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Page 12 Sixty-eight students from Rutherford County Schools, Polk County Schools and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy were inducted into New Century Scholars at Isothermal Community College Thursday night.


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SPINDALE — Sixty-eight seventh graders accepted a challenge Thursday night as they were inducted into New Century Scholars at Isothermal Community College. Now in its seventh year, the program – which was developed by Isothermal and Rutherford County Schools – provides support in hopes of building self-esteem, interpersonal skills and career exploration skills. In her welcome to the students and their families, Dr. Kim Gold, vice president of academic and student services at Isothermal


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Community College, said the program began in June 2002, with its first induction of 60 students in the fall of 2003. “With your induction we are almost to 400 now,” Gold said. “By signing that contract you are reaffirming your commitment to New Century Scholars and to learning. “We believe in you, your dreams and abilities. You are now a part of Isothermal Community College.” Johnny Smith, New Century Scholars Coordinator and director of the career center Please see Scholars, Page 6

LAKE LURE — The battle over vacation rental properties in this resort community is not over yet. Amid yelling and applauding from a packed house, and a procedural question that stumped veteran Mayor Jim Proctor, an ordinance to set up regulations for the rentals passed at a special meeting Thursday night. The vote was a razor thin margin of three to two. Commissioner Linda Turner and Wayne Hyatt voted against the regulations. Commissioners Russ Pitts and Bill Beason voted in favor. Mayor Proctor cast his tie breaking vote in favor. But because the ordinance requires a two-thirds majority vote from the council members, and not the mayor, the ordinance will have to be read again at the council’s next regular meeting — Oct. 13. At the second reading, a simple majority will cause the ordinance to be passed into law. During the public hearing on the ordinance, both sides of the issue were passionately addressed. “There are many more in the community who have said they feel unsafe in their own homes or on the water,” Jane Phillips said. “There are many more who have contacted me who were hoping that I would speak out because they have friends on the Please see Rental, Page 2

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FOREST CITY — The annual Hilltop Festival, re-enacting the Overmountain Victory Trail Marchers’ visit to Gilbert Town, a Rutherford Community Theatre production and a live radio show featuring Sharon Decker are among events on tap for the weekend. The 38th annual Hilltop Fall Festival begins at Saturday morning with the 5K race at 8:30 a.m. and is immediately followed by the Tour de Pumpkin Bike Ride and the 1K fun run. Live music begins at 10:15 a.m. on the main stage on the courthouse lawn featuring Mike Rogers & Friends. Rocky Yelton & The Hired Guns will perform at 1 p.m. followed by Calm and Collective at 3 p.m. Food vendors, crafts and arts, and children’s activities are also scheduled. It’s not too late to register for the 5K race and the 1K fun run, said Vicki Harrison, events coordiantor. Registration will be today at the Woodrow Jones building and also Saturday morning. The Rutherford Community Theatre’s upcoming production Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick by Lt. Beale Cormack will be Please see Festival, Page 6

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The Rev. Billy Honeycutt, president of Rutherford Housing Partnership and director of the Green River Baptist Association, roofs a house in Rutherford County. He and dozens of other volunteers across the county will lend helping hands Oct. 17-24 for the annual Week of Caring.

Caring volunteers needed By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Wanted: Lots of volunteers to help wash windows, trim shrubbery, rake leaves, mow grass, repair handicapped ramps, roof houses, build handrails and a host of other projects for senior citizens, disabled adults and non-profit agencies. The volunteers are asked to lend a helping hand during the annual Week of Caring,

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Oct. 17-24, in conjunction with the National Make a Difference Day Oct. 24. United Way and Rutherford Housing Partnership staff and volunteers are coordinating the Week of Caring and are putting volunteer teams together to help complete as many projects as possible before winter. Among light work projects will be to paint Please see Caring, Page 6


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other side or they fear retaliation. “But tonight I say that this is our neighborhood, it is our property and it is my business if all the properties around me are being run as hotels with revolving doors,” she said. “If these vacation rentals are the end-all be-all for saving our struggling economy, why haven’t they worked by now? We put much more money into the local economy during the 12 months a year that we live here than they ever could during the three months they stay here.” But as much as Phillips opposed the presence of renters, others felt they were a historical fixture of the town. “The history of this town, long before the first zoning ordinance was ever created was for people that came short term,” said Steven Duncan, a former town manager who referenced sitting in on packed public hearings during 1989. “Those people aren’t going to stop coming just because you pass this ordinance. They may come to your borders. The survey that y’all did I could have hacked and chopped it. I’ve done surveys, I’ve done push polls and pushed people to say anything I wanted them to say. I’ve done it in TV and radio and sometimes I’m embarrassed by the way it went. Jean Gordon/Daily Courier “But your survey was badly flawed,” he said. “Traditional neighborhoods? You don’t have a traDusty Ray Splawn, 27, of Baxter Cemetery Road, Forest City, crashed his Dodge 4X4 into guy-wires off Pea Ridge Road at Burgess Road Thursday afternoon. Splawn told North Carolina Highway Patrolman Baxter Hill ditional neighborhood in this town. It is the tradihe was attempting to avoid hitting a vehicle, when he ran off the road to the right. The Dodge centered the tion of this community to have renters.” guy-wires, heavily damaging the front of the truck. Duke Energy was called to the scene to repair the wires and Council members were brought to a disagreement Rutherford County EMS and Cliffside Fire Department also responded. Splawn refused medical transport. Hill over more language in the pages-long ordinance said Splawn was expected to be charged with unsafe movement. that called for future councils to pass another ordinance banning rentals outright if data collected over the next four years proved that they were a problem in the town. But the current ordinance was not specific enough about what would be considered a “problem” for Commissioner Hyatt. “I think this ordinance is ambiguous, redundant RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Business treated more than 60 enforce the state law for contract and I don’t think we should pass it the way it is Beverly Perdue on Thursday state workers and their associdecision-makers that makes it a written tonight.,” Hyatt said. expanded a narrow state worker ates to restaurants, provided misdemeanor to accept a gift. Twice during the night, Hyatt and Turner objectgift ban to include all employees them other food and gave Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy ed to the language instructing future councils how under her control in response them tickets to the Carolina Pearson said the governor wants they should proceed. During the final reading of to news that dozens of Division Hurricanes and inaugural ball. the Legislature to consider givthe ordinance, Commissioner Pitts moved to pass of Motor Vehicles staff likely The fringe benefits have raised ing her directive more teeth by it as written, and Beason seconded his motion. But received meals and tickets from questions whether Verizon approving a bill next spring that Hyatt wasn’t through yet, and moved to amend the an outside vendor. Business, which has a $51.5 mil- would expand the current law to ordinance to strike the language directed at future Perdue signed an order that lion contract with DMV for its all state employees and subject councils. makes all workers in Cabinet vehicle inspections program, everyone to criminal penalties. Mayor Proctor was dumbfounded. agencies follow a state law barcould have received prefer“This action today went about “I don’t believe we’ve ever had this come up ring those involved in preparential treatment through the as far as she could do outside of before with how to proceed with an amendment to ing and awarding contracts and gifts. DMV Commissioner Mike changing the law,” Pearson said. the motion,” Proctor said. overseeing state construction Robertson said there’s been no Sen. Steve Goss, co-chairPitts made it clear he didn’t want to accept the from accepting gifts or favors evidence the meals were a trade man of the Legislative Ethics amendment before the mayor could decide how to from outside firms with state for expanding the Verizon conCommittee, said he’s willing to proceed. After a few tense moments of silence, the contracts or will bid for them. tract last year. work with Perdue next year to mayor called for a three-minute recess while he “This executive order makes it The executive order has its lim- shepherd such a bill through the checked procedure in the town’s books. clear — those of us who serve the its. It wouldn’t apply to departGeneral Assembly. Hyatt’s motion to amend required a second, propeople of North Carolina must ments that are led by statewide The executive order directs vided by Turner, but it was then defeated by the be held to the highest ethical elected officials such as the Cabinet secretaries to educate same three to two margin, with Proctor breaking standards and act accordingly,” agriculture, labor and insurance current and new employees the tie. Perdue said in a news release. commissioner, or systems of about the rules as well as current “Citizens expect and deserve higher education. Perdue’s order contractors. A jeered question “Why?” from an unidentinothing less.” encourages these agencies to folJane Pinsky with the North fied individual echoed through the chamber, and The State Bureau of low the new restrictions. Carolina Coalition for Lobbying Proctor responded. Investigation has been asked And while the additional and Government Reform praised “The mayor uses his tie-breaker vote to oppose to investigate more than 200 workers who get covered under Perdue’s order and her commitCommissioner Hyatt’s motion to amend because occasions over 2 1/2 years in Thursday’s order may be subject ment to transparency in state the mayor feels the ordinance is acceptable as writwhich documents show Verizon to disciplinary action, it can’t government. ten,” he said.

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At Your Leisure KidSenses — Super Story Night will be today at 5:30 p.m. at KidSenses children’s museum, Main Street, Rutherfordton. Story telling will be in 30-minute intervals as books will be read to children at the museum. The museum will be open Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with annual Hilltop Festival. Admission will be $3 all day and $1 for the Virtual Reality Ride. KidSenses will have a special pumpkin craft and other activities. Next Friday, Oct. 9, will be Football Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children are invited to come attired in favorite team logo and participate in gridiron trivia. The Ugly Ducklin, a Bright Star production will be next Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information on the events, call 286-2120. The last ”Ruff ’Ton Live” event of the season will be held Thursday, Oct. 1, on the courthouse lawn from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring the Honkabilly band Hard Times. The trio consists of Brendan McEnnerney, Devin McEnnerney, and Phil Ruff. For more information contact Rutherford Town Revitalization at 287- 2071. M Squared Restaurant, located at 125 West Main St., Spindale., offers the following entertainment/events: Friday — DJ Melodious Saturday — Alex Thompson Tuesday — Tapas Wednesday — Trivia at 8 p.m. Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar (weekly) Web site Legal Grounds, 217 North Main St., Rutherfordton, offers the following entertainment: Oct. 3 — Moonshine Jenny Web site www.legalgrounds. net.

Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 115 W. Main St., Spindale, (no cover charge) announces the following entertainment: Oct. 2 — Laurel Ridge Oct. 3 — Angelo Oct. 4 — Stan & Fish Oct. 9 — The Space Heaters Oct. 10 — Matt Walsh Web site Club L.A. is a private club for members and guests, located at 319 W. Main St., Spindale. Admission — members free, guest $5. Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Each Thursday is ladies’ night and Karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Shagging every Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m. Memberships available (ages 25 and up). ABC permits. Wagon Wheel Country & Western Dance Club, W.E. Padgett Rd., Ellenboro area, hosts the following entertainment: Oct. 3 — Broken Axle Band, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission $5. Concessions, game room, family entertainment. Dance lessons every Tuesday night from 7:30 to 10, $3 per person. Web site Winners Either Way will be in concert Saturday, Oct. 2, at Chesnee Gospel Music Center. Music begins at 7 p.m. Concessions available at 5:30 p.m. Hot dogs will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. The center is located on Greenlake Rd., Chesnee, S.C. Call 828-223-1514 for more information. Off the Beaded Path, located at 120B West Trade St., Forest City, offers Try-it-Tuesdays (every Tuesday) which features brief jewelry-making demos. The following classes are also available: Oct. 3 — Succulent Flower

Pendant, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 — Cool Copper Earrings, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8 — Bauble Earrings, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 — Metal Stamping Bracelet, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 — Felted Candy Corn Bag, 6 to 8 p.m. Web site Off The Beaded Path will also hold a Breast Cancer Awareness Earring Drive during the month of October, which will go to the Look Good Feel Good Program.

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Mountain Festival: 26th Annual Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10. The festival covers the courthouse lawn and three blocks of Main Street in Marion. More than 100 artists and crafters, food booths and a wide variety of entertainment, from traditional Bluegrass to haunting melodies Native American music. The festival is sponsored by the City of Marion. For information visit or call 828-652-3551.

Comedian James Gregory will perform live at the Mid City Shrine Club on Friday, Oct. 2. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Mid City Shrine Club is located on Hwy. 129, Lyman, S.C. For more information call 864-439-6988.

Haunted Hayride and maze: Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-24, and Oct. 30-31 at Bar H Arena in Boiling Springs. Starting time is dark (approximately 7:30). Boiling Springs Life Saving and Rescue will be serving concessions each night. For more information give us a call at (704) 434-2866 or visit our website at

Little Mountain Pottery will hold its 35th Annual Holiday Open House on Oct. 10 and 11. The Studio of Claude Graves with guest craftsmen and Mountain Music. Richard Beard of Rutherfordton will be displaying and selling his musical instruments. Beard is well-known for the Appalachian dulcimers, guitars and Irish bouzukis. Kiln openings Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Little Mountain Pottery is located

Autumn Rails 2009: Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Whitmire Auditorium, Lily Pond Lane, Hendersonville; celebrating 10 years of model railroad shows and swap meets; operating NTRAK layout; door prizes; admission $5, under 13 free; for more information call 828-685-2726, or visit

Bluegrass Festival: J&J Entertainment Productions presents the 9th Annual CC Fall Fest Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 17, at Cross Country Camp Ground in Denver. On program — Flatout Bluegrass, Southern Express, Timber Ridge, Cabin Creek, Southern Junction, and The Carolina Mt. Boys Reunion. Doors open at 10 a.m. Festival hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Open mike 11 a.m. to noon.

