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By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Students in Thomas Andrews Advanced Functions/ Modeling class at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy work on the construction of a ballista for the Renaissance Faire being held Saturday on the grammar school campus on Hardin Road in Forest City. Here (l-r) David Braswell, Mark Trimble and Brannon McDowell fit a section of the medieval artillery into place.

Candice Edwards. The faire began originally as the family forum at the middle and high school, but transformed into the Renaissance Faire this year, Edwards said. “Our fourth and fifth grades and the middle and high school students study the Renaissance,” Edwards said. “We also travel to the Renaissance Festival in Charlotte each year

RUTHERFORDTON — Rutherford County’s Economic Development Commission won’t be changing the name of its board but will be pushing the county as a destination for green business. At their March meeting Wednesday, Board members debated changing the name of their group to the Rutherford County Economic Development Advisory Committee. But the County Commission was reluctant. “In years past, the board would meet once a month, someone would give a report and everyone would go home,” County Commissioner Paul McIntosh said. “But I think you could have a greater impact than that. You could help the staff, if a prospect comes in where you have a certain area of expertise you could meet with them.” Some board members wanted the change, to clarify not the duties of the board, but the powers. “As soon as you put it into that context, people would assume that we have direct input into economic development and we don’t,” board member Rich Cotarello said. “I think that is a problem.” The board decided to leave the name the same, but the bylaws for the commission clearly define that the committee acts only in an advisory capacity — a commission without any

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FOREST CITY – The 14th century will meet the 21st in Rutherford County this weekend during Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy’s first-ever Renaissance Faire. The faire will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grammar school campus. Costumes may be worn and can be reserved by calling Casper’s Closet, said TJCA Grammar School Curriculum Coordinator

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SPINDALE — Rutherford County Department of Social Services is moving forward with plans to purchase document management software to aid workers in income maintenance services. Members of the board approved purchasing the software following final approval of the department’s budget by the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners. The software, Compass Software produced by Northwoods Consulting Partners, would be used to scan and digitize paperwork used in income maintenance for food and nutrition and other services. Income maintenance cases from January 2003 to January 2010 have increased by 106 percent, said DSS Director John Carroll. “We’re currently requesting two additional positions in income maintenance,” Carroll said.

FOREST CITY – By leaving the classroom, Kevin Bradley now has the opportunity to impact more students than he did at Chase High School. Bradley made the move to the Cool Springs Administrative Office in February, taking over the

position of Career and Technical Education Director following the retirement of Robin Davis. Prior to taking the administrative position, Bradley was an agriculture and animal science teacher at Chase High School for eight years. In his new role, Bradley will continue to build on the foundation Davis built, he said, adding more opportunities for students who

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choose to take courses in career and technical education. “Being able to give teachers what they need for students in career and technical education, I am influencing more students than before,” Bradley said. Before, he said, he worked only with those Please see Bradley, Page 2

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high school. The focus for the courses now has Continued from Page 1 changed, Bradley said, and now more than ever they are a way to students who took prepare students not courses in agriculture only for getting a job, and animal sciences. Now, he’ll focus on pro- Bradley said, but for college and life in genviding information for students in a wide vari- eral. “My wife and I had ety of fields. our first child in In years past, CTE October, and if I had courses were offered for students who would had an early childhood class I would’ve been enter the workforce better prepared,” he immediately following

said. “CTE is for everybody, and gives so many practical, hands-on experiences for the rest of their lives.” The push now for high school students is to have certifications or credentials under their belts prior to graduating, such as food service or National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certifications. New co-operative

learning experiences and internships are being developed for students in Rutherford County Schools. This semester an internship for students in the family and consumer science classes is being offered at Hospice of Rutherford County. Currently Hospice also works with RCS on cooperative learning for students in heatlh and occupational science

classes. “Rutherford County Schools is just starting to branch into that (internships),” Bradley said. “I would love to see Hospice become an even greater partner.” As CTE director, Bradley will also develop partnerships with other industries to provide students with summer learning opportunties too. “I’ll be looking at

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banks, manufacturing, heating and air businesses .... working with these industries, hopefully it will make students ready to work in jobs Rutherford County has to offer,” he said. A graduate of Chase High School and N.C. State University, Bradley returned to Rutherford County to teach, taking over his father, Chivous Bradley’s, class at Chivous’ retirement. Bradley also received National Board Certification and completed his administrative licensure through Appalachian State University. Bradley’s sister, Jill Francis, is also a teacher. Before either of them decided to major in education, Bradley said his dad sat them down and told them there would be challenges. “When I went to State I applied to the design school and to animal sciences. I got into animal sciences and decided I’d transfer in to the design school,” he said. “But once I got started in animal science, I was hooked.” Bradley’s wife, Sarah, is a school nurse. The couple are parents to a son, Parker, five months. Contact Flynn via e-mail at aflynn@thedigitalcourier.com.

Festival planners raising funding SPINDALE — A fund-raiser yard sale and raffle is scheduled Saturday on behalf of the upcoming Dairy Goat Festival and Parade. A highlight of the event will be the raffle of two collector’s guitars, along with $50 worth of lessons each. The fund-raiser will be held in the Consumer Credit Counseling parking lot on Ohio Street from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held on March 27 in case of rain. The raffle of the guitars, along with a gift basket of goat milk soaps and other items, will be held at 1 p.m. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or six for $5. Persons who want to donate items for the yard sale may drop them off at 315 W. Main St. today from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Any leftover items from the yard sale will go to the Yokefellow Thrift Store. The festival, a nonprofit event, is scheduled May 22 on Main Street.

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This 120-member chorus will be featured in Rutherford County Arts Council’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, to be presented for the public on Saturday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at The Foundation, Isothermal Community College.

All-County Youth Chorus will be in the show OREST CITY — The Rutherford County Arts Council’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will feature the talents of over 120 young people comprising the All-County Youth Chorus. The production is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at The Foundation at ICC. The young singers are participants in the Arts Council’s “Playing For Keeps” After School Program, and represent six Rutherford County Schools. The Chorus will also perform the musical for students on Thursday and Friday, March 18 and 19, at 10 a.m.

Representing Chase Middle School will be Morgan Bristol, Jalen Brown, Hydea Carson, America Gonzalez, Lindsay Greene, Bethany Greene, Blade Hannon, Makayla Logan, Kristal Villatoro, and Frances Walker. Representing East Middle School will be Chiaka Abara, Mary Adams, Cassondra Allen, Nic Blanton, Alex Bradley, alisha Briggs, Kollin Byars, Katelynd Conner, Brittany Conner, shanna Dayton, Micah Deyton, Janna Duty, Elijah Green, Phil Harris, Andrew Herring, Megan James, Subrina Keeter, Jacob lawson, Sherice Logan, Ashley Lowrance, Megan McCurry,

Avery Meeks, Alex Moore, Madison Morris, Kayla Morrison, Cynthis Morrow, Brad Murray, Jalen Murray, Dustin Nazelrod, Reva Parker, Ashley Ranta, Jordon Raudales, Makayla Rhodes, Hannah Six, Chance Tate, Donald Terry, Gary Terry, Kadaesha Thompson, and Aaron West. Representing Forest City Dunbar Elementary School will be Ian Ball, Lillian Bridges, Galen Briggs, Korean Bristol, Shanyhia Davis, Diretha Foster, Makayla Hines, Jakiya Jackson, Diamond Jenkins, Germaine Logan, Deontay Lynch, Brooklyn Mills, Marcellus Murray, Rayvon Ponder, Stephanie

Reyes, Alicia Rumbach, Cheyenne Schlutow, Tony Smith, Whitley Tate, JaTonya Thompson-Jones, Ryan Tucker, and Chesnee Waldroup. Representing Forrest Hunt Elementary School will be Madison Bailey, Rodney Deal, Tiffany Dotson, Miranda Eddins, José Enriquez, Victoria Gordon, Latrell Harris, Jordan Hicks, Kaley Littlejohn, Bryson Mathis, CJ McDowell, Alexis Moore, Kavin Mosley, KeyAndre Roberts, Riley Robinette, Joey Tate, Zhaniya Thomas, José Antonio Vargas, and Zaharie Washburn. Representing Pinnacle

Elementary School will be Austin Bridges, Hannah Dills, Taylor Hayes, Harley Hickock, Malik Hipp-Smith, Damarcus Johnson, Colby Lee, Jaleel Lytle, Savannah Parton, Chase Reed, Trevor Rhodes, Marilyn Sessoms, and Anna Weast. Representing R-S Middle School will be Brooke Bailey, Nick Brown, Cashmere Dunn, Nikki Collin, Makayla Edgerton, Micah Hines, Kaleb Hines, Taylor Lane, Onesia Makerson, Imani McCain, Kaley Nelson, Tequila Owens, CJ Pruett, Brian Russell, Kayla Searcy, Alex Shepherd, Alyssa Twitty, Chelsea VonBriel, Jazlon Waddell, and Elun Walton.

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Children’s chorus members are (above, front row, l-r) Cynthia Owens Alexis Blanton, Zaida Cilone; second row — Clayt ilone, Amber Thompson, Madison Snyder, Stesha Turner and third row, Amber Blanton Charity Salyers, Brittany Owens, Lilly Owen. Members of the adult chorus for Joseph and the Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat are (right, front, l-r) Haden Johnson, Layla Thurman, Cypress Snyder, Emily Owen; second row, Janet Robinson, Brittney Robinson, Donna Kersey, Diane Tucker and third row, Brandon Barber, Amelia Hill, Patricia Kuess.

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Our Views Green economy is here in N.C.

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ice President Joe Biden is coming to North Carolina today to visit a company that he and President Barrack Obama have cited as an example of green economy jobs. Biden will be visiting Cree Inc., a Durham-based company that designs, produces and sells energy-efficient lighting. As the nation has muddled its way through the Great Recession, there has been much talk about the potential for the green economy to produce the jobs of the future. Cree is a good example of that. Right here in Rutherford County, we have our own examples. One of those is 3Tex which is being featured on county promotional material for its unique textile weave product that is aimed at the wind power industry. The specialty textile manufacturer is making a 3D fiber system for use on wind blades for power-generating windmills. The specialized textile weave does not rust or corrode. These creative companies are on the cutting edge of what many feel will be the new economy and they are here in North Carolina. That is good sign for our future.

Our readers’ views Responds to writer on charter school lawsuit To the editor: It seems odd that Betsy Lane quotes the law stating that public charters are to receive the pro rata share of the local current expense fund in order to demonstrate that charters ... should not receive this money. I’m not sure of her strategy here, but I think this is what’s typically called “shooting yourself in the foot.” Surely Ms. Lane isn’t intentionally advocating for the other side, but this “argument” is quickly devolving into a Monty Python sketch, minus the intelligence. Ms. Lane’s objection that TJCA “does not follow the rules that the traditional public schools follow” has been dealt with repeatedly in numerous letters to the editor. One can also find relevant information on the TJCA website, as well as the N.C. Department of Public Schools website. She and others can choose to continually ignore this wealth of information, but it frankly shines a bright light on all those who continue to hold absurd positions in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Incidentally, I’m not sure why the geographic locations of people commenting in this public forum offend Ms. Lane. I was raised in Rutherford County, lived for many years out West, and now reside in western Cleveland County. Should I remain mute on a matter of local significance because the county line is three miles west of me? The sky is just as blue in Boiling Springs and Grover as it is in Rutherfordton. J. Treehorn Boiling Springs

Poses question about filling in airport mine To the editor: A question for candidate Rob

Bole. Since your back ground is finance and you currently serve as the treasurer of the Airport Authority, why would you approve spending over 900,000 tax payers dollars to just fill in a big hole in the ground so the Airport can expand. With the county unemployment rate at 16.9 percent, how many new jobs will this create? Keith Hunter Rutherfordton

Says cost of health care reform bill is too high To the editor: Mr. Crawford, I would like to commend you on your passion for the Health Care Bill and I wish that I could support it but right now I am tapped out. I am already paying for food stamps, health clinics, aid for displaced housewives and all the other free government programs that are out there. If a government run health care bill gets passed all that it is doing is putting a band aid over a huge infections wound. Take a look at the Medicare Program and you will see the infection and no one seems to be able to heal that wound. We all ready have way too many government run programs. Our elected officials need to work together and clean up the current ones and get them running more efficiently before taking on any more. I do not support a government health care plan, but if you do Mr. Crawford then please write to Nancy and Harry and ask them to send it to you and you can pay for it. C.C. Russell Rutherfordton

stand out to people who live here as well as visitors. Last night, while on main street in Rutherfordton, I noticed a car sitting in the travel lane. I slowed and as I was passing, I noticed a young lady on a cell phone. I stopped and ask if I could help. She was upset and thought she had damaged her car when she hit a pot hole. I checked her tires and they were OK, and she traveled on. My question is why is Main Street so rough? I was told by a city official that main street was a state highway. OK, but shouldn’t the city ask the state to fix the road. While traveling on main street, I hit a pot hole and burst a fork seal on my motorcycle. Repairs are expensive. Rick Henson Rutherfordton

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

Says county seat’s Main Streets in bad shape To the editor: Since the Town of Rutherfordton is our County Seat, it should

Editor’s Note: With the approaching primary political campaigns, The Daily Courier wants to make sure that any reader wanting to share their viewpoint has a fair chance of getting their letter published. Toward that end, we are setting a deadline of Monday, April 26, for all election-related letters.

