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FOREST CITY — Just days before the end of the 200910 school year for Rutherford County Schools, at the system’s board meeting Tuesday night there was talk of summer school and a newcomer who will join the system in July.

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After its closed session, the board approved Superintendent Janet Mason’s recommendation to name Dr. Barbara Parker as the system’s new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Mason described Parker as “a tremendous asset” to the system.

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ing water rates in the current economic conditions. The budget is $862,661. At one point in the heated meeting, a deputy from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office interrupted to say, “There is such a thing as a

Baynard said when planning for the luau, the system wanted to offer training and development opportunities for staff inhouse. “We wanted this activity to run somewhat like a conference,” she said. The training will be offered to all certified personnel, Baynard said, in half-day and full day increments. Technology will be the focus of many of the sessions, said Sonja Smith, instructional technology coordinator. “As we go back into the classroom in August we want to have provided our teachers fun, pro-

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ELLENBORO — In a meeting Tuesday that was contentious from start to finish, the Board of Aldermen adopted the 2010-11 budget by a 4-1 vote. Alderman Lee Allen cast the dissenting vote. He had earlier expressed concerns about rais-

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Annika Lewis, 5, and Mikey Flantos, 5, of Davidson check out the possum and ground hog skins in Chimney Rock State Park Saturday morning. They were among dozens of children participating in the National Trails Day observance and the grand opening celebration of the The TRACK trails in Chimney Rock.

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LAKE LURE — The proposed $4,793,318 budget for this resort town got no comments from the audience during a public hearing Tuesday night. Town Manager Chris Braund presented an outline of the budget as part of the town’s regular June meeting. “While this budget does not address every need, want, preference, desire, project, program or requested capital item, it will provide for the continuation of the basic municipal services currently provided and at the level expected by our residents, while maintaining our tax rate in a difficult fiscal climate,” Braund said. The tax rate will remain at $0.21 per $100 of property value. “For the Lake Lure taxpayer, that means 28.3 percent of their property tax bill supports their Lake Lure budget while 71.6 percent supports Rutherford County’s budget,” Braund addPlease see Comment, Page 6A

Parker currently serves as director of middle school education and 21st Century Professional Teaching Standards for Buncombe County schools. Prior to that, she served at A.C. Reynolds High School and also in Haywood County. Parker will take over her new role with RCS on July 1. Janice Baynard, director of federal programs and professional development, presented to the board information on the Summer Learning Luau coming up Aug. 9-12.

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Town budget hearing tonight By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Taxpayers here will have an opportunity tonight to comment on the $3.3 million proposed 2010-2011 budget, as Town Council meets for its public hearing. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. Rutherfordton’s tax rate of 52 cents per

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$100 property valuation remains the same and the Municipal Service District Tax is also unchanged at 13 per $100 property valuation in the MSD. To balance the budget, $45,660 is proposed to be taken from the General Fund Balance. Please see Budget, Page 6A


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disorderly conduct charge. I don’t want to take anybody to jail.” Also by a split vote, the board accepted a reworded addendum to the audit contract of Don Heath, the town auditor. The vote was 3-2, with Allen and Mike Rhyne casting the no votes. The issue of the auditor’s contract had come up when a letter was received from the state that voided Heath’s contract with Ellenboro. The letter to Heath, from the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer, State and Local Government Finance Division and the Local Government Commission, stated: “In reviewing your audit contract with the Town of Ellenboro for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, we have determined that Addendum A to the contract constitutes a scope limitation. The Addendum states that “all communications between the Town Council and the auditor shall be executed by the audit committee chairman.” By limiting communications to one elected official, you have limited the scope of this engagement. Item 4 in the contract states that there are no scope limitations on the engagement. “In our discussion with you on May 27, 2010, you indicated that you are unwilling to remove the addendum to the contract. Therefore, we are revoking our approval of the contract, rending it null and void. Our copy of the voided contract will be returned to you via US Mail, with a copy also returned to the Town.” The letter, dated May 27, was signed by Sharon G. Edmundson, director of the Fiscal Management Section. Copies of the letter also were sent to Mayor Teresa Whisnant Wood, all five council members and Finance Officer Vivian Skipper. At the meeting, Alderman Allan “Bunt” Black said the matter “has

been straightened out now.” He gave board members the reworded contract addendum, which said: “It is understood and agreed by the parties hereto that under normal conditions communications between the Town Council and the auditor shall be executed through the audit committee chairman. Under no circumstances shall this provision be construed to restrict the auditor from communicating directly with the Town Council any circumstance or finding that, in his professional judgment, is required, by audit standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, to be communicated to the Town Council.” Black said he received the update, dated May 31, on Tuesday. The fireworks at the meeting began before the meeting was even officially called to order. Alderman Jim Rhyne read a letter from Eugene Mitchell saying he was resigning effective immediately as town attorney. Included in Mitchell’s letter was the following: “I have attempted to guide you in the legal conduct of the Town’s business and to aid you in bringing dignity and decorum to the town meetings. “Nevertheless, the mayor has become increasingly hostile to my efforts. “I do not wish to become a source of discord, and can no longer tolerate the constant bickering by the mayor.” Also, before the meeting officially began, Mayor Wood advised that she would henceforth tape the town council meetings with her personal tape recorder. She said the tape would be available to anyone who wanted to hear it. The mayor has consistently disputed the minutes of the meetings as recorded by the town clerk as being incomplete. Contact Dale via e-mail at ldale@thedigitalcourier.com.

Airport expansion plan will require well move By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Expanding the western hangar area of Marchman Field will probably involve relocating the Rutherford County Airport well. Airport Authority board members decided to move ahead with plans to move the well to the other side of the access road during their June meeting Tuesday night. “I will have a proposal from Dilbert Pittman and Watermark Engineering locally soon to abandon the old well and put us in a new well,” authority member Mike Price said. “The fork in the road where we are is we must decide if we’re leaning towards moving that well across the road or not. Last month, we didn’t know if the (Congressman) Heath Shuler grant money could be used to pay for that new well. We have since heard from them that it can be used for the well.” But hiring someone to move the well or dig a new one might not be that simple. “Any contractor under this grant must be certified,” said James Luther, a spokesperson with consulting engineering firm W.K. Dickson. “We just have to make sure that’s true.” Price asked for a straw poll to see if the board felt strongly one way or the other about the well. Authority member Rob Bole moved to have the well relocated, and if Watermark Engineering and Dilbert Pittman are acceptable to the state as contractors, they be used. “We may have to go get another proposal, but in an attempt to try and do some business with a local outfit, I’d like to do business with a local well firm,” Price said. “On the other hand, I don’t want these guys to do a whole lot of work and then we decide to keep the old well.”

The motion to move the well passed unanimously. “The well house is taking up what may become valuable real estate in the future,” Luther said. Other work on the hangar area expansion continues. “We’re moving some dirt, although you’ve probably seen more mud than anything as we’ve been caught in the rain recently. We haven’t made as much progress as we’d like on moving enough dirt to fill in the hole, but they are ready to start moving on the high ground which is to the south of the main hangar,” Luther said. “Duke Energy has moved the poles and so everything is out of the way over there. Now that the power poles are moved to the proper place, AT&T should be able to come in and move their lines to the proper place.” Construction workers have been having problems with repeatedly severing the AT&T phone lines in the area, but Luther informed the board that AT&T representatives had said they were prepared to relocate the lines. In other business, the board will have to inform the NCDOT that their approach paths cannot be certified at this time due to some tree removals waiting to be finished. Most of the trees have been cut, but one property owner has an appeal in progress. “At the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) meeting with the state during January, they requested a certification that our approaches are clear as they are currently defined,” said Luther. “But we can’t do that yet, so we’ll have to send them a letter saying where we are and what the status is right now.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

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Democrats air House panel OKs ABC changes petition drive complaints RALEIGH (AP) — A fight between the state Democratic Party and a union over a swing congressional district got tougher Tuesday as party officials accused a group trying to qualify an independent candidate of misleading voters into signing petitions before a key deadline. Party leaders contend voters in the 8th Congressional District that paid representatives of the group North Carolina First aren’t explaining when they go door-to-door that they’re trying to put another candidate on the ballot to challenge Democrat incumbent Larry Kissell. Instead, they’ve been saying the petition is for “better jobs,” according to Andrew Whalen, the party’s executive director, citing media reports and phone calls from Democrats in the district who have received knocks on their doors. Whalen said the party would e-mail Democrats advising them that they can call county election offices and ask that their signatures be removed. “We are trying to make sure that people are being honest with the registered voters of the 8th District,” Whalen said in an interview. North Carolina First is being funded by the Service Employees International Union and its local, the State Employees Association of North Carolina. It must turn in petitions to county election board offices in the 8th District by Thursday in order to so the signatures could be verified. The group needs nearly 17,000 verified signatures from registered voters so Wendell Fant, who used to work in Kissell’s office, can run if he chooses. North Carolina First Chairman Chuck Stone said in an interview there’s “been no distortion in informing people of why we’re trying to create a third party and put another candidate on the ballot.” He called it typical of the two major parties to try to discredit those who would try to give voters more options. The group is unhappy with Kissell’s voting record, particularly his opposition to the Democatic-penned health care legislation approved by Congress and signed by President Obama. Kissell defeated GOP incumbent Robin Hayes in 2008. “Apparently Larry Kissell and the Democratic Party will do or say anything to keep voters from having another choice in the district,” North Carolina First spokesman Greg Rideout added.

RALEIGH (AP) — Local ABC boards would have to meet financial and customer service standards in its liquor sales or they could face closure, and all its members would be subject to a gift ban and other ethics rules in legislation approved Tuesday by a state House panel. The bill that left the House’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee went beyond the recommendations of a special study commission completed last month before the session began. The state ABC Commission also would receive more power to monitor the activities of the local, largely independent boards that sell liquor in cities or counties.

The study commission examined the ABC rules following news reports about the high salaries of local board administrators and meals paid for by liquor companies to local ABC leaders. Gov. Beverly Perdue had sought changes, too. “It puts the ABC Commission in a new role in providing more direct oversight and setting performance standards,” said state commission Chairman Jon Williams. a Perdue appointee. “All told, it looks like that we will emerge with a much stronger, more reliable ABC system and the public will have more assurance these public enterprises are run with the high ethical standards that the public deserves.” North Carolina is among 18

“control” states where government directly controls wholesale and retail liquor distribution, but it’s the only one where local ABC boards sell the spirits and essentially run their own operations. The measure went beyond the study commission’s recommendations to require the state’s nearly 170 local ABC boards to create their own ethics codes. It also would prohibit local board members from accepting gifts from contractors doing business with their panel or stores and to avoid conflicts of interest that could financially benefit themselves or family members. Each local board would be subject to performance standards set by the state ABC Commission, including store operating efficiency, solvency and customer service and enforcement of the alcohol laws. Lawmakers avoided the word “profitability” although some poorly performing stores don’t make money. Other lawmakers and advocates of the current system argue the purpose of the nearly 75-year-old ABC system and its more than 400 stores is to control liquor sales, not to make a profit. The state ABC Commission could close stores or force a local board to merge with one nearby if standards aren’t met, but the local board could have up to 20 months to fix the problems. An amendment offered by Rep. Pryor Gibson, D-Anson, raised

RALEIGH (AP) — A panel has recommended lifting a 25-year moratorium on new statues and monuments at the state Capitol in favor of marking the contributions of American Indians, women and blacks, a state agency said Tuesday.

ommended plaques inside the 170-year-old Capitol Building and statues on the grounds outside, state Department of Cultural Resources said. “The committee concurs with the widespread observation that the memorials in the Capitol and on its grounds do not sufficiently represent the diversity of North Carolina’s population,” the report

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s we continue to watch the ongoing soap opera that surrounds the Gulf oil spill, we cannot help but continue to wonder why no one worries about risks until after the disaster. This question has always been troubling, but as soon as this disaster leaves our conversations, the question will fade with it. Right now, everyone wants to blame someone and they want to see someone punished. Why is there not a hue and cry to try to prevent such disasters. Another recent disaster highlights the same point. For years, people in the know had raised questions about the levees in New Orleans. The levees would not survive a major storm, they repeatedly warned. No one paid attention. Then Katrina hit. The levees, as predicted, failed. There again, everyone was all for playing the blame game. Common wisdom holds that we should all learn from our mistakes. If we bump our head on the door frame, we learn to duck. What are we learning from the problems that arise as these disasters continue to strike? Is it not time to use foresight, instead of hindsight to address the risks that we face?

Our readers’ views Thanks PTO for all of its help this year To the editor: On behalf of the faculty and staff of Harris School I would like to offer a heartfelt “Thank You’ to our Harris School PTO. This year when we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, our PTO went above and beyond making us feel appreciated. Harris School would like these parents to know how much we appreciate them. Our PTO has made it possible for us to do so many things to help our students. They are eager to meet any need we bring to them. Our school has been blessed with so many parents who work tirelessly to do anything they can for us. We would also like to thank the many people in our community who donate school supplies, clothing, snack foods (for our backpack program), etc. Our community has been wonderful in showing their love and support of the students in our school. On a personal note, I would like to thank all our faculty and staff for their dedication in teaching our students and the love that is shown to each child. I was once told that our school was a “hidden jewel” after an individual had observed the relationship the staff has with the students and with each other. I have been fortunate to work at this school, in this community, and with these students. Denise Millwood Harris Elementary

Says parents day with ROTC was a real treat To the editor: Saturday, May 22nd RS Central held their annual Cadet/Family Field Day Event. The cadets participated in several events (about 20 in all),

the parents six. Cadets started with the “ropes relay” and ended strong with “tug o’ war”. There were several events in between such as the “fireman’s relay,” “aardvark soccer,” “stretcher relay,” “by the numbers,” and the “ammo can” relay. This year’s Feild Day champs, The Red Team. All of the cadets were very competitive and did such a great job during each event, but the most impressive event, or shall I say, “Feat of the day?” was the school bus pull. Each of the four teams competed separately for the honors of quickest time. OOH RAH! to the White Team who took home this year’s honor, beating the Red Team in this event by 2 100th’s of a second. The first scheduled parent event was “aardvark soccer.” What a hoot! We were given the honors of wearing the aardvark headdress (an orange safety cone with a military green t-shirt covering the cone). The object was to look through the half-dollar sized hole at the end of the cone and find our target, a soccer ball. We had to kick the ball to a marker cone without removing our headdress. Needless to say, it was a challenge. Most of us parents weren’t use to the grueling antics we endured. Our next challenge was the “team walk” and I do mean team walk. This event consisted of a 6 man/woman team standing on (2) 1x6’s (one board under our left foot, the other our right). If you need a visual, picture a 6 man team on giant skis. Each board had ropes for each team member to hold on to. Sgt. Major instructed us to keep our ropes pulled tight so that when we started our cadence of “left,” “right,” we would be able to move our boards and ourselves swiftly across the field. Every time I would yell, “left,” we were not in sync. Instead of lifting a simple board, it felt as though we were trying to lift that bus the cadets

pulled across the finish line. After struggling for what seemed an eternity, “sync” kicked in and we finally began to move swiftly across the field. In fact, we became so in sync that we beat the other parent team who managed to get a good board length head start! Next was dizzy izzy. Dizzy consisted of sprinting across the field (a short distance mind you), then we had to pick up a baseball bat, spin around 5 full times with one end of the bat pressed against our forehead and the base against the ground. After spinning ourselves dizzy, we had to sprint back and tag the next person. It was a dizzy blast! We also participated in the “tug o’ war,” “sea bag” and “island hop” relays. Island hop was a challenge, but our persistence paid off. We became so incredibly focused on this event that we decided to go all or nothing. We even passed this year’s overall event champs, The Red Team. This sweet victory created such a spirit of pride by Team Parent, that we dubbed ourselves, “Parents Rule!” The last scheduled event of the day was the annual egg toss. Cadet pairs and Parent pairs competed for the coveted golden chicken trophy but there were only 4 winners; 1 cadet pair and 1 parent pair. Congrats to Petty and Hartzog for being this year’s MCJROTC cadet champs and last but not least, this year’s parent honors of the Coveted Golden Chicken Trophy went to Major Armentrout’s wife, Linda and me. Linda and I will have to work really hard to keep our Chicken Champ title so that we can add another trophy to our mantles next year. Thank you Major Armentrout, Sgt. Major Barrett, all the cadets, parents, and volunteers who made this year’s event possible, entertaining, and memorable. Lisa Stoehrer Rutherfordton

House choices on university system unprecedented RALEIGH – Whether last year or last decade, state leaders have responded to financial crises without sacrificing one sacred budget cow – public university enrollment growth. But the untouchable has just been touched. The state House has passed a budget that would cap enrollment growth at the 16 University of North Carolina campuses at 1 percent during the 201112 school year. The decision is sure to start a fight with the state Senate, the longtime protector of the university system. Maybe the fight was inevitable. Legislators can’t do anything to control enrollment increases in the public schools. School-age children in North Carolina have a constitutional right to a free,

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public school education. With the economy in its current state, legislators also aren’t keen on keeping people from adding job skills at the state’s community colleges, where per-student costs are lower. But legislators can cap university enrollment, keeping the number of students at UNC system schools at or near their current numbers. The savings can be pretty substantial. In the coming fiscal year, the state will spend nearly $60 million to allow the number of students

enrolled to grow by about 3 percent. University officials – including North Carolina’s near-saint of higher education, president emeritus Bill Friday – say the move is unprecedented and will have the effect of limiting access. They’re right. But when UNC Board of Governors chair Hannah Gage says limiting access goes against everything the system stands for, she’s not exactly right. There are different ways to limit access. Jacking up tuition at rates faster than inflation, as the system schools have done over the past 15 years, is one way. Measuring yourself against private schools like Harvard, Stanford and Vanderbilt is another.

