last year’s festival raised over $10,000 and Paddy hopes this year’s festival will more than double that amount. It all depends on how many teams enter and you can help Paddy reach this goal. Presenting Sponsors are Pinnacle Sotheby’s Intl. Realty of Lake Lure, the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce, Camp Lurecrest, and Timken Company. Call Nancy, 828-6259814 for information on race fees and assistance in forming a team or becoming a part of a team. Visit website for all festival information, including information for vendors and exhibitors.

als. Register by calling the Visual Arts Center, 288-5009 or download an application from The Visual Arts Center is at 160 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton. Basket-Making Workshop. Saturday, March 13, 9 to 4. Ruby Lowery will teach the making of a Williamsburg basket. To register call the Visual Arts Center, 288-5009 or download an application from www.rcvag. com. The Visual Arts

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Dying mother’s wishes have been turned to dust Dear Abby: I lost my mom to cancer several months ago. She made my sister and me promise not to let her die in a hospital, but the night of her death we decided to put her in hospice. She needed care 24/7, and although we and Mom’s companion were taking turns in shifts, the stress had taken a heavy toll. Mom died three hours after we made our decision. We also promised to bury her because she didn’t want cremation. However, we realized that we couldn’t afford the price of a funeral so we convinced Mom to be cremated. Part of it was financial, but also, neither my sister nor I plan to stay here.

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Abby, Mom had two wishes at the end of her life, and I wasn’t able to fulfill either one. She had no life insurance, and the financial responsibilities my sister and I have made it impossible. Now I’m having second thoughts. Was I wrong? Should you grant your parents their final wishes? I’m seeing a counselor about this, but would like your thoughts. I’m afraid we forced Mom into accepting cremation. Will the guilt ever go away?

Treating spider-vein itch Dear Dr. Gott: Can you suggest something to relieve the horrible itching around my ankles? It seems to be better in the morning, but by bedtime it’s so definite that I even have trouble sleeping. It’s more aggravated when exposed to heat, such as by my car heater. I do have what my doctor terms “spider veins” in that area. Other than a recent bout with stage 1 breast cancer and 10 treatments of balloon radiation, I am an extremely healthy and active 67-year-old female. My current medications are Zoloft, thyroxine and Loperamine, and I take a super vitamin B, calcium and B-12, which my cancer surgeon added due to my proneness to infection. Dear Reader: Varicose veins are a weakness in the walls of superficial veins. Many people with varicose veins also have spider veins (enlarged capillaries), which are similar but smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. Spider veins are common in the lower legs or ankles, may be caused by hormonal changes in the body or by the pressure from blood in the varicose veins, and are associated with an itch, especially following warming from socks or stockings. Because of your prone position when resting, the


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exertion placed on your veins is reduced, and side effects are lowered or eliminated temporarily. I do not think your medications are to blame, nor was the balloon-radiation therapy. Elastic stockings compress veins, thereby reducing the stretching and ensuing pain. Beyond that, alternative remedies include one part horsechestnut seed combined with 10 parts distilled witch hazel applied externally as needed or daily use of oral horse chestnut, grape-seed extract, bilberry extract, butcher’s broom extract or hawthorn extract. I cannot endorse any of these remedies because I haven’t had experience with them and only have reports from readers stating they work within three months of initiation. Be sure to speak with your physician before beginning these or any other course(s) of treatment. To provide related information, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports “Compelling Home Remedies” and “More Compelling Home Remedies.”

— Grieving Dear Grieving: Before I answer that question, let me commend you for seeking counseling. Sometimes it is simply not possible to grant a dying person’s final wishes. Because caring for your mother was taking a toll on your health, it was necessary to ensure that she received the care she needed before any of you buckled under the stress. Dear Abby: My 69-yearold widowed mother, my younger sister, “Lia,” and her family, and my husband and I live in different states. Mom is in good health, active and has many friends. In the 25 years Lia and I

have been married, Mom has come to stay with me five times. Only twice has she stayed more than two days. Lia was recently telling me about a visit she’d had from Mom and estimated that Mom had been at their home 200 days over the past 10 years. I had never thought about the disparity before. When I said, half-jokingly, “Maybe I should be hurt,” Lia responded, “Mom likes to come here because we have kids and you don’t, and she’s more entertained.”’ I have always asked Mom to stay longer than she does. I even offered to pay her plane fare or drive there to pick her up. Mom always

says she’s “too busy.” ‘I love my mother’s company and we have never argued. We have common interests and there’s lots to do in my city. I understand her wanting to see her grandchildren. I enjoy them, too, when I visit my sister. But I’m hurt that Mom has never wanted to spend more time with me. I feel like I’m less valued as a daughter because I have no children. Am I silly for being hurt? — Overlooked Dear Overlooked: Your feelings are not “silly.” Your sister’s bragging was tactless, and so was her followup. Tell your mother about the conversation and how it made you feel.