Consignment shopping a great way to save money There’s a group of women I see twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall. We aren’t friends, and we’re not really getting together for a social gathering (although, we’re a pretty cordial bunch.) And we’re there for the same common goal: Saving lots and lots of money. I did my early shopping at WeeRuns, the children’s consignment sale, this week. It’s a joy to me for several reasons - I get a night to myself to shop and I seriously save lots of dough. Tuesday night was no exception. I got to WeeRuns a little before shopping time, armed with a clothes basket and pants with lots of pockets

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for keys, credit card and cell phone. I had changed into a short sleeved shirt and jeans because shopping can be dirty and sweaty. (I take it very seriously and getting a good bargain is a bit of a sport, right?) My main objective each WeeRuns season is to clothe Nathan for the upcoming summer or winter (depending on which WeeRuns sale I’m at). The night before my bargain adventure, Nathan and I played “fashion show” — which is my way of trick-

ing him into trying on last year’s summer clothes. If I tell him we’re just wearing clothes, he’ll whine. Turn it into a chance to jump around and change as fast as he can and dance to Lady Gaga, and he’s in like Flynn. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Finding he can still squeeze into several of last year’s clothes, I set myself a nonmonetary budget: 10 outfits and maybe a few extras. OK, I did also set a monetary budget. I have a general rule that unless it’s a complete outfit and still has tags or was only worn once, I don’t spend more than $10 on it. I perused the toys rather quickly because my child was born with the acquired taste for playing with pretty much anything that is not a toy.

And, he has a million toys (that I need to consign) and really does not need more. And his birthday is coming up, meaning he’ll get even more toys (and I really, really need to get rid of some of the old ones.) I ran through furniture, just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything, and then dove head first into clothes. It’s fun to shop with other bargain hunters, because you get to talk about all the great deals you’re getting and you often get help from moms and dads who are looking for similar sized clothing. I found Nathan two swim suits, 11 shirts, 12 pairs of shorts, a pair of shoes, five pairs of pajamas and a Disney “Cars” rug to drive his Hot Wheels on.

Wanna guess how much I spent? (Because after I got home, I looked up the “Cars” rug and found the original price on Amazon is anywhere between $35 and $50.) Grand total: $105 (and that included rounding up my total to benefit Communities in Schools of Rutherford County.) WeeRuns officially opens to the public (volunteers and consignors get to shop early) Saturday morning at 8 at the old Steve & Barry’s. The sale lasts for a week, and the halfprice sale begins March 27. Now if there were only an adult version of WeeRuns for me .... Contact Flynn via e-mail at aflynn@thedigitalcourier.com.


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Local/Obituaries/State HELMET FITTING

Obituaries Howard Huntley

Leslie “Howard” Huntley, 102, of Poors Ford Road, Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Hospice House in Forest City. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Rev. Melrose M. and Ida King Huntley, and the widower of Lyattle Rollins Huntley. His early years were spent primarily farming, but around 1945 he transitioned to a career as a house painter. For the next 40 years, he painted hundreds of homes in Rutherfordton, Spindale and the surrounding area. In addition he was a substitute rural mail carrier for Rutherfordton Route One from 1947 until 1982. He was a member of the Mountain View Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, trustee, treasurer, Sunday School teacher Garrett Byers/Daily Courier and superintendent. He Tuesday marked the final day that volunteers from Kiwanis, Pilot Club of Rutherford County, was Life Member No. 2652 Rutherford County Schools and the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department were on hand fitting Rutherford County third graders with free bicycle helmets from SafeKids. Since mid-Feb- of the Huntley National ruary nearly 800 third graders in Rutherford County have received a new bicycle helmet. Here Tonua Association. He is survived by Woodie, with Rutherford County Schools adjusts Bailey Keller’s helmets in Jannie Vess’s classroom. one daughter, Doris H. The helmets are funded through Forest City and Rutherfordton Kiwanis and Pilot Club members. Luckadoo of Tega Cay, S.C.; two sons, Steve K. Huntley, Fort Mill, S.C., and Douglas S. Huntley of Laurinburg; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Arrangements are being By JEAN GORDON Because of the weapons ons charge and the charge handled by McMahan’s charge, Stacey, a senior at against him for calling in a Daily Courier Staff Writer Funeral Home, where the Chase, is still suspended bomb threat at Chase High FOREST CITY – An family will receive friends from any North Carolina was dismissed. 18-year-old teenager pled public school for the remain- Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Resource officer Todd guilty in District Court der of the year. He can return A funeral service will be Laughter said Stacey was Wednesday to possession to to school next December and held at 2 p.m. Friday at sentenced to 24 hours comhaving a weapon on school McMahan’s Funeral Chapel complete his senior year. munity service and court property on Feb. 23. with the Revs. Jerry Ruppe cost for the weapons charge. and Ray Hooper officiating. However, a charge against Investigators said bomb Laughter said with the Basil Stacey for calling threat was called into Chase Interment will follow in the dismissal of the bomb scare in a bomb threat to Chase from a two-way radio system Huntley Family Cemetery in charge, there is a suspect Rutherfordton. High School on Feb. 23 was at the school. in the bomb scare call. Memorials may be made dimissed. Basil Stacey of 186 However, the suspect has not to Hospice of Rutherford Bird Song Drive, pled guilty been charged, but could be in Contact Gordon via e-mail at County, P.O. Box 336, Forest to a misdemeanor weapjgordon@thedigitalcourier.com. the future. City, NC 28043.

Chase student pleads guilty

Suspect arrested for bomb threat is the engineering firm in charge of building a new generator and turbine at the Duke plant.

By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — A Shelby man has been arrested in connection with a Feb. 4 bomb threat at Duke Energy’s Cliffside Steam Station.

Zachary Lamar Hillman, 32, of 106 Condor Drive, Shelby, was charged Wednesday afternoon with one count of felony making a false bomb report.

Hillman is a Shaw Construction employee. Shaw

Hillman was arrested by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and placed under a $15,000 secured bond in the Rutherford County Jail. He is scheduled to have a

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first appearance in District Court today. Detective Sgt. Jamie Keever said Wednesday afternoon that the arrest was made based on a check of phone records of other employees at the site. The Cliffside plant also had a bomb threat in September 2009 that halted construction at the site for hours. Contact Dale via e-mail at ldale@thedigitalcourier.com

Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 122 E-911 calls Tuesday. n Sherry Lang Dotson reported a burglary.

Rutherfordton

n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 18 E-911 calls Tuesday.

Spindale

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 37 E-911 Tuesday.

Lake Lure

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

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 44 E-911 calls Tuesday. n Francisco Garcia Ruiz reported a larceny. n Latoya Shenna Harrison reported a breaking and entering and injury to property. n An employee of WalMart, on Plaza Drive, reported an incident of shoplifting/ concealment and seconddegree trespassing. (See arrest of Wease and Boyd.)

Arrests

n Cameron Daniel Bradley, 43, of 178 Thermal Drive; charged with possession of

stolen goods/ property and insurance fraud; released on a $45,000 unsecured bond. (Division of Motor Vehicles) n Jeremy Lad Horne, 33, of 1094 U.S. 221 South; charged with assault on a female; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Robert Owen Byars, 52, of 108 Lynch St.; charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, operate vehicle with no insurance and plate not properly attached; placed under a $500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Douglas Clayton Splawn, 40, of 187 Withrow Road; charged with driving while impaired and failure to stop at stop sign/ flashing red light; placed under a $500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Sylvia Kay Hargett, 37, of 153 Robin Hood Drive; charged with domestic violence protective order violation; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD) n Nathan Corey Braswell, 24, of 154 Bridges Drive; charged with assault on a female; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD) n Thomas Roger Rabb, 62, of 132 Chrystal; charged with communicating threats; released on a written promise to appear. (RCSD) n Bradrick Keith Michael, 52, of 164 Greenfield Drive; charged with failure to comply; placed under a $500 cash bond. (RCSD)

n Dennis Lee McEntire, 52, of 1801 Spindale St.; charged with indecent exposure; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (SPD)

Citations n Elizabeth Leigh Snyder, 26, of Jefferson Road, Mooresboro; cited for shoplifting and second-degree trespassing; released on a written promise to appear. (FCPD) n Dawn Davis Wease, 44, of Jefferson Road, Mooresboro; cited for shoplifting; released on a written promise to appear. (FCPD)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 23 E-911 calls Tuesday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to one E-911 call Tuesday.

Fire Calls n Bill’s Creek firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash. n Cliffside firefighters responded to a fire investigation. n Forest City firefighters responded to an illegal burn. n Hudlow firefighters responded to a fire alarm. n SDO firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash and to a fire alarm.

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Kathleen Savino Kathleen V. Savino, 88, of Bostic Sunshine Hwy., Bostic, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at her residence. A daughter of the late Roy and Ellie Van Dyke, she was first married to the late Austin Fay Panther, and later to the late Frank Savino. She is survived by three daughters, Faye Panther and Peggy Jean Hudson, both of Golden Valley, and Rocksann Clare of Ellenboro; one sister, Sarah Watts of Bostic; three brothers, Charles Van Dyke, James Van Dyke, and Hubert Van Dyke, all of Golden Valley; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Golden Valley United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jason Toney and Mike Ivey officiating. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home. Online condolences www.washburndorsey.com. THE DAILY COURIER Published Tuesday through Sunday mornings by Paxton Media Group LLC dba The Daily Courier USPS 204-920 Periodical Postage paid in Forest City, NC. Company Address: 601 Oak St., P.O. Box 1149, Forest City, NC 28043. Phone: (828) 245-6431 Fax: (828) 248-2790 Subscription rates: Single copy, daily 50¢ / Sunday $1.50. Home delivery $11.75 per month, $35.25 for three months, $70.50 for six months, $129 per year. In county rates by mail payable in advance are: $13.38 for one month, $40.14 for three months, $80.27 for six months, $160.54 per year. Outside county: $14.55 for one month, $43.64 for three months, $87.28 for six months, $174.56 per year. College students for school year subscription, $75. The Digital Courier, $6.50 a month for non-subscribers to The Daily Courier. Payment may be made at the website: www.thedigitalcourier. com The Daily Courier is not responsible for advance subscription payments made to carriers, all of who are independent contractors.

Ernest Moore Ernest Alton Moore, 80, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the Oaks of Town Center in Harrisburg. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral Home.

Deaths Russ Sharp MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Russ Sharp, West Virginia University’s senior associate athletic director, has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 52. The university says Sharp died Wednesday. Sharp joined WVU in 1999 as an assistant athletic director. He was promoted to associate athletic director in 2002 and later took over responsibilities in administration and finance. Athletic director Ed Pastilong says Sharp was devoted to improving WVU’s athletic facilities. Before coming to WVU, Sharp was athletic director at Centenary College from 1994 to 1999. Wayne Collett LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne Collett, a silver medalist in the 400-meters at the 1972 Munich Olympics who starred in the hurdles, sprints and relays at UCLA, died Wednesday. He was 60. He died at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer, the university says after being informed of his death by family friends and his former college coach Jim Bush. At the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials, Collett ran the fastest 400 time in history at sea level before finishing second in Munich. He competed for UCLA from 1968-71, winning Pac-8 titles in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles and the 440-yard dash. He anchored three consecutive NCAA championship mile relay teams.

