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Spindale OKs bids for sewer projects n Neighbors

bring complaints against one commissioner Retail sales posted gain in October

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A bright red-headed Gavin Ruff was a bit apprehensive about sitting with Santa Claus at the Cruise In with Santa and Toy Drive at Rollins Cafeteria in Forest City Saturday. People showing off their classic cars brought toys for underprivileged children in Rutherford County. And for the fully attired Santa Claus, the above 70 degree weather on Saturday proved to be a bit warm.

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FOREST CITY — Commissioners on Monday questioned using an Asheville firm, instead of a local business, for engineering services on a Grahamtown project, and delayed awarding the contract. McGill Associates of Asheville had proposed a $43,200 fee for design, permitting, bidding and construction administration and observation of the Gypsy Street Revitalization Project in Grahamtown.

A committee of five, including four connected with the town, had looked at the five proposals and determined that McGill was the No. 1 choice, based on a ranking procedure. Danielle Withrow, town planner, explained to the board that this was not a bidding process, but was based on a firm’s qualifications to do the job. All of the actual construction work, however, will be on sealed bids. Commissioner Chris Lee, a committee memPlease see Board, Page 6

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Hundreds of luminaries were placed around Lake Imogene Saturday in honor and memory of loved ones, including this one in honor of Pat and Donald Margarita placed by Ashley and Brian Day, Gabriella and Alexandra. Lights of Love is sponsored by the Pilot Club of Rutherford County and funds are used to support projects of the nonprofit agency.


SPINDALE — Among the several hundred freshmen at Isothermal Community College are 13 students, attending college at least two years tuition free as the first class of New Century Scholars program. The NCS Program taps rising seventh grade students in Rutherford County, guaranteeing them free tuition at Isothermal if they achieve certain objectives from the 7th grade through high school graduation. A total 385 NCS students have been selected thus far in the program, and in October, 67 new students were tapped for the program.


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SPINDALE — Town Commissioners voted to approve $616,875 worth of improvements to the sewer system Monday night, and heard arguments from Commissioner Carl Bailey’s neighbor as to why Bailey should never have been appointed to the board. The sewer projects — three in all — will be funded by a $791,000 stimulus grant, with the remainder of the funds to be used as a contingency for the project. The money will be one half grant and one half a loan at 0 percent interest for the next 20 years. Town engineer Kurt Wright explained that the lowest bid for section three of the project, the Oak Street pumping station replacement was $171,335 to replace the pump and not the electrical components. The winning bidder was Marvin Hoyle Construction, Inc. of Lawndale. Marvin Hoyle was also the low bidder for section two, the Spencer Street sanitary sewer line replacement in the amount of $287,295. The bid for section one, a cemetery outfall replacement line was won by Hickory Sand Company, Inc. of Hickory with a bid of $158,245. The appointment of Commissioner Bailey to complete the term of the late Bob Ensley has generated discussion in Spindale and one of Bailey’s neighbors had asked for time at the meeting to talk to the commission about it. At the beginning of the meeting, Commissioner Toby Tomblin moved that remarks from Bailey’s neighbor, Casey Summers, be moved to the public comments section of the agenda. Mayor Mickey Bland explained that Summers had requested in advance to be added to the agenda as is his right as a citizen and called Tomblin

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Members of the Farm House Live Dinner Theatre group performed at the Foundation Saturday to benefit the New Century Scholars program.

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To assure the continued funding for NCS, the annual New Century Scholars fundraising event was held Saturday night at Isothermal Community College featur-

ing Farm House Live Dinner Theatre. The cost of funding one NCS class is approximately $6,500. Thus far, funding has been guaranteed for the classes of 2009-2014. Saturday night’s event was the promise to the class of 2015 if they agreed to the NCS guidelines, they could attend tuition free, explained Dr. Dillard Morrow, foundation executive director. The event was dedicated to 27-year-veteran instructor in Isothermal’s Business Science Division, the late Frances Champion Haney. She became the director of the foundation after her retirement as an instructor in the business division. Her family members were special guests for the event and they received a plaque of appreciation by the Isothermal Community College Foundation and NCS.

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Police Notes Jewelry theft reported at business RUTHERFORDTON — The theft of three rings valued at more than $10,000 was reported by a vendor at Victorian Lace Antique Mall, 196 N. Main St. The theft was discovered on Saturday. According to a report from the Rutherfordton Police Department, the rings were a marquise-cut diamond on a 14-karat marquise gold ring, a six-prong diamond solitaire ring and a woman’s yellow gold two-tone solitaire pearcut ring. The last two items were listed as 14-karat. The rings were valued, respectively, at $7,599.95, $3,113 and $3,050.74. The victim in the case is listed as Coin Avenue. The RPD report says the theft occurred by the switching out of the real rings with fake rings.

No arrests made yet in home invasion RUTHERFORDTON — Sheriff’s officers are continuing the investigation into a home invasion Friday morning off Maple Creek Road that appears to have been drug related and robbery motivated. No arrests have been made in the incident, but Sheriff Jack Conner said Monday afternoon he believes the victims know the suspects who stormed into their home, but haven’t come forward with information. “We just hope they’ll come forward soon,” he said. Officers also believe at least one of the suspects was at the crime scene as detective began investigation on Friday. Siblings Jason Jennings, 32, and his brother, Brian Jennings, 30, sustained gun shot wounds to the leg and arm respectively, and their mother, Judy Jennings, was treated after she was sprayed in the face by pepper spray. The brothers were shot with a small caliber handgun. They were released from the hospital Friday afternoon. The front door of their home was kicked in by multiple suspects, they told sheriff’s officers. The victims were sleeping in their beds at about 5 a.m.

Sheriff’s Reports n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 249 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

Rutherfordton n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 52 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

n Harold Richard Robinson reported the theft of a catalytic converter. n Terri Lyn Ward reported the theft of a catalytic converter. n Timothy Ray Cobb reported the theft of a blue and white Yamaha.

Spindale n The Spindale Police Department responded to 41 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

Lake Lure n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to 22 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

Forest City n The Forest City Police Department responded to 82 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday. n Rose Logan, reported a larceny and financial card fraud. n An employee of the Sports Center reported a larceny. n Kathleen Arrowood reported a larceny. n An employee of Advanced Auto Parts reported an incident of larceny. n Roy Wright reported a breaking and entering and larceny. n Tracy Honeycutt reported the breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and larceny. n Ashley Watkins reported an incident of damage to property. n Albert Waddell reported an incident of breaking and entering and larceny. n An employee of the Forest City Police Department reported an incident of found property. n An employee of Family Dollar reported a larceny.

Arrests n Kenneth Hayes, 51, of West Main Street, Forest City; charged with communicating threats; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n Lloyd Jeffries, 46, of Old Castle Lane, Forest City; charged with open container; released on a written promise to appear. (FCPD) n Stephen Gidney, 62, of Kingston Road, Shelby; charged with driving while impaired, open container and left of center; placed under a $1,500 secured bond. (FCPD) n April Hall Stacey, 28, of 125 E.J. Morrow St.; charged with simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Travis Brock Yelton, 33, of 851 Cherry St.; charged

with simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Don Martinez Guzman, 24, of 159 Andover Rd.; charged with driving while impaired; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Richard Duane Boyles, 33, of 176 Guns Rd.; charged with breaking and/ or entering and felony larceny; placed under a $3,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Tommy Allan Crawford, 38, of 406 Oakland Rd.; charged with simple assault; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Cindy Trotter Mode, 40, of 1671 Oakland Rd.; charged with two counts of communicating threats, harassing phone call and cyberstalking; placed under a 48-hour hold and a $2,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Stewart Wayne Reynolds, 30, of 540 Byers Rd.; charged with carrying a concealed weapon; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Amy Elizabeth Anderson, 38, of 735 S. Church St.; charged with simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n James Noah Greene, 27, of 289 N. Main St.; charged with simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; placed under a $2,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Heather Delores Hart, 22, of 2755 Little Mountain Rd.; charged with violation of a court order; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Pamela Bright Greene, 52, of 142 Autumn Trail; charged with shoplifting/ concealment of goods; released on a $500 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n James Adam Murray, 25, of 83 Lattice Lane, Middletown, Del.; charged with communicating threats and injury to personal property; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (RPD) n David Leon Holllifield, 17, of 412 Nebraska St.; charged with disorderly conduct; placed under a $750 secured bond. (SPD)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 51 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to 51 E-911 calls Saturday and Sunday.

Fire Calls n Bostic responded to a motor vehicle crash. n Cherry Mountain responded to a motor vehicle crash and to an unknown type fire. n Ellenboro responded to a motor vehicle crash. n Forest City responded to a motor vehicle crash. n Hudlow responded to a fire alarm. n Rutherfordton responded to a structure fire and to a smoke report. n SDO responded to a motor vehicle crash and to a structure fire. n Sandy Mush responded a motor vehicle crash.

Saturday reports Sheriff’s Reports n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 181 E-911 calls Friday.

Rutherfordton n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 55 E-911 calls Friday.

Spindale n The Spindale Police Department responded to 26 E-911 calls Friday.

Lake Lure n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to 16 E-911 calls Friday.

Forest City n The Forest City Police Department responded to 74 E-911 calls Friday.

Arrests n David Leon Hollifield, 36, of 132 Snowball Drive; charged with driving while impaired, local ordinance possess open container/ consume alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle; freed on a custody release. (FCPD) n Joshua David Keye, 30, of 216 Florida Ave.; charged with impede traffic sit/ stand/ lie and resisting a public officer; placed under a $500 cash bond. (RCSD) n Roger Keith Lytle, 49, of 14 Pinegrove Ave.; charged with non-support; placed under an $1,100 cash bond. (RCSD) n Tracy Johnson, 48, of 137 Walnut St.; charged with communicating threats; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Angela Bagwell, 35, of 125 Saratoga Ave.; charged with obtain driver’s license by fraud and driving while license revoked; placed under a $2,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n John Mark Taylor, 32, of 1408 Montvale Station

Rd.; charged with simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and window tinting violation; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Joey Russel Dyer, 29, of 190 Clay St.; charged with second-degree trespassing and assault on a government official/ employee; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Jennifer Faye Pink, 19, of 1719 K.O. Way; charged with simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Michael John Brewer, 29, of 160 Murrell Meadows Drive; charged with simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; placed under a $5,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Howard Logan, 46, of 152 Riverhills Drive; charged with intoxicated and disruptive; placed under a $2,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Tyler James McGinnis, 18, of 801 Old U.S. 74; charged with local ordinance consume alcohol by less than 19; freed on a custody release. (RCSD) n Kendrick Jerel Lattimore, 22, of 107 Cobra Drive; charged with injury to real property, communicating threats and assault on a female; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RCSD0 n Jeffery Keith Moore, 17, of 164 Big Cider Drive; charged with local ordinance consume alcohol by less than 19; released on a $500 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Jarvis Cole Tate, 17, of 248 Flack Rd.; charged with disorderly conduct; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD)

EMS/Rescue n The Rutherford County EMS responded to 25 E-911 calls Friday. n The Volunteer Life Saving and Rescue, Hickory Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue responded to four E-911 calls Friday.

Fire Calls n Cherry Mountain responded to a power line fire and to a brush fire. n Ellenboro responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Forest City responded to a motor vehicle accident and to a brush fire. n Hudlow responded to an industrial fire alarm. n Rutherfordton responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Spindale responded to an appliance fire. n Union Mills responded to a motor vehicle accident.

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he Internet and its killer application, e-mail, is catching up to the U.S. Postal Service. Because of the ‘net and the economic plunge we have all experienced, the post office is expected to lose $3.8 billion this year. That, despite cutting nearly 40,000 full-time positions across the county. It’s hard to think of the friendly mail carrier standing in the jobless benefits line instead of delivering checks to someone else’s door. This decline, also created by a major reduction in advertising mail, will take a long time to play out. Too many of us are used to going to the front door each day to get our mail and too many of us don’t have, or don’t want to deal with computers. There’s also a green side to this issue. Think how many trees would be saved if all mail was digital. (Some of us would just print it out, anyway.)

Our readers’ views Sings praises of home health care workers To the editor: The Honorable Governor Beverly Perdue of North Carolina proclaimed November, 2009, as Home Health and Hospice Month. This proclamation is to recognize all of the dedicated workers in home health, home care and hospice agencies across the state. Workers in these agencies see patients in their homes or place of residence to serve as a liaison between the patients and their physicians. This type of service permits patients to remain in their own homes instead of being placed in a facility for their care or having to be transported to their physician for medical care each time that is needed. Health care workers of this type are not limited to hours that the physician’s office is open. These workers are usually available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. They are on call for their patients when a need arises. By working closely with their patients and their families, they become a familiar face and someone that the patients learn they can trust and feel comfortable with their care. These health care workers go about their daily tasks without asking for recognition for the excellent work they do each day. Their rewards are the smiles they get from their patients and the knowledge that they made someone’s day a little more comfortable and a little less stressful.

