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Former Marine Mendel S. Fowler receives the Purple Heart Medal from Army Capt. Scott Browne at the National Guard Armory in Forest City Saturday.

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FOREST CITY — Dressed in his military dress uniform and sitting tall in a wheelchair, Vietnam veteran and former Marine Mendel S. Fowler was joined by family and friends July 10 at a medals ceremony in his honor. More than 40 years have passed since Fowler, 65, of Asheville earned the Purple Heart and three other medals citing his bravery in Vietnam. But he had never received them. Fowler was helped from his wheelchair and, using a walker, stood at attention at the National Guard Armory as Army Capt. Scott Browne of the N.C. National Guard 878th Engineer Co. presented the medals. Browne ceremonially pinned the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal on Fowler’s lapel. Fowler raised his arm and, with a white-gloved hand, returned a salute to Browne after Please see Marine, Page 6A

The Roundtable of Rutherford County will meet Wednesday for an informational session as the group continues to work toward moving the county forward. The makeup of the Rountable includes a diverse group of Rutherford County residents who are looking for ways to make a positive impact on the county, which was largely built on the textile industry and is trying to transform its economy. A goal of Wednesday’s meeting — set for 1:30 p.m. in the County Office Building on Main Street in Rutherfordton ­— will involve putting together a solid plan to help guide the county’s future. The group, through meetings with leaders in other counties and the sharing of ideas, is trying to identify best practices and, said Frankie McWhorter, help to get people on track. “This is an attempt to say, ‘OK, we need to determine some action items and, folks, you are the leaders. You need to make this happen,’” said McWhorter, a former tourism officer for the state who is now retired. An informational session with an economic development professional is in the works. “We’ll be looking at, as much as anything out, how to educate people and how to move forward,” she said. She wants community leaders to begin identifying critical items for the county in an effort to find a focus and begin taking action. “I hope we can begin that thought process.” The county is working with the N.C. Rural Center and N.C. State University, which will offer their expertise as well as provide program options. “The Rural Center has made a commitment to provide us some leadership, help and information,” McWhorter said. In August, a team from Graham County will meet with the group. In the past year, McWhorter said in an e-mail, the team from Graham leveraged more than a million dollars in projects for their county, which has a population of about 8,000. The Department of Commerce, through the 21st Century Program and ARC funding, has offered a grant to the Roundtable to provide increased awareness about successes and positive changes in other communities. In addition, the money can be used to build the capacity of Roundtable participants and

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Williams weary, determined By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Six months after an earthquake devastated areas of the Haitian capital of Port-AuPrince, Webby Williams of Green Hill returned to check on children at an orphanage that he and his family established more than 20 years ago. “Oh, Lord, I don’t know where to start,” a disappointed and weary Williams said after returning home July 9. “It’s ground zero there, and I can’t see anything is being done. “Nothing much has happened, and I believe they have accepted what they have and are just trying to move on,” he said.

Prince last week since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Jan. 12. The epicenter was 15 miles from PortAu-Prince near The Way of Jesus orphanage, which was established by Williams, his family and supporters from across the county and surrounding states. The orphanage was spared damage except for a portion of blocks being laid for the construction of a second story. Some of the blocks were knocked down, but Williams and others are working on the upper floor. The second floor will house missionaries and volunteers when they arrive. Contributed photos “The orphanage is tremendously Webby Williams gets a head rub from one of his chilblessed,” Williams said. “It is good

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Spindale commissioners to review cab request By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

SPINDALE — Commissioners here will review a request for a taxicab service in town and discuss tax foreclosures as part of their July meeting Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Spindale House. James Raines has requested the town approve operation of a taxi in town limits. His request must come before the board according to the Town Code of Ordinances Chapter 113. Raines already operates his business, Discount Taxi, throughout most of Rutherford County, including in and around Spindale and runs

the business with only one car and Raines as the only driver. Also at the meeting, board members will hear a request from the Rutherford County Traffic Control asking the Spindale Fire Department to donate their former equipment van to the traffic control. “As a volunteer with the Spindale Fire Department, I know that the department will be getting rid of the old equipment van when the new van is in service,” wrote traffic control chief Forest Glen “Beadie” Hollfield in his request to the board. “I am making a request that the old van be donated to our group to assist us to service the town and

other communities in time of emergency and when there are festivals going on.” The group hopes to use the van to transport road barricades and other traffic-control equipment. Town Manager Cameron McHargue will ask board members to consider foreclosure actions against several property owners with delinquent taxes. “The town has invested time and effort into cleaning up some of these properties; with the ongoing passage of time the town is less likely to be compensated for these actions,” McHargue wrote in a memo. “Should this pattern continue,

these expenses may never be recovered.” The properties being discussed are: n Gertrude Foster heirs; 289 Ledbetter Road n Elmer Patterson: 152 New Hampshire St. n James B. Camp: 239 Florida Ave. n Phyllis Pruitt: Cowan Street n Ronnie Alan and Cynthia Alley McCombs: 213 Church St. Finally, the planning board has sent a draft of a new sign ordinance for review. . Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

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FOREST CITY — A public hearing to consider an amendment to the emergency repair grant for the Grahamtown area is scheduled at the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday. The board normally meets at 6 p.m., but Monday’s meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The town is substituting one beneficiary of the project due to several original beneficiaries not meeting the grant criteria. The town has already eliminated or assisted the three alternates in the original application. The N.C. Department of Commerce funded a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant in 2009 to make

urgently needed repairs to seven houses. The board also will consider an annexation petition for Petroleum World property on U.S. 221A. At the Monday meeting, the board will receive a certificate of sufficiency, will receive financial impact information and, if council agrees, will adopt a resolution calling for a

public hearing on Aug. 2. In other business, the board will: n consider approval of a Crown Castle tower easement agreement. n consider asking the Department of Transportation to study the possible removal of the traffic signal at South Powell and South Broadway streets.

Chamber plans tour-bus service By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — As the new “Park and Ride” shuttle service begins Monday in the Hickory Nut Gorge area, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce hopes to have tour-bus service up and running by next month. Chamber Executive Director Rick Austin said the bus service will run twice a week, transporting tourists from western to eastern Rutherford County to visit attractions. “We are providing the 47,000 visitors that come through the visitor center in Lake Lure an opportunity to spend a day in this side of the county visiting the museum and the historic buildings,” Austin said. Statistics show the majority of visitors who come to Rutherford County arrive in the Hickory Nut Gorge area. “From what I’m hearing, after people have been in Lake Lure or Chimney Rock two or three days, Forest City Daily Co People_1.833inx3in they areCourier_Ruth looking for other things to do,” Austin said. “There is so much stuff to do that people can take advantage of here,” Austin said. He said tourists in the west need to know about the farm museums, car museum, KidSenses children’s museum and the historic buildings in this part of the county. “We’re putting together a one-day guided tour.” He said the tour might not allow enough time at all the attractions, “but that means they can come back.” In addition to the bus tour, new brochures in the Hickory Nut Gorge area will inform tourists about the county’s other attractions. Austin said it will be another month before the logistics between the two areas are worked out.

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In a July 8, 2010 file photo Sen, R. C. Soles, Jr., left, and Sen. Jim Jacumin, right, talk during a break in their session in Raleigh, N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles was known for getting things done for his rural district. In recent years, his legislative accomplishments have been overshadowed by a strange series of events that culminated with him shooting a former law client after another man with him tried to kick down the lawmaker’s door. Soles, whose 42 years in the General Assembly made him North Carolina’s longest continuously serving lawmaker, quietly cast what is likely his last vote in the middle of the night last weekend.

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Longest-serving lawmaker leaves after shooting RALEIGH (AP) — Sen. R.C. Soles was known for getting things done for his rural district. In recent years, his legislative accomplishments have been overshadowed by a strange series of events that culminated with him shooting a former law client after another man with him tried to kick down the lawmaker’s door. Soles, whose 42 years in the General Assembly made him North Carolina’s longest continuously serving lawmaker, quietly cast what is likely his last vote in the middle of the night last weekend. Faced with the prospect of a felony assault charge for the shooting — along with his father’s declining health and ever-increasing campaign expenses — he decided last December it was time to retire. Barring a veto override or special session, he won’t be back. “My father had just absolutely begged me not to run,” the soft-spoken Soles said in an interview, but “I’d be untruthful if I didn’t say that all (the legal) problems I’ve had the last year had something to do with it.” His final year in office has been difficult. Soles pleaded guilty in February to misdemeanor assault, ending an embarrassing episode for a political giant in small-town North Carolina who was first elected to

the House in 1968 before switching to the Senate in 1977 for the rest of his 21 two-year terms. His 98-yearold father died in May, after he had already decided not to run again. “It’s been a good ride,” an emotional Soles said. “I’ve had good and bad. I have tried to avoid criticizing those who have thrown the stones. I’ve tried to be courteous and nice to those who threw bouquets. But I really don’t have any regrets.” The attorney represents three largely rural southeastern counties and is known jokingly back home as “The Boss” or “The Godfather” because of how he used his understanding of the legislative process to get things done for his district, like getting a prison built in 2008 that generated more than 500 jobs. His larger-than-life persona back home led to complaints he was too powerful or only looked out for his friends. This year, Soles filed a bill that would have allowed his local district attorney — who wasn’t involved in his criminal case — to get retirement benefits earlier when he leaves office this year. Soles “may have been effective at helping his cronies and his friends, but as far as helping the general public his county is one of the poorest counties in North Carolina,” said Bettie Fennell, a Republican who

narrowly lost to Soles in the 2008 election. Then there are the odd events back home. Soles, a lifelong bachelor who has amassed wealth through his law practice, said he tries to help neighbors and clients by giving them money for necessities so they can try to turn their lives around. He called local police numerous times over two years to warn of men whom officers charged with trespassing at his home. Often, Soles declined to press charges, but he did pepper-spray one of them, according to police reports and his own account. The most violent incident was last August, when a prosecutor said Soles shot ex-client Kyle Blackburn in the leg after another man with him tried to kicked open the front door of the lawmaker’s home in Tabor City, about 140 miles south of Raleigh. Blackburn wasn’t badly hurt, but the state Attorney General’s office charged Soles with a felony. Soles’ attorneys said he shot Blackburn in self-defense but he ultimately took a plea deal to avoid the chance of losing his law license, being removed from office or going to prison. He paid a $1,000 fine and received no jail time. “We were convinced that I could win the case,” Soles said, but in a

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trial, “you can never know.” Friends and political allies said Soles’ ex-clients took advantage of his generosity and that he kept great restraint in not killing the intruder. “If someone had come kicking down by door, I wouldn’t have shot him in the leg,” said Buddy Byrd, a Columbus County commissioner who has known Soles since the 1960s. A former client also claimed Soles fondled him more than a decade ago when he was 15, though he later recanted. The State Bureau of Investigation is still reviewing the claims, according to a spokeswoman. Soles has said he didn’t molest the boy. While recent months were bittersweet for Soles, he was feted by his colleagues as the session wound down. Lawmakers voted to update a 2005 resolution that had named him an official “North Carolina institution.” He received a plaque from fellow Senate Democrats at a private party. “He worked in an area of North Carolina that got lost in what went good for North Carolina,” said Senate leader Marc Basnight, D-Dare. “It had little much more than tobacco or strawberries or watermelons. He represented the little people as well anyone could have.”

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here has long been speculation and debate around Rutherford County on the reasons why we are not picked even when we are in the running for new industrial projects. Usually this speculation tries to point the blame at community leaders for not doing something or other. The speculation usually goes ‘they’ didn’t want this to happen. Or ‘they’ blew it. We play this blame game so easily and maybe it makes some feel better if they can have a scapegoat, but the truth is it does nothing to help. The fact is ‘they’ are us. There is not a secret conclave of people in the county who give a thumbs up or thumbs down on any of these decisions. All the incentives and negotiating tools in these cases are established. Rutherford County leaders can offer only what is allowed. The companies involved are making the decisions. They consider not just the incentives but a range of other factors including available infrastructure and a variety of other factors. They look at the educational levels of the workforce. They look at training opportunities. They look for political stability. They look at how a community interacts with its existing industry. This is just a sampling of the issues they examine. When companies look for new locations, they look for communities that are taking care of themselves, addressing their problems proactively and trying to better themselves. Instead of trying find blame when we miss a chance to land a new industry, perhaps we should find out where we came up short so that we can address our weaknesses.

Latest ethics reforms will help RALEIGH – Gauging the historical significance of the moment isn’t an easy task. So, perhaps the political upheaval and scandal in North Carolina over the past five or six years will turn into just a footnote in the state’s political history, blotted out by future events. I don’t think so. Criminal investigations that send a state House speaker off to prison, lead to the indictment of a top lieutenant of a former governor and put that former governor under threat of indictment are not historical norms for North Carolina. That’s not to suggest that politics and scandal of one sort or the other haven’t always gone together. It always will when, as Will Rogers once said, politics is really just the art of divvying up the swag. Until recently, state contracting was where political scandal usually reared its head in North Carolina. That’s no longer the case because of shifts in money and power. It’s no coincidence that Jim Black became just the second House speaker to serve more than two terms, the first Democratic speaker to oversee a modern-day, multi-million dollar fund-raising operation, and the

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first to be sent to prison. It may be no coincidence that Mike Easley was just the second governor to enjoy veto power and the first to use it, and is now the subject of a serious criminal investigation. These scandals have only happened as political power has become more concentrated among the governor, House speaker and Senate president pro tem. They’ve only happened as the money moving through legislative campaigns has gone from a dribble to a torrent. Obviously, some people have performed better under this test of power than Black or Easley. That doesn’t mean that the test hasn’t become tougher. But the test could also become easier in the future. Defenders of Black and Easley would say that one of the reasons that they ran into trouble is because the rules weren’t so clear. Whether you agree with that assessment or not, prior to 2005,

North Carolina’s laws to ensure that elected and appointed officials kept it out of the ditch didn’t contemplate six-figure legislative campaigns and modernday fund-raising operations in which legislative leaders raised millions. Three separate batches of ethics reform laws passed by the legislature over the last five years are an inevitable response to that money and the need to draw brighter lines in the fray around it. State lawmakers passed the latest ethics reforms in the wee hours of Saturday morning, just before adjourning for the year. Like their earlier efforts, the legislation will make for better government. It makes criminal penalties tougher for exceeding donation limits by giving in the name of an employee or someone else. It requires that more fundraising activities be disclosed. It allows the public to know more about state worker raises, promotions or firings. The latest laws draw those clearer lines. And they do something else: They seek to restore some equilibrium to a state of politics that’s been missing it for some time. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.

Biblical Christianity will always be intolerant Heresy has always been and always will be. And this is why the Scriptures warned the early church and us today to be aware of the ravening wolves that enter in wearing sheep’s clothing. The modern secularist sees no place for Biblical Christianity in their scenario of what guides their lives so those who hold to a literal interpretation of Scripture either need therapy or need a mental transport into the 21st century. While the mantra for the age is “do not judge” the glaring truth of the matter is the Word of God is intolerant and demands judgment. A reading of either the Old or New Testaments reveals a God who sets boundaries and administers unbiased judgment. Human behavior that has recently been deemed as acceptable is still sin in the eyes of God. No judge or court on the planet can make what God deems as wrong right. In an effort to ease guilt and pander to a troubled conscience, man has taken the truth of God and made it into a lie. And for that they are damned. I know, harsh words, but who is right? God or man. Welcome to the dark and circuitous world of human-

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ism. We have now moved into regions of confusion through infidelity to truth that was prophesied in the days of the first apostles. The true church has always struggled to hold to true apostolic faith to the extremes of exile and martyrdom, yet miraculously surviving 2000 years of attack and persecution. Biblical liberals don’t want literal interpretation of Scripture. So the outcome is inevitable. So the battle lines are established: a modern and liberal interpretation of the Scriptures is leading to a great chasm. God and society will not tolerate certain behavior. But while society nay shift away from being morally informed by the Word of God, God cannot change because He is God and cannot change, thank the Lord. I am not surprised or dismayed by all the things we see. These things must come to pass as the tares and wheat ripen and the

sheep and goats are being distinguished. Goats and tares, to use Biblical symbolism, are not tolerated in the Kingdom of God. They will not enter in. That is Biblical, righteous intolerance. St. John, writing to the seven churches in Asia Minor, in the book of Revelation, is warning Christians of coming persecution. He explains that apostate Judaism is going to be destroyed, along with the temple and Jerusalem. He is telling the churches to be prepared and stand true in these days to come. One note of interest is the letter to the church of Thyatira, which has relevance to our day in the church. They were commended for their good works but had great defect because of their doctrinal and moral laxity. They were opposite from the church at Ephesus church as they were commended for their doctrinal purity. The elders of the Thyatiran church were rebuked because they had allowed false doctrine to enter. This false doctrine was given a name; the culprit here was called Jezebel, identifying the evil with the wicked queen of Israel of the ninth

century B.C. who led Israel into idolatrous and adulterous worship of pagan gods. This is our problem today. Many want mixture. They want to have one foot in the “world” and one foot in the kingdom of God. The church at Thyatira was fighting the same problem the church of today fights — compromising with pagan and ungodly world views. What is a 21st century interpretation of this? The church has been seduced into getting into bed with every conceivable blasphemy known to man. The heretical church has embraced, with enthusiasm, outright behaviors that are abominable and the very things Jesus died for so as to bring us forgiveness and deliverance from. The heretical church is ‘eating” things that belong only on the table of the idols. Even in the book of Kings, Jezebel’s prophets were described as “those who ate from Jezebel’s table.” I must emphasize this point again: Biblical, orthodox and faithful Christianity is intolerant. The church is repeatedly rebuked in the Scripture, as was the church of Thyatira, for tolerating evil, pernicious and heretical doctrine. Adam had failed

to properly guard Eve in the garden from the serpent, so too, have many clergy failed to guard the new Eden, the church of Christ. Our courts and politicians have, in many cases, been lured by the seductions and allure of Jezebel. St. John further notes that those who “get into bed” with Jezebel will be cast into great tribulation with her. The world is suffering the ill-effects of playing the harlot and the compromising church has lead the way into this abyss through unfaithfulness. As predicted in Genesis 3:15, it is coming down to the difference of two seeds in the earth; those who are of the seed of God and those of the seed of the serpent. Jesus could not even tolerate sin; it killed Him on the cross. Tolerance seems to be the trendy and new gospel. If God removes His protective hand from this nation and judgment follows, one will see how much of that they are willing to tolerate. If you do, know that the path to Paradise is narrow and straight is the gate that leads to life. The Rev. Lankford is pastor of St. Luke’s Church. He can be contacted at 286-8078 or at revjlankford@gmail.com.


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Community Pet Center volunteer Dominique Capaldl holds a sweet female boxer who is looking to find a good home and ready for adoption in kennel five at the Rutherford County Animal Shelter on Laurel Hill Drive in Rutherfordton. The shelter’s hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information call 287-6025. For the Community Pet Center volunteers office call 287-7738.

Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 96 E-911 calls Friday.

Rutherfordton n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 29 E-911 calls Friday.

Spindale n The Spindale Police Department responded to 25 E-911 Friday.

Lake Lure n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to 18 E-911 calls Friday.

Forest City n The Forest City Police Department responded to 56 E-911 calls Friday.

Arrests n Reginald Van Hardge, 62, of 109 New Hampshire St.; charged with seconddegree trespassing and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance; released on a $500 bond. (FCPD) n Leslie Denise Bunnell, 32, of 1292 Henson Road.; charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering; released on a $15,000 bond. (RCSD) n Jerron Edward Stywall, 32, of 4721 U.S. 221; charged with possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance; released on a $25,000 bond. (FCPD) n Marvin Dion Logan, 29, of 230 Old Castle Lane; charged with injury to real property and communicating threats; released on a $1,500 bond. (FCPD) n Ketenna Levette Lynch, 37, of 153 O’Neil Road; charged with second-degree trespassing; released on a $1,500 bond. (RCSD) n Rocky L. Richardson, 19, of 552 S. Broadway St.; charged with statutory rape/sex offense against a defendant six years of age and indecent liberties with a child; released on a $100,000 bond. (FCPD) n Taylor Suzanne Lawson, 22, of 311 Morrow Drive; charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; released on a $1,000 bond. (RCSD) n Kennith Rene Ratliff, 40, of 213 Wilkins St.; charged with injury to personal property; released on a

Obituaries Edna Yelton

Evelyn Holland

Edna McCombs Yelton, 77, of Spindale, died Friday, July 16, 2010, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Herbert McCombs and the late Maggie Honeycutt McCombs. She was preceded in death by her son David Edward Yelton. She is survived by her husband, Cecil Ray Yelton; one daughter, Barbara Ann Holder of Gaffney, S.C.; two sisters, Lillian Oliff of Baltimore, Md., and Polly Hutchins of Rutherfordton; one brother, Robert McCombs of Harris; and three grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by McMahan’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services, where the family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. A funeral service will be held at McMahan’s Funeral Home Chapel at 3 p.m., Sunday, with the Rev. Ray Hooper officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, Forest City. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County P.O. Box 336 Forest City, N.C. 28043.

Evelyn Holland, 84, of Shelby, died Saturday, July 17, 2010 at White Oak Manor of Shelby. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late John Everette and Lucy Harrison Whisnant. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She worked for Alexander Elementary School in the lunch room as a cook for eight years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Melvin Hamrick. Survivors include one son, Paul Keith Holland of Forest City; one daughter, Donna McSwain of Lincolnton; two sisters, Gladys Gamble and Joyce Williams; three grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Alexander Mills Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Philbeck officiating. Memorial Donations are suggested to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 397 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd., Forest City, NC 28043. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Lilyana Barcenas Lilyana Nevaeh Barcenas, infant daughter of Kathy Lee Cogdell and Guillermo Barcenas, of Forest City, died July 16, 2010 at her residence. In addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers, Victor Clemente Garcia, Joshua Hugh Cole, and Tyler Scott Sorrelles; one sister, India Robles Duran; grandparents Rhonda Gantt of Forest City, Billy Cogdell of Bostic, Guillermina Chimal Rodriges of Mexico and Antonio Barcenas Lopes of Mexico. A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, July 19, 2010 at Fork Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Cogdell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Perry Nakonechny GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A member of the University of North Dakota’s 1987 national championship hockey team has died. Perry Nakonechny (naw’kuh-NICH’-nee) died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 47. Players such as Tony Hrkac (HUR’-kuhs) and Bob Joyce drew a lot of the headlines during the championship season, but teammate Jeff Bowen says Nakonechny was “the glue” that held the team together. Nakonechny was a native of Dauphin, Manitoba. He played 144 games in four years for the Fighting Sioux. The winger scored 27 goals and added 38 assists. He later coached hockey at Grand Forks Red River High School, and was

Edna Yelton Edna McCombs Yelton, 77, of Spindale, died Friday, July 16, 2010, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Herbert McCombs and the late Maggie Honeycutt McCombs. She was preceded in death by her son David Edward Yelton. She is survived by her husband, Cecil Ray Yelton; one daughter, Barbara Ann Holder of Gaffney, S.C.; one daughter-in-law, Ton Yelton of Rutherfordton; two sisters, Lillian Oliff of Baltimore, Md. and Polly Hutchins of Rutherfordton; one brother, Robert McCombs of Harris and three grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Holder, Amanda Michelle Holder and Kyle Hunter Yelton. Arrangements are being handled by McMahan’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services, where the family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. A funeral service will be held at McMahan’s Funeral Home Chapel at 3 p.m., Sunday, with Rev. Ray Hooper officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, Forest City. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County P.O. Box 336 Forest City, N.C. 28043. An online guest register at www. mcmahansfuneralhome.com. Paid obit

the Grand Forks School District’s technology coordinator. Gene Goodreault BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston College football star Gene Goodreault has died at 92. The school says he died Tuesday in Orinda, Calif., after a long illness. Goodreault was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982. He played end on offense and tackle on defense. He was on the team that won the 1941 Sugar Bowl and also played in the 1940 Cotton Bowl, the first bowl game for Boston College. Hank Cochran NEW YORK (AP) — Hank Cochran, a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including “Make the World Go Away” for Eddy Arnold, died Thursday July 15, 2010. He was 74. Charles Mackerras LONDON (AP) — Sir Charles Mackerras, the symphony and opera conductor, has died of cancer at age 84. The death was announced Thursday July 15, 2010, by his management firm, Askonas Holt. The company said Mackerras died Wednesday night in London. Mackerras grew up and studied music in Australia. In Britain, he worked at Sadler’s Wells in London, was principal conductor of Welsh National Opera and principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra. In 1973, he led the opening performance at the Sydney Opera House. Vernon Baker Vernon Baker, one of the few black soldiers to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor for combat action during World War II, died in Idaho on Tuesday July 13, 2010. He was 90. President Bill Clinton presented the nation’s highest military medal to the former U.S. Army Lieutenant in 1997.

Evelyn Holland Evelyn Holland, age 84, of Shelby, died Saturday, July 17, 2010 at White Oak Manor of Shelby. A native of Rutherford County, Evelyn was born October 23, 1925 to the late John Everette and Lucy Harrison Whisnant. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She worked for Alexander Elementary School in the lunch room as a cook for eight years. She enjoyed working with flowers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Melvin Hamrick, three brothers, and five sisters. Survivors include one son, Paul Keith Holland and wife Donna of Forest City; one daughter, Donna McSwain and husband Hank of Lincolnton; two sisters, Gladys Gamble and Joyce Williams; three grandchildren, David McSwain and wife Karen, Christie Ingle and husband Clint, Brandy Sisk and husband Kyle; four great grandchildren Joshua McSwain, Lydia McSwain, Lillian Sisk, and Kelsey Ingle. A graveside service will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Alexander Mills Cemetery with Reverend Bob Philbeck officiating. Memorial Donations are suggested to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 397 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd., Forest City, NC 28043. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family. An online guest registry is available at www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com.

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Ongoing Foothills Harvest Ministry: This week, ladies’ slacks buy one get two free. Book sale: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rutherford EMC; hardback books, $1, paperback books 50 cents and some miscellaneous books four for $1; proceeds go to benefit Relay for Life. Hospice Volunteer Training: Through July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Carolina Event and Conference Center. Cost for the class is $15 for materials, but the fee is returned if you become an active volunteer. Washburn Community Outreach Center: Open Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in store special each day. Red Cross Benefit: Spindale Drug is partnering with the Rutherford County Chapter of the American Red Cross by donating $5 to the Red Cross until the end of July with new prescriptions on certificates available at Spindale Drug or at the Red Cross Chapter House.

Sunday, July 18 Chicken pie lunch and bake sale for Relay for Life: 12:30 p.m., Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Ellenboro.

Monday, July 19 Rutherford County Planning Commission: Special meeting to discuss amending the bylaws regarding a regular meeting schedule. The commission will not meet July 27. Blood drive: 2 to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross Rutherford Chapter House, 838 Oakland Road, Forest City; all presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win $1,000

Tuesday, July 20 PWA meeting: Professional Women’s Association meets at noon the third Tuesday of each month; this month’s meeting is at Tuscany Italian Grille; lunch is dutch treat; for information, call Margi Miller at 287-5928 or 301938-9966. Forest City Housing Authority Board meeting: July 20, 12:30 p.m., in the community room at 147 E. Spruce St. HOPE Support Group: Tuesdays,at 6 p.m. at the Center of Living for any adult in the community who has lost a loved one. Offered at no cost by Hospice of Rutherford County. 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. Rutherford County Humane Society: Quarterly general membership meeting, 7 p.m., Rutherford County Annex Building.

Wednesday, July 21 Children’s summer reading program: Every Wednesday, 9 a.m., through 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).

Saturday, July 24 First Aid class: 8:30 a.m. until, American Red Cross Rutherford County Chapter House; topic is preventing disease transmission; 287-5916. Annual car wash fundraiser: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bills Creek Volunteer Fire Department; hot dogs, chips, sodas and desserts will be sold; proceeds will go toward the refurbishing efforts at the Mary B. Mullen Bible Camp. Kids’ Computer Corner: Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, Union Mills Learning Center; free to the public and geared toward children preschool through third grade who may not have access to a computer or the Internet at home; educational software and adult-supervised access to the Internet.

Tuesday, July 27 Little Detroit Museum meeting: 6:30 p.m, Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum. Isothermal Amateur Radio Club meeting: 7 p.m., Rutherford County Annex; all amateur operators are invited; if you would like information on how to become a ham radio operator you are welcome as well; for information, call Don Whisnant 453-1698. 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.

each honor was presented. A state National Guard unit looked on during the ceremony at the armory. Before the ceremony, Fowler listened to the story of his Vietnam experience in 1967. His eyes filled with tears as he heard again about a battle in which many soldiers in his platoon were killed. He placed both hands over his eyes and cried briefly. Fowler, who is a patient at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Asheville due to a stroke, recalled his Vietnam experience Friday afternoon. In June 1967, Fowler and his entire battalion were ordered to the Khe Sanh airstrip, where they were attacked by the North Vietnamese Army. “There were two battalions, over 500 men,” Fowler said. The NVA launched mortars and fired AK-47 machine guns in the attack. “There were 25 or 28 of us and, as far as I know, I don’t know if anyone else survived except me and maybe my ammo guy and maybe a couple others. “We didn’t have a prayer. A lot of Marines were laying around dead,” Fowler said. Among those killed beside him was his best friend, Sgt. Ronald Crooks, of Hickory. “I had to identify his body.” “Basically, it was just awful,” he said. Fowler caught shrapnel to his abdomen and leg, saying he didn’t tell anyone about the wound to his stomach. “I didn’t want to get sent away. I wanted to get back with the troops.” Fowler was sent back with his unit, and during a medical evaluation two months later talked about the terrible nightmares he was having about the attack. “I was waking up screaming in the middle of the night,” Fowler said. He

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there, and all I can do is thank the Lord,” he said. During the aftermath of the earthquake, dozens of people slept in the courtyard of the orphanage because that’s where they felt safe. Today, everyone except the children have gone elsewhere. About 20 orphans live there. “I would be going back tomorrow,” Williams said, “but I’ve got to get some funds together. There is a real need for me to go and stay for a while. I have a lot of projects going on, and I need to go try to get some of the homes built. These are small shell homes, but better than what they have now.” Williams is building 12-by-16-foot block homes for temporary housing. “We want go get them away from the tarp shelters.” Williams said. “And some of the tents have blown away, and people are literally in the mud,” he said. “We need reinforcement,” he said. More than 665,700 plastic tarps and 97,000 tents have been handed out, and most of them are falling apart, the Associated Press said last week. Williams is also trying to help reno-

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other organizations and nonprofits through fund development, strategic planning, board development and other topics. The subcommittee has met, and discussions are under way with the Rural Center and with N.C. State. The Roundtable group began meeting in December 2009, when a group of state and regional officials visited

There were 25 or 28 of us and, as far as I know, I don’t know if anyone else survived except me and maybe my ammo guy and maybe a couple others. — Mendel Fowler U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran

received a medical discharge. The road to Fowler receiving his medals began March 30, when Browne heard Fowler share his Vietnam story on the national sports talk radio show, “The David Stein Show.” Stein’s topic that day was “Sports and Nostalgia,” and Fowler called to talk about a bowling tournament and shared his Vietnam experience. Fowler told Stein he had never received the medals. Browne, of Columbia, S.C., was listening to the show and began to research Fowler’s case. Browne, of the 878th Engineer Battalion, spearheaded the impressive ceremony at the National Guard armory here. “I heard his very compelling story, and you could tell he had been through a lot with his platoon,” Browne said Friday morning. “I figured we had the resources to help him out and, since he lives nearby in Asheville, this was another opportunity for our unit to connect with our own community.” “This was absolutely an honor,” he said. “Our motive for doing this was to help the veterans and to get the word out in the community,” Browne said. After the brief ceremony, every National Guardsman stood in line as one after the soldiers thanked Fowler, shook his hand and saluted him. “I wanted the medals for my platoon, but the thing that meant the most to me Saturday was seeing all those soldiers, a long line of them, lined up to shake my hand,” Fowler

said. “They were not told to do that. They stood back there in military fashion and saluted me. “That was a heart-felt moment I won’t ever forget, showing a bond between soldiers I didn’t even know. They were honoring me and respecting me. I cried because of what they did.” Fowler said the act of respect was “a spiritual awakening,” he said. “He lost a lot in Vietnam and he got it all back Saturday,” said Carolyn Beatty of Greenwood, S.C. Stein was in the crowd. “When Mendel stood up from his wheelchair to salute Captain Browne and get those medals like a United States Marine, the silence was only interrupted by the sniffles holding back those tears,” Stein said from his website. Mendel gave Stein his Marine ring. “I didn’t want to accept it, but a very large Marine tapped me on the shoulder and strongly suggested that I do.” Fowler’s son, Les, and a brother, Clayton Fowler, also attended. Les said his father has always talked about his time in the military and how he loved serving his country. “I am sure the rest of his platoon are looking down and giving him a salute,” Les said in a blog. “Thank you so much for making my father feel like his services and his fallen platoon services were not in vain but a testament of how everyone should believe in something and always be faithful to those beliefs.” Clayton Fowler, a Navy veteran, said: “That was a very important day to stand there alongside and formally salute a true Marine. “The medals were accepted only on behalf of his fallen platoon heroes. The Marine Corps should be proud of what Mendel stands for — God and country.” Contact Gordon via email:jgordon@thedigitalcourier.com

vate some homes in the area. “I can hire people there to help me build them. Some people say I am crazy to hire people,” Williams said. He could take some missionaries to do the work more quickly, “but if I can give people there some work, then they have a little work to do. “It isn’t a whole lot, but instead of watching them just sitting there and staring, they can have work.” He is worried that people have given up. Williams agrees with news reports that say little work there is being done on the small island nation. “Someone must be in place to coordinate all the relief efforts,” he said. AP reported last week that $3.1 billion has been pledged for humanitarian aid, and most of it has gone for field hospitals, tarps, bandages, food, salaries, transportation and upkeep of relief works. Hundreds of millions of dollars have yet to be spent, and Williams said no one is there to do the job of getting the money to the proper places. “The government is gone.” Although Williams deals with recurring health problems due to a serious vehicle accident in Haiti six years ago, he says he has to return. Mattie Williams travels with him and

helps with the chores. “And she drives me around. If it weren’t for her, I couldn’t go anymore.” Williams has been back home since July 9, but his stamina is yet to return. “I am tired, really tired and I’m just hanging in there now,” he said. The quake left more than 220,000 dead, 300,000-plus injured and more than 1 million homeless, CNN. com says. “According to recent U.N. reports, the quake destroyed 60 percent of government infrastructure and left more than 180,000 homes uninhabitable. Six months later, more than 1.5 million remain in overcrowded displacement camps. According to the United Nations, 1,300 camping sites and 11,000 latrines have been built, and thousands of kilos of food and humanitarian resources have been delivered to those in need.” What’s more, CNN’ says, warehouses are filled with food and supplies that has not been distributed, some of it dating back to January. Anyone interested in helping with donations or volunteering can call Williams at 287-8096.

the county at the invitation of former commissioner Chivous Bradley and McWhorter. The Roundtable is an open meeting, and anyone can attend. Last month, the Roundtable heard presentations from representatives of the Economic Development Commission, the Rutherford Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Development Authority. The groups talked about their own desires to collaborate. At the close of the meeting, a committee was formed to develop ideas

for sessions, presenters, and workshops, in which experts from specific fields will be invited to meetings to share information with the Roundtable. Among the activities proposed were leadership development activities from the N.C. Institute of Government, the N.C. Rural Center, N.C. State University Emerging Issues program, green program and projects by Advantage West and others.

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Trucking companies see growth

Business Notes Pioneer Metal buys Dragon Finishing RALEIGH – C.J. Harris and Company LLC has announced Pioneer Metal Finishing LLC recently completed the asset purchase of Dragon Plating and Anodizing Inc. Dragon Plating and Anodizing is a full-service aluminum finishing company located in Gaffney, S.C. With quick turnaround, praised customer service and a long list of offered services, the business was a strong acquisition for Pioneer Metal Finishing. C.J. Harris and Company acted as adviser and intermediary in the acquisition.

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Owen will lead new Hospice partnership FOREST CITY — Chris Comeaux, CEO of Four Seasons in Flat Rock, and Rita Burch, executive director of Hospice of Rutherford County, have announced a joint venture between their respective organizations to help people in Western North Carolina live in their own homes for as long as possible. The collaborative effort, called Livability LLC, is a consulting and retrofitting business that specializes in universal design concepts for home safety and accessibility. “Four Seasons and Hospice of Rutherford County combine many years of experience in caring for chronically and terminally ill patients and their families,” Comeaux said in a news release. “Since the 1980s, both hospices have acquired a reputation of excellence in serving patients in the mountains and foothills, and Livability is an extension of their missions.” Livability will serve homeowners of all ages from all walks of life throughout Henderson, Rutherford, Polk, Transylvania and Buncombe counties. Heidi Owen, director of Community Services for Hospice of Rutherford County for the past 16 years, will serve as executive director of Livability. Owen, originally from Etowah and now a resident of Rutherford County, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in business administration with a health-care concentration from Gardner-Webb. She is a certified fundraising executive as well as a certified aging in place specialist. Owen has served as project manager over construction of all facilities at Hospice of Rutherford County. “Heidi will ensure that Livability clients are cared for with the same professionalism and compassion that our hospice and palliative care patients expect,” Burch said. “People of all ages will be able to trust that they have received the best service possible.” For more information about Livability or to request a home assessment, call Heidi Owen at (828) 233-0348 or visit the Livability website at livabilityhome.org.

Automotive company adds jobs at S.C. plant SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — An automotive parts company plans to add 60 jobs at a South Carolina plant. Cooper-Standard Automotive says it will spend $7 million to expand its Spartanburg County operations. Cooper-Standard controller Ron Peterson says the expansion will make products primarily for General Motors Corp. pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Company officials say they will begin hiring in October.

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Dr. Sarah Merrison is the new owner of Carolina Chiropractic Plus in Forest City.

Dr. Merrison takes over Carolina Chiropractic FOREST CITY — Dr. Sarah Merrison has taken over the Carolina Chiropractic Plus practice from Dr. Danielle Rogers who is retiring to be a full-time mom to her three children. Dr. Rogers started the practice 12 years ago and Dr. Merrison has been with the office for the past four years. “I will certainly miss seeing everyone,” Dr. Rogers said. “I will miss the challenges of running the practice and training our staff to be the best that they could be for you. However, I have the utmost confidence in the new director/owner of the clinic, Dr. Sarah Merrison.” Dr. Merrison is excited about the change and has already identified plans to expand the practice in a

number of different directions. She has already incorporated Spinal Decompression Therapy, a new technology designed to heal herniated and bulging discs. Dr. Merrison sid she is committed to delivering the utmost in quality chiropractic care. Dr. Merrison uses corrective chiropractic care techniques to bring her patients back to the natural state of health, rather than focus on pain relief. Carolina Chiropractic offers specialized state-of-the-art technology that is cutting edge in the chiropractic as well as the medical profession. The practice utilizes the Proadjuster, Decompression Therapy, Digital X-ray, and therapeutic modalities.

CHARLOTTE — The phone rings at Atlantic Trucking Co. a couple hundred times a day lately, and terminal manager Lee Montgomery occasionally logs 12-hour shifts, taking orders and scanning rate quotes from his office off Sugar Creek Road. A cardboard sign, stuck in the grass outside, is another signal of better times: “Recruiting,” it declares, in bold block letters. Trucking companies in Charlotte and around the country are reporting a pickup in business and, as a result, hiring, as firms ramp up inventories and consumers begin buying again. Economists and trucking officials say the industry is a leading indicator — meaning more jobs could be on the horizon for the rest of the economy. Some truckers remain cautious, saying they’re unsure how swift the recovery will be, but for now, they’re optimistic. “The good news is, we are busy,” said Montgomery, who runs the Charlotte arm of the Charleston, S.C.-based Atlantic Trucking. “I just hope whatever got this big old engine going doesn’t stop.” The transportation sector has grown in recent months, a sharp contrast to many other fields. Transportation and warehousing companies added 15,000 jobs nationwide in June, about 18 percent of the total private-sector gains, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found. Transportation-related job postings jumped 73 percent last month over June 2009, according to job search engine Indeed.com. The American Trucking Association trade group found recently that forhire truck tonnage increased about 7 percent in May over the year before, the sixth straight month of gains. The May figure was down slightly from April, but trucking association economists said the upward trend remained solid. Those increases point to a rebound in the general economy, said Rick Kaglic, an economist with the Federal Reserve’s Charlotte branch. Truck tonnage is tied directly to manufacturing, indicating that companies are replenishing their inventories and businesses and consumers Please see Trucking, Page 8A

In this photo made Wednesday a Christmas scene is displayed in a work room at the Lord and Taylor flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York. The department store chain, benefiting from a makeover, hasn’t seen a sales slowdown, but has contingency plans in place just in case business weakens during the Christmas season. Associated Press

Retailers already chilly on holidays NEW YORK (AP) — It may be hot and sticky outside, but stores across the nation are already getting a chill thinking about Christmas. Retailers are having second thoughts about orders they placed earlier this year, when the economic recovery looked stronger and Americans were more willing to spend money. Now they worry they could end up stuck with too many toys and sweaters come the holidays and have to cut prices.

Stores are fretting that even small increases in their holiday stocks for this year may be too ambitious. Some are waiting to see how spending turns out in the back-to-school season before trimming their holiday orders, but others aren’t wasting any time. “I was feeling fantastic in March, and we were doing great. But then things started slowing down,” said Lauren Phalin, who owns a New Jersey children’s and teen clothing

shop called Rocking Horse and canceled a $2,000 dress order in May. “As long as I keep inventory and expenses down, we can still do fine,” she said. Most stores have until August to do any tweaking on their holiday orders, though the largest chains, which have more power over suppliers, can cancel some orders later. A lot is at stake: For many retail Please see Holidays, Page 8A


8A — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, July 18, 2010

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are buying more, he said. Kaglic said the trucking industry usually leads the rest of the economy by one to three quarters — meaning a modest recovery is in the works. “I think it’s going to be a sustained pickup, although it’s going to continue to pick up at an ungratifying pace,” he said. To be sure, the broader economy has a long way to go. The Charlotte area’s unemployment rate was 10.9 percent in May, down slightly from the month before but still far above pre-recession levels. More than 94,000 people remain out of work in the region. And while the trucking industry has posted gains, it remains in a deep hole compared to years past. Locally, about 31,800 people were employed in the Charlotte region’s transportation, warehousing and utilities sector in May, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission. That’s up about 2 percent from the month before - but down 4 percent from May 2009. Employment in the sector, which accounts for 5 percent of local private-sector jobs and 4 percent of wages, is down 12 percent from the start of the recession. And the May jobs total hasn’t been as low since the early 1990s, ESC data show. Still, trucking workers are optimistic. The Federal Reserve reported in its latest beige book, a snapshot of economic conditions, that manufacturing and transportation activity continued to improve in June, with most Fed districts reporting increases in factory production, shipments and new orders. And the American Trucking Association’s U.S. Freight Transport-ation Forecast, released in May, found that freight transportation is poised to grow through 2021. The study found that total freight tonnage will grow 25 percent and total freight transportation revenue will grow almost 70 percent - though it said that the nation’s freight pool contracted by more than 12 percent in 2009. T.G. Stegall Trucking Co. in Matthews began noticing a pickup in January, though business remained relatively steady through the recession, company vice president Gene Stegall said. “One week you need two or three drivers, the next week you need two or three trucks,” he said. “It’s a fine opportunity to be growing a business right now.” Part of the increase, Stegall said, comes

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from the smaller companies that closed during the recession. These days, Stegall Trucking is snapping up orders from shippers who never used the company before, he said. Stegall said he gets more calls now than in a long time. Some of them come from people in different industries in the community who simply want to know how business is - and what they can expect for their own businesses. The pickup extends to truck manufacturers, too: Daimler Trucks North America announced last week it would call back about 540 workers to three Freightliner manufacturing facilities in the Charlotte region. The company said that’s partly in response to daily build rates, which are rising sharply in response to strong order activity this year. “I think up and down the industry chain, we’re seeing some activity again,” said Robert Van Geons, executive director of the Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission. “For a long time, people were only doing what they absolutely had to do to maintain operations. Now they are looking to replace what needs to be replaced. ... I really think it’s a sign that our regional economy has stabilized.” Van Geons said it’s still a long road, but that the improvement in the trucking industry is an early indicator and a positive sign. At Atlantic Trucking, the office is bustling by 9 a.m., as drivers stop in to get directions to their next drop-off and dispatchers take phone calls. The company, which has seven terminals across the Southeast, receives orders from shipping companies and freight forwarders to deliver ocean containers carrying just about everything, from just about every industry. The 20 or so truckers from the Charlotte terminal, private contractors who own their trucks, usually pick up the containers from local rail lines and deliver them around the region and, sometimes, the country. Montgomery, the terminal manager, said he’s looking for about five new drivers and is advertising through newspaper classifieds, word of mouth and cardboard signs like the one outside. He’s even offering a signing bonus to lure qualified workers, noting that every trucking company he talks to is also on the lookout, he said. If the recession was a challenge — and it was, with a handful of layoffs companywide and an “incredibly tough year” in 2009 — it’s been equally difficult to juggle the work that’s cropped up since late last year.

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ers, holiday business accounts for as much as 40 percent of revenue and profits, says Ken Perkins, president of research firm RetailMetrics. For toy sellers, it’s half. With unemployment stuck near 10 percent and the stock market having wiped out its gains from earlier this year, Americans are skittish about spending as the second half of the year begins. Retail sales fell 0.5 percent in June compared with the previous year, the government reported this week. Clothing chains had to slash prices on summer tops and shorts even more than they planned to entice customers. Now, stores worry that merchandise will start piling up — back-to-school supplies first, then holiday trees and coats, leading to rampant price-cutting. “It still feels like a fragile economy,” said Brendan Hoffman, CEO of Lord & Taylor, which has plans in place in case sales slow down. Hoffman said that if business weakens, the department store will turn to more aggressive promotions. Stores are still smarting from the huge discounts that made Christmas 2008 a disaster. They desperately want to avoid a repeat and have been cautiously increasing how much they put on store shelves. For clothing stores, for example, holiday inventory is expected to be up slightly over last Christmas but still not back to 2008 levels, said Craig Johnson, president of retail consulting firm Customer Growth Partners. Stores that placed their holiday orders based on increased demand in the spring, when the stock market was rallying and the economic recovery looked surer and stron-

ger, were “living in a dream world,” he said. “We are climbing out of a deep hole, but it’s a slow climb,” Johnson said. Another indicator suggesting it could be a lukewarm holiday season: Analysts expect fewer containers to arrive at U.S. ports. Those containers carry items such as furniture and clothing. Hackett Associates, a shipping consultancy, expects 3.9 million containers to arrive in the fourth quarter at the 12 ports it tracks around the country, down about 10 percent from a forecast made just last month. Matching inventory with demand in this choppy economy isn’t the only problem stores face. Cotton prices are up about 60 percent compared with June 2009, according to Terry Townsend, executive director of the International Cotton Advisory Committee. Damaged cotton crops because of bad weather in China and a drop in production are behind the soaring prices. That’s making everything from blouses to sheets more expensive. Rising wages in China are driving up costs, too. Many stores are trying to pass some of those costs to shoppers beginning at Christmas and especially next spring. A cotton shirt, for example, will be 2 to 4 percent more expensive this holiday season at any of the 450 stores in the Bealls Outlet Stores chain, said CEO Konrad Szymanski. Perkins still expects earnings to grow for retailers, but says it should slow from 20 percent gains in recent quarters to the low teens by the fourth quarter. Perkins says it was encouraging that only a handful of stores trimmed second-quarter earnings forecasts last week.

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An Afghan man stands at the scene of an explosion in Khost, Afghanistan on Saturday. An explosion tore through a NATO convoy traveling in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the latest attack targeting international forces. No troops were killed. Associated Press

Roadside bombs kill 5 NATO troops KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Five NATO troops died in roadside bombs in Afghanistan, the alliance said Saturday, as international forces announced that they had foiled a terrorist attack on an upcoming conference in Kabul to be attended by leaders from more than 60 nations. Security is being tightened across the capital for Tuesday’s conference, which is attracting the heads of NATO, the United Nations and top diplomats, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In May, Taliban fighters had a gunbattle with security forces and militants launched a rocket that landed with a thud about 100 yards (meters) from the site of a national peace conference in the capital; three civilians, but no conference delegates, were wounded. Acting on intelligence, a combined international and Afghan commando force captured a Taliban bomb-making expert Friday night in Kabul, NATO said.

Neither Afghan nor NATO officials would not identify the suspect, give details of the plot or say how advanced the planning was. But the Afghan Defense Ministry said several “enemies of the people” were killed in the raid and 26 suspected insurgents were arrested. The ministry said a special Afghan army commando unit based with U.S. special forces outside Kabul carried out the raid in the southwestern district of Wasel Abad of Kabul. Elsewhere, three international service members were killed by homemade bombs Saturday, including an American in eastern Afghanistan and a British soldier in the south, NATO and Britain’s Defense Ministry said. A third service member died Saturday in the south, but NATO did not disclose the nationality or any details of the attacks. Two others — a British marine and an American service member — died in an explosion Friday in the south,

the alliance and the U.K. government said. Britain also said one of its airmen died in a traffic accident Friday. In Kandahar, an Afghan policeman was shot and killed Saturday evening, said Mohammad Shah Farooqi, head of crime and investigation department of the province’s police. The deaths added to a summer of escalating violence as Afghan and coalition forces step up patrols in the Taliban-dominated south in a push to wrest control of the traditional insurgent stronghold. Last month was the deadliest of the nearly 9-year-old war for international troops, with 103 killed, including 60 Americans. So far in July, 54 international troops have died, 39 of them American. Homemade bombs — many planted in roads by insurgents — are the leading cause of death to both troops and civilians. To counter the threat, the U.S. is sending $3 billion worth of detec-

tion equipment and bomb-resistant vehicles to Afghanistan, the Defense Department said earlier this month. The equipment includes tethered surveillance blimps to give troops a bird’s eye view of certain areas, plus unmanned surveillance planes and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Separately, NATO reported that Afghan and foreign troops found nearly 2 tons (1.8 metric tons) of processed heroin, 1,800 pounds (800 kilograms) of opium and 200 pounds (90 kilograms) of ammonium nitrate Friday that could have been used to make 25 roadside bombs in the southern province of Helmand. The drugs had a street value in the United States of more than $38 million before taking into account the common practice of cutting them with other ingredients, which would exponentially increase the value, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Clinton on key Afghan mission as fears grow WASHINGTON (AP) — As concerns grow about the war in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to South Asia on a mission aimed at refining the goals of the nearly 9-year-old conflict. U.S. lawmakers are increasingly questioning the course of the war. The number of soldiers from the U.S. and other countries in the international coalition in Afghanistan is on the rise. Corruption is a deep problem in Afghanistan, and members of Congress wonder about the utility of massive aid to both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Clinton will attend an international conference in Kabul on Tuesday where the Afghan government is expected to outline plans to improve security, reintegrate militants into society and crack down on corruption. She also plans to stop in Pakistan to push greater cooperation between Islamabad and Kabul. Clinton, who left Washington

on Saturday, will meet up in the week ahead with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in South Korea, where tensions with the communist North have risen after the sinking of a South Korean warship that was blamed on the North. She will finish her trip in Vietnam for discussions with regional leaders. Among the topics will be the upcoming elections in Myanmar. At the Kabul conference, she will renew Washington’s commitment to support Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government, but press him to follow through on reform pledges he made earlier this year. Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has said the conference “will be a very important international demonstration of support” for Karzai and his administration. But Holbrooke acknowledges concerns that the war and the reconstruction effort are not going as hoped or planned. He told Congress this past week

that “there are significant elements of movement forward in many areas, but I do not yet see a definitive turning point in either direction.” Last month was the deadliest of the war for international forces: 103 coalition troops were killed, despite the infusion of tens of thousands of new U.S. troops. So far in July, 54 international troops have died, 39 of them American. An American service member was killed by a blast in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, and an American died in a blast in the south on Friday. International troops working with Afghan forces say they have killed or captured dozens of senior insurgent figures since April as they aggressively step up operations against the Taliban leadership. But those successes haven’t slowed the pace of militant attacks, which continue daily, killing dozens of people each month. The administration has said it will review its Afghan strategy at year’s end. The slow progress against the

Taliban and the disruptive effects of the firing of the outspoken American commander there last month, have led to a growing unease among many in Congress, including leading members of Obama’s own party. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it’s not clear that the administration has a solid strategy for prevailing. The committee’s top Republican, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, decried “a lack of clarity” about U.S. war goals. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who leads the Senate Armed Services Committee, has said that while there remains “solid support” for the war among Democrats, “there’s also the beginnings of fraying of that support.” In the House, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., has put a hold on nearly $4 billion in assistance to Afghanistan, demanding that allegations of corruption be addressed and that the Afghan government be held accountable.

Divers find 200-year old champagne in wreck STOCKHOLM (AP) — Now that’s some vintage bubbly. Divers have discovered what is thought to be the world’s oldest drinkable champagne in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, one of the finders said Saturday. They tasted the one bottle they’ve brought up so far before they even got back to shore. Diving instructor Christian Ekstrom said the bottles are believed to be from the 1780s and likely were part of a cargo destined for Russia. The nationality of the sunken ship has not yet been determined. “We brought up the bottle to be able to establish how old the wreck was,” he told The Associated Press. “We didn’t know it would be champagne. We thought it was wine or something.” Ekstrom said the divers were overjoyed when they popped the cork on their boat after hauling the bubbly from a depth of 200 feet (60 meters). “It tasted fantastic. It was a very sweet champagne, with a tobacco taste and oak,” Ekstrom said. The divers discovered the shipwreck Tuesday near the Aland Islands, between Sweden and Finland. About 30 bottles are believed to be aboard the sunken vessel. Ekstrom said he is confident of the champagne’s age and authenticity, but samples have been sent

to laboratories in France for testing. “We’re 98 percent sure already because of the bottle (we found),” he said. Swedish wine expert Carl-Jan Granqvist said each bottle could fetch 50,000 ($68,000) if the corks are intact and the sparkling drink is genuine and drinkable. “If this is true, it is totally unique,” said Granqvist, one of the experts contacted by Ekstrom and his team. “I don’t know of any other (drinkable) bottle this old. I’ve never even heard of it.” Granqvist said he had seen pictures of the bottle, and it had languished in near-perfect storage conditions — in the dark at a constant cold temperature.

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In this Nov. 3, 1998 file photo, a patient at West Virginia University Medical Center in Morgantown, W.Va., undergoes a PET scan. Columbia University’s Kreitchman PET Center has halted some research after federal officials repeatedly complained about the quality of drugs being used on patients during PET scans. out the quality of drugs being used on patients during PET scans.

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In a statement sent Saturday to The Associated Press, Columbia University Medical Center said it was restructuring the laboratory PHOENIX (AP) — Minutemen Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty that produces the drugs for the groups, a surge in Border Patrol Law Center’s Intelligence Project. Kreitchman PET Center. agents, and a tough new immigra“These are people who wear swastiIt said an internal investigation, tion law aren’t enough for a reputed kas on their sleeves.” performed at the FDA’s request, had neo-Nazi who’s now leading a militia Ready is a reflection of the anger found “no evidence of patient harm,” in the Arizona desert. over illegal immigration in Arizona. but that all activities relying on Jason “J.T.” Ready is taking matters Gov. Jan Brewer signed a controver- the manufactured compounds had into his own hands, declaring war sial new immigration law in April, been suspended while reforms were on “narco-terrorists” and keeping an which requires police, while enforcundertaken. eye out for illegal immigrants. So far, ing other laws, to question a person’s “We acknowledge serious shorthe says his patrols have only found a immigration status if officers have a comings of quality control in the few border crossers who were given reasonable suspicion that the person manufacturing process and record water and handed over to the Border is in the country illegally. keeping at this lab,” said Dr. David Patrol. Once, they also found a But Brewer hasn’t done enough, Hirsh, the medical center’s executive decaying body in a wash, and alerted Ready said, and he’s not satisfied vice president for research. authorities. with President Barack Obama’s deci“That is why we are fundamentally But local law enforcement are nersion to beef up security at the border. reorganizing the lab’s management vous given that Ready’s group is Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and operations in response to what heavily armed and identifies with said there haven’t been any incidents the FDA told us. When manufacturthe National Socialist Movement, an with the group as they patrol his ing resumes under new leadership, it organization that believes only nonjurisdiction, which includes several will meet the strictest standards and Jewish, white heterosexuals should busy immigrant smuggling corridors. best practices for ensuring the qualbe American citizens and that every- But Babeu is concerned because ity of these materials,” Hirsh said. one who isn’t white should leave the an untrained group acting without The problems at the imaging center country “peacefully or by force.” the authority of the law could cause “We’re not going to sit around and “extreme problems,” and put themwait for the government anymore,” selves and others in danger. Ready said. “I’m not inviting them. And in fact, “This is what our founding fathers I’d rather they not come,” Babeu BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — did.” said. “Especially those who espouse President Barack Obama and the An escalation of civilian borhatred or bigotry such as his.” first family played tennis and took der watches have taken root in Law enforcement officials said in the sights around a Maine resort Arizona in recent years, including patrols like Ready’s could undercut Saturday even as he contemplated the Minutemen movement. Various the work of the thousands of officers a new struggle over jobless benefits groups patrol the desert on foot, on duty every day across the border, with his GOP foes. horseback and in airplanes and especially if they try to enforce the After a first vacation day packed report suspicious activity to the law themselves in carrying out vigiwith biking, boating and a visit to Border Patrol, and generally, they lante justice. the summit of Cadillac Mountain, have not caused problems for law Ready said his group has been Saturday’s program was more laidenforcement. patrolling in the desert about 50 back. The Obamas went to the Bar But Ready, a 37-year-old exmiles south of Phoenix, in an area Harbor Club to play tennis and Marine, is different. He and his where a Pinal County Sheriff’s dep“hang out” at the pool, spokesman friends are outfitted with military uty reported he was shot by drug Bill Burton said. fatigues, body armor and gas masks, smugglers in April. Then they motorcaded across and carry assault rifles. Ready takes Bureau of Land Management rang- Mount Desert Island to a hotel overoffense at the term “neo-Nazi,” ers met Ready’s group during one looking Southwest Harbor. Lunch but admits he identifies with the patrol, and they weren’t violating any was served against a backdrop of National Socialist Movement. laws or looking for a confrontation, sailboats swinging at anchor in a “These are explicit Nazis,” said said spokesman Dennis Godfrey. gentle breeze. Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

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and the halt in research were first reported late Friday by The New York Times. The PET Center remains in operation during the shakeup, and patients continue to receive treatment, Columbia said. The problems at the center involved radiotracing drugs injected into a patient’s brain to assist in capturing images used to study brain activity. The drugs are not supposed to have any effect on the patient and they degrade quickly — so fast, in fact, that imaging centers must often manufacture them on the spot, rather than buy them from outside vendors. The manufacturing process is strictly regulated by the FDA. Dr. Alexander Neumeister, a psychiatrist with the molecular imaging program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said PET centers across the country routinely test tracers for sterility and purity just minutes before they are injected, while the patient is lying on the table. The tests, he said, turn up impurities about 1 percent to 3 percent of the time, and make it nearly impossible to unknowingly inject adulterated medications. “You’d have to be an idiot,” Neumeister said, adding that he was speaking generally about the testing procedure, rather than the situation at the Kreitchman PET Center. “It’s like being pregnant — either you are, or you’re not; it’s very clear, there’s no gray zone, no ambiguity.” If an impure tracer is used, any resulting scientific studies “are compromised,” Neumeister said. It also might affect a person’s health condition in unpredictable ways, like inducing allergies or worsening depression. “It’s not that you’re killing a patient,” he said, but, “you might be exposing your patient to various other levels of danger.” Among the problems at Columbia cited by the FDA were a failure to set up appropriate sterility tests, poor record keeping and lapses in training.

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In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC, a robotic arm uses a long wand-like object to clean out debris from a pipe at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday. Undersea cameras showed some activity midday Saturday. The robots passed a wand-like object back and forth, and appeared to be unclogging a pipe by digging out dirt-like debris. Meanwhile, a glowing globe appeared on the seafloor.

No sign of leaks, BP says NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP’s experimental cap was holding Saturday as the final hours ticked away in a two-day trial run to make sure it keeps oil from pouring into the Gulf of Mexico without blowing a new leak in the busted well. Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said engineers glued to an array of sensors were seeing no evidence of oil escaping into the water or the sea floor. Undersea robots patrolled the well site for signs of trouble. A new breach underground was a major concern going into the test, because oil breaking out of pipes in the bedrock would be harder to control and could endanger plans for a permanent plug. “We’re feeling more comfortable,” Wells said on a morning conference call, but cautioned: “The test is not over.” BP and the federal point man for the disaster, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, have said they may decide to reopen the cap at least partly after the 48-hour test period ends Saturday around 3:30 p.m. EDT, although it’s not clear what conditions would prompt them to do so. Allen will make that call, Wells said. BP shut valves in the cap Thursday, stopping the flow of oil for the first time since the April 20 explosion on the BP-leased oil rig Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers and unleashed the spill 5,000 feet below

the sea. With the cap working like a giant cork, scientists kept watch in case the buildup of pressure underground caused new leaks. Pressure readings after 41 hours were 6,745 pounds per square inch and rising slowly, Wells said, below the 7,500 psi that would have reassured scientists the well was not leaking. He said pressure continued to rise by around 2 psi per hour, compared to a range between 2 and 10 psi BP and the government provided late Friday. A low pressure reading, or a falling one, could mean the oil is escaping. Undersea cameras showed some activity midday Saturday. The robots passed a wand-like object back and forth, and appeared to be digging dirt-like debris out of a pipe. Meanwhile, a glowing globe appeared on the seafloor as bubbles swirled around. It wasn’t immediately clear what the robots were doing, and to viewers, it was like watching a foreign movie without subtitles. Wells said earlier Saturday that bubbles seen on video feeds were common underwater, but said they would take samples to make sure they aren’t gas escaping from the well. The cap is designed to prevent oil from spilling into the Gulf, either by keeping it bottled up in the well or by capturing it and piping it to ships on the surface.

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities called off a 22-hour rescue mission at a partly collapsed parking garage Saturday after determining that no one had been trapped when a glass canopy attached to a high-rise condominium building fell the day before, a fire official said. “We are looking at it as a major tragedy that was averted,” Hackensack Fire Department Lt. Stephen Lindner said late Saturday morning. Officials said rescuers dug through debris overnight to reach the vehicles feared to contain occupants. But when searchers got to the cars early Saturday, Lindner said they didn’t find anyone inside. Another partial collapse occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, but no injuries were reported. Crews were briefly removed from the site after the collapse as a precaution, and were expected to return to work later in the day. The three-story garage in Hackensack pancaked Friday morning when the canopy fell on it. The top of the garage, level with the

street, was littered with dirt, debris and glass, and the pavement split into chunks. Rescuers needed to clear debris and shore up the structure before attempting a rescue. Both cars had their flashers on during the rescue operation, leading to reports that people may have been inside, Lindner said. But no one was in the car on the first level down, and it was determined that no one in the car on the lower level, either. Lindner said the force of the collapse likely knocked the cars around, causing their flashers to activate. It may be up to a week before residents — who were evacuated as a precaution — will be allowed to return to the building. Engineers continue to assess the building’s structure. Hackensack construction official Joseph Mellone said the building appeared to be structurally sound, but part of the garage — which wraps around three sides of the building — was still in peril of collapsing further.

Nation Today Police: Handcuffed man opened car door, escaped ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Police in central Florida say a man who was handcuffed somehow managed to open a police cruiser’s door and escape after complaining he was claustrophobic and couldn’t breathe. Altamonte Springs police say the officer had opened the windows slightly for 19-yearold Ridgh Genesis Achille, who had been arrested Friday night on a shoplifting charge. On the way to the jail, the man somehow opened the door from the outside and took off running.

Suspects free in terror case, with conditions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Minnesota Somalis began traveling

to Africa to join the fighting in their war-torn homeland, there was concern that some would return to carry out attacks in the U.S. That was nearly three years ago. But recent court activity suggests at least some of the men aren’t as dangerous as once thought. Two of those who spent time at terrorist training camps have gradually had their freedom restored while they await sentencing on terror charges. They are now off electronic monitoring. Experts say a judge considers many factors when deciding whether a defendant can be released, including whether the person is a flight risk or a danger to society. An American University law professor says the judge must have “found clearly and convincingly” that the defendants are not threats.


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Palestinians willing to resume peace talks RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he’ll resume direct peace talks if Israel accepts its 1967 frontier as a baseline for the borders of a Palestinian state and agrees to the deployment of an international force to guard them. Abbas is under growing pressure from the United States to resume negotiations, and met Saturday with President Barack Obama’s Mideast envoy, George Mitchell. Abbas’ latest comments, published Saturday in the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad, hinted at some flexibility in his position. The Palestinian leader did not mention a comprehensive Israeli settlement freeze as a condition for negotiations — something he has underlined as crucial in the past. However, it seemed unlikely Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would meet Abbas’ demands. Netanyahu has refused to be pinned down on a framework for negotiations, insisting on talks without conditions. The Palestinians are wary of entering talks with the hardline Netanyahu, after 17 years of intermittent talks with a succession of Israeli leaders failed to bring them any closer to statehood. The Palestinians want to establish their state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast War. Netanyahu has not said how much occupied territory he is willing to relinquish for a Palestinian state. However, he has said he will not give up control of Jerusalem and has insisted on a continued Israeli troop presence on the eastern border of a future Palestinian state. Negotiations between Abbas and Netanyahu’s predecessor, Ehud Olmert, broke off in December 2008, on the eve of Israel’s military offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Abbas has said that in these negotiations, he and Olmert reached an agreement in principle on security arrangements, including the deployment of an international force in the future Palestinian state. The two leaders also discussed a possible land swap that would allow Israel to annex some Jewish settlements on war-captured lands, and compensate the Palestinians with an equal amount of Israeli land. The two sides disagreed on the amount of land to be swapped. “We have put forward to the Israelis our position on different final status issues, and especially on borders and security,” Abbas told the Jordanian newspaper. “We have said that the borders need to be on a 1967 basis, with agreement on land swaps equal in value and size, and

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U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell, left, gestures as he speaks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting at Abbas’ residence in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Saturday.

we gave our vision regarding security, which was agreed on previously, in Olmert’s days.” He said the Israelis need to recognize these propositions as acceptable, in principle. “If they agree, we will consider that progress ... and this would prompt us to go to direct negotiations,” he said. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev blamed the Palestinians for the deadlock. “We definitely don’t want another year and a half without negotiations,” he said. It was not clear whether Mitchell made any headway in his meeting with Abbas on Saturday. Mitchell would only say he was “heartened” by the talks he has held in the region in recent days and that he would return soon. On Friday, he met with Netanyahu. The U.S. envoy has been shuttling between Abbas and Netanyahu in recent weeks to try to close some of the gaps between the sides. Abbas, Netanyahu and Mitchell are scheduled to meet separately with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Sunday to sound out the prospects for a return to direct negotiations. Abbas aide Yasser Abed Rabbo said a decision

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State Tournaments Get Underway Rutherfordton opens with win

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Real tough choices for Tuesday Pssst, come closer. No, closer .... okay, close enough. Are you tired of the mypresident-is-better-than-yours arguments? Need a break from Mel Gibson, Lindsey Lohan, or LeBron James? If you see CNN’s Anderson Cooper holding one more oil-covered bird are you going to lose your mind? If so, I have the perfect escape from the world package. You will receive three destinations to choose from, but you must order now. First, a night on the town with Coastal Plain League AllStars. Bob, tell them what they get: “Yes, Scott it’s a CPL All-Star extravaganza. The Coastal Plain League All-Stars will take to the green grass, the only green grass left in Rutherford County, of McNair Field. The game starts at 7 p.m., with the National Stars pitted against the American Stars. You can watch the potential Major League Baseball stars of tomorrow on Tuesday.” Thanks, Bob. Your second choice is American Legion baseball. Tell’em all about it, Bob. “It’s Post 423 lead by Head Coach Sam Hooper. Hooper and his squad of county men will be facing Cherryville and longtime head coach Bobby Reynolds. Fans of Rutherford County baseball know that Reynolds is the head coach of the five-time state champion, East Rutherford Cavaliers. This will be Game 2 in the series and both clubs will advance to Asheboro to play in the North Carolina American Legion State Playoffs. “The game will be held at fabulous R-S Central High, on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.” Thanks again, Bob. Your third and final choice for a little baseball escape is Little League Baseball! Give’em the 411, Bob. “Will do, you bald-headed fool. Little League All-Stars are gathered at three fields across the county. The Senior League ladies are playing softball on the big field at Crestview Park in Rutherfordton. The remaining unbeaten team will take to the field at 6 p.m., with Regional hopes on the line. Should the unbeaten team win, well, series is over. But, with a win by the undercard the series would play a deciding game at 8 p.m. “Also at Crestview, 9 & 10-year olds will lock horns in a softball battle on the little field. Two games will take place including a winner’s bracket and loser’s bracket battle. “At Dunbar, 9 & 10-year olds will play a little baseball. Just like their softball-counterparts, there will be a winner’s bracket and loser’s bracket contest. Those four games are set to be played at 6 and 8 p.m.” Bob, you are the man. So, there you have it Rutherford County. Games, games and more games on Tuesday — forget two for Tuesday, this is like ten for Tuesday. Now, you may ask yourself, ‘gee, Scott what’s a package like this gonna cost me?’ Never fear, you get all of this for under $12 — depending on which game you choose to attend. Sorry, steak knives are not included.

9- and 10-year old baseball By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

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Rutherfordton’s Levi Parks delivers a hit during the 9- and 10-year old baseball All-Star game at Dunbar Park Saturday against North Durham.

FOREST CITY — Rutherfordton finally awoke in the third inning of an early morning 9- and 10-year-old North Carolina Little League All-Star tourney opener and then held on late for an 11-9 win over North Durham at Dunbar Park, Saturday. Rutherfordton, who had just one hit in the first two innings, went on to knock 12 more hits over the final three innings to move them into the Sunday’s winners bracket game at Dunbar Park for a 6 p.m., start. North Durham held a 4-0 lead after two and a half frames of play, but Please see Baseball, Page 3B

Rutherfordton tops Roxboro; Chase toppled 9 & 10-year old softball By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

RUTHERFORDTON — Rutherfordton’s 9- and 10-year-old softball Little League All-Stars notched two runs in the first inning and held command for a 7-1 victory against Roxboro in the opening round of the state playoffs at Crestview Park, Saturday. Taylor Moon punched a 2-RBI single in the first inning to get the ball rolling for Rutherfordton. Rutherfordton added a run by walk

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Rutherfordton’s Madison Crain, above, delivers a pitch during the 9- and 10-year Please see Softball, Page 3B old softball All-Star game against Roxboro Saturday at Crestview Park.

Forest City, Rutherfordton fall in openers Senior league softball By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

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Rutherfordton’s Klinnin Carson, in helmet, is congratulated by her Senior All-Star teammates after belting a home run against Garner Saturday at Crestview Park.

RUTHERFORDTON — Garner broke up a tie-game to post a seven-run, fourth inning to take a 15-5 win over Forest City in the Senior Softball Little League Tourney at Crestview Park, Saturday. Garner crossed five more runs in the top of the fifth to take game two of the tourney by the 10-run mercy rule. After Garner put up two run in the

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Respect Paid, Respect Earned

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Scoreboard Owls rained out in Asheboro BASEBALL From staff reports

ASHEBORO — The Forest City Owl’s Saturday evening contest at Asheboro was called off due to heavy rains at McCrary Park, home of the Copperheads. No make up date was announced. It was to be the final time Asheboro was to host the Owls, this season. Forest City now breaks for the CPL All-Star Fan Fest and the 11th annual CPL All-Star Game, which will be hosted at the Owls’ own McNair Field. Seven Owls were voted onto the All-Star teams, including two starters — Will Skinner and Danny Canela. Forest City head coach Matt Hayes will also be the head coach of the National Team. The 2010 CPL All-Star Fan Fest, which includes the Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 19, with the All-Star Game the ensuing night. Those in attendance on Monday evening will be treated to a concert performance by Rocky Yelton and the Hired Guns, and a post-game fireworks show comes Tuesday night after the 11th annual CPL All-Star Game. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Forest City Owls at (828) 2450000. It will be nearly a week until Forest City is slated to take to the diamond again, a Friday night affair at Thomasville on July 23.

National League East Division W L Pct 53 37 .589 48 42 .533 47 42 .528 42 47 .472 40 50 .444 Central Division W L Pct Cincinnati 50 41 .549 St. Louis 49 41 .544 Chicago 41 50 .451 Milwaukee 41 50 .451 Houston 37 53 .411 Pittsburgh 30 59 .337 West Division W L Pct San Diego 52 37 .584 Colorado 49 40 .551 Los Angeles 49 41 .544 San Francisco 49 41 .544 Arizona 34 56 .378

Atlanta New York Philadelphia Florida Washington

GB — 5 5 1/2 10 1/2 13 GB — 1/2 9 9 12 1/2 19 GB — 3 3 1/2 3 1/2 18 1/2

Friday’s Games Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia 3 Houston 5, Pittsburgh 2 Cincinnati 3, Colorado 2 Washington 4, Florida 0 Milwaukee 9, Atlanta 3 St. Louis 8, L.A. Dodgers 4 San Diego 12, Arizona 1 San Francisco 1, N.Y. Mets 0 Saturday’s Games Philadelphia 4, Chicago Cubs 1 St. Louis 2, L.A. Dodgers 0 Houston at Pittsburgh, late Colorado at Cincinnati, late Milwaukee 6, Atlanta 3 Florida 2, Washington 0 Arizona at San Diego, late N.Y. Mets at San Francisco, late Sunday’s Games Colorado (Cook 3-5) at Cincinnati (Tr.Wood 0-0), 1:10 p.m. Washington (Stammen 2-3) at Florida (Sanabia 0-1), 1:10 p.m. Houston (Oswalt 6-10) at Pittsburgh (Maholm 5-7), 1:35 p.m. Milwaukee (M.Parra 3-6) at Atlanta (D.Lowe 9-8), 1:35 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Padilla 4-2) at St. Louis (Suppan 0-5), 2:15 p.m. Arizona (E.Jackson 6-7) at San Diego (Correia 5-6), 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (J.Santana 7-5) at San Francisco (J.Sanchez 7-6), 4:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 10-7) at Chicago Cubs (Gorzelanny 4-5), 8:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Philadelphia at St. Louis, 7:05 p.m. Colorado at Florida, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Houston at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct 57 32 .640 54 35 .607 51 39 .567 45 45 .500 29 60 .326 Central Division W L Pct Chicago 50 39 .562 Detroit 48 40 .545 Minnesota 47 43 .522 Kansas City 39 50 .438 Cleveland 36 54 .400 West Division W L Pct Texas 52 38 .578 Los Angeles 49 44 .527 Oakland 44 46 .489 Seattle 35 55 .389

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun goes to the wall as he tries to snag a two-run home run from Atlanta Braves Matt Diaz, not pictured, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Braves lost, 6-3.

Cardinals foil Dodgers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched six sharp innings to remain unbeaten at home and Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan each drove in a run, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Saturday. Wainwright (14-5) has allowed just one earned run in his last 29 1-3 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.02. He improved to 10-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 10 starts at Busch Stadium. The All-Star right-hander gave up five hits and walked one while winning his fourth consecutive start and sixth in the last seven. St. Louis has won four in a row and has outscored Los Angeles 17-5 while winning the first three games of the four-game series. Kyle McClellan followed Wainwright with two innings of one-hit relief. With a runner on first and two outs in the ninth, Ryan Franklin came on to retire Casey Blake for his 17th save in 18 opportunities. Hiroki Kuroda (7-8) gave up one run and four hits over six innings for Los Angeles.

GB — 3 6 1/2 12 1/2 28 GB — 1 1/2 3 1/2 11 14 1/2 GB — 4 1/2 8 17

Friday’s Games Cleveland 8, Detroit 2 N.Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4 Toronto 4, Baltimore 2 Texas 8, Boston 4 Minnesota 7, Chicago White Sox 4 Oakland 5, Kansas City 1 L.A. Angels 3, Seattle 2 Saturday’s Games Cleveland 4, Detroit 3, 1st game Tampa Bay 10, N.Y. Yankees 5 Detroit at Cleveland, late, rain delay Toronto 3, Baltimore 2 Minnesota 3, Chicago White Sox 2 Oakland 6, Kansas City 5 Boston 3, Texas 2, 11 innings Seattle at L.A. Angels, late Sunday’s Games Detroit (A.Oliver 0-3) at Cleveland (Masterson 3-8), 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 12-4) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 11-2), 1:05 p.m.

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Sunday, July 18 BASEBALL Little League All-Stars 9 & 10 at Dunbar Park Winner’s Bracket 2 p.m. Rutherfordton vs. Forsyth 4 p.m. Boiling Springs vs. Morganton Loser’s Bracket 6 p.m. North Durham vs. Weddington Nationals 8 p.m. Greenville vs Jackson SOFTBALL Little League All-Stars 9 & 10 at Crestview Park Winner’s Bracket 4 p.m. Wilkes vs. Franklin 6 p.m. Davie County vs. Rutherfordton Senior League at Crestview Loser’s Bracket 2 p.m. East Asheville vs. Rutherfordton 4 p.m. Forest City vs Walnut Cove Winner’s Bracket 6 p.m. Morganton vs. Garner

Monday, July 19 BASEBALL Coastal Plain League 5 p.m. All-Star Fan Fest. Rutherford Co. Fire vs. Rutherford Co. Police Softball Game, CPL Home Run Derby, and Rocky Yelton and the Hired Guns American Legion Playoffs Area IV Finals, Best-of-3 7 p.m. Game 1: Rutherford Post 423 at Cherryville Little League All-Stars 9 & 10 at Dunbar Park Loser’s Bracket 6 p.m. loser Game 6 vs. loser Game 7 8 p.m. loser Game 5 vs. loser Game 8 SOFTBALL Little League All-Stars 9 & 10 at Crestview 6 p.m. Chase vs loser Game 4 8 p.m. Roxboro vs loser Game 3 Little League All-Stars Senior League at Crestview Loser’s Bracket 6 p.m. loser Game 5 vs loser game 6 8 p.m. loser Game 7 vs winner game 8 Texas (C.Wilson 7-5) at Boston (Lester 11-3), 1:35 p.m. Toronto (Marcum 7-4) at Baltimore (Matusz 3-9), 1:35 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (F.Garcia 9-3) at Minnesota (Blackburn 7-7), 2:10 p.m. Oakland (Mazzaro 4-2) at Kansas City (Bannister 7-7), 2:10 p.m. Seattle (J.Vargas 6-4) at L.A. Angels (E.Santana 8-7), 3:35 p.m. Monday’s Games Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Texas at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Toronto at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. Boston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

RACING NASCAR Camping World Truck CampingWorld.com 200 Results (Start position in parentheses) 1. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 160 laps, 150 rating, 195 points. 2. (3) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 160, 117.3, 170. 3. (5) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 160, 112, 165. 4. (14) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 160, 102, 160. 5. (9) Matt Crafton, Chevrolet, 160, 111, 155. 6. (7) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 160, 108.5, 150. 7. (6) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 160, 100.8, 146. 8. (16) Aric Almirola, Toyota, 160, 90.2, 147. 9. (10) Brian Ickler, Toyota, 160, 90.5, 138. 10. (13) Mike Skinner, Toyota, 160, 87.1, 134. 11. (23) Jason White, Dodge, 160, 82.7, 130. 12. (2) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 160, 81, 127. 13. (25) David Starr, Toyota, 160, 76.2, 124. 14. (19) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 160, 71.8, 121. 15. (21) Max Papis, Toyota, 160, 68.2, 118. 16. (20) Brad Sweet, Toyota, 160, 66.3, 115. 17. (22) Steve Wallace, Toyota, 160, 70.2, 112. 18. (17) Tony Jackson Jr., Chevrolet, 159, 54.4, 109. 19. (12) Stacy Compton, Chevrolet, 159, 60.7, 106. 20. (33) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ford, 158, 44.8, 103. 21. (31) Brett Butler, Chevrolet, 158, 47.1, 100. 22. (29) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, 158, 43.5, 97. 23. (24) Jack Smith, Ford, 158, 54, 94. 24. (34) Carl Long, Chevrolet, 157, 38.2, 91. 25. (35) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 153, 35.8, 88. 26. (8) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 150, 91.8, 90. 27. (4) Justin Lofton, Toyota, power steering, 127, 78.7, 82. 28. (30) Clay Greenfield, Dodge, steering, 105, 43.3, 79. 29. (18) Ricky Carmichael, Chevrolet, accident, 79, 63, 76. 30. (32) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, accident, 79, 39.7, 73. 31. (11) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, accident, 49, 49, 70. 32. (36) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, electrical, 25, 32.9, 67. 33. (27) Mike Harmon, Ford, brakes, 21, 33.9, 64. 34. (15) Mike Garvey, Chevrolet, brakes, 19, 37.6, 61. 35. (26) Dennis Setzer, Dodge, overheating, 3, 31, 58. 36. (28) Johnny Chapman, Chevrolet, engine, 1, 29.7, 55.

TRANSACTIONS Saturday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX_Recalled C Dusty Brown from Pawtucket (IL). Reinstated RHP Manny Delcarmen from the 15-day DL. Designated RHP Fernando Cabrera for assignment. Optioned LHP Felix Doubrount to Pawtucket. CLEVELAND INDIANS_Placed RHP Kerry Wood on the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Jensen Lewis from Columbus (IL). National League PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES_Reinstated INF Placido Polanco from the 15-day DL. Released INF Juan Castro unconditionally. Carolina League WINSTON-SALEM DASH_Recalled INF Zach Kayne from Kannapolis (SAL). United League AMARILLO DILLAS_Released RHP Jason Stover. LAREDO BRONCOS_Traded RHP Earl Oakes to Amarillo to complete an earlier trade. Activated RHP Wade Townsend from inactive list. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association HOUSTON ROCKETS_Agreed to terms with C Brad Miller on a three-year contract. MIAMI HEAT_Signed C Zydrunas Ilgauskas. COLLEGE CAMPBELL_Named Dee Nocero women’s assistant soccer coach. PFEIFFER_Named Oderra Jones and Chris Cline men’s assistant basketball coaches.

Vinokourov wins 13th stage at Tour

REVEL, France (AP) — Alexandre Vinokourov did his time for doping. Now, he’s back to basking in Tour de France glory again. The 36-year-old from Kazakhstan capped his return to cycling’s main event by winning the 13th stage on Saturday with a solo breakaway that said more about savvy and opportunistic cycling than leg power. It was a far cry from the 2007 Tour, when Vinokourov was kicked out and instantly became an emblem of doping Phillies 4, Cubs 1 shame after testing positive for CHICAGO (AP) — Placido Polanco, just off the a banned blood transfusion. disabled list, hit a tying single with two outs in the Police raided his Astana team’s ninth inning and Philadelphia rallied for four runs hotel and the squad quit the against wild closer Carlos Marmol. race. Tour organizers lost the Chad Durbin (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for gamble they made by giving the win and Brad Lidge got three outs for his sev- Astana a wild card to race a enth save in 10 tries. year after it was forced out in Chicago won the first two games of the series another doping scandal. and appeared on its way to making it three Vinokourov has since said he straight with a 1-0 lead. Marmol (2-2) struck out doesn’t want to dwell on the the side in the ninth Friday to get the save. past. He wants to regain the After Polanco’s hit, Ross Gload scored on a wild trust of fans and prove that he pitch, Jayson Werth walked to force in a run and can win with hard work alone. Raul Ibanez had a run-scoring infield hit. “I showed I worked hard

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The pack rides passes a field of sunflowers during the 13th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 196 kilometers (121.8 miles) with start in Rodez and finish in Revel, France, Saturday.

in these two years,” he said Saturday. It was his fourth career Tour stage victory. It would have been No. 6 — but his two stage wins in the 2007 Tour were nullified after his disqualification. Cycling’s past with doping lingers at this Tour, especially after recent allegations by Floyd Landis that the use of banned

substances was common on the U.S. Postal team when he rode with Lance Armstrong. The New York Post reported Saturday that three-time Tour champion Greg LeMond has been served with a grand jury subpoena as part of a U.S. federal investigation of possible fraud and doping charges against Armstrong and his associates.

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Wesley Smith and Keaton Snethen each ripped base hits to begin the bottom of the third for Rutherfordton. Two batters later, Josh Searcy clubbed a first pitch swinging home run over the 211-sign in center to cut the visitors’ lead to 4-3. Despite two North Durham runs in the fourth, Rutherfordton answered with six runs in the inning to take command. Rutherfordton loaded-the-bases to begin the fourth with Joey Daigle’s walk, Jaci Crowe’s single to left and Adam McDowell’s walk. Wesley Smith (3-for-3) then found the bases on four balls, Keaton Snethen (3-for3) hit an RBI single to center and a walk to Cameron Snethen tied the game at 6-6. Two batters later Levi Parks looped a 2 RBI double to right and Jake Laughter’s line single to right plated another for a 9-6 lead. North Durham added a run in the fifth, but Keaton Snethen slapped a 2 RBI single to right padding Rutherfordton’s lead to 11-7 going into the sixth and final frame.

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and by a hit batter to go up 4-0 after the second innings. Brooke Vance in the third frame and Brooke Moore during the fourth had RBI singles to account for six of the seven runs. Rutherfordton will face Davie County, today, at Crestview at 6 p.m.

Franklin 23, Chase 6

RUTHERFORDTON — Franklin scored 13 runs in the first three innings as the Chase 9/10-yearold All-Stars fell 23-6 in the opening round of the state tourney at Crestview Park, Saturday. Chase was also held to one hit on account of Haley Brysin (two inning,

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first, Forest City’s Allison Sayre (3-for-3) knocked a 2-RBI single up the middle to tie the game and Kennedy Hamrick’s infield hit gave Forest City a brief 3-2 edge. Tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth, Bridgett Kirkland (4-for-4, 4-RBI) hit and RBI single to left, Amber Kirkland followed with a 2-RBI double into the left field corner and Courtney Saunders pounded a ball into the right field gap for a 2-RBI triple. An error scored one more and Katelyn McLamb’s RBI single to center gave Garner a 10-3 cushion it would sustain from there. Garner, with the win, advanced to the winner’s bracket and faced Rutherfordton in Game 4 of the tourney.

Garner 15, Rutherfordton 4

RUTHERFORDTON — Rutherfordton spotted the hot-hitting Garner, a ten-run lead and lost 15-4 in five innings during the Senior Softball Little League Tourney held at Crestview Park, Saturday. Rutherfordton, who had eight total errors managed to allow the final five runs to cross during the top of the fifth as the game ended by mercy rule. Rutherfordton came to life just briefly in the third inning. Makayla Crain (2-for-2, RBI) blasted a double to left and Adrienne Alexander followed in the same manner for an RBI. Klinnin Carson clobbered a 2-run home run to deep

North Durham put up two runs in the sixth and had two runners in scoring position, but Rutherfordton’s fourth pitcher of the game, Diagle earned the hold for Rutherfordton to win. Rutherfordton’s Crowe also went 2-for-2 on the day.

SW Forsyth 8, Weddington 3 FOREST CITY — SW Forsyth will face Rutherfordton in today’s winner’s bracket game after knocking off Weddington Nationsl, 8-3, Saturday. SW Forsyth and Rutherfordton will play today at 2 p.m., at Dunbar Park.

Boiling Springs 6, Greenville 5 FOREST CITY — Boiling Springs advanced into the winner’s bracket with a slim 6-5 win over Greenville Saturday at Dunbar Park.

Morganton 5, Jackson 3

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Former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith answers questions during a press conference in Chapel Hill in this Dec. 8 2006, file photo.

Family letter: Dean Smith having memory issues

FOREST CITY — Morganton clipped Jackson, 5-3, in the final game of Saturday’s tourney at Dunbar Park. Morganton will face Boiling Springs at 2 p.m., while Jackson will take on Greenville at 8 p.m., today at By AARON BEARD Dunbar. AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH — North Carolina coaching great Dean Smith is dealno hits), Kirkland Stoudemire, ing with memory loss. Samantha Holland and Tessa His family sent a letter to forVenson. Stoudemire gave up the only mer players and coaches Saturday, Chase hit. discussing the 79-year-old Hall of After Franklin held the 13-0 lead Famer’s health after generally declinafter three, Chase found themselves ing to comment for privacy reasons. with the bases loaded and Cassidy Smith’s condition was described as a Pinkerton earned the first RBI with “progressive neurocognitive disorder a walk. Bekah Hopkins cleared the that affects his memory.” bases for Chase with a triple into the “He may not immediately recall the left field gap to cut the lead to 13-4. name of every former player from Franklin scored 10 more in the his many years of coaching, but that fourth as the game became final by does not diminish what those players the mercy-rule after four complete meant to him or how much he cares innings. about them,” the letter said. “He still Franklin was led by Stoudemire, remembers the words of a hymn or a who went 4-for-4 with 4-RBI. Brysin jazz standard, but may not feel up to was 2-for-3 with 4-RBI and Vinson going to a concert. He still plays golf, 3-for-4 with 2-RBI. though usually only for nine holes Chase falls into the loser’s instead of 18.” bracket and will play the loser of Smith had largely kept a low proRutherfordton-Davie on Monday at file in retirement, consistent with 6 p.m. his habit of trying to deflect credit to his players while never seeming comfortable with the attention that center as Rutherfordton cut the lead followed him during the peak of his coaching years. He has maintained to 10-3, and that was as close as a campus office, frequently coming Rutherfordton could get to the visiin to meet with former players, sign tors all day. autographs or return fan mail. Garner struck for two runs in the According to the letter, Smith second inning and eight during the “insists” on watching North third to take control of the game. Garner was led by a Danielle Horton Carolina’s televised games to cheer for the Tar Heels and Roy Williams, with a 3-for-3 day at the plate with an assistant to Smith for 10 years 3-RBI. before spending 15 years at Kansas. Amber Kirkland, Courtney Smith’s health became a quesSaunders and Amanda Hulmes each tion after The Fayetteville Observer earned two hits for Garner. recently reported he had occasional loss. A week later, author Walnut Cove 13, E. Asheville 12 memory John Feinstein posted on his blog RUTHERFORDTON — Samantha that he backed off an effort to colMabe knocked in the winning RBI laborate with Smith on a book in the walk-off double for Walnut Cove past year because of related issues. to overcome East Asheville, 13-12 The family letter states that Smith in game one of the North Carolina has had two hospital procedures in Senior League Softball Tourney, the past three years, one for knee Saturday at Crestview Park. replacement and the other for an The contest turned out to be the abdominal aortic aneurysm. His most exciting of the day as East wife, Linnea, said following the knee Asheville held a 12-10 lead until the replacement surgery in December bottom of the seventh, when Walnut 2007 that there had been some “carCove answered with three to earn diological and neurological complithe walk-off win. cations,” though she didn’t elaborate at the time.

Morganton 12, Walnut Cove 1

RUTHERFORDTON — Morganton showed no mercy in a 12-1 win over Walnut Cove in game three of the Senior softball Little League tourney at Crestview Park, Saturday. Morganton posted two runs in the first and five more in the second to run away with the game.

Today’s Games 2 p.m. Rutherfordton vs East Asheville; 4 p.m. Forest City vs Walnut Cove; 6 p.m. Morganton vs Garner.

“It’s a stark contrast,” the letter states of Smith’s memory loss, “because he is widely known for remembering a name, a place, a game, a story — it’s what made other people feel like they were special, because our dad remembered everything. “Coach Smith wanted to keep his professional and personal life separate. But as we all know, the personal and professional life can sometimes overlap, and we understand that many fans, former players and friends are concerned about his wellbeing.” Smith retired in 1997 after 36 seasons in Chapel Hill as the winningest coach in Division I men’s basketball with 879 victories, a mark passed a decade later by Bob Knight at Texas Tech. Smith won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments, reached 11 Final Fours and won the NCAA championship in 1982 and 1993. But his imprint on the game goes beyond numbers, from the creation of the Four Corners slowdown offense that ultimately helped lead to the creation of the shot clock to the simple gesture of pointing to the passer after a made basket. In addition to coaching some of the game’s biggest names — Michael Jordan among them — Smith oversaw a program that graduated more than 96 percent of its lettermen. Smith made a handful of public appearances during the program’s centennial season last year, first for a game featuring alumni playing in the NBA or overseas. Smith’s presence in the building bearing his name drew a standing ovation from a roaring sellout crowd, prompting him to quickly acknowledge the crowd before pointing several times at the players as they applauded him. During the game, Smith sat at the scorer’s table between Jordan and Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown, who played for Smith in the 1960s. He appeared again in February during halftime of the North Carolina State game in which the Tar Heels honored more than 200 former players.

Spielman is fan favorite at hall ceremony SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman and former Texas defensive tackle Steve McMichael have told a crowd outside the College Football Hall of Fame that they didn’t make it there on their own. Both said that the key to their success was the players around them, saying other teams could have keyed on them and stopped them if they

didn’t have help. Twenty-four former players and coaches were being enshrined Saturday. Notre Dame wide receiver Tim Brown drew a cheer from the crowd when he struck the Heisman Trophy pose after putting on his hall blue blazer. But it was Spielman who drew the biggest cheers, with nearly 100 people watching the event wearing his No. 36 Ohio State jersey.

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Open poised to produce another surprising champ By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

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Dr. Jeremy Krock a member of the Negro Leagues Marker Project visits Rickwood Field on Friday, July 16, 2010, in Birmingham, Ala.

Late Negro Leaguers’ legacies finally set in stone By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — James “Sap� Ivory’s legacy will finally be set in stone. The late Birmingham Black Barons first baseman will soon become the 20th former Negro Leagues player to receive a headstone as part a project started six years ago by an Illinois physician who wanted to make sure they didn’t lie forgotten in unadorned anonymity. The Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project seeks out former Negro League players buried without headstones and uses donations to buy them one. “They played in anonymity,� said Dr. Jeremy Krock, an anesthesiologist from Peoria, Ill. “Now, we don’t want them to spend eternity in anonymity. “I hope people will see the grave and realize that man is important. He played Negro League baseball. Maybe it will cause somebody to go out and see what the Negro Leagues is all about.� Some of the graves lie unmarked for decades. Negro League pitcher and manager William “Big Bill� Gatewood finally got a grave marker in Alsip, Ill., in June nearly 50 years after his death. Ivory’s family will have a much shorter wait following his death from a stroke on Oct. 22, 2008. His gravestone is still being fashioned, but his widow, Wessie Ivory, was to be honored Saturday evening as part of the annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham. The project now aims to put headstones identifying the players as veterans of the Negro Leagues in the city where the conference is held each year. Krock and his volunteers are trying to raise money for a growing waiting list that includes more than a dozen players buried without grave markers, including Hall of Famers Pete Hill and Solomon White. The headstone would be meaningful to her husband, Wessie Ivory said. Also to their three children and seven grandchildren. “He’d realize that people do care,� she said. “It means a lot.� Ivory played for the Birmingham Black Barons — Satchel Paige’s former team — from 1958-60, when the Negro American League shut down. The closest he came to the majors was a tryout with the San Francisco Giants in 1957. He finished his career in 1963 playing in Mexico, Wessie Ivory said. She said the family had planned to put in a headstone, but now they will be spared the expense. A former machinist, Ivory is buried at Elmwood Cemetery, about a mile and a half from the home where Wessie Ivory still lives. The headstone will let Elmwood visitors know of his baseball career, and serve as a reminder of the anonymity of most Negro League players. The state’s biggest sports icon, legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant, also is buried at Elmwood. But Ivory, at least, will get his due. “It’s important because it gives them final recognition,� said Larry Lester, a Negro League historian who lives in Kansas City, Mo. Lester said having headstones made and installing them typically costs $600 to $800, depending on the cemetery. Most of the donations have come from the some 750 members of the Society for American Baseball Research, with about $9,000 having been raised since 2004, he said. “This was a time where players didn’t make very much money,� said Dwayne Isgrig, who works for a St. Louis insurance company and helped with the Gatewood headstone. “They didn’t have a pension system in place. Some of them died in poverty and their family didn’t have the money to lay a grave marker. “It brings some dignity in death so that these individuals are recognized for their contributions to the game of baseball.�

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The last test for Louis Oosthuizen was his second shot to the 17th green at St. Andrews, where the pin was planted perilously behind the Road Hole bunker. He safely sent his 5-iron through the green and onto the 18th tee, where it stopped about six feet away from where Paul Casey was about to hit. Lee Westwood walked over to the ball and acted as though he was going to smash it back at Oosthuizen. Even that might not have stopped him Saturday in the British Open. Oosthuizen opened with a nervous bogey, then settled down quickly on another windswept afternoon for a 3-under 69 that gave him a four-shot lead over Casey and a chance to become the first player in 46 years to win his first major at the home of golf. Ernie Els called him Saturday morning to wish him and well. Gary Player left him a message at his hotel. Maybe it’s time for the 27-year-old Oosthuizen to start thinking he could be the next South African with a claret jug. “I don’t think anyone was thinking I was going to be up there,� Oosthuizen said. “You’ve heard yourself, no one can actually say my surname, so they don’t even know who I am out there. It’s great being up there. I just want to enjoy everything about it. I loved it out there. It was great fun for me. And hopefully, tomorrow will be the same.� Oosthuizen (WUHST-hyzen) was at 15-under 201. A victory Sunday would make him the first player since Tony Lema in 1964 to win his first major at St. Andrews. “The Open at St. Andrews would be something special,� Oosthuizen said. “It’s one of those things you dream of.� Casey went out in 31 when the wind was at its strongest, and mostly into his face. He finished off a bogey-free round of 67 that puts him in the final group of a major for the first time. He was at 11-under 205. It might be a two-man race between players who have never seriously challenged in a major. Oosthuizen was seven shots clear of Martin Kaymer of Germany, who had a 68 and was alone in third. Another shot behind — and eight shots out of the lead — were Henrik Stenson (67), Alejandro Canizares (71) and Westwood (71), who didn’t make a birdie on the front nine but did well to at least stay in the game. Americans have won six of the last eight Opens at St. Andrews, but they have disappeared in this one. Dustin Johnson birdied his last two holes for a 69 and was nine shots behind. Tiger Woods, who won the last two times at St. Andrews by a combined 13 shots, has never been within four shots of the lead all

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South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen waves to the crowd on the 18th green after finishing his third round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Saturday.

week, and he wasn’t even close Saturday. He had four long eagle putts — only one of them on a par 5 — and three-putted for par on three of them to shoot 73. He was 12 shots behind, sure to match his longest start to the season without a victory in his seventh tournament. “I’m playing better than my position,� said Woods, who was tied for 18th. “I certainly have had a lot more putts on the greens that I ever have, and that’s something that has basically kept me out of being in the final few groups.� Phil Mickelson, who had a chance at the start of the week to go to No. 1 in the world, was another shot behind. Whatever momentum he had was lost with a 5-iron that he hooked out-of-bounds for a double bogey on No. 16 for a 70. The South African heritage at golf’s oldest championship dates to Bobby Locke winning four times in a nine-year stretch after World War II. Player won the claret jug three times, and Els was the most recent in 2002. Oosthuizen, whose career was made possible by the Ernie Els Foundation at Fancourt, recalls watching highlights of the Big Easy’s tough win at Muirfield and getting goosebumps. All he felt on the first hole Saturday were nerves. He had to wait 28 hours from his last putt on Friday

to his opening shot Saturday — “It felt like a week-anda-half,� he said — and Oosthuizen promptly threeputted for bogey as his lead shrunk to two shots. Considering it was only the second time he made it to the weekend at a major, it looked as though it wouldn’t be long before he wilted from the pressure. Instead, he eased his way along the humps and mounds, flashing that gaptooth smile and following Els’ advice to enjoy himself. Oosthuizen picked up his first birdie on the seventh hole, then added a surprise birdie late in his round with a 60-foot putt. Even with a four-shot lead — the largest 54-hole lead in the Open since Woods led by six shots in 2000 — the real test comes Sunday. “I’m loving the fact I’m playing absolutely great golf and I’m four shots being Louis,� Casey said. Casey ran off three birdies in a four-hole stretch early in his round, and he got as close as one-shot with a two-putt birdie on the ninth. But he had to settle for nothing better than par on the back nine, missing a 5-foot birdie on the 18th. “I’m having a great time, and I’m going to go out there tomorrow and enjoy myself and have a good attitude,� Casey said. “I know what this golf course can do. It can give you some great moments, and it can give you some horrible ones.�

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No summertime blues for Duke’s new PG

DURHAM (AP) — Kyrie Irving hasn’t had to wait long to find out how he stacks up in a loaded freshman class on Tobacco Road. Defending national champion Duke doesn’t start formal preseason practice for another three months, and hallowed Cameron Indoor Stadium won’t play host to any games that matter until midNovember. But in a tiny gym across town, in a summer league packed with both big-name freshmen and established players, the highly regarded point guard has shown flashes of what he hopes to bring to the Blue Devils. From ankle-twisting moves off the dribble to smooth pull-up jumpers to leaping alley-oops in transition, Irving has shown he very well could live up to the hype.

Watching YouTube videos of John Wall tearing up the S.J.G. Greater NC Pro Am league last summer made Irving want to do the same thing. He scored 35 points in his debut earlier this week against a team led by Kansas State transfer Dominique Sutton.

“There are a lot of great players out here. ... You saw Dominique Sutton pick me up full-court, and I need that. Especially in the league that I’m playing in this year.”

Kyrie Irving

Duke point guard “There are a lot of great players out here. ... You saw Dominique Sutton pick me up full-court, and I need that,” Irving said. “Especially in the league that I’m playing in this year.” He’s got plenty of company here this summer, because the collection of high-profile freshmen in this league reads like a ballot for the 2011 ACC rookie of the year award. Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock of North Carolina are here, and so are C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown of North Carolina State and Duke classmate Josh Hairston. They’ve combined to create such a must-see spectacle in this hoopshysterical region that a recent session of games, headlined by one matching a team with Barnes and Bullock against one with Leslie and Brown, drew a crowd of roughly 3,100 people to North Carolina

Central’s cramped gym — with hundreds more turned away at the gate to comply with fire regulations. “It’s a tough league. It’s a really fast-paced game, and a lot more physical than I thought it would be,” Irving said. And while all of those incoming freshmen will face their own set of unique challenges in the coming months, none will have to deal with what Irving does: The pressure of taking over at point guard for a defending national champ and serious contender to repeat. Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski had high praise for his new guard during his annual summertime meeting with reporters, even comparing him to NBA All-Star Chris Paul because of his toughness and ability to change direction on the dribble.

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He says that with Irving, the Blue Devils can afford to pick up the pace, as opposed to relying on a rebounding-and-defending formula that blossomed when it counted, complemented their always-strong outside shooting and led them to their fourth national title. “We’ll play a style that will use the fact that we have more perimeter players ... pick up how fast we play, pushing the ball up,” Krzyzewski said. “We just have more depth, so we’ll press more, we’ll run more. We didn’t have a guard that could kind of make things happen for other people. Kyrie can do that. Kyrie’s really good.” The way Irving sees it, before the New Jersey high school star starts practicing under Krzyzewski’s guidance, there’s still some time to get his game ready for what he expects to face in the ACC. “I’m dedicated to being better,” Irving said. “We have access to our gym (at Duke), 24-7, and it’s a great experience to come out here and play. It’s going to get me ready for the season also.”

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All animals have some kind of scent, but the ferret is known for standing out among pets. Its scent comes from oil glands under the skin. Fortunately though, once a ferret is neutered or spayed, their odor can decrease dramatically. However, more importantly, maintaining a healthy diet, clean ears and teeth, and clean surroundings (litter box, cage and bedding) will help keep any odor under control.

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Cash: Well, getting your gold-

fish to wear a collar might be a bit difficult. And the heavy tags would weigh them down like an anchor. Carry: Besides, wouldn’t that be called a fishing license? Cash: Surprisingly though, the clerk at your town is probably right. Ferrets are considered exotic animals and are regulated by laws just like dogs and cats. Each town can vary in its ordinances, and some choose to tighten up regulations beyond the state guidelines. Your town just happens to have a law that requires ferrets to be licensed. Carry: However, you should

consider yourself lucky. Some cities such as Washington, DC or Dallas, TX for example, actually ban the ownership of ferrets. And currently, the entire states of Hawaii and California still ban these pets as well. Cash: If you buy a ferret through a pet store, most likely the store would supply you with information on licensing your new ferret. However, if you find one through the classifieds, it's up to the owner to check with the town for any regulations. Carry: Ferrets tend to be regulated for several reasons. Like cats and dogs, they are susceptible

to rabies. Hence, a license helps insure owners are getting the proper vaccinations for their pets. Cash: Try getting your goldfish to stay still for those shots! Carry: The regulations also exist because some municipalities believe that ferrets would breed and become a nuisance animal if ever released into the wild. This argument tends to be rather questionable. Most ferrets are too domesticated to survive living in the wild. Cash: The same is probably true for your goldfish. If he escaped, the farthest he'd probably get is the living room floor!

While many people associate the ferret with the rodent family, it is not true. Ferrets are mammals, and descend from the Siberian or European polecat. They are a part of the weasel family and are related to minks, otters, skunks, badgers and wolverines. Ferrets were first domesticated thousands of years ago and were a favorite among the English nobility in the 12th to 14th century. Today's domestic ferrets have few survival instincts. They suffer from poor eyesight, poor hunting skills, and have little fear of potentially dangerous situations. They are best kept in a safe environment. •

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The other day I was sitting on a park bench reading your column. An older woman walked up and sat down next to me to read a book. I looked over at her and noticed a small ferret laying on her shoulder. The whole time I was there the ferret didn't move. It was actually amazing. As I folded up my newspaper to leave, I turned to the woman and asked, "I noticed your ferret hasn't moved the whole time we've been sitting here. Does he always stay around your neck like that?" Reaching up to pet the little guy she smiled and whispered, "All the time. He thinks he's a mink." (Thanks to Douglas M.)

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Before the grand ol’ man, there was ‘The Boss’ By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK — Many great Yankees were on the field wearing the famous pinstripes again, now with special memorial patches in honor of George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard. Amid all the tributes of the past week since the owner’s death, Goose Gossage tried to lend some perspective, to contrast the beloved father figure of Steinbrenner’s later years with the tempest who shook up New York, baseball and all of sports in his uninhibited younger days. “The last decade or decade and Serena Williams, a half, I just don’t think he was right, and Russia’s Vera Zvonareva pose as tough as he was when we were there, crazy or whatever you want to for a photo prior to the start of their call it. He was crazy,” Gossage said women’s singles final Saturday. “He was off the charts. The at the All England craziest thing about George was the Lawn Tennis more you won, the crazier he got. Championships at Most people are like satisfied, and he Wimbledon, in this got crazier.” Saturday, July 3, Unless you were there, you 2010, file photo. wouldn’t understand. That was the Associated Press era when Gossage labeled “The Boss” ‘’The Fat Man” during a clubhouse rant. While Steinbrenner was being buried in a private service in Tampa, Fla., the Yankees held their 64th Old-Timers Day, a ritual celebration of pinstripes, titles and the tradition handed from Ruth and Gehrig, to DiMaggio to Berra and Mantle, and now to Jeter and Rivera. On Monday, World TeamTennis Yogi Berra was missing after fallsaid Williams would miss the entire ing the previous night near his home season. Her Washington Kastles in Montclair, N.J. On a day of reflecteam said she cut the bottom of her tion and with flags at half-staff, the foot and needed stitches. emotional high was the introduction On July 10, Williams attended the of Mary Sheppard, the widow of the wedding of Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony in New York. In a team’s public announcer from 1951photo, it appeared she had two ban- 07. Sheppard died last Sunday, two days before Steinbrenner, the team’s dages on the top of her right foot. owner since January 1973. Williams won her fourth Steinbrenner, as he had in life, Wimbledon crown and 13th major dominated proceedings. title in July. The Rogers Cup in “He came in the clubhouse one Montreal begins Aug. 16, and the day,” Ron Guidry recalled. “The finU.S. Open starts Aug. 30. ger was at me, and ‘You’re 0-2 in After winning the Australian Open your last two starts.’” at the end of January, Williams was A Cy Young Award winner and sidelined through April because of two-time World Series champion, an injured left knee. She lost in the Gator was taken aback. French Open quarterfinals in June “I’m 0-2. I got a 1 ERA. It’s not before capturing Wimbledon. my fault,” he remembered responding. “He would come in there and he would get you. Or he would drop a line in the paper about the way you’re pitching. I would read it, or if he said it to me face to face, the worst thing is it would get my dander up, so the next time I went out I had that on my mind.” Steinbrenner’s bluster not only caught the attention of players, it captivated sports fans around the world. The battles between George and Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson and Thurman Munson in the late 1970s couldn’t be equaled — not did anyone particularly want them to be.

Serena Williams needs foot surgery, will miss 3 events

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams needs surgery on her right foot after cutting it on a broken glass at a restaurant. The top-ranked women’s player was injured last week and will miss three tournaments leading to the U.S. Open, the WTA Tour said Saturday. Williams has withdrawn from tournaments in Istanbul, Cincinnati and Montreal. The tour website offered no details about what happened at the restaurant. “I’m so upset I won’t be able to play in the upcoming events because of this foot surgery,” Williams said on the website. “Thank you for all of your support. I can’t wait to get back on the courts.” A message left with her agent was not immediately returned.

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New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter speaks during a tribute to Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday, before the Yankees’ baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, July 16, 2010, in New York

“That era there was the best soap opera in the country,” Guidry said, “because everybody that I would speak to on the street, they couldn’t wait to pick up a paper every morning and see what happened to the Yankees last night. Because things were done during the game or after the game or at 2 o’clock in the morning. One day you leave the park, you say good night to your manager. And the next, another guy comes in and gives you the ball. You look at him, he goes, ‘I’m the new manager.’ It happened about 17 times when I was here.” Graig Nettles defined the era when he famously said: “When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a baseball player and join the circus. With the Yankees I have accomplished both.” “It just came to me,” Nettles remembered. Jackson was shaken when he learned of Steinbrenner’s death, too emotional to discuss it at the AllStar game. He wasn’t even sure he wanted to attend Old-Timers Day. Having been the object of Steinbrenner’s praise and ridicule, Jackson developed a complicated and perceptive relationship with the man who brought him to New York as a free agent before the 1977 season, then let him go after five seasons. “Certainly his drive and his presence and personality, has permeated the organization and permeated the city, certainly I think the game of baseball as well,” Jackson said.

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A long time before Karaoke evolved, my sisters and I were performers. Inside the confines of our living room, the four of us entertained anyone who would listen, usually our mama. I thought about that after reading how three sisters actually rented a Karaoke machine recently and decided to perform for their grandmother. She selected a Nat King Cole song and the three sang to their best of their abilities and then informed grandmother, “We did that because we love you.” She replied, “I listened because I love you.” Now Daddy wasn’t as easily entertained, and maybe not as patient as mama, so we usually did our “programs” exclusively for her. After the evening chores were completed and the kitchen cleaned up we’d steer her toward the living room where she took her special seat, front row and center. Patiently she sat as we either sang, danced or pantomimed one of her favorite county hits by Johnny Cash. I vividly remember standing in the middle of the floor with an old Broadman Hymnal we probably borrowed from church to learn to play songs on the upright piano Daddy bought us for $25. Turning to “Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” I proceeded to sing in a not-so-great soprano voice all three verses. Mama never said a word, just listened, then clapped. Maybe she knew what I didn’t know at the time. There were about six stanzas of the song written a long time ago by Charles Wesley and I had spared her the remaining verses. My twin sisters often did pantomime acts to such songs as “Frankie & Johnny” or “My Grandfather’s Clock,” both Johnny Cash songs, or they would clog. Clogging was also performed for company. My older sister had an autoharp and sometimes she strum that during the program. Daddy tried to teach her to hold it up on her shoulder like Mama Mabelle Carter, but she never really got the hang of that. At the conclusion of the program Mama clapped, smiled said we did good. Mama sat there through it all for one reason — she loved us. *** I worked up a sweat long before I arrived for work Wednesday. About to head out the door with a heaping 32-ounce cup of the best blueberries you’ve ever tasted in my hand, I was excited about my snack food for the day. I sat the cup on the cabinet momentarily to go back into the kitchen and then it happened. I heard them hit the floor. Have you ever tried to sweep up a heaping 32-ounce cup of blueberries with the best broom in the house? First of all, they roll all over the place; second of all, they get stuck in the broom; and third of all, they get stuck on the bottoms of shoes. And it seems the more I swept, the more blueberries. Then there was moping up the blue juicy spots left when I squashed them. I gotta tell you, singing “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” was a lot more fun. Nothing good on television? Call in the grandkids or kids for an unforgettable performance right in your own living room. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@thedigitalcourier.com.

Something to scream about Here’s the scoop: Today is National Ice Cream Day By ALLISON FLYNN

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You can thank the President who loved all things sweet for a day that celebrates one of America’s favorite desserts. In 1984, Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day – and even designated the entire month as National Ice Cream Month. Americans do their part in consumption of ice cream worldwide – each person on average eats around 48 pints per year, more than any other country, according to icecream. com. By the scoop, in a shake or on top of bananas in a split, vanilla and chocolate are still the top two favorites, but in recent years there have been an explosion of what you can find in your cream. Food Network’s Adam Gertler recently visited an ice cream shop that serves a sweet corn ice cream. Just before Reagan’s suggestion

to celebrate ice cream, Cookies ‘N Cream made its debut and was an instant hit. According to sendicecream.com, the flavor climbed to number five on the list of best-selling flavors, and it also holds the distinction of being the fastest growing new flavor in the history of the ice cream industry. And while you can still find handcrank ice cream makers to create your fave flavors at home, even home ice creamers have had an upgrade in recent years. Some work with the traditional ice and rock salt while others can whip up a batch using a frozen canister in less than 30 minutes. So go ahead. Grab a scoop or churn and enjoy the day as Reagan meant for us to.

n The first frozen dessert is credited to Emperor Nero of Rome. It was a mixture of snow (which he sent his slaves into the mountains to retrieve) and nectar, fruit pulp and honey. Another theory is Marco Polo, 13th century bard and adventurer, brought with him to Europe from the Far East recipes for water ices .... said to be used in Asia for thousands of years. n The first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City in 1776. n The best temperature at which to serve ice cream is believed to be 8 degrees. n The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988, and weighed in at over 24 tons. You can’t order that in an ice cream parlor! n Ice cream is second only to cookies as the favorite dessert in North America. n Dolly Madison created a sensation when she served ice cream as a dessert in the White House at the second inaugural ball in 1812. n Americans love ice cream as much as ever. In 2007 Americans spent over $12 billion on ice cream, frozen yogurt and similar products and no less than 91% of adults and 98 per cent of children ate ice cream in that year.

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FOREST CITY — The Rutherford County Arts Council has announced the 2010-11 Regional Artist Project Grant. The grant program is sponsored by nine local arts councils, including the Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council, which administers the program for the consortium. Funding is provided by the individual councils, the N.C. Arts Council and the Blumenthal Endowment. The Regional Artist Project Grant Program provides an award for people and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that enhance their artistic development. Maximum grant amounts that can be requested are $5,000 for established artists and $3,000 for emerging artists.

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Pre-Teen North Carolina, a byinvitation only scholraship and recognition event involving young ladies ages 7 to 12, will award more than $5,000 in educational bonds, prizes and awards.

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Artists on the staff of one of the participating arts councils or artists who received a Regional Artist Project Grant within the past three calendar years -- July 2008 and later -- are not eligible to apply. All applications and work samples must be submitted no later than noon Aug. 18; applications received after this deadline cannot be accepted. All applicants must apply through the online application system. Funded projects must take place between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011.

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Bed & Barns Farm hosted a Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event July 8. Chamber members who attended took part in horseback riding, trail tours, hay rides and a barbecue. The farm is owned by Tammy Martell and is located at 661 Big Island Road, Forest City.

The Regional Artist Project Grant Program alternates disciplines every year. Visual artists and filmmakers are eligible to apply for the upcoming 2010 deadline. Visual artists may include painters, photographers, ceramic artists, sculptors, woodworkers, quilters, basketweavers, etc. Filmmakers may work in short films, documentaries, or other media arts. Performing and literary artists will be eligible to apply for the 2011 deadline.

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Weddings

Arender and Arrowood exchange vows May 22

Tamala Nicole Arrowood and Dean Alan Arender were married Saturday, May 22, 2010, at West Point Farms in Rutherfordton. The Rev. Jack Rhodes officiated the 2 p.m. ceremony. Music was provided by Neenah Vaughn and Colt Prince. The bride is the daughter of Janice C. Jones of Rutherfordton and the late Talmadge V. Arrowood. The bridegroom is the son of Donald E. Arender and the late Juntia Arender. The bride, given in marriage by her mother, wore a white satin A-line gown with embroidered metallic bodice and inverted V-empire with a cathedral train. She wore a white sheer veil with pearl accents and carried a bouquet of assorted tulips. The bride’s sister, Brandy Owens of Shelby, was maid of honor. She wore an espresso satin gown with fitted bodice. The gown had ruching under the bustline that extended in a symmetrical pattern just below the hip and she also wore clear and silver shoes. She carried a bouquet of cream hydrangea wrapped in pool blue.

Bridesmaids were Sharon Waters of Forest City and Marie Lewis of Rutherfordton. They wore pool blue strapless gowns with fitted bodices with ruching under the bustline that extended in a symmetrical pattern just below the hip. They wore heels of clear and silver and carried cream hydrangea wrapped in espresso. The bridegroom chose Brian Millwood of Cane Creek as best man. Groomsmen were Scott Carter of Forest City and Jack Elders of Sandy Run, S.C. Flower girl was the bridegroom’s daughter, D’Anna Arender, and ringbearer was the bridegroom’s son, Dustin Arender. The bride’s cousin, Breann McMurry of Rutherfordton, and Angie Gettings of Forest City attended the register. A reception was held at West Point Farms immediately following the ceremony. The bridal table was decorated with vases of goldfish and blue hydrangea sitting on a pool blue overlay. Guest tables were themed with dif-

ferent beaches the bridal couple have visited. The three-tired cake was vanilla, strawberry and lemon cake with chocolate icing with a blue and brown basket weave design. The table was accented in a chocolate colored overlay with blue and brown butterflies surrounding the cake. Entertainment was provided by The Matt Ryan Band, and the couple’s first dance was to “I’m Taking You Home” by the Eagles. Sandy Robertson and Rachel Elders assisted. Romona McEntire was wedding coordinator and photographer was Sherry Splawn. The bride, a 2006 graduate of Isothermal Community College, is a professional driver for U.S. Xpress Inc. The bridegroom is a 1985 graduate of Ridge Springs and is a professional driver for U.S. Express Inc. Following a seven-day cruise with Royal Caribbean International to Coco Cay, Bahamas, St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Martin Dutch/French Island, the couple live in Forest City.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Alan Arender

Carver and Hutchins say ‘I do’ Jamie Louise Hutchins and Robert Jonathan Carver were married Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Dr. Jim Whitlow officiated the 4 p.m. ceremony. Diane Nelson and Kevin Street provided music. The bride is the daughter of Greg and Beth Hutchins of Forest City. The bridegroom is the son of Robert and Kathy Carver of Rutherfordton. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a ball gown with sweetheart neckline and corset top embellished with Swarovski Crystals. Her veil had a border that matched the crystals on her dress. She carried a bouquet of purple asters. The bride’s sister Brittany Hutchins of Forest City, was maid of honor She wore a

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jonathan Carver

floor-length black satin gown with crystal embellishments and carried a bouquet of pink, yellow and orange gerber daisies. Bridesmaids were the bride’s sisters, Jennifer Hutchins of Forest City, Ashley Thomas of Ellenboro, Brandi Stephenson and Marie Cadorette, both of Forest City. They were dressed identically to the honor attendant. The bridegroom chose his father as best man. Groomsmen were the bridegroom’s brothers, Keith Carver of Forest City and Kevin Carver of Rutherfordton, Andre Morris of Green Hill, Nick Ruppe of Rutherfordton and Jake Stephenson of Forest City. Flower girls were Jorja Hoyle and Shaylin

Stephenson, both of Forest City, and ringbearers were Jabin Hoyle and Jacob Burnette, both of Forest City. Katie Carpenter and Tristan Gaddis attended the register. A reception followed at the church’s fellowship hall. A cupcake cake was served and a video of pictures of the couple throughout their relationship displayed. Pat Millwood and Tammy Henson assisted at the reception. The bride will graduate in December from GardnerWebb University with a bachelor’s in physical education. The bridegroom has a degree in criminal justice from Isothermal Community College and is employed by Food Lion LLC. After a week-long trip to Jamaica, the couple live in Forest City.

Fox and Hunt married in April ceremony

Brandy Dean Hunt and Ralph Brandon Fox were married Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Goodes Creek Baptist Church. Lamar Hewitt officiated the 4 p.m. cerony. Tammy Hurdt provided music. The bride is the daughter of John and Linda Goins of Bostic and Bobby and Teresa Hunt of Morganton. The bridegroom is the son of Frankie and Regina Fox of Forest City.

The bride, escorted to the altar by her father, wore a white strapless Casablanca dress with a train. The dress was embroidered with beads and jewels from the top down to the torso, and from the back all the way down the train. Her veil was trimmed in beads and she carried a bouquet of hot pink roses wrapped with hot pink ribbon.

The bride’s twin sister, Sandy Hunt of Bostic, was maid of honor. She wore a hot pink satin

floor-length dress with spaghetti straps and a black sash. She carried canna lilies wrapped with pink and white ribbon. Bridesmaids were Misty Gosey of Forest City, the bride’s cousins, Jessica Gantt and Bobbie Towery, both of Forest City, and Brittany Irvin of Bostic. They wore black satin floor-length dresses with spaghetti straps and hot pink sashes. The carried canna lilies wrapped in pink and white ribbon. The bride’s sister, Madison Goins, was a junior bridesmaid and wore a dress identical to the maid of honor’s.

the bride’s sons, Adrian and Anthony Makey. A reception was held at the church’s fellowship hall. Pink tulle was draped over white table cloths. In the center of each table was a glass globe filled with clear marbles and pink lilies. Guests were served ham, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, green beans and rolls. A wedding cake as well as punch and tea were also served. Reception attendants were Marlene Adams, Margaret McCombs and Wilma Epley.

The bridegroom chose his father as best man. Groomsmen were John Barker and Shane Walker, both of Forest City, Tyler Whitaker of Shiloh and Andy McGuiness of Ellenboro. Junior groomsman was the bridegroom’s brother, Jared Fox. The bridegroom’s sister, Elizabeth Fox of Forest City, was flower girl and ringbearers were

The bride is a 2004 graduate of East High School and is employed by White Oak Manor. The bridegroom is a 2003 graduate of Chase High School. He is a loader operator at Omni Source Southeast.

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After a wedding trip to the Bahamas, the couple live in Forest City.

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Anniversaries

Engagements

Golden celebration

Underwood, Ellenburg Greg Underwood and Sandra Noland, both of Canton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Lauren Underwood, to Jeremy Stephen Ellenburg, son of Vic and Sandy Ellenburg of Forest City. An Aug. 14, 2010, wedding is planned for 6 p.m. at Rainbow Lake Resort in Brittany Underwood Brevard. A reception and Jeremy Ellenburg will follow. The bride-elect is a graduate of Western Carolina Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Nursing and is employed by Haywood Regional Medical Center. The future bridegroom is a graduate of Western Carolina University and is employed by the Jackson County School System.

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Reid Helton and Margaret Putman Helton were married on July 8, 1960, at the Gaffney, S.C., courthouse (above left) and celebrated 50 years of marriage on July 8, 2010, (at home, above right). They were honored on July 10 with a 50th wedding anniversary dinner at the Water Oak Restaurant. Attended by close family and friends, the dinner was hosted by their son Steven, their daughter-in-law Tiffany, and their grandson Wes. The Heltons reside on their farm in Ellenboro.

New Arrivals

RUTHERFORDTON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The following babies were born recently at Rutherford Hospital: Mr. and Mrs. David Laughter of Forest City, a daughter, Amayah Pristine Laughter, June 23. Rebecca and Tobyes Santiago of Forest City, a son, Carlos Guzman Tate, June 27. Kayla Davis and Shane Owenby of Forest City, a daughter, Bethani Marie-Kay Owenby, June 28. Tony and Dazja Miller of Shelby, a daughter, Jordyn Alexandria Miller, June 30.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hoyle of Rutherfordton, a son, Harlan Jackson Hoyle, July 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Rich of Rutherfordton, a daughter, Rachael Gianna Rich, July 1. Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy McHargue of Forest City, a son, Jacob Andrew McHargue, July 1. Christy Smith of Rutherfordton, a daughter, Athena Jade Williams, July 4. Kenneth Owenby and Whitney Byers of Ellenboro, a son, Kenneth Dwight Lee Owenby, July 6. George and Amanda Damiani of Rutherfordton,a son, George Russell Damiani, July 6. Chad and Shannon Dillard of Forest City, a daughter, Laynli Mae Dillard, July 6.

Lindsey Ledford of Forest City and Christopher Bailey of Boiling Springs, S.C., a daughter, Sophia Deanna Bailey, July 7. Shasta Wilson and Robbie Praytor of Rutherfordton, a son, Robbie Carson Praytor Jr., July 8. Marcus and Lisa Gibson of Forest City, a son, Brayden Graham Gibson, July 8. Candice Beal and Brian Wilkerson of Rutherfordton, a son, Bryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;len Cabreeon Wilkerson, July 9.

Heather Gonzalez and Antonio Munoz of Forest City, a daughter, Araeeli Nevaeh Munoz, July 11.

Hartley, Smathers

Allison Hope Hartley and Donald Allen Smathers announce their engagement. A Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, wedding is planned at Green River Plantation. The bride-elect is the daughter of Joseph and Katherine Hartley of Royse City, Texas. She is Allison Hartley a 2003 graduate of and Donald Smathers Chase High School and a 2005 graduate of Western Piedmont Community College in phlebotomy and certified nursing assistant. She is employed as a business office assistant at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation and Living Center in Rutherfordton. The future bridegroom is the son of Gail Smathers and the late Robert Smathers and Donald Bailey of Forest City. He is a 1999 graduate of East Rutherford High School and a 2007 graduate of Cleveland Community College in air conditioning and heating and refrigeration technology. He is employed by Forest City Heating & Air.

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Isothermal announces spring 2010 dean’s list

SPINDALE – The Isothermal Community College deans of Business Sciences, Arts & Sciences and Applied Sciences and Technology have announced the names of 454 area students who were named to the Deans’ List for Spring Semester 2010. To achieve this academic distinction, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more hours of study and maintain a 3.25 (B plus) grade point average out of a possible 4.0 (A). This does not include grades earned in Academic Development classes. A comprehensive two-year institution, serving students from throughout the region, Isothermal Community College offers Business Sciences, Arts & Sciences and Applied Sciences & Technology courses and programs. Isothermal Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees. Making the list for honor roll were:

J. Bolin, Brian K. Boone, William F. Brackett, Robert Bradbury Jr, Carole L. Brooks, Edith R. Capps, Lauren N. Conrad, Joseph L. Crotts, Madelyn A. Dieffenbach, Clinton E. Dodson, Sandy Escalera, Angela M. Galloway, Katie M. Head, Wesley S. Helton, Mendy G. Hoyle, Lori M. Huddleston, Ronald P. Laws, Michael E. Lyda, Miranda B. Martin, Bradley C. Mathis, Amy D. McDaniel, Jamerica S. Nolen, Donald B. Owens, James C. Parker, Casey T. Pruett, Ricky G. Ramsey, Tammy S. Rose, Brandy H. Ruppe, Camden N. Shriner, Marian G. Smith, Kristy L. Stacey, Joseph D. Stamper, Jessica N. Tenbroeck, Kimberly L. Thomas, Renee L. Toney, Bryan T. Winslow

Forest City – Heather E. Bailey, Douglas A. Bartlett, Charles K. Bates, Haley M. Bedford, Betty G. Bivens, Michael G. Blackwood, Robert F. Bostic, Steven W. Brainard, Betty J. Bridges, Terry S. Bridges, Leonard L. Brown, Bostic – William A. Alexander, Brandon K. Buchanan, Ida K. Barry E. Allen, Timothy R. Buchanan, Isaac M. Bumgardner, Beam, Marilyn M. Butler, Jacob Beverly C. Byers, Alexis P. Calder, L. Chapman, Judith A. Darrow, Jay S. Carpenter, Regina C. Carson, Pamela J. Darrow, Shelby M. Sarah A. Christopherson, Trevor P. Davidson, Jonathan V. Elliott, Beth Christopherson, William A. Clay, M. Gettys, Brandon J. Hall, Leigh Bobby R. Clements, Joseph E. A. Hill, Virginia C. Hodge, Jenny Conard II, David W. Cooper, John N. Holland, Sarah M. Howard, P. Cornelius, Rebecca N. Craft, Brittany N. Hudgins, Lindsey A. Malinda K. Crenshaw, Christy B. Hutter, Jessica L. Jolley, Tara N. Daly, Tammy B. Davis, Stephen R. Jolley, Johnny R. Knox, B.J. Ledford, Dobbins, Regina M. Durko, Mark Avery C. Lovelace, Robin T. Mann, A. Edwards, Bradley T. Ellenberger, Melissa L. Messina, Kyle H. Mitchell, Amy M. Epley, Mitchell T. Filer, Dale Donna L. Moore, Paul W. Poteat, S. Franklin, Marie D. Funderburke, Catherine L. Prescott, Hannah D. Alison M. Gantt, Jessica A. Gibbs, Ramsey, Steven A. Rhoads, John C. Jessica N. Goode, Chad E. Gordon, Ruppe, Dustin W. Sheehan, Cheryl Tina G. Gowan, James R. Greene, A. Short, Chivous R. Sims, Samantha William J. Greene, William G. K. Smith, Timmy R. Smith, Eric Greene, Hilari N. Griffin, Brandy E. Strassburger, Michael D. Suttle, C. Hagan, Ian M. Hamrick, Kurtis R. Towery, Brittany L. Upton, Cassandra R. Hannon, Heather N. Joshua D. Whiteside, Patrick S. Hardin, Kristen B. Harrill, Robert Whittemore B. Harrill, Mark C. Harton, Wayne A. Harvey, Kimberly W. Hawkins, Caroleen – Malinda M. Hardin, Jason M. Head, Tonia L. Head, Cassandra C. Henson Craig A. Hemingson, Veronica Cliffside – Tammy D. Morrison, Y. Herrera, Jennifer M. Herring, Courtney R. Putnam, Heather A. David L. Higginbotham, Debra L. Voyles Higginbotham, Sherry L. Hinson, John C. Hodge Jr., Stephen C. Ellenboro – Victoria J. Adair, Hollifield, Billy R. Houser, Anthony Michael B. Allen, Joseph M. L. Hudson, Lisa K. Hutchins, Bailey, Michael S. Beam, Nancy Emily A. Israel, Kasey L. Jackson, C. Beam, Ian C. Blalock, Belinda Markiesha J. Jackson, Jennifer M.

James, Debbie L. Jimenez, Adam W. Johnson, James E. Jones, Kelly R. Jones, Leslie M. Jones, Warner W. Jones III, Adriana Juarez, Joseph C. Kallay, Sharyn L. Kennedy, Robert O. Laney, Haskell W. Langford Jr., Starla B. Lawhorn, Christopher G. Lawrence, David L. Ledbetter, Bethanie S. Lister, Qing Q. Liu, Yan B. Liu, Lekisha A. Logan, Diane P. Lynch, Marie C. Matheny, Meriana J. Matheny, Jimmy S. Mathis, Tina L. McCoy, Mark B. McCracken, Darlington V. McKinney, Rocky C. McMellion, Amanda F. Millwood, John P. Morris, Katherine A. Morris, Lindsay L. Morrow, Evan H. Morse, William R. Mott, Jerry B. New, Stephen C. O’Dell, Luther Oakley Jr., Sara F. Phillips, Drema M. Poole, Iris W. Price, Camille A. Ratliff, Megan E. Roberts, Karen S. Robinson, Betty E. Roper, Yecenia C. Sandoval, Glenda B. Scruggs, Stacey M. Shade, Anita L. Sherwin, Whitney L. Silver, Lillian G. Slaughter, Alan M. Smith, Randall J. Suhonen, Joseph B. Thomas, Pamela H. Thompson, John M. Toker, Trang T. Tran, Rocky A. Turner, Chiketa L. Twitty, Cathy D. Walker, Zachary C. Walker, Carolyn S. Wease, Kristen L. West, Andrea B. Wheeler, Taryn R. White, James W. Wilkerson Jr., Jessica D. Williams, Lashonda T. Williams, Jessica R. Yates Harris – Robin J. Blanton, Becky H. Seagle, Leisa R. Vickers, Morgan H. Reed, Holly D. Webb Lake Lure – Angela R. Brittain, Stephen L. Craddock, Megan C. Logan, Michael A. Loiacono Mooresboro – Nathan G. Barnes, Kristen L. Byers, Linda J. Farris, Whitney B. Fite, Steven C. Greenlee, Carol V. Higgins, Ashley M. Lee, Kimberly A. McGinnis, Christopher Norris, Robert H. Pace, Jason A. Padgett, Lisa M. Roberson, David G. Scruggs, Deana M. Stauffacher, Heather J. Turner, Sandy L. Turner

B. Dula, Michael A. Edwards, Chrys M. Elliott, Elizabeth O. Elliott, Mitchell S. Elliott, Mary E. Ennis, Timothy M. Gillikin, Allen M. Gowan, Barbara H. Grant, Ivan K. Graudszus, Rhonda C. Greene, Scott A. Guy, Deborah L. Hamilton, Brianna L. Hamrick, Kevin L. Hardin, Elizabeth P. Harris, Amanda A. Helton, Bryan W. Hensley, Jesse S. Hill, Thaddeus W. Hodge, Kaley S. Holmstrom, Jason D. Hopper, Daniel R. Hudson, Stuart L. Huntsinger, Rafael H. Imamura, Cynthia J. Jarvis, Jessica P. Kahill, Kelly L. Keene, Hayley J. Keys, Jordan A. Kidd, Bailey B. Killough, Mary A. Leach, Paige N. Leslie, Brittany T. Levesque, Stephanie N. Logan, William J. Mauney, Heather R. McCabe, Selena McEntyre, Raven C. McGregor, Andrew M. McLaughlin, Rebeca Melo, Joshua R. Millwood, Casey D. Morris, Judy K. Mosteller, Alicia M. Myers, Joanna P. Nordenlow, Kathy F. Pierce, Guilherme S. Prado, Virgil D. Radu, Charles R. Roach, Martha L. Roberts, Tobey E. Rocket, Samantha A. Ruff, Justin R. Rumfelt, Brittany P. Russell, Danielle L. Russell, Jeremy C. Russell, Nicole L. Sain, John W. Salyers Jr., Rachel A. Sams, Crystal L. Seebode, Maureen Seibler, Patience N. Shifflett, Dana K. Silvers, Michael J. Sisk Jr., David C. Smith, Tina L. Smith, Jeffrey W. Stamper, Samuel N. Staton, Phillip C. Taylor, Brooke C. Tomerlin, Quang V. Tran, Lashon M. Twitty, Bryan Wall, Anthony S. Watkins, Tyler L. Wellborn, Angela J. Wilson, Anita L. Wilson, Tara L. Wooton, Kyle H. Yelton

Spindale – Anthony D. Bailey, Keith C. Baker, Ausjanet L. Bayne, Tanisha Q. Cash, Jason C. Chastain, Jerry C. Freeman, Melissa D. Herold, Allison S. Hooper, Cleta F. Kawa, Rebecca H. Lane, Rebeca Machado, Dustin T. Malcolm, Robert T. Rutherfordton – Ashlee J. Martin, Felicia C. McKinney, Alexander, Lindsey B. Allison, Lynetha W. Miller, Salvador H. Charles B. Anderson III, Jessica M. Ortega, Michael E. Osborne, Arledge, Michael W. Barringer, Anna Ariane N. Patterson, Angela M. E. Bross, Kelsy L. Brown, Wesley L. Petri, Donna R. Roberts, Pamela Brown, Michael O. Byars, Amanda S. Shoemaker, Shaun M. Smith, Casillas, David B. Caulder, Lauren E. Cynthia A. Teseniar, Adriana N. Caulder, Stephen G. Clontz, David M. Ukei, Robert L. Walker, Yuatta U. Cole, Lora L. Cole, William H. Cole, Walton Laura S. Collins, Tyler C. Collins, Chad W. Cooper, Jeffrey N. Culbreth, Union Mills – Christopher B. Tonia Y. Daugherty, Christopher A. Bennett, Houston E. Boggs, Kathy C. Davies, Brandon C. Davis, Debra L. Franklin, William P. Gamble, Jordan DeCosta, Nathaniel M. DeGrandpre, D. Jones, Whitney S. King, Paul E. Jerrell M. Deaver III, Norma E. Ohlin IV, Corwin C. Revis, Karen C. Devine, Arely R. Dominguez, Hillary Ruppe, Samantha A. Shehan.

