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Cold snap hits area but no records set By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Unseasonably low temperatures made for a chilly weekend in Rutherford County over the last three days, with parts of the area still under a frost

advisory until 9 a.m. Tuesday. The frost advisory means that outdoor plants may be killed if they are left uncovered. But seeing the mercury dip into the 30s will be a more common occurrence in late October when such tempera-

tures become more normal and expected. The National Weather Service in Greenville, S.C. will not issue further frost advisories for the area this Fall. Sunday’s high of 57 and low of 39 were both below average. But the low didn’t approach

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Teacher Brandon Higgins talked about the process of clearing land and improving the soil through the rotation of goats, pigs and chickens across the land and the selective cutting of timber. The R-S Central operation was once “all cotton farming land,” Higgins explained, and has only two to three inches of topsoil, so an

SPINDALE — Town commissioners worked through a busy agenda Tuesday night that included filling a vacant commission seat, receiving the town audit report, agreeing to update the animal control ordinance and discussing festivals and events. The Board voted 2-1 to appoint current council member Carl Bailey to serve the two years remaining on the term of the late Bob Ensley. That appointment did not occur without a bit of debate as Mayor Mickey Bland repeatedly asked commissioners to defer acting until they could get the town attorney to research the legality of the process. Bailey, who has suffered from some health problems, had not filed for re-election to his seat in the upcoming town election. On Tuesday night, he announced that his health was better and that he was putting himself up for consideration to fill Ensley’s unexpired term. Commissioner Toby Tomblin moved to appoint Bailey to that post. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Tommy Hardin. Mayor Bland repeatedly suggested that a legal opinion on how to proceed was needed and town attorney John Crotts urged the board to err on the side of caution because he would rather the action be correct than for the board to do something that it would have to undo later. Tomblin declined to withdraw his motion and after a snappy exchange between Bland, Tomblin

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Visitors study farm projects By LARRY DALE Daily Courier Staff Writer

RUTHERFORDTON — Visitors from Stokes County came to Rutherford County on Monday to take a look at the farming efforts being fostered by Foothills Connect Business & Technology Center. One of the stops for the visitors was at the R-S Central High School farm to see the agricultural operation there.

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BOSTIC — Five candidates for the five open council seats here came to address voters Monday night at East Rutherford Middle School for a meet the candidates forum. And Mayor Mitch Harrill learned he was running unopposed as Freddie Euten announced earlier in the day he was withdrawing from the race. Incumbent candidates Keith Dobbins, Mike Hollifield, Bill Lattimore and David Wright were

joined on stage by newcomer Jeff Swink. This is not Swink’s first attempt to be elected to Bostic council. In 2007 he tied with veteran council member David Pinson for votes. “A lot of you may remember me from last time,” Swink said. “And since David and I tied they were going to draw ping pong balls out of a hat to break that tie. David had served for 30 years, so I didn’t think he deserved to lose to a ping pong ball so I dropped out of the race. I think that will help me when it comes to getting people’s support this time around.” Please see Bostic, Page 6

Forest City approves grant applications By LARRY DALE

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the record low of 30 degrees, set back in 1977. The record high was 81, set in 1996. Several days of back to back rain last week also boosted the area’s total precipitation for the month of October, with an average rainfall of 3.68 inches month-to-date.

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FOREST CITY — Commissioners voted to seek grant funding from two sources during the board’s regular meeting Monday night, but hesitated to commit to a risk management program until more information can be obtained. The town board unanimously agreed to seek $20,000 for a water mapping project

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and to ask for $70,000 to run a 16-inch waterline within the River Stone Business Park if an industry can be attracted to the facility. Of the water mapping project, Finance Director Pruett Walden said the town had its sewer system mapped several years ago, but not the waterlines. The town will be applying to the N.C. Rural Center for the $20,000 grant, with a town match of $4,000 required.

Board member Chris Lee asked if the town had its $4,000 in place if the grant is approved. Walden said there was not a specific line item for it, but the money is in the water budget. The board members were informed that $24,000 should cover the cost of the mapping project that would indicate Please see Grant, Page 6


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KANNAPOLIS (AP) — A 3-month-old North Carolina girl is hospitalized with multiple injuries, and her caregiver is jailed on an abuse charge. The Salisbury Post reported Monday thet 23-year-old Sandra Gallardo Petatan is being held in the Cabarrus County Jail under $200,000 bond on a charge of child abuse inflicting serious injury. The infant is at Carolinas Medical CenterNorthEast in Concord. Kannapolis Police Lt. Steve Belk said Monday that NorthEast staff contacted police early Saturday morning after the child was brought to the hospital. Belk said the child has a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain, bruises and a broken arm.

Utilities panel takes comment

RALEIGH (AP) — Advocates for conservation and the poor want regulators to block or temper a proposed rate increase upon Duke Energy customers in North Carolina. They spoke Monday to the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Duke Energy’s request before a formal hearing later this week. The Charlotte-based utility asked in June to raise rates by an average of 12.6 percent. Consumer attorneys said Duke deserves a 4.7 percent Associated Press increase. Duke hasn’t had a general rate increase Hannah Sturm, 8, left, and her sister Abigail Sturm, 10, experience some hang-time on the Ring of Fire ride in the state in 18 years. Monday at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. A proposed compromise could be unveiled Tuesday. Dan Conrad with the North Carolina Conservation Network said Duke shouldn’t be rewarded while it keeps investing in coal-fired plants.

Troopers targeting school zones

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina troopers are beginning an operation to target drivers who fail to stop for school buses. The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Monday that Operation Stop Arm will be conducted throughout this week. Troopers plan to patrol school zones and follow school buses on the road. State law requires drivers on both sides of a four-lane road to stop for school buses. Drivers on the opposite side of the road can continue driving only if the four-lane road has a turning lane or a median.

One freed inmate to be supervised

RALEIGH (AP) — Only one of the violent North Carolina criminals set for release next week will have official supervision outside prison, and the state is rushing to establish community connections to transition them back to society. Nine of the convicts will be immediately free of the state’s watch when they are released Oct. 29 in the wake of court rulings on a 1970s law that limited the length of life sentences from that era. Ten others are sex offenders who will have to register with the state and abide by laws limiting their activity but will not have regular contact with correction officials. One of the convicts, Faye Brown, faces two decades of federal parole. Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree said Monday all the prisoners plan to stay with family, friends or in transitional housing. He said the state is going through a crash course to get the convicts ready for public life, reaching out to community groups who could help them find jobs or provide support. Each will be given the name

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and phone number for a probation and parole officer that can be used as a resource, but those officers won’t have any legal role in their lives. The group set to be released is made up primarily of murderers and rapists, some of whom targeted young girls. Seven were once on death row. North Carolina frequently tracks sex offenders with monitoring bracelets, but those laws came long after the decades-old sentences. State law simply requires offenders to keep their addresses up to date. The state is notifying local law enforcement about the releases, but that’s as far as officials can go to keep tabs on the inmates. “Legally, there’s nothing we can do to supervise them,” Acree said. It’s another legal quandary that state attorneys have encountered. One of the inmates, Bobby Bowden, had pointed to a law in place for several years in the 1970s that appears to describe a life sentence as only 80 years long. He said a variety of credits that prisoners can apply to their sentences mean his time behind bars is now complete. The Attorney General’s office

argued before the Supreme Court last month that the law was “ambiguous,” but justices were clearly unconvinced, grilling the state’s attorneys with questions. “This is such a straightforward issue from a legal point of view, it’s too easy for a first-year law exam,” said Staples Hughes, the state appellate defender, whose office handled Bowden’s appeal. He said the state has had every chance to come up with an argument to keep the inmates behind bars but has not been able to. Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office continues to hope there may be a legal avenue to prevent the release. But attorneys for the state don’t seem to know what that would be. “Our lawyers certainly argued everything they could think of to stop this from happening, and the North Carolina Supreme Court does have the final say,” said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper. State officials believe dozens more inmates convicted three decades ago could soon be eligible for release.

Hospital adding terror fence ASHEVILLE (AP) — A veterans hospital in the mountains of North Carolina is building a massive antiterrorism fence. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Monday that the Charles George Veterans Affairs Hospital is building a $750,000 fence around the hospital’s perimeter to prevent a suicide bomber. Officials say the hospital could be a target because military facilities are harder to hit. “If you look at Sept. 11, you realize that it’s about attacking civilians and going after targets like a pediatrics hospital,” the VA’s Chief Engineer Robert Cornell told the paper. “We need to harden some of these ’breakyour-heart’ targets.” Security of federal buildings

became an issue after the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City and it gained prominence after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Security improvements at the hospital started five years ago after a 2004 Department of Homeland Security report suggested that the hospital’s “aged” six-foot perimeter fence should be replaced. The new fence is part of the second phase of security upgrades. The first phase was completed in 2007. It included barricades around liquid oxygen tanks and a new door-locking system. The upgrades cost more than $500,000. Some Asheville residents think the security measures are “excessive” and doubt the hospital will be attacked by terrorists.


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bond. (RCSD) n Amanda Brooke Conner, 21, of 2518 U.S. 221 South; charged with breaking/entering and larceny and resisting a public officer; placed under a $31,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Anthony Michael Mott, 24, of Rock Road; charged with breaking and/or entering, felony larceny, resisting a public officer and three counts of failure to appear; placed under a $36,000 secured bond. (RCSD)

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 188 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

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n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 34 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

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n The Spindale Police Department responded to 32 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

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n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to 14 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

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n The Forest City Police Department responded to 94 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

n An employee of Colonial Manor Healthcare reported an incident of obtaining property by false pretense. The incident occurred on Hardin Road. n An officer of the Forest City Police Department reported an incident of possession of toxic vapors substance and inhalation of same. The incident occurred on Plaza Drive. (See arrest Mullinax.) n Michael Fortune reported an incident of common law robbery. n Sherri Jones reported an incident of breaking and entering and larceny.

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n Nathan Allen Mullinax, 23, of Cliffside Street, Mooresboro; charged with possession of toxic vapors substance and inhalation of same; freed on a custody release. (FCPD)

n Leslie Scott St. Clair, 31, of 4804 Canipe Rd.; charged with driving while impaired and driving left of center; released on an unsecured bond. (LLPD) n Douglas Allan Duncan, 61, of 687 High Shoals Church Rd.; charged with assault on a female; released on an unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Geraldine Duncan, 59, of 231 Seaboard Rd.; charged with simple assault; released on an unsecured bond. (RCSD)

n Rodney Allen Brown, 23, of 170 Patches Lane; charged with break/ enter a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, injury to personal property and second-degree trespassing; placed under a $6,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Johnny Robert Willis, 31, of 132 Sparks St.; charged with seconddegree trespassing and harassing phone call; released on an unsecured

and Hardin, just prior the vote was cast. Tomblin and Hardin voted in favor, Commissioner Nancy Walker, expressing some concerns about Bailey’s health, voted against, Commissioners also gave the owners of a house at 702 Maryland St. as reprieve. Mildred Parker, speaking for herself and her husband, presented the commissioners with estimates from contractors on what it would cost to get the house up to code. The commissioners were also told that at least one group that works n Susan Powell Byers, 45, of 1190 with homeowners to renovate and Hemphill Rd., Union Mills; charged with attempted larceny; placed under restore properties had looked at the house and determined that it was a $1,000 secured bond. (RPD) beyond repair. n Robert Lee Gray Jr., 47, of 261 Town manager Cameron McHargue Rock Hill Rd., Asheville; charged with driving while impaired, driving told the board that he had found an amendment to the town’s ordinance while license revoked, fictitious tag, no liability insurance, no registration that would allow the Parkers to card, drive/ allow motor vehicle with rebuild their house on the site even though the area is now zoned for no registration, failure to apply for commercial use. That had been one new title, driving without two headof the issues the couple had brought lamps and resisting a public officer; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. to the board last month when they faced the possible demolition of the (RPD) house. After discussion, Commissioner Citations Hardin moved to give the Parkers 45 n Donta Dion Laney, 21, of Groce days to begin the renovation process Street, Forest City; cited for second on the house and an additional six degree trespass. (FCPD) months to complete the project with n Antonia Ray Suber, 18, of Gold the stipulation that if at any time the Medallion Street, Bostic; cited for building inspections did not pass, the possession of schedule VI controlled town would proceed with the process substance and possession of drug to demolish the house. paraphernalia. The town also received a clean audit report and were praised for keeping expenditures under control EMS/Rescue even as revenues dipped. n The Rutherford County EMS Gaye Dagenhart of Martin, Starnes responded to 36 E-911 calls Saturday & Associates presented the annual and Sunday. audit report. She noted that the town had mann The Volunteer Life Saving and aged under difficult circumstances to Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and grow its fund balance slightly. Rutherford County Rescue respondDagenharrt did bring one caution ed to 39 E-911 calls Saturday and to the Commission. She noted that Sunday. the town was spending its water and sewer fund balance rapidly and that Fire Calls they would have to act soon. “... (This) indicates that you need to n Bill’s Creek firefighters respondhave a rate increase and the sooner ed to a motor vehicle crash, assisted the better,” she said. “You are eating by Lake Lure firefighters. up your cash at a rapid rate.” n Chimney Rock firefighters Commissioner Bailey also brought responded to a fire alarm. the town’s animal control ordinance n Forest City firefighters responded up for discussion. to a structure fire. Bailey said that the current town n Green Hill firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash. n Rutherfordton firefighters responded to a fire investigation.

ordinance has “no teeth.” He presented the recently developed Forest City ordinance for comparison and moved that the town instruct the manager, police chief and attorney to develop a new animal control ordinance for presentation to the board in January. That motion passed unanimously. The board also agreed to allow the dairy goat festival organizers to schedule that event for May 22 of next year. The approval came with the stipulation that the group continue working with the American Dairy Goat Association and mend any rifts that had developed between itself and the town Merchant’s Association as they proceeded in their efforts to bring the festival to fruition. Commissioners also heard from Brenda Watson concerning the antique festival and holiday open house. Watson said that the event plans were coming along well and that the Merchants Association was working with organizers to have a holiday open house at the same time as the antiques show. She asked that the town consider holding its tree lighting service that same weekend (Nov. 21-22) and noted her group would work with area churches to help make that community event happen. Spindale merchants offical Myra Cowan reported that the merchants had resumed regular meetings and that they were working on their project list which would be focused on beautifying the town. One project they wanted some help from the town with was letting people know that there was parking available across the Rails-to-Trails path in town. The commissioners also voted to donate $100 to the county’s Census Committee for advertising and promotion efforts and noted they would consider more if additional requests were made. They also agreed that the town need to do all that it could to promote the census because of the impact those population numbers could have on the town and its fiscal health. The commissioners also voted to scheduled the December meeting for the first Monday of the month (Dec. 7) for the swearing of newly elected commissioners so there would be no lag time between the time current terms expire and the new commissioners take office.

n SDO firefighters responded to a fire alarm, and to a smoke report, assisted by Spindale and Rutherfordton firefighters. n Spindale firefighters responded to a fire investigation. n Sandy Mush firefighters responded to a structure fire, assisted by Forest City and SDO firefighters.