They instruct families how to care for their family members in the home so they can be independent in their care when needed. They are there at the end of life situations for comfort and compassion for the patient and their families. This type of profession is not one you close the door on when you walk out of the office. They take their patients home with them in their minds and hearts at night, reviewing the care they gave during the day and planning for the care the next day. The rewards in this type of profession far outweigh the financial reimbursement they receive for a day’s work. Beck Goredki, RN Nursing Supervisor Rutherford, Polk and Mcdowell Home Health

Asks when public will get to see new school To the editor: The Sunday Courier, dated Aug. 23, carried a picture and article of the new Rutherfordton Elementary School. The article went on to state that the new Rutherfordton Elementary would open Aug. 25. On Sunday, August 23, ceremonies were held at the new school to dedicate the new building that opened the previous Tuesday for students. This was in The Daily Courier, Tuesday, Sept. 1. In previous remarks at one school board meeting, Dr. Bennett stated an open house would be held in the near future. Name was withheld. There was never any mention in The Daily

Courier of a grand opening or dedication that the public could attend. Living fairly close, I have watched the construction of this new school and was anxious to see the inside, but this hasn’t happened. So, my question is, when does the public get to see what our taxes are paying for? Arthur Miller Rutherfordton

Says trade deals, not Bush, caused collapse To the editor: I would laugh at Mr. Haulk for blaming ex-President Bush for the financial collapse if it didn’t hurt so bad. He seems to forget about all the free trade agreement that has sent millions of jobs overseas and all the promises that was made to the American people about the new jobs we would get in return. Mike Crain Rutherfordton

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Nesbitt’s ascension has insiders seeking answers The big news in North Carolina insider politics these days is the resignation of Senator Tony Rand — and his pending replacement as Senate majority leader by Senator Martin Nesbitt, who has the recommendation of Marc Basnight, the top leader of the Senate. This big news is something that Raleigh political insiders are having trouble understanding or satisfactorily explaining to each other. They are asking one another: Why would Rand resign one of the most powerful positions in state government and trade it for a position on the state’s parole commission? The parole board might be a great place for a politician who needs a paying job. But it is not the ideal place for a top lawyer legislator who is used to having continuing influence on everything the state government does. The insiders wonder how Asheville’s Martin Nesbitt, whose geographical and political homelands are as far away as you can get

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from those of Manteo’s Marc Basnight, would get Basnight’s endorsement for the majority leader’s position. I am not an insider, and probably never was, but I am having the hardest time trying to figure out this chain of events. Some observers say it’s simple: Basnight is simply co-opting a potential rival by bringing Nesbitt into the leadership circle, where he would be less likely to organize a coup that would replace Basnight. Others say that Basnight had to choose among the senators who would be seeking the position, and that Nesbitt was the least objectionable possibility. Then, there are a few who say with some confidence

that Nesbitt had already organized a group of discontented senators who were ready to oust Rand from his Senate leadership positions — and that Rand’s and Basnight’s acts were simply a recognition of that reality. But nobody who talks to me seems to know for sure. Whatever the explanation, Nesbitt’s ascension into an important leadership position is a landmark occurrence. To begin to see some of the potential differences, it might help to review one of the classic books about North Carolina politics, Tar Heel Politics 2000 by state representative and UNC-G professor Paul Luebke. Luebke, an unapologetic liberal, maintains that North Carolina politics is solidly conservative — divided between “traditionalists” and “modernizers.” Traditionalists are obvious conservatives. They are skeptical of most forms of government activism — particularly of government spending to promote

economic activity or to improve the lot of the less fortunate. Modernizers are conservatives, according to Luebke, even though they often support “progressive” government programs to promote industrial development and education. They are conservatives, Luebke says, because their “progressive” programs are almost always funded with regressive taxes — like the sales and gasoline taxes and they do not seriously address issues of “equity” and fair treatment for the poor and powerless — concerns that are consistent with a real liberal program. Under Luebke’s definitions, Basnight and Rand are modernizers or progressive conservatives, while Nesbitt (and Luebke) are genuine liberals. Modernizers and liberals have worked together in the Democratic legislative caucuses. But it has not been easy. Put your ear to the ground and you will hear the liberals condemning the modernizers

as being so conservative that they are not real Democrats. And you will hear the modernizers saying that a liberal agenda and leadership would lead to election defeat and loss of power. To make a partnership between a modernizer and a liberal work, some of these voices have to be quieted. So, bottom line, will Marc Basnight and Martin Nesbitt form a lasting and workable leadership partnership? Both are very, very smart and very adept at gaining and maintaining power alliances. If they find a way to work together it could be a powerful partnership. But, as for me, right now, I would not bet my fortune on it. D.G. Martin is hosting his final season of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, which airs Sundays at 5 p.m. For more information or to view prior programs visit the webpage at www. This Sunday’s (Nov. 22) guest is Kate Betterton, author of “Where the Lake Becomes the River.”

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Obituaries Woman injured in automobile crash William Griffin

William B. Griffin, 72, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at his home. Born in Gloucester, Mass., he was a son of the late Burton and Florence Foley Griffin. He was a graduate of Gloucester High School, and a veteran of the Army. He moved to St. Croix, USVI, in 1988 with his wife where he resided for 20 years. He had an electrical business, as well as a captain’s license and operated the Lisa Anne boat for fishing charters. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol Griffin of Rutherfordton; two sons, William Griffin Jr. of Greensboro, and Kirt Griffin of Newcastle, England; a daughter, Lisa Robarts of Chesapeake, Va.; one brother, Richard Griffin of St. Croix, USVI; one sister, Lorna Kobierski of Beverly, Mass.; “It couldn’t happen at a and seven grandchildren. better time,” she said. “We’re Friends are invited to gathvery grateful to the Chamber er at the Griffin home at 181 for this opportunity.” Ivy Dr., Rutherfordton, on The Boutique promotion Thursday, Nov. 19, between runs from Nov. 21 through the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24 and features handIn lieu of flowers, memorimade, one-of-a-kind works als may be made to Hospice of member art and fine crafts of Rutherford County, P.O. on display at the Visual Arts Box 336, Forest City, NC Center Gifts and Gallery in 28043; or to the Animal Rutherfordton. Shelter of one’s choice. The Chamber’s Reverse Crowe’s Mortuary and Raffle is entering its 15th Crematory is in charge of year of production. The event arrangements. is open to the public and features a $10,000 cash prize Online condolences www. and more than 100 other prizes donated by merchants, professionals and industries Chuck Joy throughout the county. Ten percent of the proceeds goes Charles “Chuck” Edwin Joy, to local charities and com80, died Sunday, Nov. 15, munity projects and the 2009, at Hospice House in remainder is used in advanc- Forest City, following a long ing the interests of the coun- illness. ty and its people. He is survived by his wife, Tickets sell for $100, admit Judy; three children, Gerry two people and cover all food Bernard Joy, James Edward and drinks for the evening Joy, and Kathy Marie Joy plus a chance at the cash and Hoffner; two stepsons, prizes. A. Miles Albertson and J. “It’s the best deal around,” Clayton Albertson; 10 grandCampfield said. “You have children; and one greatone in 500 chances of wingrandchild. ning the grand prize and one A memorial service will be in four of winning something held at a later date. while having a great night In lieu of flowers, memoriout and helping the commu- als may be made to Hospice nity to boot.” of Rutherford County P.O. Call the Chamber at Box 336, Forest City, NC 287-3090 for tickets. 28043.

FOREST CITY — Ann Ledford Hall, 78, of Forest City, was taken to Rutherford Hospital Saturday afternoon following a one-vehicle crash on Doggett Road. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Hall was driving a 1994 Honda at 12:06 p.m., traveling east on Doggett Road and failed to maintain lane control. She crossed the center line, ran off the road to the left and struck a tree, coming to a final rest on the left shoulder of the road. Hall was taken to the hospital by Rutherford County EMS. Also assisting at the scene was S-D-O Fire Department. On Saturday at 5:50 a.m., James Reginald McDaniel of Ellenboro was driving a 2004 Dodge Truck on Duncan’s Creek Road, when he failed to stop at a stop sign. The NCHP reported he ran off the road, traveled straight ahead and hit farm equipment. He was injured, but not transported to the hospital by EMS. McDaniel was charged with failure to stop. Also assisting at the scene was Cherry Mountain VFD. Trooper J.A. Repasky investigated both accidents.

Chamber adds art show to raffle event

RUTHERFORDTON — The Rutherford County Visual Arts Guild will display some of its finest local creations at the Chamber of Commerce annual Reverse Raffle, Dec. 4, at The Foundation. Chamber president Mike Campfield said the Guild’s presence would be a bonus for raffle-goers and help promote the growth and development of the visual arts in Rutherford County. “We’re delighted to add the Visual Arts Guild as a featured attraction at our raffle this year,” Campfield said. “We’re constantly looking for ways to make our event more popular while extending some service to the community. The arts play an important role in our local culture and economy. The industry is particularly important to expanding tourism in the county.” The Guild will set up tables in both wings of The Foundation ballroom. Selected works will be for sale. Credit card facilities will not be available. Check or cash only. Guild president Deborah DeNatale said the raffle would provide an excellent boost to the organization’s Christmas Boutique promotion.

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Morrow said Haney was instrumental in planning the past events to benefit NCS. He said as committee members were preparing for Saturday’s event, they could almost hear Haney’s instructions regarding decorations, guests and food. Several of the instructors and staff members who worked with Haney also attended. “She was my mentor,” said Dr. Myra Johnson, president of Isothermal. She thanked Haney for her contribution to the college, community and to the NCS. “This is a bittersweet event,” Johnson said of the loss of Haney. Seventh graders tapped for NCS must agree to attendance guidelines, academic success, support activities, community service, good citizens and an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle during their school careers. Upon graduation, the NCS can attend Isothermal tuition free and could also receive additional funding for books.

The NCS Class of 2015 – 67 students — was inducted Oct. 1 during a special ceremony at Isothermal. There are 68 students tapped for the class of 2014. Farm House Live Dinner Theatre returned for the entertainment. Alumni and new vocalists performed musical theatre, jazz, light country and opera favorites for the audience. The group is led by Amy Young, director/vocalist. Other vocalists are Craig Brown, Brian Newland, Krista Wells, John Woodall, David Clark, Shanon Venable and Amy Walls Woodall. Steve Senseig is pianist and Andy Page, is guitarist. In addition to Morrow, the other members of the Isothermal Community College Foundation planning committee are Lathelma Becknell, Betty Gabriel, Susan Hargett, Carolyn Horton, Lois Huskey, Joan King, Carol Lamb, Vivian Sitton and Nancy Womack. Contact Gordon via e-mail at jgordon@thedigitalcouriercom.

Vonage will pay settlements

NEW YORK (AP) — Internet phone service provider Vonage Holdings Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to 32 states to settle an investigation into some of its business practices. In a filing Monday with the Securities Exchange Commission, the company said it also agreed to provide refunds to affected customers. The 32 states are sharing the $3 million settlement to cover legal and other costs, and any refunds owed by Vonage are on top of that amount. Claims can be filed

through attorneys general for the participating states. Besides Idaho, Maine and Texas, the other states participating in the settlement are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Doris Rouse Doris Edwards Rouse, of 418 Sparrow Hawk Court, Greer, S.C., died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital. She was the widow of George B. Rouse and a daughter of the late Clyde B. and Maude Duncan Edwards. She graduated from Appalachian State University, obtained her master’s degree from Clemson University, and also attended the College of William & Mary. She taught school for many years at Blythe Elementary. She was a comember of Trinity United Methodist and Covenant United Methodist churches. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Montgomery of Taylors, S.C.;


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a son, Clay Rouse of Greer; a brother, Henry Edwards of Rutherfordton; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel, Greenville, S.C. A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Wesley Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Rutherfordton. Visitation is Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home in Greenville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity UMC, 2703 Augusta St., Greenville, SC 29605; or to Covenant UMC, 1310 Old Spartanburg Road, Greenville, SC 29615. Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences

Brenda Deal Brenda Sue Laughter Deal, 66, of Conyers, Ga., died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Ga. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Spindale, she was a daughter of the late Paul Brown and Mary Sue Laughter. She was a graduate of Appalachian State University and received her PhD in reading instruction from Georgia State University. She taught students from elementary school to college for 30 years and retired from Perimeter College in 2002. She is survived by husband, Stephen W. Deal of Conyers; a daughter, Tyson P. Deal of Conyers; a son, Stephen Brady Deal of Covington, Ga.; one grandson; and a brother, Robert P. Laughter of King. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Scot Ward’s Harry White Chapel in Conyers. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Foundation for Excellence in Education, c/o United Community Bank, 1000 Georgia Hwy. 138, Conyers, GA 30094. Online condolences

Brenda Deal Mrs. Brenda Sue Laughter Deal, age 66, of Conyers, GA died Sunday, November 15, 2009. She died peacefully at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, GA. Brenda was born in Washington, D.C. on May 22, 1943 to Paul Brown and Mary Sue Laughter. She was raised in Spindale, NC. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University and received her PhD in Reading Instruction from Georgia State University. She taught students from elementary school to college for 30 years and retired from Perimeter College in 2002. Brenda lived her passion of imparting knowledge; she was a teacher to so many and loved by her students. Brenda's loves also included her family, music, dancing, gardening, and snow. She is survived by husband, Stephen W. Deal of Conyers; daughter, Tyson P. Deal of Conyers; son, Stephen Brady Deal of Covington; daughter-inlaw, Paula Ann Deal of Covington; grandson, Easton Brady Deal of Covington; brother, Robert P. Laughter, King of NC. Memorial services will be held Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Scot Ward's Harry White Chapel. The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 18, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family would like to thank everyone who supported them through her illness, especially Fresenius Medical Center, Morningside of Conyers, and Abbey Hospice. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Foundation for Excellence in Education, c/o United Community Bank, 1000 Ga. Hwy 138, Conyers, GA 30094. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! Condolences may be submitted on-line at Scot Ward Funeral Services Harry White Chapel, 1299 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216. Paid obit.

Margaret Ridings Margaret Janet Honeycutt Ridings, 77, of Patterson Springs, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd Albert Honeycutt and Bertha Gosnell Honeycutt. She graduated from Harris High School and was a member of Patterson Springs Baptist Church. She is survived by husband, Earl Ridings; a son, Michael Lee Ridings of Mooresboro; two daughters, Debbie Humphries of Mooresboro, and Rhonda Ruff of Shelby; one brother, J.R. Honeycutt of Boiling Springs; three sisters, Juanita Price of Blue Ridge, S.C., Betty Jo Godfrey of Forest City, and Ann Pennington of Mooresboro; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A service celebrating the life of Mrs. Ridings will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Patterson Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Waters officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorials may be made to Patterson Springs Baptist Church, 2107 Cleveland Ave., Grover, NC 28073. Online condolences

Margaret Honeycutt Ridings Mrs. Margaret Janet Honeycutt Ridings, 77, of Patterson Springs, died on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A native of Rutherford County, NC, she was born on March 31, 1932 to the late Lloyd Albert Honeycutt and Bertha Gosnell Honeycutt. Mrs. Ridings graduated from Harris High School in Rutherford County, where she met the love of her life, her husband Earl. She was a member of Patterson Springs Baptist Church. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved to can and freeze the produce grown in her garden. She loved to sew and enjoyed art. She enjoyed shopping and loved to watch birds. Mrs. Ridings is survived by her husband, Earl Ridings; a son, Michael Lee Ridings of Mooresboro, NC; her daughters, Debbie Humphries and husband, Steve of Mooresboro, NC, Rhonda Ruff and husband, Keith of Shelby, NC; a brother, J.R. Honeycutt of Boiling Springs, NC; sisters, Juanita Price of Blue Ridge, SC, Betty Jo Godfrey and husband, Raleigh of Forest City, NC, Ann Pennington of Mooresboro, NC; grandchildren, Tina Earls and husband, Shane of Shelby, Tessy Humphries of Mooresboro, NC, Torrie Hicks and husband, Stephen of Gaffney, SC, Mitchell Ruff and wife, Traci of Canton, NC, Misty Easler and husband, Jason of Shelby; elevent great-grandchildren and her lifelong friend, Pauline Justice of Rutherfordton, NC The family will receive friends at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. A funeral service celebrating the life of Mrs. Ridings will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 3:00 PM at Patterson Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Waters officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Patterson Springs Baptist Church, 2107 Cleveland Avenue, Grover, NC 28073 Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. Guest registry is available at:

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Calendar/Local SNAGGED Truck driver John Click of Rutherfordton was driving this 18-wheeler on U.S. 74A Monday afternoon, attempting to make a right hand turn onto Oak Street. Forest City police said Click was keeping a watch out for traffic in the heavily congested area and got too close to the guard rail, damaging the guard rail.

