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Airport gets new FBO By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Rutherford County Airport has a new Fixed Base Operator with approval of a deal for WNC Aviation to take over operations as of April 1. The county Airport Authority held a special meeting Tuesday night to officially adopt the contract with the Asheville-based company, but the offices at Marchman Field won’t nec-

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essarily be called WNC Aviation. “This name really has no meaning to the people of Rutherford County,” said Amy Thomas, who is co-owner of the company along with husband Charles. “What we’d like to do is hear from people in the county who have ideas for what it should be named — maybe something with ties to the community.” Please see Airport, Page 6A

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On a sunny afternoon and under a blue sky, the Bell Tower, at the new Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of W. Main Street, Forest City, was under construction. The building is expected to be completed by Aug. 16 with the dedication service planned Wednesday, Sept. 15, the same day the 60-year-old church was dedicated in 1950, said Deacon Andy Cilone. The new sanctuary will seat 500 to 600 people with plans for expansion to 1,000 people. Father Herbert Burke has been priest at the Forest City church nine years.

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FOREST CITY — A group of women in a rural Rutherfordton area say they have been harassed and frightened by something or someone in the night knocking at their windows, doors and on the walls of their homes for the past 16 years. All the women, including one now living in a rest home, are now talking about their experiences, something that they have not done until recently. The incidents have occurred at five homes. One woman said the knocking has been going on at her home for a decade. “I hate to see darkness come,” she said. “I went out one time with my pistol. I was mad that night. I have no idea who it is. I’ve never seen them, but I hear them.” Bobbie Condrey, a daughter of one of the women, says the knocking started 16 years ago at her mom’s house after Condrey’s father passed away. The story of the noise at the homes of the women came to the public after Condrey went to an out-of-town media source to report the incidents of the five widows and the terrifying noises. Condrey said she has called for years, “and we can’t get it stopped. People are afraid.” The Sheriff’s Department was made aware of the problem about three years ago and despite repeated efforts that have included setting up hidden cameras and nighttime surveillance, they have found no Please see Knocking, Page 3A

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Public can help county effort for broadband By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — High-speed Internet service to homes in Rutherford County could be on the way — whether it be from Google or the federal government. Two projects under way by those groups are targeting rural communities and small towns across the nation. Google is looking for several cities around the nation as a test run for fiber optic to the home Internet service. And county officials are hopeful

they’ll come here. “I first heard about the project on Feb. 11,” said Rhonda Owens, county IT director. “Immediately I went to the Web site and clicked ‘Get Involved’ to make the case known for Rutherford County.” Interested citizens can join the campaign to get Google to come to the county at www.google.com/ appserve/fiberrfi. The company is accepting requests from citizens and governments until March 26. And

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FOREST CITY – Sally Harrill will enter the University of South Carolina this fall with a new laptop and a four-year scholarship worth approximately $60,000. Harrill is a recipient of the McNair Scholar Award, a part of the McNair Scholars Program. The McNair Scholars Program was established at USC with a $20 million grant from Robert and Janice McNair of Houston, Texas. Rutherford County native McNair, who is also benefactor of the McNair Educational Foundation at East Rutherford and Chase High Schools, is an alumnus of USC. The program was established to bring outstanding out-of-state students to the University of South Carolina. Harrill is one of 25 to receive the award. Applicants are judged on both academic Please see Harrill, Page 6A

I do want to study abroad, but I’m not sure where I want to go. —Sally Harrill


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Mormon church gearing up for big food drive By JEAN GORDON

We want to link arms all across the county.

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FOREST CITY — A food drive for the needy in Rutherford County next month has a potential of being enormous.

The Forest City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is joining churches in 12 southeastern states for “Helping Hands Linking Arms” to collect food. On Saturday, April 24, the North American Southeast Area of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, will link areas with other churches, civic and service organi-

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zations to serve with helping hands the communities in which they are located. George and Jamie Padgett of Rutherfordton, are chair persons of the Forest City congregation and the church has chosen the food drive to lighten the burdens suffered by many in the county during the economic struggles

and unemployment. “We want to link arms all across the county,” Padgett said. The food and other items will be given to the Salvation Army in Spindale and the Grace of God Rescue Mission. Bishop Kevin Hendrickson of the Forest City congregation believes additional

organizations and churches working together will lead to the collection of even more donated foods and related items and will assist more individuals and families who are in the need in this area. “We welcome your linking arms with us in this effort of Christ-like service and compassion,” he said. “We are concerned for our brothers and sisters who are out of work, underemployed and/ or just barely making it from one meal to another and we feel strongly that each of us has a Christian responsibility to reach out with helping hands to those in need.” The Padgetts are placing food collection boxes in strategic locations in Rutherford County to allow all residents

the opportunity to participate in the food drive. The collection boxes will be placed beginning April 10 at such places as fire departments, grocery stores, convenient stores, places that are open most of the time. Periodic pick-ups will be made from those boxes and taken to a storage location. On Saturday, April 24, the final collection of food will be completed at 2 p.m. Trucks from the Salvation Army and Grace of God Rescue Mission will be at distribution area to load the food onto trucks. Groups, churches and others interested in becoming a part of the collaborative service project, call George or Jamie Lou Padgett at 2453106.

Youth Arts Festival this weekend FOREST CITY — This Saturday, March 20, the “2010 YouthArts Festival” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. • Fashion and Evening • Pashmina Scarves at The Foundation at • SwitchFlops & Ballet Flats Handbags • Alexa’s Angels Jewelry Don’t Forget Isothermal Community • Diaper Bags College. • Unique Gift Ideas • Luggage To Check Us Presented by RutherOut For All • Miche Bags • Sunglasses ford County Arts Of Your Prom Council and Rutherford • Key Clips • Fragrances Accessory County Schools, the • Jewelry • & Much More! Needs! festival will showcase visual art, creative writCome Check Out Our Friday Sidewalk Sale, ing, and performances Every Friday In The Month Of March! by students from 15 Rutherford County 1/2 Off Pashmina Scarves schools, selected by the art, music, and drama Tues. - Fri. 11am-5:30pm • Sat 10am-4pm teachers. The festival is free of charge and 102 E Main St., Forest City NC • 828.248.2100 the public is cordially 439 N Church St., Hendersonville, NC • 828.696.9868

invited to attend. There will be 116 pieces of art, selected by teachers Anne Birch, JJ Powell, Barbara Thornton, Becky Lowrey, Roscoe Conn, Jr., Melissa McKinney, Gary White, Dorena Chambers, and Margaret Britt. There will be 114 writing selections, representing 12 different schools, on display throughout the afternoon, including Ellenboro, East Rutherford Middle, Forest City Dunbar, Mt. Vernon Ruth, Pinnacle, Cliffside, Forrest Hunt, Sunshine, Spindale, RS

Middle, Harris, and Chase Middle. The schedule of performances is as follows (times are approximate): 1 p.m., Forest City Dunbar––”ABC’s of American Citizenship”– –patriotic selections performed by the 4th grade students (singing and power- point); teachers Jane Hill, Belinda Evans, Tanya Brookman, Julia Brown, and Barbara Thornton. 1:15 p.m. Mt. Vernon Ruth ––selections performed by the 4th and 5th graders (sing-

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ing); teacher Norman Moore; 1:30 p.m. East High School––selections performed by the ERHA Percussion Ensemble (instrumental music); teacher Patrick Smith. 1:45 p.m. Pinnacle–– ”Washed in the Blood” performed by Mayden McDaniel, Macy McDaniel, and Rebekah McEntire (singing); teachers Mrs. Lawson, Mrs. Buckley and Mrs. Wilkins. “You’re Beautiful” performed by James Teears (singing and playing guitar); teacher Mrs. Blanton. 2 p.m. Cliffside and Ellenboro––”I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth” performed by 3rd grade (singing); teachers Mrs. Taub and Mrs. Barnes; “Arm in Arm” performed by Carter McKinney and Roxanne Linder. (singing); teachers Mrs. Killian and Mrs. Walker. 2:15 p.m. Rutherfordton––”God Bless America” performed by the 2nd grade students (stick routine); teachers Joy Van Dyke, Mike Trubey and Wanda Garren. “I’ll Care” performed by Macy Mattox and Lucia Sargent (singing); teachers Amy McLaughlin and Pat Edwards. 2:25 p.m. Forrest Hunt ––”Shh . . . We’re writing the Constitution” performed by the 5th grade (singing); teacher Norman Moore. 2:35 p.m. Chase High School––“Mad Scientists in Love” performed by Dylan Abramczyk (acting); teacher, Patrick Moss. 2:45 p.m. Sunshine– –”Going Green” performed by 2nd and 3rd graders (singing); and musical selections performed by the SpindaleSunshine Combined Recorder Ensemble (recorder playing); teacher Kim Deaver. 3:15 p.m. Spindale– –selections performed by the Spindale Chorus (singing) and the Combined Recorder Ensemble from Spindale and Sunshine (recorder playing); teacher Kim Deaver. 3:45 p.m. R-S Middle– –”Wordplay” performed by Philip Guadagno (singing); “Empires of the East” performed by the 7th Grade Chorus (singing); “Hallelujah” performed by Rebecca Graner (singing accompanied by guitar); teacher Amber Keys.

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explanation for the knocking, said Sheriff Jack Conner. When he heard about the knocking, his department responded by setting up surveillance cameras, putting a National Guardsmen on site and also utilizing other officers to camp out at night at the scene. In all the weeks of investigation, his officers did not uncover a suspect nor any other explanation for the knocking. Det. Sgt. Kelly Aldridge, of the sheriff’s forensics division, said Tuesday morning he was asked to join the case last spring. After talking with Condrey and her husband, they decided to hide an infrared camera, on loan from the sheriff’s office, in a strategic place to shoot images of anyone approaching one of the particular homes. They agreed Aldridge wouldn’t come out every day, but in three weeks to a month, he told them, he’d return to get the camera card and download any and all images. When he returned to retrieve the camera card, it was cleared. There were no images on the card at all, although there should have been, Aldridge reported, because each time anyone was coming and going from the house, it would have photographed the movement. In a statement to another reporter last week, Condrey said she does have an image, but Aldridge and the sheriff’s department are unaware of any images. “If they have an image from a camera, why was it not turned over to me?” Aldridge said. Conner said his department has put a lot of time and money in the case, but has not identified a person, nor has there been just cause for an arrest. Conner said when he first went into office, he received a call from Condrey who said her mother was afraid and explained the mysterious knocking over the course of years. The sheriff said Capt. Mike Summers installed the cameras in trees, stayed on the premises of one woman’s home for several nights and did not see anyone. Summers said he has been at the house at all hours of the night and has responded each time he has been called. “I’m doing everything I can possibly do,” he said. “There is no pattern. He might knock three nights a week and not again for another week.” Summers said Tuesday as he was on his way to work, he drove by one of the homes and it was completely dark. “We’ve told them to leave their outside lights on,” he said. “I don’t want anyone to be scared, but I don’t know how to solve this problem short of moving in with them,” Summers said. “At this point we have not been able to find anyone. I wish I could figure this out.” All the women are reminded to leave all outside lights on at night

and to call 911 if they need help, Summers said. “I just want it stopped,” said another unidentified woman. “I’d love to get a good night’s sleep.” The night before she heard the noises twice, she said. “I don’t know if it was somebody,” she continued. “I don’t want to hurt no one but they are sure hurting us, All the signs say it almost has to be somebody. The wind and stuff, it just wouldn’t be. Sometimes it’s at the windows. I’m afraid.” Although she has never seen anyone, she said the knocking has been going on at her home for two to three years, sometimes on the storm doors, the metal, the vinyl siding. She said when the knocking first started she thought it could be children or teenagers. “I didn’t have any enemies as far as I knew, but it’s been going on.” She recalled one New Year’s Eve when she was watching television waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square, she said there was a knock just before midnight. “It was very scary.” “I’d love to see night coming and not have to go get my pistol,” she said. “We are alone. We are widows.” Another woman said she saw the back of someone’s head once, walking off her porch as she was looking through the keyhole. “I could not identify him.” Another said she saw a face pressed up against her window once, but couldn’t make out the image because it was so dark. She has reported the incidents over the past three years on occasion, but not always. “I’d just like to go to bed and sleep,” she said. The five homes, all occupied by senior widows, are located within a mile radius of one another and as the crow flies, anyone could be at any of the homes within minutes, one woman said. Condrey said the sheriff has never visited any of the women in their homes to talk with them, although he has talked with them on the telephone and he has talked with a couple at his office. Conner believes the resurrection of the story at this time is “political.” “Why else would they go to the media now?” he asked, referring to the upcoming sheriff’s election. Conner said his office will revisit the problem and do what it can to solve the problem, if the calls are made to his department. He said that officers had spoken with a person of interest in the case, but that they have not had cause or evidence to support an arrest. Condrey says her decision to contact the media last week was not politically motivated. “I don’t want anyone mad or hurt, but I think these five women deserve to live in peace. I fear for their safety,” Condrey said. “No woman should live in fear in their home in the United States,” she said. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@ thedigitalcourier.com.

