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LAKE LURE — Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has purchased a 1,500-acre tract in the Grey Rock development and the purchase closes Friday. The parcel is part of the bankrupt Grey Rock development and is what would have eventually been Phase 4 of the project. Land Resources, Inc. announced the purchase of the land more than four years ago. The parcel is located in the southern part of the tract that also includes an area once described by Land Resources as common space. Referred to Weed Patch Mountain, the 1,500-acre tract is visible from Lake Lure and according to CMLC, it includes some of the state’s most ecologically diverse natural land as well as spectacular views. It is also the largest single parcel available for purchase near Chimney Rock State Park. The land was discounted due to the bankrupt residential development, said Kieran Roe, CMLC’s executive director. The final closing price is $2.29 million dollars, at $1,500 per acre for the 1,527 acres. Please see Land, Page 6A

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Regional business center will be located at GWU BOILING SPRINGS — Lt. Governor Walter Dalton on Monday announced that Gardner-Webb University would serve as the location for a Small Business & Technology Development Center regional offic. The officer will be housed in Hamrick Hall, which is also home to the university’s Godbold School of Business. With funding from the N.C. Rural Center, the SBTDC provides assistance to mid-sized businesses in eight of the state’s most economically distressed counties. The project funds additional personnel and resources dedicated solely to these targeted communities to provide business counseling, technical assistance and specialized services to mid-sized businesses with potential for short- and

long-term job growth. The pilot project counties are located in the western, central and eastern regions of the state ­— Cleveland, Rutherford, Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, Green, Wayne and Wilson. The Gardner-Webb office will serve Cleveland and Rutherford counties. Lt. Gov. Dalton believes this office has incredible potential to assist Cleveland and Rutherford counties. “This national economic downturn has hit North Carolina hard and rural North Carolina has suffered in particular. I’m glad to see resources aimed at mid-sized businesses in rural distressed counties, and I’m confident the Small Business & Technology Development Center will Please see GWU, Page 6A

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Watson finds niche outside normal classroom By ALLISON FLYNN Daily Courier Staff Writer

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SPINDALE — A new protection program hopes to help save some homeowners here from foreclosure. The Home Protection Program provides zerointerest loans to homeowners while they are looking for another job or getting training. “Anybody that has been displaced from their job and meets the criteria can take advantage of this,” said Kenneth Higginbotham, housing counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling Service. “The Housing Agency has been phenomenal and is really trying to make as good a use of taxpayer money as they can and get this to as many taxpayers as they can. Some of the guidelines have changed and even if some people’s unemployment benefits have run out, I’d like to meet with them and screen them to see if they can have that eligibility.” To be eligible for a loan, homeowners must meet the following criteria: n have lost their job due to changing economic conditions within the last two years n have a mortgage that is secured by real property n have had a stable employment and credit history prior to losing their job n be a legal resident of the U.S. who owns property in N.C. that is the principal residence

Cheryl Watson

FOREST CITY — Her first year teaching, Cheryl Watson realized being in a regular classroom wasn’t what she was meant to do. Instead, she’s found her calling as an exceptional children’s teacher and was honored recently by Rutherford County Schools as the district’s Exceptional Teacher of the Year. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was teach special education,” Watson said. “I majored in accounting and didn’t find the passion that I do teaching children.” Watson began her career with Shelby City Schools and taught at Carver Center’s Rainbow program. Her “dream job” came open at Harris Elementary School, where she remained for 17 years. It was there, she said, she gained a mentor in former principal Bob Keever.

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“I went to college to learn about education, but Bob Keever taught me a lot about teaching,” she said. Watson has been an EC teacher at Chase High School for five years. Because she spent years in elementary education, she said she is now teaching children she had as third graders again as high school freshmen. “I usually get my students for four years, so it’s entirely possible they could have me seven out of their 13 years,” she laughed. Although she’s had hundreds of students over the years, Watson said there are those who stand out. One is Sevin Bright, a student she still talks to each week. “I started with him when he was in third Please see Watson, Page 2A


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Congressman recognizes Will in The Record

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Heath Shuler (D-Waynesville) recognized Tim Will of Rutherfordton in the Congressional Record for his efforts to bring high-speed internet access to local schools, and for his creative use of technology to connect small, local farmers with consumers and chefs in larger metropolitan areas.

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Foothills Pilot Club of North Carolina prepared 1,700 candy canes and holiday cards for residents in the county’s rest homes, nursing homes, Hospice House and Rutherford Hospital. The gifts will be presented to residents on Christmas Day. Among Pilots participating in the delivery last week were (l-r) Mary Mitchell, Jackie Hampton, Catherine Washburn, Patty Shelton, Gerry Roberts, Zana Whitmire, and Sharon Hardin. “Our goal is that every resident in our county’s nursing, assisted living, and family care homes, along with patients at Rutherford Hospital and Hospice House will have a special candy-cane and card on Christmas morning,” said Linda Bailey, president Foothills Pilot Club of North Carolina. “We realize that many of these people may not have visitors or gifts on Christmas Day.” Foothills Pilot Club is a local service organization composed of 37 ladies from Rutherford County.

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grade,” she said. “When I got my National Board Certification, he was one of my featured students.” She and Bright talked on the phone often while she was his teacher and even now he calls her each Sunday afternoon to catch up. Methods of teaching have changed since Watson entered a classroom 23 years ago. With the advent of computers and other related technology, there are more ways to connect with students. “You teach the way you learn and as a visual learner, I tend to be visual when I teach. Students now use different technologies and get up and move around the classroom.... We’d never heard of that when I first graduated.” Each day is different, Watson said. And because she works with students on their assign-

ments for other classes, she might be teaching English I followed by Algebra. “You never know what they are going to say or what work you’ll be helping with,” she said. “It’s so much fun – seeing those ‘aha’ moments when they get something they haven’t learned before.” Watson works with her students outside the classroom too, something she would never have been able to do without the support of her husband, Maurice. “I could not be where I am today without the support of him,” she said. “He’s very open to me meeting the needs of my students whether it’s talking to them on the phone or providing homebound services.” Watson’s daughters, Meg and Beth, have volunteered in her classrooms; both have decided to go into education as well. “Meg is a senior in college majoring in special education,” Watson said. “Beth is a freshman at UNC-Charlotte and is an

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elementary education major.” Watson is also inspiring others to go into the profession. She leads a group of Teacher Cadets at the school. “I feel like I can offer the perspective of an EC teacher that they don’t get in a regular classroom,” she said. “So I hope I’m influencing future teachers too.” In addition to being honored at the December meeting of the Rutherford County Schools Board of Education, Watson also travelled to an exceptional children’s conference in Greensboro where she received a plaque that’s displayed proudly in her classroom. But the biggest honor, she said, isn’t something that will fit in a frame. “The biggest reward is when they graduate and come back and say ‘I could never have made it without you,’” she said. “Of course they could have, but it’s nice.” Contact Flynn via e-mail at aflynn@ thedigitalcourier.com.

Will, director of the county’s Foothills Connect Business and Technology Center, was recently awarded the Purpose Prize for dedicating his time, energy and resources toward these important projects. The Purpose Prize, sponsored by the non-profit Civic Venture, is a national award given to five social innovators over the age of 60. Will saw the high unemployment rates and farming potential in the Rutherford community and created Farmers Fresh Market, an online marketplace designed to connect local small farmers to chefs and consumers in metropolitan areas. FarmersFreshMarket.org opens farmers to a new, lucrative market and helps those in urban areas take part in the local food movement and serve local, fresh and seasonal fare in their homes and restaurants. Approximately 90 local farmers have signed up to sell their produce on the Web site, which has sold more than $150,000 in fresh food over the past two years. The operation is planning on expanding into Buncombe and other nearby counties. The program has allowed local residents who became unemployed due to textile and furniture factory closings to funnel their efforts into agriculture. To help build local capacity, Will converted a vacant building into a Horticultural School and a demonstration garden. “Mr. Will is a testament to entrepreneurship by starting new businesses and building community services on a financial shoestring,” said Congressman Shuler. “The electronic fruit and vegetable exchange created by Mr. Will’s FarmersFreshMarket.org is a shining example of how technology can expand market possibilities to local farmers.” “High-speed Internet access and other technology can bring jobs and new opportunities to areas hit hard by unemployment in Western North Carolina,” Shuler said. “Foothills Connect and Mr. Will have us pointed in the right direction. I am proud to honor Mr. Will, and thank him for his contributions to our mountain area.”

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er they gave or received remuneration from 19 individuals or businesses, including Easley, the Allens and McQueen Campbell, once Easley’s political ally who has said he piloted dozens of private flights for Easley.

RALEIGH (AP) — Federal investigators still want more answers about coastal real estate developments assembled by two brothers with ties to former Gov. Mike Easley and whether anyone made payoffs or gifts to state regulators. Three Department of Environment and Natural Resources employees have been subpoenaed to appear later this week before a federal grand jury, agency spokeswoman Diana Kees confirmed Tuesday.

A lawyer for Gary Allen said last month the brothers did nothing like that and the projects received their required state permits in a lawful manner. According to Kees, Dorney is an environmental program supervisor in the state Division of Water Quality. Colson is an assistant director within the division who used to work in its aquifer protection office, and Schaffer is eastern operations supervisor in the department’s ecosystem enhancement program. Gary Allen testified before the elections board Oct. 27 that a $50,000 check he wrote to the state Democratic Party in advance of the 2004 election had no relation to the eventual approval of a state permit he sought for a boat ramp at Oyster Harbour in Brunswick County. Gary Allen has given more than $136,000 to the state party since 2002 and gave $4,000 to in late 2003 to Easley’s campaign, according to campaign finance records. Oyster Harbour is another development identified in the subpoenas. The subpoenas also seek documents from the state employees on the Summerhouse development in Onslow County and Cutter Bay in Pamlico County. The state elections board in October penalized Easley’s campaign committee $100,000 for failing to report dozens of flights Campbell piloted for Easley.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is seeking information similar to what it asked for from six other current or former department employees served with subpoenas last month. “We will continue to cooperate fully with the federal investigation,” Kees said in an e-mail. The subpoenas served Dec. 8 upon Kim Colson, John Dorney and Jeff Schaffer represent the latest in dozens served this year by prosecutors wanting more details about a wide range of activities surrounding Easley, his wife and associates. Easley, a Democrat who left office 11 months ago, hasn’t been charged with any crimes, although a local prosecutor is examining whether he or others broke state laws based on evidence uncovered in a weeklong State Board of Elections hearing in October. Federal prosecutors want the employees, who could arrive at the Raleigh federal courthouse Wednesday at the earliest, to provide any documents on four developments put together by businessmen Gary and Randy Allen. Easley and his wife bought a lot in one of the developments — Cannonsgate in Carteret County — in 2005. Documents show the couple received a $137,000 discount on the lot. They also want the workers to give them any paperwork showing wheth-

A former Easley aide, Ruffin Poole, is scheduled to appear last Thursday before the board after he unsuccessfully tried to quash the board’s subpoena in October. Evidence during the board hearing indicated Poole helped with Easley’s campaign fundraising. An attorney for Poole didn’t return Tuesday a phone call or e-mail seeking comment.

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Gov. Bev Perdue holds a news conference in Raleigh on Monday to express her objection and anger on the Superior Court ruling that would free two convicted murderers who were sentenced in the 1970s under an old law. The state Court of Appeals stopped the release of two inmates Monday, but a final ruling on the case is still pending.

Carolina Today Hotel workers murdered GOLDSBORO (AP) — North Carolina police are investigating the deaths of a couple found shot to death in a hotel where they lived and worked. WRAL-TV reports that 65-year-old Suryakant Patel and his 61-year-old wife, Bhavanaben, were discovered dead Monday morning inside their room at the America’s Best Value Inn in Goldsboro, about 50 miles southeast of Raleigh. Both worked there. A co-worker found the couple inside the room where they lived. Goldsboro police and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating their deaths as murders. Police would not give any more details about the deaths.

Mom sent to prison WAYNESVILLE (AP) — A 22-yearold North Carolina woman who put her toddler in boiling water and burned his foot with a cigarette has been sentenced to prison. Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday that Tabitha Rich pleaded guilty to two felony counts of inflict-

ing serious injury to her then-33month-old son. She received a 25- to 39-month sentence on each, to run consecutively. Prosecutors said Rich put her son in a pan of boiling water in October 2008 as punishment because he was constipated. He was treated for third-degree burns on his bottom. The child also had other injuries and a cigarette burn on his left foot. Rich was ordered to have no contact with her son and to receive parenting training. Her boyfriend was charged last month with assault and a firstdegree sex offense.

Slaying suspect indicted GASTONIA (AP) — A grand jury in North Carolina has indicted a 47-year-old man suspected in the deaths of three women over a 17-year period. The Gaston Gazette reported Monday that Danny Robbie Hembree Jr. was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder. He was arrested on Dec. 5 and is being held without bond in the Gaston County Jail.

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resident Barack Obama and his economic advisers have a lowcard hand in a high stakes poker game, and how they play it will be watched closely. Obama’s team is now pushing a plan to turn its economic focus to job creation, which is just one of a number of key economic issues that need to be addressed. Deciding which to tackle first is a subject certain to spark differences of opinion, but in this case the decision makes sense. The experts continue to say the awaited economic recovery is under way, but almost all say that until job creation gains steam, any recovery will be precarious. Some will argue that the Obama team needs to put its focus on deficit reduction. That issue, too, is one that needs to be addressed. Focusing on getting Americans back to work and getting the nation’s economy growing is one way to address the deficit. People who are out of work, or who are afraid that they might soon be out of work, are not spending money. They are cutting spending on everything. In our consumer-based economy, this creates a downward spiral that leads to more job losses, and less spending. At the same time, the drop in economic prosperity slashes government revenues, which is where the money comes from that is needed to reduce deficits. When people are working and feel secure, they will spend money. They will buy cars and create a need to build more cars. They will pay for home repairs. They will enlarge their grocery budgets. They will, in short, become active consumers again, which will then boost business and government revenues. Those who argue that government spending cuts are the only way to deal with the deficit are missing the biggest part of the picture. Government certainly needs to address its spending habits. That should be an ongoing effort at every level. But the only real route to true economic health is to secure and sustain a growing economy that is creating jobs.

Our readers’ views Urges people to join fight to save pharmacy To the editor: Do you think that Rutherford Hospital stopped to think about the needs of those that live near Rutherford East Pharmacy when they made the drastic decision to close it? Well, let’s focus on this question for a few moments. All of those that have made calls to the hospital, concerning the closing of the pharmacy at the “lower” end of the county, are being told that it is a financial burden to the hospital. They are being told that it is not profitable. Not one representative from the hospital that has been contacted mentioned to those concerned that Rutherford Hospital considered the medical needs of everyone that this decision would affect. What has happened to us as a county, state and nation? The pharmacy serves those that can’t drive long distances, those that are unable to drive, and everyone else living within at least 10 miles of the pharmacy. The elderly people in this community depend on the pharmacy and the hospital to help meet their basic needs of survival by providing needed medications. There’s an old saying that basically states, “It never hits home until it affects you.” Please help save this pharmacy from closing. Please contact those in the positions that can make a difference and help us keep our pharmacy open. Everyone in the “lower” end of the county is terribly disappointed in the decision that the Hospital is proposing. You may not live in this area, but you could help with a simple phone call the hospital, a call to your count commissioners, and/ or a call to the board of trustees from the hospital. If, by chance, Rutherford

East Pharmacy closes, it may be in the best interest of those affected to begin using services in the Boiling Springs area and Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby. If Rutherford Hospital doesn’t care about us, why should we be concerned about them? Since it is about the almighty dollar and the bottom line, maybe we could save a few bucks by investing our money outside of Rutherford County. Makes “cents” doesn’t it? James Roberts Ellenboro

Responds to writer on health care reform To the editor: I feel obligated to answer William Sear’s response to me on Health Care reform. He feels that I have a position that is a banal moral argument. My friends, if folks dying early in this country because of a lack of health care is not a moral issue there are none in this country. Since FDR, Republicans have fought every social program that has ever been proposed just as they are fighting health care reform. The only input to health care reform from Republicans has been tort reform and interstate buying of insurance. While tort reform is a problem that needs attention, it can easily be fixed. By setting up an independent council that would review each case to determine if it were worthy of court action, one would see a big difference in court cases. The total cost of tort now is one-half 0f 1 percent of the health care dollar. It would fix very little if it were all cut out. The only cooperation I mentioned was insurance companies. Insurance Companies return 64 cents on claims for each dollar taken in to pay claims. The other 36 cents goes to salaries, lobby-

ing, and profits. Insurance companies are paying one and one half million dollars daily to lobby against health care reform. In the U.S. we have about 50 million people without health care insurance and thus very little or no health care. People die early every day in this country for lack of health care. The U.S. ranks number one in money spent for health care; yet, we are number 19 in health care provided. Insurance companies produce nothing. They issue policies, collect payments, and have a lot of folks who look for ways not to pay claims. Whose numbers do we accept if not the CBO’s? The CBO’s provide the same estimates for both Democrats and Republicans. Yes, I said we had the money to pay for health care for all and we surely do. We choose where the money will be spent. There must be some, but I have not heard of a singe doctor who does not favor a single payer system. Mr. Sear says reform is needed but makes only the two suggestions. Health care reform should not be a partisan issue. If you care for Americans without health care why are you fighting it. The present bill is not perfect, but it is what we have now. It will be a start. One more time, if we can provide health care for those who are dying without it, and we can, and we do not it is grossly immoral. When we can look at all Americans and say that is my brother, we shall have come along way from believing the marketplace can solve all problems. Shame, shame on a wealthy nation who permits people to die for lack of health care. And shame on those who continue to support such a system. Ray Crawford Rutherfordton

