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Town will sue USI to collect utility bill


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Forest City Electric employees Willie Smith (above) and Jeff Jones worked on power lines off Lawing Road Tuesday morning. Electric officials said a bird flew into a circuit and created a power outage to half of Forest City’s electric customers for about 90 minutes.



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FOREST CITY — This time it wasn’t the “secret squirrel” shutting power off to half the town’s customers early Tuesday morning. But for the second time in almost a month, an animal created a power outage in Forest City. The same customers were affected, although the mechanical failure was at a dif-

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ferent location. “A bird got into the switch gear and caused a short circuit with Duke Energy and Forest City Electric,” said Bob Daniels, assistant public works director at the scene. Daniels described the bird as a “roadrunner” as power was shut down at about 9:40 a.m. and remained off about 90 minutes.

FOREST CITY — Commissioners on Monday voted to ask the town’s attorney, David Lloyd, to pursue a lawsuit against United Southern Industries Inc. for unpaid utility bills of close to $200,000. The decision was made after the board returned from closed session at the end of the regular meeting Monday. “It has to do, quite simply, with unpaid utility bills,” Lloyd said Tuesday afternoon. “There are six different accounts, and I’m still going through all the statements and records. It looks like the total amount due is something north of $195,000. “The town had had some contact with Todd Bennett of United Southern about getting them paid,” Lloyd said. “About a month ago the council asked me to send a letter to him, which I did, asking him for a proposed payment schedule and informing him that if we had not made some kind of arrangement that the council would be taking it up again at their April 19 meeting, at which time I informed them that I had not received a response to my previous letter. “And the council then decided to go back into open session and vote to direct me to pursue an action to collect on the unpaid utility bills. It will be a civil, Superior Court lawsuit filed in Rutherford County.” The council vote was unanimous. Lloyd said it appears the utility bills involve electric, water and sewer, but he added that the bulk of the charges apparently are


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SPINDALE — Rutherford Countians can cast their ballots for the May 4 primary even if they haven’t registered to vote. With only nine days remaining for early voting, only 255 voters have cast their ballots thus far. And election officials have said the number of early voters is much smaller than expected. Early voting is held only at the Board of Elections office, Old Fairground Road, Spindale and ballots can be cast through May 1. Weekday hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 1, hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voters have until next Tuesday, April 27, to call 2876030 to request an absentee ballot by mail for the primary. Please see Voting, Page 6A

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Appliance rebate offer makes second run By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Just in time for Earth Day, the state of North Carolina is offering rebates of up to 15 percent for consumers who replace older appliances for newer, energy-efficient models. During the summer blockbuster sequel

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The rebates will be handled right at the cash register. “The plan calls for rebates of 15 percent to be offered to replace major home appliances with Energy Star-rated appliances over a four-day period during Earth Day weekend — Thursday, April 22, through

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One of only two days each year that allows fishing (above) in the lake at Isothermal Community College — Sports Day saw plenty of amateur anglers try their hand at getting a few bites on Tuesday. At right, Bill Fewell (left) and physics professor Mike Lipkin jammed out on some drums and other instruments. The activities included fundraisers for campus organizations and a bus from the community college association highlighting careers in new technologies. Scott Baughman/Daily Courier


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FOREST CITY — Communities In Schools of Rutherford County is accepting nominations now for the 2010 Tanner Award for Excellence in Teaching. As in past years, the Tanner Award will carry a $1,000 stipend for the winner to use in their classroom, provided by the Tanner Foundation. New this year, CISRC will also name a runner-up, who will receive a $500 stipend for their classroom. “We are extremely pleased that the Tanner Foundation continues to recognize outstanding teachers with the Tanner Award,” said CISRC Executive Director Charlotte Epley. “In previous years, our selection committee has had a very tough task in selecting a single teacher from those nominated. Having the ability to name a runnerup will not only make the committee’s job a tiny bit easier, it will benefit even more students, as a second teacher will receive funds for their classroom.” Anyone may nominate a Rutherford County Schools teacher to receive the Tanner Award. Nominations may be submitted by mail using a nomination form, or by e-mail. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the CISRC web site at Forms can also be obtained by contacting the CISRC office at 2880228. Completed forms should be returned to Communities In Schools of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 2134, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Nominations may also be e-mailed to execdir@ E-mail nominations should include all information requested by the nomination form, and should list “Tanner Award Nomination” in the subject line. All nominations must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, April 23. The Tanner Award is not a “teacher of the year” award. It is intended to recognize and reward demonstrated excellence in a teaching career. In preparing selection criteria, the Tanner Foundation noted that “good teaching is an art, not a science,” and set forth six “Characteristics of a Good Teacher” to be considered when nominating a teacher for the award. A good teacher should: n Have a mastery of subject matter. n Have good communications skills. n Be approachable. n Provide variety and innovative approaches to learning. n Create an atmosphere which makes students want to learn. n Create an atmosphere which engenders good character in each student.

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RALEIGH (AP) — Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue proposed Tuesday that legislators trim another 2 percent in state spending from North Carolina’s government budget for the coming year in part by eliminating or reducing dozens of programs and requiring cash-strapped local school districts to make even further reductions. Perdue released her recommended changes to the second year of the two-year budget approved by the General Assembly and signed by the governor last summer. Her plan would reduce the budgeted amount by a net $410 million to $19.1 billion. The reductions she wants starting July 1 reflect the still-troubled economy generating less tax revenues than was predicted last August. Tax collections are only expected to grow 2.7 percent. It’s still an improvement over the historic 10.9 percent decline in collections the last fiscal year and the slight decline for the year ending June 30. “North Carolina’s economy is stabilizing again,” Perdue told reporters in releasing the plan,

but “I don’t believe any time soon we’ll be back to the giddy days of 2007 and early 2008 ... This budget helps us set the table for that ’new normal’ and it also propels where we need to be as the economy improves.” While the governor said the proposal reduces spending by $950 million, it would funnel much of those cost savings toward expanding her “Ready Set Go!” education initiative and small business tax breaks and corporate incentives, teaching more community college and university students, improving mental health services and pay for employee salaries and benefits. Perdue also wants a new transportation fund, paid for mostly with higher fees, to build urgent projects like the Yadkin River Bridge replacement on Interstate 85. The Medicaid program to provide in-home personal care services would be retooled to get a handle on overspending after efforts this year have failed. There are no broad-based tax increases, although car and truck owners would see their annual state vehicle registrations

rise from $28 to $35 to pay for the new North Carolina Mobility Fund, which Perdue’s office hopes will one day reach $300 million. “It’s a realistic budget. It makes tough decisions now instead of kicking them backward or forwards for another time,” Perdue said. Another 600 positions would be eliminated in addition to the 2,000 this year, according to Perdue, although most targeted positions are vacant. The state also expects another $578 million in expected federal stimulus funds to help close a budget gap projected at $1.2 billion. Given that Perdue also held back funds in this year’s budget to narrow a revenue shortfall, Republicans weren’t impressed with what the governor called a fiscally sound plan. “It’s not a cut as much as an increased budget when you look at the numbers,” said House Minority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake. Fellow Democrats who control the House and Senate already are working on their own budget adjustments ahead of the May 12 convening of the Legislature.

Budget Highlights RALEIGH (AP) — Highlights of adjustments in the $19.1 billion spending plan for the 2010-11 fiscal year unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Beverly Perdue. The monetary figures are adjustments to what the Legislature already has budgeted: Salaries and Benefits n Restore average 1.8 percent step salary increase for schoolteachers, costing $61.1 million. n Increase pay grade for probation and parole officers at cost of $1.5 million. n Pay $62.5 million to state employees and teachers in form of onetime bonus equal to 0.5 percent of salaries taken away in 2009 as part of furlough. n Provide three days’ leave to rank-and-file state employee and another day off Dec. 23. n Eliminate more than 600 positions, 99 of them currently filled.


Revenues and Fees n Give $4 million to Department of Revenue to collect $110 million from corporations with outstanding tax liabilities. n Raise $72.6 million for proposed North Carolina Mobility Fund by raising state vehicle registrations by 25 percent to $35 a year, as well as higher fees for copies of driver’s license records and other motor carrier and registration fees. n Generate $6.4 million through assessments by health insurance companies to pay

for federally approved vaccines for some children. n Add $102 million to rainy-day reserve fund. Transportation n Creates North Carolina Mobility Fund to build road and transit projects of statewide significance linked to statewide economic goals, starting with the Yadkin River Bridge project. The fund would receive $94.6 million in its first year. Public Education n Require local school districts to find another $135 million in discretionary cuts, with restrictions to ensure teachers and class-size requirements remain unchanged in grades K-3. n Expand enrollment at North Carolina Virtual Public Schools by 25 percent at a cost of $11 million. n Purchase hand-held diagnostic devices for teachers in grades K-3 and 5th grade and train teachers to use them, at a cost of $39 million. n Require $99 million in discretionary cuts at University of North Carolina system campuses. n Expand need-based financial aid for UNC system students by $34.9 million. n Allow UNC campuses that approve tuition increases this fall to keep resulting revenues for financial aid and improving graduation and retention rates. n Raise community college tuition rate by

$8 per credit hour to generate $32.4 million. n Reduce community college campus spending by $33.3 million. n Give $85 million to community college system to pay for enrollment increase of 34,118 full-time students. Other State Agencies n Spend $750,000 to build e-mail archiving system for executive branch agencies. n Save $175,000 in part by eliminating hardcopy printing of North Carolina Manual. n Give $548,000 to help State Ethics Commission improve filing and design or required financial disclosure statements for state officials. n Spend $450,000 to improve campaign finance reporting and auditing at State Board of Elections. n Expand pilot program to merge state criminal data records into one system to seven metropolitan areas by spending $9.5 million. Health/Human Services n Modernize record keeping for child care centers to receive subsidies to save $9.3 million. n Enroll more in program for HIV/AIDS patients who can’t afford their prescription drugs, at a cost of $14.2 million. n Spend $430 million on Medicaid for increase in number of Medicaid enrollees and medical services.


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n Save $36 million through new Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse prevention initiative. n Reform Medicaid’s in-home personal care services program at a savings of $59.8 million by eliminating adult services with new program that would focus on adults with most intense needs. n Reduce Medicaid adult dental coverage by $11.6 million by limiting it only to emergency care. n Expand NC Health Choice enrollment by 8,096 children at cost of $8.5 million. n Restore $40 million in community service

funding for mentally ill, substance abusers and developmentally disabled through combination of state funds and federal grant money. n Spend $12 million to expand inpatient bed capacity for mentally ill in local communities by 50 beds. Justice/Public Safety n Eliminate Woodson Wilderness Camp and reduce beds at Eckerd Wilderness Camp for juvenile offenders to save $1.9 million. n Restore $3.5 million to Samarkand Youth Development Facility. n Reduce prisoner

medical costs by $21 million in part by following Medicaid and Medicare fee schedules. Business Incentives n Give $15 million to Perdue’s One North Carolina Fund for corporate incentives. n Set aside $15.8 million for small business tax relief that includes reinstating $250-peremployee credit for employers providing health insurance. n Give $1,000 direct rebates to companies that hire workers unemployed for more than 60 days, at a maximum cost of $15 million.

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Our Views Hearing vote leaves questions


ometimes political leaders leave people shaking their heads and wondering exactly what they might be thinking. Such was the case Monday when two Spindale Town Commissioners voted against a motion to call for a public hearing on a rezoning request. The rezoning action is being sought by Habitat for Humanity which owns 23 acres of land on which it wants to build houses. Two commissioners, Toby Tomblin and Nancy Walker voted against the motion to call for the public hearing. With the vote tied at 2-2, Mayor Mickey Bland cast the tie-breaking vote to allow the hearing. Why two elected officials would oppose a public hearing on a rezoning request is just baffling. Unless, the intent was to try to prevent the change without ever having to vote one way or the other on the merits of the issue. A rezoning hearing is simply one step in the process of a rezoning request. It is designed to allow the public to comment on the proposal. The final decision still has to come back for a vote by the elected officials. Trying to block a public hearing in this case just seems petty.

Our readers’ views Endorses Parton for Clerk of Court position To the editor: It has been very informative to read several recent articles in The Daily Courier regarding candidates in the upcoming primary election for Clerk of the Court. I, and possibly many other readers, did not know the actual duties of the Clerk of the Court and what a pivotal role the Clerk plays in scheduling and assigning legal matters. The Courier has done a fine job by bringing to the voting public’s attention what an important job this is. What your articles did make very clear is that Rutherford County must elect a Clerk of the Court who is not only honest, hardworking, and capable, but also one without any ties or history which would lead to allegations, however unfounded, of favoritism. That said, and taking the qualifications of all the candidates into consideration, I feel the best candidate is Libby Parton. Libby Parton chose to introduce herself at the April 13 candidate’s forum as ‘The Lady From the DMV’ for a good reason. Libby Parton has been at the Forest City Department of Motor Vehicles office for 17 years, and has been the supervisor of the excellent DMV staff for the past ten years. If you have applied for or renewed your driver’s license, chances are you have met Libby. Rutherford County should be proud of and impressed by how efficient and user-friendly this state office is under her supervision. Libby Parton has acquired the people skills needed to be an effective Clerk of the Court through her daily interactions with Rutherford County residents of every age, race, and back-

ground. I was at the DMV one day changing my insurance information and watched Libby Parton diplomatically but firmly assist a young man who was insistent about getting a driver’s license but who had not brought in any proof of residence. She was tactful and respectful yet direct and knowledgeable, employing conflict resolution skills in what could have escalated into an unpleasant encounter. Many people may remember reading the article published in the Sept. 16, 2009 Daily Courier that featured Libby Parton as a participant in the Division of Motor Vehicles’ License and Theft Bureau’s investigation of and arrest of several members of a document counterfeiting ring which was allegedly selling false driver licenses/permits and committing common law forgery. Such an experience highlights her abilities to coordinate, cooperate, prioritize, and work with sensitive information. If you vote in the May 4 primary, read up on every candidate: Libby Parton will stand out. Her only agenda is to serve the people of Rutherford County, where she was born, raised, educated, and will always live. May the best candidate win. Ramona Lauda Rutherfordton