Open Mike winner receives $150 and be booked on the April 2010 Festival. Advance tickets $10; at the door, $12 for seniors, $ 15 general; ages 12 and under free (accompanied by an adult). To reserve tickets or campsite call 800-852-4840. Haunted Trail: The 3rd Annual Trail of Terror opens each Friday and Saturday in October at 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 ($1 off with a canned food item). The Haunted Trail is located at 481 Brooks Road, Bostic, off Whitesides Road. For more information visit Facebook, Trail of Terror Benefit, or call 828-748-9945. This year’s proceeds go toward a canned food drive and purchasing Christmas for needy families in the community. Black Pearls Farm in Bostic, a non-profit Equine and CSA Learning Center, announces the following events: Pumpkin carving contest — (*please note date changes) Oct. 28 and 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Oct. 31, from noon to 3 p.m. Limited number of pumpkins. Call to reserve time. Open horse lessons — Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m., (call ahead) Volunteers needed to help with Halloween preparations as well as the night of Haunted Farm, and a green house raising. Contact Barbara Henwood at 245-0023. Web site Equestrian fall ride: Broad River Green Equestrian Fall Color Ride; Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 9 a.m., registration required by Oct. 6 (in order for lunches to be prepared). Guided tour along the banks of the Broad river. For more information or to register, call 704-434-2357 or via email

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Our Views Push harder for transparency


hen the American voters put Barack Obama in the White House and gave Democrats a majority in both the House and the Senate, they voted for change. It appears change is coming very slowly to the city know for its monuments, and, in recent years, its gridlock. Self-interest seems to rule the day. President Obama spoke clearly that he wanted government to be transparent. He wanted Americans to be able to see where their tax dollars are being spent. That’s was the worthy goal. But old habits die hard. For example, a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for states experiencing more than 8.5 percent unemployment, which affects North Carolinians, is stalled in the Senate. Why? The senators of the 23 states not affected by this legislation are upset that their constituents aren’t covered, too. While efforts are ongoing to open government records to the public, representatives of the media went before legislative leaders earlier this week to point out that many agencies are still deflecting requests for information and are trying to get around the 42-year-old Public Information Act. To be fair, efforts are being made by the Obama administration to make good on his promise of transparency. But there will always be people in government who want to operate behind closed doors and who don’t believe the public has a right to know about what they do. Since the Vietnam War, the public has become more and more cynical about its government and secrets and illegal practices fuel that cynicism. Those the president has appointed to enhance government transparency need to push harder toward that goal. Only a government that works in a glass house will restore confidence.

Our readers’ views Says assumptions about uninsured faulty To the editor: I have never written to the Daily Courier before, although I’ve been tempted to respond to several letters in the past. After reading one from Carl Matthews in Saturday’s (Sept. 26) edition, especially one paragraph, I immediately knew I had to respond. I am not going to comment on the Health Care Reform because I don’t know how I feel on this issue yet, except I know the people of our country need something done about this problem. I’m not smart enough to know how to fix it. I think very few of us know how to fix it. If you do, why don’t you make an appointment with the President to discuss your solution. As for the USA having the best care possible — that could depend on how “good” your insurance is — if you are fortunate enough to have health insurance. How can one “invest in insurance” at $4OO to $6OO (maybe more) per month for one person, while trying to live on unemployment benefits or minimum wages or part-time jobs or nothing. Maybe they are already bankrupt. Before I get too carried away here, let me get to the comment that infuriated me. I am one of the 47 million (give or take a few million) people in this country who does not have health insurance. I am not an illegal immigrant, I was born and raised and have always lived here. I am not a young person who thinks that I’m immortal! I have had loved ones taken away from me in the prime of life. And I don’t have a

flat screen TV. If you are interested, my television is 20-years old! And another thing, I wasn’t aware that an emergency room visit was “free.” The last time I needed to go to the ER, and I had insurance at that time, believe me it wasn’t a free visit! Without health insurance, I feel like I’m walking on a tight-rope without a net. I’m not alone. Our county is full of people in the same situation. We have always worked and not asked for handouts and now we find ourselves in the position of no jobs and barely getting along. Those who still have a job and those who can still afford health insurance need to be thankful for that blessing. The suggestion of praying for our nation and Its leaders is an excellent one. Do that everyday; our church has these on our weekly pray list. And you are right, if all the Christian people would pray for this, things would probably be better. But God does not promise that His people would not have problems. He promises that He will help them get through their problems if they will trust Him. Now if you will excuse me, I need to do laundry with a washing machine and dryer that is also 20-years old. Katie Lowdermilk Forest City

Tells writer living will is not a death panel To the editor: In Our Readers’ View for Wednesday, Sept. 23, James Farmer wrote about ‘a death panel when he sees it.’ I would like to say to Mr. Farmer that I have had a living will for over 10 years which was

not thrust at me or forced on me by some bureaucrat, but written by me with an understanding of the dignity and respect I wanted to receive when my end-of-life was near. But, from Mr. Farmer’s letter, I also read that he is a hero to this nation. Not only did he serve two tours in Vietnam, but he also left a part of himself there and returned home wounded and disabled. Whether Mr. Farmer agrees with or disagrees with the concept of a living will, I want him to know that at his request, he will receive the dignity of a flag draped coffin, the respect of fellow veterans’ offering a twenty-one gun salute, and the understanding that with the final sounds of the trumpeter playing Taps, his service to this nation will be remembered. I ask Mr. Farmer to forgive the orderly for not being tactful or using the correct words, but know this for sure, the government hasn’t given up on you, nor have the veterans of this nation who stand shoulder to shoulder with you. Frank Talley Forest City

Letter Policy The Daily Courier would like to publish letters from readers on any subject of timely interest. All letters must be signed. Writers should try to limit their submissions to 300 words. All letters must include a day and evening telephone number. The editors reserve the right to edit letters for libelous content. All submissions should be sent to The Editor, P.O. Box 1149, Forest City, NC, 28043. Letters may also be submitted via e-mail at or via our website at

New laws enhance life, but some raise questions If you’re an astute reader of the Courier, you may have noticed my piece about recycling plastic bottles that appeared in the paper earlier in September. This isn’t the only new law that goes into effect this month. I agree with the need to recycle plastic bottles. There are the obvious benefits to the Earth that we could talk about. For me, the threat of global warming isn’t the ominous future that many in the media and Hollywood make it out to be, but the idea of a world overrun with trash isn’t one that appeals to me either. And even if you scoff at the prospect of mankind being able to influence the course of the planet and it’s environment, you can probably appreciate the idea that recycling plastic bottles can create some new jobs and help with the economy a little. Since this is a state of North Carolina law, it might

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help our local economy much more than another federal law. The idea behind the process is that recycling plastic here will create more raw materials to be used by other manufacturers here. Will it necessarily work? I’m not entirely sure, but then if I were better at predicting the way markets and futures would go I’d probably be a lot better off financially than I am now, right? But, the idea is sound. Still, it might not work. As many of you know, there are many locations around the county to make it easier to recycle your plastic. And yet, the rate of recycling is still very low. Mind you, it is much higher than even

when I was a child back in the 1980s, but there’s a long way to go. And after further investigation of the new law, I’ve come to realize that it won’t be like the “trash police” are inspecting your bags every time you head to the dump. While I agree with the logic behind this new law, it may not actually change people’s behavior all that much. Some of the other new laws are kind of abstract to me. Take for example the new ordinance that town councils can now object to the specific sites of ABC stores. I’m glad the sale of hard liquor and what not is tightly controlled, but wouldn’t you have thought that particular right of a town council was already part of the law? I could swear I’ve even written about a town council doing just that at a meeting sometime in my journalistic career. I guess this just clearly codifies the right to do so. Another new law will allow

victims of identity theft to more easily freeze credit reports. Basically, if someone steals your identity and starts doing some whacky stuff with your good name, you’re going to want the ability to freeze credit reports. And then you’ll want to keep them that way until you can clean up the mess made by the thief. It won’t do any good to just keep telling everyone that your identity was stolen, especially if you can’t get it cleaned up before your bank or credit card company pulls a credit report, sees the weird stuff and jacks up your rate. Then there were a couple of weird ones that jumped out at me this year. First of all, it is now illegal to sell novelty lighters in the state. For those who don’t know, novelty lighters work just like regular cigarette lighters but they are designed differently. Instead of “flicking your Bic”

you can flick Tweetie Bird and have the flame come out of his mouth. Or you might flick the lighter and have it play a particular musical tune or even flick the trigger of a toy gun, making it look as though you’re firing a shot, but instead a flame pops up out of the chamber and you light your cigar. Well, it would appear that the Child Fatality Task Force asked for this law to be passed to cut down on kids playing with these lighters that look more like toys than dangerous tools. And here’s the best one, in my not so humble opinion, it is now illegal for one band to perform under the stage name of another. Rest assured the next time you go to McNair Field to hear LeAnn Rimes sing, it’s really her. And that’s some good news. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier. com.

The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Friday, October 2, 2009



Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 124 E-911 calls Wednesday.


n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 37 E-911 calls Wednesday.


n The Spindale Police Department responded to 29 E-911 calls Wednesday.

Lake Lure

n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to two E-911 calls Wednesday.

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 63 E-911 calls Wednesday.


n Amy Stafford, 38, of Dillashaw Drive, Forest City; arrested on two warrants for obtaining property by false pretenses; placed under a $25,000 bond. (FCPD) n James Clark Phillips, 38, of 501 Old Henrietta Road; charged with misdemeanor probation violation; placed under an $8,000 bond. (Probation) n Tyler Michael Harris, 19, of 266 Bent Creek Road; charged with two counts of felony probation violation; placed under a $20,000 bond. (Probation) n Ashley Danielle Jackson, 25, of 780 Withrow Road; charged with communicating threats and assault and battery; released on a $500 bond. (RCSD) n Alexis Queen Warner, 16, of 2005 W.V. Thompson Road; charged with disorderly conduct; custody release. (RCSD) n Jared Ray Epley, 31, of 504 Low Bridge Road; charged with communicating threats and second-degree trespassing; released on a $1,000 bond. (RCSD) n Amy White Stafford, 38, of 122 Dillashaw Drive; charged with two counts of obtain property by false pretense; placed under a $1,000 bond. (RCSD) n Summer Dawn Hamrick, 25, of 262 Romans Road; charged with reckless driving to endanger and failure to wear seat belt by driver; placed under an $800 bond. (RCSD) n Shayna Marie Martin, 30, of 199 Golden Oaks Lane; charged with obtain property by false pretense and forgery of endorsement; placed under a $30,000 bond. (RCSD)


n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 18 E-911 calls Wednesday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to seven E-911 calls Wednesday.

Fire Calls

n Cliffside responded to a motor vehicle crash. n Spindale responded to a motor vehicle crash and to a downed power line.


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Obituaries Bobbie Park Vaughtie “Bobbie” Edwards Park, 85, of McCall Dr., Forest City, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Rutherford Hospital. Born in Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Ellis Howell Edwards and Laura Annie Edwards. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City and served for many years on the Forest City Tree Board. She was also a co-owner and partner with her husband in the Forest Dale Laundry and Cleaners. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Kenneth Park Sr. Survivors include her daughter, Kay Park Dechant of Asheville; two grandsons; and a daughter-in-law. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Forest City, with Dr. Barry K. Keys officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service in the church parlor. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 211 West Main St., Forest City, NC 28043. Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences

Maude Huskey Maude Holt Huskey, 90, of 555 Beason Rd., Cliffside, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at Hospice House in Forest City. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Permelia Hamrick Holt, and also preceded in death by her husband, Buren B. Huskey, and one son. She retired from Doncaster Tanner and was a member of Cliffside Baptist Church, where she was a former nursery worker. She was also a charter member and past matron of the Cliffside Eastern Star chapter 100, and a charter and past member of Amaranth Diamond Court number 21 in Spindale.

McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home with the Rev. Joey Cantrell and Dr. Robert Toney officiating. Burial will follow in the Cleveland Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at McKinneyLandreth Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Cliffside Baptist Church, Nursery, P.O. Box 336 Cliffside, NC 28024; or to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Online condolences

George Humphries George William Humphries, 92, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Hospice House in Forest City. A native of Rutherford County, he was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Effie Hill Humphries, and his wife, Edna Viola Hardin Humphries. He was a member and trustee of Piney Knob Baptist Church, where he took an active role in overseeing the buildings and grounds. He is survived by a daughter, Doris Hill of Union Mills; a son, James Humphries of Rutherfordton; one brother, Reid Humphries of Rutherfordton; two sisters, Alice Williams and Mary Williams, both of Rutherfordton; five grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Piney Knob Baptist Church with the Revs. Stephen Cooper and Jerry Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m., prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Piney Knob Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. The family will be at the home of Doris and Norris Hill, 2921 Cove Rd., Union Mills. Online condolences www.

