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Minister tells CET change possible By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

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Candy McKelvey, 26, of Forest City, is assisted by emergency personnel at the scene of an accident Thursday afternoon at West Main Street in Forest City. McKelvey was driving a VIP moped east on U.S. 74B when she lost control of the moped when a vehicle had stopped in front of her and she couldn’t stop. McKelvey was taken to Rutherford Hospital by Rutherford County EMS. There were no other vehicles involved in the accident at the scene. Forest City police and fire departments, and North Carolina Highway Patrol also assisted.

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Celtic musician Ian Morris Bruce performed for students at Forrest Hunt and Mount Vernon-Ruth elementary schools on Thursday, delighting the youngsters with traditional Scottish music. Forrest Hunt music teacher Norman Moore played along on drums. Scott Baughman/ Daily Courier

Celtic musician entertains kids By SCOTT BAUGHMAN Daily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY — Students from Forrest Hunt and Mount Vernon-Ruth elementary schools were dancing a jig Thursday when Scottish musician Ian Morris Bruce performed. A 30-year veteran of the Celtic music scene, Bruce said it was his first time performing at an elementary school. “Well, I haven’t had to change my songs too much,” Bruce said. “But I have made sure to keep it a little more rhythmic than usual. I have

my friend Norman Moore to play drums for me.” Moore is the reason Bruce was performing at the school. The two have been friends for some time and Moore — music teacher for Forrest Hunt — invited the Scotsman to sing for the students. Although there was technically no language barrier for Bruce and the students, the various accents did play some havoc with the English language. Please see Musician, Page 6

SPINDALE ­— The Rev. Robert E. Coleman believes that if each individual does his or her part, a change can be made. Coleman, who along with other community leaders worked to clean up the neighborhood around Hoppers Chapel Baptist Church in Shelby, spoke at a Community Engagement Team meeting at Spencer Baptist Church Thursday. The Community Engagement Team was organized last year after a county-wide United Way survey revealed substance abuse in its many forms as the second most serious issue in the county, just behind the lack of jobs and employment. According to United Way of Rutherford County Executive Director Faye Hassell, since the organization can’t bring jobs to the county, community leaders began to address the substance abuse problem. “Community Engagement Team – I like the way that sounds,” Coleman said. “If you engage, then you are involved.” Coleman spoke to those in attendance on some of the things his community discovered and learned along the way. Coleman came to Shelby five years ago to lead Hoppers Chapel, which is located in the Ramblewood area of Shelby, an area Coleman said was riddled with drug problems. “When I came to Hoppers Chapel, there was gunfire daily,” he said. “Our church was in a community where there were drug dealers on every corner.” At one point, members were afraid to come to Bible studies because of the crime. Receiving phone calls from parishioners asking for prayer for their family members who were in jail for drug use or pregnant, Coleman said he sat in his office praying and God’s answer was “Why don’t you do something about it?” “It’s easy to talk about how bad things are,” he said. “What are you willing to do Please see CET, Page 6

Washburn thrift store opens this week By JEAN GORDON Daily Courier Staff Writer



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BOSTIC — The Washburn Community Outreach Center opens Saturday at 9 a.m. for shoppers and clients. The new thrift store, located off Piney Mountain Church Road, will be open until 2 p.m. Saturday. Regular hours after Saturday will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. A grand opening will be on Saturday, Dec. 5. Funding for the center has come from The Duke Endowment, the First United Methodist Church as well as several other organization. Some people have adopted the new center as a Christmas Jean Gordon/Daily Courier project and will help with food All spruced up and ready for business, the Washburn Community Outreach Center opens Saturday, and clothing donations. Nov. 14, at 9 a.m. to serve the people in the area. The thrift store will be open until 2 p.m. Saturday for “We are so grateful for every Please see Washburn, Page 6

shopping and also receiving clients. The center is the former Washburn Community Club and over the past months had undergone extensive renovation.

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Carolina Today Search halted for missing CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for three commercial fishermen missing since their boat went down 20 miles off the Cape May coast. Boats, planes and helicopters searched the storm-tossed ocean for 19 hours before halting just after 5 p.m. Thursday. A spokeswoman says there are no plans to resume searching Friday morning, when weather conditions are expected to be even worse. Forty-nine-year-old Kenneth Rose Jr., the captain of the Sea Tractor; his 75-year-old father, Kenneth Sr., and 55-year-old crew member Larry Forrest were aboard the 44-foot fishing boat Wednesday night. All are believed to be from North Carolina. Their presumed deaths bring the toll of Cape May commercial fishermen so far this year to nine. The Lady Mary sank in March, killing six.

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Suspect found hanged WAYNESVILLE (AP) — A Georgia woman arrested in the deaths of two men in North Carolina has been found hanged in her jail cell. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Jada McCutcheon of Decatur, Ga., apparently hanged herself in the Haywood County jail in Waynesville on Wednesday afternoon. McCutcheon was one of six people charged in the death of two men in Swain County last year. Thirty-threeyear-old James David Scott Wiggins and 34-year-old Michael Heath Compton were found shot to death in their home Aug. 5, 2008. Haywood County Sheriff Bobby Suttles says McCutcheon died at Haywood Regional Medical Center around midnight.

Film Council reinstated

Health plan claims up

A film crew from CBS was in Rutherford County last week shooting footage of the Foothills Connect farm initiative. Here, cameraman David Gladstone, right, and soundman Neal Gettinger, left, tape Kirk Wilson, Farm Fresh manager, on the Foothills Connect loading dock in Rutherfordton. Some sources say the segment is scheduled to air nationally tonight on the CBS Evening News. The Daily Courier could not confirm that the footage will be shown tonight. A CBS representative said earlier this week that the episode might be delayed because of the Fort Hood Army base shootings coverage by the network.

million on hand next summer. It was in danger of running out of cash last spring before the Legislature approved a $675 million bailout.

RALEIGH (AP) — The health insurance plan for North Carolina state employees is still paying out more claims than budgeted for the first three months of the fiscal year. Lawmakers received State Health Plan data Thursday showing paid medical claims are 4 percent higher than expected through Sept. 30. That’s better compared to an 8 percent increase through August. Plan leaders attribute higher payouts to patients going to the doctor before higher payment schedules took effect July 1. Chief financial officer Mona Moon said she’s waiting for more figures to determine whether expense levels will come down. The plan is on track to have $130

WILMINGTON (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue has signed an executive order that keeps the North Carolina Film Council in business. Perdue signed the order reauthorizing the council Thursday at EUE Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington. Earlier this year, she signed a bill allowing production companies a 25 percent tax credit for film projects in North Carolina, up from the previous credit of 15 percent. The order adds duties for council members, including assisting in developing a marketing strategy for the film office. The governor appoints members of the film council, which is made up of film-industry professionals, business leaders, and citizens.

DA aims for February decision on Easley case

RALEIGH (AP) — The prosecutor handling the campaign finance case of former Gov. Mike Easley said Thursday he wants to decide by February whether to seek criminal charges against the two-term Democrat. Rowan County District Attorney Bill Kenerly, appointed to examine the case when the Wake County DA recused himself, told The Associated Press he’s still getting up to speed with the details presented in the State Board of Elections hearing completed two weeks ago. A district attorney can seek felonies through a grand jury or misdemeanor charges through a magistrate.

Kenerly also could decide not to pursue charges. “My assumption is going into this it is in everybody’s best interest that it be resolved as quickly as possible,” Kenerly said. The board on Oct. 30 ordered Easley’s campaign committee to pay $100,000 for failing to report in campaign filings dozens of airplane flights carrying Easley and piloted by a political ally. The board also referred the case to prosecutors to consider whether crimes were committed by Easley or others. McQueen Campbell, the pilot, testified under oath at the hearing that Easley sug-

gested to him that he falsify flight invoices so that he could be reimbursed for repairs to Easley’s Raleigh home that Campbell said reached $11,000. Easley, who left office in January, denied it vehemently to the board. Easley’s campaign did pay Campbell on the invoices. Filing false campaign reports is illegal. The board asked Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby to sort out who was telling the truth and if charges were warranted. Willoughby asked for someone else to step in because he and Easley are longtime friends. Kenerly said he under-

stands Easley and the public want the matter resolved quickly. But he said the investigation will be sandwiched around two upcoming first-degree murder trials he’s prosecuting, including one right after Thanksgiving. “I still have a regular trial schedule,” Kenerly said. He said he hoped to make a decision on Easley’s case by mid-February. Kenerly will meet Friday with representatives of other agencies involved in investigating The Mike Easley Committee. He also expects to receive the board hearing transcript the week after Thanksgiving. Federal prosecutors have

been interested in the activities of Easley and Campbell, who was appointed by Easley to the trustee board at North Carolina State University and became chairman. A federal grand jury has been hearing testimony about a coastal subdivision where Easley and his wife purchased a lot and N.C. State’s hiring of former first lady Mary Easley. Kenerly said he expected federal and state prosecutors would cooperate. Kenerly, a Republican first elected as a district attorney in 1990, already has announced he won’t seek another four-year term in 2010.

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At Your Leisure “Lights of Love” will be placed around Lake Imogene Saturday, Nov. 14, as the Pilot Club of Rutherford County hosts its annual picturesque event. Luminaries have been purchased in memory of and in honor of friends and family and the candles will shine throughout the evening. Luminaries can be bought on Saturday. Members of the Pilot Club will be working at Isothermal beginning at about 11 a.m. Saturday. To purchase a luminary call Donna Ohmstead, 245-8867.

Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 115 W. Main St., Spindale, (no cover charge) announces the following entertainment: Nov. 13 — Valerie Miller Nov. 14 — Big Daddy Love Web site 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.

A Cruise In with Santa & Toy Drive will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rollins Cafeteria, Forest City. Everyone is asked to bring a new unwrapped toy and help Santa bring toys for children. For more information call Rollins Cafeteria, 245-9999. At KidSenses children’s museum today, children will be tested during a Trivia Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. “Super Engineering Saturday” is from 1 to 3 p.m. Help us Help Golf Tournament: Saturday, Nov. 14 begins at 11 a.m. An employee initiative at Rumbling Bald Resort to help provide Christmas to children in care of Social Services who otherwise would not be able to celebrate a traditional family Christmas. At Bald Mountain Golf Course. Call 877-868-0083 or cpadgett@ if interested in participating. The premiere of “Columns & Porches: Architectural Treasures of Rutherford County” by Robin Lattimore will be held Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Historic Church. All proceeds from the book will benefit the endowment fund for the restoration and maintenance of St. John’s Historic Church. Copies of the book will be available for sale. Saturday, Nov. 14 , 10 a.m. Celebration of Blue Ridge Parkway, Folk Art Center, Asheville; A panel discussion on the history of the landmark campaign to route the Blue Ridge Parkway in

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The Tryon Little Theater will present its second show of the season, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” at the Workshop, Nov. 13-15 and 19-22. A cast of six actors, including Nancy Winker and Linda Roberts, of Rutherfordton, squeeze all 37 of the Bard’s plays into about an hour and 45 minutes of mayhem. Other actors include TLT veterans Nathan Bartlett, Connie Clark, Elvin Clark and Hamilton Goodman. Complete Works is not your normal play. TLT’s Workshop is located at 516 South Trade St., Tryon. For tickets call 828-859-2466.

Western North Carolina. Features craft demostrations, traditional music and book signings. A second panel on the routing issue convenes at 1 p.m, At the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville. A musical tribute to the Parkway and its presence in Western North Carolina. Includes award winning singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith as well as renowned musicians Doyle Lawson, Sammy Shelor, Bryan Sutton, Tim Surrett and Jim VanCleve. The dramatic and colorful Warriors of AniKituhwa perform. All hosted by Grammy winning David Holt; tickets are $35. 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

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CHIMNEY ROCK — Santa Claus makes his annual stop at Chimney Rock on Saturdays, Dec. 5 and 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To ready himself for clambering down chimneys across the world, Santa will practice on 315’ Chimney Rock. He’ll rappel down the 535 millionyear-old rock face, then head back to the top and do it all over again. Last year, USA Today named “Santa on the Chimney” one of the top 10 places to see Santa in the U.S.

