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County man drowns at Lake James By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY — A 19-year-old Rutherford County man drowned Sunday at about 5 p.m. in Lake James in McDowell County. Steven Talmadge Dulaney, of Island Ford Road, was swimming with two other friends when he began struggling
while the three were attempting to swim about 100 yards to a rope swing. Capt. Victor Hollifield, criminal investigator with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department, said the friends were swimming diagonally to the rope swing when Dulaney started to struggle and the swimmers decided to swim back to the shore. They were swimming in an area of
the state park and only been swimming about 15 minutes. “He was in the middle and told his friends he wasn’t going to make it,” said Hollifield. Sheriff’s officers said because he was panicking so badly, his friends were not Please see Man, Page 6
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Spindale Elementary kindergarten teacher Darlyne Perry (left) and radio personality Stacie Bartro of (right) of Magic 98.9 dance with students in Perry’s Kindergarten class at Spindale Elementary. Bartro was on hand to present Perry the station’s “Teachers Who Make Magic” award.
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SPINDALE – Darlyne Perry wiped away tears and later shouted with joy Monday, all while receiving the “Teachers Who Make Magic” Award from the radio station Magic 98.9. Perry was the station’s April recipient, nominated by Sherry Stegemoller, who is also a volunteer in Perry’s kindergarten classroom at Spindale Elementary. The award, said on-air personality Stacie Bartro, is given to one teacher per month during the school year in the 98.9 listening area. Nominations come from parents or students. Teachers receive a variety of prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses, Bartro continued, “to give back to that teacher.” Perry has been a teacher with Rutherford County Schools for more than 20 years and has been at Spindale Elementary for four years. She was also nominated for the Tanner Award for Teaching Excellence and is Spindale Elementary’s “Teacher of the Year.” Perry was unaware she’d be receivPlease see Teacher, Page 6
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Spindale Elementary kindergarten teacher Darlyne Perry (center) received the “Teachers Who Make Magic” Award from Magic 98.9. She was nominated by school volunteer Sherry Stegemoller (left) and the award was presented by on-air personality Stacie Bartro (right.) Perry received various gift certificates, a potted plant and tickets to see the Doobie Brothers and Chicago in Charlotte.
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SPINDALE — Facing a budget deficit of $250,000 is a tall order for this former mill town, but commissioners do have a plan. The board didn’t take any votes during a budget workshop Monday afternoon, but members came to a consensus to use a combination of sewer consumption rate increases, property tax rate increases and a new garbage collection fee to help make up the shortfall in the fiscal year 2010-11 budget. For the average family, the sewer consumption fee will increase from $380 per year to $475 per year. A new garbage pick-up fee will be put in place that charges $8 per month for residential customers and $12 per month for non-residential customers. There would also be a $0.04 increase in the property tax rate making the average homeowner in Spindale pay about $20 more per year for a home with an approximate value of $50,000. Combining the different taxes and fees was not the most popular plan among board members, with some begrudgingly agreeing to it. “I’ve talked to many people and the general feeling I’ve gotten is nobody wants a tax increase,” said Commissioner Ed Searcy. “Can we do just a garbage collection fee?” Nancy Walker added, “You’re looking at the average citizen having to pay about $150 more each year including sewer, garbage collection fees and property tax increases.” Town Manager Cameron McHargue explained, “In my opinion, a trash fee is a fair way to fund it because the person getting the service is the one that pays it. But if we rely very heavily on the trash fee that is more cash out of the person’s pocket.” Commissioner Toby Tomblin Please see Spindale, Page 6
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FOREST CITY — The Forest City Youth Council will be collecting shoes as part of the Samaritan’s Feet project on Thursday. The Youth Council will be accepting the donated shoes for three hours in the downtown area. Forest City Commissioner Steve Holland, who coordinates the efforts of the Youth Council, said recently, “We are very thrilled to team up with the GardnerWebb University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to collect shoes for Samaritan’s Feet. This is such a great opportunity to help Please see Shoes, Page 6
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Emergency personnel assist Bostic resident Mattie Burchman Monday morning after her car ran into the rear end of a tractor-trailer on U.S.74A near Butler Street. For details, please see Page 2.
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Lake Lure makes magazine’s list of dream towns By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY — The Charleston-based Garden & Guns magazine’s April/May addition has included Lake Lure as one of its selected 20 Southern Dream Towns. Lake Lure ranks in the top 10 of selected Dream Towns. The story is teased on the magazine’s front cover and introduces readers to the 20 selected dream towns. “Whether you’re looking for a new address or a quick weekend escape, we’ve found 20 small towns, population less than 15,000 where the living is easy.” The story is written by Mike Grudowski and Donovan Webster, who tell readers about Lake Lure, “Dive into this Appalachian lakeside retreat. Population 1,012,” they write. The writers share a brief history of the lake and also share with readers “What’s Going On” nearby, including visiting the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock Park. “And you’re never more than a short drive away from the bounty of antiques markets, hidden waterfalls, rhododendron-lined trails, whitewater rapids, back-roads exploring, art-and-craft galleries, and great independent restaurants of Asheville, Hendersonville, and the surrounding countryside.”
The other Southern Dream Towns are: Beaufort, S.C., Population: 11,755; Oriental, N.C., Population: 815; Rockport, Texas, Population: 9,285; St. George’s, Grenada, Population: 7,500; Eurkea Springs, Ark., Population: 2,350; Shepherdstown, W. Va., Population: 1,208; DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Population: 5,141; Eufaula, Ala., Population: 13,908. The Best of the Rest: Dauphin Island, Ala., St. Michaels, Md., St. Simons Island, Ga., Berea, Ky., Helen, Ga., Highlands, N.C., Townsend, Tenn., Alexander City, Ala., Grand Rivers, Ky., and Jefferson, Texas. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@thedigitalcourier. com.
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Emergency personnel check out the truck involved in an automobile accident Monday in Forest City. Bostic resident Mattie Burchman was injured in the collision and taken to Rutherford Hospital.
Woman is injured in collision By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY — Mattie Frye Burchman, 67, was taken to Rutherford Hospital Monday for injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Burchman was driving a 2007 Kia Monday morning on U.S.74A and failed to see a tractor trailer in front of her slowing down at a traffic light at Butler Road in Forest City. She was traveling west at about 55 mph, Patrolman James Henson said when she hit the rear end of the tractor-trailer. Henson said the trailer, driven by Geoffry Burns, 27, of Wadesboro, was traveling at about 20 mph at the time of collision. “This was probably a 35 mph impact,” Henson said. “She said she really doesn’t know what happened. She thinks her foot may have slipped off the brakes or something. There were no skid marks prior
to the impact,” Henson said. Burns was driving for Quikrete and was going to Charlotte when he exited at the Forest City/ Spindale ramp to go for a rest room stop. He had already made a delivery to Western Carolina University and was heading back to Charlotte. Burchman was traveling to town, she told officers. She was charged with failure to reduce speed. Her car was totaled. Other wrecks during the weekend included: Saturday morning at 8:45, Shannon Gregory, 26, of Ellenboro was driving a 1992 Honda north on U.S. 221A when she ran off the road to the right and struck an embankment. Her vehicle then struck a tree before overturning. She was taken to Rutherford Hospital by Rutherford County EMS. The Highway Patrol charged
her with failure to maintain lane control, no operator’s license and failure to register. Also Saturday morning, three people went to Rutherford Hospital as a result of a twovehicle accident at the intersection of Old Caroleen Road and U.S. 221A. Sheeneka Poole, 26, of Mooresboro was driving a 1999 Honda and Cheryl Wishom was driving a 2002 Kia. They and a passenger in the Honda, Shakelia Etchison, were all transported to Rutherford Hospital for treatment. Wishom was traveling south on U.S. 221A and Poole was traveling west on Old Caroleen Road. She failed to stop at the intersection and struck the Kia in the left front quarter. Poole was charged with a stop sign violation by the Highway Patrol. Contact Gordon via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teens struggle to pay mom’s funeral expense CHARLOTTE (AP) — Two North Carolina teens who held an early graduation ceremony so their terminally ill mother could see them in their caps and gowns are now struggling to pay her funeral expenses, a newspaper reported Sunday. Tonya Lockhart, 43, died last month after fighting cervical cancer for a year. Now the two children and their two siblings are trying to raise the $8,000 the funeral home is asking for services, The Charlotte Observer reported. Lockhart had hoped to see 18-yearold Brittany and 19-year-old Brandon graduate this year from North Mecklenburg High School. Just a week before her death, the school held an early ceremony in a hospital chapel. Now the teens and their two brothers — one older and one younger — are trying to find the money to bury their mother after they learned an insurance policy they thought would cover the costs had lapsed. The children are all living with
relatives, who have contributed some money. Family friend Mandy Gold set up a fund at Myers Park United Methodist Church to benefit the family. “They just wanted to do the right thing,” Gold said of the kids. “There just wasn’t the means to do so. I wondered what we could all do together.” For young Brittany Lockhart, her mother’s death and the stress of the funeral expenses are making it difficult for her to fulfill her promise to graduate. “I know she wouldn’t be satisfied if I didn’t graduate,” Brittany Lockhart said. “It is hard.” Brittany also has college plans, but says her brothers are her first priority. “I just want to make sure ... they’re settled with everything,” she said. “I don’t want to move too fast.” Donations can be sent to Myers Park United Methodist Church, Attn. Kevin Wright, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. Donors should write “Lockhart” in the memo line of the check.
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Lawmakers return with Carolinas Today Tupac’s mother charged budget work to finish
RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina legislative leaders are trying to prevent the economic recession from prolonging the General Assembly’s so-called “short” session. Lawmakers return formally to work Wednesday for another round of tough spending choices as state tax revenues have failed to keep up with costs for the new fiscal year starting July 1. While the budget gap — Democrats calculate it between $800 million and $1 billion — is nowhere close to last year’s fiscal chasm, spending reductions in education and health programs and at dozens of state offices will occur. Since additional broad tax increases appear off the table, requests by Gov. Beverly Perdue and others to expand programs or restore previous cuts will get close scrutiny, too. “This is the beginning of some very difficult choices we’re going to have to make over the next several weeks,” said Sen. Tony Foriest, D-Alamance, an education budget subcommittee co-chairman. “This is not going to be easy.” Lawmakers have been meeting for the past month to try to minimize House and Senate differences to adjust the second year of the spending plan they approved last summer. Perdue also helped out by rolling out her $19.2 billion budget adjustment proposal three weeks early. It’s all part of a familiar refrain by chamber leaders during even-numbered years — finish the budget by July 1 and go home. But the Legislature hasn’t completed a spending plan on time since 2003. Changes to the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws also have to be worked through before adjournment, along with some way to deal with an influx of sweepstakes games that local judges have ruled escape the state’s video poker ban. Reforms to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control system also are on tap. Democrats want to keep the election-year session focused on issues that play well with voters, like encouraging job growth and lessening the financial pain on public schools, the University of North Carolina and community college systems. “Jobs will be our first priority in ways that we can retain them, expand them, attract them,” said House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange. “Saving education in the budget in the extent we can at all three levels will be certainly a top priority as well.” Republicans, who remain in the minority in both chambers but have the wind at their backs entering the campaign season, will argue again that Perdue and her fellow Democrats have raised taxes needlessly because the budget gap isn’t that large and they ignored less painful ways to cut spending. Perdue’s $86 million proposal of tax breaks and incentives for business to create jobs is “pitiful” and won’t help employment, said House Minority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake. “They’ve done this billion-dollar tax increase
and now they’re going to give back 5 percent and say that they’re creating jobs.” Education advocates also plan to fight additional spending cuts for local school districts proposed by Perdue above the $305 million already in place for the fall, arguing thousands of additional education jobs could be eliminated above the 5,000 teacher and staff positions removed this year. The district spending cuts may shrink if Perdue is willing to give up spending on experience-based pay raises for teachers and her effort to pay back state employees and teachers the 0.5 percent salary reductions she required of them last year to close a budget shortfall. She also wants her college- and career-ready initiative funded that would spend $39 million on handheld computers in elementary school classrooms so teachers can better monitor student achievement. Health care advocates are pleased that lawmakers agree for now with Perdue to restore $40 million in funds to local mental health agencies after steep cuts last year reduced services. “We need to stabilize,” said Dave Richard, executive director of the Arc of North Carolina, which advocates for the mentally disabled. “Keep the funding as level as we can and let us get through these cuts and manage that before we do a lot of other massive changes.” Momentum has increased for three campaign finance and ethics bills approved by the House last year and awaiting Senate action as headlines focused upon federal and state investigations of activities surrounding former Gov. Mike Easley and his associates and illegal campaign contributions by a Wilmington businessman. The legislation would delay more state officials from lobbying government until well after they leave state employment; ban state contractors from giving to elected officials who approve contracts that benefit the vendor; and require board appointees to report campaign donations and fundraising for elected officials who appointed them. Perdue unveiled her own ideas last month. “For both political parties to retain their credibility, they need to end the perception that they’re not honest,” said Jane Pinsky with the bipartisan North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. Legislative leaders also must decide what to do about: n legislation approved by the House that would make it more difficult for cities and towns to annex neighboring lands against the wishes of property owners. n a Senate bill requiring commercial dog breeders to register with the state and meet operational standards. n a Senate ban on building wind turbines on mountain ridges and requiring wind farms to get a state permit. n a House bill that would change negligence cases so that a plaintiff would get an award proportionate to the defendant’s percentage of fault.
LUMBERTON (AP) — A hearing has been delayed for the mother of rapper Tupac Shakur after her arrest in North Carolina on drug charges. The Fayetteville Observer reports that 63-year-old Afeni Shakur Davis was charged in April with felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and simple possession of a controlled substance. Her hearing, originally scheduled for Monday, was continued until Aug. 24. Davis lives in Lumberton. Her battles with drug abuse were portrayed in her son’s music. After Tupac Shakur’s death in 1996, Davis started the company that currently oversees his music portfolio.
Deputy kills suspect LAKE CITY, S.C. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies say an officer has shot and killed a suspect in an earlier shooting in South Carolina. WBTW-TV reported the shooting occurred Sunday night in Lake City. Florence County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Nunn says two people were shot and wounded on a street in Lake City. Nunn says officers investigating the shooting confronted a suspect who fired at a deputy, who returned fire. Nunn says the suspect died at the scene. The names of the dead man and the deputy have not been released. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.
Woman dies during dive WILMINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a 50-year-old woman has died while scuba diving off the North Carolina coast. The StarNews of Wilmington reports the woman died Saturday as emergency medical workers and her diving companions tried to resuscitate her. The Coast Guard would not release the woman’s name. The North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and New Hanover County officials had no information about the woman Sunday. Coast Guard spokesmen said the
woman was found unconscious in the water about noon Saturday. The Coast Guard sent a boat and a New Hanover County emergency medical technician to help.
Officers make bike ride DURHAM (AP) — Three North Carolina police officers will carry the memory of a co-worker as they make a 250-mile bicycle trip to Washington, D.C., this week. Three Duke University officers will start the Law Enforcement United Memorial Bicycle Ride on Monday and expect to arrive for a ceremony at the Pentagon on Wednesday afternoon, The Herald-Sun of Durham reported. Mark Faust, David Johnson and Rekayi Isley say they are riding in memory of former Duke and Durham city officer Charles Callemyn, who died in a 2007 traffic accident while rushing to provide backup to a fellow officer. After Callemyn’s death, Faust and other Duke officers rebuilt the boyhood tree house Callemyn had loved as a child at his Hillsborough home, so his two sons can enjoy it. Faust’s 30-year-old son is a Raleigh police officer and is making the bike trip with Team Raleigh.
Man charged with killing ROANOKE RAPIDS (AP) — Police have charged a North Carolina man with killing his 92-year-old neighbor and her 65-year-old daughter who was visiting for Mother’s Day weekend. Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Jeff Hinton told multiple media outlets that 28-year-old Tony Maurice Gorham was charged Saturday with murder and robbery in the deaths of Maxine McCrary of Roanoke Rapids and her daughter Nancy Burgess of Durham. A Halifax County jail worker said Sunday she could not release information about inmates. The Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids reported that Gorham has a bond hearing Tuesday. Investigators said McCrary was speaking with her son Friday and said her neighbor was at her door and probably wanted to use the phone.
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Our Views Safety first can be our motto
s warmer weather arrives and people get back outdoors for their leisure activities, now is a good time to remind people to put safety first. The tragic drowning of a 19-yearold county man over the weekend is a reminder that there are great risks all around us, even in the most common outdoor activities. Every recreational activity has its inherent risks. Some require specialized safety preparation, but good old fashioned common sense is probably our best defense. We need to be alert. We need to be aware that there is always possible danger around us and we need to assess the risks and prepare for those possibilities. We will probably not prevent every injury, nor will we be able to eliminate the threat to life and limb. Still, by simply paying better attention to what we are doing and putting out the effort to be safer, we can greatly reduce the risks. It’s time to get outside and have some fun, but please be safe as you do.
Our readers’ views Says judging others by their looks is wrong To the editor: Ms. McGraw seems to be making generalizations about the children who attend our traditional public schools. Those five young men she referred to are God’s children just like the rest of us. If people don’t know the hearts of others, then why do they judge? “Judge not lest ye be judged.” I have a feeling that those five young men would never be randomly selected to go TJCA if they applied. We all want the children of this county to be successful. We have plenty of teachers who do become important mentors (and, in some cases, parental figures) while, at the same time, allowing our children to be individuals. We need to work together to be mentors for all children, not just those who have good role models at home. That is what the traditional public schools do. It is called the real world. All children, regardless of which school they attend, will face the real world as adults. Some will be more prepared than others. Some will be more compassionate than others. Yes, it has occurred to most of us that some (but not all) of TJCA parents pay their share of Rutherford County taxes. However, the money in question is for preschool children and it has been and must be used as such. I am a taxpayer of Rutherford County and I have two school-age children in the traditional public schools. My children have never and will
never receive or benefit from this money. So, please tell me why school age children from TJCA should receive or benefit from this money? Betsy Lane Rutherfordton
Says thanks to RHP for all they are doing To the editor: Until I received an e-mail from Nell Bovender, I am ashamed to say I knew nothing about Rutherford Housing Partnership, Inc. a local non-profit organization founded in 1995 by a group of concerned citizens who believed strongly that everyone had a right to safe and livable housing. Therefore, their purpose is to assist low-income homeowners with urgent repairs imminent to life or safety. RHP provides repairs using volunteer labor with materials purchased through donated funds. In that e-mail Nell was asking everyone to vote for a grant that would allow RHP to provide ramps for citizens in need. So I started voting immediately. Little did I know that someone in my family would be in need of RHP’s services; that is until my father, Glenn Jolley of Spindale, started having problems walking. Due to a herniated disc that caused damage to the nerves and weakened the muscles in his upper legs, he found himself using a wheelchair for mobility anywhere he needed to go. The only problem was that the entrances into his home were not handicap accessible, so he had to have someone with him to get in and out of his front door. After his disc repair surgery a
nurse from home health began to come for physical therapy and recommended to me that maybe a group in our county could help build a ramp, that is when I thought about Nell. I sent an e-mail to her and received a call from Billly Hunnicutt and before I knew it, lumber started arriving in my Dad’s yard. Soon after the workers started coming, in two weeks, my Dad has a ramp from his front door to the curb of the street that he can use. He called today and said “I am getting on my motorized scooter and getting out of the house.” RHP, only you made that possible. I cannot say thank you enough to Nell, Billy Hunnicutt, and the caring group from Eaton Corporation for this wheelchair accessible ramp, now I know he can get out of his home just to get out into the fresh air. Again, thank you so very much for generosity but most of all for caring. Rhonda Owens Forest City
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So, is primary runoff really good for Democrats? OK. So what if most North Carolina political experts disagree with me? They say that a primary runoff like the upcoming one in the race for the North Carolina Democratic nomination will be detrimental to the eventual winner. They point out that the runoff between Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham forces both candidates to spend money against each other while their eventual Republican opponent, Senator Richard Burr, is raising more funds to use in the fall. And, they say, the time Marshall and Cunningham fight each other could be better used to organize and prepare for the November general election. They remind us that a hard-fought, bitter primary runoff can leave negative impressions about both candidates. The winner might be burdened with the unfavorable
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impressions created by the loser’s hard-hitting ads. Finally, they argue that these “second primaries” are a waste of everybody’s time and effort since so few voters show up at the polls. Good points. Here is the other side. To have any chance of winning in November, the Democrats need a jumpstart of enthusiasm for their nominee. She or he will stand a better chance of getting that kind of spirit when the nominee is a clear winner over another strong candidate. It did not happen in the first primary. But it can happen in the June runoff. At the very least the winner will
move into the fall election having won more than 50 percent of the vote. Right now both candidates have the burden of having more that 50 percent of the primary voters go against them. More important, perhaps, the runoff gives both candidates the opportunity to grab the spotlight in ways that were not open during the days leading up to the May primary. The field was too crowded. Without a second primary, the nominee would be stuck with only the very hazy impressions generated so far. The extra weeks between the primary and the runoff give both candidates more time on the political center stage to refine and drive home a message and build name recognition and credibility with the public. The free publicity and public contact during the next few weeks can be positive factors in the fall election—
and worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the summer months before a November campaign, it is almost impossible to develop the mood of immediacy that a candidate needs to prepare for the fall by expanding the organization, by recruiting new supporters, assigning tasks, and building teams across the state. A primary runoff can put a candidate’s statewide organization to work at a time when it would otherwise be waiting and resting. The contest forces the candidate and his or her organization to push those organizational efforts. Practice makes politicians better speakers, better interviewees, and better fundraisers. As they are required to explain, and as they learn to listen on the campaign trail, they improve as candidates. If you think of politicians as “actors,” the runoff is a valuable dress rehearsal for
the fall campaign. It requires the candidate to go over his or her message and practice the lines and the moves, getting better prepared to meet the critical audience that will grade the performance in the fall. Do you want an example? Maybe you remember the 1990 senate primary contest between Harvey Gantt and Mike Easley. Gantt led Easley in the first primary, but did not quite reach the 40 percent threshold. The runoff gave both candidates more exposure and credibility, giving Gantt and his campaign a jumpstart that helped him mount a very strong effort against Senator Helms. How about you? Do you agree with the experts — or with me? D.G. Martin is the author of “Interstate Eateries,” a guide to family owned homecooking restaurants near North Carolina’s interstate highways.
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Spindale FD gets grant Obituaries By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
SPINDALE – U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) Thursday announced that eight North Carolina fire departments will receive a total of $623,522 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. Spindale Fire Department is among the departments to receive the latest money through the AFG program. Spindale received $73,038 to purchase turn-out gear, said Fire Chief Jimmy Powell.
“We are thrilled to get this,” Powell said. The town of Spindale’s portion of the grant will be $3,600. “I am thrilled to announce that eight outstanding North Carolina fire departments will receive this money,” said Hagan.
Steven Talmadge Dulaney, 19, of 697 Island Ford Road, Forest City, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at McDowell Hospital in Marion. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of Shane Dulaney and Traci Since 2001, the AFG proHill Leonhardt. gram has worked to meet He was a student at the firefighting and emerIsothermal Community gency response needs of fire College and a member departments and emergency of Goodes Creek Baptist medical service organizaChurch. tions. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his stepfather, Scott Leonhardt; two brothers, Jordan Hill of Boiling Springs, and Daniel Tyler Dulaney of Waco; maternal grandmother, Vicki Blossom Drive, Forest City; Hill and husband Anthony charged with driving while Winstead; paternal grandlicense revoked and drivmother, Minnie Dulaney; ing while impaired; placed under a $1,500 secured bond. paternal step grandmother, Deanne Jones; and great (FCPD) grandparents, Doris Kirby, n Tracy Rayco Jones, 43, and Jay and Pearl Hill. of 292 Old Castle Lane; Funeral services will be charged with second-degree held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at trespassing; placed under a Goodes Creek Baptist Church $500 secured bond. (FCPD) with the Rev. Cecil Lovelace n Tommy Lynn Howell officiating. Burial will folNorris, 41, of 144 Broken low in the Mount Pleasant Limb Court; charged with Baptist Church cemetery, driving while impaired; Cleveland County. Visitation released on a $1,000 unsewill be held Tuesday from cured bond. (NCHP) n Javier Leon Olivares, 36, 6 to 8 p.m. at McKinneyLandreth Funeral Home. of 145 Sugar Creek Lane; At other times, the family charged with no operator’s will be at the home. license and speeding; placed under a $3,000 secured Online condolences www.mckinbond. (NCHP) neylandrethfuneralhome.com. Jorge Luis HernandezMedina, 28, of 1822 Towner Kenneth Woods Ave. SW; charged with driving while impaired and no Kenneth Woods, 69, of operator’s license; placed Union Mills, died Sunday, under a $4,000 secured May 9, 2010, at Hospice bond. (RCSD) House in Forest City. n Ryan Dale Mayse, 19, Born in Orange County, of 151 Cove Springs Road; Fla., he was a son of the charged with assault and late Red Woods and Ruby battery; released on a written Hilliard Woods. promise to appear. (RCSD) He served in the Air Force n Patrick Maurice as a Russian Language Littlejohn, 32, of 1010 Young Translator and was a graduSt.; charged with driving ate of the University of while license revoked; placed Central Florida. He worked under a $1,000 secured for the Postal Service for bond. (RCSD) 20 years as a postal clerk n Christopher Wayne before his retirement. He Yelton, 37, of 142 Barbara also worked for the State St.; charged with assault on of Florida Unemployment a female, injury to personal Office and the Orlando property and misdemeanor Sentinel as a teletype operalarceny; placed under a tor. He attended Mountain 48-hour hold. (RCSD) View Baptist Church in Rutherfordton. Survivors include his wife Citations of 41 years, Laura Platt n James Gettys, 21, of Mooresboro; cited for aid and Woods; one daughter, Karen Woods Brown of Union abet shoplifting. (FCPD) n Gary Howard, 45, of Reid Mills; three grandsons; and three sisters, Rita W. Bennett Street, Forest City; cited for and Mildred Moore, both of concealment. (FCPD) Orlando, Fla., and Sandra n Amy Anderson, 39, of Schauer of Delaware, R.I. South Church Street, Forest A memorial service will City; cited for concealment. be conducted at 2 p.m. (FCPD) Wednesday at Green Hill Baptist Church with Dr. EMS/Rescue Paul V. Howell officiating. Military honors will be n The Rutherford County accorded by the Rutherford EMS responded to 43 E-911 County Honor Guard. calls Saturday and Sunday. Interment will take place n The Volunteer Life in the Salisbury National Saving and Rescue, Hickory Cemetery on a later date. Nut Gorge EMS and The family will greet friends Rutherford County Rescue following the services at the responded to 26 E-911 calls church. Saturday and Sunday. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford Fire Calls County, P.O. Box 336, Forest n Bills Creek firefighters City, NC 28043. responded to a fire alarm. 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n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 203 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday. n Albert Willard Hart reported an attempted breaking and entering. n Claude Keith Davis reported a lost or stolen vehicle registration plate. n Paul Tim Jones Jr. reported the theft of a GPS unit. n Johnny Alan Lee reported vandalism by the breaking of a window. n Domino’s Pizza, Rutherfordton, reported receiving a counterfeit $10 bill. n Christopher Steven Clements reported the theft of a dirt bike. n Shannon Smith Parker reported the theft of a motor vehicle.
n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 60 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.
n The Spindale Police Department responded to 43 E-911 Saturday and Sunday.
n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to 26 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.
n The Forest City Police Department responded to 125 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday. n Greg Sisk reported an assault incident. The incident occurred on East Main Street. n Freddie Euten reported an incident of damage to property. The incident occurred on West Main Street. n An employee of WilcoHess reported receiving a counterfeit bill. n Shirley Twitty reported an incident of found property. n An employee of It’s All In The Bag reported an incident of concealment. (See arrest of Howard.) n An employee of WalMart reported an incident of shoplifting/ concealment. (See arrests of Dempsey and Gettys.) n Wayne Bridges reported a larceny. n Lori Ledbetter reported a lost/ stolen pocketbook. The incident occurred on Plaza Drive. n An employee of Ingles Grocery Store reported an incident of concealment. (See arrest of Anderson.)
n Donnie Wells, 36, of Old Caroleen Road in Forest City; arrested on a warrant for obtaining property by false pretenses; released on a written promise to appear. (FCPD) n Christopher Yelton, 37, of Barbara Street, Forest City; charged with assault on a female, injury to personal property and larceny; placed under a 48-hour hold and a $4,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n Jamie Dempsey, 18, of Cliffside Road, Boiling Springs; charged with shoplifting/ concealment; placed under a $500 secured bond. (FCPD) n Andrew Scruggs, 21, of
Lillie Jones Lillie Maude Holloway Jones, 90, of 115 Willow Court, Bostic, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Fair Haven Nursing Home. Born in Ellaville, Ga., she was married to the late W. Felda Jones. They spent their married life in Thomaston, Ga. Survivors include a brother and sister, and three sons, Bob Jones of Rutherfordton, Phil Jones of Rome, Ga., and Danny Jones of Tampa, Fla.; three grandsons; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Thomaston, Ga. An interment service will follow at the graveside. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. There will also be a future announcement of a service, in memory of Mrs. Jones, which will be held locally within the next two weeks. Crowe’s Mortuary & Crematory is assisting the family. Online condolences www. crowemortuary.com.
Deaths Ike Andrews CARRBORO (AP) — Ike Andrews, a former North Carolina congressman representing several Piedmont counties for 12 years, has died. Andrews’ daughter confirmed that he died Monday at an assisted living facility in Carrboro at the age of 84. Andrews was a Chatham County native and World War II veteran elected to the Legislature in 1959. The Democrat ultimately was elected to Congress in 1972 and served for six terms until losing to Republican Bill Cobey in 1984. He practiced law in Raleigh and Siler City after leaving Congress. Lena Horne NEW YORK (AP) — Lena Horne, the enchanting jazz singer and actress known for her plaintive, signature song “Stormy Weather” and for her triumph over the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them, has died. She was 92. In the 1940s, Horne was one of the first black performers hired to sing with a major white band, to play the Copacabana nightclub in New York City and when she signed with MGM, she was among a handful of black actors to have a contract with a major Hollywood studio. In 1943, MGM Studios loaned her to 20th CenturyFox to play the role of Selina Rogers in the all-black movie musical Stormy Weather. Her
Lillie Maude Holloway Jones Mrs. Lillie Maude Holloway Jones, age 90, of 115 Willow Court, Bostic, NC, died on May 8th at Fair Haven Nursing Home. Mrs. Jones was born in Ellaville, GA on September 16, 1919. She was married to the late Mr. W. Felda Jones, who was born in Cochran, GA. They spent their married life in Thomaston, GA. Surviving Mrs. Jones is a brother and sister; three sons, Bob Jones and wife, Pat of Rutherfordton, NC, Phil Jones and wife, Janie of Rome, GA, and Danny Jones and wife, Kelly, of Tampa, FL, three grandsons, three granddaughters, and five great grandchildren. The Celebration of Mrs. Jones’ Life will be held at The First Presbyterian Church of Thomaston, GA at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 11. An Interment Service will follow at the graveside. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Of particular note, there will be a future announcement of a service in memory of Mrs. Jones which will be held locally within the next two weeks. Crowe’s Mortuary & Crematory is assisting the family. An online guest register is available at: www.crowemortuary.com
rendition of the title song became a major hit and her most famous tune. Horne had an impressive musical range, from blues and jazz to the sophistication of Rodgers and Hart in such songs as “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” In 1942’s “Panama Hattie,” her first movie with MGM, she sang Cole Porter’s “Just One of Those Things,” winning critical acclaim. In her first big Broadway success, as the star of Jamaica in 1957, reviewer Richard Watts Jr. called her “one of the incomparable performers of our time.” Horne was perpetually frustrated with racism. “I was always battling the system to try to get to be with my people. Finally, I wouldn’t work for places that kept us out. ... It was a damn fight everywhere I was, every place I worked, in New York, in Hollywood, all over the world,” she said in Brian Lanker’s book I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America. While at MGM, Horne starred in the all-black “Cabin in the Sky,” but in most movies, she appeared only in musical numbers that could be cut when shown in the South and she was denied major roles and speaking parts. Horne, who had appeared in the role of Julie in a Show Boat scene in a 1946 movie about Jerome Kern, seemed a logical choice for the 1951 movie, but the part went to a white actress, Ava Gardner, who did not sing. Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1917, to a leading family in black society. She was largely raised by her grandparents as her mother, Edna Horne, who pursued a career in show business and father Teddy Horne separated. Lena dropped out of high school at age 16 and joined the chorus line at the Cotton Club, the fabled Harlem night spot where the entertainers were black and the clientele white. She left the club in 1935 to tour with Noble Sissle’s orchestra, billed as Helena Horne, the name she continued using when she joined Charlie Barnet’s white orchestra in 1940.
Steven Talmadge Dulaney Mr. Steven Talmadge Dulaney, 19, of 697 Island Ford Rd., Forest City, died Saturday, May 8, 2010 at The McDowell Hospital in Marion. A native of Rutherford County Steven was born February 6,1991, a son of Shane Dulaney and Traci Hill Leonhardt . He was a student at Isothermal Com-munity College and a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. Besides his parents he is survived by his step-father, Scott Leonhardt; two brothers Jordan Hill of Boiling Springs, NC and Daniel Tyler Dulaney of Waco; maternal grandmother, Vicki Hill and husband, Anthony Winstead; paternal grandmother, Minnie Dulaney, step-paternal grandmother, Deanne Jones; greatgrandparents, Doris Kirby and Jay and Pearl Hill. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at Goodes Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Cecil Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, Cleveland County. Visitation will be held from 6:008:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home and other times at the home. McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is serving the Dulaney family. An online guest register is available at: www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com
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Meetings/other PWA meeting: Professional Women’s Association meets at noon the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is May 18, at Mi Publito in Forest City. Program by Becky Brodar, RN, Community Outreach Coordinator for St. Luke’s Hospital, “Who do I call and Where do I Turn.” Prospective members welcome. HARC book sale: Homeschool Association of Rutherford/Polk Counties annual used book sale on Monday, May 24, 6:30 p.m., at Second Baptist Church in Rutherfordton; great deals on homeschool materials. Booster meeting: Chase Athletic Boosters will meet Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m., in the office conference room.
Miscellaneous Memorial Day observance: Sunday, May 16, 2 p.m., at the Caroleen, Henrietta, Avondale Cemetery. Geneology Class: “Climbing Your Family Tree,” Tuesdays (in May) from 5 to 6 p.m., at Mountains Branch Library; Bill Miller will guide you through finding family information on the internet, using Heritage Quest, the Census, and other helpful Websites; no charge.
Fundraisers Poor man’s supper: Friday, May 14, noon to 6 p.m., Rutherford County Visual Arts Center, 160 N. Main St., Rutherfordton; $5 per person; take outs available; have lunch and watch artists work. Yard sale cancelled: The yard sale scheduled for Saturday, May 15, at Rutherford Internal Medicine has been postponed. Date to be announced by the RIMA Relay for Life team. Buffet breakfast: Saturday, May 15, 7 to 10:30 a.m., Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant Church Rd., Forest City; $5 per person, all you can eat. Hamburger, hot dog sale: Saturday, May 15, 4 to 7 p.m., at Gantt’s Grove Baptist Church; adults $5; children $3; proceeds for the charity fund. Food sale: Saturday, May 15, begins at 11 a.m., Mt. Pisgah United Church of God; fish, chicken or pork chop plates; $7 per person; hot dog plates $3 each. Church-wide yard sale: Saturday, May 15, begins at 7:30 a.m., at Green River Baptist Association, 668 North Washington St., Rutherfordton; large number of yard sale items, bake sale, car wash; sponsored by the youth of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; all proceeds for summer camp at Fort Caswell. Country ham breakfast: Saturday, May 15, begins at 6:30 a.m., ay Gilkey Clubhouse; breakfast $7 per person; yard sale items, and baked goods; sponsored by Thermal City United Methodist Church. Relay for Life Day: Saturday, May 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Forest City; car wash, bake sale, silent auction and hot dog lunch; all proceeds for ACS Relay for Life. Breakfast buffet: Saturday, May 22, 7 to 10 a.m., Long Branch Road Baptist Church, 621 Long Branch Road, Forest City; no set price, donations accepted; proceeds for the building fund.
Music/concerts The Pathfinders will be in concert Sunday, May 16, at Piney Knob Baptist Church. Music begins at 6 p.m.
disagreed with a trash fee initially and said, “I don’t think it is fair, because the person who has the $50,000 house pays the same garbage fee as the person who has the $200,000 house. I think we’re just playing games with numbers here and if you have a $200,000 house your taxes are higher. The person with the $200,000 has better means to pay taxes than the one with the $50,000 house.” Commissioner Tommy Hardin took a different view. “There are so many rental houses in Spindale now and if you go with
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able to help him. He drowned in about 7 1/2 feet of water and went under about 20 yards from the shore, Hollifield added. “He almost made it back,” Hollifield said. Divers and search personnel located the body in about two hours but the winds hampered the recovery efforts. “His mother told us they were just coming up here to go swimming and then they were all
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ing the honor, told by Principal Angel King that the newspaper and radio station were coming to do a story on Spindale. Bartro presented Perry with a red apple trophy and asked students if they were happy Perry was their teacher. “Yes!” the students chorused.
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kids around the world who don’t have shoes. “Most of us have shoes in our closets that we don’t wear. I ask each of you to take some time to bring these shoes to downtown Forest City on Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m.” Collecting shoes for Samaritan’s Feet has been the spring semester service project of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at GardnerWebb. Every school in the Big South Conference is also collecting shoes for Samaritan’s Feet. Gardner-Webb’s goal is 1,000 pairs of shoes, and about 600 pairs have been collected to date. Mary Beth Hamrick, compliance coordinator with Gardner-Webb University Athletics, said on Monday, “Samaritan’s Feet is an organization that collects and donates shoes to those who need them around the world. It was founded by a young man named Manny Ohonme who grew up in Nigeria and received his first pair of shoes from a missionary when he was nine years old. These shoes inspired Manny to pursue athletics, and he eventually earned a full scholarship to play basketball at the University of North Dakota. “After the earthquake in Haiti, Samaritan’s Feet pledged to donate 100,000 pairs of shoes to the victims. All the shoes that we collect are pretty much guaranteed to benefit those who had everything taken from them by that earthquake.”
Singing: Sunday, June 6, 7 p.m,, Riverside Baptist Church, Hogan Road, Harris; featuring the Land of the Sky Boys from Asheville.
Religion Revival: May 12-16, 7 nightly, Zion Hill AME Zion Church; Wednesday’s speaker is Rev. Lugusta Jackson, New Zion; Thursday, Rev. Davis Vernon, Haynes Grove; Friday, Rev. Verlon Pompey, Mitchell’s Chapel; Saturday singing at 6 p.m. with various groups; Sunday at 3 p.m., anniversary of Rev. A.E. Staley; speakers are Rev. Carolyn Bratton and Elder John Gray.
venience center in the county, that’s fine,” said Town Finance Director Cathy Swafford. “If you don’t pay it on your water bill, and you say you’re going to the county, that’s fine. You’ll now have to go pay the county $100 a year. I would gladly pay someone $2 a week to come and collect my trash since I live in the country.” Board members also agree in principle to a $500 bonus for town employees in lieu of a raise next fiscal year. None of these budget decisions are final. A public hearing on the budget is tentatively scheduled for June 17 with a vote coming during the June 24 regular meeting of town council. Contact Baughman via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
going to the movies,” Hollifield said. There was no indication of any foul play, drug or alcohol use. “It’s very tragic,” he said. “His family said he wasn’t a very good swimmer.” Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Goode’s Creek Baptist Church. He was a Rutherford County native, a son of Shane Dulaney and Traci Hill Leonhardt and was a student at Isothermal Community College. Contact Gordon via e-mail at email@example.com.
Bartro began reading from Stegemoller’s nomination, which said “Her upbeat enthusiasm and love of children is contagious.” “I’m so touched by that,” Perry said, while wiping her eyes. “It’s the small things that make every day special not just for you but for each of these children,” Bartro said. Perry received a potted plant and several gift certificates, but the best prize was tickets to an upcoming concert.
“I hope you like the Doobie Brothers and Chicago, because you’re going to see them in Charlotte,” Bartro said. “I am shocked and surprised, and feel very honored,” Perry said. “I love being a teacher, and it’s because of y’all I come every day.”
She said that Rutherford County has helped with the effort in several ways. “From the moment they heard our efforts to collect shoes for Samaritan’s Feet,” she said, “the Forest City community has teamed up with us with incredible enthusiasm and support.
door to receive free admission. Hamrick said the shoe drive has raised awareness both at the school and in the community. “The student-athletes in SAAC have worked very hard to publicize our project,” she said, “and as a result, we have felt a lot of support from students on campus and people in the community. “Nearly every day I have someone stop by my office looking for a place to donate shoes. We truly appreciate everyone who has made the effort to bring us a pair of shoes because they are giving a special gift to someone who would otherwise have none.”
The shoe drive organized by Steve Holland is one way we have felt their generosity. We really appreciate everything they have done to help us out. They truly have gone ‘the extra mile!’” She added, “The Forest City Owls and their booster club have done so much to help us out with this project. During the baseball series versus Coastal Carolina, the Owls offered free admission to every fan that brought a pair of shoes to the gate. Also, the booster club has been collecting shoes within their membership. With their help, we collected more than 100 pairs of shoes in one weekend.” Also, Hamrick said, the GardnerWebb drive has included two “Barefoot for Bare Feet” basketball games, a car wash, and painted faces and collected shoes during the “Springs Alive” festival held on Gardner-Webb’s campus. The “Barefoot for Bare Feet” games involved most of the athletic department, as the basketball coaching staffs, the cheerleaders, pep band and athletic department staff members in attendance went barefoot during the games to raise awareness for the 300 million people around the world who go shoeless every day. Fans attending the game were encouraged to donate shoes at the
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The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is the representative body of the student-athletes at GardnerWebb. It is made up of more than 40 active members, with at least two members representing each team. The organization is very service oriented. Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through Shoes of Hope distributions around the world. The Samaritan’s Feet website notes, “300 million people wake up each morning without a pair of shoes to protect their feet from injury and disease. The goal of Samaritan’s Feet is to provide shoes to 10 million of these individuals in the next 10 years by teaching them a biblical story of faith, hope, and love, demonstrating those truths in touching them by washing their feet, and treating them to a new pair of shoes and socks.” For more specific information about Samaritan’s Feet, visit samaritansfeet. org.
Singing: Sunday, May 16, 6 p.m.; Sandy Level Baptist Church; featuring The Royal Quartet. The Chuck Wagon Gang will be in concert Friday, May 21, at Concord Baptist Church, Bostic. Music begins at 7 p.m. Other guest singers include The Royal Quartet, Miles Cooper, Buster Kendrick and Ernie Phillips. Barbecue dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Cost $8 per person.
the tax increase the residents of those rental homes would pay nothing. It would be on the property owner. I think a combination of garbage fees and property tax increase is the way to go.” Mayor Mickey Bland added, “The two calls I’ve had said they’d rather have the split than the increase in property tax. Now, two people certainly aren’t indicative of the entire town. But this is why we’ll have a public hearing in June for the people to tell us what they think.” The garbage fee would be added to customers’ water bills and collected by Broad River Water Authority. As to those who may decide to take their trash to a county run convenience center, officials are prepared for that. “If you want to take it to the con-
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Braves RHP Jurrjens aggravates hamstring MILWAUKEE (AP) — Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens has had a setback with his ailing left hamstring. Jurrjens, who is on the 15-day disabled list, says he was trying to sprint before Atlanta’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night when he heard a pop in the hamstring. He’ll stay with the team and get an MRI when the Braves return to Atlanta. Jurrjens is 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in five starts. He says he’s trying to stay positive, but it’s difficult because this injury isn’t in the same place as the first one. The Braves are getting a few of their stars back, however. Third baseman Chipper Jones (groin) was back in the lineup Monday night and right fielder Jason Heyward (groin) is expected to return Tuesday. Shortstop Yunel Escobar (groin) is still several days from being eligible to come off the disabled list.
College golfer DQ’d over false scores SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A Notre Dame golfer disqualified from an NCAA regional tournament for giving false scores during the final round says she was just trying to be funny. “Obviously it was not funny. I did not think about long-term effects and consequences of my actions,” Annie Brophy said Monday. “I was just out goofing around.” Brophy said her scorecard was accurate and she never intended to turn in a false score. But she told people keeping track of scores every three holes to post on the leaderboard at the NCAA Central Regional tournament at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind., that she had five birdies, an eagle and a bogey through the first nine holes Saturday on the par-72 course. She had shot an 85 and an 81 in the first two rounds. “I was not lying or cheating on my score. I was going to turn in my actual score at the end of 18 holes my actual scorecard. That’s how golf is scored, on your actual scorecard,” she said. She never got a chance, though, because NCAA officials disqualified her and pulled her off the course after 14 holes. Nancy Cross, a senior associate athletic director at Purdue and chair of NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee, said the problem was that because of the scores Brophy was reporting, Florida State, Oregon and Kent State waited around to see if a playoff might be needed to see which teams would advance to the finals. Cross said Brophy, who is from Spokane, Wash., couldn’t have turned in the false scores because in NCAA tournament players keep each other’s scores. The three teams waiting around all qualified for the NCAA finals.
On TV 7 p.m. (FSS) College Baseball Wofford at South Carolina. 8 p.m. (TNT) NBA Basketball Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers. Eastern Conference Semifinal, game 5. From Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (TS) MLB Baseball Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers. From Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Jefferson, R-S Central teams make state fields
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Central’s Taylor Crowder (17) gets a hit during the Monday game against McDowell at R-S Central High School.
Central whips McDowell By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter
RUTHERFORDTON — Chelsea Smith wasn’t her best on the mound, but her swings at the plate did the trick for R-S Central softball Monday. Smith, the R-S Central senior went 4-for-4 as she lifted the Lady Hilltoppers on Senior Day, 9-7, over McDowell. Besides Smith, who batted in two runs on a cool and rainy afternoon, five Lady Hilltoppers earned at least one RBI in a slugfest that saw a combined 23 hits. However, a four-run fourth frame for R-S Central kept McDowell at a distance that allowed the Lady Hilltoppers to get the win. “Chelsea (Smith) didn’t have the best
of days on the mound, but she worked through it,” Central softball coach Melvin Digh said. “It’s good to see her break out the bat like she did today.” Central jumped on the scoreboard early in dry conditions. Taylor Crowder singled, Adrienne Alexander was hit by a pitch and Smith’s infield single loaded the bases. A McDowell error on Kalie Holmstrom’s hit ball gave Central a 1-0 lead. Brooke Owens followed with a two-out, two-RBI single that landed in right as Central led 3-0 after the first. A McDowell error and Chelsey Smith’s RBI double down the line in right pushed Central to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Please see Central, Page 9
Central’s Adrienne Alexander (16) prepares to make a throw to first after getting the out at second base during the game against McDowell Monday at R-S Central High School. Garrett Byers/ Daily Courier
FOREST CITY — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced the girls soccer playoff pairings on Monday with Thomas Jefferson and R-S Central each earning a bid. Thomas Jefferson, which opened the season 10-0, earned the nod as a wildcard in the 1A bracket and will travel to face Highland Tech for a first-round match Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Lady Gryphons (153 overall, 11-3 Western Highlands Conference), finished second in conference play, but started the year, 10-0 before falling to eventual WHC champ, Avery. The Lady Rams, out of Gastonia, received the No. 1 seed out of the split 1A/2A Southern Piedmont Conference and carry a 6-112 record into the postseason. Thomas Jefferson, which went 0-10 last season, looks for it’s first playoff win of any kind in school history. R-S Central will get to play a tough, old Southwestern Conference opponent, Kings Mountain, Wednesday at 7 p.m. R-S Central (8-7 overall, 6-6 conference) was placed as the No. 3 seed from the South Mountain Athletic Conference in the 3A West bracket. Following the Easter break, R-S Central won three matches in a row, but they are now on a three-game losing streak. The Lady Hilltoppers have lost their last two matches to playoff bound Burns (3A) and Shelby (2A) by just one goal each. Kings Mountain (15-6 overall) is the No. 1 seed from the Big South Conference and claimed its conference title outright with a 10-1 record. The Lady Mountaineers are the defending 3A State Champions, but did lose to Burns earlier this season.
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Arroyo pitches Scoreboard Reds past Bucs BASEBALL
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bronson Arroyo limited Pittsburgh to one run over seven-plus innings, Scott Rolen and Laynce Nix doubled in runs and the Cincinnati Reds held off the Pirates to win 2-1 on Monday night. Arroyo (2-2), trying for his fourth career shutout, had permitted only three singles until Ronny Cedeno led off the eighth by homering down the left-field line, his third of the season. Manager Dusty Baker lifted Arroyo after Delwyn Young followed with a pinch-hit single, and reliever Arthur Rhodes got the next three outs. Arroyo couldn’t have been much sharper until the eighth, retiring the side in order four times while not permitting a runner past second base until Cedeno homered. The right-hander struck out two and walked one, throwing 72 of 103 pitches for strikes. He lasted at least six innings for the sixth time in seven starts. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities, stranding the potential tying run at third by getting Cedeno to ground into a force play. Cincinnati scored what proved to be the winning run after Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche couldn’t make a backhanded stop of Joey Votto’s grounder in the eighth. Rolen doubled into the right-center gap off Evan Meek to make it 2-0. Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (0-1) pitched four innings in his second start of the season, giving up three hits and walking four. The Reds’ only run off Ohlendorf came in the fourth. Jay Bruce singled with one out and Nix doubled to left field, with Bruce barely beating the relay throw to the plate to score.
Candiens win, force Game 7
MONTREAL (AP) — Michael Cammalleri scored his second goal of the game midway through the second period and Jaroslav Spacek netted the goahead tally 2:30 later for the Montreal Canadiens, who forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. Maxim Lapierre also scored 11:03 into the third to give Montreal a 4-2 lead. Bill Guerin deflected Sergei Gonchar’s slap shot from the right point past Jaroslav Halak with 1:24 remaining to draw Pittsburgh within one. But the Canadiens held on to set up Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Halak stopped 34 shots for the eighth-seeded Canadiens. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal in seven games in the first period. Crosby earned an assist for his 19th point in 12 games when Kris Letang scored for a second game in a row early in the second. That made it 2-1 for the Penguins, who had closed out five straight playoff series with a road win.
Flyers 4, Bruins 0
BOSTON (AP) — Michael Leighton came off the bench after Brian Boucher was injured and made 14 saves to complete the combined shutout, leading Philadelphia over Boston and helping the Flyers avoid elimination in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. Boucher left after injuring his knee at the bottom of a pileup in the crease at 4:35 of the second period. Leighton, who had been the starter before he was injured on March 16, made his first career playoff appearance and finished off the first combined shutout in the Flyers’ postseason history. Simon Gagne, who scored in overtime to win Game 4, netted two goals, Ville Leino had a goal and an assist, and Scott Hartnell also scored to help the Flyers force the series back to Philadelphia for a sixth game on Wednesday night. If they win, it’s back to Boston for a decisive Game 7. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders are the only NHL teams to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series. Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots for Boston, which missed a second chance to clinch the series and advance to the conference finals for the first time since 1992.
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Sunday’s Games Cincinnati 5, Chicago Cubs 3 San Francisco 6, N.Y. Mets 5 Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 3 Washington 3, Florida 2 St. Louis 11, Pittsburgh 4 Houston 4, San Diego 3, 11 innings L.A. Dodgers 2, Colorado 0 Milwaukee 6, Arizona 1 Monday’s Games Cincinnati 2, Pittsburgh 1 Washington at N.Y. Mets, late Florida at Chicago Cubs, late Atlanta at Milwaukee, late Philadelphia at Colorado, late L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, late Tuesday’s Games Cincinnati (Cueto 1-1) at Pittsburgh (Morton 1-5), 7:05 p.m. Washington (Olsen 2-1) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 1-1), 7:10 p.m. Florida (Nolasco 2-2) at Chicago Cubs (R.Wells 3-1), 8:05 p.m. Atlanta (T.Hudson 2-1) at Milwaukee (Bush 1-2), 8:10 p.m. Houston (Myers 1-2) at St. Louis (Penny 3-2), 8:15 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 6-1) at Colorado (Cook 1-3), 8:40 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Ra.Ortiz 1-1) at Arizona (Haren 4-1), 9:40 p.m. San Diego (LeBlanc 2-0) at San Francisco (Zito 5-0), 10:15 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m. Atlanta at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Florida at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Philadelphia at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. Houston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. American League Tampa Bay New York Toronto Boston Baltimore Minnesota Detroit Chicago Cleveland Kansas City Texas Oakland Los Angeles Seattle
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Sunday’s Games Cleveland 7, Detroit 4 Toronto 9, Chicago White Sox 7 Minnesota 6, Baltimore 0 Texas 6, Kansas City 4 Oakland 4, Tampa Bay 0 Seattle 8, L.A. Angels 1 Boston 9, N.Y. Yankees 3 Monday’s Games Detroit 5, N.Y. Yankees 4 Boston 7, Toronto 6 Tampa Bay at L.A. Angels, late Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Yankees (Vazquez 1-3) at Detroit (Porcello 2-3), 7:05 p.m. Seattle (Cl.Lee 0-1) at Baltimore (D.Hernandez 0-4), 7:05 p.m. Toronto (Eveland 3-1) at Boston (Matsuzaka 1-1), 7:10 p.m. Oakland (Cahill 1-1) at Texas (C.Lewis 3-1), 8:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (F.Garcia 1-2) at Minnesota (Slowey 4-2), 8:10 p.m. Cleveland (Westbrook 0-2) at Kansas City (Bannister 1-2), 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Niemann 2-0) at L.A. Angels (Kazmir 2-2), 10:05 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 1:35 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at L.A. Angels, 7:05 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.
BASKETBALL National Basketball Association Playoff FIRST ROUND EASTERN CONFERENCE Cleveland 4, Chicago 1 Cleveland 96, Chicago 83 Cleveland 112, Chicago 102 Chicago 108, Cleveland 106 Cleveland 121, Chicago 98 Cleveland 96, Chicago 94 Orlando 4, Charlotte 0 Orlando 98, Charlotte 89 Orlando 92, Charlotte 77 Orlando 90, Charlotte 86 Orlando 99, Charlotte 90 Atlanta 4, Milwaukee 3, Atlanta 102, Milwaukee 92 Atlanta 96, Milwaukee 86 Milwaukee 107, Atlanta 89
Milwaukee 111, Atlanta 104 Milwaukee 91, Atlanta 87 Atlanta 83, Milwaukee 69 Atlanta 95, Milwaukee 74 Boston 4, Miami 1 Boston 85, Miami 76 Boston 106, Miami 77 Boston 100, Miami 98 Miami 101, Boston 92 Boston 96, Miami 86 WESTERN CONFERENCE L.A. Lakers 4, Oklahoma City 2 L.A. Lakers 87, Oklahoma City 79 L.A. Lakers 95, Oklahoma City 92 Oklahoma City 101, L.A. Lakers 96 Oklahoma City 110, L.A. Lakers 89 L.A. Lakers 111, Oklahoma City 87 L.A. Lakers 95, Oklahoma City 94 San Antonio 4, Dallas 2 Dallas 100, San Antonio 94 San Antonio 102, Dallas 88 San Antonio 94, Dallas 90 San Antonio 92, Dallas 89 Dallas 103, San Antonio 81 San Antonio 97, Dallas 87 Phoenix 4, Portland 2 Portland 105, Phoenix 100 Phoenix 119, Portland 90 Phoenix 108, Portland 89 Portland 96, Phoenix 87 Phoenix 107, Portland 88 Phoenix 99, Portland 90 Utah 4, Denver 2 Denver 126, Utah 113 Utah 114, Denver 111 Utah 105, Denver 93 Utah 117, Denver 106 Denver 116, Utah 102 Utah 112, Denver 104 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Cleveland 2, Boston 2 Cleveland 101, Boston 93 Boston 104, Cleveland 86 Cleveland 124, Boston 95 Boston 97, Cleveland 87 x-Tuesday, May 11: Boston at Cleveland, TBD x-Thursday, May 13: Cleveland at Boston, TBD x-Sunday, May 16: Boston at Cleveland, TBD Orlando 4, Atlanta 0 Orlando 114, Atlanta 71 Orlando 112, Atlanta 98 Orlando 105, Atlanta 75 Orlando 98, Atlanta 84 WESTERN CONFERENCE Phoenix 4, San Antonio 0 111, San Antonio 102 110, San Antonio 102 110, San Antonio 96 107, San Antonio 101 L.A. Lakers 3, Utah 0 L.A. Lakers 104, Utah 99 L.A. Lakers 111, Utah 103 L.A. Lakers 111, Utah 110 L.A. Lakers at Utah, late x-Wednesday, May 12: Utah at L.A. Lakers, TBD x-Friday, May 14: L.A. Lakers at Utah, TBD x-Monday, May 17: Utah at L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m. Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix Phoenix
HOCKEY National Hockey League Playoff Glance CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS EASTERN CONFERENCE Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 3 Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 3 Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 1 Pittsburgh 2, Montreal 0 Montreal 3, Pittsburgh 2 Pittsburgh 2, Montreal 1 Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3 x-Wednesday, May 12: Montreal at Pittsburgh, TBD Boston 3, Philadelphia 2 Boston 5, Philadelphia 4, OT Boston 3, Philadelphia 2 Boston 4, Philadelphia 1 Philadelphia 5, Boston 4, OT Philadelphia 4, Boston 0 x-Wednesday, May 12: Boston at Philadelphia, TBD x-Friday, May 14: Philadelphia at Boston, 7 p.m.
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RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup Showtime Southern 500 Results At Darlington Raceway Darlington, S.C. (Start position in parentheses) 1. (8) Denny Hamlin, Toyota 2. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet 3. (14) Kurt Busch, Dodge 4. (2) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet 5. (15) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet 6. (35) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet 7. (39) Kyle Busch, Toyota 8. (11) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet 9. (6) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet 10. (3) Brian Vickers, Toyota 11. (4) David Reutimann, Toyota 12. (9) Brad Keselowski, Dodge 13. (29) Matt Kenseth, Ford 14. (21) David Ragan, Ford 15. (41) Carl Edwards, Ford 16. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet 17. (32) Regan Smith, Chevrolet 18. (19) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet 19. (33) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota 20. (10) Kasey Kahne, Ford 21. (38) Elliott Sadler, Ford 22. (17) Greg Biffle, Ford 23. (24) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet 24. (31) David Stremme, Ford 25. (7) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota 26. (40) Travis Kvapil, Ford 27. (13) Joey Logano, Toyota 28. (16) Scott Speed, Toyota 29. (43) Max Papis, Toyota 30. (20) Paul Menard, Ford 31. (25) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge 32. (27) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet 33. (42) Kevin Conway, Ford 34. (23) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet 35. (34) David Gilliland, Ford 36. (22) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet 37. (12) AJ Allmendinger, Ford 38. (26) Robby Gordon, Toyota 39. (37) Todd Bodine, Toyota 40. (18) Michael McDowell, Toyota 41. (30) J.J. Yeley, Dodge 42. (28) Dave Blaney, Toyota 43. (36) Reed Sorenson, Toyota
WESTERN CONFERENCE Chicago 3, Vancouver 2 Vancouver 5, Chicago 1 Chicago 4, Vancouver 2 Chicago 5, Vancouver 2 Chicago 7, Vancouver 4 Vancouver 4, Chicago 1 x-Tuesday, May 11: Chicago at Vancouver, 9:30 p.m. x-Thursday, May 13: Vancouver at Chicago, 8 p.m. San Jose 4, Detroit 1 San Jose 4, Detroit 3 San Jose 4, Detroit 3 San Jose 4, Detroit 3, OT Detroit 7, San Jose 1 San Jose 2, Detroit 1
Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 126.605 mph. Time of Race: 3 hours, 57 minutes, 35 seconds. Margin of Victory: 1.908 seconds. Caution Flags: 11 for 56 laps. Lead Changes: 20 among 11 drivers. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): J.Gordon, 3 times for 110 laps; D.Hamlin, 4 times for 104 laps; J.McMurray, 3 times for 71 laps; J.Burton, 2 times for 31 laps; Ky.Busch, 2 times for 29 laps; B.Vickers, 1 time for 9 laps; T.Stewart, 1 time for 5 laps; D.Reutimann, 1 time for 3 laps; K.Harvick, 1 time for 2 laps; S.Speed, 1 time for 2 laps; R.Gordon, 1 time for 1 lap. Top 12 in Points: 1. K.Harvick, 1,622; 2. J.Johnson, 1,512; 3. Ky.Busch, 1,509; 4. J.Gordon, 1,475; 5. M.Kenseth, 1,472; 6. D.Hamlin, 1,458; 7. G.Biffle, 1,431; 8. Ku.Busch, 1,420; 9. J.Burton, 1,394; 10. M.Martin, 1,357; 11. C.Edwards, 1,345; 12. D.Earnhardt Jr., 1,318.
PGA Tour-Players Championship Scores At TPC Sawgrass, Players Stadium Course Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
BASEBALL American League LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Optioned INF Robb Quinlan (PCL). Recalled RHP Trevor Bell from Salt Lake. National League FLORIDA MARLINS—Activated LHP Dan Meyer from the 15-day DL. NEW YORK METS—Placed C Henry Blanco on the bereavement list. Recalled C Josh Thole from Buffalo (IL). PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Activated RHP Ross Ohlendorf from the 15-day DL. Designated RHP Brian Bass for assignment. BASKETBALL Women’s National Basketball Association SEATTLE STORM—Waived G-F Lindsey Wilson and F Devanei Hampton. FOOTBALL National Football League ST. LOUIS RAMS—Traded OT Alex Barron to Dallas for LB Bobby Carpenter. SOCCER Major League Soccer PHILADELPHIA UNION—Named Jim McDonald director of operations at PPL Park. COLLEGE ST. ANDREWS—Named Rohan Naraine women’s soccer coach. UNC WILMINGTON—Named Cynthia CooperDyke women’s basketball coach.
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In this May 3 file photo, Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird, left, looks to the dugout as plate umpire Jim Reynolds defends a ball call that Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn’t like.
McDowell would cut the lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth, but Central responded quickly in the bottom half of the inning. The Lady Hilltoppers’ Mackaulie Prescott smashed an RBI triple into the right field corner, Crowder and Smith each added RBI base hits up the middle for an 8-2 Central advantage. It was then pinch hitter, Shelby Smith, who seized the opportunity with an RBI single to rightcenterfield as Central went on to a 9-2 led after the fourth. McDowell, which out hit Central 12 to 11, scored three more runs in the fifth inning, and one each in the sixth and seventh. The game-tying run stood at the plate for McDowell in the seventh, but a reaching grab by R-S Central’s Cori Hipp in right field cemented the victory. “We really have been working on hitting, but I feel like our focus was there today and it’s back just in time for the playoffs.” Digh said. R-S Central (15-2 overall, 10-2 conference) will host a first round playoff game on May 18th as a No. 1 seed from the SMAC.
Burton MLB teams take scouting to new level — tracking umps By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer
Ron Washington flips the pages of his three-ring notebook, filled with inside info on the other team’s pitchers and hitters. The Texas manager gets to the back of the black binder, reaches into the pocket and pulls out another scouting report — on that night’s home plate umpire. It’s a color-coded computer printout showing his strike zone — how he tends to call balls and strikes — and whether he usually gives the pitcher a break if the ball sails just off the corner of the plate. In this ump’s case, the calls on the edges are too inconsistent to be predictable. “We do have their tendencies in the dugout on the wall. The name of the umpire and his tendencies, what they call and what part of the zone they call strikes,” Washington said. “When I was playing, we just knew he was a high-ball umpire or a low-ball umpire, whether he was a pitcher’s umpire or a hitter’s umpire,” he said. The difference now? “Technology,” Washington said. For years, baseball teams have scouted the opposition — which pitch is most effective against a certain batter, which catcher has a strong throwing arm, and the like. Now teams are taking it to a different level by scouting the umpires — compiling information on how consistently they call balls and strikes, how quick they are to eject someone arguing a call, where the crew comes from, the next time they’re next in town. The Rangers aren’t the only ones taking advantage, either. Several teams track umpires on a daily basis and provide their players with the detailed reports. Here’s how one team assessed Hunter Wendelstedt: “Inconsistent zone, both in-game and from game-to-game, seemingly losing focus at times by balling pitches over middle and calling strikes on pitches well off plate. Seems to want hitter to put ball in play.” Or this look at Gerry Davis: “Hesitates to punch hitters out. Towards the top of the league in umpire ERA in 2009, with low K and low BB rate in 2009 and has continued in 2010. Need to earn strikes with him behind the plate.” In other words, the report says
Davis is reluctant to call strike three when a batter doesn’t swing. Some teams attach headshots of the crew, along with a short bio about each of the four umpires. Such as this nugget on Marty Foster: “Attends as many Wisconsin Big Ten football games as possible.” And this about Ed Hickox: “Is a sworn police officer in offseason, working as a detective for the Daytona Beach Shores Police Dept.” “It’s just more of a reference to get to know them better, a communication tool,” Oakland manager Bob Geren said. “We like to get the players to know who’s going to be there, get to know them and give them a little bit of background, so the players can say hello.” Advance scouts sometimes prepare the reports. Other clubs rely on watching video. Stat services and websites also compile the numbers. “There’s so much more data on umpires and it’s much easier to track their balls-strikes calling. Guys have more specific reputations because the data is better,” Oakland director of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said. Exactly how many teams do it is hard to say — at least a couple of clubs declined to directly answer whether they scout umpires, or they dodged the question. At Fenway Park last week, longtime crew chief John Hirschbeck shook his head when shown a team’s scouting report on a different set of umpires. “I’m surprised, but I guess I’m not surprised,” he said. “Everyone is looking for an edge.” Even though baseball’s rule book precisely defines the strike zone, umpires could vary in how they interpret it — not easy in a game where the pitch frequently comes in at more than 90 mph and can dip several inches at the last split second. To James Hoye, the personal tidbits and pictures made more sense than the strike zone tendencies. He’s working his first full season as a major league umpire, with Wally Bell and Laz Diaz on Hirschbeck’s crew. “Instead of asking Wally the name of the guy who’s at second base, they can see for themselves,” Hoye said. Atlanta manager Bobby Cox
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“We had a fast car, one that was capable of winning, and a pit road mistake cost us a chance at a win.” said the Braves don’t chart the That’s been the recurring theme to Burton’s seaumps. But he could understand son. He’s led laps in eight of 11 races this year, but why a team would: “If it helps to has just four top-10 finishes to show for it. He win one ballgame a year, it’s not could have celebrated multiple wins already this a waste of time. Might get you to season, but is instead riding a 52-race winless the playoffs.” streak dating to October 2008. It could come down to a single So there’s no way Saturday night was anything pitch, and how it’s handled. short of heartbreaking for Burton, who was long Here’s what one team posted gone by the time Hamlin began his third victory about Jerry Layne: “Seems very celebration of the season. That so easily could have influenced by a catcher’s receiv- been Burton, whose hard luck and near-misses ing.” That refers to a catcher’s have been overshadowed by the similar struggles of practice of subtly moving his four-time champion Jeff Gordon. mitt back into the strike zone But for all the talk about how close Gordon has after catching a close pitch. been this season, there’s been little mention of how Here’s a line from the report the door often was opened by Burton’s own bad on how umpire Fieldin Culbreth luck. At Martinsville, for example, Burton led 140 reacts on a full-count: “Seems laps and seemed to have the race in the bag until to expand zone on 3-2, as he he ran over something on the track and cut his tire. punches out hitters he normally Burton faded to 20th and it was Gordon who calls a ball in different counts.” moved into the lead on the final restart, only to Asked for comment on the lose to Hamlin in a wild two-lap sprint to the finpractice of scouting, Culbreth, ish. who is on the board of directors Burton was flagged for pitting outside the box at of the umpires’ union, the World Phoenix — another race that Gordon lost late — Umpires Association, said: “I’d and he was penalized at Texas for a commitment rather not get involved in that. It violation. Still, Burton was leading there late until doesn’t matter.” a nine-car accident brought out a lengthy red flag. Los Angeles Dodgers bench The handling on his Chevrolet went away after coach Bob Schaefer said such the break, and Burton faded from first to 12th in reports could result in informa- another Hamlin victory. tion overload. Asked about all those annoying issues before “I mean, it’s tough enough for a Darlington, Burton seemed to foreshadow what hitter to look at a pitcher and see was still to come. what the pitcher’s trying to do to “We are doing the things we need to do. We are him. So you’d clog everything up leading laps, running in the front. We’re putting if you worry about the umpire,” ourselves in position to win,” he said. “We’ve put he said. ourselves in position to lose, too. By having a good The Toronto Blue Jays certainly race car, our weaknesses have come out a little bit. keep tabs. We’ve got to get better. We’ve made some mistakes “Every umpire that comes into that have put us in positions that we didn’t need to town, whether at home or on the be in.” road, we have their tendencies. Burton had just traded the lead with Hamlin in We know what type of umpires the Southern 500 when caution came out and they they are,” hitting coach Dwayne pitted for the final time. Burton was the third car Murphy said. “They have that back on the track, but NASCAR called him back to information. I’m not sure which the pits to serve a stop-and-go penalty for running site or where we get it from, but over his air hose. that information is there. They It dropped him to 13th on the restart with 20 all have it.” laps left, and he had to charge hard to salvage an That’s news to many people. eighth-place finish. “I never heard of that. That’s “We are capable of winning races and we will win very interesting,” Detroit manraces,” Burton said. “We’ll get it together and we’ll ager Jim Leyland said. go race next week.” Wondered Florida manager Adding to Burton’s frustrations is that winning Fredi Gonzalez: “Do people do just one of those races this year would have gotten that? Maybe I’m missing the him into the May 22 All-Star race. He’ll have two boat; you tell me. I haven’t. Who more chances to race his way in, this weekend at has done that? I want to ask Dover and then in a qualifying event prior to the them. Maybe it’ll help us win All-Star race. another game or two.” “I will just be honest about it, I’m embarrassed Washington pitcher Craig that we are not in it,” said Burton, who isn’t qualiStammen’s first reaction was: fied because he didn’t win a race in 2009. “Huh? That’s smart.” Nationals He has nothing to be embarrassed about this teammate Livan Hernandez season, though, which is shaping up to be a resurgot wide-eyed. “I never heard of gence for Richard Childress Racing. Kevin Harvick that,” the pitcher said. ended his own 115-race winless streak with a vicNeither had Milwaukee outtory at Talladega and is the current Sprint Cup fielder Jim Edmonds. “It’s prob- Series points leader, Burton is ninth in the standably not a bad idea. It’s an inter- ings and Clint Bowyer was inside the top 12 but esting concept,” he said. dropped three spots to 15th after a broken brake line spoiled Saturday night.
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Weather/Nation Weather The Daily Courier Weather Today
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Nation Today Va. wants I-95 tolls
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor has asked federal highway officials to establish tolls on Interstate 95 near the North Carolina border to pay for repairs that he says are sorely needed along the busy interstate. The tolls of $1 or $2 for each axle would generate $30 million to $60 million annually, Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Virginia would be the only state south of Maryland to charge tolls on the interstate, which runs from Maine to Florida. McDonnell said I-95 sees more accidents than almost any other major highway or road in the state. From the North Carolina border to Fredericksburg, more than $600 million in needed safety improvements have been identified, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton said in an interview. That stretch of highway — approximately 126 miles — records 21 deaths and 917 injuries per year, he added.
Woman pleads guilty
TRACY, Calif. (AP) — A California Sunday school teacher accused of kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old playmate of her daughter, then stuffing the body in a suitcase, pleaded guilty Monday to murder. Melissa Huckaby, 29, entered the plea in San Joaquin County Superior Court to a charge of firstdegree murder with a special circumstance of kidnapping. As part
of a deal with prosecutors, all other charges — including two involving rape and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14 — were dropped, according to court spokeswoman Sharon Morris. The surprise plea came during what was scheduled to be a routine pretrial hearing Monday morning. The initial charges in the grand jury indictment last year would have made her eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Her trial had been set to begin in October. Morris said Huckaby now faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole when she’s sentenced June 14. Authorities say Huckaby killed Sandra Cantu, a playmate of her young daughter, in March 2009.
Judge delays sentencing NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge on Monday postponed the sentencing of a man in the 1996 kidnapping, rape and murder of a 15-year-old Montville girl whose body has never been found. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bailey Jongbloed put off sentencing until June 15 after the defense lawyer for George Leniart asked for documents used by the Department of Adult Probation in preparing a pre-sentencing report. Leniart, 44, was convicted on three capital felony counts and one count of murder in the death of April Dawn Pennington. The girl’s parents, Walter and Hazel Pennington, who now live in Pleasant Garden, N.C., have said they’re frustrated because they still don’t know what happened to their daughter.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., looks out the door of a helicopter as he tours efforts to dam off part of the marsh on Elmer’s Island in Grand Isle, La., Monday.
Oil spill hits 4 million gallons; leak fix fails ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Black Hawk helicopters peppered Louisiana’s barrier islands with 1-ton sacks of sand Monday to bolster the state’s crucial wetlands against an epic oil spill, 4 million gallons and growing, in the Gulf of Mexico. At the site of the ruptured well a mile below the surface, a remotecontrolled submarine shot chemicals into the maw of the massive undersea leak to dilute the flow, further evidence that BP expects the gusher to keep erupting into the Gulf for weeks or more. Crews using the deep-sea robot attempted to thin the oil — which is rushing up from the seabed at a pace of about 210,000 gallons per day — after getting approval from the Environmental Protection Agency, BP PLC officials said. Two previous tests were done to determine the potential impact on the environment, and the third round of spraying was to last into early Tuesday. The EPA said the effects of the chemicals were still widely unknown. BP engineers, casting about after an icelike buildup thwarted their plan to siphon off most of the leak using a 100-ton containment box, pushed ahead with other potential short-term solutions, including using a smaller box and injecting the leak with junk such as golf balls and pieces of tire to plug it. If it works, the well will be filled with mud and cement and abandoned. “This is the largest, most comprehensive spill response mounted in the history of the United States and the oil and gas industry,” BP senior vice president Kent Wells said in Houston. None of those methods has been
attempted so deep. Workers were simultaneously drilling a relief well, the solution considered most permanent, but that was expected to take up to three months. At least 4 million gallons were believed to have leaked since an April 20 drilling rig blast killed 11. If the gusher continues unabated, it would surpass the Exxon Valdez disaster as the nation’s worst spill by Father’s Day. The new containment device is much smaller, about 4 feet in diameter, 5 feet tall and weighing just under two tons, said Doug Suttles, BP PLC chief operating officer. Unlike the bigger box, it will be connected to a drill ship on the surface by a pipe-within-a-pipe when it’s lowered, which will allow crews to pump heated water and methanol immediately to prevent the ice buildup. In Grand Isle, at the tip of the Louisiana boot, a small army of heavy machinery — civilian and military dump trucks, Army jeeps and Hummers, front-end loaders and backhoes — scurried to fortify a breached section of beach. National Guard helicopters had dropped sandbags on the breach, and later piles of dirt were being pushed together to make a dam, keeping oil from reaching the marshes. As the sandbags plopped in place, workers farther inland used pumps and other structures to divert fresh water from the Mississippi River into the marshlands, hoping it would help push back the oily salt water lapping at the coast. The floodworks had been installed to help rebuild Louisiana’s shrinking wetlands by injecting sediment-rich water from the river.
Pakistan Taliban linked to Times Square bomb WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying they obtained new evidence, senior White House officials said Sunday that the Pakistani Taliban were behind the failed Times Square bombing. The attempt marks the first time the group has been able to launch an attack on U.S. soil. And while U.S. officials have downplayed the threat — citing the bomb’s lack of sophistication — the incident in Times Square and Christmas Day airline bomber indicate growing strength by overseas terrorist groups linked to al-Qaida even as the CIA says their operations are seriously degraded. The finding also raises new questions about the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, which is widely known to have al-Qaida and other terrorist groups operating within its borders. “We know that they helped facilitate it; we know that they helped direct it,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “And I suspect that
we are going to come up with evidence which shows that they helped to finance it. They were intimately involved in this plot.” John Brennan, the president’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, made similar remarks, linking the bomber to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP. Neither official said what the new evidence was. “We know that they helped facilitate it,” said Holder. “We know that they probably helped finance it. And that he was working at their direction.” Faisal Shahzad, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, is accused of spending five months in Pakistan before returning to the United States in February and preparing his attack. Shahzad has told investigators that he trained in the lawless tribal areas of Waziristan, where both al-Qaida and the Pakistani Taliban operate.
