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Yokefellow holds annual meeting — Page 3 Sports The Chosen One Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen fell into the waiting hands of the Carolina Panthers on Day 2 of the 2010 NFL Draft

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Medical attention is given to Naomi Campbell and Jill Garner who were injured in a two car crash Friday afternoon. They were passengers in a Jeep Cherokee which was struck by a Ford car driven by Dewey Botts. They were taken to Rutherford Hospital by Rutherford County Rescue. Please see Page 5 for details.

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Obamas visit WNC for a vacation

Weekend filled with variety of activities

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GAS PRICES

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Tourism Development Authority board members (l-r) Danielle Withrow, TDA interim director Michelle Whitaker, TDA Vice Chair Keven McCammon, Sally Lesher and Dawn Hemmelgarn discuss strategies around the table at The Summitt in Golden Valley. Also attending were Dana Conner and Heather Alley.

TDA eyes survey results By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

GOLDEN VALLEY — People who come and live in Rutherford County love its beauty, small town atmosphere, peace and quiet, and the weather. They enjoy mountains, lakes and friendly people.

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The same people believe there is too much confusion regarding road names, not enough

places to shop and boating permits are too costly. Recently the Tourism Development Authority conducted a survey from which it plans to develop a strategic plan and several people responded to the survey. Surrounded by the beauty of the south mountains and the Golden Valley property, TDA talked about its mission and ways to Please see TDA, Page 6

DEATHS Forest City

Faye Hassell, executive director for United Way of Rutherford County, addresses the audience at the Volunteer Rutherford Annual Rutherford County Volunteer Awards Luncheon Friday at the Carolina Event and Conference Center.

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County honors volunteers By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Rutherford County’s Volunteer of the Year is Justin Ledford. More than 20 individuals and groups were recognized for their dedicated volunteer service on Friday afternoon as Volunteer Rutherford held their annual awards and recognition luncheon at the Carolina Event and Conference Center located at Hospice of Rutherford County. An 18-year-old student in the ReACH (Rutherford Early College High School) program at Isothermal Community College, Ledford was honored for his work as a Teen Volunteer at Rutherford Hospital. During

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2009, he volunteered as a nurse helper in the operating room and recovery and as an assistant in the patient education department. Ledford put special emphasis on diabetes education as a diabetic himself. Ledford also helped with the hospital’s Camp GOLD (Gonna Overcome Life with Diabetes) program for diabetic patients. “In one year’s time, he volunteered 157 hours,” said Ginger Dancy, volunteer coordinator for Rutherford Hospital. “His future plans include becoming an endocrinologist.” Volunteers were recognized in five categories — individual, youth, senior citizen, group/ team and business. Ledford was the winner Please see Volunteers, Page 3

FOREST CITY — Events this weekend include activities for dog lovers, fly fishermen, yard sale buyers and sellers, Health Kids day, Operation In As Much and the new Rutherford County Junior Miss will be named Saturday night. Guests are in for a dog-gone good time at Chimney Rock’s 6th Annual Bark in the Park set for today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The action-packed day will feature sheep herding demonstrations by the working dogs from Possum Hollow Farms. Also, meet guide and therapy dogs and find out how these heroic dogs are changing lives. Dog trainer, John Murias from Home Sweet Home Dog Training, will offer up some basic tips and techniques for Please see Weekend, Page 10

GOP event highlights serving From staff reports

FOREST CITY — Local Republican candidates will serve the community this morning in a unique event organizers say they hope will draw in those who might not have made it out to recent political forums. The Rutherford County Republican Party Executive Board is hosting a “breakfast and politics” event at the Green Hill School Community Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. The plan for the event, said the county Republican Party Chairman Larry Ford, is for the candidates to cook and serve breakfast to people in an informal setting. “We’re not really going to have a lot of speeches made,” Ford said. “Basically it’s their chance to show people ‘You’re a servant.’” Republican county commissioner, sheriff and clerk candidates will be at the event, Ford said. “I’ve only had one who said they may not be able to make it.” The event is designed to give those in the community an opportunity to ask questions Please see GOP, Page 6


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local Church News Mystery Men Quartet

Choir Anniversary Celebration

The Mystery Men Quartet, featuring Ed Crawford, formerly of the Kingsmen Quartet, will be in concert Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m., at Forest City Four Square Church, 178 Cornwell St., Forest City. The group will also sing Saturday, May 1, at Riverside Baptist Church, Hogan Road, Harris, beginning at 6 p.m. Public invited to both events.

Music/concerts Singing: Saturday, April 24, 6 p.m., Holy Ground Community Church, Forest City, (beside the post office); featuring The Royal Quartet. Singing: Sunday, April 25, 6 p.m., New Beginnings Baptist Church, 864 Bostic-Shunshine Hwy., Bostic; featuring the Gosepl Travelers. Singing: Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m., Harris Baptist Church; featuring Justice Family from Hendersonville.

Sacred Music Festival: Sunday, April 25, 3 p.m., Oak Grove United Methodist Church; sponsored by the Lucille Wall Music Club in efforts to promote National Music Week; six church choirs will participate, (two selections each); LWMC is a member of the National and NC Federation of Music Clubs; open to the public. Singing: Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m., at The Church of the Exceptional in Henrietta; featuring Living By Faith.

“Concert for Christ”: The Gold Hill Missionary Baptist Association Choir will host a concert Sunday, April 25, at the Gold Hill Assembly Building, Spindale. Music begins at 3 p.m.

Choir anniversary: Zion Grove Male Choir will observe it anniversary on Sunday, April 25, at 4 p.m.; on program — Green Creek Male Choir, Tryon; Kings of Joy, Forest City; Wells Spring Male Choir, Forest City, Hopewell Male Choir, Startex, S.C.

Gospel music concert: Sunday, April 25, at 7 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, Ellenboro; featuring Rick Strickland; love offering.

Singing: Sunday, April 25, 6 p.m., Golden Valley Missionary Methodist Church; featuring Fresh Anointing from Alabama.

The St. John Mass Choir will hold a choir anniversary event on April 24 and 25, at St. John AME Zion Church, Rutherfordton. Songfest kick off at 7 p.m., Saturday. Grand finale singing at 4 p.m. Sunday. A number of choirs and gospel groups on program. Public invited.

Singing: Sunday, April 25, 6 p.m., Bostic Missionary Methodist Church; featuring Living By Faith.

Singing: Friday, April 30, begins at 7 p.m., Little White Country Church; featuring Mike Upright formerly with the group Standing Tall.

Choir anniversary: Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church Male Choir; Sunday, April 25, 4 p.m.; on program — Hopewell Male Choir, Startex S.C.; Wells Spring Male Choir, Forest City; Green Creek Male Choir, Tryon; The Kings of Joy.

Singing program: Sunday, May 2, 5 p.m.; New Bethel AME Zion Church, Forest City; on program — Changed of Inman, S.C.; Gensis of Green Creek; Reverence of Woodruff, S.C.; and the Golden Trumpets of Forest City; program sponsored by the Golden Trumpets.

Talent and singing program: Saturday, April 25, 5 p.m., Haynes Grove Baptist Church, Cliffside. 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. Men’s Day Celebration in Song: “Christian Men walking in Victory”; Sunday, April 25, 3:30 p.m., at New Salem CME Church, 784 Pleasant Hill Loop Road, Rutherfordton.

Singing program: Sunday, June 13, 4 p.m., Angel Divine Faith Church, Rutherfordton; featuring the Kings of Joy from Forest City, and other groups from North and South Carolina.

Special services Pastor anniversary: In honor of Rev. and Mrs. Phillip Forney; Sunday, April 25, 3 p.m.; Wheat Creek Baptist Church,

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131 Wheat Creek Lane, Rutherfordton; guest speaker, Rev. John Wayne King, along with his choir and congregation from Bethany Baptist Church in Charlotte. Homecoming: Sunday, April 25, worship service 11 a.m., Pilgrim Baptist Church; special speaker; lunch afterwards. Special service: Sunday, April 25, 3 p.m., New Life Christian Fellowship Church of God, 601 E. Main St., Spindale; guest speaker, Pastor Timothy Brown from Full Proof Ministry, Tryon. Revival: April 25-28, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 130 Pleasant Grove Road, Rutherfordton; guest speaker, Evangelist Frank Walker; Special music each night; Sunday services 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; MTW, 7 nightly. Revival: April 25-27, New Salem CME Church, 784 Pleasant Hill Loop Road, Rutherfordton; Sunday service at 4 p.m., with the Rev. Kenneth Cannon, along with his congregation from Fairview CME Church, Chesnee, S.C. Praise and worship begins at 3:45 p.m. April 26 and 27, 7 nightly, with the Rev. Eleanor Miller from New Zion CME Church, Mill Springs. Praise and worship 6:50 p.m. Revival: “It’s Time: A Return to the Values of Old Time Religion,” (Jeremiah 6:16); April 25-28; Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 397 Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Forest City; Pastor Bob Philbeck will lead the services; Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; MTW, 7 nightly; the themes are: Sunday — Revival Time; Monday — Returning Time; Tuesday — Redemption Time; Wednesday — Renewal Time. Gospel meeting: April 26-30, and May 2, Forest City Church of Christ, 115 Clay St., Forest City; speaker Charlie Boddy of Wildwood, Fla.; M-F, 7 nightly; the themes are: Sunday — 10 a.m. How To Stay Married and Like it; 11 a.m. Amazing Grace; 6:30 p.m. How Beautiful Heaven Must Be; Monday — God and Forgiveness; Tuesday — Christ, The Gift of God’s Love; Wednesday — What Makes The Church Grow; Thursday — Is The Church of Christ the Only One?; Friday — The First Five Minutes After Death. Lay revival: April 25-28, 7 nightly, at Spindale Church of the Brethren, Midland St. Spindale; different speaker each night. Revival: April 25-28, Plainview Baptist Church, 389 J.M. Lovelace Road, Ellenboro; different speakers each service; Sunday services 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; MTW, 7 nightly. Revival: Walls Baptist Church; April 30 and May 1, 7 nightly; May 2, worship service 11 a.m.; guest speaker, Rev. David Philbeck. Special service: Friday, April 30, 7 p.m., New Life Christian Fellowship Church of God, 601 E. Main St., Spindale; guest speaker, Bishop Marvin L. Grant of Lenoir. Women’s Conference: “The Feet of Jesus,” Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m. until noon, Gray’s Creek Baptist Church, 751 Gray’s Creek Church Road, Rutherfordton; special guest, Kyla Rowland with Kriss Landry of Abounding Grace Ministry; light breakfast 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.; lunch at noon; a love offering will

be taken; contact Kristy Cooper at 245-1705 for more information. 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. Memorial service, homecoming: Sunday, May 2, Sunday School 9 a.m., worship service 10 a.m.; Wells Spring United Methodist Church, Forest City; dinner after the service, Special service: Sunday, May 2, 4 p.m.; Angel Divine Faith Church in Rutherfordton; guest speaker, Bishop Shawn Hooper from St. Luke Church, Morganton, along with his choir and congregation; Gladys Logan, pastor. 225th church anniversary: Sunday, May, 2, Bill’s Creek Baptist Church; festivities begin at 9 a.m., with coffee; special music at 10 a.m., featuring The Porter Family from Waynesville; worship service 11 a.m.; lunch afterwards; an afternoon singing will conclude the celebration. 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. 1st year anniversary service: In honor of Bishopelect John L. McCluney; Sunday, May 2, 4 p.m., New Life Christian Fellowship Church of God, 601 E. Main St., Spindale; guest speaker, Apostle James Threat from St. Matthew Church, Shelby. Memorial Day, homecoming: Sunday, May 2, worship service 11 a.m., Piedmont Baptist Church, 1050 Maple Creek Road, Rutherfordton; a covered dish lunch will follow the service. Breast Cancer Awareness service: “200 Women in Pink and White”; Sunday, May 2, 4 p.m.; New Forest Chapel CME Church. Memorial Day, homecoming: Sunday, May 2, Sunday School 9:45 a.m., worship service 11 a.m.; Fork Creek Baptist Church; guest speaker, Rev. Julius Lowery, founding pastor of Fork Creek; lunch will follow the service.

Fundraisers Indoor yard sale: April 30, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; May 1, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tanner’s Grove United Methodist Church; large number of yard sale items; also, on Saturday tenderloin biscuits, coffee and juice, and a car wash sponsored by the UMM; proceeds to landscape church grounds. Pancake breakfast: Saturday, May 1, begins at 7 a.m., at Kenny’s Tire, Broadway St., Forest City; large selection of items; free coffee for seniors; $5 per person, includes choice of beverage; sponsored by Alexander Missionary Methodist Church. Country ham supper: Saturday, May 1, 4 to 8 p.m., Duncan’s Creek Presbyterian Church, 1658 Duncan’s Creek Road, Ellenboro. Church-wide yard sale: Saturday, May 1, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., New Harvest Church, 131 Countryside Dr., Forest City.