She is survived by one son, Jack Huskey of Bostic; one granddaughter; and one daughter-in-law. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at The A.C. McKinney Memorial Chapel of

Maude Huskey Maude Holt Huskey, 90, of 555 Beason Rd., Cliffside, died Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County, Maude was born November 30, 1918, a daughter of the late Claude and Permelia Hamrick Holt. She was retired from Doncaster Tanner, a member of Cliffside Baptist Church, where she was a former nursery worker, a charter member and past matron of the Cliffside Eastern Star Chapter 100, charter and past member of Amaranth Diamond Court number 21 in Spindale, NC. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buren B. Huskey and a son, Gary B. Huskey. She is survived by one son Jack Huskey of Bostic; one granddaughter, Satin Marie Huskey of Cliffside and one daughter-in-law, Cindy R. Huskey of Cliffside. Funeral services will be held at 11AM Saturday, October 3, 2009, at The A.C. McKinney Memorial Chapel of McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home with Rev. Joey Cantrell and Dr. Robert Toney officiating. Burial will follow in Cleveland Memorial Park. Visitation will be held 6:308:30 Friday evening, Oct. 2, 2009, at Mckinney-Landreth Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Cliffside Baptist Church Nursery, PO Box 336, Cliffside, NC 28024 or Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is serving the Huskey family. A guest register is available at

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Vaughtie “Bobbie” Edwards Park Vaughtie “Bobbie” Edwards Park, age 85, of McCall Drive, Forest City, North Carolina, died Thursday, October 1, 2009, at Rutherford Hospital. She was born May 24, 1924, in Yancey County, North Carolina and was a daughter of the late Ellis Howell Edwards and Laura Annie Edwards; a member of First Baptist Church of Forest City and served for many years on the Forest City Tree Board. She was also co-owner and partner with her husband in the Forest Dale Laundry and Cleaners. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Kenneth Park, Sr. and a son, Nelson Kenneth Park, Jr. Survivors include her daughter, Kay Park Dechant and her husband, Tom of Asheville, two grandsons, Dylan Thomas Dechant and Evan Park Dechant, and daughter-in-law, Margo Park of Forest City.  Funeral services will be held at Two o’clock Saturday, October 3, 2009, in the First Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Barry K. Keys officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 1 until 2 o’clock in the church parlor, prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 211 West Main Street, Forest City, North Carolina 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements; an online guest registry is available at Paid obit

Red Brooks Roger Dale “Red” Brooks, 59, of 650 Kegtown Mill Rd., Chesnee, S.C., died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. A native of Rutherford County, he was the husband of Janice Spivey Brooks and son of the late Arthur Albert, Sr. and Maudie G. Petty Brooks. He was a Marine veteran, a self-employed carpenter and a member of Providence Wesleyan Church. He is survived by two sons, Arthur Dale Brooks and Christopher Thomas Brooks, both of Chesnee; six sisters, Kathy Ramirez, Mary Valverde and Linda Stacey, all of Chesnee, Sandra Hawkins of Boiling Springs, Debbie Hicks of Mooresboro, and Peggy Lowe of Spartanburg, S.C.; one brother, Ralph Brooks of Chesnee; and three grandchildren. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Providence Wesleyan Church with the Revs. Doug Windsor and the Henry Coley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be at the home of a sister, Mary Valverde, 694 Kegtown Mill Rd., Chesnee, S.C. Memorials may be made to the Roger Dale Brooks Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 190, Chesnee, SC 29323. Online condolences

John Thornton John Levin Thornton, 59, of 105 Albertville Lane, Boiling Springs, died on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at his residence. A native of Washington, Ga., he is the son of James C. and Emily B. Thornton, both of Washington. He served in the Navy and was a member of Beaver

Dam Baptist Church. He was the president of Cleveland Capital Holdings/Petroleum World. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Gail Thornton; two sons, TJ Thornton of the home, and Nick Thornton of Mooresville; a daughter, Brooke Sanders of Lafayette, La.; a stepdaughter, Mary Mooney of Union Mills; a sister, Mary Donna Lunceford of Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held oat 4 p.m. Monday at Beaver Dam Baptist Church with the Revs. Jimmy Black, Rick Bowling and Mel Campos, and Mr. Richard Phillips, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the John Thornton Memorial Fund, c/o BB&T, 124 N. Main St., Boiling Springs, NC 28017-9798or to National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. Online condolences

Deaths Lee Fletcher MONROE, La. (AP) — Lee Fletcher, a longtime political operative in northern Louisiana, has died after battling cancer. He was 43. Fletcher, who owned The Fletcher Group, died Wednesday night. In addition to the advertising agency, Fletcher owned a local radio station, which carried his talk radio show. Fletcher served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden. He also managed the congressional campaign of former U.S. Rep. John Cooksey and served as his chief of staff from 1997-2003.

Esther Bridges McGarity Mrs. McGarity, 89, of Charlotte, NC, died Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at The Haven in Highland Creek following a long period of declining health. Esther was born March 29, 1920, in Rutherford County, NC, daughter of the late Walter Spurgeon and Nancy Noblitt Bridges. She grew up on their dairy farm with four siblings, milking cows and working in the fields during the Great Depression. She attended the public schools of Rutherford County, graduated from Kings College in 1942 and Magna Cum Laude from Queens College in 1987 at the age of 67. Esther was employed as a secretary with various employers for fifty years and was a member of The National Secretaries Association (International), now Professional Secretaries International, for most of her working years. In 1960 she achieved NSA’s Certified Professional Secretary rating, a hallmark of that organization and its successor. She was an active member of St. John’s Baptist Church where she taught an adult women’s Sunday school class for a few years before switching to leadership positions in the Woman’s Missionary Union. She also held membership in Senior Scholars, the Charlotte Chapter of Queens College Alumni Association, and Mecklenburg Senior Democrats. Esther enjoyed homemaking, yard work, serious music and reading. Her main life-long pursuits were continuing education, child welfare, animal rights and environmental protection. Her greatest devotion was to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, followed by love for and loyalty to her family members and friends. Over the years since her retirement, Esther volunteered at Mecklenburg Ministries, Shepherd Center, Eastover School and Crisis Assistance Ministry on a rotating basis. Esther considered her marriage to her late husband, Paul P. McGarity to be the greatest blessing of her life, second only to her salvation in Jesus Christ, and the next greatest blessing to be the love and companionship of Paul’s relatives: his two sons and their wives who have predeceased her: Paul P McGarity, Jr. and his wife Marilyn and Gene W. McGarity and his wife Ann; his grandchildren: Gene W. McGarity, Jr. of Austin, TX and Lillian McGarity Chapman and her husband Phillip of Charlotte; his great-grandchildren Brett W. McGarity and his wife Sandy of Denver, CO, David Chapman and his wife, Peggy of Charlotte, Mary Woodall Chapman Oakey and her husband Henry of Charlottesville, VA, Laura Ann McGarity and Ross Michael McGarity of Austin, TX; as well as six great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Esther was preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas J. Moss of Forest City, NC in 1961 and Paul P. McGarity of Charlotte in 1968; her brother and sisters, W.K. Bridges or Fayetteville, NC; Wilma B. Herrin of Charlotte, Edith B. Wright of Rutherfordton, NC, and Ruth Bridges Canter of Moravian Falls, NC. She is survived by two brothers-in-law, Edwin J. Canter of Moravian Falls, James Hill of Rutherfordton; two sisters-in law, Betty Bridges Marsh and her husband Harold of Fayetteville and Feddie M. Moss of Forest City; an aunt, Melba M. Bridges of Rutherfordton; three nieces, Barbara B. Smith and her husband Norris of Cary, NC, Rachel C. Yarbrough and her husband Jack of Greensboro, NC, and Nancy W. Dorsey of Rutherfordton; three nieces-inlaw, Carolyn M. Horne and her husband, Russell, Nancy M. Robbins and her husband Jack of Forest City and Jeanne M. Stowe and her husband Alfred of Belmont, NC; four nephews, John E. Herrin and his wife Nanci of Myrtle Beach, SC, Ted J. Wright and his wife Trudy of Texas; Kim Bridges and his wife Donna of Fayetteville, and Timothy Bridges and his wife Donna of Raleigh. She is also survived by numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 5th at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at St. John’s Baptist Church with the Reverend Martha Kearse officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Interment will be prior to the service at at Forest Lawn Cemetery West. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27360, to the Missions Endowment Fund, St. John’s Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Harry & Bryant Company is serving the family. Paid obit


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Hospice Hospice of Rutherford County offers the following services: Advance Care Planning Clinics: Offered the first Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m., and the third Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m., social workers help participants complete documents at the Hospice Annette Cash Whitaker Center of Living. GRACE: For anyone caring for a loved one; conducted the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Rutherford Life Care, and the third Friday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Adult care services are available on Tuesday evenings. Call 245-0095 to register. PROMISE Group: For anyone who has lost a child of any age. The fourweek educational group will be conducted by Chaplain Jim Johnston, every Monday in beginning in the fall. Widow/Widower’s Lunch Bunch meeting: Meets the third Friday of each month at Spindale Restaurant. Dutch treat. For anyone in the community who has lost a spouse. Call 245-0095 to reserve. Volunteer training: Oct. 12-14, from 10 3 p.m. at the Hickory Nut Gorge office, and Oct. 19-22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carolina Event and Conference Center. For information or to register for any of the above events, call 245-0095.

at Isothermal, told the students their parents were applauding because by becoming a New Century Scholar, they’d be saving their parents money. Those who complete the program receive tuition to Isothermal. “I know my parents were textile workers and didn’t have that opportunity,” Smith said. Smith noted as he looked at the crowd, that he saw doctors, nurses, lawyers and engineers. “We want to see you realize that dream,” he said. “We’re delighted to be alongside you.” Gold addressed the audience again and spoke of those who supported the students — teachers, counselors and principals and also those who have donated to the program who have never met the students. “What those investors are looking for is to see you grow and achieve your potential,” she said. “If you don’t hear anything else I say tonight ... Your future and your dreams are not because of luck or fate. Your future happens because you want it and invest in it.” That’s not to say there won’t be bumps along the way, said Janet Mason, assistant superintendent of Rutherford County schools.


Reunions 35-year reunion: R-S Central Class of 1974; classmates will meet Oct. 9 at the homecoming game, then go to Barley’s in Spindale for food, music and socializing. Contact Steve Neely at 287-0323 for more information. Baynard family reunion: Sunday, Oct. 11, covered dish lunch 1 p.m., Union Mills Clubhouse. Class reunion: Chase High School Class of 1968; Saturday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m., at the home of Chester and Glenda Melton; The Pampered Pig will provide the barbecue meal; cost $10 per person; pre-registration required; contact Chester at 429-0860.

Miscellaneous An Evening of Prayer and Praise: Friday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, Spindale; music, fellowship and worship. Fall festival: “Fall for Jesus”; Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m., Lake Lure Baptist Church; bake sale, free food (donations accepted), jumping castle for the kids, face painting, cake walk, games, prizes and lots of music. Praise and worship service: “Rejoicing in the Lord”; Sunday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m., New Forest Chapel CME Church, 137 Chapel St., Forest City; guest speaker, Dr. James E. Russell; a 3-day program of restoration, praise and prayers will follow, Monday-Wednesday, 6 nightly, with the Rev. Clifton Harris of Spartanburg, S.C. Shag lessons: Beginner Shag lessons will begin Oct. 5. To register or for more information call 287-9228. Lessons sponsored by Rutherford County Shag Club. The Animal Control Facility and Community Pet Center will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 3. Please visit their booth at Rutherfordton’s Hilltop Festival.

Fundraisers Spaghetti supper: Saturday, Oct. 3, 4 to 6 p.m., Golden Valley Missionary Methodist Church; singing will follow with a number of different groups on program; all proceeds for a cancer patient in the Golden Valley community. Auction: Saturday, Oct. 3, begins at 10 a.m., Grace of God Rescue Mission, Main Street, Forest City (beside Wilco-Hess); large number of items including ceramic tiles, dining chairs, luggage, camper top and much more.

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tonight, Saturday and Sunday at the Union Mills Learning Center, Hudlow Road, Union Mills. Friday and Saturday show times are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s matinee is 2:30 p.m. The production will be directed by Les Beale. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and senior citizens. This play is billed as “a clean rural comedy in three acts.” It is an age old story about country folks being underestimated by city slickers. It has farm life and Chicago city livin’ all wrapped up in one riotous comedy, said RCT secretary Deborah Keller. “The ‘Girl in Red’ musical number in Act III is a must see,” she said. “Come on down to the farm and enjoy Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick.” Cast members are Richard Brown as Clarence, Alana Jones as Gladys May, Samantha Shaffer as Sis Riggs, Clyde Keller as Wilbur Merridew, Deborah Keller as Rosy Berry, Jamie Earls as Aaron Slick and a special guest appearance by Laura Link as “the Girl in Red.” Gilbert Town, the first county seat in Rutherford, will be the setting today and Sunday, Oct. 4, as the Overmountain Victory Trail Association re-enactors share stories of the Revolutionary War marches and camps here. History will come alive today as nearly 800 school students will hear stories from re-enactors, gunsmithers and artists about the Overmountain

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small facia boards, painting a back deck and clean out gutters. Skilled work will include repairing a fence, repair a rotten porch that needs under neath bracing, remove shutters, install safety handles in the bathroom, replace a roof, repair

Singing: Sunday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Bill’s Creek Baptist Church, Lake Lure; featuring the Blue Grass Gospel Group, Mountain Faith of Sylva. Singing: Sunday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Riverside Baptist Church, Hogan Road, Harris; featuring Truly Blessed of Clover, S.C. Singing: Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m., Village Chapel Church, 141 Huntley St., Forest City; featuring Blood Bought Trip from Forest City.

