“Life” inmates cannot shorten sentences — Page 5 Sports Bring on the Falcons R-S Central’s long-awaited 2nd round appearance in the NCHSAA playoffs will come against one of the finest teams in the state.
Friday, November 20, 2009, Forest City, N.C.
Stimulus will fund appliance program
By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY — North Carolina has received an “F” on the second annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, but the state is making strides in improving on criteria that can help give all babies a healthy start in life. The report card was released Tuesday on the Seventh Annual Prematurity Awareness Day, when the March of Dimes focuses the nation’s attention on the growing problem of premature birth – birth before 37 weeks gestation. The U.S. as a whole earned a “D” for the second consecutive year, demonstrating that more
FOREST CITY — North Carolina has joined several other states in a “Cash for Appliances” program designed to get consumers to switch old appliances for new Energy Star efficient models. Backed by more than $300 million in federal stimulus funds, North Carolina’s share of the money for rebates is about $8.8 million. Each new appliance purchased could qualify for a rebate between $50 and $200. But unlike the “Cash for Clunkers” program from earlier this year, consumers won’t have to trade in their old clunker of a dishwasher. The rebates will be handled right at the cash register. “The plan calls for rebates of 15 percent to be offered to replace major home appliances with Energy Star-rated appliances over a four-day period next spring during Earth Day weekend — Thursday, April 22, through Sunday, April 25, 2010,” said Seth Effron, Communications Director for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. “Energy Star rebates will be in addition to any store, manufacturer or other discounts being offered.” “The Energy Star program does equate to some energy savings,” said Duke Energy Spokesperson Paige Sheehan. “We have calculators on our Web site and you can learn about the savings in your energy bill and how quickly you can pay off that upgraded appliance. Depending on how much energy efficient stuff you have in your house you can even qualify for a special rate from Duke Energy. In the coming months you’ll see Duke Energy offer
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Students taking part in the Isothermal Community College Center for Pre-Hospital Medical Education EMS Program got a chance to experience first hand the how-tos of working in and around an emergency medical helicopter. Here flight nurse Barry Nelson with Carolinas Medical Center of Charlotte explains the specifics of the Medcenter Air’s patient loading bay Thursday.
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After school program gets $300,000
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FOREST CITY — The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has approved a $300,000 21st-Century Community Learning Center grant to support innovative after school programming in Rutherford County. Rutherford County Arts Council, Rutherford County Schools, Isothermal Community College, Realize Rutherford
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and the County of Rutherford are partnering on the project, which is entitled “Playing For Keeps.” The program will run for four years. Sites selected for the first year of the program include: Chase Middle School, East Middle School, R-S Middle School, Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School, Forrest Hunt Elementary School and Pinnacle Elementary School. The program is designed to enhance
the academic success of students in core subjects by sharpening their skills and encouraging their creative development, through project-based, enjoyable activities scheduled during the three-hour period after the regular school day. The activities are divided into five-week sessions focusing on six areas: mathematics and science, literature and public Please see Grant, Page 6
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The Tourism Development Authority began its regular business meeting Thursday by candle light and lantern, due to a power outage. After about 15 minutes, lights were back on for the more than two hour meeting.
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FOREST CITY — The Tourism Development Authority is looking for a new home and Acting Executive Director Michelle Whitaker is seeking relocation for office space. Ideally, she told the TDA board Thursday, the new office space would be near the Rutherford County Annex in Rutherfordton. Tax collecting, human resource issues and finance matters are handled at the annex and it would be a cost savings to tourism to be closer to Rutherfordton. However, a move from the Rutherford County Visitors Center at U.S. 221 and U.S. 74 does not mean the tourists in
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At Your Leisure Carolina Wrestling Superstars will present Desperate Measures on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the old Mooresboro Gym. Doors open at 7 p.m. Bell time 8 p.m. Matches include Krank vs. Major Crunk; Kid Krazy vs. The Russian Bull with manager Ivan; Axl Knight vs. Max Corteze and Miss Felonie; and New Era and Rockie Saiki. Admission is a new unwrapped toy or $3 to be donated to the Salvation Army Christmas Cheer Center. For more information call 828-205-9374 or visit www.carolinawrestlingsuperstars.tk. “Elmo & Friends”: The 30th season of Sesame Street Live touring productions will bring “1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends” to the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Dec. 10-13. Tickets are $15, $18, $22 and $29. Opening night prices are $12 and $29. Price does not include service charges. For more information, visit www. sesamestreetlive.com. Visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the SMA Box Office. Colbie Calliat in concert: Popular recording artist Colbie Calliat will be in concert Tuesday, Dec. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25. Visit www.ticketmaster. com. Tickets may also be purchased at the SMA Box Office. Kenny G The Holiday Show: Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59. Visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the SMA Box Office. Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 115 W. Main St., Spindale, (no cover charge) announces the following
Off the Beaded Path, located at 120B West Trade St., Forest City, offers Try-it-Tuesdays (every Tuesday) which features brief jewelry-making demos. The following classes are also available: Nov. 21 — Triple Spiral Bracelet, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24 — Copper Bangle Bracelet, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28 — Bead Club, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 28 — Photo Charms Class, 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 — Bead Knitted Clutch, Part II, 6 to 8 p.m. Web site offthebeadedpathbeadstore.com.
Crocodile Smile will perform at Legal Grounds on Saturday night.
entertainment: Nov. 21 — Secret B-Sides Nov. 28 — Selky Celtic Web site www.barleystaproom.com. LuLu’s Country Club & Karaoke has karaoke and dancing every week, Thursday - Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover charge $3 on Thursdays, and $5 Friday and Saturday (BYOB). Ages 18 and up with valid ID. The club is located off Railroad Ave., at 156 Sunset Street in Rutherfordton. M Squared Restaurant, located at 125 West Main St., Spindale., offers the following entertainment/events: Tuesday — Alex Thompson on keyboard, soup/sandwich night Wednesday — Trivia at 8 p.m. (half price bottled wine) Saturday — no entertainment Sunday Brunch and Bloody
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mation call 248-2223. Jake’s is located at 136 Music Row, Bostic.
Legal Grounds, 217 North Main St., Rutherfordton, offers the following entertainment: Nov. 20 — Snake Oil Medicine Show Nov. 21 — Crocodile Smile Nov. 25 — The Undecided/ Mike Roger & Friends Nov. 27 — Mad Tea Party Nov. 28 — Mountain Still with David Via and Tater Web site www.legalgrounds. net.
Club L.A. is a private club for members and guests, located at 319 W. Main St., Spindale. Admission — members free, guest $5. Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Each Thursday is ladies’ night and Karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Shagging every Friday from 8 to 11.
Live music is played every Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. at Jake’s Barbecue (the former Golden Valley Music Park). Karaoke every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Matt Ryan Band plays on Fridays, and the Lonesome Road Band on Saturdays. For more infor-
Wagon Wheel Country & Western Dance Club, W.E. Padgett Rd., Ellenboro area, hosts the following entertainment: Nov. 21 — Broken Axle Band, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission $5. Concessions, game room, family entertainment. Dance lessons every Tuesday night from 7:30 to 10 p.m., $3 per person. Web site www.wagonwheeldanceclub.com.
Next Level Gamez, 118 E. Main St., Forest City, offers: Tuesdays — Magic the Gathering League, 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays — New comic books arrive, Star Wars Miniatures, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays — Dungeons & Dragons, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays — Friday Night Magic starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays — Magic the Gathering tournament from 1 to 5 p.m. Web site nextlevelgamez. com. “Tellabration”: The International Celebration of Storytelling; Nov. 22, 3 p.m., Asheville Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Storytellers include Michael Reno Harrell and Jimmy Lee Clayton. 42nd Annual Southern Christmas Show: Through Nov. 22, at The Park (former Charlotte Merchandise Mart). Show hours, Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults; $8 online, by phone or mail in advance; $9 at the door; youth (ages 6-12) $3; under 6 free with paying adult. For information 704-376-6594 or www. SouthernChristmasShow. com.
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Chamber of Commerce. The contract calls for HNGCC to operate the Lake Continued from Page 1 Lure and The Blue Ridge Foothills Visitor Center in Lake Lure on behalf of TDA. The contract will be reviewed by east Rutherford will be neglected. attorneys and the gorge chamber before Whitaker said visitors in east being returned to TDA for further disRutherford will continue to be served at cussion and recommendations. possible “mini-visitor centers” at straTDA has discussed the contract issue tegic locations at different times of the for 18 months. year. The facilities committee will meet “We want to serve the visitor, but not in Monday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Lake a full fledged center,” Whitaker said. Lure Youth Center to continue its discusThe board agreed it has to cut back sion with the town officials and Hickory when programs and services are “not Nut Gorge Chamber officials. effective.” The TDA office will be located in the TDA member and Forest City Planner same building as the gorge chamber and Danielle Withrow said the town of major renovations must be made to the Forest City could possibly set up the building. Santa House in January to be one of the The town of Lake Lure has said it sup“mini” visitors centers. Other possible ports the TDA office locating in the locations and offers for locating visitor town-owned building and will work with centers will be further studied. the groups to meet that goal. The board decided Thursday since its TDA staff is also working out of the building on U.S. 221 is too large with chamber office and TDA pays the salary the reduction of TDA staff and the loss for the employee. of the Heritage Tourism Office that TDA has $50,000 in the fund balance was located in the building. The state to help with the renovations of the buildrequires its Heritage Tourism Officers to ing when the plans are finalized and the work from their respective homes. TDA work is to begin. rented office space to tourism officer The Lake Lure TDA location does not Frankie McWhorter for several years. replace the recommendation for office The center opened about 10 years ago to serve as the TDA offices and a visitors space in downtown Rutherfordton. Also Thursday, the board approved a center. The center is in the path of the job description for the executive director U.S. 221 widening project and some day derived by the policy committee memin the future, it will be affected by the bers Sally Lesher, Angie Growhin and highway. Also the center has not generated the foot traffic desired as only about Whitaker. The committee continues to work on its by-laws. 100 people come to the center a month. The Board voted to continue its partLast year about 2,000 people stopped nership with Chimney Rock State Park by the center in Forest City while the regarding fulfilling advertising leads. Hickory Nut Gorge Visitor’s Center saw Several years ago, an oral agreement more than 50,000 visitors. was made and TDA would do all fulfillCost to lease the building is about ment of Chimney Rock Park. Leads are $800 per month and TDA also has to pay for all building repairs, maintenance the names and addresses the advertisement bring in. The agreement was made and taxes on the property belonging to when TDA did little advertisement and the Wilkins family. Chimney Rock was doing a great deal. TDA believes it can find a more cost Chimney Rock paid for the ads and TDA effective office and also provide the visiwas able to include its information with tors to the area with pertinent informaChimney Rock at no cost to TDA. tion. On an unrelated issue, TDA approved a draft of an operating contract between Contact Gordon via e-mail at email@example.com. TDA and the Hickory Nut Gorge
TDA cuts budget as tax collections fall By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer
FOREST CITY — As the number of tourists spending the night in lodging properties continues to decrease, the Tourism Development Authority voted Thursday to amend its budget, slicing nearly $96,000 from the 2009-2010 operating budget. The budgets were reviewed line by line. “This is a doomsday worst case scenario,” said TDA’s Acting Executive Director Michelle Whitaker as she announced the new budget was based on a 17 percent predicted decrease in occupancy taxes over the next year. The original budget was approved, based on 8.7 percent decreases. Even with the slashing, the amended budget was balanced with $69,476 from the fund balance. “We can’t continue to operate in a deficit,” member Dana Conner commented about having to balance the budget with fund balance. There is also $50,000 budgeted from fund balance for capital improvements at the Hickory Nut Gorge Visitor’s Center, but the project may not be in this fiscal year. Whitaker told the board the newly amended budget, to be approved by County Commissioners, is very conservative and the goal next year will be to fund TDA through occupancy taxes only, without taking any money from its fund balance. “There is no reason we can’t do
that next year,” she said. The operating budget approved earlier was $607,000 and the amended budget is $511,441.The newly amended budget is also $108,559 less than the 20082009 budget. Departmental changes from the original budget to Thursday’s amended budget include: Employees, Salaries & Benefits: $203,203 to $143,353; Professional Services: $133,138 to $131,638; Public Relations and Marketing: $209,559 to $186,550; Facilities: $49,400 to $43,400. There will be other decreases in facilities departments after the board relocated its offices. The board decided Thursday to begin looking for new office space. The board also agreed to keep about 50 percent of TDA’s operating budget in the fund balance at all times and also operating funds for six months. When Whitaker was named acting director, TDA Chair Tom Johnson and the board asked her to help answer three questions — Where are we? Where are we going? What adjustments do we need to make to react to the current situations? “She has made a lot of adjustments to do this,” TDA chair Tom Johnson said. “We commend you for doing this.” He added they also asked her as executive director, “to look down the road and plan. You’ve done that.” He described the transition at TDA and its mission as “we’ve got to turn the ship around. We’re in the turning mode.”
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Our Views Get health care reform right!
he Senate is about to take up its version of the health care reform bill and this version, like the version in the House, is sure to be hotly debated. There is a possibility that the Senate may even vote on its bill this weekend. But that will not be the end of the debate, nor should it. There are many contentious issues in this health care reform effort that need to be thoughtfully addressed. President Obama says he wants a bill by the end of the year. We would like to see him rephrase that to say he wants a workable reform bill in as timely a fashion as possible. This is not something that should be rushed. It should not be a political football that the democrats and Republicans wrestle over. If indeed we are going to get meaningful reform in health care, all due diligence must be used to put together a bill that will serve the American people.
