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LAKE LURE — It was a historic morning for Lake Lure, as nearly 250 students arrived for the first day at the Lake Lure Classical Academy, a tuition-free charter school. Nearly half a century has passed since the town had a school, which is still accepting applications for enrollment. Wednesday, Caroline Upchurch, school director, and her staff welcomed students from Rutherford, Henderson and McDowell counties. School board member Russ Pitts of Lake Lure said the first day “went very well, and we had our first day challenges.” Administration and staff were concerned traffic could be a problem, but by 8 a.m. everyone was in their respective classrooms for the start of class. Lake Lure police and firefighters helped with the first day’s traffic. Only seven students who had indicated they were going to attend the new school were no-shows. “Everyone else was here,” Pitts said. Registration is still open for students in kindergarten through seventh grade, and those interested can call (828) 625-9292. As students begin a second day at LLCA, students at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy’s grammar, middle and high schools will answer the bell at 8 a.m. today. About 640 students will walk into the new Thomas Jefferson Grammar School off South Broadway Street in Forest City.
Lake Lure Classical Academy Third grader Riley Stanley scales a very unique climbing wall on the school’s playground. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier
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SPINDALE — The economy isn’t just affecting people served by the Rutherford County Department of Social Services. It’s also having an impact on the agency as well. In its final report on goals and indicators for 2009-10, which was presented to the board Wednesday during the August meeting, the agency explained why certain goals were not met during the past fiscal year. “There are some things we don’t really have control over,” said DSS Director John Carroll, saying areas such as substantiation rates couldn’t be fudged. “CPS cases are definitely being impacted by the current mental health situation,” the report said. “Services are not readily available in trying to front-load services as family assessments are designed to do. Identifying needs is taking more time. Substance abuse is on the rise, and services for substance abuse have been cut.” The economic state of the county also hindered the department’s goal Please see Agency, Page 6A
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Crime lab review finds N.C. cases flawed RALEIGH (AP) — Analysts at North Carolina’s crime lab omitted, overstated or falsely reported blood evidence in dozens of cases, including three that ended in executions and another where two men were convicted of killing Michael Jordan’s father, according to a scathing independent review released Wednesday. The government-ordered inquest by two former FBI officials found that agents of the State Bureau of Investigation repeatedly aided prosecutors in obtaining convictions over a 16-year period, mostly by misrepresenting blood evidence and keeping critical notes from defense attorneys. The Associated Press obtained the review of blood evidence in cases from 1987 to 2003 in advance of the report’s release. It calls for a thorough examination of 190 criminal cases, stating that, at times, “information that may have been material and even favorable to the defense of an accused defendant was withheld or misrepresented.” The report does not conclude that any innocent people were convicted, noting the evidence wasn’t always used at trials and defendants may have admitted to crimes. But it states prosecutors and defense lawyers need to check whether tainted lab reports helped lead to confessions or pleas. Attorney General Roy Cooper ordered the review in March after an SBI agent testified the crime lab once had a policy of excluding complete blood test results from reports offered to defense lawyers before trials. The existence of the policy was later confirmed by a former SBI director. Agent Duane Deaver’s testimony led to the exoneration of a murder convict imprisoned nearly 17 years. Cooper said Wednesday that he will send the cases cited in the report back to the counties where they were tried for review. The review by Chris Swecker and Mike Wolf,
The report says the lab may have violated federal and state laws mandating that evidence favorable to defendants be shared with their lawyers. It also bolsters a long-held skepticism by defense attorneys, who have alleged the ostensibly neutral lab is in the pocket of law enforcement.
Greg Taylor reacts in this Feb. 17 file photo as hears the decision of the N.C. Innocence Commission exonerating him of murder charges as his attorney Christine Mumma sits next to him, in Raleigh, NC. He was freed from prison and exonerated after nearly 17 years following a murder conviction. The state agent who testified in Taylor’s case is cited in a new, scathing report about the state crime lab and is blamed for five of the most egregious cases that it reviewed.
two former assistant directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, found 230 cases in which eight SBI analysts filed reports that, at best, were incomplete. Of those, 190 resulted in criminal charges and should be reviewed. The report says the lab may have violated federal and state laws mandating that evidence favorable to defendants be shared with their lawyers. I t also bolsters a long-held skepticism by defense attorneys, who have alleged the ostensibly neutral lab is in the pocket of law enforcement. Besides the executions, the report urged a closer look at the cases of four people on death row and one whose
death sentence was commuted to life. The cases also include the 1993 murder of James Jordan, father of the NBA star, who was sleeping in his car along a highway when he was killed. Two men were sentenced to life in prison. The review states an SBI analyst reported that an examination of the scene indicated the presence of blood, but didn’t say that four subsequent tests were inconclusive. The problems detailed in the report follow similar story lines: Lab results that contradict preliminary tests indicating blood at a scene were routinely kept from defense lawyers. Those secondary results were in analysts’ handwritten notes, but
not in evidence presented at court. The report blames the flaws on “poorly crafted policy, inattention to reporting methods which permitted too much analyst subjectivity; and ineffective management and oversight.” The review recommends looking at cases that were overstated or falsely reported to determine whether mistakes were deliberate, negligent or the results of typographical errors or confusion over reporting policy. The lab’s operations have changed substantially since 2003, when it began using more modern blood testing. Prosecutors also now have online access to all lab files, and can make them available to defense attorneys. Deaver is linked to the five cases the report characterizes as the most egregious violations, and it accuses him of overstating or falsely reporting blood test results, including one in the case against Desmond Keith Carter, who was executed in 2002. In two of the cases, including Carter’s, Deaver’s final report on blood analyses said his tests “revealed the presence of blood” when his notes indicated negative results from follow-up tests. His notes indicate that he got a negative result because he didn’t have enough sample left for the confirmatory test. In three other cases, the review said Deaver’s reports stated further tests were “inconclusive” or “no result” while his lab notes reflected negative results. The Attorney General’s Office said Carter confessed to the crime, and the evidence in question wasn’t
introduced at trial, the report said. Deaver still works for the SBI, although no longer in the crime lab. Swecker and Wolf said they couldn’t determine how Deaver’s mistakes happened, and they leave open the possibility that he didn’t purposely misreport results. Attorney David Rudolf, who has represented clients who have sued the SBI, said new trials should be given in all cases in which Deaver’s testimony played a significant role. “Justice is the cornerstone of our society, and it can’t be done on the cheap,” he said in an e-mail. Among the report’s recommendations are: automation of historical lab files; posting of lab policies and other rules on a public website; and the appointment of an ombudsman to review lab issues or mistakes. In addition to the Deaver cases, the review found 35 cases where a report states there were indications of blood and that no further testing was done. But handwritten lab notes reflect confirmatory tests got negative or inconclusive results. In a third category, the review found 105 cases in which reports omitted negative or inconclusive results, instead saying there were chemical indications for the presence of blood. The review found 85 cases in the least serious category, which involved reports that didn’t mention negative or inconclusive confirmatory tests but did ultimately state that the presence of blood wasn’t conclusive. In 80 of the cases, just one agent used the language.
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Spindale residents complain about water rates
By SCOTT BAUGHMAN
Daily Courier Staff Writer
SPINDALE — Residents came to Spindale’s Town Council asking for some relief from sewer bills, and the board listened to their pleas during a heated discussion. During the public comment part of Monday’s meeting, several residents complained about a proposed idea to charge industries in this former textile town based on how much wastewater actually entered the sewercollection system. The current policy charges customers — industrial, commercial and residential — based on how much water is drawn into the facility, business or home. Sewer rates for the town increased about 25 percent in the fiscal 201011 budget. “Last month I was charged for 8,000 gallons of water usage and on top of that charged 8,000 gallons of sewer usage,” said resident Paul Fain. “I know that 6,000 of those gallons had to go out from my yard. I asked about getting a flow meter put on and was told that it was $500. I don’t mind paying what I owe, but I don’t want to be charged for the 6,000 gallons that go out in my yard. I pay for my water fine, but I don’t feel right getting charged for sewer usage that is not going into the treatment plant.” Commissioner Toby Tomblin responded, “The problem is there is no way to gauge what amount of water goes into gardens, or goes into swimming pools.” “I feel like you’re screwing a lot of people,” Fain said. Tomblin replied, “First of all, I don’t like that term you’re using. It is inappropriate.” Fain shot back, “Well, it is inappropriate the way this sewage is being charged.” Tomblin said, “That word you just used is inappropriate in this forum, young man. Unless you put in a sep-
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Several portable marquee signs around Spindale expressed frustration with recent sewer rate increases and a change in the town’s ordinances, which outlaw signs like this one in front of A Blossom by Lee florist.
arate meter, you will be charged the same. And it cannot be put in at our expense.” “My question,” Commissioner Nancy Walker said, “is why do we have to pay the one extra sewer bill each year? My husband has been out of work for two months with a rotator cuff tear. We’re barely getting by on what I make. We shouldn’t have to pay for other companies that left town.” Commissioner Tommy Hardin said, “That $144 a year is for the operation of the sewer plant, salaries, upkeep,
chemicals and supplies. Then the consumption comes in to balance that part of the budget. “When we had a lot of textile jobs and dye houses in every plant, they were using all kinds of water. “They kept the town going. They’re gone now. If we’re going to operate a sewer system, we citizens are going to have to pay it.” Tomblin said if the base fees were eliminated, actual water bills would be higher. “Houses that are owned by landlords who rent them, we wouldn’t
be getting any usage at all,” Tomblin said. “The owner is still paying that $12 a month fee, which is helping support the entire population.” “The town was in debt for almost $240,000. So we could have either gone up on prices or we could try and shut down the library, the swimming pool and other departments and we’d still be in debt for about $70,000, ”Mayor Mickey Bland said. Contact Baughman via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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GOLDSBORO (AP) — A skull fracture killed a pregnant Marine whose colleague is on trial for her slaying, the doctor who performed the autopsy told a jury Wednesday. Dr. Thomas B. Clark from the state medical examiner’s office testified as the prosecution presented its final day of evidence in the first-degree murder case against 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas. He is accused of killing Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, 20, of Vandalia, Ohio, who months earlier had accused Laurean of rape, and burning her body in a fire pit in the backyard of his home in December 2007. He has pleaded not guilty. Lauterbach and Cesar Laurean were personnel clerks together in a combat logistics regiment at Camp Lejeune. Lauterbach was about eight months pregnant when she died. Lauterbach told Navy investigators that Laurean raped her in 2007, though she later recanted her claim that he impregnated her. DNA tests revealed that Laurean wasn’t the father, which was presented to the jury in a stipulation before the defense started its case. Clark told the jury that Lauterbach died of “blunt force injury to the head,” contradicting a claim by Laurean that his fellow Marine had cut her own throat. Clark said the head injury could have been caused by a crowbar that prosecutors argue is the murder weapon. He said Lauterbach probably lived a few minutes after the blow, but lost con-
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Our Views Crime lab fix must be soon
much anticipated report on the operations of the state crime lab is in, and the news, as many expected, is not good. Two former deputy directors of the FBI conducted the review at the request of state Attorney General Roy Cooper after evidence in a case brought by the Innocence Commission brought to light questions about the lab’s practices, policies and procedures. The review of blood evidence in cases from 1987 to 2003 by two former assistant directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls for a thorough examination of 190 criminal cases, stating information that could have helped defendants was sometimes misrepresented or withheld, according to the Associated Press. The lab has made a number of changes over the years that may have resolved some of the issues, but it has a long way to go to regain the confidence of the public Our criminal justice system is one arena where people expect all the participants to be professional and to do what is fair and just. Whatever needs to be done to make that happen needs to be done sooner rather than later.