N.C. family sues company that makes Taser stun guns CHARLOTTE (AP) — A maker of electronic stun guns is being sued by the family of a North Carolina teen killed after he was shocked with one of the weapons. The Charlotte Observer reported the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court and doesn’t list a specific monetary amount. The lawsuit says Taser International didn’t warn its customers that the weapon could be lethal if deployed near the chest. Seventeen-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner died of cardiac arrest in March 2008 after a confrontation with police at a grocery store where Turner had worked.

Kathleen V. Savino Mrs. Kathleen V. Savino, 88, of Bostic Sunshine Hwy, Bostic, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Roy and Ellie Van Dyke. She was first married to the late Austin Fay Panther, and later to the late Frank Savino. She was also preceded in death by a son, Carl Panther, a daughter, Paulette Ledwell, and a brother, Theodore Van Dyke. She is survived by three daughters, Faye Panther and Peggy Jean Hudson, both of Golden Valley, and Rocksann Clare of Ellenboro; one sister, Sarah Watts of Bostic; three brothers, Charles Van Dyke, James Van Dyke, and Hubert Van Dyke, all of Golden Valley; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, March 19, 2010 at Golden Valley United Methodist Church. Rev. Jason Toney and Rev. Mike Ivey will officiate. The body will lie in state thirty minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The visitation will be from 6 PM until 8 PM Thursday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online guest book @ www.washburndorsey.com.


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Miscellaneous TJCA Renaissance Faire: Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy-CFA, 421 Hardin Rd., Forest City; ticketed booths include paint Glass ornaments, hair braiding, castle inflatables, body art, massages, pony rides and much more; live chess matches, drama/ dance performances, demonstrations; food vendors, arts/crafts vendors; lots of family fun. 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). Easter egg hunt, picnic: For special needs children and adults; Saturday, March 27, 1 to 5 p.m., at Crestview Park, Rutherfordton; sponsored by Ken and Diane Dellinger.

Fundraisers Spaghetti supper: Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., New Forest Chapel, 137 Chapel St., Forest City; adults $7; children $5; desserts sold separate. Ham supper: Saturday, March 20, 4 to 7 p.m., Pearidge Ruritan Community Center, 3365 Pearidge Road, Bostic; $7 per person, all you can eat; take outs available; proceeds for community service projects; sponsored by the Pearidge Ruritan Club. Benefit ride: For 12-year-old Hayden Clark (diagnosed with Myoepithelioma); Saturday, March 20, at Rutherford County Moose Lodge; yard sale begins at 7 a.m.; barbecue plates, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; benefit ride starts at 2 p.m., $15 per single rider, $20 for doubles; music by Bandana and Double Cross, 6 to 9 p.m.; door prizes, T-shirts, 50/50 tickets and more; for information call 429-5195. Yard sale, raffle: Saturday, March 20, 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in front of Consumer Credit Counseling, Ohio Street, Spindale; two collector’s guitars will be raffled along with $50 worth of lessons; proceeds to benefit the upcoming Dairy Goat Festival and Parade; donations may be dropped off at 315 W. Main St., Spindale. Indoor yard sale: Saturday, March 20, begins at 7 a.m., Bethany Baptist Church, 760 Bethany Church Rd., Forest City; large variety of items; proceeds for missions. Car wash, food sale: March 20 and 21, Mt. Pisgah United Church of God, Doggett Road, Forest City; car wash, fish and chicken plates, hot dogs and baked goods on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Food will be sold Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. (No car wash). Country ham, chicken pie supper: Saturday, March 27, begins at 4:30 p.m., Mt. Vernon Clubhouse; adults $8; ages 6-12, $5; ages 5 and under free; all proceeds go toward the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church children/ youth programs.

Music/concerts Singing: Saturday, March 20, 7 p.m., Faith Baptist Church, 149 West Main Street Ext., Forest City; featuring The Gospel Travelers. Talent Night: “Make a Joyful Noise”; Saturday, March 20, 6 p.m., West Point Baptist Church, 1160 Union Road, Rutherfordton; lots of Christian and uplifting talent will be showcased; prizes given; call 287-0165 for more information. Sacred music concert: Sunday, March 21, 7 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, Ellenboro; program of scared music by Sharon Lawrence, violinist, accompanied by Peggy Hamrick, pianist; a love offering will be received.

for a field trip. We thought we could offer something that goes with our curriculum and offers something the county doesn’t have.” The middle, high and elementary students will be involved in the faire, Edwards said. Fifth and tenth grade students will portray pieces in a live chess game. “People can pay to play and the persons who pay will get to direct the game,” she said. Students will be dressed in costume to denote which are pawns and which are queens, kings, bishops, rooks and knights. “There will be a demo game first around 10 a.m.,” Edwards said. Other students will portray Don Quixote statues, and by placing a coin in a box they will come to life and start to act out scenes from Cervantes’ famous work. “There will also be music such as flutes and children who will sing Shakespearean songs,” Edwards said. “We’re really utilizing some of the talents learned here.” Students at the high school are also chipping in and using skills learned in class to build a working catapult and ballista. Both will be fired through-

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powers. In other business at the meeting, the board reviewed promotional material highlighting the county as a renewable energies manufacturing mecca. “We have the new brochure and people can find out more at our Web site at www.rutherfordncedc.com,” said Kerry Giles, marketing and com-

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The software will cost around $256,000. The original figure was around $500,000, but finding aspects of the software that were not needed at this time lowered the cost, said board member David Reno. Reno likened using the software for documentation to upgrading from DOS to Windows XP. “It truly will bring tremendous efficiency increases,” he said. Reno continued, stating other departments of social services have incurred penalties and infractions from improper documentation from the state. “I would suggest to this board it would only have to happen one time and it would pay for this,” Reno said. “Certainly I support it.” Carroll and Income Maintenance Supervisor Kandi Bridges said Northwoods is also developing software for child protective services and adult services that could also be utilized later. Technology was discussed during the budget portion of the meeting as

Reunions Military group: 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc., offers Airborne history, meetings, activities, parades, National Convention and much more with 100 civilian chapters across the US. Memberships include veterans from the 11th, 13th, 17th, 82nd, 101st and today’s special forces. For further details call 937-898-5977 or email srgabn@aol.com. McNair 20th anniversary: The Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation will celebrate its 20th year anniversary on May 14, 2010. If you are a McNair ROPE recipient, contact the foundation at rope2010@att.net or www. mcnairedfoundation.org.

face painting. Vendors include Wings and Wands, baked goods, costumes and accessories by Casper’s Closet, mosaics by Lori Brown, pottery by Donna Boggs, crafts by Maribell Sarate, roasted meat by City Table Barbeque, fish and chips by Long John Silvers, shaved ice, Fairy Tales and Dragon Scales (craft items by the fifth grade) and Fairy Floss (cotton candy.)

mercial development director for the EDC. “There is a wealth of information on our site.” The new push includes a focus on Rutherford County’s high rank amongst other counties in the state when it comes to manufacturing industries of the renewable energy supply chain. The brochure also points out new green product development by local companies like 3Tex. The textile manufacturer is making a 3D fiber system for use on wind blades for power-

generating windmills and corrosion solutions for use on scrub towers at coal fired power plants. The highly specialized textile weave does not rust or corrode.

well. In its budget proposal to commissioners, DSS Finance Director Terri Morgan said technology was the only area where the department has asked for a significant increase. “The lion’s share of the money requested is for new PCs,” Morgan said. This year’s proposed budget to the county is $79,000 higher than last year’s, Morgan said, in part due to lost revenues from the state. “Had we not lost revenues from the state we would not be over in our request, even with the technology request,” she said. “This is our bottom line and shows the expenditures and revenues. If approved, the count cost will be $3.6 million.” Reno asked when the budget would be submitted to the county. Morgan said the department will present it to Rutherford County Manager John Condrey and Rutherford County Finance Director Julie Scherer next week and it would come before commissioners in May. The board approved the budget and also approved allowing PSU to be the job placement agency for the subsi-

dized employment program. The program will pay employers 100 percent subsidy for eligible employees – those employees who are in the Work First program. “PSU has 33 jobs established with 22 employers,” Carroll said. Forty-five people have been and were determined eligible, Carroll added, and 20 people are already working with an average pay of $9.80 per our. “Most of the employers PSU works with and provides temps for already,” he said. “Our hope is they’ll have permanent position after this program ends.” Board Chair Inez Spratt said it might also be a boost for the workers as well. “It’s also going to give people the experience they might not get anywhere else,” she said. The subsidized employment program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is set to expire June 30, but funding may become available to continue it, Carroll said.

Edwards said since it’s the first year for the event, it really wasn’t advertised too far away. “We’re hoping in the future, it’ll turn into something bigger,” she said. “Eventually if we had a Friday work day we might try to do it and offer it as a field trip to other schools on Friday.” On a shoestring budget for the first year, Edwards said vendors are charging for their items and giving a percentage back to the school. “We’re also hoping any money raised can be used for seed money for next year’s event,” she said. Vendors can still sign up to take part, Edwards said. The fee for a 10-by-10-foot booth is $50. For more information or to take part, contact Edwards at 245-9526. Contact Flynn via e-mail at aflynn@thedigitalcourier.com.

A full set of blades with 3Tex single ply spar caps have been instrumented and power tested at the USDA Agriculture Research Service center in Bushland, Texas. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

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Workshops on forest easement options planned RALEIGH – In keeping with the tradition started several years ago with the first Forestry Summit established by the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources and numerous partners, the Forest Education and Conservation Foundation is sponsoring four regional workshops for forest landowners this year. The workshops will provide practical information about conservation easement opportunities for private forest landowners. Mark Megalos

with Extension Forestry at North Carolina State University will moderate the sessions. April 13 – Dennis Wicker Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford, NC 273306412; 919-776-0345 April 15 – City Hotel & Bistro, 203 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville, NC 27834; 252-355-8300 May 11 – Statesville Civic Center, 300 South Center St., Statesville, NC 28677; 704-878-3493 May 12 – Crowne Plaza, One Resort

Drive, Asheville, NC 28806; 828-2543211 The workshops start at 9 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m. Registration fees are $15 per person or $25 for a family. The cost for participants seeking Continuing Forestry Education Units (CFE) credits is $40. The workshop has been approved for 3.5 contacts of CFE Category 1 credits. Registration fees cover refreshments, lunch and handouts.

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Singing: Sunday, March 21, 6 p.m., Sandy Level Baptist Church; featuring No Name Higher from Forest City. Singing: Sunday, March 21, 10:45 a.m., Concord Baptist Church; featuring The Royal Quartet.

out the day, said Thomas Andrews, who teaches the Advanced Functions/ Modeling class. “We’ve done the catapult before on a small scale and talked about the physics involved,” Andrews said. “Ours is technically more Medieval.” Students have been working on both for about two and half weeks, Andrews said. The catapult is expected to launch around 150 feet and the ballista between 50 and 100 feet. “The catapult can launch a basketball, watermelons or cantaloupe, but really nothing bigger,” he said. The ballista – essentially a large bow and arrow – works on the principal of torchon and can fire longer objects, Andrews said. Both projects have been exciting for students, who typically don’t get to experience building something on a large scale. “We’re also doing a project coming up on optics and cryptography,” he said. Another interactive activity planned is archery. People can try their hand at shooting, Edwards said, and at 1 p.m. grammar school principal Jason Cole and first grade teacher Heather Young will have an archery shoot out. For younger kids, there will be an opportunity to decorate a fake Sistine Chapel ceiling and paint glass ornaments. There will also be pony rides, castle inflatables, a balloon jester and

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Central announces All-Conference RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central announced 14 students were honored with All-Conference selections for Winter Sports. Kaley Holmstrom, who was dominate in the swimming pool this past season, was named the 2009-10 South Mountain Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year. In addition to Holmstrom, Central’s Christy Powell, Kate Fetherolf, Shayla Hensley and Kendall Corbett were all named All-Conference in swimming. In wrestling, Austin Elfers, Evan Boggs, Josh Stephens, Angelo Nunez and Kent Craig were all honored with AllConference selections. In women’s basketball two Lady Hilltoppers received honors, Shannon Hines and Melissa McLaughlin. In men’s basketball, Shaquille Wilkins earned All-Conference honors, while teammate Jacob Kinlaw was awarded with honorable mention.