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The geese in Lake Lure are having some negative side effects. A meeting with a humane geese plan from GeesePeace will be held Saturday at town hall.

Lake Lure meeting to address geese problem By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

LAKE LURE — Ah spring, when a young man’s fancy turns to ... geese? Citizens here will have a special meeting Saturday to discuss the goose population and humane ways of dealing with it with a program from GeesePeace — a national organization to humanely handle geese. “Multiple flocks consisting of more than 160 geese have been identified in the Morse Park and surrounding lake area,” said Town Manager Chris Braund. “This number of resident Canada geese is a dramatic increase in the population from recent years.” The birds are Canada geese that have been prevented — either by man or by nature — from migrating back north. The problem? They don’t mix well with the population in this resort town. “Their fecal dropping and over browsing of grass have a negative impact on full enjoyment of the lake and other community recreational resources,” Braund said. “In order for Canada Geese to live benignly with minimal disruption of the human community, wildlife habitat or natural areas, a proven geese management program is necessary. Our goal is to reduce and manage the resident Canada geese population over the course of the next one to three years.” Saturday’s meeting is open to all property owners and will be at 10

a.m. at town hall. Dean Givens of the town’s Lake Operations Department will oversee the program. According to the GeesePeace plan, parks and recreation areas in the program area and partner entities will experience a significant reduction in the number of geese and related conflict by Memorial Day with most geese gone by mid June. The geese will have learned that the earlier they begin their molt migration the better it is for them since they know they cannot molt in the program area. A key component of managing the fowl will be population control. “The GeesePeace program includes a combination of several methods – population stabilization consisting of nest identification and egg addling, a strict policy of no-feeding geese and intense site aversion on land and water,” Braund said. Similar to spaying and neutering used to curb pet populations, egg addling involves curbing goose population by eliminating some embryos and eggs. “Left unchecked, the numbers of Canada geese will double every five years,” Braund said. “GeesePeace has consulted with animal welfare, animal rights and wildlife conservation organizations, as well as state and national wildlife managers.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

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n Congress, the big push is on to get a vote on the health care reform bill in the next few days. Both sides are sticking to their guns, and there are a lot of political games being played in this final rush. The one thing we have not seen is anyone in Washington asking the one real question that needs to be answered now. That question is, will this bill really solve our health care problem? You see, there is a health care problem. And that problem is not getting any better, nor will it if we continue down the current path that we are traveling. That, while it might be the underlying motivator for some in Washington, has been surpassed in the debate by a desire on both sides to “get a victory.” Sometimes we cannot help but wonder whether anyone on Capitol Hill cares at all about what is happening to the American people. The politicians on both sides of this issue have stirred the pot on this bill to such an extent that it is difficult to know what is real and what is not. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats can claim clean hands on this one because both sides have failed to deal honestly with the people.

Our readers’ views Offers thoughts on schools, TJCA case To the editor: I have read with great interest about the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy lawsuit against Rutherford County Schools. As it turns out, the ruling may depend more on how the money was accounted for than how the money was meant to be spent, and that is a real shame. Anyway, I want to offer some of my thoughts. The monies in question are categorical grants, intended to be spent for specific services, and closely monitored. The majority of the funds are for preschool education and ROTC. These are monies that the schools worked very hard to acquire, because we thought they would make education better for the children of Rutherford County. All of the preschool programs focus on poor children and their families, and are intended to provide support that these families need to help their children be successful in school. We are one of the few counties that offer Head Start through our school system. That helped to eliminate some bureaucracy, and encouraged Head Start students to adapt to public school expectations. I have no doubt that Rutherford County has one of the finest, most comprehensive preschool programs in North Carolina. The ROTC program at RS Central has always experienced success, and lately they have won national championships in marksmanship. I have personally seen the program at RS Central create the kind of excitement that keeps young people in school, striving to be successful. It is indeed one of the top ROTC programs in our nation. The TJCA lawsuit contends it should have “their share” of these monies, even though they

offer none of the services. The suit asks for $958,537 as a back payment, and 7 percent (adjustable as per enrollment) annually for as long as RCS receives these grants. The monies in question totaled $5.9 million in this year’s budget. Using the 7 percent figure, the annual payment RCS must make to TJCA is $413,000. Please understand that the grant monies ($413,000) cannot simply be transferred to TJCA. These grant monies must be spent on what has been approved in the grant. To do otherwise would result in extreme consequences from the federal government. Any monies awarded to TJCA must be from local funds. So what the suit is asking is that RCS pay TJCA $1 million for providing preschool and ROTC programs for the past three years, and $413,000 annually to continue them. If you are paying attention, this money that would have to be paid to TJCA would come from the taxpayers of Rutherford County, not from the categorical federal grants. The loss of the money is bad enough, but a successful lawsuit will almost certainly have an adverse effect on RCS instructional programs. The school system will be discouraged from seeking new grants, because they will have to find local funds in the amount of 7 percent of the grant to send to TJCA. Secondly, the issue is bound to be discussed when the board of education sits down to prepare their budget in future years. Are the categorical programs worth the certain cuts in K-12 programs paid for with local funds? Do we spend money on students before they are legally required to attend school and on an extra program like ROTC, or do we address current K-12 issues with local money? Somehow the current issues

have a way of winning out. The first to go will be the preschool programs. They are mainly for poor children and their families, and these folks don’t have much political clout. The ROTC will have some very vocal support, but is only at one school. The penalty for keeping ROTC (the annual payments) would affect the entire school system. Eventually, all of the programs will be gone, $5.9 million in grants eliminated, and then no annual payment would need to be paid to TJCA from local funds. The real victims in this scenario are the students who benefited from the services, especially poor children and their families. So far, TJCA has shown no interest in providing preschool programs and ROTC. If they were, they probably would not qualify due to their student population and requirements that come with federal funds. These programs are however, an integral part of the educational opportunities offered to Rutherford County students. Their loss would be significant. I am disappointed that TJCA has taken this action. They are laying claim to monies that they have no right to receive. It appears to be an act of greed, and they don’t seem to care who they hurt. To the average person, the outcome of this suit should be obvious, but don’t be surprised at anything that comes from our court system this day and time. From reports in this newspaper, their lawyers appear to be very confident. I am certain that TJCA’s arguments will concentrate more on the technicalities of bookkeeping rather than services for children. TJCA, its lawyers, and the right judge may legally find a way to prevail over RCS. They may make it legal, but they will never make it right. Roger T. “Buck” Petty Forest City

State laws on public employees should be more open RALEIGH — Years ago, a prominent lawyer who represented a local public board called to complain after I had written a story about a public housing director accused of some bad behavior. “If that had been a clerk from Roses, the story wouldn’t have been on the front page,” he protested. “You’re right. But if it had been you or I, it sure would have been,” I responded. Newspapers and the news media treat public officials (and their own employees, I might add) differently than private individuals. When someone’s salary is paid by the taxpayer, he or she can expect more scrutiny of their actions. The higher up the person is on the food

Today in North Carolina Scott Mooneyham

chain, the higher the level of scrutiny. State law also treats public workers differently. Their salaries, positions and most recent demotion or promotion are public record in North Carolina. But when it comes to letting the public know when their employees (and that’s who employs them, the public) engage in wrongdoing or get hired using political connections, the disclosures aren’t nearly enough. Dan Kane of The News &

Observer of Raleigh reports that the law typically doesn’t allow disclosure of state worker’s personnel files, even if a state worker is fired for the worst kind of conduct. So, when a state trooper is involved improper sexual behavior on the job, the public may never find out the circumstances. When a relative of a politically-connected donor gets hired over a more qualified job applicant, the paper trail can be tucked in a file to never been seen again. And when a teacher engages in improper behavior in one school district, the people in charge of hiring in a neighboring school district may never find out. The proponents of the personnel law’s restrictive fea-

tures argue that the pool of employees willing to work for state government might grow smaller if workers believed the details of job-related discipline could become part of the latest news story. Kane, though, reports that roughly 35 states — including South Carolina, Georgia and Florida — have more open public personnel laws. Somehow, government still seems to be operating in those states. In fact, government in those states probably operates with a lot less patronage and cronyism than in North Carolina. Why shouldn’t the public, once an employee is hired and a job filled, be allowed to see that person’s application? And why shouldn’t any

letters of recommendation — particularly if from another government employee, appointee, or public officeholder — be made public? And why should there be any expectation of privacy for someone who is paid with public dollars and has engaged in behavior that has led to their suspension or firing? More than a decade ago, Attorney General Roy Cooper, then a state senator, tried unsuccessfully to recast the law to make more information public. His fellow legislators apparently decided then that they like patronage and cronyism just fine. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.


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MAN INJURED IN CRASH

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Joshua Oxendine, 20, of Traveler’s Rest Lane in Lake Lure was taken to Rutherford Hospital where he remains as a patient after this automobile accident Tuesday morning on Rock Springs Road. The accident happened at 11:15 a.m. as Oxendine was driving his 2000 S10 pick-up when he ran off the road to the left, hit a bank and overturned. Firefighters and emergency personnel from Bill’s Creek, Shingle Hollow and Lake Lure responded to the scene. Bill’s Creek’s Jamie Howell said emergency workers were able to use equipment to raise the truck off Oxendine, “crib it up” and get Oxendine out of the wreckage. “200 hours of training” is how Howell described how he and emergency personnel freed Oxendine. Ron Morgan, fire coordinator for Lake Lure said, “this was a bad wreck. He is very fortunate.” Also at the scene were Hickory Nut Gorge EMS/Rescue, N.C. Traffic Control and the Highway Patrol.

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n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 164 E-911 calls Monday. n Jerry Michael Smith reported the theft of a refrigerator. n Tammy Lee McClellan reported vandalism to a mailbox. n Mark Watson reported the theft of scrap metal and a truck motor. n Rutherford Electric Membership Corp., at 186 Hudlow Road, Forest City, reported the theft of copper ground wire.

n Terry Allen Cobb, 28, of Sims Street, Spindale; charged with possession of marijuana; released on a $300 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Andrew Hamilton, 39, of Plymouth Street, Forest City; charged with resist, obstruct and delay; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Makia Delnice Carlisle, 34, of Odessa Park, Ellenboro; arrested on a warrant for assault with a deadly weapon; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n Archie Matthew Davis, 32, of 615 Old Hickory Tree Road; charged with misdemeanor stalking; placed under a $500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Maria Ann Whitesides, 26, of 119 Summerdale Lane; charged with failure to report an accident, unsafe movement and driving while license revoked; released on a $2,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Ralph Wesley Caton, 69, of 27 Louise Southeast Drive; charged with obtain property by false pretense; placed under a $6,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Makia Delnice Carlisle, 34, of 137 Odessa Park Road; charged with assault with a deadly weapon and resisting a public officer; placed under a $5,500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Nelson Vernel Makupson, 42, of 116 Spruce Parkway; charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and failure to comply on $426; placed under a $1,500 secured bond. (RCSD) n James Anthony Chapman, 39, of 379 Cooperstown Road; charged

Rutherfordton

n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 28 E-911 calls Monday. n The theft of a flat-screen television and other items was reported at Tony’s Produce, 773 N. Washington St.

Spindale

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 39 E-911 calls Monday.

Lake Lure

n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to no E-911 calls Monday.

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 54 E-911 calls Monday. n Mazher Najmuddin reported an incident of assault with a deadly weapon. The incident occurred on East Main Street. (See arrest of Carlisle.) n Linda Biggerstaff reported damage to property. n An employee of Belk reported a larceny. (See arrest of Kelly.) n An employee of Rose’s reported a larceny.

Federal judge rules to allow Hennis court-martial

RALEIGH (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a motion to halt the court-martial of a retired soldier forced back into the Army to face charges in North Carolina triple slaying that occurred a quartercentury ago. Lawyers for Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis argued last month that the military does not have the power to charge him in the killings. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle said in a ruling on Tuesday that it would be inappropriate to rule with a court martial in progress.

Boyle dismissed the motion to allow it to continue through the military judicial system.

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with assault on a female; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD)

Citations n Jenny Hyder Kelly, 37, of Bob Rollins Road, Forest City; cited for larceny; released on a written promise to appear. (FCPD)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 19 E-911 calls Monday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to one E-911 call Monday.

Hazel Ross Freeman, 97, formerly of South Church Street, Forest City, died Monday, March 15, 2010, at Oak Grove Health Care Center. Born in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late John and Odie Freeman Ross. She was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City and the Love Circle Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forney M. Freeman who died in 1975. Survivors include her son, Joe Freeman of Forest City, a grandson and great- grandson; a sister- in -law, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at The Padgett and King Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Barry K. Keys and the Rev. J. Anthony Spencer officiating. Interment will follow in the Cool Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m., prior to the service at the mortuary. The family is at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Barbara Freeman, Valleyview Dr., Forest City. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 211 West Main St., Forest City, NC 28043; or to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Online condolences www.padgettking.com.