Need a companion? Adopt a New Leash on Life dog New Leash on Life is a collaborative program between the Community Pet Center and the Rutherford County Correctional Center in Spindale. Every eight weeks, four rescued dogs go to “prison” for basic obedience training. Each dog is spayed/neutered, vaccinated and heartworm tested before entering the program. During the eight week program, each dog works with a primary and secondary inmate trainer, who teach the dog basic commands of sit, stay, down, come, and to walk nicely on a leash. Most of the dogs also learn some tricks. The dogs often arrive shy, nervous and unsocialized and leave confident and well-mannered, thanks to the efforts of the inmate trainers and the New Leash on Life volunteers who train them. The inmate trainers find the experience rewarding as well. Here’s the word from Pepper, who is currently available for adoption: “Hi, my name is Pepper and I just may be your girl! I am training in the New Leash on Life program and my inmate trainers tell me I am very smart and lots of fun!  I have been learning all my commands, such as sit, stay, down, come, and walking on a leash plus I know lots of tricks, too!  I love meeting new people and get along well with the other dogs in the program.  I am active, but not hyper; small but not too small!  I am a one year old feist mix, weigh about 24 lbs, and am fullyPepper might just be your dog. vetted including spay, microchip, and heartworm/flea preventative.  I would be a great family dog, with or without kids. I would also be a great candidate for dog sports, such as agility or flyball! Did I mention that I am crate-trained?  I would love to meet my forever family so that I can go home with them when I “graduate” on March 11th!  To meet me, contact new Produced by or call Cheri at 828Jo-Ann Close and Lynne Faltraco 289-6051.” Community Pet Center

IN THE STARS Your Birthday, Feb. 28; Several partnership arrangements could play key roles in your affairs in the year ahead. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — If you treat others in an inconsiderate manner, don’t be surprised if they treat you similarly. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — It’s good to think well of yourself, but not to the point of believing you have skills or talents you don’t possess. Be careful not to take on something serious that you’re truly unable to handle. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Be quick to make an apology if you inadvertently offend someone, and then let it drop. If you keep apologizing, the episode will grow into something more than it is. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Go to great pains not to throw your weight around when functioning in a managerial position. Your control will be in direct proportion to how well you deal with others. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Due to placing too much attention on yourself, your ability to articulate your thoughts will be severely impaired. Get your mind off yourself and onto what is happening with others. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Be cognizant of details with regard to money matters. The small, unnoticed points will cause big problems, and you will lose a bundle if you’re not careful. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Guard against going against the big odds that are stacked against you. Don’t try to fight what you can’t handle. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — A job you try to pass off as completed might have to be done all over again. Take the time to do it right, or you’ll just have to do it over and over again. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Unless you are careful about what you say at a social gathering, you could inadvertently bring up a divisive issue. Bite your tongue rather than stir up a hornet’s nest. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You’re generous about volunteering your time, but it might be best not to right now. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Have someone check your work if it deals with small facts and figures. Normally you’re great with details, but you’re apt to have a mental lapse at this time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — A need for instant gratification could bring a long-term obligation that will be bothersome for some time to come.

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No oven required for these desserts No-bake recipes are quick and easy. Their simplicity makes them ideal for kids to create (very little wait time) or on days you’re in a hurry or don’t feel like turning on the oven. Best of all, there’s minimal cleanup. Granola Bars 2-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal 2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips Cook’s note: You can use Honey Nut Cheerios instead of rice cereal. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside. Bring brown sugar and syrup to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until blended. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in chocolate morsels. Press mixture firmly into a 13-by-9-inch pan; cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. — Cheriede, Indiana Pink Fluff 2 3-ounce boxes strawberry gelatin 3 cups water 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 8 ounces whipped topping 1 pint strawberries Make the gelatin using only 3 cups of water total. Place

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in a large mixing bowl. Set in fridge to set. When set, place 1-1/2 cups of the graham cracker crumbs into a 9-by-13inch pan. Mix the gelatin with electric mixer to when it looks like chunky applesauce. Add the whipped topping and mix in until thoroughly mixed. Fold in the strawberries. Dump this mixture on top of the graham crackers. Top with remaining graham crackers. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. — Debra, Nebraska Peanut Butter Pie 1 8-ounce package cream cheese 1-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup milk 1 (16-ounce) package frozen whipped topping, thawed 2 (9-inch) prepared graham cracker or chocolate cookie crusts chocolate syrup Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or crushed Oreos, for topping Beat together cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. Mix in peanut butter and milk. Beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into two 9-inch graham cracker pie shells. Drizzle with chocolate syrup, cover and freeze until firm. Top with Reese’s pieces, crumbled Reese’s peanut butter cups or crushed Oreo. — Brenda, Kansas