Health/education Diabetes awareness month: November is Diabetes awareness month. The Community Clinic of Rutherford County will offer free Hbg A1C checks during the month of November. This test checks your blood sugar level for 3 months at a time. Call 245-0400 for an appointment.

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Red Cross Blood drives scheduled: Nov. 23 — East Middle School, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., Shane O’Donnell at 245-3750 for an appointment; Nov. 30 — Red Cross Chapter House, 2 to 6:30 p.m., call 287-5916 for an appointment. November classes: Child, Infant CPR: Tuesday, Nov. 17, begins at 6 p.m. First Aid: Saturday, Nov. 21, begins at 8:30 a.m., Preventing Disease Transmission.

Meetings/other Community meeting: Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at the Legion Hut, Boss Moore Road, Caroleen; anyone interested in helping to improve Frank West Park, is encouraged to attend.

Schools/students Beta Basket auction: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., chase High School media center; craft fair booths available, also; Beta inductions for new members begins at 5:30 p.m.; Beta Beauties Womanless Beauty Pageant at 7 p.m., admission is one canned food item; the winners will be selected by who gets the most canned food votes; the food will be donated to Chase Corner Ministries and local church food banks. Workshop, open house: Tuesday, Dec. 1, Chase High School media center; open house 4 to 6 p.m., financial aid workshop begins at 6 p.m., juniors and seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Food Drive: Students at Forrest Hunt Elementary School are holding a food drive. Canned goods and other non-perishable food items may be dropped off during school hours at Forrest Hunt.

Miscellaneous Free Thanksgiving meal: A free Thanksgiving meal will be served Sunday, Nov. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Walls Baptist Church, Bostic. Christmas Boutique: Nov. 21 Dec. 24, at the Visual Arts Center, 173 N. Main St., Rutherfordton; hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; handmade art and fine craft items on display and available for purchase; paintings in all mediums, ceramics, wood crafts, sculpture, fused and stained glass and much more.

Fundraisers Barbecue benefit: Friday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Little White Country Church; $7 per plate, includes homemade sauce, slaw, baked beans, chips, rolls, dessert, drink; advance orders available; walk-ins welcome; whole Boston butts may also be ordered; call Boyd or Joanne Arrowood at 286-4765. Benefit singing, supper: For Nelson Dysart (cancer patient); Saturday, Nov. 21, 4 to 8 p.m., Harmon Street Baptist Church, Forest City; hot dog supper starts at 4 p.m.; gospel music starts at 5 p.m., various groups on program including The Eubanks, FaithWalker4, Broad River Crusaders, The Church of the Exceptional choir, and Misty Roper; Wayne Dobbins will emcee. Inside yard sale: Saturday, Nov. 21, begins at 8 a.m., at Rock Springs Baptist Church, Rutherfordton.

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out of order. When it came his time to speak, Summers alleged that Bailey used his position as a town commissioner to have Spindale Police harass Summers and his family regarding their dogs and their children playing ball near Commissioner Bailey’s yard. Bailey denied Summers claims, saying they were all lies. “Mr. Bailey has a personal agenda on the council and a personal vendetta against me,” Summers said. “Mr. Bailey has an issue with dogs and has had an issue with my dogs. At one point, unaware of the exact situation with the leash law, I had a dog that would go in and out on its own so I bought an underground fence. Mr. Bailey said he did not feel an underground fence was sufficient for handling a dog. He has called the police on my dogs, my neighbor’s dog and my mother-in-law’s dog while she was chasing it. He is upset with us that we won’t get rid of our dogs because they bark at him while he’s looking at the birds. “About six months ago my daughter was in the yard throwing a ball, and an officer from the town of Spindale come onto my property and told us, my daughter was not to throw ball in the front yard any more. I asked if that was against an ordinance and he said no, but Mr. Bailey had requested

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ber, said one of his key concerns was keeping the contract local, but he noted that McGill had the qualifications for the job because of the amount of experience they have with Community Development Block Grants. And Finance Director Pruett Walden said it was a matter of who could do the best job for the community, and do it efficiently and quickly. Wilfred McDowell, who has been very active in the project and was the only committee member not connected with the town in some way, said, “I, like Chris (Lee) wanted to keep it local.” But he added that McGill had the most experience with such projects. Commissioner Dee Dee Bright asked if there were not any qualified local firms, and added, “the McGill Town of Forest City gravy train has to stop.” When commissioners expressed their concerns about going with a firm from out of the county, Withrow urged the commissioners to take the five proposals home and look at each company’s qualifications. She commented, however, that the town is already nine months into a program that needs to be done in 30 months, so the town needs to make a decision. She added that the engineer for the project will make sure that the work is done correctly all the way to the ribbon cutting.

Buffet breakfast: Saturday, Nov. 21, 7 to 10:30 a.m., Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Forest City; $5 per person; all you can eat.

Religion Old-timer’s day: Sunday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m., Doggett Grove Church, Forest City; guest speaker, Evangelist Annette Wilkerson of Shelby. Homecoming: Sunday, Nov. 22, worship service 11 a.m., Community Worship Center, 400 Church St., Spindale; a covered dish lunch will follow the service; bring well-filled basket; dress in old time attire (optional).

After both sides had their say, Mayor Bland moved the meeting on to the next item of the agenda. In other business, town attorney John Crotts instructed the board the proper legal way to have Bailey be appointed to finish the term of the late Commissioner Bob Ensley was for Bailey to resign his current seat and then be sworn in for Ensley’s term, which lasts until 2011. Bailey resigned and was sworn in on Monday night to fulfill the appointment.

Commissioner Shawn Moore noted, “We had discussed keeping it local early-on. We need to look and see if this is the best decision.” Board members questioned whether they had the authority to override the committee’s recommendation, and Town Attorney David Lloyd said the board probably needed to return the issue to the committee for another look, since “qualification is subjective,” unlike a bidding process. Board member David Eaker asked why there was an issue with the contract, since all five committee members said McGill was the most qualified. The board voted to table the matter for now so board members could look at the five proposals that were submitted. In another Grahamtown-related matter, the board approved a grant agreement for the Community Development Block Grant Recovery Program. The $100,000 grant is for emergency repairs to some houses in the Grahamtown community not on Gypsy Street, which received a separate $1 million CDBG revitalization grant. The two grants cannot be co-mingled, Withrow said, and added that there are greater reporting and auditing requirements for the CDBG-R grant, since it is recovery funds. The board unanimously approved the grant agreement.

n Adopted a resolution accepting streets in Shadow Gate Subdivision into the town street system. n Approved going forward with work on applying for four grants for Hunting Creek buildings, as part of making a more vibrant downtown. n Approved allowing Walden to move forward on contracts with the Town of Bostic and the Concord Water System. Forest City provides water, sewer and electric service for Bostic and water for Concord. The contract will include a schedule of costs for doing maintenance work. n Reappointed Tripp Flack, Mary Jane Dailey and Kim Warner to three-year terms on the Recreation Commission, and appointed Philip Byers to fill the unexpired term of Carol Wilson to June 2011. n Was introduced to members of the Forest City Youth Council. n Heard from Patricia Murray about very high electric and water bills. It was determined that her water and electric meter would be tested.

In other action, the board:

The board took no action on a proposed curfew ordinance after Police Chief Andy Greenway said it would not be feasible with the town’s current manpower limitations. And the board agreed to send Town Manager Cameron McHargue’s report on a proposed sign ordinance to the zoning and planning board for review. Town Financial Officer Cathy Swafford reported the finances were doing well, and added, “Our general fund revenues are at 43 percent and the enterprise revenues are at 32 percent. We’re approximately $60,000 ahead of where we were at this point last year. This doesn’t mean that we have $60,000 worth of revenue that we weren’t expecting, it just means we’re ahead of where we were. I have no idea why people are paying their taxes sooner, but they are and we’re doing well on collections.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at

In public comments, resident Seable Grant said he was “highly insulted” by Withrow and McDowell’s apparent suggestion that local companies were not qualified to do the Grahamtown engineering work. The board then went into closed session to consider economic development incentives. Contact Dale via e-mail at

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Poor man’s supper: Saturday, Nov. 21, noon until 5 p.m., Union Hill AME Zion Church, Union Mills; $6 per person; take outs available. Pre-Thanksgiving dinner: Saturday, Nov. 21, begins at 11 a.m., at Unionville Masonic Lodge Hall, Spindale; $6 per plate; children under 12, $3; drawing for door prize; take outs available.

we not do it any more. We feel like we’re on pins and needles to avoid offending him and we’re not going to live like that. Ruth Wallace happened to be outside, a neighbor, saw Mr. Bailey say to a 13-year-old child that if that football rolled into his yard again, he would kick his (expletive deleted).” Bailey was irate at the insinuations from Summers and often yelled, “That’s a total lie!” while Summers was addressing the board. Mayor Bland gaveled Bailey out of order three times during Summers speech. “I have never heard so many madeup lies in all my life,” Bailey said during his rebuttal. “I’ve asked (those children) to stay out of my yard and not throw the ball into my yard. If they lose a ball in my yard I’ve told them to come tell me and I’ll get it or give them permission to retrieve it. I told those children to get out of my yard and that boy told me I couldn’t talk to him like that. Casey was a good neighbor to me for years until he took some job down in another part of the state and then came back with his little dog Bandit and put a doggie door into his house and let his animals run loose, irregardless of the leash law. Bandit was a mean little old dog who would sneak up behind you and bite you. I have received a computer-generated, anonymous letter threatening me that I would have my (expletive deleted) beat in the middle of our street.”


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Cavs end season of ups and downs

TJCA boys, girls get basketball victories AVONDALE — Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy boys and girls basketball teams both earned season opening wins on Monday night at home over the North Carolina School for the Deaf. On the boys side, TJCA won 43-8, in Coach Chris Gash’s debut for the Gryphons. TJCA’s Michael Dedmon posted 10 points, while Richard Petty had nine and John Dunnigan finished with eight. In the girls game, the Lady Gryphons convincingly won 68-13, and were led by 14 points from Murphy D’oyen. Megan Conner and Anna Dedmon added 12 a piece in Coach Steve Waldroup’s debut for TJCA. TJCA hosts Hendersonville Christian on Friday.

By KEVIN CARVER Sports Reporter

Coghlan, Bailey wins rookie of year awards NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Coghlan and Andrew Bailey both agreed to change, then quickly got their chance in the majors. Now each has a rookie reward that will last forever. Coghlan, the pesky Marlins leadoff hitter, won the National League Rookie of the Year award in a close vote Monday and Bailey took the AL honor after an outstanding season as Oakland’s closer. A second baseman in the minors, Coghlan made a hasty shift to left field in May and found a home atop Florida’s lineup. Bailey also switched successfully, going from struggling Double-A starter to AllStar reliever in a year. Coghlan edged Philadelphia pitcher J.A. Happ, receiving 17 first-place votes and 105 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Happ, the only player picked on all 32 ballots, garnered 10 first-place votes and 94 points. Bailey, who had 26 saves and a 1.84 ERA this season, was selected first on 13 of 28 ballots and finished with 88 points. Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus was the runner-up with 65 points, one more than Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello.

On TV 6 a.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Monmouth at St. Peter’s. 8 a.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Drexel at Niagara. 10 a.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Clemson at Liberty. Noon (ESPN) College Basketball Northeastern at Siena. 2 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Arkansas-Little Rock at Tulsa. 4 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Temple at Georgetown. 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Binghamton at Pittsburgh. 6 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball NIT Season Tip-Off Regional Final — Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball UNC-Asheville at Tennessee. (TS) Women’s College Basketball Florida State at Florida. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Arkansas vs. Louisville. 8 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Gonzaga at Michigan State. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Women’s College Basketball Connecticut vs. Texas. 10 p.m. (ESPN) College Basketball Memphis at Kansas. 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball NIT Season TipOff Regional Final — Teams TBA.

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Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith, left, catches a touchdown pass as Atlanta Falcons’ Tye Hill (24) defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte Sunday.

Panthers will have to replace Jordan Gross CHARLOTTE (AP) — In all but one game over the past seven years, Jordan Gross has lined up at tackle as Carolina’s highest-paid and most effective blocker. Now Jake Delhomme’s blind-side protector will watch the rest of the season while wearing a cast, just when the Panthers were starting to feel confident with their recent streak of good play. Gross was recovering from surgery Monday, a day after breaking his right ankle when an Atlanta player fell into his leg in the Panthers’ 28-19 victory. The 2008 Pro Bowl pick, who had missed only one game in his career, is lost for the season. “He’s a leader, a top-10 pick,” Delhomme said of the eighth selection in the 2003 draft. “He was placed at tackle at the first minicamp and he hasn’t left.” Except for one game last season when he was recovering from a concussion,

THOMASVILLE — East Rutherford (4-8), met up with fourth seeded Thomasville (8-4) Saturday, but the Cavaliers were taken down 35-3 in the first round of the NCHSAA 2A football playoffs to end the season. Despite keeping the game a close 6-0 after the first quarter, the Cavs could not hold the Bulldogs back who scored on two second-quarter possessions to open up a 22-point lead that East Rutherford couldn’t overcome. The Cavaliers did score before the half on a 29-yard Ryan Bailey field goal that was set up by Tyler Hamilton’s 33-yard kickoff return to the Thomasville 43. It was the best field position the Cavs would have all night long. In allowing 228 yards by East Rutherford, Thomasville brought out a bend, but didn’t break defense. Thomasville was the more physical football team, and showed a good deal of team speed and used field position strategy to oust the Cavs from the postseason. The Bulldogs’ triple threat rushers — Quin Riley, Lawrence Thomas and Kesean Green — combined for 161 yards rushing and three Thomasville touchdowns. East did have a couple of outstanding plays in the Saturday playoff game though. The first came by way of O’Darren Wilkins in the first quarter.