Our readers’ views Wonders why towns not cheering on teams To the editor: First, I would like to thank Scott Bowers for his coverage of the High School Football games this season. His dedication has been appreciated by players, coaches and parents. I would also like to commend the Town of Forest City for their support of their local High School teams. It is very apparent as one drives through Forest City, the community and merchant’s support for their teams. As a resident of Rutherfordton with children in the R-S Central district involved in the school sports, I have yet to see any type of support from the towns of Spindale and Rutherfordton. Granted, all of our towns are faced with economic challenges; however, one of the three towns manages to provide support and encouragement for their school. My question is how difficult would it be for Rutherfordton and Spindale to recognize our high school football team as they prepare to compete for the second round of 3A NCHSAA Playoffs. This is the first time in 22 years that a team from R-S Central has won its first round playoffs. Any type of recognition from the community would be appreciated as these young men have worked to achieve a goal to not only make themselves proud but also their coaches, parents and the
community in which they live. Every student that plays a sport in high school makes a commitment that requires dedication and sacrifice. All sports deserve recognition and support from our community because they provide an activity to occupy idle hours for a young person. Main Street in Rutherfordton and Spindale offers a wonderful venue for showing these young people that their efforts are appreciated and hopefully, this type of encouragement would motivate other young people to become involved in similar activities, quite possibly cutting down on the drop-out rates for our county. In closing, I would like to implore our community leaders and merchants to stand behind the athletic programs offered by our high schools. It may benefit the leaders of Rutherfordton and Spindale to meet with those in Forest City, as they seem to have ongoing support for their schools. As these young men travel through town to their next game, I hope these towns have shown some type of support. Let’s get behind our young people. Tammy Whitener Rutherfordton
Says terror trials belong at Gitmo To the editor: Do President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder
have a hidden agenda for bringing Khalid S. Mohammed and the other four terrorists to New York City for federal trials? Why give Mohammed what he wants — a stage and daily publicity around the world? Why should we put at risk the possible disclosure of sensitive information that would affect the security of our country? Gitmo was set up specifically for military tribunals. This move could put the citizens of NYC in grave danger from another terrorist attack. Holder says that he will urge the federal government to reimburse NYC for the additional security needed for this trial, which could top $75 million. Where is the common sense? The Fort Hood attack proves that no matter how good the security is, tragedy can happen. This trial under these circumstances could go on for years. Do we need to remind them that our country is already deep in debt? I don’t want my tax dollars benefiting these terrorists. This is an outrage. Gitmo is the place for this trial and Americans should speak up. Martha W. Ledford Lake Lure
Clarification G.W. Jones of Tiney Road in the Corinth Community is not the writer of letters that have appeared recently in The Daily Courier’s Readers’ Views columns.
No need to worry now about children’s choices You always think you know your kids inside and out. Then they do something that really surprises you. This story begins when my youngest son Joseph was telling his mother how happy he was playing soccer. Joseph is much more interested in athletics than his brother or me. Sports have never been my thing, but that doesn’t mean I was opposed to them. I was very supportive of my oldest boy, Matthew, when he wanted to play little league baseball. The other kids were, for the most part, engaged in the baseball game. Matthew spent most of his time following butterflies, checking out the train that would go by every so often on the track near the field or playing with dandelions on the ground. So, we decided to try basketball, and after several rounds of games where Matthew hung out on the other end of the court from the action, we decided that wasn’t for us.
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There was a foray into soccer for a bit, but Matthew complained it involved too much running (eh, no worries, son, I don’t think soccer counts as a real sport, does it?) And finally, we made an effort at wrestling. I thought this would be the one sport that he was interested in, but alas, Matthew will probably not be the next Kurt Angle as he got tired of flopping around on the mat, after only a few weeks. Not so with Joseph. He’s a regular jock-of-all-trades, at the moment enjoying basketball and really enjoying soccer. There’s the awesome picture of him his mom took for Facebook that shows him celebrating like a rock star after a memorable play on
the field. “I really like this mommy,” Joseph said. “Soccer makes me happy.” And I was happy to hear about that. It’s nice when one of your kids finds something that makes them glad. So, what did his 8-yearold brother Matthew say in response? “Soccer doesn’t really make me happy, mommy,” he began. “You know what makes me happy? DESTRUCTION!” Matthew then proceeded to wander off in a hail of imaginary machine gun fire, pantomiming a Browning .50 caliber in his hands. When the boys’ mother relayed this to me, she was a bit taken aback by Matthew’s apparent relishing of war and destruction. I was highly amused. I mean, what do we expect from a boy that plays Call of Duty with his step-dad, loves G.I. Joe and has a closet full of toy guns, tanks and fighter jets. Besides, I’m sure it’s just a
phase, right? Anyway, what bad could come of him wanting to be a soldier? I happen to like the idea of my son as a member of the armed forces. It could give him a real constructive focus for all his creative and seemingly haphazard energy, and I have a lot of respect for America’s military. Since the time he was very young and could first understand the idea, Matthew has thought that guns and army men and tanks and all of that was very interesting and was just fascinated by the idea. I’m pretty sure a lot of it goes back to his love of video games, since so many of them are focused on military things. But it probably has something to do with the fact that his step-dad is a former military guy. Also, I’ve made sure to teach him about his greatgrandfather on my dad’s side of the family. Gene Baughman was a WWII veteran (like so many
men of his generation) and served in the U.S. Navy. He brought home some strange pieces of weaponry from the men he fought against including a German Luger pistol and a Japanese Samurai sword. I’ve told Matthew stories about both of these and the story of how his great-grandfather was on the first boat to sail into Nagasaki harbor after the atomic bomb was dropped. He’s too young for me to try and explain the horrors of war, so I just tell him that it was a really big bomb that got a lot of people — some of them bad guys and some of them not. I think he gets most of it. Of course, I’m probably over-analyzing the situation. For now, I’m okay with the fact that Joseph likes to score goals while Matthew likes to see stuff blow-up. And that’s some good news. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier. com.
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something Perdue conceded in her statement Thursday. He had also argued that a new sentencing law that began in the early 1980s had cut his time in half and that additional credits — 210 days of good conduct credit, 753 days of meritorious credit and 1,537 days of gain-time credit — made him immediately eligible for unconditional release. Staples Hughes, the state appellate defender whose office represented Bowden, said it was regrettable the state was spending so much time and money pursuing an argument that has no legal basis. “They, in essence, are continuing to attempt to defy the rule of law,” Hughes said. “It has long since ceased to be a legal issue. It is simply a political issue and a mechanism for the governor to use
Carolina Today Army limits media access at Palin event
RALEIGH (AP) — The U.S. Army now says it will allow media limited access to Sarah Palin’s appearance at Fort Bragg. Army officials had said they would prohibit coverage of Palin’s on-post event, saying it would turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama. The Associated Press and The Fayetteville Observer objected and the military changed its position slightly on Thursday night. It will grant a pool of reporters restricted access to Monday’s appearance. Fort Bragg spokesman Col. Billy Buckner said members of the media will not be allowed to interview the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and will be barred from talking to her supporters on post.
Man pleads guilty to shooting at cyclist
ASHEVILLE (AP) — A former North Carolina firefighter pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill after shooting at a man riding a bicycle with his wife and 4-year-old son because he was concerned for the child’s safety. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that 42-year-old Charles Alexander Diez was
sentenced Thursday to 120 days in jail. Diez shot at cyclist Alan Ray Simons after stopping his car to confront Simons about the safety of riding his bike on a busy road with his child on the back. Police say that when Simons turned to walk away, Diez fired at his bike helmet, narrowly missing his skull.
Woman sentenced for killing girl, 6 RALEIGH (AP) — An 84-year-old North Carolina motorist has been sentenced for hitting and killing a child at a school bus stop. WRAL-TV reported that Geraldine Baron Deitz of Raleigh was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months’ probation. Deitz must pay a $500 fine and give up her driver’s license for one year after her car struck and killed 6-year-old Ashley Ramos-Hernandez in August. The girl had gotten off the school bus and was crossing the street when she was hit by Deitz’s sport utility behicle. A police report indicated that Deitz told police the school bus had not activated all its warning signals.
Two women found dead acquainted GASTONIA (AP) — Friends and family say two
Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports
n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 132 E-911 calls Wednesday. n John D. Weeks reported the theft of tools. n Cynthia Ann Davis reported vandalism to a vehicle. n The theft of vehicle parts was reported by Cole Wrecker Service, 3520 U.S. 221 South, Forest City. n Scott Moss reported the theft of a heating oil tank. n Elaine Delaforce reported the theft of a trailer. n Steven Lee McCraw reported damage to landscaping.
n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 40 E-911 calls Wednesday.
n The Spindale Police Department responded to 13 E-911 calls Wednesday.
n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to three E-911 calls Wednesday.
n The Forest City Police Department responded to 40 E-911 calls Wednesday.
State says ‘life’ inmates cannot shorten sentences
RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina officials said Thursday that a group of violent inmates who were nearly set free because of a quirky 1970s law that limited a life sentence to 80 years are not eligible to receive good behavior credits that would shorten their sentences. Gov. Beverly Perdue said the credits will only be used to improve an inmate’s chance at parole. If the prisoners were never paroled, the earliest release would be 2054. “I will continue to pursue all legal means of preventing the release of these inmates without any review by the parole board or any postrelease supervision,” Perdue said in a statement. Inmate Bobby Bowden had successfully argued in state courts that his life sentence was defined as 80 years —
n An employee of WalMart reported an incident of larceny. (See arrest of Roberson.) n Rose Logan reported an incident of obtain property by false pretense.
Arrests n Michelle Roberson, 34, of Lavender Road, Grover; charged with larceny; released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. (FCPD) n Kevin Pruett, 23, of Mulberry Street, Forest City; served with a criminal summons for failure to pay monies; released on a written promise to appear. (FCPD) n Hykeem Jefferson, 16, of Farmside Drive, Forest City; charged with felony possession of marijuana and resist, obstruct and/or delay an officer; placed under a $10,000 secured bond. (FCPD) n Jesse Taber Willets, 30, of 609 S. Oak St.; charged with operating a vehicle with no insurance; released on a $500 unsecured bond. (RCSD) n Larry Richard Fowler, 33, of 115 Downing Circle; charged with possession of stolen goods/ property; placed under a $1,000 secured bond. (RCSD) n Jeremy Shane Rowe, 32, of 110 Old Ross Rd.; charged with true bill habitual felon
to attempt to raise her popularity.” Some of the inmates, most convicted of rape or murder, were set to be released last month. Perdue later blocked the release by arguing that officials had improperly applied some of the credits. The potential releases appalled victims and their advocates, partially because most of the inmates would be freed without any postrelease supervision. Only one would have had official supervision, although those convicted of rape would have to register as sex offenders. A handful of those inmates have been working toward time outside of prison, using volunteer or work-release programs to spend time in society. They can eventually be approved for supervised release by the parole board.
Obituaries James Logan Jr. James H. Logan, Jr., 66, of 194 Powell St., Forest City, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Rutherford Hospital. Born in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Jack and Mozell Logan. He spent most of his life in New Jersey and worked as a boiler repairman. Survivors include four sisters, Dorothy Hayden, Joyce Kelly, Delta Logan, and Linda Sanford, and one brother, Leevurn Logan, all of Rutherford County. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at True Vine Penecostal Church in Forest City. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Ulysses D. Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Fannie Irene Queen Roberson, 84, of the Sunshine community in Bostic, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Carolina Rehab Center in Connelly Springs. She was a daughter of the late Cicero Queen and Lucricie Crotts Queen. North Carolina women She was of the Baptist faith. whose bodies were dumped In addition to her parents, miles apart in South Carolina she was preceded in death knew each other. by her husband, Tom Ardell Multiple media reports Roberson. Thursday said authorities Survivors include her are investigating the slayings children, Jessie Pearson of of both Gastonia women as Morganton, Lessie Whelchel homicides, but haven’t said of Bostic, and Steve Roberson the cases are connected. of Bostic; eight grandchilThe York County, S.C., dren; 15 great-grandchildren; Sheriff’s Office said a badly one great-great-grandchild; burned body spotted on and two sisters, Vangie Q. Sunday by a horseback rider Van Dyke of Bostic, and in Kings Mountain State Mozell Terry of Shelby. Park was that of 30-year-old A celebration of Fannie’s Randi Dean Saldana. The life was held at 3 p.m. body of 17-year-old Heather Wednesday at Mount Marie Catterton was discov- Harmony Baptist Church in ered three weeks ago about Bostic with the family con10 miles away. ducting the service. Burial Catterton’s father said he followed in the church cemehad seen his daughter and tery. Visitation was held prior Saldana together. to the service. Memorials may be made to Suspect admitted Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, taking girl Valdese, NC 28690. FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Sossoman Funeral Home, search warrant says a man Morganton, had charge of charged with kidnapping a arrangements. 5-year-old North Carolina girl picked her up in front of Online condolences www.sossoher home and drove her to manfuneralservice.com. the hotel where she was last seen alive. Madge Hawkins Multiple media reported Madge Chapman Hawkins, the search warrant reveals 79, of 113 Alan Dr., Kings that 29-year-old Mario Mountain, died Wednesday McNeill told police he took Nov. 18, 2009, at White Oak Shaniya (shuh-NY-uh) Manor, Kings Mountain. Davis from her home in a Born in Cleveland County, Fayetteville mobile home she was a daughter of the park to the Sanford hotel last late Noah and Beulah Dixon week. Chapman, and widow of Joe The girl’s body was found Hawkins. Monday. She was a member of David Baptist Church, Kings Mountain and retired from the textile industry. Survivors include two daughters, Judy Cash of and possession of schedule II Shelby, and Marsha Baker of controlled substance; placed Bostic; sons: Phillip Summitt and Michael Summitt, both under a $110,000 secured of Kings Mountain; stepbond. (RCSD) children, Sallie Weatherford, n Amy McDaniel, 24, of Cathy Palmer, and Bill 2347 Hollis Rd.; charged Hawkins. one brother, Jerry with assault and battery; Chapman, Kings Mountain; released on a $500 unsesisters, Lois Parker, Hazel cured bond. (RCSD) Graham, Mae Grigg and n Ricky Lee Connelly, 37, Rene Bolin, all of Kings of 901 Miller St.; charged with cyberstalking; released Mountain, and Helen Lail of Shelby; 10 grandchildren; on a $500 unsecured bond. and 12 great-grandchildren. (RCSD) Funeral services will n James Frank Gregory, be conducted at 11 a.m. 24, of 356 Green St., Rutherfordton; charged with Saturday at David Baptist assault on a female and com- Church with the Rev. Jody Griffin officiating. Interment municating threats; placed under a 48-hour hold. (RPD) in the church cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harris Funeral EMS/Rescue Home, Kings Mountain. n The Rutherford County Memorials may be made EMS responded to 23 E-911 to David Baptist Church, calls Wednesday. Building Fund, 2300 David n The Volunteer Life Baptist Church Road, Kings Saving and Rescue, Hickory Mountain, NC 28086. Nut Gorge EMS and Rutherford County Rescue Online condolences www.harrisresponded to three E-911 funerals.com. calls Wednesday.
Fire Calls n Bill’s Creek firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Forest City firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. n Lake Lure firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident.