Our readers’ views Offers thoughts on charter school success To the editor: I thought your “Back To School 2010” section was most interesting and well done. It is now clear why TJCA’s students do so well on SATs and other academic competitions, usually just behind the N.C. School of Math and Science (highly selective) and charter schools from the Chapel Hill and Raleigh areas where the students are the progeny of Research Triangle folks and professors from Chapel Hill, NC State and probably Duke. The curriculum must be the difference. The Trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric) being taught to high school kids is astounding, along with four years of English, Science, sixmonth courses, three years of foreign language, art history, etc. Students who can keep up with that have a step up. If readers want to understand the Trivium, they should read a book called The Trivium by Sister Miriam Joseph Rauh, Ph.D from Columbia in the 1920s. She then was taught the Trivium by Dr. Mortimer Adlen of The University of Chicago and then was Professor of English from 1930 - 1960 at St. Mary’s College (sister college to Notre Dame). She also used Aristotle, John Milton, Shakespeare, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More and others as source material. To me, the book was very dif-
ficult. If this is what is being taught at TJCA and soon to be at Lake Lure, God bless the schools and the students who can meet the challenge. R.W. Harding Rutherfordton
Says community pet center is most needed To the editor: It may be — by a long stretch — okay to overlook an impertinent comment by a county commissioner toward a county official. But it is not easy for this writer — and many others, I am sure — to overlook the negativism. Reference is to the response by commissioner Margaret Helton to county finance director Julie Scherer when the latter at the August County Council meeting undertook to explain the financial aspects of a resolution. In her explanation, Scherer referred to the prospective new pet center. “There you go, mentioning the pet center right away! So I think we can see which is most important to you,” Helton exclaimed. For Helton’s information, a new pet center is “most important’ to virtually every animal lover in the county. Nothing could be more heart-rendingly persuasive of the need for a decent new center than the deplorable inadequacies described in a recent communication by CPC volunteer Melissa Cantrell as existing at the old center. “It is very outdated,” she observed. “The temperatures in
the winter will drop below freezing in the enclosures, and the summer months will be over 100 degrees.” Neither could any pet lover’s heart have been gladdened by Garrett Byers’ page one photograph in a recent issue of the Daily Courier depicting a woeful looking mother and her litter that are among the hapless canines residing at the old shelter. Community Pet Center volunteers prefer that a totally complete animal shelter be built in the Daniel Road Complex. It is not of overwhelming importance to me where it is built — just so that it is built — post-haste. I will, however, prevail upon the members of our county’s governing body to make their own decisions without any persuasion from a bunch of anti-establishment Pied Pipers. Sam Ayers Rutherfordton
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Sideshow takes away from point of river dispute RALEIGH – The threering circus just hired a dancing, torch-juggling bear. UNC-TV and its series of ill-fated stories critical of aluminum-maker Alcoa just took another strange twist when emails showed that a researcher who worked on the project took money from a consultant working to block Alcoa’s effort to re-license its dams on the Yadkin River. When last we visited this strange episode of reportage, a senator had subpoenaed footage from UNC-TV, apparently fearing it would never make it on the airwaves. Instead, the station aired the reports, compiled by correspondent Eszter Vadja, over three nights, with a bizarre disclaimer about the
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segments being Vadja’s work and not the network’s. After catching criticism from 12 directions, UNCTV general manager Tom Howe asked the journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill to do a review. It wasn’t very complimentary, questioning management’s decisionmaking, or lack thereof, and the fairness of the report. How do we know that? Alcoa lawyers got a copy of the draft report through a public records request of the journalism school. (By the way, one of their
lawyers is press lawyer Hugh Stevens. So, now a press lawyer is prying into the business of an organization that some folks – himself included -- argued shouldn’t comply with the Senate subpoena. Most peculiar, mama.) Then came revelations, apparently generated by Alcoa’s public records request of UNC-TV emails, that Vajda’s friend and researcher, Martin Sansone, got $3,000 from former House Speaker Richard Morgan. Morgan is working as a consultant for something called the N.C. Water Rights Committee, one of the group’s opposing Alcoa’s effort to re-license the dams. Shannon Vickery, director of production at UNCTV, said the station wasn’t
aware before it aired the stories that Sansone had taken money from an Alcoa opponent. But were they aware that a researcher not employed by the station was tagging along with Vadja as she worked on the project? Sansome, a Brit, apparently told Morgan that he needed the money to remain in the U.S. and continue the work. If your head isn’t hurting yet, mine is. Obviously, alleged journalists shouldn’t take money from those whom they cover. And strange things begin to happen when an organization broadcasting something that some see as news and is at the same time subject to public records requests. Sadly, this sorry episode has served as a distrac-
tion from the larger issue, one that has nothing to do with the proper role of public broadcast agencies or four-decade old pollution at Alcoa’s Badin plant. That issue is simply this: Should a private company that no longer provides jobs here and is not a publiclyregulated utility continue to be allowed to control that waters of a major North Carolina river for another 50 years? Supporters of Alcoa’s relicensing say the issue is one of property rights. They’re right. The North Carolina constitution makes clear that the waters of the state are the property of the people, not a single company. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.
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n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 118 E-911 calls Tuesday.
Rutherfordton n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 28 E-911 calls Tuesday. n The theft of gasoline was reported at East Mountain Kwick Mart, 149 East Mountain St. n Richard Losinger Ashe reported the theft of a laptop computer and other items.
Spindale n The Spindale Police Department responded to 25 E-911 calls Tuesday.
Lake Lure n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to three E-911 calls Tuesday.
Forest City n The Forest City Police Department responded to 36 E-911 calls Tuesday. n An employee of WalMart reported an incident of obtain property by false pretense. n Anastasia Hill reported a breaking and entering. n An individual reported an incident of soliciting prostitution. The incident occurred on Plaza Drive. (See arrest of Tessneer.)
Arrests n Ricky Andrew Skipper, of Bostic; charged with violation of a domestic violence protection order; placed under a 48-hour hold. (FCPD) n Sandra Lin Tessneer, of Forest City; charged with procuring for prostitu-
tion; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n Jaremy Wolph Rippy, 19, no address listed; charged with fictitious/ altered title/ registration card/ tag, drive left of center; drive after consuming less than 21, drive/ allow motor vehicle with no registration, driving while impaired and operate vehicle with no insurance; freed on a custody release. (NCHP) n Brittany Suezann Radica, 21, of 142 Hicks Road; charged with driving while license revoked; placed under a $500 secured bond. (RCSD) n Samuel Ray Davis, 45, of 303 Seitz Drive; charged with failure to comply; placed under a $185 cash bond. (RCSD) n Robert Scott Blankenship, 48, of 856 Old U.S. 221 North; charged with larceny of motor fuel; placed under a $500 secured bond. (RCSD) Thomas Ralph Watkins, 30, of 406 Oakland Road; charged with violation of a court order and resisting a public officer; placed under a $6,000 secured bond. (RCSD)
EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 28 E-911 calls Tuesday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to two E-911 calls Tuesday.
Fire calls n Sandy Mush firefighters responded to a house fire, assisted by Cliffside and Ellenboro firefighters.
Woman found in creek, wreck victims remain hospitalized From staff reports
FOREST CITY — A Spindale woman, Mary Ester Hannemann, 69, remains a patient at Upstate Carolina Medical Center, after she was found in a creek Monday, three days after losing her way. A Cherokee County, S.C., officer discovered her car in a wooded area near Smyrna, S.C., and a rescue team found her in a creek bed not far from her vehicle. Hannemann’s son said his mother is expected to be in the hospital perhaps another week for evaluation. She told her family she got lost when she went shopping Saturday. She was discovered missing when her husband returned from a camping trip Saturday evening. n Christine Mitchem, 58, of Ellenboro, remains a patient at the Presbyterian
Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte after undergoing surgery. She was seriously injured in an automobile accident Monday, Aug. 2, on Piney Ridge Road in Forest City. Her mother, Opal Mitchem, 87, died in the wreck. n Retired state Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Benfield remains in the neurotrauma intensive care unit at Mission Hospitals in Asheville after he hit a deer while riding his motorcycle near his home Aug.6. He was riding his 1993 Honda when a deer ran in front of him. He struck the deer and crashed off the right side of the road. Benfield was airlifted to Mission Hospitals, where he underwent surgery for internal injuries.
Dorothy McKinley Carpenter, 86, of Monfredo Street, Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Crowe’s Mortuary & Crematory.
George Martin George Wilbur Martin, 60, of Forest City, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at his home. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Thomas Allen Jones and Martha Hazel Martin Jones. He was a 1968 graduate of East High School, was part
owner of Jones Radiator Shop and a former member of the Rutherford County Volunteer Life Saving Rescue Squad. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include a sister, Martha Lynette Crawford of Rutherfordton; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park with the Rev. Billy Cogdell officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. at McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Online condolences: www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com
William Michael Jeffries, of 142 Peppertown Road, Henrietta, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Rutherford Hospital. Survivors include a brother, Thomas Hardin Jeffries of Fayetteville; a sister, Susan Jeffries Laney of Forest City; and other aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. Funeral services will be Friday at noon at New Zion Baptist Church in Henrietta with Dr. L.W. Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be placed in the church one hour before the service. Thompson’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
S.C. political consultant dies CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina newspaper publisher and bare-knuckles political consultant Rod Shealy, who helped elect former and current Republican officeholders, has died. He was 56. Lori Unumb (YU’-num) said her brother died Wednesday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, two years after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor. “We’re deeply saddened and shocked. He’s been struggling with cancer, obviously, for a couple of years, but he was doing well and optimistic and happy and feeling like the treatments had been working,” she said. The Irmo resident published six small newspapers and operated a soda and ice cream shop. But he was best known as a hardball political consultant who helped catapult long-shot Republicans into office. His winning candidates included Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, former Treasurer Thomas Ravenel and Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom. “He liked taking on uphill battles where nobody gave them a chance,” said Bauer, a longtime friend, noting
the Statehouse was filled with people he helped put in office. Shealy’s tactics sometimes got him into trouble. The Lee Atwater protege gained national notoriety after he recruited an unemployed black fisherman to run against Arthur Ravenel for the U.S. House in 1990. The plan: Drive up local white voter turnout and help one of his sisters in a state primary the same day. In 1992, Shealy was fined $500 on a misdemeanor conviction for failing to report a $5,000 campaign contribution. The episode also brought changes in the state’s ethics laws. Shealy was known for his trademark beard and Hawaiian shirts that matched his colorful personality. “He lived life to its fullest more than anybody I know,” Unumb said. “You never saw Rod in anything other than a Hawaiian shirt. He was always carrying around a guitar and would break into song to entertain anybody around. He was a happygo-lucky, big-hearted, big brother.” Bauer said Shealy was playing the guitar and singing for nurses in the hospital
Only a few days remain to buy tickets for the Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity’s Playhouse. On display at the Habitat ReStore, W.Main Street in Forest City. The children’s playhouse was built by Chester Melton and the Building Construction Trades class at Isothermal Community College. The drawing is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Habitat ReStore. Lemonade and cookies will be served from 12:30 to 1: p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the ReStore until Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
N.Y. governor wants to meet with mosque developers said talks were under way between the governor’s office and representatives of Park51 to set up a meeting between Paterson and the project’s leaders. “We are working with the developers on a staff level, but there have not been any formal discussions between the governor and imam or developer,” Hook said. “We expect to have a meeting scheduled in the near future.” Mosque spokesman Oz Sultan released a statement Tuesday saying he did not believe a meeting had been scheduled. “We appreciate the governor’s interest as we continue to have conversations with many officials,” Sultan said. When project developer Sharif El-Gamal was asked by a local news station if he planned to consider moving the project, he was adamant he would not: “Not at all,” he told NY1 on Tuesday. He added that the World Trade Center site is not even visible from the building where the center would be. “In New York City, two blocks is a great distance,” he said, adding that some buildings in the city have their own zip codes. “We are nowhere near the World Trade Center site.”
Tuesday night. “Those who didn’t know him missed out on a truly kind, compassionate, and caring man who would do anything he could for those he cared about. He was also a competitor of the highest order. He was a political innovator and an unconventional campaigner,” Bauer said. “Rod made an immeasurable imprint on South Carolina politics that will never be erased.” Politics was in the family. Shealy’s father, the late state Sen. Ryan Shealy, represented Lexington County in the state House from 1955-64 and 1967-68, then served in the Senate from 1981-92. Rod Shealy’s sister, Sherry Martschink, served in the Senate with their father. The family says visitation is scheduled Friday evening at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in Lexington. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peters Lutheran Church. Memorials can be made to the Autism Academy of South Carolina in Lexington in honor of his nephew. Unumb said her brother helped her get a bill passed requiring insurance coverage for autism treatment.