Central’s McKenna O’Connell, back, battles Chase’s Brittany Enriquez, front, for possession of the ball during Wednesday’s soccer game at R-S Central High. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

Hilltoppers down Chase By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

Spoiler change comes to Martinsville CONCORD (AP) — NASCAR will switch from a wing to a spoiler at next weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway. NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton confirmed Wednesday that the transition from the rear wing to the spoiler will begin at Martinsville. NASCAR had targeted that race, the fifth of the season, to return to a traditional spoiler. The setup was tested Tuesday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Local Sports BASEBALL 4:30 p.m. TJCA at Bessemer City BOY’S TRACK 4 p.m. Chase at Patton 4 p.m. R-S Central at Shelby

On TV 12:10 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) College Basketball NCAA Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA. From New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Providence, R.I. or San Jose, Calif. 2:30 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) College Basketball NCAA Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA. From New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Providence, R.I. or San Jose, Calif. 3 p.m. (FSS) ATP Tennis BNP Paribas Open: Quarterfinals. 7 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) College Basketball NCAA Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA. From New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Providence, R.I. or San Jose, Calif. 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball NIT Tournament, Second Round: Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (FSS) NHL Hockey Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball Orlando Magic at Miami Heat. 7 p.m. (TS) NHL Hockey Ottawa Senators at Atlanta Thrashers. 9:30 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) College Basketball NCAA Tournament, First Round: Teams TBA. From New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Providence, R.I. or San Jose, Calif. 9:30 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball New Orleans Hornets at Denver Nuggets. 10:30 p.m. (FSS) ATP Tennis BNP Paribas Open: Men’s Quarterfinals.

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Chase’s Jessica Lawson (10) sends the ball forward during the soccer game against R-S Central Wednesday. Central’s Maggi Lave (7) closes in on the play.

RUTHERFORDTON — Maggi Lave put away two goals as she and her R-S Central teammates dominated Chase, 4-0, in girl’s soccer on Wednesday. The Lady Hilltoppers built an early lead and never were really threatened as their passing game and control of midfield earned the upperhand in a very physical contest. “The girls had three goals tonight. One, dominate the first 15 minutes of play. Second, pick up the pace of play and lastly, keep possession,” R-S Central girl’s soccer coach Ashley Fromson said. “They were committed and they succeeded in all three of those phases.” Central quickly found its first goal just seven minutes in and on its third attempt. On a direct kick by Heather McCrary from midfield, the ball went into the Chase box, which McKenna O’Connell collected, swept by a defender and pushed her shot into the back right post for the 1-0 Central lead. Central (4-1) wasn’t done as Lave scored seven minutes later after the first goal. Lave, after some quick passing to move the ball upfield, rolled a shot to the left and past the Chase keeper, Alexis Nix from inside the box to go up 2-0. Central closed out the half as Lave popped up a shot from dead center and nearly 20 yards away. The ball just did get over the head of Nix to give Central a comfortable 3-0 lead at the break. King, just five minutes into the second half, broke into the scoring column with a goal as Brown assisted on the play to finalize the scoring on the night. Chase (2-3) squandered a late opportunity as Martinez stole a pass and headed for goal. The Lady Hilltoppers’ Drabek punched away Martinez attempt Please see Prep Report, Page 8

Jordan’s bid approved by NBA board By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer

Associated Press

Michael Jordan reaches out to shake hands with Charlotte Bobcats’ Raymond Felton, center, and D.J. Augustin during the Bobcats’ NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Charlotte, in this Jan. 6, 2009, file photo.

CHARLOTTE — Michael Jordan became a basketball star at North Carolina. Now he’ll try to turn around the state’s money-losing NBA team by becoming the first ex-player to be a majority owner in the league. The NBA’s Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved Jordan’s $275 million bid to buy the Charlotte Bobcats from Bob Johnson. Jordan will immediately take over the team after functioning as a minority investor with the final say on basketball decisions since 2006. “Purchasing the Bobcats is the culmination of my post-playing career goal of becoming the majority owner of an NBA franchise,” Jordan said in a statement. “I am especially pleased to have the opportunity to build a winning team in my home state of North Carolina. “I plan to make this franchise an organization that Charlotte can be proud of, and I am committed to doing all that I can to achieve this goal.” The six-time NBA champion and Please see Jordan, Page 9


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Scoreboard New Orleans

33 35 .485 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 46 22 .676 Utah 43 24 .642 Oklahoma City 41 24 .631 Portland 41 28 .594 Minnesota 14 54 .206 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Lakers 50 18 .735 Phoenix 42 26 .618 L.A. Clippers 25 43 .368 Sacramento 23 45 .338 Golden State 18 48 .273

BASEBALL Major League Baseball Spring Training Glance LEAGUE L 3 3 6 5 5 7 6 7 7 7 7 8 8 8

Pct .769 .667 .571 .545 .545 .500 .500 .462 .417 .417 .417 .385 .333 .273

NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Atlanta 10 5 Chicago 9 5 Philadelphia 7 4 San Francisco 10 6 Cincinnati 6 4 Milwaukee 9 6 Arizona 8 6 New York 8 6 Florida 8 7 Colorado 8 8 Houston 6 6 Los Angeles 4 5 St. Louis 5 7 Pittsburgh 4 8 San Diego 4 9 Washington 2 11

Pct .667 .643 .636 .625 .600 .600 .571 .571 .533 .500 .500 .444 .417 .333 .308 .154

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, left, grabs a rebound over Charlotte Bobcats’ Boris Diaw, right, of France, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, Wednesday.

Bobcats win as Jordan takes helm

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Stephen Jackson scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and Charlotte rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-92 on Wednesday night to give Michael Jordan a victory in his first game as Bobcats majority owner. Hours after the NBA’s Board of Governors approved Jordan’s $275 million purchase, he watched his team stage a dramatic recovery from a horrible start. The comeback from a 19-point, second-quarter deficit matched the largest in franchise history. Stephen Graham matched a career high with 19 points filling in for the injured Gerald Wallace, and the Bobcats won for the seventh time in eight games.

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just seconds later and Alli Pugh cleared the shot to take the shut out. Chase had just one shot in the first half and R-S Central’s goalie, Haley Drabek only had to make two saves all game long as the Lady Trojans attempted just six overall shots. R-S Central forced 10 corner kicks, while Chase had none. However, Nix came up with 13 saves for Chase. “I am absolutely disappointed tonight,” Chase girls soccer coach Greg Deshommes said. “We were very impatient with the ball and even though we picked it up in the second half. I guess we will have to go back to the basics in practice.”

SOFTBALL R-S Central 3, AC Reynolds 2

RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central may indeed have their own version of the “Cardiac Cats.” The Lady Hilltoppers’ Mariah Lattimore blasted a walkoff double in the bottom of the seventh inning to come back and defeat A.C.Reynolds in softball, 3-2, at home on Wednesday. For R-S Central, it is their third walkoff win in five games as they move to 5-0 overall and remain 1-0 in conference play. Down 2-1, with two on, two outs in the final frame and two strikes on her, Lattimore crushed a deep shot to centerfield. The ball just got over the outstretched glove of the Lady Rockets centerfielder, which plated Cory Hipp, who was standing at third and Taylor Crowder, who was at second base for the win. Chelsea Smith helped her own cause in going all seven innings on the mound and allowed just two hits as both runs in the contest were scored unearned.

East Rutherford 7, McDowell 3

FOREST CITY — The Lady Cavs dropped McDowell, 7-3, on the softball field Wednesday. East’s Ali Ruppe and Jaclyn Boever worked from the hill for the Cavs, while teammate Makayla Harrelson scored twice in the win.

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Tuesday’s Games Washington (ss) 4, St. Louis 2 Washington (ss) 12, Florida (ss) 3 Baltimore 3, Minnesota 1 Atlanta 6, Florida (ss) 3 Houston (ss) 3, Boston (ss) 0 Philadelphia 6, Detroit 1 Chicago Cubs 4, Texas 1 Cincinnati 13, Arizona 7 Milwaukee 2, Kansas City 0 Chicago White Sox 6, Colorado 1 Cleveland 7, San Francisco 1 L.A. Angels 4, San Diego 3 N.Y. Yankees 4, Houston (ss) 1 Tampa Bay 7, Boston (ss) 0 Wednesday’s Games Tampa Bay 5, Minnesota 2 Philadelphia 6, N.Y. Yankees 2 N.Y. Mets 4, Boston 2 Atlanta 4, Florida 2 Toronto 4, Baltimore 1 Detroit 6, Pittsburgh 3 Houston 11, Washington 2 Chicago White Sox 5, L.A. Dodgers 1 San Francisco 6, Oakland 1 Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 2 Arizona 7, L.A. Angels 6 San Diego vs Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., late Colorado 6, Cleveland 3 Texas vs Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., late Cleveland vs Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., late Thursday’s Games Houston vs Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Baltimore vs Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Arizona vs Oakland at Phoenix, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m. Friday’s Games Detroit (ss) vs N.Y. Yankees (ss) at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis (ss) vs Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland (ss) vs San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Kansas City vs Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs Milwaukee at Phoenix, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland (ss) vs Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Oakland vs Colorado at Tucson, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Detroit (ss) vs Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 7:05 p.m. St. Louis (ss) vs Washington at Viera, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Baltimore vs Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. Seattle vs Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Boston 42 24 .636 Toronto 32 33 .492 New York 24 43 .358 Philadelphia 23 44 .343 New Jersey 7 60 .104 Southeast Division W L Pct x-Orlando 47 21 .691 Atlanta 43 23 .652 Charlotte 34 32 .515 Miami 35 33 .515 Washington 21 45 .318 Central Division W L Pct x-Cleveland 53 15 .779 Milwaukee 36 29 .554 Chicago 31 35 .470 Detroit 23 45 .338 Indiana 22 45 .328

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x-clinched playoff spot Tuesday’s Games Indiana 99, Charlotte 94 Cleveland 113, Detroit 101 Atlanta 108, New Jersey 84 San Antonio 88, Miami 76 Memphis 104, Chicago 97 Denver 97, Washington 87 L.A. Lakers 106, Sacramento 99 Phoenix 152, Minnesota 114 Wednesday’s Games Charlotte 100, Oklahoma City 92 Cleveland 99, Indiana 94 Toronto 106, Atlanta 105 Philadelphia 108, New Jersey 97 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. Friday’s Games Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Toronto, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New York, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. Boston at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Golden State at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Washington at Portland, 10 p.m. Utah at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. First Round Tuesday, March 16 Connecticut 59, Northeastern 57 N.C. State 58, South Florida 57 UAB 65, Coastal Carolina 49 Texas Tech 87, Seton Hall 69 North Carolina 80, William & Mary 72 Mississippi State 81, Jackson State 67 Jacksonville 67, Arizona State 66 Wednesday, March 17 Kent State 75, Tulsa 74 Dayton 63, Illinois State 42 Cincinnati 76, Weber State 62 Virginia Tech 81, Quinnipiac 61 Rhode Island 76, Northwestern 64 Troy (20-12) at Mississippi (21-10), late Nevada (20-12) at Wichita State (25-9), late Illinois (19-14) at Stony Brook (22-9), late St. John’s (17-15) at Memphis (23-9), late

Wednesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL Major League Baseball MLB—Suspended Seattle LHP Cliff Lee for the first five games of the regular season for throwing a pitch over the head of Arizona’s Chris Snyder in an exhibition game. American League BOSTON RED SOX—Optioned LHP Dustin Richardson to Pawtucket (IL). CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Optioned OF Stefan Gartrell, RHP Jeff Marquez and INF Dayan Viciedo to Charlotte (IL). Released OF Jason Botts and RHP Daniel Cabrera. CLEVELAND INDIANS—Claimed INF Anderson Hernandez off waiver from the New York Mets. Designated INF Brian Bixler for assignment. KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Optioned RHP Aaron Crow to Northwest Arkansas (Texas).