Says solons absence should be noted To the editor: I did not attend the forums Thursday evening because of illness. I read and hear that neither of our elected Congressmen, McHenry and Shuler, showed up. I have no idea why and will not try to guess. Rutherford County doesn’t represent much in either the 10th or

the 11th district, but enough not to be ignored. I know that McHenry has had some hard times at the forum before — too many questions that he gave the factually incorrect answer to. I’m sure Heath Shuler pleased some Rutherford County people when he voted against Health Care Reform. I’m also sure there were some not pleased with his vote. I’ve never understood exactly what a Blue Dog Democrat is. I am beginning to believe it is one who thinks as a Republican on many issues, but feels there is an advantage to run as a Democrat. Yes, there is a big difference in the two parties. There is probably a wider spread between the two than ever since the Civil War — and they have somewhat swapped places. As I said I do not know why our representatives failed to show up, but they must have good reasons. Ray Crawford Rutherfordton

Cheers Hagan for vote for health reform To the editor: Hoorah for Kay Hagan ! After politicians haggling for almost 80 years over a health care bill, Kay Hagan voted what she knew was good for Americans and our future generations. Despite the threat to her career by special interests feeding the American public with lies, Kay made a difficult decision because she knew our children deserved better. No one in our great country should be without proper care. Thank you, Kay Hagan. You have my vote. Tracy Bishop Bostic

Will the passion of tea partiers survive real world? RALEIGH – Early in my journalism career, I spent a lot of time sitting in on school board meetings in Goldsboro and Fayetteville. For many members, the school board represented a first dip in politics. Often, they came to the job full of vim and vigor, certain they were going to change the world. School politics, in particular, could become highly emotional. After all, what’s more important than your kids? Inevitably, though, all that can-do energy would run headlong into political reality. New school board members would eventually realize that school operations were complicated, that a lot of their sure-fire answers might not work so smoothly

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because of those complications. They’d also come to recognize that those devils in the other boards chairs, those folks that they had railed against a few months earlier, weren’t cardboard cutouts. They were real people. Some of them actually cared about children too, no matter how much they might disagree with a newcomer’s position. More importantly, it ultimately dawned on the newcomers that their views, no matter how passionately held, might not be enough

to make anything happen. Sometimes, a majority didn’t agree with them, and for good reason. They’re constituents didn’t agree either. It turns out that the wider world, and the wider community, is a bit more diverse than someone’s circle of friends. In a representative democracy, that matters. Walking around the Tea Party protest at the State Capitol on Tax Day, many of the protesters had the look of those ideological warriors taking their school board seats for the first time, certain that a revolution was about to unfold. Enough has probably been written about the tea partiers’ pitched words, the Obama backlash, the bandwagon jumping by Washington insiders and lob-

byists like Dick Armey. The anger and passion are real. That passion may help push voter turnout this fall, and given the overall bent of the movement, Republicans should benefit. The larger question is whether a movement without a strong, unifying ideology can sustain itself beyond one election cycle. One account of the 20 Tea Party rallies across North Carolina read, “The events brought together people backing spending restraint, lower taxes, transparency in government, and enhanced accountability from public officials.” Really? That assessment of ideology might cover about 5 percent of the signs being waved around the Capitol grounds the other day.

In Greensboro, one rally organizer spoke of the people involved as being the “glue” of the movement. That kind of glue has a tendency not to stick after a while. Unifying ideals – and something beyond words that could be ripped from the last 10 Republican Party platforms – sustain any political movement. People, on the other hand, stumble and fall. They get tired. They change their minds. Even armed with unifying ideals, the ones who stop rock throwing in favor of real political activism and action discover that, cliché or not, politics is the art of compromise. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.

The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, April 21, 2010



Obituaries Dr. Charles Griffith

Dr. Charles L. Griffith, 78 of Magnolia St., Forest City, died Monday, April 19, 2010 at his residence. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late H. Lee Griffith and Elma Pemberton Griffith. He was a 1953 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 1960 graduate of the University of Louisville Dental School. Dr. Griffith practiced dentistry in Forest City for 30 years and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Dr. Griffith was one of the founders of the Rutherford Jean Gordon/Daily Courier Vocational Workshop and When lunch time rolled around Monday, James Conner and his brother, Larry Conner, took a break received a Citation of Merit from breaking ground for a community garden off Hudlow Road, Union Mills. “If it makes, it’s for the from the North Carolina community,” James said. Rehabilitation Association. He was a recipient of the Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year Award, and the first Eagle Scout in Troop 1 of the Daniel Boone Council of Western North Carolina. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Forest City. By SCOTT BAUGHMAN He is survived by his wife, funding when so many local “We have another tanker Clara Dee Banner Griffith of governments are strugalso but this grant was writDaily Courier Staff Writer the home; two sons, Charles gling to make ends meet,” ten specifically to replace FOREST CITY — FireH. Griffith of the home, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan the 1967 military surplus fighters in Cherry Mountain and Dr. Scott B. Griffith of said. “These grants will help vehicle,” Hollfield said. “It will soon have new resources Rutherfordton; two daughensure these fire departhas a lot of miles on it and thanks to a $190,000 grant ters, Teresa Chandler of ments have the resources to we have a limited number of from the Department of Burlington, and Dr. Dee Dee protect our neighborhoods people that can drive it. It is Homeland Security. Bright of Forest City; and 12 during times of crisis. I a straight drive but the new The department will use greatly appreciate our state’s grandchildren. truck will be automatic and the money to purchase a new more people can drive it. It Funeral services will be courageous first responders, tanker truck. held at 1 p.m. Thursday at will probably be sometime in and I will continue to work “The new vehicle will be a to provide support for North the First United Methodist January 2011, when we get 1,800 gallon tanker on an Carolina’s fire departments.” Church of Forest City with delivery.” International chassis,” said the Rev. K. Wesley Judy Cherry Mountain joins Cherry Mountain Fire Chief officiating. Visitation will Hollifield said the tanker 32 other fire departments Roger Hollifield. “It will be be held immediately folgrant met a longtime need. around the Tar Heel state replacing a 1967 Army sur“Anytime you’re able to get lowing the service in the in receiving a share of plus military truck that has a $3,068,737 in grants. church narthex on Thursday. a vehicle on that grant pro1,000 gallon tank on it. The The funding from AFG can gram you are extremely lucky Interment will be private in tanker is for a water supply the Cool Springs Cemetery. because there are so many be used by departments to to be able to haul water for Memorials may be made to people out there in departpay for training, equipment, our engines.” the First United Methodist ments that have so many wellness and fitness, and Hollifield said the departChurch, 341 E. Main St., needs,” Hollifield added. health and safety modificament had been trying to “We’d been waiting for some Forest City, NC 28043; or to tions to stations and faciliget a new tanker for about Rutherford Life Services, 230 time to hear some good ties. three years through the Fairground Road, Spindale, news.” “North Carolina firefightDepartment of Homeland NC 28160. ers act selflessly to keep our Security’s Assistance to The Padgett and King communities safe, and I am Contact Baughman via e-mail at Firefighters Grants (AFG) sbaughman@thedigitalcourier. Mortuary is in charge of thrilled that 33 more fire com. program. arrangements. departments will receive

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Sharon Kaye Hensley Ogle, 56, of Rutherfordton, died Monday, April 19, 2010 at Rutherford Hospital. A native of Unicoi, Tenn., she is survived by her husband, Rex Ogle of the home; father, Thomas Donald Hensley of Erwin, Tenn.; mother, Betty Ruth Edwards Hensley of Unicoi; five children, Amy Kneen, Amanda Ogle, Alison Miller, Andrea Ogle and Matthew Ogle, all of Rutherfordton; three brothers, Teddy Hensley of Flag Pond, Tenn., Kevin Hensley of Erwin, and Randy Hensley of Greenville, Tenn.; one sister, Jeanette Tilson of Erwin; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Crowe’s Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Michael Snelgrove officiating. Concluding services will be held in the

RUTHERFORDTON — The home of Lee Davidson, off Poors Ford Road, was destroyed by a fire Friday night. A fire broke out in the laundry room, firefighters believe, as a drier was left on when the homeowner left. SDO received the call at about 8 p.m. Friday and remained at the scene until 4 a.m. They were assisted by Cliffside and Rutherfordton. The Red Cross is providing emergency needs.

Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 122 E-911 calls Monday.


n Rutherfordton Police responded to 24 E-911 calls.

Spindale n Spindale Police responded to 39 E-911 calls.

Lake Lure

n Lake Lure Police responded to 10 E-911 calls.

Forest City

n Forest City Police responded to 83 E-911 calls. n Wyshena Crank reported an incident of fraud. The incident occurred at Ingles. n Alisha Reece reported a breaking and entering into a motor vehicle.


n Marcus Shaquele Twitty, 16, of 471 Ferguson Road; charged with disorderly conduct and communicating threats; freed on a custody release. (RCSD) n Candice Megan Duncan, 25, of 1159 Padgett Road; charged with misdemeanor probation violation; placed

Sharon Ogle

County officers join search for gun used in slayings By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

CLIFFSIDE — Rutherford County sheriff’s detectives and members of the SLED joined Cherokee County Sheriff’s Dept. Tuesday afternoon to search for the weapon used in a triple homicide in Cowpens, S.C. Friday night. Sheriff Jack Conner said members of his department assisted in the searching for a .38-caliber pistol believed to be used in the killings of Suzanne Bridges, her 15-yearold daughter Maggie Wenner, and 45-year-old Harold Lick of Blacksburg. Cass Smith is charged with the three murders and confessed to sheriff’s officers Monday night after his arrest. Rutherford County and Cherokee County officers searched the Broad River off U.S. 221 inside North Carolina where Smith told officers he threw the gun after the killings. Conner said officers had located some evidence. Smith is the former boyfriend of Bridges and is being detained in a South Carolina jail. The prosecutor told the public Tuesday afternoon he will ask a jury to consider the death penalty in Smith’s case if he is found guilty. under a $10,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Shane Lamont Lattimore, 32, of 107 Woodside Drive; charged with misdemeanor larceny; released on a written promise to appear. (RCSD) n David Leon Hollifield, 17, of 412 Nebraska St.; charged with communicating threats; freed on a custody release. (SPD)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 26 E-911 calls Monday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to two E-911 calls.

Fire Calls n Cherry Mountain, Forest City and Shingle Hollow all responded to motor vehicle crashes.

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Mary Sue Jordan

Mary Sue Jordan, 80, of Macy, Ind., died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Nathan and Alpha Huntley Saine. She was the widow of John F. Jordan Jr. and was a homemaker. She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Gail Oldfather and husband, John of Macy, Ind.; one son, Leslie F. Jordan and wife, Mary of Arden, NC; three grandchildren, Sean Oldfather and wife, Nicole of Columbia City, Ind., Chad Oldfather of Denver, Ind., and Chris; five great grandchildren, Dakota, Colby, and Reagan Oldfather and Dameon and Skylar Jordan; one brother, Chick Saine and wife, Becky of Gastonia; two sisters, Jean Shehan of Rutherfordton and Hazel Whisnant of Trinity, NC; one sister-in-law, Georgia Buchanan of Rutherfordton. No funeral service is planned. Arrangements are entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, Ind. PAID OBIT

Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 3 p.m., prior to the service at Crowe’s. Online condolences www.

Mary Sue Jordan Mary Sue Jordan, 80, of Macy, Ind., died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Nathan and Alpha Huntley Saine, and the widow of John F. Jordan Jr. Mrs. Jordan was a homemaker. She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Gail Oldfather of Macy; one son, Leslie F. Jordan of Arden; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Chick Saine of Gastonia; two sisters, Jean Shehan of Rutherfordton, and Hazel Whisnant of Trinity. No funeral service is planned. Arrangements are entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, Peru, Ind.

Deaths Keli McGregor DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor has died in a hotel room in Salt Lake City, police said Tuesday. A.M. “Mac” Secrest CHAPEL HILL (AP) — A.M. “Mac” Secrest, who as editor of a small-town South Carolina newspaper crusaded against Southern resistance to desegregation in the 1950s, has died. He was 86. Secrest also served as a federal mediator throughout the Deep South during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and taught at the University of North Carolina. Secrest was the owner and publisher of The Cheraw Chronicle, a weekly in northeastern South Carolina. He criticized segregationists who followed a strategy of massive resistance after the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision on school integration in Brown v. Board of Education. Secrest refused to be silenced, despite threats of violence.

Louise T. McCraw

Louise Towery McCraw, 81, of 636 11th Street, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 19, 2010, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born in Forest City, she was the wife of the late Francis McCraw, Sr. and the daughter of the late Miller Towery and Sarah Bonner Towery. Mrs. McCraw was retired from Hamrick’s and a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Frankie McCraw and wife, Lori of Gaffney: a daughter, Cathy M. Porter of Gaffney; three brothers, Miles Towery and wife, Ruby of Clemmons, NC, Ray Towery and wife, Kay of Forest City, and Walter Towery and wife, Barbara of Chesnee; two sisters, Aileen Melton of Forest City, and Lunette Parris and husband, Ronny of Forest City; five grandchildren, Kevin Porter, Christy Porter Quinn and husband, Eric, Grayson McCraw and fiance Brittany Wright, Peyton Leigh McCraw and Ansley Reece McCraw: five great grandchildren. Cloey Wright, Connor Wright, Erika Quinn, Noah Quinn and Eli McCraw. She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Justice, a sister, Sadie Matheny and son-in-law, Kenny Porter. The family will receive friends at the residence. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Frederick Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ronell Owensby officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee Co. Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615. The family Will be at the residence. Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC is serving the family. An online guest register is available at PAID OBIT

6A — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Calendar/Local Kids’ Computer Corner

Meetings/other Young at Heart Club meeting: Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m., at 197 Tiney Road, Ellenboro; covered dish lunch; all senior citizens welcome; contact Roy McCain at 245-4800 for more information. Breakfast and Politics event: The Rutherford County Republican Party Executive Board will host a Breakfast and Politics event Saturday, April 24, at Green Hill School Community Center. The plans are for local Republican candidates to cook and serve breakfast and meet residents. Breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 a.m., and the event will end at 10 a.m. There is no charge. Democrat Club meeting: Monday, April 26, 7 p.m., Democrat Headquarters, West Main St., Forest City.

Miscellaneous Senior Dance: Thursday, April 22, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Moose Lodge; dances are held the second and fourth Thursday each month; all senior citizens (ages 50 and up) are welcome; call 289-5852. Open closet: Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m. to noon, Sunshine Community Clubhouse; hosted by Ross Hill Baptist Church; items include clothes, furniture and household items; everything free. Spring Festival: Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Frank West Park, Caroleen community; games and activities for children and adults, inflatables, softball, horseshoe and more; hot dogs, chips and drinks; live music and entertainment; fire truck; visit from Smokey the Bear, and much more; all free; sponsored by Caroleen First United Methodist. Open house: The R-S Central JROTC Rifle Team will hold an open house Saturday, May 1, from noon to 5 p.m. Adults $4, children under 12, $2. Free to watch. Awards presented to the top shooters. Low-cost rabies clinic: Saturday, May 8, 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.