Gross has been the anchor of the line going back to Carolina’s Super Bowl season in 2003. Now two men face new roles in trying to replace him: veteran Travelle Wharton and untested Mackenzy Bernadeau. When Gross went down in the second quarter Sunday, Wharton moved from left guard to left tackle, a position where he has 33 career starts. Bernadeau, who has played only as a short-yardage fullback and on tackle-eligible plays in his two years in the NFL, moved to Wharton’s spot. The Panthers weren’t overly impressive on offense in the second half, but they held on to beat the Falcons. Now they have little time to prepare, with only two practices scheduled before Thursday’s game against Miami.

Wilkins, lined up as a receiver was thrown a ball that he jumped for, but it hit off the hands of a Thomasville player. A couple of seconds later, as Wilkins fell onto his back, the ball proceeded toward Wilkins who made a juggling catch for a 33-yard reception. In his final game in a Cavalier football jersey, Tyler Hamilton made his best play while a defender. After an East Rutherford fumble, Thomasville’s Vince Gobble picked up the ball and raced down the far sideline for 60-yards, but Hamilton snuck up from behind and stripped the ball loose with East

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Johnson all but wraps up title

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Jimmie Johnson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 race at Phoenix Sunday.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson won’t plan any parties this week, or waste a minute pondering his place in NASCAR history. Instead, he’ll spend this next week mentally running laps around HomesteadMiami Speedway. Johnson’s win at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday moved him one step closer to a record fourth consecutive championship, which can be wrapped up with a mediocre run in the finale. “I’m not one to let my mind wander and think about the possibilities — I’ve always known I’ve got to go out and race the race, get it done,” he said. “When I go home, I’m going to be (mentally) driving laps, what I think I Please see Johnson, Page 9

Duke routs Coastal Carolina, 74-49 DURHAM (AP) — Kyle Singler had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 9 Duke beat Coastal Carolina 74-49 on Monday night in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Freshman Andre Dawkins had 13 points and Jon Scheyer and Miles Plumlee added 10 apiece for the Blue Devils (2-0). They held the Chanticleers to three field goals during a 14-minute stretch of the first half, put themselves up by

25 points with a 24-11 spurt midway through the second and cruised from there to a second-round matchup with the Elon-Charlotte winner Tuesday night. Mario Edwards scored 12 to lead the Chanticleers (1-1). Their coach, Cliff Ellis, beat Duke three times from 1987-90 during his decade coaching at Clemson. But that didn’t translate onto the court for a Coastal Carolina team seeking its first win against an

Atlantic Coast Conference team since 1987. But on a night when the Blue Devils once again were short-handed due to an injury and a suspension, Singler was there to keep them rolling. The ACC’s preseason player of the year followed his 20-point performance in the opening win against North Carolina-Greensboro with even bigger numbers, scoring 15 in the first half and finishing 8 of 14 in 36 minutes.


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Magic gets past Bobcats, 97-91

Scoreboard FOOTBALL

National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 6 3 0 .667 259 Miami 4 5 0 .444 218 N.Y. Jets 4 5 0 .444 199 Buffalo 3 6 0 .333 140 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 9 0 0 1.000 252 Jacksonville 5 4 0 .556 181 Houston 5 4 0 .556 215 Tennessee 3 6 0 .333 189 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 7 2 0 .778 198 Pittsburgh 6 3 0 .667 207 Baltimore 4 4 0 .500 206 Cleveland 1 7 0 .125 78 West W L T Pct PF Denver 6 3 0 .667 167 San Diego 6 3 0 .667 237 Kansas City 2 7 0 .222 142 Oakland 2 7 0 .222 88 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 6 3 0 .667 224 Philadelphia 5 4 0 .556 242 N.Y. Giants 5 4 0 .556 232 Washington 3 6 0 .333 140 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 9 0 0 1.000 331 Atlanta 5 4 0 .556 221 Carolina 4 5 0 .444 176 Tampa Bay 1 8 0 .111 157 North W L T Pct PF Minnesota 8 1 0 .889 271 Green Bay 5 4 0 .556 232 Chicago 4 5 0 .444 186 Detroit 1 8 0 .111 143 West W L T Pct PF Arizona 6 3 0 .667 229 San Francisco 4 5 0 .444 184 Seattle 3 6 0 .333 187 St. Louis 1 8 0 .111 100

PA 150 227 158 210 PA 142 220 188 255 PA 147 157 154 209 PA 151 202 215 217 PA 169 184 204 171 PA 197 194 215 256 PA 184 179 201 264 PA 184 180 198 249

Thursday’s Games San Francisco 10, Chicago 6 Sunday’s Games Tennessee 41, Buffalo 17 Washington 27, Denver 17 Miami 25, Tampa Bay 23 Jacksonville 24, N.Y. Jets 22 Cincinnati 18, Pittsburgh 12 New Orleans 28, St. Louis 23 Carolina 28, Atlanta 19 Minnesota 27, Detroit 10 Kansas City 16, Oakland 10 Green Bay 17, Dallas 7 San Diego 31, Philadelphia 23 Arizona 31, Seattle 20 Indianapolis 35, New England 34 Open: N.Y. Giants, Houston Monday’s Game Baltimore at Cleveland, late The AP Top 25 The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll: Record Pts Pvs 1. Florida (36) 10-0 1,463 1 2. Alabama (14) 10-0 1,429 3 3. Texas (10) 10-0 1,424 2 4. TCU 10-0 1,307 4 5. Cincinnati 10-0 1,247 5 6. Boise St. 10-0 1,213 6 7. Georgia Tech 10-1 1,139 7 8. Pittsburgh 9-1 1,030 8 9. Ohio St. 9-2 990 10 10. LSU 8-2 968 9 11. Oregon 8-2 918 14 12. Oklahoma St. 8-2 754 17 13. Penn St. 9-2 689 19 14. Stanford 7-3 652 25 15. Iowa 9-2 633 15 16. Virginia Tech 7-3 559 20 17. Wisconsin 8-2 547 21 18. Clemson 7-3 442 24 19. BYU 8-2 344 22 20. Oregon St. 7-3 338 — 21. Miami 7-3 255 12 22. Southern Cal 7-3 223 11 23. Utah 8-2 183 16 24. Houston 8-2 149 13 25. Rutgers 7-2 145 — Others receiving votes: North Carolina 144, Nebraska 64, California 53, Arizona 50, Mississippi 45, Navy 41, Temple 23, Auburn 9, Georgia 9, West Virginia 8, Oklahoma 5, Texas Tech 4, Boston College 3, Nevada 1.


National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 8 3 .727 — Toronto 5 5 .500 2 1/2 Philadelphia 4 6 .400 3 1/2 New York 1 9 .100 6 1/2 New Jersey 0 10 .000 7 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 9 2 .800 —  Miami 7 2 .778 1/2 Orlando 8 3 .700 1  Charlotte 3 7 .333 5 Washington 2 7 .222 5 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Milwaukee 5 2 .714 1/2 Cleveland 7 3 .700 —  Indiana 4 3 .571 1 1/2 Chicago 5 4 .556 1 1/2 Detroit 5 5 .500 2  WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 7 3 .700 —  Houston 6 4 .600 1  San Antonio 4 4 .500 2  New Orleans 3 8 .273 4 1/2 Memphis 2 8 .200 5  Northwest Division W L Pct GB Portland 8 4 .727 —  Denver 7 3 .700 ­1/2 Oklahoma City 5 5 .500 2 1/2 Utah 4 6 .400 3 1/2 Minnesota 1 10 .091 7  Pacific Division W L Pct GB Phoenix 9 2 .818 —  L.A. Lakers 7 3 .700 1 1/2 Sacramento 5 4 .556 3  L.A. Clippers 4 7 .364 5  Golden State 3 6 .333 5 

Sunday’s Games Dallas 95, Detroit 90 L.A. Clippers 101, Oklahoma City 93 Phoenix 101, Toronto 100 Houston 101, L.A. Lakers 91 Monday’s Games Orlando 97, Charlotte 91 Atlanta 99, Portland 95 Dallas at Milwaukee, late Tuesday’s Games Golden State at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Indiana at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Miami, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Toronto at Denver, 9 p.m. Chicago at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Detroit at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. The Top Twenty Five The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll: Record Pts Pvs 1. Kansas (58) 1-0 1,616 1 2. Michigan St. (5) 1-0 1,520 2 3. Texas (1) 1-0 1,412 3 4. Kentucky (1) 1-0 1,370 4 5. Villanova 1-0 1,353 5 6. North Carolina 3-0 1,301 6 7. Purdue 1-0 1,297 7 8. West Virginia 1-0 1,139 8 9. Duke 1-0 1,078 9 10. Tennessee 1-0 938 10 11. Butler 1-0 859 11 12. Connecticut 1-0 830 12 13. California 2-0 792 13 14. Washington 3-0 783 14 15. Michigan 1-0 598 15 15. Ohio St. 2-0 598 16 17. Oklahoma 1-0 490 17 18. Dayton 1-0 372 21 19. Georgetown 1-0 358 20 20. Louisville 0-0 344 19 21. Georgia Tech 1-0 320 22 22. Clemson 1-0 265 24 23. Illinois 1-0 261 23 24. Minnesota 1-0 170 25 25. Maryland 1-0 167 — Monday’s College Basketball EAST Penn St. 80, Robert Morris 61 Villanova 103, Penn 65 SOUTH Florida St. 87, Jacksonville 61 Kentucky 72, Miami (Ohio) 70 Miami 108, Nova Southeastern 58 Norfolk St. 72, Maine 71 Richmond 103, VMI 59 Savannah St. 53, Cent. Connecticut St. 45 South Carolina 90, Georgia Southern 66 South Florida 66, Virginia 49 Vanderbilt 95, Lipscomb 73 MIDWEST Cent. Michigan 82, Ferris St. 69 Cincinnati 69, Prairie View 62 Cleveland St. 99, Wilmington, Ohio 74 Minnesota 82, Stephen F.Austin 42 Notre Dame 95, St. Francis, Pa. 72 S. Dakota St. 89, Mayville St. 56 Wis.-Green Bay 77, Rochester, Mich. 51 SOUTHWEST Arkansas St. 93, MacMurray 47 Baylor 61, Southern U. 45 Oral Roberts 86, NW Oklahoma 50 Sam Houston St. 91, Texas Coll. 54 TOURNAMENT Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season TIp First Round Duke 74, Coastal Carolina 49 Hofstra 68, Yale 63 LSU 56, Indiana St. 45 W. Kentucky 69, Wis.-Milwaukee 65 Sunday’s College Basketball Scores EAST Bucknell 59, Bryant 56 Fairfield 63, Fordham 55 Harvard 87, William & Mary 85, 3OT NYU 83, Stevens Tech 59 Providence 79, Mercer 77 Seton Hall 87, Monmouth, N.J. 72 Vermont 58, Buffalo 57 West Virginia 83, Loyola, Md. 60 SOUTH Augusta St. 79, West Georgia 57 Bridgewater, Va. 72, Susquehanna 49 Catawba 82, Livingstone 78 Florida 74, Stetson 46 George Mason 60, Dartmouth 44 George Washington 76, UNC Wilmington 71 Navy 79, Longwood 76 North Carolina 88, Valparaiso 77 Old Dominion 69, Bethune-Cookman 38 Randolph-Macon 63, Marymount, Va. 51 UAB 55, Samford 52 UC Davis 99, Winston-Salem 79 Virginia Tech 69, Brown 55 Wake Forest 89, East Carolina 58 MIDWEST Austin Peay 80, Akron 77 Boise St. 75, North Dakota 60 Bradley 74, Idaho St. 69 Detroit 86, W. Michigan 80 Illinois St. 82, SIU-Edwardsville 60 Iowa St. 72, Chicago St. 50 Kansas St. 82, W. Illinois 50 Ohio 81, Middle Tennessee 68 UTSA 62, Iowa 50 Wichita St. 80, Fairleigh Dickinson 64 Wisconsin 75, IPFW 46 SOUTHWEST Baylor 71, Hartford 69 Rice 60, Houston Baptist 46 Texas 89, UC Irvine 42 Texas Southern 72, Idaho 65 Texas Tech 64, Oregon St. 60 Tulsa 81, Fla. International 49 FAR WEST Arizona 87, N. Arizona 70 Oregon 68, Colorado St. 55 Stanford 70, Cal Poly 53 Washington 111, Portland St. 55 Sunday’s Women’s Basketball EAST Cornell 81, Ithaca 54 Loyola, Md. 63, Army 48 Massachusetts 79, Boston U. 73, OT Penn St. 79, N.J. Tech 57 Providence 88, Saint Joseph’s 57 St. Bonaventure 67, Akron 37 Stanford 81, Rutgers 66 SOUTH Chattanooga 76, Austin Peay 66 East Carolina 70, W. Carolina 59 Georgia 62, Oklahoma 51 Kentucky 87, Butler 66 LSU 92, Centenary 19 Mississippi St. 80, ETSU 50 Murray St. 69, Memphis 59 S. Carolina St. 60, Savannah St. 50 Tennessee 74, Baylor 65 UNC Wilmington 84, Wofford 53 Vanderbilt 90, Lehigh 54 Virginia 86, Manhattan 68 William & Mary 70, Radford 40 MIDWEST Cincinnati 85, Furman 46

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Creighton 77, Davidson 58 Illinois 85, Siena 53 Indiana 75, IUPUI 52 Iowa St. 80, Florida Atlantic 40 Kansas 106, Oral Roberts 80 Louisville 65, Dayton 63 Michigan St. 71, Detroit 62 Minnesota 84, Lamar 45 Missouri 74, N. Iowa 57 Notre Dame 102, Ark.-Pine Bluff 57 Purdue 70, W. Illinois 37 Wisconsin 68, North Dakota 43 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 87, Alcorn St. 78 TCU 109, Houston Baptist 30 Texas A&M 95, Duke 77 FAR WEST Arizona St. 73, S. Dakota St. 64 California 100, Idaho St. 43 Colorado 61, UC Irvine 56 Colorado St. 85, Wichita St. 60 Miami 111, CS Bakersfield 93 Nebraska 73, UNLV 51 Southern Cal 68, Fresno St. 63 Washington St. 64, UC Davis 54 Wyoming 68, Montana 38 TOURNAMENTS Iona Tip-Off Tournament Championship Arizona 91, Miami (Ohio) 67 Third Place Iona 62, Bucknell 55 KCRG-TV9 Hawkeye Challenge Championship Iowa 75, Illinois St. 57 Third Place UCLA 77, Santa Clara 51 Preseason NIT Second Round New Mexico 80, Florida Gulf Coast 64 Ohio St. 91, Bowling Green 72 Oklahoma St. 70, Georgia Tech 64

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rashard Lewis had 10 points in his first game back from a suspension and the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 97-91 Monday night. Lewis looked rusty after serving a 10-game ban handed out by the NBA for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level. The All-Star forward finally found his footing late, sparking a rally that moved the Magic in front for good. Teammate Jameer Nelson finished with 16 points. Flip Murray tied a career high with 31 points, and Stephen Jackson had 13 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte hours after the disgruntled swingman was acquired from Golden State. Even with the new addition, the Bobcats couldn’t avoid their fifth straight loss.