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. David Paterson, who last week suggested that developers of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero might want to consider a different location, will meet soon with them, a spokesman said Tuesday. Paterson’s office declined to say what the meeting would be about, but Rep. Peter King told The Associated Press that the governor wants to discuss possible alternate locations for the Park51 Islamic cultural center and mosque. King said he spoke with the governor Tuesday. Representatives of the project said no meeting had been scheduled. Paterson last week offered his help and the possibility that state land could be provided as an alternate site for the center. The project has ignited nationwide debate over freedom of religion and anger over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The planned $100 million center would be built two blocks from the World Trade Center site, where nearly 2,800 people died when Islamic extremists flew jets into the twin towers. The project is headed by Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, a Muslim cleric who has worked to improve relations between Islam and the West. Paterson spokesman Morgan Hook
One of the most strident opponents of the project, Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino, supports the talks sought by the Democratic governor. A mosque near ground zero would be like erecting a Japanese Navy memorial at Pearl Harbor, Paladino said. “If Governor Paterson’s meeting brings about an agreeable legal solution which puts no burden on the taxpayers, it deserves full consideration,” his spokesman Michael Caputo said. The Washington Post first reported the talks were under way. King, the ranking minority leader of the Homeland Security Committee, said that he had spoken to Paterson on Tuesday and that the governor expected the meeting to take place within days. “He said he is meeting in the next day or so with the developers and the leaders of the mosque to discuss his proposal to move it to state land. My understanding was the imam is going to be there,” King told The Associated Press. Rauf was scheduled to leave this week on a two-week trip to the Middle East as part of a religious outreach effort by the Department of State.
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Ongoing Foothills Harvest Ministry: bag sale; fill a plastic grocery bag with shoes and clothing for $5. Silent auctions for Relay for Life: Held weekly through Sept. 10. Photos and details will be posed on the Rutherford County government website at www.rutherfordcountync.gov. Items will be posted each Monday and bids end each Friday at noon. For information or to place a bid, e-mail Debra Conner, email@example.com. Luminaria sale and can food drive: Relay for Life Rutherford County is selling luminarias, which will be lighted Sept. 10 at Relay for Life, for $10; luminarias may be purchased online at www. relayforlife.org/rutherfordnc or by calling Gail Strickland, 245-2156 or 233-1735. In addition, canned foods will be used to weigh downt he luminarias. After Relay, the canned foods will be donated to Communities in Schools and Grace of God Rescue Mission; cans should be 11 to 15 ounces to best fit in the luminarias. 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. Youth football and cheerleading sign-ups: For the Rutherfordton Raiders, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Crestview Park from 6 to 8 p.m.; for information, call Tammy, 980-2059. Real estate broker pre-licensing courses: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 21; $175 plus books; visit www.isothermal.edu/ learnstuff or call 286-3636 ext. 346.
Friday, Aug. 20 Freshmen Kick-Off Day: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., East Rutherford High school; freshmen pep rally, class schedules, tour of the school, T-shirt sales, parent information sessions, club and sports team booths, team building activities with Big Brothers and Big Sisters; light snacks provided. Widow/Widower’s Lunch Bunch meeting: Third Friday of each month at the Carolina Event and Conference Center, 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.; for anyone in the community who has lost a spouse. Cost for lunch is $5. Participants must register in order to reserve lunch. Sponsored by Hospice of Rutherford County.
Saturday, Aug. 21 Yard sale: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; sponsored by Pearidge Ruritan Club; breakfast biscuits, hot dogs and hamburgers forsale at lunch; call 289-0109 for more information. 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. Free travel seminar: 10 a.m. to noon, Mountains Branch Library; hosted by Cruise Planners; materials will include river cruises in Europe and the U.S., Alaska, travel for religious groups and more. Chopped sirloin supper: 4 to 8 p.m., Hopewell-Hollis Community Clubhouse; menu includes salad bar, French fries, baked potato, desserts; cost is $8 adults, $5 children ages 6 to 12 and free for those 6 and younger. Relay’s Got Talent: 5 p.m., R-S Central Auditorium; $2 adults, $1 children younger than 6; food and refreshments on sale; all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Lola Stanley (left) and Lake Lure Classical Academy Director Caroline Upchurch look over new enrollment rosters Wednesday. LLCA is still accepting applications and welcomes new students. As a public charter school, LLCA has no tuition fees for new students.
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Principal Jason Cole said the school accommodates kindergartners through sixth-graders; the facility on U.S. 221A about five miles beyond the school will house about 490 seventh through 12th-graders this year. Sixth-graders are attending classes at the new grammar school this year as part of a plan that was in the developing stages years ago. As the high school has grown, space has become a challenge at the facility off U.S. 221A,
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of having 60 people in the Work First program become employed by the end of the fiscal year. “We had hoped to have five every month, but we wound up with about three,” said Greg Osborne, Work First supervisor. “The subsidized employment program aided in getting some people employed.” The unemployment rate, the report said, still remains a factor in fully meeting the goal. According to the Economic Security Commission, the report said, 4,070 people are unemployed, and only 54 jobs are in the ESC database. High unemployment also has affected the department’s goal in collecting child support. The state allows for 25 percent — in most cases less than the obligated amount — resulting in short payments, which go toward ongoing support rather than arrears. More parents are applying for child support services, increasing work load for DSS staff and the court system, the report said.
Democrat Club meeting: 7 p.m., Forest City headquarters.
By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY — Chimney Rock Village residents and businesses will begin mandatory recycling Sept. 1 after a unanimous vote by Village Council on Tuesday night. Curbside recycling will cost $5 per month, and recyclables will be picked up Wednesday, as well as regular garbage. A one-time bill of $50 will be mailed to residents for this year. After 10 months, the cost will be added to
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.
Four buses will take students to the grammar school, and four to five
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For the 2010-11 goals, the department pared down some of the indicators, choosing to keep those that directly affected families and the community. The board also received information on the county’s cost for expenses incurred by the department during the 2009-10 fiscal ear. The department’s total expenses for the year amounted to $11.9 million; the cost to Rutherford County was $2.9 million. Finance Director Terri Morgan said the cost to the county was considerably lower than in past years, and especially lower than fiscal 2006-07, when the county cost was $7.3 million. “The biggest factor (in the lowered cost) is because the county no longer pays a portion of Medicaid expense,” Morgan said, adding that the county does pay up front for Medicaid transportation assistance. The discretionary fund was also lower, Morgan said, due to fewer county burials. Rutherford County commissioners voted to end county, or “pauper,” burials in 2009, which went into effect for fiscal 2009-10. “Mainly those funds are used to help those who are not Medicaid eligible
with life-saving medications,” Morgan said. During the service report, Carroll told the board about an increase in the applications taken for the food and nutrition services program. Those changes, he said, could be in part due to the changes to income requirements for participation in the program that went into effect July 1. “We examined those numbers a little more closely due to the policy changes in July,” Carroll said. “We believe it was due to that, but we need to watch it a few more months to be sure.” Carroll said he looked back to see whether an increase in the number of applications taken during this time of year was typical, but there was no trend. Some 11,320 people applied for food assistance in July 2009; the number increased to 13,205 in July 2010, a 17 percent increase. The allotment, Carroll said, also increased. The total monthly allotment for July 2009 was $1.3 million; it increased to $1.6 million in July 2010. Contact Flynn via e-mail at email@example.com
tax bills. Residents will get two recycling containers — one for paper and cardboard and the other for bottles, cans and other items. Mayor Barbara Meliski said the town is contracting with Wayne Nelon & Sons to provide curbside pickup. Business owners will have an opportunity to self-haul recyclables to a regional convenience center or contract with local vendors. About a year ago, an ad-hoc group of residents and municipal leaders in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure —
the Hickory Nut Gorge Recycling Coalition — began working to improve the recycling efforts throughout the Gorge. Meliski said the effort has been a success, and the coalition wanted to make recycling easier, more convenient and better understood. “There has been a great increase in recyclable material collected.” The ultimate goal of the coalition was to implement curbside recycling. It is not mandatory for Lake Lure residents to recycle, though many are participating.
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Infant skeletons found in Calif. basement trunk
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” Two infant skeletons wrapped in 1930s newspapers and placed in doctorâ€™s bags have been found inside a trunk by workers cleaning out the basement of a 1920s Los Angeles building thatâ€™s being converted to condominiums, police said. The skeletons, believed to be decades-old remains of fetuses or infants, were discovered late Tuesday in a trunk also containing personal letters and ticket stubs from the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games. The remains were found in the four-story brick building near MacArthur Park, just a few miles west of downtown Los Angeles. One skeleton was wrapped in a 1933 issue of the Los Angeles Times and the other was in a 1935 issue of the newspaper.
Some Muslims question NYC mosque plans
NEW YORK (AP) â€” American Muslims who support the proposed mosque and Islamic center near ground zero are facing skeptics within their own faith â€” those who argue that the project is insensitive to Sept. 11 victims and needlessly provocative at a time when Muslims are pressing for wider acceptance in
the U.S. â€œFor most Americans, 9/11 remains as an open wound, and anything associated with Islam, even for Americans who want to understand Islam â€” to have an Islamic center with so much publicity is like rubbing salt in open wounds,â€? said Akbar Ahmed, professor of Islamic studies at American University.
Medical examiner says Texas gunman killed self McKINNEY, Texas (AP) â€” A 29-year-old man killed himself during a shootout with authorities after he drove a trailer filled with explosives into the parking lot of a suburban Dallas police station and started firing at the building, officials said Wednesday. The Collin County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office said Patrick Gray Sharp died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Sharpâ€™s shootout with authorities Tuesday morning came after he towed a trailer filled with explosives into the parking lot of the McKinney police station and set his pickup truck on fire, police said. Sharp retreated to a field across a road and fired more than 100 rounds at police headquarters, McKinney police Chief Bob Kowalski said. Nobody else was injured in the attack.
Shaquan Duley, 29 arrives in court for her arrangement on murder charges after confessing to suffocating her two toddlers sons Wednesday in Orangeburg, S.C.
Mom accused of killing kids appears in court ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) â€” The mother accused of suffocating her two young sons and staging an accident to cover it up says sheâ€™s remorseful and has been speaking with the family minister, her attorney said Wednesday. â€œSheâ€™s tearful, as anybody would be under these circumstances,â€? defense attorney Carl B. Grant said after a brief hearing in Orangeburg. â€œSheâ€™s been very sad, very remorseful about all of this stuff, all of the allegations.â€? About 80 people attended the first court appearance for 29-year-old Shaquan Duley, who was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder. Duley originally told investigators her sons, ages 2 years and 18 months, drowned after her car plunged into a river. She ultimately confessed to killing the toddlers, they say â€” not by dumping them in the water but by suffocating them earlier with her own hands. â€œShe truly felt, â€™If I donâ€™t have these toddlers, I can be free,â€?â€™ Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams said Tuesday. â€œI think she was fed up with her mother telling her she couldnâ€™t take care of the children, or she wasnâ€™t taking care of the children and just wanted to be free.â€? Duleyâ€™s sister, Adriane Duley, said Wednesday she doesnâ€™t think Williamsâ€™ portrayal of events has been unfair. â€œI donâ€™t feel that heâ€™s dragging my sister through the mud,â€? she said outside the home she shared with her mother, sister, niece and nephews. â€œI actually feel that heâ€™s speaking fairly compassionately on her part.â€? Adriane Duley said her family has been overwhelmed by the media attention and cannot even do dayto-day tasks such as taking out the trash or getting the mail, much less plan two funerals and grieve for their loss. â€œIâ€™ve had enough,â€? she said. â€œMy family needs their privacy.â€? It will be up to a circuit court judge to decide if Duley will get bail. A date for that hearing has not been set, and Grant said he would wait until then to lay out more details of his clientâ€™s case. â€œThereâ€™s more to be said, but this is not the place to say it,â€? said Grant, adding he was retained by Duleyâ€™s family Tuesday and had not yet reviewed her confession to authorities. â€œI know the world wants to know, â€™What happened with Shaquan Duley?â€™ That will come out.â€? Duley lived with her sons, a 5-yearold daughter and her mother in a rented home along a street filled with boarded-up, abandoned houses
in Orangeburg, about 35 miles south of Columbia, South Carolinaâ€™s capital. Out of work and estranged from the childrenâ€™s father, Duley relied on her mother to support her and her children, Williams said. The sheriff said Duley told investigators her mother constantly harangued her about her failures as a mother and inability to provide for her family financially. Leaving her daughter at the house after a night of arguing with her mother Sunday, Duley strapped 2-year-old Devean C. Duley and 18-month-old Jaâ€™van T. Duley into their car seats and drove the boys to an Orangeburg motel several miles from where she lived. Late that night, in a corner room tucked at the back of the rundown, one-story motel complex, Duley suffocated the boys with her hands, Williams said. On Tuesday, red evidence tape still sealed the door to that room. Distraught and not knowing what to do, Duley strapped the boys into their car seats and drove to a boat ramp some 10 miles away, investigators said. They said Duley rolled her car into the water, watching as it sank into the slow-moving current, then took off on foot. Without a cell phone, Duley walked some distance down a country road, flagging down a passing motorist to call the Highway Patrol at 6:15 a.m. Monday. A man on the tape of a 911 call released by the Orangeburg Emergency Medical Services on Wednesday tries to give an operator the carâ€™s location and information about the children. He can be heard asking someone else at the scene for specifics during the call. When the operator asks â€œDo you happen to know how old these children are?â€? the man asks someone at the scene: â€œHow old they are honey?â€? He then tells the operator: â€œOne and two.â€? When asked whether the woman driving was also trapped in the car, the man responds, â€œNo, she got out some kind of way.â€? The children were still strapped in their child seats when divers found them and recovered their bodies about 45 minutes after being called to the scene. Coroner Samuetta Marshall said Tuesday the older boy had bruises that suggested he had been in a struggle. Funeral services for both boys have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Baptist Church in Orangeburg, officials with Simmons Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements, said Wednesday.
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Baby slapping on airplane sets off debate ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — America’s latest folk-hero flight attendant may be the one on a Southwest Airlines jet who took a 13-month-old baby from her mother after the woman slapped the crying child for kicking her. The flight attendant’s actions, however, set off an intense debate: When and how should bystanders intervene? “We live in such a ’mind your own business’ and ‘I’ll sue you for getting involved’ society that I feel we’re afraid to stand up sometimes for the right thing,” said Jen Reynolds, 38, a stay-at-home mom to 15-year-old and 16-month-old boys in Sandwich, Ill. “We don’t want to be yelled at or told to butt out,” she said. “The flight attendant is definitely my hero.” Parents on both sides of the corporal punishment debate agreed that hitting a baby that young was wrong. But they also empathized with the mother, saying they’ve been exactly where she found herself on Monday on the Dallas-to-Seattle flight: Stressed, and trapped on an airplane, with virtually no way to distract or console a child. “My biggest question is why didn’t anybody else say anything before it got to the point of the baby being slapped,” Reynolds said. The federal laws that give crew members broad power to ensure safety can be invoked in situations like the one that unfolded on the flight, said Jerry Sterns, a San Francisco attorney specializing in aviation cases. But those rules don’t allow nonairline employees to intervene. Acts of aggression against children in public places are often witnessed but frequently ignored, said Christin Jamieson, a spokeswoman for Washington state’s blue-ribbon, anti-abuse commission called the Council of Children and Families. “Simply put, most people don’t know what to do,” she said. “This is one of the most helpless feelings — both for the child and the witness — that you can imagine.” Flight attendant Beverly McCurley told officers that she saw the mother hit the child on the face with her open hand while the father yelled at the mother to stop screaming at the girl. She noted the girl had a black eye. The parents said the bruise was from a dog bite. McCurley described the mother as agitated. She said the woman also slapped the baby on the legs and told the child to shut up. The mother later told police she “popped” the tired tot when the child kicked her, because “when she’s screaming and she can’t hear me say no, that’s the only way I can get her to stop.”
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks with reporters as he leaves his home to take daughter Annie to camp in Chicago, Wednesday. A day after hearing the verdict in his political corruption trial, Blagojevich was on dad duty, taking his younger daughter to camp.
Jurors were close to convicting CHICAGO (AP) — They were close. After three weeks of respectful but increasingly tense deliberations, 11 jurors were ready to convict Rod Blagojevich of what prosecutors called a “political corruption crime spree” that would have sent yet another former Illinois governor to prison. Not close enough. On vote after vote, the jury kept coming up one juror short — a lone holdout who wouldn’t budge and would agree only that Blagojevich lied to the FBI. “The person just did not see the evidence that everyone else did,” said juror Stephen Wlodek. The guilty verdict on the least serious of the 24 counts against him, and mistrial on all the rest, led Blagojevich to taunt prosecutors in the courthouse lobby. More than a year after federal prosecutors accused him of crimes that would make Abraham Lincoln “roll over in his grave,” the disgraced politician bragged about essentially fighting them to a draw. “This fight is a lot bigger than just me and my family. This is a fight for the very freedoms that we as Americans enjoy,” said Blagojevich, who promised
to appeal his conviction on the single count. “The right to be able to be innocent, the right to be able to do your job and to not be lied about.” The former governor’s brother and co-defendant, Robert Blagojevich, said the jury’s conclusion showed he’s been “an innocent target of the federal government.” “I feel strong. I feel confident. I don’t feel in any way deterred. I’ve done nothing wrong,” he said. “I’ve got ultimate confidence in my acquittal.” The outcome that left the Blagojevich brothers so pleased came as a disappointment to three jurors who spoke to The Associated Press late Tuesday, hours after the exhausted panel departed the courthouse. They said further deliberations would not have mattered — a second unanimous decision on a charge of attempted extortion evaporated shortly before the verdicts were to be read. “I think in the end, based on what happened today, the people of the state just did not have justice served,” said Wlodek, 36, a human resources manager whose job in the jury room was playing the FBI wiretap tapes in
which Blagojevich, often in the most profane language imaginable, discussed his alleged schemes. Federal prosecutors — no doubt stung by the jury’s inability to reach a decision on all but the single charge — were as emphatic as the former governor. When U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel said Tuesday he would give prosecutors time to decide whether to take Blagojevich to court again, prosecutor Reid Schar spoke up instantly: “It is absolutely our intention to retry this.” U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald later thanked the jury for its service but refused to comment on their decision, citing the need to prepare for Blagojevich’s second trial. Zagel set a hearing for Aug. 26 to decide manner and timing of the retrial, and a former federal prosecutor said the 11-1 split in favor of conviction on several counts bodes well for the government. “At the end of the day it signals very strongly they will get a conviction next time,” said Joel Levin, who helped win a conviction of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan in 2006.
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2010 Fall Sports coming on Friday FOREST CITY —The Daily Courier is pleased to announce that the 2010 Fall Sports special section will be included in the Friday, Aug. 20 edition. This special section will include reports on all four county prep programs playing in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. This section will include football, soccer and volleyball with 2010 football rosters and schedules for Chase, East Rutherford, R-S Central and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy.
Jets’ Ryan says Dungy ‘unfairly judged me’ CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Ryan wants Tony Dungy to know he’s more than just a foulmouthed coach. Dungy criticized the New York Jets coach earlier this week for his Rex-pletivefilled appearance on the premiere episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” “The thing is, I’ve been a big admirer of Tony Dungy, and I’m sure a lot of people are,” Ryan said Wednesday. “I felt that he unfairly judged me, and that was disappointing to me.” Dungy, a devout Christian, told “The Dan Patrick Show” on Monday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should talk to Ryan about his excessive cursing because, “I just don’t think the league needs that.” Dungy, who won a Super Bowl with Indianapolis, is an NFL analyst for NBC. Ryan said he called Dungy and left a message that included his telephone number, and anticipated hearing back from him. “I’ve invited him to come to camp or any time to spend the day with me and the organization,” Ryan said. “I think maybe he’ll have a different take on it.”
Hunters should act quickly on licenses RALEIGH — With dove season opening on Sept. 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is encouraging hunters to purchase their licenses now by visiting www.ncwildlife.org. The last week of August is traditionally the busiest week of the year for hunting license sales. With opening day of dove season again falling on the long Labor Day weekend, a time when many beach-bound anglers purchase their Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses, the agency expects a rush on license sales. To avoid the rush, sportsmen can go to the agency’s website to purchase a hunting or fishing license for immediate use.
Local Sports SOCCER 6 p.m. Chase at Bandys VOLLEYBALL 5 p.m. Chase at South Point
On TV Noon (ESPN2) ATP Tennis U.S. Open Series - Western and Southern Financial Group Masters, Round of 16. 1 p.m. (TS) MLB Baseball Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves. 2 p.m. (WGN-A) MLB Baseball San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs. 7 p.m. (ESPN2) ATP Tennis U.S. Open Series - Western and Southern Financial Group Masters, Round of 16. 8 p.m. (WHNS) NFL Preseason Football New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons.
Carolina Panthers’ Armanti Edwards, right, catches a pass as Robert McClain, left, defends during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Wednesday.
Panthers happy to leave camp SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Rookies were spared when the Carolina Panthers finished training camp on Wednesday morning. Nobody was taped to a goalpost or doused with ice water. A few players stuck around to sign autographs, but most quickly headed to the locker room or immediately jumped in their cars to head back to Charlotte. Maybe they were too tired to do anything else. “I tell you what man, this camp was definitely intense,” said defensive end Everette Brown, one of the few players to linger on the Wofford stadium field. “There were a lot of challenging days coming out, especially in full pads.” Coach John Fox put one of the NFL’s youngest teams through a physical camp with plenty of hitting and workouts in full pads in intense heat. They had a full contact session as late in camp as Sunday. Fox called it a “productive camp” with a “bunch of guys I didn’t know that well” after an offseason veteran purge left Carolina without nine starters from a year ago. “Watching them kind of gel together, I like the way they’ve gone about their Associated Press business,” Fox said. But even after 26 practices and a pre- Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith catches a ball during practice at the NFL football Please see Panthers, Page 2B
team’s training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Wednesday.
Gryphons’ story is about evolution Somewhere between 900 A.D. and 1,100 A.D., the symbol of the griffin, or gryphon, came to symbolize Jesus in many parts of northern Europe. The majestic beast that was part eagle and part lion seemed to perfectly capture an element of the air, or heavens and an element of the earth, or man. So, where Jesus symbolized for many the perfect union between the divine and man, the gryphon came to represent that union. In 1969, in Rocky Mount, two public high schools were brought together due to segregation. Rocky Mount High was an all-white school, while Booker T. Washington was an allblack school. The symbol of Rocky Mount was a blackbird. The symbol of Booker T. Washington was the lion. The two schools combined their mascot into the mythical griffin, or gryphon. In 1998, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy applied for its charter with the state. The school opened its doors roughly a year later with the symbol of the gryphon selected to become the school’s moniker.
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It’s hard for me to imagine a more impressive combination than Thomas Jefferson and gryphons. Unless a school called the Albert Einstein Godzillas is to suddenly open. The school fight song could be Blue Oyster Cult’s, ‘Godzilla.’ Last week, I wrote my first high school football column of the 2010 season. I, intentionally, left the Thomas Jefferson Gryphons out of that column. Like it or not — the Gryphons are at a different level of play; in a different set of circumstances. The Hilltoppers have been playing football since the 1920s; that’s almost a 100-years of Hilltoppers’ football. I’ll let you East and Chase fans insert your own jokes here. The Griffs have one full season of football in the NCHSAA — the high-
est level of prep football available in the state. It’s like comparing apples to zebras. I spoke with Gryphons’ Head Coach Tony Helton this week as I did my background for the story that will appear in the 2010 Fall Sports special section. That section hits the streets on Friday, by the way. Helton and his staff are working hard to make sure that 2010 isn’t a carbon copy of 2009. Hendersonville, Mountain Heritage, Polk County and Owen dot the landscape of the Gryphons’ 2010 run across the gridiron. Those are four tough opponents for nearly everyone in the state — for the Gryphons, at this point, well, it’s apples to zebras. The Gryphons are going to win a football game. Some day, against somebody. It may very well happen this season. But, one win over one opponent is only a baby step on a journey of a million miles. The story of TJCA football is one of evolution, not destination. And, in that way, it is a story that will continue to be written, and one that will be grand in the telling.