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Guests at the Yokefellow annual meeting (left photo) heard an upbeat report from Executive Director Carolyn Hardin (right) Thursday night. Larry Dale/Daily Courier

Yokefellow celebrates another year of service By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — In celebration of Earth Day, Janet Jolly on Thursday offered a presentation of the Yokefellow Service Center as a top recycler. “In some fashion, we recycle every day,” Jolly said. She presented views of a donated item’s journey from donation at the back door to its leaving out the front door as a sale or to client services for use by people who are in need, such as fire victims. Jolly also cited the large amount of food that comes into Yokefellow. “Our county is hurting,” she said, “but

people have come through.” About 100 people attended Yokefellow’s annual meeting Thursday evening at First Presbyterian Church for dinner and the organization’s annual report for 2009. A statistical comparison of 2008 and 2009 was included in the report. Yokefellow had 55,992 clients, donors and shoppers for 2009, compared to 57,511 for 2008. The organization dealt with 11 house fires in 2009, almost double the six in 2008. Likewise, the number of individuals in those families was almost double from one year to the next, 19 in

2008 and 38 in 2009. Donation of food items was up sharply in 2009. In that year, 26,028 food items were donated, compared to 22,197 in 2008. The number of families assisted with heating was also up in 2009, at 446, compared to 368 in 2008. But families assisted with cooling in 2009 were about half, 42, compared to the 98 in 2008. Seventy more families were helped with rent in 2009, compared to the year before, at 487 compared to 417. But the totals were very similar for both years. In total, Yokefellow assisted 4,719 families in 2009, compared to 4,836 in 2008. The

number of individuals in those families was 13,169 in 2009 and 13,256 in 2008. Carolyn Hardin, executive director of Yokefellow, presented plaques of appreciation to Duke Energy, United Way, Curves for Women and Bi-Lo for their outstanding efforts. Also at the meeting, Elinore Reuss of Forest City and the Rev. Jim Shroyer of Rutherfordton were chosen for first terms on the board of directors for 2010-13. The Revs. Richard Bass of Forest City and Donald M. Brown of Spindale were chosen for second terms on the board for 2010-13. Larry Gardner, who is now

in his 90s, urged younger men to step up and become active in the Yokefellow Prison Ministry at the Department of Correction facility in Spindale. Members of the Yokefellow board of directors were recognized, as were council members. Hardin pointed out that council members go to their individual churches and tell of the needs at Yokefellow. Hardin also noted, “without everybody (churches, donors and volunteers) we couldn’t do it.” Contact Dale via e-mail at ldale@thedigitalcourier.com

Volunteers

Captain Wilbur Burgin, Justin Leford, Charles Moose and Carolyn Killian were all honored for their various volunteer efforts as part of the Volunteer Rutherford Annual Rutherford County Volunteer Awards Luncheon, Friday at the Carolina Event and Conference Center.

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in the youth category. In the individual category, Carolyn Killian was honored for her work with Habitat for Humanity. Captain Wilbur Burgin was honored in the senior citizen category for his volunteer efforts at the Rutherford County Farm Museum. Jack and Carolyn Osbourne won the group/team category for their work with the Community Pet Center and the Paws for Pets program. Moose Vending was honored in the business category for their fundraising efforts with Rutherford Housing Partnerships. “I was very surprised to win volunteer of the year,” said Ledford. “There are so many people that give so much time as volunteers, but I’m very honored.” As a result of his winning the award United Way of Rutherford County will donate $1,000 to Camp GOLD. “Today is to honor volunteers who give tirelessly,” said guest speaker Paula McIntosh. “Volunteers, pat yourselves on the back and say ‘I make a difference’  ...  Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

Justice nominees confirmed

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has confirmed, with unanimous, bipartisan backing, two Sen. Kay Hagan-recommended nominees for federal appointments in the Western District of North Carolina. In July 2009, Hagan (D-NC) recommended Anne Tompkins to be the U.S. Attorney and Kelly Nesbit to be the U.S. Marshal for the district. “The U.S. Senate has confirmed two highly qualified North Carolinians to key federal positions in North Carolina’s Western District,” Hagan said. “Anne Tomkins’s excellent credentials include five years in the U.S. Attorney’s office, where she was detailed to Baghdad to help prosecute Saddam Hussein. Kelly Nesbit has served for 26 years in the U.S. Marshals Service, giving him extensive experience for this key law enforcement job.”

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In my Super-Couponing classes, I’m often asked whether it’s easier to shop at a supercenter, large grocery-discount store combinations that offer “every-day low prices,” or shop at a traditional, “more expensive” supermarket using coupons to achieve greater savings. If you’ve used coupons for any length of time, you know that it’s possible to achieve much better savings at the supermarket by following the sales and matching them with coupons. The reason? Believe it or not, the “every-day low price” strategy is the culprit. Supercenters maintain low prices, avoiding the traditional cycle of sales and price cuts common at supermarket chains. At a supercenter, a $2.50 box of cereal will sell for $2.50 this week, next week and three weeks from now. Meanwhile, over at the supermarket, the price of the same brand of cereal is fluctuating from high to low. It may be $2.99 one week, $2.49 the next and $1.99 the next. Many shoppers find comfort and a sense of confidence in knowing what prices will be, week after week, at a supercenter. But the truth is price fluctuations make supermarkets the best places to shop for someone who’s trying to save even more money. As we’ve learned, making the most of the supermarket’s price cycle can be advantageous to shoppers. When the price of a certain cereal brand takes a dip to $1.99, it’s less expensive than the supercenter’s price. That’s when we move in and use our coupons to bring the price down even more. Sure, we could use the same coupon at the every-day low-price store. But when the sale price of the item at the supermarket drops below the every-day low price of the supercenter, we save even more buying the item at the supermarket. Recently, a new supercenter opened in my town. During its grand opening the store was abuzz with people lining up, excitedly waiting to take advantage of the low prices. I was curious to compare the new supercenter’s prices with those at other supermarkets in our area. I had just been to the supermarket the previous day and I had my receipt showing the sale prices (before my coupon savings) on 21 different items. As I strolled the aisles of the new store, I was shocked to see the difference in prices on the same items I’d just purchased at the supermarket. What shocked me was how high they were. Of the 21 items on my receipt, 14 of the products’ “every-day” prices were significantly higher at the supercenter than the sale prices I’d paid one day earlier at the supermarket – in some cases, several dollars’ more on a single item. Six of the products I purchased were more expensive at the supermarket, but we’re talking pennies more, not dollars – in many cases, the difference between $1.97 and $1.99. And while it’s true that the regular prices of the supermarket sale items are often higher, smart shoppers aren’t paying those regular prices. We watch for sales and price drops, then move in and buy what we need when the price hits that low. Again, while I certainly could have used my coupons at the supercenter to buy the same products, I brought the supermarket’s lower prices down even more by using my coupons there. Low prices aren’t the only aspect of saving big, however. Supermarkets often offer additional promotions that can cut your grocery bill significantly. Next week, I’ll share the rest of this story and you’ll see how I took those groceries home from the supermarket for 69 percent less than I would have paid using the same coupons on the same items at the supercenter!


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estern North Carolina is in the national and world spotlight this weekend as the President vacations in the area. President Obama and his wife are staying at the famous Grove Park Inn and taking in some of the sights in the area. On Friday they went for a brief hike on a trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway, joined the lunch crowd at a popular Asheville eatery and the President got in a little golf. Regardless of your politics, if you live in this area you cannot help but be pleased to see the attention this visit will bring. As one Asheville tourism official said this week, a presidential visit is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising and marketing. Of course, all the hoopla of a presidential visit means people in Asheville this weekend may be inconvenienced, but if the net result is more tourists coming to the area in the long run, it is worth it.

Our readers’ views Says thanks for respect shown at funeral To the editor: Thank you to every one who paid such wonderful respect to our funeral procession on the way to the Spindale Cemetery. The work crew placed their hands over their hearts and some saluted as we passed. Also, the cars pulled over to the side of the road. Many people from out of state remarked how nice it was to see such respect. I agree. It was very, very touching and heartwarming for us, the Ray Martin family. Never lose what we have here in Spindale and North Carolina. Evelyn Martin Spindale

Says what scares him is Republicans’ politics To the editor: You know what scares me the most? It’s how the American people, knowing what the Republican Party did for the American people for eight years, which is nothing but stay the course. Oh, and start another war, which had to cost the American taxpayers trillions of dollars. But, yet, the Republican Party doesn’t want to talk about those trillions. They want to fill the American people with their scare tactic propaganda. What scares me is that most of the American people eat it up. President Reagan wanted to thin our stock pile of nukes down in which the Republican party agreed. We have enough nukes stock piled to destroy the whole world. That should scare anyone. God forbid some nut gets his

hands on them. If so, we won’t have to worry about the future of our children or grandchildren, because there will be no future. The Republicans say build more nukes and the hell with health care for the millions of people who need it, because we are rich; We don’t need it. Let’s just take care of the GOP. Frightening? It should be. Zale Coffey Ellenboro

Endorses Helton for County Commission To the editor: I want to express my support for Margaret Helton for county commissioner. She is a good person who will stand up for the working people. She understands what it means to work hard. Margaret also knows that it takes hard work to get anywhere. She will stand up and make the decisions she thinks will do the most and be the best for the working people. Margaret also doesn’t mind voting against anything that will hurt the working person or the county, even if it means voting alone. She has proven this in her past term as county commissioner. Voting Margaret Helton back in as county commissioner is a vote for the working people and a vote for the betterment of the county. Carl M. Ramsey Jr. Forest City

Says vote for Eckler for County commission To the editor: Rutherford County is dead! We need to bring it back to Life. The

cotton mills are gone forever. The little bit of farming and cattle industry and used car dealerships are not enough to sustain a good quality of life for this county’s population. I am 52 years old, and have lived in this county all my life, yet I was forced to work elsewhere for all but two and a half years. Some of the people do not want any industries to come into this county, but what about the new generation? I think we need to vote for all new county commissioners who have a new vision. Not people who think only of their own gain, but of the gain of the whole community. We need Christian leaders with a vision for the future. Bill Eckler is one who has lived and been active in the community of Rutherford County for 22 years. He is a Christian man with a vision, and we need more men of his caliber. Do you want to maintain status quo, or is it time to change for the better? Join me in working for a better Rutherford County. Mark Webber Henrietta

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Scandals can swing voters, but issues matter more RALEIGH – With recent news updates on the continuing investigation of former Gov. Mike Easley, the details of last summer’s shooting incident involving soon-to-be-former Sen. R.C. Soles, and other matters of political import, now is a good time to assess how much such news is likely to affect politics in North Carolina. My view is that scandals can determine electoral outcomes, but not through the mechanism that most often springs to mind: propelling undecided voters into the camp of the party out of power. I don’t doubt that highprofile scandals can sometimes do this. In 2006, the perception of widespread Republican incompetence and corruption in Washington probably led some voters with weak partisan affiliations to lean in favor of giving Democrats more power. What I doubt is that the number of undecided voters

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swayed by scandal is large. Could they make the difference in an otherwise-close race? Of course. Any seemingly minor factor can be determinative if the margin is tiny. But I would contend that the greater effect of political scandal on elections comes from base voters, not swing voters. Within the party of a politician convicted or even just credibly accused of wrongdoing, the scandal saps the energy of volunteers, weakens the pitch of fundraisers, and depresses the turnout of the base. It happened to the Republicans in 2006. It happened to Democrats in 1994, after a series of scandals in the then-Democratic Congress.

Meanwhile, within the party out of power, scandal leads to two mutually reinforcing responses: righteous indignation at incumbent abuses of power and rising expectations about the possibility of electoral victory. As a result, challengers benefit from more energetic volunteers, more effective fundraisers, and more turnout. In addition to the fact that I think the elections data bear out this thesis, I think there are good logical reasons to believe that scandal stories affect the base more than the swing. Ideological, highly partisan voters are better informed about the details of politics than swing voters. On both sides, they are more likely to know which party controls which congressional or legislative chambers. They are more likely to recognize the names of politicians below the rank of president, governor, or U.S. Senate. And they are more consistent consumers of political news, from newspapers, talk radio, pub-

lic radio, or online sources. So when a scandal breaks, they are far more likely to make the necessary connections. Person A is a scoundrel. He is a Whig. The Whigs currently control the House of Burgesses. If I’m a Whig, I’m depressed that my party contains scoundrels like this fellow. If I’m a Tory, I’m furious at the misbehavior of those dastardly Whigs and exhilarated at the possibility of removing them from power. Adding these effects will create a difference in resources and turnout. In non-presidential years such as 1994, 1998, and 2006 – all years in which one or both chamber of Congress changed hands – real or perceived scandals in the incumbent party contributed to its downfall largely by depressing turnout among base voters. Those are cycles in which swing voters played smaller roles, because there was no presidential race at the top of the ticket to bring them to

the polls. Looking at the 2010 elections in North Carolina, then, I think we may well see a similar dynamic. I know more than a few Democrats who are tired of seeing their leaders show up in scandals, particularly if they worked hard to get those leaders elected or keep them in power. And I know quite a few Republicans who are both outraged at the shenanigans of Black, Easley, etc. and expectant of a rising tide for their party in November. Still, there are still enough truly undecided voters to tip the balance in key races. They’ll vote more on economic and fiscal issues than ethical ones. If GOP candidates offer them a credible set of alternatives for addressing North Carolina’s problems, those voters will swing Republican. It won’t be because Ruffin Poole is guilty of tax evasion. They don’t know who he is. Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation.


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Obituaries Velma Mott Velma “Granny” Mott, 91, a former resident of Barbara St., Forest City, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby. She had been a resident of Country Living in Ellenboro for the past several years. A native of Spartanburg County, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Bunyan and Effie Jane Howard Lister. She was a member of Harmon Street Baptist Church, was a retired seamstress for Deb Manufacturing Company, and was the owner and operator of Mott’s Skateland in Forest City for many years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Mott in 1982. Survivors include four sons, Gene Mott of Bostic, Steve Mott of Forest City, Carroll Mott of Ellenboro, and Billy Joe Mott of Bostic; a sister, Pauline Scaglia of Hartford, Conn.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Padgett and King Chapel with the Rev. Alan Hall officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m., prior to the service at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Jean Gordon/Daily Courier

Five injured in two-car crash Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — A grandfather and his 12-year-old grandson were taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Friday afternoon at about 3 p.m. after they were involved in a twovehicle crash off U.S. 221 near the South Carolina state line. Three other people in the second vehicle were transported to Rutherford Hospital. Dewey Botts, 65, of Mooresboro, was driving a Ford Focus north when he apparently suffered a medical condition and began driving

erratically. Daniel Campbell, who was in a Jeep Cherokee that was struck by Botts’ vehicle, said he looked in the rear view mirror and saw the Botts’ vehicle swerving and it appeared he had slumped over in the driver’s seat. Campbell’s car was also traveling north. The 2001 Ford Focus bumped the Campbell Jeep, ricocheted the Ford off the road to the left. The Ford hit a tree, went through a fence and rolled over several times before coming to a rest on its top about 50 yards from the point of the initial impact. Botts and his grandson,

Chase, 12, were taken to Spartanburg by Rutherford County EMS. Campbell’s wife, Naomi Campbell, 30, of Spindale, was driving the Jeep Cherokee. She, her best friend, Jill Garner and Garner’s baby, were all taken to Rutherford Hospital for treatment. Highway Patrolman Randy Patterson said he wasn’t certain if Botts passed out, but he did have some type of medical problem that caused the wreck. Also assisting at the scene were the Sheriff’s Department, Crime Control, and Cliffside firefighters.

Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports

Lake Lure

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 143 E-911 calls Thursday.

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

n Connie Beth White reported vandalism to an electrical box. n Belinda Ann Bates reported the theft of a pistol. n Michael Kyle Walker reported a breaking and entering. n Doris Veronica Rebideaux reported a vehicle break-in and the theft of a cell phone and jewelry. n Rodney Charles Thompson reported the theft of a lawn spiker and plugger.

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Rutherfordton

n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 57 E-911 calls Thursday.

n Ronald Worth Porter, Christian Donald Burley, Tina McKinney Porter, Linda Lee Roper, Sharon Denise Bradley, Jessica Roger Brown and Jeffrey Todd Thomas all reported the breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and larceny. n Samuel Aiden Harrison, Erik Ivan Ohmstead and Kathryn Elizabeth Pattishall all reported the breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.

Spindale

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 32 E-911 Thursday.

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This Ford four-door sedan came to a rest on its top after a two-car accident Friday afternoon.

By JEAN GORDON

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 49 E-911 calls Thursday. n William Cook reported receiving counterfeit money. The incident occurred on South Broadway Street. n Karkelia Mauney reported damage to property. n Heather Goforth reported receiving counterfeit money. The incident occurred on Oak Street. n Gwen Shehan reported a larceny. n Carol Whitener reported an incident of communicating threats. n Michael Horn reported an assault and battery. (See arrest of Horn.) n Brandon Garner reported a larceny.

Arrests n Shelia Horn, 49, of Lawing Road, Forest City; charged with assault and battery; placed under a 48-hour hold. (FCPD) n Crystal Michele Bradley, 26, of 1084 Ferry Road; charged with communicating threats; released on a $500 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Ronald Harry Milliken, 52, of 380 Starling Road; charged with domestic violence protective order viola-

tion; no bond listed. (RCSD) n Patsy Jenkins McKeown, 64, of 359 Parris Road; charged with injury to personal property; no bond listed. (RCSD) n Robert Edward Parker, 46, of 135 Hollywood St.; charged with misdemeanor cyberstalking and misdemeanor stalking; released on a written promise to appear. (RCSD) n Vernon Lee Conner, 46, of 2004 U.S. 64-74; charged with driving while impaired; freed on a custody release. (RCSD) n Charles Aaron Allison, 28, of 338 Jonas Road; charged with two counts of assault on a law officer, two counts of resisting a public officer and injury to personal property; placed under a $20,000 secured bond. (RCSD)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 19 E-911 calls Thursday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to no E-911 calls Thursday.

Fire Calls n Bostic, Cliffside, Rutherfordton and Sandy Mush firefighters all responded to motor vehicle crashes.

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Charles Hendrix Sr. Charles G. Hendrix Sr., 64, of Chesnee, S.C., died Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at his residence. Born in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Frank Lee Hendrix and Etheleen Louis Hendrix. He worked as an auto mechanic and also as a cook for Forest City Fish Camp. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Jo Anne Hendrix; one son, Charles Gerald Hendrix Jr. of Palm Harbor, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Lisa Kidwell of Cowpens, S.C., and Elizabeth McKinney of Mississippi; one stepson, Wallace Boyd McKinney of Chesnee; one brother, Garland Hendrix of Forest City; one sister, Wanda McBee of Forest City; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Harrelson Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Steve Foster and David Moore officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. A live webcast of the service and online condolences www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com.

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Minnesota Twins logo of two players shaking hands across a river has died of cancer at age 80. Ray Barton was paid $15 in 1961 to create the image, never thinking it would become the team’s official logo. Barton assumed it would be used on cups at Metropolitan Stadium. Barton created art for advertising agencies and other companies in the Twin Cities, including Target, but it was his image of Minnie and Paul that became best known. It’s displayed on the Twins’ uniforms and pennants and was turned into a giant sign that looms over the outfield at the team’s new ballpark. Don Cook CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The longtime announcer for the Charleston Alley Cats has died. Don Cook was 61. Dylan Meier MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier, a member of a prominent Kansas football family, has died in a hiking accident in Arkansas. The school said authorities in Newton County, Ark., reported that Meier died Monday after a fall at Whitaker Point. A spokesman at Kansas said Dylan’s younger brother, Kerry Meier, was one of several family members who were also on the hiking trip. Kerry was a record-breaking all-Big 12 wide receiver for the Jayhawks and is awaiting this week’s NFL draft. The Meier family of Pittsburg, Kan., is wellknown throughout the state. Older brother Shad Meier played tight end for Kansas State from 1997 to 2000 and had a six-year career in the NFL, mostly with the Tennessee Titans. Dylan Meier, 26, started the first five games at quarterback for Kansas State his senior season in 2006. Altogether, he started 11 games at quarterback for the Wildcats and threw for 2,287 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Charles G. Hendrix, Sr. Charles G. Hendrix, Sr., age 64, of Chesnee, SC, died Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at his residence. Charles was born on March 2, 1946 in Rutherford County to the late Frank Lee Hendrix and Etheleen Louis Hendrix. Charles worked as an auto mechanic and as a cook for the Forest City Fish Camp. He enjoyed car races and was an avid NASCAR fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Hendrix and one sister, Betty Hendrix. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Jo Anne Hendrix; one son, Charles Gerald Hendrix, Jr. of Palm Harbor, FL; two stepdaughters, Lisa Kidwell and husband, Brian of Cowpens, SC and Elizabeth McKinney of Mississippi; one step-son, Wallace Boyd McKinney of Chesnee; one brother, Garland Hendrix of Forest City; one sister, Wanda McBee also of Forest City and five grandchildren, Christopher Michael Paul Smith, Beverly Kidwell, Ethan Kidwell, Morgan McKinney and Justin McKinney. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Monday, April 26, 2010 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Steve Foster and Reverend David Moore officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family of Charles G. Hendrix, Sr. A live webcast of the service and an online guest registry are available at: www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com Paid obit.


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Calendar/Local TIMKEN TEAM PLANTS TREE

Red Cross The following blood drives are scheduled: April 26 — Red Cross Blood Drive at the Chapter; 2 to 6:30 p.m. House 838 Oakland Road, call 2875916; April 28 — Concord Baptist Church Blood Drive; 3 to 7:30 p.m., contact Kim Jones at 245-6130. April 29 — Union Mills Community Development Center; 2 to 6 p.m., contact Pat Taylor at 245-8554; May 1 — Goodes Creek Baptist Church, Cliffside, 7:30 a.m. to noon, call 245-3513; May 7 — Forest City Fire Department, 186 S. Church St., Forest City, 1 to 6 p.m., call 2452111; May 8 — Cliffside Masonic Lodge, 7:30 a.m. to noon, call 245-7606; May 11 — Harris Elementary School, Forest City, 1:30 to 6 p.m., call 248-2354; May 12 — Rutherford Hospital, 288 S. Ridge Crest Ave., Rutherfordton, noon to 5 p.m., call 286-5338; May 17 — Red Cross Rutherford Chapter, 838 Oakland Road, Forest City, 2 to 6:30 p.m., call at 2875916; May 24 — Spindale United Methodist Church, 3 to 7 p.m., call 245-8554; May 27 — Rutherford County Government, 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, noon to 4:30 p.m., call 287-6145; May 31 — Lowe’s, 184 Lowes Blvd., Forest City, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., call 351-1023; All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a cruise for two. Classes Babysitting Class: May 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult/Child & Infant CPR: May 8, 8:30 a.m. Adult CPR: May 10, 6 p.m. Child, Infant CPR: May 11, 6 p.m. First Aid: May 15, 8:30 a.m. Preventing Disease Transmission All classes must be paid in advance. Call 287-5916.

Meetings/other Democrat Club meeting: Monday, April 26, 7 p.m., Democrat Headquarters, West Main St., Forest City. Regular meeting: RutherfordPolk-McDowell District Board of Health; Tuesday, April 27, 7 p.m., Polk County Health Department, 161 Walker St., Columbus. Open to the public. SAR meeting: SAR will hold an educational and training meeting on April 27, at the Old Tryon Genealogy Library, 319 Doggett Road, Forest City. Meeting time 7 p.m. Informative presentation: Spindale Neighborhood Watch Group; Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.; The Spindale House, 100 W. Main St.; Spindale Presentation (Approximately 45 minutes) “Gang Awareness in Communities” with Starr Barbaro, a member of North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission; members of local law enforcement agencies will be present.

Miscellaneous Foothills Harvest Outreach Ministries will hold a sale April 26 - May 1. All women’s and men’s slacks 50 percent off. The store is located at 120 E. Trade St., Forest City. Clothes Closet: Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m. until noon, Cane Creek Baptist Church, 151 Cane Creek Mtn. Road, Union Mills, off Hwy. 64; free clothes and items from the food pantry to those in need; for more information call 286-2487. 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. Clothing give away: Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. to noon, High Shoal Baptist Church, 284 High Shoals Church Road, Henrietta; children and adult clothes will be given away free to those in need; for more information call 657-6448. 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.

ICC classes Tai Chi Chih: Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., April 27 - June 1; gentle moving meditation; anyone can participate regardless of age or physical ability; fee $45; course #17128. 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.

Timken employees (above) Mina Gaffney, Mark Guffey, Terry Smith, Stephen Hill, Phil Burleson, Connie Bowen, Keith Byrd, Dean Simpson, Bob Porter, Jerome Wilkerson and Libby Gibson helped plant a tree at the company’s Shiloh plant to celebrate Earth Day. Scott Baughman/Daily Courier

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bring more people to Rutherford County to spend tourism dollars here. Rutherford County remains number 26 of the most visited county in the state and latest statistics say $135 million was spent by tourists here in 2008. Among survey questions, “What do you believe the TDA is and what do you believe is its role?” Answers ranged from — a PR/ Marketing engine to get overnight visitors to Rutherford County, 79 percent; a visitor service provider, giving current visitors the direction and information to stay here longer or to return for another visit, 74.58 percent; a tourism advisory entity seeking to assist in the development of tourism assets, 40 percent; an advisory group who helps all Rutherford County tourism stakeholders to work co-operatively, 69.49 percent. Regarding the question, “What ways, in your opinion, do visitors hear about our area? the answers were

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of the candidates one on one. In the past, events like this had been much more structured, Ford said, but because of the number of candidates this seemed a better option.

Web, 79.66 percent; Radio-TV, 27.12 percent; print media, 66.10 percent. “What in your opinion, are the biggest attractions in our area to visitors? Answers — Parks and outdoors attractions, 79.66 percent; museums and/or other indoor attractions, 22.03 percent; unique lodging accommodations, 28.81 percent; small town atmosphere, 57.63 percent. Survey takers answered the question, ‘What are the top three things you personally love about our area?” Answers — small towns, friendly people, this is home, good restaurants, mountains/river/lake views; family ties, memories; the views, as long as the mountains haven’t been raped of trees like Bill’s Mountain; Chimney Rock State Park; people; weather; size of towns; quality of life; potential for growth; scenic beauty; rich history and heritage; variety of routes to reach any destination in the county; people are great; not overgrown/ overdeveloped (yet); and small towns, Lake Lure area, outdoor opportunities, Isothermal Community College; the cost of living; natural beauty and

the weather; and holiday decorations and events, including Forest City Owls. Survey takers also answered the question, “What are the top three things you think visitors most often complain about concerning our area?” Answers — Lack of signs to interesting areas; (need for) longer hours at points of interest; knowledgeable people working at the points of interest; lack of shopping centers, road numbers confusing; price of boating permits; not enough trout in the river; not enough everyday things to do; not enough places to shop, downtown businesses close too early; too small town/more shops. TDA will continue reviewing the survey information as it develops strategic planning and marketing plans.

“I can’t see letting people ask questions for three hours,” he said. There is significance to holding the event in Green Hill, too, Ford said. “Lake Lure and Chimney Rock residents feel like they are left out, so we’re trying to get close to them,” he said. “But it’s still close enough Forest City people could come too.”

Ford said he expected the most interaction would come between commissioner and clerk candidates and the public.

Also Thursday, TDA learned occupancy taxes across Rutherford County were up by 3.23 percent comparing the same numbers last year. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@ thedigitalcourier.

“Those are the exciting ones,” he said. The event is scheduled to last from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and is free.