Mrs. Claus will join her husband on Saturday, Dec. 5 visiting with children and keeping a list of what good little boys and girls want for the holidays. Guests may also catch Santa in the Park’s gift shops taking advantage of great shopping deals. From Dec. 1-24, Annual Passes for adults are just $20 (regularly $25) and Grady’s Kids Club Passes are $8 (regularly $10).

You’re Invited To The 13th Annual Festival Of Trees Drop In Celebration from 5:30 pm until 7 pm Thursday December 10th This year Hospice volunteers are making hundreds of clay “pineapple” ornaments to signify hospitality and opening the Hospice House addition and Carolina Event and Conference Center. The name of persons honored or memorialized will be attached to each handmade ornament. The money raised will provide the highest quality care for terminally ill patients and their families, also provide grief counseling for anyone in the community who lost a loved one. To request an order form call (828)2450095 or come by 374 Hudlow Road Forest City NC.

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 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) Friday — DJ Melodious Saturday — No entertainment Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar Web site Legal Grounds, 217 North Main St., Rutherfordton, offers the following entertainment: Nov. 13 — Contagious Nov. 14 — Sharkadelics Web site www.legalgrounds. net.

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 information call 248-2223. Jake’s is located at 136 Music Row, Bostic. Club L.A. is a private club for members and guests, located at 319 W. Main St., Spindale. Admission — members free, guest $5. Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Each Thursday is ladies’ night and Karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Shagging every Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m. Wagon Wheel Country & Western Dance Club, W.E. Padgett Rd., Ellenboro area, hosts the following entertainment: Nov. 14 — 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 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. 16 — Bead Knitted Clutch, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 — Planet Ring, 6 to 8 p.m.

Bracelet, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clutch, Part II, 6 to 8 p.m. Web site 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. Union Mills Learning Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to assist the community with its computer and printing needs. The gymnasium is also open Saturdays at 4 p.m. for pickup basketball games and shoot-arounds. Web site unionmillslearningcenter. org. 9th Annual Carolina Pottery Festival: Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 74 Bsn., Shelby; more than 100 local and regional potters showing and selling traditional and contemporary works; admission is $3, children 12 and under admitted free; a portion of the proceeds benefits the Cleveland County Arts Council; for information visit www.carolinapotteryfestival.blogspot. com. Black Pearls Farm in Bostic, a non-profit Equine and CSA Learning Center, announces the following events: Open horse lessons — Saturdays beginning at 10 a.m., (call ahead) Contact Barbara Henwood at 245-0023. Web site Blue Mother Tupelo, the husband and wife duo of Ricky and Micol Davis will perform Friday, Nov. 13, at the Lake House Lodge & Spa, 447 Lilly Pad Lane, Flat Rock. Music begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 828-693-5070.

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he efforts of citizens in Rutherford County to take back their communities are to be highly commended. Among those deserving of these accolades are the people in Forest City who are working to revitalize Grahamtown, the members of the United Waysponsored Community Engagement Team who are involved in a number of efforts to combat substance abuse and its accompanying problems, and the people of Spindale who are putting together efforts to start community watch. These people are showing through their actions that they are not willing to accept the status quo. They are putting themselves out front in a bid to stem the tide of decline. If we are to win the fight against substance abuse, crime and community disintegration, it will be because people get actively involved in the effort. If people sit on the sidelines, expecting someone else to solve the problem, nothing will ever be accomplished.

Our readers’ views Praises extension agent for Courier articles To the editor: It is always with interest that I read Tracy Davis’s articles in The Daily Courier. Tracy is a very capable and intelligent person who works with our county extension program. She seems to be in the know on a lot of subjects. That being said, her recent article on “families eating together” struck a chord with me. Recently on a weekend trip to Knoxville to visit my son, this subject came up. He told me how much he appreciated the values and culture that I tried to bring into their lives. I am not seeking credit, but trying to make my point. He said the evening meal was always one of his favorite times. It was a time when the three children and I sat down to a home cooked meal and talked about our day. Sometimes, I would refer to an article I had read in the Reader’s Digest or National Geographic magazines. He recalled that sometimes I would use the best tablecloth, candlelight and best utensils. He said it meant a lot to him because I did it just for our family. I am glad I could give him those memories. Now, he eats alone in the kitchen while his wife (a career woman) eats in front of the television because that is the way her family was raised. My heart goes out to him because I can see and feel the loneliness in him. In those days, being a single mother meant that you more-or-

less went by your “gut feelings” on how to do things. Today, we have classes on living through divorce, parenting, cooking nutritious meals and how to stretch a dollar. It is amazing that most of the people who could benefit from these classes never take advantage of them. Thanks again to Tracy for all the hard work she does. Believe me, she goes like a buzzsaw. Wilma Holmes Rutherfordton

Questions closing of convenience centers To the editor: This past summer there was a survey done asking us taxpayers if we wanted the Convenience Centers closed on Sundays or one hour less each day during the week. I fail to see where we had any choice. It looks like you already had your minds made up as to what you where going to do and that was to close the centers on Sundays as well as one hour less each day during the week. And now you are asking these county employees to cut their hours again by taking three unpaid days off. This plan of yours is hurting the part-time employees big time. They are the ones that work the evening shift and weekends. Now rumor has it that the centers will be closed one day in November one in December and one in April. Leaving everyone without a paycheck for those days. And for the record part-time employees at the centers only

work every other week, so they are not taking home a big fat paycheck to begin with. I attended the last Commissioners’ meeting and what I heard was the three days off without pay was only to effect full time employees. I did not hear that the Convenience Center would be closed to achieve this. Maybe you guys would like to kick in some of your county paycheck to help off set the $350,000 budget shortfall. JT Russell Rutherfordton

Addresses lawmakers about health care bill To the editor: This letter is to our lawmakers who voted against the health care reform bill. I am a senior and have witnessed past attempts for a health bill. I have also witnessed much suffering to children. I say to you nothing is perfect in life and this bill may have some weak points, but it is our only hope at this time that something will be done for our future generations. Do not dilly dally for another 50 more years. You have an opportunity now to do something great for your country. I ask you to reconsider your position for the sake of our children and future generations. There are two votes in this house Democratic and Republican and both want this bill passed. Laura Bishop Bostic

Novel writing contest may be the spark for some November is National Novel Writing Month. As much as I enjoy seeing local authors on our book page (and enjoy seeing their work for sale at a locally-owned bookstore even more) I decided I’d take some time and space here in my old column to share the contest with y’all. You can find out more at, their official Web site, but here’s their mission statement in a nutshell: “National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-ofyour-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing Nov. 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, Nov. 30. Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. Because of the limited writing win-

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dow, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.” Lower your expectations? Write on the fly? Sign me up! Well, actually, I’ve already signed up, but you get the idea. It is a little intimidating for me to think about 50,000 words in one month. I have several friends who are also trying to do the NaNoWriMo thing, but they all seem to have a jump start on me. My buddy Will Hawkins — an English teacher in Gaffney — has over 5,000 words by now, and he’s the father of three, a teacher and has a

new baby on the way. He’s making me look bad as a guy who has virtually no free time but is way ahead of me on word count. Now, on the other end of the spectrum, my buddy Nathan Miracle — who owns Next Level Gamez over in Forest City and is single — seems to have nothing but free time and yet is behind me on word count (or at least he was as of Thursday) so what’s the difference? I think it is that Hawkins needs that outlet of creativity when he’s stifled at work in the school system and such. Or maybe he’s just more hard working and organized than me and Nathan are. Yeah, that second one is probably it. The more I sat and thought about the 50,000 words that needed to fill up that page (or, 175 pages) the more intimidated I got. I put off starting my novel until after I finished a few more articles for the paper. After all, I still have to make sure I

have some output for ye olde Courier if I intend to stay gainfully employed during this experiment. And believe me, I intend to stay gainfully employed. My opinion of my own novel writing skills are not so high that I think it is a new career. The old saying, “Don’t quit your day job” certainly applies here. After pounding out another two or three stories for the paper, I decided to get down to work. And then it hit me. With about 500 words per article in the paper, I probably wrote well over 50,000 words just last month! Granted, this is by no means the same kind of writing as that for a novel, but when you throw out the idea of making the manuscript polished and perfect, it becomes a lot easier just to focus on the output, as they say. This just left me with only needing one thing — a plot. I decided that since it was already an experiment, I

should really jump into the deep end on something like this. I’m writing a novel that is almost completely different than any book I’ve ever read or even any short story I’ve written before. There would be no magic powers... no chosen ones who are the result of prophecy coming to slay the dragon/dark warrior/evil magician/maniacal emperor/etc. Nope, this is going to be a romantic comedy. Granted, it’ll probably be the worst novel ever written, but I’m going to make it to 50,000 words by the end of November if it kills me. And it may. But still, it’s going to be a great exercise in creativity, and the contest is open to anyone. Give it a try, you might find some genius sitting behind that keyboard. And that’s some good news. Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier. com.

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Obituaries John Rutland Sr. John Thomas Rutland Sr., 83, of Green Hill, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Rutherford Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral Home.