Urban Center will unveil its plan to house Charlotte area homeless

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Urban Ministry Center wants the city of Charlotte to change how the state’s largest city deals with the chronically homeless. The Charlotte Observer reported that center will unveil a $10 million project that includes apartments for up to 85 of the city’s most troubled homeless people and training needed to build a life. Moore Place will be based on similar programs in a half dozen cities that who that it’s cheaper to house the chronically homeless than to continue paying for their frequent trips to jail or the emergency room. Center officials say that from that perspective alone, the project could save the city an estimated $2 million in its first year.

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hould we rant against the reality TV shows or just the hair-brained dad in Colorado who concocted a crazy scheme to become the subject of a reality show? It wasn’t bad enough that Richard Henne took his wife and children with him when he chased bad storms and tornadoes. Nope, he wanted his own reality show, and news from Fort Collins Monday indicated a media outlet had contacted Henne about the stunt. Investigators are trying to determine if the media outlet — so far, unnamed — was involved in getting the stunt off the ground, so to speak. What are people thinking? This is crazy and is taking Andy Warhol’s comment about “everyone getting 15 minutes of fame” to a dangerous extreme. We encourage authorities to prosecute the people responsible for this dangerous stunt to the fullest extent of the law.

Our readers’ views Says all who live here should have a voice To the editor: My family moved to Rutherford County three years ago, this past June. We moved from Pembroke Pines, Fla. (a suburb of Miami). We did, in fact, have an “agenda” when we escaped Florida. Our agenda was simple: Get our children as far away from South Florida as possible. Find a small town that was safe to raise them. Get enough land that they could run around and enjoy the fresh air. Find other home-schooling families that believed the same things that we believed and worshipped the same God we worship. We did not come here because we had to. It was not because of a job relocation. My husband works from home, and could have chosen anywhere to live. However, we chose Rutherford County. We looked at homes in South Carolina and in surrounding North Carolina communities. But nothing compared to the “Small Town Friendly” atmosphere of Rutherfordton. I remember calling my mom the day I walked into the Green Hill Store and Lisa called me by name. “I’m a local!” I told her. I was thrilled! Shortly after arriving, we joined Cornerstone Fellowship Church and were blessed and amazed at how quickly we were adopted into their family. I love to tease my dear friend,

Kassie Wilson (who is a native to Rutherford County ) for the “funny” way she says things. She always reminds me that I’m the weird one around here! I love Rutherford County. Imagine my shock at being told Monday evening that I cannot speak up for my family because “I’m not from here.” And then, to read it in the Letters to the Editor the next day. Especially after finding out that the man who said that to me isn’t from here either! I am a Christian, a wife, a home-schooling mom, a director of a local soup kitchen, and leader of the Rutherford 912 group. If that makes me a radical, then so be it. At what point have I lived here long enough to be able to speak for myself, my children, and my community? To quote a native: “Day One.” Thank you, Rutherford County natives, for your “Small Town Friendly” attitude. It is a blessing to my family and I am proud to say I live here! Jennifer Naskov Rutherfordton

Objects to changes at convenience centers To the editor: Regarding the decision by the county commissioners to close the trash convenience centers on Sundays beginning Nov. 1: Big Mistake! Taking note of our pristine roadsides here in the county, we should be looking for more opportunities to collect trash, not less.

I have to think that even more trash will become litter by limiting access to these facilities for an entire weekend day. With this change, anyone entertaining on Saturday night, or cleaning their house on Sunday afternoon, will now be forced to wait until Monday to get rid of the resulting trash. For many, this will result in a trip to the convenience center on Monday evening, but be sure to get there by 7, since they are also shaving an hour off of the weekday schedule. What about anyone who spends a weekend at Lake Lure and wants or needs to take trash to the Bill’s Creek convenience center on their way out of town? Maybe they can pack a little lighter so they will have room in their cars to carry their trash to wherever they live. I personally feel that this is one of the worst decisions I have seen local government make. Let’s find that $46,000 savings anywhere else but here. Bill Coxe Ellenboro

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North Carolina’s growth brings gains and pains “It is like you picked up the entire population of the state of South Carolina and moved them into North Carolina.” This is the way Ferrel Guillory, director of UNCChapel Hill’s Program on Public Life, begins to talk about the impact of population growth in North Carolina since he moved here in 1972. In 1970 North Carolina had a little more than 5 million people. In 2010, we will have more than 9.5 million, up from about 8 million in 2000. The growth rate for the recent 10-year period is 19 percent. Since 1970, our state has almost doubled its population. Some parts of North Carolina are growing like gangbusters. Here for example are the 23 counties that will have grown over the 10-year period at a rate in excess of North Carolina’s 19 percent average: Union (69.7 percent), Brunswick (50.8 percent), Wake (49.1 per-

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cent), Camden (44.1 percent), Johnston (43.5 percent), Cabarrus (40.1 percent), Hoke (39.0 percent), Pender (34.3 percent), Iredell (32.6 percent), Mecklenburg (31.0 percent), Chatham (29.8 percent), Harnett (27.8 percent), Currituck (27.4 percent), Franklin (27.1 percent), Lincoln (23.2 percent), New Hanover (23.2 percent), Durham (22.9 percent), Clay (22.7 percent), Pitt (22.0 percent), Davie (21.7 percent), Lee (21.7 percent), Onslow (21.1 percent), and Henderson (20.4 percent). Although some of the growing counties are in mountain or coastal resort and retirement areas, big growth comes around the state’s growing urban regions. By themselves, Wake and Mecklenburg will have

added more than a half million people, accounting for about one-third of the state’s growth. Look at the growth in the counties touching Wake and Mecklenburg, Union and Johnston, for instance, and you see that the state’s urban and suburban areas are filling up with people. In the just released edition of Data-Net, Guillory calls this development the “metropolitanization” of North Carolina. Look again at the aboveaverage growth rate counties. There are only 23, meaning that the other 77 counties are average or below average in growth—19 percent or under. Some 14counties are losing population or not growing: Edgecombe (-7.3 percent), Martin (-7.2 percent), Hyde (-6.5 percent), Northampton (-4.7 percent), Washington (-4.7 percent), Halifax (-4.0 percent), Lenoir (-3.7 percent), Caswell (-1.2 percent), Jones (-1.0 percent), Pamlico (-0.5 percent), Warren (-0.5 percent), Bladen (-0.1 percent), Anson (0.1 percent),

and Rockingham (0.2 percent). The state’s rapid and uneven growth has consequences. Several of them are political. After the 2010 census, the legislature will redistrict itself and the state’s congressional districts. The political party that controls the legislature after next year’s election will do the job—and give it the opportunity to draw district lines that will give it a competitive edge for the next 10 years. As a result, next year’s partisan battles in competitive legislative races will be wild. Another result will come about regardless of partisan politics. It will be a shift of political power to the faster growing areas, especially Wake and Mecklenburg and the nearby counties. Guillory projects that Wake and Mecklenburg together will have about 23 seats in the state House and about 10 Senate seats—or about 20 percent of each house. Add to that total the rep-

resentation from the surrounding counties and the smaller urban areas in the Triad, Asheville, Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Greenville. When you do, you will have a legislature that is incrementally, but significantly, more “metropolitanized” than the one that it will replace. Finally, the state’s 10-year growth means that the population of every legislative district will be about 19 percent higher than it was in 2000. For example, the average number people in a house district will have grown from about 67,000 to about 80,000 and a senate district from about 160,000 to about 190,000. All this means an increased workload of constituent service for every legislator. With the increased workload will come more calls for more staff support and for a change from part-time to full-time legislators. D.G. Martin is hosting his final season of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, which airs Sundays at 5 p.m.


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FOREST CITY — If you’re looking for seasonal flu vaccine, you might have to look a little longer. Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department is currently out of adult seasonal flu vaccines, said Helen White, district clinical supervisor. As of Friday, White said, the only seasonal flu vaccines left in the department were doses for children ages 35 months and younger. When a new shipment of seasonal flu vaccines for adults could come, she said, is anybody’s guess. “I don’t know for 100 percent sure if we will have another clinic or we won’t,” she said. White said the health department was advising those seeking a seasonal flu shot to check with the physician’s offices and pharmacies, but that many patients had said they had contacted the health department because their own doctor’s office didn’t have any either. At least two locations in the county have seasonal flu vaccination clinics scheduled for today – CVS in Rutherfordton will hold a clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Food Lion in Forest City during the same hours. According to Lesley Koonce, a pharmacist/owner of Spindale Drug, you may want to call ahead to verify the clinic will still be held. “We called ourselves around various places last week so our employees could get one, and even places that had clinics scheduled were out,” Koonce said. Spindale Drug currently can’t get any seasonal flu vaccines, in part because a problem with production for one of the vaccine manufacturers. “I think it’s been declared a national shortage,” she said. “We were told by our wholesaler that we might get more in November and December.” Koonce said national news coverage of H1N1, she believed, had made people more aware of flu in general and had lead to more people seeking vaccines this year. H1N1 vaccines could be available at Spindale Drug as early as this week. The health department is also offering H1N1 flu nasal mist vaccine Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The mist is approved for people ages 2 through 49 who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions. For more information on the vaccine, call the health department at 287-6100. As for seasonal flu vaccine, “We keep being told there will be enough later,” Koonce said. Contact Flynn via e-mail aflynn@thedigitalcourier.com.

Middle school teacher faces sex charges

WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — A middle school drama teacher in North Carolina once convicted of embezzlement now faces 10 charges of sexual misconduct with a student. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Monday that 57-year-old Ralph David Surridge was being held on a $2 million bond. Surridge has worked at Mineral Springs Middle School seven years. Court records show that Surridge had been convicted of embezzlement in New Hanover County in 1985. School system spokesman Theo Helm said someone convicted of embezzlement would be able to work as a teacher but would not be considered for positions that involved handling money.

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Flu shot Obituaries supply running short By ALLISON FLYNN

Mal Matheny

Mal Matheny, of Cliffside, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home.

Ben Wall Jr. Ben Evans Wall Jr., 79, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at Hospice House in Forest City. A native of Wallburg, he was a son of the late Ben Evans Wall and Annie Giles Wall. He was an active member of Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church, an Army veteran of the Korean War, and served on the board of trustees for Lees McRae College. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan Deviney Wall; two daughters, Mary Ann Wall Joyce of Clemmons, and Jane Evans “Jody” Wall of Charlotte; one sister, Anne Wall Mallgraf of Southern Pines; and one brother, Dr. George Wall of Roanoke, Va. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church with Dr. Don Scofield officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lees McRae College, Advancement Office, Ben Wall Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604; or Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1133, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the Wall family. Online condolences www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com.

Martin Conner Martin Conner, 76, of Spindale, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 at Hospice House in Forest City. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Willie Ray Conner and Dottie Murphy Conner. He worked in furniture manufacturing with Wright’s Veneering Company and Broyhill Industries for 27 years before his retirement. He was a member of Mt. Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Ann Conner Simpson, Dorothy Sue Conner Elliott, and Dale Ramona Conner Gosnell, all of Forest City; three sons, Danny Jay Conner of Fletcher, Donald Gene Conner of Forest City, and Douglas Ray Conner of Bostic; three sisters, Oneida Camp of East Flatrock, Winnie Hensley of Rutherfordton, and Hope Brenn of Akron, Ohio; one brother, Clyde Conner of Saluda; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Philbeck officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harrelson Funeral Home. Online condolences www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Bradley Jerry Dean Bradley, 70, of 2490 Gaffney Rd., Mooresboro, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Barney and Ruleen Ray Bradley. He was a retired truck driver and formerly employed by Turner and J.B. Hunt Trucking. He is survived by his wife, Avis Street Bradley; four daughters, Rebecca B. Canipe of Boiling Springs, Sarah B. Terry of Swainsville, Anita Bradley of Swannanoa, and Tina B. Couch of Ellenboro; one

brother, James Bradley of Ellenboro; one sister, Shirley Hardin of Forest City; 15 grandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at The A.C. McKinney Memorial Chapel of McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Cemetery in Shelby. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com.