Hidden cameras on solons would be a reality shock RALEIGH — One of the latest little scandals swirling around the state capital might in fact be an opportunity in disguise. Lately, outgoing state Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand has been trying to show how little involvement he had with the day-to-day operations of a security gadget company of which he has been chairman of the board for the past two years. Rand has been making the point after the company’s disgruntled former CEO leveled charges of insider trading against him. That charge led to revelations the company had done a bit of business with the state. The $200,000 in state contracts isn’t much for a company with about $12 million in annual revenue, but

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the fact that some contracts are of the no-bid variety -- entered into by agencies once led by Rand allies -- has raised eyebrows. But with Rand preparing to leave the state Senate, perhaps another business opportunity for the company presents itself that won’t lead to any conflicts of interest. The North Carolina General Assembly could hire Law Enforcement Associates to place cameras around the building, helping legislators

finally fulfill their dream of a TV broadcast from the Legislative Building. LEA’s particular talents might help legislators clear a couple of hurdles in this endeavor. The most obvious hurdle is ratings. Who would watch legislative floor sessions that are typically as exciting as watching paint peel? LEA’s potential solution: It manufactures tiny hidden cameras that can be placed in baseball caps or tie clips, and microphones disguised as ink pens. The possibilities presented by a dozen or so of these hidden cameras placed strategically around the Legislative Building seem endless. In fact, the idea suggests not some daily broadcast of mundane legislative debate,

but a weekly reality TV series. A reality TV series, after all, could generate the kind of ratings needed to clear the other significant hurdle for a broadcast from the Legislative Building: money. No longer would finding the bucks needed to pay for broadcasting from the legislature be a problem. Sponsors would be lining up to advertise on our new show. Among the potential titles: “How Not to Legislate,” “Flip This Bill,” and “The Amazing Place.” Imagine the footage gathered from placing secret cameras in booths inside the legislative cafeteria or around the couches outside the offices of House Speaker

Joe Hackney or Senate leader Marc Basnight. Having Basnight or Hackney walk around for a day with a secret tie-clip camera, picking up the lobbyists bowing and scraping before them, would be worth an episode in itself. Putting a few cameras in the closed-door party caucus meetings might would surely generate some classic reality TV fare -- a fight across a table, shouting and screaming, some catty comments from someone in the back of the room. This secret camera reality show would also have an added benefit. Ethics laws would become superfluous. Mooneyham is executive director of the Capitol Press Association.


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Evangelist Oral Roberts dies Obituaries

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — Oral Roberts, a pioneer in televangelism who founded a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university that bears his name, died Tuesday. He was 91. Roberts died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, California, according to his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. The evangelist was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday. He had survived two heart attacks in the 1990s and a broken hip in 2006. Roberts was a pioneer who broadcast his spirit-filled revivals on television, a new frontier for religion when he started in the 1950s. He was also a forerunner of the controversial “prosperity gospel” that has come to dominate televangelism. The evangelist’s “Seed-Faith” theology held that those who give to God will get things in return. “If God had not, in His sovereign will, raised up the ministry of Oral Roberts, the entire charismatic movement might not have occurred,” said Jack Hayford, president of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, in a statement. Roberts overcame tuberculosis at age 17, when his brother carried him to a revival meeting where a healing evangelist was praying for the sick. Roberts said he was healed of the illness and of his youthful stuttering. He said that it was then that he heard God tell him he should build a university based on the Lord’s authority and the Holy Spirit. Roberts rose from humble tent revivals to become one of America’s most famous preachers. He gave up a local pastorate in Enid in 1947 to enter an evangelistic ministry in Tulsa to pray for the healing of the whole person — the body, mind and spirit. The philosophy led many to call him a “faith healer,” a label he rejected with the com-

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ment: “God heals — I don’t.” By the 1960s and ‘70s, he was reaching millions around the world through radio, television, publications and personal appearances. He remained on TV into the new century, co-hosting the program, “Miracles Now,” with son Richard. He published dozens of books and conducted hundreds of crusades. A famous photograph showed him working at a desk with a sign on it reading, “Make no little plans here.” He credited his oratorical skills to his faith, saying, “I become anointed with God’s word, and the spirit of the Lord builds up in me like a coiled spring. By the time I’m ready to go on, my mind is razor-sharp. I know exactly what I’m going to say and I’m feeling like a lion.” Unity of body, mind and spirit became the theme of Oral Roberts University. The campus is a Tulsa landmark, with its space-age buildings laden with gold paint, including a 200-foot (61-meter) prayer tower and a 60-foot (18.3-meter) bronze statue of praying hands. His ministry hit upon rocky times in the 1980s. There was controversy over his City of Faith medical center,

a $250 million investment that eventually folded, and Roberts’ widely ridiculed proclamation that God would “call me home” if he failed to meet a fundraising goal of $8 million. A law school he founded also was shuttered. Semiretired in recent years and living in California, he returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in October 2007 as scandal roiled Oral Roberts University. His son, Richard Roberts, who succeeded him as ORU president, faced allegations of spending university money on shopping sprees and other luxuries at a time the institution was more than $50 million in debt. Richard Roberts resigned as president in November 2007, marking the first time since Oral Roberts University was chartered in 1963 that a member of the Roberts family would not be at its helm. The rocky period for the evangelical school was eased when billionaire Oklahoma City businessman Mart Green donated $70 million and helped run the school in the interim, pledging to restore the public’s trust. By the fall of 2009, things were looking up, with officials saying tens of millions of dollars worth of debt had been paid off and enrollment was up slightly. That September, a fraillooking Oral Roberts attended the ceremony when the school’s new president, Mark Rutland, was formally inaugurated. “He was not only my earthly father; he was my spiritual father and mentor,” said son, Richard Roberts, in a statement. The Rev. Billy Graham said in a statement that he spoke to Oral Roberts three weeks ago by phone, and that Roberts told him his “life’s journey” was ending. “Oral Roberts was a man of God, and a great friend in ministry. I loved him as a brother,” Graham said.

Police Notes Sheriff’s Reports

n The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 117 E-911 calls Monday. n Michael Edward Shipp reported a burglary and larceny at his home over the weekend. n Walter Pullens reported a burglary and larceny at his home during the weekend.

Rutherfordton

n The Rutherfordton Police Department responded to 23 E-911 calls Monday.

Spindale

n The Spindale Police Department responded to 33 E-911 calls Monday.

Lake Lure

n The Lake Lure Police Department responded to nine E-911 Monday.

Forest City

n The Forest City Police Department responded to 65 E-911 calls Monday. n An employee of WalMart reported shoplifting. (See arrest of Jones) n Karkelia Mauney reported damage to property. n An employee of B&D Thrift and Loan reported two separate incidents of obtaining property by false pretenses. n Kendall McMillian, reported an incident of breaking and entering. (See arrest of Sanchez) n Lisa Toney reported a dog bite. n An employee of HEM Partners reported an incident of breaking and entering and damage to property. n An employee of Roses reported shoplifting. (See arrest of Ledford)

Arrests

n Allejandro Reyes Sanchez, 24, of Hill Street, was arrested and charged on warrants for three counts of breaking and entering,

larceny, injury to real property, second degree trespass, possession of schedule VI controlled substance and resisting a public officer; and released on a $18,500 bond. (FCPD) n Robbie Lee Ledford, 34, of Powell Street, was arrested and charged with shoplifting; and released on a $7,000 bond. (FCPD) n Ashlea Nicole Mode, 23, of 440 Long Street, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released on a $5,000 bond. (RCSD) n Dustin Paul Daisley, 23, of 440 Long Street, was charged with assault on a female and communicating threats and released on an $8,000 bond. (RCSD) n Antonio Mora Alvarez, 26, of 123 Angela Street, was charged with driving with no operator’s license and released on a $500 bond. (RCSD) n Rodney Stockes Willis, 25, of 469 Robinson Creek Road, was charged with resisting a public officer, driving while impaired and carrying a concealed weapon and was released on a $4,000 bond. (RCSD) n Kenneth Ray Owensby, 24, of 200 Twelve Oaks Drive, was charged with resisting a public officer and released on a $500 bond. (RCSD) n John Dennis Kalogiros, 36, of 410 Sunset Memorial Road, was charged with simple assault and released on a $1,500 bond. (RCSD) n Dennis John Kalogiros, 65, of 410 Sunset Memorial Road, was charged with assault and battery and injury to real property and released on a $1,500 bond (RCSD) n Donald Shane Roberts, 31, of 975 Oakland Road, was charged with misdemeanor probation violation and released on a $10,000 bond. (RCSD) n Andrew Jacob Powell, 44, of 185 Emerald Hill, Lot

67, was charged with breaking and entering and felony larceny and released on a $20,000 bond. (RCSD)

Citations n Jennifer Gibson Jones, 26, of Peach Lane, in Mill Spring, was cited for shoplifting. (FCPD)

EMS n Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services responded to 26 calls Monday and five calls were answered by Rescue.

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Robert Glover Sr. Robert Lowell Glover, Sr., 46, of Henrietta, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at his residence. Born in Fulton County, Ga., he was a son of the late Vernon Eugene Glover and June Donaldson Glover. He worked in construction most of his life, worked on cars, and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Sheila Glover; two sons, Robert Lowell Glover, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., and Christopher Glover of Senoia, Ga.; one daughter, Courtney June Glover of Senoia; two stepsons, Steven Keeter of Caroleen, and Christopher Michael Keeter of Raleigh; one stepdaughter, Sabrina Camp of Macon, Ga.; two step grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth Ledbetter of Georgia, Vernon Glover of Lithonia, Ga., and Darrell Thomas of Senoia; one sister, Rosalyn Bailey of Dawsonville, Ga.; and a number of nieces and nephews. No formal services are planned at this time. Harrelson Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com.

Brandon Marsh Charles Brandon Marsh, 30, of 800 Broad St., Shelby, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at Rutherford Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home.

John Short John Quincey Short, 69, of 2076 Harris-Henrietta Road, Henrietta, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home.

Deaths Forest Maurer WORTHVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A man who served as mayor of a tiny central Pennsylvania borough since the Eisenhower administration has died. Worthville Mayor Forest Maurer was 92 when he died Friday in Clearfield. Maurer became mayor of Worthville in 1953. Dean Maurer says his father kept the job all these years mostly because nobody else in the borough about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh would take the job that paid $1 a year. During his tenure, Worthville installed new pipes to provide municipal water service to nearly all of its homes, and new street lights and signs to help 911 dispatchers direct emergency crews. Joseph Tierney BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston City Council president and mayoral candidate Joseph Tierney, who is also

Worth Furman “Buss” Bland Worth Furman “Buss” Bland age 90 of Spindale died Monday at Hospice House. Buss was a native of Rutherford County, retired from North Carolina Department of Transportation, formerly employed by Callahan Grading and Strickland Grading. He was a member of Main Street Baptist Church and the son of the late Druie and Mary Sue Koone Bland. Surviving is his wife Frances Bridges Bland of the home, son Mickey Bland and wife Patti of Spindale and grandson Jonathan Bland of Spindale. Services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday at Main Street Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Brewer and Rev. John Perry officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park. The family will be at the home of Mickey and Pattie Bland 404 Deviney St Spindale, NC 28160. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County P.O. Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043 Online condolences at: www.crowemortuary.com Paid obit.

the father of actress Maura Tierney, has died. Tierney was a Boston native who worked as a teacher and lawyer before winning his first term on the council in 1971. He served 16 years on the council, including five as president, before retiring from politics after losing the 1987 mayoral race to Ray Flynn. Tom Stroock CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Tom Stroock, a former U.S. ambassador to Guatemala and a longtime Wyoming oilman, has died. He was 84. Stroock served as ambassador to Guatemala from 1989 to 1992. He was appointed to the position by then-President George H.W. Bush. The two were classmates at Yale, both graduating in 1948. He served several terms in the Wyoming State Senate from the 1960s through the 1980s, when he resigned his seat to serve as ambassador. Sol Price SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sol Price, the founder of Price Club who helped pioneer the warehouse superstore sales model that grew into a multibillion-dollar industry, died Monday. He was 93. Price was considered an innovator and leader in the retail merchandising industry whose low-cost, no-frills sales model was credited with inspiring other big-box giants. Price was working as a lawyer in San Diego in 1954 when he founded FedMart, a discount department store that was open to federal, state and local government employees for a membership fee of $2 a family. The concept was based on a membership model already being used by the Fedco chain, a nonprofit cooperative in Southern California. Price was involved with FedMart for more than two decades. Price was 60 years old when he found himself locked out of his office. That same year he and his son Robert founded Price Club, using money invested by family members and acquaintances.

Lucille Lineberger Cochran Lucille “Gigi” Lineberger Cochran, formerly of Spindale, died Monday, December 14 at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood, SC. A native of Gaston County, she was a daughter of the late Ural Everett and Lula Pearl Starr Dellinger. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Spencer Baptist Church. She is survived by two stepdaughters, Sue Jenkins of Shelby and Nina Kale of Gastonia; three grandchildren, Jeanisa Moore and husband, Darrell, Greg Hamrick and wife, Amy, and Jackie Hamrick West and husband, the late Mike West; four great grandchildren, Kim Smith and husband, Brad, Kelli Hamrick, Matthew Hamrick, and Jama West; two great-great grandchildren, Austin Smith and Olivia Smith; four step-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her former son-in law, Gary Hamrick and his wife, Peggy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, James Linberger and Horace Cochran and her daughter, Jama Sue Lineberger Hamrick. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 11 AM at Spencer Baptist Church with Revs. Billy Vaughn, Bruce Caldwell, and Malone Thomason officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the sanctuary of the church. Pallbearers will be former neighbors of Mrs. Cochran’s from Piney Ridge Road in Forest City. The Homebound Ministry and Kitchen Band will serve as honorary escorts. Memorials may be made to Spencer Baptist Church, 207 N. Oak Street, Spindale, NC 28160 or to Siloam Baptist Church Bus Fund, PO Box 337, Ninety Six, SC 29666. Online condolences at: www.crowemortuary.com Paid obit.


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Red Cross Blood drives scheduled: Dec. 16 — Harris Elementary, 1:30 to 6 p.m., contact Don Ingle at 248-2354 Dec. 21 — Oak Grove Methodist Church, Ellenboro, 4 to 8:30 p.m., contact Dawn Kanipe at 289-1279; Dec. 28 — Red Cross Chapter House, 2 to 6:30 p.m., call 287-5916 for an appointment; Jan. 28 — R-S Middle School (6th grade building), 2 to 7:30 p.m., call 286-8314 for an appointment.

Students/schools Open House: Chase Middle School, Thursday, Dec. 17; various activities will be offered for students and their parents, including Atomic Learning (in the open lab), Flu prevention and treatment (cafeteria), Destiny web based library catalog system (media center), or make and take a Christmas ornament (art room); these are available to 6th graders from 4:30 to 5 p.m., and 7th and 8th graders 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.; times will be posted when core groups are to meet with respective teachers; open house will conclude with a chorus concert in the gym at 6 p.m., for everyone. Astronomy symposium: Thursday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, in Leitner Auditorium; to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy; Dr. Don Olive, associate professor of physics and director of the Williams Observatory at GardnerWebb University, will be the principal speaker.

Miscellaneous Book signing: Historian and author, Robin S. Lattimore, of Rutherfordton, will sign copies of his book, “Spindale — The Story of a Southern Textile Town,” on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Spindale Public Library, beginning at 1 p.m. Limited supply. All proceeds benefit of Spindale Public Library. Community Christmas party: Saturday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., Union Mills Clubhouse on Hudlow Road; asking for $5 donations to go to the Carver Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Appreciation Day service: In honor of Wayne McCurry; Saturday, Jan. 16, Sunshine Elementary School; chili supper 5 to 6:30 p.m.; special music by The (retired) Carlson Trio; sponsored by Fairview Baptist Church and Cherry Mountain VFD. Holiday hours: All Rutherford County convenience centers and the central landfill will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. Regular hours will resume Saturday, Dec. 26.