Grant’s brigades fight back on bill change CINCINNATI (AP) — Bugler, sound the charge! Folks in southern Ohio are mounting a counterattack against a congressional proposal to replace native son Ulysses S. Grant with Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill. Politicians have passed resolutions, businesses have put up signs, letter-writing campaigns have begun, and, of course, Facebook page has been created for the cause of leaving Grant’s image just as it is on the currency. A bill pending in the U.S. House seeks to replace Grant with Reagan, the late 40th president and conservative icon. Grant’s backers will try to drum up

more support Saturday with speeches following a 21-gun salute at his birthplace in Point Pleasant, and Civil War reenactments in his nearby boyhood hometown of Georgetown, part of annual celebrations of his April 27, 1822, birthday. “Don’t mess with Grant!” is the battle cry of Bob Proud, a commissioner in Clermont County, the county of Grant’s birth just east of Cincinnati. Commissioners in Clermont and Brown counties passed resolutions opposing the U.S. House bill. Probably shouldn’t mess with Loretta Fuhrman, either. The caretaker of the Grant birthplace museum

for the past 44 years is steaming about the proposal. “It was terrible,” she said. “I just don’t understand why all of the sudden someone from North Carolina can try to change that. Why in the world aren’t they just leaving it as it is?” She’s referring to Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., who in March introduced the bill to put Reagan on the 50. “Every generation needs its own heroes,” McHenry said. He has 17 co-sponsors for the bill, which will have to go through committees.

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Panthers land QB Jimmy Clausen By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer

Conley continues his ride to the sea MARION, S.C. — Jacob Conley, a sports reporter with the Daily Courier, hit the road on day two of the three-day Cycle to the Sea. Conley and a group of hand-cyclists and able-bodied cyclists left Charlotte on Thursday morning and rode 60 miles to Cheraw. On Friday, the group rode from Cheraw to Marion; a ride of 58.4 miles. The group hopes to arrive in Myrtle Beach between 3 and 5 p.m., today. The ride is an awareness and fund-raising ride for Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program (ASAP).

Hilltoppers take down Patriots, 10-3

CHARLOTTE — Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney spent much of Friday trying to move up in the draft to take Jimmy Clausen, a day after the Notre Dame quarterback was a surprising first-round snub. Hurney couldn’t strike a deal, however, and when Arizona traded up to the 47th slot — one pick ahead of the Panthers — Hurney acknowledged he was crushed, sure the Cardinals were going to take him. “I could lie, but I won’t,” Hurney said. Only the Cardinals passed on Clausen, too. It didn’t take Hurney long to pounce —

Former Notre Dame quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, works out during football pro day for NFL representatives on Friday, April 9, 2010, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Associated Press

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South Atlantic Tournament

MORGANTON — RS Central defeated Freedom, 10-3, Wednesday night in Morganton. Central’s Dylan Hipp was 4-for-4 with four singles, while Ben Morris homered and had 3 RBI. JM Spangler pitched a complete game for the conference win that pushes Central to 5-4 in conference play and 9-8 overall.

Local Sports TRACK & FIELD 12 p.m. R-S Central at Polk (Co-Ed Meet) COLLEGE BASEBALL 12 p.m. South Atlantic Conference Tournament at McNair Field

On TV 7:30 a.m. (ESPN2) English Premier League Soccer Teams TBA. 9:55 a.m. (ESPN2) English Premier League Soccer Teams TBA. 1 p.m. (WBTV) (WSPA) PGA Tour Golf Champions: Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, Second Round. 1 p.m. (FSS) College Baseball Miami at Florida State. 1 p.m. (TS) MLB Baseball Atlanta Braves at New York Mets. 2 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball First-Round Playoff. 3 p.m. (WBTV) PGA Tour Golf Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Third Round. 3 p.m. (WYFF) NHL Hockey Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks. Western Conference Quarterfinal, game 5. 3 p.m. (WSPA) PGA Tour Golf Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Third Round. 3 p.m. (WSOC) (WLOS) NASCAR Racing Nationwide Series: Aaron’s 312. 4 p.m. (WHNS) MLB Baseball Regional Coverage. New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox. 4 p.m. (TS) College Baseball LSU at Mississippi. 4:30 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball First-Round Playoff. 7 p.m. (WGN-A) MLB Baseball Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers. 8 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball First Round, Game 4. 9 p.m. (SHO) Boxing Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler. 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball First Round, Game 4. 11:15 p.m. (HBO) Boxing Tomasz Adamek vs. Cristobal Arreola, Heavyweights.

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Lincoln Memorial University’s Brandon Cowen (27) applies the tag at the plate to Carson-Newman’s Mason Guymon (7) during the South Atlantic Conference baseball game at McNair Field, Friday. Carson’s Jeff Lockwood (24) signals safe, but the umpire called the runner out at the plate.

No. 1 Wingate ousted By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

FOREST CITY — The arm of Justin Hall and the bat of Rusty Smith was all No. 2 seed Mars Hill College needed as they ousted No. 1 seed Wingate, 4-0, at the Food Lion South Atlantic League Conference Baseball Tourney at McNair Field, Friday. Hall, the righty, threw an outstanding complete game four-hitter and Rusty Smith smashed two hits for two RBI in the victory for the Lions. Offensively, it was Smith, who earned both hits in his last two at-bats. Smith (2-for-4) slapped an RBI double down

the right field line in the sixth to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. After teammate and designated hitter, Kris Torrance clobbered a solo homer (fifth of the season) in the seventh frame to right field, Smith went back to work in the eighth. Smith lined an RBI single into centerfield during the eighth and a fielding error crossed the final run in the same inning for Mars Hill (28-16). Hall (6-2) from Martinsville, VA, recorded six strikeouts, walked four and faced just 35 batters in the perforPlease see SAC, Page 8

Harvick unsure of his future with RCR

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Kevin Harvick will have a new sponsor for sure next season. He could have a new team. Harvick knows wherever he lands, he’d like to stick with Chevrolet. Harvick’s future with Richard Childress Racing appeared to take a huge a hit after Shell Oil Company’s decision to transfer its sponsorship from Harvick to Kurt Busch starting next season. Harvick said he’s unsure where he’ll drive next year, but has had ongoing Harvick conversations with Childress. “I don’t think there’s anything pressing time-wise for anybody, whether it’s the team at RCR or myself,” Harvick said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. Harvick is a free agent at the end of this season, and became the most-watched driver after Kasey Kahne announced last week he had signed a deal to drive for Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. Kahne must still find a seat for next season. Harvick, fourth in the points standings, said it’s a “fair statement” he’ll be in Chevrolets next season. RCR, StewartHaas Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Hendrick Motorsports all run Chevrolets. “Right now, I’m driving the 29 car and we’ll see,” Harvick said.

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After 8 years, Charlotte to taste playoffs again By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE — Paul Silas remembers how strange and uncomfortable it was in 2002 when he coached an unwanted team in a city that had turned its back on the NBA. Silas looked into the stands for the opening game of the playoffs and saw 9,505 fans in the 23,799-seat Charlotte Coliseum. The final game — a secondround playoff loss to New Jersey — drew less than 14,000. Days later, the Hornets were officially property of New Orleans. “It was kind of disheartening and disconcerting because we did have a good team,” Silas recalled Friday. “It was very difficult. It was really bad at that particular point.” Eight years later, a new team with a different name and colors owned by favorite son Michael Jordan will play in front of a full house in a new downtown arena on Saturday, Charlotte’s first taste of the playoffs since the Hornets’ ugly exit. And the six-year-old Bobcats need all Please see Bobcats, Page 9

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan laughs during halftime of Game 2 against the Orlando Magic in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Associated Press


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LAWNDALE — Rebecca Bailey pulled her batting average up to .548 with a 4-for-4 day, with 4 RBI, in Chase’s 15-1 whipping of Burns Friday in a conference softball tilt. The Lady Trojans Kaitlyn Smart and Sam Carpenter collected three hits in the win, while Euletha Davis, Krestin Walker and Mackenzie McCraw each added two hits. Chase improved to 11-3 overall and 7-2 in conference play.

TJCA hits track in Gaston Co.

GASTONIA — The Thomas Jefferson men’s and women’s track teams competed Thursday at East Gaston in a 4-team meet. The teams in attendance were East Gaston, Gaston Day School, Victory Christian, and Thomas Jefferson. The Gryphons collected four first place finishes on the day. Billy Krier claimed first in the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. Krier posted a 4:51 in the 1,600 and a time of 10:55 in the 3,200. Ryanne Corder used a time of 6:14 to win the 1,600-meter run for the Lady Gryphons, while her teammate Darby Williams posted a 16:09 for a win in the 3,200-meter run. TJCA collected 33 points from the men’s team and 39 total points from the women’s team.

Girl’s Soccer TJCA 9, Madison 1

MARS HILL — Thomas Jefferson girl’s soccer team routed Madison, 9-1, Friday at Mars Hill College. TJCA’s Anna Dedmon, Courtney Flack and Haley Stepp each scored twice in the win, which improved the Lady Griffs to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play. “I think the Avery game woke us up a little bit,” said TJCA coach Brian Espinoza. “We played at a higher level today. “Our passing game was much better than earlier in the week.” TJCA hosts Mountain Heritage on Monday.

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National League East Division W L Pct 10 5 .667 9 7 .563 8 8 .500 8 8 .500 8 9 .471 Central Division W L Pct St. Louis 10 5 .667 Milwaukee 8 7 .533 Pittsburgh 7 8 .467 Cincinnati 7 9 .438 Chicago 6 10 .375 Houston 5 10 .333 West Division W L Pct San Diego 9 6 .600 San Francisco 8 7 .533 Colorado 8 8 .500 Los Angeles 7 8 .467 Arizona 6 9 .400

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Carson-Newman 7, Lincoln Memorial 5

FOREST CITY — Following a four-hour marathon, Cody Nix blasted a walkoff two-run, home run over the right field wall in the bottom of the 11th as Carson-Newman prevailed, 7-5, over Lincoln Memorial University in the Food Lion SAC Baseball Tourney at McNair Field, Friday. Nix, who scored the tying run in the ninth after walking earlier in the frame, put away the game off Chase Quarles second offering with one out to keep Carson-Newman alive for one more day. The Eagles received help from Corey Lamson as well, who played a part in three of CarsonNewman’s seven runs. Lamson (2-for-3) sliced a base hit to center in the first inning after the top three batters walked to give Carson-Newman an early 1-0 lead. The intimidating Lamson (6-foot-3) watched a wild pitch sail to the backstop in his next at-bat in the third and Jeff Lockwood scored on the play for a 2-0 lead. Lamson smashed a two-bagger in the fifth frame and later came home on an RBI sacrifice fly by Aaron Vargas for the 4-1 Carson-Newman lead. That lead held up for the Eagles until a tworun single by Ben Adleburg and then a wild pitch scored two more Railsplitters in the top of the ninth inning. The Lincoln Memorial lead of 5-4 lasted briefly as Lucas Mohon of Carson-Newman, singled and plated Nix to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom half of the frame. Carson-Newman (30-16) will play again today at noon. Lincoln Memorial was eliminated from the SAC tourney with the loss.

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Thursday’s Games Milwaukee 20, Pittsburgh 0 Colorado 2, Washington 0 N.Y. Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 2 Cincinnati 8, L.A. Dodgers 5 Philadelphia 8, Atlanta 3 Florida 5, Houston 1 Friday’s Games Washington 5, L.A. Dodgers 1 N.Y. Mets 5, Atlanta 2 San Diego at Cincinnati, late Pittsburgh at Houston, late Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, late Florida at Colorado, late Philadelphia at Arizona, late St. Louis at San Francisco, late Saturday’s Games L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 1-0) at Washington (Stammen 1-0), 1:05 p.m. Atlanta (Jurrjens 0-1) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 0-1), 1:10 p.m. San Diego (LeBlanc 0-0) at Cincinnati (Cueto 0-0), 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Hart 0-0) at Houston (W.Rodriguez 0-2), 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Lilly 0-0) at Milwaukee (D.Davis 0-1), 7:10 p.m. Florida (N.Robertson 2-0) at Colorado (Cook 0-2), 8:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Figueroa 1-1) at Arizona (I.Kennedy 0-1), 8:10 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 3-0) at San Francisco (Zito 2-0), 9:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games San Diego at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Washington, 1:35 p.m. Pittsburgh at Houston, 2:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Arizona, 4:10 p.m. Florida at Colorado, 5:05 p.m. Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. San Diego at Florida, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Atlanta at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. Philadelphia at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. American League

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mance from the hill. Mars Hill now face the Carson Newman-Lincoln Memorial winner at 3:45 p.m., today at McNair Field. Wingate (28-19) squandered their two best chances to score on the afternoon when they left two runners on base in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs then left Horse Shoe native and West Henderson High alum, Casey Allison stranded in the eighth following his double in deep left field.