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James and Julia Treet and Erin Geese were among children attending Kids’ Computer Corner at the Union Mills Learning Center last Saturday. The center was awarded a $1,000 grant for education-oriented charities from the Webkinz Foundation and the funds are going will go toward underwriting the Center’s Kids’ Computer Corner. The Kids’ Computer Corner is open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is free, geared toward children pre-school to third grade who may not have access to a computer or the Internet at home.

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electric. He noted that the USI accounts had been carrying a balance for at least the first three months of the year. Town Manager Chuck Summey said Tuesday that USI, a custom injection

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The damage occurred off Lawing Road, about a hundred yards from the Lawing Road substation. When the bird tripped the circuit it shorted-out Duke Energy and Forest City’s power service. After Forest City electric workers Jeff Jones and Willie Smith repaired the damage, Duke


Fundraisers Poor man’s supper: Friday, April 23, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Forest City; no set price, donations accepted; proceeds to benefit Camp Mccall. Auction: 10th Annual Johnny Hill Memorial Auction; Saturday, April 24, at West Point Baptist Church, Union Road, Rutherfordton; viewing and breakfast 8 to 10 a.m., auction follows; lunch begins at 11 a.m.; proceeds for the building fund. Breakfast, yard sale: Saturday, April 24, Bill’s Creek VFD, Station I, Bill’s Creek Road; pancake/sausage breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.; $5 per person, all you can eat; yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Town-wide yard sale: Saturday, May 1, begins at 7 a.m., in the town of Ellenboro; sponsored by Ellenboro Women’s Club.

Religion Singing: Sunday, April 25, 6 p.m., Bostic Missionary Methodist Church; featuring Living By Faith. Simple Faith will be sing Sunday, April 25, during the 11 a.m. worship service at Concord Baptist Church in Bostic. Pastor Frank Hoyle will deliver the message. The group will also sing during the evening service which begins Concord’s spring revival with Rev. John Ware. Homecoming: Sunday, May 2, 10:45 a.m., Sandy Springs Baptist Church, 382 Sandy Springs Road, Rutherfordton; guest speaker, Ron Gilbert; a covered dish lunch will follow the service.

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Non-registered voters have an opportunity to register or change an address, but can’t change party affiliation, said Debbie Bedford, director of elections. Same-day registration isn’t permitted on May 4. A runoff primary would be held June 22 in races where no candidate receives more than 40 percent of the vote. The general election is Nov. 2. Democratic Party voters will cast ballots for U.S. Senate, Congress in both District 10 and District 11,

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Sunday, April 25, 2010,” said Seth Effron, Communications Director for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. “Energy Star rebates will be in addition to any store, manufacturer or other discounts being offered.” The N.C. Energy Office points out a new Energy Star-rated refrigerator uses half the electricity as the samesize refrigerator built before 1995. The rebate would reduce the cost of

Yoga: Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m., April 29 - June 3; ancient form of exercise for anyone, including seniors who have been active and in general good health; fee $45; course #17117. Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 13 - June 3; must have basic computer skills; fee $65; course #17116. Introduction to Scuba Diving: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., May 13-27; classroom and pool instruction; all equipment and supplies provided; see web site for full information; fee $260; course #17239.

operating assets of United Southern, of which Bennett was president, in early March of this year.

Energy then had to re-energize while Forest City customers were able to get back on line. When the squirrel caused the damage on Friday, March 26, it was in the lines at Westview and West Main Drive and the same area of town was without power. Observing the work Tuesday was Steve Barnes, owner of Tri-City Concrete “We are so fortunate to live in a city with its own power com-

pany,” he said. “I was about ready to climb the pole myself,” Barnes said, anxiously waiting for the power to be restored. “It’s a bad time to lose power just as concrete is being mixed to pour slabs.” The utility company installs squirrel guards to protect the lines, but they don’t always work.

County Commission District 4 and 5 seats and Clerk of Court. Republican Party voters will cast ballots for U.S. Senate, Congress in both District 10 and District 11, N.C. House District 112, County Commission Districts 1 and 5, Sheriff, Clerk of Court and Coroner. Although the coroner position is on the ballot for the primary election, the General Assembly is expected to approve a request from Rutherford County Commissioners to eliminate the coroner’s position, as Rutherford is one of three counties in the state with a coroner. There are also two non-partisan court of appeals seats on the ballots. Congressional District 10 is com-

prised of — Bostic-Sunshine, Camp Creek-Mt.Vernon, Caroleen-Cliffside, Chimney Rock, Duncan CreekGolden Valley, Ellenboro, Forest City number 2, Gilkey-Morgan, part of Green Hill, Haynes and Sandy Mush; Congressional District 11 is composed of Danieltown-Sulphur Springs, Forest City number 1, part of Green Hill, Rutherfordton number 1, Rutherfordton number 2, Spindale and Union.

a $500 dishwasher $75 or a $1,500 refrigerator $225. A second phase in June will match rebates on gas water heaters, gas furnaces and other appliances. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if everyone who buys a clothes washer this year chooses an Energy Star model, the nation would save 975 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 54 billion gallons of water. The electricity saved could power every home in Washington, D.C., for four months and the water saved could fill the Rose Bowl stadium 638 times. If consumers buy

Energy Star model refrigerators, the total energy bill savings each year would be more than $101 million. “Consumers can make smart choices by replacing older, energy-gobbling appliances with efficient new Energy Star appliances that save money, cut utility bills and grow our state’s economy,” said John Morrison, assistant N.C. Secretary of Commerce for Energy. “This is good for the environment, will grow jobs and help manage energy consumption.”

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Chase ends Lady Toppers’ win streak By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

How to tame the Crest Dragons FOREST CITY — East Middle School Vikings (5-2) slaughtered the Crest Middle School Dragons, 18-4, in 5 innings, Monday. The Vikings’ bats were hot with Tripp Hamrick hitting two doubles, James Hunt smacked a double and a triple, and Austin Street hit an insidethe-park home run in the win. Hamrick picked up his third win on the mound by striking out five.

Pairings announced for SAC tournament ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Wingate University Bulldogs, who claimed their first conference championship since 2000, are the top seed for the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament, which kicks off Thursday at McNair Field in Forest City. Wingate, 28-16 overall with one non-conference game remaining Sunday and 19-5 in conference play, captured its fifth conference title in school history. The Bulldogs will face sixth-seed Lincoln Memorial University in the tournament’s opening game on Thursday at noon. The Railsplitters went 12-12 in conference play, securing the sixth seed on Saturday with a split against Lenoir-Rhyne University. LMU, 24-22 overall, is making its first appearance in the SAC baseball tournament and first conference tournament appearance since 1998. Mars Hill College and Catawba College tied for second in the conference standings with 16-8 records. Mars Hill earned the second seed by virtue of its three-game sweep over Catawba earlier this season. The Lions, 27-15 overall, will face fifth-seed Tusculum College in Thursday’s openinground action at 3:45 p.m. The Pioneers are 29-26 overall and 13-11 in the SAC. Catawba, 16-8 in the SAC and 34-9 overall with one nonconference game remaining, is the third seed and will face fourth-seed Carson-Newman College in the nightcap game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles went 15-9 in the SAC and are 29-15 overall. The top six teams in the conference earned berths to the Food Lion SAC Tournament. The bracket format follows the NCAA regional six-team bracket. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. All-Tournament tickets will be available at the gate for $15 for adults and $7 for children and students. Daily ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children and students.

Local Sports GIRL’S SOCCER 6 p.m. R-S Central at Freedom (Catawba River Soccer Complex) 6 p.m. Chase at Burns 6 p.m. TJCA at Madison

On TV 7 p.m. (ESPN) MLB Baseball Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves. 7 p.m. (FSS) MLB Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds. 8 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball First-Round Playoff. 10:30 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball First-Round Playoff.

RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central softball came in undefeated, but Rebecca Bailey and Chase spoiled the streak with a 5-2 win over the Lady Hilltoppers, Tuesday. Bailey threw a stellar complete game four-hitter and then smashed two hits for three RBI to steer the Lady Trojans into shrinking R-S Central’s conference lead to just one game. “Rebecca (Bailey) had movement on the ball today and she pitched like a veteran pitcher should,” Chase softball coach Daniel Bailey said. “She also has power, but she is a better contact hitter. She and others came up with key hits when we needed them today.” Chase jumped at the chance to lead in the first inning and they did so. The Lady Trojans’ Sam Carpenter reached first base safely after a passed ball on a swinging third strike to begin the contest. Two batters later, Ashley Dale’s double into deep right crossed the first run of the game and Crestin Walker dumped a singled into left for 2-0 Chase lead. Chase worked on the scoreboard again in the top of the third. Euletha Davis singled and Dale followed to reach base on an error. Bailey then took to the plate for the first of her two big swings on the day. Bailey smacked a double into the right field corner to clear the base, giving Chase a 4-0 lead after two and a half innings. R-S Central (11-1, 7-1) evened out the inning later on when Cori Hipp reached base by way of a walk and Taylor Crowder took first on an infield single. An error moved both runners up a base and Taylor Sullivan provided a long base hit to left that scored both her teammates slice the lead to 4-2. Bailey added the exclamation point in the fifth as Euletha Davis dropped a single into left and the left-hander pulverized a pitch down the right field line

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Chase’s Crestin Walker (8) connects for a hit during the softball game against R-S Please see Softball, Page 8 Central, Tuesday. Central’s Kalie Holmstrom (8) is behind the plate.

R-S Central picks up win against Chase By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

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Chase’s Blake Moffitt (10) dives into home plate for a run during the baseball game against R-S Central, Tuesday.

RUTHERFORDTON — A month ago, Chase jumped out to an early lead to beat R-S Central in the first meeting. On Tuesday, it was R-S Central’s turn to return the favor in a 6-3 Hilltoppers’ win at home. R-S Central (8-9, 4-4) strung up six hits in a four-run third inning and kept Chase at bay over the next four innings to get the conference win under rainy skies. Central scrapped up a run in the second inning, but Chase followed in the top of the third with RBI doubles by Tyler Please see Baseball, Page 8

The Panthers’ most important week This may be one of the most important weeks the Carolina Panthers will have in 2010, excluding those weeks in which they play meaningful games. Tonight, with much pomp and circumstance, the NFL announced the schedules for all 32 teams, including the Panthers’ 2010 opponents. On Thursday, the NFL will hold the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft in primetime. Everyone will be there, except for the Panthers, who will tell you they drafted their first round pick last year. Yes, Everette Brown. A year ago, as you may recall, the Panthers sent their 2010 No. 1 pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers’ 2009 No. 1, which the Panthers used to select Brown. So, in a way, the Panthers have had their No. 1 pick for a full year already. Personally, I believe that logic to be a little flawed on the part of the Panthers, but that’s why they make the big bucks. Panthers’ GM Marty Hurney has little room for error over the final two days of the draft. The Panthers hold eight picks, with the first coming in the second round at No. 48. Hurney has to play the game of his life over the final two days of the draft, because he is playing for his job.

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Hurney, like Fox, is sitting on the outs with Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson and, to be fair, Hurney has done a pretty good job in drafting talent. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Jeff Otah, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis are all picks selected recently by Hurney. All good players. The job of GM is in many ways far more thankless than that of head coach. The GM, in most organizations, is the chief talent collector for their respective franchise. The owners will sign off on picks, but the GM must arrange the draft board and give his owner the best two or three picks possible. In some cases, the GM does all the drafting. This does not apply to the Oakland Raiders by the way. Darth Al Davis selects all of his own players, thank you very much. Clearly, there are some holes the Panthers must fill — quarterback,

wide receiver, defensive line, cornerback and offensive line depth leap to mind. The interesting part about Friday is this: It is possible that Tim Tebow could fall into the second or third round. If the Panthers are sitting there with the 48th pick and Tebow remains on the board, does Hurney pull the trigger? Will Richardson let him? The back story of a Tebow pick is this: The Jacksonville Jaguars want Tebow badly. They need him. They just don’t want to select him too high and have to pay him big money. So, the Jags are going to gamble a little bit. This is where the Panthers could stick it to the team they entered the league with. If Tebow falls, the Panthers could do a number of things, including dangling the pick in front of the Jags. Hurney must get this right. This is a deep draft at corner and the Panthers won’t have to move up to grab one. The key will be finding the best talent, in the right place and not paying too high a price for that talent — as I feel they did with Brown. The sad part for Hurney is that he can get it all right and still get fired at the end of the year. It is a thankless job after all.

8A — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Scoreboard Baltimore (Millwood 0-2) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 1-0), 10:10 p.m.

BASEBALL National League East Division W L Pct 8 5 .615 8 5 .615 8 5 .615 7 6 .538 5 8 .385 Central Division W L Pct St. Louis 9 4 .692 Pittsburgh 7 5 .583 Milwaukee 5 7 .417 Chicago 5 8 .385 Cincinnati 5 8 .385 Houston 3 9 .250 West Division W L Pct San Francisco 8 5 .615 San Diego 7 6 .538 Los Angeles 6 6 .500 Colorado 6 7 .462 Arizona 5 8 .385 Atlanta Philadelphia Florida Washington New York

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Central’s Chelsea Smith (2) prepares to hurl a pitch during the softball game against Chase Tuesday.

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that bounced around the fence. The hit allowed Davis to cross safely and Bailey to obtain a triple during a rain shower for a 5-2 Chase (10-3, 6-2) lead. Though Chase left her stranded on base in the fifth, Bailey retired nine of the last ten batters she faced to end R-S Central’s undefeated mark. “They (R-S Central) have proven that they are a top team in conference,” Bailey said. “The only way we get that top 2A spot for the playoffs though, is to win out and today was a big step in trying to accomplish that.” The disappointment from the other side and R-S Central softball coach Melvin Digh was easy to see after losing their first game of the season. “Bailey threw well today and we didn’t come out ready to play,” Digh said. “The good news is we have time to start another win streak.”

East Rutherford 5, Patton 2

MORGANTON — Ali Ruppe struck out seven in a complete game win as the Lady Cavs downed Patton, 5-2, Tuesday. Ruppe aided her cause from the plate with a game-tying triple in the second inning. East pushed to the lead in the fifth. The Lady Cavs loaded the bases with hits that included a double from Jaclyn Boever and a single from Chelsea Medford. East’s Sally Harrill, with the bases-loaded with Lady Cavs, hit a single that drove in three.