2B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Thursday, August 19, 2010
Scoreboard BASEBALL National League East Division W L Pct 70 49 .588 67 51 .568 59 60 .496 58 60 .492 51 68 .429 Central Division W L Pct Cincinnati 68 51 .571 St. Louis 65 52 .556 Milwaukee 56 64 .467 Houston 52 66 .441 Chicago 50 70 .417 Pittsburgh 40 79 .336 West Division W L Pct San Diego 71 47 .602 San Francisco 67 53 .558 Colorado 61 57 .517 Los Angeles 61 59 .508 Arizona 47 73 .392
Atlanta Philadelphia New York Florida Washington
Fred Couples tips his hat near the eighth green and the ninth tee area during the pro-am for the Wyndham Championship golf tournament Wednesday in Greensboro.
Ryder Cup, playoffs on the line at Wyndham
GB — 2 1/2 11 11 1/2 19 GB — 2 12 1/2 15 1/2 18 1/2 28 GB — 5 10 11 25
Tuesday’s Games Florida 6, Pittsburgh 0 Philadelphia 9, San Francisco 3 Atlanta 10, Washington 2 Houston 4, N.Y. Mets 3 San Diego 1, Chicago Cubs 0 Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 2 Cincinnati 6, Arizona 2 L.A. Dodgers 6, Colorado 0 Wednesday’s Games Milwaukee 3, St. Louis 1 San Diego 5, Chicago Cubs 1 Florida 3, Pittsburgh 2 Philadelphia 8, San Francisco 2 Atlanta 3, Washington 2 N.Y. Mets at Houston, late Cincinnati at Arizona, late Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, late Thursday’s Games Washington (Lannan 4-5) at Atlanta (D.Lowe 11-10), 1:05 p.m. San Diego (Latos 12-5) at Chicago Cubs (Zambrano 4-6), 2:20 p.m. Florida (West 0-2) at Pittsburgh (Maholm 7-11), 7:05 p.m. San Francisco (J.Sanchez 8-8) at Philadelphia (Hamels 7-9), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Misch 0-1) at Houston (Norris 5-7), 8:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Tr.Wood 3-1) at Arizona (J.Saunders 1-2), 9:40 p.m. Colorado (De La Rosa 4-3) at L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 6-8), 10:10 p.m. Friday’s Games Atlanta at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Houston at Florida, 7:10 p.m. San Diego at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Cincinnati at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
GREENSBORO (AP) — Anthony Kim could use another push to strengthen his case for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Trevor Immelman’s need this week is even more pressing. Without a strong showing at the Wyndham Championship, he might not make golf’s postseason. The final event before the PGA Tour’s lucrative finishing kick starts Thursday and promises to once again be dominated by players trying to American League make it to other events — either the Ryder Cup or East Division the FedEx Cup playoffs. W L Pct GB New York 73 46 .613 — “It’s just time for me to get the ball in the hole Tampa Bay 73 46 .613 — the next month and prove to him that I’m playBoston 68 52 .567 5 1/2 Toronto 63 56 .529 10 ing well enough to make that team,” said Kim, Baltimore 42 78 .350 31 1/2 part of the winning U.S. team two years ago at Central Division W L Pct GB Valhalla. The “him” is captain Corey Pavin, who Minnesota 69 50 .580 — will announce his wild-card selections Sept. 7. Chicago 65 54 .546 4 Detroit 58 61 .487 11 It’s been a rough past few months for the Kansas City 50 69 .420 19 25-year-old Kim, whose first PGA Tour vicCleveland 49 70 .412 20 West Division tory came two years ago and a few hours down W L Pct GB the road in Charlotte at the former Wachovia Texas 67 51 .568 — Los Angeles 60 60 .500 8 Championship. Oakland 58 60 .492 9 Thumb surgery in May cost him three months, Seattle 47 73 .392 21 and he struggled in both tournaments he Tuesday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 6, Detroit 2 played since returning, finishing 16 over at the Seattle 4, Baltimore 0 Bridgestone and missing the cut last week at the Boston 6, L.A. Angels 0 Tampa Bay 10, Texas 1 PGA. Minnesota 7, Chicago White Sox 6, 10 innings That dropped him off the list of qualifiers and Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1 Oakland 6, Toronto 2 placed his fate squarely in Pavin’s hands. Wednesday’s Games “I wouldn’t say added pressure — I really didn’t Tampa Bay 8, Texas 6 Oakland 5, Toronto 4 have anything to lose since I came back,” Kim Detroit at N.Y. Yankees, late said Wednesday. “I haven’t put the ball in the hole, Seattle 6, Baltimore 5 L.A. Angels at Boston, late and I knew that when I came back, I was going Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, late to be rusty. I wish I had practiced a little bit more Cleveland at Kansas City, late before I played, but I just wasn’t able to do it. I Thursday’s Games (Porcello 5-10) at N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes didn’t put too much pressure on myself, but at the Detroit 14-5), 1:05 p.m. same time, I was hoping for the best. It didn’t turn Texas (C.Lewis 9-9) at Baltimore (Matusz 4-12), 7:05 p.m. out that way, and I just got bumped out.” L.A. Angels (E.Santana 12-8) at Boston (Beckett One thing Kim won’t have to worry about: mak- 3-2), 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 11-9) at Minnesota ing it to the playoffs. He arrived at Sedgefield (Pavano 15-7), 8:10 p.m. Country Club at No. 14 on the points list, the highest-ranked player in the field. As always, there’s no shortage of players scrambling to lock up a spot at The Barclays. “I think guys put this on the calendar as a last chance to get a lot of points before you go into Continued from Page 2B the playoffs,” 2007 winner Brandt Snedeker said. season game over three weeks, “You’ve seen guys jump in the past. ... How it can change your year, your career and everything else there are numerous unanswered questions. that goes along with it. That all makes for a very While Matt Moore has looked important week.” good in camp, he had little time to throw in the loss to Baltimore last week behind what is supposed to be a stout offensive line. Moore, replacing longATLANTA (AP) — Derrek Lee passed up the time starter Jake Delhomme, is chance to get on the fringe of the playoff race. clearly the No. 1 QB. But rookie Now he’s right in the middle of it. Jimmy Clausen had an impresThe NL East-leading Atlanta Braves bulked up sive camp has passed Hunter for the pennant chase Wednesday, acquiring the Cantwell for the No. 2 job. slugging first baseman from the Chicago Cubs for “Hopefully, we don’t have other three minor league pitchers. holes to plug and we can get “It doesn’t get any better,” said Atlanta third that oiled up and actually watch baseman Chipper Jones, whose season-ending our passing game work,” Fox knee injury sparked the trade. “Outstanding char- said. “You can’t do anything in acter guy. Outstanding player. He gives us another the passing game without proright-handed presence in our lineup.” tection.”
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Cleveland (Talbot 8-10) at Kansas City (Davies 6-7), 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Sonnanstine 3-1) at Oakland (Cahill 12-5), 10:05 p.m. Friday’s Games Cleveland at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Texas at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
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Thursday’s Games Indianapolis at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. New England at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Friday’s Game Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 8 p.m. Saturday’s Games Baltimore at Washington, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m. Miami at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 8 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Oakland at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Dallas at San Diego, 9 p.m. Detroit at Denver, 9 p.m. Green Bay at Seattle, 10 p.m. Sunday’s Game Minnesota at San Francisco, 8 p.m. Monday’s Game Arizona at Tennessee, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 St. Louis at New England, 7:30 p.m. Indianapolis at Green Bay, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 Atlanta at Miami, 7 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m. San Diego at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Kansas City, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 Cleveland at Detroit, 5 p.m. Cincinnati at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m. Tennessee at Carolina, 8 p.m. Seattle at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Arizona at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. San Francisco at Oakland, 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 Pittsburgh at Denver, 8 p.m.
DETROIT TIGERS — Placed 2B Carlos Guillen on the 15-day DL. Recalled INF Will Rhymes from Toledo (IL). TEXAS RANGERS — Recalled LHP Derek Holland from Oklahoma City (PCL). Optioned RHP Pedro Strop to Oklahoma City. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Reinstated RHP Juan Gutierrez from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Rafael Rodriguez to Reno (PCL). CHICAGO CUBS — Traded 1B Derrek Lee and cash considerations to Atlanta for RHP Robinson Lopez, RHP Tyrelle Harris and LHP Jeffrey Lorick. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Recalled C Bryan Anderson from Memphis (PCL). Optioned C Steven Hill to Memphis. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Placed RHP Chris Ray on the 15-day DL. Reinstated LHP Jeremy Affeldt from the 15-day DL. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Placed C Wil Nieves on the temporary leave list. Recalled C Wilson Ramos from Syracuse (IL). Eastern League READING PHILLIES — Announced RHP B.J. Rosenberg has been promoted from Clearwater (FSL). TRENTON THUNDER — Announced RHP Kevin Whelan was assigned to Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre (IL). Midwest League QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS — Transferred OF C.J. Beatty to Palm Beach (FSL). Announced RHP Chris Corrigan has been transferred from Batavia (NYP). American Association EL PASO DIABLOS — Signed INF Erik Gomez. GRAND PRAIRIE AIRHOGS — Released INF Deven Braden. ST. PAUL SAINTS — Sold the contract of LHP Matt Meyer to the Los Angeles Angels. SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CAPTAINS — Signed INF Uriak Marquez. Can-Am League NEW JERSEY JACKALS — Signed INF Jovan Rosa. Released C Dean Forthun. SUSSEX SKYHAWKS — Signed RHP Charles Gordon. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association DALLAS MAVERICKS — Re-signed F Tim Thomas. FOOTBALL National Football League CHICAGO BEARS — Signed QB Matt Gutierrez to a one-year contract and DB Aaron Webster to two-year contract. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Signed G Randy Thomas. Waived WR Ryan Grice-Mullen. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Released WR Brandon Jones. Placed T Chris Patrick on the waived/injured list. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS — Traded DE Lawrence Jackson to Detroit for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick. Canadian Football League EDMONTON ESKIMOS — Fired offensive line coach Jeff Bleamer. Announced the resignation of linebackers coach Danny Kepley. Named Mark Nelson linebackers coach and Tim Prinsen offensive line coach. United Football League OMAHA NIGHTHAWKS — Signed QB Jeff Garcia. HOCKEY National Hockey League CALGARY FLAMES — Named Michel Goulet western professional scout and Ari Haanpaa and Fred Parker amateur scouts. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Signed F Ben Guite to a one-year contract. NEW YORK ISLANDERS — Agreed to terms with C Andy Hilbert and C Rob Hilsey on oneyear contracts. ECHL ELMIRA JACKALS — Signed F Zach Harrison and D Brad Miller. LAS VEGAS WRANGLERS — Agreed to terms with D Aaron Power and D Sean McMonagle.
LACROSSE U.S. INDOOR LACROSSE — Named Randy Fraser assistant coach of the U.S. national indoor lacrosse team.
SOCCER Major League Soccer MLS — Issued an additional $250 fine and one-game suspension to San Jose D Jason Hernandez for actions taken against Kansas City F Teal Bunbury during Saturday’s game. Major Indoor Soccer League MISL — Granted approval for a franchise to be located in Omaha, Neb. to begin play for the 2010-11 season.
BASEBALL American League
COLLEGE NCAA — Granted a sixth year of eligibility to Miami men’s basketball F Adrian Thomas. BENTLEY — Named Mickey Herron golf coach. DELAWARE — Named Andy Marino assistant football coach. JOHNS HOPKINS — Named Mike Mattia associate director of athletics. VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH — Signed men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart to a two-year contract extension.