“The grades from seventh to twelfth grade are not easy. I know that there are going to be tough days ahead of you,” Mason said. “I always want you to remember even when you doubt yourself, so many people don’t doubt you. “I look forward to the bright future you are going to have.” New Century Scholars for 2009-2010 are Ronnie Lee Aiken, Lindsey Bailey, Tiffany Barnes, Jillian Barnowski, Dillon Berryhill, Angela Bradley, Journey Cassie Bradley, Lillian Rose Bradley, Eric Brigman, Jadaeja Arriel Brown, Lauren Buckner, Adam Gregory Burnette, Jordan Burnette, Caleb Byars,; Anisha Canady, Juan Castrellon, Mia Chapman, Ashley Champion, Ricky Chavez, Alleya Curtis,

Festival Schedule 8:30 a.m. — 5K Race 9:15 a.m. — Fun Run Race 9:15 a.m. — Tour de Pumpkin Bike Race 9:45 a.m. — 5K Race and Fun Run Awards - (Courthouse Stage) 10 a.m. — Opening ceremony (Courthouse Stage) 10 a.m. ­— IGA / Dancin Stars (Court & Main) 10:15 a.m. — Mike Rogers & Friends - (Courthouse Stage) 11 a.m. — Canine Costume Contest - (Courthouse Lawn) 11 a.m. — TJCA Dance Project (Court & Main) 11:30 a.m. — Mike Rogers & Friends - (Courthouse Stage) 1 a.m. — Rocky Yelton & The Hired Guns - (Courthouse Stage) 1 a.m. — Ray Rice Martial Arts (Court & Main) 2:30 a.m. — (Pops on Main Dancers - not confirmed) 3 a.m. — Calm & Collective (Courthouse Stage) Victory marchers time spent in Gilbert Town. Eighth graders from all three public middle schools, middle school students from Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and Trinity, will hear about gunsmithing from Roger Byers; re-enactors will share personal stories; Janet Pyatt will discuss the layers of clothing worn by the soldiers; and artist Richard Luce will share history through art work. Four stations will be set up at Gilbert Town where Colonial life and history will be shared. Students will

doors, tile and also complete one handicapped ramp for a woman hoping to be released from the hospital. Volunteer labor is also needed to rebuild a porch at Red Cross, waterproof the front ramp; clean gutters, clear trails at South Mountain Christian Camp; sort donations at Hospice ReSale store, quilting at Hospice of Rutherford County; clean gutters, paint kitchen cabinets at the PATH Shelter and Noah’s House and


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Youth Choir singing program: Sunday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m., St. Paul AME Zion Church.

Higher Praise will be in concert Sunday, Oct. 4, at Second Baptist Church, Green Street, Rutherfordton. The group will sing at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.

— Dr. Kim Gold VP of academic and student services

Adrianna Leigh Cuthbertson, Angelica Deleon, Charleigh Ellison, Sara Evansek, Madison Francis, Taylor Funderburke, Liliana Gonzalez-Duran; Kaileigh Elisabeth Gray, Philip Raphael Guadagno, Ajoyia Hamilton, Sarah Hamrick, Trent Head, Blake Henderson, Lauren Holt, Jacob Horton, Chassidy Hoyle, Morgan Jolley, Houston Jones; Brianna Kingery, Kayla Brooke Kirkland, Danielle Michelle Lane, Harley Todd Lattimore, Allyshia Jade Logan; Tyran Dante McEntyre, Alexis Marie Maher, Sierra Whitney Morse, Marshall Adam Nanney, Tyler Nguyen, Peyton Noschese; Reese Palmeri, Garet Parry, Makenzie Philbeck, Tyra Phillips, Gaither Rollins, Nancy Sebastian, Summer Shytles, Sarah Grace Summers; Ashley Thompson, Maggie Upton, Douglas VanderLaan, Ashlyn Vickers, Sarah Walker, Amanda Wells, Allison White, Spencer Lawson White, Caylin Elliott Whiteside and Cecilie Bree Wilkins. New Century Scholars Coordinators are Tammy Campbell and Trudy Jones, Chase Middle; Denise Hill, East Middle; Sherry Jolly, R-S Middle; Debra Harrill, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy; and Linda Sage, Polk County Middle.

be provided time to interact with the marchers, said Kim Conner, event organizer. Students will also have an opportunity to walk a portion of the trail and visit the grave of Major James Dunlap, who was wounded during a surprise attack on Maj. Patrick Ferguson’s army by the OVTA. Ferguson’s Loyalist Army and the citizen soldiers who became known as the Overmountain Men camped at Gilbert Town during their march towards Kings Mountain. Located off Rocks Springs Road, outside of Rutherfordton, is the only location where both sides camped at different times. The same events will be repeated Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Gilbert Town. The Satisfied Life radio show — 107.9 The Link Charlotte — will be presented live Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont, starring Sharon Decker of Rutherfordton, Pam Stone of Charlotte and Ramona Hollaway of Charlotte. A visit to the gardens, a stand-up comedy routine featuring Pam Stone, reminiscing with Holloway and inspiration by Decker are among features of the live radio show, a first endeavor of The Satisfied Life personalities. Live music will be presented by Jamie Morgan. Brent “Brandy” O’Brien will emcee the show. Tickets are $10 and available at the site on Sunday or by visiting: www. The event is sponsored by Dollywood, Chimney Rock Park, Lowes Foods and Brights Creek.

also pressure wash and seal the ramp in the front of Noah’s House. Individuals, civic groups, coworkers, youth groups, families and friends are asked to come together during the Week of Caring and make a difference across Rutherford. For more information on specific jobs and to volunteer, call Nell Bovender, 248-3431, RHP executive director.

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Hilltoppers Nike: No ‘contractual relationship’ with Michael Vick NEW YORK (AP) — Nike said Thursday it does not have a “contractual relationship” with Michael Vick, a day after the quarterback’s agent announced a deal with the manufacturer. In a statement released Thursday morning, Nike said it has “agreed to supply product to Michael Vick as we do a number of athletes who are not under contract with Nike.” On Wednesday, Michael Principe, the managing director of BEST, the agency that represents Vick, announced the Philadelphia Eagles player had a new deal with Nike during a panel discussion at the Sports Sponsorship Symposium. “He actually just became a Nike client,” Principe said Wednesday. “He has a new deal with Nike that we’re all very pleased about.” Principe declined comment Thursday. Vick’s agent, Joel Segal, said later Wednesday that Vick looked forward to continuing his relationship with Nike, adding that the player and company had agreed not to release terms of the deal. Segal did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday. Nike had initially declined comment Wednesday night. Nike, which signed Vick as a rookie in 2001, terminated his contract in August 2007 after he filed a plea agreement admitting his involvement in a dogfighting ring.

Panthers sign veteran DT Hollis Thomas CHARLOTTE (AP) — Hollis Thomas has signed with the Carolina Panthers, another move made by a struggling team trying to fill their void at defensive tackle.

Local Sports FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m. R-S Central at Chase 7:30 p.m. Patton at East Rutherford 7:30 p.m. Thomas Jefferson at Avery

On Radio FOOTBALL 7 p.m. (WCAB AM 590) The Countdown to Kick Off 7:30 p.m. (WCAB AM 590) R-S Central at Chase

On TV 12:40 p.m. (ESPN2) Soccer FIFA U-20 World Cup — South Korea vs. United States. 2 p.m. (WGN) MLB Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs. 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Sprint Cup — Price Chopper 400 Qualifying. 6 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Nationwide Series — Kansas Lottery 300 Final Practice. 7 p.m. (ESPN) MLB Baseball Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (FSS) NHL Hockey Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes. 7:30 p.m. (TS) MLB Baseball Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves. 8 p.m. (ESPN2) College Football Pittsburgh at Louisville. 11 p.m. (ESPN2) MLS Soccer Chicago Fire at Los Angeles Galaxy. 11 p.m. (SHO) Boxing Allan Green vs. Victor Oganov.

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‘Battle of 221’ highlights schedule By SCOTT BOWERS Daily Courier Sports Editor

FOREST CITY — Conference action heats up on the gridiron as all four county teams will hit the field tonight. R-S Central (5-1, 1-0), fresh off a shut out win over East Rutherford, will travel down US 221 to face Chase (2-4, 0-1), which had a hard time offensively in a loss at Patton, last week. East (2-4, 0-1) will play host to the Panthers (4-2, 1-0), who pulled out a 13-6 win over Chase. In the Western Highlands

Conference, Thomas Jefferson hits the road to face Avery. Avery narrowly defeated Owen last Friday, while the Gryphons were treated rudely in Mitchell, falling 77-6. All four games have a kick off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

R-S Central at Chase CHASE — It’s hard to imagine two teams on any more different path than Chase, Central. The Trojans, who start a wide mix of freshman and sophomores, must battle the Hilltoppers, who have more

upperclassmen than the Trojans have players. Still, despite the differences, both coaches are looking for the same thing out of those players: Effort. “I just want us to go out and play hard,” said Coach Mike Cheek. “We talked about Chase all week long. We don’t have time to look back or forward at this point.” Chase’s Brad Causby expressed a similar sentiment, with one caveat. “We are going to go out and try and

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Gardner-Webb faces ‘key’ game vs. VMI By JACOB CONLEY Daily Courier Sports Reporter

BOILING SPRINGS — Two opposing styles of football will meet on the gridiron Saturday when GardnerWebb and its spread offense travel to Lexington to try and stop the unique wishbone offense of the VMI Keydets in each squad’s conference opener. “This is by far the best VMI team we have faced since the series started,” said coach Steve Patton. “They have seniors at the quarterback and fullback spots and those are the key positions that make the wishbone successful.” This success has been evidenced on the scoreboard as VMI’s ball control offense has put up some impressive numbers during its non-conference schedule against some quality oppo-

nents. “They scored 28 points on the No. 1 team in the country (Richmond), so it’s obvious they can score some points,” said Patton. “So, on defense, we are going to have to play disciplined football and not make any mistakes. The tough thing about the wishbone is that you can have all 11 guys do exactly the right thing to begin with and then someone misses

a tackle and they have a first down, so its going to be tough.” One advantage the Bulldogs have on the defensive side of the ball is team speed, which according to Patton is key to stopping the wishbone. “A wishbone team wants to get most of their big runs up the middle, so as a defense, you want to force the play out wide and then flow to the football,” said Patton. “We have a veteran defense that is fast, and I think they can be very effective.” On offense, the Runnin’ Bulldogs will take to the air to move the ball down the field against a team that ranks last in the conference in pass defense. “It’s one of those things where we are going to throw the ball and they Please see Bulldogs, Page 9

Panthers insist all’s not lost despite 0-3 CHARLOTTE (AP) — The sign on the door leading to the Carolina weight room Wednesday told players they’ll get flu shots this week. The Panthers spent the rest of the afternoon insisting they aren’t already sick. After a brief practice in shorts to begin their bye week, coach John Fox reiterated that Jake Delhomme was still his quarterback, that their 0-3 record isn’t insurmountable and that their problems are more mental than physical.

A few minutes later Delhomme said emphatically that Fox, facing intense scrutiny for the team’s horrible start a year after winning the NFC South, hasn’t lost the team. “I promise you, there’s one voice in that team meeting room that’s in charge, and it’s his,” Delhomme said. That voice was trying to Associated Press keep the team confident they Dallas Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler (57) sacks can turn things around after Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme (17) in Monday’s 21-7 setback in Dallas Carolina the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Please see Panthers, Page 9

Sept. 28, 2009, in Arlington, Texas.


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Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Friday, October 2, 2009


Scoreboard BASEBALL National League East Division W L Pct 92 66 .582 86 72 .544 85 74 .535 67 92 .421 55 103 .348 Central Division W L Pct y-St. Louis 90 68 .570 Chicago 82 76 .519 Milwaukee 77 81 .487 Cincinnati 76 82 .481 Houston 73 85 .462 Pittsburgh 61 97 .386 West Division W L Pct x-Los Angeles 93 66 .585 Colorado 90 68 .570 San Francisco 85 73 .538 San Diego 74 85 .465 Arizona 68 90 .430 y-Philadelphia Atlanta Florida New York Washington

GB — 6  7 1/2 25 1/2 37  GB —  8  13  14  17  29  GB —  2 1/2 7 1/2 19  24 1/2

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The Lady Hilltoppers’ Chelsea Smith (18) drops down for a dig during the volleyball game against Shelby at R-S Central Thursday.

Central smacks Shelby By KEVIN CARVER and JACOB CONLEY Sports Reporters

RUTHERFORDTON — Following a shaky second set that tied the match, R-S Central’s volleyball team got past their own mistakes to down Shelby 25-17, 17-25, 25-23, 25-12 in South Mountain Athletic Conference play on Thursday night. “Kenya Logan got us big points when we needed them, but I thought the whole team played equally well,” R-S Central volleyball coach Jamie Hutchins said. “Our passing got us in trouble during the second set, but once we decided to make better passes, we were able to take control.” After winning the first set handily 25-17, Central became it’s own worst enemy with 14 unforced errors, in the second frame. The Lady Hilltoppers jumped out a quick 7-4 lead, but Shelby went on a 9-0 run and turned back the Lady Hilltoppers in the second set as the home team lost by eight points. From that point, Central fought through to get the third set. Shelby kept an early 10-7 lead, but two kills by Haley Drabek and Daryl Brown gave Central a lead that they would hold the rest of the way. Shelby reeled the lead back to 23-22, but Logan’s slam kill from the left side ended the Golden Lions’ hopes in a two-point win. The Lady Hilltoppers’ fourth set was a breeze as a group effort handed them the contest. Taylor Crowder’s kill gave Central a 2-0 lead and Courtney Ledbetter punched up two sideline kills to push the lead out to 8-3. Two more kills by Brown forwarded the momentum to 13-4 and forced a time-out for Shelby. Crowder’s three tap kills and three aces by Jennifer Hall took care of the Lady Golden Lions by a fourth set 13-point victory. Crowder had five kills in the set.

East 3, Freedom 2

MORGANTON — It wasn’t easy, but East Rutherford made a furious comeback to beat Freedom on the road 14-25, 12-25, 25-16, 25-14, 16-14 in SMAC play. “It’s a great win for us, I think some things are starting to click,” East Rutherford volleyball coach Julie Powell said. “They played their hearts and their guts out tonight for this win.”