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association BOARD OF GOVERNORS—Approved the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Charlotte Bobcats by Michael Jordan. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS—Fired vice president of basketball operations Tom Penn. Women’s National Basketball Association PHOENIX MERCURY—Signed G Lenae Williams.

HOCKEY National Hockey League GA 197 164 189 191 216 GA 174 201 195 177 235 GA 198 224 211 200 216

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 68 44 18 6 94 225 Nashville 70 39 26 5 83 197 Detroit 69 34 23 12 80 187 St. Louis 69 32 28 9 73 189 Columbus 70 28 31 11 67 183 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Vancouver 70 43 24 3 89 230 Colorado 69 40 23 6 86 209 Calgary 69 34 26 9 77 174 Minnesota 69 34 29 6 74 192 Edmonton 70 21 42 7 49 176 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF San Jose 69 43 16 10 96 226 Phoenix 70 43 22 5 91 189 Los Angeles 68 40 23 5 85 206 Dallas 69 30 26 13 73 199 Anaheim 68 31 29 8 70 189

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National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS—Agreed to terms with RHP Kris Benson on a minor league contract. FLORIDA MARLINS—Optioned RHP Jay Buente and RHP Brett Sinkbeil to New Orleans (PCL) and RHP Kris Harvey to Jacksonville (SL). Reassigned LHP Dan Jennings, RHP Matt Peterson, RHP Chris Schroder, C Chris Hatcher, 3B Matt Dominguez, SS Ozzie Martinez to their minor league camp. Released RHP Derrick Turnbow. HOUSTON ASTROS—Reassigned C Lou Santangelo and RHP Chia-Jen Lo to their minor league camp. Optioned LHP Fernando Abad, RHP Evan Englebrook, RHP Matt Nevarez, LHP Polin Trinidad, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Henry Villar, OF Yordany Ramirez, OF Brian Bogusevic and INF Wladimir Sutil to their minor league camp. Released OF Alex Romero unconditionally. Announced INF Jose Vallejo cleared waivers and was sent to Round Rock (Texas). LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Reassigned LHP Juan Perez, OF Prentice Redman and INF Russell Mitchell to their minor league camp. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Released OF Elijah Dukes unconditionally. American Association ST. PAUL SAINTS—Signed RHP Joe Woerman. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALS—Signed LHP Rusty Tucker. WORCESTER TORNADOES—Signed LHP Dustin Taylor.

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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 69 36 28 5 77 206 N.Y. Rangers 70 31 30 9 71 182 N.Y. Islanders 70 29 32 9 67 185 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Buffalo 68 36 22 10 82 186 Ottawa 70 37 28 5 79 187 Montreal 71 36 29 6 78 194 Boston 69 31 26 12 74 174 Toronto 70 24 34 12 60 187 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF y-Washington 70 47 14 9 103 277 Atlanta 69 29 29 11 69 204 Tampa Bay 69 28 29 12 68 183 Florida 68 28 30 10 66 177 Carolina 69 28 33 8 64 191

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

FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS—Agreed to terms with QB Derek Anderson on a two-year contract. BUFFALO BILLS—Signed DE Dwan Edwards to a four-year contract. CAROLINA PANTHERS—Agreed to terms with DE Tyler Brayton on a three-year contract. CHICAGO BEARS—Released DB Nathan Vasher. CLEVELAND BROWNS—Re-signed LB Marcus Benard, LB Blake Costanzo and RB Chris Jennings. Named Jim Ross as senior vice president-business development. MIAMI DOLPHINS—Signed G Richie Incognito to a one-year contract. MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Agreed to terms with DT Jimmy Kennedy. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Released G Shawn Andrews. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS—Agreed to terms with DL Ian Scott on a one-year contract. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—Signed CB Karl Paymah to a one-year contract. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Signed LB Matt McCoy to a one-year contract. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—Agreed to terms with S Sean Jones on a two-year contract. WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Signed QB Rex Grossman. Canadian Football League WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS—Named Chris Wiesehan receivers coach.

HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS—Signed D Jake Newton to a three-year contract. NEW JERSEY DEVILS—Activated D Paul Martin from injured reserve. VANCOUVER CANUCKS—Recalled F Michael Grabner from Manitoba (AHL). American Hockey League ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS—Announced G Jeremy Duchesne was recalled by Philadelphia (NHL). Recalled G Michael-Lee Teslak from Wheeling (ECHL) and G Kris Mayotte from Johnstown (ECHL). Signed RW Ben Holmstrom. BINGHAMTON SENATORS—Assigned D Mat Robinson to Elmira (ECHL). MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS—Signed F Ryan Thang. SYRACUSE Neuber.

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ECHL ECHL—Suspended Idaho F Marty Flichel one game and fined him an undisclosed amount as a result of his actions in a March 16 game against Utah. CHARLOTTE CHECKERS—Signed G Garrett Zemlak. Announced F David Marshall was recalled by Lake Erie (AHL). ELMIRA JACKALS—Signed D Alex Dzielski. READING ROYALS—Signed F Malcolm Gwilliam. VICTORIA SALMON KINGS—Announced F Andy Brandt has been returned to the team by Manitoba (AHL). Signed F Mark Magnowski.

SOCCER Major League Soccer DC UNITED—Signed D Lyle Adams. FC DALLAS—Loaned G Josh Lambo to Tampa Bay (USSF-D2). KANSAS CITY WIZARDS—Signed MF Birahim Diop.

COLLEGE FINLANDIA—Named Chris Perez men’s and women’s soccer coach. SETON HALL—Fired men’s basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez.

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Duke: No such thing as an ‘easy path’ By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer

Jake Delhomme.

Delhomme chose Browns for chance to start at QB

DURHAM — Just about everybody figures Duke has the easiest Final Four path of any of the four No. 1 seeds. Well, everybody but the Blue Devils. “This is the NCAA tournament,” guard Nolan Smith said Tuesday. “There’s no such thing as an easy path.” If anyone would know lately, it’s these current Blue Devils. Through the past few years, they’ve learned just how difficult it is to roll through a bracket. Duke (29-5) holds the No. 1 seed in the South Regional — its first top seed since 2006 — and will face Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday in Jacksonville, Fla. The Blue Devils haven’t reached the Final Four since 2004, the school’s longest drought since coach Mike Krzyzewski got his powerhouse program rolling in the mid-1980s.

Some have argued that a favorable tournament draw has given the Blue Devils an edge to end that streak this year. But if BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Jake there’s one thing these players Delhomme completed his visit to Cleveland last have learned through the stages week and drove to the airport for a flight to New of their careers, it’s that getting Orleans. to the national semifinals isn’t He never made it. quite as simple as those Duke Travel delays forced Delhomme to return to Charlotte, where he chose to sign with the Browns teams made it look in the ‘80s, without visiting his hometown Saints. The chance ‘90s and early 2000s. Krzyzewski may have made to start was more important than being a backup it to 10 Final Fours in three in his home state. decades at Duke, but not with “I had to decide if I wanted to still try to compete any of his current players. or if I wanted to hold a clipboard,” Delhomme said “There’s so many upsets every on Wednesday. “I just wasn’t ready for that.” year, every game’s going to be Delhomme, who grew up in Breaux Bridge, La., and spent his first five years with the Saints, would hard,” Smith said. “So we definitely don’t pay any attention to have been a backup to Drew Brees with the Super the ‘easy path’ thing.” Bowl champions. In Cleveland, he is the favorite In large part, that’s because to win the starting job after team president Mike nothing ever came easy for the Holmgren and the Browns parted ways with Derek current Blue Devils in past Anderson and Brady Quinn. NCAA tournaments, and while Delhomme’s main competition will be Seneca the seniors have made increWallace, whom the Browns acquired in a trade mental progress in advancing a with Seattle. step deeper in the bracket each Delhomme, 35, struggled through his worst season last year with the Carolina Panthers, throwing year, each run still ended with eight touchdowns and 18 interceptions. His season an upset. The seniors were freshmen ended with a broken finger after 11 games and he on the team that went onewas released earlier this month. and-done against Virginia He also acknowledges the five-interception perCommonwealth. The following formance in a playoff loss to Arizona during the 2008 season carried over to the start of last year, when he threw four interceptions in the opener. “I didn’t play good football,” he said. “I’m not going to blame anybody else for anything. The 2009 year football-wise wasn’t fun. From January PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) 10th, the playoff game, through when I broke my — The NCAA tournament is finger.” famous for the little guys shockDelhomme, who cried at his final press confering the marquee powerhouses ence in Carolina, took a few days to get over the and turning into the darlings of sting of being released. March. Cleveland went 5-11 last year, but won its final Upsets happen, every year. four games after a tough start. Delhomme was With one lopsided exception: impressed by the resolve the players showed in No. 1 vs. No. 16. fighting back to salvage the season and compared When brackets are e-mailed to it to his situation in Carolina. “You find a lot of teams that start 1-11, those bags the office staff after the 65-team field is set, typing the “W” in are packed in December. Guys are ready to get that 1-16 matchup is about as out,” he said. “This team won the last four games. automatic an annual occurI’m telling you, that’s something.” rence as ringing in the New Year

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Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski embraces Kyle Singler (12) in the closing moments of an NCAA college basketball game against Miami in the ACC tournament in Greensboro in this March 13, 2010, file photo.

year, they won their opener — in last-second fashion against 15thseeded Belmont — before being bounced by West Virginia. Last year’s group reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2006, but they were knocked out by eventual Final Four participant Villanova. “I think it’s good for our upperclassmen to remember the last three tournaments, and what they learned from them,” Krzyzewski said. “How they felt after a win, after a loss, because it’s an abrupt ending. The tournament is cruel in its abruptness.” With three players — ACC tournament MVP Kyle Singler, heady guard Jon Scheyer and Smith — capable of scoring 20

points in any game, and 7-foot1 center Brian Zoubek finally putting up rebounding numbers that suit his sizable frame, these Blue Devils appear better built to make a deep tournament run than their most recent predecessors, with Krzyzewski calling this his best team since the 2005-06 team was led by J.J. Redick. Even that group wound up going home early, with LSU ending Redick’s college career in the regional semifinal round. This team is embracing its status as a No. 1 seed — when that was announced Sunday night, Smith tweeted simply: “Yessirrr!!!” — without getting caught up in looking too far down the bracket.

1 vs. 16 usually lopsided in NCAA tourney

Panthers, DE Brayton Jordan agree to 3-year deal

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Carolina Panthers will have at least one starting defensive lineman returning next season after agreeing on a threeyear deal with defensive end Tyler Brayton. Agent Tom Mills says the 30-year-old Brayton visited Seattle and had conversations with Oakland and Jacksonville, but is happy to return to Carolina. Brayton signed a two-year contract before the start of the 2008 season and has started 31 games over the past two years. He was eighth on the team with 45 tackles last season and had five sacks. He’ll likely be paired with much younger players next season. The Panthers let defensive end Julius Peppers leave for Chicago in free agency and cut starting tackle Damione Lewis and Maake Kemoeatu.

five-time league MVP will be charged with turning around the fortunes of the 6-year-old Bobcats, who are on pace to lose about $30 million this season because of sluggish ticket and sponsorship sales. The 47-year-old Jordan, who will assume about $150 million in debt in the deal, becomes the second black majority owner of a major pro sports team. He replaces the first in Johnson, who paid $300 million for the expansion franchise, but lost tens of millions annually and saw the value of the team decline

on Dec. 31. With good reason: The Washington Generals have better odds at victory over the Harlem Globetrotters than a No. 16 seed does over a No. 1. 100-0. That’s the career record for No. 1 seeds against 16th seeds since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Those unlucky 16s, sometimes schools you never heard of from small college towns across America, always think big even if they should pack light.

This year’s likely one-anddoners: Lehigh, East Tennessee State, Vermont and ArkansasPine Bluff. Those four have a combined 17 tournament appearances. Top seeds Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke have a total of 14 — as in NCAA national championships. Yet, the rallying cry from these small schools is the same every season: Why Not Us? Maybe, because no No. 1 wants to become the answer to a trivia question.

as Charlotte fans struggled to warm to the NBA again after the Hornets left for New Orleans in 2002. Johnson won’t completely end his relationship with the team. A spokeswoman for Johnson said he’ll be a minority investor in Jordan’s ownership group.

Commissioner David Stern predicted last week the deal would be easily approved by the league’s owners. Stern said last week that background and financial checks on Jordan produced nothing that would stop the deal, and expressed optimism Jordan’s iconic status in this area will boost the franchise. Jordan grew up in Wilmington and led North Carolina to an NCAA title with a last-second shot before starring with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan briefly ran the Wizards basketball operations and returned as a player with Washington before being fired from his management role in 2003.

“The best decision I made since acquiring the Bobcats was to convince my friend Michael to become an investor in the Bobcats and to appoint him as managing member of basketball operations,” Johnson said in a statement. “As the new majority owner of the Bobcats, his dedication will be stronger now more than ever.”

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SPINDALE – John Billingsley’s work in photojournalism was far L H from finished. His friends, family and coworkers hope a new scholarship will help many others continue his work. Billingsley, who would have turned 28 on March 18, fell to his death in an airshaft of a Charlotte hotel in January. The accident stunned Billingsley’s coworkers at WLOS News 13, the ABC affiliate in Asheville. He had worked at the station for posed of individuals who also see the the greater part of his career after intrinsic value of land conservation earning degrees from Isothermal in Hickory Nut Gorge and want to Community College in Broadcast promote it for its excellent outdoor Production Technology in 2002 and recreation opportunities. from Appalachian State University in Communications in 2004. He started “A few years ago we did a short as a video editor and later became a fund raising campaign to protect news photographer and photojourclimbing at Rumbling Bald,” said nalist. ROC President Jerry Stensland. “John had a passion for the news “Shortly thereafter the State of North and he loved what he did for a living,” Carolina stepped in and began buysaid Russ Bowen, a News 13 anchor ing property for the park. We happily and reporter who worked closely with put the money in reserve awaiting Billingsley over the years. “I really an appropriate use and helping CCC don’t think John was finished with acquire this tract is a perfect opporhis life’s work. And this scholarship tunity.” will create an opportunity for others Both ROC and CCC were early to help carry out his legacy. It’s really advocates for the creation of a state important to try to create something park in the Gorge and are reprepositive out of this horrific tragedy.” sented on the current park partners After Bowen and some of his colcommittee. leagues at the station decided The CCC sees the partnership with they wanted to do something in ROC as an ideal way to promote Billingsley’s memory, he approached conservation of the natural resources John’s parents, Bob and Anne that provide the high quality recreBillingsley of Bostic. ation resources for which Rutherford “It’s just amazing that the station County is well known. wanted to do something like this for The CCC has partnered with other John,” said Anne. “They really are organizations such as the Carolina like a family and I know that John Mountain Land Conservancy to help would be very pleased. It’s given us assess and raise awareness for the so much comfort to find out how well protection of the endangered plant regarded John was by all of the peocommunities on the property. ple whose lives he had touched over the years.” The CCC will fundraise over the Once they spoke, Bowen and the next two years to pay off the loan Billingsleys decided a scholarship in and will work with the state on a memory of John would be a fitting climber-friendly management plan tribute. for the site and all of Rumbling Bald “John got so much out of his time at Mountain. Isothermal,” said Anne. “Jay Coomes, one of John’s main teachers, was such To contribute to this project, please an inspiration to him. John wanted visit the Carolina Climbers Coalition to learn everything he could and he Web site at www.carolinaclimbers. got off to a great start here. Being a org. native of Ellenboro and a graduate of Click the contribute in the “Save the East Rutherford High School, he just boulders” field in the upper left hand felt a kinship to Isothermal.” corner of the page. During his time at Isothermal,

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LAKE LURE – For the next two months, money donated to preserve a nationally significant bouldering area will be matched, a pair of local nonprofits announced recently. Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) will accept donations and the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition will match those donations up to $3,000 through May 31.

The CCC is raising money cover a loan used to buy a portion of the Rumbling Bald West Side Boulders. In early January, the Carolina Climbers Coalition a local volunteer driven non- profit, acquired a 6.12 acre property containing a portion boulder site. T he Access Fund, a national nonprofit climbers’ advocacy organization, provided a bridge loan of $72,000 from their new Land Conservation Campaign to finance the purchase price of the 6.12 acre tract. The property contains a significant recreation resource (28 boulders with 200 boulder problems) located along the boundary to the Rumbling Bald area of Chimney Rock State Park.

The property contains a federally– listed endangered plant species, and helps to create a view-shed and buffer between the natural areas of the park and surrounding development. The CCC has partnered with a number of non-profit outdoor groups to help fund-raise to finalize the purchase of this popular bouldering area from a private developer.

The CCC is most excited about a recent partnership opportunity to work with the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition (ROC) to present a matching fund-raising campaign. The locally-based ROC is com-

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Billingsley received the News Producer of the Year Award. He also worked as an intern in the WLOS News 13 Rutherford County Bureau, which is housed on the college’s campus. “John had a passion for videography, a zeal for photography and a very good eye,” said Coomes, a Broadcast Production Technology instructor at Isothermal. “One of John’s greatest talents, though, was his ability to put people at ease when he was interviewing them. You can’t really teach that – how to make someone comfortable when there is a camera in their face, often in stressful situations. He had a gift for it. Hopefully, this scholarship will help students follow in John’s footsteps for years to come.” Billingsley’s mother recalled a proud moment in John’s short career that exemplified Coomes’ assertion. She spoke about Michaela Blanton, the widow of slain state trooper, Shawn Blanton, and the mother of Tye Blanton, the couple’s son who died as an infant. “Michaela came to John’s visitation,” said Anne. “She told me how John always made her feel comfortable when she was sitting through those extremely difficult court appearances. I just felt really proud that John was able to help bring some peace to someone in that kind of a situation.” The scholarship was set up with the assistance of college administrators and donors are being sought now. The scholarship will cover tuition for a second-year Broadcast Production Technology student at Isothermal. It is hoped that donations from Billingsley’s family and friends will sustain the scholarship for years to come. Preference will be given to residents of Rutherford County. When possible, the scholarship recipient will take part in cooperative learning opportunities with WLOS News 13.

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Bernanke makes a case for strong Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged Congress Wednesday to let the Fed keep all of its banking oversight, arguing that information gleaned from that process helps the central bank guide the economy. Testifying at a House hearing, Bernanke waged a fresh battle against Senate efforts to scale back the Fed’s role in overseeing the nation’s banks. The Fed boss argued that policymakers factor information they get from the Fed’s role as bank regulator into their decisions on interest rates. And, Bernanke said its banking duties give the Fed insights into the health of the entire banking system. “The insights provided by our role in supervising a range of banks, including community banks, significantly increases our effectiveness in making monetary policy and fostering financial stability,” Bernanke told the House Financial Services Committee. Bernanke’s testimony comes as the Fed faces a significant shift in its supervisory duties. In an effort to overhaul the nation’s financial regulatory structure, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., has offered legislation that would strip the Fed of its power to supervise state-chartered banks and bank holding companies with assets of less than $50 billion. That would leave the Fed with 35 of the biggest bank holding companies under its supervision. Critics blame lax regulation at the Fed and at other agencies for contributing to the financial and economic crisis. Bernanke once again acknowledged deficiencies, and said the Fed is taking steps to beef up oversight. It currently oversees about 5,000 bank holding companies, about 850 smaller banks that are both state-chartered and are members of the Federal Reserve system and some foreign banks operating in the United States. Dodd’s bill, however, would also give the Fed new powers to oversee nonbank financial firms that are so large and interconnected that their failure could pose a risk to the economy. Such firms could include insurance giant American International Group Inc., or General Electric Co.’s GE Capital business. Bernanke said the Fed is “quite concerned” about losing oversight of small banks and essentially becoming the “too big to fail regulator” under the Dodd bill. “We want connections to Main Street as well as Wall Street,” said Bernanke. With its narrower authority, the Fed’s system of 12 regional banks could face profound changes. The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, for instance, would have no banks under their supervision. The Obama administration has supported a

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In this Thursday, Jan. 7, photo, cars stream past the CREE Shimmering Wall in downtown Raleigh. LED lights manufactured at CREE are used to light the wall. On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit the company which the Obama administration is offering as an example of manufacturing job growth from energy-efficient products. Associated Press

N.C. company put in spotlight DURHAM (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden was planning a visit to a North Carolina company enjoying rapid sales of its light-producing semiconductor chips the Obama administration is offering as an example of manufacturing job growth from energy-efficient products. Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu were scheduled Thursday to visit the headquarters and factory of Cree Inc. The Durham-based company has hired about 375 workers since last summer to design, produce and sell its energy-efficient lighting. The White House says boosting manufacturing in renewable and energy-efficiency technologies like Cree’s light-emitting diodes will create jobs for products growing in demand as world-

wide pressure builds to use fewer fuels blamed for global warming. When its CEO was invited to the White House last summer, President Barack Obama called Durham, N.C.-based Cree one “of the most innovative energy companies in America” and clean-energy manufacturing “a sector that represents a big piece of America’s economic future.” Last year’s $787 stimulus package included tax credits for selected companies that push ahead with manufacturing clean-energy products. Companies in 43 states are sharing $2.3 billion in tax credits. Some of the credits are going to U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies, like $51 million for a unit of Danish wind turbine maker Vestas to build blades and towers in Colorado. Some are going

to small companies, like Dayton, Ohio-based Acutemp, which will increase hiring beyond its staff of about 100 as it increases manufacturing of vacuum insulation panels for home refrigerators. Cree is getting $39 million to boost production of LEDs, semiconductor chips that produce light as electricity passed through alignments of chemicals. They’re widely used from mobile phone displays to traffic signals. But over the next 20 years, they’ll become common in lighting fixtures, an Energy Department report said last month. Cree’s LEDs are packaged into lighting fixtures used in the Pentagon and Walmart stores, and increasingly in streetlights from Los Angeles to Valdez, Alaska.

Wachovia settles money laundering case MIAMI (AP) — Banking giant Wachovia Corp. will pay $160 million to settle a federal investigation into laundering of illegal drug profits through Mexican exchange houses in the largest case of its kind ever brought against a U.S. bank, prosecutors said Wednesday. “This is historic,” acting U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sloman said. “There is no other case like this one anywhere.” The probe, which began in 2005 when a Drug Enforcement Administration narcotics dog in Florida detected cocaine traces

in an airplane, ultimately uncovered at least $110 million in drug profits laundered from Mexico through Wachovia. The total settlement includes forfeiture in that amount plus a $50 million fine. “DEA will follow drug money wherever it leads us,” said Mark R. Trouville, chief of the DEA’s Miami office. The agreement means Wachovia and its executives will avoid criminal prosecution in return for the $160 million payment and significant improvements in its anti-money launder-

ing program. If those and other conditions are met within one year, potential criminal charges for failure to maintain a system to detect money launderers will be dropped. Wachovia, now a unit of San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co., said in a statement that Wells Fargo had already set aside money to pay the settlement. The statement said Wachovia, based in Charlotte, ended its relationships with foreign currency exchange houses in 2008.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies that hire unemployed workers will get a temporary payroll tax holiday under a bill that easily won congressional approval Wednesday in what Democrats hope is just the first of several election-year measures aimed at boosting hiring. The 68-29 bipartisan vote in the Senate sent the legislation to the White House, where President Barack Obama was expected to sign it into law Thursday. Eleven Republicans voted for the legislation, an impressive tally considering the politically charged atmosphere on Capitol Hill. It was the first of several jobs bills promised by Democrats, though there’s plenty of skepticism that the measure will do much to actually create jobs. Optimistic estimates predict the tax break could generate perhaps 250,000 jobs through the end of the year, but that would be just a tiny fraction of the 8.4 million jobs lost since the start of the recession. The measure is part of a campaign by Democrats to show that they are addressing the nation’s unemployment problem, but that message was overshadowed by Congress’ feverish final push to pass health care overhaul legislation by this weekend. “It is the first of what I hope will be a series of jobs packages that help to continue to put people back to work,” Obama said after the vote. The bill contains about $18 billion in tax breaks and a $20 billion infusion of cash into highway and transit programs. Among other things, it exempts businesses that hire people who have been unemployed for at least 60 days from paying the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax through December and gives employers an additional $1,000 credit if new workers stay on the job a full year. Taxpayers will have to reimburse Social Security for the lost revenue. “This is just the first, certainly not the last, piece of legislation that we will put forward in relation to jobs,” said its sponsor, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “If we don’t create jobs, the economy will not move forward.” It also extends highway and mass transit programs through the end of the year and pumps in $20 billion in time for the spring construction season. That money would make up for lower-thanexpected gasoline tax revenues. The measure is modest compared with last year’s $862 billion economic stimulus bill, and the bulk of the hiring tax breaks would probably go to companies that were likely to hire new workers anyway. “Until business picks up for small business owners, there’s not going to be a huge incentive to add new workers,” said Bill Rys of the National Federation of Independent Business, which lobbies for small business. The bill is financed in part over the coming decade by cracking down on offshore tax havens, though it would add $13 billion to the debt in the coming three years. “When are we going to stop spending money around here as if there’s no tomorrow?” said Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. “Because pretty soon there’s going to be no tomorrow for our children as we add this debt to their backs.” In addition to the hiring tax incentives and highway funding, the bill extends a tax break for small businesses buying new equipment and modestly expands an initiative that helps state and local governments finance infrastructure projects. A far larger measure that would extend health insurance subsidies and jobless checks for the unemployed is in the works but has hit slow going. That measure has passed both House and Senate but is hung up as the rival chambers wrangle over how to partially finance the legislation, which also would extend a variety of tax breaks for individuals and businesses. As a result, it may require a third temporary extension of unemployment benefits, which would otherwise expire at the end of this month. The House on Wednesday approved a one-month extension of jobless benefits and several other soon-to-expire programs by voice vote. The Senate vote came as the House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill that lawmakers hope will generate jobs through infrastructure spending and tax cuts for investing in some small businesses. The bill would exempt long-term investments in certain small businesses from capital gains taxes, and would expand the Build America Bonds program, which subsidizes interest costs paid by local governments when they borrow for construction projects. The bond program would be extended through June 2013, at a cost of $7.6 billion. The entire bill would cost about $17 billion over the next decade. Much of the bill would be paid for by limiting the ability of multinational corporations to avoid U.S. withholding taxes by shifting assets among foreign countries.

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, where he announced he will support President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul bill.

Health bill gains ground, release delayed WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care legislation won precious support from a longtime liberal holdout in the House on Wednesday and from Catholic nuns representing dozens of religious orders, gaining fresh traction in the run-up to a climactic weekend vote. “That’s a good sign,” said Obama, two weeks after taking personal command of a campaign to enact legislation in what has become a virtual vote of confidence on his still-young presidency. But Democrats delayed the planned release of formal legislation at least until Thursday as they sought to make sure it would reduce federal deficits annually over the next decade. At the White House, Obama met with Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO. Officials said the labor leader raised concerns over the details of a planned excise tax on high-cost insurance plans as well as other elements of the as-yet-unreleased legislation. The long-anticipated measure is actually the second of two bills that Obama hopes lawmakers will send him in coming days, more than a year after he urged Congress to remake the nation’s health care system. The first cleared the Senate late last year but went no further because House Democrats demanded significant changes — the very types of revisions now being packaged into the second bill. Together, the measures are designed to extend coverage to more than 30 million who now lack it and ban the insurance industry from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. Obama also has asked lawmakers to slow the growth of medical spending generally, a far more difficult goal to achieve. Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s announcement in the Capitol made him the first Democrat to declare he would vote in favor of the legislation after voting against an earlier version, and he stressed he was still dissatisfied with key parts. “I know I have to make a decision, not on the bill as I would like to see it but as it is,” said the Ohio lawmaker, who twice ran for president advocating national health care. “If my vote is to be counted, let it now count for passage of the bill, hopefully in the direction of comprehensive health care reform.”

Referring to the political struggle under way, Kucinich said, “You do have to be very careful that the potential of President Obama’s presidency not be destroyed by this debate. Even though I have many differences with him on policy, there’s something much bigger at stake here for America.” Obama lobbied Kucinich heavily for his vote, including aboard Air Force One earlier in the week on a trip to northeastern Ohio for a presidential speech. Republicans are opposed to the legislation, arguing it still amounts to a government takeover of health care, largely paid for through higher taxes and deep cuts in Medicare that will harm seniors. In recent days, they have also turned their criticism on Pelosi, who says the House may approve the Senatepassed bill without casting a separate vote on it. Instead, under a rule that would itself be subject to a vote, it would be considered passed automatically if the second fix-it bill passed. This approach has been used numerous times in recent years by both political parties, but Republicans added it to their list of grievances as they sought to send Obama’s top domestic priority down to defeat. “The only way to stop this madness is for a few courageous Democrats to step forward and stop it,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate GOP leader. “Historians will remember this as a new low in this debate, the week that America was introduced to the scheme-and-deem approach to legislating. They’ll remember this as the week that Congress tried to pull the wool over the eyes of the public in order to get around their will.” Without disclosing details, Democrats say the fix-it bill would add funds to federal subsidies designed to make health care more affordable for the working poor and middle class, to benefit states that already meet standards the bill sets for health care for the poor and to gradually close a gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage known as the doughnut hole. The revisions are also expected to repeal a Nebraska-only increase in federal Medicaid funds that cleared the Senate, a provision that became politically toxic as news of it spread last year. In a bid to reassure nervous

lawmakers in the House that they would also approve the bill, Senate Democrats circulated a letter pledging their support. Ironically, officials said it had been drafted in the House and presented to the Senate leadership to seek signatures. There was no formal White House announcement of Trumka’s White House visit, in keeping with the administration’s practice of minimal disclosure of the president’s private lobbying on the issue. Several Democrats said that in addition to talks on the tax on high-cost plans, the union leader sought to preserve a Senatepassed provision under which all construction companies except those with fewer than five workers and a payroll of $250,000 would be required to pay a penalty if they don’t provide coverage for their workers. Businesses in other industries are exempt from the penalties if they have fewer than 50 workers. These officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not permitted to discuss details of the White House meeting. Shortly after Kucinich’s announcement, a letter was released from 60 leaders of religious orders urging lawmakers to vote for the legislation. “Despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions. It will uphold long-standing conscience protections and it will make historic new investments — $250 million — in support of pregnant women,” wrote the nuns, in a letter released by Network, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. “This is the REAL prolife stance, and we as Catholics are all for it.” The endorsement reflected a division within the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the Senatepassed legislation, contending it would, in fact, permit the use of federal funds for elective abortions. The abortion issue has long split Democrats, 40 of whom voted for an earlier House bill only after it was changed at the last minute to stiffen restrictions on the availability of abortions under a new insurance marketplace that would be established under the bill. Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Charles Babington, Alan Fram, Erica Werner and C.J. Jackson contributed to this report.

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Dear Abby: I’m writing to encourage “Wants to Do Right by Mama” (Jan. 25) to honor her mother’s final wishes regarding her burial attire and the position of her body. Several years ago, I sat down with my parents and we talked about their wishes for when they die. We discussed everything from the distribution of their assets to the type of funerals they want. I learned that my father would like a large tombstone, which is something I never knew, so I asked him to draw up exactly what he had in mind. Mom and Dad have already written their obituaries for the newspaper. Mom listed all the songs to be played at her service and the flowers she wants. We visited funeral homes, and discussed coffins and services, etc. Since then, they have changed their minds several times and have now decided they prefer cremation. Everything is written down and I sent copies to my brother, who lives out of town. Both of us want to respect our parents’ wishes. It wasn’t as difficult as we thought it would be, and when the time comes and everyone is emotionally spent, the arrangements will already be in place. — Jim Dear Jim: I congratulate you for having that important discussion with your parents. A number of readers commented on that letter. Their remarks made me smile, so I’ll share.

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Read on: Dear Abby: My father wanted to be buried without any clothes on and without his dentures. His reasoning was he came into the world naked and toothless, and he wanted to go out the same way. To my brother’s dismay, Daddy got his wish. He was, however, covered discreetly by a lovely blue sheet. — Missing Daddy Dear Abby: My children know for a fact that if I’m ever unable to care for myself, they’ll have to pluck out my chin hairs. Whether I’m in a nursing home or in a coffin, if there are any coarse hairs sprouting from my chin, I’ll come back and haunt them. — Martha Dear Abby: When we buried my mother, Dad realized his burial plot next to hers would be so close to the road that visitors might drive over it or park on his grave. So he requested that when he was interred, a nail be placed in his fist so he could reach up and pop their tires. When he passed away last August, we gave him the largest nail we could find. — Daddy’s Daughter

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Landmark exoneration almost never happened

RALEIGH (AP) — Nearly two years ago, North Carolina’s groundbreaking innocence panel received the evidence it needed to free a man who spent 16 years in prison after he was wrongly convicted of murdering a prostitute. Yet he stayed behind bars while commission investigators overlooked the evidence. Uncovering it took a chance brainstorm by a defense lawyer, repeated questioning of a crime lab investigator and a nudge from an unlikely source — the prosecutor who sent the man to prison. Last month, Greg Taylor was the first person to be exonerated by the 3-year-old North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, a landmark for the only state-run agency in the country dedicated to proving a convicted person’s innocence. The handling of the crucial blood test, however, has prompted a sweeping review of how the state runs its crime lab and shows just what kinds of kinks the panel has to work out as it goes about seeking to free the innocent.

Taylor, who has maintained his innocence, agreed Tuesday to allow Raleigh police to perform DNA tests on the clothes he wore at the time. Raleigh police said Wednesday they are not disputing Taylor’s innocence but want to test all evidence as they reopen the case. When Taylor was convicted in 1993 of killing Thomas, prosecutors relied partly on a lab report that indicated blood was found in his SUV near the slain woman’s body. However, the report used at trial didn’t mention that a second test for blood was negative. The negative result was contained in more extensive, informal notes that the State Bureau of Investigation kept filed away until Taylor’s case came before the innocence panel. The eventual discovery of the notes would set Taylor free, but an Associated Press review of audio recordings, interviews and court filings shows how they almost never surfaced. If the defense had “not found the blood evidence, we would have lost and Greg

would have spent the rest of his life in prison,” Joe Cheshire, one of Taylor’s attorneys, said in an e-mail. The negative blood test was listed in informal “bench notes” by the state investigators and turned over to the innocence panel in July 2008 as part of a file on the case. Taylor’s lawyers received an unusual favor from Assistant District Attorney Tom Ford, the man whose arguments they were trying to unravel. Ford said the state investigators told him in July 2009 about the additional, negative blood test. He then told a commission investigator where to find the results in the bench notes, which he said weren’t given to him during the original trial. “There was a test that was not recorded, that wasn’t reported ... from the SBI to us,” Ford says on a recording the conversation with the commission staff. “And you need to know that. It’s in the notes down at the bottom.” Ford said he was just doing what was right. At Ford’s urging, the agent who took those notes, Duane Deaver, was called to testify

before innocence commission’s eight members. But Deaver’s testimony was confusing, and at one point, he even denied he’d done a second test. During this initial phase of the exoneration process, the committee focused on another man’s confession to the crime, while evidence about the presence of blood received little attention. Despite the other man’s confession, Taylor’s lawyers didn’t yet have all the evidence they’d need. Convincing the judges of his innocence would require taking apart almost every aspect of the prosecution’s case, from discrediting eyewitness testimony to proving there was no blood on Taylor’s SUV. Taylor’s lawyers weren’t aware of the bench notes. But Deaver’s confusing testimony had still set them on the path to digging up the right document. During a late-December strategy session, attorney Mike Klinkosum wondered aloud why Deaver hadn’t used a common procedure called a takayama test to

verify that blood was on Taylor’s SUV. Attorney Chris Mumma perked up because she remembered Deaver using the word “takayama” during his testimony. When they met again on Jan. 3, Mumma dug through the files from the commission, then ran down the hall, test results in hand, to Klinkosum. In the handwritten bench notes, Deaver had written the word “takayama” with a negative sign beside it, meaning the analyst couldn’t prove blood was on the SUV. But even after attorneys found the bench notes, Mumma said the commission staff didn’t understand their importance. Wade Smith, a defense attorney who’s a commission member, said the commission “is in uncharted territory because it’s the only commission of this type in all of America. And it is having to find its way and invent itself.” If the commission has made mistakes, “we’re going to be happy to know about it and thrilled at a chance to do better,” he said.