The effect is to curb the number of students who come from middle-class backgrounds. The House’s means of curbing access would presumably cause schools to raise the academic cut-off for admissions. Students who didn’t make it in would do so because they didn’t measure up academically, not socioeconomically. Still, Friday is right. Curbing access to the universities by any means is hardly a good choice. The enrollment increases at the state’s public universities are essentially keeping pace with increases in the number of graduates coming out of North Carolina high schools. From 2003 to 2008, the annual number of high school graduates rose by 17.3

percent. During that same period, UNC system enrollment rose 17.8 percent. From 2009 to 2018, the state Department of Public Instruction projects a 16-percent rise in the number of high school graduates. But if an enrollment cap is unprecedented, so are the state’s financial woes. House budget writers didn’t have many good choices. And wouldn’t it be nice to see the folks over in Chapel Hill turn tuition into the same kind of sacred cow that enrollment increase money has become? Native North Carolinians over the age of 40 can remember when that was actually the case. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.


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netted about 6 pounds of the heroin. The six men and one woman each face charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute at least one kilogram of cocaine. Investigators say Charlotte has become a hub for heroin distribution, with the number of overdoses and deaths associated with the drug increasing sharply. Black-tar heroin gets it name from its color and texture. It cost about half as much as other forms of heroin and is considered more dangerous because of its impurities.

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Bennett Dexter Jennings, 82, of Forest City, formerly of Jackson County, died Monday, June 7, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was a native of Jackson County and a son of the late Frank and Margaret Bennett Leopard. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II, and was a member of Yellow Mountain Kennel owner indicted Baptist Church. He was retired co‑op manager, and GREENSBORO (AP) — A grand jury has was manager of Macon indicted the owner of a North Carolina ken‑ County Co‑op for 15 years. nel on animal cruelty charges after nearly He is survived by his wife 100 dogs were seized in early April. of 60 years, Edith Bryson The News & Record of Greensboro reported 53-year-old Sheila Rush Savage was indicted Jennings; a daughter, Sheila last week on 12 counts of cruelty to animals, Connor of Forest City; a son, Stephen Jennings of of which seven counts are felonies. Savage White powder tests negative Franklin; nine grandchil‑ is the owner of Rush Kennel in Pleasant RALEIGH (AP) — More state lab tests dren; and 11 great‑grandchil‑ Garden. show the white powder found in an envelope dren. Savage and a caretaker at the facility were opened in North Carolina’s old Capitol build‑ charged after a four-month undercover inves‑ Funeral services will be ing this week isn’t hazardous. held Thursday at 2 p.m. at tigation by the Guilford County Sheriff’s The Department of Crime Control and Yellow Mountain Baptist Office and county animal control. Public Safety confirmed on Tuesday addition‑ Church, with the Revs. Rush Kennel caretaker Robert Landreth al tests performed on the powdery substance also faces 12 counts of animal cruelty but has Everette Wilson, Keith Ashe showed no signs of things like anthrax, toxins not been indicted. and Johnny Norris officiat‑ and viruses. ing. The body will be placed An assistant for Gov. Beverly Perdue’s chief in the church one hour prior Workers rally at Legislature of staff opened the envelope Monday after‑ to the service. Burial will be noon, leading to an evacuation. The building in Stewart Cemetery. The RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina state houses offices for Perdue and others and the family will receive friends employees have gathered to oppose a pend‑ old House and Senate chambers. ing state budget that threatens some jobs and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday While employees returned to work Tuesday, freezes pay and benefits. at Bryant‑Grant Funeral the 170-year-old building in Raleigh Home in Franklin. Hundreds of blue-shirted members of remained closed to the public but should Bryant‑Grant Funeral the State Employees Association of North reopen Wednesday. Home is in charge of Carolina rallied on Tuesday in Raleigh. The The State Capitol Police and the FBI are arrangements. association says its 55,000 members want investigating. lawmakers to approve a budget friendlier to Online condolences may be made working families. at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome. Inmate faces new charge Kim Stewart of Franklin County says the com. budget cuts mean she’s facing layoff after RALEIGH (AP) — A man imprisoned for more than 28 years of work and just over a sexually assaulting and killing an 8-year-old Doris Cole year before retirement. girl in North Carolina 25 years ago is being Doris Howard “Dot” Cole, Stewart’s work as a vocational rehabilita‑ charged with the death of a 7-year-old girl. 82, formerly of Forest City, tion specialist keeps people like Mildred Multiple media outlets reported that died Tuesday, June 10, 2010, Bartley-Fox of Rocky Mount out of nursing George Richard Fisher was arrested Tuesday at Carillon Assisted Living homes. Bartley-Fox is a multiple sclerosis vic‑ in the 1984 death of Carrie Wilkerson. The Center in Asheboro. tim who also spoke against the budget cuts. girl was discovered strangled and sexu‑ Born in Mecklenburg ally assaulted in a burning mobile home in County, she was a daughter Carrboro. Suspicious parcel sickens staff of the late Ray H. and Ollie Police have linked Fisher to the case using Miller Howard and was the DURHAM (AP) — Three employees say DNA evidence that was not available during widow of Roger D. Cole. they felt sick after a strange envelope with an the original investigation. She attended Berea oily residue was delivered to a federal immi‑ Fisher is serving life in prison for the 1985 College in Berea, Ky., and killing and attempted rape of 8-year-old Jean gration office in North Carolina. graduated from Rutherford WRAL-TV reports that Durham police Fewel in Chapel Hill. Hospital School of Nursing evacuated the U.S. Bureau of Citizen and with an RN degree where Immigration Service office on Tuesday after she worked as a registered 7 face charges in heroin bust employees reported nausea and irritated nurse. She later worked for eyes. CHARLOTTE (AP) — A federal crimi‑ Drs. Bob England and Joe Three workers were taken to a local hospi‑ nal complaint says seven people have been Godfrey. She was a member tal as a precaution. Initial tests on the enve‑ charged in North Carolina’s largest city with of Pleasant Grove United lope did not find hazardous chemicals. conspiring to distribute black-tar heroin. Methodist Church where she It’s been sent to the state Division of Public The Charlotte Observer reported the com‑ sang in the choir, served as plaint filed Monday says the bust in Charlotte Health for more tests. past-president of the UMW and was a member of the senior group. Survivors include her son, Christopher Cole of Kings Mountain; a daughter, Cathy Jones of Asheboro; FOREST CITY — Two Black, 36, who left the scene apparently driving the wom‑ a brother, Bill Howard of women were assaulted, one of the assault in a black en to the hospital when he Rutherfordton; three grand‑ suffering significant head truck. stopped at the intersection children; and seven greatinjuries, Tuesday at 5:21 p.m. Black is wanted by the of U.S. 221 and Chase High grandchildren. at a residence off Shasta Rutherford County Sheriff’s Road in the former parking Funeral services will be Drive in Mooresboro. Department for probation lot of Childers Truck Stop. held Thursday at 11 a.m. The one victim, reportedly violations and at 6:30 p.m. Ambulances and officers at Pleasant Grove United in and out of consciousness, officers were looking for him were dispatched to the scene. Methodist Church with the was taken to Spartanburg in the assault case. Rev. Alice Day officiating. Regional Medical Center by The women were appar‑ Detectives were dispatched The body will be placed in Rutherford County EMS and ently assaulted by a fist and to both hospitals for inter‑ the church 30 minutes prior the second woman was taken the woman who was taken views and to collect informa‑ to the service. Visitation to Rutherford Hospital. to Spartanburg was severely tion. will follow the service in the beaten on her head and has The situation was described church fellowship hall. Burial According to reports, sher‑ had head surgery in the past. as a domestic incident. will be private for the imme‑ iff’s officers were looking According to officers, a The victims had not been diate family in the church for a suspect, Donald Todd witness to the assault was identified late Tuesday. cemetery. Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 250 Hudlow Road, Forest City, NC 28043 or Hospice of Randolph County, PO Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204. The Padgett and King n The town of Rutherfordn Joshua Taylor Ingle, 27, Sheriff’s Reports ton reported vandalism by of 204 Elmore St.; charged n The Rutherford County spray painting bathroom with driving while impaired; THE DAILY COURIER Sheriff’s Office responded to walls. placed under a $1,000 173 E-911 calls Monday. Published Tuesday through Sunday secured bond. (RCSD) n Bambi Nicole Hester mornings by Paxton Media Group Spindale reported the theft of a tem‑ LLC dba The Daily Courier USPS Citations porary registration number 204-920 Periodical Postage paid in n The Spindale Police Forest City, NC. plate from a vehicle. n Patricia Tumpe Starr, 58, Department responded to 32 Company Address: 601 Oak St., P.O. n The theft of alumi‑ of 179 Big Springs Ave. Forest E-911 Monday. Box 1149, Forest City, NC 28043. num piping was reported at City; cited for concealment of Phone: (828) 245-6431 Plastic Solutions, Ellenboro. merchandise. 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RALEIGH (AP) — Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has taken a leave of absence from the law firm he joined before investigations surrounding him surfaced. William Allcott with the McGuire Woods firm in Virginia confirmed Tuesday that Easley took leave several weeks ago but didn’t say why. An attorney for Easley didn’t respond to a request for comment. The News & Observer of Raleigh first reported the departure. Easley and two ex-aides joined the firm in Raleigh after the Democrat left office in early 2009. One of the three — Ruffin Poole — no longer works at the firm. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal tax evasion. Federal prosecutors have sought informa‑ tion about transactions around Easley and his associates. Easley hasn’t been charged with any crimes.

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Mortuary of Forest City is in charge of arrangements. An online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com.

Lona Wood Lona Mae Wood, 81, of Forest City, died Monday, June 7, 2010, at Hospice House of Forest City. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late William R. and Harriett Ramsey Harris. She was a member of Crestview Baptist Church and was retired from Burlington Industries at the J.C. Cowan Plant. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arist J. “Blackie” Wood. Survivors include three sons, Charles E. “Bucky” Wood of Bostic, Bobby “Joe” Wood of Ellenboro, and Ronald Wayne “Ronnie” Wood of Forest City; a daughter, Peggy W. Hill of Rock Hill, S.C.; eight grand‑ children; and 15 great-grand‑ children. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Crestview Baptist Church with the Rev. Kevin Rhom officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Crestview Baptist Church Building Fund, 630 South Church St., Forest City, NC 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. An online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com

Deaths Marvin Isley CHICAGO (AP) — Marvin Isley, the bass player who helped give R&B powerhouse the Isley Brothers their dis‑ tinctive sound, has died at a Chicago hospital. He was 56. He joined his brothers’ band in 1973. By that time, the Isley Brothers had estab‑ lished themselves with hits like 1959’s “Shout,” which sold more than 1 million records. Isley splintered off to form Isley-Jasper-Isley in the 1980s and returned to the Isley Brothers in the 1990s. The group was induct‑ ed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. The group’s hits included “Twist and Shout,” later recorded by The Beatles, “Love The One You’re With,” and the Grammy-winning 1969 smash, “It’s Your Thing.”

Bennett Dexter Jennings

Bennett Dexter Jennings, age 82, of Forest City, NC, formerly of Jackson County, passed away Monday, June 7, 2010 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He was a native of Jackson County, the son of the late Frank and Margaret Bennett Leopard. He was a US Navy Veteran of World War II, and a member of Yellow Mountain Baptist Church. He was retired Co-op Manager, and was manager of Macon County Co-op for 15 years. He enjoyed playing Bluegrass Gospel on his guitar, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edith Bryson Jennings; a daughter, Sheila Connor of Forest City, NC; a son, Stephen Jennings and wife, Emma of Franklin, NC; nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Jennings. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 10th at 2:00pm at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church, with Rev. Everette Wilson, Rev. Keith Ashe and Rev. Johnny Norris officiating. Burial will be in Stewart Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tim Jennings, Monty Carter, Keith Connor, Bobby Connor, Steven Connor, Kyle Jennings and Casey Jennings. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm, Wednesday at Bryant-Grant Funeral Home in Franklin, where the body will remain until placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be made at: www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com

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Meetings/other Alanon meetings: Lake Lure Alanon Family Group meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., at Lake Lure Mountains Branch Library, 150 Bills Creek Road, Lake Lure; call 625-0456 for additional information. Children’s summer reading program: Every Wednesday, 9 a.m., June 16 to Aug. 4, Union Mills Learning Center; for preschool and early readers as well as older children; poetry reading and storytelling will be featured as well; each week will feature a different subject and guest; everyone in attendance will receive at least one free book (all ages and reading levels).

Miscellaneous Rutherford County Senior Dance: Thursday, June 10, 7 to 10 p.m., Moose Lodge in Forest City. Union Mills Learning Center Volunteer Day: Saturday, June 12, beginning at 7 a.m.; need handy men, women and children (with tools), painters, landscapers, plumbers, electricians, cooks (for preparing and serving lunch), etc. to get the building ready for the Children’s Summer Reading Program beginning Wednesday, June 16. A hot dog lunch will be provided; call 2872191 for more information and to RSVP for lunch. Sign Language Class for Kids: Mondays for 10 weeks, starting June 14, 10-11 a.m. 210 Phillips Drive Forest City. $5 per person/per class, $10 discount for pre-paying. Ages 5-12. Supplies needed: “Joy of Signing” book. Contact Instructor Nicki Barabas-Strength of HIS Hands board member, 828-2233855. Rutherfordton Raiders Youth Football and Cheerleading sign ups: June 12; one child, $45, each additional child is $35. Multi-Cultural Fesitival: Saturday, June 12, Hardin Park, Forest City. 289-9420 for more information.

Fundraisers 4th Annual yard sale: Saturday, June 12, 6 to 11 a.m., at Big Dave’s Family Sea Food; Wayne Rollins of Rollins Cafeteria will be selling pancake breakfast for $6 per person (plus tax); ages 3-10, $3; all you can eat; yard sale, sponsored by Eaton Corporation, includes all Relay teams; contact Wavolyn Norville at 286-7770 to reserve space; all proceeds go toward ACS Relay For Life. Porch bag sale: June 10, 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Washburn Community Outreach Center, 2934 Piney Mountain Church Road, Bostic; $2 per bag. Relay for Life Book Sale: June 7-11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation; hardback books $2, paperback books, $1, some miscellaneous books 50 cents; wide selection of all kinds; call 245-1621 for information. Fun day: Saturday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., High Shoal Baptist Church, 284 High Shoals Church Road, Henrietta; for all ages with games, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, dessert and drinks; proceeds to help build a well for those in need in India. For additional information, call 657-6447.

Religion Car wash: Saturday, June 12, 7 a.m., Angel Divine Faith Church; across from Domino’s in Rutherfordton. Gospel singing: June 12, 6 p.m., Melvin Hill Church of the Brethren; featuring The Borrowed time Band, Pilgrims on a Journey and others. Homecoming: June 13, Little White Country Church; special singing with the McLendons and guest speaker Burke Scott; meal to follow the service, please bring a well-filled basket. Singing and barbecue dinner: June 19, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Harmon Street Baptist Church; benefit for Leah Hedgpath; singing at 3 with the Far City Boys and at 6 with The Eubanks and others; donations will be accepted.

Health/education Life Line Screening: Saturday, June 17, at Forest City Foursquare Church, 121 Mitchell St., Forest City; packages start at $139; appointments begin at 10 a.m.; Preregistration required; call 877-2371287 or visit www.lifelinescreening. com. Sign Language Class for Kids: Mondays for 10 weeks, starting June 14, 10-11 a.m. 210 Phillips Drive Forest City. $5 per person/per class, $10 discount for pre-paying. Ages 5-12. Supplies needed: “Joy of Signing” book. Contact Instructor Nicki Barabas-Strength of HIS Hands board member, 828-2233855.

fessional development, so they in turn will provide fun activities for their students,” Smith said. Registration for the courses began April 20 and ended June 1. As of that date, Baynard said, more than 400 teachers had signed up to take part in some fashion. Smith said teachers had the opportunity to enroll through the system’s website. Principals can even see, through the website, which courses teachers from their school are enrolled in. Teacher assistants may also sign up for professional development, Smith said. The luau will be held at R-S Central High School. Before the board’s approval of the items of consent, Board Chair Dr. John Mark Bennett asked that the system look, for the next year, a new way to present fees and fundraising lists. “I would ask the administration that next year they look into trying to define for us the more specific needs for these funds and perhaps even look into a system of looking at these quarterly,” Bennett said. The board approved two policy revisions — the comprehensive health education program policy and the code of ethics for school board members — and a new policy for board member opportunities for develop-

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The Sewer Enterprise Fund totals $722,263 and will be considered separately. There are no salary increases or cost of living raises for the town’s employees. In the Community Development/ Rutherford Town Revitalization budget, the full time position is proposed to be a part time job upon the retirement of its director John McWhorter. Other areas of the budget are also proposed.

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ed. “The public should realize we spent about two and a half days on this before this meeting, so that’s why there’s some silence from commissioners up here,” Mayor Bob Keith said. Commissioner Linda Turner added, “I want to thank Chris for his budget message. It is excellent and I encourage everyone to get a copy and read it.” With the town’s hydroelectric plant generating large revenues — and helping to balance the budget — commissioners were pleased with the program, but not everyone in attendance was happy about it. “It might not be a big problem for 90 percent of the people on this lake, but it is a big problem for me,” said homeowner John Duncan. “This is the extreme fluctuation of the lake level. There may not be a big deal for most people to see six to eight inches of lake level, but for me eight inches means I cannot get my pontoon boat off the lift. Back in the 1980s, this lake never fluctuated more than an inch. A few weeks ago, I had to push the boat off the lift itself. I understand the city needs the revenue from the hydroelectric generation, but what about that $150 permit I paid to get my boat on the lake?” Raising and lowering the lake level to run the hydroelectric generators

ment. During the council appointments, the board approved the reappointment of Grady Franklin to the Isothermal Community College Board of Trustees. During her superintendent’s report, Mason provided an update on the status of the Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation. “The newly formed board has adopted three purposes,” she said. “To generate unrestricted funds, to advance technology in Rutherford County Schools and to promote public awareness of the foundation.” Its first “campaign,” she said, will be to work on helping to find funding for the 1-to-1 laptop initiative — which would provide laptops for students in sixth through twelfth grades — for the 2010-11 school year. “Yes, you heard that right — the 2010-11 school year,” Mason said. “It is an aggressive plan, but it has been expressed as a desire of this board and the community, and we are going to pursue that actively and progressively.” Mason said former RCS superintendent John Kinlaw will serve as a volunteer for the foundation. Mason said the system had heard the North Carolina General Assembly was on track to adopt a budget prior to July 1, the start of the fiscal year. “We hope to be able to finalize our budget after that,” she said. Probationary teachers have already been notified of the possibility of not having their contracts renewed next

year. “We have been able to re-employ all but 35 out of 71 of those probationary teachers, who were notified strictly due to budget,” Mason said. “Our desire is to re-employ as many due to the budget as possible.” Also during the meeting, FFA regional winners from all three high schools, N.C. State SkillsUSA competition students from R-S Central High School and the East Rutherford High School NCHSAA 2A State Champion Baseball team were recognized. Students from Spindale Elementary presented “Amazing Grace” and “Ode to Joy” on the recorder, and also lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Staff members were recognized as well for recent accomplishments. Travis Toms of R-S Central High School and Jerry Brooks of East Rutherford High School received certification through the National Center for Construction Education and Research. By earning the certification, those schools can now serve as training and education facilities for the NCCER. The board will hold a called meeting on June 26 at 9 a.m. for a strategic planning workshop and to wrap up business from the 2009-10 school year. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Cool Springs Administrative Office.

The Administration budget is proposed at $542,690 (last year’s budget $458,977); increase reflected in health insurance claims; Community Development, $147,714 ($211,950); Police Department, $982,716 ($990,713); Fire Dept. $487,288 ($496,750) Public Works, $919,096 ($957,340) Library, $154,357 ($150,547); Recreation $80,097 ($58,176); increases reflected in the clubhouse maintenance and increase in the golf course expenditure. Although the number in parenthesis was budgeted last year for each department, no department expended its budget allotment.

“Our finance officer (Rus Scherer) kept us abreast of the financial conditions all year and the projected shortfalls in revenues,” Town Manager Karen Andrews said. The department heads looked at budgets on a weekly and monthly basis and “voluntarily made cuts” Andrews said. The department heads saved about $110,000 in the General Fund by making cuts throughout the year. The overall budget is bout $145,000 less than last year’s budget.

has affected other property owners as well, with Braund writing about it in the town’s newsletter. “What I explained in the town newsletter is there is a set procedure and policy that has been in place since 2000 providing the director of the hydroelectric plant with parameters for how to operate the lake,” Braund said. “That policy could always be looked at again to see if it is appropriate.” Commissioner John Moore asked, “Is this a silt problem?” Duncan explained, “This is the same sand that has been there for 30 years. Are you going to (manage the lake) for the property owners or to generate electricity?” Keith and Moore said they would visit Duncan’s property and look at the situation. “I’m happy to announce the golf course has reopened and has had a successful weekend,” Braund said during staff reports. “The course is improved and very playable. There is still a lot of work to be done over the next few years. Greens still need to mature and they will be a little soft at this point, but play is welcomed.” Lake Operations Officer Dean Givens reported, “Memorial Day weekend was by far the busiest weekend for boat traffic on the lake I’ve seen in three years, including the Fourth of July weekends.” Givens gave out three tickets over the weekend for failure to have a boating permit. Commissioner Mary Ann Dotson reported the city was going to rec-

ommend cables used in buoys, docks and other lake structures be stainless steel. Current regulations call for galvanized cables to be used, but recent tests have shown town officials that galvanized cables will break when rusted, causing a safety hazard. Mark Helms of Lake Lure Adventure Company requested approval for a lake structure permit and was granted permission to build a new lake shelter with two boat slips. Nelson Long was given permission to hold a fundraiser for the American Red Cross with a rubber duck race in August. William Miller was appointed to be a regular member of the Parks and Recreation Board. Chuck Watkins was appointed as an alternate member for that board. The board voted unanimously to write off a sewer bill of $1,338 for Land Resources/Gray Rock LLC since the company is in bankruptcy and has not made a payment or used any water since Nov. 2, 2008.

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Rumbling Bald Resort requested use of some town personnel and the town barge for controls for firework shows on the lake June 19 and Aug. 14. These shows would be in addition to the July 4 and Aug. 28 show. The shows were approved. Camp Lurecrest was given permission to install an inflatable “iceberg” waterslide for the summer season. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

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Parker will have to make a choice

Trying To Catch On Duke paid Coach K $4M in 2008-09 RALEIGH (AP) — A retired Duke University financial executive has surpassed Mike Krzyzewski as the highest-paid person by the school — for one year, anyway. The Associated Press on Tuesday obtained Duke’s most recent IRS documents for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009. The filings indicate Duke paid Eugene McDonald a lump-sum deferred compensation payment of $5.5 million that accrued during 23 years. McDonald retired nearly 10 years ago after creating and heading Duke Management Co., the school’s endowment investment office. Krzyzewski made nearly $4.2 million in 2008-09 with a base salary of nearly $2 million. The Hall of Famer annually ranks as the highest-paid employee at the school, which has a longstanding policy of not discussing contracts or compensation.

Lake Lure Lion’s Club to hold tourney LAKE LURE — The 23rd Annual Lake Lure Lion’s Club Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 12 at the Apple Valley Golf Club. The tournament will begin with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start. An entry fee of $50 per person will include golf cart, breakfast and lunch. For additional information please call (828) 625-2888 or (828) 694-3042. The deadline of entry is 5 p.m. on July 2. Entries should be mailed to Buddy Gregg, 217 Stayman Court, Lake Lure, NC, 28746 and checks should be made payable to: Lake Lure Lion’s Club.

Fitness camp coming to Rutherfordton RUTHERFORDTON — The first EdgeFIT Youth Fitness Camp created specifically for youth will begin on July 2 at Crestview Park. The camp, designed for youth 13 and older, will continue through July according to camp organiziers Ross and Sarah Gilling. “Helping these kids stay active and get fit over the summer is a great way to supplement other summer activities, and fitness camps can help introduce our youth to a more active, healthy lifestyle,” said Ross Gilling. For more information, call Ross or Sarah Gilling at (828) 287-9899.

Local Sports BASEBALL Coastal Plain League 7 p.m. Martinsville Mustangs at Forest City Owls, McNair Field.

On TV 7 p.m. (ESPN) MLB Baseball Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (FSS) MLB Baseball San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds. 8 p.m. (WYFF) NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Final, Game 6 — Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers. 8 p.m. (ESPN2) College Softball NCAA World Series Championship, Game 3: Teams TBA. 9:30 p.m. (TS) MLB Baseball Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks. 10 p.m. (FSS) MLB Baseball St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Carolina Panthers’ Brandon LaFell catches a ball during a summer practice session for the NFL football team in Charlotte Tuesday.

Could LaFell be the answer? By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE — Rookie Brandon LaFell gets an earful each time he’s around new Panthers teammate Jonathan Stewart. In Carolina, blocking isn’t optional for a receiver. So if LaFell hopes to replace Muhsin Muhammad as a starter, he’ll not only have to catch balls, he’ll need to open holes downfield for Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, the first teammates since the 1970 merger to each rush for over 1,100 yards. “Every time Jonathan sees me in the training room or we’re at the lunch table that’s what he talks about,” LaFell said Tuesday. “He’s like, ’Hey man, Moose caught a lot of passes but he was mostly downfield blocking. I’m going to make some big runs if you’re downfield block-

ing.”’ While the former LSU star’s head is spinning in optional workouts this month as he scrambles to keep up with the speed of the NFL and the more complex offense, LaFell is confident he can become the big target, strongblocking receiver opposite Steve Smith after Carolina decided not to re-sign Muhammad. The 23-year-old LaFell also has the added motivation of trying to prove shouldn’t have fallen into the third round of the draft. “I was mad I went in the third round,” LaFell said before trying a different spin. “But if I went in the first round I’d have a lot of pressure on me. Second round, I’d have a little more pressure on me. Third round, everybody is expecting Please see LaFell, Page 9A

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — While Clemson coach Dabo Swinney expects quarterback Kyle Parker to sign with baseball’s Colorado Rockies, he wonders if their contract offer will be enough to make him give up football. Parker was taken by the Rockies with the 26th selection overall Monday night, a short time before the baseball Tigers wrapped up an NCAA regional title with a 13-7 win at Auburn. Parker hit a three-run homer which made him Parker the first player in Division I to throw 20 touchdown passes and hit 20 home runs in a school year. “I would be surprised if he doesn’t sign a baseball contract,” Swinney said Tuesday. “The question is does he walk away from football or does he negotiate to play another year of football.” Swinney says he’ll leave that up to Parker and his family to decide. Back in the winter, Swinney was confident Parker would return, saying it would take a “Brinks’ truck full of money” to change that. Swinney knows that truck may be on the way, courtesy of the Rockies. “They’re going to have to pay him as a baseball player, but they’re also going to have pay this young man to walk away from something he loves,” Swinney said. Parker said after Clemson’s victory Monday night he was happy to have the draft drama finished. The wait finally ended in the seventh inning of the Auburn game. Parker’s family celebrated in the stands at Plainsman Park, while Swinney talked with Parker’s father, Carl, and texted his quarterback to offer congratulations. “I guess we can figure out all that other stuff after the season is over,” he said. If Parker leaves, he would deplete a Clemson offense already without star runner C.J. Spiller and receiver Jacoby Ford. Rising junior Michael Wade came to Clemson as a quarterback and was shifted to defensive back to beef up the secondary before returning to the offense. Tahj Boyd is a highly regarded player who came to Clemson off knee surgery and spent last fall as a redshirt.

A new visitor’s guide to Raleigh might help Men never get lost. It just doesn’t happen. This is why we never need directions. I have tried to explain this to my better-half on numerous occasions, but she isn’t buying my explanation. So, today’s effort is not really a column or feature story — think of it as a public service announcement. My WCAB broadcast partner, Brian Bridges is a longtime friend of East Rutherford assistant coach Chuck Walker. Bridges, who grew up playing ball with Walker, Sam Hooper and others, used to catch Walker’s fastballs when the two were at R-S Central. Friday night, after Game 1 of the NCHSAA 2A State Championship, it was only natural for Bridges and myself to try and find Walker and talk a little baseball. Bridges called up Walker’s cell and asked what room he was staying in. “218,” said Walker. “Cool, we are right next door to you in 217,” Bridges replied. Bridges and I hit the Outback Steakhouse for dinner and then headed for our hotel to touch base with

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Walker. We took the elevator to the second floor and looked at the sign directly in front of the Cherrie Berrie approved elevator (I vote for Cherrie Berrie just on principle. Unless she ever runs against Strawberry Shortcake). The sign read: Rooms 201-233 >. So, in our simple minds Bridges and I headed to the right, towards our room and Walker’s. We walked down the huge hallway and quickly discovered that there were no even number rooms on our side of the hotel. No problem, we turned around and headed the other way; convinced that the even numbers were on the opposite side. Nope.

The numbers there ran from 234 to 270. Yes, evens & odds on one side of the hotel and just odds on the other side. Convinced we had made a mistake, we went back the way we had come. We did find a room 202 and 204, but the even numbers stopped there. Undaunted, we once more walked the entire length of the hallway. No 218. We hit the elevator and headed to the lobby — after calling Walker and once more confirming that he was in room 218. We asked at the desk, “Okay, you got us. Where can we find 218?” “You won’t,” said the desk personnel. The reason? We were standing in the middle of the Marriott Courtyard at Creekmoor. We needed to be inside the Courtyard by Marriott at Creekmoor. The two hotels are less than a mile apart. Yes, the latter one does indeed have a room 218. So, yes, we finally found Walker and, no, we didn’t need directions. Bridges has GPS.


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BASEBALL National League East Division W L Pct 33 25 .569 30 26 .536 30 27 .526 28 30 .483 27 31 .466 Central Division W L Pct Cincinnati 33 25 .569 St. Louis 33 25 .569 Chicago 26 31 .456 Milwaukee 23 34 .404 Pittsburgh 23 34 .404 Houston 22 36 .379 West Division W L Pct San Diego 34 23 .596 Los Angeles 34 24 .586 San Francisco 31 25 .554 Colorado 30 27 .526 Arizona 23 35 .397 Atlanta Philadelphia New York Florida Washington

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Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg throws his first pitch in his major league debut, to Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen during a baseball game in Washington, Tuesday. Strasburg earned his 1st career win, struck out 14 over seven innings.

TJCA’s Dedmon makes All-State, 4 others named All-Region By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

AVONDALE — Thomas Jefferson’s girls soccer team received more accolades this past weekend as Anna Dedmon was named to the 1A All-State soccer team by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association for 2010. Dedmon, a speedy forward accepted the honor at a banquet in Greensboro with Thomas Jefferson’s girls soccer coach Brian Espinoza over the weekend. Dedmon, who just finished her freshman season on the varsity squad, put up an astounding 34 goals and had two assists in her efforts to make All-State. Dedmon also made the All-Region 10 team for 1A this season, joining four other Lady Gryphons. Thomas Jefferson’s most intimidating defender Victoria Bennett was selected to the list and had seven goals, plus one assist as a freshman this season. Forward and the third-leading scorer on the team Eleora Albala, who pushed in 11 goals and accounted for four more assists, also joined the All-Region team. Sophomore Courtney Flack registered 12 goals (second to Dedmon) and two assists this season to get the nod from the board. The Lady Gryphons Lynsie Stevens earned AllRegion honors as well. Dedmon, Flack, Stevens, Bennett and Murphy D’oyen were selected to the Western Highlands 1A/2A All-Conference team. D’oyen finished her senior year with eight shutouts as goalie. Thomas Jefferson finished the season 16-4 overall and ranked 11th in the final 1A poll of 2010.

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Monday’s Games Chicago Cubs 6, Pittsburgh 1 San Diego 3, Philadelphia 1 San Francisco 6, Cincinnati 5 Colorado 5, Houston 1 Arizona 7, Atlanta 4 L.A. Dodgers 12, St. Louis 4 Tuesday’s Games Florida at Philadelphia, late Washington 5, Pittsburgh 2 San Diego at N.Y. Mets, late San Francisco 3, Cincinnati 0 Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, late Houston at Colorado, late Atlanta at Arizona, late St. Louis at L.A. Dodgers, late Wednesday’s Games Florida (Jo.Johnson 6-2) at Philadelphia (Halladay 8-3), 7:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Lincoln 0-0) at Washington (Lannan 2-3), 7:05 p.m. San Diego (Latos 5-4) at N.Y. Mets (J.Santana 4-2), 7:10 p.m. San Francisco (J.Sanchez 4-4) at Cincinnati (Harang 4-5), 7:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Zambrano 1-4) at Milwaukee (Wolf 4-5), 8:10 p.m. Houston (F.Paulino 1-7) at Colorado (Cook 2-3), 8:40 p.m. Atlanta (Kawakami 0-8) at Arizona (I.Kennedy 3-3), 9:40 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 8-3) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 5-3), 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games San Francisco at Cincinnati, 12:35 p.m. San Diego at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. Houston at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. Atlanta at Arizona, 3:40 p.m. Florida at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:05 p.m. American League Tampa Bay New York Boston Toronto Baltimore Minnesota Detroit Chicago Kansas City Cleveland Los Angeles Texas Oakland Seattle

East Division W L Pct 37 20 .649 35 22 .614 34 25 .576 33 25 .569 16 41 .281 Central Division W L Pct 33 24 .579 29 27 .518 24 32 .429 24 34 .414 21 35 .375 West Division W L Pct 32 28 .533 30 27 .526 30 29 .508 23 34 .404

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BASKETBALL NBA FINALS L.A. Lakers 1, Boston 1 Thursday, June 3: L.A. Lakers 102, Boston 89 Sunday, June 6: Boston 103, L.A. Lakers 94 Tuesday, June 8: L.A. Lakers at Boston, late Thursday, June 10: L.A. Lakers at Boston, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 13: L.A. Lakers at Boston, 8 p.m. x-Tuesday, June 15: Boston at L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m. x-Thursday, June 17: Boston at L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m.

HOCKEY STANLEY CUP FINALS Chicago 3, Philadelphia 2 Saturday, May 29: Chicago 6, Philadelphia 5 Monday, May 31: Chicago 2, Philadelphia 1 Wednesday, June 2: Philadelphia 4, Chicago 3, OT Friday, June 4: Philadelphia 5, Chicago 3 Sunday, June 6: Chicago 7, Philadelphia 4 Wednesday, June 9: Chicago at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. x-Friday, June 11: Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS Tuesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL Major League Baseball MLB_Suspended New York Yankees minor league pitcher Angel Rincon (Dominican Summer League), free agent pitcher Edgar Alexander Estanga and free agent pitcher Hector Garcia 50 games apiece for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. American League CLEVELAND INDIANS_Designated INF Mark Grudzielanek for assignment. Purchased the contract of INF Anderson Hernandez from Columbus (IL). DETROIT TIGERS_Announced the resignation of director of player development Glenn Ezell. Named vice president-assistant general manager Al Avila interim director of player development. MINNESOTA TWINS_Placed 2B Orlando Hudson on the 15-day DL. Activated RF Michael

Cuddyer from the bereavement list. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS_Selected the contract of RHP Blaine Boyer from Reno (PCL). Designated RHP Saul Rivera fro assignment. FLORIDA MARLINS_Designated INF Mike Lamb for assignment. Called up OF Mike Stanton from Jacksonville (SL). PITTSBURGH PIRATES_Promoted OF Anthony Norman from Bradenton (FSL) to Altoona (EL). WASHINGTON NATIONALS_ Recalled RHP Stephen Strasburg from Syracuse (IL). Activated C Ivan Rodriguez from the 15-day DL. Designated C Jamie Burke for assignment. Eastern League READING PHILLIES_Announced the retirement of 1B-OF Brian Stavisky. American Association WICHITA WINGNUTS_Signed RHP Kyle Frets. Can-Am League PITTSFIELD COLONIALS_Released RHP Mickey Cassidy. QUEBEC CAPITALES_Signed RHP Nolan Nicholson. SUSSEX SKYHAWKS_Signed INF Nick Giarraputo. Frontier League EVANSVILLE OTTERS_Signed SS Marcel Champagnie. FLORENCE FREEDOM_Signed OF Michael Campbell and INF Stephen Shults. Traded 1B Daryl Jones to Amarillo (UL) for 1B Cory Wine. Acquired 1B A.C. Grable from Edmonton (Golden) for a player to be named. GATEWAY GRIZZLIES_Released RHP Kyle Jones. KALAMAZOO KINGS_Signed RHP Kyle Jones. Activated RHP Justin Miller from the suspended list. RIVER CITY RASCALS_Acquired RHP Will Morgan from Wichita (AA) to complete an earlier trade. WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS_Traded INF Landon Camp to Shreveport-Bossier (AA) for a player to be named. Signed LHP Andrew Werner to a contract extension. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA BOARD OF GOVERNORS_Approved the sale of the Washington Wizards to an enterprise controlled by Ted Leonsis. Women’s National Basketball Association LOS ANGELES SPARKS_Announced the resignation of president Kristin Bernert. CYCLING USA CYCLING_Named Jamie Staff track sprint program manager. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS_Signed OL Kyle Calloway. Waived DB Stephan Virgil. CAROLINA PANTHERS_Signed LB Thomas Davis and CB Richard Marshall to one-year tenders. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS_Signed TE Aaron Hernandez. Canadian Football League SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS_Released QB Todd Reesing. HOCKEY National Hockey League COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS_Named Scott Arniel coach. NEW YORK RANGERS_Agreed to terms with F Dane Byers on a contract extension. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING_Named Pat Verbeek professional scout. SOCCER Major League Soccer MLS_Suspended Colorado M Pablo Mastroeni one game and fined him $500 for a red-card offense and failure to leave the playing field in a timely manner during Saturday’s game against Columbus. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION_Re-signed M Steve Ralston. COLLEGE MIDDLE TENNESSEE_Named Lynn Burkey women’s assistant basketball coach. OHIO STATE_Announced junior men’s basketball F Evan Ravenel is transferring from Boston College. UNION, N.Y._Named Paul Mound baseball coach.

5 Owls drafted on Day 2 FOREST CITY — Five former Forest City Owls were selected on Day 2 of the 2010 MLB Draft, Tuesday. Heath Hembree became the highest drafted player in the history of the Owls franchise when he was selected in the 5th round by the San Francisco Giants. Former Owls’ pitcher Alex McClure followed Hembree into the pro ranks when he was selected in

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Boston 4, Cleveland 1 Seattle 4, Texas 2 L.A. Angels 4, Oakland 2 Tuesday’s Games Boston 3, Cleveland 2 N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, late Tampa Bay 9, Toronto 0 Seattle at Texas, late Detroit at Chicago White Sox, late Kansas City at Minnesota, late L.A. Angels at Oakland, late Wednesday’s Games Boston (Buchholz 8-3) at Cleveland (Masterson 1-5), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 5-3) at Baltimore (Tillman 0-1), 7:05 p.m. Toronto (Marcum 5-2) at Tampa Bay (Price 8-2), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Snell 0-4) at Texas (C.Wilson 4-3), 8:05 p.m. Detroit (Porcello 4-5) at Chicago White Sox (F.Garcia 5-3), 8:10 p.m. Kansas City (Davies 4-4) at Minnesota (Pavano 5-6), 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (J.Saunders 4-6) at Oakland (Braden 4-5), 10:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 2:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Oakland, 3:35 p.m. Boston at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Seattle at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

the 11th round by the Kansas City Royals. Fan favorite and Owls’ former center fielder Wade Moore was taken in the 19th round by the Washington Nationals. In the 30th and final round of Day 2, pitcher Josh Edgin was selected by the New York Mets and shortstop and Owls signee Stephen McQuail was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays. The draft continues today.

Strasburg tops Walter Johnson’s debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The phenom preparing to make his major league debut here had overwhelmed HARRIS — Thursday lower-level competition, throwing Night Thunder comes 75 consecutive scoreless innings to Harris Speedway while striking out 166 in 11 games. with the Carolina Clash More than a century ago, a ballySouth Series on July 1. hooed rookie coming to pitch in the Stock 8, Pure Stock, nation’s capital was quite a thing, Street Stock and too. Renegades will all par“No youngster that has broken ticipate in separate into fast company in recent years events during the eveis attracting as much attention ning with the Stock as Walter Johnson ... the baseball 8 division racing for world will watch his debut into fast $1,000 on the line. company with a great deal of interThe Carolina Clash est,” the Washington Post reported race was initially to take in July 1907. place on Memorial Day, Those words applied equally today May 31. However, rain to Washington Nationals pitcher postponed the origiStephen Strasburg, who made his nal event. Hometown major league debut Tuesday night wheeler, Ricky Weeks is with a masterful, 14-strikeout per2-for-2 in Clash events formance against the Pittsburgh held at the 3/8’s Harris Pirates. dirt oval. Both Johnson and Strasburg gave Gates will open at the up two runs in their first games — 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 with Johnson going eight innings in p.m., and racing begins a 3-2 loss, Strasburg went seven in at 8 p.m. his 5-2 victory. But Strasburg was

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far more dominating, nearly quintupling Johnson’s three strikeouts. Before his debut, Strasburg, 21, crushed minor league opponents, going 7-2 with a 1.30 ERA, 65 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 55 1-3 innings, while Johnson, then 19, amassed his dominating numbers in the semipro Idaho State League. Like Johnson before him, Strasburg joins a Washington baseball franchise seeking its first winning season. The old Washington Nationals — aka the Senators — had posted six consecutive losing seasons in the American League. The old Nats didn’t break in Johnson slowly. On Aug. 2, 1907, they threw him out against the Detroit Tigers, that season’s eventual pennant winners, and their star player, Ty Cobb, considered by some the greatest to ever play the game. While a radar gun Tuesday chronicled Strasburg’s 100 mph heat, Cobb provided a testimonial of Johnson’s prowess. “I hardly saw the pitch, but I heard it,” he wrote in his autobiography. “The thing just hissed with danger.”

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Panthers sign 2 to tenders CHARLOTTE (AP) — Carolina Panthers restricted free agent linebacker Thomas Davis has signed his one-year, $3.268 million tender hours after he appeared to tweak his surgically repaired right knee. Starting cornerback Richard Marshall also signed his one-year, $1.759 million tender on Tuesday.

Wilson goes to Rockies in 4th round RALEIGH (AP) — Russell Wilson hopes to be both North Carolina State’s quarterback and a farmhand with the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies took Wilson on Tuesday in the fourth round of the baseball draft. He says he’s “looking forward to getting out there and being a Rocky, but I also plan on coming back and playing football this fall.” Colorado selected the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference football rookie of the year with the 140th overall pick. Wilson says he probably will play second base or center field. Wilson says he doesn’t have a timetable yet. N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien says it would be best for both his quarterback and the Wolfpack for him to be in football camp Aug. 3, and he plans to talk to Wilson on Wednesday and come up with a plan.


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Wayne Rollins, right, owner of Rollins Cafeteria, displays his team trophies after he and his team captured the win at the 2010 Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Cleghorn Plantation on Wednesday, May 26. Rollins’ team consisted of Steve Woods, Shane Woods and Donnie Woods. This year’s Chamber tournament consisted of 32 teams and prizes were handed out throughout the day in a variety of categories.

Time for Tom Logano to let Joey fight own battles By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer

CHARLOTTE — Joey Logano made it clear on pit road at Pocono that he’s sick and tired of being pushed around. It’s about time. Logano, the scrawny new kid on the playground, finally stood up to one of the neighborhood bullies by essentially telling Kevin Harvick he was done playing nice. If the confrontation following Sunday’s race wasn’t enough to make his point, Logano followed up with three pointed shots at the veteran driver in a live television interview. One of them was about Harvick’s wife! Who knew the kid had it in him? After all, it was long overdue display of backbone for Logano, who likely earned a fair share of respect for finally standing up for himself after a season-and-a-half of being polite. Problem is, his newfound moxie has been somewhat overshadowed by the presence of Daddy. Ah, yes, Tom Logano. The elder Logano learned a hard lesson last year, when NASCAR pulled his credential for entering pit road to confront Greg Biffle following the Nationwide Series race at California. He was angry at how Biffle had raced his son, who only two weeks earlier had rolled his car seven times in a spectacular accident at Dover. Young Joey was clearly shaken following that wreck, and his postaccident demeanor raised questions about his mettle. It didn’t help that TV cameras caught Tom Logano making a panicked sprint to the care center, painting a picture of a scared little boy in need of his father. It was probably an unfair characterization, but big-time pro sports can be cutthroat and Joey Logano endured a decent dose of whispering about the back-to-back incidents and the role of his father, the overzealous protector. Yet there he was again on Sunday at Pocono, where he was the second to reach Joey’s car after he was spun by Harvick in the closing laps. The first was a Joe Gibbs Racing crewman, who made an honest effort to keep the driver from wading into the sea of yellow-clad team members who had formed a barrier around Harvick. The guy might have succeeded, too, if Tom Logano — a tall, fit, hot-tempered Italian — had not pried him away from his son. What happened next is up for interpretation, but multiple replays

seemed to show the father encouraging his son to confront Harvick with both a gesture and what appeared to be a shout of “Go Ahead!� Joey Logano never got that close to Harvick, but he was red-faced and shouting, behavior never before seen in NASCAR from the polite 20-yearold. At some point in all the commotion, Tom Logano apparently shoved a television reporter out of his way, an action that earned the father his own trip to the NASCAR hauler. Just like that, NASCAR had its very own Little League dad. That’s not to say Tom Logano wasn’t already categorized that way. He’s been hands-on for Joey’s entire career, which took off after he sold the family’s waste management company in Connecticut and used the funds to help his two children pursue their dreams. It was ice skating for older sister Danielle, and her passion took the family to Georgia. There, they could take advantage of liberal restrictions on young racers, and Joey was driving quarter midgets by the time he was 6 years old. Joey Logano won in everything — many said because his father could afford to buy him the best equipment — and it wasn’t long before he’d caught the attention of several NASCAR owners. The hype surrounding Logano began long before he reached the minimum age requirement of 18, and when he made his debut in 2008 for JGR, he’d already been dubbed “Sliced Bread.� So it was only natural that as Joey navigated his way through NASCAR, his parents tagged along. Why not? What appears to be a lifestyle of glamour can actually be rather overwhelming with a weekly on-track education, sponsor commitments, time on the road and newfound wealth — the kind of stuff parents can help a young son manage. And when Logano’s career was fasttracked by JGR, which moved him up to the Cup Series at least a year earlier than originally planned, the whole family settled in for the wild ride. But there comes a point when it’s time for the family to step back, and Tom Logano’s constant presence became a topic of gossip early in last year’s rookie season. It was ratcheted up after the October incident with Biffle, and is front and center again after Sunday. If Joey Logano is truly going to be credited with taking a stand Sunday, then Tom Logano needs to give him the space to celebrate his newfound growth.

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For US, stopping Rooney key to beating England IRENE, South Africa — To beat England, the United States has to stop a player who in real life had the kind of season usually seen only in video games. Wayne Rooney scored five goals this season against Jozy Altidore’s Hull, and three against Jonathan Spector’s West Ham. He had two against Clint Dempsey’s Fulham, and one each against Marcus Hahnemann’s Wolverhampton and Brad Guzan’s Aston Villa. “To be honest, we’re under no illusions. We’re going to have to be at our best to beat a player like him, or to even match a player like him,� American defender Jay DeMerit said Tuesday, four days before the big game. Rooney, the 24-year-old star of Manchester United and England’s national team, was a whirlwind this season. His 26 Premier League goals were second behind Didier Drogba’s 29. He had five more in the European Champions League and two in the League Cup. On Jan. 23 alone, he had four goals against Hull. He has long been a star, but never before had he put together a season like this. “He’s revered. People think of him as a sporting god, and they should,� U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “He’s amazing, quite simply, and he does all the things that a striker needs to do, and he does them great. And that’s why he’s considered the best one or two players in the world.� Howard kept Rooney from scoring in two games this season, helping Everton gain a league split with Manchester United. He hasn’t allowed a goal to Rooney in four club and two national team matches, although Everton went 1-2-1 and the U.S. 0-2. Dempsey also had big games against United, with Fulham shutting out the Red Devils at Craven Cottage to win Premier League matches in each of the last two seasons. “We stayed compact defensively. We had two solid backs of four and, you know, we picked and choosed our moments when to get forward,� Dempsey said. “The U.S., we play

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a lot from me on my team, but outside of the team nobody is expecting much. “Me coming in and having the opportunity to compete for the No. 2 job, I’m in a great situation.� LaFell is currently working behind Dwayne Jarrett, the disappointing former second-round pick entering his fourth season. But LaFell will be given an opportunity to compete for the No. 2 job, a position Carolina has struggled to fill for years. “He looks good. It looks like he belongs,� coach John Fox said. “Again, we’re not in pads yet, we’re not in game situations yet, but so far he looks to be adapting well to football at this level.� The 6-foot-2, 211-pound Houston native was a second-team all-Southeastern Conference selection last season after catching 57 passes for 792 yards and 11 touchdowns. LaFell’s 25 career TDs rank second in LSU history despite a carousel of quarterbacks in his final two years. “My last two years, Ryan Perrilloux, the guy who got kicked out of school, if he had stayed, a little more experienced guy, I feel like I could have had more catches, more yards, could have broke a couple of records,� he said. “But those young guys, we helped each other a lot. I helped those young guys grow and they helped me get better, whether it was going for bad

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England soccer player Wayne Rooney wears a crucifix during a team training session in Rustenburg, South Africa, Tuesday.