Kentucky ekes out 72-20 win

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts New Jersey 19 14 5 0 28 Pittsburgh 21 14 7 0 28 N.Y. Rangers 20 11 8 1 23 Philadelphia 18 11 6 1 23 N.Y. Islanders 21 8 6 7 23 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts Buffalo 17 12 4 1 25 Boston 20 8 8 4 20 Ottawa 17 8 6 3 19 Montreal 20 9 11 0 18 Toronto 18 3 10 5 11 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts Washington 20 12 4 4 28 Atlanta 17 10 6 1 21 Tampa Bay 17 7 4 6 20 Florida 18 7 10 1 15 Carolina 19 3 12 4 10 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts Chicago 19 12 5 2 26 Detroit 18 10 5 3 23 Columbus 19 10 6 3 24 Nashville 18 9 8 1 19 St. Louis 18 6 8 4 16 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts Colorado 20 12 5 3 27 Calgary 18 12 4 2 26 Vancouver 21 11 10 0 22 Edmonton 21 8 10 3 19 Minnesota 20 7 11 2 16 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts San Jose 22 14 4 4 32 Los Angeles 22 13 7 2 28 Phoenix 19 11 8 0 22 Dallas 19 8 5 6 22 Anaheim 19 6 10 3 15

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Sunday’s Games Carolina 5, Minnesota 4, SO Atlanta 3, Edmonton 2 Chicago 4, San Jose 3, OT Monday’s Games Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 N.Y. Islanders 4, Boston 1 Columbus 3, Edmonton 2 OT Pittsburgh 5, Anaheim 2 Los Angeles 4, Florida 2 Tampa Bay at Phoenix, late Tuesday’s Games Washington at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Toronto at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m. Colorado at Calgary, 9:30 p.m.

RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 At Phoenix International Raceway (Start position in parentheses) 1. (3) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet 2. (36) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet 3. (5) Denny Hamlin, Toyota 4. (10) Mark Martin, Chevrolet 5. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet 6. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge 7. (13) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet 8. (17) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet 9. (14) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet 10. (15) David Reutimann, Toyota 11. (21) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota 12. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota 13. (16) AJ Allmendinger, Ford 14. (6) Greg Biffle, Ford 15. (4) Kasey Kahne, Dodge 16. (25) Carl Edwards, Ford 17. (12) Sam Hornish Jr., Dodge 18. (28) Matt Kenseth, Ford 19. (30) Jamie McMurray, Ford 20. (24) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet 21. (27) Joey Logano, Toyota 22. (22) Robby Gordon, Toyota 23. (33) David Ragan, Ford 24. (31) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet 25. (8) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet 26. (40) Reed Sorenson, Dodge 27. (9) Casey Mears, Chevrolet 28. (35) Elliott Sadler, Dodge 29. (41) Paul Menard, Ford 30. (29) David Gilliland, Chevrolet 31. (39) Erik Darnell, Ford 32. (23) Max Papis, Toyota 33. (37) Scott Speed, Toyota 34. (42) John Andretti, Chevrolet 35. (18) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet 36. (11) Michael Waltrip, Toyota 37. (26) Brad Keselowski, Dodge 38. (19) Brian Vickers, Toyota 39. (20) Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet 40. (34) Joe Nemechek, Toyota 41. (38) Michael McDowell 42. (32) Dave Blaney, Toyota 43. (43) Tony Raines, Chevrolet

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — John Wall proved to be worth the wait. The heralded Kentucky freshman scored 19 points — including the game-winning jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining — to lift the fourth-ranked Wildcats to a 72-70 win over Miami of Ohio on Monday night. After Miami’s Kenny Hayes hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 70 with six seconds left, Wall raced down the floor and pulled up from the wing. The ball fell through the net and Wall raced up the floor pounding his chest in celebration as the crowd roared. Patrick Patterson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins had 10 points and 10 boards for the Wildcats (2-0). Nick Winbush led Miami with 26 points and the RedHawks nearly pulled off the upset thanks to making 15 of 26 3-pointers.

No. 5 Villanova 103, Pennsylvania 65 VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova coach Jay Wright was searching for any reason to call a timeout. He never needed one. Not when the No. 5 Wildcats played a near-flawless game. Maalik Wayns scored 16 points, Corey Stokes, Scottie Reynolds and Taylor King each added 14 and Villanova had no trouble in a 103-65 rout against city rival Pennsylvania on Monday night. Corey Fisher scored 13 and Antonio Pena contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for the balanced Wildcats (2-0), who have won 19 of their last 20 games in Big Five play also encompassing Temple, La Salle and Saint Josephs. Villanova has now won seven straight over Penn.

Cincinnati 69, Prairie View A&M 62 CINCINNATI (AP) — Deonta Vaughn came off the bench in the second half and scored 12 of his 15 points, helping Cincinnati rally from an early 15-point deficit to a 69-62 win over Prairie View A&M on Monday night. The Bearcats (1-0) still trailed by eight points at halftime, struggling to run their offense against the smaller Panthers (1-1). Vaughn, Cincinnati’s top returning scorer, missed all six of his shots in the half. After starting the second half on the bench, Vaughn made a layup and a pair of 3s during a 14-point run that put Cincinnati ahead to stay.

Florida State 87, Jacksonville 61 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Solomon Alabi’s 17 points led a balanced Florida State offense in an 87-61 win over Jacksonville on Monday night in the season opener for both teams. The 7-foot-1 Alabi helped the Seminoles take advantage of their height in the rout. Five Seminoles finished in double figures with highly recruited freshman Michael Snaer adding 14 in his collegiate debut. Florida State took control of the game early with a 20-2 run midway through the opening half to take a 24-8 lead.

South Florida 66, Virginia 49 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dominique Jones had 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals Monday night to lead South Florida to a 66-49 victory over cold-shooting Virginia. The Bulls (2-0) began the second half with a 17-5 run to take a 48-32 lead with 14 minutes remaining in the game. The closest Virginia (1-1) got the rest of the way was 10 points.

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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) makes a touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against New England Patriots Sunday in Indianapolis. Colts beat the Patriots 35-34. Associated Press

Manning rallies Colts to vicory By The Associated Press

With his team trailing by six points and approaching the 2-minute warning, Peyton Manning was on the sideline getting ready to lead the Indianapolis Colts’ offense back onto the field. Expecting to need a long drive to win the game, Manning’s task was made easier when the New England Patriots fell short on Bill Belichick’s stunning gamble on fourth-and-2 from their own 28. Manning took advantage by throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 13 seconds left to rally unbeaten Indianapolis to a 35-34 victory over the Patriots for the Colts’ 18th straight regular-season victory. “We were preparing to go 60, 70 yards,” Manning said. “It was a great play by the defense, shortened our field.” Indianapolis (9-0), which trailed by 17 in the second quarter and 34-21 with 4 minutes left, got its most improbable win during the streak, which tied the Patriots for the second-longest in league history. When Belichick decided to go for it instead of punting with 2:08 to go, Tom Brady threw to Kevin Faulk, who made a juggling catch but was pushed backward and came up just short. Manning needed just four plays before hooking up with Wayne for the winning score. Manning finished with four touchdown passes and Brady had three in the matchup of AFC division leaders.

Bengals 18, Steelers 12 At Pittsburgh, Bernard Scott had a 96-yard kickoff return in the first quarter and Shayne Graham kicked four field goals in the second half to put Cincinnati in control of the AFC North. The Bengals (7-2) smothered Ben Roethlisberger and the defending Super Bowl champions, holding them to four field goals.

Dolphins 25, Bucs 23 At Miami, Chad Henne directed a 77-yard scoring drive in the final 1:10, and Dan Carpenter kicked a 25-yard field goal with 10 seconds left to lift the Dolphins. Henne spoiled Tampa Bay’s

comeback bid led by Josh Freeman, who rallied his team in the fourth quarter for the second time in two NFL starts. The rookie shook off an awful first half and led his team to a pair of late touchdowns.

Saints 28, Rams 23 At St. Louis, Reggie Bush scored twice for the first time in more than a year, Drew Brees compensated for two interceptions with two TD passes and New Orleans overcame another bundle of mistakes to remain unbeaten. Courtney Roby opened the second half with a 97-yard kickoff return and Robert Meachem’s 27-yard grab early in the fourth quarter gave the Saints (9-0) just enough breathing room to tie the franchise record with nine straight wins.

Vikings 27, Lions 10 At Minneapolis, Brett Favre passed for a season-high 344 yards, 201 to Sidney Rice, and Minnesota handed Detroit its 31st loss in 33 games. Adrian Peterson lost a fumble but turned 18 carries into 133 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota (8-1).

Redskins 27, Broncos 17 At Landover, Md., LaDell Betts ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, Jason Campbell completed 17 of 26 passes for 193 yards and Washington topped 17 points for the first time this season. Betts, making his first start since 2006 in place of the injured Clinton Portis, scored on a 1-yard run with 2:44 to play to help the Redskins (3-6) end a four-game losing streak.

Titans 41, Bills 17 At Nashville, Tenn., Chris Johnson ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught nine passes for 100 more to help the Titans to their third straight win. The Titans (3-6) are on a roll since opening the season 0-6, and they can thank Johnson, the NFL’s leading rusher and the league’s first back to top 1,000 yards this season. Vince Young also threw for a touchdown and finished with 210 yards passing in winning his seventh straight start. He also ran five times for 29 yards.

Jaguars 24, Jets 22 At East Rutherford, N.J., Josh Scobee kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired after the Jaguars passed up a touchdown in order to drain the clock. With the Jaguars facing second-and-6 from the 10, Maurice Jones-Drew took a handoff up the middle and went to a knee at the 1 to give Jacksonville first and goal with just over a minute left. New York had no timeouts left. David Garrard knelt the ball twice, giving Scobee the opportunity to kick the game winner for the Jaguars (5-4).

Chargers 31, Eagles 23 At San Diego, LaDainian Tomlinson scored twice to continue his climb up the career rushing and scoring lists, and San Diego (6-3) pulled into a tie with Denver atop the AFC West. Tomlinson gained a seasonhigh 96 yards on 24 carries to pass Thurman Thomas and Franco Harris and move into 12th place all-time

“Everybody came up to me and were telling me it was time to step up and that we need you here,” Bernadeau said. “I knew that.” The Panthers (4-5) were more equipped to deal with offensive line injuries last season, when they had capable and veteran backups in Geoff Hangartner, Jeremy Bridges and Frank Omiyale. But Hangartner signed a lucrative free-agent deal and is the starting center in Buffalo. Omiyale got big money from Chicago, where he started at guard until being replaced recently. Bridges, released in a salary-cap move, is a backup in Arizona. “Mac Bernadeau is a young kid we like,” Delhomme said. “Same thing happened last year with Frank Omiyale and Hangartner. They had to step in and they parlayed it into some good contracts for them. I think this is something Mac will enjoy.” The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Bernadeau was a 2008 seventh-round pick out of Division II Bentley in Waltham, Mass. He didn’t appear in a game last season. Now he’ll be depended on to open inside holes for running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. He’ll also be counted on to think and act quickly if the Panthers continue with the effective no-huddle offense they used against the Falcons. Bernadeau did open a key hole in Stewart’s 45-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory on Sunday. Williams, who rushed for 92 yards, thinks the Panthers can continue their success with a new-look line. “We see Mac step in all the time. They mix up those pretty good during the course of the season (in practice) just in case something like this happens,” Williams said. “I think he can step up and play a great role.” Williams played some with Wharton at left tackle early in his career when Gross played on the right side. Gross moved to left tackle last season, earned his first Pro Bowl trip, then cashed in with a six-year deal that pays him about $30 million in the first three seasons. Sunday was the second straight week Carolina lost one of its top players for the season. Similar to Landon Johnson in replacing weakside linebacker Thomas Davis, Bernadeau needs to grow up quickly.

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need to do in qualifying trim so I can put my best effort in on Friday. Same thing for race practice on Saturday, and go racing Sunday.” Johnson cruised to a dominating win at Phoenix, leading 238 of the 312 laps en route to his fourth victory in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. It widened his lead in the standings to 108 points over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Mark Chiefs 16, Raiders 10 Martin, and Johnson needs only to finish 25th or At Oakland, Calif., Jamaal better at Homestead to wrap up the title. Charles scored on a 44-yard run The strong showing came a week after a fluke for Kansas City’s first rushing accident at Texas chopped a chunk of points off touchdown of the season and the Johnson’s lead, and the rebound was considered Chiefs used a late interception to something of a “statement.” win their seventh straight game “I guess in the end it could be looked at like that,” in Oakland. Johnson acknowledged. “It was, ‘Hey, guys, you The Chiefs (2-7) have managed know, we need to step up and get it done ... we to win just five of their past 35 need to show what we’re made of, we need to get games. this done.’ I’m very proud of the fact we looked each other in the eyes, knew what we had to do, Cardinals 31, Seahawks 20 and delivered.” At Glendale, Ariz., rookie Johnson was wrecked on the third lap at Texas, Beanie Wells had second-half and sat inside his disabled race car as his crew did touchdown runs of 10 and 13 a total rebuild of the Chevrolet. He limped to a yards and Arizona rallied from 38th-place finish that sliced his lead in the standan early two-touchdown deficit ings to just 73 points over Martin. for its second home win in five Martin, who won at Phoenix in April, delivered a tries. fourth-place finish Sunday — not enough to keep Kurt Warner completed 29 of pace with Johnson. 38 passes for 340 yards and two “We gave it everything we had,” Martin said. touchdowns as the Cardinals It’s technically not over: Martin has gained (6-3) stayed two games up on 108 points on Johnson nine times in 265 races, San Francisco in the NFC West. including last weekend at Texas. He did it once at Homestead, in 2005. But Martin is not counting on catching Johnson this year, and the sentimental Packers 17, Cowboys 7 favorite for the championship will likely finish secAt Green Bay, Wis., Charles ond in the final standings for a fifth time. Woodson helped Green Bay’s defense finally play up to its potential against a big-time opponent, forcing two fumbles and picking off a pass by Tony Romo on the goal line. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scored on a sneak and Lanny funchess threw a touchdown pass to tight end Spencer Havner. ––––– funeral director –––––

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quarterback, Mikhail Baxter falling on it. Hamilton, the shifty speedster who played all four years, completed his Cavalier career with 60 yards rushing, six yards receiving and 74 kick return yards on Saturday night. First year head coach Clint Bland had a number of ups and down this season with the Cavaliers, but there is at least one thing to be particularly proud of this season—competitiveness. East Rutherford lost five regular season games by 12 points or less and three of those games were by less than seven points each. East held a 13-3 lead over well-known football power Shelby, but lost 19-16 in the overtime duel. They picked up wins against McDowell, Patton, Chase and even beat a very respectable West Henderson program. While making the playoffs this year, next season, they need to find some comfort on the road as all 2009 wins came at the confines of East Rutherford’s Bryan Harrill Stadium.

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Nation Today Guilty plea is expected

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The wrenching saga of Elizabeth Smart’s abduction and improbable recovery is showing the first signs of resolution seven years after it began. On Tuesday, Wanda Eileen Barzee — one of two people charged in the case — will plead guilty to charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, her attorney Scott Williams told The Associated Press. Barzee’s alleged role in the abduction has garnered less attention than that of her estranged husband, Brian David Mitchell, but her expected plea to the federal charges marks a major step forward in the separate cases that stalled when both defendants were ruled incompetent for trial.

Soldier mom skips flight

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An Army cook and single mom may face criminal charges after she skipped her deployment flight to Afghanistan because, she said, no one was available to care for her infant son while she was overseas. Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, 21, claims she had no choice but to refuse deployment orders because the only family she had to care for her 10-month-old son — her mother — was overwhelmed by the task, already caring for three other relatives with health problems. Her civilian attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, said Monday that one of Hutchinson’s superiors told her she would have to deploy anyway and place the child in foster care. Hutchinson, who is from Oakland, Calif., remained confined Monday to the boundaries of Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, 10 days after military police arrested her for skipping her unit’s flight. No charges

have been filed, but a spokesman for the Army post said commanders were investigating.

Man shot wife, sons COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — If Phillip Parsons was having financial or other troubles, he didn’t let on to his friend, Russ Whittaker, as they cut trees or talked about high school sports. “Great people. Great people,” Whittaker said Monday, shaking his head at the news that Parsons and his family had been found dead just a stone’s throw across the road. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said Monday the deaths are being investigated as three murders and a suicide. Parsons, 35, an out-of-work truck driver, was found dead on his bedroom floor with a single gunshot to his head. His wife, Gina Parsons, 34, was shot multiple times and found in the couple’s bed. Parson’s son, Sean, and his wife’s son, Andrew Davis, were each shot once and found in their bedrooms. The boys, both 14-year-old high school freshmen, were stepbrothers.

Thieves will get surprise TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio jeweler says thieves who smashed their way into his store and got away with rings are in for a surprise when they try to sell them. Henry Triplett of Henry’s Jewelers in Toledo says what appeared to be thousands of dollars in gold rings in his display cases were actually rings made of brass and worth barely 25 cents apiece. They were dealers’ samples in the style of genuine gold rings that Triplett had safely locked away. He says the real cost of Friday’s break-in will come from replacing the front window on his shop and the shattered glass on 13 display cases.

Associated Press

Fayetteville Police spokeswoman Theresa Chance briefs the media on the finding of 5-year-old Shaniya Nicole Davis’ body during a news conference in Fayetteville Monday. Authorities said they acted on a tip Sunday and searched a wide area in south-central North Carolina trying to find the girl reported missing by her mother, who has been charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse involving prostitution.

Missing girl’s body found; mother is facing charges SANFORD (AP) — For a week, authorities feverishly searched for a 5-year-old girl across central North Carolina, only to find her body Monday off a rural road following accusations the girl’s mother offered her for sex. The investigation into the disappearance of Shaniya Davis yielded the arrest of her mother and two other men, though one man was later released. Searchers found Shaniya dumped into the woods 30 miles from her hometown in Fayetteville. Hundreds of volunteers hoping to find her alive left the site of the search dejected, unable to bring Shaniya home to an emotional father, her 7-year-old brother and the dolls she loved to play with. “I still feel kind of sick to my stomach,” said Angela Jackson, 27, from nearby Sanford, who has a twomonth-old daughter but searched for consecutive days. Particularly disturbing were the accusations lodged against Shaniya’s mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis. Police charged Davis with human trafficking and felony child abuse, saying Shaniya was offered for prostitution. Davis was calm and quiet during a court appearance. She provided oneword answers to the judge’s questions. She requested a court-appointed attorney and did not enter a plea. Her sister, Brenda Davis, 20, said she does not believe the charges. “I don’t believe she could hurt her children,” said Brenda Davis, who spoke with her sister at the jail Sunday. Davis’ aunt, Yvonne Mitchell, said the mother had two jobs and would never harm the child. Authorities also charged Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, with kidnapping after they said surveillance footage from a Sanford hotel showed him carrying Shaniya. Authorities said McNeill admitted taking the girl, though his attorney said he will plead

not guilty. Fayetteville police spokeswoman Theresa Chance declined to talk about additional charges. She also wouldn’t comment on a cause of death or the condition of Shaniya’s body, except to say that state investigators planned to retrieve it about 100 feet off the road. “Detectives have been running off adrenaline to find this little girl and to bring her home alive,” Chance said. “You have a lot of people in shock right now.” Davis reported Shaniya missing from a mobile home park Tuesday. Authorities first arrested Clarence Coe, but charges against him were dropped a day later when investigators tracked down McNeill after receiving a tip from a hotel employee. Additional information led investigators to a search site near Sanford on Sunday. They continued searching Monday, scouring miles of landscape, roads, ravines and fields on fourwheelers and with helicopters. “We were hoping that someone could carry her home,” said Syd Severe, 42, who came from Raleigh to help with the search. “It’s just sick.” A cluster of emergency vehicles and law enforcement gathered where Shaniya’s body was found. Authorities blocked access to the road, a rural area popular with hunters that is less than a mile from a lakeside community. Shaniya’s father, Bradley Lockhart, said he raised his daughter for several years but last month decided to let her stay with her mother. He had pleaded for her safe return. Lockhart told The Associated Press on Saturday that he and Davis never argued about him raising Shaniya, and Cumberland County courts had no record of a custody dispute. He described his relationship with Davis as a “one-night stand” and said he did not know McNeill.

S.C. court denies appeal COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death sentence of a 30-year-old man who admitted he killed four people across the Carolinas during a 2002 crime spree in the delusional hopes of becoming a mafia hit man. Quincy Jovan Allen’s lawyer had appealed based, in part, on the sentencing judge saying in his decision to issue the death sentence that he hoped it would act as a deterrent to abusive parents — something his lawyer called an arbitrary factor beyond Allen’s control. But the state’s highest court ruled that issue was only a small part of sentencing Judge Thomas Cooper’s decision and that his primary reasoning was that “the murders were deliberate, premeditated and cruel.” The entire court record clearly shows the sentence was “based upon the characteristics of Allen and the circumstances of the crime, such that the penalty is warranted,” the court said.

Allen pleaded guilty to using a homeless man on a Columbia park bench as target practice in July 2002 to test his new shotgun, twice wounding him. Days later, he fatally shot 45-year-old Dale Hall three times — putting a .12-gauge shotgun in her mouth as she pleaded for her life — then went to buy gasoline and returned to set her body on fire. Weeks later, Allen also threatened a pregnant co-worker, then shot into her boyfriend’s car, killing 22-yearold passenger Jedediah Harr. He then tracked down the boyfriend and set fire to his home. He set on fire the cars of two other people, then went to a Columbia strip club, where he pointed the shotgun at a customer, before heading to New York City. On his way back, in August 2002, he killed 53-year-old convenience store clerk Richard Hawks and a 29-year-old customer, Robert Roush, in Dobson, N.C. He was arrested two days later in Colorado City, Texas. Allen is currently on death row at a maximum-security prison.

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Stocks jump on upbeat retail news

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors kept the stock market’s upward momentum going Monday, sending shares sharply higher after retail sales rebounded more than expected in October and the dollar extended its slide. Major stock indexes rose more than 1 percent to new 13-month highs, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which jumped 136 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above the 1,100 mark for the first time in more than a year. The weaker dollar lifted gold to a new record and pumped up prices of other commodities, including oil. That, in turn, helped shares of energy and materials companies. Stocks got another boost after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reaffirmed in a midday speech that the central bank would hold interest rates at record-low levels for an “extended period,” and that he didn’t see signs that the money being pumped into the economy by the government was creating speculative bubbles. Bond prices rose after Bernanke said inflation appeared contained. Some analysts have cautioned that the surge in stocks, which has been hastened by the falling dollar, might not be justified by the still-struggling economy. In fact, they say some investors might misread the big advance in stocks as a sign that the economy is stronger than it actually is. The market’s own dynamics fed some of the day’s gains. Stocks began rising from the start after the Commerce Department said retail sales rose 1.4 percent in October, nearly double the increase forecast by economists polled by Thomson Reuters. It was a sharp rebound following the 2.3 percent drop in September. Excluding the gain from autos, however, sales rose just 0.2 percent, half of what economists predicted. The Dow advanced 136.49, or 1.3 percent, to 10,406.96 after rising nearly 164 points. The broader S&P 500 index rose 15.82, or 1.5 percent, to 1,109.30. It has hovered around the 1,100 mark for a month but hadn’t closed above it since October last year. The index first finished above 1,100 more than a decade ago, in March 1998. The Nasdaq composite index rose 29.97, or 1.4 percent, to 2,197.85. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies advanced 16.59, or 2.8 percent, to 602.87. The ICE Futures US dollar index, which measures the dollar against other currencies, fell 0.6 percent to a 15-month low. Gold rose $22.50, or 2 percent, at $1,139.20 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and topped $1,140 in afterhours trading. Crude oil rose $2.55 to settle at $78.90 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Investors have been using the weak dollar to finance purchases of higher-yielding assets. The move, what’s known as a “carry trade,” can further weaken the dollar. Bond prices rose, pushing down yields. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.35 percent from 3.42 percent late Friday.


Susan Newman and Toyota salesman Dick Tran look at a 2010 Toyota Rav4 at a Toyota dealership in Palo Alto, Calif., Monday. Retail sales rose more than expected in October due largely to a rebound in auto sales. Associated Press

Retail sales posted October gain WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose more than expected in October due largely to a big rebound in auto sales. But broader consumer spending remains under pressure, raising questions about the durability of the recovery. Last month’s jump in sales also followed a dismal September retail performance that was revised even lower by the government, and many analysts remain concerned about consumer demand going forward. “Against a background of high unemployment, low income growth and tight credit, it seems unlikely that households will be able to spend more freely anytime soon,” Paul Dales, U.S. economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a research note. The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.4 percent last month. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a gain of 1 percent. Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank will keep a close eye on the sliding U.S. dollar even as he pledged anew to keep interest rates at recordlows. Economists expect the Fed will hold rates near zero at its next meeting on Dec. 15-16 and into part of next year to help the recovery gain traction. In remarks to the Economic Club of New York, Bernanke predicted the economy should continue to grow next year, but he warned of “important headwinds,” including a weak job market and tight credit for small businesses and households. Those forces “likely will prevent the expansion from being

as robust as we would hope,” he said. Excluding auto sales, retail demand rose 0.2 percent, half of the expected 0.4 percent rise. The government also revised the September results down to a 2.3 percent decline, from the 1.5 percent drop initially reported. The big swing in overall activity reflects the recent rollercoaster ride for auto sales. For October, auto sales jumped 7.4 percent, recouping about half of the 14.3 percent drop in September. Automakers already reported that their sales rebounded last month to an annual rate of 10.5 million units, from 9.2 million in September. The 0.2 percent increase in retail sales excluding autos was down from a 0.4 percent rise in September and was the weakest showing since July. Sales also fell 0.8 percent at furniture stores and 0.6 percent at electronics and appliance stores. Sales were flat at gasoline service stations and posted a modest 0.2 percent rise at grocery stores. Department store sales also grew 0.3 percent although the broader category that includes such big retail chains as WalMart and Target posted a 0.8 percent rise. Analysts believe that in the current hard times many shoppers are relying more heavily on discount stores. Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of total economic activity, is being closely watched to see whether households will continue helping the economy to emerge from the worst recession since the 1930s. The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic

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Small cities losing some of their luster WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s small cities are losing some of their traditional appeal to upwardly mobile families seeking wholesome neighborhoods, a stable economy and affordable living. A review of newly released census data shows, for example, that smaller cities of between 20,000 and 50,000 residents have lagged behind their larger counterparts in attracting higher-educated residents in this decade. The smaller locales include remote towns, inner suburbs, the distant suburbs known as “exurbs” and other distinct areas. In 2000, the smaller cities ranked at the top in the share of people with college diplomas. They slipped to No. 2 last year with 30 percent holding degrees — in between medium-sized cities, which had 31 percent, and big cities, at 29.8 percent. Poverty is growing in the small cities, fueled partly by population growth, although average median income of $60,294 in those communities is still higher than other places. Small cities looking more and more like bigger cities over the decade ranged from places like Hobart, Ind., and Mount Pleasant, Mich., to Anniston, Ala., and Greenville, Miss. Compared with previous years, they had smaller incomes, higher housing costs, longer commutes, more poverty and more single-parent families. Demographers attributed some of the shifts to the housing downturn and a spike in gasoline prices, which has hit residents in the far-flung exurbs harder. Many families in smaller towns also are looking for jobs in larger cities because of the current recession and are rethinking the wisdom of a lengthy commute to work. Some small cities may have become victims of their own success. As their local economies boomed mid-decade, many places grew rapidly and attracted lower-income residents needed to build roads, schools and other public works projects. Some of these areas have shot up in size and are now medium-sized communities. According to census data, smaller cities in California, Texas, Florida, Michigan and New York had declines in the share of residents with bachelor’s degrees, ranking among the lowest in the nation. They included Bell, Calif.; San Benito, Texas; Jasmine Estates, Fla.; Hamtramck, Mich.; and Newburgh, N.Y. North Potomac, Md., posted some of the highest shares of college graduates in the nation. Still, its share fell in the last decade, from 75 percent in 2000 to 70 percent. Other highly educated towns or census-designated areas that saw brain drains were East Lansing, Mich., North Druid Hills, Ga., and Greenbelt, Md. The findings come as President Barack Obama has pledged to upgrade mass transit and other urban priorities in inner cities and their close-in suburbs. That could create additional shifts in residential patterns to larger-populated areas, especially for younger couples and small families who more readily move.