Music/cantatas Christmas Concert: David Roach will present a Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Chase High School auditorium. The program begins at 7 p.m. Admission will be $10 at the door with proceeds going to the Chase Band Uniform Fund. Christmas musical: Floyds Creek Baptist Church will present “Child of Darkness, Child of Light,” a Christmas musical written by David Roach, on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. The musical will feature members of the youth group portraying characters and the sanctuary choir. Christmas concert: Sunday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m., Harvest House Baptist Church; the praise choir will present “The Reason for The Season”; church located at 245 Big Springs Ave., Forest City. Cantata: “One Incredible Moment” will be presented by the adult choir of Missionary Wesleyan Church on Dec. 19 and 20. Saturday’s performance begins at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Church located at 811 Doggett Road, Forest City. Christmas program: “Where is Christmas?” will be presented Sunday, Dec. 20, at New Forest Chapel CME Church, 137 Chapel St., Forest City; a Christmas party will follow the program; church located just past McNair Field parking lot on the right. Christmas music: The Adult Choir of Piedmont Baptist Church will present a program of Christmas music on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship building. The service includes music, staging, and a message by Pastor Ad Hopper. Lunch and fellowship afterwards. The church is located at 1050 Maple Creek Road, Rutherfordton.

Reunions McNair 20th anniversary: The Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation will celebrate its 20th year anniversary on May 14, 2010. If you are a McNair ROPE recipient, contact the foundation at rope2010@att.net or www. mcnairedfoundation.org. Band reunion: East Rutherford Cavalier Band (1966-1976) members under W.W. Jacobus (1966-1976); planned for August 7, 2010 at the high school cafeteria; to be added to the mailing list email cavalierbanderhs@yahoo.com or by mail, P.O. Box 934, Forest City.

Repayment of the loan is deferred for 15 years, unless the home is sold, refinanced or is no longer the principal residence. “Medical accounts collection is no longer taken into consideration,” Higginbotham said. “The benefit has changed to nine months for people who are still seeking employment. There’s a reinstatement for people who are back to work. It is a revolving loan fund so any funds that are repaid by citizens do go back into the fund to help other citizens, so that is another real validating factor in the program. This is not a gift, it is not a grant and they do expect people to repay it so I

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CMLC received a $620,000 donation from philanthropist Fred Stanback and has been approved for a $1.6 million loan through the Conservation Trust of North Carolina. There needs to be another $300,000 raised over the next three years for the purchase. Land was valued at $4.5 million, but is being sold through bankruptcy court, so the price has been reduced. On Monday, CMLC and about 80 members and guests kicked off a drive to raise awareness for the new project and to also raise funds from the private sector for additional money needed in the purchase. The meeting at Rumbling Bald Resort, Lake Lure was very positive, said CMLC staff. Lake Lure neighbors, property and business owners who attended received more information about the sale of the land. Addressing the group were Dr. Robert J. Wald, Chimney Rock’s mayor pro tem and a CMLC past board president; Chris Braund, Lake Lure’s town manager; David Efird, CMLC trustee, executive committee member and a long-time real estate professional and Roe. “CMLC’s purchase of this extremely bio-diverse and beautiful Weed Patch Mountain tract is very exciting to us in Hickory Nut Gorge and the surrounding area,” Wald said. “The preservation of the clean water, amazing views and pristine animal habitat will nicely accent and compliment the purchase of the 1,568 acre World’s Edge tract by CMLC in 2005. World’s Edge is now part of Chimney Rock State Park. I believe Weed Patch Mountain would be an excellent addition to the park as well.” Braund said Tuesday morning the town of Lake Lure fully supports the preservation of the property. Conservation of the land will permanently protect the mountain’s ridgeline and the 20 miles of the property’s trout streams flowing into Lake Lure and Buffalo Creek.

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be a great partner in delivering these services. The regional office on the Gardner-Webb campus will be a tremendous asset and will help us preserve and create jobs in a region that really needs them.” The SBTDC works closely with North Carolina colleges and universities across the State to provide opportunities for MBA, master’s in accounting, and other graduate level students to gain real-world experience, and to help North Carolina’s

don’t look at it as a welfare state kind of program.” The amount and length of the assistance varies based on circumstances, with a maximum loan of $24,000 or 24 months of assistance whichever is less. “We have seen many people using this program already, I sent someone’s information to Raleigh yesterday,” Higginbotham said. “If someone comes to me for loss mitigation, instead of trying to negotiate with their lender, if I find out they are a displaced worker, I couple that with this program and it can make a huge difference. If their mortgage is covered while they’re in retraining, it is a real boon to their family. One of the tragedies I see in housing loss is the collateral damage of families falling apart.”

The General Assembly created the Home Protection Program in 2004 through collaboration with the N.C. Housing Finance Agency, the N.C. Justice Center, and the N.C. Housing Coalition. “The Home Protection Program provides the only financial help that is available in the state for families who face foreclosure as the result of job loss,” said Lucius S. Jones, chairman of the Housing Finance Agency’s Board of Directors. “By helping families save their homes, the program can have a positive impact on the economy in many communities.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Higginbotham at 286-7062.

According to CMLC, the property is home to rare species such as the green salamander and broad leaf tickseed, a wildflower listed as a Federal Species of Concern. Grey Rock was the development of Land Resources, a Florida-based company, building numerous highend subdivisions throughout the southeast and Florida. Land Resources, purchased a 4,000-acre tract near Lake Lure and called it Grey Rock and designed an upscale housing development. Phase One of the project included the location of the 2006 HGTV Dream Home, sold by its West Virginia winner almost immediately to Land Resources. Subsequently it was back in the hands of the bank and later was purchased by private individuals. After the deal with the CMLC is closed on Friday, Evdevo Co., in Florida will continue with its plan to purchase 254 lots in Phase one, two and three of the former Grey Rock development. Between 2005 and 2008, 1,700 lots were purchased. However, infrastructure still remains incomplete on the mountain. At one time The Nature Conservancy had hoped to buy a section of Grey Rock for preservation and negotiated with the bankruptcy court in Florida to purchase the land. The proceeds from the sale would be used to pay off unsecured creditors at Grey Rock. But when the economy weakened, the Conservancy changed its strategy and contacted Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, which has a history of preserving land around Chimney Rock State Park. Roe said the CMLC has had conversations with the state’s parks and recreation division regarding adding to the new state park. “They are very, very supportive of us conserving this property,” Roe said. “But even if it is never added to Chimney Rock State Park, this will protect the views and corridors.” North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation was involved in the original creation of Chimney Rock State Park in 2007. Scott Morris, managing partner of

Evdevo in Florida, said Tuesday afternoon his company will close on the lots as soon as the conservancy project is completed. Evdevo has bought Roaring River in West Virginia and Stillwater Coves in Georgia, and both former Land Resources properties, during the bankruptcy proceedings. “We stand prepared to close,” Morris said. “There is a lot of work to be done there at Grey Rock, but there is (an active) home owners association and 1,700 lots sold,” he said. “We are a large lot owners company, joining forces with our development experience and our knowledge to buy into projects that have become distressed by the previous developer,” Morris said. “What we do from here is to join forces with HOA. There is $26 million in outstanding bonds and we will work with in the county and HOA to try to recover the bonds and spend the money as best we can. “But the bonding issue is not resolved yet,” Morris said. “Rutherford County did an excellent job of staying on top of all that. I have worked with counties where they didn’t get bonding,” Morris said. “I am extremely impressed with their protection of the future homeowners in collecting the bonds. In addition to the purchase of the lots, Evdevo is also purchasing the office and location where Grey Rock planned its marketing offices near the Broad River and Lake Lure Municipal Center in Chimney Rock Village. Morris said the future of that parcel is unknown, but the HOA will be instrumental in making decisions regarding a potential clubhouse facility.

small businesses access valuable resources. “This helps us as a business school to assist our own local businesses,” said Dr. Anthony Negbenebor, dean of the Godbold School of Business at GWU. “But, it also allows our students to practically solve business issues without leaving campus.” The SBTDC has a long history of offering graduate students the opportunities to advance their business education while helping North Carolina’s small businesses to effectively address key competitive issues. SBTDC counseling services include business, management and market

development designed to help in such areas as technology, market and research, and export financing. Clients of SBTDC credit them with saving revenues and jobs - an average of 4,000 N.C. jobs each year. Most SBTDC services are free of charge. Billy Ray Hall, president of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center says this project will address two major goals. Patrick Tiernan of the SBTDC will serve as the coordinator for Cleveland and Rutherford counties. He can be reached by calling 704-406-2006.

Contact Baughman via e-mail at sbaughman@thedigitalcourier.com.

The development platted the first phase of the project and sold more than 400 lots before Land Resources filed bankruptcy in late 2008. Anyone interested in making tax-deductible donations and/or to become a member of CMLA, visit www.carolinamountainorg or call Aimee McGinley, 828-697-5777. For more information about the Florida development company visit www.evdevo.

More information on the SBTDC is available at 828-345-1110 or online at sbtdc.org.

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Rivals, Unbeatens and Honors W-S hires Maynor as football coach WINSTON-SALEM (AP) — Connell Maynor has been hired to coach Winston-Salem State, taking over the program where he was an allCentral Intercollegiate Athletic Association quarterback. Maynor was hired Tuesday after coaching quarterbacks and coordinating the offense at CIAA champion Fayetteville State. He replaces Kermit Blount, who stepped down last month after 17 seasons. Maynor played at WinstonSalem and North Carolina A&T for incoming WinstonSalem athletic director Bill Hayes, and was an all-CIAA player as a freshman in 1987 before transferring and becoming an all-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player for A&T in 1990-91. Hayes called the hiring a homecoming for “one of its own family members.”

Frances Hernandez, above, stands beside her No. 15 jersey, which was retired by R-S Central in ceremonies between the basketball games Tuesday at R-S Central. Central’s Shannon Hines (21) (at left) drives the lane against East Rutherford, Tuesday. Garrett Byers/Daily Courier

Flyers claim former ’Canes G Leighton RALEIGH (AP) — Former Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Michael Leighton has been claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Hurricanes said Tuesday Leighton cleared waivers last week and had been assigned to their AHL affiliate in Albany on Saturday. Leighton was 1-4 with a 4.29 goals-against average in seven games this season with Carolina. He began the year as Cam Ward’s backup but became expendable when Ward was hurt and the Hurricanes signed free agent goalie Manny Legace. Ward was activated Dec. 8. The move brings Leighton back to Philadelphia, where he went 2-2 in four games in 2006-07, and reunites him with new Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, who was with the Hurricanes when they acquired Leighton in a draft-day trade with Montreal in 2007.

Thanou sends letter to IOC contesting medal snub LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The lawyers of Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou have sent a letter to the IOC contesting the decision to deny her Marion Jones’ 100-meter gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that a letter has been received by the IOC ethics commission. No details were released.

Local Sports BASKETBALL 6 p.m. Polk County at R-S Central

On TV 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Wright State at Mississippi State. 7 p.m. (FSS) Women’s College Basketball Louisville at Tennessee. 7:30 p.m. (TS) NHL Hockey Atlanta Thrashers at Florida Panthers. 8 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder. 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College Basketball Arkansas-Little Rock at South Alabama. 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) NBA Basketball Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings. 11 p.m. (FSS) College Basketball Oklahoma State at Stanford.

Central-East split conference openers By KEVIN CARVER Daily Courier Sports Reporter

RUTHERFORDTON — East Rutherford topped R-S Central, 63-54, in a jampacked gym on Tuesday at R-S Central High School to open South Mountain Athletic Conference play. Rob Gray broke through the heart of Central’s defense on his way to 21 points with Rickey Wilkerson chipping in for 15 to help East improve to 7-0 (1-0 in conference). “Rob was able to control the tempo and we capitalized on a lot of easy chances down the stretch, but both teams are good basketball teams, we just played a little better than them tonight,” East Rutherford boys basketball coach Brad Levine said. From the outset, it was East Rutherford who set the pace as R-S Central was stifled in the early going on offense. East bolted out to an 8-0 advantage, making their first three attempts of the contest. However, Central with Darrien Watkins powering inside closed with a 9-7 run, Garrett Byers/Daily Courier but East held a 15-9 lead at the Central’s Darrien Watkins (34) and East’s Devince Boykins (15) battle for the ball during the end of the first period. basketball game at R-S Central Tuesday. Central’s Jacob Kinlaw (33) and Oddie Murray look Please see Prep, Page 8A on.

Hernandez finds a new place for herself Frances Hernandez walked to the free throw line in high heels instead of high tops on Tuesday, and the image could not have been anymore symbolic. The now 20-year old Hernandez was showered with applause as Central’s athletic director, Sam Hooper, and Central’s long-time girl’s basketball coach, Darius Fuller, pulled back a deep blue curtain to reveal a framed No. 15 jersey. The jersey that Hernandez sported for four very good seasons and 1,975 points was to be hung on a wall. Retired forever. Hernandez was honored, in large part, for what she could do with a basketball while wearing high tops, but the No. 15 jersey wasn’t the only thing retired. Henandez’s high tops are now in retirement, too. The county’s all-time leading scorer went off to Appalachian State hoping to lead the women’s program there into new glory; instead, Hernandez learned first hand of the type of politics that gets played in college sports. “I was very frustrated at first,” said Hernandez, standing in a hallway at R-S Central. “But, as I moved on, I kind of saw it as a blessing.” Hernandez, in the simplest of terms, didn’t fit in with a new regime. After

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Hernandez’s freshman season, ASU fired their womens’ basketball coach and hired Darcie Vincent. Vincent wanted to go in a new direction, according to Hernandez, and R-S Central’s former No. 15 didn’t fit into those plans, and Hernandez was told to hand in her jersey. That’s the simplest version. And, no matter which version gets told, Hernandez is happier these days in many ways. “I remember, early on as I was looking at schools, my mother (Gladys) told me to pick a school that you’d be happy at even if your not playing basketball,” said Hernandez. “It’s funny now, looking back at it, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” Hernandez is now heavily involved in the Appalachian State sports public relations department and headed up the women’s soccer PR campaign this

past fall. She would like to turn that interest into a career, perhaps going as far as an NBA or NFL franchise someday. But, Hernandez has also found another passion involving basketball — coaching. “I am coaching at Green Valley Middle School in Boone and I just love it,” Hernandez said. “I have found a place for myself, outside of basketball, as well. I kind of know I how I fit.” There is a peace around Hernandez, of someone comfortable in their own skin, of someone who has ‘grown up,’ as we old folks like to say. “I am just so proud of her,” said her father, Diony. “That’s really all I can I say, I am proud of her.” The game goes on. Central’s girls came out after the halftime break and, in true Hernandez spirit, poured it on. The young Lady Hilltoppers could have learned a lot from Hernandez, about battling, and fighting for every inch. Hernandez scored all those points with a drive and passion for the game. The college game may have twisted out of her control, life often does that to us, but Hernandez has found a place, her place, in the world.


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Central’s Corey Jimerson looks for running room as East’s Zach Price (24) provides the defense during Tuesday night’s game at R-S Central.

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Gray blasted a 3 to begin the second period, while the East defense made two steals in a row and Wilkerson answered both times on the other end to push the Cavs to a 22-9 lead. Central’s Shaquille Wilkins’ 3 sparked Central, at least briefly, to give the Hilltoppers a 16-10 run and end the half with East leading by seven, 32-25. East shot just 12-of-34 from the field, while Central was a bleak 8-of-29 in the first half. The third quarter stayed fairly even as both shot 5-of-14 from the field and East led, 46-38, at the end of the period. The Cavs’ Raheem Hampton showed the way by creating points off steals and making the right pass, at the right time, in the second half as East added 17 4th-quarter points to seal the win. “We have some glaring weaknesses and they were exposed tonight,” R-S Central boys basketball coach Greg Wright said. “It was quickness versus size, and tonight quickness won. Give the East kids a lot of credit, they deserved to win this one.” Watkins led Central with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Devince Boykins added 10 points and 15 rebounds for East.

Lady Hilltoppers 76, Lady Cavaliers 55

RUTHERFORDTON — A night of celebration was just that for the Lady Hilltoppers. Before retiring the jersey of former Central guard Frances Hernandez, the R-S Central girls basketball team spilled East Rutherford in a 76-55 win. Shannon Hines scored a career high 36 points and a suffocating defense from Cheyenne Miller kept East Rutherford’s Shaquisha Dawkins incheck to open conference play for the victory. Following the opening tip, Hines was money with a 3 and Melissa McLaughlin (14 points) found a free throw and scored her own putback on the next possession to push Central out to a 6-0 lead at the start. East Rutherford’s Dawkins caught fire soon after hitting two of East Rutherford’s four first-quarter 3s. East used an 18-7 run to lift the Lady Cavs to an 18-13 advantage after the first frame. Central turned the tables as Mercedes Davis hit three of the four Central 3s in the second quarter. While that gave Central the lead back, it was a pair of freebies by McLaughlin and Hines that stretched the Hilltoppers lead to 32-26 at half. After the break, Miller’s defense harassed and seemed to tire out Dawkins in the third; forcing the East guard into a couple of turnovers as Central pulled out to a double-digit lead. Dawkins was held to just four points in the second half, out of a 19-point night. Central’s Mercedes Davis’ (13 points) drive, plus the bonus, ended the third with Central leading 49-36. Central rang true on six of its first eight shots in the fourth quarter and hit 12 of its last 13 free throws in the contest. East got 10 points each from Tamara El-Amoor and Kiziah Miller in the loss.

Patton 63, Chase 42

MORGANTON — Carlos Watkins punched in 14 points in a losing effort for the Trojans, Tuesday, on the road against Patton.