Class Notes Students chosen to serve as Senate pages

Coastal Plain League All-Star Fan Fest and Home Run Derby presented by Bojangles Monday July 19 6:30 Rutherford County Fire vs. Police softball game 8:00 Coastal Plain League Home Run Derby 9:30 Rocky Yelton and the Hired Guns perform Coastal Plain League All-Star Game presented by Moose Vending Tuesday July 20 7:05 pm Fireworks after the game! Tickets for both days are $10 for general admission and $12 for box seats

Call 828-245-0000 or visit www.forestcitybaseball.com for more information.

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Senate recently had the following Rutherford County students, sponsored and appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Banight, serve as pages: n Kaitlyn Nicole Yelton, a student at R-S Central High School, daughter of David and Denise Yelton of Rutherfordton. n Sydney Renee Griffin, a student at R-S Central High School, daughter of Thomas and Susan Griffin of Forest City. n Curtis Lee Koone,a student at R-S Central High School, daughter of Robert and Cynthia Koone of Union Mills. Statewide high school students in grades nine through 12 serve as

pages when the General Assembly is in session. They perform valuable duties for the Senators and their office staff. They attend daily Senate sessions, committee meetings and assist staff members with office duties during the week they serve in the Legislature.

Former county man receives divinity degree from GWU BOILING SPRINGS – The Rev. Billy Ray McEntire of Darlington, S.C., formerly of Rutherford County, graduated from Gardner-Webb University during its recent 2010 Spring Commencement Ceremony. McEntire received a Doctor of Ministry Degree and was among a total of almost 500 graduates who received degrees from the University.

ATTENTION ADULTS AGE 55+ In these unusual economic times, planning for future health care needs is more crucial than ever. One option available is EASTWOOD VILLAGE, Rutherford County’s only complete retirement and health care concept. Homes are individually owned and designed for maintenance-free living with the following amenities:

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The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, July 18, 2010 — 7C

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Minister’s work at funerals deserves a fee Dear Abby: I am an ordained minister and a senior citizen. At the present time I do not have a position with a church. I rely on part-time work officiating at funerals and weddings and earn a very modest living. I work hard to make each funeral service meaningful. It often involves meeting with family members to hear stories about their loved one, and sometimes I must drive many miles to and from the church where the funeral is held. I always receive compliments from the families afterward, telling me how touched they were. Then they fail to pay me a single red cent! Most of these

Dear Abby Abigail van Buren

people know I am essentially unemployed, yet they offer me nothing for all my work. Abby, nobody goes into the ministry for the money, but clergy have to pay their bills just like everyone else. What can I do to make sure I am compensated? Please don’t tell me to set a specific fee, because I’d be glad to accept any offering they can afford. Besides, it seems tacky for a member of the clergy to ask for a fee upfront. It would be different if I was still on

staff at a church and receiving a salary, but such is not the case. — Thorny Issue Dear Thorny Issue: Please reconsider your policy about setting a fee for your services. Grieving families often forget anything beyond their grief. It is all right to say when you are called, “Please understand that I cannot do this for free. Would ‘X’ amount be fair?” That way your compensation can be negotiated. And if they forget, send a gentle reminder. Dear Abby: When I’m finished with my silverware, plate, drinking glass, etc., I place them directly in the dishwasher. I do not understand why someone would

put these items in the sink when the dishwasher is right there. What is the proper etiquette for family? What about friends and company? — Michael Dear Michael: People place their used eating utensils in the sink because some hosts are particular about how dishes and silverware are placed in the dishwasher. Some people prefer to wash their “good” china, glassware and silverware by hand. Tell friends and family what you prefer. Dear Abby: You often advise readers to consult a counselor or psychologist. We live in a small town with limited resources. There

are a couple of good-sized cities within a reasonable distance. How do I know a practitioner is qualified to meet our needs? — Needs Guidance Dear Needs Guidance: The first thing to do is to find out if the person is licensed to practice in your state. You should also ask your health-care provider if he or she knows of any good therapists. After that it’s up to you to interview the candidates to make sure that you feel comfortable enough to confide your problems, because not everyone — regardless of how qualified he or she may be — may be a good “fit.”

The real info on salt A diamond in the rough Dear Dr. Gott: Your recent column in the Wisconsin State Journal said that 1 teaspoon of salt contained 230 milligrams of sodium. My salt containers says 1/4 teaspoon contains 590 milligrams, so 1 teaspoon would have 2.36 grams, 10 times what your column said and more than the recommended daily intake. I hope that you will print a correction. Dear Dr. Gott: Wow. After years of good advice, you really blew it today. In your article on watersoftener salt, you mentioned 1 teaspoon of salt contains 230 milligrams of sodium. Boy, are you way off. According to my sources, 1 teaspoon is equal to 2,000 milligrams or more! As you know, this is a huge issue in our society, and I’m sure you will set this right as you always do. Sign me a loyal reader, CPR instructor and home-care nurse that frequently copies your articles for home-care patient teaching. Dear Dr. Gott: In a recent article, you wrote that 1 teaspoon of salt contains 230 milligrams of sodium. The salt that I purchase at Wal-Mart contains 590 milligrams of sodium in 1/4 teaspoon. Morton’s Lite Salt has 290 milligrams of sodium in 1/4 teaspoon. Could you please tell me what salt has

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only 230 milligrams per teaspoon? My husband is on Aldactone owing to cirrhosis, and we had to stop using the Morton Lite Salt because of the potassium content. Dear Dr. Gott: I hope that this was a misprint in today’s Ventura County Star. You said 1 teaspoon of salt had 230 milligrams of sodium. There are actually 590 milligrams of sodium in 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Also, you felt that water softeners were not a hazard to a low-salt diet. This is not the case in my community. My husband has Meniere’s disease, and when he stopped drinking softened tap water, his symptoms were greatly improved. Dear Dr. Gott: Your estimate of the amount of sodium (230 milligrams) in a teaspoon of salt is low by a factor of 10. Dear Readers: Whew, have I been caught! My original column should have stated 2,300 milligrams, as several of you pointed out, not 230. Somewhere along the way, a zero was dropped, and I owe everyone an apology.

When found in the drop box at the Rutherford County Animal Control Facility with its hair so matted and smelling so bad, getting close to this poor discarded creature was nearly impossible. It looked like a walking carpet with 4 inch wide dreadlocks hanging from its legs, head, tummy and feet. Had it not been for its little mouth and tongue, it would have been impossible to tell the front from the back end of this dog. It was posted as a Cocker Spaniel on the County’s website at www.rutherfordcountync. gov but, to tell the truth, it was impossible to tell just what kind of dog it was. The CPC office volunteers were asked to evaluate this dog to see if it was sick, needed to be humanely destroyed or if anything could be done to save its life. We called Carol Voyles at Earth Dog Pet Spa to see if she could assist us in assessing the dog’s condition. The dog was very scared, couldn’t see because of all the matted hair, and growled at us initially. Carol scooped the dog up in a blanket and the dog instantly calmed down. We still didn’t know what the final decision would be regarding this dog’s future, but Carol said that she would take the dog back to Earth Dog Pet Spa and bathe and groom it.  Carol took along a sedative just in case the dog became difficult to handle and off they went.  Shortly thereafter, Carol called the office to let us know that the dog was an un-neutered male Poodle and not a Cocker Spaniel!  She said that he didn’t need to be tranquilized and that he licked her hand as she was grooming him. He was very calm and sweet and seemed to appreciate all of the attention and gentle care. Clearly, while someone may have once cared deeply for this dog, it was now the object of one of the worst cases of neglect that we had seen in years. Carol estimated that he had not been tended properly for over a year,  Surprisingly, other than the horrible mats and lack of basic hygiene, there weren’t many sores on his little body and just a little tarter on his teeth.  The before and after photos accompanying this story highlight the dramatic difference that was uncovered with Carol’s care and attention  Underneath that matted mess was a lovely

IN THE STARS Your Birthday, July 18; You’re likely to experience a big turnaround in the year ahead, in situations over which up until now you have felt a lack of control. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - A blend of warmth and enthusiasm could produce a charisma about you that will be quite appealing to everyone with whom you come in contact. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Having material desires isn’t a no-no. In fact, it is likely to serve as a stimulant in encouraging you to work harder to achieve your goals and objectives. Go get ‘em. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - It behooves you to do more listening than talking when having a conversation with someone who is known to be pretty smart. This person might tell you something of great help. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Don’t hesitate to follow through on any bright idea you get for turning a profit. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Wherever you go and whatever you do you’ll act like a generator supplying energy to whomever you come in contact with. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Your mode of operation will be one that isn’t likely to attract too much attention, and will enable you to operate in ways that can benefit you financially, mostly because you won’t have to share. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Having a positive attitude will work wonders for you in all your relationships with friends. When you are upbeat, it causes those with a negative attitude to smile a bit as well. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - It won’t be necessary for you to toss your weight around to get your way. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - Using the soft-sell approach always works extremely effectively for you. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - There will be no doubt in the minds of others as to where you stand on an issue or what you want. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Speak up and get an agreement from either a friend or family member about something important this person needs to do in order to avoid hard feelings between you two. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Regardless of how outlandish something may seem, it can be done right if you handle it in a practical manner. Be a pragmatic visionary and you can pull off most anything.

little dog who has made his new owner very happy indeed. Now named Coco, he has found his forever home. He is one very lucky and handsome boy and we were happy to

Before have a small part in saving his life. As the saying goes: He really cleaned up good! These stories come to us every now and then and we share them to After highlight the plight of many of the animals who coming through the animal control facility who were once beloved pets but fell into bad situations. They need our compassion and our care and we are happy to be there to help them get through the rough times when we can. If you would like to be involved by helping us to foster a cat or dog or would like to support our efforts with a donation, please contact the CPC volunteer office at 287-7738.

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

Creative ways to give cash gifts Money can be a great gift: You know the recipient will use it. But you can be more thoughtful and creative than simply sticking it in a card or stuffing it in a plain envelope. Jazz it up by wrapping it in a more personalized and fun way. How have you given cash as a gift? Here are a few fun ideas. INSIDE A BOOK OR CALENDAR: You can slip money into various pages of a book. Use paper clips so it doesn’t fall out. Or tape money inside of a magazine or onto each month of a calendar. IN A BOX: Use a cereal box, candy box (M&M Minis tubes are great for holding quarters), juice box, deck of cards, etc., as a fun way to wrap your gift. You can place a box inside a box inside a box to disguise it, or add shredded paper to a shoebox, roll dollar bills and tie them, and put them in the box hidden in the shredded paper. One reader, Paula from Kentucky, shares: “A couple of years ago, I got $100 in fives, pulled all the tissues out of a small, cubed tissue box, taped the fives end to end, rolled them up, stuffed them in the tissue box and taped a tissue to the end of the money roll. I made sure the tissue hung out slightly from the box. I found one of those plain white labels and wrote: ‘It SNOT your regular tissue.’ Imagine my son’s confusion when he opened his beautifully wrapped gift and found a box of tissues! I said, “I’m sure you could just cry, go ahead and grab a tissue.” Now, imagine his

Frugal Living by Sara Noel

surprise when he grabs the tissue and out comes money! Last year, I bought a 100 count box of security envelopes, put a $100 bill in one, then put it back into the box with the other envelopes.” WRAPPED IN CLOTHING: Tuck money into items such as gloves, socks, a hat, shoes or slippers. FOLD IT UP: There are many money origami directions for making money roses, shirts, rings, butterflies, etc. Visit www.members.cox. net/crandall11/money and www.lisashea.com/japan/origami/index.html. 4-, 6- OR 12-PACK BEVERAGES: Tape money onto bottles of drinks that come in pack carriers. It’s hidden from plain sight, but can be seen when lifted from the packaging. Empty bottles such as Starbucks frappuccino bottles and their cardboard carriers can be decorated and filled with candies and small gifts, including money. CLEAR ORNAMENTS: Wrap the money around a pen or roll it in your hands, and use a tweezer to place it into a clear glass ornament. ON A ROLL: Unroll a roll of toilet paper or paper towels. Print or buy fake money and tape it along with real dollar bills intermittently on a roll of toilet paper or paper towels. Roll it back up and tie a ribbon around it and a bow on top, or wrap it in wrapping paper.


8C — The Sunday Courier, Forest City, NC, Sunday, July 18, 2010

LOCAL

‘Inflorescence’ on display at Arboretum Talent competition will

ASHEVILLE – The North Carolina Arboretum is host to a new series of outdoor sculpture installations by artists Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield. Inflorescence is a new exhibit through February 2011 that features a variety of botanical forms created from synthetic nylon fabric. Elements include 14-feet-tall sprout-like striped plants, giant blades of nylon grass, large-scale synthetic flowers, and odd plant-like shapes inspired by nature. The exhibit surrounds the viewer and creates an experience similar to walking through a field of tall plants. The pieces combine the order and geometry of a flower garden with the organic and shifting nature of a field, especially when the elements are moving with air currents.

The exhibit is designed to be kinetic and activated by wind. The title, Inflorescence, is derived from the structure and patterns of plant organisms and growth cycles. Installation sites include: The Baker Exhibit Center, on view through August The Canopy Walk, on view from June through October The Education Center, on view from August through October; and The Quilt Garden, on view from November through February 2011 Brown and Scofield have col-

laborated for 10 years to create interventionist social art through nomadic sculptural forms and lightweight tensile structures. Brown and Scofield’s collaborative artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the United States including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2005, they completed a four-month research residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the coast of Oregon. Through their art and teaching, they emphasize interdisContributed photo ciplinary cooperaInflorescence is on display at the North tion amongst creative Carolina Arboretum through February 2011. thinkers. Their work engages other disciplines including architecture, ecology The North Carolina Arboretum and engineering. is located next to the Blue Ridge Inflorescence is supported Parkway entrance at Milepost in part by The University of 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and Tennessee School of Art, The University of Tennessee Office of follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance Research. ramp. Arboretum grounds are The mission of The North open 7 days a week. For property Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people hours and parking fee informaand plants. Visit www.ncarbore- tion, visit www.ncarboretum. tum.org for more information or org/plan-a-visit. For information, call 828-665-2492 or visit call 828-665-2492.

Summer reading could include Southern lit, thrillers

FOREST CITY – Mooneyham Library offers the following suggestions for summer reading: n “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett – Great book! We enjoyed the the time setting. It has been on the Best Seller list for 65 weeks – for a good reason. n “Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman – Sad, funny and deeply touching. n “Garden Spells,” “The Sugar Queen” and “The Girl who Chased the Moon,” all by Sarah Addison Allen, an author from Asheville – Adults and young adults will love her books, they

have a touch of magic.! n “Savannah Blue” or “Hissy Fit” by Mary Kay Andrews – Laugh out loud humor, full of Southern charm and dishy gossip. n “The Beach House” by Mary Alice Monroe – Monroe writes about the Low Country. Her books have a keen insight into family relationships. n “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden – This book grabs you from the first page. The story is of an impoverished girls’ journey to become a geisha. A revealing insight to

Japanese history and culture. n “The Most They Ever Had” by Rick Bragg – Anyone working in a small town or in a mill would enjoy this book. He is a very prolific writer. n “The Glass Castle” and “Half Broke Horses” by Jeanette Wells – Both books about her childhood and dysfunctional family. Books you cannot put down .... both men and women enjoy these book and her style of writing. n “Bad Men” by John Connolly – Definitely a page turner, thriller.

benefit Relay for Life From staff reports

The Rutherford County Employees and Dream Weavers Relay for Life Teams will sponsor the “Relay’s Got Talent” competition Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. at the R-S Central High School Auditorium. In previous years a “Relay Idol” event has been held; that event raised almost $40,000 for Relay over the past three years. The competition was changed this year to allow all types of talent, both individual and group, to be involved. Do you sing, dance, play a musical instrument, perform magic, have a comedy act or have some really unique talent to share? Performers are encouraged to register for the event and help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Registration for the event will be held through July 30 at 5

p.m., and will be limited to the first 25 competitors. The initial competition will be held Aug. 21 in the auditorium at R-S Central; the top five competitors and the judge’s award for best performance will be chosen at this time. The audience may vote for their performers of choice as many times as they want for $1 per vote. Final competition to select the winner will be held Sept. 10 during Relay for Life. The registration fee is $25, to be paid by performer, group or their sponsor; $50 for groups of five or more members. General admission to see the competition is $2 per person 6 and older. If you are interested in performing or sponsoring a performer, call Pam Strickland at 2471900 or Debbie Bedford at 287-6031 for more details.

Reunions East Rutherford Class of 2000

The East Rutherford Class of 2000 will hold a reunion Sept. 18. For details, please contact Amber Guffey Fowler at 289-1766 or visit the class’ Facebook page.

Chase High Band Alumni

The Chase High School Trojan Band will hold an alumni dinner for anyone who has ever been a member in September. For information, contact Band Director Michael Henderson at mhender-

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Chase High Class of 1965

Chase High School Class of 1965 is planning its 45th reunion for Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Rutherfordton Clubhouse. If you have not received an invitation, please contact one of the following people and give them your address: Ronnie Holland, 245-1516; Donna Hughes, 2862710; Donnis Baynard, 704-482-5753; or Janice Swing, 657-6180.

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