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

East Division W L Pct 12 4 .750 11 4 .733 9 7 .563 6 10 .375 2 14 .125 Central Division W L Pct 11 5 .688 9 7 .563 7 8 .467 6 9 .400 5 11 .313 West Division W L Pct 10 7 .588 9 7 .563 8 9 .471 6 9 .400

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Thursday’s Games Cleveland 8, Minnesota 1 Oakland 4, N.Y. Yankees 2 Texas 3, Boston 0 Tampa Bay 10, Chicago White Sox 2 Detroit 5, L.A. Angels 4 Friday’s Games Baltimore at Boston, late Toronto at Tampa Bay, late Detroit at Texas, late Minnesota at Kansas City, late Seattle at Chicago White Sox, late Cleveland at Oakland, late N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels, late Saturday’s Games Cleveland (Carmona 2-0) at Oakland (Bre. Anderson 1-1), 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 2-0) at L.A. Angels (Pineiro 2-1), 4:10 p.m. Seattle (Fister 2-1) at Chicago White Sox (F.Garcia 0-2), 4:10 p.m. Toronto (Romero 1-1) at Tampa Bay (Niemann 1-0), 6:10 p.m. Baltimore (Matusz 2-0) at Boston (Lackey 1-1), 7:10 p.m. Minnesota (Blackburn 1-1) at Kansas City (Hochevar 2-0), 7:10 p.m. Detroit (Willis 0-1) at Texas (Feldman 1-1), 8:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Baltimore at Boston, 1:35 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m. Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 2:05 p.m. Minnesota at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m. Detroit at Texas, 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Boston at Toronto, 7:10 p.m. Detroit at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Seattle at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

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FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Cleveland 2, Chicago 1 Saturday, April 17: Cleveland 96, Chicago 83 Monday, April 19: Cleveland 112, Chicago 102 Thursday, April 22: Chicago 108, Cleveland 106 Sunday, April 25: Cleveland at Chicago, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27: Chicago at Cleveland, 7, 8 or 8:30 p.m. x-Thursday, April 29: Cleveland at Chicago, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: Chicago at Cleveland, TBD Orlando 2, Charlotte 0 Sunday, April 18: Orlando 98, Charlotte 89 Wednesday, April 21: Orlando 92, Charlotte 77 Saturday, April 24: Orlando at Charlotte, 2 p.m. Monday, April 26: Orlando at Charlotte, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Charlotte at Orlando, 8 p.m. 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, 8:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:30 or 8 p.m. x-Friday, April 30: Atlanta at Milwaukee, TBD x-Sunday, May 2: Milwaukee at Atlanta, TBD Boston 3, Miami 0 Saturday, April 17: Boston 85, Miami 76 Tuesday, April 20: Boston 106, Miami 77 Friday, April 23: Boston 100, Miami 98 Sunday, April 25: Boston at Miami, 1 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Miami at Boston, 6, 7 or 8 p.m. x-Thursday, April 29: Boston at Miami, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: Miami at Boston, TBD WESTERN CONFERENCE L.A. Lakers 2, Oklahoma City 1 Sunday, April 18: L.A. Lakers 87, Oklahoma City 79 Tuesday, April 20: L.A. Lakers 95, Oklahoma City 92 Thursday, April 22: Oklahoma City 101, L.A. Lakers 96 Saturday, April 24: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27: Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 9 or 10:30 p.m. 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 1 Sunday, April 18: Dallas 100, San Antonio 94 Wednesday, April 21: San Antonio 102, Dallas 88 Friday, April 23: Dallas at San Antonio, late Sunday, April 25: Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 27: San Antonio at Dallas, 8, 8:30 or 9:30 p.m. x-Thursday, April 29: Dallas at San Antonio, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: San Antonio at Dallas, TBD Phoenix 2, Portland 1 Sunday, April 18: Portland 105, Phoenix 100 Tuesday, April 20: Phoenix 119, Portland 90 Thursday, April 22: Phoenix 108, Portland 89 Saturday, April 24: Phoenix at Portland, 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 26: Portland at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. 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, late Sunday, April 25: Denver at Utah, 9:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Utah at Denver, 9 or 10:30 p.m. 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 3, Montreal 2 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 6, Montreal 3 Friday, April 23: Montreal 2, Washington 1 x-Monday, April 26: Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Montreal at Washington, TBD Philadelphia 4, 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 3, New Jersey 0 Boston 3, Buffalo 2 Thursday, April 15: Buffalo 2, Boston 1 Saturday, April 17: Boston 5, Buffalo 3 Monday, April 19: Boston 2, Buffalo 1 Wednesday, April 21: Boston 3, Buffalo 2, 2OT Friday, April 23: Buffalo 4, Boston 1 x-Monday, April 26: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh 3, Ottawa 2 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 4, Pittsburgh 3, 3OT Saturday, April 24: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE San Jose 3, Colorado 2 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 2, Colorado 1, OT

Thursday, April 22: San Jose 5, Colorado 0 Saturday, April 24: San Jose at Colorado, TBD x-Monday, April 26: Colorado at San Jose, TBD Nashville 2, Chicago 2 Friday, April 16: Nashville 4, Chicago 1 Sunday, April 18: Chicago 2, Nashville 0 Tuesday, April 20: Nashville 4, Chicago 1 Thursday, April 22: Chicago 3, Nashville 0 Saturday, April 24: Nashville at Chicago, 3 p.m. Monday, April 26: Chicago at Nashville, TBD x-Wednesday, April 28: Nashville at Chicago, TBD Los Angeles 2, Vancouver 2 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 6, Los Angeles 4 Friday, April 23: Los Angeles at Vancouver, late 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, late Sunday, April 25: Phoenix at Detroit, 2 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Detroit at Phoenix, TBD

RACING NASCAR-Nationwide Aaron’s 312 Lineup (Car number in parentheses) 1. (33) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 187.375 mph. 2. (60) Carl Edwards, Ford, 185.754. 3. (6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 185.176. 4. (7) Steve Arpin, Chevrolet, 185.14. 5. (70) Shelby Howard, Chevrolet, 185.115. 6. (10) Reed Sorenson, Toyota, 184.99. 7. (38) Jason Leffler, Toyota, 184.826. 8. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, 184.704. 9. (42) Parker Kligerman, Dodge, 184.697. 10. (26) Brian Keselowski, Dodge, 184.665. 11. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 184.505. 12. (1) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 184.289. 13. (16) Colin Braun, Ford, 184.278. 14. (21) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 184.264. 15. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 184.225. 16. (75) Bobby Gerhart, Chevrolet, 184.211. 17. (11) Brian Scott, Toyota, 184.154. 18. (0) Chrissy Wallace, Chevrolet, 184.154. 19. (12) Justin Allgaier, Dodge, 183.949. 20. (43) Scott Lagasse Jr., Ford, 183.86. 21. (92) Dennis Setzer, Dodge, 183.758. 22. (09) Patrick Sheltra, Ford, 183.709. 23. (22) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 183.652. 24. (52) D. Neuenberger, Chevrolet, 183.603. 25. (32) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 183.441. 26. (88) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 183.35. 27. (01) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 183.266. 28. (89) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, 183.213. 29. (15) Michael Annett, Toyota, 183.171. 30. (35) Jason Keller, Chevrolet, 183.147. 31. (83) John Borneman III, Ford, 183.014. 32. (81) Michael McDowell, Dodge, 182.975. 33. (66) Steve Wallace, Toyota, 182.846. 34. (27) Scott Wimmer, Ford, 182.657. 35. (87) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 182.598. 36. (62) Brendan Gaughan, Toyota, 182.407. 37. (34) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 182.122. 38. (28) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet, points. 39. (99) Trevor Bayne, Toyota, owner points. 40. (24) Eric McClure, Ford, owner points. 41. (23) Rob Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, points. 42. (40) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, owner points. 43. (49) Mark Green, Chevrolet, 183.003.

TRANSACTIONS

Friday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Released RHP Juan Cruz. Designated RHP Luis Mendoza for assignment. Selected the contracts of LHP Bruce Chen and RHP Brad Thompson from Omaha (PCL). MINNESOTA TWINS—Placed INF Nick Punto on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 16. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Agreed to terms with INF/ OF Ben Zobrist on a three-year contract extension through 2013. TEXAS RANGERS—Purchased the contract of 1B Justin Smoak from Oklahoma City (PCL). Optioned 1B Chris Davis to Oklahoma City. Recalled RHP Omar Poveda from Oklahoma City and placed him on the 60-day DL. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Placed OF Manny Ramirez on the 15-day DL. Recalled OF Xavier Paul from Albuquerque (PCL). PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Optioned SS Argenis Diaz to Indianapolis (IL). Recalled RHP Chris Jakubauskas from Indianapolis. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Assigned RHP Jason Bergmann outright to Syracuse (IL). Recalled RHP Luis Atilano from Syracuse (IL). American Association GRAND PRAIRIE AIRHOGS—Acquired RHP Jeff Williams from Southern Maryland (Atlantic) for future considerations. LINCOLN SALTDOGS—Signed OF Justin Jacobs and LHP Ryan Miller. PENSACOLA PELICANS—Released OF Kevin Reynolds. SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CAPTAINS— Released RHP Gustavo Mata. Traded RHP Robert Romero to Evansville (Frontier) for future considerations. FOOTBALL National Football League CINCINNATI BENGALS—Signed PK Mike Nugent. Canadian Football League CALGARY STAMPEDERS—Announced the retirement of OL Jeff Pilon. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS—Signed WR Chris Davis. HOCKEY National Hockey League TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS—Signed G Jussi Rynnas to a two-year contract. COLLEGE CORNELL—Named Bill Courtney men’s basketball coach. FLORIDA STATE—Announced sophomore C Solomon Alabi will enter the NBA draft. IOWA STATE—Named Jeff Grayer men’s assistant basketball coach. SAN FRANCISCO—Named Jennifer Azzi women’s basketball coach.

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Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson walks down the court after he missed a layup and nearly lost his headband on the play during the second half of Game 2 in the first round of an NBA basketball playoff game to the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Jackson pleaded with the officials for a foul on the play, but there was no whistle.

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the support they can get down 2-0 to powerful Orlando in their bestof-seven series. “It’s going to be crazy,” Bobcats guard Raymond Felton said. “It’s something the city of Charlotte has been waiting on.” But will the shift in venue matter? The Bobcats have looked overmatched for much of the first two games in Orlando. Dwight Howard’s foul trouble and a less-than-stellar offense haven’t mattered. The Magic have smothered Charlotte with defense and just enough 3-pointers, showing all the confidence of a team that made it to the finals last season. Not even the prospect of Jordan’s imposing, referee-baiting presence at the end of the Bobcats’ bench for Game 3 seems to bother the Magic and feisty coach Stan Van Gundy. “Come on, Michael Jordan hasn’t had time to do anything as an owner,” Van Gundy said when asked of his impact since buying the team. “I understand we’re all supposed to bow down at the alter of Michael Jordan, but come now. Not in this case. He’s been the owner for what, a month?” For his part, Jordan is a little cranky, too. He watched his new $275 million toy fall behind 24-12 in Game 1 and 13-3 three nights later. Coach Larry Brown said his team, which dropped to 13-30 on the road this season, hasn’t adjusted to the increased intensity of the playoffs. “I even got a call from my owner last night during the Chicago game. telling me, ’Are you watching this? Do you see how hard they’re playing?”’ Brown said of Jordan. “And it was obvious to me he was right.” So what to do for a team that’s led for all of 93 seconds in two games? Brown insists the Bobcats can’t change their drive-first, shun-3-pointers style that produced 44 wins and the team’s first playoff berth — even with the NBA’s defensive player of the year clogging the middle. Charlotte also needs Stephen Jackson to cut down on his turnovers (12 in two games), get All-Star Gerald Wallace more involved, Felton and Boris Diaw out of their funks, and more than just a collection of fouls from centers Tyson Chandler, Nazr Mohammed and Theo Ratliff.

Big 12, Tebow lead NFL Draft NEW YORK (AP) — Heismans and hoopla accompanied Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow during their college careers. Now, the quarterbacks share something else heading into the NFL: first-round status in the draft. For Bradford, it was a matter of whether he would go at the top of the first prime-time draft Thursday night. He did, to the St. Louis Rams. For Tebow, it was a question of how deep in the proceedings his name would be called, with many predicting it would not happen until the second round. The Denver Broncos ended the intrigue at No. 25 after trading with Baltimore to get that spot. Celebration, drama and a touch of mystery at Radio City Music Hall: The Rockettes would have loved this show. “I want to be a great quarterback,” said Tebow, who helped Florida win two national championships, earning the 2007 Heisman. “For the next few years, my mindset is going to be to

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shaking up Carolina’s newly shuffled quarterback depth chart. “You always say anything can happen,” Hurney said, smiling. “Wow, it happened. ... We think he’s an excellent quarterback and we feel extremely fortunate to get a quarterback of his ability with the 48th pick.” After sitting out the first night of the draft with no first-round pick, the Panthers addressed one of their biggest needs and perhaps presented immediate competition to newly minted starter Matt Moore. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Clausen was rated as a first-round pick — perhaps even in the top 10 — by many analysts. But he wasn’t selected on Thursday, perhaps because of concerns about his leadership and personality. Carolina didn’t hesitate, taking him ahead of his college teammate, Golden Tate, and other receiver prospects. The Panthers also decided to wait on addressing holes on the defensive line. It ended a wait for Clausen similar to fellow former Fighting Irish QB Brady Quinn in 2007. Even Florida’s Tim Tebow was picked ahead of him on Thursday. Clausen said his agent had told him

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repay (Denver coach Josh McDaniels) for what he did for me, believing in me. Just like it was when I was at Florida. My biggest joy was doing things for Coach (Urban) Meyer, winning championships, being able to help him.” At least Tebow goes to a team with some talent around him. Bradford, the 2008 Heisman winner who missed all but three games in 2009 after right shoulder surgery, is saddled with the Rams, who scored 175 points on the way to a 1-15 record last year. He’s not complaining. “You have no idea how excited I am just to have the opportunity to come to St. Louis and play my NFL career there,” Bradford said. “It’s just a blessing and I can’t wait to get there and get to work.” While Tebow figures to serve an apprenticeship in Denver as he adapts to a pro-style offense, Bradford almost certainly will start for the Rams. Their most accom-

plished quarterback is A.J. Feeley. “There’s no preconceived notion or game plan with Sam right now,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “I think we’ve put ourselves in a situation that we can go either way. We’ll do what’s best for him and what’s best for our team.” What was best for most teams in the first round was raiding the Big 12, with Oklahoma leading the way with four drafted players. Starting with Bradford, five of the top six picks were from the Big 12 — three of them Sooners. In all, nine first-rounders came from the conference. “That’s pretty cool because I know the Big 12 has been getting a lot of slack lately,” said Bradford. “People for some reason didn’t think that we played much football in the Big 12 and sure didn’t think we played much defense, so for two defensive tackles to go in the first three picks is a credit to the Big 12.”