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Shuttle Atlantis begins mission CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Atlantis rocketed into orbit Monday with six astronauts and a full load of spare parts for the International Space Station. The supply run should keep the space station humming for years to come, and the shuttle astronauts in space through Thanksgiving. Atlantis shot smoothly through a partly cloudy afternoon sky, to the delight of about 100 Twittering space enthusiasts who won front-row seats. It was NASA’s first launch “tweetup,” and the invitees splashed news — mostly tweeting “wow” and “amazing” about the liftoff — over countless cell phones and computers. “We wish you good luck, godspeed, and we’ll see you back here just after Thanksgiving,” launch director Mike Leinbach told shuttle commander Charles Hobaugh right before liftoff. Atlantis will reach the space station Wednesday. As the shuttle blasted off, the station was soaring 220 miles above the South Pacific. “We’re excited to take this incredible vehicle for a ride and meet up with another incredible vehicle,” Hobaugh said. NASA wants to stockpile as many pumps, tanks, gyroscopes

and other oversize equipment as possible at the space station, before the three remaining shuttles retire next fall. None of the other visiting spacecraft is big enough to carry such large pieces. The space agency expects to keep the space station flying until 2015, possibly 2020 if President Barack Obama gives the go-ahead. During their 11-day flight, Hobaugh and his crew — including the first orthopedic surgeon in space, Dr. Robert Satcher Jr. — will unload the nearly 30,000 pounds of equipment and experiments. Most of the gear will be attached to the outside of the space station on storage platforms. Three spacewalks will be conducted beginning Thursday to hook everything up and get a jump on the next shuttle flight. The launch seemed to go perfectly. Only three small pieces of foam insulation were spotted coming off the fuel tank, too late to be of any concern, said Bill Gerstenmaier, head of NASA’s space operations. “What a great way to start this mission,” Gerstenmaier told reporters. While NASA officials were pleased, the Twittering invitees were downright ecstatic. They

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Postal Service Millions may owe taxes because lost $3.8 billion of Making Work Pay tax credit WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service reported a loss of $3.8 billion last year, despite a reduction of 40,000 full-time positions and other cost-cutting measures. The loss was $1 billion more than the year before despite job cuts and other efforts designed to save billions of dollars, postal officials said Monday. “Our 2009 fiscal year proved to be one of the most challenging in the history of the Postal Service,” Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett said. “The deep economic recession, and to a lesser extent the ongoing migration of mail to electronic alternatives, significantly affected all mail products, creating a large imbalance between revenues and costs,” he said. The post office has been struggling to cope with a decline in mail volume caused by the shift to the Internet as well as the recession that resulted in a drop in advertising and other mail. Total mail volume was 177.1 billion pieces, compared to 202.7 billion pieces in 2008, a decline of almost 13 percent. For the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 the agency had income of $68.1 billion, $6.8 billion less than in 2008. Expenditures were down $5.9 billion to $71.8 billion. Postmaster General John Potter is seeking permission from Congress to reduce mail delivery from six days a week to five, a move that could save the agency $3.5 billion annually. Potter has said the post office does not plan to raise rates next year on the items most commonly used by the public such as first-class mail. “We realize our customers are facing the same economic challenges,” said Potter.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 15 million taxpayers could unexpectedly owe taxes when they file their federal returns next spring because the government was too generous with their new Making Work Pay tax credit. Taxpayers are at risk if they have more than one job, are married and both spouses work, or receive Social Security benefits while also earning taxable wages, according to a report Monday by the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration. The tax credit, which is supposed to pay individuals up to $400 and couples up to $800, was President Barack Obama’s signature tax break in the massive stimulus package enacted in February. Most workers started receiving the credit through small increases in their paychecks in April. The tax credit was made available through new withholding tables issued by the Internal Revenue Service. The withholding tables, however do not take into account taxpayers with multiple jobs or married couples in which both people work. They also don’t take into account Social Security recipients with jobs that provided taxable income. The Social Security Administration sent out $250 payments to more than 50 million retirees in the spring as part of the economic stimulus package. The payments were meant to provide a boost for people who didn’t’ qualify for the tax credit. However, they went to many retirees who also received the credit. Those retirees will have the $250 payment deducted from their tax credit — but not until they file their tax returns next year, long after the money

While implementing a credit through reduced withholding is an effective way to provide economic stimulus evenly throughout the year, it is difficult to account for everyone’s circumstances. More than 10 percent of all taxpayers who file individual tax returns for 2009 could owe additional taxes. — J. Russell George Treasury inspector general

may have been spent. “While implementing a credit through reduced withholding is an effective way to provide economic stimulus evenly throughout the year, it is difficult to account for everyone’s circumstances,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. “More than 10 percent of all taxpayers who file individual tax returns for 2009 could owe additional taxes.” Separately, the IRS estimated that about 65,000 taxpayers could face penalties for not withholding enough taxes in 2009 because of the overly generous tax credits. However, those taxpayers will be eligible to have the penalty waived, IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge said. The tax credit is also available for 2010. Russell said the problems will continue in 2010 if they are not resolved. The credit pays workers 6.2 percent of their earned income, up to a maximum of $400 for individuals and $800 for married couples who file jointly. Individuals making more than

$95,000 and couples making more than $190,000 are ineligible. “Making Work Pay was designed to deliver much needed boosts to the paychecks of 95 percent of all working Americans,” said Nayyera Haq, a Treasury Department spokeswoman. “Since enactment, more than 110 million families have benefited from as much as $60 in additional take home pay each month to put toward their family budgets, serving as a steady boost to spending and consumption.” For many, the new tax tables will simply mean smaller-thanexpected tax refunds next year. The average tax refund this year was about $2,800. A little more than three-quarters of the 143 million taxpayers filing a return last spring received refunds, according to the IRS. The IRS, in a response to the audit, advised taxpayers to check their withholding throughout the year to make sure they don’t get hit with an unexpected tax bill. “The withholding system must approximate the tax liability of tens of millions of Americans, and therefore, cannot be tailored precisely to fit every individual situation,” Richard Byrd Jr., commissioner of the IRS’ wage and investments division, wrote in the agency’s response to the report. The IRS has a calculator on its Web site so taxpayers can check whether they are withholding an appropriate amount of taxes from their pay. But with only a month and a half remaining in the year, it’s getting late for taxpayers to make adjustments. On the Web: IRS withholding calculator: article/0,,id96196,00.html

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is fatal Dear Dr. Gott: In reading your column about the 72-year-old man with ALS, I have some questions. My husband, also 72, was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The physicians were not positive but indicated he had the earmarks for it. His death certificate lists CJD as the cause. The family anticipated an autopsy after his death, but it was not allowed because the coroners refused to do it due to the seriousness of CJD. Without the autopsy we are not sure of the actual cause of death. My husband’s symptoms were very similar to the ones discussed in your article. I particularly noticed the statement about a “gene mutation.” My husband’s doctors mentioned a gene mutation. He endured many tests. My entire family experienced an emotional roller coaster daily due to physicians indicating medicines would be able


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to help him lead a somewhat normal life. The disease progressed rapidly, leaving no time to arrange things. He was not allowed to die with any degree of dignity. After his death it was even worse due to the seriousness of CJD. No one wanted to be involved. Dear Reader: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rare, degenerative brain disorder that is always fatal. In the United States, there are about 200 cases a year. It typically occurs later in life and progresses rapidly. Onset of symptoms usually begins around age 60, with about 90 percent of sufferers passing away within a year.


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Use your ingenuity and initiative to discover new ways to enhance your financial base. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Be careful not to go to extremes: Don’t hold back something you should be sharing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — It is extremely important that you express yourself with an abundance of initiative. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Visualize yourself as a winner and not as an also-ran. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — It behooves you to loosely structure your agenda so that you can take full advantage. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Even if those with whom you’re involved have little or no ambition, be your own person. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Treat life, both the good and the bad, philosophically. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Unless you’re prepared to become involved and assume some of the responsibilities, don’t poke your nose into places. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — One of your best assets is an ability to make quick, accurate decisions. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Even if you feel your observations and deductions are accurate, don’t be critical of others. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Be careful when shopping because this could be one of those days. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Finish what you already have going before you begin another project or assignment. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You’re the type of person who can handle two assignments simultaneously, so if you’re playing a little catch-up, you might want to do so.

16 — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 16 — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, TUESDAY, November 17, 2009


Poll: Americans fret over cost of health reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the cost, Mr. President. Americans are worried about hidden costs in the fine print of health care overhaul legislation, an Associated Press poll says. That’s creating new challenges for President Barack Obama as he tries to close the deal with a handful of Democratic doubters in the Senate. Although Americans share a conviction that major health care changes are needed, Democratic bills that extend coverage to the uninsured and try to hold down medical costs get no better than a lukewarm reception. The poll found that 43 percent oppose the health care plans being discussed in Congress, while 41 percent are in support. An additional 15 percent remain neutral or undecided. “Well, for one, I know nobody wants to pay taxes for anybody else to go to the doctor — I don’t,” said Kate Kuhn, 20, of Acworth, Ga. “I don’t want to pay for somebody to use my money that I could be using for myself.” There’s been little change in broad public sentiment about the overhaul plan from a 40-40 split in an AP poll last month, but not everyone’s opinion is at the same intensity. Opponents have stronger feelings than do

supporters. Seniors remain more skeptical than younger generations. The latest survey was conducted by Stanford University with the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. When poll questions were framed broadly, the answers seemed to indicate ample support for Obama’s goals. When required trade-offs were brought into the equation, opinions shifted — sometimes dramatically. In one striking finding, the poll indicated that public support for banning insurance practices that discriminate against those in poor health may not be as solid as it seems. A ban on denial of coverage because of pre-existing medical problems has been one of the most popular consumer protections in the health care debate. Some 82 percent said they favored the ban, according to a Pew Research Center poll in October. In the AP poll, when told that such a ban would probably cause most people to pay more for health insurance, 43 percent said they would still support doing away with pre-existing condition denials, but 31 percent said they would oppose it. Costs for those with coverage could go up because peo-

ple in poor health who’d been shut out of the insurance pool would now be included, and they would get medical care they could not access before. “I’m thinking we’d probably pay more because we would probably be paying for those that are not paying. So they got to get the money from somewhere. Basically I see our taxes going up,” said Antoinette Gates, 57, of Atlanta. The health care debate is full of such trade-offs. For example, limiting the premiums that insurance companies can charge 50-year-olds means that 20-year-olds have to pay more for coverage. “These trade-offs really matter,” says Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health who follows opinion trends. “The legislation contains a number of features that polls have shown to be popular, but support for the overall legislation is less than might be expected because people are worried there are details about these bills that could raise their families’ costs.” If the added costs — spread over tens of millions of people — turn out to be small, it may not make much difference, Blendon said. But if

they’re significant, Obama could be on shaky ground in the final stretch of his drive to deliver access to health insurance to most Americans. More than 4 in 5 Americans now have health insurance, and their perceptions about costs are key as Obama tries to rally his party’s congressional majority. In the House, Democrats came together to pass their bill. In the Senate, Democratic liberals and a smaller group of moderates disagree on core questions even as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., prepares to take legislation to the floor. The poll suggests the public is becoming more attuned to the fact that in health care, details can make all the difference. For example, asked if everyone should be required to have at least some health insurance, 67 percent agreed and 27 percent said no. The responses flipped when people were asked about requiring everybody to carry insurance or face a federal penalty: 64 percent said they would be opposed, while 28 percent favored that. Both the House and Senate bills would require all Americans to get health insurance, either through an employer, a government pro-

gram or by buying their own coverage. Subsidies would be provided for low-income people, as well as many middleclass households. And there would also be a stick — a tax penalty to enforce the coverage mandate. “I think it’s crazy. I think it infringes on our rights as a citizen, forcing us to do these things,” said Eli Fuchs, 26, of Marietta, Ga. Among Democrats, only 12 percent oppose the broad goal of requiring insurance. But 50 percent oppose fines to enforce it. The poll found a similar opinion shift on employer requirements: 73 percent agreed that all companies should be required to give their employees at least some health insurance. Yet when asked if fines should be used to enforce such a requirement on medium and large companies, support dropped to 52 percent. Uninsured workers are concentrated in small companies. The poll was based on land line and cell phone interviews with 1,502 adults from Oct. 29 to Nov. 8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. The interviews were conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of HAROLD DEAN WHITE of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said HAROLD DEAN WHITE to present them to the undersigned on or before the 3rd day of February, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 3rd day of November, 2009. Phillip Lane Jenkins, Administrator 349 Jenkins Rd. Rutherfordton, NC 28139 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of Virginia Lorinczi, of Rutherford County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms, and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 27th day of January, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms, and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 27th day of October, 2009. Julia Barnett 283 Ive Bright Drive Forest City, NC 28043 John B. Crotts, Attorney 215 North Main Street Rutherfordton, NC 28139

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the estate of JOHN CARSON BURNS, JR. of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said JOHN CARSON BURNS, JR. to present them to the undersigned on or before the 27th day of January, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 27th day of October, 2009. Martha Burns Ogburn, Executor 6316 Woodleigh Oaks Dr. Charlotte, NC 28226 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of MARGARET LOVELACE HEAD of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said MARGARET LOVELACE HEAD to present them to the undersigned on or before the 3rd day of February, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate will please make immediate payment. This is the 3rd day of November, 2009. Saralyn Daves, Administrator 3124 McKinney Rd. Shelby, NC 28152

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The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, TUESDAY, November 17, 2009 — 17 ADVERTISEMENTS FOR RE-BID Project Name: Town of Rutherfordton - Waterworks Road Pump Station Replacement and Gravity Sewer Improvements Project Description: The work to be done consists of furnishing all materials, equipment and labor necessary to replace the existing Waterworks Road Pump Station with a New Pump Station, including new wet well, valve pit, 70 LF of force main, new pumps with electrical and controls, replace existing FM with approximately 1335 LF of 8” gravity sewer line, start up and testing. Owner: Location: Near Intersection of Rock Rd Town of Rutherfordton and Waterworks Rd 129 N. Main Street Town of Rutherfordton Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Rutherford County, NC

Engineer: Brown Consultants PA 30 Ben Lippen School Rd., Suite 202 Asheville, NC 28806 828-350-7683; FAX 828-350-7684