Deaths Jeanne-Claude NEW YORK (AP) — Artist Jeanne-Claude, who created the 2005 Central Park installation “The Gates” and other large scale “wrapping” projects around the globe with her husband Christo, has
died. She was 74. Jeanne-Claude died Wednesday night at a New York hospital from complications of a brain aneurysm, her family said in an e-mail statement. “The Gates” festooned 23 miles of Central Park’s footpaths with thousands of saffron drapes hung from specially designed frames. More than 5 million people saw “The Gates,” and it was credited with injecting about $254 million into the local economy. Christo — the more famous of the duo — was saddened, the family statement said, but remains “committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: that the art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude would continue.” That includes completing “Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado” and “The Mastaba” a project in the United Arab Emirates. The Colorado project — which they had been developing for decades — involves spanning miles of the river with woven fabric. They chose the location near Canon City because of its river rapids and access to roads and footpaths. It is expected to be realized by summer 2013 at the earliest, pending federal approval, according to the couple’s office. The couple also worked in Colorado in 1972, when nearly 100 construction workers and helpers strung a 142,000-square-foot orange curtain across a highway north of Rifle in western Colorado for “Valley Curtain.” Gov. Bill Ritter said Colorado officials look forward to working with Christo to realize the couple’s Arkansas River project. Their other projects include wrapping the Reichstag in Germany, the Pont Neuf in Paris, the Kunsthalle in Bern, Switzerland and a Roman wall in Italy. A 1991 project involved thousands of bright yellow and blue umbrellas positioned across miles of inland valleys in Japan and California. Their projects required mammoth manpower and miles of fabric and other materials. For the umbrella project, a total of 1,880 workers were used. They recycled all materials. The two artists met in Paris in 1958 and had been collaborating for 51 years. They made their home in Manhattan. David Cardwell ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida baseball spring training official David Cardwell has died. He was 64. Cardwell died Wednesday from complications involving respiratory illness and swine flu. As executive director of Grapefruit League Association, Cardwell helped coordinate Major League Baseball’s spring training in Florida. Florida Sports Foundation spokesman Nick Gandy says Cardwell, an attorney, used his legal skills to keep teams from leaving their spring training homes in Florida.
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Calendar/Local Shown here after learning of the $300,000 grant for the schools are, front row from left, Janet Mason (Rutherford County Schools), Steven Helton (Rutherford County Schools), Joey Glenn (Chase Middle School), Renn Dominguez (Rutherford County Schools), Sally Blanton (Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School); second row — John McSwain (R-S Middle School), Brad Teague (East Rutherford Middle School), La’Ronda Whiteside (Pinnacle Elementary School), Brad Richardson (Forrest Hunt Elementary School), John Kinlaw (Rutherford County Schools), Mike Gavin (ICC) and Matthew McEnnerney (Arts Council).
Hospice Hospice of Rutherford County offers the following services: G.R.A.C.E. Caregiver Support Group for anyone caring for a loved one. Offered at two locations. Friday afternoons at the Senior Center and Tuesday evenings at Rutherford LifeCare. Stress Management for Caregivers: Friday, Nov. 20, 1 to 2 p.m., with Tracy Davis, Cooperative Extension. Survival Tips: For Dementia Patient Caregivers: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 4 to 5:30 p.m., with Larry Hedgepath, MD. Stress Management: “Self care, Stress Management, and Sharing Experiences”; Friday, Dec. 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Patty Olson, BSW, Facilitator. Adult sitting services: Free adult sitting services available on Tuesday evenings. Sponsored by Hospice of Rutherford County, the Senior Center, and Rutherford Lifecare. Contact Patty Olson, Hospice Social Worker, at 245-0095 to register. For information or to register for any of the above events, call 245-0095.
Meetings/other Democrat meeting: Rutherford County Democrat Club will meet Monday, Nov. 23, at Democrat Headquarters, Main Street, Forest City. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. Christmas party: Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., Union Mills Community House, 6097 Hudlow Road, Union Mills; bring a covered dish and fruit, candy or nuts for Christmas Cheer boxes and shut-ins; also bring Bingo prizes. Annual meeting: S.D.O. Fire Department will hold its annual Board of Directors meeting Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the fire department; all tax payers in the S.D.O. District are eligible to vote; bring picture ID and proof of property owned.
Miscellaneous Free community dinner: Thursday, Nov. 26, (Thanksgiving Day) from 9 a.m. until noon; Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar School, 421 Hardin Rd., Forest City; free hot meal, canned goods and clothing for anyone in need; for more information call (864) 461-7178. Yokefellow Service Center will hold a Pre-Thanksgiving and Christmas sale on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Storewide halfprice. The store is located at 102 Blanton St., Spindale. Chase Corner Ministries will be closed Friday, Nov. 20, to restock with Christmas merchandise and reopen Monday, Nov. 23. The store will be closed Nov. 26 and 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular hours resume Nov. 30. Located on Chase High Road, directly across from the high school.
Fundraisers ‘Soup’er supper: Friday, Nov. 20, 4 to 8 p.m., Long Branch Road Baptist Church, 621 Long Branch Road, Forest City; potato soup, chili and more, with cornbread, dessert and drink; no set price; donations accepted; proceeds for a new fellowship hall. Turkey supper: Saturday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m., Bill’s Creek Community Center, Lake Lure; turkey and dressing with all the trimmings; adults $9; ages 4-12, $5; take outs available; raffle tickets $1, 1st prize $500 in cash; proceeds for the Bill’s Creek VFD. Yard sale: Saturday, Nov. 21, 7 a.m. until noon, Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 250 Hudlow Road, Forest City; breakfast, baked goods, relishes and a large number of yard sale items. 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.
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speaking, drama, music, filmmaking and visual arts. The balance of academic and artistic projects has been shown to improve students’ overall performance in core subjects, improve conduct and interest in learning and to develop creative skills and talents in students. Each session will conclude with a performance or presentation of work carried out during the five-week period. The program is hosted by Rutherford County Schools, and is designed to encourage parental and family involvement, and it also includes learning opportunities for adults through the programs of Isothermal Community College. In addition, there will be two large presentations during the year at the Foundation Performing Arts Center. These larger presentations will involve the students from the six after school sites, but will also include students from other schools in the county, families, and the general pub-
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some additional rebates. When you couple these appliances with other energy efficient things you can do in your house — like switching to compact fluorescent light-bulbs — it really adds up. You’ve got to take a comprehensive approach if you want to get the full benefit.” While some details are still being hammered out, the savings will be about a 15 percent rebate on clothes washers, dish washers, refrigerators and freezers. A second phase in June will match rebates on gas water
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than a half million of the nation’s newborns didn’t get a healthy start. The state receiving the best grade was Vermont, with a “B;” no state earned an “A.” States are graded by comparing each state’s rate of premature birth to the nation’s objective of 7.6 percent or less by 2010. This year states were awarded a star when the rate for one of the selected contributing factors were moving in the right direction. Contributing factors were uninsured women, women smoking and late preterm birth. North Carolina’s 2008 rate for uninsured women was 22 percent and increased to 22.1 percent in 2009. For women smoking and late preterm birth, the state saw a drop – down from 24.1 percent to 20.6 percent for women smoking and 9.5 to
Music/concerts Singing/Prayer Day: The Little White Country Church will host a singing and prayer day for our nation on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 to 10 a.m., on the courthouse lawn in Rutherfordton. Gospel singing: Sunday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m., Zion Hill Faith Temple, 159 Ragtown Road, Henrietta. Singing: Sunday, Nov. 22, 6 p.m., Piney Mountain Baptist Church; guest singer, Angel McGinnis.
ed to have this opportunity to partner on this important project. Our commitment to helping facilitate community programs in the areas of education, quality of life and economic development are a good fit here.” County Manager John Condrey observed, “In these difficult economic times, it is especially helpful to bring in outside resources to assist with community needs – especially those that benefit young people, their education and personal development;. We are pleased to play a role in bringing this about.” Rutherford County Arts Council director Matthew McEnnerney commented “We have been working for several years now with our partners on developing creative and exciting after school programming which contributes to the general educational success of students, as well as their personal creative development, and involves them directly in the creation of art. We are pleased with the progress thus far, but are tremendously excited about the advances that will be made possible by this 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.”
heaters, gas furnaces and other appliances. “We have an application that we have filed and we’ve gotten a response back from the U.S. Department of Energy,” Effron said. “Sometime by the end of next month we’ll hear back if they have any questions or modifications for us to make.” According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if everyone who buys a clothes washer this year chooses an Energy Star model, the nation would save 975 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 54 billion gallons of water. The electricity saved could power every home in Washington, D.C., for four months and the water saved could fill
the Rose Bowl stadium 638 times. If consumers buy Energy Star model refrigerators, the total energy bill savings each year would be more than $101 million. “Consumers can make smart choices by replacing older, energy-gobbling appliances with efficient new Energy Star appliances that save money, cut utility bills and grow our state’s economy,” said John Morrison, assistant N.C. Secretary of Commerce for Energy. “This is good for the environment, will grow jobs and help manage energy consumption.”
9.2 percent for late preterm birth. “Here in North Carolina we are proud of our hard work in smoking cessation and the decline in late preterm birth, and we hope that this will be the start of a decline in our preterm birth rate,” said Tara Owens Shuler, March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign chair. “We have a long way to go before all babies in America get a healthy start in life and we are committed to working with state health officials, hospitals and health care providers to continue to fight for preemies.” North Carolina’s overall preterm birth rate has stayed around 13 percent for the past several years. In the U.S., more than 540,000 babies are born preterm, which costs the country more than $26 million annually, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk
of lifetime health challenges, such as breathing problems, mental retardation and others. A March of Dimes report released in October found that 13 million babies worldwide were born preterm and more than one million die each year. In North Carolina the March of Dimes is collaborating with the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of NC and UNC Healthcare to reduce the rate of late preterm birth through its “39 Weeks Project.” The initiative will reduce late preterm birth by reducing elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation. Forty hospitals across the state have joined the initiative, been trained and have pledged to review every elective induction and cesarean section, including Carolinas Medical Center and Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.
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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. Annual Pre-Thanksgiving dinner: Sunday, Nov. 22, serving begins at 1230 p.m., Caroleen First United Methodist Church; turkey/dressing and trimmings; homemade desserts; adults $6; children $3; ages 3 and under free; take outs available, call 657-6416.
lic. Realize Rutherford will provide volunteers for the individual sites and Rutherford County will be fiscal agent for the program. Dr. John Kinlaw, superintendent of Rutherford County Schools, commented “We are pleased to be able to help provide these extended learning opportunities for our students; in today’s challenging environment, this kind of effort can be especially positive in helping improve students’ academic success by creatively contributing to their overall personal development.” Mike Gavin, director of Marketing and Community Relations at Isothermal Community College said “Isothermal is pleased to be a partner in this program. We believe it will present a good opportunity for the college to share information about our adult high school, adult basic skills and other programs with a wider audience. We are always looking for ways to let the community know what’s available through the college and assist them in becoming involved. Realize Rutherford Chairman Vernon Hoyle stated “We are delight-
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Hilltoppers vs. Falcons Central wrestlers fall to Newton-Conover RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central’s wrestling team lost to Newton-Conover, 45-24, in the season’s first match Wednesday. The following individual results were reported: 103-pound: Ian Canrobert (NC) fall Dylan Hemphill (RSC); 112-pound: Adam Van Wormer (RSC), forfeit win; 119-pound: Austin Elfers (RSC) decision (13-8) Kenny Roundy (NC); 125-pound: Ben Reinhardt (NC) decision (4-3) Evan Boggs (RSC); 130-pound: Josh Stephens (RSC) decision (10-5) Tyler Knopp (NC); 135-pound: Addison Klutz (NC) decision (7-4) Tyler Lowery (RSC); 140-pound: Eric Holbrook (NC) fall Chris Noffke (RSC); 145-pound: Randy Ortega (NC) decision (7-6) Angelo Nunez (RSC); 152-pound: Joel Lowery (RSC) fall Eric Cernuda (NC); 160-pound: Brandon Chancy (RSC) fall Terrell McCombs (NC); 171-pound: James Darty (NC) fall Cole Taylor (RSC); 189-pound: Tyler Benfield (NC) forfeit win; 215-pound: Joseph Platt (NC) forfeit win; 285-pound: Andrew Tremain (NC) forfeit win.
Rusty Wallace to field Toyotas next season HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Rusty Wallace Racing is moving its Nationwide Series team from Chevrolet to Toyota next season. Wallace, who is a NASCAR analyst for ESPN, also will represent the Toyota brand on a national basis. His team will field cars for Steve Wallace and Brendan Gaughan. RWR had used Chevrolets the past two seasons. Wallace says he toured Toyota’s racing facility in North Carolina and became convinced that the manufacturer has the best products for the Nationwide Series.
Local Sports FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m. (WCAB AM 590) 2nd round 3A NCHSAA Playoffs: R-S Central at West Rowan
Central’s Oddie Murray
R-S Central faces toughest challenge Directions
round opponent West Rowan is the defending 3A champ and they carry a 26 game win streak.
West Rowan High School
By SCOTT BOWERS Daily Courier Sports Editor
RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central’s football team became the first Rutherford County gridiron squad to win a playoff game since the 2005 East Rutherford Cavaliers. The Hilltoppers (9-3) could also become the first county team to play in the third round of the playoffs since those same Cavaliers with a win tonight over West Rowan. But, the Falcons (11-0) are the finest football team Central will have faced all season long.
Go US 64 N to I-40 East. Go I-40 East to I-77 South. Go I-77 South to Exit 149A Salisbury US 70. Take a slight right on US 70/Industrial Boulevard. Go 10 miles on US 70 to NC-801, turn right. Take NC-801 to 8050 NC Hwy. 801. West Rowan High on right. Expect roughly a 2-plus hour drive time. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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Panthers Host Dolphins
FOOTBALL 6:45 p.m. (WCAB AM 590) The Countdown to Kick Off Show 7:30 p.m. (WCAB AM 590) R-S Central at West Rowan
By JACOB CONLEY Sports Reporter
On TV 3 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Sprint Cup — Ford 400 Qualifying. 5 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Coaches vs. Cancer Consolation Game — Teams TBA. 7 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Clemson at UNC-Greensboro. 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Coaches vs. Cancer Final — Teams TBA. 7:30 p.m. (TS) NBA Basketball Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks. 8 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics. 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College Football Boise State at Utah State. 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers. 11 p.m. (SHO) Strikeforce Challenger Series
Gardner-Webb to host winless Presbyterian
Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith (89) is tackled by Miami Dolphins’ Vontae Davis (21) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, Thursday. As of press time, the Carolina Panthers trailed 14-3 in the third quarter.
BOILING SPRINGS — For Coach Steve Patton, the message to his team this week is simple: A 6-5 record looks a lot better than 5-6. “The team has done a good job staying motivated even with a tough loss against Liberty,” said Patton. “These guys know that a winning record is very important and the seniors want to leave with good memories.” Standing in the way of that winning season are the winless Presbyterian Blue Hose. While on paper a team with an 0-10 record may not seem to provide much of a challenge, Patton knows different. “They have a running back that has been the freshmen of the week in conference for the past two weeks,” said Patton. “They can gash you to death and have been very close in all the league games. Fans just look at records and think this will be an easy one, but PC is a talented team that is going to fight all the way.” One circumstance that will make the game even tougher for GWU is the injury situation. The ‘Dogs are down to the third-string players at two of the linebacker positions. “Our backups played very well against
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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 5 4 0 .556 222 Cleveland 1 8 0 .111 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 147 157 154 225 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 Game Miami at Carolina, late Sunday’s Games Cleveland at Detroit, 1 p.m. Atlanta at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Washington at Dallas, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Seattle at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Arizona at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at New England, 4:15 p.m. San Diego at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Cincinnati at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:20 p.m. Monday’s Game Tennessee at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26 Green Bay at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. Oakland at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Denver, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Carolina at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Seattle at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Jacksonville at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota, 4:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 New England at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.
BASKETBALL National Basketball Association
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Boston 9 3 .750 Philadelphia 5 6 .455 Toronto 5 7 .417 New York 2 9 .182 New Jersey 0 12 .000 Southeast Division W L Pct Atlanta 10 2 .833 Orlando 9 3 .750 Miami 7 4 .636 Washington 3 7 .300 Charlotte 3 8 .273 Central Division W L Pct Cleveland 8 4 .667 Milwaukee 6 3 .667 Chicago 6 4 .600 Indiana 5 4 .556 Detroit 5 7 .417 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 9 3 .750 Houston 7 5 .583 San Antonio 4 5 .444 New Orleans 4 8 .333 Memphis 3 8 .273 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 8 3 .727 Portland 9 4 .692 Oklahoma City 6 6 .500 Utah 5 6 .455 Minnesota 1 11 .083 Pacific Division W L Pct Phoenix 10 2 .833 L.A. Lakers 8 3 .727 Sacramento 5 5 .500 L.A. Clippers 4 9 .308 Golden State 3 8 .273
GB — 3 1/2 4 6 1/2 9 GB — 1 2 1/2 6 6 1/2 GB — 1/2 1 1 1/2 3 GB — 2 3 1/2 5 5 1/2 GB — — 2 1/2 3 7 1/2 GB — 1 1/2 4 6 1/2 6 1/2
Tuesday’s Games Cleveland 114, Golden State 108 Indiana 91, New Jersey 83 Oklahoma City 100, Miami 87 New Orleans 110, L.A. Clippers 102 Phoenix 111, Houston 105 Denver 130, Toronto 112 Chicago 101, Sacramento 87 L.A. Lakers 106, Detroit 93 Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia 86, Charlotte 84 Orlando 108, Oklahoma City 94 Atlanta 105, Miami 90 Washington 108, Cleveland 91 New York 110, Indiana 103 Boston 109, Golden State 95 Memphis 106, L.A. Clippers 91 Houston 97, Minnesota 84 Milwaukee 99, New Jersey 85 Utah 104, Toronto 91 Dallas 99, San Antonio 94, OT Portland 87, Detroit 81 Thursday’s Games Phoenix at New Orleans, late Utah at San Antonio, late Chicago at L.A. Lakers, late Friday’s Games Memphis at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m. Miami at Toronto, 7 p.m. Houston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Orlando at Boston, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Charlotte at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s College Basketball Major Scores EAST Buffalo 63, Navy 53 Lafayette 88, St. Francis, Pa. 77 Pittsburgh 71, E. Kentucky 60 SOUTH Coppin St. 72, Columbia Union 61 Kentucky 102, Sam Houston St. 92 Mississippi St. 82, SE Louisiana 67 Morgan St. 72, ETSU 61 Old Dominion 73, Liberty 41 S. Carolina St. 88, Allen 81 Virginia 79, Rider 46 William & Mary 78, Richmond 71 Wofford 81, Lees-McRae 39
MIDWEST Cleveland St. 78, Florida A&M 64 Notre Dame 82, Long Beach St. 62 Valparaiso 78, Ind.-South Bend 56 SOUTHWEST Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 77, Texas-Pan American 55 TOURNAMENT 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic First Round Syracuse 95, California 73 Carolina Classic First Round Miami 74, Tulane 54 South Florida 65, Davidson 58 UNC Wilmington 80, Penn St. 69 O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico TipFirst Round Dayton 63, Georgia Tech 59 Mississippi 89, Indiana 71 Villanova 69, George Mason 68
HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF New Jersey 19 14 5 0 28 53 Pittsburgh 21 14 7 0 28 66 Philadelphia 18 12 5 1 25 65 N.Y. Rangers 21 11 9 1 23 63 N.Y. Islanders 21 8 6 7 23 60 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Buffalo 18 12 5 1 25 50 Ottawa 18 9 6 3 21 51 Montreal 21 10 11 0 20 52 Boston 20 8 8 4 20 47 Toronto 19 3 11 5 11 47 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 21 13 4 4 30 79 Tampa Bay 18 8 4 6 22 48 Atlanta 17 10 6 1 21 63 Florida 19 8 9 2 18 55 Carolina 20 3 12 5 11 44 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF Chicago 19 12 5 2 26 57 Columbus 19 11 6 2 24 58 Detroit 19 10 6 3 23 63 Nashville 19 10 8 1 21 43 St. Louis 18 6 8 4 16 41 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Colorado 22 13 6 3 29 67 Calgary 19 12 5 2 26 61 Vancouver 21 11 10 0 22 62 Edmonton 22 9 10 3 21 66 Minnesota 21 7 12 2 16 51 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF San Jose 23 14 5 4 32 76 Los Angeles 23 13 8 2 28 71 Phoenix 21 12 9 0 24 54 Dallas 20 9 5 6 24 62 Anaheim 19 6 10 3 15 54
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Tuesday’s Games Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 2 Montreal 3, Carolina 2, SO Ottawa 3, Toronto 2 Nashville 4, San Jose 3 Colorado 3, Calgary 2 Wednesday’s Games Florida 6, Buffalo 2 Dallas 3, Detroit 1 Phoenix 3, Minnesota 2 Edmonton 6, Colorado 4 Philadelphia 3, Los Angeles 2 Thursday’s Games Boston 4, Atlanta 3, SO Carolina 6, Toronto 5, SO Ottawa 6, Pittsburgh 2 New Jersey at Nashville, late Phoenix at St. Louis, late Columbus at Dallas, late Chicago at Calgary, late Tampa Bay at Anaheim, late Friday’s Games Montreal at Washington, 7 p.m. Boston at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Florida at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Colorado at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Philadelphia at San Jose, 10 p.m.
Irate Irish cry foul after ref hands win to France
DUBLIN (AP) — Soccer-mad Ireland is fighting mad — and demanding justice for a disputed goal that had fans here crying “Oui were robbed.” A blown call by referees cost the luckless Irish a spot in the World Cup in a loss to star-studded France. Ireland played the game of its life Wednesday night in a Paris stadium rocking to the cheers of visiting Irish fans. But with momentum on their side and facing a penalty shootout within minutes, the Irish saw the ball fall near their goal — and into the outstretched palm of celebrated French striker Thierry Henry. He slapped it not once but twice, guiding it to his foot and passing to teammate William Gallas for the winning overtime goal. Ireland’s squad slapped their hands and some screamed “Handball, ref!” Keeping your hands off the ball is the most basic rule in soccer, and endless replays demonstrated beyond doubt to billions worldwide that the goal should not have counted. But the Swedish referee, Martin Hansson, and his assistants claimed to see nothing wrong — inspiring fury and conspiracy theories on the wintry, rain-sodden streets of Dublin. More than one Dublin tabloid christened it the “Hand of Frog” — wordplay using slang
for a Frenchman and comparing the event to another handball, the goal by Argentina’s Diego Maradona against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal. Asked afterward if he had touched the ball, Maradona said it had been guided by “the hand of God.” Henry quickly came clean about his sleight of hand, well aware that no video review can keep him from soccer’s grandest stage in June. “I will be honest. It was a handball,” Henry said. “But I’m not the ref. I played it. The ref allowed it.” Some accused the Swiss-based world governing body of soccer, FIFA, of bending its rules to suit the sport’s big guns like France because of the money and markets involved. France, a country of 65 million, won the world championship in 1998 and were runners-up in 2006. Ireland, population 4.4 million, chronically struggles even to qualify. “They do video replays in rugby, American football, tennis, you name it — but not the biggest of them all, the World Cup. You tell me why,” said Robbie Nolan, a 40-year-old cabbie nursing a pint after work in a sports-themed Dublin pub bedecked in Irish soccer memorabilia. His cheeks still bore traces of the green, white and orange facepaint from the night before.
“I’ll tell you why,” he said, jabbing his finger at the Dublin Evening Herald’s front page picturing Henry beneath the headline: “YOU CHEAT.” “Video replay wouldn’t allow FIFA to fix key matches, that’s why. They wanted France in the World Cup and they got their wish. The Irish can play their socks off, but we’re nobodies. The French stars and the millions must go to the World Cup.” As callers flooded Ireland’s airwaves from morning to nightfall, rival radio stations raced to produce their own mock-pop tributes to the dubious goal by Henry. Dublin’s 98FM offered a take on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” retitled “He Cheated.” Until now, Henry has been known in the United States mostly for appearing in a Gillette ad with Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. And he has talked about perhaps finishing his career in Major League Soccer with the New York Red Bulls. Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said he would lobby his French counterpart, President Nicolas Sarkozy, at a European Union summit in Brussels. “We’ll probably have a chat about it away from the table,” said Cowen, who lauded ordinary French soccer fans for “making it clear in great numbers that there would be a lot of disquiet about the manner of the goal.”
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum smiles at the conclusion of his press conference after winning the National League Cy Young Award at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Thursday.
Giants’ Lincecum wins 2nd consecutive Cy Young NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a freak — Tim Lincecum needed just 15 wins to bag another NL Cy Young Award. Yup, throw out those old baseball cards. Wins and losses don’t mean much anymore when it comes time for voters to pick baseball’s best pitchers. It’s all about WHIP, FIP, BABIP and other lines of alphabet soup. “It’s turned into a game of complete numbers and statistics and what people do with that,” Lincecum said. Lincecum won the Cy Young Award on Thursday for the second straight year, emerging from one of the tightest votes in the history of the honor to become the first repeat winner since Randy Johnson. Only 10 points separated the top three votegetters. Chris Carpenter was second and St. Louis teammate Adam Wainwright finished third despite getting the most first-place votes. Lincecum, nicknamed “The Freak” for his giant stride, led the NL with 261 strikeouts and tied for the league lead with four complete games and two shutouts. The wiry right-hander attracts plenty of attention on the mound with his shoulder-length brown hair and twisting delivery. But it was his 15 victories — the fewest for a Cy Young starter over a non-shortened season — that were really noticeable for the award winner. The 2009 honors for Lincecum and Kansas City Royals ace Zack Greinke reflect a recent shift in how pitchers are evaluated. The focus has changed to more developed statistics, including some that even take into account team defense. Greinke equaled the previous low of 16 wins for a non-shortened season when he won the AL award on Tuesday. Afterward, he talked all about FIP, a mathematician’s dream that stands for Fielding Independent Pitching. Lincecum has his own favorite indicator. “To say which one I look to the most, I would just say WHIP,” he said, referring to walks plus hits allowed per inning, “just because you just limit the amount of baserunners that can hurt you.” Lincecum is facing misdemeanor marijuana charges stemming from a traffic stop in his home state of Washington on Oct. 30. No questions were allowed about the incident in his conference call, but he acknowledged making a mistake and apologized in a prepared statement.
Ruutu lifts Canes past Leafs, 6-5 in shootout RALEIGH (AP) — Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen scored in the shootout and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from three goals down to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 on Thursday night. The latest meeting of the NHL’s worst teams had a wild finish. Ian White put the Maple Leafs ahead 5-4 with 29.9 seconds remaining, but Erik Cole tapped in a rebound with 2.9 seconds left to force overtime. After an uneventful overtime, Ruutu and Jokinen beat Jonas Gustavsson with wrist shots and Manny Legace stopped Phil Kessel and Lee Stempniak to preserve his first victory with the Maple Leafs. Alexei Ponikarovsky had a goal and an assist, and Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for the Maple Leafs, who led 3-0 after one period but extended their winless streak to five. Tim Gleason scored twice in the third period, Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist, and he and Stephane Yelle scored 43 seconds apart in the second to lead Carolina. Legace stopped 27 shots, and Ruutu finished with four assists for the Hurricanes in their club-record fourth straight overtime game. Gustavsson finished with 40 saves — and assisted on Ponikarovsky’s third-period goal — for Toronto, which picked up points for the first time since Nov. 7, having lost four straight in regulation since. When these teams last met two weeks ago, the Hurricanes were in the midst of their club-worsttying 14-game winless streak and lost to the Maple Leafs to claim the indignity of being the worst team in the NHL. Since then, Carolina lost two goalies to injury, including franchise cornerstone Cam Ward, and Legace was brought in to stabilize things for a while. The situation in the standings hasn’t improved much for either team: Carolina entered winless in 15 of its last 16 and haven’t won a game in regulation since Oct. 9.
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Liberty, especially Devin Johnson,” said Patton. “The defense just got worn down in the second half against a big Liberty offensive line. But the defense is going to have to play just as well against PC because they can put up some points.” The Bulldogs can put up some points as well, but they have struggled in recent games in the second half. During their three-game losing streak, GWU has had a lead at the half, but have only registered one offensive touchdown after coming out of the locker room. “We have got to close out games,” said Patton. “But at the same time we are getting better. Two years ago, we would not have had those leads ... so, it’s a process.” This process will continue far after the season finale ends. “Ours seniors have laid a great foundation for the program to be successful for a long time to come,” said Patton. “We still have one to go in 2009 and if we play well, we can end the season on a good note.” Kick off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., and the game Garrett Byers/Daily Courier can be heard on 88.3 FM. R-S Central’s William Lynch (43), back row, second from left, is this week’s Daily Courier/Edward Jones Gridiron
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — For Hendrick Motorsports, this NASCAR season might seem easy as 1-2-3. OK, maybe it only looked easy. No matter if Jimmie Johnson or Mark Martin leaves Homestead-Miami on Sunday with the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Hendrick Motorsports — which owns both cars — will have plenty to celebrate. The title, whomever delivers it, will be Rick Hendrick’s ninth in NASCAR, tying him with Petty Enterprises for the most. And it will be his record-setting 12th overall, joining three truck titles. But there’s a piece of history still out there for Hendrick to chase. Johnson, Martin and Jeff Gordon, all of whom race under the Hendrick flag, enter the finale 1-23 in the standings. If they finish in those spots, Hendrick Motorsports would become the first team in NASCAR history to truly pull off that feat. “I hate to be greedy when you think about really wanting to be 1-2-3, but we’re sitting there right now with one race to go,” Hendrick said Thursday. “That would be so good for the organization. If it happens, it’ll be just icing on the cake. We’ve all thought about it. We’ve all talked about it. That’s our goal.” Has it happened before? Depends on perspective, really. Buck Baker, Herb Thomas and Speedy Thompson finished in the top three spots in the 1956 standings after a 56-race schedule. Baker and Thompson both raced for Carl Kiekhaefer, as did Thomas for much of that season. But NASCAR records show Thomas started that season listed as his car’s owner-driver, plus also spent some time that year with Smokey Yunick as his team owner. So technically, if Hendrick pulls this off Sunday, he would stand alone. “I’m actually living a dream,” Hendrick said. “I grew up and all I knew was racing and cars and working on cars. You didn’t get paid to do it. You did it because you loved it and you take whatever you made to do it. So to be able to look back and see what we’ve been able to accomplish, I’ve just been really fortunate being around a lot of great people.” His team is often likened as the Yankees of NASCAR, with good reason. The results, especially of late, show that whatever is going on in the Hendrick garage tops what everyone else is doing. At 50, Martin is having what he calls the happiest season of his life. Gordon will likely finish fourth or better in the final standings for the 10th time. And Johnson is on the brink of history, needing only a 25th-place finish to clinch his fourth straight title, breaking the record he shares with Cale Yarborough. Johnson often tells the story how Hendrick once sat across the table from a team of Lowe’s executives, convincing those potential and eventual sponsors how the driver really would be good enough to win a race someday. Johnson never forgot the faith Hendrick showed that day, and has paid it back many times. “Somehow, some way, what he possesses in connecting with people, looking for the right skills, the desire, the drive that an individual may have to perform well and do well, there’s something that he can see and recognize,” Johnson said. “I think it speaks volumes to the company and the success of the company.”
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added nearly 400 yards on the ground with seven rushing touchdowns. This is clearly the biggest game Central has played in two decades and the biggest in Kinlaw’s prep career. Tonight, will come down to decision making and strong throws — two things that Kinlaw can do very well. Kinlaw doesn’t need to ‘force’ the throw into coverage, or else the Falcons will be rewarded with extra possessions.
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West Rowan, unlike Shelby or Tuscola, two teams that defeated Central this season, are a defending state champion and the Falcons enter the game with a 26 game win streak. “They are what they are,” said Coach Mike Cheek. “They have every reason in the world to be confident. They didn’t win 26 straight games with one guy ... they are a football team. A complete team and we will have our hands full.” The ‘one guy’ Coach Cheek references is West Rowan’s alleverything running back, Kevin P. (K.P.) Parks. Parks needs just 233 yards to set a new state record for career rushing yards (the current record is 10,242 yards), and the swift-footed, smooth-moving senior is only the second running back in state history to break 10,000 yards in a career. The ‘complete team,’ also referenced by Cheek, includes a Division I linebacker, a junior quarterback who has thrown 18 touchdown passes, a wide receiver with over 1,000 yards, who is closing in on a Rowan County record for receiving yardage, and an offensive line that is big, quick and strong. It simply doesn’t get easier in the playoffs. “We have to do the kinds of things that we did in the win over South Rowan,” said Cheek. “But we must really just come out and play. Of course, we can’t make too many mistakes, but I want our kids relaxed and having fun. We don’t get here every day and they need to enjoy this, and play as hard as they can.”
The Key Matchups n Patrick Bearden vs. Chris Smith. West’s Smith is a speed rusher who has accounted for 38 1/2 sacks over the last two seasons. 28 of those sacks came in 2008 and the Falcons have used Smith in a variety of roles this season. Teams are forced to scheme for the speedy Smith and that has often meant preparing to throw two blockers at him, in order to slow him down. Smith, though, has the speed and athleticism to drop into coverage, allowing the Falcons’ coaches to send pressure from elsewhere. Bearden, who plays left tackle,
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Central’s Dominique Petty (20) picks off a pass during the football game against South Rowan. Petty also forced a fumble for the Hilltoppers.
will have Smith lined up across from him and this will clearly be the toughest challenge that the senior tackle has faced. The best defense for a speed rusher? Run right at him. The Hilltoppers may use their strength to push Smith back and try and wear him out over the course of the game. n Kevin P. Parks vs. Anthony Walke. West’s Parks enters as the most talked about, and most written about, prep star in the state. Perhaps, only Independence’s Anthony Carruthers gets as much attention as Parks, but with good reason. Parks has a strong nose for the end zone, having sniffed it out 142 times during his four-year career at West. Central’s Walke plays middle linebacker for the Hilltoppers and leads the team in total tackles. Often, through out the course of tonight’s game, the Central defensive line will be tied up with the Falcons’ O-line and that will leave Walke responsible for making the tackle. Walke must be careful of Parks’ moves and jukes and play the hips of the Falcons’ star. n Jacob Kinlaw vs. Falcons’ DBs. Central’s Kinlaw has thrown for just over 800 yards with six TD passes this season. The junior signal-caller has also
n Oddie Murray vs. Falcons’ Defense. The senior tailback in Mike Cheek’s Wing-T has been dinged up for four weeks with a hamstring injury. The injury limited his action in games against Shelby and Burns. Tonight, Central will need Murray to be at his best. Murray has tallied a team leading 12 touchdowns (9 rushing, 2 receiving, and one kick off return) on the 2009 season, while rushing for a team leading 731 yards (6.2 ypc). Murray ran hard and strong in last week’s win over South Rowan and he must continue that tonight.
Wild Card Central’s Cameron Green. Green just a sophomore is second on the team with 615 yards and eight touchdowns. The fullback has back-to-back 100-yard games and tonight would be a perfect place for his third century mark effort.
Odds and Ends Prior to the K.P. Parks era at West Rowan, the starting tailback in the Falcons’ I-formation offense was none other than Forest City Owls’ centerfielder Wade Moore. Moore was a starting tailback in football and the West shortstop and No. 1 starting pitcher in baseball. Moore eventually accepted a baseball scholarship at N.C. State before playing for the Owls.
Key to the game Shock the state, fellows. Central enters the second round as the lowest remaining seed in the 3A playoffs and they are facing the defending state champ. And, when the whistle blows — none of that matters. If the Hilltoppers can play full-tilt for 48 minutes they will have a chance to be around for next Friday.
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For Hendrick, a 1-2-3 finish might make history
Great. Lynch ran for 93 yards, including a 27 yarder that kick-started a 12-play, 92-yard drive in Central’s 28-21 win over South Rowan. The Daily Courier/Edward Jones Linemen of the Week, as selected by Central’s coaches, are the Blue Dozers: William Brown (40), Nick Beaver (76), Jacob Yant (74), Derek Wilson (58), Cody Sellers (61), and Patrick Bearden (71). Joining Lynch and the Blue Dozers are Edward Jones’ Frank Faucette (back, left), Coach Mike Cheek, and Edward Jones’ David Smith.
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Nation Today Clemency bid declined
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has refused to spare a man facing execution for his role in a fatal robbery, rejecting a parole board recommendation that the death sentence of 34-yearold Robert Lee Thompson be commuted to life in prison. Perry’s decision Thursday evening came about 30 minutes before Thompson was set to be taken to the death chamber for lethal injection. On Wednesday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles made the rare recommendation for Thompson, who was not the triggerman in the fatal shooting of a Houston convenience store clerk 13 years ago. The shooter, Sammy Butler, was convicted and is serving life in prison.
‘Elves’ fighting post office
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A group of volunteer “elves” in Alaska’s frigid interior has set out to save a popular holiday letter service featuring the North Pole’s most beloved icon. The group is looking to counter a decision by the U.S. Postal Service to end a program begun in 1954 in the small town of North Pole, where volunteers respond to thousands of letters addressed to “Santa Claus, North Pole” each year. Chief elf Gabby Gaborik says he met with Postal Service officials this week to come up with an alternative. He’s now working with local government officials to gain possession of 101 Santa Claus Lane as an address for his group. That way children will have a specific destination for their letters, allowing volunteers to run their own program and bypass strict rules implemented by the Postal Service after security
issues arose in a similar program in Maryland.
Spacewalk goes well CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of spacewalking astronauts, one of them a surgeon, hustled through antenna and cable work outside the International Space Station on Thursday and even whipped off an extra chore. Atlantis crewmen Michael Foreman and Dr. Robert Satcher Jr. had a spare antenna installed in just two hours after venturing out on the first spacewalk of their mission. They also hooked up cables and a handrail, and greased some mechanisms, zooming two hours ahead at one point. “You guys are rocking the house,” astronaut Randolph Bresnik called from inside the linked shuttle-station complex.
Suspect listed odd hobby JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — On an Internet site, 15-year-old Alyssa Bustamante listed her hobbies as “killing people” and “cutting.” It may have sounded like a teenage exaggeration, but authorities say she fulfilled her words. Even as new details emerge about the teenager charged with killing 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, many facts about the crime continued to be kept secret Thursday — and may never be released by authorities unless Bustamante goes to trial for murder. Bustamante, who had been in juvenile custody since leading police to Elizabeth’s body Oct. 23, was certified Wednesday as an adult and indicted on charges of firstdegree murder and armed criminal action. She is accused of strangling Elizabeth, cutting her throat and stabbing her.
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Demonstrators chant as they sit on a road on the UCLA campus to block a van holding attendees from driving away from the Covel Commons building where University of California regents were scheduled to vote on a 32 percent student fee increase on Thursday. The UC Board of Regents is considering boosting undergraduate fees, the equivalent of tuition, by $2,500 by summer 2010.
Oprah will end show in 2011 after 25-years CHICAGO (AP) — “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” an iconic broadcast that grew from a local Chicago talk show into the foundation of a multibillion dollar media empire, will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air, Winfrey’s production company said Thursday night. Winfrey plans to announce the final date for her show during a live broadcast Friday, Harpo Productions Inc. said. A Harpo spokeswoman declined to comment on Winfrey’s future plans except to say that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will not be transferred to cable television. Winfrey is widely expected to start up a new talk show on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a much-delayed joint venture with Discovery Communications Inc. that is expected to debut in 2011. OWN is to replace the Discovery Health Channel and will debut in some 70 million homes. CBS Television Distribution, which distributes “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to more than 200 markets blanketing the United States, held out hope that it could continue doing business with Winfrey, perhaps producing a new show out of its studios in Los Angeles. “We have the greatest respect for Oprah and wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors,” the unit of CBS Corp. said in a statement. “We know that anything she turns her hand to will be a great success. We look forward to working with her for the next several years, and hopefully
afterwards as well.” Winfrey’s 24th season opened earlier this year with a bang, as she drew more than 20,000 fans to the city’s Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue for a Chicago block party with the Black Eyed Peas. She followed up with a series of blockbuster interviews — Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, exclusives with singer Whitney Houston and ESPN’s Erin Andrews, and just this week, former Alaska governor, GOP vice presidential candidate and bestselling author Sarah Palin. She found time between shows to lobby the International Olympic Committee in Denmark for Chicago’s failed bid to host the 2016 Olympics. The loss of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” would be a blow to CBS Corp. because it earns a percentage of hefty licensing fees from TV stations that use it. On a conference call with analysts two weeks ago, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said the contract with the show ran through most of 2011 and “if there’s a negative impact, it wouldn’t hit us until ’12.” CBS continues to sell several top shows into syndication, however, including “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy.” But many TV stations are struggling with falling advertising revenue and were unlikely to pay the same fees as in the past for Winfrey’s show, which has seen ratings slip 7 percent from a year ago and saw its average viewership slip below 7 million last season.
Obese S.C. man dies after after 8 months in recliner COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When an ambulance brought Daniel Webb home from the hospital after he hurt his knee in March, paramedics warned the then 550-pound man he probably wouldn’t be able to get up from his recliner if they put him there, his wife said. Webb told them to leave him there anyway. He would sit in that recliner, slowly dying, for the next eight months. Finally, paramedics were called back to his Greenwood home on Wednesday because he was in a lot of pain. Webb’s body was physically stuck to the power recliner and firefighters had to cut him from the chair to take him to the hospital. He died a few hours later, his body covered with sores and a “very bad odor,” according to a police report. Webb, 33, didn’t ask for help for all those months, because he was ashamed and didn’t have health insurance, said his wife, Ada. He slept and used the bathroom in his chair and she cleaned it every day. The former preacher would post sermons online from the chair, and it wasn’t long before he decided he was ready to go home to the Lord, she said. “After he sat there in that one spot for a week, he was embarrassed. It was like he already knew what was going to happen,” Ada Webb said.
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Strong dollar, weak data slam stock markets
NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of a subdued economic recovery sent investors out of stocks Thursday and in search of safer assets like the dollar. Major indexes tumbled about 1 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which lost 94 points but ended well off its low. Energy and material stocks logged some of the biggest losses as a jump in the dollar sent commodity prices tumbling. Meanwhile, an analyst’s downgrade of the chip industry pulled technology shares sharply lower. As stocks fell, investors flocked to the dollar and Treasurys. The yield on the three-month T-bill, considered one of the safest investments, tumbled to its lowest level since December. The Chicago Board Options Exchange’s Volatility Index, also known as Wall Street’s fear gauge, rose more than 4 percent. Overseas markets also fell sharply. The day’s trade was a shift out of riskier assets and back into safe havens like the dollar and Treasurys. After amassing significant gains during an eight-month rally in stocks, investors are hesitant to take on too many extra risks as the year ends, worried that the economy’s rebound might not be sustainable. For much of this year, investors have been selling dollars and putting their money in riskier assets like stocks and commodities that have the potential to earn higher returns. Now, investors are wondering whether the dollar’s slide has run its course and whether other markets have gotten overheated considering the many challenges to the economy including high unemployment. Reports on the economy gave investors little incentive to hold on to stocks. Figures from the Labor Department indicated that employers are still shedding jobs, and the Mortgage Bankers Association reported a surge in foreclosures. Still, analysts warn that the dollar’s rise Thursday doesn’t necessarily mark the beginning of a longterm move. Record-low U.S. interest rates could continue to weigh on the dollar. Jon Biele, head of capital markets at Cowen & Co., said investors are searching for direction. The Dow fell 93.87, or 0.9 percent, to 10,332.44, after being down as much as 170. It was the Dow’s biggest point drop since Oct. 30. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 14.90, or 1.3 percent, to 1,094.90, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 36.32, or 1.7 percent, to 2,156.82. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 14.47, or 2.4 percent, to 585.68. Bonds rallied as stocks fell. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, fell to 3.34 percent from 3.37 percent late Wednesday. The yield on the threemonth T-bill was flat at 0.02 percent after falling as low as 0.005 percent. The ICE Futures US dollar index, which measures the dollar against other major currencies, gained 0.3 percent, weighing on commodities. Gold inched higher, while oil prices dropped $2.12 to settle at $77.46 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
In this Nov. 13 file photo, Michigan state Department of Human Services caseworker Sandy Satchel, foreground, works at the Family Independence Agency in Detroit. The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment insurance was unchanged last week, remaining above the level that would indicate the economy is adding jobs.
Latest reports back slow recovery WASHINGTON (AP) — A gauge of future economic activity and a report on unemployment benefits signaled Thursday that the recovery likely will remain weak in the coming months. The Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators rose less in October than analysts had expected. The index forecasts activity by measuring consumer expectations, building permits and other data. And the number of newly laidoff workers seeking unemployment benefits, unchanged last week, remains above the level that would indicate the economy is adding jobs. Together, the two reports suggested that the lack of job creation is dampening consumer expectations and prospects for an economic rebound. Uneasy consumers likely will curtail their spending, which powers about 70 percent of the U.S. economy. New jobless claims have fallen about 22 percent since spring. But companies’ reluctance to hire is weighing down the housing market — and the economy’s fledgling recovery. A separate report Thursday found that a rising proportion of fixed-rate home loans made to people with good credit are sinking into foreclosure. Driven by rising unemployment, such loans accounted for nearly 33 percent of new foreclosures last quarter. That compares with just 21 percent a year ago, when high-risk subprime loans made during the housing
boom were the main reason for default. And the proportion of homeowners with a mortgage who were either behind on their payments or in foreclosure hit a record high for the ninth straight quarter, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported. The latest data on the economy gave investors little incentive to hold on to stocks. Major indexes tumbled about 1.5 percent Thursday.The Labor Department’s report on jobless benefits said first-time claims amounted to a seasonally adjusted 505,000 last week. That was the same as the previous week’s revised figure, and it matched analysts’ expectations. A year ago, there were 533,000 initial claims. The four-week average, which smooths out volatility, fell for the 11th straight week to 514,000, the lowest level in nearly a year. Some economists said the report was at least an encouraging sign that job losses in November will decline from last month’s total. Employers cut a net total of 190,000 jobs in October, down from 219,000 the previous month. Economists at Deutsche Bank are forecasting that net job losses will fall to 125,000 in November. But the economy needs to add about 125,000 jobs a month just to keep the unemployment rate from rising. Separately, the Conference Board said its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.3 percent last month, indicating a slow, bumpy recovery next year.
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A gauge of consumer expectations, which are dropping as unemployment continues to rise, weighed down the index. While the steady decline in claims is evidence that firings are decreasing, most economists say weekly claims would have to fall to about 425,000 for several weeks to signal that the economy is actually adding jobs. Some economists put the number higher, around 475,000. Even as claims are falling and the economy has started growing, the unemployment rate is rising. It jumped to 10.2 percent in October from 9.8 percent, the highest level in more than 26 years, the government said earlier this month. The economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate in the JulySeptember quarter, the government said last month. But many economists expect growth to slow in the current quarter. The number of people continuing to claim benefits, meanwhile, dropped by 39,000 to 5.6 million for the week ending Nov. 7, the department said. The figures on continuing claims lag behind initial claims by a week. But the continuing claims figure does not include millions of people that have used up the regular 26 weeks of benefits typically provided by states. They are receiving extended benefits for up to 73 additional weeks. Nearly 4.2 million people were receiving extended benefits in the week ended Oct. 31, an increase of 120,000 from the previous week.
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Job claims still controversial
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government watchdog overseeing economic stimulus spending said Thursday that, in its rush to take credit for saving hundreds of thousands of jobs, the Obama administration was overly confident in its job-counting and did not acknowledge significant errors in the figures. Numbers released last month identified more than 640,000 jobs linked to stimulus projects around the country. Despite warning signs that the numbers were flawed, the White House said the public could have confidence in them and they proved the administration was on track save or create 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year.
Since then, tens of thousands of problems have been documented, from the substantive to the clerical. Republicans have been able to use those flaws to attack what so far is the signature domestic policy of Obama’s presidency. The criticism has resonated, even though economic data shows that overall government efforts, from President George W. Bush’s bank bailout to President Barack Obama’s stimulus, have improved the economy. The White House said Thursday that it had been up front about the errors.
In this 2008 file photo, a foreclosure sign stands outside an existing home on the market in Denver. Associated Press
Foreclosures now hitting more people who have good credit
WASHINGTON (AP) — The price declines. and prevent the industry from foreclosure crisis likely will perAmong states, the worst dammaking a big contribution to the The Obama administration has expressed varysist well into next year as high age is still concentrated in the economy’s recovery. ing degrees of confidence in the numbers, dependunemployment pushes more states hardest hit from the start: “Builders only start homes ing on who was talking and when: people out of homes, pulls down Florida, Nevada, California and when they can make money,” n Sept. 23, White House communications direchousing prices and raises conArizona. Together, they accountsaid John Burns, an Irvine, tor Anita Dunn: “It is not going to be a perfect procerns about the broader economed for 43 percent of new forecloCalif.-based real estate concess here at the beginning.” ic recovery. sures. sultant. “In a lot of areas, until n Oct. 29, press release: “These reports have The latest evidence was a One in four mortgages in prices go back up, construction been reviewed for weeks, errors have been spotted report Thursday that a rising Florida were either past due or doesn’t make any sense.” and corrected, and additional layers of review by proportion of fixed-rate home in foreclosure, the most in the The crisis has struck people state and local governments have further improved loans made to people with good U.S. Nevada was close behind at like Betty Wilson of San Diego. the data quality.” credit are sinking into foreclo23 percent. She was laid off a year ago from n Oct. 30, Biden: “These reports are strong consure. That’s a shift from last “There’s no indication in this her job at an insurance company. firmation that the Recovery Act is responsible for year, when riskier subprime data that foreclosures are going over one million jobs so far.” loans drove the housing crisis. to abate anytime soon,” said Since then, Wilson has mann Oct. 30, White House economic adviser Jared The report from the Mortgage Mark Zandi, chief economist aged to pay her $1,090 mortgage Bernstein: “Focusing on (mistakes in the reports) Bankers Association also found at Moody’s Economy.com, who bill from collecting unemployrisks obscuring a key point: Real-time reporting that 14 percent of homeownprojects that nationwide home ment benefits, renting out a about job creation, with reports coming from thouers with a mortgage were either prices will fall up to 10 percent room and dipping into savings. sands of projects all across the country, has never behind on payments or in forebefore bottoming next fall. But money is running low. She even been attempted before.” closure at the end of September. Driven by rising unemployfears she won’t make her payn Oct. 31, Obama: “It is clear that the recovery It was a record-high figure for ment, prime fixed-rate loans ment for December. act has now created and saved more than a million the ninth straight quarter. to borrowers with good credit Wilson, 56, said she has tried jobs.” The data suggest the housing accounted for nearly 33 percent to get her mortgage company, n Nov. 1, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, market and the broader recovof new foreclosures last quarter. GMAC Mortgage, to lower her when asked by NBC News whether the 640,000 ery will remain under pressure That compares with 21 percent a 6.25 percent interest rate or give figure was fact or spin: “This is a fact.” from the surge in home-loan year ago. her a temporary break from paydefaults, especially as unemployMany laid-off homeowners ments. Many mortgage comment keeps rising. Lost jobs are might be able to survive on their panies will let a borrower skip the main reason homeowners savings for a while, but “the lonup to six months of payments, are falling behind on their mort- ger the economic situation stays though they require that the gages. in place, the less likely they are money be paid back eventually. After three years of plungto hold on,” said Jay Brinkmann, After The Associated Press ing prices, the housing market chief economist at the Mortgage inquired about her case, a Lanny funchess started to rebound this summer. Bankers Association. GMAC spokeswoman said ––––– funeral director ––––– That lifted hopes for the overall In markets where foreclosures Thursday that the company economy. But analysts say there already are high and still riswould offer Wilson reduced payare too many foreclosed homes ing, prices likely will remain ments for four months, “while we that have yet to be dumped on soft. That will cause developcontinue to review her financials The upcoming holiday season There is nothing wrong with the market and expect further ers to keep their bulldozers idle for a permanent solution.” will offer many challenges for remembering your loved those of you who have lost one and the good times that loved ones in the last year. It you shared together during will be the first Thanksgiving, the holidays. But, let me WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 314,000 taxor Christmas without your payers made inaccurate claims for a popular tax challenge you to not allow loved one. Family traditions credit that helps pay college expenses, getting $532 feelings of grief to take away million they weren’t entitled to receive. will be changed; perhaps the the joy of the season and the The Hope Credit provides up to $1,650 a year location of the family meal hope that it brings. It is a time to help pay expenses for the first two years of colSewing Center or special activities will no lege. 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Malpractice reforms have public’s support
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s an issue that Democrats would rather not deal with as they shape a health care overhaul. Yet a new Associated Press poll says most Americans support curbs on medical malpractice lawsuits. The AP poll found that 54 percent favor making it harder to sue doctors and hospitals for mistakes taking care of patients, while 32 percent are opposed. The rest are undecided or don’t know. But congressional Democrats are reluctant to press forward on the issue. They don’t want to upset a valuable political constituency — trial lawyers — even if President Barack Obama says he believes that fear of being sued leads doctors to practice defensive medicine, driving up costs for everyone. Support for limits on malpractice lawsuits cuts across political lines, with 58 percent of independents and 61 percent of Republicans in favor. Democrats are more divided. Still, 47 percent said they favor making it harder to sue, while 37 percent are opposed. The survey was conducted by Stanford University with the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Limits on jury awards in malpractice cases could reduce the federal deficit by $54 billion over 10 years, says the Congressional Budget Office, because doctors caring for Medicare and Medicaid patients would order up fewer tests to guard against being sued. “In this country, there are just too many people who are just out for a quick buck,” said Christine Vasquez, 67, a retiree from Clarkston, Mich., in a followup interview. “I think our insurance costs would go way down if (doctors) didn’t have to be so scared to be sued all the time.” In the poll, 59 percent said they thought at least half the tests doctors order are unnecessary, ordered only because of fear of lawsuits. The issue pits two of the most powerful lobbies in Washington against each other: doctors and trial lawyers. Doctors complain that fear of frivolous lawsuits prompts them to order tests that patients don’t really need: an MRI for back pain, for example, when an X-ray would suffice. They say malpractice insurance premiums are so high in parts of the country that some doctors avoid certain areas, even relocate.
In this Nov. 11 file photo, volunteer Ken Newman sorts donated food at the Cherry Street Food Bank, run by Northwest Harvest, in Seattle. A week before many Americans will sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, hunger relief advocates on Thursday told members of Congress that food banks and charities are struggling.
Food banks struggle to meet need
WASHINGTON (AP) — Soup kitchen workers are seeing new faces in line and charities are taking more calls for help as the recession makes for a less-thanbountiful Thanksgiving. Hunger relief advocates came to Congress on Thursday and painted a bleak picture of a country struggling to meet an increased need for food assistance at a time of high unemployment. “In our 42-year history, we have never witnessed a demand for our services like we are seeing now,” said Josh Fogt, public policy manager for Northwest Harvest in Seattle. The organization operates Washington state’s largest food bank. Charities and nonprofit groups called on lawmakers to give people tax incentives to donate to charities, expand federal nutriLawyers argue that limits on lawsuits infringe on tion programs and spend more the constitutional right of each citizen to have his on programs to help people preor her day in court. And they point out that 44,000 pare for work. to 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as a The Northwest Harvest pantry result of medical errors — from misdiagnosis to in Seattle gets more than 2,500 getting the wrong medication — a glaring problem visitors on busy days, up from for a country that prides itself on the world’s most a peak of 1,800 early last year, advanced medical care. Fogt told members of the House
Ways and Means Committee. “Hunger relief is truly a growth industry and we are increasingly being asked to do more with less,” Fogt said. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., said Americans are facing a time of uncertainty. “As we approach the holiday season, we all have grave concerns about how these difficult times are generating unprecedented need for life’s basic necessities: food, clothing, shelter,” Boustany said. The congressional hearing on food banks followed an Agriculture Department report that more than one in seven households struggled to put enough food on the table in 2008 — the highest rate since the agency began tracking food security in 1995. That’s about 49 million people, or 14.6 percent of U.S. households counted as lacking the food for an active, healthy life. “Hunger is not just touching the urban homeless, but it is touching the suburban housewife,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said. “It is touching the middle
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class. It is touching our children and seniors.” Candy Hill of Catholic Charities USA said local agencies are getting more requests from first-time clients. The Catholic Charities office in Youngstown, Ohio, is getting 70 calls a day for help with food and utilities — up from 100 a month last year, Hill said. “It will not only take government being our partner, but it will also take all of us — corporations, philanthropy and individual donors — to solve the extreme problem of hunger in our country today.” “Those we serve are now our neighbors, our former colleagues and hard-working individuals struggling to make ends meet,” Hill said. In October, the Catholic Charities of Central Texas’ food pantry fed 2,637 people — its largest monthly number, the agency reported. Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada saw its number of food bank clients double from July to September, compared with the same period last year.
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‘Botax’ eyed as one way to pay for health plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — They call it the “Botax.” The White House and Senate Democrats have turned to a proposal to tax breast implants, tummy tucks, wrinkle-smoothing injections and other procedures as they search for ways to pay for costly health care overhaul plans. Vanity was an easy target as lawmakers scraped for cash for the nearly $1 trillion plan to expand health care to millions of Americans who lack insurance. But it’s no joke to the drug makers and people who perform the cosmetic nips and tucks. And they’re fighting back.
Skin-smoothing Botox injections could be hard-hit. There were some 4.7 million last year and an average cost per visit of about $400, some including several injections. “It is a random hit on an easy target that is only punitive and not corrective,” said Caroline Van Hove, a spokeswoman for Allergan Inc., the maker of Botox Cosmetic. “The bottom line is that taxing cosmetic procedures is unnecessarily punitive on people who have merely decided to enhance their appearance.” At issue is a proposal in the 10-year, nearly $1 trillion health care draft unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that would slap a 5 percent excise tax on elective cosmetic surgeries and procedures. The plan, projected to raise $6 billion, wouldn’t apply to surgery to fix a deformity or injury, but would include procedures such as face lifts, liposuction, cosmetic implants or teeth-whitening. The plastic surgeons may have seemed like an appealing bunch to pick on given that they had already been skeptical of the Democrats’ overhaul proposal. But they say it will be a blow to countless American women — of every income level. “The common misconception is that this is going
more than $4 billion, expects the injectible wrinklesmoothing medicine to rake in $1.3 billion in 2009. It has spent $1.4 million lobbying Congress on health care issues this year. Medical device and pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, a maker of breast implants, also saw its shares slide. The company has spent more than $3 million lobbying Congress this year on a wide range of issues, many related to the health overhaul. It was a major player in a successful fight by the medical device industry to get lawmakers to cut in half a proposed $40 billion tax on their products.
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., second from left, speaks during a health care reform news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday. From left are, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Durbin, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
to tax wealthy, suburban Republican women,” said Dr. Phil Haeck of Seattle, Wash., the president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In fact, he said, of the 86 percent of cosmetic surgery patients who are female, 60 percent of them have incomes between $30,000 and $90,000. In addition, he said the tax would be especially hurtful in tough economic times that have prompted many newly jobless women to look for ways to make themselves more marketable to prospective employers. He said, “They’re competing with people 10 to 15 years younger than them and they want to look better.” The emergence of the tax in the latest Senate health legislation shows what can happen when an industry or
company that’s in Congress’ cross-hairs isn’t vigilant enough. Dr. Daniel Russo, the Birmingham, Ala., plastic surgeon who heads the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, said his group first heard of the cosmetic procedure tax idea over the summer. But after being assured by several lawmakers and senior congressional aides that it was not being seriously considered, the group opted not to engage in a major lobbying battle against it, he said. “On multiple fronts, we were assured that this was not something that any one of the senators or representatives wanted to pursue. This is something that we did not foresee,” Russo said in an interview. “We feel it’s unfair to those
people who’ve saved hardearned moneys to have something to improve their appearance, and now may not even be able to afford it,” he said. His group isn’t registered to lobby, although the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported spending nearly $400,000 this year trying to influence Congress. The society, which has two in-house lobbyists, didn’t list a plastic surgery tax among its legislative priorities in disclosures filed on Capitol Hill. Haeck, president-elect of the society, said industry players whose products would be affected took the lead lobbying against it. Allergan’s shares were down more than 2 percent Thursday after news of the tax broke. The company, which recently projected net product sales for this year of
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Lobbyists and aides familiar with the proposed 5 percent cosmetic surgery tax said Allergan and Johnson & Johnson along with others in the industry helped persuade lawmakers to slash it from a 10 percent levy, which had been projected to cost about $11 billion over a decade. Accounts vary on who first dreamed up the Botax. It came out of a late-July meeting on health care that included Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the Finance Committee chairman, and Peter Orszag, Obama’s budget director, although neither man’s staff acknowledges having hatched the scheme. Now that it’s in the Senate legislation, plastic surgeons and the cosmetic product industry are dusting off their arguments against it. Opponents cite as a cautionary tale a similar 6 percent tax in effect in New Jersey. Haeck contends that tax has cost the state $3.39 for every $1 collected. Whatever money would be raised, he said, would come from doctors and patients at a time they can ill-afford it, given the recession and rising unemployment. “These women come in, they’ve lost their jobs, they don’t have the money for a facelift,” he said.
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Woman’s size won’t stop her looking for love Dear Abby: I’m 32 and a “large girl.” I am also intelligent, witty and fun to be around. I make friends wherever I go. The problem is my mother — who is also big — keeps telling me that heavy women are not desirable and we must “settle” when it comes to choosing a mate. My mother has had two long, unhappy marriages. She’s always saying I think too highly of myself and my standards for men are out of my reach. Abby, I would rather remain single than marry someone I’m not happy with just to have a man. I’m not looking for a movie star; I just want to find someone I’m attracted to and who has the same values and ideals that I have. Is Mother right? Am I setting my sights too high? — Happy Being Me Dear Happy Being Me: I don’t think so. If you want to achieve the same level of satisfaction in your life that your mother has, then follow her roadmap. However, if you want more, then cross your fingers and keep looking. Meeting “The One” is a matter of putting yourself out there, and luck and timing. There are worse things than being alone, and having two long and unhappy marriages ranks right up there. Just look at your mother.
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Dear Abby: A year ago, my boss was diagnosed with cancer. She had major surgery and a round of radiation therapy. Last week, her doctor discovered a mass, and after biopsy, she may be going in for more surgery. I am finding it difficult to show much empathy for my boss. Despite having had the disease she continues to live an unhealthy lifestyle. She still smokes, has a couple of drinks a day and eats a lot of red meat. I don’t drink or smoke and I’m a vegetarian, so I can’t understand why a person would risk her health by doing these things. What do I need to do to be more sympathetic? — Trying Dear Trying: You don’t know what caused your boss’s cancer and neither do I. Some people who live a healthy lifestyle get cancer anyway — and that includes teetotalling, nonsmoking vegetarians. Please try to remember that — and then think about karma. If you do, it may help you become more sympathetic and less judgmental.
Dealing with shingles of the eye Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 73-year-old female on no regular medications. I eat a healthful, balanced diet but sometimes indulge in pastries and candies, especially around the holidays, when I bake for my friends and family. I participate in senior water aerobics at my local community center and try to walk every day. I recently noticed a burning sensation on my face near my right eye. Within a day or so, my eyelid started swelling and became red and painful. I immediately called my physician and was seen that same day. I was diagnosed with shingles of the eye. The doctor gave me eye drops and pills to take every day. She said because I had come in before the infection had taken a real hold, I should expect to get better within a few weeks. Thankfully, I did, but it was painful. Could you please tell me more about this condition? Should I get
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the shingles vaccine? Dear Reader: Herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) is an outbreak of shingles that occurs around the eye and may involve the eye itself. Initially, the patient may experience pain or itching for up to a week before a rash appears. The rash consists of small blisters on the forehead and around the eye on one side of the face. If the eye is involved, it often causes pain, redness and swelling of the lid, such as you experienced and may lead to permanent eye damage if left untreated. Fortunately, only 10 percent of patients with HZO develop infection in the eye rather than just around it.
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Your Birthday, Nov. 20; In the year ahead, it could be your good luck to experience a vast improvement in your financial affairs. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t hold back if you have something important to discuss. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — There’s no reason to be alarmed if someone close to you appears to be poking his nose in your finances. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — There’s a strong possibility that an appealing member of the opposite gender could enter your life. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Desire is a more powerful force than you might imagine. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — You might not attempt to do so consciously, but you may show off your charisma. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — People are drawn to you, it’s a good time to aim higher than usual. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — It’s important to you that people think you are a fair person. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You will be involved in an arrangement with another that could prove exceptionally rewarding. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Getting involved with an energetic friend will make you happy. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Pursue an endeavor that requires imagination and an artistic touch. You’re endowed with both, and it will refurbish your being. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If you don’t waffle at the first sign of opposition, everything you undertake will work out wonderfully. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — When shopping for a big-ticket item, check out as many stores as time permits. There’s a great deal waiting for you.
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Swine flu vaccine program plagued with issues
ATLANTA (AP) — When the nation’s swine flu vaccination program began in early October, health officials predicted it was going to be “messy.” They were right. The program has been plagued with problems and information gaps: —Health officials have been terrible at predicting when and how much vaccine would be available. Only about 44 million doses have been shipped so far. Initially, officials said more than three times that would be out by now. —At times vaccine shipments have been inexplicably lopsided. For example, smaller counties in Illinois and California have received the same amount delivered to counties with seven times as many people. —Health officials have stressed that people most at risk for swine flu complications should go to the head of the line, but they haven’t tried to make sure that actually happened. —And despite pledges that they would be transparent about the vaccine program, some health officials have refused to disclose where all the doses are going, and they have held back on public service announcements telling people who should be coming in for shots. Also, many states were slow to establish Web sites that give vaccination locations. To be fair, health officials say, the government deserves credit for a herculean effort to develop and distribute a safe and effective vaccine against a deadly virus that was first identified only seven months ago. “You have a brand-new disease that gets identified in April. By October, you have a vaccine for it. By any standards, it’s a miracle,” said Dr. Diane Helentjaris, director of the Virginia Department of Health office handling swine
A nurse prepares the doses of H1N1 vaccine at the Balboa Park Community Center in Encino, Calif., Friday, Oct. 23.
flu response. But complaints have been mounting, with lawmakers this week holding hearings in Washington and elsewhere, pressing for explanations. “Calls are still coming in to me about, ’Why can’t I get the vaccine?”’ said Andrea Stillman, a Connecticut state senator speaking at a Wednesday hearing in Hartford. She noted reports of uneven distribution within her state, and of places where vulnerable patients can’t get the vaccine. “Obviously we’re very frustrated in southeastern Connecticut,” she said. People are frustrated everywhere, said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. At a hearing in Washington on Tuesday, she complained of “layers of misinformation and miscommunication.”
Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, said health officials should have done more to make sure limited doses get to the people most at danger from the virus. And he said they should have been tougher on nurses and other health-care workers who are putting their patients at risk because they declined to get a shot. In their defense, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that the main issue is insufficient vaccine from manufacturers — something CDC can’t control — and that health authorities are doing the best they can. The new swine flu, also called 2009 H1N1, has not turned out to be the deadly global disaster that experts
have long feared. But it has sickened an estimated 22 million Americans, hospitalized about 98,000 and killed 4,000. It has proved to be similar to seasonal flu but a much bigger threat to children and young adults. There was no vaccine to protect against the new virus, so manufacturers had to create a new one. In July, a government health official estimated 120 million vaccine doses would be available by late October. Later, the government backed away from that estimate when manufacturers couldn’t crank out vaccine so rapidly. The CDC has been coordinating the vaccine campaign, but it is not fully in charge. As a matter of tradition and law, states have had more public health authority than the federal government. Each state health department has made decisions about which clinics, doctor’s offices and other sites get vaccine from a federally contracted distributor. “It’s a little bit of a messy process and we expect it to be somewhat bumpy in the first few weeks,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in early October. The bumps lasted more than a few weeks. Health officials seem to have a poor idea of how many doses to expect. Two weeks ago, they predicted 8 million doses in the following seven days; it turned out to be 5 million. Blown delivery promises have had ripple effects at the state and local level. In Alaska, deliveries have lagged significantly, and other states report similar experiences. Demand has far exceeded supply in many places, and hundreds and even thousands people have waited hours in line. Many have been turned away when the vaccine ran out or the clinic
hours ended. Supply problems have forced states to make hard decisions about where to send the doses and which patients should get it. Tennessee kicked off its campaign by targeting health-care workers, and many rejected the offer. Georgia emphasized getting initial doses to pediatricians and clinics that serve children. Minnesota randomly sent vaccine to clinics across the state as it became available, and then let the providers decide which patients should get it first. “We haven’t tried to micromanage the administration of the vaccine,” said Buddy Ferguson, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health. Authorities made few attempts to police the crowds to make sure priority groups — like pregnant women, young people and those with certain health problems — got vaccine first. Also contributing to public mistrust are health officials themselves. CDC officials have stressed repeatedly that they are striving to be transparent. But the CDC has refused to release information about where all the publicly financed vaccine has been going. The agency punted the question to states, but some states have been tightlipped, too. If swine flu had turned out to be deadlier, the delays and communication problems might have been catastrophic. Now, cases are declining across much of the country. Indeed, health officials are now beginning to worry that demand for the vaccine may wane, just as vaccine is becoming more plentiful, just as states are perfecting Web sites that help people locate providers, just as new efforts are under way to encourage more health workers to get vaccinated.
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The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, FRIDAY, November 20, 2009 — 17 NOTICE TO CREDITORS
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Having qualified as Executor of the estate of PAUL JAMES of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said PAUL JAMES to present them to the undersigned on or before the 21st 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 21st day of November, 2009.
Having qualified as Executor of the estate of NELLIE EARLENE HENSON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said NELLIE EARLENE HENSON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 20th 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 20th day of November, 2009.
Dennis Wayne James, Executor 627 Pheasant St. Lake Lure, NC 28746
Frances Juanita Henson, Executor 105 Turpin Trail Forest City, NC 28043
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF RUTHERFORD
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Mobile Homes NOTICE OF SALE File No: 09 SP 435
TAKE NOTICE THAT: William Richard Boyd, Jr., Substitute Trustee, has begun proceedings to FORECLOSE under the Deed of Trust described below, and by under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in such Deed of Trust, and an Order entered by the Clerk of Superior Court of the above County, will sell the below described property at public auction as follows: 1. The instrument pursuant to which such sale will be held is that certain Deed of Trust executed by Iysha Adell, a single person, original mortgagor, and recorded in the Office of the Rutherford County Register of Deeds in Deed of Trust Book 949, at Page 170. The record owner of such property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds not more than ten (10) days prior to posting this Notice of Sale, if not the original mortgagors, is: N/A 2. The property will be sold by the Substitute Trustee at 11:30 a.m. on the 30th day of November, 2009 at the Rutherford County Courthouse door in the City of Rutherfordton, North Carolina. 3. The real property to be sold is generally described as Lot #4 Cherry Mountain Trails, Bostic, NC 28018 and described as follows: BEING all of Lot 4, Phase 1 of CHERRY MOUNTAIN TRAILS, as recorded in Plat Book 25 at Page 44, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County. THIS PROPERTY IS CONVEYED subject to the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for CHERRY MOUNTAIN TRAILS recorded in Book 917, Page 864, Rutherford County Registry.
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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 May 20, 2009. THIS the 28th day of October, 2009. __________________________ William Richard Boyd, Jr. Substitute Trustee 474 Mountain Cove Road Waynesville, North Carolina 28786 Dates: November 20, 2009 and November 27, 2009
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9. 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.
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5. The property will be sold by the Substitute Trustee to the highest bidder for CASH. The highest bidder will be required to deposit IN CASH with the Substitute Trustee at the date and time of the sale the greater of five percent (5.0%) of the amount of the bid or Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100 Dollars ($750.00).
8. The property being sold is all of that property described in the Deed of Trust except as specifically set forth above. It is the intention to extinguish any and all rights or interests in the property subordinate to the Deed of Trust.
4. Any buildings located on the above-described property are also included in the sale.
7. The property will be sold subject to all unpaid taxes and special assessments.
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Any property described in the Deed of Trust which is not being offered for sale is described as follows: Subject to any and all Release Deeds of Record in the Rutherford County, North Carolina Registry.
6. All bidders bid for the property AS IS on the date of sale. Absolutely no warranties are made as to the condition, value or title of the property. While the Substitute Trustee believes the title to be good, all bidders are advised that they should obtain independent counsel to examine record title as the property is sold subject to prior record interests. The Noteholder has reserved the right to withdraw the sale up to and until the Deed is delivered by the Substitute Trustee.
Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of EDITH MAE TOMS of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said EDITH MAE TOMS to present them to the undersigned on or before the 6th 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 6th day of November, 2009. Alisa Wilkerson, Administrator 112 Springdale Dr. Spindale, NC 28160
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING REGULATIONS Town of Lake Lure, North Carolina Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Lake Lure Town Council at the Lake Lure Municipal Center, 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, North Carolina on the 8th day of December, 2009, at 7:00 pm or shortly thereafter, for the purpose of considering an amendment to Title IX, Chapter 92, Zoning Regulations, Town of Lake Lure, amending Appendix B, the Forest Coverage Table – Significant Tree Density and Canopy Coverage. The public is advised that it has the right to appear at said public hearing and present information with regard to the proposed ordinance. A copy of the proposed ordinance, identified as Ordinance Number 09-12-08, is on file at Town Hall for inspection by all interested persons.
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Yard Sales 4 Family Rfdtn: Rock Road near Tanners Sat. 8A-until Brand name clothes, home interior, Princess House & much more! Big Sale Rfdtn:121 General Griffith Circle (Rutherford Towne Sub.) Sat 8A-3P Highchair, strollers, children’s clothing, bikes, toys and more Huge Yard/Bake Sale FC, McNair Field, Sat. 7:30A-until Appliances, furniture, clothes, toys, much more. Sponsored by Forest City Youth Council Multi-family: Rfdtn, 244 S. Main St., Fri. & Sat. 7A-until Tread mill, bikes, tool box for truck, books, clothes, more Rfdtn: 268 Bent Tree Drive, Sat. 7:30A-until. Antique Walnut table, white chest and dresser, white crib like new, little girls and other clothes, toys, variety of items 286-2046
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18 — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, FRIDAY, November 20, 2009 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY 09 SP 436 Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust, dated October 25, 2005, and recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Rutherford County, North Carolina, in Book 867 at Page 608, and because of default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust and failure to do and perform the stipulations and agreements therein contained, and pursuant to demand of the Owner and Holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, the Substitute Trustee, Arlene Daley, will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash the property therein described, to wit: EXHIBIT "A" Situate, lying and being in Chimney Rock Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina and being shown on Tax Map 522, Block 1, a portion of Parcel 41 shown in the Office of the Tax Supervisor of Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being designated as Lot No. 9 on a plat entitled "The Falls at Chimney Rock, Section 2" by Professional Surveying Services on December 29, 2004, and recorded in Plat Book 26 at Page 205, Rutherford County Registry, and containing 0.539 acres according to said survey, SUBJECT TO restrictions recorded in Deed Book 883, Page 853, Rutherford County Registry. SUBJECT TO all disclosures and restrictions as set forth on plat recorded in Plat Book 26, Page 205, Rutherford County Registry. Reference Cross Easement Agreement recorded in Deed Book 864, Page 818, Rutherford County Registry. Reference water system easement to Chimney Rock Village recorded in Deed Book 883, Page 167, Rutherford County Registry. Tax Map 522-1-41 1. Present Record Owner: Niels W. Lausten and wife, Solveig Lausten The terms of said sale are that the real property hereinbefore 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 or a certified check in the amount of five (5%) percent of the last bid or $750.00, whichever is greater. Any successful bidder shall be required to tender the full balance purchase price so bid in cash or certified check at the time the Substitute Trustee tenders the bidder a Deed for the property, or attempts tender of such Deed. Should the successful bidder fail to pay the full balance of the purchase price bid, the bidder shall remain liable as provided in N.C.G.S. § 45-21.30(d) and (e). The owner and holder of the indebtedness secured by the Deed of Trust may make a credit bid.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Having qualified as Executor of the estate of GRACE T. PHILBECK of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said GRACE T. PHILBECK to present them to the undersigned on or before the 30th 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 30th day of October, 2009.
Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of DEIDRE ANN LITTLEJOHN of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said DEIDRE ANN LITTLEJOHN to present them to the undersigned on or before the 30th 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 30th day of October, 2009.
Ruth T. Hodge, Executor 958 Old Caroleen Road Forest City, NC 28043
Annette Sweetenberg Littlejohn, Administrator 231 Marshall Street Forest City, NC 28043
NORTH CAROLINA RUTHERFORD COUNTY IN THE MATTER OF THE REMOVAL OF APPROXIMATELY TEN GRAVES FROM AN UNNAMED FAMILY PLOT CEMETERY LOCATED ON PROPERTY NOW OWNED BY STONECUTTER MILLS CORPORATION, LOCATED IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, STATE PROJECT/WBS NO.34400.2.2, PARCEL NO. 034, I.D. NO. R-2233AA. NOTICE Notice is hereby given to the known and unknown relatives of those persons buried in approximately ten graves in an unnamed family plot cemetery located on property now owned by Stonecutter Mills Corporation, and located in Rutherford County, North Carolina, found within the right of way of State Project/WBS No. 34400.2.2, Parcel No. 034, I.D. No. R-2233AA; that said unnamed family plot cemetery is located approximately 1,100 feet north of the Broad River, right of Survey Station 107+00, Survey Line-L, on U.S. 221 in Forest City, in Rutherford County, North Carolina; that the following persons are the named deceased buried in the unnamed family plot cemetery: J.A. Webster, Louisa Webster, John H. Webster, Ann Webster, Margaret I. Webster, foot stone with initials LW, foot stone with initials NLW, foot stone with initials ANW, and one small unmarked piece of granite; that the Department of Transportation has been able to ascertain the closest next of kin or the only known relative for the said deceased persons is Alma Jean Clark of Rutherfordton, North Carolina; that the approximate ten graves to be moved will be relocated and re-interred to the Wesley Memorial Cemetery located on SR 1116 (Hogan Road) in Harris, North Carolina; that a complete record of where the ten subject graves of the named deceased persons will be re-interred will be on file with the Register of Deeds of Rutherford County, North Carolina. You are further notified that there are approximately ten graves found within the unnamed family plot cemetery which are being moved and the Department of Transportation will be responsible for all reasonable expenses pertaining under the provisions of North Carolina General Statute §65-13 and that the removal will begin after this notice has been published once a week for four consecutive weeks over a period of thirty (30) days in The Daily Courier newspaper in Forest City, North Carolina.
The real property described in the attached Exhibit "A" will be sold subject to any and all superior liens, including taxes, special assessments, right-of-ways, and restrictions of record. The property, together will all buildings, fixtures and improvements thereon, is being sold "as is, where is" without warranty.
This the 26th day of October, 2009.
The Owner and Holder of the Note and Deed of Trust reserves the right to withdraw this Notice of Sale, without cause, until the date and time of final transfer of the property.
Richard G. Sowerby DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Publication Dates: 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, and 11/20/09.
The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. Date and hour of sale: December 2, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION By: E.C. Powell, Jr. Director of Field Operations
NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY
Place of sale: Rutherford County Courthouse Steps, Rutherfordton, North Carolina. This the 27th day of October, 2009. By:_________________________ Arlene Daley Substitute Trustee 10 White Cedar Drive Weaverville, NC 28787 POSTED BY:_____________ DATE:_____________ NORTH CAROLINA, RUTHERFORD COUNTY NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 444 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by BILLY J GREENE AND KENDELL L GREENE, HUSBAND AND WIFE to JOHN H. KORNEGAY, Trustee(s), which was dated May 30, 2003 and recorded on June 2, 2003 in Book 0732 at Page 0528, 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, Brock & Scott, PLLC, 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 of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on December 1, 2009 at 2:00PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: Situate, lying and being in High Shoals Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being all of Lot 22 of Byers Grove Subdivision, Phase III, as shown on Plat recorded in Plat Book 21, Page 58 (incorrectly referenced as Page 59 on Deed recorded on 6-2-2003 in Book 821 at Page 557 and Deed of Trust recorded on 6-2-2003 in Book 732 at Page 528), Rutherford County Registry; reference to said plat being made for a more complete description. Subject to Restrictive Covenants as recorded in Deed Book 734, Page 710, Rutherford County Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as: 276 Andy Drive, Forest City, NC 28043 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (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. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of 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. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Billy J. Greene and Kendell L. Greene. 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. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If 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 confirmation of 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 their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. 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 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. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-19391-FC01 Thousands of Satisfied Customers Have Learned the Same Lesson...
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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 456 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Jack E. Speaks, an Unmarried Person to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated December 20, 2005 and recorded on December 20, 2005 in Book 877 at Page 190, 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, Brock & Scott, PLLC, 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 of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on December 1, 2009 at 2:00PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lot 376 as shown on survey by R.L. Greene, PLS entitled " Greyrock Subdivision Phase 2B as recorded in Plat Book 26 at Page 123, said plat being one of a series of plats recorded in Plat Book 26, Page 119 through 123 of Rutherford County, NC Registry, reference to said recorded plat being made for a more particular description of said Lot 376. TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO all easements, restrictions and rights of ways of record and non-exclusive appurtenant easement for ingress, egress and regress is conveyed over and upon all private subdivision roads for GreyRock at Lake Lure as shown on the above described plats and the plats for Phase 1A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 188 through 192; Plats for Phase 1B as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 25, at Pages 205 and 208 and Plats for Phase 2A as shown on plats recorded in Plat Book 26, at Pages 114 through 118 and to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for GreyRock as recorded in Book 858, at Page 122 of the Rutherford County, NC Registry and also being recorded in Book 3827, page 764 of the Buncombe County, NC Registry. BEING a portion of that property conveyed to 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. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as: Lot 376 Rolling Ridge Trail, (Grey Rock Subdivision), Lake Lure, NC 28746 Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (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. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of 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. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Jack Speaks. 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. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If 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 confirmation of 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 their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. 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 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. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-19596-FC01
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Faced with an escalating insurgency, Pakistan increasingly views U.S. efforts to stabilize neighboring Afghanistan as critical to its own security — but is worried enough about the chances of American failure that it continues to hedge its bets. That skepticism represents a key obstacle for Washington’s emerging Afghan strategy, which envisages Pakistan targeting Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants using its territory to launch cross-border attacks against Western forces in Afghanistan. The U.S. sent national security adviser Gen. James L. Jones to Pakistan last week to make that point as the Obama administration nears the end of a months long debate over military proposals to send 10,000 to 40,000 additional troops to Afghanistan next year.
President Barack Obama exits Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland Thursday. Associated Press
Suicide bomber kills 10 civilians
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a suicide bomber targeting an Afghan security forces convoy in the south of the country has killed 10 civilians and wounded another 13. The deputy police chief of Uruzgan province, Gulad Khan, says the suicide bomber was on foot and blew himself up in a busy market, before reaching the convoy. Khan says three of the dead are boys aged between 12 and 14 who were selling shopping bags in the market. He says four of the wounded are in critical condition. Seven shops were also damaged in the Thursday afternoon bombing. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary says a policeman had tried to stop the suicide bomber, who then detonated his explosives. Bashary also said the dead and wounded were civilians.
Ship freeing itself from ice
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian icebreaker carrying more than 100 tourists, scientists and journalists on an Antarctic cruise was approaching open water Thursday after being halted by unexpectedly thick ice, its owners and a travel agency said. The icebreaker Captain Khlebnikov had trouble freeing itself from sea ice earlier this week near Snow Hill Island in the Weddell Sea. It was supposed to return to Ushuaia, Argentina, two days ago but now is not expected until this weekend at the earliest.
Fareastern Shipping Co. spokeswoman Tatyana Kulikova said Thursday the icebreaker was about 100 meters (330 feet) away from clear water. She said a deep fog and a rising tide prevented the ship from immediately moving freely into open water.
Militia leader sentenced to death
BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi court on Thursday sentenced the Sunni leader of a government-allied paramilitary group to death for murder and kidnapping in a case that highlighted tensions over the treatment of former insurgents who turned against al-Qaida. The ruling against Adel al-Mashhadani coincided with political uncertainty in Iraq, as lawmakers planned to vote Saturday on how to break a deadlock over an election law after a vice president vetoed it. The crisis could delay a national vote planned for January and affect the timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal.
Talks begun on Iran sanctions SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States has begun talking with allies about fresh punishment against Iran for defying efforts to halt its nuclear weapons pursuits. Obama’s tough talk came as Iran indicated it would not ship its low-enriched uranium to Russia for processing, the centerpiece of deal aimed at a peaceful resolution to Iran’s contested nuclear program. “They have been unable to get to ‘yes’, and so as a consequence, we have begun discussions with our international partners about the importance of having consequences,” Obama said in a brief news conference with South Korean President Lee Myungbak. Obama said a new package of punitive steps will likely be developed “over the next several weeks.” He did not get more specific about the nature of any new sanctions, which would require commitments of international support that are hardly clear yet. Standing side by side, Obama and Lee signaled impatience over another nuclear threat, North Korea. They both declared fresh, united steps in getting that nation to give up its own nuclear weapons. Lee and Obama rallied behind the South Korean’s idea for a one-time “grand bargain” with North Korea of aid and concessions in exchange for denuclearization, rather than the stalled step-by-step process. And Obama said his envoy would travel to North Korea early next month for the first bilateral talks with the communist government since he took office. The South Korea stop was the final dash of diplomacy
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for Obama on a weeklong Asia trip, and although he and Lee trumpeted the strength of their nations’ alliance, a stalled trade deal continues to vex them. The ambitious South KoreanU.S. pact has bogged down over U.S. lawmakers’ worries it could hurt the struggling American auto industry. Differences on the trade matter between Obama and Lee, though muted, were on display. Obama offered public assurances that he was committed to getting the deal and that teams from both countries were working on the troubling issues. He gave some ground, saying Congress must recognize that U.S. doesn’t have the same imbalances as with other Asian nations, and they shouldn’t be lumped together. Lee prodded, too, saying there are misperceptions in the U.S. that such a deal would only benefit South Korea and hurt American consumers. On Iran, Obama advanced the prospect of sanctions but held out the option of diplomacy. He said Iran must get a “clear message” and described a “package of potential steps that we could take that will indicate our seriousness to Iran. “I continue to hold out the prospect that they may decide to walk through this door,” Obama said, although U.S. hopes for agreement with Iran were dimming. A senior administration official later said Obama was purposely vague on Iran to leave a tiny door open for Tehran and to not undermine the search for international consensus that remains in an embryonic phase. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s
thinking. The U.S. supports peaceful uses of nuclear technology in Iran but has long suspected that part of the Iranian nuclear development program is aimed at covert production of a weapon. Obama indicated that negotiations on new sanctions were already under way before Iran’s statement Thursday that it would reject a U.N. plan for shipping uranium out of the country for processing. That give a hint to the timetable Obama foresees. He has held that Iran has until the end of the year to make a move, and the complicated process of unifying nations around one approach can take a while. Given the timeframe involved with crafting this year’s tough sanctions on North Korea, for instance, it wouldn’t be likely that any new Iran punishments would be out of the United Nations before spring. During Obama’s trip, he received no assurances that China would go along with new sanctions against Iran. As for Russia, whose support would also be vital, White House official Mike McFaul said days ago that the U.S is “exactly on the same page with the Russians” in exploring diplomacy and a new set of consequences. North Korea is an area where there is little daylight between Obama and Lee. They are united in their impatience with North Korea’s habit of making overtures, getting rewards and then backtracking to raise tensions again. The U.S. has been a partner with South Korea, Russia, China and Japan in trying to end the impasse over North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
Belgian tapped as EU president BRUSSELS (AP) — Diplomats say EU leaders have opted for little-known compromise candidate Belgian Premier Herman Van Rompuy to become the bloc’s first full-time president. Envoys added that the 27 leaders have also agreed to appoint Britain’s EU commissioner Catherine Ashton as the bloc’s new foreign policy chief, replacing Spaniard Javier Solana. Ashton has been the EU’s trade com-
missioner since last year. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been formally announced at summit talks Thursday. The choice of Van Rompuy signaled the leaders were not eager to have a high-profile personality represent the EU abroad. The two new posts are meant to bolster the EU’s influence overseas.
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