Washington had considered taking him at No. 4, but the moves didn’t happen. As he continued to plummet on Friday, Clausen even stopped watching the draft with his family in Palm Springs, Calif. He was playing pool with his friends when his brother handed him the phone. Panthers coach John Fox was at the other end. “He told me he was trying to get up to the 33rd pick,” Clausen said. “He was just really excited to have me on the team. I told him I can’t wait to get there and go to work.” Clausen, who threw 60 touchdowns and 27 interceptions with the Fighting Irish but was just 16-18 as a starter, will join a thin quarterback unit with Carolina. The Panthers released longtime starter Jake Delhomme last month. Moore has started eight NFL games and Hunter Cantwell none. Hurney wouldn’t say if Clausen would immediately compete for the starting job, but lauded his experience playing in a pro-style offense similar Carolina’s. Fox and former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis are close friends. “I think it’s going to help me tremendously, being in coach Weis’ system,” Clausen said. “Coach Fox told me he said it was the same exact system I’ve played in the last three years. I’m really excited about that.”

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“I don’t see where anything is going. I know that Richard and I have had a lot of conversations over the last three months.” Harvick said he has a “great relationship” with Childress and contract talks are continuing as they normally would this time of the year. Harvick was disappointed to lose his main sponsor. RCR had used Pennzoil as Harvick’s sponsor since 2007. “I don’t particularly agree with the way the whole situation was handled,” Harvick said. “There are sponsors that come and go and things change. This particular situation, there was a lot of business to business that took place. It’s not anything new.” Busch, who signed a contract extension with Penske Racing on Friday, said Shell/Penzoil made his involvement in the car next season mandatory for a deal to happen. Busch has driven the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge since 2006, when he first joined Penske. Brad Keselowski will take over the beer sponsorship.

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Weather/Local/State Weather The Daily Courier Weather Today

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Associated Press

President Barack Obama, right, watches as first lady Michelle Obama jumps as they go for a walk on a trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville Friday.

Obamas vacation in N.C. ASHEVILLE (AP) — First stop for the first couple’s weekend vacation on Friday was a roadside restaurant that President Barack Obama visited during the final month of his White House campaign. First meal on the trip: barbecued ribs. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama landed in the Blue Ridge Mountains and made a quick stop at Twelve Bones Smokehouse on the way to their resort. The White House said the first couple ate ribs, macaroni and cheese, greens, baked beans, corn bread and corn pudding and washed it down with sweet tea. And then a short time later, they set about working off the meal; the Obamas went on a mountain hike. This trip was meant to be vaca-

tion, and Obama didn’t even plan to make calls on the fierce debate over financial reform legislation in the Senate, press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters at the White House on Friday. “Knock on wood,” Gibbs said. On Obama’s previous visit to the city, in October 2008, the then-senator prepared for a debate and rallied supporters — and lamented he couldn’t play golf. “What a spectacular place,” Obama said during the Oct. 5, 2008, stop in Asheville. “The only thing I don’t like about it is that I had to drive by the golf course, and it looks really nice. And my staff won’t let me play. I’m going to have to come back.”

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Carolina Today ABC appraisal on hold

RALEIGH (AP) — An outside group’s financial appraisal of North Carolina’s liquor system is being put on hold, leading Gov. Beverly Perdue to postpone giving a recommendation on privatization to lawmakers in the upcoming session. The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission said Friday that Chairman Jon Williams and a Chicago firm are about to suspend work calculating the value of the state-owned distribution system and hundreds of local retail stores. The report was expected by the end of April. But a commission spokeswoman says potential ABC law changes being considered by the Legislature may affect the valuation process, which will resume later.

Woman gets death

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A woman was sentenced to death Friday for murdering a fortuneteller and her college-age daughter after the soothsayer told her to get over a lost lover. Tanya Nelson, 45, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., was sentenced for masterminding the stabbings of fortuneteller Ha “Jade” Smith, 52, and Anita Vo, 23, in 2005, Orange County prosecutors said. Nelson hired fortuneteller Smith, known as Miss Ha in Orange County’s Vietnamese community, to get her ex-lover back. But when Smith told her to accept reality, she became upset and plotted to drive across the country to kill her, prosecutors said.

Bus driver charged

FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Police say the driver of a North Carolina school bus involved in an accident has been charged with driving while impaired. Fayetteville Police said in a news

Weekend

release that 49-year-old Charles Wynn was also charged with operating a school bus after consuming alcohol. Police said a vehicle rearended the school bus Friday afternoon. Officials said 18 students were on the bus. One student from the bus and a child from the other vehicle were transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Patrol probes incident RALEIGH (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating an incident in which an off-duty trooper was pulled over by officers who described him as extremely drunk. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that no charges were filed against James Williams Jr. The Highway Patrol captain has been placed on desk duty during the investigation. Audio tapes provided to the newspaper recorded Butner Lt. D.C. Parrott as he pulled over a swerving motorist on Interstate 85 around 2 a.m. April 3. Parrott called supervisor Capt. W.V. Williams to the scene, and Williams reported that they had an extremely intoxicated trooper.

Beach town bans thongs KURE BEACH (AP) — A town council in North Carolina has banned thongs, with the mayor saying he wants to keep the area as close to “Mayberry with a beach” as possible. The Star-News of Wilmington reported that the town council in Kure (Cure-EE) Beach voted Thursday to ban the swimwear. The move came after the police chief received an e-mail earlier in the week asking if the town’s existing nude bathing ordinance allowed thongs.

training your pup. Pet owners can even have their pets bathed and groomed at Pup ‘n Tub Mobile Groomers; then head over to Portraits at Noah’s Ark to have them photographed for a fun and unique souvenir of the day. “Pet & Owner Look-A-Like,” “Best Dressed” and “Most Phenomenal Pet Trick” contests will be held. “All of our vendors have donated great prizes for the winners,” says Meghan Rogers, public relations and events manager. The exhibitors include: Best Friends Pet Cemetery, Bone-a-fied Bakery, BowWowzers, Chain Free Asheville, Cultured Canines, Cynthia’s Twigs, Guide Dog Foundation, Home Sweet Home Training, Paws2Care, Pippi Jive, Portraits at Noah’s Ark, Possum Hollow Farms, Pup ‘N Tub Mobile Groomer, Special T’s, TheraPets and Tri Laser Focus. Anglers from across the Carolinas will compete for the title of 2010 Olympiad Fly Masters Champion presented by The Granddaddy FlyFishing Experience in Lake Lure, April 24-25. Day one begins with distance and accuracy casting for both youth and adults. The top 10 adult finishers will advance to day two’s fishing rounds where the winner is judged on the combined length of five fish caught in a two-hour time frame. The fly-fishing tournament circuit in North Carolina continues to grow, as does the caliber of its competitors. The 2010 tournament winner will take home a cash prize, plus a 3-day/2-night stay at Firefly Cove and original artwork from angler Paul Thompson. Registration is $50/ adults and $25/youth and is open through 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 24. Funds raised from the fly-fishing tournament will benefit athletic programs of the new Lake Lure Classical Academy slated to open this August. The 19-mile yard sale begins at about 8 a.m. in Gerton and concludes at Rumbling Bald off Buffalo Shoals Road. Along the stretches of U.S. 74 and U.S. 64/74, property owners, businesses and nonprofit organization will put their wares out for sale during the day long event. The annual Healthy Kids day begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. at Isothermal Community College. The event is sponsored by the Rutherford County YMCA, Rutherford County School District, Northwestern Mutual Foundation

and Tropicana and is a free community day of fun for all the children of Rutherford County. The event will include information on Healthy Habits, free T-shirts, inflatables, rock climbing walls and much more. The First Baptist and First United Methodist churches of Rutherfordton are jointly participating in an Operation Inasmuch mission outreach today. Operation Inasmuch is a community mission day that is based on Christ’s challenge to service in the book of Matthew where he said “Inasmuch as you have done these things to the least of my brethren, you have done them to me.” Over 220 members of the churches will divide into 30 teams to perform a variety of projects. Among them are home repairs such as re-roofing and turning a tub into a shower; construction of ramps, porches and stairs; minor repairs and yard work for community service organizations and churches; visiting and taking casseroles to people who are confined to their homes; working in a community garden that provides food to soup kitchens; and many others. As a part of Operation Inasmuch, an all-day prayer vigil will be held in the First Baptist sanctuary in which the public is invited to participate. Seventeen high school juniors are participating in the Rutherford County Junior Miss today at The Foundation, Isothermal Community College at 7 p.m. The winner advances to North Carolina Junior Miss competition next February. Hannah McMillan, North Carolina’s Junior Miss for 2010, will be among guest performers. Emcees will be Sarah Warrick and Ashley Warrick Garland. Participants are Rachel Anne Harris, R-S Central; Taylor Brooke Childress, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy; Adrienne Danielle Reavis, Chase; Lauren Rivas, R-S; Morgan Ashleigh Sisk, East Rutherford; Lacy Caroline Nance, R-S Central; Victoria Elizabeth Helton, Chase; Sarah Coyne, R-S Central; Jordan Nicole McKinney, R-S Central; Kaley Morgan Smith, TJCA; Tammy Michelle Camby, R-S Central; Wynee Bermudez, East Rutherford; Jordan Renee Hawkins, East Rutherford; Macey Michelle Strickland, East Rutherford; Kayla Hoyle, TJCA; Mercedes Nicolle Brush, East Rutherford; and Courtney Brooke Atchley, Chase. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Business/finance

THE MARKET IN REVIEW

STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

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NYSE

7,701.61 +58.78

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Flotek h 2.11 CapitolBcp 3.48 WstnAlliB 8.73 BankAtl A 2.94 CapTr12 pf 4.02 SauerDanf 17.91 CaptlTr pf 3.92 GrayTelev 4.53 GrayTvA 4.32 WDigital 44.71

Chg +.36 +.56 +1.39 +.44 +.59 +2.33 +.50 +.51 +.42 +4.03

%Chg +20.6 +19.2 +18.9 +17.6 +17.2 +15.0 +14.6 +12.7 +10.8 +9.9

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

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AMEX

1,982.28 +18.71

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last MercBcp 3.40 PacGE pfG23.25 CoreMold 5.56 OrienPap n10.80 PcEn pfD 97.00 Talbots wt 4.85 WhiteRiv 15.36 ASpectRlty 22.77 DeltaAprl 16.97 Engex 4.00

Chg +.35 +2.40 +.54 +1.00 +9.00 +.37 +1.01 +1.47 +1.06 +.25

%Chg +11.5 +11.5 +10.8 +10.2 +10.2 +8.3 +7.0 +6.9 +6.7 +6.7

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Chg %Chg MLDJREst104.65 -.54 -10.3 NCR Corp 14.32 -1.61 -10.1 HorizLns 5.53 -.56 -9.2 McClatchy 5.52 -.56 -9.2 WilmTr 18.48 -1.68 -8.3 FredM pfK 2.05 -.18 -8.1 STMicro 9.68 -.76 -7.3 DirxEnBear 8.15 -.63 -7.2 JournalCm 5.89 -.44 -7.0 FstPfd pfA 12.76 -.94 -6.9

Name Last SearchMed 5.29 PernixTh 3.56 PacBkrM g 8.85 Bcp NJ 11.43 UnivPwr 3.06 Neuralstem 2.81 NAsiaInv un 9.75 Arrhythm 7.61 RexahnPh 2.41 SparkNet 3.45

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 7370319 4.86 -.01 S&P500ETF1643606121.81 +.79 BkofAm 1426087 18.43 -.11 QwestCm 1319232 5.28 -.09 Pfizer 969692 16.91 +.43 FordM 893302 14.21 +.01 SPDR Fncl 874172 16.78 +.05 SprintNex 827188 4.32 +.13 Xerox 776880 11.32 +.87 DirFBear rs 659919 11.09 -.13

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg NovaGld g 37275 8.07 +.49 NwGold g 34114 5.70 +.34 GoldStr g 25509 4.33 +.15 VantageDrl 25426 1.78 +.03 NthgtM g 24387 3.09 +.06 WalterInv 22250 17.00 +.94 LibertyAcq 22174 10.12 +.02 NA Pall g 21105 4.98 -.01 EndvrInt 18912 1.64 +.05 JavelinPh 17850 2.20 +.01

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

DIARY

2,180 879 143 3,202 634 10 5,387,851,006

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Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

333 169 37 539 28 1 120,770,209

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NASDAQ

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last MBT Fnl 3.15 FPB Bncp 2.28 CmstkHme 3.16 DearbrnBc 3.96 FNB Utd 2.16 ARCA bio 5.28 PalmHHm 2.76 FrontFn rs 2.98 AcaciaTc 14.38 IntervestB 6.09

Chg +1.20 +.71 +.91 +.99 +.48 +1.15 +.60 +.62 +2.83 +1.16

%Chg +61.5 +44.9 +40.4 +33.3 +28.6 +27.8 +27.8 +26.3 +24.5 +23.5

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last AcuraPh 4.02 RetOpp un 12.00 Pixelwrks 4.81 TASER 4.90 OplinkC 17.01 Pegasys lf 34.69 AlliedMot 4.44 Astrotech 3.05 PatrNBcp 2.39 AvidTch 15.62

Chg -1.88 -3.50 -.81 -.71 -2.35 -4.60 -.54 -.37 -.29 -1.65

%Chg -31.9 -22.6 -14.4 -12.7 -12.1 -11.7 -10.8 -10.8 -10.8 -9.6

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Microsoft 1190278 30.96 -.43 ETrade 711691 1.90 +.07 PwShs QQQ673049 50.52 +.21 Qualcom 629674 38.25 -1.08 Intel 555864 24.04 +.05 HuntBnk 543889 7.17 +.28 Cisco 381161 27.47 +.15 Popular 338676 3.91 ... SiriusXM h 332505 1.12 +.03 Apple Inc 276704 270.83 +4.36 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

DIARY

1,711 1,002 125 2,838 362 7 2,363,119,047

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Dow Jones industrials Close: 11,204.28 Change: 69.99 (0.6%)

2,530.15 +11.08

52-Week High Low

11,080 10,920

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11,200 10,800

11,154.55 4,758.19 408.57 7,743.74 1,984.72 2,521.02 1,213.92 842.23 12,743.55 734.36

7,791.95 2,904.70 324.39 5,177.30 1,336.87 1,598.93 826.83 517.03 8,441.04 448.93

STOCK MARKET INDEXES Name

Dow Industrials 11,204.28 Dow Transportation 4,751.33 Dow Utilities 388.52 NYSE Composite 7,701.61 Amex Market Value 1,982.28 Nasdaq Composite 2,530.15 S&P 500 1,217.28 S&P MidCap 849.82 Wilshire 5000 12,813.79 Russell 2000 741.92

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Joe Heider, principal at Rehmann in Cleveland, said the home sales report is a strong indication that consumers are growing more confident about the economy. “We’re seeing that people have the confidence to make the biggest purchase of their lives,” Heider said. “And that bodes well for the markets.” Shares of homebuilders including PulteGroup Inc. and Lennar Corp. rose sharply as hopes grew that the troubled housing sector may finally be on the mend. Housing has been one of the hardesthit sectors in the economy, helping to the economy into recession in late 2007. Gold and oil rose after the housing report, pushing shares of energy and materials stocks higher throughout the day. Before the housing report, major indexes were slightly lower following mixed earnings from two Dow components. There was also skepticism that the latest effort to resolve Greece’s debt problems would work out in the long term.