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available. Vendors will answer questions about hormone replacement, yoga and fitness. Pandora bracelets, new lines of cosmetics and skin care will also be available for sale. Reservations for the event are available from the Rutherford Hospital Foundation office. Call

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“Patchwork – The Little House Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder” (above) will be presented to school children March 25 at 10 a.m. Call 286-9990 for tickets. Ronnie Milsap (right) ranks as the preeminent country soul singer of his generation, will perform Saturday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. Milsap, with a talent as vast and multi-dimensional as the American South, is a native North Carolinian, born in Robbinsville. His hits include “Smokey Mountain Rain,” “Lost in the 50’s Tonight,” “There’s No Getting Over Me,” “Stranger in My House” and “Any Day Now.” Call the box office at 286-9990 for more information.

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brothers and taken to Egypt. When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the

feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

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Participants will make Williamsburg basket RUTHERFORDTON — Ellenboro basket maker Ruby Lowery will be offering an allday workshop at the Rutherford County Visual Arts Center in Rutherfordton on Saturday, March 13. Participants will make a Williamsburg basket. “I always liked baskets. It just calms you down,” Lowery says. “I just love to make baskets.” Since she learned to make baskets years ago, Lowery has become a master at basket making and has won a number of awards and blue ribbons in many competitions, including the Civil Arts Heritage Competition and the Mount Mitchell Craft Award. One of Ruby’s baskets was presented to Barbara Bush, and a picture of another basket graces the cover of a

286-5070 to receive an order form. Ticket proceeds and portion of the sales from the merchants will benefit Foundation’s “Touching Lives” campaign. The Foundation will pay for 120 mammograms in 2010 for women who have no medical insurance.

Handmade in America publication. “My love of folk art and appreciation of utilitarian art led me to take my first basket weaving course,” she said. “Immediately, I knew that this was a passion I would enjoy forever. Basket weaving has been an important part of my life for years now, and there is still excitement and pride each time I begin to create a new basket.” To register, call the Visual Arts Center at 288-5009 or mail in the application form on the Artists Guild web site The Visual Arts Center is at 160 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Contributed photo

Basket maker Ruby Lowery with a Williamsburg basket under construction. Lowery will be teaching at the Visual Arts Center on March 13.

LAKE LURE — Chimney Rock author Rose Senehi is hosting a Book Launch party March 7 at 3 p.m. at Firefly Cove, Lake Lure. Friends of Mountains Branch Library are hosting the event as Senehi introduces her new newest novel “Wind in the Woods.” Almost 100 years ago, the property now Firefly Cove was chosen to become Chimney Rock Camp for Boys because of the lake, forests and rock rides. Because of this connection, The Friends of the Mountains Branch Library felt Firefly Cove, developed by

John Cloud, will be the perfect place to launch the Wind in the Woods which takes place in one of the area’s summer camps. The book launch will be held at Firefly Cove’s lodge.

Leisure Calendar Tuesday, March 9 2 and 7:30 p.m. The Foundation Church Basement Ladies A new musical comedy featuring four distinct women and their relationships For tickets call 2869990 Friday, March 13 9 a.m. Visual Arts Center Basket Making with Ruby Lowery

For information call 288-5009 Thursday, March 18 7 p.m. R-S Central Gospel Concert, CGA Features Inspirations/ special guests In His Glory 5:30 p.m. Spaghetti Supper Rutherford Housing Partnership Donations for supper; $6 minimum Friday, March 19

5 p.m. Fireside Books & Gifts Author Wayne Caldwell discusses “Requiem by Fire” Saturday, March 20 9 p.m. Dragon Boat Paddle Clinic Rumbling Bald Resort, lake Lure Two days event includes on-the-water paddling classes Thursday, March 25

10 a.m. The Foundation “Patchwork: The Little House Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder” Call 286-9990 for tickets Saturday, March 27 The Foundation 7:30 p.m. Ronnie Milsap Native North Carolinian ranks as the pre-eminent Country soul singer of his generation

Call 286-9990 for tickets Friday, April 2 7 p.m. Fireside Books & Gifts Author Beth Hoffman signs her debut fiction novel Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Also coming in April: Easter Sunday, April 4 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service Chimney Rock State

Park Arts in April, Rutherford Visual Arts Guild Friday, April 9 3-5 p.m.; Saturday April 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at the Visual Arts Center to board vans for pottery demonstrations.

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Daily Courier February 28, 2010  

Daily Courier February 28, 2010

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