Deaths Earl Robbins CATAWBA INDIAN NATION, S.C. (AP) — Catawba Indian potter and South Carolina native Earl Robbins who created hundreds of pieces that are in museums around the world has died. He was 87. Greene Funeral Home of Rock Hill confirmed that Robbins died Thursday at his home on the Catawba Indian

Reservation east of Rock Hill. No cause of death was given, but Robbins’ daughter told The Herald of Rock Hill that her father had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Margaret Robbins told the newspaper that her father didn’t know that his wife of 68 years, fellow potter Viola Robbins, had died in January. The couple were among a handful of Catawba master potters who dig clay from a creek off the Catawba River, strain and hand-rub it before firing.

Mother indicted in deaths of 2 children in house fire CHARLOTTE (AP) — A North Carolina mother has been indicted on a murder charge after two of her children died when a fire broke out at their home while authorities say she was gone. The Charlotte Observer reported 26-year-old Orgal Opata also was indicted Monday on four counts of exposing children to fire and three counts of felony child abuse. Two-year-old Josiah Hawthorne and 1-year-old Gabriel Hawthorne died Feb. 28. A neighbor saved their 4and 7-year-old siblings, who are now in the custody of the county Department of Social Services. Police and prosecutors have not said where Opata was at the time of the fire. She remains in jail on $1 million bond.

Fire Calls n Cherry Mountain firefighters responded to a brush fire. n Ellenboro firefighters responded to a power line fire. n Forest City firefighters responded to a gas leak.

Otis Edgar Jones Hazel Ross Freeman

John Graham Summey John Graham Summey, 92, of Ellenboro died Monday, March 15, 2010, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County he was born on June 17, 1917, a son of the late Ed and Johnnie Webb Summey. John was a member of Race Path Baptist Church. His first job was with Duke Power Company, he was retired from farming and house painting, and he also sold produce from his garden. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ethel Hendrix Summey, two sons, J. Clark Summey of Ellenboro and Claude Summey of Hickory; two daughters, Bonnie Ann Tessinear of Grover and Jennie Lou Bailey of Union Mills; one step-daughter, Susan Wilson; one brother, Mark Summey; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Race Path Baptist Church with the Revs. John Godfrey, Wesley Smith and Ken Lender officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is serving the family. Paid Obit

Hazel Ross Freeman, age 97, formerly a resident of South Church Street, Forest City, North Carolina, died Monday, March 15, 2010, at Oak Grove Health Care Center. Hazel was born December 30, 1912, in Rutherford County and was a daughter of the late John and Odie Freeman Ross; a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City and the Love Circle Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forney M. Freeman, who died in 1975. Survivors include her son, Joe Freeman and his wife Barbara of Forest City, a grandson, Ryan Freeman and his wife Shannon of Advance, North Carolina; a great- grandson, Ryder Crayton Freeman and sister- in -law, Clara Mae Ross of Charlotte as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at four o’clock Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in The Padgett and King Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Barry K. Keys and Reverend Jay Anthony Spencer officiating. Interment will follow in the Cool Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from three until four o’clock prior to the service at the mortuary. The family is at the home of her son on Valleyview Drive, Forest City, NC. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 211 West Main Street, Forest City, NC 28043 or Hospice of Rutherford County, Post Office Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge and an online guest registry is available at www. padgettking.com Paid Obit

Otis Edgar Jones, age 90 of Collins Avenue, Forest City, North Carolina died Monday, March 15, 2010 at Hospice House of Forest City. He was a native of Rutherford County and a son of the late Columbus “Bud” Jones and Fannie Burgin Jones. He worked as a pipefitter on the Savannah River Project and retired as a supply foreman with Daniel Construction Company. Mr. Jones also served his country in the United States Army during World War II in the South Pacific; was a faithful member of Florence Baptist Church and the Virgil Webb Sunday School Class. He was also an honorary member of the Forest City Masonic Lodge, No. 381, AF&AM and a Shriner. Survivors include his wife, Tiny Johnson Jones of the home, a son, Eddy Jones and his wife Doris of Forest City, a daughter, Patti Jones Hardin and her husband Ken of Forest City. There are also three grandchildren, Alyson Hardin Mayse, Brent Hardin, and Cassidy Jones, two step-grandchildren, Michelle Pennington and Leila McClain, and a great-grandchild, McClure Grace Mayse and three step-great grandchildren, Ivy O’Donnell, Davy Pennington, and Nathan McClain. Funeral services will be held at Two o’clock Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in the Florence Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Bobby Gantt officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park with military honors accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. Visitation was held from six until eight- thirty Tuesday evening at The Padgett and King Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Florence Baptist Church, Light Shine Campaign, 201 South Broadway Street, Forest City, NC 28043 or Hospice of Rutherford County, Post Office Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com Paid Obit


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Red Cross Blood drives schedule: March 22 — Red Cross Chapter, Forest City, 2 to 6:30 p.m., call 2875916 Class schedule: First Aid — March 20, begins at 8:30 a.m., Preventing Disease Transmission All classes must be paid in advance. Call 287-5916 for information.

Meetings/other Booster meeting: Forest City Owls Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Big Dave’s Family Seafood. Contact Cecil Geer at 828-919-0000 for information. Democrat Club: Rutherford County Democrat Club will meet Monday, March 22, at Democrat Headquarters, Main Street, Forest City. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Miscellaneous Food giveaway: Free food will be given away to those in need Saturday, March 20, at Forest City Foursquare Church, from noon to 3 p.m., (or until food runs out). Convenience center hours: All Rutherford County Convenience Centers have extended their hours (effective this week) to coincide with Daylight Saving Time. The centers will be open MondayFriday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cosmetology specials: Open to the public March 23-26. The specials include hair cut, perm or relaxer, and style for $10 (regular rates $28). Appointments are requested but walk-ins will be accepted. TWTh, clients will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Friday 26th, 8:15 and 11 a.m. only. Spring Fling: Friday, March 26, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Rutherfordton Elementary School; games, inflatables, Bingo, cake walk, sand art, food and lots more. Low-cost rabies clinic: Saturday, April 10, 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 Food sale: Friday, March 19, begins at 10 a.m., at St. Luke’s FBH Church; fish, chicken and hot wings, $6.50 per plate; chitterlins $7.50; to place an order call 2450222. Fish fry, rib plates: Saturday, March 20, begins at 11 a.m., Unionville Lodge, 703 Ledbetter Road, Spindale; plates $6; sandwiches $3; NY-style hot dogs $2; carry outs available; all proceeds for the building fund. Pancake breakfast: Saturday, March 20, 7 to 11 a.m., Harold Hawkins VFW Post #5204, 940 Withrow Road, Forest City, (beside National Guard Armory); pancakes, bacon or sausage, and drink; adults $5; ages 3-12, $3; ages 3 and under free; the ladies auxiliary will also hold a bake sale; visitors will also have an opportunity to see the wall mural honoring all veterans. Benefit supper, karaoke night: For Keith and Tammy Cogdell, who lost everything in a house fire; Saturday, March 27, at Cane Creek Clubhouse, beginning at 7 p.m.; hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold; $3 for karaoke, donations accepted.

Religion Grow Day: Sunday, March 21, Sandy Mush Baptist Church; Sunday School 10 a.m.; worship service 11 a.m.; lunch afterwards. Revival: March 21-24, Race Path Baptist Church, Ellenboro; Sunday services 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m.; MTW, 7 nightly; guest speaker, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Bugg. Guest speaker: Sunday, March 21, 4 p.m.; Angel Divine Faith Church, Rutherfordton; guest speaker, Pastor L.T. Tate from Walkers Chapel, along with his choir and congregation; Gladys Logan, pastor.

Amy said she wanted people to e-mail serious suggestions for the name to operations@wncaviation. com. The contract adopted Tuesday night will have the FBO paying $1 per month as their lease rate for the first year, increasing to 0.5 percent of gross revenues from operations at the airport in the second year. By the third year and fourth year, the rate increases to 1 percent of gross and in the fifth year becomes 1.5 percent. “We’re very excited to see this come to completion,” said board member

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Google is encouraging people to be creative in their expressions of their need for the high-speed fiber. “I would like to see people express their deepest need for broadband Internet,” Owens said. “I want Google to know how much we need Fiber-ToThe-Home for our home-based businesses, corporate businesses (employees that work from home), students taking online courses, students during research papers, students doing daily homework, our teachers developing lesson plans and the list could go on and on.” To emphasize their entries, other cities have taken some extreme steps. “Topeka, Kansas, has temporarily changed their name to Google, Kansas,” Owens said. “Downtown Greenville, S.C., gave out glow necklaces and wrote out GOOGLE to be seen from the sky. The city of Baltimore has created a ‘Google czar’ that is spearheading their efforts for the tech community. The city of Rancho Cucamonga has created

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achievement and demonstrated leadership skills. The local foundation does not take part in the selection process, which is handled entirely by USC. “We were thrilled,” said Harrill’s father, Mitch Harrill, of the award. “She worked hard for it.” “We’re excited about it and happy for her,” added Harrill’s mother, Julie. “The McNair Scholars program at the University of South Carolina recognizes students that have extraordinary academic talent, exemplary character and remarkable leadership skills,” said Monica Lee, executive director of the McNair Educational Foundation. “Sally Harrill has proven her academic talent by maintaining over a 5.0 grade point average while taking honors, advanced placement and online college level courses throughout her career at East High School. Sally will be a outstanding representative for Rutherford County

The FBO will retain revenues generated by fuel sales and tie-downs of aircraft. “We also plan to look at moving some aircraft here from our Asheville operation,” said Charles Thomas. “Our aircraft based at the Asheville airport have to pay Buncombe County taxes and city of Asheville taxes. Here, they only have to pay Rutherford County taxes, which are much lower anyway.” But Charles was quick to point out the company wouldn’t be moving all nine of their aircraft — eight planes and one helicopter — all at once. The company will only move the planes

that are necessary. Also at the meeting the board reviewed its proposed 2010-2011 budget. The airport expects to have revenues of $193,550; due mostly to $179,400 of ad valorem tax generated by aircraft based at Marchman Field. Total expenses for the facility are projected to be $96,455 giving the operation profits of $97,095. “This is one reason we say the airport is good for the county,” Bole said. “It is a very efficient operation and actually makes money for the taxpayer.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

a video and placed it on YouTube and offering to change their name to Rancho Googlemonga. There are many more efforts but those are just to name a few. We could do the same here if we chose to, but we need ideas.” The Federal Communication Commission is also paying attention to the need for broadband service to the home. Rutherfordton telecommunications attorney Omer Causey is spearheading efforts to report data to the FCC on broadband in the county. “The FCC recently instituted a procedure by which citizens can report the lack of broadband availability,” Causey said. “The information gathered is intended to assist in implementation of the FCC’s national broadband initiative, including consideration given to allocation of federal dollars under (American Recover and Reinvestment Act) and other grant/loan programs. Assuming that someone at the FCC is actually using this data, this reporting form offers a direct means of getting information to the agency that has the most influence on broadband deployment.” Citizens can report their lack of broadband at www.broadband.gov.

Since many of those who need to report their lack of Internet service cannot reach the Web site, Causey is promoting church groups, schools, civic groups and local governments giving out copies of the form to be faxed or mailed to the FCC.

as a McNair Scholar at the University of South Carolina.” Harrill is ranked number one in her class with a GPA of 5.02 and is senior class president. She has been a Big Sister for the Freshman Kickoff program for two years and was named outstanding freshman, outstanding sophomore and outstanding junior. A member of the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Key Club, Anchor Club, Future Business Leaders of America and CAvalier Crazies, she has also served as the chief junior marshall at the 2009 graduation. Harrill has played softball and volleyball for all four years at East. She has been named All Conference and All County in softball for three years as well as being named Rookie of the Year her freshman year and Best Offensive Player for the past two years. She was also named All Conference and MVP this year in volleyball. She chose USC in part because of the scholarship. Harrill plans to major in psychology with a goal of becoming a pediatric psychiatrist.

“I do want to study abroad, but I’m not sure where I want to go,” she said. Harrill is a member of First Baptist Church of Bostic and is active at Temple Baptist Church. She has served on the Forest City Youth Council and was in the 2009 class of Leadership Rutherford. Harrill has provided 340.5 service-learning hours in activities such as Camp Harmony and Upward Basketball over the past four years. Harrill is looking forward to meeting new people at USC. She’ll return to the campus April 10 for scholarship weekend.