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Stocks up again; Dow rises for 8th week in row

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors expecting a pullback in stocks — and there are plenty of them — are going to have to wait. As of Friday the Dow Jones industrial average marked its longest winning streak in more than six years. Stocks climbed again Friday after a strong report on new home sales offset mixed news from corporate earnings reports. Investors were also keeping a cautious eye fixed on Greece’s ongoing debt problems after the country decided to tap a bailout program. The Dow Jones industrial average closed the day higher for the 11th time in the past 12 trading days. Friday’s 70-point gain wrapped up the index’s eighth straight weekly rise, which matches its longest string of gains since a two-month stretch that ended in January 2004. Analysts have been saying for weeks that the market could be primed for a pullback, yet it still hasn’t materialized. “It’s been quite a run,” said Stephen Carl, head of equity trading at The Williams Capital Group in New York. Carl said momentum could be slowing after stocks have been on a nearly unbroken path upward over the past two months. The Dow is up 8.5 percent during its two-month climb. The pattern of slow, steady gains leads analysts to believe that investors are becoming less discerning in their stock picking, leaving the market vulnerable if sentiment shifts for the worse. “The market is trying to sort out how overbought it is,” said Nick Kalivas, vice president of financial research at MF Global in Chicago. “That’s left us in a choppy state.” Volume has been low during the stretch, which analysts say is proof that investors are not fully confident that the gains are built on a solid foundations. Despite that skepticism, stocks continued their recent pattern of slow but steady climbs upward Friday. The Dow rose 69.99, or 0.6 percent, to 11,204.28 on Friday, closing near its high for the day. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 8.61, or 0.7 percent, to 1,217.28, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 11.08, or 0.4 percent, to 2,530.15. The gains followed another report showing the economy is getting better. The Commerce Department said sales of new homes jumped 27 percent in March, bouncing off a record low in February. It was the best month since July and the biggest monthly increase in 47 years. However much of the recent big gains in home sales were likely fueled by customers who are trying to qualify for federal tax credits that will expire at the end of this month. Friday was the second straight day the sector got good news. On Thursday, the National Association of Realtors said sales of existing homes also rose last month.

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Home sales, durable goods up WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes took the biggest monthly jump in 47 years in March, while orders for most large manufactured products rose by the largest amount since the recession started. The two reports were a sign that the recovery is picking up speed, and some economists are raising their estimates for U.S. economic growth this year. “The recovery has been proceeding at a more rapid pace than we thought,” said Zach Pandl, economist with Nomura Securities in New York. Factories are benefiting from a sharp increase in orders from U.S. and foreign businesses. But the housing market’s fuel is coming from a less sustainable source: government subsidies. Some analysts predict demand for homes will fall again over the summer, preventing the beleaguered sector from adding much to the economic recovery. The government is offering an $8,000 tax credit for first-time buyers and $6,500 for current homeowners who buy and move into another property. To qualify, buyers must have a signed contract complete by the end of next week and need to finish their transaction by the end of June. Major homebuilders like Lennar Corp., Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. and MDC Holdings Inc. are aggressively promoting countdowns to April 30 or “last chance” sales on their websites. MDC Holdings, which builds

communities in 10 states under the name Richmond American Homes, is also offering to pay closing costs for buyers. But CEO Larry Mizel warned investors Friday, “we remain cautious due to the impending expiration of the federal homebuyer tax credit and depressed overall economic conditions.” Nishu Sood, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, said after the credits are gone, “the most likely scenario is that, starting in May, sales will fall off again,” said “You will see a letdown.” New home sales rose 27 percent in March, bouncing off February’s record low, the Commerce Department said Friday. They rose to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 411,000, the strongest month since last July. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a sales pace of 330,000. February’s results were revised upward to 324,000, but remained an all-time low. Sales had been especially weak over the winter, partly due to bad weather in much of the country. The rise in new home sales was seen nationwide. Sales grew a whopping 44 percent in the South and 36 percent in the Northeast. They also rose about 6 percent in the West and 3 percent in the Midwest. The median sales price was $214,000, up more than 4 percent from a year earlier but down more than 3 percent from February. The number of new

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homes up for sale in March fell 2 percent to 228,000. At the current sales pace, it would take nearly 7 months to exhaust that supply. Still, new home sales are down 70 percent from their peak in July 2005, and some analysts predict they will sink back to the winter’s dismal levels after the tax credit runs out. “I expect we’ll see a very sharp drop back,” possibly to new record lows, said Paul Ashworth, senior U.S economist with Capital Economics While the homebuilding industry’s future remains shaky, other businesses are accelerating their spending. That’s critical to nation’s recovery because consumers aren’t spending as freely as in previous rebounds. New orders for durable goods — those expected to last at least three years — fell by 1.3 percent, the government said. But excluding demand for aircraft and other transportation goods, orders surged 2.8 percent, much more than analysts had projected. The report was evidence that businesses are spending more on new equipment in anticipation of a stronger economy. “Firms are finally putting their money where their mouths are and betting on a rebound,” Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, wrote in a note to clients. Apart from a big drop in the aircraft industry, the gains in durable goods orders were broad-based.


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Lawmakers taking aim at credit raters

Governor of the central bank of Canada, Mark Carney, urges photographers to leave the room at the start of the Group of 20 meeting at International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington Friday,

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World financial leaders hopeful

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a deepening Greek debt crisis, global financial leaders declared Friday that the world’s economy is recovering faster than expected from the worst recession in decades. Finance ministers and central bank governors of the world’s 20 major economies credited the massive amounts of government stimulus that have been provided. Their joint statement did not address the Greek debt crisis directly, but it did say the countries were committed to continue efforts to ensure a sustained worldwide rebound from the recession. “The global recovery is better than anticipated largely because of unprecedented efforts of the G-20 countries,� Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters at a news conference with South Korean Finance Minister Yoon Jeung-hyun. The G-20 is composed of the world’s wealthiest industrial countries plus major emerging economies such as China, Brazil, India, South Korea and Russia. The United States was represented by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The committee found that the rating agencies Geithner noted the improveknew the investments were losing value but for months delayed downgrading individual securities. ments in the world economy since the G-20 finance officials

met a year ago when global output was falling sharply, financial markets were frozen and millions of people were losing their jobs. “Because of our decisive and coordinated measures at home and across the G-20, the world economy is growing and the financial system is healing,� he told reporters at a separate news conference. The G-20 leaders papered over sharp differences over proposed new taxes on banks to keep taxpayers from being saddled with the cost of future financial bailouts. Those taxes would also be aimed at restraining the kind of excessive risk taking that led to the crisis. The communique said that countries would work together to come up with ways to ensure that banks make a “fair and substantial contribution towards paying for any burdens associated with government interventions to repair the banking system.� The goal is to present a plan to President Barack Obama and other G-20 leaders when they meet in late June in Canada. Canada is leading the opposition to new bank taxes, arguing that imposing a tax would not be fair to its banks — which did not suffer costly failures in the recent crisis.

“Some countries are in favor,� Flaherty said. “Some countries quite clearly are not. It depends on whether a country has had to use taxpayer dollars to bail out their banks.� But Geithner at his news conference said that he believed there was a broad consensus among G-20 countries on approaches to financial overhaul. He said the administration hoped to set a good example for other countries by winning congressional approval for a strong overhaul of financial regulations in the United States. The rapidly escalating Greek debt crisis threatened to overshadow the G-20 talks, which were being held in advance of weekend discussions of the policy-setting panels of the International Monetary Fund and its sister lending agency, the World Bank. Even before the talks began at the headquarters of the 186-nation IMF, the IMF issued a statement pledging an expedited review of Friday’s request by the Greek government for an emergency loan package. As for future global problems, the G-20 repeated a pledge that all countries will work to eliminate dangerous imbalances, but it avoided prodding China to allow its currency to appreciate against the dollar.

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Man pleads guilty in NYC terrorism case

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man said Friday that a plan to attack the city subway system was ordered by al-Qaida leaders two years ago while he was in Pakistan with a friend, a former airport shuttle driver who has admitted to building the homemade explosives in the plot. Zarein Ahmedzay, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the foiled New York City subway bomb plot from fall 2009. He said he, admitted plotter Najibullah Zazi and a third man, previously identified by the government as Adis Medunjanin, met with the leaders in Pakistan in the summer of 2008, where they offered to join the Taliban and fight U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “They told us we would be more useful if we returned to New York City ... to conduct operations,” he said. Asked by the judge what kind of operations, he responded, “Suicide-bombing operations.” He added: “I personally believed that conducting an operation in the United States would be the best way to end the war,” he said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Knox identified the leaders as senior al-Qaida operatives Saleh alSomali and Rashid Rauf, who were both killed in Pakistan. The U.S. Justice Department on Friday described al-Somali as the head of international operations for al-Qaida. Al-Somali was killed in a drone strike in December. Rauf, a British militant linked to a jetliner bomb plot, was also killed in a Predator strike in November 2008. Knox said Ahmedzay met with a third senior alQaida operative in a training camp in northern Waziristan in Pakistan. He has not been identified. Prosecutors say Ahmedzay joined Zazi and Medunjanin from their Queens high school on the trip to Pakistan to seek terrorism training. Zazi, a Colorado airport van driver, admitted this year that he tested bomb-making materials in a Denver suburb before traveling by car to New York with the intent of attacking the subway system to avenge U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. Ahmedzay and Medunjanin had previously pleaded not guilty to charges they sought to join Zazi in what prosecutors described as three “coordinated suicide bombing attacks” on Manhattan subway lines. Medunjanin attorney Robert C. Gottlieb said Friday his client intended to go to trial. “This case is much different as it pertains to Mr. Medunjanin,” said Gottlieb. Officials have said a fourth suspect is in custody in Pakistan but have given no other details.

Demonstrators hold a large U.S. flag at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Friday to protest immigration bill SB1070. Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law the U.S.’s toughest legislation against illegal immigration Friday, a sweeping measure which critics said could violate people’s civil rights. Associated Press

Governor signs immigration law PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer ignored criticism from President Barack Obama on Friday and signed into law a bill supporters said would take handcuffs off police in dealing with illegal immigration in Arizona, the nation’s busiest gateway for human and drug smuggling from Mexico. With hundreds of protesters outside the state Capitol shouting that the bill would lead to civil rights abuses, Brewer said critics were “overreacting” and that she wouldn’t tolerate racial profiling. “We in Arizona have been more than patient waiting for Washington to act,” Brewer said after signing the law. “But decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation.” Earlier Friday, Obama called the Arizona bill “misguided” and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it’s legal. He also said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level — or leave the door open to “irresponsibility by others.” “That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the

trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe,” Obama said. The legislation, sent to the Republican governor by the GOP-led Legislature, makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It also requires local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants; allows lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws; and makes it illegal to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or knowingly transport them. The law sends “a clear message that Arizona is unfriendly to undocumented aliens,” said Peter Spiro, a Temple University law professor and author of the book “Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization.” Brewer signed the bill in a state auditorium about a mile from the Capitol complex where some 2,000 demonstrators booed county Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox when she announced that “the governor did not listen to our prayers.” “It’s going to change our lives,” said Emilio Almodovar, a 13-year-old American citizen from Phoenix. “We can’t walk to school any more. We can’t be in

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Teen keeps mum about groping Dear Abby: I am an average 17-year-old girl with a big problem. A few days ago, my cousin’s boyfriend touched me inappropriately. It took a few seconds for me to realize what was happening and stop him. I got up and left the room. I don’t want to tell my mom because she shares what we talk about with other people. I don’t want to tell my cousin because she loves her boyfriend, and if I ruin this for her, she’ll never speak to me again. I have seen her do it with other people. My cousin visits my house every day with her boyfriend. I have been leaving for hours so I won’t have to see him. Please help me. What other option do I have besides telling somebody? — Staying Silent Dear Staying Silent: You have two options. You can remain silent and let your cousin marry a man who has so little self-control that he would not only hit on another woman, but one who is a close relative of hers. Or you can tell your parents what happened so your cousin can be warned, and possibly save her from a world of heartache later on. Please be brave and do the right thing. Dear Abby: I know most of your readers are women, but could you please spread awareness of femaleon-male domestic violence? You have done a great job with male-onfemale abuse awareness, and I think

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American society is fairly well saturated with it. But there is little out there for men who have been or are being abused. — Minnesota Reader Dear Minnesota Reader: Domestic violence is not restricted to any social, racial, religious, economic group or particular gender. And while male victims may be embarrassed to disclose it, men can be victims of domestic violence, too. In years past, men were hesitant to call a domestic abuse hotline when there was a crisis because they were ashamed, had been bullied into thinking they “deserved it,” or were afraid they wouldn’t be believed. That is no longer the case. Male victims of domestic violence can find help by contacting the Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women. The organization’s tollfree helpline is (888) 743-5754 or log onto its Web site at www.dahmw.org. Another organization, SAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyone), also assists victims of abuse regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation. Its Web site is www.safe4all.org.