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Gaffney (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Brandon Holland for a 2-1 Trojan lead. The Chase lead lasted briefly as R-S Central found singles from Dylan Hipp and Ben Morris to start off the bottom of the frame. Seth Orr and Denver Tate delivered RBI singles and JM Spangler cashed in an RBI double that sailed to deep center. Zach Powers finished off the inning for the Hilltoppers on the scoreboard with an RBI single to grab a 5-2 Central lead. Chase (7-9, 4-4) scratched out a run in the fifth on Gaffney’s RBI double and a balk scored Central’s final run in the same frame to keep the game 6-3 going into the seventh. Central survived the closing innings on defense. Kyle Holmstrom snagged a line drive in sixth and Matt Adkins ran a long way to record the last out of the game during the seventh. Jared Allen’s flyout was tracked at the fence in center with two Trojans on base, but Adkins protected the victory with the grab.

BASKETBALL GB — —  — 1 1/2 3 1/2 GB —  1 1/2 3 1/2 4  4  5 1/2 GB —  1  1 1/2 2  3 

Sunday’s Games Pittsburgh 5, Cincinnati 3 Atlanta 4, Colorado 3 Florida 2, Philadelphia 0 Milwaukee 11, Washington 7 Houston 3, Chicago Cubs 2, 10 innings San Diego 5, Arizona 3 L.A. Dodgers 2, San Francisco 1 St. Louis 5, N.Y. Mets 3 Monday’s Games Washington 5, Colorado 2 N.Y. Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 1 St. Louis 4, Arizona 2 San Diego 3, San Francisco 2, 10 innings Tuesday’s Games Colorado at Washington, late Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 1 N.Y. Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 0 L.A. Dodgers at Cincinnati, late Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 3, 10 innings Florida at Houston, late St. Louis at Arizona (Haren 1-1), late San Francisco at San Diego, late Wednesday’s Games San Francisco (Wellemeyer 0-2) at San Diego (Garland 0-2), 6:35 p.m. Colorado (Hammel 0-1) at Washington (Lannan 1-1), 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Gallardo 0-2) at Pittsburgh (Duke 2-0), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Silva 1-0) at N.Y. Mets (O.Perez 0-1), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Kuroda 1-0) at Cincinnati (Harang 0-2), 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 3-0) at Atlanta (T.Hudson 1-0), 7:10 p.m. Florida (Jo.Johnson 1-1) at Houston (Norris 1-1), 8:05 p.m. St. Louis (Carpenter 2-0) at Arizona (E.Jackson 1-1), 9:40 p.m. American League Tampa Bay New York Toronto Boston Baltimore Minnesota Detroit Cleveland Kansas City Chicago Oakland Los Angeles Seattle Texas

East Division W L Pct 10 3 .769 9 3 .750 8 6 .571 4 9 .308 2 12 .143 Central Division W L Pct 9 4 .692 7 6 .538 6 6 .500 5 8 .385 4 9 .308 West Division W L Pct 9 5 .643 7 7 .500 7 7 .500 5 7 .417

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Sunday’s Games Cleveland 7, Chicago White Sox 4 N.Y. Yankees 5, Texas 2 L.A. Angels 3, Toronto 1 Tampa Bay 7, Boston 1 Kansas City 10, Minnesota 5 Baltimore 8, Oakland 3 Detroit 4, Seattle 2 Monday’s Games Tampa Bay 8, Boston 2 Toronto 8, Kansas City 1 L.A. Angels 2, Detroit 0 Seattle 8, Baltimore 2 Tuesday’s Games Toronto 4, Kansas City 3 Texas at Boston, late Cleveland at Minnesota, late Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox, late Detroit at L.A. Angels, late N.Y. Yankees at Oakland, late Baltimore at Seattle, late Wednesday’s Games Kansas City (Greinke 0-2) at Toronto (Marcum 0-1), 12:37 p.m. Texas (Harrison 0-1) at Boston (Beckett 1-0), 7:10 p.m. Cleveland (D.Huff 1-1) at Minnesota (Liriano 1-0), 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (W.Davis 0-1) at Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 2-1), 8:10 p.m. Detroit (Bonderman 1-1) at L.A. Angels (Jer. Weaver 2-0), 10:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 1-0) at Oakland (Sheets 1-0), 10:05 p.m.

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FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Cleveland 2, Chicago 0 Saturday, April 17: Cleveland 96, Chicago 83 Monday, April 19: Cleveland 112, Chicago 102 Thursday, April 22: Cleveland at Chicago, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25: Cleveland at Chicago, 3:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Chicago at Cleveland, TBD x-Thursday, April 29: Cleveland at Chicago, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: Chicago at Cleveland, TBD Orlando 1, Charlotte 0 Sunday, April 18: Orlando 98, Charlotte 89 Wednesday, April 21: Charlotte at Orlando, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24: Orlando at Charlotte, 2 p.m. Monday, April 26: Orlando at Charlotte, TBD x-Wednesday, April 28: Charlotte at Orlando, TBD x-Friday, April 30: Orlando at Charlotte, TBD x-Sunday, May 2: Charlotte at Orlando, TBD Atlanta 2, Milwaukee 0 Saturday, April 17: Atlanta 102, Milwaukee 92 Tuesday, April 20: Atlanta 96, Milwaukee 86 Saturday, April 24: Atlanta at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Monday, April 26: Atlanta at Milwaukee, TBD x-Wednesday, April 28: Milwaukee at Atlanta, TBD x-Friday, April 30: Atlanta at Milwaukee, TBD x-Sunday, May 2: Milwaukee at Atlanta, TBD Boston 1, Miami 0 Saturday, April 17: Boston 85, Miami 76 Tuesday, April 20: Miami at Boston, late Friday, April 23: Boston at Miami, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25: Boston at Miami, 1 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Miami at Boston, TBD x-Thursday, April 29: Boston at Miami, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: Miami at Boston, TBD WESTERN CONFERENCE L.A. Lakers 1, Oklahoma City 0 Sunday, April 18: L.A. Lakers 87, Oklahoma City 79 Tuesday, April 20: Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, late Thursday, April 22: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, TBD x-Friday, April 30: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, TBD x-Sunday, May 2: Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, TBD Dallas 1, San Antonio 0 Sunday, April 18: Dallas 100, San Antonio 94 Wednesday, April 21: San Antonio at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 23: Dallas at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25: Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: San Antonio at Dallas, TBD x-Thursday, April 29: Dallas at San Antonio, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: San Antonio at Dallas, TBD Portland 1, Phoenix 0 Sunday, April 18: Portland 105, Phoenix 100 Tuesday, April 20: Portland at Phoenix, late Thursday, April 22: Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m. Saturday, April 24: Phoenix at Portland, 4:30 p.m. x-Monday, April 26: Portland at Phoenix, TBD x-Thursday, April 29: Phoenix at Portland, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: Portland at Phoenix, TBD Denver 1, Utah 1 Saturday, April 17: Denver 126, Utah 113 Monday, April 19: Utah 114, Denver 111 Friday, April 23: Denver at Utah, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25: Denver at Utah, 9:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Utah at Denver, TBD x-Friday, April 30: Denver at Utah, TBD x-Sunday, May 2: Utah at Denver, TBD

HOCKEY National Hockey League Playoff Glance FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Washington 2, Montreal 1 Thursday, April 15: Montreal 3, Washington 2, OT Saturday, April 17: Washington 6, Montreal 5, OT Monday, April 19: Washington 5, Montreal 1 Wednesday, April 21: Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m. Friday, April 23: Montreal at Washington, 7 p.m. x-Monday, April 26: Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 1 Wednesday, April 14: Philadelphia 2, New Jersey 1 Friday, April 16: New Jersey 5, Philadelphia 3 Sunday, April 18: Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2, OT Tuesday, April 20: Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 1 Thursday, April 22: Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m. x-Sunday, April 25: New Jersey at Philadelphia, TBD x-Tuesday, April 27: Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Boston 2, Buffalo 1 Thursday, April 15: Buffalo 2, Boston 1 Saturday, April 17: Boston 5, Buffalo 3 Monday, April 19: Boston 2, Buffalo 1 Wednesday, April 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. Friday, April 23: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m. x-Monday, April 26: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh 3, Ottawa 1 Wednesday, April 14: Ottawa 5, Pittsburgh 4 Friday, April 16: Pittsburgh 2, Ottawa 1 Sunday, April 18: Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 2 Tuesday, April 20: Pittsburgh 7, Ottawa 4 Thursday, April 22: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. x-Saturday, April 24: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE Colorado 2, San Jose 1 Wednesday, April 14: Colorado 2, San Jose 1 Friday, April 16: San Jose 6, Colorado 5, OT Sunday, April 18: Colorado 1, San Jose 0, OT Tuesday, April 20: San Jose at Colorado, late Thursday, April 22: Colorado at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. x-Saturday, April 24: San Jose at Colorado, TBD x-Monday, April 26: Colorado at San Jose, TBD Nashville 1, Chicago 1 Friday, April 16: Nashville 4, Chicago 1 Sunday, April 18: Chicago 2, Nashville 0 Tuesday, April 20: Chicago at Nashville, late Thursday, April 22: Chicago at Nashville, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24: Nashville at Chicago, 3 p.m. x-Monday, April 26: Chicago at Nashville, TBD x-Wednesday, April 28: Nashville at Chicago, TBD Los Angeles 2, Vancouver 1 Thursday, April 15: Vancouver 3, Los Angeles 2, OT Saturday, April 17: Los Angeles 3, Vancouver 2, OT Monday, April 19: Los Angeles 5, Vancouver 3 Wednesday, April 21: Vancouver at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Friday, April 23: Los Angeles at Vancouver, 10 p.m. x-Sunday, April 25: Vancouver at Los Angeles, TBD x-Tuesday, April 27: Los Angeles at Vancouver, TBD Phoenix 2, Detroit 2 Wednesday, April 14: Phoenix 3, Detroit 2 Friday, April 16: Detroit 7, Phoenix 4 Sunday, April 18: Phoenix 4, Detroit 2 Tuesday, April 20: Detroit 3, Phoenix 0 Friday, April 23: Detroit at Phoenix, 10 p.m. x-Sunday, April 25: Phoenix at Detroit, 2 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Detroit at Phoenix, TBD

RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup Points Leaders 1, Jimmie Johnson, 1,248. 2, Matt Kenseth, 1,140. 3, Greg Biffle, 1,120. 4, Kevin Harvick, 1,107. 5, Jeff Gordon, 1,028. 6, Kyle Busch, 1,020. 7, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1,013. 8, Jeff Burton, 1,005. 9, Kurt Busch, 999. 10, Mark Martin, 994. 11, Denny Hamlin, 973. 12, Joey Logano, 941. 13, Tony Stewart, 941. 14, Clint Bowyer, 940. 15, Carl Edwards, 937. 16, Ryan Newman, 932. 17, Martin Truex Jr., 918. 18, Paul Menard, 869. 19, Brian Vickers, 835. 20, Scott Speed, 831. NASCAR Nationwide Points Leaders 1. Kyle Busch, 1,154. 2. Brad Keselowski, 1,134. 3. Kevin Harvick, 1,089. 4. Justin Allgaier, 1,053. 5. Carl Edwards, 1,048. 6. Paul Menard, 938. 7. Joey Logano, 903. 8. Greg Biffle, 864. 9. Scott Lagasse Jr., 754. 10. Brendan Gaughan, 751. 11. Jason Leffler, 739. 12. Steve Wallace, 738.

Brown: Magic not taking Bobcats seriously enough

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown assembled his team for practice Tuesday, delivering a fiery message to his players. “Yesterday, Orlando took the day off,” Brown said. “That’s how East Rutherford 6, Patton 4 ... seriously they’re taking us.” Brown and the Bobcats are MORGANTON — Drew Reynolds smashed a two-run home run, Blake Myers and Trent Dorsey looking for the franchise’s first playoff victory. And he is makeach had two run hits and the Cavaliers took a ing sure they’re willing to work share of the conference lead with a 6-4 win over for it. Patton, Tuesday. While the Magic didn’t officialDakotah Thomas earned the win from the hill, ly practice Monday, most players with Reynolds picking up a save. Thomas allowed seven hits and walked seven, but he registered nine worked out at the team’s facility. Charlotte had organized team Ks. East is now 16-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference practices during both off days, searching for any means neceswith the win. Patton falls to 7-1 and 15-3 overall.

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National Basketball Association Playoff Glance

x-Wednesday, April 28: Montreal at Washington, TBD

sary to even the series. Game 2 is on Wednesday night. Charlotte swingman Gerald Wallace went out of his way for the second straight day to make sure it was known his team is not intimidated by the Magic’s Dwight Howard, who blocked nine shots in the opener and won the NBA’s defensive player of the year award for the two years in a row Wednesday. “Dwight’s going to be Dwight,” Wallace said. “We can’t treat him like he’s Michael Jordan.” The Magic are expecting so much. But they do want more from their star duo.

The Howard-Vince Carter pairing fell flat in its playoff debut offensively. Howard had five points and seven rebounds; Carter had 12 points on 4 for 19 shooting. Both attributed the poor showing to being too hyped up. Howard was texting and calling Carter in the middle of the night before the opener, admitting later he was overanxious. The two have since talked privately about controlling their emotions, knowing they’ll need to produce more if the Magic want to compete for a title. No more late-night chats before games, either.

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Panthers will open at Giants n Carolina’s

2010 season will include visit from Julius Peppers By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer

Associated Press

Duke’s Kyle Singler passes during an NCAA college basketball tournament game in Houston in this March 26, 2010 file photo. Singler, the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, announced Monday night, April 19, that he will return to school for his senior season.

Singler feels good about his decision to stay By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer

DURHAM — In the end, Kyle Singler made it sound simple. The Duke star wanted one more year of being a college student more than making an early jump to the NBA. “I couldn’t have gone wrong with either decision,” Singler said Tuesday. “With that, the pressure was lighter. Making my decision to come back to school, I feel really good about it.” Singler, the most outstanding player at the Final Four in Duke’s run to a fourth national championship, said he tried to be open-minded about the decision, even imagining what life would be like if he stayed or if he left for the NBA. But the 6-foot8 junior settled over the weekend on returning to savor the opportunity that comes with being a senior leader on a team aiming to defend its title. In a news conference, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Singler kept telling him and his parents three things while weighing the decision. “The No. 1 thing was — and he said this to his mom more than he did to me — he said, ’I love Duke. I love going to school here,”’ Krzyzewski said. “The second thing was, ’I can get better. I want to be the best player when I do make that step and I think that I can improve here to do that.’ “The third thing ... he said, ’I don’t want to miss out on the things that will happen to me as a senior.”’ Krzyzewski said he and his staff reached out to about half the NBA teams to gauge where Singler might be drafted, learning that Singler would likely have been a middle to late first-round pick. “Everybody’s positive about Kyle,” he said. “Kyle will be a pro. He’ll be a great player for us next year. My feeling is when he goes to the NBA, he should be an outstanding player and not just be in the NBA.” Singler averaged nearly 18 points and seven rebounds for Duke (35-5), which edged Butler 61-59 in Indianapolis for the national title. As part of the high-scoring “Big Three” along with graduating senior Jon Scheyer and junior Nolan Smith, Singler had 17 games at least 20 points to go with seven double-doubles. Singler was also most valuable player of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, helping Duke win it for the ninth time in 12 seasons. “Overall, I just had a great time,” Singler said. “Just being a part of that team helped me as a basketball player because you’re with guys that you enjoy being around it and you find if you surround yourself with good people, good things will happen.” Krzyzewski said Singler will still play primarily on the perimeter next season, though his versatility will allow him to play inside more.