Mittie Hord Mittie Conner Hord, 92, of Shelby, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center. Born in Iredell County, she was a daughter of the late George William Conner and Hattie Gantt Conner, and also preceded in death by her husband, Jesse R. Hord, and a son. She was a retired seamstress and homemaker, and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She is survived by one son, Steve Hord of Shelby; one daughter, Diane Kenney of Gainesville, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Polly Hord of Mooresboro; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at The A.C. McKinney Memorial Chapel of McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home with the Revs. Brian Johnson and Buddy Morehead officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Trinity Baptist Church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Cleveland Pines Nursing Center, 1404 N. Lafayette St., Shelby, NC 28150. Online condolences www.mckinneylandrethfuneralhome.com.

Megan Sanders Megan “Baby Girl” Nicole Sanders, 18, of 1616 Chatfield Road, Shelby, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at Carolina Medical Center, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of Ashley Blanton Sanders and Grady Philip Sanders of Shelby. She was a student at Cleveland Community College and a member of Union Baptist Church, where she was formerly active in GAs. In addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers, William Lee Sanders, Philip Coleman Sanders, and James Marshall Cole; a sister, Leah Christine Cole of Shelby; her grandmothers, Carol Frances Watson of Shelby, and Patricia Goins of Boiling Springs; her grandfather, Richard Coleman Blanton and wife Linda of Cherryville; and her greatgrandmother, Mildred S. Blanton of Shelby.

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A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home in Shelby with the Rev. Mike Shumate officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland County, 412 W. Sumter St., Shelby, NC 28150; or to Union Baptist Church, Youth Fund, 3800 Polkville Rd., Shelby, NC 28150; or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com.

Renee Edwards Vickie “Renee” Allen Edwards, 60, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Forest City, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at her home. A native of Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late William “Bill” Allen and Addie “Charleen” Allen. She graduated from Crest High School in 1967 and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was an auxiliary police officer in Forest City, and also helped with the ownership and operation of Edwards Carpet and Floor Covering in Myrtle Beach. She was an active member of The Beach Church in Myrtle Beach. Survivors include her husband, Michael Edwards of Myrtle Beach; two sons, Chris Jolley of Spartanburg, S.C., and Chad Jolley of Cliffside; two stepsons, Chris Edwards of Fort Bragg, and Adam Edwards of Ellenboro; three brothers, Ronny Allen, Danny Allen and Terry Allen, and sisters, Pamela Greene and Sherry Hawkins, all of Shelby; six grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends. Memorial services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cleveland Funeral Services with the Rev. Keith Dixon officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences www.clevelandfuneralservice.com.

Vickie Edwards Vickie Renee Allen Edwards, age 60, of Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Forest City, NC died Friday, October 16, 2009, at home. Born on January 30, 1949 in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late William “Bill” Allen and Addie “Charleen” Allen. Renee graduated from Crest High School in 1967 and was a sister in the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was an Auxiliary Police Officer in Forest City, NC and also helped with the ownership and operation of Edwards Carpet and Floor Covering in Myrtle Beach, and was an active member in The Beach Church of Myrtle Beach, SC. She is survived by her husband, Michael Edwards of Myrtle Beach, SC; two sons, Chris Jolley and wife, Carla of Spartanburg, SC and Chad Jolley and wife Tracy of Cliffside, NC; two step-sons, Chris Edwards and wife, Valerie of Ft. Brag, NC and Adam Edwards of Shelby, NC; three brothers, Ronny Allen, Danny Allen and Terry Allen all of Shelby; two sisters, Pamela Greene and Sherry Hawkins both of Shelby and six grandchildren, Campbell, Daylan, Hunter, Tyler, Katalyn and Aedan. Also survived by a host of extended family and friends. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from 5-6:30PM at Cleveland Funeral Services. A memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 6:30 PM at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel with Rev. Keith Dixon officiating. Cleveland Funeral Services is serving the family. A guest register is available at: www.clevelandfuneralservice.com

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Deaths Howard Barton Unruh TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Howard Barton Unruh, who killed 13 people as he walked the streets of Camden in a psychotic 1949 shooting spree that was the nation’s worst mass murder at the time, died Monday. He was 88. Unruh had been confined in a state psychiatric hospital since the killings, which became known as the “Walk of Death.” Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, he confessed to the killings and was judged mentally competent but never tried for the Sept. 6, 1949, massacre. Unruh, then a 28-year-old honorably discharged World War II combat veteran and pharmacy student, planned the killings for more than a year. He kept a meticulous journal on his intended victims. He killed five men, five women and three children. Some Unruh knew and intentionally targeted; others were simply strangers he encountered on the street that morning. A recluse who read the Bible and loved guns, he was convinced his neighbors were ridiculing him behind his back and plotting against him. He was also depressed about his homosexual liaisons in a Philadelphia movie theater.

Ben Evans Wall, Jr. Ben Evans Wall, Jr., age 79, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Saturday, October 17, 2009, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 28, 1929, in Wallburg, N.C. he was a son of Ben Evans Wall and Annie Giles Wall. He served as Ambassador inChief, Hickory Conclave, Royal Ambassadors of the Baptist Church. Ben was a member of the first football team following the war at R-S Central High School. He also played on the basketball team and baseball teams. On the College level at Mars Hill College and Gardner-Webb College he continued to play football. As an adult he was an avid golfer. He was a member of the all County Band of Rutherford County and Boy Scouts of America. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, recipient of the Purple Heart and other coveted military citations. He was married to Joan Deviney on June 26, 1954. He became an active member of Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church. He served as Sunday School teacher and superintendent, a member of the Board of Deacons, Board of Elders and Clerk of the Session; President of the men of the church and youth leader. He served as a representating elder with Rev. Pete Preston to develop Fairfield Mountains Chapel, from the Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Lees McRae Board of Trustees, Banner Elk, NC. He served as president of the Rutherford County Farm Bureau and president of the Rutherford County Historical Society. He was preceded in death by sister, Elizabeth Wall Connelly and his parents, Ben Evans and Annie Giles Wall. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan Deviney Wall, and two daughters, Mary Ann Wall Joyce and her husband, Walt of Clemmons, NC and Jane Evans (Jody) Wall of Charlotte, NC; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Evans Joyce of Chapel Hill, NC and Benjamin Alexander Joyce of Clemmons, NC; one sister, Anne Wall Mallgraf and her husband, William of Southern Pines, NC, one brother Dr. George Wall and wife, Billie of Roanoke, Va. The family will receive friends following the service Wednesday in the church fellowship hall. A Memorial service will be held at Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church at 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 21, 2009 with Dr. Don Scofield officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lees McRae College, Advancement office, Ben Wall Scholarship Fund, PO Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604 or Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church; PO Box 1133, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the Wall family. Guest register at: www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com Paid obit.


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Calendar/Local Visitors

Meetings/other Habitat dedication: Habitat for Humanity will dedicate two homes (54th and 55th homes) in Rutherford County on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. The homes, located side-by-side at 242 and 248 Flack Rd. in Forest City will belong to Latasha Hampton and Sharon Harmon. Built by the Habitat Volunteer Construction Crews, FaithWorks Coalition of Churches and the Women Build team. Lost Playwrights meeting: Lost Playwrights of Western North Carolina will meet Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 4 p.m., at Doc’s Deli, on the corner of Grove and Barnwell streets in Hendersonville. Performance of short works at 7 p.m. A $5 donation appreciated. Those interested in any aspect of theatre are invited. Regular meeting: Rutherford County Democrat Club will meet Monday, Oct. 26, at Democrat Headquarters, downtown headquarters. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Financial Aid Workshop: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m., at R-S Central High School for seniors and their parents. Annual meeting: Forest City Little League; Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m., at Mooneyham Library, Forest City; election of officers will be held; all coaches, parents and interested parties urged to attend.

Miscellaneous Cosmetology specials: ICC’s Cosmetology Department will offer perm specials Nov. 3-6, Tuesday Thursday appointments at 9 a.m., 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Friday appointments 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. only; includes shampoo, hair cut, perm or relaxer and style for $10. Call 286-2319 for an appointment. Arts Exhibits: Pottery by Cindy Streib and paintings by Fran Brooks are on display at the Visual Arts Gallery, 173 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Hours are TuesdaySaturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paintings by Evelyn Roberson are on display at the Norris Library, 132 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to noon.

Fundraisers Tailgate/trunk yard sale: Friday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rutherford County Senior Center, 193 Callahan-Koon RD., Spindale; more than 30 vendors, large variety of items. Auction, hot dog supper: Friday, Oct. 23, S.D.O. Fire Department; hot dog supper and auction preview from 5 to 6 p.m.; no set price, donations accepted; auction starts at 6 p.m. (cash only); sponsored by Long Branch Road Baptist Church; proceeds for Team Kids and a new fellowship hall. Poor man’s supper: Saturday, Oct. 24, 5 to 7 p.m.; Sunshine United Methodist Church, DePriest Road., off Bostic-Sunshine Highway; adults $7, children $2.50. Fall Bazaar: Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Long Branch Road Baptist Church crafts, bake sale, Christmas decorations, White Elephant sale, and much more; biscuit breakfast at 7 a.m.; hotdog/ chips, or soup/cornbread at 11:30 a.m. Poor man’s supper: Saturday, Oct. 24, 4 to 6:30 p.m., High Shoal Baptist Church, 284 High Shoals Church Rd., Henrietta; adults $5, kids $2.50, under 6 free; all you care to eat; proceeds go toward the needy family Christmas fund. Silent auction: Yokefellow Service Center, 102 Blanton Rd., Spindale. Items include Madame Alexander Dolls, 10 karat gold ring, sterling bracelet, Home Interior pictures and much more can be viewed through Oct. 24.

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I would like Stokes County to learn what Rutherford County Continued from Page 1 has taken from this. They have seen what needs to be done, effort has to be made to build the they’re doing something about it, land back up. The animal manure adds nitrogen and helps build the soil, they’re getting the kids involved, and sales of the animals are a moneyand I think that is fantastic. In maker for the school. Stokes County, we are hurting as The visitors got to see Billy Ray, the Ossabaw Island pig, and the teacher badly as Rutherford, and I think explained how the “red meat” hog if we can get some programs set is being crossed with other breeds up and get the education in the to produce leaner meat, since the Ossabaw naturally is a fatty animal. schools and get the younger kids Ideally, he explained, the school interested, I think we’ll be OK in would like to have six sows and breed the future. one a month with the Ossabaw. “It looks like Billy Ray has a home for life,” Higgins noted. The teacher said he is in his fourth year at R-S Central, and the number of students in the program has grown from 75 to more than 200, a testimony to the growing popularity of the program. Higgins spoke with pride of the successes of the farm program at the school, but he warned his visitors that soil building and the effort to become sustainable is “a long-term process.” “This is an animal science facility,” he said, with the livestock being raised for meat and milk. He noted, for example, that 35 chickens were sold to a county restaurant as broilers. The Stokes visitors also were shown the school’s two greenhouses, including the one that was recently completed. “I would like Stokes County to learn

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Swink’s presence will mean a new member of the board for the first time in many years. “I used to be the youngest on the council, but I’m glad to see Jeff wanting to get involved,” said Wright. “There’s still a lot for us to learn, but I’m glad to be serving with all of these men. A lot of people have asked me about the surplus we have and said that is a lot of money to keep around. But there are new laws that require us to keep four months worth of operating expenses on hand so we’re meeting our obligations.” The town has about $800,000 in the bank. “Financially we’re doing pretty well,” Lattimore said. “And we now have an emergency generator for use if a storm comes through and knocks out power again. I’d also like to say how good it is to see some new folks com-

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exactly where all meters, hydrants and lines are located. Walden said the “prospects are pretty good” for receiving the grant, and the board voted to proceed with the grant effort. The board also agreed to apply to the N.C. Department of Commerce for $70,000 to run the waterline inside River Stone. There is no matching portion required on this project. Walden informed the board that there is an industrial prospect for the site, so the town needed to move on the waterline matter. The possibility of being able to run the waterline is intended to help the recruiting process for the unnamed industry move forward. Mayor Jimmy Gibson noted that a 16-inch waterline already runs to the River Stone Park, so the grant would fund work inside the park. The board unanimously agreed to seek the grant. Walden also suggested that the

Pastoral celebration: In honor of the Rev. Jerry Ruppe for 25 years as pastor of Long Branch Road Baptist Church; Sunday, Oct. 25; Sunday School 10 a.m., worship service 11 a.m., covered dish meal afterwards. Homecoming: Sunday, Oct. 25, Grace Missionary Methodist Church, corner of 221A and Kelly Road, Caroleen; special music with the Gospel Travelers at 10 a.m.; Pastor Frank Lewis will preach at 11 a.m.; Danny Bumgarner, pastor of the church.

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ing and participating in our meetings and to say thank you to the new ladies auxiliary that has been formed.” Hollifield compliment his fellow board members and the mayor. “Most of us have been on this board for a while now,” Hollifield said. “Now, we don’t always agree on everything, but we usually work it out to the betterment of Bostic. Our financially stability is the best it has ever been. I suppose that means folks are happy with us as no one else is running against us. When I first started, the state would sometimes send us letters and complain about our financial situation. But through the years we’ve worked it out.” During his remarks, Dobbins discussed some buildings that had been demolished over the years and some well-known landmarks he hopes to keep in the town. “Many of the buildings we tore down were very old and couldn’t really be renovated,” Dobbins said. “A lot of those buildings had bricks that were from the old Bostic Brickyard.