Tim Cole

Timothy Wayne Cole, 44, of 3375 Humphries Road, Mooresboro, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 at his residence. A native of Pageland County, S.C., he was a son of Marshall Cole of Ellenboro and Shirley Amos Holland of Mooresboro. He was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Charlie Cole of Rutherfordton; four brothers, David Cole of Ellenboro, AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Andrew Craft Dwayne Cole of Morganton, Clarence Coe makes his first appearance before Judge Tal Baggett Thursday in Cumberland County Keith Cole of Ellenboro, and District Court in Fayetteville. Coe is charged with kidnapping five year-old Chaniya Davis, who is still Billy Cole of Forest City; a missing. sister, Wendy Carpenter of Mooresboro; stepmother, Lorianne Cole; and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. he did not elaborate. Coe has Cumberland County jail. He 16, at Heaven Bound Baptist n Girl, 5, taken from been formally charged only has several criminal charges Church, Ellenboro, with the Fayetteville home is with kidnapping. on his state record, includRev. Donald Dover officiatFayetteville Police spokesing an April conviction for ing. The family will receive still unaccounted for woman Theresa Chance said misdemeanor breaking and friends immediately followa witness spotted Coe takentering, and he was released ing the service at the church. FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A ing Shaniya Davis out of the from prison in mid-August, Interment of his ashes will North Carolina man charged trailer park where she was according to Department of be held at a later time in the with kidnapping a 5-yearreported missing around 7 Correction records. church cemetery. old girl told a judge he is not a.m. Tuesday. Coe was previously conMemorials may be made guilty Thursday as investiga“I think it’s safe to say this victed of assault on a female, to Heaven Bound Baptist tors scoured the town for any is not a random occurrence,” felony breaking and entering, Church, P.O. Box 462, sign of the missing child and Chance said. larceny, robbery and other Ellenboro, NC 28040. said they assume she is in charges dating back to 2001. The Padgett and King Barbara Davenport, properdanger. Mortuary is in charge of crety manager at Sleepy Hollow Cumberland County Judge Investigators found a blan- mation arrangements. Mobile Home Park, said Coe Tal Baggett asked Clarence ket that may have belonged is dating Shaniya’s mother, Coe, 30, during an afternoon to Shaniya in a garbage can Online condolences www.padgetthearing if he understood why Antoinette Davis, and has outside a neighbor’s home. visited the trailer park sevhe was in court. Lt. Alex Thompson said eral times. “No, but I’m not guilty, sir,” investigators also found other Avonell Kingsmore Investigators said police Coe said. He did not enter a items Shaniya may have been formal plea and Baggett said dogs did not pick up the Avonell Vess Kingsmore, wearing. child’s scent during a search the court would appoint an 87 of Williamsburg Village, of the neighborhood. attorney. Davis and Shaniya’s father, Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of “Our hopes are that she’s Baggett also said Coe was who flew in from out of state, Lavender Road, Ellenboro, close by,” Chance said. also accused of “terrorizing” have been speaking with died Wednesday, Nov. Coe was being held at the the child’s mother, although investigators. 11, 2009, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. Born in Union County, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Frank and Jessie Murphy Vess, and also preceded in death by her husband, Blane n Rubye Lee Straughan n James Frederick Howard, Bomb threat still Kingsmore who died in 1995. reported the theft of tools. 38, of 1178 Freeman Town She was a homemaker, a being investigated Road; charged with driving member of Corinth Baptist while impaired; freed on a Rutherfordton RUTHERFORDTON Church, Ellenboro, and a custody release. (LLPD) — The Rutherford County n The Rutherfordton Police member of the Order of n Benjamin Donald Sheriff’s Department is still Department responded to 14 Eastern Star in Virginia and Kennedy, 18, of 361 Rock investigating a bomb threat E-911 calls Wednesday. North Carolina, where she Corner Road; charged with that was called into R-S served as worthy matron. She disorderly conduct; released Central High School, Nov. 6. Spindale on a $1,000 unsecured bond. was also awarded a commenStudents and faculty were dation by the North Carolina (RCSD) n The Spindale Police evacuated from the school Governor for her work with n Floyd Rosco Dotson, 43, Department responded to 18 after an anonymous bomb Meals on Wheels. of 136 B Big Springs Ave.; E-911 calls Wednesday. threat was called into the Survivors include her charged with domestic vioschool around 12:23 p.m. The son, Wyndle Kingsmore of lence protective order violasheriff’s department was on Lake Lure tion; no bond listed. (RCSD) Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughthe scene by 12:29 p.m. ter, Gayle Leslie of Chapin, n The Lake Lure Police Deputies first searched the S.C.; a brother, Dean Vess of Department responded to Citations football stadium, and once it Union, S.C.; six grandchilfour E-911 calls Wednesday. was deemed clear, students n Elijah Geer, 28, of dren; and two great-grandwere evacuated to that locaOakland Road, Rutherfordchildren. Forest City tion before being formally ton; cited for begging; Funeral services will be dismissed at 2 p.m. n The Forest City Police released on a written promheld at 2 p.m. Saturday at A search of the building Department responded to 69 ise to appear. (FCPD) Corinth Baptist Church with yielded no explosives, said E-911 calls Wednesday. n Martha Crawford, 55, the Revs. David Jendrey Chief Deputy Jeff Buchanan. of Oakland Road, Rutherand Ad Hopper officiating. n An employee of McDoThe department is currently fordton; cited for begging; Interment will follow in the nald’s on Oak Street reported released on a written promrunning leads, he said, and church cemetery. Visitation investigating who might have an incident of indecent expo- ise to appear. (FCPD) will be held one hour prior sure. made the call. n Debbie Keeter, 49, of to the service in the church n An employee of Aaron’s According to the North Holland Street, Forest City; sanctuary. Rent Inc. on Hilltop Way Carolina Department of cited for resist, obstruct and Memorials may be made to reported a larceny. Public Insturction’s Crisis delay; released on a written Corinth Baptist Church, 767 n An employee of Ivey’s Resources, any person who promise to appear. (FCPD) Pinehurst Road, Ellenboro, Pawn Shop on West Main communicates a false bomb NC 28040. Street, reported an incident threat or perpetrates a hoax The Padgett and King EMS/Rescue of obtain property by false is guilty of a Class H felony. Mortuary is in charge of n The Rutherford County The penalty for a Class H fel- pretenses. arrangements. EMS responded to 24 E-911 n Alice Wells reported ony is up to 10 years impriscalls Wednesday. damage to property. onment or fine. Additionally Online condolences www.padgettn An employee of the Town students could be suspended n The Volunteer Life of Forest City reported an for an entire year and lose Saving and Rescue, Hickory incident of breaking and their driver’s license. Charles Abernethy Jr. Nut Gorge EMS and entering and larceny after Rutherford County Rescue breaking and entering. Charles Vance “Van” AberSheriff’s Reports responded to six E-911 calls The incident occurred on nethy Jr., 62, of Charlotte, n The Rutherford County Wednesday. Learning Parkway. died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Sheriff’s Department Presbyterian Hospital. responded to 121 E-911 calls Born in Forest City, he was Fire Calls Arrests Wednesday. a son of Dr. Charles Vance n Bills Creek firefighters n Shawn McEntire, 28, of n Vandalism to a mailbox Abernethy Sr. and Joyce Bell responded to a fire alarm, Holland Street, Forest City; and a newspaper box was Abernethy. arrested on warrants for fail- assisted by Lake Lure firereported at American Miso. He earned a BA at ure to comply and resisting a fighters. n Rosa Nell Logan reportAppalachian State University n Cliffside firefighters public officer; placed under a ed the theft of checks and and in recent years attended $1,500 secured bond. (FCPD) responded to a power line money. the Community Culinary fire. n Lorcan Morris, 27, of n The theft of chain saws School of Charlotte (CPCC). n Chimney Rock firefightCherry Mountain Street, and tools was reported After graduation he returned Forest City; arrested on war- ers responded to a fire alarm. as a chef instructor. He furat Rutherford Machine n Hudlow firefighters rants for worthless checks Shop, 1452 U.S. 221 North, responded to a motor vehicle thered his culinary career and was served with two Rutherfordton. at Central Piedmont crash and to a fire alarm. show cause orders for failn Alan Keith Brooks Community College, where n Spindale firefighters ure to pay monies; released reported the theft of a 1993 he graduated cum laude responded to an electrical on a $500 unsecured bond. Eagle Vision and golf equipwith an associates degree in fire. (FCPD) ment.

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applied science in culinary technology. For the past four years, he was a Culinary Lab Facilitator/American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified Culinarian on the faculty of CPCC. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Patrice Patterson Abernethy of the home; a daughter, Amy Ralph Brogdon of Indian Trail; one brother, Rod Abernethy of Raleigh; two grandchildren; and a niece and nephew. He was a member of the Sharon United Methodist Church of Charlotte, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Interment will take place at 4 p.m. in the Cool Springs Cemetery in Forest City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church, 4411 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211; or to the Charles Vance (“Chef Van”) Abernethy Jr. Culinary Arts Scholarship, c/o CPCC Foundation, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences

Deaths Earl Cooley MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Earl Cooley, a pioneering smoke jumper who took the Forest Service’s first leap into a flame-riddled wilderness, died Monday in Missoula. He was 98. Cooley made the jump into the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho on July 12, 1940. His chute nearly failed to open and he landed 140 feet above ground, stuck in a spruce tree. Still, Cooley and fellow jumper Rufus Robinson had the fire under control by the next day. Cooley was interviewed extensively by famed author Norman Maclean for the book Young Men and Fire, which focused on the Mann Gulch tragedy north of Helena that killed 12 jumpers in 1949. Cooley was the spotter on that fire. Cooley once told a newspaper reporter the only bad part of parachuting into a forest fire was the walk home. In 1958, Cooley was named the smoke jumper base superintendent in Missoula. He retired from the Forest Service in 1975 to start Cooley Realty. Elijah Williams BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — The father of former NBA star Jayson Williams has died. The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home said Elijah Joshua “E.J.” Williams died Tuesday. He was 76. Christopher Adams, an attorney for Jayson Williams, said E.J. Williams died at his son’s home in Bluffton, S.C. E.J. Williams was a longtime resident of Ritter, S.C., and owned a construction company with his son.


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Businesses may benefit from SBTDC center help

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. The Hospice Library is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone can check out a book dealing with caring for a loved one, grief, children and loss, and other relevant topics. Hospice also has a special Alzheimer’s section in the library dedicated to helping people care for people with the disease. For information or to register for any of the above events, call 245-0095.

Meetings/other CHS awards program: Chase High School Fall Sports Awards program; Tuesday, Nov. 17; refreshments 6:30 to 7 p.m., in the commons area; program at 7 in the auditorium; all fall sports participants and their parents are invited and asked to bring items for the food drive. Hope Group kick off: Hope Group of Rutherford County (Helping Others Parent the Exceptional) will meet Thursday, Nov. 19, at Bubba’s Fun Park, at 6 p.m. For families of children with special needs. Admission is free. For further details contact Julie at 828288-1900. CHS Boosters: Chase High Athletic Boosters will meet Monday, Dec. 7, at Mud Bones in Rutherfordton. Dutch treat. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Miscellaneous Low-cost rabies clinic: Saturday, Nov. 14, noon to 1 p.m.; Thunder Road Animal Hospital; $9 cash, one-year rabies; $10 cash, threeyear rabies; other discounted vaccines available; call 286-0033. Food drive: Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Chase High School; drop boxes will be in the school lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for canned goods and other non-perishable foods; items may also be dropped that night from 6:30 to 8 during the awards banquet. Artisan show: 4th annual Foothills Antique & Artisan and Old Fashioned Holiday Open House; Nov. 20 and 21. Show hours — Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 3 p.m. Downtown merchants will also extend shopping hours. Hosted by Spindale Merchants Association. For more information call 288-4875 after 6 p.m. The Central Landfill and all convenience centers will be closed Nov. 25 and 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular hours will resume Friday, Nov. 27.

Fundraisers Breakfast: Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Union Mills Learning Center; adults $5; ages 6-12, $3; under 6 free; all you eat; fall book sale also. Poor man’s supper: Saturday, Nov. 14, 4 to 7 p.m., New Bethel Baptist Church, Harris; adults $6; ages 4-12, $4; under 4 free.

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The Rev. Robert E. Coleman, pastor of Hoppers Chapel Baptist Church in Shelby, addressed members of the Community Engagement Team Thursday about how he and others in his community worked to clean up the Ramblewood area of crime and drug problems. Coleman told those in attendance the key to success is to give people back hope and show them love.

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to make them better?” Coleman said he began by advertising through local media outlets that if people wanted to see a change in the city to meet at the church. One hundred people from all backgrounds showed up, including the mayor and city manager. From there, community members worked to clean up a wooded area near the church and Coleman invited drug dealers to come to the church, telling them they could do that or he could call cops on them. The biggest change to any community, he said, is changing the people. “People don’t care how much you know until they know you care,” he said. “You can paint the buildings, but

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one’s support,” said the Rev. Lynda Ferguson, Salem United Methodist Church, Bostic, which is also a primary supporter of the new center. “God’s hand is all over this ministry, and God is doing a great work,” she said. Formerly the Washburn Community Center, the property was sold to Salem United Methodist Church earlier this year to become an ecumenical outreach ministry for the communities, similar to Yokefellow and Chase Corner Ministries. The ministry is not only an outreach program of Salem, but is a ministry of the areas of Bostic, Sunshine, Golden Valley and Ellenboro. Prior to opening the outreach center, SUMC was operating a small food pantry from the church building, but

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“Now, you all might think I talk a little funny,” Bruce said, with a light Scottish Brogue lilting his words. “But remember, to me you all sound funny as well.” The students from both schools got into the act by clapping along on many songs and even trying to sing back and forth with the showman. “I do live in Edinburgh, but I have spent some time in the U.S.,” Bruce said. “If you add it all up, I’ve probably spent about five years in the U.S.