There continues to be a dizzying number of defensive tackles working with the first team. While rookie Greg Hardy has shined, it’s still unknown if a collection of unheralded defensive ends can combine for the same number of sacks lost when five-time Pro Bowl pick Julius Peppers left in free agency. Nobody has taken hold of the No. 2 receiver job after Muhsin Muhammad wasn’t re-signed, and rookie Armanti Edwards has struggled in his transformation from college quarterback to receiver and punt returner. “Day one I was really lost out here. I was out here thinking when I was running routes,” Edwards said. “To look back from that day to this day, I think I progressed.” Edwards is part of one facet made clear from the practices
in steamy Spartanburg. The Panthers have a lot of team speed — sometimes maybe showing too much during drills. Linebacker Jon Beason said there aren’t many veterans left who “realize that the mental part of the game is so much more important than the actual physical part” during camp. “Young guys come in and they’re trying to earn a spot,” Beason said. “They don’t know any better, so practices are full speed every snap, everything you have just to prove you belong and make a name for yourself because the coaches don’t know you. I think that’s been the biggest difference this camp. It’s been a very physical camp.” The Panthers also appear to have avoided any serious injuries.
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Itâ€™s official: Favre is back
Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams watch a ball on the third tee during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis., in this Aug. 10, 2010 file photo.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) â€” The lure of playing in another Super Bowl brought Brett Favre back to the NFL â€” again. Favre joined his Minnesota Vikings teammates at practice Wednesday. The three-time MVP wore a helmet, shoulder pads and red quarterbackâ€™s jersey as he worked out with Minnesota for the first time since getting battered by New Orleans as the Vikings lost the NFC championship game in January. â€œAs we were driving on that last drive it seemed like it was destiny â€” for us,â€? said Favre, whose interception in the final minute ended that march and the Vikings never got the ball in overtime. â€œI was so close, so close to getting these guys to the Super Bowl. â€œI owe it to this organization to give it one more try.â€? Not that coming back for a 20th season was a simple decision.
â€œI could make a case for both playing, not playing,â€? Favre said. â€œThis is a very good football team, the chances here are much greater than other places. From that standpoint, it was coach whoâ€™s going to be with him, always going to be easier (to return). but I really like what this new guy â€œPart of me said it was such a great had to say and what his theories year, it would be easy to say, â€˜Hey are,â€? Williams said. â€œIf Tiger decides canâ€™t play any better, why even try?â€™ to stick with Sean, I believe heâ€™ll get Then the other part is, â€˜Guys are better. It might take a little while.â€? playing on a high level. Why donâ€™t I Woods finished 28th at last weekâ€™s go back out?â€™ The expectations are PGA Championship in Wisconsin, a high here, as they should be.â€? week after posting the worst 72-hole The expectations always are high total of his career â€” 18 over par â€” at for Favre, even at 40. Heâ€™s the NFLâ€™s the Bridgestone Invitational event in leader in nearly every significant Ohio. passing category and the winningest Williams said nobody should rush regular-season quarterback ever. to the conclusion Woods was losing After staying away from training his ability or his aura. camp, as heâ€™s done for much of the â€œAt the end of the day, Tiger Woods past two summers, Favre was pracis Tiger Woods,â€? Williams said. â€œHeâ€™s ticing less than 24 hours after the won 14 majors and 71 PGA Tour team sent Steve Hutchinson, Jared events. Regardless of whatâ€™s gone on, Allen and Ryan Longwell â€” three of you canâ€™t take that away from the his closest friends â€” to Mississippi guy. â€œTiger knows how to win and peo- to bring him back. Favre underwent ple know that he knows how to win. left ankle surgery on May 21 and just a few weeks ago texted several teamWhen he gets back in the situation mates and Vikings officials that he where heâ€™s playing well again and would not return because the recovheâ€™s in contention to win, heâ€™ll get ery was slower than he expected. the job done.â€? Heâ€™s back now. Williams said Woods remained â€œThere is nothing on me thatâ€™s 100 hopeful of being selected by U.S. captain Corey Pavin for the Ryder Cup. â€œItâ€™s one of the biggest events in the world and anybody thatâ€™s played in it before, always has the desire to play in it again,â€? Williams said. â€œWeâ€™ve got a couple more weeks to show him (Pavin) that heâ€™s playing better.â€? ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) â€” A scarred Eli Manning is back on the field, feeling fine but uncertain when he is going to play again. Just two days after needing 12 stitches to close a gash on the left side of head, the New York Giants quarterback stretched with teamone day later, LeBron James gave mates on Wednesday morning at the Heat a triple sweep of the three training camp at the University at biggest prizes available during this summerâ€™s free-agent period. So now, Albany. He did not participate in the afternoon practice. Wade finds himself in the delicate â€œI physically feel fine,â€? Manning balance of enjoying Chicago while trying to avoid the cityâ€™s disappoint- said after lunch. â€œI threw some balls today. I ran around, I know what ment. is going on. Iâ€™m all there. Itâ€™s just a â€œWhatever jersey Iâ€™m wearing, Iâ€™m still here,â€? Wade said. â€œIâ€™m still in the matter of getting the helmet on.â€? The concern with the helmet is community, I think Iâ€™m doing something impactful and bigger than the that if itâ€™s jarred during play, it might cause the stitches to break or irritate game of basketball. It had nothing the wound. Manning did not know to do with Chicago. It had nothing when the stitches would be removed. to do with the Chicago Bulls. It had The Giants play the Pittsburgh everything to do with Miami and Steelers on Saturday at the New what we had a chance to do down Meadowlands Stadium. there.â€? So far, Wade â€” who hosts two basketball camps in Chicago, plus has Seahawks trade Jackson a mother who holds events at her RENTON, Wash. (AP) â€” The church in the city â€” said the support Seattle Seahawks have traded defenheâ€™s seen from his hometown has sive end and former first-round pick been unwavering. Lawrence Jackson to the Detroit â€œThe kids can separate it. Itâ€™s Lions for an undisclosed draft choice moreso the adults we have to fight in 2011. against,â€? Wade said. â€œItâ€™s just not The Seahawks announced before their lives. ... At the end of the day, Wednesdayâ€™s practice that they Iâ€™m sure that if Iâ€™m happy, they will had traded away their 28th overall be happy for me in the long run.â€? Wadeâ€™s weekend of events includes selection in 2008 out of Southern a benefit with rapper-actor Common California. New Seattle general manager John to support a youth center, a bowling Schneider was not on the job when party where teams of six can rent a the Seahawks drafted Jackson. lane for $2,500, a youth summit, a He says Detroit had been showing â€œChicagoâ€™s Got Talentâ€? showcase for â€œstrong interestâ€? in Jackson. kids, and a back-to-school supplies Jackson had seemed to lose his giveaway with haircut stations and place in Seattleâ€™s defense this sumeven places where kids can get unimer. He was not big enough to be forms for the coming school year.
Caddy sees no split with Woods
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) â€” Steve Williams doesnâ€™t believe his job as Tiger Woodsâ€™ caddie is under any threat, despite media speculation about their 11-year association and concern over the champion golferâ€™s form. Williams told New Zealand radio Wednesday that he and Woods remain close friends and there is no possibility their working relationship is about to end. â€œIâ€™m sure if there was going to be some sort of parting of the ways, Iâ€™d be the first to know,â€? he said. â€œFrom my point of view, I donâ€™t see any chance of that happening.â€? Williams said Woods had no plans to change his key personnel, though he has struggled to regain form after taking a break from the PGA Tour amid revelations of marital infidelities. â€œPeople speculate. Heâ€™s not playing well and his results arenâ€™t what weâ€™re used to,â€? Williams, of New Zealand, said in the radio interview. â€œTiger and I are very good friends and weâ€™ve been through a tough time, thereâ€™s no question about that. â€œIâ€™m fully supportive of the guy and heâ€™s been great through this whole situation with me.â€? Williams expressed confidence in the ability of Woodsâ€™ new swing coach Sean Foley to revive his game. â€œHe hasnâ€™t decided if thatâ€™s the
â€œI expect to hear that for a while,â€? Wade told The Associated Press on Wednesday from Chicago, where his Wadeâ€™s World Foundation will hold events involving more than 1,000 children this weekend. â€œBut kids are fans of the game of basketball and fans of certain players as well. They think itâ€™s cool in a way. Itâ€™s moreso the adults who donâ€™t understand why you didnâ€™t choose their cities.â€? Wade became a free agent July 1, and met with the Bulls twice, eventually conceding that he was deeply torn between offers from Miami and Chicago. Even his family couldnâ€™t come to a consensus on where the 2006 NBA finals MVP should spend the next few seasons playing. By now, everyone knows how the story ends. Chris Bosh picked Miami, Wade quickly decided to join him and
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percent, there wasnâ€™t anything that was 100 percent last year or the year before,â€? Favre said. â€œThe surgery made me a little better. â€œI have played 309 straight games, I canâ€™t complain.â€? Now itâ€™s time to see if the old man can do it all again. The gray-haired Favre turned in one of the best seasons in a terrific career last year, throwing 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions to lead the Vikings to the NFC North title. He passed for 310 yards and a touchdown against the Saints in the Superdome, but also threw an interception at the end of regulation that cost them a chance at a winning field goal that would have put Minnesota in the Super Bowl for the first time in 33 years.
NFL NOTEBOOK Eli Manning back on practice field
Dwyane Wade returns to Chicago for a weekend of charity work
MIAMI (AP) â€” Dwyane Wade knows what heâ€™s going to hear for the next few days. Itâ€™s the same question heâ€™s been getting for the past few weeks. â€œSo, why didnâ€™t you pick the Bulls?â€? Hey, when youâ€™re a native son of Chicago and you rebuke the advances of your hometown team, thatâ€™s a fair question. And the newly re-signed Miami Heat guard fully expects to be on the receiving end of it often between now and Sunday, while hosting a number of charitythemed events to help underprivileged kids.
Minnnesota Vikings quaterback Brett Favre looks on during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 in Eden Prairie, Minn.
the run-stopping end the Seahawks want, and is not yet enough of a proven pass rusher to become a specialist. Jackson started 24 of 31 games in his two seasons with Seattle. He had a career-high 4Â˝ sacks last season.
Buffalo wanders north TORONTO (AP) â€” The Buffalo Billsâ€™ eight-game series in Toronto reaches its midway point this week with questions about whether the NFL can succeed in this limited format north of the border. What officials refer to as â€œteething painsâ€? are put in a different light by critics. Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons last weekend called it â€œan unmitigated disasterâ€? for Rogers Communications, which paid $78.5 million to host the series two years ago. High ticket prices and the Billsâ€™ losing record have made it difficult to generate interest. Rogers Centre executive Silvio Dâ€™Addario dismissed the criticism Wednesday, a day before Buffalo plays Indianapolis at Toronto. Heâ€™s confident the building blocks are in place to make the final three years a success.
Mangold says heâ€™s okay CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) â€” Jets center Nick Mangold has returned to practice after sitting out New Yorkâ€™s preseason-opening game against the Giants with a headache, saying he doesnâ€™t believe he has a concussion. Mangold missed two days of practices last week after being struck in the temple by teammate Sione Pouha during a play.