But many of the old buildings still around are still in use. The old bank is Town Hall, the Bostic Lincoln Center is in the old depot. These buildings are still occupied and will be for quite some time.”

board contract with East Coast Risk Management for a risk management program for the town. The town once had a full-time risk manager, but the position fell to budget cuts. Walden said he had talked to the town’s insurance carrier and East Coast was recommended. He noted that the company would provide employee safety training monthly and monitor the town’s workmen’s compensation insurance. Walden said the town is not trying to prevent access to workmen’s compensation with the program. In fact, he said, it should prove to be an employee benefit by raising the consciousness of all employees to be safe. The cost of the program is $3,000 per month, Walden said, but added that the town’s insurance premiums likely will be reduced by more than that because the “insurance company will recognize this as they set rates.” But Walden said he could not guarantee any savings. Board member Shawn Moore said, “$3,000 is a lot of money based on ‘think’ or ‘hope’ (insurance rates will go down). That’s

$36,000 a year.” Commissioner Lee asked if the $36,000 a year could be used to create a job. But Walden said that it would take three to five years for a new employee to reach the level of expertise that the risk management company could provide now. “These are professional people in their field,” Walden said. Moore suggested that it might be better to “get other quotes and talk to other towns for feedback.” David Lloyd, the town’s attorney, said, “In principle, I am very much in favor of a program like this. You have a formalized program in place.” City Manager Chuck Summey commented that the program may cost $36,000, but it could save the town $60,000 or $80,000 or more. The board asked Walden to come back with comparative rates and other towns’ experiences with the company, and tabled the issue until at least the next board meeting.

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Revival: Through Oct. 21, 7 nightly, Little Bethel Church in Rutherfordton; speaker, Minister Dwayne Lytle, associate pastor at Mountain View Baptist Church.

what Rutherford County has taken from this,” said Kaye Moorefield, treasurer/ secretary for the farmers market of Stokes County, on Monday at R-S Central. “They have seen what needs to be done, they’re doing something about it, they’re getting the kids involved, and I think that is fantastic. In Stokes County, we are hurting as badly as Rutherford, and I think if we can get some programs set up and get the education in the schools and get the younger kids interested, I think we’ll be OK in the future.” Among the other visitors from Stokes County were: Michael Hylton, interim director of the N.C.

Finally, Mayor Harrill mentioned some long range plans he hopes to accomplish in his next term. “I want to thank my board,” Harrill said. “As mayor you need a good board to get anything done and sometimes in the paper, I get all the credit for their hard work. We do have some plans we’re working on. First, we might acquire some new property for the town that could be a place to store another fire truck. And we might make some changes to our parks to make them more focused on children.” The forum was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Courtside Eatery. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

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Singing: Sunday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m., Village Chapel Church, 141 Huntley St., Forest City; featuring the Green River Boys from Polk County.

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— Kaye Moorefield Treasurer/secretary for the farmers market of Stokes County

Cooperative Extension Service in Stokes County; Harvey Moser, president of the King Farmers Market and Stokes County Economic Development Director Alan Wood. “There’s a variety of people from the county to see what we can do to help Stokes County,” Moorefield said. She said that in many ways, Stokes is “a sister county to Rutherford, with job losses, farmland usage, loss of farms. I think it is the same, or very similar.” Farmers Fresh Market has linked Rutherford County farmers to the lucrative Charlotte market and the Stokes County visitors are hopeful that their farmers can likewise be linked to Winston-Salem and Greensboro markets. When the Stokes County group arrived, they were welcomed by Jim Brown, chair of the Foothills Connect board. During introductions, the contingent met County Manager John Condrey, regional heritage tourism official Frankie McWhorter and Liz Rose, owner of Café at the Mall in Forest City. Rose, an enthusiastic supporter of the Farmers Fresh Market project, urged the visitors to get local restaurants involved in buying from the local producers. She showed them what she places on her tables to promote the local producers and to let her customers know she is buying from local sources.

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Forest City Owls announce schedule FOREST CITY — The Forest City Owls have announced their 2010 season schedule. The schedule features 56 Coastal Plain League contests with two exhibition games. Opening Day for the Owls is Wednesday May 26 versus the Gastonia Grizzlies at McNair Field. All home games are set for 7:05 pm. Season tickets are now on sale by calling (828) 245-0000. A complete schedule is available at www.forestcitybaseball. com. The regular season starts on Wednesday, May 26th and runs through Monday, August 2nd. The league’s annual AllStar Fan Fest and All-Star Game will be on July 19th and 20th. The location of the 2010 CPL All-Star Game will be announced soon. The 15 teams will be broken into three divisions. The Marlins, entering the Coastal Plain League for the 2010 season, will enter the league’s South Division, joining the Columbia Blowfish, Fayetteville SwampDogs, Florence RedWolves and Wilmington Sharks. Meanwhile, the Wilson Tobs will move from the South to the North Division. Joining the Tobs will be the Edenton Steamers, the Outer Banks Daredevils, the Peninsula Pilots and the Petersburg Generals. Finally, the West will stick with the same look as they had in 2009, and will be made up of the Asheboro Copperheads, the Forest City Owls, the Gastonia Grizzlies, the Martinsville Mustangs and the Thomasville HiToms. All together, each team will play a 56-game schedule, with a large concentration on divisional games. In addition, the schedule will remain a splitformat one, with 28 games per club in the first half and another 28 in the second half. The Petitt Cup Playoffs will consist of three rounds beginning on August 4. The playoffs were a big hit for fans and teams alike in 2009, and fans will notice that the first round of the 2010 Petitt Cup Playoffs has moved from a single-elimination game to a best two-ofthree series.

Pistons donating 1k pairs of new shoes AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are teaming up with charity to donate 1,000 pairs of new shoes and socks to kids. The team is scheduled to be on hand Tuesday to help distribute the shoes at a Detroit event. It’s part of the NBA Cares “Week of Service,” where NBA teams are giving a day of community service. The team is working with Charlotte-based Samaritan’s Feet on the project.

Local Sports CROSS COUNTRY 4 p.m. Chase, E. Rutherford and R-S Central at Freedom VOLLEYBALL 4:30 p.m. Owen at Thomas Jefferson

On TV 10:15 a.m. (ESPN2) Soccer FIFA U-20 World Cup — Semifinal. 1:45 p.m. (ESPN2) Soccer FIFA U-20 World Cup — Semifinal. 8 p.m. (ESPN2) College Football Arkansas State at Louisiana-Monroe.

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East Rutherford athletic director and head baseball coach Bobby Reynolds is joined by Forest City councilman Steve Holland (to coach’s left), Monica Lee (to coach’s right), and second row (l to r) Ferrell Hamrick, Terry Self, Kevin Helton, and Danny Myers all join the 2009-10 Cavaliers Baseball team as they break ground on the school’s new baseball training facility.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes (54) falls over the top of tight end Jeff King (47) as King scores a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla., Sunday. Associated Press

Pros, cons of Panthers 2-game streak CHARLOTTE (AP) — There are reasons for Carolina to feel confident. The dominant running game from 2008 has reappeared, Julius Peppers is on perhaps the best two-game stretch of his career and the Panthers have won two straight after an 0-3 start. But the negatives are piling up, too. Jake Delhomme keeps throwing interceptions, Steve Smith is upset and the narrow, ugly victories of the past two weeks have come against the NFL’s doormats. Through five games, it’s still tough to figure these Panthers.

Sunday’s 28-21 win over winless Tampa Bay provided the contradictions. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart helped the Panthers (2-3) rush for 267 yards and the defense, led by Peppers’ two sacks, allowed only one touchdown. Yet the passing game remains one of the league’s worst. After being held to one catch for four yards — the only passing play on Carolina’s 16-play, game-winning drive — Smith let out his frustrations in the locker room. “I’m no longer an asset to this team,” he said. Coach John Fox on Monday said he

hadn’t talked to Smith about his comments, but said the constant doubleteams he’s faced helped get the running game going. “I can’t call the opponent up and ask them not to do that. They get to do what they want,” Fox said. “That opens up other things for our football team and gives us an opportunity to win.” The Panthers ran the ball 48 times and passed 17 against the Buccaneers, with Williams (152 yards, 2 TDs) and Stewart (110 yards, 1 TD) looking like Please see Panthers, Page 9

Earnhardt in the dumps over season By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer

CHARLOTTE — Nobody is trying to sugarcoat the trainwreck that is Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s season. He knows it’s bad. His car owner knows it’s bad. All of NASCAR knows it’s bad. Only nobody knows how to fix it. And as the most prolific pairing in NASCAR history teeters on the brink of disaster, car owner Rick Hendrick is in a race to figure out what to do with his No. 88 team before Earnhardt loses what’s left of his crumbling confidence. “I’m as frustrated as those guys are,” Hendrick said of Earnhardt’s team. “But I can tell you this ... I’m as committed as I know how to be, and we’re all committed to each other. We’re just going to keep digging.” It’s bizarre how bad things are for Earnhardt, who is stuck in a maddening slide at the same time his Hendrick Motorsports teammates hold down the Please see NASCAR, Page 9

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is shown during practice for Saturday’s NASCAR Banking 500 auto race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. Associated Press


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Scoreboard BASEBALL Postseason Baseball

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES American League NEW YORK 2, LOS ANGELES 1 Friday, Oct. 16 New York 4, Los Angeles 1 Saturday, Oct. 17 New York 4, Los Angeles 3, 13 innings Monday, Oct. 19 Los Angeles 5, New York 4, 11 innings Tuesday, Oct. 20 New York (Sabathia 19-8) at Los Angeles (Kazmir 10-9), 7:57 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 x-New York at Los Angeles, 7:57 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 x-Los Angeles at New York, 4:13 or 8:07 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 x-Los Angeles at New York, 8:20 p.m. National League PHILADELPHIA 2, LOS ANGELES 1 Thursday, Oct. 15 Philadelphia 8, Los Angeles 6 Friday, Oct. 16 Los Angeles 2, Philadelphia 1 Sunday, Oct. 18 Philadelphia 11, Los Angeles 0 Monday, Oct. 19 Los Angeles (Wolf 11-7) at Philadelphia (Blanton 12-8), late Wednesday, Oct. 21 Los Angeles at Philadelphia, 8:07 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 x-Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 8:07 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 x-Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 8:07 p.m.

FOOTBALL National Football League

AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 4 2 0 .667 163 N.Y. Jets 3 3 0 .500 114 Miami 2 3 0 .400 112 Buffalo 2 4 0 .333 93 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 5 0 0 1.000 137 Jacksonville 3 3 0 .500 120 Houston 3 3 0 .500 143 Tennessee 0 6 0 .000 84 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 4 2 0 .667 118 Pittsburgh 4 2 0 .667 140 Baltimore 3 3 0 .500 169 Cleveland 1 5 0 .167 69 West W L T Pct PF Denver 5 0 0 1.000 99 San Diego 2 2 0 .500 101 Oakland 2 4 0 .333 62 Kansas City 1 5 0 .167 98

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF N.Y. Giants 5 1 0 .833 178 Dallas 3 2 0 .600 122 Philadelphia 3 2 0 .600 136 Washington 2 4 0 .333 79 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 5 0 0 1.000 192 Atlanta 4 1 0 .800 123 Carolina 2 3 0 .400 85 Tampa Bay 0 6 0 .000 89 North W L T Pct PF Minnesota 6 0 0 1.000 189 Green Bay 3 2 0 .600 130 Chicago 3 2 0 .600 119 Detroit 1 5 0 .167 103 West W L T Pct PF San Francisco 3 2 0 .600 112 Arizona 3 2 0 .600 112 Seattle 2 4 0 .333 118 St. Louis 0 6 0 .000 54

Sunday’s Games Green Bay 26, Detroit 0 New Orleans 48, N.Y. Giants 27 Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 14 Houston 28, Cincinnati 17 Kansas City 14, Washington 6 Carolina 28, Tampa Bay 21 Jacksonville 23, St. Louis 20, OT Minnesota 33, Baltimore 31 Arizona 27, Seattle 3 Oakland 13, Philadelphia 9 Buffalo 16, N.Y. Jets 13, OT New England 59, Tennessee 0 Atlanta 21, Chicago 14 Open: Indianapolis, Miami, Dallas, Francisco Monday’s Game Denver at San Diego, late Sunday, Oct. 25 Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Houston, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at St. Louis, 1 p.m. San Diego at Kansas City, 1 p.m. New England at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Carolina, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Atlanta at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Cincinnati, 4:15 p.m. New Orleans at Miami, 4:15 p.m.