Avery 3, TJCA 0

AVONDALE — After battling back and forth for the first two sets of their volleyball match, Avery used a huge run in the third game to propel past Thomas Jefferson for a 3-0 sweep (26-24, 25-17, 25-14) in volleyball action, Thursday. “We may not have won on the scoreboard, but I’m so proud of the effort they gave tonight,” said Coach Nick Longerbeam. “The girls never gave up.” The home team broke out to a 5-1 run in game 1 punctuated by a Shelby Doggett ace and kept that four-point advantage at 7-3 when Emily Mellnik registered a kill off a front row attack. Avery began a long comeback and eventually tied the game at 22-22. After an Avery point, Michelle Owens then unleashed a powerful cross court kill to re tie the game, but the Griffs eventually fell 26-24. In game two, the teams then began a long stretch of trading points until the visitors took a 20-15 lead on Gryphon lift error and TJCA could not recover falling 25-17. The third set was an evenly matched affair early as the two squads split the first 12 points. Avery however went on a 7-1 run to seize control of the match. The Griffs tried valiantly to make a comeback, but were unable to catch the Lady Vikings.


Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia 7, Houston 4 Washington 4, N.Y. Mets 3 Florida 5, Atlanta 4 Cincinnati 7, St. Louis 2 Chicago Cubs 6, Pittsburgh 0 Colorado 7, Milwaukee 5, 11 innings San Diego 3, L.A. Dodgers 1 San Francisco 8, Arizona 4 Wednesday’s Games Pittsburgh 4, Chicago Cubs 0, 1st game Washington 7, N.Y. Mets 4 Philadelphia 10, Houston 3 Florida 5, Atlanta 4 Cincinnati 6, St. Louis 1 Pittsburgh 8, Chicago Cubs 2, 2nd game Colorado 10, Milwaukee 6 San Diego 5, L.A. Dodgers 0 San Francisco 4, Arizona 1 Thursday’s Games St. Louis 13, Cincinnati 0 Colorado 9, Milwaukee 2 San Francisco 7, Arizona 3 Houston at Philadelphia, late Washington 2, Atlanta 1 Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, late Friday’s Games Arizona at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Florida at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Houston at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 7:35 p.m. Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. Colorado at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. American League East Division W L Pct 102 57 .642 91 67 .576 82 76 .519 75 84 .472 60 98 .380 Central Division W L Pct Detroit 85 73 .538 Minnesota 82 76 .519 Chicago 77 82 .484 Cleveland 65 93 .411 Kansas City 65 94 .409 West Division W L Pct y-Los Angeles 94 64 .595 Texas 85 73 .538 Seattle 82 76 .519 Oakland 75 83 .475 y-New York z-Boston Tampa Bay Toronto Baltimore

GB — 10 1/2 19 1/2 27  41 1/2 GB —  3  8 1/2 20  20 1/2 GB —  9  12  19 

y-clinched division z-clinched wild card Tuesday’s Games Minnesota 3, Detroit 2, 10 innings, 1st game N.Y. Yankees 4, Kansas City 3 Detroit 6, Minnesota 5, 2nd game Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, ppd., rain Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1 Toronto 8, Boston 7 L.A. Angels 5, Texas 2 Seattle 6, Oakland 4 Wednesday’s Games Cleveland 5, Chicago White Sox 1, 1st game Kansas City 4, N.Y. Yankees 3 Detroit 7, Minnesota 2 Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 3 Toronto 12, Boston 0 Chicago White Sox 1, Cleveland 0, 2nd game L.A. Angels 5, Texas 0 Seattle 7, Oakland 0 Thursday’s Games Minnesota 8, Detroit 3 Texas 11, L.A. Angels 3 Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 2 Boston 3, Cleveland 0 Oakland at Seattle, late Friday’s Games Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Cleveland at Boston, 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:38 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

FOOTBALL National Football League Glance AMERICAN CONFERENCE W N.Y. Jets 3 New England 2 Buffalo 1

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Scotland’s Janice Moodie shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over 14-year-old Alexis Thompson in the Navistar LPGA Classic, with Michelle Wie and top-ranked Lorena Ochoa two strokes back. Moodie, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, played her final nine holes — the front nine on The Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex, in 6-under 30. She birdied her final four holes and six of her last seven.

R-S Central 42, Chase 30

RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central’s Taylor Ledbetter completed 15-of-16 passes for 250 yards and 4 TDs in the Hilltoppers’ win Thursday.

VERONA, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie Leif Olson and Tim Petrovic shot 6-under 66s in rainy and cold

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Sunday’s Games Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m. Oakland at Houston, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, 1 p.m. Seattle at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Baltimore at New England, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Miami, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at New Orleans, 4:05 p.m. Dallas at Denver, 4:15 p.m. St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m. San Diego at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. Open: Arizona, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Carolina Monday’s Game Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 Pittsburgh at Detroit, 1 p.m. Oakland at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Dallas at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Minnesota at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Washington at Carolina, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Atlanta at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Jacksonville at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Houston at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. New England at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Indianapolis at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. Open: San Diego, Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans Monday, Oct. 12 N.Y. Jets at Miami, 8:30 p.m.

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF New Jersey 0 0 0 0 0 0 N.Y. Islanders 0 0 0 0 0 0 N.Y. Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 Buffalo 0 0 0 0 0 0 Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 0 Ottawa 0 0 0 0 0 0 Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 Carolina 0 0 0 0 0 0 Florida 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tampa Bay 0 0 0 0 0 0 Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Calgary 0 0 0 0 0 0 Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 0 Edmonton 0 0 0 0 0 0 Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 Vancouver 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF Anaheim 0 0 0 0 0 0 Dallas 0 0 0 0 0 0 Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 Phoenix 0 0 0 0 0 0 San Jose 0 0 0 0 0 0 Chicago Columbus Detroit Nashville St. Louis

Friday’s Games Florida vs. Chicago at Helsinki, 1 p.m. Detroit vs. St. Louis at Stockholm, 4 p.m. Philadelphia at Carolina, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Chicago vs Florida at Helsinki, noon St. Louis vs. Detroit at Stockholm, 3 p.m. Vancouver at Colorado, 3 p.m. Carolina at Boston, 7 p.m. Montreal at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Columbus, 7 p.m. Nashville at Dallas, 8 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 10 p.m. San Jose at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games No games scheduled

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association Preseason Glance EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 Southeast Division W L Pct Atlanta 0 0 .000 Charlotte 0 0 .000 Miami 0 0 .000 Orlando 0 0 .000 Washington 0 0 .000 Central Division W L Pct Chicago 0 0 .000 Cleveland 0 0 .000 Detroit 0 0 .000 Indiana 0 0 .000 Milwaukee 0 0 .000 Boston New Jersey New York Philadelphia Toronto

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 0 0 .000 Houston 0 0 .000 Memphis 0 0 .000 New Orleans 0 0 .000 San Antonio 0 0 .000 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 0 0 .000 Minnesota 0 0 .000 Oklahoma City 0 0 .000 Portland 0 0 .000 Utah 0 0 .000 Pacific Division W L Pct Golden State 0 0 .000 L.A. Clippers 0 0 .000 L.A. Lakers 0 0 .000 Phoenix 0 0 .000 Sacramento 0 0 .000

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Thursday’s Games Denver at Utah, 9 p.m. Friday’s Games Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m. Saturday’s Games Partizan at Denver, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games New Jersey vs. New York at Albany, N.Y., 2 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Minnesota at Mankato, Minn., 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 9 p.m. Women’s National Basketball Association Playoff Glance

GA 0 0 0 0 0

(x-if necessary) FIRST ROUND (Best-of-3) EASTERN CONFERENCE Indiana 2, Washington 0 Thursday, Sept. 17: Indiana 88, Washington 79 Saturday, Sept. 19: Indiana 81, Washington 74, OT Detroit 2, Atlanta 0 Wednesday, Sept. 16: Detroit 94, Atlanta 89 Friday, Sept. 18: Detroit 94, Atlanta 79 WESTERN CONFERENCE Phoenix 2, San Antonio 1 Thursday, Sept. 17: San Antonio 92, Phoenix 91 Saturday, Sept. 19: Phoenix 106, San Antonio 78 Monday, Sept. 21: Phoenix 100, San Antonio 92 Los Angeles 2, Seattle 1 Wednesday, Sept. 16: Los Angeles 70, Seattle 63 Friday, Sept. 18: Seattle 75, Los Angeles 74 Sunday, Sept. 20: Los Angeles 75, Seattle 64

GA 0 0 0 0 0 GA 0 0 0 0 0 GA 0 0 0 0 0

CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-3) EASTERN CONFERENCE Indiana 2, Detroit 1 Wednesday, Sept. 23: Detroit 72, Indiana 56 Friday, Sept. 25: Indiana 79, Detroit 75 Saturday, Sept. 26: Indiana 72, Detroit 67

GA 0 0 0 0 0

WESTERN CONFERENCE Phoenix 2, Los Angeles 1 Wednesday, Sept. 23: Phoenix 103, Los Angeles 94 Friday, Sept. 25: Los Angeles 87, Phoenix 76 Saturday, Sept. 26: Phoenix 85, Los Angeles 74

GA 0 0 0 0 0

FINALS (Best-of-5) Indiana vs. Phoenix Tuesday, Sept. 29: Phoenix 120, Indiana 116, OT, Phoenix leads series 1-0 Thursday, Oct. 1: Indiana at Phoenix, late Sunday, Oct. 4: Phoenix at Indiana, 4 p.m. x-Wednesday, Oct. 7, Phoenix at Indiana, 7:30 p.m. x-Friday, Oct. 9, Indiana at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Thursday’s Games Washington 4, Boston 1 Montreal at Toronto, late San Jose at Colorado, late Vancouver at Calgary, late

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Senior Players Championship TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) — Lonnie Nielson shot a 5-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Watson and Jay Haas in the

Senior Players Championship, the last of the Champions Tour’s five majors tournaments. Sandy Lyle opened with a 67, and Bob Tway, Dan Forsman, Eduardo Romero and Mike Reid shot 68s on the Baltimore Country Club/Five Farms’ East Course.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn shot an 8-under 64 at Kingsbarns to take a two-stroke lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. England’s Ross McGowan opened with a 66 on the Old Course at St. Andrews, and Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin shot a 66 at Kingsbarns.

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left Carolina one of seven remaining winless teams in the NFL. “No. 1 is we get to define what we are, not anybody on the outside,” Fox said when asked what he told his players. “We’ve got to do a better job. We’ve got to do a better job of coaching. We’ve got to do a better job of playing in all three phases. “We had the luxury, if you might say, to see it on tape. There’s definitely a lack of execution. I don’t think it’s as much physical as it is mental, and those things are correctable. So it’s there for the taking. We’ve just got to take it.” Fox’s theme that Carolina’s woes stem from not being in the right spot instead of not being good enough drifted into the locker room. Delhomme sounded optimistic the offense can end this stretch of 12 turnovers in three games. And Fox squashed any talk of a quarterback change, replying “Yes, with a capital Y” when asked if Delhomme was still the starter. “When you’re 0-3 questions are going to No. 1 is we get to be raised,” Delhomme define what we are, said. “I haven’t played not anybody on the that well. Hey, that’s part of it. You’ve got outside. We’ve got to win to keep people quiet.” to do a better job. The Panthers won last We’ve got to do a year behind their runbetter job of coachning game. Fox insisted ing. We’ve got to game situations and their late deficit were do a better job of reasons they ran playing in all three the only six times in the phases. second half Monday. DeAngelo Williams John Fox and Jonathan Stewart Panthers coach haven’t had a chance to duplicate last season’s success, when they combined for more yards rushing by teammates in the NFL since 1984. “There’s no doubt I think we’re a run team first. We remember that,” Fox said. “Sometimes situations in games dictate how many times we run the ball. If you’ve got a 14-point lead with 5 minutes to go, you run the ball more than you pass it.” The Panthers haven’t had any of those leads. Their 37 points in three games is less than the 38 they allowed in the season opener against Philadelphia. The defense, meanwhile, continues to be slow to adjust to new defensive coordinator Ron Meeks’ Cover-2 system. Missed tackles, injuries and blown assignments have plagued the unit, which allowed 212 yards rushing against the Cowboys. “Last year we had so much stuff that you had to be prepared mentally for what’s going on,” defensive tackle Damione Lewis said. “Now it’s so simple that sometimes, like for us up front, you might not hear the whole call. It’s just adjusting. I think we’re turning the corner. We had less (mental errors) than we had last week so we’re getting better.” But time is running out. Since 1990, only three teams have started 0-3 and made the playoffs. One of those clubs was the 1992 San Diego Chargers, who went 11-5 after an 0-4 start. Fox was an assistant on that team, long before he become an established head coach in his eighth season in Carolina. Delhomme wouldn’t name him, but the former New Orleans Saints reserve said he’s witnessed firsthand a team that tuned out its coach. “There’s no pilot. All there is is passengers,” Delhomme said. “We still have a pilot. I don’t know anyway else to put it. It’s not even remotely close.” NOTES: Rookie DE Everette Brown, who missed the Dallas game, said he has a high left ankle sprain. He first hurt his ankle in the season opener, then aggravated it in practice last week. Brown said he hopes to be ready for Washington Oct. 11. ... FB Brad Hoover (back) did some light running Wednesday and is also targeting a return against the Redskins. His absence against the Cowboys ended a streak of 65 consecutive games played.

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R-S Central’s Jacob Kinlaw is the Daily Courier/Edward Jones Gridiron Great. Kinlaw, Central’s quarterback, lead the Hilltoppers to a 24-0 win over East Rutherford, last Friday. The Daily Courier/ Edward Jones Lineman of the Week, as selected by the coaches of Central, is William Brown. Kinlaw and Brown were joined by Central’s Mike Cheek, left, and Edward Jones’ David Smith.