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CHARLOTTE — After routing the New York Giants in the last game at their old stadium, the Panthers will be their opponent again for the first regular-season game in their expensive new home. Carolina’s 2010 schedule also includes an early visit by Julius Peppers, and four of the final six games on the road, highlighted by a nationally televised Thursday game at Pittsburgh. The 16-game schedule released Tuesday night sends the Panthers to East Rutherford, N.J., for the opener against the Giants on Sept. 12. It’ll be the first NFL game that counts in the $1.6 billion Meadowlands Stadium, which will also be home to the Jets. The Panthers beat the Giants 41-9 in their final game at Giants Stadium in December. Carolina, which opens on the road for the third time in four seasons, will play the next two weeks at home against NFC South rival Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. After a visit to Super Bowl champion New Orleans on Oct. 3, the most anticipated visit to Charlotte by an opposing player happens on Oct. 10. Peppers, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end who bolted Carolina in free agency, will come to Bank of America Stadium with the Chicago Bears. The Panthers will then have their bye the following Sunday in Week 6. The Panthers would be wise to get off to a quick start, because the Panthers won’t be home

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Former Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers will return to Bank of America Stadium with his new team, the Chicago Bears on Oct. 10. Panthers 2010 Schedule

Sept. 12 at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Sept. 19 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Sept. 26 Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Oct. 10 Chicago, 1 p.m. Oct. 17 BYE Oct. 24 San Francisco, 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Nov. 7 New Orleans, 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Nov. 21 Baltimore, 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Dec. 12 Atlanta, 1 p.m. Dec. 19 Arizona, 1 p.m. Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. Jan. 2 at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

much the final month of the season. After visiting Cleveland on Nov. 28 and Seattle a week later, the Panthers host Atlanta on Dec. 12 and Arizona a week later. Just four days later, the Panthers visit the Steelers on Dec. 23 in a game that will be

televised by NFL Network. The regular-season finale is also on the road, when the Panthers face the Falcons on Jan. 2 for the second time in four games. “We will have a young team and opening against the Giants on the road will be an exciting challenge,” coach John Fox said in a statement. “So much can change during the course of a season that it’s difficult to say how a schedule will play out, but it is good to know the flow of how the games are scheduled.” Thanks in part to playing the relatively weak NFC West, Carolina’s schedule is softer compared to last season, when it had the second-toughest slate based on the previous season’s records. The Panthers’ opponents had a cumulative record of 122-134 in 2009, making the schedule the sixth easiest out of 32 teams.

Panthers don’t expect to trade up into 1st round CHARLOTTE (AP) — The lights will be on in the Carolina Panthers’ war room on Thursday night. The seats will be filled, the phones will be in use and the draft board will get tweaked. They just probably won’t get to participate in the NFL draft until a day later. Despite their history of bold, draft-day deals, general manager Marty Hurney doesn’t expect the Panthers to trade into the first round this year. “You never know, but I’d say it’s probably unlikely,” Hurney said Tuesday. “It would probably be very hard to do. I don’t think you ever want to cross anything off, but obviously I think it would be hard.” The Panthers dealt this year’s first-round pick to San Francisco a year ago to take defensive end Everette Brown in the second round. The Panthers traded a future first-round pick in 2008, too, to get another first so they could take starting right tackle Jeff Otah. With urgent holes at defensive end and receiver, the Panthers would seemingly want a first-round pick to get an immediate impact player. But with a draft Hurney calls deep in the first three rounds, Carolina isn’t interested in surrendering numerous late-round picks to move up. If they stand pat, the Panthers wouldn’t choose until the second round and 48th overall on Friday night. Carolina also has a third-round selection on the second day. The final four rounds are Saturday, with the Panthers holding six picks. “I think you’d like as many picks as you can have,” Hurney said. “We’re always open-minded to anything, but I think it’s going to be hard to give up draft picks.” The draft comes amid uncertainty with the Panthers, who have spent the offseason shedding veterans while coach John Fox prepares to enter the final year of his contract.

Rams, Redskins swap ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Washington Redskins have acquired former first-round pick Adam Carriker from the St. Louis Rams in an extremely low-cost deal that provides an option along the defensive line if Albert Haynesworth is traded. The Redskins got a great price Tuesday for the 13th overall pick in 2007. They swapped fifthround picks with the Rams, moving down 28 spots in that round, but in a swap of seventh-rounders Washington actually moved up three spots.

Hurney’s contract also is scheduled to run out in June, but he appears safe. Hurney replied “I’m good” when asked about his future, but declined to say if he’s been offered or signed an extension. “I figure if I do my job I’ll be here and if I don’t I won’t,” Hurney said. “I’ve never been one to worry about that stuff. Panthers GM I’m more worried about who we get in the second round.” Hurney is also trying to get his restricted free agents under contract. He said linebacker Thomas Davis and cornerback Richard Marshall are the final two who haven’t signed their tenders. Marshall, who received only the second-round tender worth $1.759 million, hasn’t participated in the team’s offseason conditioning program. When asked if Marshall would attend next week’s minicamp, Hurney replied “I’m assuming so.” Marshall wouldn’t be required to participate and couldn’t be fined if he hasn’t signed his oneyear deal. But the No. 1 priority for Hurney now is filling holes in the draft. Defensive end Julius Peppers’ departure in free agency leaves a pass-rushing void. Carolina also has no backup to new starting quarterback Matt Moore, and no clear No. 2 receiver after Steve Smith. “Our philosophy all along has been to build through the draft,” Hurney said. “I think we’re counting on a lot of young guys we’ve drafted in recent years step up and fill roles.”

I figure if I do my job I’ll be here and if I don’t I won’t. I’ve never been one to worry about that stuff. I’m more worried about who we get in the second round. Marty Hurney

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Nation Today Shuttle back on Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Shuttle Discovery and its astronauts returned safely to Earth on Tuesday after making a rare flyover of America’s heartland to wrap up their 15-day, 6 million-mile journey to the International Space Station. The touchdown was delayed by rain and fog that dissipated as the sun rose, allowing Mission Control to take advantage of the morning’s second landing opportunity. Shuttle commander Alan Poindexter held a small U.S. flag as he stood in front of Discovery, two hours later, and described the “beautiful entry.�

NYC doormen eye strike

NEW YORK (AP) — They sign for deliveries, hail taxis, fix leaky faucets and, of course, open doors. Nearly 1 million New York City apartment dwellers rely on doormen and other building workers to make life in a high-rise run smoothly. But 30,000 doormen, concierges, porters and handymen were threatening to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, worrying many tenants. “What do we do with the trash?� said Stafanie Howarth, who lives in a brick apartment tower in Greenwich Village. “Do we bring it outside? I don’t know.� The union members work at luxury buildings with grand marble lobbies and at modest buildings for

middle-class tenants. They mop the hallways, admit visitors and accept deliveries of groceries and Chinese food. Some will walk a tenant’s dog or assemble Ikea furniture.

Ex-mayor in trouble DETROIT (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick violated terms of his probation by failing to report some of his assets but held off deciding whether to send him to jail. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner said Kilpatrick could remain free on bond pending his sentencing on May 20, but strongly suggested Kilpatrick may be headed to jail and ordered state corrections officials to prepare a pre-sentence report and submit it to the court.

Attorneys sue cardinals LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Mexican citizen filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday accusing Roman Catholic cardinals in Mexico City and Los Angeles of conspiring to shelter a Mexican pedophile priest in both countries. The lawsuit alleges then-Bishop Norberto Rivera, head of the Diocese of Tehuacan, and Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony shuttled the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera between the U.S. and Mexico in the late 1980s to shield him from prosecution.

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Clarke County Det. Rebecca Croxton comforts a newborn whose mother was fatally shot at the scene of a multiple domestic shooting in Southeastern Clarke County, Ga. on Tuesday. Law enforcement personnel say the suspect, a 28-year-old living with Asperger syndrome, allegedly shot and wounded his 63-year-old mother, 31-year old sister and killed his 29-year-old sister before shooting himself in the chest.

Hospital shooter had grudge against doctor KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A mentally ill convenience store operator took a revolver with him to look for the doctor he believed implanted a tracking device in his body during an appendectomy in 2001. Told the doctor wasn’t at the hospital, he went to a nearby parking lot and opened fire on three hospital workers he apparently didn’t know, killing one of them. Gunman Abdo Ibssa (AB’-doh IHB’-sah) entered a medical tower near Parkwest Medical Center before Monday’s attack and asked for the doctor who performed the appendectomy, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said. Unable to find the doctor, Ibssa went to another area where patients are discharged and opened fire on the women as they walked out of the building. Ibssa, who police believe had been skipping doses of medication for psychotic behavior, killed himself to end the shooting, which occurred a day before his 39th birthday. “There was less than 5 seconds from the time of the first shot until the last shot,� Owen said at a news conference Tuesday. Investigators found a note at Ibssa’s

Knoxville apartment in which the gunman said the doctor had implanted a chip that was being used to track his movements, Owen said. Ibssa had a successful appendectomy at Premier Surgical Associates in November 2001 and suffered no complications, according to a statement from CEO Kevin Burris. Police and Burris declined to identify the doctor who treated him, but Burris confirmed that Ibssa was at the medical office Monday looking for the surgeon. Haloperidol, an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and Tourette syndrome, was also found at Ibssa’s apartment, but investigators believe he hadn’t been using it, Owen said. Owen said relatives of the naturalized citizen from Ethiopia had him committed for mental treatment in February. Also found during the search were a second handgun, a bag of marijuana and a copy of the book “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception� — a reproduction of a Cold War-era CIA handbook on the use of illusion and deception for acts of espionage.

Report bashes school lunches WASHINGTON (AP) — Too fat to fight? Many American children are so overweight from being fed french fries, pizza and other unhealthy foods at school lunchrooms that they cannot handle the physical rigors of being in the military, a group of retired officers say in a new report. National security is threatened by the sharp rise in obesity rates for young people over the last 15 years, the group Mission: Readiness contends. Weight problems are now the leading medical reason that recruits are rejected, the group says, and thus jeopardize the military’s ability to fill its ranks. In a report released Tuesday, the group says that 9 million young

adults, or 27 percent of all Americans ages 17 to 24, are too fat to join the military. The retired officers were on Capitol Hill advocating for passage of a wide-ranging nutrition bill that aims to make the nation’s school lunches healthier. The military group acknowledges that other things keep young adults out of the armed services, such as a criminal record or the lack of a high school diploma. Although all branches of the military now meet or exceed recruitment goals, retired Navy Rear Adm. James Barnett Jr., a member of the officers group, says the obesity trend could affect that.


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Earnings and energy news give stocks lift

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks resumed their advance after investors got the numbers they wanted from first-quarter earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 25 points Tuesday for its eighth gain in nine days. Broader indexes posted bigger percentage increases after a mixed finish Monday. Investors set aside some concerns about the government’s civil fraud case against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and looked to profit numbers. Beyond those reports, a bounce in the price of crude oil after a two-week slide helped energy stocks. Harley-Davidson Inc., industrial equipment maker Illinois Tool Works Inc., and regional bank Marshall & Ilsley Corp. rose after reporting earnings. Goldman Sachs said its first-quarter profit nearly doubled on higher trading revenue. However, the stock fell 2 percent on concerns about the company’s legal troubles. After the closing bell, Apple Inc. said its firstquarter profit jumped 90 percent after it sold more of its iPhone smart phones. The stock rose about 6 percent in electronic trading after ending the regular session lower. Futures contracts for the technology-heavy Nasdaq 100 index rose 0.6 percent following Apple’s report. James Meyer, chief investment officer at Tower Bridge Advisors in Conshohocken, Pa., said stocks aren’t as likely to leap higher because expectations have risen. “We all know now that the economy is recovering at a rate that is faster than we thought two or three weeks ago and the market has adjusted,” Meyer said. He said that could bring more volatility in the coming weeks when investors start looking for something else to move the market. Stocks have rocketed higher since major indexes hit 12-year lows more than 13 months ago. Tuesday’s advance extended a streak of steady gains seen in the past two months. Improving economic and earnings reports have given investors more confidence that the economy will mount a sustained recovery. The Dow rose 25.01, or 0.2 percent, to 11,117.06. A drop in shares of IBM Corp. following its earnings report held the Dow to a more modest advance than other indexes. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 9.65, or 0.8 percent, to 1,207.17. The Nasdaq composite index advanced 20.20, or 0.8 percent, to 2,500.31. Four stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume came to 5.3 billion shares, compared with 6.6 billion Monday. The Dow rose 73 points Monday after being lower throughout much of the day on concerns about the fallout from the charges against Goldman. Bond prices were mixed. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was unchanged at 3.80 percent from late Monday. The dollar was mixed and gold rose. Crude oil for May delivery rose $2 to $83.45 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has fallen in eight of the past nine trading days since reaching $87 per barrel.