Bids Due: The Town will receive bids for the project until 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at the Manager office, Town of Rutherfordton, 129 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Pre-Bid Conference: A pre-bid conference will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 10:00 am at the Town of Rutherfordton Town Hall for the purpose of answering questions concerning this project. This is not a mandatory attendance conference to qualify for submitting a bid; however all bidders are encouraged to attend. Bidding Documents: The Information for Bidders, Bid Form, Contract, Plans, Specifications, and other contract documents may be examined at the following locations: Rutherfordton Town Hall, and Engineers Office and a set purchased, non-refundable, for $100, from the engineer. Note: This project was originally bid on August 6, 2009 and is being re-bid due to substantial changes in the scope of work. Bidders who purchased plans for the first bid are exempt from the plan charge for this re-bid. Bid Security: A 5% bid security is required for this project. Qualifications: Contractors offering a bid on the project must be licensed to perform Utility work in the State of North Carolina in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes and the General Requirements of the NCDENR, CG&L Contract Special Conditions. The contractor will be required to provide proof of work successfully performed of similar type as this project. MBE & WBE: Small, local, minority and women’s businesses are encouraged to submit bids. The Town of Rutherfordton is an equal opportunity employer. Award Requirements: The project will be awarded to the lowest, qualified bidder. Upon award of the project, the successful bidder will be required to provide Payment and Performance Bonds for this project. Proof of general liability and workman’s compensation insurance is required. Withdraw of Bid and Informalities: No bidder may withdraw his bid within 90 days after the actual date of the opening thereof. The Owner reserves the right to waive any informalities or to reject any or all bids. Authorized Official: The Town of Rutherfordton, Karen Andrews, Manager

NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE 09 SP 409 By authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Lisa W. Nocito and Thomas Nocito as recorded in Book 1018, Page 324, of the Rutherford County Public Registry (see Appointment of Substitute Trustee as recorded in Book 988, Page 263, of the Rutherford County Public Registry); the record owner of the property described in the said Deed of Trust being Lisa W. Nocito and Thomas Nocito, default having been made in payment of the Promissory Note secured by said Deed of Trust; the said Deed of Trust being by the terms thereof subject to foreclosure; the present owner and holder of the Note having demanded foreclosure for the purpose of satisfying said debt; and by authority contained in the Order Allowing Foreclosure of Deed of Trust signed on the 4th day of November, 2009, as the result of a hearing in the foreclosure before the Clerk of Superior Court (09 SP 409); and at the request of the owner and holder of the Note secured by the aforementioned Deed of Trust, Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A., Substitute Trustee, will offer for sale to the highest bidder at public auction at the courthouse door of the Rutherford County Courthouse, 229 N Main Street, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, on November 25, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., the real estate located in the County of Rutherford, being more particularly described as follows: Situate, lying and being in the Town of Lake Lure, Chimney Rock Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being all of Lot Number 148, Section 5, Deerfield, The Mountains at Lake Lure, as shown on a plat of record on Plat Book 10, at Page 123, Rutherford County Registry. Subject to the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions of record in Deed Book 386, Pages 404440, Rutherford County Registry, and any additional amendments or supplemental declarations pertaining thereto. Also subject to plat notes shown on plat of record in Plat Book 10, at Page 123, Rutherford County Registry. Being the same and identical property which was conveyed by W. G. Lassiter Company, Inc. a Florida Corp. to Thomas M. Nocito and wife, Lisa W. Nocito by deed dated July 7, 2008, and of record in Deed Book 963, at Page 864, Rutherford County Registry. The property is located at: 148 Jergenson Lane, Lake Lure, NC; PIN# 1611170 The sale shall be made subject to any and all taxes including taxes which are a lien against the property though not yet due or payable, and any special assessments, easements, rights of way, restrictions of record, and prior deeds of trust. The sale shall be made without warranty of any kind, including any warranty as to the physical or environmental condition of the real estate sold. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. Sec. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. The highest bidder at the sale may be required to make deposit by cash or check of up to five (5%) percent of the bid, or $750.00, whichever is greater, at the time the bid is accepted, and the remaining balance upon confirmation of the sale. The sale will be reported to the Court and will remain open for advance or upset bids for a period of ten (10) days. If no advance bids are filed with the Clerk of Court, the sale will be confirmed. This the 4th day of November, 2009.

NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CLEVELAND IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION 09 JA 153 IN RE: B.G.L. D/O/B: 08/26/09 __________________________ NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: Deidre Diane Pearson Mother OF B.G.L. TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: PETITION TO DECLARE THE JUVENILE, B.G.L., A NEGLECTED JUVENILE. You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than December 20, 2009 and upon your failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. This the 1st day of November, 2009. CHARLES E. WILSON, JR. ATTORNEY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES PO BOX 9006 SHELBY, NC 28151-9006 TELEPHONE: (704) 487-0661 Publication Dates: November 10, 17, & 24, 2009.

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NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE'S FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER AND BY VIRTUE of the power and authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed and delivered by John W. Clark, unmarried, dated August 7, 2007 and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina, recorded on August 15, 2007, in Book 972 at Page 133; and because of default in the payment of the indebtedness secured thereby and failure to carry out and perform the stipulations and agreements contained therein and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, the under-signed Substitute Trustee will place for sale, at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at Rutherford County Courthouse, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, that parcel of land, including improvements thereon, situated, lying and being in the City of Mooresboro, County of Rutherford, State of North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: A certain tract or parcel of land in High Shoals Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, adjoining the lands of Cliffside Railroad Company, et al, and bounded as follows: BEGINNING on an iron pin in the edge of Avondale-Cliffside Highway and runs North 43 East 293 feet to an iron pin in the line of the right-of-way of the Cliffside Railroad; thence with the line of the right-of-way of Cliffside Railroad, North 31 1/4 West 105 feet to an iron pin in said line; thence South 43 1/4 West 338 feet to an iron pin in the edge of Avondale-Cliffside Highway; thence with the said Highway South 55 1/2 East 105 feet to the point and place of BEGINNING. Bearings and distance given as found by a survey made on the 27th day of February, 1939, by R.E. Carpenter, Registered Engineer. And being the same property as that described in Commissioner’s Deed dated May 21, 1968 from A. Jervis Arledge to Brenda W. Blanton, recorded in Deed Book 308, Page 531, Rutherford County Registry. Address of property: 385 S Pea Ridge Road, Mooresboro, NC 28114 Present Record Owners: John Wilson Clark a/k/a John W. Clark The terms of the sale are that the real property hereinbefore described will be sold for cash to the highest bidder. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. In the event that the Owner and Holder or its intended assignee is exempt from paying the same, the successful bidder shall be required to pay revenue stamps on the Trustee's Deed, and any Land Transfer Tax. The real property hereinabove described is being offered for sale "AS IS, WHERE IS" and will be sold subject to all superior liens, unpaid taxes, and special assessments. Other conditions will be announced at the sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. If the Trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the Trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the Trustee, in his sole discretion, if he believes the challenge to have merit, may declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Additional Notice Where the Real Property is Residential With Less Than 15 Rental Units: An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a bona fide lease or tenancy may have additional rights pursuant to Title VII of 5.896 - Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act which became effective on May 20, 2009. Dated: November 5, 2009

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David A. Simpson, P.C. Substitute Trustee By:__________________________________ Attorney at Law Kellam & Pettit, P.A. Attorneys for the Substitute Trustee (704) 442-9500 Posted:_____ Witness:_____ Assistant/Deputy Clerk of Superior Court

Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A., Substitute Trustee By: ________________________________ Bowen C. Houff, Vice President Post Office Drawer 25008 Winston-Salem, NC 27114-5008 Telephone: 336-293-9000 Facsimile: 336-293-9030



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IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE CLERK 08 SP 278 In the Matter of Foreclosure Of Claim of Lien filed against Carol Steere f/k/a Carol Laprise under Power of Sale

Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Craig S. Mauldin and Rachel A. Mauldin (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Craig S. Mauldin and Rachel Mauldin) to PRLAP, Inc., Trustee(s), dated the 18th day of August, 2005, and recorded in Book 855, Page 279, in Rutherford County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door at 229 North Main St in the City of Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina at 1:30 PM on November 24, 2009 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Rutherford, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows:

NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that by virtue of the power of sale contained in the Association’s Declaration of Restrictions, Conditions, Easements, Covenants, Agreements, Liens and Charges and as subsequently amended for Riverbend Property Owners’ Association, Inc., and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, North Carolina, in Book 400, Page 265, and pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §§47F-3-116 and because of default in the payment of association assessments, the undersigned Trustee, Jeffrey K. Stahl shall on November 24, 2009 at 10:00 A.M., at the door of the Rutherford County Courthouse, offer for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, the following described property: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot 264 in Riverbend Section 2, a subdivision located in Chimney Rock Township as recorded in Plat Book 10 at Page 76-81, and as more specifically described in that deed recorded in Deed Book 924 at Page 713, in the Rutherford County, North Carolina Registry. Being the same property described in a deed made and entered into on July 17th, 1987, by and between ECOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT, INC., grantor(s) and Richard Laprise and Carol Laparise, grantee(s) and recorded in Deed Book 510 Page 146, in the Rutherford County Registry. The terms of the sale are that the real property hereinabove described will be sold for cash to the highest bidder and that the undersigned may require the successful bidder at the sale to immediately deposit cash in the amount of ten (10%) percent of the high bid up to $1,000.00, plus five (5%) percent of any excess of $1,000.00. The real property hereinabove described will be sold subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, restrictions and easements of record, tax liens and assessments. The sale will be held open for ten days for upset bids as by law required. The record titleholder to said property, ten (10) days prior to posting of this Notice, is Carol Steere f/k/a Carol Laprise. This the 13th day of October, 2009. _____________________________ Dorinda Watford, Trustee


BEING all of Lot 230 as shown on survey by R.L. Greene, PLS entitled "Greyrock Subdivision Phase 2A as recorded in Plat Book at Page 115, said plat being one of a series of plats recorded in Plat Book 26, Page 114 through 118 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry, reference to said recorded plats being made for a more particular description of said Lot 230. Together with improvements located thereon; Said property being located at: Lot 230 Grey Rock Parkway, Lake Lure, North Carolina Together with and subject to all easements, restrictions and rights of ways of record and a non-exclusive appurtenant easement for ingress, egress and regress is over and upon all private subdivision roads for GreyRock at Lake Lure as shown on the above-described plats and the plats for Phase 1A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 188 through 192; Plats for Phase 1B as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 205 through 208 and to the covenants, conditions and restrictions for GreyRock as recorded in Book 858, at Page 122 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and also being recorded in Book 3827, Page 764 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. BEING a portion of that property to LR Buffalo Creek LLC by deeds recorded in Deed Book 855, at Page 816 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and as recorded in Deed Book 3793, at Page 665 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §45-21.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold.

NOTICE OF SALE Pursuant to a Court order and under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of default in the payment of the secured indebtedness and failure to perform the stipulation and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the secured debt, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 1:30 PM on November 30, 2009 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Tract One: Lying and being on the North side of US Highway Number 74 about ten miles West of Rutherfordton, North Carolina at the intersection of the Mcentire Public Road with the Us Highway 74 Opposite the McBrayer residence and being a part of the Old McBrayer and Jackson Property and being bounded on the North and East by the lands of now or formerly Hershall Buckner (formerly FH Jackson Property) on the South by Highway Number 74 and on the West by the Old Mcentire Road and being more particularly described as follows: beginning at a point in the center of highway opposite the center of the intersection of the Mcentire Public Road with said highway and runs thence with the center of the highway South 67 East 122 feet to the Southwest corner of the old service station 3/8 acre lot; thence with the line of said lot and also outside line of the McBrayer Lands, North 25 West 274 feet to the center of the Mcentire Public Road; thence with the center of said road South 1/2 East 204 feet to the beginning containing 11,645 square feet or approximately 1/4 acre. Tract Two: adjoining the first tract above described and lying immediately East or Northeast thereof and being a part of the FH Jackson lands and known as the service station lot and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning on an iron pin in the outside line of the FH Jackson Homeplace West of Jackson Homeplace and on the East Bank of Mcentire Road about 200 feet from the center of Highway Number 74 where said public road enters same; thence South 25 East 265 feet to the center of State Highway Number 74; thence with the center of said highway South 58 East 50 feet to a point in said highway marked by an iron pin in the North edge of cement; thence North 8 East 130 feet to an iron pin on the North side of private driveway to the Jackson House; thence North 52 West 224 feet to the beginning containing 16,240 square feet or 3/8 acre more or less.

Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 3rd day of November, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE BY: Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 Case No: 1017044

Tract Three: Being a part of the Old FH Jacksonplace which was more recently conveyed to SD McKinney and wife by HH Buckner and wife by deed recorded in Rutherford County Registry at Deed Book 200 Page 140 and being located about 8 miles West of Rutherfordton on the North side of US Highway Number 74 and on the East side of the Old McIntyre Road and beginning on a point in the center of Old McIntyre about 200 feet North of the intersection of said road with US Highway 74 beginning point being the Northwest corner of JC Parker fillings station lot and running thence with line of 3/8 acre lot, South 52 East 224 feet to an iron pin on the North side of a private driveway corner of sale by so McKinney to Billy B. Wright and wife; thence with line of said sale North 82-1/2 East 35-1/2 feet to an iron pin; thence with another of Wright's lines North 35 West 100 feet to an iron pin, his corner also corner of sale to Max Davis and wife; thence with line of sale to Davis same course North 35 West 235 feet to a point in the center of the Old Road marked by an iron pin on the side of said road; thence with the Old McIntyre Road in a southerly direction to the beginning. And Being more commonly known as: 4160 64/74A Hwy, 4152 64/74A Hwy, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Roy L. Shatto and Sheila Shatto. The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale. SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. The date of this Notice is October 28, 2009. Grady Ingle Substitute Trustee 8520 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 333-8107 09-116377

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ROME (AP) — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi hosted a soiree in Rome for some 200 young Italian women, but instead of the party they expected, the women were given a lecture on Islam and copies of the Quran, a news report said Monday. At least they got paid. A reporter for Italy’s ANSA news agency went undercover with the women, who were hired for euro50 ($75) by a modeling agency for the event Sunday evening. Journalist Paola Lo Mele said the women assembled at a hotel, where some where left behind because they were not tall enough or dressed modestly enough. Those accepted were taken to a villa, where Gadhafi lectured them on women’s rights and religion, and urged them to convert to Islam.

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TAGAB VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) — Rockets slammed into a market northeast of Kabul on Monday, killing 12 civilians but missing their presumed target: a meeting between France’s top general in Afghanistan and dozens of tribal elders and senior local officials. The attack also wounded 38 people, 20 of them critically. The market was crowded with shoppers because Monday is bazaar day in Tagab, a sprawling town of mud brick fortress-like compounds and small fields along a river surrounded by the barren slopes and snowcapped peaks of the Hundu Kush mountain range.

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