The FCC submitted its broadband initiative to congress on Tuesday for review. “Some aspects of the plan have direct importance to Rutherford County,” Causey said. “These include developing regulations for ‘white space’ or TV band spectrum that would allow deployment of this new technology to serve less densely populated rural areas; clarifying the Congressional mandate allowing state and local entities to provide broadband in their communities; revision of pole attachment rules; allowing local governments to purchase broadband through federal contracts such as Networx; promotion of digital literacy among all students before high school graduation; promotion of e-Health initiatives.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

Former ROPE (Reaching One’s Potential for Excellence) winners, McNair Foundation current and former mentors and others are invited to attend a 20th Anniversary Celebration May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at McNair Field. For more information on the event, e-mail rope2010@att.net. Contact Flynn via e-mail at aflynn@thedigitalcourier.com.

Cops want DNA from recently exonerated man RALEIGH (AP) — A North Carolina man exonerated of a prostitute’s murder in a groundbreaking innocence hearing agreed Tuesday to let police test the clothing he wore more than 18 years ago for the victim’s DNA. Greg Taylor said he agreed to the Raleigh Police Department’s request to show once and for all he’s innocent of the slaying of Jacquetta Thomas in September 1991. “If my fight was not over when those

judges pronounced my innocence, then when will it be over?” Greg Taylor said in an e-mailed statement, referring to his exoneration last month by a three-judge panel. Taylor’s attorney, Chris Mumma, told The Associated Press that she had wanted to try to retrieve the white T-shirt, blue jeans and other clothing that Taylor was wearing the night Thomas was beaten to death. But Taylor, she said, insisted on allowing the tests.

“He wants to remove any question of his guilt and any association with Jacquetta Thomas, so he agreed to let them test the clothes,” Mumma said. She said police plan to test for any of the victim’s skin cells on clothes worn by Taylor and Johnny Beck, a friend who was was held in Thomas’ death for about two years until prosecutors dropped charges. Mumma said Taylor couldn’t be tried again, regardless of the test results.

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John Smoltz joins TBS as analyst ATLANTA (AP) — John Smoltz is joining Turner Broadcasting’s baseball crew as an analyst. The 42-year-old pitcher says he isn’t sure whether he will play again. Smoltz has 213 wins and 154 saves in 21 seasons, most of them with the Atlanta Braves. He played for Boston and St. Louis last season. Smoltz will work on national telecasts on TBS and Atlanta Braves’ games on Peachtree TV in Atlanta. He was a guest analyst for TBS during the 2007 playoffs and broadcast games for Peachtree TV and TBS following shoulder surgery in 2008. Ernie Johnson Jr., a TNT NBA and golf broadcaster, also will call baseball for Peachtree TV. He broadcast Braves games with his father, Ernie Johnson Sr., on SportSouth from 199396 and has done occasional Braves telecasts in recent years.

NASCAR tests spoiler at Talladega TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR is testing spoilers at Talladega Superspeedeay. Twenty-five Sprint Cup teams are at Talladega on Tuesday to practice with a spoiler on cars in place of the rear wing. The all-day session started with single-car runs, then switched to a drafting practice. Speeds topped 200 mph. That required NASCAR to call the teams into the garage to change to a smaller restrictor-plate in an effort to decrease speed. The spoiler could replace the wing by next week’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

Tomlinson says Favre didn’t tip hand NEW YORK (AP) — LaDainian Tomlinson says Brett Favre gave no indication whether he would return for another season when the two chatted recently about playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Tomlinson met with the Vikings, but signed with the New York Jets.

Local Sports SOFTBALL 5 p.m. AC Reynolds at R-S Central GIRLS SOCCER 6 p.m. Chase at R-S Central COLLEGE BASEBALL 7 p.m. Presbyterian vs. Wofford (at McNair Field) GIRLS TRACK 4 p.m. Chase at Patton

On TV 1 p.m. (TS) MLB Preseason Baseball Atlanta Braves at Florida Marlins. 3 p.m. (FSS) ATP Tennis BNP Paribas Open: Men’s Round of 16 or Women’s Quarterfinal. 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball NIT Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (TS) NBA Basketball Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors. 8 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball San Antonio Spurs at Orlando Magic. 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball NIT Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA. 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers. 10:30 p.m. (FSS) ATP Tennis BNP Paribas Open: Men’s Round of 16 or Women’s Quarterfinal.

Central’s Jordan Rumfelt (32) holds on for the tag of East Rutherford’s Derek Deaton (7) during the baseball game at R-S Central, Tuesday. Garrett Byers/ Daily Courier

East Rutherford rips Central, 8-2 By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

RUTHERFORDTON — East Rutherford’s Dakotah Thomas rang up 14 strikeouts in a compete game, one-hitter as East Rutherford beat R-S Central, 8-2, in the SMAC opener Tuesday. Thomas’ outstanding night also saw

just six Hilltoppers reached base in the contest and East received added run support in the seventh to take the win. “Dakotah (Thomas) did a good job on the mound and I thought a couple of two-out, base hits were key tonight for us to get the win,” East Rutherford baseball coach Bobby Reynolds said. “As for Dakotah’s performance, that’s

14 less plays that we have to make in the field.” R-S Central found the early momentum as they took a 2-0 lead. Seth Orr singled up the middle to cross one Hilltopper and Christian Pfaff’s sacrifice fly gave Central Please see Baseball, Page 8A

Lady Hilltoppers clip Cavaliers, 5-4 By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

RUTHERFORDTON — A classic East Rutherford and R-S Central softball battle was again close, but Brooke Owens’ had the game-winning hit for R-S Central to take the 5-4 victory, Tuesday. After Kaley Holmstrom smashed a double, to the fence in left, to begin the bottom of the sixth inning, Owens roped a single to center, plating Holmstrom, which untied the game. Central’s Adrienne Alexander robbed East’s Chelsea Medford for the first out of the seventh at shortstop and Central’s Mariah Lattimore struck out Sara Hoyle, leaving the game on the line for East’s Ali Ruppe. Ruppe seemed to have come through, but Central’s Carrie Lovelace ran to her right in centerfield, reached out and was able to make a fantastic catch for the third out of the inning, sending Central into celebration mode. R-S Central (4-0) has now won three of four by way of just a one run difference this season. “Lattimore pitched great on the mound again today and we got some timely hits, but we have got to eliminate some mistakes if we are going to make a run at anything,” R-S Central softball coach Melvin Digh said. “It was for sure a typi-

Central’s Mariah Lattimore prepares to deliver a pitch to the plate during the softball game against East Rutherford at R-S Central, Tuesday.

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The wind was blowing in from center The natural beauty around the baseball field at R-S Central has always been something to behold. One can look to the northwest and see a gorgeous view of the nearby mountains; many of which, depending on the season, can be bold and colorful or covered in snow. Tonight, the wind was blowing in from centerfield and all eyes weren’t focused on the mountains, but on the diamond, which sadly faces away from those majestic Appalachian rocks. The Hilltoppers opened conference play at their ballpark with a very familiar foe: East Rutherford. The Cavs came in undefeated at 6-0 and with their No. 1 pitcher, Dakotah Thomas on the mound. The Hilltoppers countered with their lefty, JM Spangler. Both pitchers came out a little shaky in the first inning as each walked the leadoff hitter. Thomas’ walk proved to be more troublesome as Central struck for two runs in the home half of the opening frame. The names in this series, like all high school contests, change as young men graduate and move on to college. But, this series remains among the most

meaningful baseball being played all over the county.

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intense I have ever covered. Thomas, Drew Reynolds and Derek Deaton would love to add, ‘one for the thumb,’ for head coach Bobby Reynolds and I believe anything short of a 2A Finals appearance is going to be a disappointment to these Cavs. Central’s Kyle Holmstrom, Christian Pfaff and Jordan Rumfelt are a big part of Chadd Fowler’s first year at the helm of the Toppers. The seniors would love to replicate the level of success their football counterparts had in the fall. Friday, conference play becomes even more interesting as East hosts SMAC favorite, Patton, while Central travels down 221 to take on the Trojans of Chase. I love spring, which arrives on Saturday, and it is very nice to have

Politics Stink (yeah, yeah): Sorry, a little J. Geils Band flashback. I have been watching with much interest the development of the Daniel Road Project. The project is the center of much controversy in certain quarters of the county. The addition of six multi-use sports fields is an important component of this project, and I continue to hope that progress will be made that will allow that element of the project to be completed quickly. The youth soccer leagues and youth football leagues of this county need better fields and the central location of this property makes this an ideal location. If you have a child who plays youth sports, you need to follow the progress of this project and encourage those involved in its’ development to stay on course. Now, back to the J. Geils Band. It’s my bracket, baby: Anyone else feeling hopelessly lost on their bracket? I may just pick Murray State (not really, I’m taking Kansas).


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Central’s Kyle Holmstrom (15) lays down a bunt during the baseball game against East Rutherford Tuesday.

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the lead after the first inning. The Hilltoppers earned no more hits after the frame. East got a lone run in the second and then captured the lead for good in the third. Trent Dorsey singled in the third inning and crossed several batters later with the tying run. Derek Deaton, who drew a walk, came across with the go-ahead run on a Central throwing error. East’s Lucas Owens then drove home two more runs with a sharp single into left for East to take a 5-2 lead in the top of the third inning. East Rutherford’s lead stayed the same until the seventh as Central could only put one baserunner on from the second through the sixth inning. East added an RBI single by Thomas and then Chip Helton, who had walked in his three previous appearances on the night, launched a two-run homer to right to go up 8-2. Thomas had no problem in the seventh as East Rutherford moved to 7-0 overall on the season and 1-0 in conference play. R-S Central pitcher J.M. Spangler allowed seven hits and struck out three. R-S Central skipper Chadd Fowler wasn’t upset about the way his team played and knew exactly who to credit. “Dakotah Thomas single-handily dominated us tonight, give him credit,” Fowler said. “Not getting out of the third inning shifted the momentum in the third, but Thomas had our number tonight.”

Mitchell 5, TJCA 4, 8 innings

RUTHERFORDTON — The Gryphons were clipped, 5-4, in 8 innings by Mitchell Tuesday. Caleb Bishop was saddled with the loss after allowing three unearned runs over 4 and 2/3 innings pitched in relief. Thomas Jefferson’s JV baseball team won, 9-3.

Patton 10, Chase 0

MORGANTON — Chase was bounced, 10-0, in five innings by Patton, Tuesday.

Bobcats streak ends with loss to Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danny Granger scored 26 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat Charlotte 99-94 on Tuesday night, denying the Bobcats what would have been a franchise-record seventh consecutive victory. Troy Murphy had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy added 15 points for Indiana, which had lost 14 of its previous 17 games.

Charlotte played its fifth game in eight days, and All-Star forward Gerald Wallace missed his second straight with an injured left ankle. Stephen Graham, a former Pacer who replaced Wallace in the lineup, finished with a career-high 19 points and tied a career best with eight rebounds. Stephen Jackson, a former Pacer still disliked in Indiana for his sometimes surly demeanor and non-basketball related issues during his stay, finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Boris Diaw also scored 20 points, but had a costly turnover in the final minute. Indiana had a safe lead until the final two minutes. Raymond Felton got a steal, and Tyrus Thomas dunked over Dahntay Jones to cut Indiana’s lead to 97-91.

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Tuesday’s Games Baltimore 3, Minnesota 1 Washington (ss) 4, St. Louis 2 Philadelphia 6, Detroit 1 Houston (ss) 3, Boston (ss) 0 Atlanta 6, Florida (ss) 3 Washington (ss) 12, Florida (ss) 3 Texas vs Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. San Francisco vs Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Houston (ss) vs N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Boston (ss) vs Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Wednesday’s Games N.Y. Mets vs Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Detroit vs Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington vs Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Arizona vs L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. San Francisco vs Oakland at Phoenix, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. San Diego vs Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland vs Colorado at Tucson, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Texas vs Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. Cleveland vs Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games Baltimore vs Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Colorado vs Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Arizona vs Oakland at Phoenix, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston Toronto New York Philadelphia New Jersey Orlando Atlanta Charlotte

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cal East-Central game, close all the way.” Central’s Lattimore earned the win from the hill, throwing a solid three-hitter and fanning six in the victory. East Rutherford pitcher Ruppe gave up eight hits. After Indiana failed to score on its next possesEast and Central scored once sion, Graham scored on the other end and was in the first inning and East fouled. He converted the three-point play with 56 scored twice in the fourth, seconds to play. before Central took the lead in Indiana came up empty again, and Charlotte the bottom half of that frame had a chance to tie. Diaw threw the ball right to with three runs. East tied it up Indiana’s Murphy with 20 seconds to play. A.J. on Deanna Lowery’s ground out Price made two free throws with 7.4 seconds left to at 4-4 in the top of the sixth, seal the win. setting up for the final inning of

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x-clinched playoff spot Monday’s Games New York 94, Philadelphia 84 Boston 119, Detroit 93 Houston 125, Denver 123 Utah 112, Washington 89 L.A. Lakers 124, Golden State 121 New Orleans 108, L.A. Clippers 100 Tuesday’s Games Indiana 99, Charlotte 94 Cleveland at Detroit, late Atlanta at New Jersey, late San Antonio at Miami, late Chicago at Memphis, late Washington at Denver, late L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, late Minnesota at Phoenix, late Wednesday’s Games Oklahoma City at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Toronto, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. New York at Boston, late San Antonio at Orlando, late Chicago at Dallas, late Memphis at Houston, late Minnesota at Utah, late New Orleans at Golden State, late Milwaukee at L.A. Clippers, late Thursday’s Games Orlando at Miami, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Denver, 9:30 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS Tuesday’s Sports Transactions

NCAA Tournament Glance Opening Round Tuesday, March 16 At UD Arena Dayton, Ohio Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61, Winthrop 44

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF Pittsburgh 69 41 23 5 87 217 New Jersey 68 41 24 3 85 183 Philadelphia 68 36 28 4 76 203 N.Y. Rangers 69 31 29 9 71 181 N.Y. Islanders 69 28 32 9 65 180 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Buffalo 67 36 21 10 82 183 Ottawa 69 37 27 5 79 186 Montreal 70 35 29 6 76 191 Boston 68 30 26 12 72 169 Toronto 69 23 34 12 58 183 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF y-Washington 69 46 14 9 101 270 Tampa Bay 68 28 28 12 68 182 Atlanta 68 28 29 11 67 200 Florida 67 28 29 10 66 174 Carolina 68 28 32 8 64 189 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 68 44 18 6 94 225 Nashville 69 38 26 5 81 193 Detroit 69 34 23 12 80 187 St. Louis 68 32 27 9 73 186 Columbus 70 28 31 11 67 183 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Vancouver 69 43 23 3 89 228 Colorado 68 39 23 6 84 204 Calgary 69 34 26 9 77 174 Minnesota 68 33 29 6 72 188 Edmonton 69 21 41 7 49 174 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF San Jose 68 43 15 10 96 224 Phoenix 69 42 22 5 89 187 Los Angeles 68 40 23 5 85 206 Dallas 68 29 26 13 71 191 Anaheim 68 31 29 8 70 189

New Jersey 3, Boston 2 Columbus 5, Edmonton 3 Detroit 2, Calgary 1 Tuesday’s Games Boston 5, Carolina 2 Atlanta 4, Buffalo 3 Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, late Toronto at Ottawa, late Phoenix at Tampa Bay, late Washington at Florida, late Colorado at St. Louis, late Philadelphia at Nashville, late Edmonton at Minnesota, late San Jose at Dallas, late N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, late Wednesday’s Games Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Calgary at Colorado, 9 p.m. Chicago at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m. St. Louis at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Washington at Carolina, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Atlanta, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Nashville, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Chicago at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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y-clinched division Monday’s Games

BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Optioned RHP Freddy Dolsi, RHP Lucas Harrell, RHP Jhonny Nunez, RHP Brian Omogrosso and RHP Clevelan Santeliz to Charlotte (IL). Sent RHP Brandon Hynick outright to Charlotte. Optioned RHP Santo Luis to Birmingham (SL). Reassigned C Cole Armstrong to their minor league camp. Announced RHP Steve Johnson, a Rule 5 draft pick, has been returned to the team San Francisco (NL) and assigned him to Bowie (EL). BOSTON RED SOX—Sent LHP Armando Zerpa outright to Pawtucket (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS—Acquired RHP Omar Aguilar from Milwaukee for LHP Chuck Lofgren. KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Optioned RHP Carlos Rosa and OF Jordan Parraz to Omaha (PCL). NEW YORK YANKEES—Named Kevin Towers special assignment scout. SEATTLE MARINERS—Optioned OF Ezequiel Carrera to Tacoma (PCL) and 1B Dustin Ackley to West Tennessee (SL). National League CHICAGO CUBS—Optioned RHP Rafael Dolis to Tennessee (SL). COLORADO ROCKIES—Optioned RHP Alberto Alburquerque, RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Edgmer Escalona, RHP Chaz Roe, RHP Shane Lindsay, C Michael McKenry and INF Hector Gomez to their minor league camp. Reassigned RHP Craig Baker, RHP Andrew Johnston, RHP Andrew Graham, LHP Christian Friedrich, C Jordan Pacheco, C Wilin Rosario, OF Chris Frey, INF Darin Holcomb and INF Jeff Kindel to their minor league camp. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Sent LHP Chuck Lofgren outright to Nashville (PCL). Released LHP John Halama. American Association ST. PAUL SAINTS—Signed OF Drew T. Anderson. Atlantic League LONG ISLAND DUCKS—Signed RHP Sidney Ponson and RHP Jake Dittler. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALS—Signed INF Mike DeJesus. Northern League Gary SouthShore RailCats—Agreed to terms with C Hank Lanto. Kansas City T-Bones—Agreed to terms with RHP Steven Stewart. Rockford RiverHawks—Agreed to terms with RHP Chris Pfalzgraf. Schaumburg Flyers—Agreed to terms with C-1B Craig Maddox. Released LHP Carmen Pignatiello. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER—Signed G Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract. Women’s National Basketball Association WASHINGTON MYSTICS—Signed G Katie Smith. FOOTBALL National Football League CLEVELAND BROWNS—Re-signed TE Greg Estandia and DB Ray Ventrone. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Signed G Ryan Lilja. NEW YORK JETS—Signed DE Rodrique Wright. Canadian Football League TORONTO ARGONAUTS—Signed QB Danny Brannagan to a three-year contract. HOCKEY National Hockey League CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS—Assigned D Shawn Lalonde to Rockford (AHL). Recalled D Nick Botnton and G Corey Crawford from Rockford. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Assigned F Maksim Mayorov to Syracuse (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD—Signed C Casey Wellman to a two-year contract. Recalled D Justin Falk from Houston (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORS—Reassigned D Brian Lee to Binghamton (AHL). COLLEGE OHIO STATE—Signed football coach Jim Tressel to a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season. Fired men’s hockey coach John Markell.

play. Central was led at the plate by Holmstrom, Owens and Taylor Crowder with two hits each. East was led by Sara Hoyle, Paige Campfield and Megan Walker with one hit each. Hoyle blasted a triple to begin the game. “They (RS Central) are a good team, but I felt like the errors hurt us and we didn’t play as aggressively as I would of liked,” East Rutherford softball coach Julie Powell said.

County school, 23-0. The Lady Trojans pounded out 23 hits included four hits apiece from Sam Carpenter and Mackenzie McCraw. McCraw and Euletha Davis drove in five in the conference win that improved Chase to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in SMAC play.

Chase 23, Patton 0

Mitchell 15, TJCA 7

MORGANTON — The Lady Trojans made Patton cry ‘uncle,’ after five innings of play Tuesday as Chase ripped the 3A Burke

RUTHERFORDTON — Thomas Jefferson’s varsity softball team fell, 15-7, Tuesday to Mitchell.

Rebecca Bailey took the win in a complete game effort that witnessed the senior allowing one hit and walking one for the shut out.


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Woods to return to golf at the Masters

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods said Tuesday he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports. “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Woods said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.” The Masters begins April 8. The Associated Press first reported his plans to return at Augusta National last Thursday. Woods has not competed since Nov. 15 when he won the Australian Masters for his 82nd victory worldwide. Twelve days later, he crashed his car into a tree outside his Florida home, setting off shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his Woods wife. “The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played,” Woods said. “I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment,” he said. “Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.” There had been reports he would play the Tavistock Cup exhibition next week in Orlando, followed by the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he is the defending champion and a six-time winner. “When I finally got into a position to think about competitive golf again, it became apparent to me that the Masters would be the earliest I could play,” Woods said. Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, said the club not only supported Woods’ decision to make his return there, but “additionally, we support and encourage his stated commitment to continue the significant work required to rebuild his personal and professional life.” Already the major with the highest TV ratings, this Masters could be the biggest yet. The first two rounds are televised on ESPN, with CBS Sports on the weekend. “Obviously, the ratings will be off the chart,” Heath Slocum said. “It will be interesting to watch — not only the reaction from him, but from the fans, the media, the players. I would venture to say he might be nervous.”

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Chase High held its Winter Sports Banquet on Monday, March 8, and awards were passed out in seven sports. Winners included: Varsity Boys Basketball: Carlos Watkins, Coaches Award/MVP/Best Offense/All-Conference/ SMAC Player of the Year; Andrew Scruggs, Most Improved/Academic Award; Wesley Roach, Best Defense. Junior Varsity Boys Basketball: Steven Holland, Coaches Award; Tarrio Young, Team Before Self; Zach Wantuch, Most Improved; Brent Butler, Academic Award. Varsity Girls Basketball: Ke Ke McKinney, Hustle Award; Claudette Miller, Best Defense; Kaitlyn Smart, Best Offense/All Conference; Eulethia Davis, Best All Around; Caroline Cordell, Academic Award. Varsity Cheerleading: Victoria Helton, Most Spirited; Maggie Elliott, Coaches Award; Kasey Brown, Best All Around; Leah Byers, Academic Award. Junior Varsity Cheerleading: Aaliyah Carson, Most Spirited; Kalei Martinez, Best All Around; Jessi Toney, Coaches Award. Swimming: Rhett Oglesby, Coach of the Year; Haley Hunt, Girls Coaches Award/All Conference; Mollee McKinney, Girls Coaches Award; Allison Nicholson, Academic Award. Zane Kingery, All Conference/Boys Coaches Award; Alex Hutchins, All Conference/Boys Coaches Award; Evan Morse, All Conference/Boys Coaches Award; Timothy Brown, Academic Award. Wrestling: Oliver Sanchez, Most Improved/Most Wins/All Conference; Richard Sharek, Outstanding Rookie; Troy Howell, Coaches Award; Trent Robbins, Academic Award; Tyler Padgett, All Conference.

Ex-coach Dungy to speak to inmates in SC COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tony Dungy stood before more than 1,700 prisoners Tuesday, sharing a smile and message of hope that has become his life’s work. The former NFL championship coach said he recently visited an inmate in Florida that he had ministered to nearly 10 years ago. The prisoner thanked Dungy for changing his mental and spiritual outlook. “That,” Dungy said, “was a bigger thrill for me than winning the Super Bowl.” Dungy guided the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl win in 2007 — the first black coach to do so — then left the league after one more season to focus on his family and mission. The

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for positive, lasting change. “It really doesn’t matter about your past,” Dungy said. “It’s about your future and what you’re going to do.” Dungy got involved in prison ministries while head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996. He was nervous about meeting inmates, beset, he says, with the same misgivings many have about those behind bars. Dungy discovered many prisoners are filled with remorse and eager to amend for mistakes. He’s been actively involved ever since. Dungy said his NFL coaching career is likely finished, but he feels privileged to play a role in the redemptive journey of others.

Ovechkin: ‘Disappointed’ with 2-game suspension

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday said he was disappointed by a two-game suspension issued for a hit on Chicago’s Brian Campbell. In a brief interview with reporters in South Florida, the two-time MVP first said he was sorry that the hit resulted in an injury for Campbell and added that he was “disappointed” it resulted in a two-game suspension. He answered just three questions before a Capitals team official ended the session. “I think it was a like a heat of the hit,” Ovechkin said, when asked if he was surprised by the league’s decision. “I think it was just a little push.” In a statement posted on the team’s Web site, Ovechkin said he would continue to “play hard, play with passion and play with respect for my teammates, opponents and fans” when he returned from the suspension. “I didn’t mean to make someone injured,” Ovechkin told reporters.

“But you know, it’s a hockey game.” Ovechkin drove Campbell into the boards from behind in the first period Sunday and received a major penalty and a game misconduct. The Blackhawks defenseman stayed down for several minutes before he was able to leave the ice with a trainer. He did not return to the game. “I just know there was no malice intended,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He didn’t go to hurt him. He went to hit him, and he hit him, but the hit didn’t cause the damage. The boards caused the damage.” Campbell, who has seven goals and 31 assists this season, is out with what the team is calling an upperbody injury. Ovechkin will miss Tuesday’s contest against the Florida Panthers and Thursday’s game at Carolina. “It’s always tough to lose your best player,” Boudreau said. “He is the MVP and all of those things ... but we’re playing well.”

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Nation Today Bus crashes in Texas

CAMPBELLTON, Texas (AP) — A crowded bus carrying young families and spring breakers toward Mexico went careening off a Texas highway and flipped onto its side Tuesday, killing two people and forcing dozens of bloodied passengers to climb to safety through broken windows and an emergency exit. The Americanos USA bus left San Antonio with 42 people on board and was headed to the Mexican border city of Matamoros, with a planned stop in Falfurrias, Texas. About 45 miles from San Antonio, the bus driver heard a loud noise before the bus veered from the right lane of Interstate 37. The bus spun toward the grassy median and landed on its right side, said Chuck Garris, the emergency management coordinator for Atascosa County.

Helicopter rescues horse

PHOENIX (AP) — It’s not every day you see a horse fly. But with the greatest of ease, a heavy-duty helicopter plucked a mustang named Colorado off a western Arizona river sandbar Tuesday morning, reuniting him with his owner. Colorado spent five days stranded on the sandbar along the Gila River about 36 miles southwest of Phoenix. The Gila’s swift-moving current prevented an earlier rescue and

the horse was trapped on the sandbar with a few bushes and trees to munch on. His rider was one of three people rescued after they tried to ride in the river Friday. A veterinarian prepped the 900-pound horse for the flight Tuesday by injecting him with a tranquilizer before placing him in a harness with blinders on. Once he was airborne, Colorado flew effortlessly and never bucked, his black mane and tail blowing in the wind.

Hurt dog goes to ER FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The patient was only slightly injured when he limped into a hospital in the northwest New Mexico city of Farmington. The only problem was, he was a dog. When the automatic doors at San Juan Regional Medical Center’s emergency room slid open Saturday night, the pooch walked in, blood on his nose and paw, and a puncture hole in one leg. Animal control officer Robin Loev (LOHV) responded to a call from the hospital and suspects the puncture wound was from the bite of another dog. Loev says the German shepherd mix appeared to be intelligent and calm — and knew enough to go to the right place.

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An Experimental Lancair IV-P airplane lies beached on Hilton Head Island, S.C., Tuesday, March 16, 2010, the day after its pilot made an emergency landing. The pilot, Edward Smith, and his passenger survived the crash, but a man jogging on the beach was killed when he was struck by the plane.

Beach jogger killed by crashing airplane HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Robert Gary Jones was a pharmaceutical salesman on a business trip, looking forward to getting home to celebrate his daughter’s third birthday. He was enjoying a moment to himself on this resort island, jogging on the beach and listening to his iPod. Officials say the Woodstock, Ga., man neither saw nor heard what struck him from behind Monday evening: A single-engine plane making an emergency landing. The Lancair IV-P aircraft, which can be built from a kit, had lost its propeller and was “basically gliding” as it hit and instantly killed Jones, said Ed Allen, the coroner for Beaufort County on the South Carolina coast. “There’s no noise,” said aviation expert Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general for the National Transportation Safety Board. “So the jogger, with his ear buds in, and the plane without an engine, you’re basically a stealth aircraft. Who would expect to look up?” The pilot, Edward I. Smith of Chesapeake, Va., and his lone passenger both walked away from the crash landing near the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa. Marshall Clary was sitting in his home office overlooking the beach when the crash happened about 6:10 p.m. He said he heard nothing when the plane hit Jones and didn’t realize something was wrong until he heard emergency helicopters overhead a short time later. From his back deck, he saw the plane in the water about 100 yards

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a Hollywood-style heist, thieves cut a hole in the roof of a warehouse, rappelled inside and scored one of the biggest hauls of its kind — not diamonds, gold bullion or Old World art, but about $75 million in antidepressants and other prescription drugs. The pills — stolen from the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. in quantities big enough to fill a tractor-trailer — are believed to be destined for the black market, perhaps overseas. “This is like the Brink’s pill heist,” said Erik Gordon, a University of Michigan business professor who studies the health care industry. “This one will enter the folklore.” The thieves apparently scaled the brick exterior of the warehouse in an industrial park in Enfield, a town about midway between Hartford and

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Brake problem forces Honda to issue recall

A television indicates that the Fed will keep interest rates unchanged on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks held on to modest gains Tuesday after the Federal Reserve gave a mildly more upbeat view of the economy. Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Honda Motor Co. will recall more than 410,000 Odyssey minivans and Element small trucks because of braking system problems that could make it tougher to stop the vehicle if not repaired. The recall includes 344,000 Odysseys and 68,000 Elements from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Honda said in a statement that over time, brake pedals can feel “soft” and must be pressed closer to the floor to stop the vehicles. Left unrepaired, the problem could cause loss of braking power and possibly a crash, Honda spokesman Chris Martin said. “It’s definitely not operating the way it should, and it’s safety systems, so it brings it to the recall status,” he said. The National Highway Traffic Safety as people rush to take advantage Administration has reported three crashes due to the problem with minor injuries and no deaths, of a homebuyer tax credit that Martin said. Honda notified NHTSA of the recall expires at the end of April. on Monday, he said. The average rate on 30-year Honda has traced the problem to the device that fixed mortgages dipped to 4.95 percent last week, from 4.97 per- powers the electronic stability control system, which selectively brakes each of the wheels to keep cent a week earlier, according the vehicles upright during an emergency situation. to mortgage finance company When the device, called a “vehicle stability assist Freddie Mac. modulator,” tests itself when the vehicles are startThe Fed’s decision to keep ed, it allows a small amount of air into the hydraurecord-low rates for an “extendlic brake lines. Over time, an air bubble in the lines ed period” — thought to mean can cause a loss of braking power and require that six more months — again drew the pedal be pushed farther toward the floor than one dissent. Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve normal to stop the vehicles, Martin said. “Although not all vehicles being recalled are Bank of Kansas City, for a secaffected by this issue, we are recalling all possible ond straight meeting opposed units to assure all customers that their vehicles keeping the pledge. will perform correctly,” Honda said in a statement. This time, he expressed conUnder the recall, which Honda said it voluncern that low rates could cause teered to do, Honda said that owners should wait a buildup of “financial imbalto get a letter from the company before schedulances” and put the economy’s ing a repair because the parts are not yet available. stability at risk. Some analysts Letters should go out toward the end of April. took that to mean Hoenig worDrivers who fear that they’ve lost braking power ries that holding rates too low for too long could feed some new should have their dealer check the brakes sooner, speculative bubble in assets such Martin said. The dealer can “bleed” air bubbles out of the hydraulic lines, which should fix the problem as stocks or commodities. Hoenig’s dissent illustrates the until the parts arrive for the final repair, he said. Honda technicians will put plastic caps and sealFed’s challenge in deciding when ant over two small holes in the device to stop the to signal that higher rates are coming. Hoenig thinks the econ- air from getting in, Martin said. The automaker is still preparing a list of affected omy is strong enough for the Fed vehicles. After April 19, owners can determine if to telegraph that rates will rise soon to prevent inflation or asset their vehicles are being recalled by going to www. bubbles. But Fed Chairman Ben recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option number four. Bernanke and other colleagues think the low rates will continue to be needed to feed the ecoLaela Rae nomic recovery.

Fed holds rates at record lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Tuesday repeated its pledge to hold interest rates at record lows to foster the economic recovery and ease high unemployment. But the Fed’s assessment of the economy at its meeting Tuesday was a bit more upbeat. It said the job market is stabilizing. That was an improvement from its January statement, when it said the deterioration in the labor market was abating. It also said business spending on equipment and software has risen significantly, also an upgrade from its last assessment. Still, the Fed cautioned that spending by consumers could be dampened by high unemployment, sluggish wage growth, lower wealth and tight credit. And it noted weakness in the commercial real-estate and home-building markets. “The Fed painted the economy in a slightly brighter shade,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. “It’s been painted black for so long. Now, it is a lighter shade of gray.”

The Fed held its target range for its bank lending rate at zero to 0.25 percent, where it’s been since December 2008. In response, commercial banks’ prime lending rate, used to peg rates on certain credit cards and consumer loans, has remained about 3.25 percent — its lowest in decades. Super-low rates benefit borrowers who qualify for loans and are willing to take on more debt. But they hurt savers. Low rates are especially hard on people

living on fixed incomes who are earning scant returns on their savings. The Fed’s pledge to keep record-low rates for an “extended period” relieved investors. The Dow Jones industrial average finished the day up nearly 44 points. Before the announcement, it had posted a gain in the single digits. Prices for Treasurys rose slightly. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury fell to 3.66 percent from 3.68 percent just before the announcement. The Fed made no changes to a program to drive down mortgage rates and bolster the housing market, even as a government report Tuesday showed housing construction tumbling in February. Under that program, the Fed is scheduled to end purchases of $1.25 trillion worth of mortgagesecurities from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the end of this month. Some analysts fear that once the program ends, mortgage rates could rise. That could weaken the recovery in housing and the overall economy. The Fed has left the door open to extending the program if the economy weakens. “The Fed is keeping its powder dry in the event that mortgage markets are unable to pick up the slack left by the Fed’s absence,” said Brian Bethune, an economist at IHS Global Insight. Hoffman thinks 30-year fixed mortgage rates, hovering around 5 percent, could rise to around 5.25 percent to 5.5 percent after the Fed program ends. That increase also would reflect stronger demand for mortgages

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Everyone’s playing hardball on health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — With time and tempers short, everyone’s playing hardball in the drive to pass — or stop — President Barack Obama’s massive health care legislation by the weekend. Business groups are spending $1 million a day to depict the bill as a job killer in television ads in the home districts of 26 wavering House Democrats. A new ad barrage from supporters of the legislation went up Tuesday in 11 districts, some overlapping. And unions are threatening some of those lawmakers to come through for Obama — or pay the price in the fall elections. Obama has summoned members to the White House one by one for private, faceto-face persuasion, and also met larger groups. White House aides said he plans at least one more public health care event this week, including remarks in Fairfax, Va., on Friday. Diverse administration resources are being employed: Even the Navy secretary is in the game. “We here in Congress are giving a new meaning to March madness,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, an opponent of the legislation, said Tuesday.

At stake is a bill that would cover some 30 million uninsured people, end insurance practices such as denying coverage to those with a preexisting conditions, require almost all Americans to get coverage by law and try to slow the cost of medical care nationwide. The comprehensive legislation could affect nearly every American, from those undergoing annual checkups to people facing major surgery. Activists on both ends of the political spectrum are energized. Tea party volunteers, who rallied Tuesday in Washington, are planning to

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U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius meets with reporters and speaks in Chicago on health care overhaul, as the White House makes a final push toward passing President Obama’s health care package on Tuesday.

flood congressional offices with e-mails opposing the legislation as a step toward socialism. And some on the political left have joined in calling for the bill’s defeat because it leaves out a federal insurance option. The sought-after Democrats — mainly moderates, but also a few liberals — are mostly trying to stay out of sight. They include 37 who voted against the bill last year and a smaller number who are having second thoughts after supporting it the first time. Walking briskly, lawmakers duck in and out of the House chamber during votes, avoiding eye contact with reporters. Moderate Rep. Mike McMahon, D-N.Y., is feeling the push and pull. Elected with strong labor support two years ago, he voted against the bill in November, pleasing constituents in his Republican-leaning district on Staten Island who saw it

as a government power grab. Last week, McMahon received a visit from Mike Fishman, president of the Service Employees International Union’s local 32BJ. The blunt message: If you can’t support health care reform, we can’t support you. The union is threatening to switch its allegiance if he votes against the bill. “Everyone will be looking very, very closely at this vote,” Fishman’s spokesman, Matthew Nerzig, said with understatement. At the White House on Tuesday, Obama met with health care executives, including Sister Carol Keehan, head of the Catholic Health Association. In a break with other abortion opponents, the Catholic hospitals are advocating for the bill. “We think the bill as written now meets the test of no federal funding for abortion,” Keehan said in an interview.

She’s letting anti-abortion Democrats know her position announced over the weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is trying to keep wavering lawmakers in line, meeting with them individually and in groups. She has summoned female Democrats to her office for a meeting Wednesday morning. An estimated $200 million has been spent for political advertising on health care since the beginning of last year, with groups favoring Obama’s overhaul holding a slight edge. In the final stretch, however, opponents have gotten the upper hand and supporters are rushing to catch up. A coalition of business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce went up with ads last week. The group is now spending an estimated $1 million a day, enough for 25 to 40 televi-

sion ads, said Evan Tracey, president of Kantar MediaCMAG, which tracks political advertising. The ads frame the health care bill as a drag on the economy, raising taxes and saddling companies with expensive new mandates. Liberal groups are hoping they won’t be too late. Health Care for America Now and several labor unions have announced a $1.7 million ad buy focusing on the districts of 17 undecided Democrats. Their ads portray the health insurance industry as a profit-hungry predator. “The ads are designed to get people fired up, so that members feel it coming back from their districts,” said Tracey. “Members are on notice that they may be voting on this now, but their constituents will be voting on it in November.” House Democratic leaders are still short of the 216 votes they need. While broad outlines of the $1 trillion, 10-year measure are well known, critical final details are still being ironed out. Lawmakers are awaiting a cost report from the Congressional Budget Office on compromises worked out with Obama to reconcile versions passed earlier by the House and Senate. Democratic leaders are considering using a legislative procedure that would allow them to pass fixes to the Senate bill without taking a direct vote on the underlying legislation. The maneuver is a kind of legislative fig leaf to spare House Democrats from directly voting to approve a Senate bill many of them had bitterly criticized. While Republicans also used the tactic when they controlled the House, they are indignant that Democrats would employ it on legislation of such significance.

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Southwestern Chipotle Burger with Chipotle Mayonnaise and Pico de Gallo

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here’s nothing like the “grate” taste of a big, juicy burger hot off the grill to signify the start of the summer cookout season. It’s no wonder that Americans’ love affair with burgers has been going strong for more than 100 years. Burgers always top the menu for every gathering from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and it wouldn’t even seem like Father’s Day if Dads across America didn’t take to the grill to prepare the traditional cookout favorites. Variety is the spice of life, so why not break away from the traditional ketchup, mustard and pickle burger this year and try something new? Omaha Steaks Executive Chef Karl Marsh offers a few of his favorite recipes for elevating the burger to the next level of cookout enjoyment. Fire up the grill and give these “grate” new burgers a try! For a free “Great Gathering Guide and Cookbook” filled with more mouth-watering ways to enjoy great steaks, burgers and gourmet foods from Omaha Steaks, call 1-800-228-9055 or visit www.OmahaSteaks.com.

Southwestern Chipotle Burger 1 1 2 2 1/4

Omaha Steaks Burger hamburger bun, wheat or white tablespoons chipotle mayonnaise (recipe follows) tablespoons pico de gallo (recipe follows) avocado, sliced Omaha Steaks Southwest Chipotle Seasoning, to taste Prepare chipotle mayonnaise and pico de gallo. Season burger with Southwest Chipotle Seasoning or your favorite blend. Grill, broil or pan-fry burger until internal temperature reaches 160°F. Slice bun in half and toast on grill or broiler. Spread 1 tablespoon of chipotle mayonnaise on each half of bun. Place cooked burger on bun and top with pico de gallo and avocado slices. Place remaining bun on top.

Chipotle Mayonnaise

Makes 8 servings 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, puréed 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed 1 teaspoon kosher salt Combine all ingredients and mix well. Can be stored for 1 week in the refrigerator.

Pico de Gallo

Makes about 3 cups 2 cups diced Roma tomatoes, 1/4-inch pieces 1/2 cup diced white onion, 1/4-inch pieces 3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped 1 tablespoon jalapeño, minced very fine with the seeds 1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed 1 teaspoon kosher salt Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.

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To prevent crosscontamination, keep raw and cooked meat separate, using separate cooking utensils and plates.

Always wash hands, utensils, cutting boards and counters that contact raw meat.

Cook all burgers until the internal temperature reaches 160°F, as measured with a kitchen thermometer.

Use a thermometer to take the guesswork out of cooking ground beef. Insert a kitchen thermometer sideways into the center of the burger to ensure the correct internal temperature.

Bourbon Barbeque Cheeseburger with Bourbon Caramelized Onions

Bourbon Barbeque Cheeseburger

1 Omaha Steaks Burger 1 onion kaiser roll 3 tablespoons Bourbon Onions (recipe follows) 1 slice sharp cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons barbeque sauce 2 slices Omaha Steaks thick cut bacon Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning, to taste Prepare Bourbon Onions. Season burger with All Natural Seasoning or your favorite blend. Grill, broil or pan-fry burger until internal temperature reaches 160°F. While burgers are cooking, heat bacon and Bourbon Onions. Place cheddar cheese on top of burger to melt. Slice bun in half and toast on grill or broiler. Place bacon and Barbeque Sauce on top of cheese. Place Bourbon Onions on bun then top with burger. Place remaining half of bun on burger.

Bourbon Caramelized Onions

Makes 4 servings 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon butter 1 small yellow onion 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 shot bourbon* (optional) Heat vegetable oil in sauté pan over high heat. Add butter to pan and brown slightly. Add onions to pan and sear for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and salt. Stir well and continue cooking for approximately 10 minutes or until onions are light brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning. When onions began to caramelize add bourbon. Continue cooking until all liquid is cooked off and onions are a nice brown color. *For regular caramelized onions omit bourbon.

Grilled French Dip Burger 1 1 1 2 3

Omaha Steaks Burger ciabatta sandwich bun teaspoon mayonnaise ounces brie cheese, sliced tablespoons caramelized onions (see Bourbon Onion recipe) 1/2 cup beef au jus*, warmed Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning, to taste Prepare caramelized onions ahead of time using Bourbon Onion recipe, omitting the bourbon. Trim a thin slice of the top and bottom off the ciabatta bun to create a flat surface area. Then slice each bun in half horizontally. Lightly spread mayonnaise on the outside of the ciabatta bun, to enhance browning. Place bun, with mayonnaise side down, on grill or in pan. Top each bun with cheese slice to toast bun and melt cheese. Season burger with All Natural Seasoning or your favorite blend. Grill, broil or pan-fry burger until internal temperature reaches 160°F. Top burger with the caramelized onions. Place burger on one of the toasted buns then top with remaining bun. Cut in half and serve with hot beef au jus for dipping. *For simple au jus, mix 2 bouillon cubes with 1 cup of boiling water.


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Discover new ways to reduce stress in your life

When a family faces reduced income for any reason – job loss, illness, death, divorce – stress can pile up quickly. In fact, unexpected income changes are among the most stressful events a person can experience. In many ways, losing a job or part of your income is like losing a part of yourself. Your lifestyle changes, schedules and routines are disrupted, and you may lose contact with your support system of co-workers and friends. These changes can cause you to feel anxious, discouraged and angry. These feelings of frustration, mood swings and lashing out at others often lead to family arguments. While these situations are unpleasant, they are normal reactions of people experiencing a loss or critical change in their lives. Other family members usually share some or all of your emotions. It is important for all family members to pull together to offer support and maintain good communication, especially about feelings and emotions. Talk to each other respectfully and listen to each other’s concerns. Identify the emotions and their

Extension News Tracy Davis effects on one another. One of the first feelings you will probably identify is anger. Anger is a powerful emotion that is often viewed negatively. But anger is a secondary emotion – a result of other emotions hidden underneath. Anger may stem from feelings of loss, embarrassment, fear, or resentment. Once you begin to address the feelings behind the anger, you can cope more successfully with all of the issues surrounding the crisis. Remember, it is okay to have these feelings. They are all natural reactions to a difficult situation. Recognizing their existence and accepting them is important to your health and future well-being. When a family is facing tough times, family members need to lean on each other more than usual. Particularly in a financial crisis, it is essential for all family members to work together to reduce spending. When everyone pulls together, you are more likely to succeed in living on less. When income drops or expenses unexpectedly increase, the first response is how to meet daily expenses. It is important, however, to look at your total financial picture. Are you behind on any of your payments? Is your debt well managed or spiraling out of control? Where are most of your assets – in check-

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ing or savings accounts, in cash, in the value of your home or car? Seeing the big picture will help you compare your assets (what you own) to your liabilities (what you owe). Add up your liabilities by listing all expenses. This list will include all fixed expenses such as rent, car payments, child care, and insurance as well as flexible expenses such as food, utilities, clothing, and household expenses. Don’t forget magazines, pet care, recreation and miscellaneous items such as convenience store and vending machine purchases. It may take several weeks to compile this list because often we do not know where our money goes until we start writing down everything we spend. The final list will be extremely helpful in determining where you can cut back. Prioritize items on the list. Start with the basic essentials, then vital services, debts with high interest rates, and any bills that are costly to delay such as those that lead to disconnect/reconnect charges. Keeping a roof over your head is most likely priority one. Keeping up with car payments may be second in line if transportation is needed to get and keep a job. Continue to rank each item on the list in order of importance. Next, make a spending plan. Use your prioritized list to decide where your money will go. Maintain payments to as many creditors as possible. If you have to make a partial payment or late payment, contact the creditor BEFORE the due date to work out a modified payment plan. Be prepared to make some sacrifices. You may have to postpone the pur-

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chase of non-critical items. Vacations and other special events may also be delayed. With less income, each spending decision is critical. It may take a little creativity to discover new ways to reduce expenses. Comparison shopping, coupons, thrift stores, teaming up with relatives or friends to buy in bulk, carpools, and trading skills and services are just a few of the strategies families can use to cut costs. Keeping children in the loop is also important. Let children know that the family is having difficulties and may have to reduce spending on some items for a while. Try to do this in a confident, calm and honest manner. Answer their questions as clearly as you can but don’t burden them with too much information. Some children may be worried, but not show their feelings. So check in frequently to see how they are doing and reassure them that your family will work things out together. Enlist their help and creativity in reducing expenses, especially on family activities. Use this time to teach the difference between wants (an electronic game) and needs (a warm coat). Set aside a regular time for family meetings to share information and concerns. Up date each other on changes in routines and any unusual expenses. Make sure that finances are not the only topic of discussion, though, and consider ending the meeting on a positive note with a special activity or treat. Surviving a financial crisis takes work and planning, but it can be done. Your family relationships and your financial affairs are still within your control.

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TJCA students to travel in time Thursday night By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

HENRIETTA – Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy’s music students will travel in time through music during the Core Knowledge Concert Thursday night.

Andrews, have only been playing their instruments since August. “I’ve been very impressed with how well they’ve handled the music and I’ve tried to find things that are harder and harder for them,� she said. Thursday’s concert will feature recognizable tunes such as “Blue Danube Waltz� and “Fur Elise.� The most difficult piece of students, Andrews said, as been Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.� “It’s so well-known, it has to be perfect,� she said. Other musical selections will include “Tomorrow� from the musical “Annie� and the main theme from “Star

Wars.� This is the first time a concert has been set up to present music that fits with the core knowledge curriculum, Andrews said.

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“In music class students are learning about the same time period as in their other courses,� she said. And just by chance, the concert will happen just before the grammar school’s Renaissance Faire, which is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grammar school campus i Forest City. Students will also have the opportunity to study multicultural music toward the end of the year, Andrews said.

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Dear Abby: I am newly single after a 30-year marriage. Would you please explain to me the protocol regarding intimacy? After how many dates is it appropriate to engage in intimacy? — Tentative Tom Dear Tentative Tom: When an individual has reached middle age, that person is considered mature enough to know when he (or she) is comfortable enough with another person to engage in “intimacy.” No time limit is engraved in stone. Dear Abby: I recently experienced an awkward situation. I reconnected with an old friend I hadn’t seen in about four years. The last time I saw her she was pregnant. I asked about her baby, and she informed me that he had died a few months after his birth. She clearly found the memory sad, but at the same time had moved on. I didn’t want to force her to reexperience the event by asking her what happened, but it seemed rude to abruptly change the subject to some minor matter after such sobering news. What is the polite thing to say when someone tells you about a tragedy, but long after it happened? — Words Fail Me Dear Words: The correct way to handle it would have been to say, “I’m so sorry for your loss,” and let your friend decide whether to discuss

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Mosquitoes and brewer’s yeast Dear Dr. Gott: I used the search function at your Web site but couldn’t find the answer, so I am hoping that you can help me. A while ago, someone wrote about an herb that changes the body chemistry so that mosquitoes stop biting. What is the name of that herb? Dear Reader: I am sorry to hear that the search results failed to help you. Just to double-check, I looked for the article and didn’t find it. This means that the article has not been entered into my archived database yet because of its age. Putting several years of past columns onto the site is a time-consuming project. However, this does not mean I don’t know the answer. I believe the product you are looking for is not an herb but rather yeast — brewer’s yeast, to be exact. In the original article to which you are likely referring, a gentleman wrote in about his success using brewer’s yeast

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to ward off mosquito bites. He went on to say that his child was in veterinary school and was told by a friend that it worked in repelling biting fleas in both pets and humans. The recommendation was to take one 7.5-grain (about 486 milligrams) tablet daily. Brewer’s yeast is also a good source of several B vitamins, so there is no harm in taking it year-round. Speak to your physician prior to starting the regimen, especially if you are on medication (prescription or over-the-counter), herbals or have a medical condition that may prevent you from safely consuming the product.

IN THE STARS

Your Birthday, March 17;

You’re likely to establish a number of new contacts in the year ahead. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — A good opportunity might be dumped in your lap. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — This is an excellent time to let your thinking be known. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — There’s no need to think that asking a friend for help makes you look inadequate or weak. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — If you are prepared to do some skillful negotiating, you’ll have a far better chance of succeeding. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — It behooves you to do more listening than talking when in the company of some successful friends. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — There are better-thanusual chances for forming a joint agreement. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Although your associates may have some good ideas, yours are likely to be better. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Take advantage of fraternizing with coworkers away from your place of business. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — If your main objective is to please your customer or client, business and pleasure should mix quite well. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You might discover that all your anxiety and reluctance to face a situation has been in vain. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Give priority to matters of substance that could enhance your material security. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 9) — If someone with whom you have to deal is one who bases his/her judgment more on feelings than on logic, take it with a grain of salt.


The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, March 17, 2010 — 5B The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, WEDNESDAY, March 17, 2010 — 5B

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Nurse aides honored SPINDALE (Feb. 22, 2010) – Fortyfour students completed Nurse Aide 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 Thad Harrill, vice president of Community and Workforce Education and Institutional Advancement at Isothermal. The graduates of the morning class are Brittney Anderson, Tonya Cansler, Nakia Cash, Kimbrelly Cook, Pamela Curry, Latarsia Hamrick, April Hubbard, Danielle Jenkins, Alisha Ledbetter, Karla Loetscher, Charlotte Logan, Powell Lynch, Clinton Martin, Alicia Morgan, Brenda Pratt, Joshua Sarver, Ray Templin and Candice Toms. The graduates of the afternoon class are Laquanda Allen, Jennifer Cole, Steven Dezio, Stacey Dixon, Donna Eades, Jennifer Frazier, Vickie Garcia, Christian Gauby, Miera Gulatte, Chelsea Layton,

Shante Lewis, Sonyia Moore, Tyrone Ross, Sereatha Shelton and Sharon Smith. The graduates of the evening class are Samantha Beane, Sharon Clark, Leslie Dotson, Zandra Hamilton, Mary Johnson, Bethany Kriz, Connie Lancaster, Terry Ledbetter, Diane McKinney, Sharon Peralta and Patricia Putnam. Before closing the ceremony, Harrill 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 program, contact Patsy Pennington at 828-286-3636, ext. 395.

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Forty-four students recently completed Nurse Aide training at Isothermal Community College and were honored at a ceremony in the Library Auditorium.

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Busy local practice is looking for a MEDICAL BILLER Strong computer skills, attention to detail a must. $13-14/hr DOE Call 877-748-5820

We need part time CNA Med Tech for first shift. Apply in person at Fair Haven Nursing Home 149 Fairhaven Dr., Bostic, NC 28018

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Autumn Care of Forest City has a full-time Experienced Cook position, 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm and work every other weekend. Great benefits and competitive wages. Please apply in person: 830 Bethany Church Rd., Forest City, NC 28043

2BR/2BA Nice, large Townhome Private deck, w/d hook up. Water included! $485/mo.

1-888-684-5072 Richmond Hill Senior Apts. in Rfdtn 1BR Units w/handicap accessible units avail. Sec 8 assistance avail. 287-2578 Hours: Mon., Tues., & Thurs. 7-3. TDD Relay 1-800-735-2962 Equal Housing Opportunity. Income Based Rent.

Homes For Sale FSBO 3BR/2BA Upper Greenhill Owner fin. w/5% down. $161,000 Acreage! 287-1022

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Clean 3BR/2BA in quiet area. Stove, refrig. No pets! $400/ mo. + dep. 287-7043 Single wide Shiloh: 3BR/2BA No Pets! $450/mo. + $350 dep. 245-5703 or 286-8665

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is now hiring full and part time CNA’s for Polk County area. Call 828-696-1900 to apply Seeking PT Music Director. Send resume to: First Baptist Church, PO Box 265 Henrietta, NC 28076

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6B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, WEDNESDAY, March 17, 2010 NOTICE TO CREDITORS

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of EVELYN MARIE SMITH FOUNTAIN of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said EVELYN MARIE SMITH FOUNTAIN to present them to the undersigned on or before the 24th day of May, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 24th day of February, 2010.

Having qualified as Executor of the estate of ELBERT GRAYSON WHITENER of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said ELBERT GRAYSON WHITENER to present them to the undersigned on or before the 17th day of June, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 17th day of March, 2010.

Evelyn Sherry Fountain Kistler, Administrator 1200 Poors Ford Road Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Shelley Crook Owens, Executor 169 Collett Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Having qualified as Executor of the estate of SARAH HAMRICK JOLLEY of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said SARAH HAMRICK JOLLEY to present them to the undersigned on or before the 24th day of May, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 24th day of February, 2010.

Having qualified as Executor of the estate of ESTELLE P. SHEHAN of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said ESTELLE P. SHEHAN to present them to the undersigned on or before the 3rd day of June, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 3rd day of March, 2010. Patricia S. Sutton, Executor 104 Winners Circle Perry, GA 31069

Delois Hamrick Bass, Executor 13426 Latta Gordon Road Huntersville, NC 28078

IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION RUTHERFORD COUNTY 10 sp 41 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY HOMER RAY INMAN AND CATHERINE C. INMAN DATED APRIL 21, 2006 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 896 AT PAGE 464 IN THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY, NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of default in the payment of the secured indebtedness and failure to perform the stipulation and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the secured debt, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 12:30 PM on March 23, 2010 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Lying and being in High Shoals Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being the same property described in that deed recorded in Deed Book 556 on Page 744, Rutherford County Registry, and being described by metes and mounds according to a survey by Professional Surveying Services dated August 11, 1994 as follows: BEGINNING on an iron stake on the southwest side of Caroleen Street which point is South 33 degrees 17 minutes 08 seconds East 137.66 feet from a P. K. nail at the intersection of the center line of Caroleen Street with the center line of Melton Street, and runs thence from the beginning South 47 degrees 29 minutes 00 seconds West 135.16 feet to an iron stake; thence North 41 degrees 39 minutes 19 seconds West 116.63 feet to an iron pin on the southeast side of the rightof-way for Melton Street; thence along the southeast side of the right-of-way for Melton Street North 45 degrees 54 minutes 34 seconds East 110.15 feet to a point; thence along a curve to the right having a chord of South 89 degrees 05 minutes 26 seconds East 28.28 feet, and a radius of 20 feet, a total distance of 31.42 feet to a point on the southwest side of the right-of-way for Caroleen Street; thence along the southwest side of the right-of-way for Caroleen Street; thence along the southwest side of said right-of-way South 44 degrees 05 minutes 26 seconds East 100.23 feet to the beginning, containing 0.36 of one acre, more or less. And Being more commonly known as: 124 Melton St, Mooresboro, NC 28019 The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Homer Ray Inman and Catherine C. Inman. The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale. SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. The date of this Notice is March 2, 2010. Grady Ingle Substitute Trustee 8520 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 333-8107 http://shapiroattorneys.com/nc/ 09-117308

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Male Gray & white cat with black stripes. Lost 1/26 on Brooks Rd. in Sunshine area. Family misses him! 429-0803

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ARE YOU READY FOR PROM? Dark purple prom dress, floor length, size 7/8. Very nice, worn once. $50 Call 704-974-3620

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Electronic Drums for sale w/amplifier. Great for praise group! $2,500 Call 429-3875

Want To Buy Looking to buy or trade for a yellow 1977 Impala 4 dr., Project Car. 828-223-0311 I WILL BUY YOUR JUNK CARS & SCRAP METAL. Will haul away appliances or scrap metal. Up to $200 for any car! Call Jesse 447-4944 or email jking1571 @msn.com

Autos 2000 Saab convertible 93 80,100 miles, new tires, 5 spd., clean title Good cond.! $5,500 cash! 828-287-1022

Female Brindle Pug w/ pink camouflaged collar. 1.5 yrs old. Lost in the Rock Rd., Rfdtn area. 828-287-7173

Male Miniature Pincher

Male Beagle wearing black collar. Lost 2/24 Shiloh area. Reward! 447-1613 or 245-9770

Black with brown trim, pure bread, no papers.

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Lost Female black & white huskey with blue eyes. 2 years old. Lost 3/1 near hospital. Please call 704-284-3474

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the estate of ANNE L. BOOZER of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said ANNE L. BOOZER to present them to the undersigned on or before the 17th day of June, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 17th day of March, 2010. William L. Boozer, Jr., Executor 211 Eastview Drive Bostic, NC 28018

Red puppy/young dog Found 3/7 Bi-Lo parking lot, Spindale. Call 288-2831 to identify HUSKEY MIX Found about a week ago in the Union Mills area. Call 828-429-0112 for more information Female Dog w/white and black spots. Approx. 45 lbs. Found 3/13 on Rock Springs Rd. Call 828-625-0110 Male Cairn Terrier Found in Hollis area Call to identify! 245-9303 Male Chihuahua Dark brown, no collar, lifts hind left leg when he runs. Behind Spindale Library. Call 288-3966

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, COUNTY OF RUTHERFORD IN THE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION FILE NUMBER: 10 Jt 28 In Re Joshua Sheldon Pruitt NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: DAVID SHANE PRUITT Take notice that a petition seeking relief against you has been filed in the above – entitled special proceeding. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: To terminate your parental rights as to Joshua Sheldon Pruitt. You are required to make defense to such pleading not later than April 12th, 2010 and upon your failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the court for the relief sought. This is the 3rd day of March, 2010. Mark Nelson Morris (attorney for Petitioner) P.O. Box 632 Rutherfordton, N.C. 28139 Phone: 828-286-3866

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CLASSIFIEDS! IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION RUTHERFORD COUNTY 10 sp 30 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY SHARON L. KIRKLAND DATED OCTOBER 3, 2008 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 1024 AT PAGE 289 IN THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY, NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of default in the payment of the secured indebtedness and failure to perform the stipulation and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the secured debt, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 12:30 PM on March 23, 2010 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: All that certain lot or parcel of land situated in the Town of Colfax Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina and more particularly described as follows: lying and being in Colfax Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina and being Lot Number Five (5) of the Albert M. Horton Estate lands as shown on plat prepared by Charles D. Owens, Registered Surveyor, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, in Plat Book 11, Page 33, reference to said plat is hereby made for a full and complete description. And Being more commonly known as: 109 Red Barn Rd, 117 Red Barn Rd, Ellenboro, NC 28040 The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Sharon L. Kirkland. The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale. SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. The date of this Notice is March 2, 2010. Grady Ingle Substitute Trustee 8520 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 333-8107 http://shapiroattorneys.com/nc/ 10-000592


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Army drops bayonets, busts abs in training revamp

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; New soldiers are grunting through the kind of stretches and twists found in â&#x20AC;&#x153;ab blasterâ&#x20AC;? classes at suburban gyms as the Army revamps its basic training regimen for the first time in three decades. Heeding the advice of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, commanders are dropping five-mile runs and bayonet drills in favor of zig-

zag sprints and exercises that hone core muscles. Battlefield sergeants say thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of fitness needed to dodge across alleys, walk patrol with heavy packs and body armor or haul a buddy out of a burning vehicle. Trainers also want to toughen recruits who are often more familiar with Facebook than fistfights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soldiers need to be able to move quickly

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under load, to be mobile under load, with your body armor, your weapons and your helmet, in a stressful situation,â&#x20AC;? said Frank Palkoska, head of the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fitness School at Fort Jackson, which has worked several years on overhauling the regime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We geared all of our calisthenics, all of our running movements, all of our warrior skills, so soldiers can become stronger, more powerful and more speed driven,â&#x20AC;? Palkoska said. The new plan is being expanded this month at the Armyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four other basic training installa-

pipe and foam, forcing trainees to crawl for their weapons before Pvt. Brendon Rhyne, they pounded away on Rutherford County, N.C. each other. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of these soldiers have never been in a tions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fort Leonard fistfight or any kind of Wood, Mo., Fort Sill, a physical confrontaOkla., Fort Benning, tion. They are stunned Ga., and Fort Knox, Ky. when they get smacked Drill sergeants with in the face,â&#x20AC;? said Capt. experience in the curScott Sewell, overseerent wars are credited ing almost 190 trainees with urging the Army to in their third week of change training, in partraining. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are trying ticular to build up core to get them to act, to muscle strength. One of them is 1st Sgt. Michael think like warriors.â&#x20AC;? For hours, Sewell and Todd, a veteran of seven deployments to Iraq and his drill sergeants urge on helmeted trainees as Afghanistan. they whale away at each On a recent training other with pugil sticks, day Todd was spinning landing head and body recruits around to give blows until one falls flat them the feel of rollon the ground. As a vicing out of a tumbled Humvee. Then he tossed tor slams away at his flattened foe, a drill seron the ground pugil geant whistles the fight sticks made of plastic

to a halt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the funnest day Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here!â&#x20AC;? said 21-yearold Pvt. Brendon Rhyne, of Rutherford County, N.C., after being beaten to the ground. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes you physically tough. Builds you up on the insides mentally, too.â&#x20AC;? The Marine Corps is also applying war lessons to its physical training, adopting a new combat fitness test that replicates the rigor of combat. The test, which is required once a year, has Marines running sprints, lifting 30-pound ammunition cans over their heads and completing a 300yard obstacle course that includes carrying a mock wounded Marine and throwing a mock grenade.

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