Religion Revival: Nov. 15-18, Trinity Weselyan Church; guest speaker, Rev. David Shrum; Sunday services 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; MTW, 7 nightly; church located at 291 Harmon St., Forest City. Revival: Nov. 15-18, Smith Grove Baptist Church; guest evangelist, Rev. Frank Walker; Sunday services 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; MTW, 7 nightly. 50th Anniversary revival: Nov. 16-22, Full Gospel Revival Church, 4799 Hwy. 64/74A, Rutherfordton; Monday - Saturday, 7 nightly; Sunday service 10 a.m., guest minister, Evangelist David Tolbert from Milton, Fla.; special music by The Lamberts at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on the Community Engagement Team, contact United Way of Rutherford County at 286-3929.

it was not sufficient to serve all the communities. The clubhouse, owned by the community, was originally built for the purposes of serving the community and down through the years, youth groups, 4-H, community clubs and the community have utilized the building. Country ham suppers were held several times in the fall and winter to fund the operating cost. In addition to operating the ministry as a clothing and food donation area, there will also be a re-sale category where people can buy household wares and other items with the money being returned for operating costs. Donations for the center are being accepted. Call 245-8518 for more information.

“This is a pilot program and Rutherford and Cleveland counties are part of those pilot sites,” said Jim Edwards of Isothermal Planning and Development Commission. “This will provide additional personnel and resources for the SBTDC to provide business counseling and technical assistance to those businesses.” The pilot project also includes Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, Green, Wayne and Wilson counties. The funds will help the center follow their overall mission to “help small business owners (and those interested in starting a business) meet the challenges of today’s business environment, manage that ever-changing world, and plan for the future of their business. We do this by providing management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses throughout North Carolina from our 16 offices across the state — each affiliated with a college or university. Most of our services are free of charge, and all SBTDC services are confidential.” Rutherford County’s area SBTDC office, located in Asheville, is affiliated with Western Carolina University. A full list of affiliates and further program details can be found at the SBTDC Web site at “There won’t be funds directly to companies, this will be to staff up the counseling efforts of the SBTDC,” Edwards said. “Basically, it is designed to let the staff meet with and counsel more small businesses to meet with the SBTDC so they can help them to be better prepared and survive in the economy. “I suspect they probably have more demand for counseling services than they have staff to meet it,” Edwards said. “Working with the NCRC, this was a way to increase the staff at certain locations so they could meet the needs of businesses here in the west in Rutherford and Cleveland counties.”

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And I’ve enjoyed performing around North Carolina before. This is my first elementary school and it’s probably the most nerve wracking thing I’ve done in many years.” Bruce had the children sing along on the chorus of a traditional Scottish song about a whaling ship named “The Diamond” and many students even tried their hand at singing with a Scottish accent. On other songs, they clapped in rhythm as their music teacher banged along.

ditional gatherings. I’m not really a tartan guy. You know, when people hear you’re Scottish, they immediately try to throw a tartan on you and go that route. But I’m myself first and Scottish second.”

“I have played at some of the Scottish and Celtic festivals around the area,” Bruce said. “But I haven’t really gone in for many of the tra-

Bruce will be releasing a three-inone album soon to celebrate his 30 years in the businesses and said he may be more open to the tartan soon. “You know, it turns out there’s a lot of good money to be made in those festivals,” Bruce said. “So maybe I’ll put on a kilt and go for it.” Contact Baughman via e-mail at

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Bingo: Saturday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m., at the old Gilkey School; hot dogs, fries and drinks will be sold; sponsored by Rutherford County Traffic Control; proceeds for equipment. Fish fry: Saturday, Nov. 14, 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Concord Community Clubhouse; adults $10; ages 6-12, $5; under 6 free; includes dessert and drink; all take outs $9.

if you don’t transform the hearts you are just throwing money away.” Coleman took questions from the crowd, including how to get churches involved in the effort. “If you are a lay person, don’t tell the pastor what you would like to see, tell them what you want to do,” he said. “I told the churches in my area ‘I know you’re big on missions – I have a mission field in my backyard.’” As far as community involvement, Coleman said that once the community decides it’s had enough, change can begin. “Once you make up your mind for a positive change, it will happen,” he said. “Everybody wants to know the secret. The secret is – You give people their hope back and show them love.”

FOREST CITY — Free advice for local businesses will be easier to obtain thanks to a new grant to the Small Business Technology Development Center. The state run SBTDC will receive about $396,000 from the North Carolina Rural Center for their Distressed Rural County Project. The money will be used to help about 150 to 200 companies each with between ten and 100 employees.


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It’s Time To Win Or Go Home Plumlee out for Duke with broken wrist DURHAM (AP) — One of No. 9 Duke’s projected starters is out indefinitely with a broken wrist. Team officials said Thursday that freshman Mason Plumlee fell hard during practice a day earlier and broke his left wrist. They say he injury will not require surgery, and will be evaluated weekly by the team’s medical staff. The 6-foot-10 newcomer was expected to join his older brother Miles Plumlee in the Blue Devils’ bulked-up frontcourt. He averaged 12 points and eight rebounds in a pair of exhibition routs. That makes two projected starters who won’t be in the lineup Friday night when Duke opens the season against North Carolina-Greensboro. Guard Nolan Smith must sit out two games for playing in an unsanctioned summer league.

Morgan to examine NFL draft options ATLANTA (AP) — Derrick Morgan soon could be chasing NFL quarterbacks. Morgan, Georgia Tech’s junior defensive end who ranks among the nation’s sack leaders, says he will “definitely” examine his NFL draft status after the season. Some early NFL mock drafts list the junior as a firstround pick in 2010. He is projected as the No. 13 pick by and he’s No. 27 on Bleacher Report’s mock draft. Morgan this week made ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s “Big Board” of players who could be picked high in the draft. Morgan ranks fifth in the nation with 11 1/2 sacks and is a major reason No. 7 Georgia Tech can wrap up the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division title with a win at Duke on Saturday.

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Central, East face road challenges By SCOTT BOWERS Daily Courier Sports Editor

FOREST CITY — For the football teams at East Rutherford and R-S Central, tonight will either mark the end of the road, or the beginning of something special. The first round of the 2009 North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Football playoffs will be held at high schools across the state and both the Cavaliers and Hilltoppers will be on the road. R-S Central (8-2) will travel to China Grove to battle South Rowan (9-1), while East Rutherford (4-6) will travel to Thomasville (7-3). Both games have a scheduled 7:30 p.m. kick off. Weather advisory: Due to heavy rains that have fallen throughout the week in central North Carolina, both home schools (South Rowan, Thomasville) for tonight’s games may have to make late cancellations. Please contact either East Rutherford or R-S Central Please see Football, Page 9

Directions To South Rowan: Take US 74, through Shelby, to I-85. Take I-85 N to NC 152 Exit 168 (China Grove). Turn left and follow NC 152. Take a slight left onto US 29A/NC 152. Go 1 mile, turn right onto West Church St./NC 152. Go 2.6 miles, turn left onto Patterson St. South Rowan High is at 1655 Patterson St. on right.

To Thomasville High: Take US 64N to I-40 East. Take I-40 E to Exit 195/Clemmonsville Rd./NC 109 N. Stay straight, and merge back into I-40. Take right onto Thomasville/NC 109 S. Go 14 miles, turn left onto Unity St. Thomasville High is at 410 Unity St. on left.

FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m. 3A NCHSAA First Round Playoffs: R-S Central at South Rowan 7:30 p.m. 2A NCHSAA First Round Playoffs: East Rutherford at Thomasville

On Radio 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 South Rowan

On TV 2 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Sprint Cup — Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Practice. 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Racing Sprint Cup — Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Qualifying. 7 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball UNC-Greensboro at Duke. 7 p.m. (TS) College Basketball Alabama A&M at South Carolina. 8 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics. 8 p.m. (ESPN2) College Football West Virginia at Cincinnati. 9 p.m. (TS) College Basketball Austin Peay State at Tennessee. 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets.

Carolina Panthers’ receiver Dwayne Jarrett (80) cannot hold on to a pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme as New Orleans Saints player Jabari Greer (32) defends in the second half of their NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. Associated Press

Panthers trying to salvage season By MIKE CRANSTON AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers are trying to fix a dysfunctional passing game and replace a key defensive player as they hold out hope of salvaging their season. Practicing on a cramped field with no football lines and a low ceiling while toddlers run around nearby and

U2 blares from the speakers above isn’t the most ideal place to do it. With the remnants of Hurricane Ida stubbornly hovering over Charlotte and with the Panthers one of only 10 NFL teams without an indoor practice facility, the team’s workplace the last two days has been a small artificial turf field at a nearby indoor sports complex.

“For obvious reasons, you’re limited,” coach John Fox said Thursday. “You can’t punt the ball. You can’t throw deep passes.” Carolina’s opponent Sunday, Atlanta, has been hit with the same storm that dumped about four inches of rain on both cities. But the Falcons are one of Please see Panthers, Page 9


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sports Judge says NC high school can play in state playoffs

FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A North Carolina judge has issued a temporary restraining order which will allow a high school football team to participate in the state playoffs. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Jack Thompson met with lawyers for the players from Terry Sanford High School and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Thursday afternoon. Lawyers for the players said the judge issued a temporary restraining order around 5:45 p.m., meaning the school will face Pine Forest High School in a game scheduled for Friday. Terry Sanford’s team was ruled ineligible on Monday after the discovery of problems with a player’s credits and attendance. About 70 football players, students, parents and others gathered at the courthouse. One player led the group in prayer, asking that “the right thing is done.”

Tiger opens with 66, tied for Aussie lead

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Seve Benson has never seen so many people on a golf course. Some 10,000 fans lined both sides of the 10th fairway Thursday morning as the sun was still climbing over Melbourne. Never mind that they didn’t come to watch him. Tiger Woods, who teed off behind the 23-yearold Englishman, made the Australian Masters feel like the one at Augusta National. Tournament officials said 21,356 people came through the turnstiles, an enormous crowd for the size of this golf course. Most of them scooped up tickets months ago after learning the world’s No. 1 golfer would compete Down Under for the first time in 11 years. Woods delivered a performance that matched the hype, even if it fell slightly short of his own standards. Despite a few loose shots with short irons and spending most of the round lag putting on greens that were softer than he expected, Woods had a birdie chance on every hole except his last, easily handled the par 5s, nearly drove one of the par 4s and wound up in a three-way tie for the lead at 6-under 66. He was tied with Branden Grace of South Africa and James Nitties, an Australian who easily kept his PGA Tour card after his rookie season in America. Nitties gets extra credit for his 66 because he had to play behind Woods. Most players in the group behind Woods have to cope with the media. Nitties couldn’t see them through a wall of fans who were allowed to stand in the crossing areas as Woods putted. The way the fans surrounded each green, nine-deep behind the green and four-deep in front, it made every hole look like the 72nd hole at the British Open.

Scoreboard FOOTBALL National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East L T Pct PF 2 0 .750 225 4 0 .500 177 5 0 .375 193 5 0 .375 123 South W L T Pct PF Indianapolis 8 0 0 1.000 217 Houston 5 4 0 .556 215 Jacksonville 4 4 0 .500 157 Tennessee 2 6 0 .250 148 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 6 2 0 .750 180 Pittsburgh 6 2 0 .750 195 Baltimore 4 4 0 .500 206 Cleveland 1 7 0 .125 78 West W L T Pct PF Denver 6 2 0 .750 150 San Diego 5 3 0 .625 206 Oakland 2 6 0 .250 78 Kansas City 1 7 0 .125 126 W New England 6 N.Y. Jets 4 Miami 3 Buffalo 3

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 6 2 0 .750 217 Philadelphia 5 3 0 .625 219 N.Y. Giants 5 4 0 .556 232 Washington 2 6 0 .250 113 South W L T Pct PF New Orleans 8 0 0 1.000 303 Atlanta 5 3 0 .625 202 Carolina 3 5 0 .375 148 Tampa Bay 1 7 0 .125 134 North W L T Pct PF Minnesota 7 1 0 .875 244 Green Bay 4 4 0 .500 215 Chicago 4 4 0 .500 180 Detroit 1 7 0 .125 133 West W L T Pct PF Arizona 5 3 0 .625 198 San Francisco 3 5 0 .375 174 Seattle 3 5 0 .375 167 St. Louis 1 7 0 .125 77

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Thursday’s Game Chicago at San Francisco, late Sunday’s Games Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Denver at Washington, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Miami, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Carolina, 1 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Dallas at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. Seattle at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. New England at Indianapolis, 8:20 p.m. Open: N.Y. Giants, Houston Monday’s Game Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 Miami at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 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.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and a photographer are being investigated for misdemeanor battery after an airport scuffle that injured the paparazzo, police

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Wednesday’s Games Washington 5, N.Y. Islanders 4, SO Los Angeles 5, Carolina 2 Detroit 9, Columbus 1 Buffalo 3, Edmonton 1 New Jersey 3, Anaheim 1 Chicago 3, Colorado 2, SO Thursday’s Games Florida 1, Boston 0, SO Atlanta 5, N.Y. Rangers 3 Philadelphia 5, Ottawa 1 New Jersey 4, Pittsburgh 2 Vancouver at Detroit, late Minnesota at Tampa Bay, late Nashville at St. Louis, late Montreal at Phoenix, late Dallas at San Jose, late Friday’s Games N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7 p.m. Anaheim at Columbus, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Washington, 7 p.m. Calgary at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Holcomb. Police were called and they were fingerprinted and photographed, then released without bail, Holcomb said. The city attorney will decide whether to file criminal charges.

Thomas To Western Carolina

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East Rutherford’s Dakotah Thomas signs his letter of intent to attend Western Carolina in the fall of 2010 on a baseball scholarship. Thomas was joined by his parents, Terry Thomas, left, and Suzanne Hinkle. East’s Principal Tony Smith (l to r), Coach Bobby Reynolds and Coach Chuck Walker joined the family at the signing.

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East Rutherford’s Drew Reynolds signs his letter of intent to attend East Carolina in the fall of 2010 on a baseball scholarship. Reynolds was joined at the signing by his parents, Susan, left, and Bobby Reynolds, athletic director and head baseball coach for East Rutherford. East’s Principal Tony Smith (l to r) and Assistant Baseball Coach Chuck Walker joined the Reynolds at the signing.

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Wednesday’s Games Toronto 99, Chicago 89 Indiana 108, Golden State 94 Boston 105, Utah 86 Atlanta 114, New York 101 Philadelphia 82, New Jersey 79 Detroit 98, Charlotte 75 Milwaukee 108, Denver 102 Cleveland 102, Orlando 93 Portland 107, Minnesota 84 Houston 104, Memphis 79 San Antonio 92, Dallas 83 Phoenix 124, New Orleans 104 Oklahoma City 83, L.A. Clippers 79 Thursday’s Games Cleveland at Miami, late Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, late Friday’s Games New Jersey at Orlando, 7 p.m. Utah at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

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East Rutherford’s Mikhail Baxter (10) is the Daily Courier/Edward Jones Gridiron Great. Baxter completed 8-of13 passes for 116 yards and a tochdown toss in overtime to lift the Cavaliers over rival Chase, Friday, Nov. 6. East’s Justin Barksdale (8) was selected, by the coaches at East Rutherford, as the Daily Courier Lineman of the Week. Joining Baxter and Barksdale are Edward Jones’ David Smith, left, East Rutherford’s Preston Allen and Edward Jones’ Frank Faucette.

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R-S Central at South Rowan

RUTHERFORDTON — The Hilltoppers will make the long road trip to China Grove to face the Red Raiders of South Rowan, tonight. The two 3A schools have one thing in common — neither one has won a playoff game in the last five years. Of course, for Central that five-year streak is under Coach Mike Cheek — the real streak for Central now measures 28 years without a playoff win. “Oh, yeah, it would be huge for us, no doubt about it,” said Cheek, about winning the school’s first playoff game in three decades. “We must take care of the football and play four quarters and we can be alright.” Ironically, neither team was really happy with the playoff draw. South Rowan Coach Jason Rollins told the Salisbury Post, “They’re (Central) big, they’re fast and they’re a very good football team, but that’s OK. We know we’ll be challenged, but our guys like to be challenged. We’ve had to fight all year.” Central would have had the No. 5 seed with a win over Burns in the regular season finale, but to Coach Cheek that is all water under the bridge. “We can’t go back, we can only go forward,” said Cheek. Central will face a South

Rowan team that sports a threeheaded monster in its’ backfield. Quarterback Blake Houston leads an offense that gets most of its yardage from running backs D’Andre Harris and Thomas Lowe. Harris is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound bruiser that has played under the shadow of West Rowan’s K.P. Parks. Parks enters the 3A playoffs needing just 452 yards from becoming the state’s career leader in rushing yards, and should the Hilltoppers exit tonight with a win they would most likely face Parks and West Rowan in the second round. Lowe measures 5-foot-8, 205-pounds and his low center of gravity makes him tough to bring down. Harris, like Central’s Oddie Murray, has been slowed by a hamstring injury, but both power backs are expected to be at 100-percent when the game kicks off. “They (South) have twentyeight seniors and we have twenty-one,” said Cheek. “To my mind, it comes down to our twenty-one going out and playing like we are capable of playing.” Key to the game: Make it count. The 2009 season has been a good one for R-S Central. A win tonight makes it special.

East Rutherford at Thomasville FOREST CITY — It’s kind of hard to imagine that the Cavaliers could have drawn a tougher first round opponent than the Thomasville Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have won four state titles, all in 1-AA, over the last five seasons, including last year’s perfect team. With realignment, Thomasville

moved back into 2A and the Bulldogs won three state titles as a 2A team in the 1980s and 1990s. “We have told them that it is like playing Shelby,” said East Rutherford Coach Clint Bland. “What you see is what you get. They run I-formation, they line up and they come to play.” The Bulldogs will be lead to the line by senior quarterback Sam Nelson. Nelson is a rare left-handed passer and he has a speedy target in Brandon Lucas (33-735-9) to throw too. But, the Bulldogs, like many high school teams, want to establish the run first and they will try and do that with tailbacks Kesean Green and Quan Riley. Green lead the team with 835 yards (5.96 per carry) and eight touchdowns, while Riley rushed for 771 yards (5.47 per carry) and seven touchdowns. The strength of the Bulldogs, however, isn’t the offense, but a defense that has allowed just 20 points in the team’s final five games. “Shelby’s defense is very similar and we know that we will play a brand of defense that is very good,” said Bland. East Rutherford should have RB Adrian Wilkins, who has been slowed by a high ankle sprain, back at the field, and if the junior is unable to make an impact, the majority of the offense will fall onto the shoulders of seniors Mikhail Baxter and Tyler Hamilton. “He has run well and that is on our wet and sloppy field,” said Bland. “We hope he’ll be okay.” Key to the game: Just believe. Certainly, the 2009 season has been filled with ups-and-downs for the Cavs, but the team has the talent to play with anyone if they’ll just believe in themselves.

NC State starts new era with Harper’s debut

RALEIGH (AP) — Kellie Harper’s coaching instincts tell her there’s so much left to do before North Carolina State’s season opener that she’d love another month of practice. Then again, Harper can’t wait to get started. “It’s exciting,” she said. “You coach basketball because of the games. This is why we do what we do: the competition. You have

to love the competition or this is not the occupation for you.” For months, everything Harper has done — from recruiting trips to preseason drills to unpacking a box at a time at her new home — has built toward Friday night’s game against Florida International. It’ll be the first time she paces the sideline where Kay Yow spent three decades building a

22 teams with an indoor facility, ranging from bubbles to airplane hangar-like buildings. “You’re probably trying to take me down a path I’m not going to go,” Fox said when asked about the disadvantage his team faces. “I’m kind of (staying) in my lane.” A lack of an indoor facility usually isn’t an issue here, where the sun shines more than 60 percent of the time and there’s only an average of only 43 inches of rain a year. The Panthers have three full outdoor practice fields next to their stadium, and have used the lone artificial turf field for a couple workouts in the rain earlier this season. The trouble this time has been the extent of the rain and the high winds. Gusts were over 20 mph on Thursday. “I think you get more production going inside and being able to focus than out there with the wind flying, the rain and everything,” receiver Muhsin Muhammad said. “You can’t do much out there. You can’t throw the ball down the field in that situation.” Jake Delhomme, who has struggled all season, couldn’t throw the ball deep the past two days at the Charlotte Sports Center, either. The facility, a 10-minute drive from Bank of America Stadium, has a field that’s 72 yards long and 32 yards wide. An NFL field is 120 yards long and 53 yards wide. The width forced the Panthers to run plays sideways, with the equipment staff putting tape where the hash marks should be. Cones marked a virtual sideline. “It’s somewhat like an NFL field,” Fox said. Thursday’s practice included curious onlookers as they climbed off nearby exercise bikes. Left tackle Jordan Gross paused for a picture with a child as Pearl Jam played from above, hardly the normal secret atmosphere of an NFL practice. The lack of space has given some banged-up players more time to heal. Running back DeAngelo Williams practiced on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday with a sore left knee. But there was no room for his signature sprint the length of the field on each run. Defensive end Julius Peppers practiced in full despite a hand injury. Landon Johnson, expected to start at weakside linebacker after Thomas Davis’ season-ending knee injury, got his work in, too. But with a low ceiling, punter Jason Baker mostly stood around, unable to work on what is normally the busiest day of the week for special teams. Kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd was idle, too. “If it was Week 2 or something I would probably say I don’t really need that,” Baker said of the rest. “But at this time of the season I’m good with it.” Kicker John Kasay did attempt some field goals during a special teams drill by kicking into a net that surrounded the field. Other teams in colder areas (Cincinnati) and hotter (Arizona and Dallas after the Cowboys’ bubble recently collapsed) don’t have indoor facilities, so the Panthers are hardly at the front of the complaint line. Players mostly shrugged off the schedule change, with linebacker Jon Beason joking that he’d like a bubble — but at their training camp site in steamy Spartanburg, S.C. “It’s hot, it’s 90 degrees in Spartanburg,” Beason said. “Who cares about rain and hurricanes and stuff?”

Nationals select Jim Riggleman as manager WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Riggleman waited a decade for another chance to be a full-fledged manager in the major leagues — no interim tag attached. He finally earned that job with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals are sticking with Riggleman after promoting him from bench coach midway through last season, announcing at a news conference Thursday that he’ll be their manager in 2010. Riggleman replaced fired skipper Manny Acta in July on an interim basis. The Nationals were 26-61 (a .299 winning percentage) at the time and went 33-42 (.440) under Riggleman, finishing with a majors-worst record of 59-103. Clearly, this is a rebuilding — or as general manager Mike Rizzo prefers to say, “building” — team, and the Nationals apparently appreciated the signs of progress that came in the second half of 2009. Riggleman also made it known he wanted the job.

Hall of Fame career and becoming a nationally known figure for her courageous fight against the cancer that ultimately took her life in January. It’s a massive change for a program that has long been defined by Yow’s success. Harper, 32, wasn’t even born when Yow became N.C. State’s coach in 1975. She is only the third coach in the program’s history.

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Nation Today Delta suspends pilot

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — Delta Air Lines has suspended a pilot who was charged with trying to strike officers with his plane at a Georgia airport. Delta spokesman Anthony Black said Thursday that 48-year-old Dan Wayne Gryder is suspended pending the investigation’s completion. Gryder is a Delta pilot and private aircraft instructor. The Griffin-Spalding Airport was shut down for 45 minutes Wednesday after police said Gryder drove his car across the runway and taxiway, boarded his private plane and threatened to strike officers with the aircraft. Deputies ordered him to stop but he continued to taxi. He tried to take off but didn’t have enough fuel. Gryder is charged with aggravated assault and obstruction.

Conviction tossed out

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge Thursday threw out a murder case against a man imprisoned for nearly two decades and declared he was innocent, saying a key witness lied and others influenced one other into identifying him as the shooter. Fernando Bermudez cried and hugged one of his lawyers as the judge took the unusual step of not only overturning his 1992 conviction but dismissing the charges, rather than calling for a retrial.

Bermudez “has demonstrated his actual innocence,” state Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo said. “This court wishes to express its profound regret over the past

18 years. I hope for you a better future.” With his parents, wife and other relatives sobbing and applauding in the courtroom, Bermudez was led away after the ruling. The 40-year-old remains behind bars for now because of an unrelated federal drug-sale conviction that carried a 27-month sentence. His lawyers plan to ask federal authorities to credit him for the time he has served and release him.

Five bodies found PEARCY, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say they found four bodies in a burning mobile home in southwest Arkansas and another person was found dead inside a nearby house. Officials say around 2:30 Thursday morning authorities in Pearcy received a report of a house fire and nearly 15 miles away, the fire department in Hot Springs received a report of a vehicle on fire. Authorities then discovered the deaths and the truck fire were connected.

Mumps hits northeast ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. health officials say the largest U.S. outbreak of mumps in three years is occurring in New York and New Jersey. About 180 cases were identified in those two states from the time an investigation began in August through the end of October. Another 15 cases tied to the same outbreak have been reported in Canada. Three people have been hospitalized but no deaths were reported.

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Ida’s torrents trigger flooding along coast NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A drenching, wind-driven rain lashed much of the Atlantic seaboard Thursday, flooding streets, closing schools and causing three deaths in hard-hit Virginia and one in North Carolina. The torrential rains and winds gusting in excess of 30 mph were the work of late-season Tropical Storm Ida, which quickly weakened once it made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday but still soaked a swath of the southeast from Alabama to Georgia. Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine declared a state of emergency and officials urged people in some areas to stay home. Rain and resulting floods were predicted to continue at least through Friday, especially along the state’s southeastern coast and particularly in Norfolk, a coastal city of a quarter-million people. Officials in this city on Chesapeake Bay were watching the incoming tide closely, as winds pushed water inland and threatened to cause more flooding later Thursday or early Friday. Heeding Kaine’s advice, many residents weathered the storm at home. Many roads were inches or feet under water. “It’s miserable but no life or limb in danger,” said Bob Batcher, a spokesman for Norfolk’s emergency services. About 70 people showed up at three shelters opened for the storm. Some hardy residents ventured out in the stinging rain, leaning into gusting winds as they walked. The few restaurants that were open were empty or, like Granby Street Pizza, busy with takeout. “We do very well in the rain. We do a lot of deliveries,” said owner Peter Freda as hot pies were stacked on the counter for delivery. A few blocks down abandoned Granby Street, normally a busy stretch of bars and restaurants, Glenn Goodman, 48, found a sports bar that appeared to be open, only to have a server lock up as he reached for the door. The city resident eats out each night, and this was his third or fourth stop. “If you know what roads to take, it’s not that bad. You just don’t try to drive through big puddles,” he said. Three motorists died in weatherrelated crashes in central and eastern Virginia, said Corrine Geller, state police spokeswoman. Some motorists were rescued from their cars after getting stuck in high water, said Bob Spieldenner, Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokesman. Flooding closed several area streets, bridges and a major tunnel as winds worsened high tides that were already 6 to 7 feet above normal. In western Virginia, officials reported flooded streets and some

people being pulled out of low-lying areas. The Roanoke River also was expected to flood Thursday. Dominion Power reported more than 77,000 customers without electricity in Virginia and North Carolina, with nearly 70,000 of them in southeast Virginia. Most Hampton Roads schools and universities canceled classes, and many businesses closed for the day. The Port of Hampton Roads closed Thursday afternoon. The Norfolk Naval Station and all other area Navy installations, Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis trimmed operations down to essential personnel, officials at the bases said. Meanwhile, Coast Guard officials suspended a search for three commercial fishermen whose boat sank in churning seas 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey. A spokeswoman says there are no plans to resume searching Friday morning, when conditions are expected to be even worse. There were no serious problems elsewhere in the state, though emergency management officials were bracing for tidal flooding along the shore. In North Carolina, thousands of residents lost power at some point during the deluge, flood warnings were posted from the mountains to the coast, and some roads were closed. Schools in several districts opened late. And an elderly man standing in his yard was killed when a pine tree was snapped off by strong winds and fell on him, said Mooresville Fire Department Assistant Chief Curt Deaton. Mooresville is about 30 miles north of Charlotte. The Coast Guard on Wednesday plucked two people from a sailboat off the North Carolina coast, where seas had churned and winds gusted near 30 mph. Two other people remained with the boat as it was towed back to shore. The National Weather Service said Thursday morning that rainfall in some places on the coast was near 6 inches. In South Carolina, state health officials blamed the heavy rains for overwhelming sewage plants in the Columbia area, dumping some raw sewage into three rivers. In suburban Atlanta, streets and yards that border the Chattahoochee River filled with water as the river spilled over its banks from the rain. The area is still waterlogged from historic flooding in September, which swamped homes and businesses. In Delaware, power outages were reported and at least two inches of rain had fallen in parts of the state. Some low-lying areas were already flooded, and wind gusts were as high as 55 mph.

Balloon boy parents to plead guilty FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The parents accused of pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting that their 6-year-old son had floated away aboard a helium balloon have agreed to plead guilty in a deal that could send them both to jail but protect the wife from deportation. Richard Heene will plead guilty Friday to attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, said his attorney, David Lane. Heene’s wife, Mayumi, a Japanese citizen who

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NEW YORK — A jump in the nation’s energy inventories sent stocks falling Thursday as investors worried that demand for oil and gasoline is falling because of the struggling economy. Major stock indexes slid about 1 percent from 13-month highs, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which fell 94 points after six days of gains. The inventory report from the government pushed crude oil down 3 percent, below $77 a barrel. A gain in the dollar also weighed on prices for commodities including oil by making them more expensive for overseas buyers. A drop in energy company stocks upended an early advance led by technology shares, which rose after 3Com Corp. agreed to a $2.7 billion takeover by Hewlett-Packard Co. and as Intel Corp. said it would pay $1.25 billion to Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to settle legal disputes. But stocks could get a boost Friday from The Walt Disney Co., which said after the closing bell that its quarterly profit jumped 18 percent on better results at its movie studio. The disappointing report on energy usage overshadowed more upbeat news about the economy. The Labor Department said new claims for unemployment insurance fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 502,000 from an upwardly revised 514,000 the previous week. That’s the fewest claims since early January and better than economists had forecast. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported third-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ expectations, though sales at stores open at least a year dropped during the quarter. The nation’s biggest retailer said sales at existing stores would range from a drop of 1 percent to a gain of 1 percent in its fourth quarter. Sales at stores open at least a year are an important indicator of a retailer’s strength. The mammoth company is seen as a key indicator of consumer spending trends. Investors have worried for months that consumers are so strained by unemployment and lower home prices that they won’t spend more and help propel a recovery. The Dow fell 93.79, or 0.9 percent, to 10,197.47. It was the biggest drop since Oct. 30 and only the second time this month it fell. The Dow had risen 519 points, or 5.3 percent, in the prior six days — its longest stretch of gains since late August. The broader S&P 500 index fell 11.27, or 1 percent, to 1,087.24, after two days of gains. The Nasdaq fell 17.88, or 0.8 percent, to 2,149.02. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 12.39, or 2.1 percent, to 580.32. Four stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1.1 billion shares compared with 1 billion Wednesday. Treasurys rose, pushing yields lower. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.45 percent from 3.48 percent late Tuesday. Bond markets were closed Wednesday for Veterans Day. Crude oil fell $2.34 to settle at $76.94 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold fell after eight days of gains, settling at $1,106.60.

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In this photo made Thursday, Nov. 5, Linda Cook, of Cranston, R.I. examines job listings at a state managed employment center, in Providence, R.I.

Jobless claims fall, but hiring is not following WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people are claiming unemployment benefits — but still too many to signal that the economy is close to gaining jobs. First-time claims for jobless benefits dropped last week to a seasonally adjusted 502,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the fewest claims since the week ending Jan. 3, and below economists’ estimates. Claims would have to fall to the high 400s to indicate the economy could soon produce even a slight gain in jobs, estimates Abiel Reinhart, an economist at JPMorgan Chase. That level of claims could be reached by January, he said, and the economy should start gaining jobs sometime in the first quarter of 2010. Still, Reinhart doesn’t expect the gains to be strong enough to push down the unemployment rate — now at a 26-year high of 10.2 percent — until the second quarter. Zach Pandl, an economist at Nomura Securities, said he thinks jobless claims would need to drop to about 425,000 before jobs would be added. Pandl expects the economy to produce a net gain in jobs by January. President Barack Obama said Thursday he’ll host a White House summit next month on combating the joblessness that continues to drag on a struggling economy. Many private economists and Federal Reserve officials worry the nation could be in for a

“jobless recovery” as the unemployment rate rises despite some overall economic growth. Companies would start hiring — but not enough to absorb new people seeking jobs. For now, Pandl said the weekly jobless claims figures are “showing steady progress.” “Firing activity is starting to taper off,” he said. The four-week average of unemployment claims, which smooths fluctuations, dropped to 519,750, also the lowest in almost a year. It has fallen by more than 20 percent since its peak in the spring. Economists closely watch initial claims as a gauge of the pace of layoffs. But claims also can provide a signal about the willingness of companies to hire, because laid-off workers able to find jobs are less likely to request benefits. The last time the economy saw job gains was in December 2007, when employers added 120,000 jobs. Claims that month averaged about 340,000, though Reinhart said claims don’t have to fall that far at the end of the recession to signal gains. Many analysts estimate that job gains need to top 125,000 to account for population growth and lower the unemployment rate. “We are open to any demonstrably good idea to supplement the steps we’ve already taken to put America back to work,” Obama said before taking off for a trip to Asia.

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices tumbled Thursday, dropping below $77 a barrel after the government reported that petroleum supplies continue to grow as American drivers and businesses cut way back on energy use. Benchmark crude for December delivery gave up $2.34 to settle at $76.94 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report that oil and gas supplies grew more than expected last week, even though many oil companies have shuttered refineries as fuel consumption slumps. The government report said refineries have slowed production to the lowest levels since September 2008, and they’re importing nearly 15 percent less crude than last year. Peter Beutel, an analyst at Cameron Hanover, said traders are increasingly disappointed by the lack of consumption. For most of the year, oil prices increased despite tepid consumer demand. Prices doubled from March to October as the dollar weakened and investors looked to crude and other commodities as relatively safe places to put their money. A weaker dollar also helps investors holding strong international currencies buy oil contracts. “It’s not the oil refineries who are buying most of these oil contracts,” said Tom Kloza, publisher and chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service. “It’s the financial companies, the ETFs, and other people who are patient enough to sit and wait for prices to go up.” As oil prices soared, they tugged gas and diesel prices higher, boosting fuel costs. At the pump, gas prices have slid all month, dropping less than a penny overnight to a new national average of $2.65 a gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular unleaded is 17.2 cents more expensive than it was last month and 44.8 cents more than a year ago.