PA 91 104 106 129 PA 71 147 137 198 PA 118 112 130 148 PA 43 102 139 144 PA 119 98 99 96 PA 93 77 125 168 PA 121 93 99 188 PA 98 92 109 169

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Arizona at N.Y. Giants, 8:20 p.m. Open: Denver, Seattle, Detroit, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Tennessee Monday, Oct. 26 Philadelphia at Washington, 8:30 p.m. South Mountain 2A/3A Conf. Overall W L W L PF PA R-S Central 4 0 8 1 262 90 Shelby 3 0 7 1 203 79 Burns 3 0 3 5 241 251 East Ruth. 1 2 3 5 166 191 Patton 1 3 4 5 131 174 Freedom 0 3 2 6 134 203 Chase 0 4 2 7 67 219 Friday’s games Shelby 27, Chase 0 Burns 48, East Rutherford 30 Hickory 20, Freedom 9 R-S Central 23, Patton 7 Oct. 23 games R-S Central at Shelby, 7:30 p.m. Freedom at East Rutherford, 7:30 p.m. Patton at Burns, 7:30 p.m. Chase bye week R-S Central 23, Patton 7 RS — 7 3 13 0 — 23 PT — 0 7 0 0 — 7 First Quarter RS — J. Kinlaw 18-yard run (C. Owens PAT) Second Quarter RS — C. Owens 24-yard field goal PT — J. Reed 9-yard run (K. Stone PAT) Third Quarter RS — C. Green 10-yard run (2-point conv. no good) RS — J. Kinlaw 79-yard run (C. Owens PAT) RUSHING RS — C. Green 19-76-TD; J. Kinlaw 11-121-2 TD; C. Jimerson 4-4; T. Abrams 3-9; L. Brown 2-8; D. Petty 1-6; W. Lynch 2-(-8). PT — B. Bethel 24-87; Z. Cole 9-23; T. Buchanan 6-5; J. Bristol 4-18; J. Reed 2-13-TD; D. Flowers 1-3. PASSING RS — J. Kinlaw 5-11-74. PT — T. Buchanan 1-12-INT-12. RECEIVING RS — C. Jimerson 3-50, T. Abrams 1-15, L. Brown 1-9. PT — Z. Holden 1-12. Shelby 27, Chase 0 SH — 20 7 0 0 — 27 CH — 0 0 0 0 — 0 First Quarter SH — K. Key 1 yard run (PAT blocked) SH — M. Beam 61 yard run (B. Cheaney PAT) SH — K. Key 3 yard run (B. Cheaney PAT) Second Quarter SH — D. Fuller 44 yard pass to C. Hines (B. Cheaney PAT) RUSHING SH — E. Boyd 6-37; K. Key 5-17-2 TD; G. Jennings 4-36; D. Cooper 4-4; B. Moss 3-21; S. Clark 3-(-7); J. Farrar 1-(-8); Q. Hopper 1-(-1); D. Fuller 2-(-4); Team 4-(-17). CH — T. Gossett 17-34; D, Hines 9-22; J. Miller 8-99; R. McDaniel 2-5; T. Gaffney 2-(-3); T. McMullins 1-(-1). PASSING SH — D. Fuller 1-1-44-TD; S. Clark 0-2. CH — T. Gossett 1-9-INT-10. RECEIVING SH — C. Hines 1-44-TD. CH — D. Gossett 1-10. Burns 48, East Rutherford 30 ER — 3 7 7 13 — 30 BN — 6 29 0 13 — 48 First Quarter BN — Blake Pressley 10 pass from Brandon Littlejohn (kick failed) ER — 27 FG Ryan Bailey Second Quarter BN — Darius Ramsey 7 run (Andrew Toney kick) ER — 92 kickoff return Tyler Hamilton (Bailey kick) BN — Joe Ross 13 pass from Littlejohn (Toney kick) BN — Q. Littlejohn 1 run (Ramsey run) BN — Pressley 60 run (Toney kick) Third Quarter ER — 88 kickoff return Adrian Wilkins (Bailey kick) Fourth Quarter BN — 77 interception return Joe Ross (Toney kick) BN — Travond Ross 3 pass from Littlejohn (pass failed) ER — A. Wilkins 15 run (kick failed) ER — O’Darren Wilkins 12 pass from Mikhail Baxter (Bailey kick) RUSHING ER — Hamilton 20-107, Wilkins 9-59. BN — Pressley 9-141, Ramsey 14-49. PASSING ER — Baxter 7-16-2-87. BN — Littlejohn 9-16-2-122. RECEIVING ER —Wilkins 3-68. BN — Ager 2-39; Pressley 3-42; Ross 2-21.

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division

GP W L OT Pts GF N.Y. Rangers 8 7 1 0 14 32 Pittsburgh 8 7 1 0 14 28 New Jersey 7 4 3 0 8 18 Philadelphia 6 3 2 1 7 21 N.Y. Islanders 6 0 3 3 3 13 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Ottawa 7 5 2 0 10 22 Buffalo 6 4 1 1 9 18 Boston 7 3 4 0 6 20 Montreal 7 2 5 0 4 15 Toronto 7 0 6 1 1 14 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 8 4 2 2 10 29 Atlanta 5 4 1 0 8 20 Tampa Bay 7 2 3 2 6 17 Carolina 7 2 4 1 5 15 Florida 6 2 4 0 4 14 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 8 5 2 1 11 29 Columbus 6 5 1 0 10 18 St. Louis 6 3 2 1 7 19 Detroit 7 3 3 1 7 22 Nashville 7 2 4 1 5 10 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Colorado 8 6 1 1 13 28 Calgary 8 5 2 1 11 30 Edmonton 7 4 2 1 9 28 Vancouver 7 3 4 0 6 22 Minnesota 7 1 6 0 2 15 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF Phoenix 7 5 2 0 10 18 Dallas 7 3 1 3 9 24 San Jose 8 4 3 1 9 25 Los Angeles 8 4 4 0 8 24 Anaheim 7 3 3 1 7 16

GA 15 18 19 19 23 GA 16 12 23 24 32 GA 24 13 27 22 22 GA 23 12 15 25 23 GA 18 28 21 23 25 GA 10 20 23 28 21

Monday’s Games San Jose, 7, N.Y. Rangers, 3 Los Angeles at Dallas, late Vancouver at Edmonton, late Tuesday’s Games St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Columbus at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Nashville at Boston, 7 p.m. Carolina at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Angels win Game 3 in 10th

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Boston 5 1 .833 Philadelphia 5 1 .833 New York 2 2 .500 Toronto 2 5 .286 New Jersey 0 5 .000 Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 5 0 1.000 Atlanta 3 1 .750 Washington 3 2 .600 Miami 1 4 .200 Charlotte 1 5 .167 Central Division W L Pct Chicago 5 1 .833 Detroit 3 3 .500 Milwaukee 3 3 .500 Cleveland 2 3 .400 Indiana 2 3 .400 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 4 1 .800 Houston 3 3 .500 San Antonio 2 2 .500 Memphis 2 4 .333 New Orleans 2 4 .333 Northwest Division W L Pct Utah 3 2 .600 Portland 3 3 .500 Oklahoma City 2 2 .500 Denver 2 3 .400 Minnesota 1 4 .200 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Lakers 4 1 .800 L.A. Clippers 4 2 .667 Golden State 3 3 .500 Phoenix 2 3 .400 Sacramento 1 3 .250

GB —  —  2  3 1/2 4 1/2 GB —  1 1/2 2  4  4 1/2 GB —  2  2  2 1/2 2 1/2 GB —  1 1/2 1 1/2 2 1/2 2 1/2 GB —  1/2 1/2 1  2  GB —  1/2 1 1/2 2  2 1/2

Monday’s Games Atlanta, 113, Washington, 95 Orlando at Chicago, late Oklahoma City at Houston, late Tuesday’s Games Milwaukee at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Dallas vs. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Boston at New York, 7:30 p.m. San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at Denver, 9 p.m. Utah at Portland, 10 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Golden State vs. L.A. Lakers, 10 p.m. Maccabi at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 New York at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Indiana at Orlando, 7 p.m. Boston at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Memphis at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Hilltoppers, Panthers play to scoreless tie By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

RUTHERFORDTON — Nobody could in the regulation, nor in overtime, nor in double overtime. Two of the top tier teams in SMAC play, R-S Central and Patton went through 100 minutes of soccer on Monday night and both schools had to settle for a scoreless tie, 0-0. “We have to find somebody that is willing to step up and put away a goal,” R-S Central soccer coach Jason Hipp said. “Patton has a good side, but I think we

should have had this one.” In the first half, Central dominated midfield Following the half, it was Patton that seemed to take advantage for the first 20 minutes of the second half, but R-S Central (7-2-3, 5-1-2) was relentless in the back half of the period. Patton (10-6-3, 5-1-3) flung 5 shots in the from the 40th to the 60th minute, but Central did the same during the final 20 minutes of regulation. Central best chances came when Brett Thompson passed off

to Matt Simmons, but Simmons missed just wide right of the post in the 80th minute. With the two teams going into overtime, Central controlled the way and Dylan Owens had the most legitimate shot of the four tries they got and yet it was saved as well. In double overtime, R-S had five more chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Owens put the game away when Patton tried in the 98th minute, but he gained control with the header and then cleared it out. J.T. McClain had 15 saves.

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New York Yankees’ Johnny Damon hits a solo home run during the fourth inning of Game 3 of the American League Championship baseball series against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, in Anaheim, Calif.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Mathis hit a twoout double in the 11th inning to drive home the winning run and the Los Angeles Angels survived a second straight thriller for a 5-4 victory over the Yankees on Monday, trimming New York’s lead in the AL championship series to 2-1. Howie Kendrick homered, tripled and then singled with two outs in the 11th. Mathis followed with his drive up against the left-field wall, and Kendrick slid home well ahead of a desperate throw. Mathis, the Angels’ backup catcher, came up with his third late-inning, extra-base hit of this crazy series. Vladimir Guerrero also homered as the Angels overcame a midgame 3-0 deficit and four solo homers by the Yankees’ stars, including Jorge Posada’s tying solo shot in the eighth.

Tar Heels hope off week leads to gains against FSU CHAPEL HILL (AP) — The off week came at the right time for North Carolina and its struggling offense. It allowed the Tar Heels to put the struggles of the first six games behind them and examine more closely what they’ve been doing wrong. It also gave them time to focus on Florida State in advance of Thursday night’s nationally televised matchup, which will be the first in Kenan Stadium history. Coach Butch Davis has described it as self-scouting, though to listen to him there weren’t too many surprises at the end of the review period. “All the things that hurt you as a football team, those are pretty self-evident,” Davis said Monday. “If you turn the ball over, you really hurt your offense’s opportunity to find out what might work. If you’re going three-and-out and turning the ball over and not having success, you don’t have a chance to go out there and experiment and find a play that works and get the chance to call it again.” That certainly has hindered the development of North Carolina’s young offense this season. Injuries have as well, though the off week following a 42-12 win against Georgia Southern has given the Tar Heels (4-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) a chance to heal a bit. Tight end Zack Pianalto returned to practice last week and might return against the Seminoles (2-4, 0-3) for the first time since suffering a dislocated foot while celebrating a touchdown in the second game. For guys like offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper, who missed almost four full games with a sprained right ankle, it allowed him to get to about “90 percent” while playing with a brace — which can only help a line that is still playing without injured center Lowell Dyer. That’s not to say all the injury news was good Monday. The school said freshmen A.J. Blue and Jamal Womble would miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair injuries suffered against Georgia Southern. Blue needed reconstructive surgery on the ACL and PCL in his left knee.

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Sports The NFL: Week 6

Panthers

Brady hits on six TD passes By The Associated Press

Tom Brady finding his form could be bad news for the rest of the NFL. A few other quarterbacks were at their Sunday best, too. Brett Favre and Drew Brees helped their teams remain unbeaten. Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner, who met in last season’s Super Bowl, each won to put their teams into firstplace ties. Brady threw six touchdown passes — including an NFLrecord five in one quarter — and the Patriots sent the Titans plummeting to a new low in their winless season with a 59-0 win on a snowy day in Foxborough. Brady threw five scoring passes in the second quarter and the Patriots built the biggest halftime lead in league history, 45-0. The six touchdown throws tied Brady’s own Patriots record. And the 59-point victory margin matched the league’s largest since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. “Every week we’re learning something more about ourselves and what we can do,” Brady said. “There’s no doubt a game like this can give you a lot of confidence.” The Patriots (4-2) gained a club-record 619 yards, with Brady completing 29 of 34 passes for 380 yards and matching the number of scoring passes he totaled in his first five games. In 2007, he set an NFL record with 50 touchdown passes and was the league’s MVP. Sunday’s performance was, by far, his best of an inconsistent comeback year after a knee injury ended his 2008 season in the opener. It was the worst game in what has become an increasingly terrible season for the Titans (0-6), who have lost their last three by 20, 22 and 59 points after going an NFL-best 13-3 last year.

Vikings 33, Ravens 31

At Minneapolis, Brett Favre’s 58-yard completion to Sidney Rice set up Ryan Longwell’s fourth field goal, and Baltimore’s Steve Hauschka missed a 44-yard field goal as time expired, allowing Minnesota to remain undefeated. Favre threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, but the Vikings (6-0) nearly blew this one when they let the Ravens erase a 17-point deficit with 10 minutes to play. Joe Flacco threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens (3-3), who scored twice on drives that totaled just 56 seconds to take a 31-30 lead with 3:37 to play. But Hauschka pushed his field goal wide left.

Saints 48, Giants 27

At New Orleans, Drew Brees ended his two-game streak without a touchdown throw by completing 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards and four scores, and the Saints easily remained unbeaten by torching the Giants’ leagueleading defense. The Giants (5-1) came into the game giving up averages of 210.6 yards and 14.2 points. The Saints (5-0) had 34 points and 315 yards by halftime, as Brees threw three TD passes.

Steelers 27, Browns 14

At Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger threw two touch-

down passes before the Steelers’ offense began stopping itself with turnovers, and Pittsburgh (4-2) benefited from a curious first-down measurement to beat the rival Browns (1-5) for the 12th time in a row. Roethlisberger, first in the league in passing and on pace for what would easily be the best statistical season of his career, was 23 of 35 for 417 yards in his second career 400-yard game. Hines Ward made eight catches for 159 yards and a touchdown and Santonio Holmes had five for 104.