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Obama scores low on economy WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation’s financial outlook as poor. A frustrated electorate could take it out on the party in power — Obama’s Democrats — in the November elections. Eleven weeks before the Nov. 2 balloting, just 41 percent of those surveyed approve of the president’s performance on the economy, down from 44 percent in April, while 56 percent disapprove. And 61 percent say the economy has gotten worse or stayed the same on Obama’s watch. Still, three-quarters also say it’s unrealistic to expect noticeable economic improvements in the first 18 months of the president’s term. And Obama’s overall approval rating was unaffected; it remained at 49 percent, in part because most Americans still like him personally. Americans’ dim view of the economy grew even more pessimistic this summer as the nation’s unemployment rate stubbornly hovered near 10 percent. That’s been a drag on both Obama and Democrats, who control Congress. “The economy is on life support,” says Scott Bradley, 38, general manager of a carpet store in Columbia, Mo. Bradley says he voted for Obama in 2008 but he wouldn’t again. He blames Congress for the unemployment woes but says, “Obama’s policies are making
the economy worse.” Even staunch Obama backers like college student Julius Taylor of Flint, Mich., struggle to stay optimistic about the economy, particularly when they see the recession’s toll in their backyard. “I’d like to say it’s improving, but there are a lot of indicators it’s not,” says Taylor, 25. Viewpoints like those have Democrats on edge as they try to hang onto comfortable majorities in the House and Senate in a political environment made ever more challenging by economic woes. Republicans are trying to convince Americans that the GOP can create the jobs that Obama hasn’t delivered. Obama and his Democrats are pleading for the frustrated public to give them more time to prove that their economic fixes will work. “Slowly but surely we are moving in the right direction. We’re on the right track. The economy is getting stronger,” said Obama, delivering a message not just for the voters in a Columbus, Ohio, backyard but across the country. “We’ve made progress. But, let’s face it, the progress hasn’t been fast enough.” “It’s going to take some time,” Obama added, trying to make his case against voting Republican this fall. “What we can’t afford to do is to start going backwards and doing some of the same things that got us into trouble in the first place.” Democrats are keenly aware that they face strong headwinds; 60 percent of people say the country’s headed in the wrong direction. And it’s hard to overstate the importance of the
economy to voters; 91 percent of Americans say it’s a top problem, with unemployment close behind. A whopping 81 percent of people now call the economy poor or very poor, up from 72 percent in June, and just 12 percent say it has improved in the past month, compared with 19 percent in June. “Everyone is scared — everyone,” says Gerda Chapman, 63, a retired schoolteacher in Harrison, Idaho, who backed Obama and isn’t ready to ditch him. “The man has not had a long enough time and he’s doing a good job.” She, like him, urges patience: “We’re not out of the recession and we’ve got a ways to go. It’s going to take time, but it is on an upward trend.” Stacey Pederson, 36, a massage therapist and independent voter in Asheville, N.C., agrees that it’s improving. But, she says, more progress would be made “if we would have cooperation within the two parties. It’s getting to be really difficult watching them fight.” Neither party is faultless, adds Jeff Vick, 49, a self-employed consultant from Fort Worth, Texas. While Congress’ overall performance rating is at a miserable 24 percent, Democrats in Congress are slightly more popular than Republicans; 37 percent approve of Democrats while 30 percent approve of Republicans in Congress. But in a shift from earlier this summer, when Democrats had an advantage, Republicans now are about even with Democrats on the question of which party should win control of Congress.
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Retail reports help markets to slight gains NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended a seesaw day with a modest gain Wednesday after investors found some pluses in retail earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average and other major indexes fluctuated throughout the day before closing with slender gains. There was little news to motivate investors a day after a stream of improving economic numbers restored some of their enthusiasm for stocks and sent the Dow up 103 points. But retailers continued reporting second-quarter earnings and investors found a few positives. Target Corp. missed analysts’ forecasts for its second quarter revenue and offered a muted outlook for sales for the rest of the year. But the company told analysts it hopes to offset weak sales with higher sales of groceries and its new discounts for credit card holders. Target initially fell sharply, then recovered to a healthy advance. The reports came a day after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Home Depot Inc. issued numbers that were upbeat. Almost all the big retailers closed higher Wednesday. An exception was BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc., which lowered its earnings outlook for the year. Its stock dropped. Wednesday’s trading was muted, and that was to be expected after Tuesday’s advance and as the outlook for the economy remained unclear. Traders were weren’t about to commit much more money to stocks. “It was a pretty big rally yesterday so we’re just kind of sitting back with no real fundamentals driving us too far either way,” said Dan Cook, Chicago-based senior market analyst with brokerage firm IG Markets. The Dow rose 9.69, or 0.1 percent, to 10,415.54. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1.62, or 0.2 percent, to 1,094.16. The Nasdaq composite index rose 6.26, or 0.3 percent, to 2,215.70 Gainers were ahead of losers by 3 to 2 on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was again extremely light, mostly because of vacations, but also because many investors don’t have enough of a sense of the economy’s strength. That’s making them hold off of any major moves. NYSE volume came to 922 million shares. Treasurys remained a destination for investors seeking a safer place than stocks to put their money. The 10-year Treasury yield fell to 2.63 percent from 2.64 percent late Tuesday. John Stoltzfus, senior market strategist with Ticonderoga Securities in New York, said the market is becoming increasingly dominated by a “What have you done for me lately?” attitude and responding to daily reports about the economy. “We live from economic data point to economic data point,” he said. “That will probably continue at least until the end of the summer as we wait for some kind of catalyst that would give the market better definition.” BHP Billiton’s $38.5 billion takeover offer for fertilizer producer Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan turned hostile Wednesday. Potash had called BHP’s offer grossly inadequate. The announcement of the bid and Potash’s rejection Tuesday helped feed the rally in stocks.
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Feds have no timetable for relief well job NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The government’s point man for the Gulf oil spill said Wednesday he cannot provide a timeline right now for when BP’s blown-out well will finally be plugged for good. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters he will give the order to complete the socalled relief well when he is ready. Since nearly the start of the disaster in April, the plan had been to complete the relief well by early to mid-August. But stormy weather and now questions of how to make the job less risky delayed that proI was told they have cess. Allen said BP PLC are working still needs to come up through risk with a plan to alleviate that may build and contingen- pressure up once the relief well intersects the blown-out cy plans and well. would let me “We will know when we have satisfied ourknow when they selves and we have removed any shadow of were ready to doubt,” Allen said when start again. asked at what point he would give the order to — John Wright move forward. He said Drilling team leader the pause is “nothing more than an overabundance of caution and doing our jobs.” Ultimately, the plan is to pump mud and cement in from the bottom to plug the well permanently, a procedure known as a bottom kill. The well blew out when the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and setting off one of the worst offshore oil spills in history. A cap has kept oil from flowing for more than a month, but that’s just a temporary solution. Mud and cement was later pumped in through the top of the well, significantly reducing the pressure inside it. But the government believes the bottom kill procedure is necessary to declare the well dead once and for all. John Wright, who has been leading the team drilling the relief well aboard a rig at the wellsite, said he also has not been given an exact timetable. “I was told they are working through risk and contingency plans and would let me know when they were ready to start again,” Wright said in an e-mail to The Associated Press from aboard the Development Driller III vessel. Also Wednesday, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco said she stands by the conclusions of a government report that found 74 percent of the oil had been captured, burned, skimmed, evaporated, dissolved or dispersed. Researchers found rest was on or just below the surface of the Gulf, had washed ashore or was buried in the sand. But, she said, “We know that oil is out there. It is diluted. Dilute and dispersed does not mean benign.” After the government released its report, scientists from the universities of South Florida and Georgia said they have found that most of the oil is not gone and must be dealt with.
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Susan Felio Price listens as Ken Feinberg, right, answers her question Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma, La. Feinberg, the man in charge of BP’s $20 billion fund for oil-spill claims, spoke and answered questions about the claims process.
BP image recovering from spill WASHINGTON (AP) — BP’s image, which took an ugly beating after the Gulf oil spill, is recovering since the company capped the well, though the oil giant’s approval level is still anything but robust. A majority of Americans still aren’t convinced it is safe to eat seafood from parts of the Gulf or swim in its waters, a new AP poll shows. Politically, President Barack Obama’s rating on handling the nation’s worst oil spill has nudged up to about 50 percent, the poll indicated. Fewer people now think the spill is a major national issue, and more support increased drilling in U.S. coastal waters than oppose it. Safety remains a worry. “Normally, I would go to the casinos and eat seafood, but now I’m going to be kind of skeptical of eating,” said Samuel Washington, 44, who lives in Norfolk, Va., but also owns a home in Ocean Springs, Miss. “My biggest concern is whether or not they are really testing all the affected areas.” Approval for Obama’s handling of the mess has risen from 45 percent in June, while BP’s marks have more than doubled — from 15 percent to a still lackluster 33 percent. Some 66 percent of those surveyed continue to disapprove of BP’s performance, down from a whopping 83 percent in June.
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More than half, 54 percent, said they weren’t confident that it is safe yet to eat seafood from the spill areas, and 55 percent said they weren’t confident that the beaches in the affected areas were safe for swimming. Still, just 60 percent of those surveyed called the spill an important issue now, down from 87 percent in June. Only 21 percent said it would affect them and their families a great deal or a lot in the next year, down from 40 percent in June. “At least it did get capped. It could have been done a whole lot sooner,” said Deshon Jenkins, 33, of Arlington, Texas, who works in shipping and warehousing and was among those who said the spill would “not at all” affect his life. Shrimper Patrick Hue of Buras, La., said BP has been hard at work. “You can’t deny that,” he said. “They got boats out here, they got people working. ... I guess they’re cleaning up what they’re supposed to clean up.” But Connie Bartenbach, owner of Rental Resources, a Mississippi company that specializes in vacation and corporate rentals, said BP “ruined our whole summer. They should not be let off the hook. ... There’s no upside to this.” Between June and the week that the Associated Press-GfK poll was conducted, Aug. 11-16,
BP capped the well, it was announced that gaffe-prone chief Tony Hayward was losing that job and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said most of the oil had dissolved, dispersed or been removed. Those developments probably contributed to the improved public attitude, though the NOAA findings have been challenged by some ocean researchers as far too optimistic. Whatever the case, it is clear is that the spilling of over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf no longer looms as a commanding political issue for voters heading toward midterm elections in November. Voters are far more concerned about the economy, jobs and bulging federal deficits. The poll showed that 48 percent favor increasing drilling for oil and gas in coastal waters, up from 45 percent in June. Some 36 percent said they opposed increased drilling, down from 41 percent. The rest didn’t have an opinion.
The spill began after the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, operated by well owner BP and owned by Transocean Ltd., exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers. Only the deliberate dumping of oil by Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War ranks in the world as a larger spill.
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Having qualified as Executor of the estate of SHELBY J. BUMGARNER of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said SHELBY J. BUMGARNER to present them to the undersigned on or before the 19th day of November, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 19th day of August, 2010.
Having qualified as Executor of the estate of ROBERT L. HENSLEY of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said ROBERT L. HENSLEY to present them to the undersigned on or before the 5th day of November 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 5th day of August, 2010.