Jackson, Bobcats rally past Knicks, 94-87

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Stephen Jackson scored 24 points and keyed a late comeback as the Charlotte Bobcats rallied to end the sloppy New York Knicks’ season-high four-game winning streak, 94-87 on Tuesday night. Gerald Wallace had 21 points and Raymond Felton scored 18, including two driving layups in Charlotte’s game-closing 15-2 run to snap a twogame skid. Despite a subpar game from ill leading scorer Al Harrington, the Knicks led by 12 late in the third quarter and 85-79 with 3:58 left.

AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF New England 8 5 0 .615 348 Miami 7 6 0 .538 292 N.Y. Jets 7 6 0 .538 275 Buffalo 5 8 0 .385 215 South W L T Pct PF x-Indianapolis 13 0 0 1.000 359 Jacksonville 7 6 0 .538 235 Tennessee 6 7 0 .462 293 Houston 6 7 0 .462 311 North W L T Pct PF Cincinnati 9 4 0 .692 264 Baltimore 7 6 0 .538 319 Pittsburgh 6 7 0 .462 278 Cleveland 2 11 0 .154 158 West W L T Pct PF San Diego 10 3 0 .769 362 Denver 8 5 0 .615 256 Oakland 4 9 0 .308 155 Kansas City 3 10 0 .231 206 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Philadelphia 9 4 0 .692 372 Dallas 8 5 0 .615 296 N.Y. Giants 7 6 0 .538 341 Washington 4 9 0 .308 234 South W L T Pct PF x-New Orleans 13 0 0 1.000 466 Atlanta 6 7 0 .462 302 Carolina 5 8 0 .385 225 Tampa Bay 1 12 0 .077 190 North W L T Pct PF y-Minnesota 11 2 0 .846 389 Green Bay 9 4 0 .692 344 Chicago 5 8 0 .385 247 Detroit 2 11 0 .154 209 West W L T Pct PF Arizona 8 5 0 .615 306 San Francisco 6 7 0 .462 269 Seattle 5 8 0 .385 250 St. Louis 1 12 0 .077 146

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x-clinched division y-clinched playoff spot Thursday’s Games Cleveland 13, Pittsburgh 6 Sunday’s Games Houston 34, Seattle 7 Green Bay 21, Chicago 14 Baltimore 48, Detroit 3 New Orleans 26, Atlanta 23 Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10 Indianapolis 28, Denver 16 New England 20, Carolina 10 N.Y. Jets 26, Tampa Bay 3 Miami 14, Jacksonville 10 Minnesota 30, Cincinnati 10 Tennessee 47, St. Louis 7 Washington 34, Oakland 13 San Diego 20, Dallas 17 Philadelphia 45, N.Y. Giants 38 Monday’s Game San Francisco 24, Arizona 9 Thursday’s Game Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. Saturday’s Game Dallas at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 Miami at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. Atlanta at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Houston at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Oakland at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21 N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. Bowl Glance Saturday, Dec. 19 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Wyoming (6-6) vs. Fresno State (8-4), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl Rutgers (8-4) vs. UCF (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Dec. 20 New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss. (7-5) vs. Middle Tennessee (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl BYU (10-2) vs. Oregon State (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Dec. 23 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Utah (9-3) vs. California (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Ohio (9-4) vs. Marshall (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Meineke Bowl At Charlotte North Carolina (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (9-3), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) Emerald Bowl At San Francisco Southern Cal (8-4) vs. Boston College (8-4), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Dec. 27 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Clemson (8-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl

At Shreveport, La. Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Georgia (7-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 29 EagleBank Bowl At Washington Temple (9-3) vs. UCLA (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) Champs Sports Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Miami (9-3) vs. Wisconsin (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Dec. 30 Humanitarian Bowl At Boise, Idaho Bowling Green (7-5) vs. Idaho (7-5), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Nebraska (9-4) vs. Arizona (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 31 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Stanford (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (7-5), Noon (CBS) Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Air Force (7-5) vs. Houston (10-3), Noon (ESPN) Texas Bowl At Houston Missouri (8-4) vs. Navy (9-4), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Insight Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Minnesota (6-6) vs. Iowa State (6-6), 6 p.m. (NFL) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Tennessee (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 1 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Northwestern (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5), 11 a.m. (ESPN) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Penn State (10-2) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ABC) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Florida State (6-6) vs. West Virginia (9-3), 1 p.m. (CBS) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Ohio State (10-2) vs. Oregon (10-2), 5 p.m. (ABC) Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Florida (12-1) vs. Cincinnati (12-0), 8:30 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 2 International Bowl At Toronto South Florida (7-5) vs. Northern Illinois (7-5), Noon (ESPN2) Cotton Bowl At Dallas Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Mississippi (8-4), 2 p.m. (FOX) PapaJohns.com Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Connecticut (7-5) vs. South Carolina (7-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. East Carolina (9-4) vs. Arkansas (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Michigan State (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 4 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Boise State (13-0) vs. TCU (12-0), 8 p.m. (FOX) Tuesday, Jan. 5 Orange Bowl At Miami Iowa (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) Wednesday, Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl Mobile, Ala. Central Michigan (11-2) vs. Troy (9-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Alabama (13-0) vs. Texas (13-0), 8 p.m. (ABC) Saturday, Jan. 23 East-West Shrine Classic At Orlando, Fla. East vs. West, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFL) Saturday, Feb. 6 Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge At El Paso, Texas Texas vs. Nation, 3 p.m. (CBSC)

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct 20 4 .833 11 15 .423 8 15 .348 6 18 .250 2 22 .083 Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 18 6 .750 Atlanta 17 6 .739 Miami 11 11 .500 Charlotte 9 13 .409 Washington 7 15 .318 Central Division W L Pct Cleveland 17 7 .708 Milwaukee 11 11 .500 Detroit 11 12 .478 Chicago 8 14 .364 Indiana 8 14 .364 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 18 7 .720 Boston Toronto New York Philadelphia New Jersey

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Monday’s Games Orlando 106, Indiana 98 Philadelphia 117, Golden State 101 Boston 110, Memphis 105 Dallas 94, New Orleans 90 Denver 102, Oklahoma City 93 Minnesota 110, Utah 108 L.A. Clippers 97, Washington 95 Tuesday’s Games Charlotte 94, New York 87 Cleveland 99, New Jersey 89 Miami 115, Toronto 95 L.A. Lakers at Chicago, late Detroit at Houston, late San Antonio at Phoenix, late Sacramento at Portland, late Wednesday’s Games Charlotte at Indiana, 7 p.m. Toronto at Orlando, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Memphis at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Utah at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Houston at Denver, 9 p.m. Washington at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Orlando at Miami, 7:30 p.m. New York at Chicago, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

HOCKEY National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF New Jersey 31 22 8 1 45 91 Pittsburgh 33 22 10 1 45 105 Philadelphia 31 15 15 1 31 90 N.Y. Rangers 32 14 15 3 31 88 N.Y. Islanders 33 12 14 7 31 84 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Buffalo 31 20 9 2 42 85 Boston 32 16 10 6 38 84 Ottawa 32 16 12 4 36 92 Montreal 34 15 16 3 33 88 Toronto 33 12 14 7 31 97 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF Washington 33 20 7 6 46 118 Atlanta 31 17 11 3 37 99 Florida 34 13 14 7 33 95 Tampa Bay 32 11 12 9 31 77 Carolina 32 7 19 6 20 77 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF 31 20 8 3 43 92 33 19 11 3 41 88 33 17 11 5 39 92 33 14 13 6 34 99 30 13 12 5 31 74 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF Colorado 35 19 10 6 44 103 Calgary 32 19 9 4 42 93 Vancouver 33 19 14 0 38 104 Edmonton 32 15 13 4 34 98 Minnesota 32 15 14 3 33 84 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF Los Angeles 35 21 11 3 45 107 San Jose 34 19 8 7 45 111 Phoenix 33 19 12 2 40 81 Dallas 32 14 8 10 38 93 Anaheim 32 12 13 7 31 91 Chicago Nashville Detroit Columbus St. Louis

GA 68 87 88 96 107 GA 68 80 96 99 116 GA 94 90 112 94 117 GA 67 91 89 117 82 GA 99 77 85 100 93 GA 104 92 75 94 103

Monday’s Games Atlanta 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, SO Nashville 5, Columbus 3 Toronto 3, Ottawa 2 Philadelphia 3, Boston 1 Florida 7, N.Y. Islanders 1 Detroit 3, Phoenix 2 Buffalo 4, Montreal 3 Vancouver 3, Los Angeles 1 Tuesday’s Games Pittsburgh 6, Philadelphia 1 Columbus at Minnesota, late Tampa Bay at Nashville, late Calgary at St. Louis, late Washington at Colorado, late Los Angeles at Edmonton, late Wednesday’s Games N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Dallas at Carolina, 7 p.m. Montreal at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Thursday’s Games N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Columbus, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Montreal, 7 p.m. Dallas at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

Scheyer’s 36 leads Duke past GWU, 113-68 DURHAM (AP) — Jon Scheyer scored 24 of his career-high 36 points in the first half to lead No. 7 Duke past Gardner-Webb 113-68 on Tuesday night. Scheyer was 11-of-13 shooting and hit a career-best seven 3-pointers while flirting with a triple-double for the Blue Devils (8-1). Duke never trailed, broke the game open with a huge early run and shot 65.2 percent — 60.7 percent in the first half, when this one was decided. Auryn MacMillan scored 14 points and C.J. Hailey added 11 to lead Gardner-Webb (3-5). The Runnin’ Bulldogs turned it over 23 times and went more than 6 minutes without putting the ball through the rim in losing their fifth straight.

Andre Dawkins scored 16 points for Duke, and Miles Plumlee and Brian Zoubek scored 13 points apiece. Nolan Smith added 11 and Kyle Singler, playing through a sprained right ankle, also finished with 11 points — all in the second half. But the Blue Devils ultimately didn’t need that much from their injured star in extending several long streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium: they won their 74th straight nonconference game there, their 34th in a row at home against unranked teams and their 47th consecutive December home game. Duke was coming off a 10-day break between games for final exams and, with the university on break, had the unusual sight of a few scattered empty

seats at the perpetually packed arena. But Scheyer and the Blue Devils clearly were on top of their game and didn’t get caught looking ahead to Saturday’s game against No. 15 Gonzaga at Madison Square Garden. The first meeting between the schools had all the makings of a mismatch. The teams had only one common opponent — Charlotte — with Duke routing the 49ers by 42 points roughly a month before they beat GardnerWebb by 29. Thanks to Scheyer’s highlightreel night, it was. He hit his first seven shots, didn’t miss anything until he rimmed out a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the half, and nearly matched his previous career high of 30 by halftime.

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Alabama running back Mark Ingram (22) carries the ball duringthe second half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala in this Nov. 29, 2008, file photo.

Mark Ingram leads a group of 6 Alabama All-Americans

NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama will bring a lineup powered by All-Americans into the BCS national championship game. The top-ranked Crimson Tide had six players, including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, voted to The Associated Press All-America team released Tuesday — more than any other school. Ingram was a unanimous first-team selection, as was linebacker Rolando McClain. Defensive tackle Terrence Cody was selected for the second consecutive season. Cornerback Javier Arenas, guard Michael Johnson and kicker Leigh Tiffin were also first-teamers. Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, the Heisman runner-up, and Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who finished fourth in Heisman voting, were also unanimous first-team All-America selections. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was the AllAmerican quarterback, selected to the first team by a panel of 14 AP college football poll voters. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was a secondteam selection. Boise State’s Kellen Moore was the third-team quarterback. McCoy finished third in the Heisman voting last weekend and was a second-team All-American last year. The senior was joined by his longtime pal and favorite receiver, Jordan Shipley, on the first team. Texas safety Earl Thomas gave the Longhorns three players on the first team, second only to Alabama. The Crimson Tide and Longhorns play in the BCS national championship game at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 7. Alabama safety Mark Barron made the thirdteam, giving the Tide seven players who received AP All-America honors. Texas put three players — kicker Hunter Lawrence, center Chris Hall and linebacker Sergio Kindle — on the third team for a total of six overall. Florida also had six players make the three teams, including cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Aaron Hernandez as first-teamers. The SEC was the most represented conference on the first team, with 11 players, including Tennessee safety Eric Berry, South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood and Georgia punter Drew Butler. The Big 12 has seven first-team selections, including three of the five offensive linemen. The tackles were Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung and Oklahoma’s Trent Williams. Baylor’s J.D. Walton was the center. Finishing out the offensive line was Idaho guard Mike Iuapti. Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate and Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, selected as an all-purpose player, round out the offense. TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes was the lone representative on all three teams from the unbeaten and No. 3 Horned Frogs. Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan was the other defensive end. Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones was the only Big Ten player on the first team. Florida’s twin brother offensive linemen, Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, were selected to the second team.

NEW YORK (AP) — The blockbuster trade sending Roy Halladay to Philadelphia and Cliff Lee to Seattle could be completed Wednesday, and it’s become a four-team swap that involves Toronto shipping a prospect to Oakland. The Blue Jays would send Halladay and $6 million to the Phillies for three minor leaguers: catcher Travis d’Arnaud, righthander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Michael Taylor. Philadelphia would also deal Lee to the Mariners for a trio of prospects: right-hander Phillippe Aumont, outfielder Tyson Gillies and right-hander Juan Ramirez. Toronto would then trade Taylor to the Athletics for third baseman Brett Wallace, obtained by Oakland last July from St. Louis in the deal for outfielder Matt Holliday. Halladay would receive a $60 million, three-year contract extension through 2013 with the Phillies, a deal that would include a 2014 option. Details of the nine players involved in the swap of Cy Young Award winners, first reported by ESPN.com and prospectinsider. com, were confirmed by several baseball officials familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade was not yet final. Teams were still reviewing medical records and going through the final details. New Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos moved quickly to deal Halladay, who will make $15.75 million next year and had been eligible for free agency after the season. The deal fell into place at about the same time Boston — which also had been interested — reached a preliminary agreement with freeagent pitcher John Lackey on a five-year contract worth $80 million to $87.5 million. “Roy Halladay is one of the better pitchers in baseball,” Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. “I wish Alex would have

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Toronto Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay throws to first to get Boston Red Sox’s Joey Gathright on a grounder to the mound during the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston in this Sept. 30, 2009, file photo.

traded him to the American League.” Lee, who had both of the Phillies’ World Series wins, also is eligible for free agency after next season, when he will make $9 million. He is not getting an extension as part of the trade. His agent, Darek Braunecker, said he had just begun discussions on a contract extension with Philadelphia. “At no point did we make any financial demands or price him out of the market, so to speak,” Braunecker said. “We were in the very, very preliminary stages of negotiations.” In a deal that was completed, the Chicago White Sox acquired leadoff man and left fielder Juan Pierre and $10.5 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named. “They already have a good team in place,” Pierre said. “They’ve been accustomed to

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The 32-year-old hit .308 with 30 stolen bases, 57 runs and a .365 on-base percentage in 145 games with the Dodgers last year, getting steady playing time when Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy. Once Ramirez returned, Pierre became a reserve again. Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, had a 2.78 ERA in 2008 and a 2.79 ERA last season in the American League, and will be expected to allow even fewer runs in the NL, where pitchers bat. His arrival figures to strengthen the Phillies to the detriment of their NL East rivals, but weaken challenges to the World Series champion Yankees and Red Sox in the AL East.

Woods linked to suspected PED doctor NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian doctor who has treated golfer Tiger Woods, swimmer Dara Torres and NFL players is suspected of providing athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, according to a newspaper report. Human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf’s blood, in Dr. Anthony Galea’s bag at the U.S.-Canada border in late September, The New York Times reported. He was arrested Oct. 15 in Toronto by Canadian police. Using, selling or importing Actovegin is illegal in the United States. The FBI has opened an investigation based in part on medical records found on Galea’s computer relating to several professional athletes, people briefed on the inquiry told the Times on condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a continuing investigation. The anonymous sources did not disclose the names of the athletes, and Galea told the newspaper “it would be impossible” for investigators to have found material linking his athletes to performance-enhancing drugs. According to the newspaper, Galea has developed a bloodspinning technique — plateletrich plasma therapy — to help

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Dr. Anthony Galea treating a patient with shock wave therapy at the Institute of Sports Medicine in Toronto in this Dec. 16, 1999, file photo.

speed post-surgery recovery. Galea visited Woods’ home in Florida at least four times in February and March, the newspaper reported, to provide that platelet therapy after his agents were concerned by his slow recovery from June 2008 knee surgery. Asked about Woods’ involvement with Galea, agent Mark Steinberg told the newspaper in an e-mail: “I would really ask

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that you guys don’t write this? If Tiger is NOT implicated, and won’t be, let’s please give the kid a break.” According to the report, Galea said Woods was referred to him by the golfer’s agents at International Management Group. However, Steinberg sent an e-mail to the AP on Tuesday that said: “No one at IMG has ever met or recommended Dr. Galea, nor were we worried about the progress of Tiger’s recovery, as the Times falsely reported. The treatment Tiger received is a widely accepted therapy and to suggest some connection with illegality is recklessly irresponsible.” Woods announced Friday that he was taking an indefinite leave from golf to concentrate on his marriage after allegations of infidelity surfaced in recent weeks. Torres told the newspaper Galea found a previously undiagnosed tear in her quad tendon. “Excluding draining my knee, he has never treated me, but I did see his chiropractor who did soft-tissue work on my leg,” she said in an e-mail to the Times. “That was the extent of my visit with him.” Her agent, Evan Morgenstein, told the AP that Torres was not available for comment Monday night.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama prodded Senate Democrats to overcome the last, lingering disputes blocking agreement on a national health care overhaul Tuesday, declaring they were “on the precipice” of enacting historic legislation that has eluded administrations and lawmakers for decades. After a private meeting at the White House, the president said differences still remain over details, but he spoke in highly favorable terms about the measure that party leaders hope to pass by Christmas. The bill includes “all the criteria that I laid out” in a speech to a joint session of Congress earlier in the year, he said. “It is deficit-neutral. It bends the cost curve. It covers 30 million Americans who don’t have health insurance, and it has extraordinary insurance reforms in there to make sure that we’re preventing abuse.” With the president urging lawmakers to look beyond disappointments they may have about parts of the legislation, several Democrats said that in the private session, liberals lamented the absence of a government-run insurance option they had long sought. “There was frustration and angst” expressed, said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. agreed: “There’s a lot of that going around.” Rockefeller added that Obama had emphasized the historic nature of the legislation, quoting him as saying the bill was the “biggest thing since Social Security.” Rockefeller added, “It’s hard to ignore that.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who spent 28 years in prison for a rape and murder has been freed after DNA testing showed he’s innocent. Fifty-eight-year-old Donald Eugene Gates left the federal prison in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday, just hours after a Washington judge ordered his release. Gates tells The Associated Press it feels “beautiful” to be free. Judge Fred Ugast, who presided over Gates’ trial, ordered his release just hours before.