similar to, or try to play similar to how we do at Fulham.� A 5-foot-10 musclebound dynamo of strength and pace, Rooney has 25 goals in 60 appearances for England. He’s known for his temper — he was ejected for stomping on Ricardo Carvalho’s groin as England lost to Portugal in the 2006 World Cup quarterfinals. But he hasn’t been tossed since United lost at Fulham in March 2009, when he was given his second yellow card of the match for throwing a ball. “Maturity is one of the final parts of a player’s development,� United manager Alex Ferguson said. “You can’t have it at 16. You can’t have it at 18. You can’t have it at 21. You have to wait until the mid-20s before they get that authority, timing and maturity that those qualities bring. And I think what we’re seeing with Wayne is quite interesting.�

balls, diving for low balls and things like that.� LaFell, once considered a potential first-round pick, saw his stock fall when he ran a slow 4.58-second 40-yard dash at the combine, something he writes off as a “bad day.� LaFell said he ran a 4.49 and 4.51 at his pro day, but also tweaked his hamstring. “I felt like a lot of people were going to fall off me then,� he said. LaFell tumbled to the 78th pick, where the Panthers took him just before they selected Armanti Edwards of Appalachian State, who is being converted from quarterback to receiver. The two players have become the projects of new receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, himself a former LSU receiver and Texas native. “So he feels like we have a lot in common,� LaFell said, laughing. “It seems like he’s on me a little harder than he’s on everybody else around here.� But for a team that’s seen numerous drafted receivers disappoint, ranging from Keary Colbert to Drew Carter to Jarrett, the Panthers need LaFell to meet expectations. That includes become enough of a threat as a possession receiver to prevent teams from constantly double teaming Smith — and blocking downfield for Carolina’s potent ground game. “You don’t step on the field at LSU unless you’re blocking,� LaFell said. “And that’s all Jonathan Stewart is talking about.�

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Nation/weather Weather The Daily Courier Weather Today

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Nation Today Bikers can go helmetless

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Bikers coming to Myrtle Beach for annual rallies can once again ride their motorcycles without helmets or eyewear. The South Carolina Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday that the city cannot mandate the protective gear in the absence of a state law. The Myrtle Beach city council adopted the ordinance in 2008 after years of complaints from residents about noise, lewd behavior and congestion along the 60-mile Grand Strand, and the helmet ban had an almost immediate effect: rallies saw double-digit percentage drops in attendance last spring. Individual cities each making distinctive rules on helmets and eyewear would lead to chaos for motorcycle riders, the justices ruled. “Local authorities might enact ordinances imposing additional and even conflicting equipment requirements,” wrote Justice Costa Pleicones. “Such burdens would unduly limit a citizen’s freedom of movement throughout the state.” State Rep. Thad Viers, a local lawyer who challenged the ordinance, said the decision reaffirms important limits on government power. “It’s a great day for freedom,” the Myrtle Beach Republican said. “I think the court spoke very clearly

about what local governments can and can’t do in the state of South Carolina.” Sonny Copeland, who organizes Myrtle Beach Bike Week in the spring, doubts the court’s ruling will have much effect on reviving biker enthusiasm for the city. He said the city, which covers about 14 of the strand’s 60 miles of coastal vistas, has made its feelings clear.

Bandit pleads guilty COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Georgia man has pleaded guilty in South Carolina to robbing nearly two dozen banks around the Southeast. U.S. Attorney William Nettles said Tuesday that 52-year-old Cecil Stephen Haire of Douglas, Ga., pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to 23 bank robberies. U.S. District Judge Sol Blatt will sentence Haire after a report is prepared by the U.S. Department of Probation and Pretrial Services. He faces up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count. Nettles says Haire traveled across the Southeast beginning in 2006 committing robberies and was arrested last July after a holdup in Mount Pleasant. Authorities called Haire the “Limping Bandit” because bank tellers noticed he walked with a pronounced limp. He suffered polio as a child.

Associated Press

State Rep. Nikki Haley, left, Republican hopeful for the nomination for governor, and her husband Michael Haley arrive with their two children, Rena, with Nikki, and Nalin to vote Tuesday morning at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington, S.C.

Sen. Lincoln struggles to survive Ark. primary WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln grabbed a lead in early returns Tuesday, struggling to survive a union-backed challenger as well as a strong anti-establishment tide in an Arkansas runoff. Political outsiders from coast to coast tested their strength on the busiest day of an unpredictable primary season. Another endangered congressional veteran, Republican Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolina, fell behind his primary challenger in a race that was a referendum of sorts on the incumbent’s support for the 2008 financial bailout. In other early South Carolina returns, Republican state Rep. Nikki Haley, a tea party favorite, jumped ahead of three rivals in her bid to become the first woman elected governor of her state. By late Tuesday night, however, Haley was unable to avoid a runoff after pulling in less than 50-percent of the total vote. With polls showing a sullen electorate, there was no shortage of subplots as voters in nearly a dozen states chose candidates for Congress and governors’ offices. Californians decided whether to lead the fall GOP ticket with a pair of wealthy businesswomen campaigning on promises to cut spending. Tea party activists tested their muscle in Nevada, backing Sharron Angle in a race to select a Republican opponent against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a state where unemployment was 13.7 percent in April. Nevada’s Republican governor, Jim Gibbons, faced strong opposition for renomination after a term marked by a messy public divorce. In Arkansas, Lincoln had 53 percent of the vote in early returns, to 47 percent for Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Inglis’ opponent, Trey Gowdy, was ahead handsomely in their race but was just shy of the majority needed to avoid a runoff in two weeks. Gibbons, Lincoln and Inglis were at risk for joining a list of incumbents sent packing in earlier contests — Sens. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Reps. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., and Parker Griffith, R-Ala. Curiously, given the national mood, a pair of former governors — Republican Terry Branstad in Iowa and Democrat Edmund G. Brown Jr. in California — hoped to take the first steps toward reclaiming the power they once held. The races took place in the shadow of the worst recession in decades, stubbornly high unemployment, dispiriting day-by-day images of the damage caused by an offshore oil rig disaster, and poll after poll that reported the voters angry and eager

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Business/finance

THE MARKET IN REVIEW

STOCK EXCHANGE HIGHLIGHTS

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NYSE

6,596.12 +83.70

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last CascdeCp 32.01 PSBMetDL 10.51 MPG OffTr 2.64 Braskem 12.42 Group1 27.24 BkAm wtB 3.21 StoneEngy 11.93 VanceInfo 20.98 Corning 17.05 DirLatBull 22.22

Chg %Chg +4.47 +16.2 +.96 +10.1 +.21 +8.6 +.91 +7.9 +2.00 +7.9 +.21 +7.0 +.75 +6.7 +1.32 +6.7 +1.05 +6.6 +1.37 +6.6

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Chg NY&Co 2.31 -.97 FtBcp pfE 4.86 -1.50 FtBcp pfB 5.18 -1.32 FtBcp pfA 4.96 -1.24 FtBcp pfD 5.00 -1.22 OwensC wtB2.56 -.56 Invernss 28.06 -6.00 FtBcp pfC 5.20 -1.03 Invern pfB211.99-34.02 PepBoy 9.40 -1.34

%Chg -29.6 -23.6 -20.3 -20.0 -19.6 -18.0 -17.6 -16.5 -13.8 -12.5

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 7883994 3.72 +.08 S&P500ETF3368658106.62+1.13 BkofAm 1621221 15.33 +.50 SPDR Fncl 1446623 14.16 +.29 iShR2K 1206338 61.89 -.03 iShEMkts 1042441 37.46 +.84 DrxFBull s 944264 21.07 +.92 DirFBear rs 929667 16.55 -.82 BP PLC 913356 34.68 -2.08 GenElec 885478 15.48 +.07 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

DIARY

1,869 1,220 113 3,202 21 128 6,339,381,742

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1,805.39 +22.37

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last DGSE 2.57 FieldPnt 2.65 BCAIQ 13.38 Wilber 6.00 GenMoly 3.36 ChiRivet 15.77 Minefnd g 9.40 NwGold g 6.60 AmLorain n 2.62 Fronteer g 6.59

Chg %Chg +.21 +8.9 +.21 +8.6 +1.04 +8.4 +.37 +6.6 +.19 +6.0 +.87 +5.8 +.45 +5.0 +.31 +4.9 +.12 +4.8 +.30 +4.8

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Talbots wt 2.67 NewConcEn3.30 Arrhythm 4.18 CorMedix n 2.36 EstnLtCap 2.90 BioTime wt 3.76 UnivPwr 2.50 CKX Lands 11.50 Uroplasty 4.94 Univ Insur 4.13

Chg -.54 -.45 -.47 -.24 -.24 -.30 -.20 -.83 -.31 -.25

%Chg -16.8 -12.0 -10.1 -9.2 -7.6 -7.4 -7.2 -6.7 -5.9 -5.7

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg NwGold g 37489 6.60 +.31 GoldStr g 35211 4.14 +.11 NovaGld g 33309 7.22 +.28 JavelinPh 21988 1.49 +.06 NthgtM g 21721 2.98 -.02 Taseko 17212 4.85 +.08 GranTrra g 16122 5.07 -.02 NA Pall g 14036 3.12 +.06 AlldNevG 13873 19.60 +.35 US Gold 12777 4.03 +.12 DIARY

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

232 258 35 525 6 20 89,284,257

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2,170.57 -3.33

GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Cereplst rs 4.05 Penwest 3.50 EssexR un 7.01 EssexR wt 2.00 DurectCp 2.70 HalladorE 12.25 RXi Phrm 2.82 FstFrnkln 9.10 SmartHeat 6.05 FlowInt 2.39

Chg +1.03 +.72 +1.06 +.25 +.28 +1.25 +.26 +.82 +.55 +.21

%Chg +34.1 +25.9 +17.8 +14.3 +11.6 +11.4 +10.2 +9.9 +9.9 +9.6

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last Cytori wt 2.70 RadioOne 2.95 SmtStB CA 5.92 HookerFu 12.08 RadioOneD 2.95 RandCap 3.05 Sypris 4.08 CasellaW 3.55 FuriexP wi 10.70 Misonix 2.24

Chg -.63 -.58 -1.13 -2.03 -.46 -.45 -.60 -.50 -1.45 -.29

%Chg -18.9 -16.4 -16.0 -14.4 -13.5 -12.9 -12.8 -12.3 -11.9 -11.5

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg PwShs QQQ1298795 44.19 -.08 Intel 905131 20.18 -.13 Microsoft 861928 25.11 -.18 Cisco 707586 22.96 +.20 Dell Inc 386616 12.68 -.25 Apple Inc 352231 249.33 -1.61 Palm Inc 336798 5.67 -.01 Yahoo 336786 14.79 -.15 MarvellT 323676 17.21 -.85 MicronT 319102 8.54 +.16 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

DIARY

1,070 1,570 138 2,778 7 182 2,615,743,707

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CI 128,736 LG 61,893 LB 61,334 LG 54,199 IH 53,415 WS 49,180 MA 47,155 LB 46,774 LB 45,318 LB 45,159 LV 39,123 LV 35,843 FB 34,973 FV 34,147 CI 32,666 CA 29,848 WS 29,662 LB 29,264 LB 29,243 MA 28,927 LB 28,138 MA 27,976 CI 27,183 LG 26,620 CI 26,554 FG 25,880 MB 24,848 LB 24,831 LV 15,797 LB 9,080 LB 4,086 GS 1,433 LV 1,135 SR 470 LG 175

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Job openings jumped in April to the highest level in 16 months, a sign that private employers may boost hiring in coming months. The number of jobs advertised at the end of April rose to 3.1 million from 2.8 million in March, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s the most openings since December 2008. Private employers accounted for the entire net gain. The government’s advertising for jobs decreased, despite the hiring of hundreds of thousands of census workers in May. The department’s report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS, follows a disappointing employment report Friday that found private employers added only 41,000 jobs in May. Temporary census hiring accounted for 411,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent in April. The rise in job openings “makes you a little more upbeat about the labor market,” said Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan Chase. Job openings have risen by about 740,000 since bottoming out at 2.3 million in July. But they remain far below pre-recession levels of about 4.5 million openings per month. The competition for jobs remains tough. There were 5 unemployed people, on average, for each job opening in April. That’s down from 5.4 in the previous month, but well above pre-recession levels of 1.8 jobless workers per opening. The biggest increases in available jobs were in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and education and health services. Government job openings fell by 36,000. The report also found that the number of people quitting jobs topped total layoffs for the third straight month. Nearly 2 million people quit their jobs in April, an increase of about 130,000 in the past two months. An increasing number of people voluntarily leaving jobs is a sign of confidence in the employment market, economists say. Workers are less likely to cling to their jobs if they believe others are available. Other surveys also show that companies are likely to increase hiring, though at a slow pace. Staffing company Manpower Inc. said Tuesday that its quarterly employment outlook found more employers are planning to hire in the July-to-September quarter than the preceding three months. Manpower said its employment index rose to a seasonally adjusted 6 percent, a point higher than in the March-to-June period. The index was at -2 a year ago, meaning more employers planned to cut jobs than hire. Separately, the National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday that its small business optimism index rose to 92.2. That’s the highest level since September 2008, when Lehman Brothers collapsed and the financial crisis intensified.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Barring a last-minute reprieve, Ronnie Lee Gardner will be strapped into a chair, a hood will be placed over his head and a small white target will be pinned over his heart. The order will come: “Ready, aim...” The 49-year-old convicted killer will be executed by a team of five anonymous marksmen firing with a matched set of .30-caliber rifles. He is to be the third person executed by firing squad in Utah — or anywhere else in the U.S. — since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Utah was a long holdout in keeping the method, which it has used in 40 of its 49 executions in the last 160 years. Utah lawmakers made lethal injection the default method of execution in 2004, but inmates condemned before then can still choose the firing squad. That’s what Gardner did in April, politely telling a judge, “I would like the firing squad, please.” Neither he nor his attorneys have said why. Critics decry the firing squad as a barbaric method that should have been relegated to the dustbin of the frontier era. “The firing squad is archaic, it’s violent, and it simply expands on the violence that we already experience from guns as a society,” Bishop John C. Wester, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, said during an April protest. The diocese is part of a new coalition pushing for alternatives to capital punishment in Utah. Even some death-penalty supporters would prefer not to see the method used. State Rep. Sheryl Allen, a Republican from Bountiful who pushed for the switch to lethal injection, said she’s not happy to see the reprise of the firing squad because it shifts attention away from the victim to the convicted killer. Gardner is to be executed June 18, shortly after midnight. He was convicted of capital murder 25 years ago for the 1985 fatal courthouse shooting of attorney Michael Burdell during a botched escape attempt. Allen said legislators allowed previously convicted inmates to keep the firing-squad option out of fear that changing the execution method would create a new avenue of appeal. Utah’s switch to lethal injection was largely driven by an aversion to the negative worldwide publicity it received each time a firing squad was used, including the case of Gary Gilmore. The convicted killer famously proclaimed “Let’s do it” before his 1977 execution by a firing squad. Gilmore’s story inspired author Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prizewinning novel, The Executioner’s Song. Utah last used the firing squad in 1996 to execute John Albert Taylor, who was convicted of the 1989 rape and strangulation of an 11-year-old girl. It is the only state that allows execution by firing squad.

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GM pulls back on dealership cuts DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will keep open about 900 dealerships across the country that it had planned to close, a shift in corporate strategy that could preserve thousands of jobs. The automaker will wind up with about 5,000 U.S. dealers in July, up from original plans for 4,100, Mark Reuss, GM’s North America president, told The Associated Press. It had about 6,000 when it filed for bankruptcy last year. The change represents a desire by GM’s new leadership team to avoid the expense of closing dealerships, a step they say is not critical to bring the company back to profits. GM’s large dealer network “used to be one of our main, massive strengths,” Reuss told the AP during a recent test drive of the new Chevrolet Cruze. “I still think that’s true. It can be true with the right dealers.” July is the end of a federally mandated arbitration process under which dealerships that GM and Chrysler Group had targeted could appeal. Partly because of GM’s strategy change, only about a quarter of the 1,576 cases brought by GM and Chrysler dealers remain before arbitrators. “Everyone’s pretty excited,” said Bob Kapp, new car manager at Allen Chevrolet Cadillac in Monroe, Mich., which learned in April that it would be reinstated as a GM dealer and plans to hire 10 to 12 people as business picks up. GM on Tuesday would not

estimate how many total jobs might be saved. The National Automobile Dealers Association, a trade group, says about 50 people work at an average new-car dealership. Both GM and Chrysler announced plans to shed 2,800 dealerships as part of their reorganizations. The companies said their U.S. sales didn’t justify so many dealers — nearly 10,000 between them. By comparison, Toyota has only about 1,200 even though it’s the second-largest automaker by U.S. sales. GM and Chrysler also argued that closing some dealers would make the remaining ones more profitable. GM’s last CEO, Fritz Henderson, convinced an Obama administration task force that GM needed to close struggling dealers. But he was ousted in November, just before Congress passed a law requiring arbitration before either automaker could cut a dealership loose. Since the arbitration hearings began in February, most cases have been settled — either because GM and Chrysler reinstated dealers or the dealers withdrew their cases, some of them to sign with other automakers, others to close for good. About 300 GM dealers and fewer than 100 Chrysler dealers targeted for closure are still awaiting a decision from arbitrators. Reuss wouldn’t elaborate on the change in GM’s strategy. “I’m concentrating on what it needs to be for the new GM,” he said. “I think we’ve removed a lot

of the anxiety and all the things that go with that.” Chrysler, too, will have more dealers than it planned when it emerged from bankruptcy, although it won’t say exactly how many. It closed about 800 last summer but has since agreed to reinstate about 10 percent of those. Chrysler has been more aggressive than GM in closing dealerships. It sued North Carolina and four other states to stop state laws that would have protected dealers. Because it closed its dealers immediately last year — instead of giving them a year’s warning, as GM did — Chrysler also faces some sticky legal cases. For example, an arbitrator recently ruled that Chrysler should reinstate a Dodge dealer in Deland, Fla., that was terminated last June. But Chrysler had already awarded Deland Dodge’s franchise agreement to another dealer across the street. Deland Dodge general manager Jeremy Kiel said it’s unclear what will happen next. In the meantime, he has had to lay off 10 employees. Still, arbitrators are siding with Chrysler more often than not. As of Tuesday, arbitrators have decided 22 cases in Chrysler’s favor and six in favor of dealers. “Business is business. There isn’t anything personal with it,” said Catherine Zimmer, owner of a Chrysler dealership in Florence, Ky., who just won her franchise back after arbitrators overruled Chrysler’s decision.

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Oil spill facts as murky as stricken Gulf waters

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The cap over a broken BP wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is collecting more gushing crude day by day, but that’s about the extent of the details known as authorities try to pinpoint how much oil is escaping, where it’s going and what harm it will cause. The recently installed containment cap on the stricken BP wellhead is helping to limit the leak, collecting more than 620,000 gallons of oil Monday, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday in Washington. Still, underwater video feeds continue to show a dark geyser. “I have never said this is going well,” said Allen, who’s monitoring the response effort for the government. “We’re throwing everything at it that we’ve got. I’ve said time and time again that nothing good happens when oil is on the water.” Authorities had earlier reported that the cap collected around 460,000 gallons Sunday and that it was capturing anywhere from a third to three-quarters of the oil spewing out after a damaged riser pipe was cut as part of the containment effort, increasing the flow as a side effect. University of Texas engineering professor Paul Bommer, a member of the Coast Guard team that’s trying to determine how much oil is still leaking, told The Associated Press it’s possible that estimates the team will generate could be a bit higher than current government estimates. BP announced plans recently to swap out the current cap with a bigger one next month that can capture more oil, raising questions about why such plans weren’t in place at first as a backup. “I know it takes some time to fabricate these things,” Bommer said. “It’s not something you just go to WalMart and buy.” The current equipment

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collecting the spilled oil at the surgace is believed to be nearing its daily capacity. BP spokesman Max McGahan told the AP the company will process some of the flow by sending it to a burner that turns it into a combustible fog and ignites it. The rig equipped with the burner will be moved away from the main leak site so flames and heat do not endanger other vessels, he said. BP will also boost capacity by bringing in a floating platform it believes can process most of the flow, spokesman Robert Wine said. He didn’t know when it would arrive. Bommer’s team, the Flow Rate Technical Group, includes federal scientists, independent experts and academic researchers, and its

projections could ultimately be used to penalize BP judging by how much oil escapes. BP CEO Tony Hayward is scheduled to testify before a congressional committee June 17 about the company’s role in a rig explosion April 20 that killed 11 workers, and the ensuing spill. Hayward enraged many when he later said, “I’d like my life back,” and is sure to receive pointed questions from lawmakers about the cause of the accident and the response to it. Allen said Tuesday that he would meet with BP to assess how well it is handling claims for relief from people hurt by the spill. The aim is “to see if we need to provide any oversight,” he said, noting that “working claims is not something that’s part of BP’s orga-

nizational competence here.” Alabama Gov. Bob Riley called out the National Guard on Tuesday to help spread the word among coastal residents that they could ask BP for compensation, noting that few have applied. Guardsmen will go through communities for three weeks telling people about the claims process, he said. Tests have confirmed plumes of oil in low concentrations as far as 3,300 feet below the surface and more than 40 miles northeast of the well site, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said Tuesday. On the surface, oil is washing up thick in some areas, leaving others relatively unscathed, and playing hideand-seek in others. The spill’s fickle nature was evident

this week near the AlabamaFlorida state line. On the Alabama side on Monday, oil-laden seaweed littered beaches for miles, and huge orange globs stained the sands. But at Perdido Key, on the Florida side, the sand was white and virtually crude-free. On Tuesday morning, though, the Alabama side looked markedly better, with calmer seas, signs that cleanup crews had visited and sticky clumps of oil no longer clinging to washed-up seaweed. At hard-hit Barataria Bay, La., just west of the mouth of the Mississippi River, crews ramped up coastal restoration efforts that were already under way, and work is planned in coming days with BP’s announcement that it would begin paying. The British oil giant also said Tuesday it would donate money from selling the recovered oil to wildlife protection in the region, where birds and other wildlife are dying in numbers unknown. As the sun rose at Barataria Bay on Tuesday, marsh islands teemed with oily brown pelicans and crudestained white ibis. The birds inadvertently used their oiled beaks like paint brushes, dabbing at their wings, as the brown goo bled into their feathers. Some struggled to fly, fluttered and fell, while others just sat and tried to clean themselves, sqwawking and flapping their wings. Dolphins bobbed in the oily sheen nearby. Fishing guide Dave Marino looked out over the water in disbelief and disgust. The 41-year-old firefighter has been fishing these waters for 20 years. “I’m an optimistic guy, so hopefully it doesn’t just overwhelm the entire system,” he said. “But if it continues to go on and the oil keeps coming in, eventually the balance is going to tip. Then what happens? Is it all over?”

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Prosecutor: Blagojevich planned shakedowns CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich sought to use his power as governor to get benefits for himself and his inner circle through “a series of illegal shakedowns,” a federal prosecutor said Tuesday at his corruption trial. In her opening statement, prosecutor Carrie E. Hamilton methodically laid out what she called a pattern of lying, scheming and extortion that consumed the former Illinois governor’s time in office, and intensified as his personal finanBlagojevich cial troubles deepened. “When he was supposed to be asking, ’What about the people of Illinois,’ he was asking, ’What about me?”’ Hamilton said. Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. He also denies that he plotted to turn his power as governor into a moneymaking scheme for himself and insiders. Hamilton told jurors that Blagojevich sought to arrange deals in which entities that got state funding or approvals would then contribute to his campaign, that he sought to line the pockets of himself and his closest allies, and that he lied to the FBI when questioned about his fundraising activities. “In each one of these shakedowns, the message was clear .... ’Pay up or no state action,”’ she said. They may not have said it in that language, Hamilton said, but “clever or blatant, it was still a shakedown.” Hamilton said the pattern was that once Blagojevich detected interest from someone, he would try to find way to get something out of them. He used those close to him as “middle-

men,” she said, and they would try to find ways to funnel cash to the inner circle in way it couldn’t be detected. “They sat together to devise a way to divide up the state of Illinois for their own personal profit.” Hamilton painted a picture of Blagojevich’s increasing desperation about his financial situation, and how that spurred his alleged schemes in the latter months of his governorship. She said Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, owed more than $200,000 in 2008 in consumer debt and his $170,000 salary was not enough. Then, Obama was elected president. And Blagojevich had the power to appoint his successor to the Senate. “For Gov. Blagojevich, his golden ticket arrived,” Hamilton said. The ousted governor sat listening with his head down, scribbling notes as the prosecutor spoke. Hamilton said Blagojevich started to work out a plan of what he could get for that — maybe a job as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Perhaps millions of dollars that he could control after he was no longer governor, she said. “What you will see,” she reiterated, “is that he wanted to know ’What about me?”’ The former governor’s co-defendant — and brother — Robert Blagojevich, 54, a Nashville, Tenn., businessman, has pleaded not guilty to taking part in the alleged plan to sell the Senate seat and plotting to illegally squeeze a racetrack owner for a hefty contribution to the Blagojevich campaign fund. His attorney, Michael Ettinger, reminded jurors that Robert Blagojevich is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army reserve who served in missile unit based in Germany and stayed in the reserves for 16 years. “Why am I telling you this? Because Robert Blagojevich ... is not about money,” Ettinger said, raising his voice slightly for emphasis. Hamilton had opened the trial of Antoin “Tony” Rezko, one of Blagojevich’s top fundraisers, by describing him as “the man behind the curtain, pulling the strings.”

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President Barack Obama greets members of the audience after a town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act Tuesday at the Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center in Wheaton, Md.

Obama reassures Seniors on Medicare WHEATON, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought acceptance of the health overhaul law from skeptical seniors, a crucial constituency he wants to win over even as the Gulf oil spill dominates public debate and his time. The questions Obama got from a crowd at the Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center in suburban Maryland, and from others listening on the phone, suggested that even if rancorous debate has faded, plenty of doubts remain. And there’s only so much Obama can do to ease them. That may be a sobering prospect for the White House with crucial midterm elections looming, but the administration is determined to keep making the case for the new system — to seniors and others. Tuesday’s event was timed to coincide with the release later this week of the first batch of $250 checks to seniors who fall into Medicare’s prescription drug coverage gap, known as the “doughnut hole.” Some 4 million elderly and disabled people will get checks this year, a down payment on the law’s approach of closing the doughnut hole entirely over the next decade. The first question Obama got, from a woman in the audience: Why can’t he close the doughnut hole faster? Answer: “It’s very expensive.” The next question was from a listener in Illinois who wanted to know whether participants in the private insurance plans in Medicare, called Medicare Advantage, would lose benefits. The answer is yes, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But Obama didn’t come out and say it, explaining instead that Medicare Advantage plans are overpaid and subsidized by the majority of seniors who are on regular Medicare, some-

thing that’s also true. Obama’s overall message: “What you need to know is the guaranteed Medicare benefits you’ve earned will not change ... your guaranteed benefits will not change.” He took shots at Republicans who want to repeal the law and said, “We’re going to fight any effort to go back to a system that doesn’t work for the American people and doesn’t work for our seniors.” It might not be enough to reassure them. Another question was from a laidoff worker in Nevada, too young for Medicare, who asked about losing COBRA subsidies that help him keep insurance. Obama noted that the health law will help people like that join purchasing pools to gain competitive power to buy insurance. It won’t happen until 2014, so it won’t provide the immediate relief the Nevada worker is seeking. But, Obama said optimistically, 2014 “is right around the corner.” The Medicare rebate checks will be the first tangible benefits most recipients will be seeing from the law Obama signed in March, and the first batch of 80,000 is supposed to go out Thursday. The checks are going to reimburse seniors for money spent on prescription drugs. Seniors who fall into the “doughnut hole” gap are responsible for $3,610 in drug costs in 2010 before their Medicare coverage kicks in again. Obama also announced new measures Tuesday to combat Medicare fraud, including aiming to halve waste, fraud and abuse in the program by the end of 2012. Seniors are a key group for the White House, reliable voters who have demonstrated more skepticism than others about the law.

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U.N. vote on Iran sanctions set today

LONDON (AP) — The United States and its allies called for a U.N. vote Wednesday on imposing new sanctions on Iran’s suspect nuclear program, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said those would be followed by even stricter unilateral penalties by Washington and others. The international sanctions, up for a vote before the U.N. Security Council, would be tougher than preAssociated Press vious penalties but still far short of crippling economic punishments or In a June 5 file photo police officers escort Joran Van der Sloot, second right, an oil embargo. Gates, speaking in during a press conference at a police station in Lima, Peru. Peruvian police said London, predicted passage and said Tuesday that Joran van der Sloot has confessed to killing a young woman in his the U.S. and some of its European Lima hotel room last week. allies are considering additional tougher measures. “The strategy here is a combination of diplomacy and pressure to persuade the Iranians that they are headed in the wrong direction in terms of their own security, that they will undermine their security by pursuit of nuclear weapons, not enhance it,” Gates said. LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian police on Van der Sloot’s third full day in The final version of the U.N. resoplan to escort Joran van der Sloot, Peruvian custody at criminal police lution, which was obtained Monday who has allegedly confessed to last headquarters. by The Associated Press, would ban week’s killing of a 21-year-old busiMeanwhile the Dutch newspaper Iran from pursuing “any activity ness student in Lima, to the hotel De Volkskrant quoted the suspect’s related to ballistic missiles capable where the crime occurred, officials lawyer in the Netherlands as sugof delivering nuclear weapons,” bar said. gesting the confession may have been Iranian investment in activities such They also said Tuesday that police coerced. as uranium mining, and prohibit have until the weekend to file crimi“Joran told his mother crying Iran from buying several categories nal charges against the Dutchman Monday that he was being interroof heavy weapons including attack for the May 30 killing of Stephany gated under reasonably barbaric con- helicopters and missiles. Flores. ditions,” the paper quoted Bert De A list of new individuals and entiThe beating death occurred exactly Rooij saying. “He said the police were ties — including from Iran’s powerful five years after U.S. teenager Natalee trying to force him to confess.” Revolutionary Guard — that would Holloway disappeared in Aruba — Under such conditions, he said, the be subject to sanctions, including an assumed death in which Van der “confession was possibly false.” an asset freeze was agreed to on Sloot has long been considered the The state-appointed lawyer who Tuesday, a council diplomat familiar prime suspect by authorities on the represented Van der Sloot in initial with the negotiations said. Dutch island in the Caribbean. interrogations, Carla Odria, told the In New York, Mexico’s U.N. AP that a different lawyer, who she Ambassador Claude Heller, the curIt wasn’t clear if Van der Sloot was said was hired by the suspect, was rent council president, told reportrepresented by an attorney, and there with Van der Sloot on Monday. She ers that the Security Council vote was no comment from him or his said she did not know the lawyer’s would take place at 10 a.m. EDT on family about the reported confession. name. Authorities would not release Wednesday. Peru’s chief police spokesman, Col. the name of the lawyer. Heller also announced that the Abel Gamarra, told The Associated Officials at the Dutch Embassy, Security Council would hold a private Press late Monday that Van der Sloot who said the suspect’s family was meeting Tuesday afternoon on Iran, confessed earlier in the day. attempting to obtain private counwhich will meet some of the concerns Several Peruvian media outlets sel for Van der Sloot, could not be of Brazil and Turkey who had called reported, without identifying their reached for comment Tuesday on for an open “political debate” on the sources, that he admitted to killing whether a private lawyer had in fact broader Iranian nuclear issue first. Flores in a rage after learning she been retained. looked up information about his past Van der Sloot’s mother, who apparon his laptop without permission. ently lives in Aruba, also could not be La Republica said Van der Sloot located for comment. The suspect’s tearfully confessed, in the presence father, a former judge and attorney of a prosecutor and a state-appointed on Aruba, died in February. attorney, to grabbing Flores by the neck and hitting her because she had Flores, the daughter of a Peruvian viewed images about the Aruba case circus empresario and former on his computer while he was out race car driver, was found beaten buying coffee. to death, her neck broken, in the Gamarra, senior police officials and 22-year-old Dutchman’s hotel room. prosecutors would not provide details Police said the two met playing poker of the alleged confession, which came at a casino.

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Neither Brazil nor Turkey is one of the five veto-holding permanent members of the council, although both are currently non-permanent members of the 15-member body. They recently announced a fuelswap agreement with Iran aimed at addressing concerns that it may be enriching uranium for nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is purely peaceful, aimed at producing nuclear energy, but the United States and its Western allies believe Tehran’s real goal is to produce atomic weapons. After weeks of closed-door negotiations, the U.S., Britain and France won crucial support from Russia and China for new sanctions, but they have faced a tough campaign to get backing from the rest of the Security Council. When the original draft resolution was circulated on Oct. 18 — shortly after the Turkey-Brazil-Iran deal was announced — diplomats said Brazil refused to negotiate, and it has expressed opposition to new sanctions along with Turkey and Lebanon. The latest draft, circulated “in blue” text signaling it is in final form, adds language noting Turkey and Brazil’s efforts “that could serve as a confidence building measure.” The resolution, if adopted, would impose the fourth round of sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend its enrichment program and join talks with the five permanent council nations and Germany. The final draft also calls on all countries to cooperate in cargo inspections — which must receive the consent of the ship’s flag state — if there are “reasonable grounds” to believe these activities could contribute to Iranian nuclear activities. On the financial side, the draft calls on — but does not require — countries to block financial transactions, including insurance and reinsurance, and ban the licensing of Iranian banks if they have information that provides “reasonable grounds” to believe these activities could contribute to Iranian nuclear activities.

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Nation/world World Today Candidate backs Belgian break up

GHENT, Belgium (AP) — The frontrunner in Belgium’s elections this weekend is running on perhaps the ultimate in divisive proposals: the breakup of the nation. Despite its status as the home of the European Union, Belgium itself has long struggled with divisions between its 6 million Dutch-speakers and 4.5 million Francophones but until recently talk of a breakup has been limited to extremists. Now, Bart De Wever of the centrist New Flemish Alliance is pressing for exactly that. What once seemed a preposterous fantasy of the political fringes has, in the mouth of a man seen as a possible prime minister, suddenly takes on an air of plausibility.

Sex abuse crisis fuels dissidents

ROME (AP) — The clerical sex abuse crisis is energizing Roman Catholic dissidents who want to open up the priesthood to women and ditch celibacy requirements. They marched on Rome Tuesday even as Pope Benedict XVI called on priests to converge on the Vatican to cap a yearlong celebration of the priesthood. And in a sign of the deepening crisis, the faithful in traditionally Catholic Austria are at the forefront of demands for change. In Rome, church reformers demanded changes in the male-dominated church structure they say is responsible for covering up priestly sex abuse for decades, pressing their case on the eve of a three-day rally of the world’s priests summoned by Benedict.

Taliban stage public execution

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban staged a public execution in front of hundreds of tribesmen in the country’s northwest Tuesday after an Islamic court convicted the man of killing two brothers, intelligence officials and a local resident said. The execution illustrated the level of militant control in North Waziristan, a tribal area along the Afghan border that the U.S. has long pushed Pakistan to target. Many Islamist militants use North Waziristan as a base to launch attacks against NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Aquino victorious in election

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Benigno Aquino III, the son of Philippine democracy icons who promised to eradicate corruption and fight poverty among the country’s many ills, won the May presidential election by a landslide, the congressional count that ended Tuesday showed.

A fellow opposition politician and mayor of Manila’s Makati financial district, Jejomar Binay, won as vice president.

Palestinians hold up a Turkish flag as they take part in a demonstration against the Israeli naval commando raid on a flotilla attempting to break the blockade on Gaza, after prayers in Jerusalem’s Old City on June 4. Associated Press

Israeli military studying raid JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military said it will have its own experts examine what caused a naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla to turn deadly, while nations led by Turkey condemned the operation and intensified demands for an international investigation. Turkey’s president released a statement Tuesday from 21 Asian countries meeting at a security summit that said “all member states, except one, expressed their grave concern and condemnation for the actions undertaken by the Israeli Defense Forces.” President Abdullah Gul said 21 of the 22 nations in the grouping, which includes Israel, have also called on the Jewish state to end its blockade of Gaza and to agree to an international investigation of the incident. An overwhelming majority of the countries also called for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East and for Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and place all of its nuclear facilities under the safeguard of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Gul said. Israel managed to block a joint declaration by the group, whose decisions require consensus, that would have condemned the raid, forcing Turkey to issue a separate statement attached to the declaration.

Israel is widely believed to have a sizable nuclear arsenal. Israel refuses to confirm or deny the suspicions Israel’s so-called policy of nuclear ambiguity is a cornerstone of its military deterrence. It has long said that a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace must precede such weapons bans. Israel has never signed the non-proliferation treaty, which requires members to open nuclear facilities to inspection and to disarm. Israeli commandos rappelled onto the deck of one of the ships trying to break Israel’s threeyear-old blockade of Gaza. The soldiers were intercepted by a crowd of activists, setting off a clash that killed nine men — eight Turks and a Turkish American. Israel says its soldiers began shooting only after a mob of proPalestinian activists attacked them — a version backed up by video footage released by the army. But the activists and their supporters say Israeli commandos needlessly opened fire. The incident triggered a storm of criticism of Israel, which has rejected calls for an international investigation, saying it would be biased. Russia’s powerful prime minister, Vladimir Putin, added Moscow’s weight to the calls for

such a probe. “It has to be investigated specially,” Putin said at a news conference in Istanbul with Turkey’s prime minister, a fierce critic of Israel since its war in Gaza 18 months ago. The Israeli experts will review several internal military investigations already under way. The military said it expects findings by July 4 into what went wrong with last week’s naval operation. Israel has so far failed to defuse the calls as well as pressure to end the blockade, part of a landslide of diplomatic fallout that has included serious damage to its relations with Turkey, once the Jewish state’s most important Muslim ally. Israel says the blockade is needed to prevent the ruling Hamas militant group from importing weapons. While Israel and Turkey still have strong military ties, Turkey’s government has been building closer alliances over the past year with some of Israel’s most bitter enemies, including Iran and Syria. Turkey unofficially sponsored the flotilla’s lead ship, where the violence occurred. “We condemn this act,” Putin said of the raid. “The fact that it was conducted in neutral waters evokes special regret and requires separate consideration.”

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New fad is serious business for retailers and consumers

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any, silly, bama ... whatever you call them, they all amount to the same thing. One big fad. Rubber bands in the shape of just about anything you can imagine have taken over Rutherford County and the nation. Growing in popularity over the past month, the bands have been lauded by youngsters and retailers cashing in on the trend and chastised by doctors who say the bands could be harmful and school systems who have banned them for being a distraction. Stores like Main Street Emporium, Frame House Gallery and CVS carry various brands of bands and you can even find them at the local flea market. “We had them over two months ago,” said Vickie Campfield, who along with her husband, Mike, owns Frame House Gallery. “Our sales rep said they were selling like crazy in Charlotte.” The bands sat in the store for about six weeks and then one day the fad exploded. “I can’t keep them in now,” she said. The craze isn’t just for kids, Campfield said. Please see Bandz, Page 8B

Available in all shapes and colors, Silly Bandz, Bama Bandz, Zany Bandz and more have taken over the wrists of people of all ages in Rutherford County. When the bands are on your wrists, it’s hard to tell what they are. But when taken off, they return to their original shape – like rock band bandz, at right.

Struck silly by the bandz craze Jelly shoes. Slap bracelets. Hypercolor shirts. Grunge. I’ve seen a lot of fads in 33 years. But I’d never seen one quite as silly as the bandz craze. I started seeing signs for Silly Bandz a few weeks ago when I was at Myrtle Beach. Puzzled, I wondered what in the world bandz were and why the heck were they silly?

say I was struck silly. Courier Photographer Garrett Byers and I went Total to interview local store Mike and Vickie momsense owners Campfield about the craze that has them crazy with Allison Flynn phone calls. Mike said the store has had a hard time keeping them in stock, and was right to a degree. that when they recently ran Sensing this was someout at the disappointment thing I needed to write about, I started to research of a youngster looking for them, he tried to convince when I got home. I visited When I mentioned I the child that a regular the websites, took in the didn’t know what they rubber band would do. fact not all school systems were, dear Nathan in all his or parents were fans. “I told him it was a basfour-year-old wisdom piped ketball,” he said, smiling. up “I know what they are.” Vickie graciously dumped But it wasn’t until I saw He then explained they them in person did I under- out a set of rock star bandz were animal shaped brace- stand the appeal of Silly for us to take photos of and lets. And it turns out – he try on, and from then on Bandz. I guess you could

I was hooked. Knowing Nathan would love some bandz, I purchased several packs on the spot. Garrett was convinced I was crazy – or that the bandz were laced with some sort of hallucenogenic drug – until he tried some on. Yep, he’s now hooked too. When we returned to the newsroom with our finds, it turns out the bandz made several other Courier folks giddy too. We’ve passded them around, broken a few playing with them and even tested the glow-in-the-dark ones to see if they would indeed put off light in the

dark. And Nathan – he’s been bandtastic about mommy sharing his bandz. In fact, we’ve traded surfboards and flowers back and forth. It’s amazing how something so simple and cheap – bandz are around $5 for a package of 24, depending on the color and style – can make people happy. And you know what else I saw in a store window at the beach? Jelly shoes. And you know what? I don’t think 33 is too old to wear them! Contact Flynn via e-mail at aflynn@thedigitalcourier.com.


2B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, June 9, 2010

local Above average rainfall reported for county By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Above average rain fell in Rutherford County last month, according to data collected at the Broad River Water Authority off Union Road and at the Lake Lure Fire Dept. off US 64/74. Brad Boris, superintendent at BRWA said 7.33 inches of rain was recorded last month, which was almost 3.5 inches above average. According to his data, Rutherford has received 23.7 inches of rain in 2010, about 5 inches above normal thus far. The hottest day in

May was 90 degrees and the coolest was 39 degrees on May 11, according to Boris. In Lake Lure, Wendy Craig recorded 5.62 inches of rain last month. The hottest days in the Hickory Nut Gorge area were May 29 and May 30 at 90 degrees with the coolest day on May 9 with 41 degrees. A flash flood Wednesday, June 2 dropped 1.5 inches on the Lake Lure area, Craig also reported. Along the coast of North Carolina five counties, Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow and Pamlico, are recorded as abnormally dry,

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2010 EXPO award winners honored

FOREST CITY — The 2010 EXPO (Expanding One’s Ability to Reach One’s Potential) recipients were honored recently at a reception given by the Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation Mentors. The EXPO Award was created in memory of Mary O. Hamrick

who dedicated her life to helping young people achieve success. She taught in the Rutherford County School system for over 40 years and continued her work with young people as a volunteer for the McNair Foundation for 10 years. This award is funded by the McNair Mentors’

fundraising events and personal donations. Recipients of the EXPO Award must have a 2.25 GPA, a minimum of 25 hours of service learning experiences, and have demonstrated good character within the school and community. The recipients must also have applied and been

accepted to college. The recipients of the 2010 EXPO Award are Levi Carl, Amanda Greene, Leslie Hedgepath, Chris Hill, Nicole Jackson, Whitney Murray, Hunter Parker, Summer Painter, Mariah Simmons, Tiffany Smith, Jamie Spangler, Alexandria Winterburn.

Benefit supper/singing planned for this Friday

McClay awarded Betty Carpenter scholarship

RUTHERFORDTON — A spaghetti supper and benefit singing is scheduled Friday, June 18, at R-S Central High School for Kristen Ellenburg, a teacher at the school. She is a cancer patient. The spaghetti dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. for a $6 donation. The singing will begin at 7 p.m., featuring the groups In His

FOREST CITY —Jonathan Steven McClay is the 2010 winner of the Symphony of Rutherford County’s Betty Jo Carpenter Music Scholarship Award. The son of Cheryl Kennedy-Jones and Michael Jones of Bostic, McClay is graduating with honors from East Rutherford High School this year and plans to enroll at Gardner-Webb University this fall as a music education major with a concentration in trumpet. The Betty Jo Carpenter Music Scholarship was established in 2008 as a part of the Symphony’s celebration of its 20th

Glory, Golden Valley Crusaders and Southern Sounds. The emcee will be Wayne Hardin. There is no admission charge for the singing. Ellenburg is the wife of Aaron Ellenburg, who is an investigator with the Division of Motor Vehicles, and who previously worked at the Forest City Police Department. They have two children, ages 3 and 5.

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year of serving the community through music and music education. Named in honor of one of the orchestra’s former presidents and one of its greatest supporters, the scholarship is a one-time grant to a deserving student from Rutherford, Polk or Cleveland County. Selection, based on applicant interviews and auditions, is made by a committee from the Symphony. Previous winners have both been from Cleveland County. Jonathan McClay is our first winner from Rutherford County and the first who is also a member of the Symphony.

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Thomas the Tank Engine to visit Blowing Rock

BLOWING ROCK – All aboard for the best birthday party ever! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is set to roll into Tweetsie Railroad for the Day Out With Thomas™: The Celebration Tour 2010. All Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine and celebrate his 65th birthday. The event, which takes place June 4-13, 2010, will be hosted by Tweetsie Railroad and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company. For 65 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. Pulling out of the station for its 15th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of everybody’s favorite #1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps and temporary tattoos. Each year the tour grows, traveling to new destinations, add-

ing new activities and welcoming new visitors. In addition, to celebrate Thomas’ 65th birthday, fans will be invited to check out a minimuseum highlighting special moments and events over the years, make birthday cards for Thomas, and participate in other fun activities. Thomas the Tank Engine, star of Thomas & Friends™, on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS SproutSM kicked off his Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010 in March and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers through December. During the Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010, children will ride with Thomas up steep hills, around deep, blue lakes, and help him rescue his engine friends— if only in their imaginations. Day Out with Thomas 2010 activities include: A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, and hands on activities A special display at every DOWT location

celebrating 65 years of Thomas the Tank Engine 2010 commemorative merchandise and giveaways, including a mini-view finder giveaway that tells the story of Thomas’ upcoming adventure, Misty Island Rescue The tour provides a unique, interactive family experience at every station, offering a variety of entertaining activities that reflect the local flavor of each stop. Tweetsie Railroad activities will include amusement park rides for all ages, live entertainment including the Tweetsie Palace Saloon Show, Tweetsie’s Magical Extravaganza, mascot characters Hopper and Porter’s™ popular children’s show and much more. The approximately 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on both Saturdays (park open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays through Fridays (park open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010 are $32 for adults and $22 for children ages 3

through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Tickets are on sale now and available by logging onto www.tweetsie.com or calling toll free 1.877.TWEETSIE (877.893.3874). Print at home tickets are available online. For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010 event near you, visit www.thomasandfriends.com. For media use only: For high-resolution downloadable artwork or additional information please go to www. hitnewsonline.com and select Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2010 Artwork. About Tweetsie Railroad North Carolina’s first theme park opened on July 4, 1957, and is now in its 53nd season. The heart of the park is the famous threemile train ride behind Tweetsie Railroad’s historic steam locomotives, including Engine Number 12. Tweetsie Railroad is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains on Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, N.C. For more information about the

2010 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit www. tweetsie.com or call 1.877.TWEETSIE (1.877.893.3874). Become a Fan of Tweetsie Railroad at www.facebook.com/ Tweetsie or follow Tweetsie on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ TweetsieRR. About Thomas & Friends™ Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son nearly 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, PBS KIDS SproutSM and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com. About HIT Entertainment HIT Entertainment,

owned by private equity investment group Apax Partners, is one of the world’s leading independent children’s entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT’s portfolio includes properties, such as Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Thomas & Friends™, Pingu™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America and Japan, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK.

Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM, and international preschool channel JimJam, (outside of the US, UK and China). For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.

Local students named to GWU Dean’s List and Honor Rolls

BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner- Webb University is pleased to announce the following list of Rutherford County students who made the Dean’s List and Honor Roll during spring semester. Established in 1978, the purpose of the Dean’s List is to honor outstanding college students for their academic achievements for having a GPA of 3.7 or above. The Honor Roll List

recognizes outstanding college students who achieve a GPA between 3.2 and 3.7 through outstanding academic contribution during a semester. Students named to the lists are:

Honor Roll Cynthia Barnette – Social Sciences Jennifer Lane – Nursing Intended Kristen Norville – Elementary Education Cliffside: Dean’s List Joseph Carroll – Criminal Justice

Bostic: Dean’s List Monica Gurr – Business Administration Eliza Harris – Biology Ashley McCurry – Nursing Intended

Ellenboro: Dean’s List Wesley Hutchins – Criminal Justice Erica Rupp – Art James Withrow – Music Honor Roll Melinda Beam – Marketing Whitney Butler – Sociology Jennifer Flynn – Nursing Amanda McMellion – Undecided Jessica Smart – Elementary Education Dustin Strickland – Business Administration Forest City: Dean’s List Matthew Blanton – Health/Wellness Lori Cain – Computer Information Systems Rebecca Ennis – Art Joshua Padgett – Mathematics Jessie Roberts – Psychology Kara Sims Mathematics

Camp Golden Valley sets open house this Saturday Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Council will offer a variety of camping opportunities for girls this summer and in preparation for this exciting time, each resident camp will be holding an open house for girls and parents to come and check out everything camp has to offer. Camp Golden Valley will hold its open house on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come meet the 2010 summer staff, see where the girls live while away

from home, explore the camp surroundings and have all your questions answered. Camp tours are free. In an effort to raise money for the camp scholarship fund, popular camp activities will be open and food will be available for a small fee. All profits will go toward helping send girls to camp. For more information about camp, including descriptions and prices, please view the online 2010 brochure at www. girlscoutsp2p.org or call 800-672-2148.

Honor Roll Elizabeth Atkins – Nursing Intended Douglas Goodwin – Religious Studies Jody Herring – Psychology Jeff McCracken – Business Administration Jessica Smart – Elementary Education Jordan Waters – Business Administration Rutherfordton: Dean’s List Sheila Barnard – Accounting Mary Beam – Undecided Micah Carlson – Accounting Benjamin Cooper – Accounting Andre Dominguez – Undecided Richard Dominguez – Social Sciences Deborah McArthur – Elementary Education Honor Roll Gloria Hamilton – Business Administration Troy Harris – Social Sciences Courtney Marlowe – Nursing Intended Eva Parke – Nursing Intended Spindale Honor Roll Chasity Twitty – Elementary Education

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4B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, June 9, 2010 SHOE by Chris Cassat and Gary Brookins

THE GRIZZWELLS by Bill Schoor

BROOM-HILDA by Russell Myers

DILBERT by Scott Adams

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Imagination gets a workout Dear Abby: I am a soldier currently deployed in Iraq. My unit’s mission has ended, but we must remain here for the next two months with no real mission to occupy our time. Because of this, I — along with other soldiers — spend free time in the gym. Recently, a female American civilian contractor has started working out at the same time I do. She’s gorgeous and wears skimpy, provocative clothing while working out. Because I have not seen a female in civilian clothes for many months, I find it hard not to stare. Is it wrong for me to stare? Should I confront her and tell her that her clothing distracts me from my workout and makes me feel uncomfortable? — Cruel and Unusual unishment Dear Cruel and Unusual: You know darn well that it’s wrong to stare. Didn’t your mother tell you that staring is rude? Do not “confront” the woman. Have a gym supervisor talk to her or you might get in trouble for harassment. Or better yet — change the time of your workout. Dear Abby: My father died six months ago after many years of declining health. He was 87 and had lived a long and rich life. My oldest brother insists we have an annual celebration on my father’s

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birthday at Dad’s favorite Chinese restaurant. This isn’t how I want to honor my father. He was a simple man who liked working “behind the scenes.” Everyone in our large family showed up at the restaurant, and my mother and brother loved all the attention. I do not want to memorialize my father this way, but not participating will create a rift. Should I stay true to myself and honor Dad in my own quiet way, or fake it and go to this annual shindig that is really about my brother? — Manipulated Dear Manipulated: That’s a decision I can’t make for you. You need to weigh the benefits of honoring your MOTHER’S feelings against the fallout your absence would create. While this celebration may have been your brother’s idea, he really doesn’t figure into the equation. If your father died at 87, your mother may not be around much longer and you’ll have many years to honor your dad in your own quiet way.

Are water softeners bad for health Dear Dr. Gott: I reside in an independent-living complex. When it was built in 2001, they put soft water throughout our water system on both the hot and cold faucets. Could this cause problems such as high blood pressure, neuropathy, dementia and more? Many of the residents have had to take pills for high blood pressure and were never on them before. Some of these people are over 70 years old. Many of our residents are in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is scary knowing that possibly the salt water in our water system could be causing these problems. A faucet in the basement of our building isn’t connected to the system, so residents go there for a supply. The complex owner says he checked with a doctor who says the amount of salt in the water would not be harmful to us. Do we have a chance of having a

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real problem here? Should the water be changed? Dear Reader: Hard water causes a buildup of chemicals in household pipes, stains sinks, discolors laundry, and dries out skin following bathing. That said, the National Research Council has gone on record stating that drinking hard water does not pose health risks. While I don’t know what the condition of the water is in your area, obviously the owner of your complex determined that installing a watersoftener system was the best way to go financially in the long run.

IN THE STARS Your Birthday, June 9 GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - There isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t work on a couple of things simultaneously if you can handle them without any trouble. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Give some credence to your intuition instead of depending solely on logic and realism. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Be patient and a good listener even when someone is belaboring his/her points. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Staying flexible with both your thinking and tactics will enable you to make the necessary alterations when needed. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - When used constructively to gain new knowledge, curiosity can be one of your more valuable assets. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Before getting yourself immersed in something new, step back to study things and think about alternatives. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - If you have to contend with an unforeseen development, don’t make any abrupt changes. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Take the time to discuss in detail a matter that others view as abrasive. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Being in a gregarious mood, others will find you pleasant, and won’t be able to help themselves. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - One of your more effective assets is your resourcefulness, which you’ll use most brilliantly today. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - If there is someone who has been on your mind, and you would love to chat with, don’t wait to hear from him/her. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Take some time to figure out where you stand financially.


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of VALLIE NAOMI MCDANIEL TONEY of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said VALLIE NAOMI MCDANIEL TONEY to present them to the undersigned on or before the 2nd day of September, 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 2nd day of June, 2010. Tammy Christine Toney Raduege, Administrator 149 S. Woodland Ave. Forest City, NC 28043

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CLASSIFIEDS! STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF RUTHERFORD IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK 10 SP 170 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST FROM KRISTI VERNON AND LEE B. VERNON, TO BB&T COLLATERAL SERVICE CORPORATION, TRUSTEE, DATED APRIL 14, 2006 RECORDED IN BOOK 898, PAGE 622, RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTRY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Pursuant to an order entered May 18, 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 JUNE 22, 2010 3:30 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: Being all of Lot 109 as depicted on that plat entitled "Phase l 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. Also conveyed herewith for the benefit of the subject property are non-exclusive rights-of-way and easements over and across the private roads of Bill’s Mountain depicted on the plats recorded at Plat Book 26, Pages 148-150 as revised including by those plats recorded at Plat Book 26, Page 165, Plat Book 26, Page 227, Plat Book 26, Page 228, Plat Book 26, Pages 352-354, and Plat Book 26, Page 355, and the utility easements referred to in the restrictive covenants of Bill’s Mountain, for ingress, egress and regress, and for the installation and maintenance of utilities. Rutherford County Registry, and the utility easements referred to in the restrictive covenants of Bill’s Mountain, for ingress, egress and regress, and for the installation and maintenance of utilities. In the Trustee’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 Kristi Vernon. 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. The purchaser of the property described above shall pay the Clerk’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. To the extent this sale involves residential property with less than fifteen (15) rental units, you are hereby notified of the following: a. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to Section 45-21.29 of the North Carolina General Statutes 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; and b. 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 18th day of May, 2010. SPRUILLCO, LTD. By:__________________________ James S. Livermon, III Vice President 130 S. Franklin Street P.O. Box 353 Rocky Mount, NC 27802 (252) 972-7051 BBT001-00000749

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Notice to Creditors Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Phillip Weldon Payne, of Rutherford County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 26th day of August, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned.

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Experienced Sales Assoc. wanted. Highly motivated. Well paid. Call Wayne at Forest City Honda 286-2614

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NORTH CAROLINA RUTHERFORD COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE REMOVAL OF APPROXIMATELY EIGHT GRAVES FROM AN UNNAMED FAMILY PLOT CEMETERY LOCATED ON PROPERTY NOW OWNED BY STONECUTTER MILLS CORPORATION, LOCATED IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, STATE PROJECT/WBS NO. 34400.2.2, PARCEL NO. 034, I.D. NO. R-2233AA. NOTICE Notice is hereby given to the known and unknown relatives of those persons buried in approximately eight graves in an unnamed family plot cemetery located on property now owned by Stonecutter Mills Corporation, and located in Rutherford County, North Carolina, found within the right of way of State Project/WBS No. 34400.2.2, Parcel No. 034, I.D. No. R-2233AA; that said unnamed family plot cemetery does not have a commonly known name and is located approximately 1,650 feet north of the Broad River, at or near Survey Station 112+50, Survey Line-L, on U.S. 221 in Forest City, in Rutherford County, North Carolina; that the names of the deceased persons to be moved are unknown; that the Department of Transportation has not been able to ascertain the closest next of kin or the only known relative for the said deceased persons; that the approximate eight graves to be moved will be relocated and re-interred to a site to be determined; that a complete record of where the eight subject graves of the unknown deceased persons will be re-interred will be on file with the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina. You are further notified that there are approximately eight graves found within the unnamed family plot cemetery which are being moved and the Department of Transportation will be responsible for all reasonable expenses pertaining under the provisions of North Carolina General Statute §65-13 and that the removal will begin after this notice has been published once a week for four consecutive weeks over a period of thirty (30) days in The Daily Courier newspaper in Forest City, North Carolina. This the 12th day of May, 2010. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION By: Virgil Pridemore Manager of Right of Way Richard G. Sowerby DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Publication Dates: 5/19, 5/26, 6/2 & 6/9/2010

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6B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, WEDNESDAY, June 9, 2010 NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE 10-SP-219 UNDER AND BY VIRTUE OF the power and authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed and delivered by Lee Craig Edgerton and Lori Elizabeth Edgerton, Husband and Wife, dated the 7th day of September, 2004, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, North Carolina, in Book 806 at Page 618 and because of default in the payment of the indebtedness thereby secured and 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 in the County Courthouse of Rutherford County, in the city of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, at 11:00 AM on the 23rd day of June, 2010, all that certain parcel of land, more particularly described as follows:

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF RUTHERFORD IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK 10 SP 168 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST FROM JOSHUA R. HODGE AND LYNN R. HODGE, TO BB&T COLLATERAL SERVICE CORPORATION, TRUSTEE, DATED MAY 21, 2004 RECORDED IN BOOK 792, PAGE 312, RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTRY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE

IMPROVEMENTS: House and lot/Condominium/or Lot LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lying and being in Green Hill Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being a portion of those properties of Ernestine Edgerton as described in deed of record in Deed Book 395, Page 679, Rutherford County Registry, and being described by metes and bounds in accordance with a survey and plat by Nathan Odom dated November 9, 1988 (a copy of which is attached hereto) as follows: BEGINNING at an iron pin in the centerline of State Road 1180, which iron pin marks the location where the old western line of properties described in deed of record in Deed Book 395, Page 679, Rutherford County Registry crosses State Road 1180, said iron pin further lying about 3/10 of a mile southeast of Clark Road and being the northernmost corner of the 3.00 acre tract conveyed to Quinton Petty by deed of record in Deed Book 458, Page 203, Rutherford County Registry, and proceeds thence North 04 degrees 09 minutes 56 seconds East 43.61 feet to an iron pin; thence North 54 degrees 42 minutes 20 seconds East 59.03 feet to an iron pin; thence, along with the common boundary with the properties of Alfred Landrum, South 04 degrees 44 minutes 19 seconds West 75.59 feet to an iron pin, South 89 degrees 32 minutes 36 seconds East 34.63 feet to an iron pin, North 72 degrees 45 minutes 20 seconds East 78.89 feet to an iron pin, South 69 degrees 25 minutes 40 seconds East 91.38 feet to an iron pin, South 81 degrees 07 minutes 55 seconds East 52.24 feet to an iron pin, and South 71 degrees 50 minutes 28 seconds East 40.00 feet to an iron pin; thence, along and with the common boundary with David Landrum, South 71 degrees 50 minutes 28 seconds East 105.97 feet to an iron pin, North 78 degrees 01 minute 32 seconds East 94.06 feet to an iron pin, and South 78 degrees 54 minutes 28 seconds East 187.55 feet to an iron pin; thence South 46 degrees 13 minutes 16 seconds West 445.77 feet to an iron pin and South 67 degrees 07 minutes 32 seconds West (crossing an iron pin at 161.39 feet) a total distance of 187.70 feet to a point in the centerline of State Road 1180; thence, along and with the centerline of State Road 1180, North 22 degrees 52 minutes 28 seconds West 91.19 feet, North 26 degrees 14 minutes 31 seconds West 266.13 feet to a PK nail, and North 23 degrees 33 minutes 40 seconds West 147.81 feet to the point and place of BEGINNING, containing 4.12 acres, more or less. ADDITIONAL POSSIBLE STREET ADDRESS FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY: 241 Matthew Church Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Notice & Disclaimer: The listed street address may be incorrect and is stated hereby for informational and reference purposes only. The Substitute Trustee makes no certifications or warranties that said street address is accurate or correct. It is each potential bidder's duty to determine with his/her own title examination that said street address is correct and matches the above legal description. The above legal description describes the property being sold and shall be controlling. PRESENT RECORD OWNERS as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds not more than 10 days prior to posting the notice are Lee Craig Edgerton and Lori Elizabeth Edgerton Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §45-21.23. In the event that this sale is one of residential real property with less than 15 rental units, an order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to NCGS §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. That upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of forty-five (45) cents per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308 (a)(1). This sale is also subject to any applicable county and/or state land transfer and/or revenue tax, and the successful third party bidder shall be required to make payment for such tax. 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 Instrument, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee of 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. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, special assessments, land transfer taxes, if any, encumbrances of record, including prior Deeds of Trust. The Substitute Trustee reserves the right to require a cash deposit or certified check made payable to the Substitute Trustee (no personal checks) for five percent (5%) of the purchase price or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, at the time of the sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all remaining amounts are due immediately. 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 their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. 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 the 2nd day of June, 2010. The Caudle Law Firm, P.A., Substitute Trustee By: David R. Caudle President & Attorney at Law State Bar Number 6075 2101 Rexford Road, Suite 165W Charlotte, North Carolina 28211 http://www.caudlelawfirm.com

Pursuant to an order entered May 18, 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 JUNE 22, 2010 3:30 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: LYING AND BEING IN COLFAX TOWNSHIP, RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, AND BEING A PART OF THE PROPERTY IN DEED RECORDED IN DEED BOOK 516, PAGE 691, RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTRY, AND ALSO THAT DEED RECORDED IN DEED BOOK 510, PAGE 20, RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTRY, AND BEING DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS ACCORDING TO A SURVEY BY CHARLES D. OWENS, REGISTERED LAND SURVEYOR, DATED OCTOBER 5, 1987, AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A POINT IN THE CENTER OF STATE ROAD NO. 1775, WHICH POINT IS NORTH 61 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 15 SECONDS WEST 661.24 FEET AND THENCE NORTH 66 DEGREES 27 MINUTES 40 SECONDS WEST 191.99 FEET AND THENCE NORTH 64 DEGREES 12 MINUTES 50 SECONDS WEST 312.17 FEET AND THENCE NORTH 70 DEGREES 03 MINUTES 40 SECONDS WEST 130.8 FEET FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE CENTERLINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 1775, WITH THE CENTERLINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 1776 AND RUNS THENCE FROM THE BEGINNING NORTH 07 DEGREES 48 MINUTES 05 SECONDS EAST 564.83 FEET TO A POINT IN THE OLD NORTHERN LINE; AND THENCE WITH THE OLD NORTH LINE NORTH 85 DEGREES 18 MINUTES 55 SECONDS WEST 221.17 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE SOUTH 07 DEGREES 48 MINUTES 05 SECONDS WEST 510 FEET TO A POINT IN THE CENTER OF STATE ROAD NO. 1775; THENCE WITH THE CENTER OF SAID ROAD SOUTH 72 DEGREES 27 MINUTES 15 SECONDS EAST 109.78 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE CONTINUING WITH THE CENTER OF SAID ROAD SOUTH 70 DEGREES 03 MINUTES 40 SECONDS EAST 115.22 FEET TO THE BEGINNING, CONTAINING 2.72 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. THE 2.72 ACRE TRACT HEREINABOVE DESCRIBED INCLUDES THAT 1.00 ACRE TRACT HERETOFORE CONVEYED BY DEED DATED DECEMBER 16, 1991, FROM JOHNNIE FAY GREENE AND WIFE, RISPEY CHRISTINE GREEN, TO BRUCE GREENE AND WIFE, LINDA GREENE, RECORDED IN DEED BOOK 587, PAGE 682, RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTRY. Tax Map Reference: 16-25792 Being that parcel of land conveyed to JOSHUA R. HODGE from BRUCE W. GREENE AND WIFE, LINDA W. GREENE by that deed dated 05/15/2000 and recorded 05/15/2000 in deed book 753, at page 643 of the RUTHERFORD County, NC Public Registry. In the Trustee’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 Joshua R. Hodge. 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. The purchaser of the property described above shall pay the Clerk’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. To the extent this sale involves residential property with less than fifteen (15) rental units, you are hereby notified of the following: a. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to Section 45-21.29 of the North Carolina General Statutes 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; and b. 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. 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Bandz Continued from Page 1B

“I sold some recently to a 25 year old photographer,” she said. “I’ve had school teachers who are wearing them.” While there isn’t any one particular shape or color that seems to be the most popular, she said, there is one Campfield’s been anxiously awaiting. “I keep waiting on the tie-dyed glow-in-the-dark monkey,” she said. Phone calls pour into the store about the bands. As customers milled about, Campfield answered a call Friday. “The religious bands are coming,” she said. “We hope they’ll be here next week.” Grandmother Phyllis Shepard visited the store to see what the bands were. “My daughter wouldn’t let my granddaughter have them and I wanted to see what they were,” she said. Picking out some alphabet bands and animal bands, Shepard said, “I’m going to buy her some.” Parents and grandparents come in during the day to pick out bands for their kids, Campfield said. And in the afternoons, the kids themselves come in to pick out the plastic prizes. “I’m wondering if it (bands sales) will go down after school is out for summer,” she said. Probably not, as the fad seems no where near fading out fast. Sisters Jesse and Jennie Conner each have around 60 bandz and are always looking to add to their collection. Jesse’s favorite, she said, are the night crawlers, while Jennie prefers two-colored bands. Jennie is in search of an octopus shaped band and a castle – she traded her octopus for a castle, which snapped. Jesse trades her bands because she said there are kids at school who have “way cooler Silly Bandz than mine.” “I have a whole stack that are for trading,” she said. “They are fun to collect, and I love to try to figure out which ones are which on my wrist.” The girls’ mom, Kim Conner, said the fad is cool because it’s not terribly expensive and if one gets lost or broken, it’s not the end of the world. “I tried to think if we had any fads

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