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6B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Thursday, August 19, 2010 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of DOROTHY G. BAILEY of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said DOROTHY G. BAILEY to present them to the undersigned on or before the 5th day of November, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 5th day of August, 2010. Larry W. Bailey, Administrator PO Box 133 Bostic, NC 28018 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Collector of Affidavit of the estate of GEORGE THOMAS EAKETT of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said GEORGE THOMAS EAKETT to present them to the undersigned on or before the 12th day of November, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 12th day of August, 2010. Sharon H. Eakett, Collector of Affidavit PO Box 364 Lake Lure, NC 28746 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Collector Of Affidavit of the estate of JULIUS DECK WEEKS III of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said JULIUS DECK WEEKS III to present them to the undersigned on or before the 29th day of October, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 29th day of July, 2010. Cathy Weeks Knapp, Collector Of Affidavit 148 Sunny Brook Lane Ellenboro, NC 28040
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IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK 10 SP 218 IN RE: GROVER FRANKLIN OWENS and BRIDGETT DAVIS OWENS, FORECLOSURE OF DEED OF TRUST Dated June 4, 2003, RECORDED IN BOOK 0734, AT PAGE 0148, IN THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY REGISTRY NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of the authority contained in a certain Deed of Trust dated June 4, 2003, securing a Note and indebtedness of $134,000.00, which was executed by Grover Franklin Owens and Bridgett Davis Owens, and which is recorded in Book 0734, at Page 0148, Rutherford County Registry, the undersigned having been appointed Substitute Trustee by instrument recorded in said Registry, default having occurred in the payment of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust, and at the request of the holder of said Note, the undersigned Substitute Trustee, in accordance with the provisions of said Deed of Trust, will offer for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at 11:00 o’clock a.m. on the 24th day of August, 2010, at the Courthouse door in Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina, the real property at 1750 Oakland Road, Forest City, NC 28043, which is more particularly described as follows: Schedule “A” Description of Property TRACT ONE: Situate, lying and being on the West side of the Spindale, Spartanburg hard surface road and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at an iron pin, Charles Max Stockton’s Northwest corner of lot purchased from W.T. Roberson, and runs thence with Charles Max Stockton’s old line South 86 East 302 feet to a point in the center of Spindale-Spartanburg hard surface road, said point being Charles Stockton’s Northeast corner in said road, thence with the center of the road North 6 1/2 West 21 feet to a point in the center of said hard surface road, thence a new line West 300 feet to the place of BEGINNING. TRACT TWO: Situate, lying and being an the West side of the Spindale-Spartanburg Paved Highway about three miles South of the Town of Spindale, and being a part of the lands conveyed by A.C. Roberson and wife, Delia Roberson to T.C. Roberson by deed dated the 25th day of August, 1921 and which deed is duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, in Deed Book 116, at Page 222, and being more particularly defined and described as follows: BEGINNING at an iron pin in the center of the paved Spindale-Spartanburg Highway the said iron pin being K.E. Simpson’s Northeast corner and runs thence with Simpson’s line North 86 West, 330 feet to an iron pin; thence with the line of Russell Phillips’ North 5 1/4 East 120 feet to an iron pin; thence a new line South 86 East 202 feet to an iron pin in the center of said paved road; thence with the center of said paved road South 6 1/2 East 120 feet to the place of BEGINNING. TRACT THREE: Situate, lying and being in the Cool Springs Township, Rutherford County, on the West side of State Road 2169 and BEGINNING at a point in the center of State Road #2169 said point being the Northeast corner of the John D. and Iva H. Morrow property; runs thence with the line of Morrow, North 89 degrees 30 minutes West 300 feet crossing an iron pin in the west edge of said road to an iron pin in the line of Ben D. Scruggs, same being the northwest corner on Morrow; runs thence an new line, North 83 degrees 03 minutes East 298.11 feet to an iron pin in the center of said road, South 06 degrees 00 minutes. East 38.90 feet to the point and place of beginning according to survey by W. Leslie Morgan on September 29, 1982, same being a part of the tract of land described in Deed Book 434, at Page 599, Rutherford County Registry. Being the same and identical property conveyed by Iva H. Morrow, widow to Brenda M. Waters and Sandra M. Philbeck and Nancy M. Spicer by deed dated January 7, 1994 recorded in Deed Book 625, at Page 372, Rutherford County Registry. The record owners of said property as of a date not more than ten (10) days prior to the posting of this notice are: Grover Franklin Owens and Bridgett Davis Owens. Trustee, or Trustee’s agent conducting the sale, may begin the sale up to one hour after the time fixed herein as provided in NCGS §45-21.23. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to NCGS §45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon ten (10) days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If you are a tenant and have any questions about your legal rights, please consult an attorney. Although not required by statute, any and all bidders and purchasers at sale should understand that the property described in the subject foreclosure proceeding may or may not contain a structure of any kind. The Substitute Trustee in this matter makes no representation or warranty as to the type or existence of a structure situated on the subject property or wether or not said structure has been affixed in any way. Likewise, Substitute Trustee makes no warranties or representations of any kind as to wether title to the mobile/manufactured home(s) on the subject property, if any, has been properly cancelled or wether there are any outstanding liens thereon. Said property will be sold subject to taxes, assessments, and any superior easements, rights of way, restrictions of record, liens, or other encumbrances prior to the lien of the deed of trust being foreclosed, said sale to remain open for increased bids for ten (10) days after report thereof to the Clerk of Superior Court. The Substitute Trustee may require the high bidder to deposit cash at the sale in an amount equal to the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or $750.00. If no upset bid is filed, the balance of the purchase price, less deposit, must be made in cash upon tender of the deed. Third party purchasers at sale must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) as required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1).
/s/________________________ Alan B. Powell Substitute Trustee Post Office Box 1550 High Point, NC 27261 (336) 889-7999
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US Cellular is planning to construct a telecommunications tower, Site #405434, at 166 Cone Street, Mooresboro, Rutherford County, North Carolina.
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA RUTHERFORD COUNTY
This the 30th day of July, 2010.
If there are any comments to the anticipated impact on historic properties please respond within 30 days of public notice to: Terracon, Inc., 5217 Linbar Drive, Suite 309, Nashville, TN 37211 Attn: James Duncan. Please reference Site Number and Address with any comments. NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the estate of RITA ANDERSON aka MERITA JOSEPHINE ANDERSON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said RITA ANDERSON aka MERITA JOSEPHINE ANDERSON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 12th day of November, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 12th day of August, 2010. Stacie Hardin Du Vall, Executor 1141 Paddington Place Fayetteville, NC 28314
2 & 3 BR Close to downtown Rfdtn. D/w, stove, refrig., w/d hook up. No pets! 287-0733 2 BR Sandy Mush area. $400/mo. + $400 dep. 429-3878 or 245-3491 2BR Apt in Forest City Newly updated! $425/mo. + sec. dep. Call 828-228-5873 Central air & heat, in-unit washer and dryer. Tile kitchen floor, balcony. Well located unit in a classic brick quadplex at 433 E. Main St., FC. Detached storage unit. 2BR/1BA. $475. 828-447-3233
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2BR/1BA House in Spindale. Cent. h/a, range, refrig. No Pets! $450/mo. + ref's and dep. Call 429-4323 Newly remodeled 2BR on private lot in Ellenboro. $400/ mo. + dep. Call 828-748-6840
NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Conrad E. Iungerich; Conrad E. Iungerich, late of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the Estate to exhibit them to the undersigned at the office of Ingersoll & Hicks, PLLC, Post Office Box 25167, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27114 on or before November 12, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said Estate will please make immediate payment.
Rent Country Home 2 BR/2 BA, laundry room, dishwasher, more, near Bostic. $550/mo. 828-245-6858. See: www. onlinebuygeorge.com/593.jpg
Office For Rent, 1,000 sq ft close to downdown Rfdtn, good parking. 287-0733
This the 26th day of July, 2010. Charles Kenneth Cole, Executor Marc W. Ingersoll & Hicks, PLLC August 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2010
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14X70 on private lot with stream. Older mobile home for rent in Rfdtn. $325/mo. + $300 dep. Call 286-1638
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Rutherford County 289 N. Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Sealed bids for the project entitled “Rutherford County Daniel Road Site Development” will be received by Rutherford County on Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the Rutherford County Annex located at 289 N. Main St., Rutherfordton, NC 28139 and then at said location publicly opened and read aloud.
2BR & 3BR in Sandy Mush & Dobbinsville area. $75-$90/wk. + $100 dep. Call 429-6691 2BR/2BA Cent. h/a, stove, refrig. No pets. $425 + $300 dep. 245-5703 or 286-8665 2BR Cent. h/a, water, private lot $80/week + deposit Call 828-748-8827
3 Bedroom/2 Bath on private lot in
The proposed site development project consists of the following: mass grading for three commercial sites, a new farmers market, livestock arena and pet center, construction of approximately 1,300 lf 35’ wide F/F roadway with 30” curb & gutter, five foot sidewalks, stormwater piping, water & sewer main extensions with service lateral taps, sediment & erosion control measures, stormwater treatment basins, etc. NCDOT, NCDENR-DLQ & Town of Forest City Standards & specifications apply.
Ellenboro area. Central h/a. No pets! $525/mo. + $525 dep. References req.
The Contract Documents may be examined at the following locations:
Will Finance! No banks! Hurry! You pay no lot rent, insurance, taxes or interest! Neg. $99 week + dep.
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Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained or ordered at: CADCopy & Supply, LLC 513 South Dekalb St, Shelby NC,US,28150 Call:704-487-8815 Email: email@example.com There will be a non-refundable fee of $175.00 for each set of documents obtained. A certified check or cashiers check payable to the Rutherford County or a satisfactory Bid Bond executed by a corporate surety licensed under the laws of North Carolina to execute such bonds in the amount equal to five percent of the total of the bid shall be submitted with each bid. A mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the Rutherford County Annex. The low bidder shall identify the minority business participation it will use on the project as applicable prior to project award. The Contractor must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Rutherford County reserves the right to waive any informalities or reject any or all bids. John Condrey, County Manager 289 N. Main St. Rutherfordton, NC 28139 (828) 287-6060
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Homes for Sale
2 houses available Forest City area 3BR/1BA Owner financing w/down payment. Call 828-289-7628 3BR/2BA DW on 1 acre Close to Duke Power Plant $62,500 Owner financing with DP! Call 657-4430 2BR/1BA Located on Ohio St. Ext., Spindale. All appliances incld. $29,500 obo Call 287-7360 or 429-3323 House, office, kids play house. 12x16 finished, insulated, deck steps AIR $2750 Paul 245-6858 See www.online buygeorge.com/cabin.jpg
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Man’s “me-time” causing issues Dear Abby: I have been dating “Kate” for a year. She’s caring and down-to-earth. We have so much in common, and time goes by quickly when we’re together. That’s why, when a new job brought Kate closer to my place, I told her she could stay with me, so her commute would be less stressful while she gets used to the job and learns her way around. I enjoy making us dinner, since I get home two hours before she does. I am a part-time publicist for an entertainer and try to keep up with the local music and club scene. Two nights out alone during the month work for me. I share the details with Kate — including the crazy things I see “singles” do when I’m out. I have explained to her how spending these nights on my own makes me appreciate her more when I return. But I feel a distinct “chill” from her when my night arrives. Am I wrong to want alone time? Am I not committed enough to this relationship? — Reasonable Reasonable: It’s not wrong to want some time independent of Kate, particularly since it relates to your business. Her cool reaction may be related to her insecurities with your relationship, as well as the “crazy things” you’re describing when you get home.
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Dear Abby: I cannot think of anyone else to turn to. I attend church, but don’t know a priest well enough to confide in him. I have been married 45 years. My wife and I have a very good sex life. My problem is, over the past year my curiosity has increased about what it would be like to be with another man. I don’t have anyone in mind. I try not to think about it, but the idea excites me. Please help me find an answer before I try something stupid. Abby, I hope you can offer me some advice in your column. — Anonymous Dear Anonymous: Everyone has sexual fantasies, and although yours have recently been homosexual, it does not necessarily mean that you would enjoy an encounter with another man. However, 45 years ago you promised at the altar to be faithful to your wife. So I’ll offer the same advice I would have given to Adam if he had written me back then: Don’t take a bite of that apple because it could get you evicted from Eden.
Stressful job can affect health Dear Dr. Gott: At age 50-plus, I took a job that was stressful to the extent it caused sleepless nights. I resorted to taking an over-the-counter sleep aid, which left me with a headache and feeling sluggish. At the end of the year, my contract expired. I lost 20 pounds and was exhausted. Routine lab work indicated I had an elevated TSH (6). I felt the symptoms I had indicated hypothyroidism. I expressed my feelings and was prescribed levothyroxine, which was to continue forever. Well, I took it for six months and saw no improvement, except for a lowered TSH level. I gained back the 20 pounds and weaned myself off the medication. I still noticed no change in my health. Could adrenal fatigue or exhaustion from the stress and being perimenopausal be factors in the elevated TSH? Dear Reader: I can understand why your physician put you on levothyroxine, because hypothyroidism can cause fatigue, changes in hair texture and thickness, split finger nails, dry skin and irregular menstrual cycles. One
Ask Dr. Gott Dr. Peter M. Gott striking difference is that weight gain is relatively common. However, the reversal in your case is obviously job-related. Let’s cover a few basic differences between adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. Adrenal fatigue carries no specific symptoms of heart palpitations, no fluid retention, orthostatic hypotension, good flexibility of ligaments, thin and brittle nails, thin hair, insomnia, dry skin, cold intolerance and a craving for sweets. Stress plays an enormous role in health, affecting us in a variety of ways and worsening many medical conditions. Therefore, I cannot rule it out as having a bearing on the symptoms you have. My recommendation is to have your TSH retested to determine what your readings are minues levothyroxine.
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