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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Schapiro testify before the House Financial Services Committee regarding financial reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Associated Press

SEC chief vows closer watch WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday pledged better oversight of the nation’s largest banks after criticism that the agency failed to spot accounting tricks at investment bank Lehman Brothers before it collapsed. Chairman Mary Schapiro told a congressional panel that the agency has sent letters to 19 banks seeking information about whether they are using accounting tricks that a bankruptcy examiner said masked the bank’s precarious financial condition. Lehman failed in September 2008 in the largest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history. Schapiro, who was not with the SEC at the time, said the agency is scrutinizing Lehman’s use of the accounting move, known as Repo 105, that allowed it to mask its weakness. Her testimony follows widespread criticism that the SEC failed to properly monitor Wall Street ahead of the Great Recession, and after the agency filed civil fraud charges Friday against Goldman Sachs. Tuesday’s hearing examining what led to Lehman’s meltdown drew lawmakers into a partisan squabble over the Obama administration’s push for financial regulatory reform. Republicans pointed to the track records of the SEC and other agencies as evidence that more regulation won’t prevent future meltdowns. Lehman’s collapse was the biggest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history and threw global financial markets into crisis. Schapiro said the SEC is examining “the truthfulness of the disclosure” in Lehman’s finan-

cial filings. “It’s not clear any action by the SEC could have saved Lehman Brothers, but we are determined to use the lessons of that experience to be more effective,” Schapiro said. “More vigorous oversight and a new approach are essential.” Richard Fuld, Lehman’s former CEO, said he has “absolutely no recollection whatsoever” of any documents related to the so-called Repo 105 accounting maneuver. After reviewing the transactions, he said the firm complied with accounting standards. Fuld expressed regret about the company’s collapse. “One day we had a firm,” he said. “The next day we did not. A lot of people got hurt by that, and I have to live with that.” Michael Lee, a former Lehman vice president, testified that he tried to alert Lehman managers to concerns he had about Lehman’s accounting. He sent a letter in May 2008 to top executives. After that, he said, “somebody came into my office, pulled me out and fired me on the spot.” The bankruptcy examiner, Anton Valukas, criticized the company and the SEC. “Although the public had a right to expect that firms like Lehman were being regulated in a meaningful way, in reality, they were not,” Valukas told lawmakers. Regulators, he said, missed opportunities to alter Lehman’s conduct “before its situation had reached the point of no return.” In his report last month, Valukas disclosed that Lehman put together complex transactions that allowed the firm to

sell securities — mainly those made up of mortgages — at the end of a quarter. That wiped them off its balance sheet, avoiding the scrutiny of regulators and shareholders. Then the bank quickly repurchased them — hence the term “repo.” Valukas’ report reached no conclusion on whether executives violated securities laws. But it did suggest there may be enough evidence to support civil damages in a trial. Two lawmakers testified at the hearing that Lehman’s meltdown cost school districts, local governments and hospitals millions, forcing them to make cutbacks. Another lawmaker said numerous governments and hospitals in his state suffered huge losses. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said at the hearing that Lehman’s collapse highlights why the Obama administration’s proposal to reform the financial system is needed. That legislation includes a mechanism to allow the government to safely wind down ailing financial companies whose collapse could take down the entire financial system and the broader economy. Republicans asserted that regulators’ failure to prevent Lehman’s collapse is proof that the proposed financial reforms won’t work either. “Republicans accused Democrats of trying to continue federal bailouts by injecting more money into Wall Street companies. But the committee’s chairman, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., called that a “blatant mischaracterization,” arguing that “no money can be spent in these cases until the institution is out of business.”


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Goldman case fuel for financial reform battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fraud lawsuit against Goldman Sachs became a political weapon for Democrats Monday as they fought for Republican support for a sweeping financial regulatory bill. Republicans remained unswayed in opposition. Democrats argued that the legislation, aimed at avoiding a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis, would help prevent financial firms from misleading investors — the charge made by the Securities and Exchange commission in a lawsuit against Goldman on Friday. But the legislation would have only an indirect affect, at best, on such activities. The proposed overhaul would change the way investors buy and sell derivatives — complex products whose values are based on the values of other investments. At the heart of the Goldman charges were deals involving numerous derivatives. The largely Democraticwritten bill coming before the Senate this week would merely make the buying and selling of those derivatives more open. It would not prevent the kind of complex bundling that many believe contributed to the national mortgage bust and subsequent financial crisis and

port the fund and would not object to having it removed. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner restated that sentiment to her in a meeting Monday. But Democrats want evidence that removing that element from the bill would result in Republican votes. Several Republicans said there were other issues they wanted addressed before agreeing to let formal debate begin. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges Friday against Goldman Sachs, contending the bank misled investors about the risks surrounding the securities. Associated Press

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, left, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., speak to reporters about financial reform on Wall Street during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Monday,

recession. Nonetheless, Democrats were betting that the case would change the political dynamic in the Senate. Several Republicans did not dispute that the allegations against a Wall Street giant could affect the terms of the debate. “Let there be no doubt, in my mind, our bill would have prevented that kind of events

from happening, in my view, and that’s what the public needs to know,” Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said. “By not enacting our legislation, by filibustering it, stopping it, we leave the American public vulnerable once again to the kind of shenanigans that have occurred in our large financial institutions across this country.”

Dodd left open the possibility of removing from the bill a $50 billion fund that would be used to liquidate “too big to fail” firms. The fund, which would be financed by big banks, has become a target of Republicans who say it would merely encourage banks and their creditors to take unnecessary risks. The Obama administration has said it does not sup-

Goldman is charged with one of the oldest and most basic securities offenses: misleading clients about the investments they are buying. The product in question is complex and new, but the government’s job is the same: show that Goldman withheld important information. Whether or not the legislation would address the specific issue that the SEC has raised, it was widely noted that Wall Street was in the midst of another scandal just as the bill was about to hit the Senate.

Support growing for bank tax proposal by Claire Daigle

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new tax on large banks is picking up support in Congress as Democrats target financial institutions that benefited from the Wall Street bailout to help pay for their jobs program and other election-year initiatives. One senator, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday he wants to include the bank tax in a bill stiffening financial regulations, an idea rejected by Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. Including the bank tax in the financial regulations bill could make it harder to get Republican support because GOP lawmakers have generally opposed the tax. Republican leaders appeared Tuesday to soften their opposition to the financial overhaul bill, praising bipartisan negotiations

that continue to take place. And President Barack Obama telephoned newly elected GOP Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts seeking support for the measure. “I’m convinced now that there is a new element of seriousness attached to this, rather than just trying to score political points,” said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Dodd and the banking committee’s ranking Republican, Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, held their second bargaining session of the week Tuesday. They also met to discuss the legislation last week. “I believe we’re going to get ourselves a bipartisan bill,” Shelby said. The tax on bank liabilities, which President Barack Obama first proposed in January, would raise an esti-

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extend about $26 billion in tax cuts that expired at the end of 2009, though the chambers have been unable to agree on how to finance them. The tax breaks include a property tax deduction for people who don’t itemize, lucrative credits that help businesses finance research and development and a sales tax deduction that mainly helps people in the nine states without income taxes. The banking industry argues the new tax would reduce lending and increase fees for consumers, just as the economy is starting to pick up. “It’s certainly easy to demagogue the financial services industry right now,” Scott Talbott, senior vice president of government affairs for the Financial Services Roundtable, said in an interview.

ACORN on ‘life support’ NEW YORK (AP) — The head of activist group ACORN came to a federal court Tuesday to observe a legal fight over its funding and said the group was on “life support” after waves of bad publicity and an attempt by Congress to cut off its money. Bertha Lewis, the chief executive officer for the group, said ACORN was getting by on about $4 million annually rather than its one-time $25 million budget and had reduced its staff to four, down from between 350 and 600 employees. “We’re still alive. We’re limping

along. We’re on life support,” Lewis said in an interview just after a government lawyer asked a federal appeals court to temporarily block a judge’s ruling that it was unconstitutional for Congress to cut funding to ACORN. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan did not immediately rule on the request after hearing arguments. If granted, a stay of the lowercourt order would remain in place until full arguments on the issue can be heard during the summer.

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Activist says N. Koreans torpedoed ship Passengers arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport after flying in on a British Airways flight from Vancouver, the first to land at the airport after Britain’s skies reopened Tuesday. Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul-based activist alleged Tuesday that a squad of North Korean soldiers was behind last month’s deadly sinking of a South Korean frigate. The activist cited a North Korean military officer claiming knowledge of the plot. The unidentified officer said a North Korean semi-submersible vessel carrying 13 crewmembers fired a torpedo at the Cheonan, according to Choi Sung-yong, who said he had spoken to the officer by telephone several times in recent days. The claim could not be verified, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said it could not confirm the allegation. An explosion split the 1,200-ton Cheonan in two on March 26 while the ship was on a routine patrolling mission in the western waters near the tense maritime border with North Korea. Fiftyeight sailors were rescued, but at least 38 died and eight are missing. The military officer told Choi the soldiers are being hailed as heroes in North Korea, Choi told People in the area are disturbed The Associated Press. by this,” said Kristin Vogfjord, Seoul has not openly blamed Pyongyang for the a geologist at the Icelandic Met sinking of the Cheonan, one of South Korea’s worst Office. naval disasters. North Korea has denied involveLand and water at farms in the ment. ash zone have suffered since the However, communist North Korea has a record volcano’s eruption, with normal- of attacking the South, its wartime rival, and susly green pastures turned black picion of North Korean involvement is growing in and hard by the ash. Seoul. South Korean officials said they were invesVigtus Andresson said grazing tigating the possibility that a North Korean mine land and water on his farm near or torpedo struck the warship. the town of Hvolsvollur were The two Koreas have never signed a peace treaty contaminated, making it necsince the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce. essary to evacuate many of the Their militaries have clashed three times in the horses and sheep he raises there. Yellow Sea, most recently in November. A North He said he also must slaughter Korean sailor was killed and three others wounded some of his 29 horses because in that battle, South Korean officials said. there is no place for them to go. Choi, whose father was abducted to North Korea Scientists were worried that decades ago, heads an association of relatives of the eruption could trigger an abductees. Now an activist, he has been involved in even larger eruption at the near- bringing South Korean abductees and prisoners of by Katla volcano, which sits on war out of North Korea, and claims to have regular the massive Myrdalsjokull icecontact with several North Koreans, including the cap. Its last major eruption was military officer. in 1918. He said the North Korean officer told him leader “The activity of one volcano Kim Jong Il ordered troops to retaliate during a sometimes triggers the next visit to the western North Korean port of Nampo one, and Katla has been active right after the November defeat. Choi declined to together with Eyjafjallajokull in identify the North Korean officer. His claim first the past,” said Pall Einarsson, was reported in Seoul’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper. professor of geophysics at the A November dispatch in the official Korean Institute of Earth Sciences at the Central News Agency said Kim inspected a navy University of Iceland. command but did not say where. Volcano experts say that Since then, two top North Korean military leadshould such an eruption occur, ers, Vice Marshal Kim Il Chol and Gen. U Tong air travelers might expect more Chuk, have made frequent visits to Nampo to map disruptions, depending on preout military operations, while a naval commander, vailing winds. Of Iceland’s eight Jong Myong Do, stayed to monitor the operation, volcanic eruptions in the last the officer told Choi. 40 years, only the recent one at KCNA reported on April 14 that U and Jong were Eyjafjallajokull was followed by promoted last week as part of celebrations on the winds blowing southeast toward 98th anniversary of North Korea founder Kim Il northern Europe. Sung’s birth, a major North Korean holiday. While seismic activity at the Speculation of North Korean involvement has volcano had increased, the ash mounted since the probe’s chief investigator said plume appeared to be shrinking Friday that an explosion appeared to have come — though it wasn’t moving very from outside the ship. A torpedo or mine are fast. among suspected culprits. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, making Sarah Holland of Britain’s a tearful address to the nation, vowed Monday to Meteorological office said the deal “resolutely and unwaveringly” with the outplume was being held over come of the investigation. Britain by a high pressure sysDefense Minister Kim Tae-young has said there tem that showed no signs of is no definitive evidence yet indicating North changing. Korean involvement.

Flights resume; chaos continues

LONDON (AP) — Europe’s busiest airport reopened Tuesday as air traffic across the continent lurched back to life. But the gridlock created by Iceland’s volcanic ash plume was far from over: Officials said it would be weeks before all stranded travelers could be brought home. Passengers wept with relief as flights took off from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, Amsterdam and elsewhere. A jetliner from Vancouver, British Columbia, was the first to land at London’s Heathrow airport, the continent’s busiest, since the volcano erupted last week. British Airways said it expected about two dozen flights from the United States, Africa and Asia to land by early Wednesday. Travelers cheered as the first European flights took off. Jenny Lynn Cohen, waiting at Charles de Gaulle to travel to San Francisco, had a boarding pass but could hardly believe she was going to fly. “I am a little afraid — I am hopeful that the plane will take off, and that it won’t meet with any volcanic ash,” she said. Chris James, arriving at Heathrow from Mauritius, told the British Broadcasting Corp. that passengers on his flight didn’t know they would land in London until 45 minutes before their plane touched down. “Initially it was quite a stressful situation, we didn’t know what was happening,” James said. The Eurocontrol air traffic agency said it expected just under half of the 27,500 flights over Europe to go ahead Tuesday, a marked improvement over the last few days. The agency predicted close to normal takeoffs by Friday. It was the first day since the April 14 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH-

lah-yer-kuhl) volcano — dormant for nearly 200 years — that travelers were given a reason for hope. “The situation today is much improved,” said Brian Flynn, deputy head of operations at the Brussels-based agency. Conditions changed fast. Airspace in Germany remained officially closed, but about 800 flights were allowed at low altitude. Rita and Peter Meyer said they had to share a hotel room with two strangers in Singapore while waiting to find a way home to Germany. News that they could fly to Frankfurt airport came as they slept. “Just after midnight — after an hour’s sleep — the phone rang (and they said), ’Everyone downstairs, get in taxis to the airport,”’ Rita Meyer said. But with more than 95,000 flights canceled in the last week alone, airlines faced the enormous task of working through the backlog to get passengers where they want to go — a challenge that could take days or even weeks. Passengers with current tickets were being given priority; those who had been stranded for days were told to either buy a new ticket or take their chances using the old one — a wait that could be days or weeks for the next available seat. “Once your flight’s canceled, you go to the back of the queue,” said Laurie Price, director of aviation strategy at consultant Mott Macdonald, who was stranded in Halifax, Canada. “It seems intrinsically unfair.” The volcano that prompted the turmoil continued to rumble, and tremors could be heard and felt as far as 15 miles (25 kilometers) from the crater. “It’s like a shaking in the belly.

China will hold day of mourning BEIJING, China (AP) — China announced a national day of mourning to be held Wednesday for victims of a devastating quake in a remote Tibetan region, as the death toll rose above 2,000. National flags will fly at half-staff across the country and at its embassies and consulates overseas, marking one week since the magnitude

Chinese officials said the death toll in remote Yushu county in western Qinghai province, high on the Tibetan plateau, rose to 2,039, while more than 12,000 people were hurt. Another 200 people remain missing.

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In honor of Administrative Professional Day, These businesses want to show appreciation for the valuable contributions made by administrative personnel in their organizations. Tracy Degree

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The Learning Tree

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Edward Jones Investments of Rutherfordton

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The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 — 1B


Where in the World is Wendell?


here in the world is Wendell? That’s the $64,000 question R-S Middle School eighth graders would like to know. And who came into R-S Middle and confiscated Wendell? As far as the English Honor Class at R-S Middle knows, he is a character in the book “Seedfolks” by Paul Fleischman. As Robyn Elliott’s students were reading the book recently, they were required to create life size character analysis’ of their respective assigned characters. Students created life size “Seedfolks” characters — Kim, Ana, Wendell, Leona, Sam, Virgil, Sae Young, Curtis, Nora, Maricela, Amir, and Florence — and appropriately hung the posters in the eighth grade building for their peers to enjoy. All was well and good as students and staff seemed to be enjoying the collection of characters until suddenly and without a word otherwise, Wendell went missing. Students, Elliott and other staff began feverishly to search trash cans and even the hall camera was viewed to identify the mysterious person who lifted Wendell from the hallway. But the amazing thing, several weeks after Wendell was taken from the school, postcards began arriving via U.S. Postal Service from the traveling Wendell, addressed to Robyn Elliott at R-S Middle. His whereabouts and the culprit who took him away is a daily conversation around school and the class has learned more geography in Honors English than it would have ever thought. They just can’t seem to find him. Wendell has been to Florida, Georgia, Texas, Washington, California, Nevada, New York , Hawaii, and Illinois before flying overseas where he remains today. The class has received post cards from all his stopping places and the odd thing is the postcards are marked from

the exact cities and countries visited. The students and Elliott are befuddled, they admitted last week when they talked about Wendell. “I really have no idea who is doing this, but it has been a wonderful experience for the kids, and me,” Elliott declares. Most of her students believe she hasn’t a clue where Wendell went, but a few are holding out opinions about their teacher’s knowledge of his whereabouts. Student Jordan Ann Owens thinks substitute teacher, Pat Cline, knows who captured Wendell. Cline, who was teaching the class when Elliott was on sick leave, mysteriously put a world map on the bulletin board just a couple days before the first postcard arrived from overseas. Hmm, that seemed odd. Some students believe the school staff knows about Wendell and students believe the staff has connected with various friends and pen pals around the world and they are sending the post cards from their home bases, all with updates from Wendell himself. Some of the postcards have a different handwriting but all the postcards are vintage types, “The janitor took it,” said another student. All trash cans were checked. No Wendell. When students received the first postcard from Florida, they were stunned. “We were walking out of the gym and Mrs. Elliott showed us the first postcard. We couldn’t believe it,” said one student. Mary Hamrick doesn’t think it is a joke because the postcards have been mailed from the places. Elliott continued, “The post cards have brought a new excitement to the class because of the many places Wendell has visited.” Students have also learned social studies, culture and language. “Wouldn’t it be something, if he showed up at Carowinds,” said one student. The students will travel to Carowinds on June 9. Another stu-

Text and photos by Jean Gordon From Florida to Hawaii and abroad, R-S Middle School eighth graders have received postcards from a life size poster character “Wendell,” which was discovered mysteriously missing from the school.

dent wondered if he’d show up all wet after a ride on the log flume. Another student believes he’ll show up before the end of school June 10 at 11:30 a.m. If not, I’ll have to come back every day next year. “I’ll worry about it all summer if we don’t find out. We’ve got to find out,” said Jordan. Because of Wendell’s travels, he has sparked a new interest in world travel. Some want to travel to the Great Wall of China, Amsterdam, Canada, England, Hawaii, Texas and Washington. “Some of the places I didn’t even know about,” said another. As the students shared excitement, they also talked about the life lessons they received from “Seedfolks.” Students offered the following comments. Josh Hendrix: “You

Reading postcards from Wendell are (l-r) Ray Whitesides, Jordan Ann Owens and teacher Robyn Elliott.

never know how much you love someone until they’re gone.” Zoe Koon: “I learned about coming together in unity. The garden helped them come together and to realize there are different cultures.” Colin Cope: “Even the smallest thing can affect the community in a big way.” Charlie Parker: “Differences don’t matter.” Hope Craig: “When we all come together, it makes the world a bet-

ter place.” Mary Hamrick: “Doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, we can all be friends.” Postcards from Wendell read: New York, South Street Seaport Pier 17: It smelled so much like fish. Salt Lake City: I am going to visit the great Salt Lake today. I’ll be visiting Brigham Young University and the Mormon Tabernacle. On yeah, snowmobiling

is great fun. Heavenly Lake Tahoe: Reno Nev. I am having a good time at Lake Tahoe; There is a lot of snow here and I’m going to go for a snowmobile ride and a sleigh ride. Seattle, Washington: Seattle has been so much fun; Pike’s Place Market. I got to see them throw fish; all of the yummy salmon, Starbucks, galore and Awesome Mt. Rainer. Please See Wendell Page 8C

Creators of the missing life size Wendell are (l-r) Haley McKinney, Zoe Koon, Caely Cuthbertson and Taylor Crawford.

2B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, April 21, 2010


TJCA New Century Scholars raise awareness, money for CPC

The weather was perfect on Saturday morning, April 17, for a fundraiser for the Rutherford County Community Pet Center. The TJCA New Century Scholars members, in cooperation with the Community Pet Center and Dr. Jill Bradshaw of Tri-City Animal Clinic, hosted a Pet Adoption Drive, Rabies Clinic, and Hot Dog Lunch/Bake Sale, to raise money and awareness for the Community Pet Center. Six animals were adopted out on Saturday. Dr. Bradshaw administered 52 rabies shots, with $3.00 from each shot being donated to the CPC. The TJCA New Century Scholars held a bake sale and hot dog lunch, which raised over $300.00 for the CPC. Jennifer Hoyle, the

TJCA high school NCS coordinator, said “This was a great experience for everyone. It gave our NCS members a chance to help support a great cause, and it gave many people on this end of the county easier access to rabies shots for their pets. We hope to host this event again next year.� In addition, Debra Harrill, the TJCA middle school NCS coordinator, said “I am so proud of our scholars for their commitment to give back to the community. Their futures are definitely brighter thanks to the opportunity the New Century Scholars Program gives them to attend Isothermal Community College tuition free, but there’s no way to put a dollar value on what the students learn from tak-

ing an active part in service to their community. “Partnering with the Community Pet Center for this service project was especially gratifying and timely in light of the great need our county has for a new animal shelter. The response from the TJCA students, their families, and the community speaks very clearly about how much we care, she said� Lynne Faltraco, the Facility Manager at the Community Pet Center, added “The CPC greatly appreciates TJCA’s faculty, staff, and students for dedicating this event to the animals in Rutherford County. We had a wonderful time. We adopted out all of the shelter animals we brought. The event was great for raising awareness, seeing old friends, and making new ones.�

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New Century Scholars member Madeline Demas holds one of the puppies that was available for adoption at Saturday’s Pet Adoption Drive.

Grants available through NCDA&CS for specialty crops RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is offering grants to fund new projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. The program, managed by NCDA&CS, is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant established by the 2008 farm bill. “We are happy to be able to offer this program, making nearly $1.2 million available through a competitive grant process,� said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These grants will benefit the specialty crop industry, and will

help small farmers and local food efforts.� NCDA&CS will accept grant applications ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 from non-profit organizations and corporations, commodity associations, state and local government agencies, colleges and universities. Applicants must reside or their business or educational affiliation must be in NC. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 4. Projects involving the following specialty crops are eligible: Fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, and nursery

and greenhouse crops. Funding opportunities are also available for projects aimed at developing local and regional food systems, and improving food access. Grants will not be awarded for projects benefiting or providing a profit to a single organization, institution or individual. For grant guidelines and application, contact NCDA&CS at SpecialtyCropGrant@, or at (919) 733-7887, or Specialty Crop Grant, 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 276991020. More information is online at www. NCspecialtycropgrant. org.

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TJCA student Digory Williams and New Century Scholars members Mindy Alexander and Megan Watson with a puppy and dog available for adoption at Saturday’s event.

Bass to participate in Governor’s School The Governor’s School of North Carolina has announced that a junior from Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy has been selected to take part in its rigorous summer program. Jonathan Bass, the son of Robert and Tammy Bass of Boiling Springs, is one of 47 students statewide

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local/state Identifying weeds and how to control them

Going green can take on several different strategies. In most landscapes “going green may refer to the appearance of weeds in landscape plant beds and lawns. Weeds are varied in size, some have beautiful blooms, and others may have the means to rapidly spread. The first steps in developing a successful weed management program is to identify what’s growing and determine how difficult they may be control. Each weed may have a different life cycle and susceptibility to control methods. Most weeds have one of three life cycles: summer annual, winter annual, or perennial. The winter annual weeds germinate in late summer and early fall, overwinter as small dormant but green plants, then flower and produce seed in spring months. Winter annual weeds will die with the onset of warm weather. Common winter annual weeds that we see flowering now include annual bluegrass, annual sowthistle, common chickweed, hairy bittercress and henbit. The summer annual weeds will germinate in the spring and continue throughout the summer months. They flower and produce seed prior to the first frost. Common summer annual weeds include grasses such as barnyardgrass, crabgrass, and goosegrass; and broadleafleaves such as annual lespedeza, carpetweed, common purs-

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lane, morning glories, pigweed and spurge. You may also have perennial weeds – possibly ten of the most wanted-to-be- removed. The perennial weeds live longer than two years and are classified according to their method of reproduction as either simple or creeping. Simple perennial weeds spread by seed, they have no natural means of spreading vegetatively. Their roots are usually fleshy and grow very large. Examples include common dandelion, curly dock, buckhorn and broadleaf plantains, and pokeweed. Creeping perennial weeds reproduce by above ground stems (stolons) or below ground stems (rhizomes). Most perennial weeds can also reproduce by seed. Examples include nutsedge, Bermuda grass (or wiregrass), red sorrel, ground ivy, and pennywort (dollarweed). Weed control measures can vary to include the use preemergence and post-emergence herbicides, the use of mulching materials, and sanitation – hand removingweeds when they are first emerging. To learn more about how to identify weeds in your landscape and their controls contact the Rutherford County Extension Center at (828) 287-6011.

In this April 10 photo, Habitat for Humanity construction supervisor James Garon, right, is joined by Habitat volunteers George Orsega, left, and Dave Stouppe, center, as they put the finishing touches on a foot stool at the Chair-ity fundraiser held in New Bern.

Chair Fair benefits Habitat for Humanity NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — At the height of summer Ketra Tucker will receive a very large gift. That statement is not merely an unsubstantiated prediction. Rather, it will become a reality thanks to Habitat for Humanity and a large group of volunteers. Tucker will receive the keys — and all the responsibilities of home ownership — when her new Habitat for Humanity house is completed in late July or early August. The two-story, three-bedroom house will nicely accommodate her family, which includes Tucker and her three children. “I feel blessed and happy,” she said Saturday, as she worked at the Habitat for Humanity Chair Fair for Chair-ity, a fundraiser intended to pay for the foundation of her new house. During the event, patrons placed bids on 50 wooden chairs, each designed and painted

by 50 area artists who donated their time and talents. Bill and Carol Kemp donated the 50 blank-slate chairs and the artists provided each one with a oneof-a-kind artistic twist. Some chairs featured a seascape theme while others paid tribute to Georgia O’Keefe or Andy Warhol. Still others carried a musical motif or other popular themes. The brightly colored creations adorned the sidewalk in front of Habitat for Humanity’s 930 Pollock St. location, where visitors could view them and place a silent auction bid. Organizers had hoped the chair auction would raise $5,000, but purchasers stepped it up a bit to drive the actual total raised to $6,769, said Jane Kistler Halweg, Habitat for Humanity’s New Bern executive director. Food and azalea sales raised an additional $3,738. Lela McClanahan, an artist and interior design instructor at

Carteret Community College, and about eight of her former and current students donated their time and talent to provide chairs for the event. The idea to participate began when one of the college’s interior design program graduates, Serah Cheatham, began to rally the program’s alumni to get involved. “I love painting and it’s for a good cause,” McClanahan said. “It was like a treat to do something I enjoy doing for a good cause.” Nearby in the parking lot an inspirational band provided live music while dozens of volunteers from eight churches dished out plates of roasted pork dinners. Lowe’s, which is Habitat for Humanity’s national partner, provided a craft area for children, said Kistler Halweg. “Everybody is coming out and having a good time,” said Julia Thomas, a First Baptist Church volunteer. “We appreciate all the volun-

teers and all the people who donated food.” Tucker said the foundation and exterior framing of her new house on Bryan Street are completed. Aside from three bedrooms, the house design features one full bathroom and two half-bathrooms, which will be welcome space after living in a cramped twobedroom apartment, she said. She went through the organization’s regular application process and gained approval within a few months. When she takes over the property she also will take over mortgage payments equal to about what she now pays in rent. Tucker works full time with handicapped children as a teaching assistant, and she is a single mother. “I just want to thank them all for their hard work because they do this purely out of the goodness of their hearts,” she said of the volunteers.


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Wife says husband needs fashion advice Dear Abby: I think my husband Dear may be a cross-dresser. Last night while “Roland” and I were cuddling Abby in bed, I felt his legs and they were Abigail smoother than mine. van Buren I asked him why he keeps shaving his legs and stomach, and then it dawned on me. Roland has sent me e-mails hinting about dressing up. One year, he purchased a pair of high heels, saying he wanted to dress up like a woman. I examined them the other day and there is evidence that they have been worn more than once. My lingerie drawer is sometimes a mess, and sometimes my clothes are a bit out of place. I believe my husband dresses up while I’m out of town on business trips. I’d kind of like to see him dressed up, but I’m afraid he might look sexier than me. Lately Roland has been asking me if he can join me when I go shopping for clothes. He does chores around the house (vacuuming, ironing, dishes), and if he enjoys cross-dressing, I say he can wear any outfit he wants. How can I tell him I know what he’s doing? — Wise to Him Dear Wise to Him: The next time the two of you cuddle up in bed, tell Roland you have been thinking about the e-mail he sent you regarding dressing up, that it’s OK with you, and you think you might enjoy seeing him that way. It’s a non-threatening way to get the message across. Dear Abby: My boyfriend will not let go of my past. I didn’t level with him about a couple of relationships because I knew he was a racist. He found out, and now all I get is teasing and comments almost every day. If he sees a talk show about a liar, he says, “Oh! There you are!” It’s the same if the subject is a whore. What he’s doing is hurting me. Is this normal behavior? Am I supposed to ignore him? I have asked him to stop, but he says he won’t until I learn to laugh about it. Any suggestions? — Embarrassed Dear Embarrassed: Just this: What’s going on is not “normal” and it’s no

Medicine linked to metallic taste Dear Dr. Gott: I am an 80-year-old widow. Five months ago, I started Ask having a metallic taste in my mouth, a sore tongue and a dry mouth. My Dr. Gott first thought was that it might be a bad tooth or filling, but my dentist Dr. Peter M. Gott ruled that out. Then I discovered the problems were because of citalopram, a medication I had been taking for one and a half years. My doctor cut my dosage in half, but that didn’t rid me of the side effects. I tried two other medications: One was the same with a different name, and the other made me nauseated. At the present time, I am not taking any of these. My problem now is that I don’t know where to go for relief. Nothing tastes good, not even water. Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated. I hope you can shed some light on my problem because so far I haven’t been able to get any answers. Dear Reader: The citalopram you were prescribed has a number of side effects, several of which include dry mouth, nausea, arthralgias and taste perversion. To switch to another name in the same category of drugs likely continued the problem. There are a great number of possible reasons for metallic mouth. Some of the more common causes are the use of antibiotics, medications taken for depression, heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney stones, hypertension, diabetes and calcium-carbonate supplements. A return visit to your physician or a specialist might be just the ticket. By ruling out conditions you do not



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VS. KER-MAC, INC., DOUGLAS R. MCCRAW, all assignees, heirs at law, and Devisees of DOUGLAS R. MCCRAW, together with all his creditors and lien holders regardless of how or through whom they claim, and any and all persons claiming any interest in the estate of DOUGLAS R. MCCRAW,

3BR/1BA Brick House with large outbuilding. Ellenboro area. Owner financing with DP! $64,900 657-4430

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Clean 2BR/1BA on Indiana St., Spindale Stove, refrig. $350/mo. + dep. 828-287-7043 4BR/2BA on private 1 acre btwn Lake Lure and Rfdtn. 219 Cove Creek Dr. $650/month Call 828-329-4577 Houses, Apts. & MH for rent. 1BR-4BR $285/mo.-$1,000/mo. FC, Ellenboro, Rfdtn, Spindale, 6 points,

and BRANCH BANKING & TRUST COMPANY DEFENDANT LIENHOLDER, and DEUTSCHE FINANCIAL SERVICES CORP. DEFENDANT LIENHOLDER, ____________________________________ NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of an order of the Clerk of Court of Rutherford County, North Carolina, made and entered in the action entitled "The County of Rutherford vs. Ker-Mac, Inc., et al" the undersigned commissioner will on the 6th day of May, 2010 offer for sale and sell for cash to the last and highest bidder at public auction, on the steps of the Rutherford County Courthouse located on Main Street, Rutherfordton, North Carolina 28139, at 10:00 a.m. the following described real property, lying and being in Colfax Township, State and County aforesaid, and more particularly described as follows: Lying and being in Colfax Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being a part of the property described in that deed recorded in Deed Book 436 on Page 312, Rutherford County Registry, and being described by metes and bounds according to a survey by Professional Surveying Services dated November 27, 1991 as follows: BEGINNING at a PK nail at the intersection of the centerline of Byers Street with the centerline of Highway No. 74 Business in the Town of Ellenboro, North Carolina, and runs thence from the beginning and with the centerline of Highway No. 74 Business North 30 degrees 43 minutes 34 seconds West 128 feet to a point; thence leaving the road North 59 degrees 11 minutes 54 seconds East, passing through an iron pin at 24.66 feet, and another iron pin at 129.66 feet, a total distance of 173.65 feet to an iron pin; thence South 31 degrees 43 minutes 09 seconds East 60.34 feet to an iron pin; thence North 70 degrees 23 minutes 25 seconds East, passing through an iron pin at 62.43 feet, a total distance of 87.62 feet to a point in the center of Cherry Mountain Street; thence with the center of Cherry Mountain Street South 31 degrees 43 minutes 09 seconds East 50.65 feet to a point being the intersection of the center line of Cherry Mountain Street with the center line of Byers Street; thence with the center of Byers Street South 59 degrees 11 minutes 42 seconds West 261.55 feet to the BEGINNING, containing 0.63 of one acre, more or less. EXCEPTING a non exclusive right of way and easement for the use of the septic tank, sewer lines and sewer system located on the above described .63 acre tract. THERE IS EXCEPTED FROM THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY that .52 acre tract of land in deed from Ker-Mac, Inc. to Vitto C. Hamrick, Jr. and wife, Tami Hamrick dated December 11, 1992, of record in Deed Book 604 at Page 221, Rutherford County Registry.

Mobile Homes For Rent 2BR/2BA Mobile Home Central h/a, stove & refrig. $425/ mo. $300 dep. No pets 245-5703 or 286-8665 refrig., cable, lawn service & trash incld. Deposit required. No cats! Long term only!

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF RUTHERFORD In the General Court of Justice Superior Court Division Before the Clerk 10 E 211

This the 15th day of April, 2010. ________________________________ Elizabeth T. Miller, Commissioner

Work Wanted We kill fire ants! We are local, economical and guaranteed! Call anytime 286-9056

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Male mixed Siamese cat. Blue eyes, multi color Missing from RS High School area. 287-0842 Female German Shepherd mix Lost 4/14 from Michael Dr. in FC. Reward. Call w/any info 247-1421 Beagle, female, Jack McKinney & Jonas Rd. area. Black and tan, small size. 248-1904 or 429-6132 Black and white female Manx Cat. Lost 4/16 on Dycus Road, Ellenboro. 453-1453 or 429-6159


IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: PATRICIA ANN GOFF NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Patricia Ann Goff, late of 1357 North Central Avenue, Flagler Beach, FL 32136, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned care of: Richard P. Williams, Attorney at Law Williams & Martelle, PLLC Resident Process Agent 349 North Main Street Post Office Box 550 Rutherfordton, NC 28139 on or before the 13th day of July, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 7th day of April, 2010.

The sale shall be made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, restrictions, easements, and covenants of record and special assessments, if any. A deposit of five (5%) percent of the successful bid or Seven Hundred Fifty ($750.00) Dollars, whichever is greater, will be required.

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In re: File No.: 10 E 091 Estate of Pearlie Mae Greene

In re: File No.: 10 E 090 Estate of Lena B. Henson

Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of PEARLIE MAE GREENE of Rutherford County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 14th day of July, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

Having qualified as Co-Executors of the Estate of LENA B. HENSON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 14th day of July, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned.



Having qualified as Personal Representative of the Estate of Horace Lee Watson, deceased, late of Rutherford County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned at the address below on or before the 1st day of July, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, corporations, indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

Having qualified as Executor of the estate of DOROTHY S. ROBERSON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said DOROTHY S. ROBERSON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 1st day of July, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 31st day of March, 2010. Virginia H. Russell, Executor 123 Russell Drive Rutherfordton, NC 28139

This the 31st day of March, 2010. This the 14th day of April, 2010.

This the 14th day of April, 2010.

Spencer William Watson, Personal Representative of the Estate of Horace Lee Watson, deceased c/o ROBERTS & STEVENS, P.A. Attn: Jackson D. Hamilton, Esq. P.O. Box 7647 Asheville, NC 28802-7647

Martha H. Beard, Co-Executor Vicki H. Condrey, Co-Executor P.O. Box 1265 Forest City, NC 28043

Joseph Worth Greene, Executor P.O. Box 1265 Forest City, NC 28043

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Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Matthew D. Waddell and Lydia G. Waddell to Archer Land Title, Trustee(s), dated July 10, 2008, and recorded in Book 1015, Page 743, Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE DEED OF TRUST BEING FORECLOSED: The Deed of Trust being foreclosed is that Deed of Trust executed by DONALD LENNON and wife, CAROLE LENNON to Joseph L. Belcher, Trustee, dated September 8, 2000 and recorded in Book 602, Page 257 in the Rutherford County Registry of North Carolina. RECORD OWNERS OF THE REAL PROPERTY: The record owner of the subject real property as reflected on the records of the Rutherford County Register of Deeds not more than 10 days prior to the posting of this Notice is or are Carole Lennon (Donald Lennon is deceased). DATE, TIME AND PLACE OF SALE: The sale will be held on May 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the door of the Rutherford County Courthouse, Rutherfordton, North Carolina. PROPERTY TO BE SOLD: The following real property to be sold "sight unseen" is located in Rutherford County, North Carolina and is believed to have the address of 388 Brooks Road, Bostic, NC 28018 and is otherwise more particularly described as: BEGINNING at a point lying in the centerline of Brooks Road (SR 1715), said beginning point being located N 19-28-46 W 50 feet from a PK nail lying in the centerline of Brooks Road (SR 1715) and running thence from said beginning point with the centerline of Brooks Road N 19-28-46 W 202.69 feet to a point, thence leaving Brooks Road, N 70-31-14 E (crossing an iron pin at 30 feet in the line) 426.06 feet to an iron pin, thence S 24-46-11 E 148.08 feet to an iron, thence S 63-23-32 W (crossing an iron pin at 415.18 feet in the line) 445.18 feet to the BEGINNING, containing 1.75 acres, according to a map and survey by Nathan Odom, NCRLS, dated April 6, 1992. BEING the same property conveyed to Grantors herein by Deed recorded in Book 0760 at Page 724 in the office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, NC. Included is a Regal manufactured home bearing serial number CLH021050TNAB. TERMS OF SALE: Pursuant to the provisions of N.C.G.S. §45-21.10(b) and the terms of the Deed of Trust, any successful bidder may be required to deposit with the Trustee or Clerk of Superior Court immediately upon the conclusion of the sale a cash deposit to be determined by the greater of 5% of the bid or $750.00. Unless the Substitute Trustee agrees otherwise, the successful bidder will be required to tender the "full purchase price" so bid in cash or certified check at the time the Trustee tenders to him a Deed to the property or attempts to tender such Deed, and should the successful bidder fail to pay the full amount, then the successful bidder shall remain liable as provided for in N.C.G.S. §45-21.30. By submitting your bid, you agree that the "full purchase price" shall be defined as the amount of bid plus the Trustee's commission as defined in the subject Deed of Trust plus the costs of the action, unless the Trustee agrees otherwise. For example, if the amount of bid is $20,000.00 and the trustee's commission is defined in the subject Deed of Trust as 5% of the gross proceeds of the sale, then the "full purchase price" shall equal $21,000.00 plus the costs of the action. A tender of Deed shall be defined as a letter from the Trustee to the successful bidder offering to record the Deed upon receipt of full purchase price as described herein and listed in said letter. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason such as a bankruptcy filing, the sole remedy of the successful bidder is the return of the deposit. As to any manufactured home, the following shall apply: Any not considered real property is being foreclosed pursuant to N.C.G.S. §25-9-604, if necessary; there is no warranty that any is actually located on the subject tract; and there is no warranty given by the Substitute Trustee as to whether said home is real property or personal property. The sale will be made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, assessments, restrictions and easements of record, if any. ADDITIONAL NOTICE: Take notice that an order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Take further notice that any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at the Courthouse Door in Rutherford County, North Carolina, at 10:00AM on April 28, 2010, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property, to wit: Situate, lying and being in High Shoals Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, being bound and on the North by the property of Brenda P. Hollifield as described in deed recorded in Deed Book 471, Page 325, Rutherford County Registry, and Ada Greene as described in Deed Book 228, Page 610, Rutherford County Registry, on the West by the property of Edward Hutchins as described in deed recorded in Deed Book 335, Page 574, Rutherford County Registry, and on the South by the 3.76 acre tract conveyed this date to Kenny Dale Greene and on the East by a private 30 foot drive leaving in a Southerly direction from SR-2125 and the property of Elbert P. lane and wife as described in deed recorded in Deed Book 274, Page 175, Rutherford County Registry, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a new iron pin, said iron pin being the common Northeasternmost corner of the tract herein described and common Southeasternmost corner of the property of Brenda P. Hollifield as described in deed recording in Deed Book 471, Page 325, said beginning point also lying the following two calls from a pk nail lying in the intersection of the centerline of a private 30 foot road as shown on plat recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 116, Rutherford County Registry, and SR 2125 South 11 degrees 21 minutes 20 seconds West 150 feet and South 00 degrees 48 minutes 37 seconds West 224.17 feet; and running thence from said beginning point South 11 degrees 21 minutes 20 seconds West 183.03 feet to a new iron pin; thence South 84 degrees 32 minutes 23 seconds West 431.32 feet to an existing iron pin; thence North 11 degrees 12 minutes 39 seconds East 368.99 feet to an existing iron pin; thence North 89 degrees 36 minutes 51 seconds East 223.64 feet to an existing iron pin; thence South 13 degrees 19 minutes 59 seconds West 125 feet to a new iron pin; thence South 83 degrees 52 minutes 31 seconds East 200 feet to the beginning, consisting 2.71 acres, according to map and survey by Broad River Surveying, William P. Cleaver, Registered Land Surveyor, dated June 12, 1992, and being a part of the lands described in deed recorded in Deed Book 549, Page 450, Rutherford County Registry. Also conveyed herewith is a right of way for the purposes of access and egress over an existing 30 foot private road running in a Southerly and Southwesterly direction from SR 2125, said private road being shown on plat recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 116, Rutherford County Registry. Being the identical property as conveyed to Matthew D. Waddell and, Lydia G. Sheehan on 01/11/07, in Book 923, Page 49 in the Rutherford County Public Registry. Being the identical property as conveyed to Gary Wayne Greene on 07/06/92, in Book 595, Page 636 in the Rutherford County Public Registry. Said property is commonly known as: 140 Snowball Drive, Forest City, NC 28043 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 105-228.30, in the amount of One Dollar ($1.00) per each Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or fractional part thereof, and the Clerk of Courts fee, pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7A-308, in the amount of Forty-five Cents (45) per each One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or fractional part thereof or Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), whichever is greater. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the bid, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale and must be tendered in the form of certified funds. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts will be immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance AS IS WHERE IS. There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, special assessments, land transfer taxes, if any, and encumbrances of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Matthew D. Waddell and Lydia G. Waddell. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, that tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

This the 23rd day of March, 2010. ___________________________________________ Jay B. Green Attorney for Deidre D. DeFlorentis, Substitute Trustee 908 E. Edenton Street Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 Telephone: 919-829-0797

__________________________________________ Nationwide Trustee Services, Inc. Substitute Trustee 1587 Northeast Expressway Atlanta, GA 30329 (770) 234-9181 Our File No.: 432.0932009NC Publication Dates: 04/14/2010 04/21/2010


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