Cardinals 27, Seahawks 3 At Seattle, Arizona moved into a tie for the NFC West lead as Kurt Warner completed 32 of 41 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Warner tied an NFL record as the fastest to throw for 30,000 yards in a career and Larry Fitzgerald tied his career high with 13 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Texans 28, Bengals 17 At Cincinnati, Matt Schaub tied his career high with four TD passes — two to tight end Owen Daniels — and Houston pulled away to deny the Bengals another chance to win one at the end. The Bengals (4-2) had won three straight games in the last 22 seconds, pulling off one improbable drive after another.

Raiders 13, Eagles 9 At Oakland, Calif., Louis Murphy threw two key blocks to spring Zach Miller’s 86-yard touchdown catch, Justin Fargas ran for 87 yards and the Raiders’ defense harassed Donovan McNabb all day. The result was one of the more shocking ones so far this season as the Raiders (2-4) had lost three straight games by at least 20 points for the first time in franchise history, while the Eagles (3-2) were second in the league in points per game.

Packers 26, Lions 0 At Green Bay, Wis., Aaron Rodgers got sacked five times but still managed to have a big day against Detroit’s defense, throwing for 358 yards with two

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the duo that dominated the second half of last season. Williams’ game-winning 1-yard TD run with 29 seconds left capped an 8-minute drive that showed Carolina’s might up front. “There were some times where they had nine in the box and we were still getting seven or eight yards because they were just moving guys out there,” Williams said. But it could also be argued it was the only way the Panthers could win, with Delhomme ineffective again. He ran his season interception total to an NFL-high 10 when Tanard Jackson returned a pick 26 yards for the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. Delhomme completed 9 of 17 passes for 65 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Delhomme and his Pro Bowl receiver Smith still haven’t conChicago Bears nected for a touchdown or a pass longer than 30 defender Danieal yards. Manning (38) Smith has only 21 catches, 20 behind the other breaks up a Steve Smith with the New York Giants, who is tied first half pass to for the NFL lead. Atlanta Falcons “Out of the 10 years I’ve been playing, I don’t receiver Tony Gonzalez (88) think I’ve been on one team where all 53 guys during their NFL are happy. Not one year,” linebacker Na’il Diggs football game said. “I’m not surprised that a couple of guys are at the Georgia upset or feel like they’re not an asset. I can kind Dome in Atlanta of understand where Steve is coming from but he Sunday. wears his heart on his sleeve, as everybody knows.” Linebacker Jon Beason said Monday the defenAssociated Press sive players have played with vigor since the 0-3 start had them ranked last in the league against the run. Washington managed 198 yards of offense and the Bucs had 245. And while Beason created a story by calling out Peppers on a radio show and then apologizing for doing so, Peppers is on a tear. He’s recorded four touchdowns. sacks, five tackles for a loss, four quarterback hurDonald Driver became the ries and one forced fumble in the two games since franchise’s career receptions leader with a first-quarter catch the incident. “I think he’s played as well the last two games as and rookie outside linebacker I’ve seen him play, really, that I can remember,” Clay Matthews III had two sacks Fox said. “He’s played exceptionally well.” as the Packers (3-2) turned in Newly signed Hollis Thomas continues to impress a dominant defensive effort at nose tackle, clogging the middle and allowagainst an undermanned Lions ing the linebackers to make plays. Thomas Davis offense. recorded eight more tackles and an interception Sunday as he continues his best pro season. Bills 16, Jets 13, OT It’s just all those other problems are fighting At East Rutherford, N.J., Rian for attention. The special teams not only gave up another touchdown — a 97-yard kickoff return in Lindell kicked a 47-yard field which Fox claims the Bucs had an illegal 3-man goal with 2:44 left in overtime, making up for a miss at the end wedge — but gunner Dante Wesley was suspended one game Monday for a vicious hit on defenseless of regulation. The Bills (2-4) took advantage punt returner Clifton Smith. “It was just a judgment error,” Fox said. “It’s not of Mark Sanchez’s fifth intercepintentional. It’s not done maliciously. You’ve got to tion of the day to snap a threemake a split-second decision.” game losing streak, and send the sputtering Jets (3-3) to their third straight loss. Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in ably for Trent Edwards, who left early in the second quarter with a concussion. Continued from Page 7

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Chiefs 14, Redskins 6 At Landover, Md., Ryan Succop’s four field goals, including the go-ahead 46-yarder with 3:36 to play, plus a last-minute safety were all the Chiefs needed. They earned rookie coach Todd Haley his first win and Jim Zorn another week of questioning about the future of his job with the Redskins (2-4).

Jaguars 23, Rams 20, OT At Jacksonville, Fla., Torry Holt had 101 yards receiving in his first game against his former team, Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns for the Jaguars. Josh Scobee provided the winner, a 36-yard field goal. St. Louis (0-6) extended the NFL’s longest current losing streak to 16 games.

Falcons 21, Bears 14 At Atlanta, Michael Turner scored the go-ahead touchdown on an otherwise forgettable night, powering over from 5 yards with 3:06 remaining, and the defense held at the end to preserve a victory. Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes for the Falcons (4-1), who matched the best fivegame start in franchise history.

top three spots in the Sprint Cup standings. When he runs well, it’s still not good enough to compete with points leader Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin or Jeff Gordon. And when he runs bad, it’s really, really bad. Throw in all of the bad luck and broken parts, and it’s a wonder he’s still able to show up at the race track each weekend. Earnhardt did everything asked of him last weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, although it seemed as if NASCAR’s most popular driver was at times just going through the motions. He thought he had a decent race car, but instead qualified a humiliating 39th while his teammates all grabbed spots inside the top nine. It might as well have been the straw the broke the camel’s back. Earnhardt appeared defeated the rest of the weekend and said little to contradict that assessment: Is he trying to change himself? “I don’t even know what I used to do.” Is he second-guessing everything? “No. I’ve passed all of that. I’m over it, to be honest with you.” How does he keep his head up? “I don’t know. We just need to run better. It’s not happening.” Does he feel like he’s in a tough spot? “I feel like I’m in ... I feel like I don’t have any ... I feel like I don’t have any control, you know?” He chose his words carefully, but was unable to hide the mounting frustration of a disastrous second season driving for the best organization in NASCAR. He’s won just one race since joining Hendrick Motorsports, in June of 2008, and has just five top-10 finishes all season. Earnhardt is 22nd in the standings, hasn’t finished higher than 17th in the past seven races, and an electrical problem Saturday night at Lowe’s sent him to the garage early and a 38th-place finish.

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Nation Today Marine to plead guilty

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Marine sergeant charged with faking battle injuries to get freebies intended for wounded warriors will plead guilty, a Marine Corps spokeswoman said Monday. Sgt. David W. Budwah, 34, of Springhill, La., will enter the plea at a court-martial hearing Wednesday at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., 1st Lt. Joy Crabaugh wrote in an e-mail.

Mistress loses in court

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday against the mistress of a millionaire, saying she is not entitled to receive $7,900 a month for the rest of her life as provided under amendments to his will. The court ruled 7-0 that Anne Melican should not receive the monthly payment, and that she also is not entitled to property in Florida and Cape Cod, Mass., as provided by the late Harvey Strother in amendments to his will signed between 2000 and his 2004 death. The ruling overturns a decision last summer that had upheld the monthly allowance, despite his family’s insistence that when he died, Strother was a fragile alcoholic who

Melican conned into changing his will. Part of the case hinged on the testimony of two home nurses who cared for Strother and signed as witnesses to the amendments, but later confessed they hadn’t witnessed anything.

Lots more planets found

WASHINGTON(AP) — European astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop. Scientists using the European Southern Observatory telescope didn’t find any planets quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable or even unusual. But their announcement increased the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400. Six of the newly found planets are several times bigger than Earth, increasing the population of socalled super-Earths by more than 30 percent. Most planets discovered so far are far bigger, Jupiter-sized or even larger. Two of the newly discovered planets were as small as five times the size of Earth and one was up to five times larger than Jupiter. Church News Every Saturday

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Richard Heene is photographed by a television crew as he leaves his house with his family in Fort Collins, Colo., Monday. Heene is accused of perpetrating the balloon boy hoax to promote a reality show.

Balloon boy charges not expected until next week FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities investigating the family accused of perpetrating the balloon boy hoax to promote a reality show said Monday they don’t expect possible charges to until at least next week. Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Eloise Campanella said that investigators don’t anticipate finishing their reports and presenting them to the district attorney’s office until next week. It will then be up to prosecutors to decide whether to file charges against Richard Heene or his wife, Mayumi. The couple’s lawyer, David Lane, said earlier in the day that he expected charges to be filed by Wednesday. With television cameras and reporters set up outside the Heene home, Lane has stressed that the Heenes are willing to turn themselves in to avoid the spectacle of a public arrest. Lane declined to say directly whether he believes the incident was a hoax but said the Heenes are innocent unless convicted. The family remained in seclusion Monday at their home. “If they (prosecutors) can prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, that’s one thing. If they can’t prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, that’s another,” he told The Associated Press. Investigators also say they want to question an associate of his after e-mails surfaced showing the two had discussed a balloon hoax months ago as part of a public relations campaign for the reality show. Robert Thomas of Denver claimed Heene had told him he was planning a media stunt to promote a proposed reality show. Thomas, a selfdescribed researcher, sold his story to Gawker.com and provided the Web site with e-mail exchanges between him and Heene. Thomas said the show would feature Heene as a mad scientist who carries out various scientific experiments. “This will be the most significant UFO-related news event to take place since the Roswell Crash of 1947, and the result will be a dramatic increase in local and national awareness about The Heene Family, our Reality Series, as well as the UFO Phenomenon in general,” according to a copy of the show’s proposal provided to the site by Thomas. Gawker.com editor-in-chief Gabriel Snyder confirmed the New York-based Web site paid Thomas, but declined to say how much for the story billed with the headline: “Exclusive: I Helped Richard Heene Plan a Balloon Hoax.” Snyder said Thomas was planning to meet with investigators but Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Messick wouldn’t comment

on whether he had been interviewed. Messages left for Thomas by The Associated Press were not returned. Thomas, 25, said in his Gawker.com story that the plan he knew about did not involve Heene’s children. The emergence of the e-mails is the latest twist in a story that played out live on national television on Thursday when a silver heliumfilled balloon floated away from the Heenes’ home with 6-year-old Falcon believed to be aboard. But he was never in the balloon. Some flights at Denver International Airport had to be changed to a different runway, but the airport remained open during the balloon’s flight, airport spokesman Chuck Cannon said Monday. Previous reports said the airport was temporarily shut down. The National Guard provided two helicopters in an attempt to rescue the child, costing several thousand dollars. When the balloon landed without the boy, officials thought he had fallen out and began the grim search for his body. Sheriff Jim Alderden announced Sunday that he’s seeking charges, including felonies, against Richard and Mayumi Heene. Alderden said the stunt two weeks in the planning was a marketing ploy by the Heenes, who met in acting school in Hollywood and have twice appeared on ABC’s reality show “Wife Swap.” “We certainly know that there’s a conspiracy between the husband and wife, you’ve probably seen some of the e-mails and some of the things on the Internet suggesting that there may be other conspirators,” Alderden said. Alderden said documents show that a media outlet has agreed to pay money to the Heenes with regard to the balloon incident. Alderden didn’t name the media outlet but said it was a show that blurs “the line between entertainment and news.” It wasn’t clear whether the deal was signed before or after the alleged hoax, or whether the media outlet was a possible conspirator. “Let’s call it (my statement) short of speculation that a media outlet was in on the hoax, but let’s not discount the possibility,” he said. In an e-mail Sunday to the AP, Snyder said editors at Gawker.com had not contacted the Heene family or offered them money for their story, referring to Alderden’s reference to a deal being struck by a media outlet. “No, that wasn’t us,” Snyder said. The sheriff said he expected to recommend charges of conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant. Federal charges were also possible.

Charges dropped for one CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors in Chicago have dropped the first-degree murder charge filed against one of four teens accused of beating a student to death after school last month. The state’s attorney’s office had charged 18-yearold Eugene Bailey, but authorities announced Monday they’ve dropped the charge and he’s being released from custody. The state’s attorney’s office did not immediately return calls for comment.