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win the game,” said Causby. “Now, is it going to be easy? No. It’s not going to be easy. But, our kids are excited about the opportunity. “Offensively, we’re not going to scrap what we do, we simply need to execute better. We have a young group and it’s a test for us. I’ve been pleased with how they practiced and how they are approaching this game.” Causby, though, did give a tip of his cap to his former coaches and former co-workers. “I played for Bud (Grissom) and Max (Champion) and I know Mike, he is a very good football coach, and he has done a good job in getting kids to come out and play,” Causby said. “I have told my kids that if they will stay in the system, we can have the same success.” Cody Thomas, who has moved around defensively in Jason Watson’s system from lineman to linebacker, will not be available for Central, due to illness, but the Hilltoppers are otherwise healthy and ready to play. “We’re looking to come out strong,” Cheek said. “Our focus is just on Chase.” Key to the game: Maximum effort. Central, with a win, will claim a second consecutive county title, but Chase, with a win, will have a signature win, similar to last season’s upset of Polk County.

Patton at East Rutherford FOREST CITY — The Cavaliers have no time to dwell on last week’s loss to Central and Coach Clint Bland knows it and

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know it,” said Patton. “VMI is going to bring pressure and disguise coverage so we have to recognize that and take advantage of some one-on-one matchups downfield.”

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shared that knowledge with his charges, early in the week. “We talked a lot about responsibility,” said Bland. “That was one of our key words. “I had this group as freshman and we went 8-2 on JV, but we have had a bad week — it’s over now. The game this Friday is Patton.” The loss marked the first time in 149 games that the Cavs had been shut out and making the needed corrections entails more than Xs and Os, according to Bland. “We need confidence in ourselves,” Bland said. “We are worried about Patton, sure, but we are far more worried about ourselves. A win will go a long way, but it won’t come easy.” The Panthers will present the Cavaliers with yet another option-oriented offense. Patton runs the Wishbone and features one of the conferences’ top running backs, Brandon Bethel. “Seems like everybody we play runs the option,” quipped Bland. “They run the wishbone with the isolation, and toss sweeps, and all of that. Look, we need to be far more physical on both sides of the line. Offense and defense. “It’s a challenge, they are going to feed the ball to him (Bethel), and he is a big, strong kid. (Chase’s Brad) Causby said to me you have to stop No. 21 and we need to limit him. There is no way around that.” The Cavs will have the same offensive line for back-to-back weeks for the first time all season, and Coach Bland hopes the continuity will help them out. “I continue to believe that we have the weapons on the offense to be successful, but we need to do a much better job up-front of holding our blocks,” said Bland. Key to the game: Rebound.

The Cavs are just two wins away from being playoff eligible and the opportunity is there to beat a 3A team and inch closer to the playoffs.

Thomas Jefferson at Avery AVONDALE — The Gryphons task this week is slowing down an Avery program that comes in off a huge upset of rival Owen, 14-7, last week. Conversely, the Griffs enter the game fresh off a 77-6 defeat at the hands of the Mountaineers of Mitchell. For the Griffs it’s another trip into the Appalachians. “We’re going to go and try to climb that mountain,” said TJCA’s Tony Helton. “Avery had a big win over Owen and, look, we play in a very tough, competitive conference, but we are going to out and look to get better.” The Vikings will mix up spread and the Wing-T, much like Central or Shelby, but with far less option than either of those two programs. Defensively, the Vikes will often show a base 5-3 look, but against the Gryphons’ spread it will be a 4-2. “I want us to run our offense and we want to stay within our system and improve, but I think it is up to me to do a better job of clock management and help out our defense. We are going to run hard after completions, but we need to stay in-bounds and, maybe run that clock a little bit more to give our defense a breather. “Last week, we didn’t start the third quarter until 9:38 and that’s with a 7:30 kick off.” Key to the game: Hang tough. The Vikings play on artificial turf and the Gryphons’ offense is geared for the speed of the phony grass.

Doing so will be made more difficult by the fact that the Keydets are playing at home in one of the most unique atmospheres in college football.

and VMI has lost six in a row in the series, so you know those kids are going to be fired up and that is a tough way to start conference play.

“You have all the cadets there in uniform yelling down at you and that cannon shaking the windows from behind,” said Patton. “Plus it’s homecoming

“On the other hand, if you can come out with a win — it gives you a leg up in the conference race and sets the tone for the rest of the season.”


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Statistics provided by Broad River Water Authority through 7 a.m. yesterday.

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Precipitation 24 hrs through 7 a.m. yest. .0.00" Month to date . . . . . . . . .0.00" Year to date . . . . . . . . .37.90"

Barometric Pressure

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Relative Humidity High yesterday . . . . . . . . .93%

Full 10/4

New 10/18

Last 10/11

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North Carolina Forecast

Greensboro 77/57

Asheville 70/47

Forest City 74/54 Charlotte 78/58


Wilmington 83/66


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Raleigh 79/60

Fayetteville 81/62

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Elizabeth City 81/63

Durham 78/59

Winston-Salem 75/56

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Nation Today Hero proposes on TV

NEW YORK (AP) — A Good Samaritan, shown on video dramatically rescuing a child from a Bronx fire, has moved on to another great moment: proposing marriage on live television. Horia Cretan (HOHR’-ee-uh kray-TAHN’) got down on one knee Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The woman, identified only as “Desiree,” said yes. Cretan slipped a ring on her finger. Moments earlier, Cretan recalled being in his store Wednesday and hearing “desperate screams.” He rushed outside, saw “waves of smoke” billowing from a fourthfloor window and used a ladder to get to the fire escape. A firefighter handed him a limp, unconscious 4-year-old. Using a curtain as a shield from falling debris, Cretan carried the boy to safety.

Retiree faces gun charge

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a retired Yale University employee who had complained about his benefits showed up at the Ivy League school with a rifle, ammunition and a knife. Sixty-one-year-old John Petrini, of New Haven, faces weapons charges. Police say that on Sept. 10, a caller reported seeing a man carrying what looked like a bag containing a rifle and attempting to enter a Yale building. Police say they confronted Petrini near another Yale building. They say he was removing a long case from his truck. Inside the bag, officers found a rifle, more than 20 rounds of ammunition and a large knife.

Suspect killed by police

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Police shot and killed a man accused of

Associated Press

Elizabeth Smart, right, arrives at the federal courthouse with her mother, Lois Smart, and her father Ed Smart prior to her testimony in a competency hearing for her alleged kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, Thursday in Salt Lake City. Smart, 21, was abducted from her home in 2002, and was spotted nine months later by a observant citizen walking the streets with Mitchell and his wife in Sandy, Utah.

Elizabeth Smart details her nine-month ordeal SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart testified Thursday she was raped repeatedly each day after she was abducted from her bedroom seven years ago and told she would be killed if she yelled or tried to escape. She described Brian David Mitchell, her alleged kidnapper, as “evil, wicked, manipulative, stinky, slimy, selfish, not spiritual, not religious, not close to God.” Smart testified in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City as part of a competency proceeding for the man charged in her 2002 kidnapping. Mitchell has twice been found incompetent for trial in state court. Mitchell and his estranged wife were found with Smart nine months after she disappeared from her Salt Lake City home. A judge ruled earlier this week that testimony from Smart, now 21, is relevant to the mental competency of Mitchell, who was removed from the courtroom before Smart arrived and taken to a holding cell where he could listen to the proceedings. Smart was poised and composed while testifying for just under two hours.

that would come into the camp, or kill me if I ever tried to escape or yell out,” Smart testified. Smart said Mitchell was motivated by sex and used religion to get what he wanted. Mitchell’s defense attorneys had sought to limit Smart’s testimony to her experiences with Mitchell, without her opinions about his mental state. The defense objected to the 39 so-called “lay witnesses” proposed by prosecutors, including Mitchell’s family, friends or workers at Utah State Hospital, because they lacked the expertise to evaluate competency. In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball rejected the argument as it relates to Smart, saying her testimony may help the court settle differences in the findings of experts who have evaluated Mitchell. Experts have split opinions over Mitchell’s competency and have relied on statements from others — including Smart — and past evaluations to prepare reports for the court. Kimball’s ruling said Mitchell has been uncooperative with evaluators and refused to participate in diagnostic tests. In the state court system, Mitchell was twice found incompetent to stand trial. Smart was rescued nine months after her abduction when a motorist spotted her walking through a suburb with Mitchell and his estranged wife, Wanda Eileen Barzee.

abducting his 5-year-old son after he allegedly killed the boy’s mother and her boyfriend Wednesday at the woman’s home in Southern California, authorities said. The man, 31-year-old Anthony Castillo, was taken to a hospital where he died late Wednesday, police Sgt. Rick Martinez said. After a manhunt, officers located Castillo on Wednesday evening outside an Anaheim apartment complex, said Martinez. He was armed with a handgun. Officers ordered Castillo to drop the weapon, and when he did not comply, they opened fire.

She was 14 when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home at knifepoint in the middle of the night. Shortly after her abduction, Smart said Mitchell took her to a mountain camp and performed a ceremony she said was intended to marry the two. “After that, he proceeded to rape me,” Smart said. She said he held her captive with a cable attached to her leg that had a 10-foot reach. That line was attached to another cable strung between two trees. Smart said Mitchell plied her with alcohol and drugs to lower her resistance. “He said that he would kill anybody

Juvenile posted poll

First swine flu vaccines will be given Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service has determined that a juvenile was behind the online survey that asked whether people thought President Barack Obama should be assassinated, an agency spokesman said Thursday. No criminal charges will be filed against the juvenile or the juvenile’s parents, spokesman Edwin Donovan said.

Ready for zombie attack GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No one expects a zombie apocalypse. But the University of Florida is making sure officials are ready for a night of the living dead, just in case. The school has a plan for responding to the undead on its Web site among outlines for dealing with hurricanes and pandemics. The exercise lays out how university officials would respond to attacks by “flesh-eating, apparently life impaired individuals.” It notes that a zombie outbreak might include “documentation of lots of strange moaning.” A University spokesman says the exercise was written by an employee to “add a little bit of levity” to disaster preparation discussions.

ATLANTA (AP) — Twenty-five cities and states have ordered swine flu vaccine, and the first doses should be administered Tuesday, officials said Thursday. An estimated 6 to 7 million doses of vaccine should be out next week, and they should include both shots and the nasal spray form of the vaccine. But the first 600,000 doses available Tuesday will all be nasal spray, said officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 60 states, large cities and territories will be placing swine flu vaccine orders, so nearly half have their orders in and more are placing them this week, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, who heads the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The states that have placed orders include Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota,

Last year, Mitchell was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor. Once an itinerant street preacher, Mitchell is said to have wanted Smart as a polygamous wife and may have taken her to fulfill a religious prophecy he laid out in a 27-page manifesto drafted in April 2002.

Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., are also on the list. At a press conference Thursday, Schuchat also said about 300,000 pediatric, liquid doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu have been released from a national medicine stockpile to address a shortage. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius approved the release Wednesday. The CDC doesn’t have an exact count of swine flu deaths and hospitalizations, but existing reports suggest the infection has caused more than 600 deaths and more than 9,000 hospitalizations since the virus was first identified in April. The government keeps more careful count of deaths of pregnant women and children attributed to swine flu. The CDC is aware of 28 deaths of pregnant women and about 50 of children.

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People pass a branch of Chase Bank that has a sign saying “Now Hiring” Thursday in New York. First-time claims for jobless benefits increased more than expected last week, a sign employers are reluctant to hire and the job market remains weak.

AP Business Writer

Associated Press

Spike seen in jobless pay claims By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER and MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writers

WASHINGTON — Firsttime claims for jobless benefits increased more than expected last week, a sign employers are reluctant to hire and the job market remains weak. And even though consumer spending jumped by the most in nearly eight years in August, due partly to the government’s Cash for Clunkers program, economists question whether the improvement can be sustained. They note that households face rising unemployment, tight credit conditions and other obstacles. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment insurance rose to a seasonally adjusted 551,000 from 534,000 in the previous week. Wall Street economists had expected an increase to 535,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters. The increase comes after three weeks of declines. Weekly claims have been trending down since the spring, but the decline has been painfully slow. The fourweek average, which smooths out fluctuations, dropped to 548,000, about 110,000 below its peak in early April. “This is a bit disappointing but not unduly alarming,” Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S.

economist for High Frequency Economics, wrote in a note to clients. The increase “leaves the downward trend in claims intact.” Economists closely watch initial claims, which are considered a gauge of layoffs and an indication of companies’ willingness to hire new workers. Many economists say initial claims below 400,000 would be a signal that employers are adding to the net total of jobs. Separately, a private trade group said Thursday that manufacturing activity expanded for the second straight month in September, but at a slightly slower pace than in August. The Institute for Supply Management’s index of manufacturing activity was 52.6, down from 52.9 in August. Economists expected a reading of 54. Figures above 50 indicate the sector is expanding. Major stock indicators fell more than 1 percent in afternoon trading after the disappointing manufacturing and jobs reports. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped about 190 points. The number of people remaining on the rolls, meanwhile, fell 70,000 to 6.09 million, the lowest level since the week of April 4. The claims data come a day before the September unemployment report due Friday. Economists forecast that report

will show the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent from 9.7 percent in August. Most economists expect the rate to top 10 percent by early next year. Employers are expected to have cut 180,000 jobs in September, down from 216,000 in August. Continuing claims have declined slowly from a record level of 6.9 million in late June, “suggesting that the unemployment rate is near its peak,” Abiel Reinhart, an economist at JPMorgan Chase, wrote in a note to clients. But when federal emergency programs are included, the total number of jobless benefit recipients was nearly 9 million in the week that ended Sept. 12. That’s little changed from the previous week. Congress has added up to 53 extra weeks of benefits on top of the 26 typically provided by the states. The House last week approved legislation adding another 13 weeks of benefits, and the Senate could pass a similar measure Thursday. The large number of people remaining on the rolls indicates that unemployed workers are having a hard time finding jobs. Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of total economic activity, jumped in August by the largest amount in nearly eight years even though personal incomes continued to lag.