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CDC: 22 million hit by swine flu

WASHINGTON (AP) — Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, say startling federal estimates released Thursday. The figures — a quadrupling of previous death estimates — don’t mean swine flu suddenly has worsened, and most cases still don’t require a doctor’s care. Instead, the numbers are a longawaited better attempt to quantify the new flu’s true toll. “I am expecting all of these numbers, unfortunately, to continue to rise,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And tight supplies of vaccine to combat the illness continue: Not quite 42 million doses are currently available, a few million less than CDC had predicted last week. A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows nearly one in six parents has gotten at least some of their children vaccinated against swine flu since inoculations began last month. Another 14 percent of parents sought vaccine, but couldn’t find any. Only about 30 percent of children routinely get flu vaccinations during a normal winter. That even this many have gotten vaccinated against the new

flu that scientists call the 2009 H1N1 strain despite the shortage suggests CDC’s target-the-young message has gotten through. But three times as many adults have tried and failed to find vaccine for themselves as have succeeded. “I know they’re trying their hardest,” Joy McGavin of Pittston, Pa., said of the CDC’s vaccine efforts. She hasn’t yet found vaccine for her three children despite a persistent hunt — even though she and her youngest child are at extra risk because of chronic illnesses. “But it is kind of frustrating, being as my children’s school already shut down” because of a big outbreak, McGavin said. And interest among the young adults who also are at high risk is waning fast, found the AP-GfK poll of 1,006 adults nationwide. Thursday, Schuchat again urged patience in seeking vaccine. “It’s a marathon and not a sprint,” she said. Until now, the CDC has conservatively estimated more than 1,000 deaths and “many millions” of new H1N1 infections. The agency was devoting more time to battling the pandemic than to counting it, and earlier

figures were based on laboratory-confirmed cases even as doctors largely quit using flu tests months ago — and experts knew that deaths from things like the bacterial pneumonia that often follows flu were being missed. Thursday’s report attempts to calculate the first six months of the new H1N1 strain’s spread, from April through mid-October. The CDC said: n Some 98,000 people have been hospitalized from this new flu or its complications, including 36,000 children, 53,000 adults younger than 65 and 9,000 older adults. n Deaths could range from a low of 2,500 to as many as 6,100, depending on how the data’s analyzed. n Some 8 million children have become ill, 12 million adults younger than 65 and 2 million older adults. The estimate of child deaths may seem especially surprising, considering the CDC’s conservative count of lab-confirmed deaths a week ago was 129. “We don’t think things have changed from last week to this week,” Schuchat stressed, explaining the importance of looking beyond those lab counts. It’s “a better estimate for the big picture of what’s out there.”

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — When Lilli Lackey started college, talk of a growing teacher shortage gave her confidence that a job would be waiting for her when she got out. Now, six months after graduating, she considers herself lucky just to find work as a substitute. Across the country, droves of people like Lackey are unable to find teaching jobs, in large part because the economy is forcing school systems to slash positions. The teacher shortage that many feared just a few years ago has turned into a teacher glut. “I always thought that if I didn’t find a job, I would be able to sub. And then once that started to be more difficult, it was really kind of devastating,” Lackey, an art teacher, said during a career fair for educators at the University of Kansas. Since last fall, school systems, state education agencies, technical schools and colleges have shed about 125,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, many teachers who had planned to retire or switch jobs are staying on because of the recession, and many people who have been laid off in other fields are trying to carve out second careers as teachers or applying to work as substitutes to make ends meet. In Texas, the Round Rock school district had more than 5,000 applications for 322 teacher openings this year and saw its pool of subs almost double to 1,200, about 2 1/2 times as many as it needs even on a particularly bad day during flu season, said spokeswoman Joylynn Occhiuzzi. “It is a tougher job market, and you get applicants that you might not normally have because of the economy,” she said. Just a few years ago, before the recession hit, several reports had projected a big shortage of teachers across a wide range of subjects over the next several years as baby boomers retired from the classroom and the strong economy lured college graduates into fields other than education. But the nationwide demand for teachers in 60 out of 61 subjects has declined from a year earlier, according to an annual report issued this week by the American Association for Employment in Education. Only one subject — math — was listed as having an extreme shortage of teachers. In recent years, more than a dozen subjects had extreme shortages. “We don’t see a teacher shortage now,” said Neil Shnider, executive director of the association. “The school districts aren’t hiring.”

ATM overdraft changes are ordered WASHINGTON (AP) — Banks will have to secure their customers’ consent before charging large overdraft fees on ATM and debit card transactions, according to a new rule announced Thursday by the Federal Reserve. The rule responds to complaints from consumer groups, members of Congress and other regulators that the overdraft fees are unfair because many people assume they can’t spend more on a debit card than is available in their account. Instead, many

banks allow the transactions to go through, then charge fees of up to $25 to $35. Under the Fed’s new rule, which will take effect July 1, banks will be required to notify new and existing customers of their overdraft services and give customers the option of being covered. If customers don’t “opt in,” any debit or ATM transactions that overdraw their accounts will be denied, Fed officials said.

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President Barack Obama greets troops and their families at Elmendorf Air Force base in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday. The President is traveling to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. Associated Press

Charges filed in Ft. Hood case FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist accused of killing fellow soldiers at the Fort Hood military base was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder Thursday as he lay in a hospital bed. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama ordered a review to determine if the government fumbled warning signs of the shooter’s contacts with a radical Islamic cleric. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan could face the death penalty if convicted. Army officials said they believe Hasan acted alone when he jumped on a table with two hand guns last week, shouted “Allahu akbar” and opened fire. The dead included at least three other mental health professionals; 29 were injured. Additional charges were possible, said Chris Grey, spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command. It had not been decided whether to charge Hasan with the death of the unborn child of a pregnant soldier who died, officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the case publicly. Meanwhile, Obama ordered a review of all intelligence related to Hasan to determine whether it was properly shared and acted upon within the government. John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, will oversee the review. The first results

are due Nov. 30. Obama also ordered the preservation of the intelligence. Members of Congress are pressing for a full investigation in why Hasan was not detected and stopped. A Senate hearing on Hasan is scheduled for next week. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, and others have called for a full examination of what agencies knew about Hasan’s contacts with a radical imam and others of concern to the U.S., and what they did with the information. Hoekstra confirmed this week that the U.S. government knew about 10 to 20 e-mails between Hasan and a radical imam, beginning in December 2008. A joint terrorism task force overseen by the FBI learned late last year of Hasan’s repeated contact with a radical Muslim cleric who encouraged Muslims to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. The FBI said the task force did not refer early information about Hasan to superiors because it concluded he wasn’t linked to terrorism. Hasan was charged in the hospital without his lawyers present, said John Galligan, his civilian attorney. “What I find disturbing is that my client is in ICU, and he’s 150 miles south of his defense counsel, and he’s being served with the charges,” he told The Associated Press. “Given his status as a patient, I’m troubled by

this procedure and that I’m not there. I’m in the dark, and that shouldn’t be the case. I am mad.” Months before the shootings, doctors and staff overseeing Hasan’s training reported viewing him at times as belligerent, defensive and argumentative in his frequent discussions of his Muslim faith, according to a military official familiar with several group discussions about Hasan. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the meetings and spoke on condition of anonymity. Hasan was characterized as a mediocre student and lazy worker, which concerned the doctors and staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a military medical school in Bethesda, Maryland, the official said. Even outside the military, Hasan’s behavior drew attention. Golam Akhter, a civil engineer, said Thursday that he had spoken with Hasan about 10 times at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring before Hasan left for Texas last summer. “He used to not believe that 9/11 was solely the work of Middle East people,” Akhter said. “His main thing was, ‘A merica is killing Muslims in the Middle East.’ That made him very, very upset.” Akhter said he sensed that Hasan was “a troubled man” and feels guilty for not alerting others.

Federal deficit sets October record

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal deficit hit a record for October as the new budget year began where the old one ended: with the government awash in red ink. Economists worry that if such deficits continue it could push up interest rates, further dragging on the fragile economic recovery. The Treasury Department said Thursday that the deficit for October totaled $176.4 billion, even higher than the $150 billion imbalance that economists expected. The deficit for the 2009 budget year, which ended on Sept. 30, set an all-time record in dollar terms of $1.42 trillion. That was $958 billion above the 2008 deficit, the previous record holder. October was the 13th straight

month to show a monthly deficit — another record. It was the fifth-largest monthly deficit ever. The imbalance came mostly from lower receipts of individual and corporate taxes. Receipts were $135.3 billion, a 17.9 percent drop from last October. Spending dipped 2.7 percent to $311.7 billion. Last October’s outlays were inflated by the $33 billion spent on the first round of financial bailouts. The Obama administration expects this year’s deficit to reach $1.5 trillion. That would make it the third straight record annual deficit. In relation to the overall economy, the 2009 deficit was 9.9 percent of the gross domestic product. That was the highest level since the World War II-era deficit hit 21.5 percent of GDP in

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At the beginning of each arrangement conference I make an attempt to connect with each family emotionally. Being a funeral director does not make me an authority on human grief, but being a person who has experienced loss helps me have a certain level of compassion. One point that I try to make is that grief is the price tag for giving ourselves to someone. When a person loses a loved one, often the level of hurt is relative to our emotional investment in the life of the deceased. Our Creator has given us a unique gift that no other object of his creation is capable. That unique gift is the gift of love. The ability that we have to choose to love someone is all part of a divine plan. This divine plan brings meaning to our lives. Just imagine a world without the ability to love. Some people choose not to be vulnerable and instead live life cautiously and guarded, but life

was not meant to be lived in that manner. The greatest example of love was our Creator God giving us his only Son for our salvation. Even God knows that you cannot truly love someone without experiencing a degree of pain. Personally, I would rather suffer the emotional hurt after losing someone that I loved than not to have had the opportunity to love them at all. It is all a part of this wonderful gift called love.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pass the gravy — plus the phone and the remote control. It’s dinnertime in America. Between the blare of the TV, the ring of the phone and Junior texting his buddies under the table or from the couch, the modern dinner comes with a heaping helping of distracting bells and whistles, an Associated Press-iVillage Food poll found. Yet the sit-down, home-cooked family meal is an enduring tradition. And not just on Thanksgiving or other special occasions. Most nights, most families manage to eat together, the survey found. Democrats and Republicans do. Devout churchgoers and never-goers do. Childless families and those with kids are about equally apt to have a regular family meal. So are families from the suburbs and the country. Altogether, more than 60 percent of those who live with families said they sat down with family for dinner at least five nights in the past week. Home-cooked meals were the norm, not just takeout and the like. Hand-me-down recipes determine the menu more than any other source. Although more than half in the poll have cooked something from an online recipe and TV shows, such digital delights lag recipes clipped from newspapers and magazines, and none of that holds a candle to recipes passed on from family elders. So far so good, painter Norman Rockwell, that celebrant of the idealized old-fashioned life, surely would think. But family bonding has some competition when people are chowing down. Television is a constant dinner companion for a quarter of families, the poll suggests. More than half have it turned on more often than rarely. Half are pestered by phone calls — including, it must be said, from the occasional pollster like the ones who did this survey. Texting or e-mailing on a cell phone is always going on over dinner for 5 percent of families. It’s more than a rare intrusion for 15 percent. Nearly 40 percent have the radio or stereo going, at least occasionally. Surveys over recent decades have generally found the American dinnertime to be hanging in as family time despite the growth of households with both parents working. It might be harder to pull off these days but, in the view of Don Wells, 59, of Phenix City, Ala., it’s not that hard. “Cooking is not rocket science,” said Wells, a government contractor who is retired from the armed forces. He and his wife, Mary, have dinner together every night, along with kids, grandkids or “anyone else who happens to be in the house at meal time.” Cell phones don’t interrupt. “Not in this house,” he said. But the TV is sometimes on. In West Chicago, Ill., Judit Mohai, 34, is a musician who usually cooks for her husband and kids, ages 2 and 5, four days a week. She’s working the remaining three nights. The family eats in the kitchen, where there is no TV, and no one has a cell phone. For those who can’t pull a family dinner together regularly, it’s most often because someone is working too late. Almost one in 10 family members surveyed had no dinners with family in the past week. Major reasons for offering prepared food instead of a meal from scratch were that the cook was too busy or too beat. Shelly Fry, 35, a computer programer in Truro, Iowa, says she sometimes wonders how others with full-time jobs manage to cook so much. Her husband, T.J., has an electrical contracting business; their kids are 13 and 14. They cook about half their dinners. The deli counter, a precooked chicken at the grocery store and takeout are frequent saviors. Dinner is often at 6:30 p.m., with the TV usually on in the background. The kids share one cell phone, are not allowed to text at all and can’t take calls at dinner. “My kids are deprived,” she said wryly.

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After-dark visitor raises questions Dear Abby: My neighbors, “John” and “Marcia,” are such a nice couple, I’m not sure what to do. I don’t know them all that well, but what’s going on is extremely upsetting. On several occasions, I have seen a woman park her car near my home after dark and walk to the back door of their house. About an hour later, I see John let her out the front door. He even has the nerve to kiss her goodbye right on the front porch! I’m sure he is slipping this tart in for sex — right under his wife’s nose. I want to tell Marcia what’s going on, but I’m unsure how to go about it. — Not Nosy Dear Not Nosy: I strongly recommend that you mind your own business and do nothing. If there was any hanky-panky going on, I seriously doubt that John would be indulging in it while his wife was in the house — and kissing his illicit lover goodbye on their doorstep, yet. When someone is overly preoccupied with the sex life of a neighbor, it isn’t “concern.” It IS nosy, so please get a life. Dear Abby: I am a 79-year-old recent widow. Shortly after I was married I had a brief, intense affair with a man at work. I’ll call him “Earl.” Earl’s wife, “Lillian,” was in her third trimester of pregnancy and he was needy. We fell hopelessly in love and our affair continued after his baby was born. We were happy

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together and nothing else seemed to matter. Somehow Lillian found out and left him. The divorce she said she’d seek would have solved our problems because I would have immediately divorced my husband, but it never happened. She still loved him, and he decided to do the “honorable thing” and reconcile with her. We swore we would love each other forever, no matter what. My husband forgave me, and we had a good life and three children. A friend kept me informed about Earl — where he was and what he was doing. She told me he has spent his life making up to Lillian for his “indiscretion” and treating her like a queen. She is now in a nursing home suffering with Alzheimer’s. She no longer knows Earl, but he goes to see her every day. Would it be wrong of me to get in touch with him to sympathize? I still love him. Perhaps he loves me, too. — Hoping Dear Hoping: Please accept my condolences for the loss of your husband, but offering “sympathy” to Earl right now would not be good.

Sleep issues: No rest for the weary Dear Dr. Gott: I am an 87-yearold male in good health for my age. My main problem is sleep, or rather, a lack of it. I get the most sleep in a La-Z-Boy chair because when I get into bed, I can’t stay more than a few minutes most times. I get up to go to my chair, get two or three hours sleep, wake up, go to bed, and ultimately get a couple of hours sleep. My doctor can’t say what is wrong. Dear Reader: There are countless reasons for an interruption in sleep. Let’s consider some of the most common ones. Do you eat your dinner later in the evening and finish with a piece of chocolate, cup of coffee or caffeine-containing products? Is your bedroom dark and quiet, or do you tend to sleep with a television or radio on? Do you use the time when you get into bed to problem-solve or go over issues of the day? Are things going on in your home that you can hear or be distracted by at the time you choose to retire for the evening?


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Are you on any medications that could have an effect on your sleep patterns? Is there something in the bedroom that you find distracting that makes your recliner more comforting? Is a situation going on that you feel you are accepting of, yet it contributes to sleeplessness? Do you go to bed at the same time each evening, or does the schedule vary? You may not be ready to fall asleep and stay asleep, preferring quiet activity such as reading for a short time before calling it a night. Review your activities to determine whether a pattern develops that might provide an answer.


Your Birthday, Nov. 13;

You could tap into a new stream of opportunities. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Not only will everything start out to your liking; things will end up that way. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Think in the most expansive terms because big plans are more likely to succeed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — When it comes to material holdings, there isn’t likely anything that can sink your finances. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Don’t be surprised if others are trying to imitate your popularity. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — It isn’t likely that anyone will be able to fool you, owing to your exceptional perceptive abilities. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You’ll be at your best when involved in any form of social activity. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — It’s your lucky day because Dame Fortune is apt to put you in the right spot at the right time. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Because you’ll look at life as a game instead of a battle, everything will seem like play to you. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Someone with whom you have strong emotional ties could turn out to be a good friend. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Think in terms of “we” instead of “me,” because work with others will turn out well for you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — First consider doing a repair job yourself before hiring a professional. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Don’t be surprised by how much attention you attract wherever you go. That marvelous x-factor quality you possess will put you smack-dab in the limelight, regardless of where you are or with whom.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS 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

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the Estate of MODENIA SHORT STROUD, late of 3320 Pea Ridge Road, Bostic, Rutherford County, North Carolina, the undersigned does hereby notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the estate of said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned at the Law Offices of Travis S. Greene, PC, 75 South Trade Street, Suite C, Tryon, North Carolina 28782, on or before Friday, January 26, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the said estate will please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 23rd day of October, 2009. Evelyn Louise Lane, Administrator Estate of Modenia Short Stroud 532 Sandy Level Church Road Bostic, NC 28018 Travis S. Greene, Esq. Law Offices of Travis S. Greene, PC 75 South Trade Street, Suite C Tryon, NC 28782

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.

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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. Ruth T. Hodge, Executor 958 Old Caroleen Road Forest City, NC 28043


DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION By: E.C. Powell, Jr. Director of Field Operations

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.

Richard G. Sowerby DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Publication Dates: 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, and 11/20/09.

Annette Sweetenberg Littlejohn, Administrator 231 Marshall Street Forest City, NC 28043

This the 26th day of October, 2009.





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nation/world World Today Somali judge assassinated MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen have killed a top Somali judge who had sentenced many pirates and human traffickers to long jail terms, the security minister for northern Somalia said Thursday. Mohamed Said Samatar said three men were arrested Thursday over the killing of High Court Judge Mohamed Abdi Aware. In addition to jailing suspected pirates, Aware also recently jailed four members of Somalia’s Islamic insurgency.

Tourists use binoculars to look at North Korea’s city of Kaepoong at a unification observation post near the border village of Panmunjom, Thursday North Korea threatened South Korea on Thursday after their first naval skirmish in seven years. Associated Press

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened to punish South Korea following their brief-but-bloody naval firefight, though analysts said Thursday that chances of retaliation appeared slim ahead of planned talks between the U.S. and Pyongyang. Tuesday’s battle near the disputed western sea border left one North Korean officer dead and three others wounded, according to a senior South Korean military officer. Both sides have accused the other of provoking the two-minute battle and Pyongyang has threatened consequences. “Warmongers will be forced to pay a costly price,” the North’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said Thursday in a commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. “We never utter empty words.” A North Korean navy patrol vessel is believed to have been towed by another North Korean ship to a nearby base after South Korean ships fired some 4,950 rounds, said an official with Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. He asked not to be identified because of the issue’s sensitivity. Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul’s University of North Korean Studies, downplayed

the significance of the North’s threats, saying they were carried in newspaper commentaries rather than in government or military statements — which carry more weight. The North’s military issued a statement Tuesday blaming the South for the clash but has not made any threat or mention of retaliation itself. Analysts believe a planned trip to Pyongyang by a U.S. official would make it difficult for Pyongyang to take retaliatory steps against the South anytime soon. President Barack Obama, due to arrive in Seoul on Nov. 18 amid a regional tour, plans to send special envoy Stephen Bosworth to Pyongyang by year’s end for the first direct talks with the North during his administration. Bosworth’s trip is aimed at persuading communist North Korea to return to six-nation nuclear disarmament negotiations, which Pyongyang walked away from earlier this year. The North has long demanded one-on-one talks with the United States before committing to the stalled talks on ending its nuclear programs. The talks also include South Korea, China, Russia and Japan, and were last held in Beijing in December.

Jeung Young-tae, a North Korea expert at the governmentfunded Korea Institute for National Unification, said that while some kind of retaliation is possible, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il would have little to gain from doing so. “Any escalation of the situation would not be in the interest of the Kim Jong Il regime at a time when the North is focusing on dialogue with the U.S.,” he said. Paik Hak-soon, an analyst at the private Sejong Institute think tank near Seoul, said it is hard to believe that Pyongyang would retaliate when it is seeking to improve its relations with both South Korea and the U.S. Officials in Seoul shrugged off the North’s threats, saying they can deter any aggression and will defend the disputed sea border — known as the Northern Limit Line — where the clash took place. The line is a de facto western sea border drawn up by the U.N. command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The North has long insisted it be redrawn farther south. The Defense Ministry said Thursday that it plans to hold a meeting of top military commanders next month to review South Korea’s defenses.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Forbes Magazine named drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — a fugitive reputed to be hiding in the mountains of northern Mexico — to its list of the 67 “World’s Most Powerful People” on Wednesday. At No. 41 on the list, Guzman is ahead of presidents like Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev, France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Forbes noted Guzman’s profession as “drug trafficker” on the list published Wednesday on its Web site.

Kidnapped journalist freed OSLO (AP) — A Norwegian freelance journalist kidnapped a week ago in eastern Afghanistan has been released along with his Afghan interpreter, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Journalist Paal Refsdal and an unnamed interpreter were freed Wednesday night after being abducted Nov. 5 near the border with Pakistan, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said. It is still unclear who abducted Refsdal and demanded $500,000 for his release, Stoere told journalists Thursday evening, adding that to his knowledge the demand was never met “Norwegian authorities did not exchange money for the hostages,” he said.

Iran nuke plant seven years old

VIENNA (AP) — Iran’s recently revealed uranium enrichment hall is a highly fortified underground space that appears too small to house a civilian nuclear program, but large enough to serve for military activities, diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday. Iran began building the facility near the holy city of Qom seven years ago, and after bouts of fitful construction could finish the project in a year, the diplomats said. Both the construction timeline and the size of the facility — inspected last month by the International Atomic Energy Agency — are significant in helping shed light on Tehran’s true nuclear intentions. Iran says it wants to enrich only to make atomic fuel for energy production, but the West fears it could retool its program to churn out fissile warhead material.

Medvedev urges modernization MOSCOW (AP) — President Dmitry Medvedev laid out his plan Thursday to move Russia’s economy into the modern age and overcome the grim industrial legacy of the Soviet Union. In his annual state-of-the-nation address, he took a few digs at Vladimir Putin, his predecessor and mentor, but made clear that the tightly controlled political system Putin created is here to stay. Medvedev warned the opposition that any attempts to upset the current order will not be tolerated. He ordered a sweeping modernization of the Soviet-built military arsenals. But he also called for a “pragmatic” foreign policy aimed at attracting investment and improving living standards, rather than “chaotic actions driven by nostalgia and prejudice.”

Palestinians vote in question RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian election officials on Thursday recommended calling off January’s presidential vote, a step that could result in embattled President Mahmoud Abbas staying in office indefinitely. Abbas, who must approve the recommendation, had vowed not to run for re-election because of his frustration with stalled peace efforts. But few think he will resign outright if no election is held. Hanna Nasser, chairman of the Palestinian election commission, blamed the rival Hamas militant group for holding up the vote. He said Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, had refused to cooperate with election workers, making it impossible to hold the Jan. 24 election. Nasser did not propose a new date for the balloting.


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