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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 2:00 PM on March 24, 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: Being all of Lot #9 of the WINDY HILL SUBDIVISION as shown on plat duly recorded in Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, North Carolina, in Plat Book 22 at Page 9, to which reference is hereby made for a more full and complete description. And Being more commonly known as: 137 Cobra Dr, Forest City, NC 28043 The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Anglea Marie Watkins aka Angela Marie Watkins. 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 3, 2010. Grady Ingle Substitute Trustee 8520 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 333-8107 http://shapiroattorneys.com/nc/ 05-70734

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IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION RUTHERFORD COUNTY 10 sp 31 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY ROBERT W. SMITH AND RHONDA M. SMITH DATED JANUARY 17, 2002 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 657 AT PAGE 585 IN THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY, NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE OF SALE

Surplus items to be sold by sealed bid on March 26th at 2:30 pm in the City Clerk’s Office Forest City, NC Fire Department 1996 Ford Crown Victoria - red, automatic, 112,015 miles 15 100 ft. sections 4” rubber supply line - will not pass service test due to leaks 2 50 ft. sections 4” rubber supply line - will not pass service test due to leaks IT Department 10 assorted printers 16 2x4 lay in fluorescent light fixtures

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 2:00 PM on March 24, 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 Rutherfordton Township, Rutherford County, N.C. and being the same property as that described in deed from George R. Enloe and wife, Jean R. Enloe, to Wayne Yelton and wife, Elizabeth H. Yelton, recorded in Deed Book 652, Page 137, Rutherford County Registry, and described according to said deed as follows: Lying and being on the south side of Highway No. 20 and being lots Nos. 28, 29, and 30, said lots being 25 feet front, and running back 150 feet, and known as J.E. Grose Subdivision, as shown on a map duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County in Plat Book 4, Page 61.

Finance Department 5 broken calculators Forest Dale Laundry outside sign Wastewater Treatment Plant Firestone Tires - (2) LT 245/75 R16 Hankook Tires - (2) P235/75 R17 Speedaire Air Compressor - 230 V 3 Phase

The same being the property described as "Third Tract" in the deed from N.O. Pitts and wife, Maude Pitts, to First National Bank of Morganton, North Carolina, dated January 20, 1993, and recorded in Deed Book 153, Page 413, in the Office of the Register of deeds for Rutherford County, to which deed reference is hereby made. Further reference is made to Book 153, Page 148, Rutherford County Registry.

Street Department and Warehouse Green Traile Tag 54738: 1995 Kaufm Lawn mower tr: 6x12 Tripod and Harness Metal Desk White tool box off pumper truck Green diaphragm pump Mod. #5305 Sr. #2989, 5 Briggs engine 2 hoses for diaphragm pumps 1 lot of doors (steel and wood) Ferri TP Hyd. Flail Hedge Mower Partitions from bath rooms from Alexander town hall Bradley sink Stihl weed eater 2 wood shelves 1 wood cabinet open front (for paper storage)

Being the same and identical property conveyed by Jean R. Walker (former Jean R. Enloe) to Rhonda Smith and husband, Wayne Smith by deed dated August 3, 2000 and of record in Deed Book 759, at Page 744, Rutherford County Registry. And Being more commonly known as: 214 California Street, Spindale, NC 28160 The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Robert W. Smith and Rhonda M. Smith.

Water Department Titan Industrial heavy duty commercial trash pump Fisher model TW-5 pipe/cable locater Extendable twin halogen work light set Rubber tire backhoe bucket Ford 655A 12” Mueller E-5 tapping machine w/ 3/4” Mueller 110 adaptor Mueller E-5 tapping machine w/ 3/4” adapter and metal storage case Mueller B-100 direct tapping machine Manual feed, 6” and 10” saddles, 3/4” AWWA taper thread C1/D1 combined drill and tap bit, and metal storage case Used rubber tire backhoe tires: (2) Firestone size 12.5/80-18 (2) Firestone size 19.51-24 Electric Department Ballfield lights 1500 W Metal Halidc 6 single rack 6 light fixtures as is 2 double rack 12 light fixtures as is 8 Metal light poles (approx. 60”) for ballfield lights (direct burial type) - buyer load and haul 9 Metal light poles (approx. 35”) square (anchor base type) - buyer load and haul 2 Metal light poles (approx. 30”) round (2 fixture T top) (anchor base type) - buyer load and haul Bids will be accepted in the city clerk’s office, 128 N. Powell Street, Forest City, NC until 2:30 PM, Friday, March 26th. BIDS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN SEALED ENVELOPES CLEARLY MARKED “SEALED BID”. All property is being sold AS IS WHERE IS. The buyer may not rely on any representations of the Town of Forest City or from its employees or agents, as to the condition of the property, and the Town of Forest City makes no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the condition of the property being sold. Items will be on display at the Forest City Garage, 141 N. Broadway. The Town of Forest City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and waive technicalities.

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 3, 2010. Grady Ingle Substitute Trustee 8520 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 333-8107 http://shapiroattorneys.com/nc/ 05-69894

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court charged five young Americans on Wednesday with planning terrorist attacks in the South Asian country and conspiring to wage war against nations allied with Pakistan, their defense lawyer said. The men — all Muslims from the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia — pleaded not guilty to a total of five charges, the most severe of which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, defense lawyer Hasan Dastagir told The Associated Press. “My clients were in good shape and high spirits,” Dastagir said. The men, all in their late teens or early 20s, were charged by an anti-terrorism court inside a prison in Sargodha, the city in Punjab province where they were arrested in December. They were reported missing by their families in November after one left behind a farewell video showing scenes of war and casualties and saying Muslims must be defended. Their lawyer has said they were heading to Afghanistan and had no plans to stage attacks inside Pakistan. The court also charged the men with planning attacks on Afghan and U.S. territory, said Dastagir. The charges did not specify what was meant by U.S. territory but could be a reference to American bases or diplomatic outposts in Afghanistan. The men also were charged with contributing cash to banned organizations to be used for terrorism and with directing each other to commit terrorist acts. “This last charge carries life in prison while the rest of the charges have lesser punishments,” Dastagir said. The trial will begin on March 31, and the prosecution is slated to present more than 20 witnesses, Dastagir said. The defense plans to bring witnesses from the U.S. and provide evidence of community service carried out by the men back home, Dastagir said.

In this Jan. 4 file photo, Pakistani police officers with detained American Muslims leave a police station to send them into prison in Sargodha, Pakistan. A Pakistani court charged the five young Americans on Wednesday with planning terrorist attacks. Associated Press

U.S. attack blamed for 9 deaths ISLAMABAD (AP) — Suspected U.S. drones fired missiles at vehicles and hit a militant hide-out in a tribal region of northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least nine insurgents, two officials said. In the first attack, the drones fired four missiles at a vehicle and flattened a nearby house near Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing six militants, an army and an intelligence official said. About 50 minutes later, drones fired three more missiles at a vehicle in Madakhel town, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Miran Shah, killing three insurgents, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Other militants were also wounded in the two strikes, they said. The U.S. has stepped up attacks in Pakistan’s tribal regions since December, when a suicide bomber killed seven CIA employees in neighboring Afghanistan. The latest attack came a day after a U.S. missile strike destroyed a militant facility in the same region, killing nine suspects. Officials say some of the men slain in Tuesday’s attack in Datta Khel were believed to be foreigners who were in the stronghold of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a warlord whose fighters are battling U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Although Pakistan publicly opposes the attacks, saying they violate its sovereignty and fuel

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MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) — A month after losing control of their southern base in Marjah, the Taliban have begun to fight back, launching a campaign of assassination and intimidation to frighten people from supporting the U.S. and its Afghan allies. At least one alleged government sympathizer has been beheaded. There are rumors that others have been killed. Afghans in the town that U.S., Afghan and NATO troops captured in a threeweek assault that began Feb. 13 awake to letters posted on their doors warning against helping the troops. Winning public support in this former Taliban stronghold in Helmand province 360 miles southwest of Kabul is considered essential to preventing insurgents from returning.

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In this image taken on Tuesday in Marjah, Afghanistan, Afghans listen to a Marine officer on patrol. Taliban insurgents are conducting a fear and intimidation campaign against residents of the southern Afghan town of Marjah, which international forces just wrested from insurgents.

The Marjah operation will serve as a model for campaigns elsewhere, including one expected by summer to secure villages around Kandahar, the Taliban’s spiritual birthplace and the largest city in the south. Military commanders believe the Taliban campaign is achieving some success because of questions raised at town meetings: Do the U.S. forces want to shut down the mosques and ban prayer? Will they will use lookout posts on their bases to ogle women? Are they going to take farmers’ land away? “Dislocating the insurgents physically was easy. Dislocating them socially — proving that we’re here to stay and to help — is a lot harder,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Rule, the head of operations for Marines in Helmand. There are no firm figures on how many Taliban are left in Marjah. Marine and Afghan military officials say they believe most of those still here are from the area

and the foreign fighters have fled. Regardless of Taliban numbers, their influence is still felt. New cell phone towers brought phone service to Marjah a little over a week ago. But the service doesn’t work at night because the Taliban threaten or bribe tower operators to shut off the network, presumably to prevent people from alerting troops and police as they plant bombs after dark. Some of the workers on canal-clearing projects have been threatened or have been beaten up by insurgents. At least one canal worker who received threats returned and said he will keep working despite the risk, said Maj. David Fennell, who oversees about 15 civil affairs troops working to win over the population. “That’s when you know that you fought the Taliban and

you won,” Fennell said. “I tell my team time and time again: ’What did we just do today? We hit the Taliban in the mouth.”’ This is the struggle for Marjah now: winning people over with a job or a vaccination for a child. The victories are small because the Taliban already proved it can make good on its promises by enforcing harsh justice while in power. “My sense is that the Taliban will reinfiltrate in due course as the Afghan government fails to live up to the modest expectations NATO has of it,” says Mervyn Patterson, a former U.N. political affairs expert in Afghanistan. “I do not think that the Taliban have been weakened in Helmand by the loss of Marjah. They have been having ups and downs, and this was a modest down, but not something that is significant, in and of

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itself. I expect they will gradually return to Marjah.” Many of the estimated 80,000 people here share the same fears, even though there are about 4,000 NATO and Afghan troops in and around Marjah, including two Marine battalions in the town. Some say they’re afraid to take money from the military because if the Taliban find them with the cash, they’ll be punished. “I can’t take any money because I’m afraid for my life,” said Borjan, a roughskinned farmer who owns a house that has been taken over by a Marine platoon until they can build their own outpost. He seems to want compensation: he lists equipment and field supplies that have been damaged but refuses to discuss how much it is worth. He just wants them out of the house, which is occupied by a son. Lt. Shawn Miller said he

believes Borjan really is scared. But the elders who accompanied Borjan to help him lodge his complaint are more indifferent. They just want to be left alone to farm. The Taliban mostly left them alone. The Marines are trying to win partly through diplomacy and partly through getting development and infrastructure projects running as quickly as possible to show that the Afghan government is serious this time. U.S. troops are having success with offering to improve mosques — repairing structures or installing loudspeakers to try to win over influential mullahs while creating an unattractive target for Taliban militants who won’t want to attack mosques. This may overestimate the restraint of the Taliban. The beheaded man was a mosque leader, said Capt. Iqbal Khan of the Afghan army, whose 91 soldiers are embedded with a Marine company in central Marjah. Even so, projects of all types push ahead. Three medical clinics are open, staffed by doctors from Kabul and locals who ran private clinics under the Taliban, Fennell said. Two interim schools have started, staffed by locals and with more than 100 students. The canal-cleaning project has grown from 40 workers to about 800, Fennell said. But it took weeks of cajoling — taking first the teenagers who showed up, then eventually recruiting a few men of military age, then turning the older men into contractors in charge of getting fighting-age men to clean whole sections of the canal. Marjah’s administrative chief, Abdul Zahir, said he and his advisers have decided that they need to show they have the upper hand in town by the end of the month.

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