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THE MARKET IN REVIEW

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GAINERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last IMS Hlth 17.84 Grmrcy pfA 9.50 StrHtl pfA 12.98 StratH pfC 13.05 StratH pfB 12.75 IDT Cp rs 3.89 Rostelecm 40.25 KV PhmA lf 5.04 Agria Cp lf 2.98 CIT Gp pfC 4.70

Chg +3.17 +1.64 +2.13 +2.11 +1.82 +.53 +5.45 +.67 +.35 +.50

%Chg +21.6 +20.8 +19.6 +19.3 +16.7 +15.8 +15.7 +15.3 +13.3 +11.9

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Last 2.51 2.10 2.23 2.01 2.25 2.40 2.32 2.25 2.44 2.10

Chg -.61 -.40 -.38 -.34 -.35 -.35 -.31 -.26 -.26 -.22

%Chg -19.6 -16.0 -14.6 -14.5 -13.5 -12.7 -11.8 -10.4 -9.6 -9.5

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg Citigrp 2887794 4.54 -.05 FannieMae 2159103 1.14 -.32 BkofAm 1526412 17.16 -.10 SPDR 1393076 109.79 +.90 CIT Gp 1172033 1.21 +.09 FredMac 1145644 1.35 -.37 GenElec 974811 15.84 -.24 Pfizer 898900 17.98 +.21 SPDR Fncl 788431 15.29 +.07 DirFBear rs 634609 18.79 -.28 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

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2,274 805 80 3,159 429 3 4,663,070,567

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Chg +.91 +.35 +.24 +.52 +.30 +.42 +.24 +.90 +1.86 +.41

%Chg +16.4 +13.7 +13.3 +10.4 +10.1 +8.1 +7.7 +7.2 +7.1 +6.7

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Chg %Chg -.66 -14.7 -.39 -10.1 -2.24 -9.2 -.25 -8.9 -.24 -8.5 -.18 -6.9 -.99 -6.6 -.21 -6.3 -.20 -6.3 -.25 -6.0

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg CelSci 141344 1.40 -.20 CardiumTh 60705 1.03 -.10 EldorGld g 43429 12.16 +.16 Oilsands g 41825 1.29 +.01 NovaGld g 27041 5.56 -.10 NthgtM g 23905 2.80 +.02 PolyMet g 23567 3.28 +.30 KodiakO g 22261 2.50 -.15 GoldStr g 20440 3.60 +.16 Triplecrn 18318 8.98 -.26 DIARY

Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

322 213 60 595 41 4 152,501,359

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Chg +.85 +4.70 +1.06 +6.00 +.87 +.48 +4.99 +1.04 +.29 +.51

%Chg +42.5 +35.3 +35.2 +33.6 +27.6 +22.2 +20.5 +19.1 +15.8 +15.6

LOSERS ($2 OR MORE)

Name Last InterDig 19.94 EuroTech 2.09 RoyaleEn 3.15 WstCstB 2.32 SevenArts n 3.62 FstFrnkln 6.53 ECB Bnc 15.07 GMX Rs 16.36 Manitex 2.45 Hurray! 6.19

Chg -4.50 -.37 -.54 -.38 -.58 -.97 -1.93 -2.08 -.30 -.73

%Chg -18.4 -15.0 -14.6 -14.1 -13.8 -12.9 -11.4 -11.3 -10.9 -10.5

MOST ACTIVE ($1 OR MORE) Name Vol (00) Last Chg PwShs QQQ747028 43.21 +.43 ETrade 677620 1.74 -.01 Intel 670217 20.41 +.23 Oracle 507644 22.42 +.61 Microsoft 448000 26.36 -.14 Cisco 300259 24.25 +.23 Apple Inc 239808 189.86 +1.81 Comcast 233057 15.44 +.18 HuntBnk 187019 4.41 -.17 Nvidia 172827 13.70 +.48 Advanced Declined Unchanged Total issues New Highs New Lows Volume

DIARY

1,730 950 159 2,839 185 15 1,928,768,503

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Dow Jones industrials retirement Close: 10,092.19 Change: 96.28 (1.0%)

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Dow Industrials 10,092.19 +96.28 Dow Transportation 4,037.74 +14.59 Dow Utilities 387.70 +5.67 NYSE Composite 7,222.21 +88.25 Amex Market Value 1,878.84 +18.23 Nasdaq Composite 2,176.32 +19.52 S&P 500 1,097.91 +10.23 S&P MidCap 715.60 +7.73 Wilshire 5000 11,368.00 +111.31 Russell 2000 622.34 +6.16

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Stocks climb with strong earnings news

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are seeing the kind of earnings numbers that make them feel confident about stocks. The stock market stepped to new highs for the year Monday after a handful of earnings reports bolstered hopes that the economy is coming back sooner than many analysts had thought. That is helping some investors move past a bout of nerves about whether expectations for the economy are stretched too far. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 96 points, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose but ended just shy of 1,100, having topped that level during the day. Industrial equipment maker Eaton Corp. said it was seeing improvement in key markets and raised its full-year profit forecast. Newspaper publisher Gannett Co. managed to post a profit despite a sharp fall in revenue. The gains came ahead of quarterly earnings released after the closing bell from Apple Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. Both wound up beating forecasts. Apple blew past expectations because of increased sales of the iPhone, while Texas Instruments’ profit and sales came in above the improved forecast the chip maker issued just last month. Share of both tech companies gained in after-hours electronic trading. The reports are adding to investors’ expectations for the technology industry. Last week, Google Inc. and chipmaker Intel Corp. posted solid earnings. Many tech companies have strong balance sheets have large amounts of cash that have enabled them to weather the recession better than companies in other industries. A drop in the dollar also helped push commodity prices higher, which in turn helped stocks of materials and energy companies. Investors are relieved to see better results in a broad range of industries following some downbeat news last week from major banks, which reported rising loan delinquencies. The Dow rose 96.28, or 1 percent, to 10,092.19. The broader S&P 500 index rose 10.23, or 0.9 percent, to 1,097.91. For both indexes, it was the highest close since Oct. 3 last year. The Nasdaq composite index rose 19.52, or 0.9 percent, to 2,176.32. The day’s advance came on the 22nd anniversary of the 1987 stock market crash known as “Black Monday,” which saw the Dow plunge a record 22.6 percent on worries about interest rates and slowing economic growth. Bond prices were mixed. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.38 percent from 3.42 percent late Friday. Investors grew hopeful that Federal Reserve policymakers would be able to withdraw some of the money supporting the economy as conditions improved. That could help prevent inflation. The dollar mostly fell against other major currencies, while gold prices rose. The ICE Futures U.S. dollar index, which tracks the dollar against other major currencies, fell 0.3 percent. Light, sweet crude rose $1.08 to settle at $79.61 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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In this March 5 file photo, job seekers join a line of hundreds of people at a job fair sponsored by Monster.com in New York. Even with an economic revival, many U.S. jobs lost during the recession may be gone forever and a weak employment market could linger for years. Associated Press

Higher jobless rates may linger WASHINGTON (AP) — Even with an economic revival, many U.S. jobs lost during the recession may be gone forever and a weak employment market could linger for years. That could add up to a “new normal” of higher joblessness and lower standards of living for many Americans, some economists are suggesting. The words “it’s different this time” are always suspect. But economists and policy makers say the job-creating dynamics of previous recoveries can’t be counted on now. Here’s why: n The auto and construction industries helped lead the nation out of past recessions. But the carnage among Detroit’s automakers and the surplus of new and foreclosed homes and empty commercial properties make it unlikely these two industries will be engines of growth. n The job market is caught in a vicious circle: Without more jobs, U.S. consumers will have a hard time increasing their spending; but without that spending, businesses might see little reason to start hiring. n Many small and midsize businesses are still struggling to obtain bank loans, impeding their expansion plans and constraining overall growth. n Higher-income households are spending less because of big losses on their homes, retirement plans and other investments. Lower-income households are cutting back because they can’t borrow like they once did. That the recovery in jobs will be long and drawn out is something on which economists and policy makers can basically agree, even as their proposals for remedies vary widely. Retrenching businesses will be slow in hiring back or replacing

workers they laid off. Many of the 7.2 million jobs the economy has shed since the recession began in December 2007 may never come back. “This Great Recession is an inflection point for the economy in many respects. I think the unemployment rate will be permanently higher, or at least higher for the foreseeable future,” said Mark Zandi of Moody’s Economy.com. Even before the recession, many jobs had vanished or been shipped overseas amid a general decline of U.S. manufacturing. The severest downturn since the Great Depression has accelerated the process. Many economists believe the recession reversed course in the recently ended third quarter and they predict modest growth in the nation’s gross domestic product over the next few years. Yet the unemployment rate is currently at a 26-year high of 9.8 percent — and likely to top 10 percent soon and stay there a while. “Many factors are pushing against a quick recovery,” said Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the labor-oriented Economic Policy Institute. “Things will come back. But it’s going to take a long time.” At best, many economists see an economic recovery without a return to moderate unemployment. At worst, they suggest the fragile recovery could lose steam and drag the economy back under for a double-dip recession. “We will need to grind out this recovery step by step,” President Barack Obama said this month. The White House credits the president’s $787 billion stimulus plan passed in February for keeping job losses from becoming even worse. Since Obama took office in January, the econ-

omy has lost 3.4 million jobs. Republicans argue that the stimulus program has not worked as a job producer and is a waste of tax money. And last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a multimillion advertising campaign to celebrate small business entrepreneurs — and to argue that further government intervention will not spur job growth. Chamber leaders called for creation of more than 20 million new private-sector jobs over the next decade, saying it’s needed to replace jobs lost in the recession and to keep pace with population growth. To many economists, such a goal seems unreachable given today’s altered landscape. “It’s a new normal that U.S. growth is going to be anemic on average for years. Right now, the prospect is bleak for anything other than a particularly high unemployment rate and a weak jobs-creating machine,” said Allen Sinai, president of Decision Economics Inc. He says he doubts that unemployment will dip below 7 percent anytime soon. Many economists consider a jobless rate of 4 to 5 percent as reflecting a “full employment” economy, one in which nearly everyone who wants a job has one. After the 2001 recession the rate climbed to 5.8 percent in 2002 and peaked at 6.3 percent in 2003 before easing back to 4.6 percent for 2006 and 2007. Will unemployment ever get back to such levels? “I wouldn’t say never. But I do think it’s going to be a long time,” said Bruce Bartlett, a former Treasury economist and the author of The New American Economy: The Failure of Reaganomics and a New Way Forward.”

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Fed chief says deficit reduction needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday called for the United States to whittle down its recordhigh budget deficits and for countries like China to get their consumers to spend more, moves that would help combat skewed global trade and investment flows that contributed to the financial crisis. Bernanke’s remarks to a Fed conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., comes just days after the federal government on Friday reported a $1.42 trillion deficit for 2009 budget year that ended Sept. 30. The previous year’s deficit was $459 billion.

The Fed chief’s comments were aimed at reducing global imbalances, and echo pledges made by leaders of

the Group of 20 nations at their summit in Pittsburgh last month. “As the global economy recovers and trade volumes rebound, however, global imbalances my reassert themselves,” Bernanke warned. For the United States’ part, “the most effective way” to boost national savings in this country “is by establishing a sustainable fiscal trajectory, anchored by a clear commitment to substantially reduce federal deficits over time,” Bernanke said. He didn’t suggest ways to do so. And, for trade surplus countries like China and most Asian economies, they need to get their consumers to spend more and rely less on export-led growth, Bernanke said. “In large part, such action

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should focus on boosting consuption,” Bernanke said. The bulk of Bernanke’s remarks largely offered a scholarly assessment of Asia and how it fared during the global financial crisis, the focus of the Fed’s conference. The Fed chief didn’t discuss the state of the U.S. economy or the future course of interest rates. Bernanke and his colleagues last month held a key bank lending rate at an all-time low near zero and pledged to hold it there for an “extended period.” Many economists believe that means through the rest of this year and into next year. Deciding when to boost interest rates and reel in the unprecendented amount of money plowed into the U.S. economy will be one of the

biggest challenges facing the Fed in the coming months. Remove the supports too soon and the recovery could be derailed. Leave the supports in place for too long risks unleashing inflation. In terms of the world economy, “Asia appears to be leading the global recovery,” Bernanke said. “Recent data from the region suggest that a strong rebound is, in fact, under way.” Many economists predict the U.S. economy — the epicenter of the financial crisis — started growing again in the third quarter at a pace of at least 3 percent, and is still expanding in the current quarter. Economic activity contracted in the second quarter at an annualized rate of 0.7 percent, marking a record four straight quarters of decline.

Scientist arrested on spy charges; worked for DoD WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland scientist who worked for the Defense Department and other agencies has been arrested on espionage charges. The Justice Department said Monday that 52-year-old Stewart David Nozette of Chevy Chase was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to communicate, deliver and transmit classified information to an individual he believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer. The complaint does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf violated U.S. law.

New housing program unveiled WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is unveiling a new program to provide support to state and local housing agencies to provide help to thousands of home buyers and renters. The administration said the new program would help to support low mortgage rates and expand resources for low and middle income borrowers who want to buy or rent a home. The program will feature two parts — a new bond purchase program to support new lending by housing finance agencies and a temporary credit and liquidity program to improve access by housing agencies to credit sources for their existing bonds. The new program will operate under a law that Congress

passed in 2008 to bolster the housing industry, which has been battered by the worst slump in decades, a downturn that saw home sales and home prices plunge and mortgage defaults soar to record levels. The government said the new effort was designed to provide hundreds of thousands of affordable mortgages for working families and enable the development and rehabilitation of tens of thousands of affordable rental properties. Treasury, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Finance Agency said in a joint news release that the new program would provide temporary support to local housing financing agencies and encourage them to return to relying on market sources for their capital

as quickly as possible. The local and state housing finance agencies, which provide loans to people with low or moderate incomes, have had a hard time raising money to fund loans due to the housing crisis and credit crunch. “This initiative is critical to helping working families maintain access to affordable rental housing and homeownership in tough economic times,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said. “Through this initiative, the administration aims to help (the housing finance agencies) jumpstart new lending to borrowers who might not otherwise be served and to better support the financing costs of their current programs — key components in stabilizing the housing market overall.”

Becoming a Funeral Director - Part 1 With the rise of unemployment in our community there have been several people who have approached me about the prospects of retraining into a career in Funeral Service. I thought it might be appropriate to give a brief overview of what the State of North Carolina requires. There are two basic license types available, a funeral director license and a funeral service license. The funeral director licensee is limited to making funeral arrangements and conducting funerals whereas, the funeral service licensee can also engage in the practice of embalming. The funeral director licensee must obtain a funeral service diploma from an accredited program which may take a minimum of one year and possibly up to two years if one does not have the necessary general education requirements met. In addition to this he/she must serve a one year apprenticeship in funeral directing and pass the NC Funeral Law Exam and Pathology Exam. The apprenticeship can be served before, after, or during the education phase but the individual must work full-time at the respective firm.