Three killed in shootings

MATTAWA, Wash. (AP) — Three men were shot to death near the central Washington town of Mattawa, and it appears they were targeted and it wasn’t a random act, authorities said Tuesday. Deputies responded to a call of gunshots at 9:15 p.m. Monday at a house about two miles outside of Mattawa. One man was found dead at the scene. A second man died in an ambulance. The body of the third man was found lying on the road a couple of miles away.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The husband of a missing Utah wom-

an is hindering the investigation because he failed to show up for an interview on the advice of his lawyer, police said Tuesday. Josh Powell is not a suspect in the disappearance of Susan Powell, but his decision not to meet with detectives on Monday prevents them from moving ahead with the search for his wife, said West Valley City Police Capt. Tom McLachlan. Susan Powell, 28, was reported missing Dec. 7 when she didn’t show up to work and her children weren’t dropped off at day care.

The meeting followed an intense two days in which Democrats struggled — apparently successfully — to keep the legislation moving forward despite a flare-up over a proposal to expand Medicare to uninsured men and women as young as 55. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., announced on Sunday he opposed

Woman kills self, 3 others SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — A woman killed herself and three other family members, including two young children, in what may have started as a child custody dispute in an upscale, gated Orange County community, authorities said Tuesday. Sheriff’s deputies checking on the tenants were sent to a house in the Careyes community shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. They found the bodies of a 38-year-old woman and her daughters, ages 2 and 4, along with a close relative who was in her 60s, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. The four had been staying temporarily with a friend who was leasing the home, Amormino said. He said that a man was inside the home when a disturbance began. “It raised a red flag,” Amormino said.

the proposal, and he threatened to join Republicans in voting against the overall measure if it stayed in the bill. Democrats are ready to jettison the Medicare change, and Lieberman told reporters that assuming they do — and that any government plan or Medicare expansion stays out of the bill — “then I’m going to be in a position where I can say what I’ve wanted to say all along: that I’m ready to vote for health care reform.” That left Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., the only known potential holdout among the 60 senators who are members of the party’s caucus, a group that includes 58 Democrats, Lieberman, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Nelson has been seeking changes to increase restrictions on abortion coverage in a new insurance marketplace the bill would establish. Democrats need 60 votes to overcome a threatened Republican filibuster. The White House meeting unfolded as Democrats awaited a final cost analysis from the Congressional Budget Office on the latest version of the bill, and the full Senate pointed toward a vote on an amendment to permit the importation of prescription drugs from Canada and elsewhere. At its core, the legislation is designed to spread coverage to 30 million Americans who now lack it, impose new consumer-friendly regulations on the insurance industry and slow the rate of growth in health care spending nationally. Most Americans would be required to purchase insurance, and the government would establish a new series of “exchanges” through which consumers could shop for policies. The measure includes hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies to defray the cost of insurance for families with incomes up to about $88,200 a year for a family of four. Additional assistance would go to small businesses to help them afford coverage for their workers.

Storm stops search effort GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Time was running short Tuesday in the search for two missing climbers on Mount Hood, as heavy snow grounded a search helicopter and prevented ground crews from leaving camp. The climbers — Anthony Vietti and Katie Nolan — were believed to have ice axes that could be used to hack out a snow cave, rescuers said. But the storm that hit the mountain late Monday was expected to dump up to two feet of new snow on the slopes, raising the risk of an ava-

lanche that could further complicate the rescue effort. “It doesn’t look good,” Jim Strovink, spokesman for the search and rescue operation, said about the forecast. “This could hang on for a couple of days.” Searchers found the body of the climbers’ companion, Luke Gullberg, on Saturday at an elevation of about 9,000 feet. An autopsy showed he suffered minor injuries in a fall and died of hypothermia as overnight lows on the mountain dipped into the teens.

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In this Dec. 8 photo, shoppers peruse the frozen foods section at Costco in Mountain View, Calif. Inflation at the wholesale level surged in November, reflecting price jumps in energy and other products.

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Wholesale inflation ticks up WASHINGTON (AP) — Evidence that the economic rebound could eventually raise inflationary pressures emerged in a report Tuesday that wholesale prices surged last month. Most economists aren’t worried, though. They think the economy remains too weak for the price increases to last. The Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting Tuesday and is likely weighing the higherthan-expected wholesale inflation. Should inflation pressures mount, the central bank could be forced to start raising interest rates sooner than expected. But Fed policymakers aren’t likely to raise a key rate at the end of their meeting Wednesday. The Fed has kept rates at record lows to bolster the shaky recovery. An eventual Fed rate increase could help defuse inflation and boost the value of the dollar against other currencies. But it carries risks. Higher interest rates would raise borrowing costs and squeeze corporate profits. They could send stock prices falling. And they risk derailing the economic recovery. The economy is growing steadily but slowly. The latest sign was a report Tuesday that

industrial production rose a better-than-expected 0.8 percent in November. The portion of industrial capacity in use rose to 71.3 percent, from 70.6 percent in October. It shows that factories, mines and utilities are using more of their plants as the recovery takes root. Still, even with the gain, capacity use remains far below its long-run average of around 80 percent. Analysts said industrial spare capacity remains so large and demand still so soft that inflationary pressures are likely to remain tame. Overall wholesale prices jumped 1.8 percent in November, the Labor Department said. That was more than double the gain analysts had expected. Core inflation, which excludes energy and food, rose 0.5 percent, the sharpest increase in more than a year. Much of the overall increase reflected a jump in energy prices. Yet that increase will likely reverse itself. Analysts noted that oil prices have fallen about 10 percent since the start of the month. And the higher core rate of wholesale inflation was driven by price increases for light

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NEW YORK — The stock market fell for the first time in five days and Treasurys slipped after a jump in inflation stoked concerns that the Federal Reserve would be forced to raise interest rates. Stocks extended their slide late Tuesday after General Electric Co. forecast that revenue and earnings would be largely flat in 2010. Major stocks indexes slid 0.5 percent from 14-month highs, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which lost 49 points. Trading was subdued as Fed policymakers gathered for a two-day meeting on interest rates. The Fed isn’t expected to raise rates from their record low level, but the day’s economic reports brought reminders that the central bank could be forced to raise rates sooner than expected to keep inflation at bay. The government said wholesale prices jumped 1.8 percent last month, more than double the gain analysts expected. Core inflation, which excludes often-volatile food and energy costs, rose 0.5 percent, the biggest increase in more than a year. Analysts said the increase in food and energy costs was likely a concern for Fed officials. “They’re the twin pistons of inflation,” said Christopher Wolf, managing partner and cochief investment officer at Cogo Wolf Asset Management LLC in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Fed said industrial production rose 0.8 percent in November, the biggest gain since August. The rise in production meant factories ran at a higher capacity. The portion of capacity being used remains below average, but if factories start seeing demand increase prices could rise. The reports put inflation on investors’ screens. If prices start rising and the Fed raises rates, it could choke off a nascent economic recovery. The Dow fell 49.05, or 0.5 percent, to 10,452.00. The S&P 500 index fell 6.18, or 0.6 percent, to 1,107.93, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 11.05, or 0.5 percent, to 2,201.05. The Dow and S&P 500 index closed Monday at their highest levels since October 2008 as concerns eased about global debt problems. Bond prices fell, pushing yields higher. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.60 percent from 3.56 percent late Monday. The dollar rose to its highest level in two months against the euro, while gold prices fell. Crude oil rose $1.18 to settle at $70.69 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange and break a nine-day slide. Three stocks fell for every two that rose on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1.2 billion shares, compared with 1.1 billion Monday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered the federal government to acquire an underused state prison in rural Illinois to be the new home for a limited number of terror suspects now held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The federal government will acquire Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois, transforming the prison in a sleepy town into a prison that exceeds “supermax standards,” according to a letter to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed by Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair. Those departments “will work closely with state and local law enforcement authorities to identify and mitigate any risks” at the prison, the letter said. The decision is an important step toward closing Guantanamo Bay. Thomson, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Chicago, is expected to house both federal inmates and no more

than 100 detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin and Quinn were receiving briefings Tuesday. Administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they could not yet lay out a timeframe for a transfer of detainees to Thomson. They said the administration would have to work with Congress to amend laws and secure funding before any prisoners are brought to U.S. soil. The officials said military tribunals for potential detainees would be held at Thomson. They also said

that the facility could house detainees whom the president determines must be held indefinitely but can’t be tried. Republicans were quick to criticize the administration’s plan. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said the American people “already have rejected bringing terrorists to U.S. soil.” He accused the administration of failing to explain how transferring the detainees would keep the public safer than keeping them offshore in Cuba. The facility in Thomson had emerged as a clear front-

runner after Illinois officials, led by Durbin, enthusiastically embraced the idea of turning a near-dormant prison over to federal officials. Sen. Roland Burris, an Illinois Democrat, said he had “full confidence that the facility will hold these terrorism suspects safely and securely.” In a statement, Burris said that with Illinois struggling with 11 percent unemployment, the transfer will be “a great economic benefit to the state by creating over 3,000 well-paying jobs and bringing in valuable federal dollars to fund local facility operations.”

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Climate action may grow jobs By DINA CAPPIELLO Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — More Americans believe steps taken to reduce global warming pollution will help the U.S. economy than say such measures will hurt it. It’s a sign the public is showing more faith in President Barack Obama’s economic arguments for limiting heat-trapping gases than in Republican claims that the actions would kill jobs. In an Associated Press-Stanford University poll, 40 percent said U.S. action to slow global warming in the future would create jobs. Slightly more, 46 percent, said it would boost the economy. By contrast, less than a third said curbing climate change would hurt the economy and result in fewer jobs, a message Republican members of Congress plan to take to an international global warming conference in Copenhagen this week. “They’re wrong,” Ron Classen of Seattle, who participated in the poll, said of the GOP stance. “People are going to be shifted from one job to another,” said Classen, a self-described fan of enviAssociated Press ronmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Home Depot in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday The survey’s results seem to boost Democratic efforts to curb global warming pollution and sign on to an international agreement to reduce heat-trapping gases, despite the concerns many Americans have about the recession and the high unemployment rate. For some, the recession has manifested itself in a nothing-left-to-lose attitude when it comes to tackBy DARLENE SUPERVILLE lies money and reducing harmful ment companies would be key ling climate and to sparking a revolution in where emissions,” Obama said, standpartners in this program. Blake Associated Press Writer and how the nation produces its energy. ing in front of a water heater and was among a group of business WASHINGTON — Insisting “I don’t know if anybody has looked around latebales of insulation. leaders who later met privately insulation is “sexy,” President ly, but the economy is dead,” said Jake Berglund, It was the fourth time in less with Obama at the White House. Barack Obama called Tuesday than two weeks that Obama Obama said he disagreed with a home-improvement contractor from Portland, for new federal incentives to has staged a high-profile event those who think energy efficien- Conn. “We are in a sinking ship, and Obama has make millions of homes more bought us enough life rafts to keep on going. But to call attention to his efforts cy isn’t glamorous. energy efficient as a way to crewe need to figure out how to build a new boat to curb unemployment, which “Here’s what’s sexy about it: ate jobs for the unemployed, when we are still on the water.” save money for homeowners and dropped slightly to 10 percent in saving money,” he said at the The poll, however, also suggests that Americans November. Alexandria, Va., home improvereduce pollution. have limits to how much they want to pay to He called last week for a series ment store. He spoke to about Speaking at a suburban address global warming. Obama and many of steps to spur job creation — 40 people representing small Virginia Home Depot store Democrats in Congress envision shifting the counsmall-business tax cuts, new businesses, laborers, contractors, cleared of shoppers, Obama said try away from burning fossil fuels to cleaner forms money for roads and bridges, community members, environhe wants Congress to provide of energy, in a part by passing a new law that and tax breaks for home energy- mental groups and some worktemporary incentives to encourwould set up a cap-and-trade system that puts a efficiency projects. The adminers being trained to weatherage consumers to rush out and price on pollution. istration hasn’t put a price tag ize homes. Several members of buy such items as insulation, on the plan, but lawmakers have Congress also attended, and new windows and doors, and said it could cost more than $150 some donned orange aprons over caulk leaks where they live. billion. Obama has suggested their suit jackets. Obama said homes and offices using money left over from the Environmental groups are responsible for 40 percent of $700 billion financial industry applauded the president’s effort. U.S. energy consumption, and bailout to pay for the initiatives. Maggie L. Fox, president of the that homes built in the first half The White House hopes a Alliance for Climate Protection, of the last century can use about home energy-efficiency program said such an investment would 50 percent more energy than will be as appealing to consumbe a “significant down payment modern dwellings. ers as the now-expired Cash for on the creation of a new weath“The simple act of retrofitting Clunkers effort, which accelererization industry right here at these buildings to make them ated car and truck sales by offer- home.” more energy efficient — installing rebates to people who traded Obama says jobs such as ing new windows and doors, in used vehicles for more fuelinstalling windows in homes insulation, roofing, sealing leaks, cannot be moved overseas. modernizing heating and cooling efficient ones. At a jobs forum this month, About $8 billion of the $787 equipment — is one of the fastObama told Frank Blake, Home billion economic stimulus bill est, easiest and cheapest things Depot’s chairman and chief is dedicated to energy-saving we can do to put Americans executive, that home improveinvestments in homes. back to work while saving fami-

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 Democrat in the House said Tuesday that Congress will pass a two-month, $200-billion-plus increase in the government’s ability to borrow as one of its final acts before closing shop for Christmas. It’s a change of plans for Democrats, who had hoped to enact a far larger increase of up to $1.9 trillion to avoid having to cast another unpopular vote to increase the debt limit before next year’s midterm elections.

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Nation/world World Today Israeli police officer beaten JERUSALEM (AP) — Angry settlers beat and seriously injured a female Israeli police officer Tuesday, police said, as she tried to enforce a government ban on new housing construction in Jewish West Bank settlements. It was the most serious clash between settlers and authorities since the building restrictions were imposed last month. Settlers have vowed to defy the orders and have confronted government inspectors, scuffling with them.

Japan defers decision on US base TOKYO (AP) — Japan needs several more months to decide on the relocation of a major U.S. military base on the southern island of Okinawa, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Tuesday, a delay likely to frustrate Washington. The U.S. had hoped for a resolution by yearend, but Hatoyama said a hasty decision would be irresponsible.

Quake shakes central Italy ROME (AP) — Authorities say a magnitude 4.2 earthquake has shaken the Italian region of Umbria but caused no injuries. Towns in the province of Perugia reported buildings lightly damaged by the temblor, monitored by Italy’s national institute of geophysics. Italy’s agriculture minister said Tuesday 600 people were evacuated until their homes can be inspected. Mayors of several hamlets ordered schools closed Wednesday for inspections.

Blast kills 33 in Pakistan DERA GHAZI KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in a market close to a politician’s home in central Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 33 people and showing the increasing reach of Taliban militants in the nuclear-armed nation. The blast came shortly before the top-ranked U.S. military officer arrived in the Pakistani capital for previously scheduled talks with the country’s powerful army chief about the ongoing military offensive against the militants in the northwestern region near the Afghan border.

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ most active volcano oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash Tuesday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and face the possibility of a bleak Christmas in a shelter. State volcanologists raised the alert level on the cone-shaped, 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) Mayon volcano overnight to two steps below a major eruption after ash explosions. More than 20,000 people were evacuated to safety by nightfall Tuesday, said Gov. Joey Salceda of Albay province.