Rose thorns can be dangerous Dear Gott: Last spring, I contracted rose-thorn disease. Very painful and extreme swelling occurred in just one finger. I was in the hospital for days under sedation and on antifungal meds. I’m still having stiffness and swelling in that finger now and then. When will this go away? Dear Reader: Rose-thorn (or rose gardener’s) disease has the technical name of sporothrix schenckii. It is a fungus that resides on hay, sphagnum mosses and the tips of rose thorns. It can cause infection, redness, swelling and open ulcers at the puncture site. The fungus can spread to the lymphatic system and move on to the joints and bones, where it ends up attacking the central nervous system and lungs when the thorn or thorns are deeply embedded. Diagnosis can be complicated because the condition is relatively uncommon. When an ulcer does present, it is often mistaken by a physician as a staph or strep infec-

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tion and gets treated accordingly. It is only when the antibiotics prescribed fail to eradicate the ulcer that physicians look outside the box. You have continued with symptoms for close to a year now, so I can’t guess how long they might last. Perhaps a small portion of the thorn has remained embedded in your finger and is the reason for the prolonged flare-up. Speak with your physician to determine whether further testing or another short course of antifungals is appropriate. The simplest things in life carry risk. If flowers provide you pleasure, take precautions that will allow you to stop and smell those roses.

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Accidents spark call for oil drilling safety rules

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal regulators did not need this week’s explosion aboard a state-of-the-art rig to know the offshore drilling industry needed new safety rules: Dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries over the last several years had already convinced them that changes were needed. The U.S. Minerals and Management Service is developing regulations aimed at preventing human error, which it identified as a factor in many of the more than 1,400 offshore oil drilling accidents between 2001 and 2007. What caused Tuesday’s massive blast off the Louisiana coast is unknown. On Friday, Coast Guard officials suspended the three-day search for 11 workers missing since an explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon, saying they believe the men never made it off the platform that erupted into a giant fireball. Coast Guard Capt. Peter Troedsson said he spoke with all the workers’ families about the decision to suspend the search before announcing it to the media. “I’m a father and husband, and I have done this a few times before. It’s never easy. Your heart goes out to these people,” Troedsson said. The Coast Guard says it will resume the search if any ships in the area see anything, but the workers’ chances of survival had seemed slim well before Friday afternoon’s announcement. “The time of reasonable expectation of survivability has passed,” Rear Adm. Mary Landry said. The 11 missing workers came from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Coast Guard has not released their names, though several of their families have come forward. Scott Bickford, a lawyer for the family of missing worker Shane Roshto, said Roshto’s wife, Natalie, had been stay-

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In this aerial photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, a boat with an oil boom tries to contain oil spilled from the explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, approximately seven miles from where the rig sunk, on Friday.

ing with other workers’ relatives at a hotel in suburban New Orleans but returned home to Liberty, Miss., on Friday morning. “Natalie has pretty much accepted the fact that her husband is not coming back,” Bickford said. Karl Kleppinger Sr., whose 38-year-old son, Karl, was one of the 11 missing workers, said he doesn’t blame the Coast Guard for calling off the search. “Given the magnitude of the explosion and the fire, I don’t see where you would be able to find anything,” said Kleppinger, of Zachary, La. As the search was ending, oil company crews were trying to clean up the environmental mess created by the Deepwater Horizon, which finally sank Thursday. The other 115 crew members made it off the platform; several were hurt but only two remained hospitalized Friday. The most seriously injured worker was expected

to be released within about 10 days. The rig was the site of a 2005 fire found to have been caused by human error. An MMS investigation determined that a crane operator on the rig had become distracted while refueling the crane, allowing diesel fuel to overflow. Records show the fire was quickly contained, but caused $60,000 in damage to the crane. An MMS review published last year found 41 deaths and 302 injuries out of 1,443 oil-rig accidents from 2001 to 2007. An analysis of the accidents found a lack of communication between the operator and contractors, a lack of written procedures, a failure to enforce existing procedures and other problems. “It appears that equipment failure is rarely the primary cause of the incident or accident,” the report said. As a result of the findings, the MMS is developing new rules that would require

rig operators to develop programs focused on preventing human error, an area that received relatively little attention in the past. The agency, which has yet to implement the new rules and is currently reviewing public comment on the proposal, also suggested audits once every three years on programs to prevent human error. BP PLC, which leased the Deepwater Horizon, opposes what it says are “extensive prescriptive regulations.” “We believe industry’s current safety and environmental statistics demonstrate that the voluntary programs implemented ... have been and continue to be very successful,” said Richard Morrison, a vice president with BP America Inc. in a September letter opposing the proposed rules. Environmentalists say that while new technology touted by oil industry executives continues to improve, people still have to oversee those

devices and human error remains a widespread problem. “You can’t outlaw human error,” Richard Charter, a senior policy adviser with Defenders of Wildlife, who has been involved in drilling issues for 30 years, said of Tuesday’s explosion. “It’s one of the sidebar issues now emerging for the Horizon incident — these are common incidents and this was just a bigger one.” Opponents of President Barack Obama’s plan for more offshore drilling, particularly off the East Coast, say the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon should be taken as a warning to slow the fervor to “drill, baby drill.” “I would hope it would serve as another wake-up call on this issue that there is no such thing as safe oil drilling,” said Sara Wan, a member of the California Coastal Commission, a state regulatory agency. “Once that oil starts leaking in the ocean, that damage is irreversible. You just look at what happened with ExxonValdez — they’re still feeling the effects of it. There’s no real way to clean it up.” Obama showed no sign of budging Friday. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president still believes increasing domestic oil production can be done safely, securely and without harming the environment. “I don’t honestly think it opens up a whole new series of questions, because, you know, in all honesty I doubt this is the first accident that has happened and I doubt it will be the last,” Gibbs said. On March 31, Obama called for new offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska. He also wants Congress to lift a drilling ban in the oil-rich eastern Gulf of Mexico, 125 miles from Florida beaches.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of ROBERT LEE PETTY SR. of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said ROBERT LEE PETTY SR. to present them to the undersigned on or before the 17th 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 17th day of April, 2010. Verline B. Petty, Administrator 217 Shady Branch Trail Forest City, NC 28043

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Co-Administrator CTA of the estate of MICHAEL STEVEN SKIPPER of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said MICHAEL STEVEN SKIPPER to present them to the undersigned on or before the 17th 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 17th day of April, 2010. Melissa Lea Skipper, Co-Administrator CTA 13141 Hwy 55 West York, SC 29745 Angela Michelle Skipper Whitson, Co-Administrator CTA PO Box 314 Spindale, NC 28160

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator CTA of the estate of ANNIE BELLE J. ROBBINS of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said ANNIE BELLE J. ROBBINS to present them to the undersigned on or before the 10th 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 10th day of April, 2010. Perry Buren Jones, Administrator CTA 276 Knollwood Dr. Forest City, NC 28043

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nation/world World Today Envoy aims to renew talks

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Barack Obama’s special Mideast envoy on Friday played down Israel’s rejection of U.S. calls for a halt to construction in east Jerusalem, saying that Washington remains undeterred in its push to renew peace talks. George Mitchell held separate talks Friday with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try to find common ground. However, the gaps remain so wide that the U.S. has struggled to launch even indirect talks, in which Mitchell would shuttle between the two sides. The Palestinians balk at engaging in so-called proximity talks unless Israel pledges not to start new construction for Jews in east Jerusalem, the traditionally Arab sector of the city the Palestinians want as a future capital. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected Washington’s calls for a halt to new settlements in east Jerusalem and has seen tensions with Israel’s most important ally rise dramatically on his watch. Going into his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday evening, Mitchell said the U.S. would not be deterred.

Militant ambush kills 8 troops

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Militants ambushed a Pakistani army convoy traveling in a tribal region that is mostly home to insurgent groups focused on the war in neighboring Afghanistan, killing eight soldiers, the military said Friday. The attack could raise pressure on Islamabad to wage an offensive in North Waziristan, which has largely escaped Pakistani army action in recent years despite U.S. pressure for a crackdown. Militant attacks on troops in the region have also been rare. The army statement said the attack Thursday occurred in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, and that the convoy was “carrying out a routine movement” to the area from the town of Miran Shah. Sixteen soldiers were wounded in the ambush, one of the worst known to have occurred against the army in the border region in several months.

Thai protesters soften demands

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai protesters seeking a change of government softened their demands Friday, saying they are willing to give the prime minister 30 days to dissolve Parliament and call new elections, instead of insisting that he take action immediately. The offer came a day after grenades killed one person and wounded 86 near the red-shirted protesters’ rally site in Bangkok’s central business district. Five M-79 grenades struck areas where a group opposed to the protesters had gathered to denounce the Red Shirts, tens of thousands of whom have occupied parts of the capital for six weeks.

A man tries to extinguish a burning truck believed to be carrying logistical equipment for coalition troops set on fire by protesting Afghans in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday. Associated Press

Allies handing power to Afghans TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Fearful of losing public support for the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO on Friday agreed to start transferring control of the country back to its leaders by year’s end but acknowledged that achieving stability will take decades. If successful, the transition plan approved by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and representatives of the 27 other NATO countries would enable President Barack Obama to meet his target date of July 2011 for starting to bring American troops home. The stakes are high. If the plan fails, public support in Europe, the U.S. and among Afghans themselves could further erode or even collapse. Much depends not only on improved NATO military performance but also on political reconciliation between the Taliban and Afghan’s central government. The allies must quickly improve the training and performance of the Afghan army and police, and strengthen Afghan institutions weakened by decades of conflict. Clinton on Friday offered an optimistic assessment of the approach, which NATO hopes Afghan President Hamid Karzai will endorse in July at an international conference in Kabul. Once approved, NATO would officially implement the plan at a

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summit, possibly in conjunction with a public announcement of the first provinces to be transferred to Afghan control, said Mark Sedwill, the senior NATO civilian in Kabul. “We believe that with sufficient attention, training and mentoring, the Afghans themselves are perfectly capable of defending themselves against insurgents,” Clinton told a news conference. “Does that mean it will be smooth sailing? I don’t think so. Look at Iraq.” Asked whether any plan to turn power over to Afghanistan’s sometimes dysfunctional, corrupt and resource-poor government was viable, Sedwill told reporters; “It’s far from certain.” Yet he and other NATO officials said they believe that with an infusion of new military and civilian aid — including the 30,000 U.S. troops dispatched by the Obama administration last December — success is possible. “Increasingly this year the momentum will be ours,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He said the transition to Afghan control is important to demonstrate not only to Afghans but also to the Western countries fighting there that an end to the war is in sight. “Our aims in 2010 are clear: to take the initiative against the insurgents, to help the Afghan government exercise its sovereignty, and to start handing over

responsibility for Afghanistan to the Afghans this year,” Fogh Rasmussen said. He added, however, that even if the transition unfolds as expected it will takes decades of additional assistance for Afghanistan to stand on its own. Sedwill said the first provinces to be transferred to government control would likely be in the north and west, where the Taliban is less active. And he said the idea is to hand over a cluster of contiguous provinces at the same time to increase the odds of their withstanding the insurgents. Clinton warned of a hard road ahead, but said she was not discouraged by the obstacles. NATO is about 450 trainers short of the number it says are needed to prepare security forces for transition to an Afghan-run Afghanistan. That gap apparently remained after Friday’s session, which was not designed to elicit specific pledges of troops, trainers or other military resources. “We have a relatively small gap that we’re still working to fill. I’m very convinced we’ll get that filled,” Clinton said, adding: “For me, the glass is way more than half full.” Rasmussen stressed the importance of providing hope to Afghan civilians and halting an erosion of public support for the war in NATO countries.

Bombs kill 69 in Iraq BAGHDAD (AP) — The bloodiest day of the year in Iraq left at least 69 people dead in a series of bombings in mainly Shiite areas Friday — concerted attacks seen as demonstrating the resilience of the Sunni-led insurgency after the slaying of two al-Qaida leaders last weekend. No one has taken responsibility for the blasts, but officials were quick to blame Sunni-led insurgent groups for attacking at a particularly fragile time as Iraq awaits formation of a new government and prepares for U.S. troops to go home by the end of next year. The protracted political wrangling since contentious March 7 elections has raised fears of sectarian violence akin to that seen at the height of the war. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lashed out at the bombers in a statement Friday night, saying the insurgents were trying to fight back after Iraqi security forces killed the two

al-Qaida in Iraq leaders on April 18. “The cowardly terrorist attacks that occurred today were intending to cover the great success achieved by the security forces through the killing of the leaders of wickedness and terrorism, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri,” al-Maliki said. He also called on Iraqis to stand firm against Baathists, former members of the Baath Party that ruled Iraq under Saddam Hussein. The term “Baathist” strikes a particular chord with many Shiites who fear the party’s followers may yet rise again to rule the country; Sunnis often feel the word is a thinly veiled attack on all of the minority sect. Officials have warned that the insurgents remain capable of staging high-profile bombings despite the killing of their two leaders, which U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called a “potentially devastating blow” to alQaida in Iraq.

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I will lead by example with integrity to make wise and conservative use of proven techniques, new technology, and available training to establish a proactive, progressive, and professional Sheriff ’s Department.

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