The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Tuesday, May 11, 2010 — 11
THE MARKET IN REVIEW
STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS
GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last Chg %Chg MLSel10 5-128.23+2.03 +32.7 ING 8.84 +1.79 +25.4 BcoSantand12.09 +2.26 +23.0 OwensC wtB4.10 +.77 +22.9 MI Homes 14.40 +2.60 +22.0 DirLatBull 29.66 +5.14 +21.0 Natuzzi 4.55 +.79 +21.0 DrxREBll s 52.68 +8.95 +20.5 BcBilVArg 12.36 +2.04 +19.8 DrxEMBll s 28.97 +4.76 +19.7
LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last Chg DeanFds 10.47 -4.16 BkA BM RE 2.42 -.76 DirEMBr rs 43.41-12.01 DirLatBear 38.92-10.52 DirREBear 6.40 -1.65 DirxDMBear15.63 -3.71 DirChiBear 33.39 -7.24 DrxSOXBr 32.80 -6.74 MLDJREst104.89 -1.00 ProUShEur23.55 -4.77
%Chg -28.4 -23.9 -21.7 -21.3 -20.5 -19.2 -17.8 -17.0 -17.0 -16.8
MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 10030877 4.22 +.22 S&P500ETF3428229116.16 +4.90 BkofAm 2556952 17.30 +1.12 iShEMkts 1776409 40.94 +2.75 SPDR Fncl 1693157 15.93 +.84 GenElec 1321323 18.04 +1.16 FordM 1288659 12.15 +.64 DirFBear rs1056267 12.48 -2.33 iShR2K 972938 69.03 +3.67 Pfizer 786867 17.00 +.54 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume
3,012 175 31 3,218 57 7 6,965,142,312
GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last ChiGengM 2.26 NewConcEn4.44 HawkCorp 23.52 GenMoly 3.99 US Gold 3.65 Neuralstem 3.23 MetroHlth 3.54 NthnO&G 15.29 CheniereEn 3.72 ExeterR gs 7.17
Chg +.46 +.49 +2.57 +.42 +.38 +.33 +.36 +1.50 +.36 +.67
%Chg +25.6 +12.4 +12.3 +11.8 +11.6 +11.4 +11.3 +10.9 +10.7 +10.3
LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last LucasEngy 2.00 PernixTh 3.44 TravelCtrs 3.29 ASpecRlt s 12.10 EngySvcs 3.55 SDgo pfA 20.55 CompTch 2.59 Bcp NJ 12.07 ChiRivet 16.20 PcEn pfC 81.84
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Name Last Encorm rsh 3.78 CrescntB h 2.30 Tongxin wt 2.25 BioFuelEn 2.49 CmtyCntrl 3.21 RockAgs 4.12 FstFrnkln 13.00 ProPhaseL 2.24 ChiElMot n 8.56 CPI Intl 15.72
Chg +1.38 +.70 +.50 +.50 +.61 +.75 +2.30 +.39 +1.48 +2.67
%Chg +57.5 +43.8 +28.6 +25.1 +23.3 +22.1 +21.5 +21.1 +20.9 +20.5
LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)
Name Last Chg %Chg AtlBcGp 3.30 -1.11 -25.1 Primoris un 9.31 -1.79 -16.1 PrUPShQQQ55.48-9.43 -14.5 SecNtl lf 2.35 -.40 -14.5 GlenBurnie 9.51 -1.44 -13.2 TowrFin 6.25 -.81 -11.5 QCR Hld 11.59 -1.37 -10.6 Datawatch 2.20 -.25 -10.2 CmBkIN 9.00 -1.00 -10.0 NSecGrp 12.20 -1.27 -9.4
MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg GoldStr g 41830 4.18 +.18 NwGold g 38444 5.81 +.14 Rentech 34196 1.18 +.02 NovaGld g 33464 8.34 +.65 CFCda g 28449 15.16 -.14 KodiakO g 26483 3.64 +.15 GrtBasG g 24587 1.73 ... NA Pall g 24005 4.22 +.28 Hyperdyn 22990 1.20 +.28 Taseko 22207 5.35 +.35
MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg PwShs QQQ1256982 47.77 +2.36 SiriusXM 1091186 1.08 +.07 Intel 1031339 22.55 +1.24 Microsoft 815504 28.94 +.73 Cisco 718207 26.13 +1.42 ETrade 588964 1.61 +.11 Comcast 462821 18.03 -.33 Popular 416668 3.48 +.18 Oracle 374738 24.39 +.98 MicronT 348159 9.09 +.52
407 95 34 536 9 2 113,453,466
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Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume
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+28.11 +40.79 +9.89 +24.08 +25.26 +37.17 +27.55 +38.83 +30.50 +37.39
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People have varied reasons for renewing job hunts
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Miami woman who exhausted her unemployment aid needs to pay bills. A Phoenix job-seeker wants a greater sense of purpose. A Boston woman has heard that hiring is picking up. The economy absorbed a flood of 805,000 new jobseekers last month — the sharpest monthly influx in seven years. They were driven by economic need, renewed optimism and evidence that more employers are hiring. They’re right. Companies added a net total of 290,000 jobs in April, the most in four years. Yet so many people poured into the work force that they drove up the unemployment rate from 9.7 percent to 9.9 percent. Hundreds of thousands more will likely join them in the coming months, drawn by the improving economy and the possibility that Congress won’t continually extend unemployment benefits. Their influx would send the unemployment rate back into double digits before it’s likely to decline. And it will keep competition for jobs intense. But those who have streamed into the labor force feel they can’t wait any longer. They are people like Laura Gonzalez of Miami, whose on-again job hunt is
the product of necessity. Her unemployment benefits cut off in April. Gonzalez felt disheartened after being laid off from her job as an associate at an investment company early last year. At times, she stopped looking for work. In the past few weeks, in need of money to pay for food and rent, she began looking more actively. She’s applied for about 10 jobs a day over the past month. “As much as they say there’s new jobs out there, I don’t see a turnaround at all,” says Gonzalez, 28. Neither does Julie Anderocci of Phoenix. Six weeks ago, she lost her job as a customer service rep for Medicaid. For the first month, she mainly slept and ate. She was too upset to consider looking for work. Now, besides needing money, Anderocci says she yearns for the pride and fulfillment a new job would bring. It isn’t always easy to persevere, she finds. “I’m working on being optimistic on finding a job — that’s a job in itself,” Anderocci says. To try to stay positive about her search, she began volunteering at an animal rescue shelter. “Looking for work at my age is the most stressful thing you can think of,” says
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That compares with only 1.8 people per opening when the recession began in December 2007. Jena Hartman of Greenwood, Ind., is among the fortunate ones. On April 21, she landed a part-time job with an extension service run by Purdue University. She’d been looking since August 2008. Her husband had worked for three nursing home companies that all went bankrupt. Hartman works 20 hours a week with elderly people and others on low incomes, teaching them how to stretch their dollars and buy nutritional foods. Hartman, 60, used to work in the food industry before taking time off to watch her granddaughter while her daughter returned to school and then to work. She had sent out hundreds of resumes over the first several months of her search. “There must be a room someplace here in Indianapolis — and it’s a fairly large room — that is wallpapered with my resumes,” she says. In June 2009, she found a job. But she was let go soon after. “It took me about a month to lick my wounds and gather my self confidence again, and I just started the whole networking process again.”
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WASHINGTON (AP) â€” President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean â€œone of the nationâ€™s foremost legal minds.â€? She would be the courtâ€™s youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time. The nomination to replace liberal retiring Justice John Paul Stevens set the stage for a bruising confirmation battle, though mathematically Democrats should be able to prevail in the end. At 50, Kagan is relatively young for the lifetime post and could help shape the high courtâ€™s decisions for decades. If confirmed by the Senate, she would become only the fourth female justice in history. Obama cited what he called Kaganâ€™s â€œopenness to a broad array of viewpointsâ€? and her â€œfair mindedness.â€? Standing beside the president in the East Room of the White House, Kagan said she was â€œhonored and humbled by this nomination.â€? â€œI look forward to working with the Senate in the next stage of this process, and I thank you again, Mr. President, for this honor of a lifetime,â€? she said. Republicans are expected to criticize her for attempting to bar military recruiters from the Harvard Law campus while she was dean. That issue was used against her by critics during her confirmation hearing last year for her current post.
This 2004 photo released by the Harvard University Law School shows Elena Kagan. President Barack Obama nominated Kagan to the Supreme Court Monday. Associated Press
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Dear Abby: “No Laughing Matter” (Feb. 22) wrote about her mother-inlaw making snide comments because there is so little resemblance between her son and her grandchild. It’s a fact that not all offspring look like their parents. My husband and I have seven biological children who are now young adults. We marvel at the breadth and depth of our collective gene pool. I am a petite brown-eyed brunette, and my husband is tall and blond with hazel eyes. None of our kids look alike. One daughter inherited my brown eyes, but her hair is blond. Two kids have my dark hair, but one has blue eyes and the other has green eyes. One son is the spitting image of his dad, while another resembles my father as a child. Our “baby” girl is the tallest female and has a buxom figure she certainly did not inherit from me. Another thing: Out of all nine of us, our second child is the only family member who cannot curl her tongue. The study of genetics is an amazing thing, especially when we find out what we think we know isn’t necessarily so. — They’re All Ours Dear All: Thank you for your in”gene”ious response. Other readers felt “No Laughing Matter” should ignore her mother-in-law’s comments and handle the matter with humor.
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Dear Abby: When my daughter was about 13, my “dear” motherin-law said she didn’t look like her son, also implying that I had been unfaithful. I looked her directly in the eye and replied, “Of course she doesn’t look like your son. She resembles MY side of the family.” She never commented again. — Not Unfaithful Dear Abby: The next time “No Laughing Matter’s” mother-in-law remarks how one child bears no resemblance to Dad, she should say, “You know, genetics are fascinating. I’ve often thought how much this beautiful child resembles you.” — MarcS Dear Abby: My oldest brother and I look identical despite our 10-year age difference. Our middle brother, however, didn’t look like either one of us. Our family jokingly referred to him as “the milkman’s son” until he hit middle age. At that point in his life, he became the spitting image of our father. “No Laughing Matter” should not take her mother-in-law seriously.
Is a colonoscopy called for? Dear Dr. Gott: My wife is 82 and in good health. She exercises and eats well. She takes metoprolol and warfarin and has been urged to have a colonoscopy. She had breast cancer two years ago. Do you think a colonoscopy is appropriate? Dear Reader: Has your wife had a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, blood in her stool and a history of polyps, colon cancer or other intestinal suspicion that needs to be addressed or readdressed? Is this her first colonoscopy or has she had one or more in the past -- perhaps with questionable results? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, this may be the reason why her physician is recommending a colonoscopy. With what appears to be a cardiac issue, possible hypertension and her age, I am not sure that her physician or gastroenterologist would have recommended the procedure arbitrarily. Colonoscopy is a simple procedure recommended for everyone over the age of 50, with follow-up on a
Ask Dr. Gott Dr. Peter M. Gott periodic basis, usually every five to 10 years. The procedure can detect cancerous polyps and a host of other problems, often nipping them in the bud. However, before committing to anything, I feel your wife needs to visit her physician to determine the exact reason for the recommendation. This holds true of virtually every procedure for everyone. The only way a person can make a decision is through education. So, become educated. Ask your wife if you can accompany her during the visit. Most often, two heads are better than one in sorting things out and for hearing everything that is said. If she disapproves, then she should go on her own with a list of questions that should be answered to her complete satisfaction.
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Spike in disability claims clogs overloaded system
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 2 million people are waiting to find out if they qualify for Social Security disability benefits. It will be a long wait for most, even if they eventually win their cases. The Social Security system is so overwhelmed by applications for disability benefits that many people are waiting more than two years for their first payment. In Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and other states, the wait can be even longer. The Social Security commissioner, Michael J. Astrue, says the delays are unacceptable, particularly for people who have paid payroll taxes for years to support the system and now are unable to work because of debilitating medical problems. Astrue has had some success in reducing a case backlog that has plagued the system for years. But a spike in new applications, linked to the economic recession, threatens to swamp the system again. Claims typically increase in a bad economy because many people who worked despite their disabilities get laid off and apply for benefits. About 3.3 million people are expected to apply for benefits this year. That’s 300,000 more than last year and 700,000 more than in 2008. Nearly two-thirds of those claims will be denied by state agencies overseen by the Social Security Administration. Most of these people will drop their claims. But for those willing go through an appeals process that can take two years or more, chances are good they eventually will get benefits. People who win claims can get retroactive benefits. “The most important thing we can do to improve the
Michael Quinn, 63, of Flint Township, Mich., is seen in his house, Monday, May 3. Quinn is frustrated that it took two and a half years to receive disability insurance money after applying for it following a car accident in Flint left him injured in May 2000.
disability process is to make the right decision as soon as possible,” Astrue said at a recent congressional hearing. His goal is to clear the backlog of appeals hearings by 2013. “It takes longer to fix something than it does to break it,” he said. Michael Quinn of Flint, Mich., said he waited nearly three years to get benefits after his initial application. Quinn was a sales representative when he was in a car accident in 2000 that left him with a shattered left leg, damaged vertebrae in his neck and 80 stitches in his head. Unable to do his job, he took a buyout from his employer and started working part-time jobs. The work, he said, proved too difficult because he couldn’t bend over, lift anything heavy or even move his
head enough to look up. “I wanted to work because I’ve worked all my life,” Quinn said. “It was heartbreaking because I couldn’t work. There was so little I could do.” Quinn, 64, said he filed for Social Security disability benefits in 2005 and his claim was denied. Quinn appealed to an administrative law judge and was awarded $1,900 a month — in 2008. He also got retroactive payments, dating to his original application. “It’s the most helpless feeling in the world because you’re waiting for someone else,” Quinn said. Qualifying for disability benefits is not easy. A doctor must determine that a disability is severe enough to interfere with an applicant’s ability to work. If applicants
can’t perform their old jobs, officials see if they can adapt to new ones. The system is designed to weed out malingerers. “Social Security has a very stringent, very tight definition of what constitutes a disability,” said Dan Allsup, communications director for Allsup Inc., an Illinois-based company that represents disability applicants, including Quinn. About 12.8 million disabled people receive disability benefits. Some 7.1 million get Social Security disability, 4.2 million get Supplemental Security Income and 1.5 million get both. Disabled workers get an average of $1,065 a month from Social Security and $498 a month from SSI. Disability benefits are financed by payroll taxes, the same taxes workers pay to
support the retirement system. Here’s how the application process works: Applicants file disability claims with the Social Security Administration, which turns them over to state agencies, usually called Disability Determination Services. A doctor must verify that debilitating medical conditions will last at least a year. About 63 percent of initial claims are denied, after an average wait of 111 days. Applicants in most states can appeal the decision to the same state agency. About 86 percent of those appeals are denied, after an average wait of an additional 104 days. Applicants can then appeal to an administrative law judge. About 554,000 cases were decided at this level in 2009. The judges approved benefits in 63 percent of the cases, after an average processing time of 491 days. Including the time it takes to file the appeals at each stage, the entire process takes an average of 777 days, or a little more than two years, according to the Congressional Research Service. Applicants who are still denied benefits can appeal to a special council and eventually file a claim in federal court, but relatively few claims are awarded at these stages. Astrue, who became Social Security commissioner in 2007, has worked to reduce the backlog of appeals before administrative law judges by hiring hundreds of judges and support staff. The number of cases pending before those judges dropped by 37,000, to just under 723,000, during the budget year that ended in September. It was the first drop in a decade.
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IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION FILE NO.: 10-SP-093 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY NEIL LEWIS AND WIFE, MICHELLE LEWIS DATED JANUARY 18, 2006, AND RECORDED FEBRUARY 8, 2006, IN BOOK 884 PAGE 630 IN THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE: Dawson & Albritton, P.A. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Pursuant to a Court Order and under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of a violation of the provisions of said deed of trust and a failure to carry out and perform the stipulations and agreements therein contained, and pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the indebtedness secured by said deed of trust, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 10:00 A.M. on May 18, 2010 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot 144 as depicted on that plat entitled “Phase I Subdivision, Vista @ Bill’s Mountain” recorded at Plat Book 26, Pages 352-354 (Sheet 1), of the Rutherford County Registry, reference to which is hereby made for more complete description. Trustee may, in the Trustee’s sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in N.C.G.S. §45-21.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by N.C.G.S. §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, EXCEPT AS STATED BELOW IN THE INSTANCE OF BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 14th day of April, 2010. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Dawson & Albritton, P.A. P.O. Box 6003 (27835) 3219 Landmark Street, Ste. 4 Greenville, NC 27834 252.752.2485
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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of PATENA JANE HOLT PENSON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said PATENA JANE HOLT PENSON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 27th 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 27th day of April, 2010. Firleen Davis Holt, Administrator 995 Webb Rd. Ellenboro, NC 28040
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Having qualified as Co-Administrator of the estate of SHIRLEY PAULINE BRADLEY HARDIN of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said SHIRLEY PAULINE BRADLEY HARDIN to present them to the undersigned on or before the 4th day of August, 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 4th day of May, 2010.
The undersigned, having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Benny Michael Morrow, late of Rutherford County, this is to notify all persons having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned on or before the 20th day of July, 2010, or this Notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 20th day of April, 2010.
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145 10-SP-128 NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE'S FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER AND BY VIRTUE of the power and authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed and delivered by Joseph L Auten and Lisa Auten, dated July 10, 2006 and recorded on July 24, 2006, in Book No. 909, at Page 712 in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina; and because of default in the payment of the indebtedness secured thereby and failure to carry out and perform the stipulations and agreements contained therein and, pursuant to demand of the holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will place for sale, at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at Courthouse Steps, on May 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM that parcel of land, including improvements thereon, situated, lying and being in the City of Lake Lure, County of Rutherford, State of North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: ALL THAT PARCEL OF LAND IN CHIMNEY ROCK TOWNSHIP, RUTHERFORD COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN DEED BOOK 735, PAGE 581, ID# 16-05005, BEING KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS LOT 97, SECTION 2, FILED IN PLAT BOOK 10, PAGE 76-81, RECORDED 07/02/1999, SURVEY PREPARED G. DARRELL TAYLOR, RLS, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS A METES AND BOUNDS PROPERTY. CONTAINING 0.94 ACRE, MORE OR LESS, ACCORDING TO SAID SURVEY. BY FEE SIMPLE DEED FROM JOSEPH W. GUIDA AND YONG A. GUIDA, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS SET FORTH IN BOOK 735, PAGE 581 DATED 07/06/1999 AND RECORDED 07/09/1999, RUTHERFORD COUNTY RECORDS, STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA. Address of property: 329 Chipmunk Trail, Lake Lure, NC 28746 Present Record Owners: Joseph L Auten and Lisa Auten The terms of the sale are that the real property hereinbefore described will be sold for cash to the highest bidder. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. In the event that the Owner and Holder or its intended assignee is exempt from paying the same, the successful bidder shall be required to pay revenue stamps on the Trustee's Deed, and any Land Transfer Tax. The real property hereinabove described is being offered for sale "AS IS, WHERE IS" and will be sold subject to all superior liens, unpaid taxes, and special assessments. Other conditions will be announced at the sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. If the Trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the Trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the Trustee, in its sole discretion, if it believes the challenge to have merit, may declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Additional Notice Where the Real Property is Residential With Less Than 15 Rental Units: An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a bona fide lease or tenancy may have additional rights pursuant to Title VII of 5.896 - Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act which became effective on May 20, 2009. Dated: April 21, 2010 David A. Simpson, P.C., Substitute Trustee By:________________________________ Attorney at Law Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC Attorneys for David A. Simpson, P.C., Substitute Trustee 2701 Coltsgate Road, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28211-3594
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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 10 SP 123 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Anthony Barnes (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Anthony B. Barnes) to Brock & Scott PLLC, Trustee(s), dated the 6th day of January, 2006, and recorded in Book 881, Page 74, in Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door at 229 North Main St in the City of Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina, or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 1:30 PM on May 25, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Rutherford, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Tract One: Situated and being in the Town of Spindale and lying on the East side of Spindale Avenue, and known as Lot Number One (1) of the P.H. Grose lands as shown on a plat made by J. A. Wilkie, and surveyed said plat dated August 12, 1920, and registered in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County in Book of Deeds 117 at Page 50, which is hereby referred to for a more particular description of said lot, and bounded as follows: BEGINNING at a stake on East side of Spindale Avenue corner of Lot Number two of the P.H. Grose lands as shown on the above mentioned plat and runs with Spindale Avenue South 17 West 150 feet to a stake at the intersection of a road and Spindale Avenue; thence with said road about South 89 1/4 East 420 feet to a stake on the North edge of said road; thence North 17 East 30 feet to a stake corner of Lot 2; thence with line of Lot 2 North 73 West 400 feet to the BEGINNING. Being the same and identical property by Lucy W. Walker to Willie L. Whiteside and wife, Katie W. Whiteside by Deed dated March 05, 1975 and recorded in Deed Book 365, Page 291, Rutherford County Registry. Tract Two: Situate in the Town of Spindale, North Carolina, and being located on the east side of Spindale Street and being Lot Number 2 of a subdivision of the P.H. Grose farm as the same is shown and set forth on a plat thereof which is of record in Plat Book 4 at Page 30 in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, reference to said plat being hereby made for a more fully and complete description of said Lot Number 2. That the said map of the subdivision of the P.H. Grose farm was originally recorded in Deed Book 117 at Page 50 and thereafter transferred to Plat Book A at Page 30 before being transferred to Plat Book A at Page 30 where the same is now recorded. Together with improvements located thereon; Said property being located at: 1404 Spindale Street, Spindale, North Carolina The above described Lot Number to W.E. Nanney and wife Carrie Lee Grose Nanney, P.H. Grose and wife Myrtle Grose, by deed dated March 6, 1943, and of record in Deed Book 181 at Page 43 in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina. W. E. Nanney thereafter died about the year 1951 and Carrie Lee Grose Nanney succeeded to the title of said property by right of survivorship. Carrie Lee Nanney thereafter married Herman L. Beal, and thereafter died November 6, 1970 intestate and without issue and survived by her said husband, Herman L. Beal, who is her sole heir-at-law. Herman L. Beal said property by deed recorded in Deed Book 337 at Page 514 in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina. Being the same and identical property which by John U. Grose and wife Ethel D. Grose to Kathryn W. McDonald by deed dated April 24, 1995 and recorded in Deed Book 649 at Page 407, Rutherford County Registry. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS Â§45-21.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS Â§7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashierâ€™s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold.
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF RUTHERFORD IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK 10 SP 103 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST FROM ANNA MARIA LEASE, TO CB SERVICES CORP., TRUSTEE, DATED DECEMBER 14, 2006 RECORDED IN BOOK 951, PAGE 590, RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTRY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Pursuant to an order entered April 13, 2010, in the Superior Court for Rutherford County, and the power of sale contained in the captioned deed of trust ("Deed of Trust"), the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at auction, to the highest bidder for cash, AT THE COURTHOUSE DOOR IN RUTHERFORDTON, RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA ON MAY 18, 2010 AT 2:30 PM the real estate and the improvements thereon encumbered by the Deed of Trust, less and except any of such property released from the lien of the deed of trust prior to the date of this sale, lying and being in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: All that certain parcel of land lying and being situated in the County of RUTHERFORD, State of NC, to-wit: SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN CHIMNEY ROCK TOWNSHIP, RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, AND BEING TRACT #1 OF THE T.E. FLYNN LANDS WHICH WAS ALLOTTED TO AUDREY FLYNN BY REPORT OF COMMISSIONERS DATED MAY 19, 1961, IN THAT CERTAIN SPECIAL PROCEEDING ENTITLED, "AUDREY FLYNN, SINGLE, JOHN V. FLYNN, AND OTHERS VS. KELLY D. FLYNN, SINGLE, AND OTHERS", WHICH REPORT OF COMMISSIONERS IS OF RECORD IN DEED BOOK 260, PAGE 734, RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTRY, SAID TRACT #1 BEING DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING ON AN IRON PIN IN THE OLD OUTSIDE LINE, SAID IRON PIN BEING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF TRACT #6, AND RUNNING THENCE WITH SAID OLD OUTSIDE LINE SOUTH 6 DEGREES 30 MINUTES EAST 430 FEET TO A STAKE, AN OLD CORNER; THENCE WITH ANOTHER OLD LINE SOUTH 80 DEGREES 25 MINUTES EAST 222 FEET TO A PERSIMMON, AN OLD CORNER; THENCE ANOTHER OLD LINE SOUTH 15 DEGREES 30 MINUTES EAST 157 FEET TO A CHERRY TREE, AN OLD CORNER; THENCE WITH ANOTHER OLD LINE SOUTH 50 DEGREES 25 MINUTES EAST 294 FEET TO A POPLAR, AN OLD CORNER; THENCE WITH ANOTHER OLD LINE SOUTH 33 DEGREES 30 MINUTES EAST 110 FEET TO A STONE, AN OLD CORNER; THENCE WITH ANOTHER OLD LINE NORTH 10 EAST 310 FEET TO AN IRON PIN IN SAID OLD LINE, A NEW CORNER, THE SAME BEING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF TRACT #2; THENCE A NEW LINE WITH THE LINE OF TRACT #2, NORTH 37 DEGREES 30 MINUTES WEST 855 FEET TO AN IRON PIN ON THE NORTH SIDE OF A FARM ROAD, A NEW CORNER IN THE LINE OF TRACT #6, THE SAME BEING THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF TRACT #2; THENCE WITH LINE OF TRACT #6, SOUTH 51 WEST 165 FEET TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 5.8 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. Tax Map Reference: 02-25723 Being the same property Devised to INGA RUTH GUDMUNDSON AND ERILE RUDOLF GUDMUNDSON, AS TENANTS IN COMMON, from the Personal Representative for the estate of H.R. GUDMUNDSON, date of death 01/06/1998, Estate Package/Probate Roll #99E134, final decree status UNKNOWN PROBATED IN CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA, all of which is recorded in the RUTHERFORD County, NC Public Registry. Being that parcel of land conveyed to ANNA MARIA LEASE from ERICK RUDOLF GUDMUNDSON, UNMARRIED by that deed dated 08/13/1999 and recorded 08/16/1999 in deed book 738, at page 63 of the RUTHERFORD County, NC Public Registry. In the Trusteeâ€™s sole discretion, the sale may be delayed for up to one (1) hour as provided in Section 45-21.23 of the North Carolina General Statutes. The record owners of the real property not more than ten days prior to the date hereof are Anna Maria Lease and Inga Ruth Gudmundson. A five percent cash deposit, or a cash deposit of $750.00, whichever is greater, will be required of the last and highest bidder. The balance of the bid purchase price shall be due in full in cash or certified funds at a closing to take place within thirty (30) days of the date of sale. The undersigned Substitute Trustee shall convey title to the property by nonwarranty deed. This sale will be made subject to all prior liens of record, if any, and to all unpaid (ad valorem) taxes and special assessments, if any, which became a lien subsequent to the recordation of the Deed of Trust. This sale will be further subject to the right, if any, of the United States of America to redeem the above-described property for a period of 120 days following the date when the final upset bid period has run.
Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 daysâ€™ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.
The purchaser of the property described above shall pay the Clerkâ€™s Commissions in the amount of $.45 per $100.00 of the purchase price (up to a maximum amount of $500.00), required by Section 7A-308(a)(1) of the North Carolina General Statutes. If the purchaser of the above described property is someone other than the Beneficiary under the Deed of Trust, the purchaser shall also pay, to the extent applicable, the land transfer tax in the amount of one percent (1%) of the purchase price.
THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection.
To the extent this sale involves residential property with less than fifteen (15) rental units, you are hereby notified of the following:
IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 28th day of April, 2010. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE BY: Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1029837
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Israeli plans trouble peace talks JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Monday it has no intention of halting construction of Jewish housing in hotly contested east Jerusalem, a first sign of trouble for newly launched U.S.-mediated peace talks. Palestinians accused Israel of undermining trust and urged President Barack Obama to intervene. The comments on construction from Israeli Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser came a day after the White House praised Israel for agreeing to hold off construction of a major east Jerusalem housing project. It also spotlighted the delicate balancing act of an Israeli government seeking to please both the Obama administration and hardline coalition partners.
Aquino leads Philippine race MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The son of Philippine democracy icons took an early, commanding lead in presidential polls on a promise to begin prosecuting corrupt officials within weeks to restore credibility to the country’s graft-ridden government agencies. Despite computerized counting machine glitches and violence that claimed at least nine lives, election officials hailed the vote as a success in a country where poll fraud allegations have marred previous contests. Sen. Benigno Aquino III — whose father was assassinated while opposing a dictatorship and whose mother led the “people power” revolt that restored freedoms — was leading the ninecandidate presidential race with 40.58 percent of the votes from about 57 percent of the precincts, while his closest rival, ousted President Joseph Estrada, had 25.72 percent. There is no runoff in the Philippines and whoever has the most votes is declared winner.
Thai protesters OK poll date BANGKOK (AP) — Thai anti-government protesters said Monday they would continue their crippling demonstration in central Bangkok until the prime minister and his deputy surrender to police to face possible criminal charges for deadly street violence. Although a key Red Shirt leader said they Forest City accepted Daily Courier_Ruth Co People_1.833inx3in Prime Abhisit Vejjajiva’s timetable for Nov. 14 elections, the protesters’ latest demand — presented as their formal position — could dash hopes of ending the two-month standoff soon. However, a quick government response that Abhisit and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban were willing to submit themselves to proper judicial processes — rather than just peremptorily rejecting the notion — left open the possibility that there might still be common ground for a settlement. There are no criminal charges outstanding against the two men, so it was not clear what action would satisfy the Red Shirts’ demand. The ambiguity leaves some leeway for both sides.
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Published on May 11, 2010