The funeral service licensee must complete an associate degree program at an accredited institution which is generally two years of fulltime study, after which he/she must pass a comprehensive Funeral Service Exam including the NC Funeral Law Exam. There is also a requirement to serve a one year apprenticeship which includes both funeral directing and embalming, As I said before, this is just a brief synopsis of what is required by the State of North Carolina. If you need more information you can contact a local funeral professional or go on the State Board’s web-site at ncbfs.org.

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Hospice Volunteer Training A sign is seen in the hospital lobby of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday. Hospitals around the country are turning away child visitors at the door, restrictions that aim to limit spread of swine flu to patients sick from other causes.

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Hospitals restricting visitors WASHINGTON (AP) — Visiting a loved one in the hospital? Better check on new flu limits first. Hospitals around the country are turning away visiting children and tightening restrictions on adults, too, in hopes of limiting spread of swine flu in the hallways — although there’s little science the limits work. Utah and Colorado are recommending visitor limits for hospitals statewide. But mostly it’s a hospital-by-hospital decision, meaning clinics in the same town can have different rules. The result? Huge variation. The large Stanford University Hospital in California on Monday barred anyone under 16 from visiting, while the small Central Vermont Hospital turned away the under-12 crowd. Other hospitals have settled on 14 or 18. The Indiana Heart Hospital announced it isn’t checking for age but for symptoms: Visitors are supposed to answer some questions and wear a green sticker showing they were cleared to enter. In the Washington, D.C., suburbs, the Inova Health System hospital chain is warning pregnant women they can have just one visitor during their stay in the maternity ward, and it has canceled its popular what-to-

expect tours for the soon-todeliver. Still other hospitals are trying education instead of rules, posting signs that urge people of any age to postpone that visit if they have a sniffle or cough. Atlanta’s Emory University is discouraging but not barring children — while stocking lots of hand sanitizer and face masks for visitors that, judging by frequent refills, are getting used. “There’s no perfect way,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a flu specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which is going with the signs but reassesses weekly. “We cannot hermetically seal the institution.” It makes for a confusing time as hospitals struggle to balance the recuperative effects of having loved ones visit with the fear that they’ll carry in swine flu to people already weakened from something else. But Dorothy Powers of Overlea, Md., was thrilled with the change. When her 9-year-old son Tyler underwent another round of chemotherapy for leukemia last week, for the first time the halls at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children weren’t full of other patients’ siblings and friends. New rules bar visitors under 12, limit each patient to two visitors — and require those people to stay

inside the child’s room. “It forces parents to be aware of how they can carry germs,” said Powers, who added that the new policy also made it easier to explain to her just-over-thelimit 12-year-old daughter that she couldn’t visit, either, because of a cold. “It’s hard on the family when you can’t be together, but if you can’t be together because of germs. ...” On the other side, nurses describe some tears when new mothers learn they’ll have to go home before introducing all the relatives to the newborn. And hospitals hasten to say they make exceptions if, for instance, a family member is dying. This isn’t about patients admitted for flu treatment; hospitals are supposed to follow specific infection-control steps for them. The problem: There’s been little study of whether curbing visitors, or screening them for symptoms, keeps flu from sneaking into other parts of the hospital. Visitors aren’t the only risk. Health care workers might wear masks while caring for a flu patient, but they can catch the virus at home and bring it back to work. One major difficulty in fighting flu is that people can spread it up to 24 hours before their own symptoms appear.

No postal rate increase for next year WASHINGTON (AP) — The price of first-class stamps will not go up next year. The Postal Service has been implementing rate increases annually in recent years. The rate went from 42 cents to

44 cents this year. But Postmaster General John E. Potter announced in an internal postal memorandum that there will be no rise in prices next year for products in which the agency dominates the market, such as firstclass mail.

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If you don’t want to drink, don’t Dear Abby: I was thrilled to read “Sober in Scottsdale’s” (July 28) letter about drinking. I’m a 21-year-old college student who has also struggled with choosing to be sober amidst the majority of my drunken peers. Most people my age drink only to get drunk and appear to be unable to have fun without the aid of alcohol. Every activity must be performed under the influence. While at a nightclub, one friend asked me how I was able to “dance and have a good time without being drunk.” Abby, in your response to “Sober,” you said that drinkers should “mind their own business” because “there is usually a good reason why a person doesn’t drink.” For me, there is no medical, metabolic or addiction problem that prevents me from consuming alcohol. But I have seen the effects it has on my peers — putting them in drunken stupors, using awful judgment, and being taken to the hospital after blacking out. I sure hope this stage is one that will pass with age. I often long for the days when I was younger, when playing board games and sipping juice was considered a good time. — Not Drinking Dear Not Drinking: Apparently binge drinking is still a rite of passage for some college students. I

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would like to address one comment you made in your letter. With some young people, binge drinking is a phase that passes as they learn their limit — but with others it can be a pattern that begins in their teens and sometimes even younger. Read on for more comments from readers who feel as you do: Dear Abby: I chose to be a nondrinker when my children became teenagers. I wanted to show them that I could have a good time without drinking, and I think it was an important lesson. Parents need to seriously consider the messages they convey. I’m shocked that some allow underage drinking in their homes. One mother who had a party in her home told me the kids were drinking there for the “learning experience.” I got so annoyed I asked her if she was also providing hookers, since many of the teens were probably sexually inexperienced too. She didn’t know what to say. — Venting

Hepatitis C needs liver specialist Dear Dr. Gott: Everywhere I have looked, all I can find about hepatitis C is that it is fatal. I have not seen anything in your column about this condition before. Is there any progress in treating this disease or even curing it? What about protection from catching it? How are hepatitis C and kidney disease related to each other? Dear Reader: Hepatitis C is one of six types of hepatitis. The others are A, B, D, E and G. Each type is caused by a virus that attacks the liver, causing inflammation and damage. In the case of hep C, the virus is most often contracted by direct contact with contaminated blood products. Those most commonly at risk are people who received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992. Following that date, all donated blood and organs have been screened for hepatitis C, thus reducing the risk of exposure from donation. Other risk factors include sharing needles

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and undergoing dialysis for kidney failure. Uncommonly, babies born to infected mothers can contract the infection. Rarely, it can be sexually transmitted. There are also many cases in which a risk factor cannot be identified. Most people don’t know they are infected because liver damage may not show up for several decades and many don’t have symptoms. In fact, most are diagnosed with hep C following routine lab testing during a physical examination or blood work for another condition. Early-stage symptoms can include slight fatigue, muscle and joint pain, liver tenderness, nausea and poor appetite.

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Your Birthday, Oct. 20; A romantic involvement for those who are unattached is coming. Make the most of these pleasant months ahead. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — The best way to ensure personal happiness is to do everything you can for others. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Something that has caused trepidation recently looks as if it is running out of steam. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Try not to get involved in mundane affairs. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Conditions pertaining to your material security look exceptionally promising. ‘AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Successful methods and tactics that worked in the past can do so once again. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — It will be good luck to reap rewards from seeds sown by another.. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Some of your greatest advantages will come through the quality relationships you have. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — One of your objectives that you never thought had a chance could make headway. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Strive to be bolder than usual when it comes to investment. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Coordinate your efforts to the desires of another to the best of your ability. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — It’s a fortunate day to get what you want when your purposes are unselfish. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — This is one of those days when you can garner far more than you ever imagined in meaningful financial matters. Give these issues top priority.


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TOWN OF FOREST CITY PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of Commissioners of the Town of Forest City has considered a waiver of competitive bidding under G.S. 143-129(g) and will use the Piggy Back process as approved at its regular meeting on September 29, 2009 for the purchase of one Sutphen Pumper from Sutphen Corporation. The seller has agreed to extend to the Town of Forest City the same or more favorable prices and terms set forth in its contract with the Town of Bozeman, Montana, dated March 17, 2009. For additional information, contact Mark McCurry, Forest City Fire Chief at 828-245-2111. Sandra P. Mayse City Clerk

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Nation/world World Today West Bank barrier draws protests

JERUSALEM (AP) — The separation barrier Israel started building in the West Bank seven years ago amid a deadly wave of suicide bombings has been a lightning rod of controversy from day one. Israel says the barrier is essential to its security. But Palestinians claim it to be a land grab and have been holding weekly demonstrations ever since. The 680-kilometer (425-mile) barrier is a combination of concrete walls, fences, trenches and patrol roads. It runs along the line between Israel and the West Bank but in certain parts cuts into Palestinian territory, leaving almost 10 percent of the West Bank on the Israeli side.

Chairman of the U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission Grant Kippen speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. Associated Press

UN says Iran talks started well

VIENNA (AP) — Talks to persuade Iran to move most of its enriched uranium out of the country have gotten off to a “good start,” the head of the U.N. nuclear agency said Monday. The comments by Mohamed ElBaradei, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, were significant because Iran earlier had signaled it would not meet Western demands for a deal under which it would send most of its enriched material abroad — a move that would delay its ability to potentially make a nuclear bomb. Tehran has said it needs enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. But the West fears it could be used to make weapons, and the U.S. says Iran is now one to six years away from being able to do so.

Somali pirates seize Chinese ship

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The naval spokesman for the European Union’s anti-piracy force says Somali pirates have seized a Chinese cargo ship with 25 people onboard. Cmdr. John Harbour says that coalition forces had observed at least two pirates onboard the deck of the De Xin Hai. He says the cargo ship also was towing two light skiffs used by the pirates behind it.

Darfur case to reach Hague

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday accused a Sudanese rebel leader of planning an attack that killed 12 African peacekeepers, in the first Darfur case to reach an international tribunal. The charges against Bahr Idriss Abu Garda came at a hearing to establish whether International Criminal Court prosecutors have enough evidence to warrant a trial. Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Abu Garda, 46, ordered an attack on African Union peacekeepers because he was hoping it would win his breakaway rebel faction a spot at peace talks scheduled for the following month in Libya.

One-third of Afghan votes voided KABUL (AP) — U.N.-backed fraud investigators on Monday threw out nearly a third of President Hamid Karzai’s ballots from Afghanistan’s disputed August election, setting the stage for a runoff. The rulings dropped Karzai’s votes to 48 percent of the total, below the 50 percent threshold needed for him to avoid a runoff with his top challenger, according to calculations by independent election monitors. It was unclear, however, whether the Afghan-led Independent Election Commission would accept the findings of the fraud panel and announce a runoff. Karzai’s spokesman said it was too soon to make a judgment based on the figures released by the panel. That could mean a further delay in forming a new government that the U.S. believes is needed to help combat the growing Taliban insurgency. A protracted crisis could also lead to political unrest. “It’s going to be incredibly important for the world to see that Afghan leaders are willing to make this process legitimate,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in Washington on Monday. The White House has also said no decision on sending more

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U.S. troops to Afghanistan would be made before the election crisis is resolved — a stance reiterated Monday by the civilian chief of the NATO military alliance. U.S. Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who was among a host of international envoys in Kabul on the weekend urging the president to accept the fraud rulings, returned Monday to resume meetings with Karzai, the U.S. Embassy said. Two international officials familiar with the investigation by the U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission told The Associated Press that the findings showed Karzai falling below the 50 percent required to avoid a runoff with his chief rival, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah. An independent calculation by an election monitoring group, Democracy International, showed Karzai with 48.3 percent, or about 2.1 million votes, after more than 995,000 of his votes were thrown out for fraud. Overall, about 1.3 million votes of the more than 5 million ballots cast were voided. Abdullah lost more than 201,000 votes, but his percentage rose to 31.5 percent from 27.8 percent previ-

ously. Preliminary results released last month showed Karzai winning the Aug. 20 election with more than 54 percent. However, allegations of voter coercion and ballot box-stuffing prompted the fraud investigation and held up a final proclamation of a winner. Abdullah campaign spokesman Fazel Sancharaki welcomed the fraud panel’s findings and said they showed Karzai’s percentage of the vote was 48 percent. “This is a step forward, now it is up to the IEC to announce the final results,” Sancharaki told The Associated Press. He said it would be illegal for the IEC to reject the fraud panel’s findings. Karzai campaign spokesman Waheed Omar said, “I don’t think we can make any judgment based on the figures announced today.” Investigators only released raw data from their findings, but it was clear that hundreds of thousands of Karzai votes were voided. Afghan law declares the U.N.backed panel the final arbiter on fraud allegations. However, Karzai supporters on the election commission have argued that the partial recount is beyond the normal complaint process and that they must have a say in whether the findings are

Former nurse’s aide becomes a king KASESE, Uganda (AP) — For years, Charles Wesley Mumbere worked as a nurse’s aide in Maryland and Pennsylvania, caring for the elderly and sick. No one there suspected that he had inherited a royal title in his African homeland when he was just 13. On Monday, after years of political upheaval and financial struggle, Mumbere, 56, was finally crowned king of his people to the sound of drumbeats and thousands of cheer-

ing supporters wearing cloth printed with his portraits. At a public rally later in the day, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni officially recognized the 300,000-strong Rwenzururu Kingdom. Museveni restored the traditional kingdoms his predecessor banned in 1967, but has been adamant that kings restrict themselves to cultural duties and keep out of politics.

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