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NEW YORK — Stocks began the fourth quarter with their worst drop in three months after reports on the job market and manufacturing reawakened investors’ pessimism about the economy. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 203 points Thursday, while all the major indexes fell between 2 percent and 3 percent. The slide intensified in the final minutes of of the day, signaling that traders were growing nervous ahead of the government’s key September jobs report due before the opening bell Friday. Bond prices jumped as investors sought a safer place for their money. It was the sixth drop in seven days for stocks and another reminder of how fragile the market’s seven-month rally has become. The economic reports overshadowed a more upbeat assessment on housing and added urgency to questions about how strong the recovery really is. “Fear is still very, very fresh in people’s minds and the magnitude of the potential disaster that we had last September through March, I think still has investors pretty skittish,” said Darell Krasnoff, managing director of Bel Air Investment Advisors in Los Angeles. Christian Bendixen, director of technical research at Bay Crest Partners LLC in New York, said recent economic numbers have reminded investors that a recovery will be a difficult process rather than an unbroken improvement. The Dow fell 203.00, or 2.1 percent, to 9,509.28, its lowest close since Sept. 8. The drop was the biggest since July 2, when the index fell 223 points, or 2.6 percent, after the government said unemployment had risen. The Dow shed 50 points in the final 10 minutes of trading. The late-day slide was reminiscent of the harrowing drops that buffeted the market a year ago as a freeze in the credit markets choked the economy and sent investors running. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 27.23, or 2.6 percent, to 1,029.85, and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 64.94, or 3.1 percent, to 2,057.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 20.53, or 3.4 percent, to 583.75. Five stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1.6 billion shares compared with 1.8 billion Wednesday. Bond prices jumped, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury note down to 3.18 percent from 3.31 percent late Wednesday. The dollar mostly rose against other major currencies, while gold slid to $1,000.70. Light, sweet crude rose 21 cents to settle at $70.82 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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Panelists move to ease impact of health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a backlash, Democrats worked to smooth the impact of sweeping health care legislation on workingclass families Thursday as they pushed President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority toward a crucial Senate advance. The most far-reaching overhaul in decades aims to protect millions who have unreliable coverage or none at all and to curb insurance company abuses. Republicans attacked the bill as riddled with tax increases that violated Obama’s campaign promises, but failed to remove any of them. After marathon public debate, agreement by the Senate Finance Committee is all but certain for the legislation, although no final vote was expected until next week. That formality — Democrats hold a 13-10 committee majority — will clear the way for the full Senate to begin debating the measure at mid-month. The measure, like a companion bill under construction in the House, would bar insurance companies from denying coverage or charging higher premiums on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. It also includes federal subsidies to make insurance available to millions who lack it, and it takes steps to slow the skyrocketing growth in health care costs nationwide.

more than 10 percent of their income, and would have to pay a penalty if they refused. The Cantwell proposal is based on a system in Washington state that she said results in lower-cost, high-quality coverage, generally delivered through managed care, as the state uses its purchasing power in negotiations with insurers. Republicans questioned whether the impact would be to raise insurance premiums for others, and said they were fearful the result would be to reduce health care options. Cantwell said the first concern was unfounded, and added Washington currently has as many as four choices for residents currently covered by the state program. As for the second Republican point, she responded, “If your governor and your legislators don’t want to negotiate on behalf of their citizens, that’s their political problem.” The provision passed, 12-11, on a near party-line vote. It is designed to allow coverage for individuals and families between 133 percent of poverty and 200 percent of poverty. For individuals, that means incomes between $14,403 annually and $21,660. For families of four, the eligibility would be $29,326 to $44,100. Aides said 30 million or more of the nation’s uninsured are in that income range. As for the penalty for people who decline to buy insurance, Republicans and

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Senate Finance Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sips some coffee and checks paperwork on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, as the committee continued its health care markup.

Supporters said the overhaul’s cost was in the range that Obama has set, about $900 billion over a decade, and would not raise federal deficits. Gradually, health care has grown to dwarf all overs in Congress, and is causing supporters and opponents to spend more than $1 million a day on television advertising to sway the outcome. After days spent largely turning aside Republican calls for changes in the bill, Senate Democrats coalesced behind two of their own that could alter the legislation in

significant ways. One, backed by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., would allow states to negotiate with insurers to arrange coverage for people with incomes slightly higher than the cutoff for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor. That change was approved. Approval was deferred on a second, which would exempt millions from a requirement to purchase insurance that is currently in the bill. As it stands, individuals and families would be required to buy coverage as long as it cost no

even some Democrats have warned of a potential backlash without changes. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., proposed lowering the threshold for requiring coverage to 8 percent of income, a level that he acknowledged would result in an estimated 2 million additional individuals and families staying uninsured in comparison with the original bill. For those still covered by the requirement, Schumer also proposed reducing the penalty for failure to comply. Currently, those ignoring the purchase requirement would pay a maximum penalty of $750 for individuals and $1,900 for families. Under Schumer’s change, no penalty would apply until 2014, when the maximum would be $475 for individuals and $950 for families. The amounts would rise the following year. Republicans expressed some interest in supporting the changes, but Sen. Olympia Snowe urged a delay in the vote. “It’s not about punishing people. It’s about getting it right on affordability,” said the Maine Republican. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the committee, agreed — an unspoken acknowledgment of Snowe’s position as the only Republican viewed as a potential supporter of the legislation.

Jobless pay extension is held up in the Senate By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — A Housepassed bill to give another 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to people from states where the jobless rate is at least 8.5 percent has bogged down in the Senate because of resistance from lawmakers whose states have lower unemployment and would be left out. With hundreds of thousands having already lost their benefits or about to lose them in the coming weeks, Senate leaders were scrambling to come up with a compromise. North Carolina is one of the state affected by the bill. Democratic leaders originally hoped to get quick approval of a proposal giving four extra weeks of benefits to the jobless in all 50 states and 17 weeks to workers in those 27 states where the unemployment rate is 8.5 percent or above. But that drew opposition from lawmakers from the 23 states who wouldn’t qualify for the greater ben-

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Ban sought on texting truckers By KEN THOMAS Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday it will seek to ban text messaging by interstate bus drivers and truckers and push states to pass their own laws against driving cars while distracted. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the administration also would move to put restrictions on cell phone use by rail operators, truck drivers and interstate bus drivers. “Driving while distracted should just feel wrong — just as driving without a seat belt or driving while intoxicated,” LaHood said at the end of a two-day conference on the problem. “We’re not going to break everyone of their bad habits — but we are going to raise awareness and sharpen the consequences.” As a first step, LaHood said President Barack Obama signed an executive order late Wednesday banning all federal workers from texting while driving on government business, driving government vehicles or using government equipment. The administration also will push to disqualify school bus drivers who are convicted of texting while driving from keeping their commercial driver’s licenses. Researchers, safety groups, automakers and lawmakers gathered to discuss the perils of distracted driving, hearing sobering data from the government that underscored the safety threat as more motorists stay connected with cell phones and mobile devices. The Transportation Department reported that 5,870 people were killed and 515,000 were injured last year in crashes connected to driver distraction, often involving mobile devices or cell phones. Driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008 and was more prevalent among young drivers. Senate Democrats said support was building in Congress to move against text messaging by drivers. The legislation, pushed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., would require states to ban texting or e-mailing while operating a moving vehicle or lose 25 percent of their annual federal highway funding. “It’s like driving with your eyes closed,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., a proponent of a texting ban. LaHood declined to endorse Schumer’s bill, saying simply that the administration would work with Congress. Many states have questioned the use of so-called sanctions against states that do not pass laws sought by Congress, especially during tough economic times. “The words ’federal mandate’ and ’federal sanctions’ do not play well,” said Bruce Starr, an Oregon state senator who attended the conference. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia already have passed laws making texting while driving illegal.

President Barack Obama delivers a statement regarding Iran, Thursday in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday called landmark nuclear talks with Iran a constructive beginning, then challenged Tehran to match words with deeds by giving international inspectors “unfettered access” to a previously secret uranium enrichment plant within two weeks. “Talk is no substitute for action,” Obama said at the White House after talks ended earlier in the day in Switzerland. “Our patience is not unlimited.” If Iran fails to live up to its promises of cooperation, “then the United States will not continue to negotiate indefinitely and we are prepared to move toward increased pressure,” the president warned. But Obama said that if Iran follows through with concrete steps “there is a path to a better relationship” with the United States and the international community.

“Going forward, we expect to see swift action,” Obama said His comments were sharper and more specific than those earlier in the day by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who said the talks had “opened the door” to potential progress on clarifying Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But, striking a cautious tone, Clinton said in Washington it remained to be seen whether the Iranians would act decisively to address concerns about their intentions Thursday’s meeting, at a villa on Lake Geneva, marked the first time the United States has taken part in direct talks with Iran. The two countries have no diplomatic relations. The first meeting took place between Iran and six world powers — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. That was followed by a rare faceto-face meeting between just the senior U.S. and Iranian delegates. Obama called for concrete

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Man’s coming out a surprise Dear Abby: I spent my high school years chasing girls and participating in sports. I made good grades and was popular with peers and faculty. I have since graduated and entered college. I have also come out of the closet as gay. Due to popular sites such as Facebook, I have reunited with old friends who are interested to hear about my “new life.” With those not “in the know,” I feel uncomfortable having to come out of the closet again and again. I don’t feel ashamed about myself or my boyfriend, but I feel a certain discomfort when my former and present lives meet. I have many friends, old and new, gay and straight, who I care about. But I feel some anxiety over the reactions I get from some of those people, even though they no longer hold a prominent place in my life. I’d greatly appreciate it if you could tell me how to handle and deal with such situations. — Betwixt and Between Dear Betwixt: I understand your anxiety, but the reaction you’re getting from some of your old friends is a direct result of how effectively you hid your homosexuality behind chasing girls and the misperception that being a talented athlete has anything to do with a person’s sexual orientation. You need to accept the fact that people will be surprised because they assumed you were straight like they are. Some of them will be accept-

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ing; others won’t. But the people who count will get beyond it. The way to handle this is with the same humor and compassion you would like from others. It may take some practice and coming to terms with your own feelings, but I have every confidence that you’ll do it as thousands of other people have. Dear Abby: I am 48 and recently divorced from my husband of 25 years. Like others in my age group, I worry about my prospects of finding another partner — especially because I am no longer the “cute young thing” I once was. A few days ago, I was at a local wildlife park and struck up a conversation with a pleasant senior couple. They looked as though they had been married more than 50 years, but they happily informed me they were on their honeymoon! It just goes to show that it’s never too late for love to blossom! — Willing to wait Dear Willing: I’ll say! My lovely cousin Suzie is being married in about two weeks after 26 years as a widow. It never is too late for love.

All you need to know on H1N1 Dear Dr. Gott: I’m confused about the swine flu I keep hearing about on television and the ordinary flu I’m immunized against every fall. Are they both the same strains or different? My family feels I should get both injections, simply because I am elderly and have several medical issues. Also, I love pork and question if I will have to give up one of my favorite dishes. Dear Reader: In April 2009, a new strain of influenza was detected in Mexico and the United States. Because it shared numerous similarities to flu viruses that commonly occur in pigs, it was dubbed swine flu. Further studies, however, discredited the presumed similarities, and the name was changed to H1N1. Cases were discovered worldwide, primarily because of people who traveled outside the countries of origin. Because it met specific requirements, it then took on the term “pandemic.”


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE LAKE STRUCTURE REGULATIONS Town of Lake Lure, North Carolina Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Town Council of Town of Lake Lure in the Council Meeting Room of the Lake Lure Municipal Center, 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, North Carolina on the 13th day of October, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter, for the purpose of considering an amendment to Title IX, Chapter 94, Lake Structure Regulations, Town of Lake Lure amending Section 94.02 Definitions, 94.03 Permit to Construct, and 94.05 Design and Construction Standards of the Lake Structure Regulations of the Town of Lake Lure. The public is advised that it has the right to appear at said public hearing and present information with regard to the proposed amendment. A copy of the proposed amendment, identified as Ordinance Number 09-10-13, is on file at Town Hall for inspection by all interested persons.

Single wide Shiloh: 2BR/2BA No Pets! $400/mo. + $300 dep. 245-5703 or 286-8665 2 & 3 Bedroom Mobile Homes in Chase area. No Pets! Call 429-6691 2BR/1BA on private lot in Caroleen $80 per week or $325 month $100 deposit 429-0449 RENT or RENT TO OWN! 3BR/2BA in good condition! Call 287-8558

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16 — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, FRIDAY, October 2, 2009 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING




Town of Lake Lure, North Carolina

Town of Lake Lure, North Carolina

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Lake Lure Town Council at the Lake Lure Municipal Center, 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, North Carolina on the 13th day of October, 2009, at 7:00 pm or shortly thereafter, for the purpose of considering an amendment to Title IX, Chapter 92, Zoning Regulations, Town of Lake Lure, pertaining to signs in commercial subdivisions and the GU-Government Use zoning district.

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Lake Lure Town Council at the Lake Lure Municipal Center, 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, North Carolina on the 13th day of October, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter, for the purpose of considering an amendment to Title IX, Chapter 92, Zoning Regulations, Town of Lake Lure, as well as an amendment to Title IX, Chapter 97, Fabric Structures Regulations, Town of Lake Lure, pertaining to standards for fabric structures.

The public is advised that it has the right to appear at said public hearing and present information with regard to the proposed ordinance. A copy of the proposed ordinance, identified as Ordinance Number 09-1013B, is on file at Town Hall for inspection by all interested persons.

The public is advised that it has the right to appear at said public hearing and present information with regard to the proposed ordinance. A copy of the proposed ordinance, identified as Ordinance Number 09-10-13A, is on file at Town Hall for inspection by all interested persons.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Broad River Water Authority 106 Duke Street Spindale, NC 28160 Sealed bids for the project entitled “BRWA Weeks Road and Highway 221 South Waterline Extension” will be received by the Broad River Water Authority on Thursday, November 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Rutherford County Annex Building located at 289 North Main Street in Rutherfordton, NC and then at said location publicly opened and read aloud. The proposed project consists of the installation of approximately 11,900 LF of 8” DIP water main, bends, valves, fire hydrant assemblies, bore & jack and other associated appurtenances for the waterline extension along Highway 221. The proposed project also consists of the installation of approximately 5,410 LF of DIP water main and 860 LF and 2” SDR PVC water main, bends, valves, fire hydrant assemblies, bore & jack and other associated appurtenances for the waterline extension on Weeks Road. The Contract Documents may be examined at the following locations: Odom & Associates Engineering, Inc. Associated General Contractors Associated General Contractors

Forest City, North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina Asheville, North Carolina

Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained at the office of Odom & Associates located at 152 East Main, Forest City, North Carolina 28043 (828-247-4495). There will be a non-refundable fee of $75.00 for each set of documents obtained.



Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of ROBIN LEE BURNS of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said ROBIN LEE BURNS to present them to the undersigned on or before the 18th day of December 2009 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 18th day of September, 2009.

Pursuant to the provisions of G.S. 44A, various items of personal property contained in warehouse numbers: D-7, F-10, G-10, K-25, G-7 and G-25 will be sold at public auction at Rutherford Self Storage on Tryon Road, Rutherfordton at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 17, 2009.

Benedict E. Capaldi, Jr., Administrator 310 St. Andrews Place Blue Bell, PA 19422

D -7.........Donna Macopson F-10........Greg Ledford G -10......Sharon Goode K-25 .......Steve Hughes


A certified check or cashiers check payable to the Broad River Water Authority 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.

TO: Unknown father of a female child born on or about November 11th, 2003 in Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina, respondent;

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 the employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above entitled proceeding. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: termination of your parental rights.

The Broad River Water Authority reserves the right to waive any informalities or reject any or all bids.

You are required to make your defense to such pleadings not later than 40 days following the 2nd day of October, the date of first publication of this notice and upon your failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought.

September 28, 2009. Maria Hunnicutt Broad River Water Authority 106 Duke Street Spindale, North Carolina 28160 828-286-0640 202.0000028 09-SP-333 NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE'S FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER AND BY VIRTUE of the power and authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed and delivered by Michael C. Sechriest, married, joined by wife, Cathy H. Sechriest, dated March 22, 2007 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, recorded on March 28, 2007, in Book 948 at Page 440; and because of default in the payment of the indebtedness secured thereby and failure to carry out and perform the stipulations and agreements contained therein and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, the under-signed Substitute Trustee will place for sale, at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at Rutherford County Courthouse, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, that parcel of land, including improvements thereon, situated, lying and being in the City of Forest City, County of Rutherford, State of North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: LYING and being in Logan Store Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, being East of North Carolina Rural Road No. 1549, and being Lot No. Eight (8) of the Padgett-Burns Subdivision as shown on a plat recorded in Map Book 7, Page 136, Rutherford County Registry, to which plat reference is hereby made for a full and complete description of the lot herein conveyed. SUBJECT TO the restrictions which run with the land as listed in deed dated November 8, 1978, from J.D. Cooley and wife, Helen W. Cooley and Royce Woodall and wife, Margaret Woodall to John M. Karriker and wife, Renae S. Karriker and having been recorded in Book 399, Page 313, Rutherford County Registry. Address of property: 142 Padgett Burns Road, Forest City, NC 28043 Present Record Owners: Michael C. Sechriest The terms of the sale are that the real property hereinbefore described will be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The Substitute Trustee reserves the right to require a cash deposit or a certified check not to exceed the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00). In the event that the Owner and Holder or its intended assignee is exempt from paying the same, the successful bidder shall be required to pay revenue stamps on the Trustee's Deed, and any Land Transfer Tax. The real property hereinabove described is being offered for sale "AS IS, WHERE IS" and will be sold subject to all superior liens, unpaid taxes, and special assessments. Other conditions will be announced at the sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. If the Trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the Trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the Trustee, in his sole discretion, if he believes the challenge to have merit, may declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Additional Notice Where the Real Property is Residential With Less Than 15 Rental Units: An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a bona fide lease or tenancy may have additional rights pursuant to Title VII of 5.896 - Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act which became effective on May 20, 2009. Dated: September 28, 2009 David A. Simpson, P.C. Substitute Trustee By:_________________________ Attorney at Law Kellam & Pettit, P.A. Attorneys for the Substitute Trustee 704-442-9500 Posted:____ Witness:_____ Assistant/Deputy Clerk of Superior Court

This is the 2nd day of October, 2009. ________________________________________ J. Christopher Callahan Attorney for Petitioner 252 Charlotte Rd Rutherfordton, NC 28139 828-286-8505


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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF RUTHERFORD IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK 09 SP 202 IN RE: Foreclosure of Deed of Trust executed by Bonnie Wassileff and Peter Wassileff, husband and wife, to Debbie Marsteiner and Patricia Harvey, Trustees, and SunTrust Bank, Beneficiary, dated August 29, 2005, in the original principal amount of $206,910.00, recorded in Book 857, Page 245 of the Rutherford County Public Registry. Record Owners: Bonnie Wassileff Peter Wassileff By: Robert L. Lindsey, Jr. Substitute Trustee Notice of Substitute Trustee’s Sale of Real Estate Because of default in the obligations under the Deed of Trust executed by Bonnie Wassileff and Peter Wassileff, husband and wife, dated August 29, 2005, and recorded in Book 857 at Page 245 of the Rutherford County, North Carolina Public Registry, the undersigned will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder for cash at 11:00 O’clock A.M., on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at the Rutherford County Court House, at Rutherfordton, North Carolina, at the place therein or thereat where sales of real estate are usually held, the following described real property. EXHIBIT “A” BEING all of Lot 367 as shown on survey by R.L. Greene, PLS entitled Greyrock Subdivision Phase 2B as recorded in Plat Book 26 at Page 123, said plat being one of a series of plats recorded in Plat Book 26, Page 119 through 123 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry, reference to said recorded plats being made for a more particular description of said Lot 367. TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO all easements, restrictions and rights of ways of record and a non-exclusive appurtenant easement for ingress, egress and regress is conveyed over and upon all private subdivision roads for GreyRock at Lake Lure as shown on the above-described plats and the plats for Phase 1A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 188 through 192. Plats for Phase 1B as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 205 through 208 and Plats for Phase 2A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 26, at Pages 114 through 118 and to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for GreyRock as recorded in Book 858, at Page 122 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and also being recorded in Book 3827, page 764 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. BEING a portion of that property conveyed to L.R. Buffalo Creek, LLC by deeds recorded in Deed Book 855, at Page 816 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and as recorded in Deed Book 3793, at Page 665 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. The property to be sold is further described as the real estate located at Lot 367, Greyrock Subdivision, (Vacant lot) on Glenwood Lane, Lake Lure, North Carolina 28746, bearing Rutherford County Tax PIN Number 1638606. The property will be sold subject to unpaid taxes, and prior liens (if any). A cash deposit will be required of the highest bidder in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the amount of the highest bid. This sale will remain open for ten (10) days for upset bid as required by law. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to North Carolina General Statute §45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the Clerk of Superior Court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007 may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. This 15th day of September, 2009. /s/_______________________________ Robert L. Lindsey, Jr., Substitute Trustee Lindsey & Schrimsher, PA 1423 East Seventh Street Charlotte, North Carolina 28204-2407 Tel: (704) 333-2141 Fax: (704) 376-2562


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Nation/world World Today Six Afghan civilians said killed

KABUL (AP) — A NATO airstrike on a compound in southwestern Afghanistan killed a family of six, a local tribal leader said Thursday, despite orders from the top U.S. commander to avoid airpower if civilians are at risk. The U.S. military said the airstrike occurred after troops came under fire from the compound late Wednesday. There were conflicting reports about the attack, which took place in southern Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold. A British military spokesman, Lt. Col. Nick Richardson, said there were unconfirmed reports that 12 people were killed — including six children, two women and four militants.

Quake death toll rises to 777

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian government official says the death toll in this week’s earthquake on Sumatra has risen to 777. The official says most of the dead from Wednesday’s 7.6-magnitude quake, which originated off the coast of Sumatra island, were in the town of Padang. The official spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because he is not authorized to give information to the media. More than 500 buildings including hotels, schools, hospitals and a mall were destroyed or damaged in Padang. Thousands of people were still believed to be trapped under the rubble.

Iraq’s al-Maliki joins with Sunnis

BAGHDAD (AP) — The re-election strategy for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took shape Thursday as he unveiled a broad alliance for January’s parliamentary voting that includes prominent Sunni clans who joined the fight against insurgents. Al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government is facing a challenge from a powerful bloc led by Shiite religious factions, including the largest Shiite political group and anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Al-Maliki rejected joining the coalition and put together a rival movement that emphasizes secular policies and reconciliation with Sunnis after years of sectarian bloodshed. Al-Maliki’s allies had strong showings in provincial elections earlier this year. He now hopes that voter distaste for the Shiite religious factions remains strong enough to keep his proWestern government in power. Al-Maliki’s government has come under pressure to maintain security gains as U.S. forces

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memories of their life to make a difference in how you relate to others. You will find yourself beginning to live your life with a dimension that brings the past, present and future together. The author, Frederick Buechner put it this way, “Maybe the most sacred function of memory is just that: to render the distinction between past, present, and future ultimately meaningless; to enable us at some level of our being to inhabit that same eternity which it is said that God himself inhabits.”

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A boy swims with his laundry through a flooded street at San Roque village, in Laguna province, 40 kms. (25 miles) south of Manila, Philippines, Thursday. A new typhoon gathered strength Thursday. Associated Press

Asia readies for another storm MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines began evacuating a province near Manila on Thursday ahead of a looming typhoon, as rain falling on the saturated capital added to the misery of victims of recent floods and stoked fears of another disaster. The sky has been clear over the sprawling metropolis for the past few days, allowing the more than 2 million people whose homes were inundated to begin scraping off the mud and muck left behind by Typhoon Ketsana. That storm cut a destructive path across four Southeast Asian countries and killed at least 386 people — 280 in the Philippines, 92 in Vietnam and 14 in Cambodia. Laos was also hit, but no deaths were reported. “We’ve been hit so hard. The situation now is just so difficult, and I don’t know if we can take another calamity,” said Glen Juban, whose 4-year-old daughter was swept away by floodwaters and drowned in Saturday’s deluge. The steady drizzle that fell on Manila for a couple of hours Thursday came as Typhoon Parma — a storm forecasters said is already more powerful than Ketsana — edged closer to the eastern coast. It could hit on Saturday, with

sustained winds of up to 120 mph (195 kph) and gusts up to 140 mph (230 kph), the government’s weather bureau said. “We are dealing with a very strong typhoon (and) there is a big possibility that this typhoon will gather more strength,” said Nathaniel Cruz, PAGASA’s chief weather forecaster. “Let us all pray.” The storm came as the region struggled to recover from two major earthquakes. The death toll from Tuesday’s quaketriggered tsunami in the South Pacific rose to more than 150, while the toll from a powerful quake in Indonesia was more than 500 and climbing. Philippine National Disaster Coordinating Council chief Gilbert Teodoro said evacuations had begun in one province north of Manila, and officials were poised to relocate other communities in Parma’s path, once that became clearer on Friday. Refugees from Ketsana were asked to halt any plans to return home and stay in shelters. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo urged people to stay calm and follow local authorities’ instructions. “I hope the typhoon will hit another place,” said Juban, whose family tried to escape from Ketsana-churned floodwaters by climbing onto the roof

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of their shanty house north of Manila, but who were washed away. He, his wife and 13-yearold son survived; his daughter did not. Late Thursday, Parma was 270 miles (440 kilometers) off the Philippines’ coast — close enough to bring rain to eastern districts — and heading northwest. Meanwhile, relief and cleanup operations were under way in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In Vietnam, packets of instant noodles and bottles of water were delivered by helicopter or speed boat to villages still cut off two days after the storm. In Cambodia, rain poured down Thursday on towns in Siem Reap province, adding to floodwaters three feet (a meter) deep. Schools, markets and other businesses were closed, deputy police chief Kan Sambath said. Siem Reap is home to the country’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex, and a Cambodian official said that, after three days of rain, if water levels in nearby rivers keep rising, floods could undermine the temples. Roads, bridges and telecommunications were damaged in Laos along with homes and rice fields, the Laotian state news agency KPL reported.

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Daily Courier, October 2, 2009  

Daily Courier, October 2, 2009