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An activist joins demonstrators protesting for a climate change in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday. A showdown between the world’s two largest polluters loomed over the U.N. climate talks Tuesday as China accused the United States and other rich nations of backsliding on their commitments to fight global warming.

China: U.S. backsliding on climate commitments By CARA ANNA and JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writers

COPENHAGEN — In a showdown between the world’s two largest polluters, China accused the United States and other rich nations Tuesday of backsliding on fighting global warming and the top U.S. envoy said Chinese greenhouse gas emission commitments should be independently verified. Trying to ease the tension, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rich and poor countries must “stop pointing fingers” and should increase their pledges to cut emissions to salvage the faltering talks on a climate pact. The European Union also urged both the U.S. and China to increase their commitments on emissions targets, but the U.S. would not change its offer. Scientists have warned that the world’s commitments so far fall short of what is needed to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels and head off the worst of global warming. They say global warming will create rising sea levels, increasing drought, more extreme weather and the extinction of some species. New negotiating drafts circulating Tuesday showed key issues, including emissions targets for industrial countries, climate financing for developing countries, and verification of emissions, remained unresolved. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin that she was “somewhat nervous” about prospects of success in Copenhagen. Ban’s warning in an interview with The Associated Press came as world leaders began arriving in Copenhagen, kicking the two-week

conference into high gear in its quest to deliver a deal to curb emissions that cause global warming. The conference so far has been marked by sharp disagreements between China and the United States and deep divisions between rich and poor nations. “You can’t even begin to have an environmentally sound agreement without the adequate, significant participation of China,” said U.S. special climate envoy Todd Stern. China and other developing countries are resisting U.S.-led attempts to make their cuts in emissions growth binding and open to international scrutiny rather than voluntary. China, the world’s largest polluter, is grouped with developing nations at the talks, but the U.S. doesn’t consider China to be in need of climatechange aid. In Beijing, China accused developed countries Tuesday of trying to escape their obligations to help poor nations fight climate change. “We still maintain that developed countries have the obligation to provide financial support,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said. The U.S. has offered a 17 percent reduction from 2005 emissions levels by 2020. That amounts to a 3 percent to 4 percent cut from 1990 levels — the baseline year used by many other countries. China has pledged to cut “carbon intensity” — a measure of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of production — by 40 percent to 45 percent by 2020, compared with 2005 levels. Since China’s economy is expected to double in size in coming years, that pledge means China’s emissions will only increase by nearly 50 percent, instead of doubling.

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Grabbing a parachute (at left), children at the Moose Lodge Christmas party toss balls in the air at Sunday’s 10th annual Toy Run event. Kaelin Maxey (below) munches on pizza.

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Providing Christmas joy Rutherford County Moose Lodge hosts 10th Annual Toy Run

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oars and rumbles of dozens of motorcycles driven by volunteers from Rutherford and Cleveland counties traveling US 74B Sunday afternoon was music to the ears of boys and girls attending the annual Toy Run Christmas party at the Moose Lodge.

Children from the Carver Center’s Head Start program in Spindale were special guests Sunday, some little girls arriving in Christmas dresses with red bows in their tousled hair. Volunteer Zana Whitmire, former physical education teacher with Rutherford County Schools, coordianted colorful games for the pre-school age children. She was ably assisted by student volunteers also from R-S Middle. Using Christmas red, green and a bright blue and purple parachute, children ran under the parachutes and later wrapped the parachutes around their shoulders running

With his little hands open, Salud Hernandez (above) waits his turn to catch a ball. Get set, get ready go. Niesha Logan, 9, (right) could be thinking as she takes a blue parachute for ride. A little boy named Israel (above) tosses a green ball into the air using a parachute.

Cyclists (right) roaring down the highway for the 10th annual Moose Lodge Toy Run in Forest City.

through the lodge as if they were Super Man himself, giggling and laughing all the way. After a series of games, women from the Moose Lodge served cheese and pepperoni pizza, fruit punch and cookies to all the children and guests. The thundering cyclists arrived with toys for the children for a Christmas distribution party in a large toy room with a lighted Christmas tree. After all the children received large bags of goodies and a toy from the cyclists, parents were given an opportunity to revisit the toy room and make other selections for their children, unknown to the children. Any toys remaining were given to other children in the county. Cyclists were also served a free lunch for their participation. Most of the food, including all the pizza, was donated by Rutherford County restaurants and grocery stores.


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Making the holiday season rewarding for all

The holiday season is here again. It is time for entertaining, shopping, decorating, baking, and gift-wrapping - and lots of places to go and people to see. Holidays are supposed to be a time of enjoyment. Instead they can become a time of exhaustion and stress. This year many families are experiencing more stress than usual, not only because of the strain of finishing all the holiday tasks but also because of financial worries. Many people are struggling to fulfill basic needs, much less purchase gifts. This can cause individuals and families to feel sad or angry as they unable to maintain their previous level of holiday giving. This situation is particularly tough for parents of young children. Children’s expectations of the holidays are grand and glorious and it’s difficult to explain why “Santa” will be bringing less this year. Parents can ease some of the disappointment by talking with children in advance about reducing the number of gifts and shifting the family’s focus away from material things. Children’s favorite words at this time of year are “I want…..”. Their wish list

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grows longer and longer as they watch products on television or see them in the store. One strategy that often helps parents whittle down the list is to have your child rank each item on their list from most favorite to least favorite. This will help you choose the top one or two gifts to buy. Discuss with your child what each toy on their list does, how long it will last, and whether or not it will actually perform as shown on TV. After thinking about the actual use of the toy, a child sometimes decides it doesn’t rank high on the list after all. It is also important to discuss with children what can be realistically expected. Be honest about what you can afford. Talk about your own values about the meaning of the holidays. Then plan family activities in which gifts play only one small part. Plan fun things to do before and after you open gifts. That way, gifts start to take their rightful place in the whole of the holiday season.

To further shift the focus of the holidays, parents can encourage children to think about what they want to give – not just about what they want to get. Grandparents are sure to cherish a gift of artwork, so encourage the younger children to paint a picture or make a card. Children who are old enough to have money to spend on themselves can be encouraged to spend some of their money to buy gifts for others. Children might also consider giving a “free” gift that lasts all year. For example, a child could give the promise of a letter or email to a relative once a month for the entire year. In addition to giving to family members, help children choose a toy or warm winter coat to donate to charity. Get the whole family involved by volunteering to package food for another family. Once you find a charitable activity that you enjoy, consider making it a family tradition. Speaking of traditions – what are the holiday customs in your family? Are there activities that everyone looks forward to year after year? Are there things you do each year, but really do not enjoy? Sit down as a family

and talk about what you and your family really want this holiday season. Decide what traditions you want to keep. Emphasize what is important in your family and stick with those activities. While they may not express it, most children want a relaxed and loving time with their parents. Lots of gifts will not make up for a holiday filled with over-extended schedules, tension, and stress. Concentrate on people and having fun instead of objects and perfection. Having fun making cookies is more important than beautiful cookies. It’s the time you spend together that children remember, not how nice the decorations looked. When the time comes to open gifts, be aware that children, caught up in the excitement and anticipation of opening their surprises, will sometimes forget their manners. Being gracious and appreciative isn’t always easy for children. This is a learned behavior and parents can be the best teachers. Talk to children ahead of time about how to express appreciation to those who have given them a gift. Remind children that a gift comes from the heart of the giver and is intended to be a symbol of

the love and caring between two people. This means that if your grandmother, who loves you dearly, gives you something you don’t like, it is important to understand that it’s not the gift but her intention that is the important thing. Again, focus on people not objects. And a final reminder to parents - do not expect children to be happy and appreciative all of the time. The anxiety of waiting for weeks for the holidays to arrive is stressful for children. Changes in routine, different foods, the excitement, and even the stress and frustration of their parents add to children’s stress. Expect crying, tantrums, clinging, and excessive energy. It’s all part of how children respond to stress. The financial pressure of the holidays can create difficult situations. But parents can use the holiday season to help their children learn to become more generous toward others and more appreciative of the generosity they receive. Spend more time this holiday season with the things that really matter. Make this holiday season rewarding for you and your children.

Honor Rolls Chase High School

The second six weeks honor roll at Chase High School has been announced by Greg Lovelace, Principal. Those students named to the list are: Scholars 9th Grade Anthony Abraham, Megan Babb, LauraLee Baynard, Kyle Bingham, Salem Bush, Letycia Carter, Katalyn Conner, Morgan Conner, Thomas Deck, Tyler Dixon, Jenna Dotson, Taylor Evans, Viktoriya Fridrikh, Mary Frontena,

Katherine Glover, Aaron Greene, Christopher Hall, Nicholas Harbin, Steven Holland, Ashton Hunt, Preston Jackson, Sidney Jones, Adam Keever, Alexander Larsen, Brooklin Lee, Kalei Martinez, Hannah Millwood, Kathleen Nicholson, Macy Phillips, Austin Price, Austin Robbins, Nicholas Rowland, Brittany Saine, Paige Sappenfield, Paxton Sappenfield, Blanca Sebastian, Kaitlyn Smart, Chasity Smith, Emily Tomblin, Jessica Toney, Brittany Trotter, Katlyn Wright. Honors 9th Grade

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McDowell, Keyara McKinney, Clinton McMellion, Hannah Mills, Destany Mitchell, Kenneth Molano, Harlee Monteith, Allison Murray, Brittany Ortiz, Rachel Padgett, Charles Parris, Ricky Patterson, DeSean Petty III, Marcus Phillips, Angelia Proctor, Michael Pyle, Daniel Rice, Courtney Ross, Jacob Scoggins, Shannon Shires, Gregory Short II, Michael Short, Ryan Simpson, Lorena Soto, Felicia Stacey, Danielle Stark, Sarah Swafford, Andrew Terrell, Autum Towery, Caitlin Troxell, Ashley Varney, Melissa Victor, Brent Walker, Christopher Walker, Zachary Wantuch, Javeale Watkins, Trent White, Avery Wilson, Ryan Withrow, Elizabeth Woods, Garrett Wright, Ja’Tarrio Young. Scholars 10th Grade Lisa Atkins, Bridgette Brainard, Anna Bross, Timothy Brown, Brent Butler, Leah Byers, Justin Dillon, Indiana Edwards, Erica Epley,

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Douglas Francis, Jamie Gosey, Holden Hall, Anissa Hames, Randi Hamrick, Lukas Hines, Marcus Ingle, Jessica Jones, Christopher Laborn, Stephanie Lane, Chelsea Martinez, Dulce Martinez, Ryan Miller, Katlynn Millette, Claire Millwood, Taylor Moore, Jessica Pennington, Maci Poteat, Ashley Roach, Trenton Robbins, Emily Sisk, Christopher Snyder, Matthew Tate, Sylvia Tate, Alyssa Toney, Taylor Trotter, Matthew Watson, Kathryn White, Victoria Williams. Honors 10th Grade James Alexander, Jessica Alexander, Christy Bailey, Tyler Bailey, Anahi Basurto Nieto, Alexandria Baynard, Ansel Bennett, James Bolyard, David Branch, Adam Brigman, Trekar Bristol, Kaitlin Caldwell, Shannah Campo, Ryan Cardwell, Samantha Carpenter, Stephanie Chinn, Benjamin Cole, Zachery Condrey, Amber Conner, Tiffany Conner, Brittany Cooke,

Nicole Dawkins, Gabriel Deese, Sarah Deyton, Larraine Douglas, Hannah Downey, Alan Dyer Jr, Amber Dysart, Holly Epley, Richard Ficklin, Andrea Godfrey, Brittany Goforth, Amanda Gonzales, Heather Green, Jason Greene, Michael Harth, Joshua Head, Austin Hensley, Adam Henson, Brannan Henson, Horace Hester, Donna Holley, Joseph Hudson, Jessica Lawson, Jessica Lewis, Burton Little, Alyssa Logan, Robert Lowe, Travis McGinnis, Brittaney McKinney, Mollee McKinney, Tajae McMullens, Jaycobe Mills, Deana Moore, Nathan Moore, Amber Neal, Jarrett Padgett, Angelo Parks, Tyler Pearson, Monica Poteat, Kaitlin Powell, Ryan Price, Christopher Rivera Diaz, James Sanchez, Vincent Scoggins, Dylan Scruggs, Jacob Shaneberger, Christian Sheldon, Christopher Short, Randi Silvers, See Honor, Page 3B

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local Honor Continued from Page 2B

Kala Smith, William Smith, Ashley Spencer, Johnathan Spurlock, Yvonne Stanley, Zachary Taylor, Chynna Terry, Rebekah Tomblin, Andres Vargas, Carlos Watkins, Jonathan West, Kelsey Wilson. Scholars 11th Grade Marah Alexander, Jared Allen, Brandi Allison, Rebecca Bailey, Caitlin Bridges, Shawn Campbell, Rylan Curry, Haley Dimsdale, Taylan Doherty, Christopher Earley, Robert Elliott, Mary Ervin, Keri Flowe, Austin Ingle, Kyle Jackson, Autumn Jessie, Raul Luna, Tiffany Malcolm, Matthew Melton, Jennifer Meredith, Michael Moffitt, Evan Morse, Blakeney Oliver, Courtney Parris, Kasey Price, Adrienne Reavis, Kaitlynn Reid, Ashley Silvers, Austin Tessnear, Heather Tessnear, Amber Watson, Emma Zarriello. Honors 11th Grade Avery Blankenship, Bobbi Blanton, Camilla Blanton, Casey Bradley, Dustin Brooks, Kacey Brown, Samantha Burdett, Jordan Cantrell, Danny Carpenter, Cederick Carson, Caroline Cordell, Kala Davis, Breanna Edney, Tyler Gaffney, Valentin Galvan, Tyler Gamble, Angel Greene, Jessica Greene, Jessica Hager, Ashley Harris, Victoria Helton, Lacey Henson, Megan Holland, Ashlie Hudson, Crystal Hudson, Lane Jenkins, Kayla Johnson, Caroline Jolley, Donna Jolley, Christopher Jones, Travis Kelley, Ashton Kinney, Joshua Lewis, Ashley Lowery, Caroline Matheny, Samantha Melton, Gerald Miller, Ronnie Miller, Chelsea Morgan, Brittany Morrow, Taylor Morrow, Nicolas Ortiz, Amber Palmatier, Jenna Price, Max Price, Karla Prieto, Bradley

Pye, Daniel Reyes, Dylan Robinson, Kristin Rohm, Sarah Sams, Oliver Sanchez, Christopher Scarlett Jr, Matthew Searcy, Bennie Shelton, Christopher Shifflett, Aaron Smith, Jalen Smith, Steven Smith, Heather Thompson, Haley Towery, Michael Turner, Breanna Vassey, Ashlee Viverette, Josh Waters, Cameron Wilkins, Sarah Wurzbach, Aubree Yelton, Brianna Yelton. Scholars 12th Grade Adrianna Arrowood, Victoria Baker, Joshua Beheler, Ashley Blankenship, Macey Bright, Dana Calhoun, Susan Carter, Tiquah Carter, John Cooper, Aden Crump, Euletha Davis, Katelyn Deviney, Jamie Dysart, Suzanne Earley, Brittany Enriquez, Francisco Fabian Sixtos, Kathryn Farley, Michelle Fox, Lindsay Gowan, Matthew Hicks, Lucinda Hill, Troy Howell, Aaron Hunt, Haley Hunt, Alexander Hutchins, Kristin Hutchins, Kandice Jones, Courtney Keeter, Zane Kingery, Erika Lamb, Emily Lowery, Mackenzie McCraw, Alexis McKinney, Megan Miller, Meredith Millwood, Maria Moon, Katherine Murray, Estefania Navarro, Allison Nicholson, Sarah Robbins, Danielle Rose, Lauren Sappenfield, Andrew Scruggs, Tyler Seay, Lydia Shaneberger, Jessica Short, Jessey Spake, Jessica Terrell, Chad Tesseneer – (Cross Enrolled – ROC), Laura Tomblin, Branden Walker. Honors 12th Grade Miriam Baxter, Dylan Baynard, Dillon Bedford, Lauren Benfield, Jonathon Brooks, Ethan Brown, Celeste Cabiness, Ethan Calton, Brionna Campbell, Tonya Cardwell, Kristen Causby, Amanda Champion, Breanna Champion, Jason Clark, Luis Crispin, Lauren Davis, Tyler Davis, Jerrica Dedmon, Erika Doggett, Joshua Easley,

Margaret Elliott, Daphne Forney, Ethan Gardner, Dillion Gettys, Shanice Goode, Dache’ Gossett, Paige Gowan, Moriah Hall, Jason Heiliger, Brandon Holland, Robert Johnson III, John Kalinowski Jr, Katie Key, Jacob Lail, Brandon Ledbetter, Jonathan Ledbetter, Brittany Marsh, Christopher McDaniel, Joshua Mills, Sydney Millwood, Yanessa Ortiz, Taylor Parris, Shelby Phillips, Dewayne Pratt, Tayra Price, Christina Queen, Wesley Roach, Kelly Robbins, Jesse Scoggins, James Scroggs, Katlyn Scruggs, Jacqueline Smart, Terrill Smith, Andrew Spake, Matthew Splawn, Kayla Spurlin, Jared Stacey, Michael Steadman, Mitchell Suggs, Charles Tate, Jasmine Twitty, Macie Ward, Brian Woods II, John Wright.

Sunshine Elementary The second six weeks honor roll at Sunshine Elementary School has been announced by Neil Higgins, principal. Those students named to the list are: A Honor Roll 3rd grade Ashley Birchfield, Hannah Epley, Heather Golden, Rachel Hollifield, Caitlin Melton, Christian Walker, J.T Waters, Arianna YoungHolycross. 4th grade A Honor Roll: Cameron Greene, Trent Johnston, Will Mann, Michael Mull, Jacob Penson, Matthew Shell. 5th Grade Adam Barnette, Sydney Williams. B Honor Roll 3rd grade Laine Bailey, Haley Barrier, Travis Beaty, Chris Carpenter, Julie Carter, Emily Carver, Kally Green, Addie Harris, James Harris, Cailin Herman, Storm Johnson, Keirsten Ledbetter, Trent Matheny,

Kamryn McDonald, Branson Steed, C.J. Sturgeon, Shelby Whiteside, Cheyenne Yelton. 4th grade Hunter Bumgardner, Raeanne Bumgarner, Lauren Davis, Kelsea Gilbert, Hayden Hamrick, Preston Helton, Molly Higgins, Skyler Hoyle, Billy Hurdt, Naomi Ledford, Clayton Padgett, Heather Putman, Kindal Smith, Haley Tesseneer, Tanner Thomas, Katy Walker, Colin Watts, Spencer Watts, Riley West, David Westbrook, Grayson Wright. 5th grade Brandon Biggerstaff, Jaden Bostic, Amy Collins, Jeremiah Earls, Amtillah Ghaleb, Brooke Greene, Laney Kelley, Lexey Lovelace, Abby Smith, Samantha Steed, Renee Sturgeon, Emma Toney, Cassidy Upton, Mason Walker, Nicholas Workman, Cole Yelton.

Spindale Elementary

The second six weeks honor roll at Spindale Elementary School has been announced by Angel King, principal. Those students named to the list are: A Honor Roll 3rd grade Madison Davis, Autumn Dobbins, Elijah Henderson, Ethan Henderson, Baylie Higginbotham, Trey Lawson, Paige McIntyre, Jessica Murray, Katlyn Owens, Veda Stacey, Jayden Waddell, Daquanta Whitesides. 4th grade Jimmy Baynard, Makayla Greene, Kiley Hughes, Prem Patel, Evan Revis. 5th grade Faith Archer, Emily Bailey, Allison Benton, Caleb Bowie, Zachary Davis, Karsyn Guffey, Jared Knowles, Brianna Moore, Gabriel Neira, Justin Shehan, Michael Womick. B Honor Roll 3rd grade

Katelyn Alexander, Jacob Bailey, Lily Buff, Jennifer Castrejon, Bryant Cochran, Alley Crotts, Raphael Flores, Abigail Gilbert, Deanna Harris, Brooklin Hart, Deven Holmes, Steven Horne, Isaiah Hunt, Natalie James, Devon Knight, Tristen Lail, Jakira Littlejohn, Torri Littlejohn, Jada Logan, Destiny Lynch, Tanesha McDowell, Meghan Melton, Michael Odgen, Manuel Perry, Ariel Simmons, Melena Tate, Lily Taylor, Bryan Voight, Irvin Washington, Bryson Williams. 4th grade Beau Adams, Acura Blanton, Faith Boone, Kahjii Brown, Katlyn Byers, Kelsey Cook, Hannah Dorsey, Destiny England, Marcus Godfrey, Sydni Harris, Damian Henderson, Neil Higginbotham, Mashaila Hines, Reginald Hines, Katie Hoyle, Zachary Hudson, Kiley Hughes, Haylee Jones, Kaley Jones, Kevin Keever, Jarvis Lynch, Jada Melton, Christina Murphy, Kayla Nanney, Issaac Odell, Daniel Searcy, Jacob Smith, Brandy Wallace, Brooklyn Wallace, Jimmy Williams. 5th grade Jonathan Barnette, Camerin Bernard, Sydney Bridges, Rocio Cervantes, Briana Cole, Jahnnie Conner, Joey Dysart, Keith Ervin, Hope Flack, Kiana Forney, Zeth Fortune, Wyatt FrazerSomoza, Noell Greene, Henry Holden, Brandon Jones, Tolley Logan, Kleigh Lytle, Timothy Morgan, Jose Rodriguez, Sagar Sheth, Emily Stone, Alice Womick, Ethan Yelton.

Pinnacle Elementary

The second six weeks honor roll at Pinnacle Elementary School has been announced by LaRonda L. Whiteside, principal. Those students named to the list are:

A Honor Roll 3rd grade Tyler Holland. 4th grade Kathryn Alton, Sidney Campbell, Lauren Cole, Callie Dalton, Brooke Hargett, Mayden McDaniel, Kodi McMinn, Madison Pressley, Kristen Searcy, Haley Stackpole, Julia Teears, Emily Williams. 5th grade Samantha Crain, Haven Fleming, Cara Johnson. A/B Honor Roll 3rd grade Sydnee Arrowood, Rebekah Atchley, Angel Baucom, Lindsey Byars, Justin Craig, Kimberly Clements, Pandora Flack, Jacob Hardin, Joshua Hargett, Hannah Harris, Austin Henderson, Chloe Holtzclaw, Carmen Huffman, Klaire Jackson, Carmen Jones, Noah Larson, Anna Lawson, Brook Reed, Emma Russell, Maria SeebodeKennedy, Sarah Shepherd, Stephen Snyder, Haley Toms, John Torvinen, Joseph Whitener, Faith Williams, Jordan Williams. 4th grade Javarius Barnette, Dalton Boyd, Jimmy Bradley, Taylor Bridges, Tyler Brown, Brittany Carr, Robert Clapper, Madison Crain, Seth Griffin, Malik HippSmith, Jaydon Holland, Scarlet Hollifield, Ian Keeter, Akiera Rogers, Karen Russell, Taylor Sentz, Noah Thornton, Kedgren Ware, Gage Whitaker, Kyle Whiteside, Eva Wilson, Evan Yelton. 5th grade Melissa Alexander, Alex Allison, Andy Atkins, Adam Brown, Mason Denton, Mayliah Dickey, Drew Fier, Emily Fleming, Dominic Gardella, Emily Lane, Kelsey Ledford, Casey Lewis, Alecia Martin, Mallorie McCollum, Autumn McEntire, Tierra Murray, Shana Ownbey, Savannah Parton, Madison Roach, Rusty Sanders, Caleb Spears, Tyrese Tate,

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Wife is hot and bothered

Dear Abby: How do you explain to a man how uncomfortable hot flashes are? I’m a perimenopausal woman who has been married for 12 years to a sweet husband who loves to “snuggle.” But when I’m having a hot flash, the last thing I want is a warm body touching me. My husband thinks I’m “mean” and that I’m one of those “freaky females.” How can I make him understand that hot flashes happen, and that it should be OK for me to ask for some space until the feeling passes? — Hot Flash Hilda Dear Hilda: Start with the basics. Tell him (if he hasn’t already noticed) that when a woman experiences a hot flash, her skin suddenly feels intensely warm and she often begins to perspire -- sometimes profusely. The feeling of heat can be so strong that some women suddenly remove their jackets, and others also feel an overwhelming urge to remove their jewelry. Fortunately, the feeling usually passes within a few minutes. If your husband doesn’t get the message, then preheat your oven to 450 degrees for 15 minutes, open the door and ask him to lean in. Ladies, have you anything to add?

Dear Abby: My husband and I are in our 80s. For many years we used to entertain during the holidays. Now we wonder where all our former

Dear Abby Abigail van Buren

guests have disappeared to. Our annual parties grew to include more than 80 friends. Dinner was prepared by a chef; we had a bartender and a pianist. People said they looked forward to those gatherings year after year. We never expected anyone to entertain us in the same way, yet even being asked out for hamburgers would have been such a treat. Very few reciprocated in any way except to bring a few bottles of wine. We miss them and wonder if people realize that a simple get-together is always appreciated. — Food for Thought. Dear Food For Thought: Some of the guests you entertained so beautifully may have been intimidated because it was done on such a grand scale. But if my mail is any indication, it also appears many people have “forgotten” that there is a social obligation that goes with accepting invitations, and that the guests must reciprocate with an invitation of some sort in return.

Chiari malformation needs specialist Dear Dr. Gott: In 2003, at age 70, I was diagnosed with Arnold-Chiari type I. I had surgery that removed a cyst from the base of my brain. The cyst has returned. I am taking tramadol, Lyrica and ibuprofen because of nerve pain. My doctor retired. Dear Reader: You need to be under the care of a physician, preferably a neurologist. Arnold-Chiari malformation is a condition defined as structural defects in the cerebellum (the portion of the brain that controls balance). Normally, the cerebellum and brainstem sit just above the opening at the base of the skull where the spinal cord and brain connect. In Chiari malformation, the cerebellum and/ or brainstem sit below this opening. When this occurs, the pressure that results may affect the functions controlled by that portion of the brain. It may also cause a disruption in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that cushions the brain and spinal cord. Type I is the most common form of

PUZZLE

Ask Dr. Gott Dr. Peter M. Gott

CM and may not cause symptoms until adolescence or adulthood. Symptoms may include neck pain, balance or vision problems, tinnitus, vomiting, insomnia, muscle weakness, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, hearing loss, paresthesias, depression and headache worsened by straining or coughing. Symptoms may change depending on the pressure caused by built-up CSF. A CSF-filled cyst can form within the central canal of the spinal cord. As it enlarges, the cyst can cause pain and weakness and stiffness of the back, legs, shoulders or arms. I believe this is likely what you are suffering from in regards to your brain cyst.

IN THE STARS

Your Birthday, Dec. 16

Your ability to meet new people and effectively communicate with persons will be greatly enhanced. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - General trends and influences that affect your material wellbeing will be favorable. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - You can substantially enhance your possibilities for success by relying more on yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Two endeavors you’ve devoted considerable time to, will begin to show results. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - Turn your attention to friends, as satisfaction can be realized sharing time with those who care. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Act independently of others today, especially if you are attempting to do something totally new. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - Broaden your horizons by studying or engaging in something brand new that holds an interest for you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Explore the world of fresh thinking when it comes to anything important to you. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Be willing to share control with a counterpart, and you will find life far easier for you than usual. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - It’s an excellent day to examine some problem and responsibilities dumped in your lap. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - You are not necessarily interested in dominating others, but you will want to set your own priorities. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - The need to be your own person and to have a safe place from which to operate is vital to you. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - This could be a fun day spending time being with friends or making new social contacts.


The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, December 16, 2009 — 5B The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2009 — 5B

local Honor

Eva Humphries, Rachel Ruppe, Natalie Flack, Brianna Hendrix, Continued from Page 3B Kaydrien Lamica, Reese Vassey, William Waters, Kasey Wright. James Teears, Leah 4th Grade Williamson, Cindy Brooklyn Harris, Whitener. Joshua Derreberry, Kayla Frashier, Christy Hudson, Matthew Martin, Caitlyn The honor roll at Trinity Mathis, Dakota Vickers, School for the first nine Hannah Allen, Austin weeks term has been Greene, Maggie Houser, announced by Lewis Tiffany Kelley, Devin Freeman, administrator. Munsey, Megan Smith, Those students named Ashlynn Spain, Dylan to the list are: Toney, Brantley Webb, A Honor Roll Weldon Whitesides. 3rd grade 5th Grade Class James Tuong, Zeke Destiny Ledford, Wilkerson. Abbey Roberson, Deni 4th grade Cockerham, Bryan Perez. Chloe Parton. B Honor Roll 5th grade 3rd grade Angel Hargett, Ali Braxton Atkins, Joni Parton, Preston Walker, Covington, Issac Dills, Lesley Ann Wells. Nicholas Greene, Breanna 6th grade Harris, Jordan McSwain, Hannah Crowder, Bailey Zachary Powell, Rachael Goode, Megan McDaniel, Wood, Cody Hendrix, Mikayla Wilkins. Jacob Jenkins, Alexandria 8th grade Laughter, Isaac Roberson, Meagan Yelton, Cassie Jimmy Rumfelt, Hailey Ramsey, Sarah Dale. Ruppe, Parker Smart, A/B Honor Roll Christian Snyder, Scott 3rd grade Strange, Katie Beam, Eli Mitchell Guarriello, Scarlett. Molly Martin, David 4th grade Pendleton, Kayla Penson, Luke Alexander, Bryson Walker. Michael Brigman, 4th grade Austin Cantrell, Jordan Sarah Cain, Maricela Cuthbertson, Blakely DeLeon, Jaxon Gardinier, Henline, Naomi Jack, Saylor Hardin. Noah Alexander, Austin 5th grade Bridges, Samantha Craft, Erin Biggerstaff, Lauren Keeton Elliott, Benjamin Flack, Cole Higgins, Juliet Alcorn, Adam Bradley, Lambert, Levi White. Jason Culp, Brianna 6th grade Laws, Jonah Millwood, Alexis Burch, Skyler Spencer Simmons III. Martinez, Matthew 5th grade Walker. Nicholas Bradbury, 7th grade Thomas Harris, Rebekah Laura Robbins, Sarah Hopkins, Chadwick Irvin, Yelton. Wesley McDaniel, Amega Newton, Austin Blair, Jonathan Derreberry, Henry Elmore, Seth Hollars, Dillon Nelon, Maggie Robbins, Kealynn The second six weeks Watkins, Tyler Cave, honor roll at Cliffside Emily Collins, Cody Elementary School has Green, Joseph Jack, been announced by Jason Sydney Lail, Brilyn White. Byrd, principal. Those students named to the list are: A Honor Roll 3rd grade Savannah Burgess, The first six weeks Wendy Garcia, Sara honor roll at Forrest Hunt Hoover, Tysun Beaver, Elementary School has

Trinity School

Cliffside Elementary

Forrest Hunt Elementary

been announced by Brad Richardson, principal. Those students named to the list are: A Honor Roll 3rd grade Carlee Arrowood, Jenna Bailey, Shana Briscoe, Zach Dalton, Diana Romero, Caitlin Roper, Riley Smith, Stesha Turner, Morgan Wheeler, Anna Yelton. 4th Grade Bethany Coffey, Ciera Hardin, Melissa LugoMejia, Lauren Millette, Chancellor Saine. 5th Grade Jessica Alley, Elizabeth Bradley, Zeke Brandle, Arianna Edwards, Grey Griffith, Hayden Hutchins, Drew Melton, Lauren Mode, Diana Newton, Chandler Patrick, Will Yelton. B Honor Roll 3rd Grade Kristin Adair, Brittney Bomer, Mykel Bracken, Salena Carrillo, Rylan Champion, Tamia Dobbins, Sheridan Francis, Garrett Haney, Collin Hipp, Rhyne Howard, Kaleb Logan, Kristen McBrayer, Jessica Spainhour, Demitri Williams. 4th Grade Asia Allen, Ashton Armstrong, Lacy Bailey, Sarah Bradley, Kiana Burns, Joerik Castillo, Austin Causby, Ashlyn Cox, Kaitlyn Doggett, Morgan Earp, Landon Fagan, Morgan Freeman, Ethan Harris, Noelle Harris, Katie Hoyle, Nathan Hoyle, Jonathan Jimenez, William Lanser, Darius Lovett, Brianna Lynch, Kendrick Macopson, Trevor Mode, Madison Morrow, Mayghan O’Connell, Alivia Pruett, Morgan Rogers, Courteney Saine, Madison Snyder, Devin Tesseneer, Brittany Trotter, Jose Vargas, Andrea Womick. 5th Grade Byrce Arrowood, Erica Arthur, Juwan Blanton, Zach Carswell, Danielle Chavez, Victoria Chavez, Kennedi Cotarelo, Latia Cureton, Tiffany Dotson, Miranda Eddins, Dixie Elmore, Kayla

Frady, Amber Gilbert, Ian Hawkins, Preston James, Miguel Jimenez, Tynec Lawrence, Austin Mech, Zach Pritchard, Hayley Ramsey,Elizabeth Randall, Jaquelyn Rojas, Nicholas Rose, Austin Ruff, Halie Smith, Bruce Squires, Hannah Tavernia, Zhaniya Thomas, Dylan Thrift, Billy Walker.

R-S Central High School The second six weeks Principal’s List and Honor Roll at R-S Central High School has been announced by Phil Rogers, principal. Those students named to the list are: A/B Honor Roll 9th Grade Elliot Alton, Amy Arante, Dustin Atchley, Justin Babb, Julian Bailey, Sarah Brandle, Klinnin Carson, Scharnice Carson, Austin Clarke, Anna Cobb, Brittany Crotts, Simona Dinovetskiy, William Doggett, April Dunn, Travis Ensley, Madison Evans, Kelsey Ferguson, Zoe Forney, Zachary Fowler, Joshua Frye, Morgan Gilreath, Alex Godlock, Christian Godlock, Kendall Gray, Kelsea Greene, Carly Griffin, Turandus Hampton, Lucas Hamrick, Sara Hawkins, Calabrianna Head, Tyler Herfel, Karen Hernandez, Charles Hill, Kyla Hines, Kaylee Hollifield, Kayla Kearns, Dakota Kesterson, Leah King, Ashley Lambert, Harrison Lave, Chantel Lewis, Heather McCrary, Kaitlyn Mesich, Kayla Mesich, Tyler Morgan, Jeffery Morrow, Alexander Owens, Christian Owens, Joshua Pruitt, Levi Ramsey, Tracy Ross, Benjamin Satterfield, Patrick Simmons, Justin Smith, Dylan Swink, Cameron Taylor, Hannah Thompson, Tiffany Thrower, Kayla Waters, Kyle Watson, Holly Yelton 10th Grade Kristina Baynard,Ashley Bechtel, Courtney

Blair, India Blanton, Michael Bowers, Alison Brandle,Randy Brown, Jamila Burns, Kent Craig, Brittany Desgages, Nathan Dinovetskiy, Hailey Fetherolf, Lindsay Frazier, Duran Gonzalez, Logan Greene, Sydney Griffin, Christina Gutierrez, Leigh-Anna Hardy, Alexander Harris, Shayla Hensley, Turner Hunt, Justin Jackson, Allyson Kirby, Curtis Koone, Whitney Levesque, Jared Logan, Jada Martin, Mackie McMahan, Akasha Miller, Claire O’Neil, Lindsey Pizzo, Mackaulie Prescott, Catherine Rollins, Mitchell Rollins, Katie Russell, Cody Smith, Jerry Smith, Tyler Wallace, Corey Washburn, Bobby Wilkins 11th Grade Tyler Abrams, Olivia Baumann, Daryl Brown, Tyler Carson, Lindsey Cathcart, Austin Conner, Jonathan Cope, Taylor Crowder, Andrew Dalton, Ashley Davis, Summer Fike, Jesse Fowler, Kayla Frady, Vaughn Freeman, Jasmine Glenn, Timothy Guffey, Taylor Hammett, Rachel Harris, Laura Head, Ashley Helton, Bobby Hill, Dylan Hipp, Jennifer Hutchins, David King, Jacob Kinlaw, Tabitha Lambert, Harry Lane, Kreig Langley, Marjorie Lave, Amanda Lewis, Joel Lowery, Lance Marshall, Erin McMahan, Sarah Miller, Alexis Morgan, Whitney Murray, Michaela Norville, David O’Neil, Cody Owens, Lindsey Reed, Lauren Rivas, Brandon Roark, Joseph Robles, Emily Rothrock, Adam Russell, Cody Salyards, David Schafer, Jessie Scofield, John Self, Sara Stegemoller, Ashely Stephens, Megan Stokely, Nicole Struble, Erica Thompson, Mary Verner, Shelly Von Briel, Randy Whitener, Miranda Williams, Rusty Woody 12th Grade Matt Adkins, Lindsey Alley, Diamond Ammons, Miyisha Battle, Candice Beal, Nick Beaver, Erica Biggerstaff, Stephanie

Boykins, Nicole Bradley, William Brown, Carsyn Butler, James Butler, Lee Carpenter, Davis Choun, Callie Crain, Heidi Crowe, Kevin Dinga, Katherine Fetherolf, Kelsey Field, Kayla Fox, Laurel Godfrey, Holly Guffey, Brianna Gurley, Breanna Hager, Brian Hampton, James Hampton, Lisa Hardin, Michael Heffner, Morgan Herfel, Marissa Hill, Aimee Hines, Kyle Holmstrom, Chandler Jones, Sarah Koonce, Kaitlyn Laughter, William Leach, Paige Leslie, Joshua Levinson, Yasmin Littlejohn, Cameron Long, Megan Mayse, William McBrayer, Tyler McCrary, Rebecca McFarland, Jessica McGinnis, Raven McGregor, David McLaughlin, Denisse Morales, Heather Morrison, Christopher Murray, Seth Orr, Christian Pfaff, Sydney Pugh, Kayla Robertson, Holly Roper, Jordan Rumfelt, Jonathan Shelton, Matthew Simmons, Shontay Singelton, Bryan Smith, Sharis Smith, Amaris Snyder, Aaron St. Clair, Audrey Steffans, Stacie Stott, Savannah Swofford, Candice Tessneer, Alex Thompson, Drew Thompson, Forrest Thurman, Jamilah Toms, Leslie Uy, Janie Van Jura, Devyn Walke, Danielle Watson, Melissa Wheat, Jacob Yant A Honor Roll 9th Grade Aaliyah Davis, Arely Dominguez, Colby Fagan, Christian Hewitt, Kayla King, Spencer Lane, Megan Long, Taylor Miller, Danny Mossburg, Christa Oglesby, Kendra Person, Mihaya Pitts, Christy Powell, Brittany Putnam, Adam Schopeck, Tyler Sims, Cody Watson, Ridge Wilkerson 10th Grade Amanda Baynard, Colleen Burns, Cameron Bynum, Austin Conner, Cassie Crowe, Hannah Fry, Jessica Hernandez, Matthew Higgins, Jonathan Michael, Casey See Honor, Page 8B

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Broadway Apts in FC 1 & 2 BEDROOMS Stove & refrigerator. No pets! 429-1217

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Richmond Hill Senior Apts. in Rfdtn 1BR Units w/handicap accessible units avail. Sec 8 assistance avail. 287-2578 Hours: Mon., Tues., & Thurs. 7-3. TDD Relay 1-800-735-2962 Equal Housing Opportunity. Income Based Rent.

at 433 E. Main St., Forest City $475/mo.

Special $100 dep.! 1, 2 & 3BR Nice, large Townhomes Priv. decks, w/d hook up. Water incld.! Starting at $375/mo. 1-888-684-5072

Apt. with storage garage. Clean 2 Bedroom Brick Call 828-447-3233 Nice 2 Bedroom Townhouse Apt & 1 Bedroom Apt across from Super 8 Motel in Spindale $385/mo. & $515/mo. Call 828-447-1989 1 & 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS Some with free utilities! Ask about NO DEPOSIT! Call 245-0016 leave message

Homes For Sale 1BR/1BA Owner financing with down payment! Central heat & air, 2 out buildings. $32,000 Call 657-4430

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GREAT STARTER in Cleveland County! 3BR/1BA Brick ranch w/great features - brick fireplace in family room, large eat-in kitchen, hardwoods, in-ground pool, large fenced backyard, swing set and 2 storage sheds remain. $94,900 #45277 Coldwell Banker Mountain View Real Estate Contact Marsha Brown 704-284-0137

2 & 3BR Homes for Rent in Spindale & FC. Must have ref’s. No pets! Call 287-6877 2BR/1BA Dual pane windows, ceiling fans, window a/c, w/d hookup. East Court St., Rfdtn. $310/mo. 1/2 off 2nd month App. 828-748-8801 Beautiful country cottage Hudlow Rd. 2BR/1BA $500/mo. 704-376-8081

1, 2 & 3 BEDROOM

HOUSES & APTS. FOR RENT! $285/mo.-$750/mo.

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245-7400 Room Mates Wanted 2 Rooms Available for shared house in nice neighborhood $200/ mo., shared utility bills $100 dep. Ref’s. req. Call 828-447-9963

(2) 3BR/2BA on priv. road, full ac., quiet, wooded. Also, large camper accommodates 2 on priv. road, water & electric provided. Must be seen. Priced right! Call 245-8734 3BR SW & 3BR DW in Harris. Water & sewer incld. $350 & $450/mo. + dep. 828-748-8801 2BR in Chase area $325/mo. + deposit. No pets! 828-223-1030 or 657-1828 after 6pm 2BR/2BA on large lot in Rfdtn area. Refrig. & stove. $375/mo. + $300 dep. 286-4333

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3BR/2BA in Rfdtn. $650/mo. + securities. 748-0658 or 286-1982

2BR & 3BR Stove, refrig., cable, lawn service & trash incld. $260-$350/mo. + dep. No cats! Long term only! Call 453-0078

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6B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2009 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF RUTHERFORD IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK 09 SP 469 In the Matter of Foreclosure Of Claim of Lien filed against JOSEPH C. KIRKMAN AND WIFE, ROBERTA J. KIRKMAN Under Power of Sale

Help Wanted

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Found

Part Time RN/LPN Phlebotomy exp. req. Mobile insurance exams. Fax resume to 828-254-2441

Immediate openings in Rutherford Co. for Substance Abuse Counselors & Mental Health Therapists. LCSW,

I PAY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS Up to $10 per 100 ct. Call Frank 828-577-4197

Sterling Silver Earing Found 12/4 in Bi-Lo parking lot. Call to describe 287-2055

WILL BUY YOUR JUNK

Male PUPPY w/unique markings. 8 wks. old. Found 12/7 in Bostic area. Call Tammy to identify 828-748-8634

Entry level admin asst Accounting background helpful. PO Box 1000, Rfdtn, NC 28139

NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that by virtue of the power of sale contained in the Master Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions recorded in Deed Book 386, Page 404, and all subsequent amendments thereto, including that Amendment recorded in Deed Book 824, Page 001, recorded in Rutherford County Registry, for Fairfield Mountains Property Owners’ Association, Inc., and all amendments thereto, and also pursuant to North Carolina General Statute §§ 47A-22 and 47F-316, and because of default in the payment of association assessments, the undersigned attorney and agent for the Trustee shall on DECEMBER 21, at 11:00 AM., at the door of the Rutherford County Courthouse, offer for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, the following described property: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot 8, Shumont Estates, as shown on plat of record in Plat Book 16, Page 102, revised, and as more specifically described in that deed recorded in Deed Book 668, at Page 667, Rutherford County Registry. Subject to restrictive covenants and restrictions, as filed of record. The terms of the sale are that the real property hereinabove described will be sold for cash to the highest bidder and that the undersigned may require the successful bidder at the sale to immediately deposit cash in the amount of ten (10%) percent of the high bid up to $1,000.00, plus five (5%) of any excess of $1,000.00. The real property hereinabove described will be sold subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, restrictions and easements of record, tax liens and assessments. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. The record titleholder to said property, ten (10) days prior to posting this Notice, is Joseph C. Kirkman and wife, Roberta J. Kirkman. The sale will be held open for ten days for upset bids as by law required. This the 17th day of November, 2009. Jarald N. Willis, Trustee

IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION RUTHERFORD COUNTY 09 SP 517 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY JAMES PRESLEY AND CARLA PRESLEY DATED OCTOBER 26, 2006 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 917 AT PAGE 706 RERECORDED ON OCTOBER 31, 2006 IN BOOK 925, PAGE 213 IN THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY, NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of default in the payment of the secured indebtedness and failure to perform the stipulation and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the secured debt, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 11:30 AM on December 29, 2009 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEING the same property described in deed to Michael W. Jackson and wife, Donna L. Jackson, dated December 31, 1987 and recorded in Deed Book 513, Page 432, Rutherford County Registry, and being described by metes and bounds according to plat and survey by Charles D. Owens, RLS, and dated December 17, 1987 and revised January 19, 1990 as follows: Beginning on an iron pin in the center of State Road 1565, said point being North 59 degrees 40 minutes 25 seconds East 377.82 feet from the intersection of the center lines of State Road 1565 and State Road 1563; runs thence with the center of State Road 1565 the following three calls; North 66 degrees 14 minutes 00 seconds East 309.50 feet, North 63 degrees 59 minutes 00 seconds East 107 feet and North 58 degrees 59 minutes East 83.14 feet to an iron pin; thence with old line North 25 degrees 55 minutes 00 seconds West 816.40 feet, to an iron pin; thence new line South 30 degrees 23 minutes 10 seconds West 202.15 feet to an iron pin; thence South 18 degrees 46 minutes 20 seconds East 217.30 feet to an iron pin; thence South 15 degrees 35 minutes East, passing through an iron pin at 461.29 feet, a total distance of 520.65 feet to the Beginning, containing 7.389 acres.

FT position for a Marketing Coordinator

at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Position requires a minimum of a two year associate degree in Business, Marketing, Communications or related field, bachelor’s degree preferred, and a minimum of four years experience in customer service, sales, marketing, and/or public relations. Position requires excellent management skills, the ability to work well within a team and the ability to be innovative, flexible, creative & organized. Knowledge of the hospice philosophy, reimbursement and certification issues preferred. EOE. Please apply at: http://www.hocf.org

LPC, CCS, LCAS or CSAC preferred.

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Cars & Trucks Pick up at your convenience!

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For Sale Washer & Dryer Almond XL capacity Exc. cond.! Like new! $150 828-283-1113 Christmas wreaths & arrangements $20 & under, Christmas dishes (brand new in box - set of 4) $5 ea. some custom built furniture, 2 cherry sitting chairs w/floral pattern (like new) $20 ea., fireplace board w/duck painting $40, plum colored formal dress, size 7/8 (worn once, very nice) $15 All items are located in Boiling Springs, NC Call 704-472-7326

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Rutherford County will be accepting proposals for reroofing a section of the Rutherford County Detention Center building located at 400 North Washington Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 until 10:00 AM, January 8, 2010. For appointments to pick up copies of the specifications for the proposal, contact Stephenie Freeman at 828-288-4501. Specifications for submitting a proposal may be picked up at Rutherford County Maintenance at 174 Fairground Road, Spindale, NC 28160 by appointment only.

Pets Free to good homes 4 Kittens 8 wks. old, very sweet, cuddly & playful. Litter box trained. 828-582-6884

Lost Male Gray/silver Weimaraner 6mo. old, 30 lbs., red collar Lost 12/3 in Ellenboro, Soco Gap Rd. Call 429-0176 Male Grey Tabby Cat 10-12 lbs., 3 yrs. old. Needs meds! Lost 12/14 from Grayson Bostic Rd./ Bethany Church Rd. area. Call 289-5989 or 245-0222 M Black & white cat 2 1/2 yrs. old. Needs meds! Lost 11/13 on Freeman Rd. in Bostic. Call 828-748-1165

Male Blue Tick Hound wearing collar. Found 12/2 Shiloh/ Holly Springs area Call 245-7368

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator of the estate of REBA LYNCH WASHINGTON of Rutherford County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the estate of the said REBA LYNCH WASHINGTON to present them to the undersigned on or before the 25th 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 25th day of November, 2009. Tara M. Washington, Administrator 168 Friar Tuck Road Forest City, NC 28043

IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION RUTHERFORD COUNTY SP 09 336 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY RICHARD W. FINDING AND JUANITA L. FINDING DATED SEPTEMBER 21, 2007 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 982 AT PAGE 1 IN THE RUTHERFORD COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY, NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of default in the payment of the secured indebtedness and failure to perform the stipulation and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the secured debt, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 11:30 AM on December 29, 2009 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows:

Being the same and identical property conveyed by Michael W. Jackson and wife, Donna L. Jackson to Timothy B. Jackson and wife, Angela F. Jackson by deed dated September 3, 2002 and of record in Deed Book 804, at Page 804, Rutherford County Registry.

Real property in the City of Bostic, County of Rutherford, State of North Carolina, described as follows:

Also Being the same and identical property conveyed by Timothy B. Jackson and wife, Angela F. Jackson to James Presley and Carla Presley by deed dated October 28, 2005 and of record in Deed Book 886, at Page 880, Rutherford County Registry.

Being the full contents of Lot No. 9, First Broad Acres, containing 3.89 acres, more or less, as shown on a plat recorded in Plat Book 16 at Page 84 of the Rutherford County, North Carolina Public Registry, reference to which is hereby made for a more particular description.

And Being more commonly known as: 593 Gun Club Rd, Bostic, NC 28018

And Being more commonly known as: 251 First Broad Dr, Casar, NC 28020

The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are James Presley and Carla Presley.

The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Richard W. Finding and Juanita L. Finding.

The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale.

The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.

The date of this Notice is December 8, 2009.

The date of this Notice is December 8, 2009.

Grady Ingle Substitute Trustee 8520 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 333-8107 http://shapiroattorneys.com/nc/ 08-100275

Grady Ingle Substitute Trustee 8520 Cliff Cameron Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28269 (704) 333-8107 http://shapiroattorneys.com/nc/ 09-116969

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BUSINESS&SERVICE DIRECTORY

The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, WEDNESDAY, December 16, 2009 — 7B

AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING

HOME IMPROVEMENT

GRADING & HAULING

Specializing In Metal Roofing.....Offered In Many Colors Guaranteed Lowest Prices on Vinyl DH Windows

“We’re Not Comfortable Until You Are” “Serving Rutherford & Cleveland County For 30 Years” NC License 6757 • SC License 4299 FAST RELIABLE SERVICE ON ALL BRANDS Free Estimates • Best Warranties All Work Guaranteed Service • Installation • Duct Cleaning • IAQ Gas / Oil / Heat Pumps / Geothermal / Boilers Residential & Commercial 24 Hour Emergency Service

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Track Hoe Work, Tractor Work , Dozer Work, Bobcat Work, Trenching, Grading and Land Clearing, Hauling Gravel, Sand, Dirt, Etc.

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

HOME REPAIR

WINDOWS & SIDING STORM DOORS

Family Owned & