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Four-year-old Julia rubs the head of Webby Williams at the Way of Jesus Orphanage in Port-AuPrince, Haiti. Williams traveled to Haiti two weeks ago, his first time there since the Jan. 12 earthquake.

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FOREST CITY —Leaving Haiti last Saturday was one of the most difficult things Webby Williams has done in his more than 30 years of ministry there. It wasn’t easy leaving the orphanage he founded and supports and coming back to his Green Hill home, where compared to Haiti, he lives a life of luxury. So much has changed since the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, yet many things are the same, Williams said after his first trip there since the earthquake.

It’s strange. You would never know an earthquake has hit around the orphanage. God blessed the orphanage and it was not damaged at all. — Webby Williams

Williams founded the Way of Jesus orphanage with the help of his family and supporters. It houses 24 children today, many arriving since the earthquake. Please see Haiti, Page 3A

FOREST CITY — With 18 percent unemployment Rutherford County’s job market is bleak, but some county employment services have seen business go up. “I do think there has been a significant increase in temp hours,” said Beverly Allen, manager of Personnel Services Unlimited. “We are fortunate enough at this time that with some subsidized employment funds we’re seeing an even larger increase.” Temp workers around the country are increasing in frequency, as firms realize they are able to save payroll costs with temporary workers over full time employees. “And these are not just your average run of the mill folks, they are people that have degrees and children and they are good qualified workers,” Allen said. “And this is in addition to our regular client demand.” Temp agencies around the county haven’t had many new companies to work with, and as manufacturing facilities close down the demand for industrial related temporary workers has gone down. Other fields have been filling in the gaps for some agencies. “We have seen an increase,” said Martha Carroll, manager of First Staffing, Inc. “We don’t have a lot of brand new companies that are coming in but we have a company that we do a lot of work for our armed forces. We’ve got a lot Please see Temps, Page 6A

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Learning to fly

Corey Washburn (left) thanked her instructor Rob Craig for all the flying lessons when she took her first solo flight on her 16th birthday Wednesday.

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FOREST CITY — If you’ve been longing to take part in a thrill-seeking, team event for a good cause, you’re in luck. On April 24, the Relay for Life team at Father’s Vineyard in Spindale will host its firstever AMAZINGrace April 24, which follows the format of the CBS reality series “The Amazing Race.” Teams of four to five players are invited to take part in the event. The entry fee, which is $100 per team, will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The event was the idea of team member Barbara Hutchins, who said “the good Lord gave me the idea.” The team began meeting in January to plan the event. Hutchins first became involved in Relay for Life as an employee at Cone Mills. But it wasn’t until she was touched by cancer personally that she got involved again. “My son, Jacob, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 4,” Hutchins said. Jacob had had a virus, she said, and didn’t act well for weeks after. One day his preschool teacher, Misty

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Teenager takes a solo flight, then gets her driver’s license By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Some teenage girls are accused of having their heads in the clouds, but Corey Washburn really does. The 16-year-old flew her first solo flight at Marchman Field on Wednesday — her sweet 16. “I have been taking lessons since January,” Washburn said. “The youngest you can fly solo is 16. I flew solo at 7:30 a.m. on my birthday so pretty much as early as I possibly could.”

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Washburn earned her right to solo after spending a lot of time at the Rutherford County Airport, even when she wasn’t taking lessons. She’s the daughter of Rusty and Yvetta Washburn, and her father was the previous chairman of the Rutherford County Airport Authority. “She’s been out here so much she’s almost like family to all of us,” said Russell Hyde, owner of Plane Werks, Inc., an aircraft maintenance company at Marchman Field. “I’m Please see Solo, Page 6A

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Aspiring writers and published authors met for a writers’ workshop at Isothermal Community College Saturday. Here, a group listens to Lucinda Hynett read her poem “Splintered Heroes.”

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Hunter Bumgardner helps hide eggs to prepare for the KD Support Services Easter egg hunt Saturday at Crewstivew Park in Rutherfordton. Most eggs were filled with candy, but a few had sugar-free treats for diabetics in attendance.

KD Services holds Easter Egg hunt By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Hunting for Easter eggs was the highlight of the latest occasion hosted by KD Support Services. A crowd of about 150 special needs clients gathered at Crestview Park Saturday for the event. “We started the company Jan. 1, 2007,” said Ken Dellinger, who operates KD Support Services. “We named it after our daughter Kelly who has special needs herself. Since she was born she has changed our life so much and with KD Support Services we just keep adding to our special family.” The group hosts about four special events per year — one on Valentine’s Day, Easter, a cook-out in August and a Halloween Dance — and focuses on support for special needs children and adults and their families. “I was very happy my parents named it after me,” said Kelly, who is now 25. “We go to all the events.” The event included a hot dog lunch and music. “It is my calling to work with special needs people,” said Faye McKeown, a worker with KD Support Services. “And working with Ken and his wife Diane helps me fulfill that dream. Ken loves working with people and he really has such a big heart.” Volunteers helped rope off one of the baseball diamonds at Crestview Park to hide plastic eggs. Most were stuffed with candy or other treats, but a few were specially prepared for diabetic patients with sugar free items. Many food items were donated for the event with Food Lion, Circle A Food Store and the BP station in Alexander Mills all pitching in for the meal. “Years ago they didn’t really get out like this and have these kinds of activities just for special needs folks,” McKeown said. “It is great to see them do events like this.”

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It was heartbreaking to leave families living in tent cities or literally in the cleft of the earth with a piece of tarp thrown over them to protect them from rain. “If I had the money, I’d go back tomorrow,” the grayhaired missionary said. In the past few years, the stress of supporting the orphanage has taken a toll on Williams. He admits he moves much slower, due to an automobile accident in Haiti 10 years ago that nearly claimed his life. His daughter Mattie, 44, travels with him most of the time to help and when possible, wife Evelyn goes too. “I cried the morning I left,” Williams said. Driving through the areas Contributed photo of Port-Au-Prince where People carry on with their lives in the shadow of earthquake damaged buildings in Haiti. the orphanage is located, Williams and Mattie drove past dozens of men and “You would never know an the relief efforts have been hole carved from a dirt wall women trying to make monearthquake has hit around organized. and is covered with tin. ey selling fruits. the orphanage. God blessed “People are trying to go “I left him some money “I asked myself, ‘Who is the orphanage and it was not right on. to try to build something going to buy this?” he said. damaged at all.” “All I saw were bunches of back” he said. The inter“They have no money.” Until Williams arrived at tents. Some made with tarp preter’s wife was injured and In one day, Williams said a the orphanage last week, and others with quilts, some- remains in pain. Haitian might make as much none of the children had thing that would stand up for “I see a lot of pain and sufas $1 or 10 to 11 cents in slept inside since the earthshelter,” Williams said. fering. It makes me wonder American money. quake. “I have not had a good what will happen to these “They are afraid to go night’s sleep since I got back people when the rainy season He didn’t want to leave inside,” he said. They drag home. I don’t know what it comes. These quilts and tents his children, like Julia, the their mattresses outside the is going to take to help these will not hold up in three to 4-year-old boy who couldn’t building at night to sleep. people,” he said. “People are four days of rain. keep his eyes off Webby. People all over the neighborsleeping in tents filled with It will be one disaster “That’s my favorite picture water. There are no jobs. again,” he said. of all time and it reminds me hoods are afraid to go inside buildings. They are afraid There is little food.” At the Way of Jesus of the reason I’m going to what might happen.” People are hanging clothes orphanage, Williams said all Haiti,” he said of the photoBut after seeing Williams on lines across buildings that the children are being fed graph of him holding Julia, and Mattie go inside the are falling down. “two good meals a day” and whose big brown eyes were orphanage at night, the chil“We passed by the tent citin the evenings when the fixed Williams. dren finally felt safe. Even ies where people were carneighbors come inside the Williams said when he the orphanage director, rying buckets of water but I orphanage compound — for arrived at the orphanage, Nasson Jean Pierre and his didn’t see people receiving safe shelter — they are also the children, “danced, they wife Jeanette, have slept out- food.” fed. played and they started rubside. He is concerned about the The director told Williams bing my head.” distribution of food from there is enough food for The orphanage and all the About a half mile from the across the world and hopes about two more weeks. children were spared from orphanage, the earthquake it will get to all the places it The children go to school destruction and injury. He demolished buildings and needs to go. at the orphanage and church knows God spared his chiltook the lives of thousands Williams’ interpreter lost services are also held there. dren and he’s going to do all of people. Thousands more his home. He and his son are The church and school house he can to help those around were injured. The worst living in a small area just were also destroyed by the the orphanage whose homes areas hit are in the neighbor- large enough for two grown earthquake. were demolished. 0059 Senior Day_30.qxp:30 3/23/10 hood 5:39 Delma, PM Page where 1 most of men to lie down. It was a The orphanage where “It’s strange,” Williams said.

Williams first began his ministry about 30 years ago in Leogane was flattened. More than 30,000 died in the town. “It is all dust” Williams said. The daughter of the pastor who oversees that orphanage was killed. “I told him I would be back as soon as I can to build him a shelter and get him out of the rainy season. If I had enough money, I’d be going back tomorrow,” he said. When Williams arrived in Haiti on March 15, the sites were shocking, although he’d seen so much on television and in the newspapers. “You don’t know what you are thinking,” he said. “You ride and you look and you wonder what will happen to these people.” In the market, people are trying to sell produce. People are going on. They have no other choice, Williams said. “They had no hope before and it is much worse now. They have nothing to look forward to.” Webby encourages mission teams and individuals to go to Haiti whenever possible. “It’s a mess and I don’t see it getting better,” he said. “We can’t save the whole country, but we can build a house for someone,” Webb said. The cost for a small concrete block home is about $1,500, he said. Chase Middle School teacher Greg Deshommes, a native Haitian, is a strong supporter Williams’ work and donated blocks for the new orphanage. Williams publicly thanked him. “We will continue to feed the people and build forward,” he said. “Help somebody to help them. They have to have help. Help through a trustworthy organization or people. “It will get back better some day,” he said as his eyes glistened with a tear. Contact Gordon via e-mail at

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Our Views Emergency plan is an essential


pring is blooming all around Rutherford County and after this past winter, warm days and mild evenings are a real treat. But before we all go getting too excited, now would be the perfect time to check on your personal emergency plans. Just as sure as flowers bloom, the threat of severe weather arrives with spring. The state just recently went through Severe Weather Awareness Week with lots of publicity and events to remind people that they should be prepared for any possibility. Here is a good guide (from NOAA) to follow: n Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. n Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home. n Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. n Have a family communications plan. n Make a plan now for what to do with your pets. n Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure children know how and when to call 911. n Check your insurance coverage. n Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit. n Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes. The Boys Scouts sum all this up in two words: Be Prepared. Are you?

This bridge was crossed long ago RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans, from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr to state Senate leader Phil Berger, say they are ready to fight to undo national health care reform and keep government out of health care. I have a simple question for them: Where were you 100 years ago? The simple answer, of course, is that they weren’t yet born. But you’d have to go back at least that far to get government out health care. With or without new national health care reform, national, state and local government has been heavily involved in the health care system in America since horse and buggy days. Most people are aware that Medicare, the health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, are creations of the federal government. By the way, those two programs cover nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population. In poor, rural counties of North Carolina, the numbers are greater. So, there’s a reason that all the nice, new subdivisions in rural, eastern North Carolina are close to the hospitals. Medicaid and Medicare dollars course through those local economies and through those neigh-

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borhoods. They helped build the houses and pay the homebuilders, the plumbers, the electricians. But government’s reach into health care hardly stops at Medicare and Medicaid. Most hospitals in North Carolina began life as public institutions, financed and built with the backing of local taxpayers. When the ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held, the folks handing over the keys to the new hospital administrators were typically county commissioners. The message was clear: County government and county tax dollars did this. It’s also worth remembering that North Carolina Memorial Hospital — today’s massive UNC Health Care — isn’t the product free enterprise. It’s a creation of state government. The same is true of the medical school at East Carolina University, whose creation is arguably the single most important action taken by the North Carolina General Assembly over

the past 40 years. The dominant medical insurer in the state, Blue Cross Blue Shield, also wasn’t put together by some enterprising business people looking to cash in on a market demand. It was formed with Duke Endowment money to fill a void that the private sector couldn’t or wouldn’t. Until 1986, the company was considered a charitable organization exempt from most state and federal taxes. Government also regulates health care at many levels, the most basic being the licensing of doctors and other health care providers. The reason for all this government involvement is that most people don’t view health care as a typical commodity or service. People see it as a right. As a society, we don’t allow people who can’t pay for care to wallow in a ditch and die. And we don’t walk into a doctor’s office and look at a menu of treatment options, the prices listed beside each, like we’re at a Burger King. If Burr or Berger believe they can undo all that, and create some free-enterprise health care system that has never existed, have at it. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.

Palm Sunday revealing of flaws in human nature This Sunday is a celebratory Sunday for us at St. Lukes, as well as many other churches in our community. Palm Sunday is always one of my favorite times of the year, not only because of the spring weather, but also because of the particulars of our worship on that day. For young and old alike, it is a joyous day. We gather outside to begin this service because we are each given a real palm branch and we will process into the sanctuary singing together and chanting, ”Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” This is a glorious time while young and old celebrate the service of the palms. This is recapitulating the events that occurred in the life of Christ and importantly, recorded by all four of the evangelists in the New Testament. This event actually occurred in the time of Christ and is recorded to a great degree of specificity in the Bible. While this is a time of celebrating, it is also a time for serious and contemplative reflection. One could perceive attempts to find the negative in these events and I do believe it important to see how quickly sentiments and plans would change in just a short period of time. One characteristic of the Bible is its authenticity to expressing human behavior

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whether good or bad. These events preserved for our reading shine continuing light on our need to be transformed into a new being empowered and illuminated by the Gospel. As it is, we are subject to change and vacillate almost like the weather. This is the power of the truth and agreeing with it will certainly set us free. God’s Word is not only a way out of our bondage but an indictment of human behavior. Just mere days before the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the crowds were euphoric and receptive to the point of wanting to make Jesus the King of Israel. They had watched Him heal the sick and raise the dead. He had walked on water and turned water into wine. Jesus saw into the hearts of mankind and knew full well their capriciousness. With perfect certitude Jesus knew how they would change and this is the sad irony of these events. As Jesus entered Jerusalem he would be welcomed as a King. The crowd would be delirious with praise and adulation. He was their hum-

ble hero, entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey and not a majestic, muscular stallion. The donkey would be prophetic of His character and mission … Jesus was truly our burden-bearer. He would not conquer sin through brute force and militarism, but through servant-hood. The crowds were large and intimidating to the Jewish leaders to the point they said,” The whole world is gone after Him.” These events beg the question, “Why?” Why did Jesus ask the disciples to find the colt and set in motion the things that would unfold? Jesus knew full well what was about to happen. He knew as He entered Jerusalem the fevered and fickle crowd would follow Him. The answer is simply: the Scriptures required it. All of these things were prophesied in the Old Testament. The truth of human behavior was to yet again be revealed. Even though Palm Sunday is a day of jubilation, it is also a time for me to be sad and insightful. Every time I participate in this service, I carry a little sadness because I know that in just a few days we will be stripping the altar and covering it in black as we see events and hearts change dramatically. I am reminded of the flaws in our human nature. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem would be grand

and eager followers would literally take off their cloaks and lay them on the ground before Christ, a kind of paving of the way with their symbols of survival and covering. Could anyone have looked at this reveling crowd and imagined that in just days this same crowd would be crying out treacherously, “Crucify Him, crucify Him.” I am teary eyed at this moment. How sad we are, we pitiful, needy people. How sad to see how our motives and desires can so quickly change. I can imagine the pride the disciples must have felt as they were caught up in this frenzy of hero-worship. Here was the heavyweight champion, gold medal winner and Oscar recipient all rolled into one, not to forget King. Here was the healer, forgiver of sin and God in the flesh. Here is someone for everyone ­— the religious leader, the provider and well … he even loved kids. What was not to like about his man named Jesus … it seems he had something for everyone. In just a few days, it would seem the whole world would despise Him. The mob would beg for a criminal, Barabbas, to go free instead of Jesus. He would be cursed, spat upon and His beard is pulled out of his face. His back would look like raw meat from a horrendous beating from one of Caesar’s henchmen.

Judas has betrayed Him and Peter denied him and now He stands alone. He would be spurned by His heavenly Father for the first time in eternity as Jesus became so ugly from sin that the Father couldn’t stand to look upon His own Son. That is why Jesus would say, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” Yes, we humans can change our feelings like changing a pair of socks. If they are dirty we just take them off and toss them into a dark closet. This is one of the reasons Christ came to the earth — to deal with our shallowness and tendency to break covenant. I trust a truly committed and mature Christian. One who really knows Christ can be trusted. As Proverbs says, “There is a friend that stays closer than a brother.” Palm Sunday is a day of celebration and joy. It is also a day I remember my faults and how quickly attitudes can change if my expectations are not realized. Palm Sunday and Holy Week do go together. To go from, “Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord,” to “Crucify Him, crucify Him,” is a thought and attitude that needs to be thoroughly crucified. Rev Lankford is pastor of St. Luke’s Church. He can be reached at or at 286-8078

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Local/Obituiaries PET OF THE WEEK

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This sweet female cat is a 1 year old gray tabby and looking to find a good home. She is available for adoption in the cat room at the Rutherford County Animal Shelter on Laurel Hill Drive in Rutherfordton. The shelter’s hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information call 2876025. For the Community Pet Center volunteers office, call 2877738.

Man charged in wife’s death GREENSBORO (AP) — A North Carolina man who police say didn’t report his wife missing for four days after she disappeared has now been charged with first-degree murder. Multiple media outlets report 40-year-old Winfred Scott Simpson is being held in a Greensboro jail without bail. Authorities say Simpson reported his 42-year-old wife Retha missing Tuesday, saying he hadn’t seen her since she admitted she had an affair four days before. Investigators found what they think is Retha Simpson’s body Wednesday. It was dismembered and burned and placed in trash bags on a Guilford County road. Police say they found Winfred Simpson shampooing the rugs at the couple’s home when they came to question him Wednesday.

Obituaries Louise Beaver

Sarah Freeman

Louise Earley Beaver, 81, of Caroleen, died Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Restwell Home in Rutherfordton. A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Duffie B. Early and Elsie Ola Sheppard Earley. She worked for Cone Mills for many years and was a member of the Rutherford County React Team. She was a member of Forest City Foursquare Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, Earl Duncan, and her husband of 14 years, Russell Beaver. She is survived by her daughter, Earlene Price of Mill Spring; two sons, Mike Duncan of Ellenboro and Doug Duncan of High Shoals; two brothers, J.D. Earley of Detroit, Mich., and W.C. Early; four sisters, Brenda Peppers of Caroleen, Frankie Hudson of Golden Valley, Diane Lovelace and Judy Lyda of Fletcher; seven grandchildren; and 17 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Forest City Foursquare Church with the Revs. Ricky Poteat and Scott Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at Harrelson Funeral Home.

Sarah Owens Freeman, 84, of Bostic, died Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Hospice House of Forest City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be handled by Washbrun and Dorsey Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Forest City Foursquare Church Pew Fund, 121 Mitchell St., Forest City, N.C. 28043. Harrelson Funearl Home is serving the Beaver family. Online condolences at

John Bridges

John Bridges, 78, of Mooresboro, died Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Park Resources in Shelby. A native of Cleveland County, he was the husband of the late Colleen Philbeck Bridges and the son of the late Lawrence Coleman and Eliza Marlin Jenkins Bridges. He retired from P.P.G. Industries after 35 years. He was a member of Race driving while impaired and Path Baptist Church and failure to comply with license Woodmen of the World, and restrictions; released on a was an Army veteran hav$1,000 bond. (RCSD) ing served in the Korean n Ronald Harry Milliken, Conflict. 52, of 380 Starling Road; He is survived by two sons, charged with assault to inflict Bruce of Mooresboro and serious injury; held for 48 Vance Bridges of Shelby; and hours. (RCSD) two grandchildren. n Jeffrey Alan Silver, 24, Visitation will be held of 1340 Hopper Rd.; charged Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. at with reckless driving to Cleveland Funeral Services. endangerment, driving while Services will be held at impaired and driving with Cleveland Funeral Services an open container after conChapel, Monday, March suming alcohol; releasd on a 29 at 5 p.m. with the Revs. $2,000 bond. (RCSD) Lance Scarlett and John n Jennifer Jo Epley, 37, of Godfrey and Dr. Johnnie 416 Piney Mountain Church Tiller officiating. Burial Rd.; charged with assault by will follow at Sandy Run pointing a gun; released on Baptist Church Cemetery. a written promise to appear. Memorials may be made to (RCSD) the American Cancer Society n Deborah Lynn Ford, or the Cleveland-Rutherford 41, of 540 Lyles Pond Rd.; Kidney Association. charged with possession of Cleveland Funeral Services tobbaco or a cell phone by an is serving the Bridges family. inmate; released on a $1,000 bond. (RCSD)

Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department responded to 180 E-911 calls Friday.

Rutherfordton n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 36 E-911 calls Friday.

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

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

Forest City n The Forest City Police Department responded to 81 E-911 calls Friday.


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III, 51, of 1505 South 37th; charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; released on a $35,000 bond. (RCSD) n Brian Leonard Talarico, 50, of 351 Old U.S. 74 Highway; charged with assault on a female and communicating threats; released on a $30,000 bond. (RCSD) n Charles Allen Reed, Jr., 47, of 4160 Highway 64/74; charged with operating a vehicle with no insurance and operating a vehicle with a cancelled or suspended tag; released on a $500 bond. (RCSD) n Jimmy Wayne Cole, 23, of 704 Webb Church Road; charged with intoxicated and disruptive, resisting a public officer and two counts of assault on a government official; released on a $10,500 bond. (FCPD) n Roy Earl Carson, 34, of 148 Wells Dr.; charged with

EMS n Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services responded to 29 E-911 calls and rescue crews responded to 13 calls.

Fire Calls n Cliffside firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Chimney Rock firefighters responded to a structure fire. n Forest City firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident and a house fire. n Hudlow firefighters responded to motor vehicle accident. n Sandy Mush firefighters responded to motor vehicle accident and a structure fire and were assisted by Cliffside firefighters and SDO firefighters. n SDO firefighters responded to an electrical fire and were assisted by Sandy Mush firefighters and Cliffside firefighters.

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Irene Sisk Conner Irene Sisk Conner, 87, of Caroleen died Saturday, March 27, 2010 at her residence. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral Home. The family will be gathered at 123 Womack Lake Road.

James Griffin James Michael Griffin, 60, of Rutherfordton, died March 25, 2010 at Rutherford Hospital. A native of Rutherfordton, he was the son of Mary Sue Griffin and the late James Hampton Griffin. He was preceded in death by a son, Brian Stacey Griffin. A former Emergency Medical Services worker with Rutherford County EMS who served as an instructor for EMS/Rescue classes, he also owned a landscaping company in Cabarrus County. He is survived by a son, George Michael Griffin of Raleigh; a daughter, Kim Haynes of Concord; and two sisters, Julia Eudy of Kannapolis and Wanda Lane. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 28 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Forest City. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to Volunteer Lifesaving and Rescue Squad, 561 Railroad Ave., Rutherfordton, N.C. 28139 or Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, N.C. 28043.

Al Womack Al Phillips Womack of Mill Spring, died Friday, March 26, 2010 at White Oak Manor in Tryon. A native of Polk County, he was the son of the late Frank Womack and Stella Eva Sallie Phillips Womack. He was married for 60 years to Naomi Roper Womack of Columbus. He was an Army veteran having served in the air force during World War II who worked at Broughton State Hospital for over 25 years.

He is survived by his children; Althea Womack of Rutherfordton, Gary G. Womack of Cary, Lynn Simpson of Trinity, Tony Womack of Flat Rock; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Lebanon Methodist Church in the Big Level community of Polk County on April 3 at 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr., Columbus, N.C. 28722. Online condolences are available at

Deaths Chester R. Simmons NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering sports broadcaster Chester R. Simmons, who served as president of ESPN during the company’s launch in 1979, has died. He was 81. Simmons began in broadcasting in 1957 with Sports Programs, Inc., which became ABC Sports. Simmons was involved in developing “Wide World of Sports” before becoming president of NBC Sports and later ESPN. He was also founding commissioner of the USFL. Before going to ESPN, Simmons spent 15 years at NBC, where he was involved in utilizing instant replay and had a hand in attaining the network’s major sports properties.

Louise Earley Beaver

Al Phillips Womack, of Mill Spring, NC, died Friday, March 26, 2010 at White Oak Manor in Tryon, NC. Born in Polk County, NC, he was the son of the late Frank Womack and Stella Eva (Sallie) Phillips Womack. He was married for 60 years to Naomi Roper Womack of Columbus, NC. He attended Sunny View School and served honorably in the U.S. Army-Air Force during WWII. He raised his family in Morganton, NC where he worked at Broughton State Hospital for over 25 years as a health care technician. He was predeceased by eight brothers and four sisters. Surviving children are Althea R. Womack of Rutherfordton, NC; Gary G. Womack (Jane) of Cary, NC; Lynn W. Simpson (Glen) of Trinity, NC; and Tony M. Womack (Karen) of Flat Rock, NC. Surviving grandchildren are, Josh and Jacob Fleming of Rutherfordton, NC; Mark and Kathrine Womack of Cary, NC; Jennifer and Laura Simpson of Trinity, NC; Kelly W. Martin (Steve) of Rutherfordton, NC; and Megan Womack of Jacksonville, Florida. A memorial service will be held at Lebanon Methodist Church in the Big Level community of Polk County on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 at 2:00 pm. Lebanon Methodist Church and Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus N.C. 28722 will accept memorial gifts in lieu of flowers. Online condolences at www. Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the Womack Family.

Louise Earley Beaver, age 81, of Caroleen, NC, died Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Restwell Home in Rutherfordton. Louise was born on June 26, 1928 in Rutherford County to the late Duffie B. Earley and Elsie Ola Sheppard Earley. She worked for Cone Mills for many years as a battery filler and weaver and was a member of the Rutherford County React Team. She also drove a truck for McGee Trucking for several years. She was a faithful member of Forest City Foursquare Church. Among her life’s enjoyments were her church, shopping, good food, traveling, truck driving and especially her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, Earl Duncan and her husband of 14 years, Russell Beaver. She was also preceded by her sister, Willo Dean Earley Walker. She is survived by her daughter, Earlene Price of Mill Spring, NC; two sons, Mike Duncan and wife, Geraldine, of Ellenboro and Doug Duncan and wife, Jackie, of High Shoals; two brothers, J.D. Earley and wife, Doris, of Detroit, MI and W.C. Earley of Forest City; four sisters, Brenda Peppers and husband, Ronald, of Caroleen, Frankie Hudson and husband, Clyde, of Golden Valley, Diane Lovelace of Forest City and Judy Lyda and husband, James, of Fletcher, NC. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and six greatgreat grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2010 at Forest City Foursquare Church with Reverend Ricky Poteat and Reverend Scott Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday at Harrelson Funeral Home. Memorial donations are requested to the Forest City Foursquare Church Pew Fund, 121 Mitchell Street, Forest City, NC 28043. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family of Louise Earley Beaver. An online guest registry is available at

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Health/education Free Advance Directive Clinics, to discuss Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney, are offered twice a month at the Hospice Annette Cash Whitaker Center of Living. The first Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and the third Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call 245-0095 to register or for information. Community Health Clinic of Rutherford County provides access to primary medical care, wellness education, medications and preventative programs. The clinic, open Monday through Thursday, is located at 127 E. Trade St., B 100, Forest City. Patients seen by appointment only. The clinic does not accept patients with private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Call 245-0400.

Meetings/other Welcome reception: In honor of James H. Hines Jr., newly appointed health director, Rutherford County Health Department; Monday, March 29, drop-in from 3 to 5:30 p.m.; open to the public; for information call 287-6101; hosted by RPM District Board of Health. Regular meeting: RutherfordPolk-McDowell District Board of Health will meet Tuesday, March 30, 7 p.m., Rutherford County Health Department, 221 CallahanKoon Road; open to the public; contact Brenda Green at 287-6101 for more information. SWEEP meeting: (Solid Waste Environmental Education Panel) meets on the first Friday of each month at noon at GDS 141 Fairgrounds Road, Spindale. If you would like to help promote recycling in Rutherford County, please join us at our next meeting on April 2.

Corey Washburn (left) was greeted by little sister Sammie with a dozen roses after the 16-year-old Corey flew her first solo flight Wednesday. Contributed photo

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very proud of her.” Washburn said she was confident in her abilities, but did have some butterflies Wednesday morning. “I just took off and went around the airport and landed again,” Washburn said. “I wasn’t really nervous because I’ve been flying my whole life, but my stomach dropped when my instructor Rob Craig got out of the plane. But after that I was fine.” While most teens have their hearts set on getting behind the wheel on their 16th birthday, Washburn flew before she was legally able to drive. “I got my driver’s license directly after my flight,” she said. “My dad is a private pilot and he owns two

Athletic Boosters: Chase High Athletic Boosters will meet Monday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the office conference room.



Johnson, called Hutchins to tell her Jacob had had a spell. “It was like he was choking during his nap – he was turning blue,” she said. Hutchins made a doctor’s appointment and found out Jacob’s spleen was enlarged. After an overnight stay at Rutherford Hospital for blood work, the family was told he had leukemia.

Big Gospel Singing: Sunday, April 4, 5 p.m., Dunbar Community Center; doors open at 4 p.m.; On program — The New Telenaires and Kings of Joy from Forest City, 2gether of Spartanburg, Harris Brothers of Gaffney and others; admission $7; ages 8 and under free; senior citizens half price; concessions will be sold; drawing for an Easter basket. Power of the Purse: Family Resources will be hosting its annual Power of the Purse fundrasier on May 13. To donate new or gently used purses, contact Sherry Bright at 247-1440, ext. 105. Foothills Harvest Outreach Ministries is now fully stocked with spring and summer merchandise. All Easter items are 50 percent off. The store is located at 120 E. Trade St., Forest City. Low-cost rabies clinic: Saturday, April 10, noon to 1 p.m.; Thunder Road Animal Hospital; $10 cash, one-year rabies; $12 cash, threeyear rabies; other discounted vaccines available; call 286-0033. Beginner shag lessons: Last Chance to sign up for beginner shag lessons before summer. Class starts in April. Call 287-9228 for information or to register.

Fundraisers Formal dress sale: Wednesday, March 31, 3 to 4 p.m., R-S Central High School, English Hall; dresses start at $10; donations accepted daily at the school before 4 p.m.; Proceeds for Hospice of Rutherford County. Barbecue supper: Saturday, April 10, 4 to 8 p.m., Hopewell Hollis Community Clubhouse; barbecue pork and chicken plates; adults $8.50; ages 6-12, $5. Relay for Life fundraiser: AMAZINGrace, sponsored by the Little Warriors Relay Team, will be held Saturday, April 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Based on the television reality show Amazing Race. Fee $100 per team. Deadline April 10. Contact Barbara at 429-4616, or Bobbie at 223-8193.

Reunions J.C. Cowan plant reunion: Saturday, June 19, at Crowe Park in Forest City. The Dogwood and Forest City shelters are reserved for the event. Both have picnic areas with playground equipment for children. Bring a covered dish and drinks to share (no alcohol). Cups, plates, napkins, utensils, ice and tea provided. Bring lawn chairs and wear an old BI shirt or cap, if you still have one. For more information contact Don or Jackie Wilson at 657-5021 or via email at 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 or www.

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“I’m normally a really tough person and nothing bothers me, but I just fell apart,” Hutchins said. “I thought they were telling me my baby was dying.” Jacob, now 9, began treatment and has been in remission since day eight. “Research has shown that if treatment is stopped as soon as patient is in remission with leukemia, it will come back with a vengeance,” Hutchins said. Money raised for ACS through Relay for Life is used primarily to fund can-

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more people looking for hours than we can give them so that is frustrating.” Allen said that when industrial clients do ramp up their work for high production, it affects growth in other fields. “We have placed a lot of industrial candidates and we have placed an equal number of clerical/administrative assistants,” Allen said. “And we have placed some childcare folks and a few retail folks. It has probably increased a little heavier on the

airplanes. I’ve grown up around the airport my whole life so we all just share the planes. I don’t really need my own plane. I’m not really looking for aviation as a career necessarily but my dad’s hobby is to fly and so we fly on vacations and stuff. I hope to do something like that when I get older and have some private aircraft.” “She had her solo license and her driver’s license all before 9 a.m. which is pretty impressive,” Rusty Washburn said. “I am much more nervous driving by herself than flying by herself. Not because she can’t drive, but she has all those other folks on the road to worry about. When you’re flying, you don’t really have to worry about traffic up there.” After her flight, Corey’s little sister Sammie came and gave her 16 red roses. “When I landed after my solo flight

my instructor came back over the radio and told me I did a good job,” Washburn said. “I just wanted to come back and say I did it!”

cer research, said Debbie Buchanan, American Cancer Society community manager.

all proceeds raised from entry fees will be given to Relay for life. “Last year we raised around $8,000,” Hutchins said. “We set our goal this year at $10,000, and decided we were going to have to start earlier if we were going to do it.” Right now, there are around eight teams signed up to take part, Hutchins said. She hopes at least 20 will get involved. “It’ll be a lot of side-splitting fun,” she said. Businesses taking part in the event include Wal-mart, Zaxby’s, Wendys, Dino’s Pizza, McDonalds, Rollins Cafeteria, Casper’s Costume Closet, Skates ‘n Stuff, Subway and Autumn Lanes. To sign your team up, contact Hutchins at 657-9533 or 429-4616 or Bobbie McCallum at 248-2979. The kickoff for this year’s Rutherford County Relay for Life is set for April 22.

Events during AMAZINGrace will not be as strenuous – or in some cases, gross – as those on the television series, but designed more for any skill level and for fun. “It won’t be anything extremely physical,” Hutchins said. For example, one of the stops for the challenge will be at McDonalds, where one participant will have to drink two frappes. There will be 18 stops in all, Hutchins said, and judges at each stop will time participants to see how long it tames them to complete the challenge. “And the first team to arrive back will win,” Hutchins said. Team members must be 13 and older and there must be one person designated as the driver. The driver must have been licensed for five years, Hutchins said. Father’s Vineyard is sponsoring the event, which will begin at 10 a.m., so

industrial. But as that industrial need increases it causes the clerical to increase as people need more paperwork done for human resources.” As companies see savings, they come back for more workers, Carroll said. “The businesses are coming to us more and more as they realize they can save money and not necessarily put new workers on their company payroll,” Carroll said. The term ‘temp worker’ is becoming less accurate, too, as assignments continue to stretch. “Most of the assignments we put people on are indefinite,” Allen said. “If our candidates go in and demonstrate good attitudes, good quality

Washburn said she recommends aviation to any other teens who are interested. “A great place to start if you want to get your pilot’s license is right in Rutherford County at our airport,” Washburn said. “It is definitely expensive and if it is something you want to do you have to stay with it. Even now that I have my solo license, I am still kind of under my instructor. I can fly by myself but he can tell me not to go certain places without him. The earliest I can get my private license is when I’m 17.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at

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of work and so forth they have a better chance of becoming permanent than the average person off the street because we’ve already done the drug testing and criminal background checks.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at

Correction In an article published Wednesday, the amount of a grant awarded to the Mary B. Mullen Bible Camp was incorrectly reported. The received a grant valued at $22,500.

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Business Notes

Real estate firms joining forces

Perdue: N.C. must eliminate caps on film incentives

RUTHERFORDTON — Matheny Real Estate and Coldwell Banker 650 West Realty have merged to become one company. The new company will be located in the Class A office building at 500 West St. Matheny Real Estate had been in business in Rutherford County for

WILMINGTON (AP) — Just months after a higher tax credit went into effect for film and television production companies that spend money in North Carolina, the push is on to eliminate limits on those incentives. The StarNews of Wilmington reported Thursday that Gov. Beverly Perdue said Hollywood film executives say the caps mean North Carolina isn’t competitive with other states. Perdue said she learned that when she and others met with studio executives earlier this month in Los Angeles. North Carolina incentives include a $1 million cap per person on the amount a production can get back from wages and a per-project cap of $7.5 million.

By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

more than 35 years before the merger. Coldwell Banker and 650 West Realty merged from two other companies just over four years ago. “We’ve been discussing it for a couple of months now,” said David Eaker of Matheny Real Estate. “We felt with the real estate market conditions we’d probably be in a better position combining with a company of a similar

size. It was kind of a mutual decision. Obviously, we’ve got a very good office location and the Coldwell Banker presence and the overall ability to utilize our skills to give our clients better service and increase our advertising dollars.” Occupying more than 7,000 square Please see Merger, Page 8A

March mathness

Apple increases hiring at data center site MAIDEN (AP) — Apple Inc. is ramping up hiring at its $1 billion East Coast data center, suggesting the North Carolina site is nearing completion. Apple this week posted 10 new jobs on its Web site for Maiden, about 30 miles northwest of Charlotte. The positions include maintenance and electrical technicians, a shift supervisor, and site administrators. Another nine job openings in Charlotte and Hickory may be related to the data center, which is expected to employ about 50 full-time workers.

Duke Energy names new S.C. president CHARLOTTE (AP) — Duke Energy has named a company attorney to take the helm of its South Carolina service region. The company said Friday that Catherine Heigel has been named president for South Carolina operations. The Charlotte utility has more than 600,000 retail customers in the northwest portion of South Carolina and operates two nuclear stations among more than a dozen power-generating plants in the state. Heigel is a native of Darlington, S.C., and has been an attorney for 15 years. She began working with Duke Energy in 1997 and rejoined the company in 2006 after three years in private legal practice. Most recently, she was special adviser to Duke Energy’s chairman. Brett Carter had been president for the Carolinas and will become N.C. president.

Associated Press

In this March 18 picture, John DuVal, data operations center and help desk manager at SportsMedia, looks at a mobile device at the company’s Data Operations Center in Durham. DuVal stays connected with employees at various NCAA sites. SportsMedia’s software creates the raft of stats that is key to analyzing and appreciating the 64 tournament games. Its software has the intelligence to keep running totals of, say, shots attempted and made, as well as the ability to mine historical data to highlight trends, records and milestones.

Durham firm keeps stats coming An AP Member Exchange DAVID RANII The News & Observer of Raleigh

DURHAM — As John Wall swishes another three-point shot, an employee of a little-known Durham company sitting courtside speaks quietly into a wireless headset. Almost instantly, Kentucky fans watching the game on television know it’s Wall’s third threepointer of the night.

That bit of data is part of a steady stream of up-to-the-second statistics that CBS Sports announcers will reel off during the NCAA Tournament broadcasts, courtesy of SportsMedia Technology. So are the shot clocks, game clocks and scores that appear on screen. SportsMedia’s software creates the raft of stats that is key to analyzing and appreciating the 64 tournament games. Its software has the intelli-

Please see Stats, Page 8A

Could that golden leaf be a biofuel?

Tractor Supply will run 4-H fundraiser BRENTWOOD, Tenn., (March 17, 2010) – Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States, has announced it will offer shoppers the opportunity to support 4-H youth programs through $1 donations at the register. In exchange, customers will receive paper clovers to sign and post in store windows. The program is scheduled to run from March 26 – April 18 at area Tractor Supply stores. “Many of our stores have been involved with 4-H clubs for years. Now, Tractor Supply Company is proud to have an official chain-wide relationship with 4-H,” said Tractor Supply Company Chairman and CEO Jim Wright. Donations will help fund local, state and national 4-H programs that support the organization’s three mission mandates – citizenship, healthy living, and educational advancements in the areas of science, engineering and technology.

gence to keep running totals of, say, shots attempted and made, as well as the ability to mine historical data to highlight trends, records and milestones. But it all starts with a spotter at center court and a technician in a van outside the arena — both of whom are SportsMedia employees. Incorporated in 1990 by found-


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In this 2009 photo, Clinton Yates uses a tobacco knife to top plants in a field near Sparta, Ky. With the help of science, an age-old cash crop long the focus of public health debates could be used to help solve the nation’s energy crisis by genetically modifying the tobacco leaf for use as a biofuel.

RICHMOND, Va. — Some researchers say an age-old cash crop long the focus of public health debate could be used to help solve the nation’s energy crisis, by genetically modifying the tobacco leaf for use as a biofuel. The golden leaf is the latest in a series of possible biofuels like switchgrass and algae that are being floated as Congress and President Barack Obama stress the importance of securing alternative energy sources. Scientists believe using tobacco would be beneficial because it would not affect a major U.S. food source, unlike other biofuels made from corn, soybeans and other crops. But there’s no worry here about secondhand smoke for commuters stuck in traffic: the tobacco wouldn’t be burned to power vehicles, merely used to extract its oils and sugars. Tobacco is an attractive “energy plant” because it can generate a large amount of oil and sugar more efficiently than other crops, said Vyacheslav Andrianov, a researcher at the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Andrianov recently co-wrote a paper on Please see Biofuel, Page 8A

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how researchers have found a way to genetically engineer tobacco to boost the oil in the plant’s leaves. Researchers found that modifying the plant produced as much as 20 times more oil, according to the report published online in December and featured in a special biofuels edition of the Plant Biotechnology Journal. “Certainly tobacco could work; any plant is a potential source of biofuel,” said Matt Hartwig, a spokesman for the Renewable Fuels Association. “I know tobacco farms have been hit hard in recent years and this may be an opportunity for some of those tobacco farmers.” Commercial use for tobacco as a biofuel may be more than five years away, but tobacco farmers look forward to the possibilities, said Andrianov, an assistant professor of cancer biology at the university’s Jefferson Medical College. “There are other crops that can be used and the idea of tobacco is that it’s not a food crop,” Andrianov said. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, tobacco production has dropped about 1.5 percent worldwide over the past 10 years. Production has decreased by nearly 39 percent in the U.S. during that same period in part due to the federal buyout program that provided an incentive for tobacco farmers to switch to other crops. The decrease is largely due to the slump in cigarette demand, which has been hurt by tax hikes, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma. Industry estimates show that the number of cigarettes sold in the U.S. declined about 8 percent in 2009 compared with a year earlier. But some farmers say they’d have to look at the economics and processes used to grow tobacco for biofuel to see whether it is viable.

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er and president Gerard J. Hall, a Harvard University graduate, the 65-employee company is in the business of making televised sports more entertaining and more informative. Its data and graphics products include “augmented reality,” such as inserting a yellow line on a football field to show the first-down mark. SportsMedia has been working for CBS Sports on the NCAA Tournament for more than a dozen years. “With this data, with this information, you have to be very accurate and very fast,” said Harold Bryant, vice president of production for CBS Sports. “They have met that criteria — and they continue to meet it.” SportsMedia’s goal is to make it look as automatic as a slamdunk. But it requires a sophisticated mix of technology, advance planning and built-in redundancies to beat Murphy’s law. “We don’t assume things ought to work,” Hall said. “So we’re constantly trying to come up with procedures and methodologies that drive Murphy back into a corner.” The clock and score data are entirely automatic — if all goes well. The real work is done ahead of time and requires making electronic connections to the

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arena’s systems — multiple connections, actually, as a safeguard in case wires are accidentally cut. If that feed fails entirely, a SportsMedia technician can manually synchronize the onscreen clocks and scores with the official versions. “The key ... for us is, when it does happen, the switchover is instantaneous,” said Don Tupper, vice president of business development. “The audience demands that graphic is on the screen 100 percent of the time.” Viewers have a seemingly insatiable desire for data that, if anything, has been enhanced by the advent of fantasy leagues, Hall said. SportsMedia provided data and graphics for NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcasts last season. It’s working NBA games for Turner Sports, and NASCAR races and X Games for ESPN. When baseball season starts, it will be providing major league games for regional networks that televise the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and other teams. And the list goes on. Hall, 51, got the idea for what eventually became SportsMedia when he was a graduate student studying computer science in Florida. The catalyst was a call to the university from a PC maker that wanted to promote its computers by displaying a running tabulation of pro golfers’ scores at PGA events.

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Hall created software to make that happen, but by the time he was ready to start SportsMedia he had moved to the Triangle to become marketing manager at a local company. In the early days of the business, Hall wrote the software code himself. “The first constant on-air graphic was our lap counter for NASCAR races,” he said. SportsMedia’s annual revenue has been growing at a doubledigit pace, even during the recession, Hall said. “In a down economy, people still want to be entertained and watch sports,” he said. The advertising slump has hurt broadcasters, and that is putting a crimp on the company’s latest multi-year contracts. But Hall is so confident about the future that he has added 10 employees in the past year in order to be more aggressive in marketing and to overhaul the company’s software so it can handle more business. Although SportsMedia thrives on data, Hall can be stumped on occasion. For example, is there a local company that has won more Emmy awards than SportsMedia? Hall doesn’t think so, but admits he doesn’t have any statistics to prove it. For the record, SportsMedia has won 15 Emmys for technical achievement and performance.

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buyer’s credit ­— a tax credit of up to $6,500 which closes on April 30 — is driving the market right now. We’ve seen a big increase in the last three or four weeks with a lot of anticipation.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier. com.

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Phony products impress federal energy program ByFREDERIC J. FROMMER Associated Press Writer

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Roseann Mitchell, of the Community Action Agency, checks carbon monoxide levels in a home as part of a combustion appliance safety test Friday, Feb. 26, in San Francisco. One year after the president unveiled a new stimulus-funded program to create jobs by saving energy, his Weatherization Assistance Program is lagging so far behind that critics question whether it will ever achieve either goal.

Weatherizing program still rife with problems after a year FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After a year of crippling delays, President Barack Obama’s $5 billion program to install weather-tight windows and doors has retrofitted a fraction of homes and created far fewer construction jobs than expected. In Indiana, state-trained workers flubbed insulation jobs. In Alaska, Wyoming and the District of Columbia, the program has yet to produce a single job or retrofit one home. And in California, a state with nearly 37 million residents, the program at last count had created 84 jobs. The program was a hallmark of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a way to shore up the economy while encouraging people to conserve energy at home. But government rules about how to run what was deemed to be a “shovel-ready” project, including how much to pay contractors and how to protect historic homes during renovations, have thwarted chances at early success, according to an Associated Press review of the program. “It seems like every day there is a new wrench in the works that keeps us from moving ahead,” said program manager Joanne Chappell-Theunissen. She has spent the past several months mailing in photographs of old houses in rural Michigan to meet federal historic preservation rules. “We keep playing catch-up.” The stimulus package gave a jolt to the decades-old federal Weatherization Assistance Program. Weatherization money flows from Washington to the states, where it is passed to local nonprofits that hire contractors to spread insulation and install efficient heaters in people’s homes. Energy officials said the stimulus infusion is on track to create thousands of career-pathway jobs and support an industry that lowers carbon emissions while saving consumers money. “This is the beginning of the next industrial revolution with the explosion of clean energy investments,” said assistant U.S. Energy Secretary Cathy Zoi. “These are good jobs that are here to stay.” But after a year, the stimulus program has retrofitted 30,250 homes — about 5 percent of the overall goal — and fallen well short of the 87,000 jobs that the department planned, according to the latest available figures. As the Obama administration promotes a second home energysavings program — a $6 billion rebate plan — some experts are

asking whether that will pay off for homeowners or for the planet. “A very rosy picture was painted that energy efficiency would be a great way to create jobs and save money,” said Michael Shellenberger, an energy expert who heads the Breakthrough Institute, an Oakland-based think tank that is financed by nonpartisan foundations and works on energy, climate change and health care issues. “The Obama administration risks overpromising again.” Many states held off on weatherizing under the stimulus over concerns about a Depressionera law that requires contractors to pay workers wages equal to those paid for local public works projects. The U.S. Labor Department issued wage rules for every county in the country in September but after receiving about 100 complaints, changed the wage rates again a few months later. Bureaucratic delays kept officials in Austin, Texas, from weatherizing anything while they waited to hire furnace technicians under a $7.4 million federal grant, of which they received the first installment this month. The recession itself has compounded the problems, since hiring freezes in some states meant there weren’t enough public employees to administer the program. In California, where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered many state workers to take “Furlough Fridays,” the program had created 84 jobs and weatherized 849 homes at last count, in December. Officials estimate several hundred jobs have been created since then. Energy Department spokeswoman Jen Stutsman said the program produced 8,500 jobs nationwide from October to December 2009, but said she could not provide job creation figures for the last full year since federal guidelines for measuring the program’s impact changed in the fall. Zoi said the number of jobs created and homes completed would rise quickly as the program emerged from its startup phase, and that it was on target to meet overall goals. Now that the money is trickling down more quickly, auditors are fretting over how to make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. The Energy Department plans to hire one program officer for each state to watch for waste, fraud and mismanagement.

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That also will help to ensure crews’ performance is up to snuff. In Illinois, the staff of the department’s inspector general, Gregory Friedman, discovered that one agency weatherization inspector missed a dangerous gas leak on a newly installed furnace. State and local officials told auditors they would make sure the leak was fixed and retool statewide training materials. In Indiana, where workers were required to go through a state weatherization training program, local managers say they have spent hours teaching new recruits to do their jobs properly. “We keep getting inundated with all kinds of people who want a paycheck, but just aren’t qualified to do this kind of work,” said Bertha Proctor, who heads a nonprofit contracting agency in Vincennes, Ind. Still, some of the stimulus program’s flexible standards have allowed for innovation. In Portland, Ore., local officials are reporting an energy-saving boon that has helped minorityowned businesses in the jobstarved construction industry. Ohio, which had a strong weatherization program in place at the outset, had completed 6,814 homes by the end of last year, more than a fifth of the total nationwide. Legislation authorizing a second energy savings program is moving slowly through Congress. Many details of the plan, including how long it will run and its total cost, still need to be worked out. The Obama administration said the “HomeStar” program would reward homeowners who buy energy-saving equipment with an on-the-spot rebate of $1,000 or more, and hope it could become as popular as last year’s Cash for Clunkers money-back program for cars and trucks. Micheline Guilbeault, 65, of Lawton, Okla., whose home was weatherized through the stimulus package, said she thought the new proposal would encourage more homeowners to go green. “My house doesn’t shudder anymore when the wind blows,” Guilbeault said. “With the door that they just put in, I’m sure that the bill will go down because myself, I can feel the difference.” Still, some government watchdog groups said taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook if the government has yet to release figures showing how much weatherizing saves.

WASHINGTON — Fifteen phony products — including a gasoline-powered alarm clock — won a label from the government certifying them as energy efficient in a test of the federal “Energy Star” program. Investigators concluded the program is “vulnerable to fraud and abuse.” A report released Friday said government investigators tried to pass off 20 fake products as energy efficient, and only two were rejected. Three others didn’t get a response. The program run by the Energy Department and Environmental In this March 9 photo, an Protection Energy Star label is shown Agency is supon an oven at an appliance posed to identify energy-effistore in Mountain View, cient products Calif. The GAO is reportto help consuming that 15 phony products ers. Tax credits and rebates got the energy efficiency serve as incenrating from government tives to buy officials. Energy Star products. But the General Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm, said Energy Star doesn’t verify claims made by manufacturers — which might explain the gasoline-powered alarm clock, not to mention a product billed as an air room cleaner that was actually a space heater with a feather duster and fly strips attached, and a computer monitor that won approval within 30 minutes of submission. The alarm clock’s size — 1 1/2-feet high and 15 inches wide — and model name “Black Gold” should have raised alarms with Energy Star, but the automated review system didn’t catch on to the deception. “EPA officials confirmed that because the energy-efficiency information was plausible, it was likely that no one read the product description information,” GAO said. In addition, the four phony GAO companies were able to become Energy Star partners, giving them access to the program’s logos and other promotional resources. Energy Star didn’t call any of the companies or visit the addresses, and sent only four of the 20 products to be verified by a thirdparty, GAO said. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee who requested the study, said that “taxpayers are shortchanged twice” when Energy Star products are not thoroughly vetted — when consumers are willing to pay more for the products, and when taxpayer dollars are spent encouraging the purchases. The GAO findings were first reported by The New York Times. According to the GAO, the EPA and Energy Department told investigators in briefings that although the program is based on manufacturers’ certifying their products meet efficiency standards, that efficiency is ensured through aftermarket tests and self-policing. The GAO did not look at those efforts. The GAO did note that the two agencies said they are shifting to a more rigorous upfront screening process. In a news release last week, they announced additional testing of products and an ongoing verification program. In a joint statement Friday, the agencies said consumers can have confidence in the Energy Star label. “In fact, a review last year found that 98 percent of the products tested met or exceeded the Energy Star requirements, and last year alone, Americans with the help of Energy Star saved $17 billion on their energy bills.” But the agencies acknowledge the report raised important issues. “That’s why we have started an enhanced testing program and have already taken enforcement actions against companies that have violated the rules,” the agencies’ statement said.

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Palin addresses Tea Party rally in Reid’s hometown SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. (AP) — Sarah Palin told thousands of tea party activists assembled in the dusty Nevada desert Saturday that Sen. Harry Reid will have to explain his votes when he comes back to his hometown to campaign. The wind whipped U.S. flags behind the former Alaska governor as she stood on a makeshift stage, holding a microphone and her notes and speaking to a cheering crowd. She told them Reid, fighting for re-election, is “gambling away our future.” “Someone needs to tell him, this is not a crapshoot,” Palin said. About 7,000 people streamed into tiny Searchlight, a former mining town 60 miles south of Las Vegas.

Requiring health coverage was originally GOP idea WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans were for President Barack Obama’s requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it. The obligation in the new health care law is a Republican idea that’s been around at least two decades. It was once trumpeted as an alternative to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s failed health care overhaul in the 1990s. These days, Republicans call it government overreach. Mitt Romney, weighing another run for the GOP presidential nomination, signed such a requirement into law at the state level as Massachusetts governor in 2006. At the time, Romney defended it as “a personal responsibility principle” and Massachusetts’ newest GOP senator, Scott Brown, backed it. Romney now says Obama’s plan is a federal takeover that bears little resemblance to what he did as governor and should be repealed. Republicans say Obama and the Democrats co-opted their original concept, minus a mechanism they proposed for controlling costs.

Landmarks, cities unplug for annual Earth Hour LONDON (AP) — Europe’s best known landmarks — including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Rome’s Colosseum — fell dark Saturday, following Sydney’s Opera House and

Beijing’s Forbidden City in joining a global climate change protest, as lights were switched off across the world to mark the Earth Hour event. Millions of people were turning off lights and appliances for an hour from 8:30 p.m. in a gesture to highlight environmental concerns and to call for a binding pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s was the fourth annual Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund. As each time zone reaches the appointed hour, skylines go dark and landmarks dim, from a Manila shopping mall to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and the Empire State Building in New York. Some 4,000 cities in more than 120 countries — starting with the remote Chatham Islands off the coast of New Zealand — were voluntarily switching off Saturday to reduce energy consumption, though traffic lights and other safety features would be unaffected, organizers said.

S. Korean naval ship sinks; 46 missing BAENGNYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Military divers plunged into the waters near South Korea’s tense maritime border with North Korea on Saturday, searching in vain for 46 missing marines from a naval ship that exploded and sank, officials said. The exact cause of the explosion was unclear, but North Korea did not appear to be to blame, officials said. Families voiced their anger as hopes faded for the missing crew after the ship sank in one of South Korea’s worst naval disasters. Divers tried twice to get to the wreckage, Rear Adm. Lee Ki-sik of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told lawmakers. The explosion at the rear of the Cheonan shut down its engine, wiped out power and caused the ship to sink a little over three hours later, the Joint Chiefs said. A survivor, Staff Sgt. Shin Eunchong, 24, told relatives he was on night duty when he heard a huge boom behind him that split the ship apart. The vessel started tilting, and his glasses fell off his face as he hit the deck, relatives at a naval base in Pyeongtaek told The AP. Military planes and boats were searching the waters near South Korea’s Baengnyeong Island where the 1,200-ton Cheonan had been on a routine patrol mission.

Chicago cabbie faces terrorism charges CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a Chicago cab driver with trying to provide funds to al-Qaida, saying the man planned to send money to a terrorist leader in Pakistan who had said he needed cash to buy explosives. Raja Lahrasib Khan, 56, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin, was charged Friday with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. According to the criminal complaint, Khan also discussed a possible bomb attack on an unspecified U.S. stadium this summer. Speaking with a man identified only as Individual B, Khan allegedly said bags containing remote-controlled bombs could be placed in the stadium and then, “boom, boom, boom, boom,” prosecutors said. U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said there was no imminent danger to the Chicago area.

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Questions on mortgage aid plan answered of borrowers who are least under water.

By ALAN ZIBEL AP Real Estate Writer

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday announced a major reworking of its troubled $75 billion plan to prevent foreclosures.

Q. How do I qualify? A: You must have a mortgage of less than $729,750. You also must show that you are in financial trouble. And you have to be spending at least 31 percent of your pretax income on your mortgage payment.

The revamped program is now designed to aid jobless homeowners and people who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

Q. So how do I apply?

Here’s a look at the details: Q. How many homeowners will this help? A. The effort is designed to enable the government to reach its original goal of helping 3 million to 4 million homeowners avoid foreclosure by the end of 2012. That benchmark has so far proved impossible to approach. Only 170,000 homeowners have completed loan modifications, out of 1.1 million who began the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program since it started last year. Q. How many borrowers are in trouble? A. About 6 million homeowners have missed at least two months of payments. And experts warn that 10 million to 12 million borrowers are in danger of foreclosure over the next three years. A growing risk is among homeowners who are “under water”: They owe more on their loans than their homes are worth. Q. How does the new plan work? A. Borrowers will get help in three ways: Jobless homeowners can get a three-tosix-month break on their mortgage payments. Banks will get financial incentives to reduce mortgage balances for under-water borrow-

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A foreclosure home for sale is shown in this 2006 file photo taken in Spring, Texas. A revamped federal program to help troubled mortgage holders was outlined on Friday. The revamped program is now designed to aid jobless homeowners and people who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth..

ers. And lenders can offer refinanced loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration to these borrowers. Q. When will all these programs be available? A. Government officials didn’t specify but said they should become available in the coming months. Q. I’m unemployed. How do I get help? A. That piece of the program is designed to give homeowners more time to find a job. Borrowers will have three to six months in which they’ll have to spend no more than 31 percent of their monthly income on their mortgages. If you do find a job during that time, you will be evaluated for a loan modification that could

permanently reduce your payments. To qualify, you need to live in your home, have a mortgage of below $729,750 and receive unemployment benefits. Q. What happens if I don’t get a job after the time is up? A. Lenders will encourage you to consider a short sale, in which you sell your home for less than the mortgage amount. Another option is a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, in which you agree to hand back the property to your lender. Q. I owe more on my mortgage than my house is worth. Will this help me? A. Maybe. The program depends on the willingness of mortgage companies to participate. Their track

record has been shaky at best. Q. How does it work? A. Mortgage companies that already participate in the government’s foreclosure prevention program will have to consider reducing the mortgage amount for borrowers who owe at least 15 percent more than their home’s current value. Those reductions will happen gradually over three years and apply only if you miss no payments. Those companies will receive expanded incentives to do so.

A. Call the company that sends your mortgage bill, also known as your mortgage servicer, to see if you qualify. If you can’t get hold of someone, try a nonprofit housing counselor. NeighborWorks America runs a national network of foreclosure counseling agencies. Try: http://

Q. How does the refinancing program work? A. Some borrowers will be able to refinance into loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration, which insures loans against default. The FHA will get $14 billion in incentive money from the federal bailout fund to make this happen. Lenders will have to reduce the homeowners’ primary mortgages by at least 10 percent. Q. How do I qualify? A. Homeowners must not have missed any payments on their home loans, must live in their home as a primary residence and must provide proof of income.

Q. What kind of incentives?

Q. How do I apply for the FHA plan?

A. For every dollar of principal the lender reduces, they will receive a subsidy of 10 to 21 cents. The larger subsidies will help reduce principal

A. You don’t. It’s voluntary for mortgage companies. They’ll evaluate whether they want to offer this option to homeowners.

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Inside Scoreboard . . . . . . . . . Page 2B Baseball 2010 . . . . . . Page 6B NASCAR . . . . . . . . . Page 10B

Off The Wall Scott Bowers

Madness gives way to baseball Very soon, Rutherford County native and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Todd Coffey will be throwing meaningful pitches. Very soon, Atlanta Braves rightfielder Jason Heyward, who has been compared to Hank Aaron by manager Bobby Cox, will be taking meaningful swings. Very soon, the millionaires of the Yankees will try and defend their World Series crown — with 80-percent of the nation cheering against them. In the meantime, the diamonds have already been full of meaningful baseball. In both the college ranks and at the high school level. In a touch over a week, East Rutherford will host its firstever Spring Break baseball tournament at McNair Field. Bobby Reynolds, the head coach of the Cavaliers, has assembled a really good line-up of teams for the four-day tourney. In addition to the Cavs, Chase and R-S Central will also take part. The three area teams will be joined by Bay Village High, out of Ohio, Central Cabarrus, McDowell, North Lincoln and T.C. Roberson. Reynolds, last time we spoke, talked about making the tourney even stronger next season. But, this tourney will be a good four days of quality high school baseball. By the time the break arrives, the South Mountain Athletic Conference will be set up for an interesting finish. Patton has sprinted out to the front, as many believed that they would, while East holds down the No. 2 spot overall, but the number one seed in the 2A-side of the conference. The pleasant surprise has been the surging Trojans of Chase, under Matt Tipton. The Trojans recently knocked off the Hilltoppers and Shelby to put themselves into good position. The Trojans will face Freedom, in conference action, on Thursday before the Easter recess. The Trojans will return from the break to face East Rutherford in a big 2A game on Tuesday, April 13. They won’t see East again until May. Forgetting for a second that Tipton once played for Reynolds, those two games could be a whole lot of fun. Add the player-coach relationship back in and, well, it really becomes ‘must see,’ baseball. Of course, my desire to see baseball has nothing to do with a bracket that is bloodier than a B horror film. Nothing at all. The NCAA Tournament has wrecked brackets all over the country, including President Obama’s. Butler? In the Final Four? I mean, come’on man. I blame the Tar Heels. And, yes, I should have let my wife pick my bracket. But, very soon that pain will be over. I’ll get to listen to the Atlanta Braves over the radio and watch Peter Gammons talk about why the Dodgers are struggling. And, this may just be the first season in many years where the S-word (steroids) is not mentioned in the lead of every ESPN Sportscenter broadcast. So, basketball thanks for everything, but Spring is in the air and I smell pine tar. The really great part — the Owls are only two months away from opening day against those bums, the Gastonia Grizzlies.

Elite Eight Associated Press

Kansas State’s Denis Clemente, right, drives around Butler’s Matt Howard during the first half of the NCAA West Regional final college basketball game in Salt Lake City, Saturday.

Mountaineers knock off Kentucky n Butler

stuns Kansas State

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Say goodbye to John Calipari’s fabulous Kentucky freshmen — and probably junior Patrick Patterson, too. Their season is over, and the next stop for Patterson, flashy guard John Wall and imposing center DeMarcus Cousins could be the NBA after the Wildcats’ season ended with a thud. Kentucky’s high-tempo offense was stymied by an intimidating West Virginia defense in a 73-66 loss in the East Regional final on Saturday. Wall and Cousins finished the game on the bench. Wall fouled out with 51 seconds left, and Cousins was on the sideline for the final three minutes because the top-seeded Wildcats needed outside shooters. The freshmen already have indicated it’s their intention to enter the NBA after only one college season, barring a significant change of heart. Wall already is being pegged as a potential No. 1 pick, and the 6-foot-11 Cousins is projected to go in the first round. And Patterson, a 6-9 forward who considered entering the draft last year, also is likely to go after he spoke at length Friday about approaching every game like it’s his last in college. Wall, the national freshman of the year, finished with 19 points. Cousins had 15

Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson (54) shoots over West Virginia’s Joe Mazzulla (21) during the first half of a final game in the East Regional of the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, in Syracuse, N.Y. Associated Press

Please see NCAA, Page 3B

Jon Scheyer sheds slump, sparks Duke

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Members of the Duke basketball relax in the team’s locker room before practice in Houston, Saturday. Duke is to play Baylor on Sunday in the South Regional NCAA college basketball final.

HOUSTON (AP) — Jon Scheyer let the 3-pointer fly right in front of Duke’s bench, and Blue Devils from coach Mike Krzyzewski on down followed its arc and held their collective breath. The shot fell, his teammates roared and Duke’s offense was rolling again. The Blue Devils’ leading scorer missed 17 of his previous 18 shots before sinking that 3 early in the second half of Duke’s 70-57 win over Purdue in the South Regional semifinals Friday night. The top-seeded Blue Devils (32-5) hit 12 of 22 shots after Scheyer’s 3 and

Please see Scheyer, Page 3B

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Scoreboard BASEBALL Major League Baseball Spring Training Glance AMERICAN LEAGUE W L 15 6 16 7 13 9 14 10 11 10 12 13 11 12 10 11 10 13 10 14 8 13 8 13 9 15 6 16

Pct .714 .696 .591 .583 .524 .480 .478 .476 .435 .417 .381 .381 .375 .273

NATIONAL LEAGUE W L San Francisco 19 8 Atlanta 14 8 Chicago 13 9 San Diego 14 10 Philadelphia 12 9 Colorado 14 11 Houston 12 10 Milwaukee 13 11 New York 12 11 St. Louis 11 11 Florida 11 12 Arizona 11 13 Los Angeles 9 11 Cincinnati 9 12 Washington 7 17 Pittsburgh 6 15

Pct .704 .636 .591 .583 .571 .560 .545 .542 .522 .500 .478 .458 .450 .429 .292 .286

Cleveland Tampa Bay Minnesota Detroit Kansas City Boston Oakland Toronto New York Baltimore Chicago Los Angeles Seattle Texas

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Suspended Washington Wizards basketbal player Gilbert Arenas, center, and his attorney Kenneth Wainstein, left, depart Superior Court after a sentencing hearing in Washington, on Friday, March 26, 2010.

Arenas to remain a Wizard, according to team president

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards’ locker room, team president Ernie Grunfeld reaffirmed that Arenas will be back with the club next season. “We’re not going to void his contract. As I’ve said all along, he’s going to be with us,” Grunfeld said Saturday night before a game against Utah. “Gilbert is a part of this organization, he’s part of our team, and he will be back with us next year. I think people forget that he’s still one of the best players in this league.” Arenas avoided jail time for the offense, instead receiving a sentence that also includes two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service. “I think this verdict brings a certain amount of closure to the situation, and it’s going to allow us to move forward and focus on the rest of the season,” Grunfeld said. Grunfeld said he had not talked to Arenas recently, although he spoke to Arenas’ father this week. However, Grunfeld said he expects to sit down with Arenas for a conversation “in the near future.”

Kevin Harvick dominates truck race

MARTINSVILLE, Va — Kevin Harvick’s truck showed strong from start to finish in a dominating win in the Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Harvick, driving the No. 2 Tide Chevy, led 187 laps of 250 and led the final 61 laps to take the win easily. Harvick will go for a Martinsville sweep on Sunday as he starts from the pole in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500. The win is Harvick’s second career Camping World Truck Series win at the Martinsville Speedway. He also has a Nationwide victory at Martinsville, but no Sprint Cup wins here to his credit. “The shop built this truck in about 16 days and I didn’t really have to do much except, but hit my marks,” Harvick said.

D-Wade edges Andy Roddick in H-O-R-S-E

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Dwyane Wade showed a new move Saturday: He leaped over the net. A tennis net. Wade’s hurdle came at the start of his drive to the basket for a layup in a game of H-O-R-S-E against Andy Roddick. The Miami Heat star made the shot and averted an embarrassing defeat for the NBA, rallying to win the celebrity showdown on a tournament practice court Saturday at the Sony Ericsson Open. A no-dunk rule imposed by Roddick kept the game close. He sank several shots early and led H-O-R to H, which left Wade resorting to the leap over the net and other inventive maneuvers. “He started off hot,” Wade said. “He made a lot of shots. I was kind of surprised. I had to go use my athleticism a little bit.”

Friday’s Games Houston 6, Pittsburgh 4 Washington 7, St. Louis 4 Florida 8, N.Y. Mets 8, tie, 10 innings Boston 3, Toronto (ss) 2 Atlanta 5, Detroit 2 Tampa Bay 14, Toronto (ss) 10 Oakland (ss) 5, Chicago Cubs 2 Arizona 10, Chicago White Sox 1 Kansas City 8, L.A. Dodgers 4 San Diego 9, Milwaukee 4 San Francisco 5, L.A. Angels 3 Cleveland 5, Colorado 4 Oakland (ss) 6, Texas 3 Seattle 6, Cincinnati 5 Philadelphia 3, N.Y. Yankees 0 Minnesota 4, Baltimore 3 Saturday’s Games Toronto 11, Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 3, Florida 2 Baltimore 6, Boston 1 Houston 4, Tampa Bay 4, tie, 10 innings Minnesota 8, Philadelphia 4 Atlanta 4, Washington (ss) 0 N.Y. Yankees 2, Detroit 1 Washington (ss) 7, N.Y. Mets 5, 10 innings Kansas City 14, Oakland 12 L.A. Dodgers 3, Seattle 1 Cleveland 2, Arizona 0 L.A. Angels 4, San Francisco 3 San Diego (ss) 3, Cincinnati 2 Milwaukee 3, Texas 1 Chicago Cubs 2, San Diego (ss) 2, tie, 10 innings Chicago White Sox 6, Colorado 2 Sunday’s Games Pittsburgh (ss) vs Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (ss) vs Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Baltimore vs Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Detroit vs N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Milwaukee vs Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (ss) vs Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs Oakland at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. Cleveland vs L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Kansas City vs Chicago White Sox (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. San Diego vs San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Detroit vs Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (ss) vs Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Florida vs N.Y. Mets (ss) at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Colorado vs Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Seattle vs Oakland at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. San Francisco vs Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. Kansas City vs L.A. Angels (ss) at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (ss) vs Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. Arizona vs San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association Atlantic Division W L Pct 47 25 .653 35 36 .493 26 46 .361 26 47 .356 9 63 .125 Southeast Division W L Pct x-Orlando 51 22 .699 x-Atlanta 46 26 .639 Miami 39 34 .534 Charlotte 38 34 .528 Washington 21 50 .296 Central Division W L Pct y-Cleveland 57 16 .781 Milwaukee 39 32 .549 Chicago 33 38 .465 Indiana 27 46 .370 Detroit 23 49 .319

Carolina GB — 3 1/2 9  10 1/2 13 1/2 GB —  1  3  4 1/2 34  GB —  7  26  29 1/2 32 1/2

x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Friday’s Games Charlotte 107, Washington 96 Indiana 122, Utah 106 Denver 97, Toronto 96 Philadelphia 105, Atlanta 98 Orlando 106, Minnesota 97 Boston 94, Sacramento 86 Oklahoma City 91, L.A. Lakers 75 New Jersey 118, Detroit 110 Miami 87, Milwaukee 74 San Antonio 102, Cleveland 97 Phoenix 132, New York 96 Saturday’s Games Utah 103, Washington 87 New Jersey at Chicago, late Portland at New Orleans, late L.A. Lakers at Houston, late Dallas at Golden State, late Sunday’s Games Memphis at Milwaukee, 3 p.m. Sacramento at Cleveland, 3 p.m. Indiana at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 6 p.m. Toronto at Miami, 6 p.m. Denver at Orlando, 6 p.m. Phoenix at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Portland at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Boston, 8 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Monday’s Games Toronto at Charlotte, 7 p.m. San Antonio at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Denver at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. New York at Utah, 9 p.m.

GB — 11 1/2 21  21 1/2 38  GB —  4 1/2 12  12 1/2 29  GB —  17  23  30  33 1/2

231 GA 187 209 197 204 238 GA 191 197 185 224 253 GA 193 185 195 226 234

Friday’s Games Ottawa 4, Buffalo 2 Detroit 6, Minnesota 2 Anaheim 3, Edmonton 2 Saturday’s Games Boston 5, Calgary 0 Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 1 Buffalo 7, Tampa Bay 1 Toronto 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, OT New Jersey 4, Montreal 2 Ottawa 3, Florida 2 Atlanta 4, Carolina 0 N.Y. Islanders 4, Columbus 3 Detroit at Nashville, late Colorado at Phoenix, late Vancouver at San Jose, late Dallas at Los Angeles, late Sunday’s Games Calgary at Washington, 3 p.m. Toronto at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. Edmonton at St. Louis, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Columbus at Chicago, 7 p.m. Colorado at San Jose, 8 p.m. Monday’s Games Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Nashville at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Minnesota, 9 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.


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Saturday’s Sports Transactions

EAST REGIONAL At The Carrier Dome Syracuse, N.Y. Regional Semifinals Thursday, March 25 West Virginia 69, Washington 56 Kentucky 62, Cornell 45 Regional Championship Saturday, March 27 West Virginia 73, Kentucky 66 SOUTH REGIONAL At Reliant Stadium Houston Regional Semifinals Friday, March 26 Baylor 72, Saint Mary’s, Calif. 49 Duke 70, Purdue 57 Regional Championship Sunday, March 28 Baylor (28-7) vs. Duke (32-5), 5:05 p.m. MIDWEST REGIONAL At Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Regional Semifinals Friday, March 26 Tennessee 76, Ohio State 73 Michigan State 59, Northern Iowa 52 Regional Championship Sunday, March 28 Tennessee (28-8) vs. Michigan State (27-8), 2:20 p.m. WEST REGIONAL At Energy Solution Arena Salt Lake City Regional Semifinals Thursday, March 25 Butler 63, Syracuse 59 Kansas State 101, Xavier 96, 2OT Regional Championship Saturday, March 27 Butler 63, Kansas State 56

BASEBALL American League DETROIT TIGERS—Placed RHP Zach Miner and LHP Bobby Seay on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 26. Optioned LHP Daniel Schlereth and OF Wilkin Ramirez to Toledo (IL). Assigned RHP Enrique Gonzalez, LHP Phil Dumatrait and C Max St. Pierre to their minor league camp. KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Traded C Steve Lerud to Baltimore for a player to be named. MINNESOTA TWINS—Optioned INF Matt Tolbert to Rochester (IL). Reassigned LHP Mike Maroth, C Danny Lehmann and OF Ben Revere to their minor league camp. OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Optioned RHP Vin Mazzaro and 1B Chris Carter to Sacramento (PCL). Reassigned OF Michael Taylor to their minor league camp. TEXAS RANGERS—Optioned LHP Derek Holland, RHP Brandon McCarthy and OF Craig Gentry to Oklahoma City (PCL) and RHP Ogando ALexi to Frisco (Texas). National League CHICAGO CUBS—Traded INF Andres Blanco to Texas for a player to be named or cash. Assigned RHP Mike Parisi outright to Iowa (PCL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS—Optioned RHP Adam Ottavino to Memphis (PCL). BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA—Fined Dallas G Caron Butler $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward fans on March 25. HOCKEY National Hockey League TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Recalled D Vladimir Mihalik from Norfolk (AHL). ECHL ELMIRA JACKALS—Signed F Rusty Masters. SOCCER Major League Soccer TORONTO FC—Signed D Dan Gargan.

COLLEGE OREGON—Named Lorraine Davis interim athletics director.

FINAL FOUR At Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis National Semifinals Saturday, April 3 West Virginia (31-6) vs. South champion Midwest champion vs. Butler (32-4) National Championship Monday, April 5 Semifinal winners


National Invitation Tournament Semifinals Tuesday, March 30 At Madison Square Garden New York Semifinals Mississippi (24-10) vs. Dayton (23-12), 7 p.m. North Carolina (19-16) vs. Rhode Island (26-9), 9:30 p.m. Championship Thursday, April 1 Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

HOCKEY EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF New Jersey 73 43 25 5 91 198 Pittsburgh 74 42 25 7 91 228 Philadelphia 74 37 31 6 80 215 N.Y. Rangers 74 33 32 9 75 195 N.Y. Islanders 74 30 34 10 70 192 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Buffalo 73 40 23 10 90 205 Ottawa 75 40 30 5 85 202 Montreal 75 37 30 8 82 202 Boston 73 33 28 12 78 183 Toronto 74 27 35 12 66 195 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF y-Washington 74 49 14 11 109 289 Atlanta 74 32 30 12 76 219 Tampa Bay 74 30 32 12 72 196 Florida 73 30 32 11 71 191

74 31 34 9 71 206

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF x-Chicago 73 46 20 7 99 239 Nashville 75 43 27 5 91 211 Detroit 74 38 23 13 89 206 St. Louis 74 35 30 9 79 201 Columbus 74 30 32 12 72 198 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Vancouver 74 45 25 4 94 242 Colorado 73 41 25 7 89 220 Calgary 74 37 28 9 83 189 Minnesota 75 36 33 6 78 205 Edmonton 74 24 43 7 55 189 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF x-San Jose 74 45 19 10 100 239 Phoenix 75 46 23 6 98 204 Los Angeles 73 42 25 6 90 215 Anaheim 74 35 31 8 78 208 Dallas 74 32 28 14 78 211 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division

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WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 47 25 .653 San Antonio 43 28 .606 Memphis 38 34 .528 Houston 36 35 .507 New Orleans 34 39 .466 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 48 25 .658 Utah 47 26 .644 Oklahoma City 44 27 .620 Portland 43 29 .597 Minnesota 14 59 .192 Pacific Division W L Pct x-L.A. Lakers 53 19 .736 Phoenix 46 26 .639 L.A. Clippers 27 45 .375 Sacramento 24 49 .329 Golden State 20 51 .282

GA 176 212 205 200 229 GA 186 214 204 186 243 GA 209 236 230 214

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Els takes a 1-shot lead at Bay Hill By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ernie Els is trying to keep his head clear and his game simple. It seems to be working. Els finished with two tough pars Saturday at Bay Hill, enough to go from a two-shot deficit to a one-shot lead over Ben Curtis going into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and a chance for Els to win his second straight tournament. “There’s a lot of work left,” Els said after a 3-under 69, making him the only player to break 70 all three days at Bay Hill. “Obviously, I’m still in a very good position. I would have taken it before the tournament Associated Press started. I would like to keep working and just try and conDuke’s Mike Krzyzewski, left, speaks to Jon Scheyer (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball centrate on playing good golf game against Georgia Tech in the ACC tournament in tomorrow.” Greensboro, Sunday, March 14, 2010. He’s playing golf as well as anyone at the moment. Saturday was the fifth time in the last six rounds Els has been atop the leaderboard, dating to his vicContinued from Page 1B tory at Doral two weeks ago that ended the longest drought — two years without winning — of his will play third-seeded Baylor (28-7) in Sunday’s career. regional final. The Big Easy is starting to “A lot of the burden is on my shoulders to hit make golf look that way. open shots,” Scheyer said. “For me, that one just He was at 10-under 206, giving got us rolling. That was a big momentum swing, I himself a chance to win backthink.” to-back on the PGA Tour for the The 6-foot-5 Scheyer, one of three seniors in the starting lineup, said this week that the Blue Devils first time in seven years, and are “on a mission” to add another championship to to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2001 to win the school’s storied tradition. His shooting in the second half against the Boilermakers helped Duke twice in the Florida swing. Curtis looked just as good on a get one step closer. blustery day at Bay Hill. He just Scheyer finished with 18 points, five rebounds didn’t finish. and four assists against Purdue to help his team move within one victory of its 11th Final Four The former British Open chamunder Krzyzewski. pion had a two-shot lead until he “You want to uphold the standard,” Scheyer said chopped up the par-5 16th hole Saturday. “I know a lot of the guys who’ve played from 60 yards short of the green. before me, and they’ve done some unbelievable He bladed a wedge some 70 feet things. Of course, you want to be able to graduate long and three-putted for bogey and say you did those same things and be able to on the easiest hole at Bay Hill. talk about them with them.” Then, he went long on the par-3 Scheyer ran into a slump late in the season, 17th and chipped off the green shooting 31 percent from the field (29 of 93) in for another bogey. the seven games leading up to Friday night. After Curtis had to make a 6-foot going 1 for 11 in Duke’s second-round win over par putt on the 18th to keep it California, he watched video and picked out some together with a 70, leaving him flaws emerging in his form. one shot behind. “I was just really trying to guide the ball in,” “That last putt on 18 was big,” he said. “I was kicking my legs out on a couple of Curtis said. “You always want them. That’s just something I looked at. For me, I momentum going forward.” just need to shoot the ball strong, like I have in the They will be in the final group past.” Sunday with Chris Couch, who Krzyzewski also noticed changes in Scheyer’s was headed for a double bogey mechanics, but encouraged Scheyer to keep shoot- until a break he felt was long ing. He thought Scheyer was putting too much overdue. His approach to the pressure on himself and losing his offensive 18th ricocheted along the rocks rhythm in the process. Coach K reminded Scheyer that he sank a crucial 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in Duke’s 65-61 win over Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. He missed his first six 3-point tries in that game before hitting the one Continued from Page 3B that mattered most. points and eight rebounds in 28 “I asked him, ‘When you took the shot to beat minutes. Georgia Tech and win the ACC championship, It was a stunning end for a you know, what were you thinking about then?’” team that accomplished so much Krzyzewski said. “He said, ‘I was just thinking while putting Big Blue back on about hitting my shot.’ I said, ‘Well, just do that.’” Scheyer appeared to be pressing again in the first the basketball map in Calipari’s first year since taking over folhalf against Purdue, going 0 for 6 from the field. He missed a 3 in the first 90 seconds of the second lowing Billy Gillispie’s dismissal. half before curling around a screen and connecting The Wildcats (35-2) finished on the pivotal 3 with 17:54 left. one win short of matching the “It was a huge sigh of relief for everybody,” said school record set by the Adolph backcourt mate Nolan Smith, who had 15 points. Rupp-coached team that went “Coach jumped up, the bench jumped up. On the court, it really gave us a pep in our step. When he’s 36-3 in 1947-48. And they hitting 3s and when you know he can do it, it gives enjoyed their deepest run in the tournament since 2005, when us all a lift.” they lost to Michigan State Scheyer hit four of his final seven shots against 94-88 in overtime in a regional Purdue to reach his highest total since scoring 20 final. points in the regular-season finale against North Kentucky fans standing behind Carolina. The Blue Devils shot 58 percent (15 of the Wildcats’ bench were anx26) after the break, their most efficient second half since making 60 percent in a 74-53 home win over ious and frustrated, standing with their arms crossed with Clemson in January. their team trailing 51-42 in the Not coincidentally, Scheyer scored 19 of his 22 second half. Not even actress points in the second half of that one. “We’re never going to go away from him. We want and alum Ashley Judd’s presence could provide a spark as she him to keep shooting,” Smith said. “It makes him regularly shook a blue and white more dangerous and teams are definitely scared pompom and cheered. after he hits one.”



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Ernie Els acknowledges the gallery cheers after sinking a putt for par on the 18th hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., Saturday.

framing the green, and the third bounce sent the ball onto the green. Two putts later, Couch had a par and a 69 and was at 7-under 209. “I kept thinking, ‘Please, please, bounce on the green, baby, bounce on the green,’” Couch said. “I’ve never considered myself a very lucky person on the golf course. But that was a great break at the right time.” The final round will be threesomes and start early to avoid thunderstorms in the forecast for Sunday afternoon. Phil Mickelson was nowhere near the lead. Right when he was starting to build momentum with his putter, Mickelson made only two putts longer than 5 feet and staggered to a 75, leaving him seven shots out of the lead. “I had a rough round today in that the ball just didn’t seem to want to go in the hole,” Mickelson said. The best round — and the best move — belonged to Jim Furyk,

coming off a victory last week at Innisbrook. He made the cut on the number, then shot a 66 in the morning when the greens were still relatively soft. He started the day in a tie for 59th. When the third round ended, Furyk was in a tie for sixth, five shots behind. “I think it was pretty calm and smooth sailing early,” Furyk said. “But once I got it to 5 or 6 under, things tightened up a little bit more and I got a little more serious.” Edoardo Molinari, who played with Mickelson, shot a 70 and was at 6-under 210 along with Kevin Na. Davis Love III started the third round in a four-way tie for the lead, needing a victory at Bay Hill to get into the Masters. He made bogey on the first two holes, hit into the water on the 13th and bogeyed the final hole for a 74, leaving him an outside chance from five shots off the lead.

The bench didn’t look much happier for most of the second half as players sat with their hands on their chins. That included Cousins, who barely reacted when teammate Darnell Dodson hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to cut the Mountaineers’ lead to 70-66. Wall got off to a slow start and lost his composure after teammate DeAndre Liggins was issued a technical foul for complaining to an official late in the first half. Voicing his own complaint, Wall then drew a warning from referee Curtis Shaw.

than that. The fifth-seeded Bulldogs, the team that plays in the fieldhouse where “Hoosiers” was filmed, are writing their own underdog story, even if they can’t really be called underdogs anymore.

Butler 63, Kansas State 56 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It’s an easy five-mile drive from the Butler campus to the site of its next game, in downtown Indianapolis. Still, it’s hard to think of many programs that have taken a longer, more unlikely road to the Final Four. Yes, the boys from Butler did it — defeating Kansas State 63-56 in the West Regional final Saturday to make their trip back home something much bigger

Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and Shelvin Mack had 16 to help Butler (32-4) win its 24th straight game and become the first school from a true, midmajor conference to make the Final Four since George Mason in 2006 — a trip that also ended in Indianapolis. Trailing almost the entire game, No. 2 Kansas State (29-7) rallied to tie it at 54 with 3:09 remaining. But Butler didn’t fold, it only got better. The Bulldogs scored the next nine points to seal the game before K-State guard Jacob Pullen’s shot at the buzzer dropped — but offered no consolation. Enrollment at Butler is about 4,500, about 15 of whom have reminded everyone why college basketball captures America’s heart this time every year.

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MLB 2010: Contenders try to take down Yankees By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer

Everyone’s ready to go, from Ichiro Suzuki and the refurbished Seattle Mariners all the way to Roy Halladay and the playoff-tested Philadelphia Phillies. Dustin Pedroia and Boston, they’re itching for another shot. Ditto for Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals, and those outdoor-bound Minnesota Twins, too. Get ready, New York Yankees. You may be on top after another World Series title but there’s a long list of contenders thinking about their own big parade in 2010. “You have to work twice as hard to get back to where we were last year,” said Yankees ace CC Sabathia, set to start the major league opener on April 4 at Fenway Park. Of course, the expectations in the Bronx are the same. The proof is on the back of manager Joe Girardi, who bumped up his jersey by a digit to No. 28 after his team won its 27th crown last fall. The Yankees beat defending champion Philadelphia in six games for their first title since winning three straight from 1998 to 2000, making their first season at the new Yankee Stadium a smashing success. The Phillies didn’t exactly stand pat after getting denied. Trying to become the first team since Stan Musial-led St. Louis in the 1940s to win three straight NL pennants, Philadelphia acquired Halladay from Toronto in a complicated, four-team deal in December. Halladay, backed by one of the majors’ most potent lineups? Sounds like championship material. “That’s our goal, to get back to the World Series and win again,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “That’s our ultimate goal this year.” There wasn’t much hope in Seattle at this point last year, when the Mariners were coming off a 101-loss season. But they won 85 games in 2009, and general manager Jack Zduriencik continued to reload this winter. Chone Figgins left the three-time AL West champion Angels for a $36 million, four-year deal and is expected to start at second base on opening day. Zduriencik also was part of the Halladay

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hits a single against the Baltimore Orioles to load the bases during the third inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 25, 2010, in Sarasota, Fla.

trade, grabbing 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from the Phillies. Suddenly, the Mariners are a legitimate threat to win the division. “I think we are going to be good, man,” ace Felix Hernandez said. “I think this is our year.” Lee’s banged-up spring tempered some of Seattle’s enthusiasm, and Joe Nathan’s injured elbow had a similar effect on hopeful Minnesota. The Twins, swept by the Yankees in the first round of last year’s playoffs, increased their payroll heading into their first season at openair Target Field. AL MVP Joe Mauer signed an $184 million, eight-year contract extension, and second baseman Orlando Hudson and slugger Jim Thome inked free-agent deals. Then Nathan was sidelined for the year for reconstructive right elbow surgery, leaving Minnesota without its All-Star closer. “If we throw the ball over

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and give our guys a chance to catch it, things will work out pretty good,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. Gardenhire isn’t the only manager making contingency plans at closer, though the situation in Colorado seems to be far less serious. Jim Tracy is adjusting his Rockies bullpen with Huston Street hampered by right arm tightness this spring. Street saved 35 games in 2009 as Colorado closed the season with a flourish, winning the wild card and ramping up the expectations for this year. “We feel like we have the team that can win the division,” Street said. “The way we finished from June on last year, we learned what it takes to win and it’s not just about showing up and being more talented. It’s about grinding it out and doing all the little things right.” San Francisco, with twotime reigning Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, and the Los Angeles Dodgers also will be factors out West. And

Mets stars Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes talked to authorities and said they did not receive HGH from Galea. Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez pledged his cooperation, and Street has said investigators might want to talk to him about the case. More players could face questions once the season starts. Rodriguez’s connection to Galea seemed like just

n RF Jason Heyward, Atlanta: This 20-year-old won the starting job with a stellar spring, picking up where he left off last year. Just watch out for those cars parked behind the fences. n OF Michael Taylor, Oakland, and 3B Brett Wallace, Toronto: These two prospects were involved in baseball’s biggest offseason trade, a complicated fourteam deal that put Cliff Lee in Seattle and Roy Halladay in Philadelphia. n RHP Stephen Strasburg, Washington: The No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft will open the season in Double-A, only increasing the anticipation for his major league debut. n LHP Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati: The Cuban lefthander brushed aside questions about his control and delivery this spring, dazzling scouts with his 100 mph fastball and improving slider before being slowed by back trouble.

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a minor disruption during a serene Yankees camp, that, for once, appeared to mostly focus on baseball. The champs geared up for their title defense by bringing in All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson, pitcher Javier Vazquez, designated hitter Nick Johnson and outfielder Randy Winn. It’s time to see if it’s enough. “We’ve brought in some great players and quality people,” Rodriguez said. “You know it’s our job to navigate this to the same place.” Now that he’s won that elusive World Series title, Rodriguez is nearing another target. He’s 17 home runs shy of hitting No. 600; Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman is nine saves from becoming the first player to reach 600. Also worth noting: This is set to be the last season that Bobby Cox will manage, ending a hugely successful run in Atlanta that included one World Series championship. And this is Mark McGwire’s first year back on the field as Big Mac, who has now admitted using steroids, becomes the Cardinals’ batting coach.


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Florida players applaud Meyer’s rant on reporter By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback John Brantley and several teammates applauded coach Urban Meyer’s recent outburst Friday, saying it’s nice to see him come to receiver Deonte Thompson’s defense. “Coach has our back,” Brantley said. “That’s what you want to see out of your coaches. We trust our coaches and they trust us, and that’s what we want to see.” Meyer lashed out at a reporter Wednesday, calling him a “bad guy” for publishing a quote from Thompson about Brantley and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. When asked what the difference was between Brantley and Tebow, Thompson called Brantley a “real quarterback.” Anyone listening knew Thompson meant Brantley was a more traditional, conventional or prototypical passer than Tebow. Thompson’s quote spread across the country thanks to Twitter and the Internet, and the receiver was crushed when friends and teammates asked him why he ripped Tebow. He expressed his frustration to Meyer, who responded following spring practice Wednesday. Meyer had harsh words for Orlando Sentinel reporter Jeremy Fowler during a brief exchange in front of cameras, colleagues and some fans.

Coach has our back. That’s what you want to see out of your coaches. We trust our coaches. John Brantley Florida QB Meyer threatened to ban the Sentinel from practice and said, “If that was my son, we’d be going at it right now.” Players praised Meyer’s response, which has been viewed more than 150,000 times on YouTube and probably seen by even more on various television networks. “He got our back and we got his back,” center Mike Pouncey said. Defensive backs coach Chuck Heater called the whole situation “real positive.” “Urban’s a real passionate guy about his players, as we all are, so yeah, I think it’s real positive from that standpoint,” Heater said. “Everybody sees it.” Meyer’s reaction had little to do with Thompson’s quote that seemingly ripped Tebow. He was more concerned with the effect the Sentinel’s story had on Thompson, a good student who has never been in trouble. Florida officials canceled postpractice interviews Wednesday and had planned to do the same Friday, but ended up making several players and coaches available.

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Florida football head coach, Urban Meyer, right, reprimands Orlando Sentinel sports writer Jeremy Fowler during NCAA college football practice in Gainesville, Fla., in this March 24, 2010 file photo.

Ask the Guys Dear Classified Guys, I'm beginning to think I'm bad luck. I've worked for three companies in the last five years and each one has closed its doors. The first company ran out of investment money before it even had a chance to launch a product. The second business was sued and had to file bankruptcy after paying the attorneys. Then at my last company, the CEO was caught embezzling and brought the company down with him. I wouldn't mind the time off between jobs, but it takes me months to find a new one. That's a lot of rent when you have no income. Although it looks like I've landed another new job with a start-up company that makes home teeth whitening systems, I'm concerned my bad luck could continue. Any ideas on how I can tell if a company is going to last?

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luck with employment, I'd say it pays to "brush up" your resume. Carry: Evaluating the future success of a business can be difficult, sometimes even for the owners. Established businesses that have been in the marketplace for many years are usually more secure. Newer start-up companies, such

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as the one you're soon to be working at, are slightly more of a gamble. Cash: There are ways to check the financial stability of a company. Publicly traded companies, like those appearing on the stock market, are required to publish their financial data. However, private companies, like those that you have been working for, don't typically release financial information about their sales. Carry: In those cases, it's important to ask a lot of questions during your job interview. Since they are a start-up company, they should be prepared to offer information about the company’s direction and the strength of their market potential. They know employees

want to invest their time in a company with a future. Cash: If the company leaves you with the impression they're operating on a shoestring budget, then they probably are. Carry: Regardless of this company's potential, consider this. Most people make their largest leap in salary when they change jobs. After you accept this position, continue circulating your resume. If you find something at a company that you feel more comfortable with, then you can make the jump and avoid having several months without a job. Cash: Besides, working for a teeth whitening company could have its benefits. At least you'll have a bright smile for your next job interview.

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Companies like Amazon and Microsoft started in a garage and grew into global businesses. However, many similar companies never made it past the first year. Determining which startups will succeed and which ones will fail is no easy task, but an abstract paper from Harvard University has tried to link a company's success with the entrepreneurs who start it. According to the research, first time entrepreneurs have an 18% chance of success in their venture. Entrepreneurs who previously failed and tried again have about a 20% chance. However, entrepreneurs who have succeeded and try again fair the best with a success rate of about 30%.

I've never been one to like computers, and when I became a shipping manager, nothing changed. One day I had a rush order so I opened the FedEx shipping program to try and create some shipping labels. After a half-hour of banging the keyboard, I finally gave up and decided to try our other shipper. I opened the UPS program and had the same trouble. I just couldn't get anything to print. In my frustration, I groaned, "Why don't FedEx and UPS just merge to create one simple program." As one of my employees came over to help, he replied, "Because then the company would be called, 'FED-UP'!" (Thanks to John B.)

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Harvick leading the resurgence for Childress

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Coming off a season in which he finished 19th in points and missed the Chase for the championship, Kevin Harvick appears calm and relaxed so far this season. The reason is simple: the turn of the calendar meant a turnaround in his fortunes. “We’ve had a good, solid five weeks and that’s what we set out to do at the beginning of the year, was to start well and run solid and run up Paul Menard (98) drives front and lead laps and we’ve been past drying equipment during a caution for rain fortunate to do that,” Harvick said on during the NASCAR Sprint Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, Cup series Food City 500 where his status as the points leader auto race at Bristol Motor after those five races put him on Speedway in Bristol, Sunday’s pole when qualifying was Tenn., Sunday, March 21, rained out. 2010. “Hopefully we can have 31 more.” Starting with a seventh-place run Associated Press in the season-opening Daytona 500, Harvick has finished in the top five twice, the top 10 four times, and was 11th in the other race. A year ago, he had just five top-five finishes and nine top-10s after all 36 races had due to his crew chief, Slugger Labbe. been run. Labbe had success with Michael While Harvick is leading the way, Waltrip, leading him to two Daytona the resurgence at Richard Childress 500 wins. “Slugger and I have a good relation- Racing is across the board. One year after all four RCR drivers failed to ship,” Menard said. “We talk a lot qualify for the 10-race Chase for during the week and I feel like our the championship, teammates Jeff communication is really good. Our getting-to-know-each-other period is Burton (7th) and Clint Bowyer (12th) are all in the top 12. over for sure, but there is still room It’s a turnaround even Childress for improvement in all areas.” can’t fully explain. Menard is hopeful that he doesn’t “You can’t put your hand on any one slip up in the concrete corners of Martinsville Speedway, where he fin- thing,” he said. “We changed a lot of personnel, we did a lot of different ished 23rd and 25th in two Sprint things and hopefully it’s going to pay Cup races last year. off by the end of the year.” “Knock on wood, we have been Childress also did away with his out of trouble for the first five races. fourth team, and the improved conMartinsville is a big bullet and so sistency of the teams remaining is Talladega,” Paul Menard said. has helped make for more enjoyable “However, we’ve had fast cars and weekends all around, the owner said. that makes my job easier.” “Anytime you’re running good, Menard in his No. 98 Menard’s it’s not easier, but it’s not as painFord has yet to finish worse than ful to come to the races,” he said 18th this season. before Saturday’s truck race in which The Eua Claire, Wisconsin native’s Harvick also started based first on best career finish in five races at points. Martinsville is 16th. He will roll off “We’ve had years like last year, and Sunday’s starting grid from the ninth you’ve got to learn how to cope with position due to his current points spot, since qualifying was rained out it and know that you’re going to get batter. You’ve got to be able to see the on Friday. light in front of you.” Now, the light Harvick sees is the one in Victory Lane. He hasn’t been there as a winner since 2007, and hoped to use the truck race as an opportunity to learn something about the track that might help him end that drought Sunday. “Some people would rather relax by not doing anything,” he said. “I would rather be in a vehicle on the

Menard off to a strong start in 2010 By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

MARTINSVILLE, VA — Does one season really make that much of a difference in NASCAR? Ask Paul Menard. Menard, who’s former team, Yates Racing merged with Richard Petty Motorsports during the offseason, is seeing fast and noticeably solid results so far. In the first five races of the 2010 Sprint Cup season, Menard sits ninth in Sprint Cup points and he has done so with consistent finishes. At the end of the 2009 season, Menard was 31st in Cup points. “Every race car driver pushes themselves, no matter if they are fifth of 35th,” Menard said. “I am driving the same way I was last year, but this year we have the resources, teammates, tools and a lot of smart people I can lean on.” Menard enters Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 fresh off a season best fifth place result at Atlanta two weeks ago. A big part of Menard’s early season success, other than being a teammate to Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler, is

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Driver Kevin Harvick (2) leads the field at the start of the Kroger 250 NASCAR Truck Series auto race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Saturday.

racetrack because I feel like there is always something you can learn.” Harvick has come close, finishing second twice this season, while Burton’s best finish is a third at California, and Bowyer’s is the fourth he opened the season with at Daytona. The good news, Burton said, is that opportunities to win have already been there. “We’ve run well and had fast race cars at every race, and I don’t necessarily have the finishes to show for it,” he said, listing the California race as his best chance to win. “A lot of people said, ‘Well, (Johnson) got a lucky break,’” he said. “They did, but we restarted third with enough laps left to go win the race, but we didn’t make it happen.” Bowyer has struggled in the past two races, finished 23rd at Atlanta and 40th last weekend at Bristol when his engine failed, but started the season with three consecutive top-10 runs. He said getting back to running up front is certain to lead to some victories. “If you run in the top-five long enough, you are going to get yourself a win. Probably multiple wins,” he said. “We have got to get a little bit better. We have closed the gap a quite a bit from last year and we are really excited about the rest of the season.” It’s a feeling being enjoyed throughout the Childress operation.

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Take your ‘brownie’ everywhere you go

The way we are shooting our photographs have surely changed. Being the senior reporter here – longevity, they tell me – and it has nothing to do with my age, I actually have the joy of reminding the younger generation to take their “Brownies” when they leave the building. Good reporters always have a camera. When I said Brownie some time ago, they had no idea I was referring to a camera. I explained about how in the “olden” days Brownie was a Kodak. Sure enough, one of the younger reporters was helping his dad clean out some things in his house the other day and lo and behold they came upon a Brownie Hawkeye and my colleague brought it to me. From its humble beginning in February 1900, my how the face of the camera has changed. And by the way, the camera cost $1 and we’re told it was so easy even a “cave man could use it” or “even a child could use it.” It was a simple point and shoot camera, capturing photographs of family, friends and a lifestyle we know nothing about. A thousand memories, it seems, came flooding back to me when I held the Brownie in my hand. We always had a camera at our home. When I went to work at the Rutherford County News in 1970 as a mere child, I used one of the larger Brownies where you flipped the top of the camera open and looked down into the camera to see the images. The photo albums my mama put together dating back to the 1950s are among the greatest treasures of our family. My own albums remind me how life changes and the growing stages of all my precious nieces and nephews. My second niece, whose 16-month-old darling girl has lots of little strawberry blonde curls all over her head, asked me if she had curls as a baby. Curls, I told her. Her hair was as white as cotton and was full of curls. I have the photographs to prove it. One photo shows her holding a black kitten. With her head bent toward the little kitten, you only see this tousled head of white curls. Who would have thought that a simple Kodak black box camera would forever change the way we communicate. Can you say photojournalism? Internet? Medical X-rays? Camera cards to hold up to thousands of pictures? I have to admit only in the past year have I shot most of my personal photos with a digital camera. Digitals are fun because you can shoot so many photos and delete them, download and upload them and be on your merry way with a CD of memories. Being the senior reporter, I’m still of the old school and occasionally use my Nikon film camera with its mighty interchangeable lenses. I was told in a journalism workshop at Carolina, if a photographer has a 105 lens and a wide angle, you are good to go. I still believe it.

Regardless of the model camera you have, don’t miss out on one of life’s greatest treasures — family photos. They tell us who were, what we were, and where we were.

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Dave Stram was named the 2009 photo contest winner at Chimney Rock State Park. Judges chose three of Stram’s photographs in naming him first-place winner, including this panoramic view.

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anew Chimney Rock Park announces . 2010 photo contest

“Our guests always surprise and delight us with their creative and fun phoCHIMNEY ROCK tos, making choosing the —Prizes have been awardwinners really tough,” said ed to the winners of the Meghan Rogers, public Chimney Rock State relations and events manPark’s 2009 Annual Photo Contest, just in time to kick ager. The 2009 grand prize off the 2010 contest. winner is Dave Stram from The new photo contest Schaumburg, Ill. begins Thursday, April 1, “He submitted several with its theme, “Show Us images, and they were all A New View.” The park is beautiful. In fact, the judglooking for unique images es had such a difficult time that showcase guests’ visit choosing just one of Dave’s to the park — such as an interesting photos that they interesting angle of a rock formation or a photo taken chose three,” Rogers said. Stram visited with his famfrom a pet’s perspective. ily over spring break last Great prizes will be year and despite the rainy awarded, and this year, weather was able to capture guests can submit their some very unique views of images through an online the Park. form “This on the is my park’s favorite Web picture site, taken of www. Chimney chimRock neybecause rockit cappark. tures the com. scale of Nearly the view 100 Contributed photo and the entries Rebecca Yost’s photo of a unique were Swainson’s Warbler earned her the relationreceived second-place winner award. ship for the between 2009 photogphoto rapher conand the people within the test, “Share Your Favorite photograph,” Stram says Moments.” By JEAN GORDON

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Cyclists will be participating in the annual Gears & Gables event May 1 to raise money for Rutherford Housing Partnership. The bicycle ride is held in conjunction with the annual Mayfest in Rutherfordton, and begins at 8 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Rutherfordton.

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Staff Choice winner Jerry Herbert shot this image of Hickory Nut Falls and its full view of the waterfall in vivid color.

referring to the panoramic. In the photograph are Greg Stram, Sam Miller, Melissa Miller and Stephanie Stram. Rebecca Yost’s photo of a Swainson’s Warbler won second place. A Durham resident, she has hiked Chimney Rock many times in hopes of finally catching a glimpse of what she calls her “nemesis.” “No longer is the Swainson’s Warbler my nemesis; it’s number 605 on my North America Life List of birds,” Yost says, adding that she hopes to return to

the Park each spring to see her new friend. Third place went to frequent visitor Scott Rigdon of Winston-Salem. He submitted a photo of his kids, Ezra, 9, and Sophia, 6, and their dogs, Willie Wonka and Pretty Lady. Rigdon, is a long-time enthusiast of Chimney Rock, and took this photo during a visit in August, a final summer adventure before the kids returned to school. “This photo represents a trademark Rigdon trait. We Please see Photo, Page 8C

Gears & Gables

Annual RHP fundraiser . set for May 1

FOREST CITY — Rutherford County cyclists are once again joining forces with Rutherford Housing Partnership to provide both a challenge for cyclists and funds to help the local nonprofit provide urgent repairs to homes. Gears & Gables is a one-day fully supported ride around Rutherford County that is expected to attract 50 regional cyclists Saturday, May 1, during the annual Mayfest in Rutherfordton. Once again, four routes are being offered – 30 miles, 65 miles, 102 miles and its signature route of 127 miles. The registration of $45 is due by April 14 in order to receive the right size T-shirt and wrist ID bracelet. Registration can also be made the morning of the event. “For cyclists, this ride provides all kinds of terrain, from the hills in the northwest corner of the county down through the

rolling scenery in Cane Creek, Bostic-Sunshine, Ellenboro to Cliffside,” said Alan Herrick, a local cyclist who is heading the Gears & Gables planning committee. “Plus cyclists like participating in rides that are about something more than just riding. They like knowing they’re helping a good cause.” Herrick and four other riders participated in Cycle in 2005, riding across North Carolina during a week, and solicited support from sponsors to raise money for RHP. One of those riders was Charles Moose, whose business, Moose Vending, is the primary sponsor for Gears & Gables. The idea for a local ride germinated from that trip. The riders will set out at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 1, from First Baptist Church Rutherfordton, ending back at the church for a Please see Gables, Page 8C

2C — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, March 28, 2010


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MVR Recycling Team

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East Rutherford High School Principal Tony Smith donned a festive sombrero on Wednesday when students shared their Spanish children’s e-book project with elementary students in Rutherford County Schools.

Members of the Mount Vernon-Ruth Elementary School Recycling Team are (l-r): in front — Jared Arrowood, Matthew Bailey, Principal Keith Ezell, and Eugene Stafford; in back — Austin Luckadoo, Kynlie Bradley, Tammy Jarrett, Guidance Counselor, Makenna Teague and Data Manager Anne Billingsley. The MVR Recycling Team encourages everyone to be more environmentally minded and simply do their part. The team believes that even the smallest efforts toward recycling has a huge impact across the county, state and world. Rutherford County Schools as a whole is making a difference now.

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local In Uniform Reno graduates military training

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Members of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy’s Chess Team are shown receiving the first place team award (1A Class) at the 2010 Western NC High School Regional Chess Championship. They are (l-r): David Braswell, A.J. O’Shields, Joshua Bempah, Clayton Earle, and Chief Tournament Director Denver Owens of Wilkesboro, who made the presentation.

TJCA chess team competes, takes first place

FOREST CITY — Approximately 32 players representing nine schools competed in various classes (1A to 4AA) during the 2010 Western NC High School Regional Chess Championship at Newton Conover High School, on March 13.

All high schools in regions 5, 6, 7 and 8 received an invitation. The state wide version is scheduled for May 22, where all North Carolina high schools in all eight regions will be invited. Team Awards include: 4A Class — First place went to Alexander Central High School, Taylorsville, and second place went to Watauga High School in Boone. 3A Class — First went to Hibriten High School, Lenoir, and second palce went to Hunter Huss high School, Gastonia.

2AA Class — First place went to West Caldwell High School. 2A Class — First place went to Newton Conover High School. 1A Class — First Place went to Thomas Jefferson Academy. For the Individuals category a student must be number one in their class or have a 50 percent score for an award or have a 2 1/2 score for a trophy. The individual winners include: 4A Class — First place went to Rifeng Xia, Watauga High School (4-0, she is FIDE rated); second place went to Michael Garvin, Alexander High School (3-1); third place winners were Justin Hampton, David Bolick, Kue Vang and Chace Carswell. 3A Class — Josh McMenemy, Hibriten High School, Larry Kincaid, Hunter Huss High School, and Douglas Terry, Hibriten, all tied for first place;

and Will Long of Hibriten won the award for fourth place. 2AA Class — Matt Embler (1738), West Caldwell High School, went 4-0 to win first place, while teammate Nathan Maltba took second place. 2A Class — Jordan Joseph (1513), Tim Tompkins, and Gabriel Crider tied for first place, and Mark Keezer, Quinten Schleyer, Scott McLaughlin, and Rob Rowe all tied for fourth. These students are from Newton Conover. 1A Class — First place went to Clayton Earle, and Joshua Bempah went to second place. Both are from Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy.

divided among the participating charities and schools in each local store. There is no limit to the number of tickets charities can sell, and no limit to the amount of money that can be raised. Belk provides tickets and collateral materials at no cost to the participating groups. The four-hour, instore shopping event offers an excellent fundraising opportunity for participating organizations and a chance for customers to support worthwhile charities and take advantage of special discounts on purchases made during the event. In exchange for a $5 donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the

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BOILING SPRINGS — Rachael Bradley, daughter of Jerry and Lisa Bradley of Forest City, was recently chosen as a Gardner-Webb University scholarship recipient. Bradley is a senior at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. Gardner-Webb University is a private, co-educational, regional university with an enrollment of 3,800 students, and affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

FOREST CITY — The National Beta Club has announced that Mary Elizabeth Tongel of Shelby, has been named a Beta Club Scholar which entitles her to a scholarship award of $1,000. Tongel, a senior at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, competed against more than 1,000 candidates nationwide for this honor. Two hundred seventeen scholarship recipients were chosen. Tongel plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill this

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Army Pvt. Brandon E. Shires has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of Basic Combat Training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tacThe tournament was directed tics, and experiencing use of various weapons and Denver Owens of Wilkesboro, weapons defenses available to the infantry crewwho is a certified Tournament man. Director by the US Chess The Advanced Individual Training course is Federation. designed to train indirect fire infantry soldiers to employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and antitank mines; locate, neutralize and extract mines; map reading and ground navigation; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio Charity Sale on May 1 schools will be autonetworks; construct and camouflage mortar firfrom 6 to 10 a.m., and matically registered to ing positions; operate and maintain mortars and entitling them to merwin one of three $1,000 fire control equipment for individual/crew served chandise discounts donations from Belk in weapons firing positions. ranging from 20 to 70 a company-wide drawShires is the son of Kimberly Shires of Ellenboro. percent on purchases ing. He is a 2005 graduate of East Rutherford High throughout the store, The event, held semi- School. including special savannually since Fall ings on rarely discount- 2007, has raised more Aldrich graduates military training ed brands. Customers than $18 million for will also receive $5 off participating nonprofit their first purchase of organizations in Belk WAYNESVILLE, Mo. — Army Pvt. Joshua $5 or more at the event, markets throughout the N. Aldrich has graduated from One Station and Belk cardholdSoutheast. Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, ers will receive double Charity representaWaynesville, Mo. The course of instruction includRewards points for card tives interested in taked basic military training and advanced individual purchases. Belk Elite ing part in this onetraining (AIT). cardholders will receive of-a-kind fundraising The basic military trainee received instruction in triple Rewards points event should contact drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tacfor card purchases. their local Belk store tics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitAlso on May 1, when manager for more ness, first aid, and Army history and traditions. doors open at 6 a.m., information. In order During AIT, the soldier completed the Combat the first 100 customto participate in the Engineer Course to perform basic combat coners in each store will Belk Charity Sale, orga- struction and rigging operations; operate light and receive free Belk gift nizations must have heavy engineer wheeled and armor tracked vehicards ranging in value an IRS Section 501(c) cles while participating in combat mobility, counfrom $5 to $1,000. (3) designation from termobility, and survivability operations. In addition, all parthe Internal Revenue Aldrich also assisted in assembly and mainteticipating charities and Service. nance of military standard float and fixed bridges; prepare, install, and prime firing systems for demolition and explosives; arm, disarm, and install anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, locate mines by visual means or with mine detector; and recogfall. She was recomTongel is the daughter nize and neutralize land mines, firing devices and mended for this award of Ralph and Kimberly booby traps. by the TJCA Beta Club Tongel. Her grandparAldrich is the son of Guy W. Aldrich of Ellenboro, sponsor Jennifer Hoyle, ents are Charles and and Diane L. Aldrich of Mooresboro. He is a 2009 and TJCA Headmaster Kathleen Goforth, also graduate of East Rutherford High School. Joe Maimone. of Shelby.

Belk spring charity sale scheduled for May 1

CHARLOTTE — Belk invites local charities, schools and other nonprofit organizations to participate in its Spring Charity Sale on May 1. The event will once again benefit communities throughout the company’s 16-state market area. The last Belk Charity Sale held Nov. 7, 2009, raised more than $4 million for hundreds of participating nonprofit organizations. Charity Sale tickets are now available to participating local, nonprofit organizations for sale in advance of the event. All proceeds from each $5 ticket sold will be retained by the charity. Tickets may also be purchased now at Belk stores with all donations equally

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Army Pvt. Ryan H. Reno has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of Basic Combat Training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train indirect fire infantry soldiers to employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and antitank mines; locate, neutralize and extract mines; map reading and ground navigation; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct and camouflage mortar firing positions; operate and maintain mortars and fire control equipment for individual/crew served weapons firing positions. Reno is the son of David Reno of Bostic, and Baxter Reno of Belmont. He is a 2008 graduate of East Rutherford High School.

4C — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Celebrating 45 years of nursing at GWU

Melanie Beheler, Jimmy Thomas II

BOILING SPRINGS — Gardner-Webb University will celebrate 45 years of service to the region through its School of Nursing, on Sunday, April 11, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the Ritch Banquet Hall.

Melanie Kay Beheler and Jimmy Dean Thomas II are engaged and plan to be married Saturday, April 24, 2010 in a private ceremony. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mike and Susan Beheler of Forest City, and Pam Beheler and Jason Fisher of Mill Spring. She is a 2007 graduate of Chase High School and employed by Lowe’s of Shelby. The groom-elect is the son of Jimmy and Sandi Thomas of Cliffside, and Wanda Thomas of Forest City. He is a 2002 graduate of

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Robyn Reinsel and Jordan Rowell

Robyn Reinsel and Jordan Rowell are engaged and plan to be married Saturday, July 10, 2010 in Hudson, Ohio. The bride-elect is the daughter of James and Christine Reinsel of Hudson. The groomelect is the son of Jim and Beverly Rowell of Rutherfordton. Robyn is a 2008 graduate of Messiah College in Pennsylvania with a degree in elementary education. She is employed as a 5th grade teacher at Helena Elementary School in Timberlake, Jordan is a 2005 graduate of Appalachian State University with

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Centerpiece of the celebration is the dedication of the recently published book, “Gardner-Webb University School of Nursing - History & Heritage,” by Dr. Shirley Toney, Dean Emerita, and retired faculty member of the School of Nursing. One the school’s most celebrated educators, Dr. Toney tells the story of the development and emergence of one of the region’s premier nursing education programs. The 150 page illustrated volume narrates the history of the school in careful detail, including both high points and struggles. The drop-in reception and celebration is open to all of those who have an interest in Gardner-Webb’s School of Nursing, nursing education, or healthcare in the western Carolina region. Hosted by the faculty of the School of Nursing, the celebration will include a formal dedication of the new book and remarks by University and regional healthcare leaders. There will also be exhibits capturing the history of the Gardner-Webb University School of Nursing. Toney concluded 45 years in formal nursing education, primarily at GWU in June 2008. She was dean of the GWU School of Nursing between 1978 and 2006 after helping

to bring the program to life in 1965. “Because, I helped start the program and worked in it for so many years, I have lived the whole thing. It was my life,” said Toney. As Toney started recapping what she refers to as “a remarkable story” and started getting material ready for the book something crossed her mind. “This is not just history, this is heritage,” said Toney. Thus came the perfect title for the book. Toney says that one of her greatest joys has been the way in which the School of Nursing has evolved over the years. In the beginning, the school offered a two-year associate in arts degree with a few dozen students. Since that time, thousands of nursing students have come through the program taking advantage of numerous degree options. Toney said, “To be a school that became an intricate part of the University with a professional faculty that provided students with quality education was rewarding.” “GWU School of Nursing - History & Heritage” is dedicated to Grace Craig Lee, who passed away in 2000. Toney shares in the book that Lee along with Cleveland Memorial Hospital, Shelby, (today known as Cleveland Regional Medical Center) and Rutherford, Hospital were instrumental in the start of the school. Lee, a native of Belmont, was the first director of the GWU Department of Nursing (196578). Lee graduated from the Rutherford Hospital School of

Nursing (no longer in existence) in 1933. The book also refers to numerous individuals who helped form the school and participated in it. Provost and Senior VicePresident at Gardner-Webb, Dr. Ben Leslie says he is proud of what “GWU School of Nursing - History & Heritage” offers. “Dr. Toney’s work is as much a tribute as a service to an educational undertaking that has shaped the healthcare communities of Western North Carolina and beyond,” said Leslie. Toney says with pride, “We’ve put so many students out in the world and they are doing marvelous things.” “GWU School of Nursing - History & Heritage” is currently available at the gift shops of Cleveland Regional Medical Center and Rutherford Hospital and the GWU Campus Shop (where books can also be ordered). More information is available from the GWU Campus Shop at 704-406-4273. Located in Boiling Springs, Gardner-Webb University’s School of Nursing offers the Associate Degree program, the RN to BSN program, a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the Master of Science Program, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Rebecca Beck-Little serves as current Dean of the School of Nursing.

Marlon Evans and Ashley Roach, Mooresboro, a girl, Khloé Jayda Marie Evans, March 9. Darnell Logan and Kevina Waters, Forest City, a girl, Alara Simone Logan, March 9. Nicholas and Maggie Jones, Forest City, a boy, Jacob Wylie Jones, March 9. Earrick Parker and Valorie Williams, Forest City, a girl, Jewel Tiane Parker, March 10. Clarissa Hollifield, Rutherfordton, a boy, Logan Drake Hollifield, March 10. April Whitley, Forest City, a

girl, Serenity Faith Whitley, March 13. Reginald Hamilton and Brandy Bradley, Forest City, a girl, Armanie Payge Hamilton, March 14.

Reservations for the event are not necessary, and there is no charge. For more information, call 704-406-4239, or 828-6575568.

New Arrivals RUTHERFORDTON — The following babies were born at Rutherford Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Elliott, Forest City, a boy, Dylan Vé Sean Elliott, March 7. Joey Taylor and Jessica Toney, Hospice is offering free clinics Ellenboro, a boy, Jolon Dewayne FOREST CITY — Free Advance Directive Clinics Taylor, March 7. will be offered twice a month at the Hospice Trent and Heather Bishop, Annette Cash Whitaker Center of Living. A medi- Rutherfordton, a boy, Baylon cal social worker or trained facilitator will explain Easton Bishop, March 8. Advance Directives including Living Wills, Health Candy Hamrick, Forest City, Care Powers of Attorney, and the new MOST forms a boy, Landyn Cole Hamrick, — Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment. March 9. Clinics scheduled the first Tuesday of each month from 12:30 to 2 p.m., are April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. Classes on the third Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m., are April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. Call 245-0095 to register or receive more information.

Timothy and Shantel Bryant, Forest City, a girl, Lyrique Reenah Bryant, March 14. Bobby and Michele Mercer, Rutherfordton, a girl, Jordan Claire Mercer, March 16. Dennis Cochran and Ashley Hoyle, Rutherfordton, a girl, Layla Diane Cochran, March 18.

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FOREST CITY — The Symphony of Rutherford County is seeking applications for its third annual Betty Jo Carpenter Music Scholarship. Given in honor of Betty Jo Carpenter, who served as president of the Symphony for a number of years, the scholarship will be awarded at the orchestra’s spring concert on May 2. To be eligible for the non-recurring scholarship of $500 an applicant must be a graduating senior from Rutherford, Polk, or Cleveland County and must be accepted as a music major at an accredited college, conservatory, or university. Applications are available through high school music teachers or they may be obtained directly by contacting the Symphony Scholarship Chairperson Seth Carson, at 828-305-0785 or

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David Ledbetter, Rutherford County Arts Council volunteer, prepares a display of all cast members in last weekend’s Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, production at The Foundation, Isothermal Community College.

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local KidSenses announces upcoming workshops RUTHERFORDTON —Spring Workshops are scheduled at KidSenses children’s museum April 6, 7 and 8. “Seuss-O-Rama” will be held Tuesday, April 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. The one-day workshop is for children ages 6-8. Favorite Seuss tales, Seuss-y crafts, talk in Seuss language and much more will be held during the workshop. Wednesday, April 7 from 1 to 5 p.m., “Young Artist Workshop” will be held for children ages 4-5. Children will have an opportunity to unleash their creativity and will create a masterpiece as the group explores the world of art through mediums, such as paint, clay, crayons and more. Thursday, April 8, “Young Journalists Workshop” will be from 1 to 5 p.m. and is focused toward children ages 9-11. Any child who loves writing, reporting, or dreams of becoming a newscaster is invited to attend. Join the museum staff as it gets into the world and finds what’s newsworthy. Reporter skills will be honed, citizens will be interviewed and children will develop stories from the beginning to the latest “breaking” news. Member price is $15; non-member, $20 for each of the camps. Call 286-2120 for more information or visit, Contributed photo

The Chase High Speech and Debate Team took the lead in numerous categories during the western regional tournament held in Spruce Pine. Pictured are (l-r): in front — Officers Danielle Marsh and Taylor Moore; second row — Monica Poteat, Elizabeth Cotarleo, Brittany Ortiz, Paige Baynard, Katie Powell, Shanic Goode and Angel Proctor; third row — Amanda Eason, Dylan Abramczyk, Richard Sharek, Nathan Moore, Jay Mills, Josh Head, Tyler Gamble, Taylan Doherty and Leanne Gosey; in back — Michael Thurman and Chase McKnight.

Chase speech, debate team dominates tournament

FOREST CITY — The Chase High Speech and Debate Team dominated competition in a western regional tournament held at Mountain Heritage High School in Spruce Pine, on March 13. The following Trojans placed 1st or 2nd in single rounds of Individual Events or won single flights of Debate: Richard Sharek, Elizabeth Cotarelo, Brittany Ortiz. Chase High’s team swept through most of the overall placings. In Junior Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate, Josh Head took the third overall spot with a 3-1 record, while Leanne Gosey was named Champion of the Division with a 4-0 record. Chase also swept the top two spots in Varsity LD Debate with Nathan Moore claiming the runner up position to teammate Tyler Gamble who was Champion of that Division.

In the field of Individual Events the Trojans faired equally as well. Chase swept the top five spots in the Duo Interpretation category with the following duo teams placing in their respective order: Paige Baynard and Chelsea Davis 5th overall, Danielle Marsh and Monica Poteat 4th overall, Chase McKnight and Michael Thurman 3rd overall, Katie Powell and Taylan Doherty runners up to Angel Proctor and Shanice Goode, who were champions of the division. In Humorous Interpretation the Trojans also dominated sweeping the top four places were: Angel Proctor 4th overall, Chelsea Davis 3rd overall, Jay Mills was able to take the 2nd overall spot and Dylan Abramczyk was named Champion of the event. Chases sole radio entry Taylor Moore placed 1st in every round of that

event was named Champion of the Division. Finally in the field of Dramatic interpretation Chase entries were Amanda Eason 4th overall, Paige Baynard 3rd overall and Shanice Goode took the 2nd overall spot. Because of the successes in the events Chase High was able to place 1st overall. This is only the 2nd time that Chase has been able to claim a 1st place sweepstakes trophy beating out some tough competitive schools such as Asheville, Myers Park, and Pinecrest. “I was extremely proud of my team today,” says coach J. Patrick Moss. “We had some excellent performances by some very talented young people. They continue to exceed my expectations.” Chase will compete at the State Championship Tournament held at Enka HS on April 16 and 17.

Ikebana International to Host Exhibit

Tractor Supply begins clover campaign for 4-H BRENTWOOD, Tenn., — Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States, has announced it will offer shoppers the opportunity to support 4-H youth programs through $1 donations at the cash register. In exchange, customers will receive paper clovers to sign and post in store windows. The program began March 26 and will continue through April 18 at area Tractor Supply stores. Donations will help fund local, state and national 4-H programs that support the organization’s three mission mandates – citizenship, healthy living, and educational advancements in the areas of science, engineering and technology. 4-H is a community of six million young Americans and has been in existence since the start of the 20th century. 4-H programs are designed to provide practical, hands-on learning opportunities to assist youth in reaching their full potential. “Partnering with 4-H is an excellent way for Tractor Supply to give back to the members and families who support our business,” said John Wendler, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Tractor Supply. Tractor Supply Company operates more than 900 stores in 44 states.

Visual Artists Guild is hosting photo competition RUTHERFORDTON — Photographers are invited to submit up to three works to “Through the Lens,” a photo competition and exhibition sponsored by the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild. Photographs will be judged on composition, creativity, photographic quality and technical expertise. Cash awards for first, second, and third place entries will be announced at the opening reception on April 30. The exhibit will run the month of May at the Visual Arts Center 160 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Applications can be downloaded from www. or picked up at the Visual Arts Center. Applications due by April 20. The juror for “Through the Lens” is Allan Buitekant, who retired to Rutherford County after a distinguished career in New York City working with top photographers as creative director at the Doyle, Dane, Bernbach Advertising Agency.

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The Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International will present a special exhibition of flower designs using plant materials grown in the Blue Ridge from April 10-11 at The North Carolina Arboretum; Baker Exhibit Center. The exhibition will show a variety of spring flowers and greenery, forms and textures in arrangements by 20 WNC teachers and designers representing the Ichiyo, Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu schools of ikebana. For more information, contact Patti Quinn Hill at (828) 215-3393 or go to

Photographs must have been taken by the entrant since January 1, 2007. Full information about the application process, size limits, hanging requirements, and entry fees can be found on the Rutherford County Visual Arts Guild Web site at or call 828-288-5009.

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local Busting a Move at Mount Vernon-Ruth Elementary

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Mt. Vernon-Ruth Elementary School held its last intramural basketball games on Friday, March 19. The halftime entertainment included a special dance by MVR staff and guests including Principal Keith Ezell, Linda Armentrout, Allyson Bradley, Chery Cole, Alex Dominguez, Andre Dominguez, Arely Dominguez, Amy Harris, Stacy Hawkins, Kathy Huckabee and Dana Lail.

The Crist Family

Piano Men in Concert

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The Piano Men starring Jim Witter will be featured in concert, “A musical journey through the ‘70’s” at The Foundation, Isothermal Community College, Friday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. For tickets call the box office, 286-9990. Whether it be his counContributed photo try music, contemporary Christian, or the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, Jim The Crist Family will be in concert Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at R-S Central High Witter’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and School in a Carolina Gospel Association sponsored concert. Special guests with share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across The Crist Family will be the Ladies Ensemble, Men’s Choir, and Ronda Gantt from Canada and the United States, says his promoter. His unique approach and comFlorence Baptist Church, Forest City. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be a spafortable rapport makes each member of his audience feel as though they are a part ghetti supper sponsored by Rutherford Housing Partnership. Donations $6. of a private concert in the comfort of their own living room.

At Your Leisure

Thursday, April 8, 1 p.m. Senior Games Performing Arts Technical Workshop Senior Center, Callahan Koon Road

Saturday, April 10, noon to 1 p.m. Low-cost Rabies Clinic Thunder Road Animal Hospital Other discounted vaccines available, call 286-0033. Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m. Carolina Gospel Assoc. R-S Central High School The Crist Family in concert Special guests Florence Baptist Church Choir; Spaghetti Supper begins at 5:30 p.m. for Rutherford Housing Partnership; donations. Friday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. Senior Games Opening

Friday, April 16, 4 p.m. Arts in April: Art and Nature Visual Arts Center, Rutherfordton, Creative Weekend event, Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild Friday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. The Foundation, Isothermal The Piano Men starring Jim Witter, A musical journey through the ‘70s, call the box office, 2869990. April 16, and 17, 7 p.m., April 19, 2:30 p.m., Rutherford County Theatre presents “Smoke on the Mountain” Union Mills Learning Center; Spaghetti supper prior to play. Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. March for Babies Walk Isothermal Community College; pre-registration, 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 24 and 25, 9 a.m. 2nd annual Olympiad Fly Masters Tournament; Morse Park, Lake Lure; Sponsored by The Granddaddy Fly Fishing Experience, Call Michael Yelton, 288-1221.

Thursday, April 29, 10 a.m. The Foundation “If You Give a Pig a Pancake & Other Story Books” Theatreworks USA presentation, call the box office, 2869990

Friday, April 30, 5 p.m. RCVAG “Through the Lens” Photography Exhibit Reception; Visual Arts Center, Rutherfordton.

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FOREST CITY — The following events are scheduled in Rutherford County the month of April. Friday, April 2, 7 p.m. Author event Beth Hoffman signs debut fiction novel, “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” Fireside Books & Gifts

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Sunday Break

Mom is fired up after son is stood up by his date Dear Abby: My son, “Peter,” is in college working on a postgraduate degree. He arranged a date with a young woman while they were home over the holidays. After accepting the first date and breaking it, she agreed to a second one. As Peter was driving to pick her up, he called to double-check her address only to be told she was still at a previous engagement. Naturally, Peter expected she’d call back when she was free — but she didn’t. There was no explanation, no call or text or any further communication. What is happening to young people today? Do texting and online social

Dear Abby Abigail van Buren

networking encourage them to avoid simple human kindness and consideration of others? I think these new devices are giving kids an easy way to get out of difficult and uncomfortable situations. They don’t have to hear the hurt of rejection or the sting of their rudeness through a text or a chat page. Meanwhile, my thoughtful, sensitive son sat home thinking he wasn’t important enough for an explanation! At 26 he’s beginning to think

he should just focus on finishing school and forget the dating scene. And if this is the caliber of today’s young women, maybe he should! — Mother Dear Mother: Your son may be thoughtful and sensitive, but he appears to have unfortunate taste in women. You say he is working on a postgraduate degree? How old was the girl — because she appears to have the emotional maturity of a young teenager. Nobody likes rejection, but Peter should consider the source. Rather than giving up on dating, he should look for company among women who are at his intellectual and emotional

level — in college or grad school or perhaps a little older. Dear Abby: I am a 29-year-old female who would like to know why people feel compelled to tell random strangers to “smile.” I was in the market the other night and a man came walking by me saying, “You dropped something,” and was pointing to the floor. I looked down and said, “I don’t see anything.” He then told me, “You dropped your smile.” Abby, I was SO not amused. I turned around going back to my business saying, “Oh, OK.” I hate when people do this. It happens to me a lot and has

most of my life. What can I do if this happens again? I don’t see the need to walk around the store or sit at my desk at work with a Cheshire cat grin on my face all day. Any suggestions? — Offended Dear Offended: The man who asked if you had “lost” something may have been making a clumsy attempt to pick you up. That sometimes happens in markets. As to the “older people” they may consider themselves so “senior” that they can “coax” you into doing as they would like — like “coochy-kooing” a baby to make it laugh on cue.

Achalasia tough to swallow

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Dear Dr. Gott: I was recently diagnosed with achalasia. This all started a year ago when I had trouble swallowing food. One doctor stretched my esophagus, after which I could hardly eat anything, and drinking hot or cold beverages was no good, either. I also had a Botox injection in the lower sphincter of my stomach to relax it. Do you have any suggestions for some relief? I have now lost about 50 pounds and can’t afford to lose much more. I’m a 74-year-old female. Please help. Dear Reader: The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach. Achalasia is a disorder of the lower muscular ring where the esophagus and stomach meet that makes the body less effective in moving food. This occurs in part because the stomach does not relax as it should during the normal course of swallowing, and it is why you received a Botox injection. Symptoms include weight loss, chest pain that may radiate to the back, neck and arms (similar to a heart attack), difficulty swallowing both solids and liquids, coughing and reflux. Therapy often consists of either botulinum (Botox) injections to prevent spasms, widening of the lower sphincter or surgery. You have already

On a regular basis in this column, we like to thank our your volunteers, families and individuals as well as businesses and organizations who help us-the Community Pet Center-in our work with the homeless domestic pets in Rutherford County. The support and help that we receive makes it possible for us to help local families and their pets and the animals who have the misfortune to end up at Rutherford County Animal Control. Today, we would like to thank... Earth Dog Pet Spa for fostering small dogs and cats who come through Animal Control. With the help of Carol Voyles, the owner of EDPS, these cats and dogs have found wonderful forever homes. Forest City Pets — Chris & David ­­— for donating the space for us to host our lowcost spay and neuter transports, pet-related donations, and the cat condo to display cats coming from Animal Control or from our Cat Foster Program. Since October 2009, we have adopted 16 spayed or neutered and vetted cats. Sara Keeter — is a Junior at R-S Central and takes classes at ICC. She is one of our youth volunteers and fosters dogs and cats for us. Each week for the past month, she has bathed and fluffed a puppy or dog from RCAC and taken him or her to the Forest City Pet Store. This helps us in socializing the animal and also provides a possible introduction to an adoptive family. To date, four pets have been adopted through Sara’s efforts. She said, “I like to make sure that they get a chance and get into loving homes.” Thanks, Sara for making that happen! And, also a special thanks to your dad for running errands and delivering dog food to us! Dee and Bobby Malone — our office received a call from National Guard Assistance Center in Raleigh saying that we had a soldier in our community whose family needed assistance with their pets. We called the family-the husband was returning from Iraq, his wife was hospitalized and


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undergone two of the three common treatment approaches. Perhaps the next step is to speak with your physician regarding surgery, or request a second opinion. Achalasia isn’t preventable; however, treatment can go a long way toward reducing complications. Dear Dr. Gott: I have been having recurring urinary-tract infections. I’ve undergone cystoscopy and ultrasound, and even had dye in my kidneys. All looks fine. I’ve been taking Vesicare. Do you have any suggestions? Dear Reader: Request a clean-catch urine and sensitivity test, even if one has been done in the past. Any bacteria can be cultured and tested against specific antibiotics to determine which one will be most effective in treating the infection. Then ask your physician about low-dose antibiotics for perhaps as long as six months. In the interim, drink 100 percent cranberry juice daily. Drink plenty of water and avoid feminine hygiene sprays and scented douches.

IN THE STARS Your Birthday, March 28; Although you usually like having a pal to hang out with, you’re apt to be more fortunate in the year ahead if you’re unencumbered by others. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Even if this is supposed to be a day of rest for many, you won’t feel fulfilled just idling your time away. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Get out and mingle a bit if you can. You’re in a cycle in which establishing a few new relationships is extremely likely. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Something you thought was destined for failure may make an abrupt turnaround. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - This is an excellent day to get caught up on your communications. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Don’t let good conditions that could affect your financial affairs go unused. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - If you can, find a way to function independently from those in your life who have a tendency to make demands on your time and talent. Be creative about getting out of seeing them. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Keep up with the events of the day, but don’t let what’s going on control your life today unless you want it to. Chances are you’ll fare better by keeping a low profile and doing your own thing. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - If you can, avoid pretentious people who make you feel uncomfortable today. You’ll be far happier spending time with those you don’t have to impress, and with whom you can just be yourself. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Play to win today, because second place isn’t likely to have much appeal for you when involved in a competitive situation. However, do so with all the grace you can muster. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - All those restless urges stirring within you today will require a rather high level of activity. Don’t wait to see what is going on with others. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - If you have a special need that you know can be fulfilled by a good friend, don’t hesitate to call your amigo for help. It shouldn’t take but a mere mention of it to get his/ her support. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Looking to escape today’s boring routines might instigate finding a perky friend who is of the same mind. This might have to be a very special person in order to satisfy your restless being.

on bed rest for an at-risk pregnancy, and he was being sent to a facility in Georgia for debriefing. They needed someone to take care of their two dogs until this soldier was finished with his debriefing. Dee and Bobby agreed to foster the two dogs and this gave the soldier and his wife peace of mind until he could return home. Dee said, “We will be glad to is the least we can do to show our appreciation for this soldier’s service to our Country.” Pets provide an amazing amount of comfort to folks in all kinds of circumstances. Because of the economic challenges that many of our families are facing, some people are having difficulty with the expenses of feeding their pets. They don’t want to

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

give them up and have been coming to the Community Pet Center’s Pet Food Pantry for assistance. Our cupboard is almost always bare these days with the high demand for cat and dog food! Blue Ridge Pet and Reef, Josh King and the pet club at REaCH called ROAR have all been very generous recently making donations of food and other needed items. Thanks to them, our Pantry is now full! We know, however, that our supplies won’t last too long under current conditions, so donations are always needed and enthusiastically accepted. Thanks to everyone who helps us in so many small and big ways! We can’t begin to tell each of you how much we appreciate your donations and true acts of kindness.

Give refurbished products a try Buying refurbished products can help you save money; it’s really an opportunity to buy quality products at a great price. Some people shy away from buying these products because they think they are flawed. Have you ever bought a refurbished item? While it’s common to find refurbished electronics, there are many other products that can be labeled refurbished, such as tools and household appliances. Think: electric mixer, steam mop or vacuum cleaner, to name a few. One reader, Cat from Ohio, shares: “We bought a refurbished dryer a few months ago and it’s just fine. I figure if it works a year, that gives me time to save for a new one, and it was only $125 compared to $525.” Products qualify as refurbished for various reasons, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth looking into. Here are a few qualifications that can cause a product to be labeled refurbished. BASIC RETURN: The product packaging might have been opened, and then the customer returned it. Once returned, it will be inspected by the store. If nothing is wrong with the product, they often retape the box and reduce the price. As a consumer, you’ve seen these retaped boxes on the shelves. But in some cases, maybe the product doesn’t work. In this case, the store returns it to the manufacturer. The manufacturer will bring that product up to specification, repackage it and resell it as “factory refurbished,” and it still has a manufacturer’s warranty. TOO MUCH INVENTORY: Sometimes a store has too many items in stock. Newer

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models come out, the manufacturer will have the older models pulled and shipped back, and then they pass them onto different resellers. Two examples of this are Big Lots and, which sell some refurbished products. Sometimes manufacturers sell these products themselves. Leigh from Alabama shares: “I bought my daughter a refurbished iPod Touch last December. It came with a one-year warranty, but I went ahead and paid extra to upgrade the warranty to three years. My daughter wore out her previous iPod, so I knew I would get my money’s worth by buying the extended warranty. Two weeks ago, the home button went out. We sent it Fed-Ex to Apple (at Apple’s expense) on a Thursday and had Fed-Ex at our door with a new one Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Apple customer care is the best. We gave her the choice of getting a new one or a refurbished one. She chose the refurb and has been extremely happy with it.” Some retail stores will simply clearance the older models, so you can make out well in this case, too. SHIPPING DAMAGE: Sometimes boxes get damaged during shipping. Shipping and receiving at the store level can accept the package or return it. If returned, it gets repackaged and marked refurbished. Again, the product is sold through stores or straight from the manufacturer.

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made the best of a rainy day, which is what we do with life in general,â&#x20AC;? says Rigdon. The Park staff added a Staff Choice category in the 2009 contest and Jerry Herbert of New Philadelphia, Ohio, was almost unanimously

chosen as the winner. His image of Hickory Nut Falls shows the full view of the waterfall in vivid color. Each winner received a prize package and grand prize winner Stram also received a two-night stay at the historic Esmeralda Inn. The top prize for 2010 will include a two-night stay at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa.

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Cyclists have their options of distance in the Gears & Gables event, May 1.


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a full meal. Along the route will be rest stops. Between now and

the event, RHP will be seeking sponsors and volunteers. Sponsors will be featured on ridersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; T-shirts, on signage along the 125-mile route, on the RHP Web site and in event adver-

tising. Sponsors also will be invited to meet riders and share a meal at First Baptist as they return from the ride. Volunteers are needed to help set up the route, mark the roads, and

man rest stops, Herrick added. Contact Alan Herrick at 429-0739; e-mail; RHP office, 248-3431 or email

RCT will present another installment of Sanders story

The Best Way To Start Your Day

FOREST CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rutherford Community Theatre will present the play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smoke on the Mountain Homecomingâ&#x20AC;? April 15, 16, 17 at Union Mills Learning Center Auditorium. (A Sanders Family Saga) The play is set in 1945. The war is over and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s years of prosperity are just beginning. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another kind of rite of passage at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where the Rev.

Mervin Oglethorpe is giving his last service. Having been called to preach in Texas, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already bought a 10-gallon hat and is preparing to ride into the sunset with his wife June, who is eightmonths pregnant. Tomorrow morning, Juneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother Dennis will take over as the congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pastor. Before they go their separate ways, the Sanders Family gathers together to share stories of faith and fam-

ily in the Rutherford Community Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. The third installment in the Sanders series. Join the Sanders Family as they send Mervin and June off in style, with hilarious and touching stories and 25 fabulous Bluegrass Gospel favorites. For information check the Web site

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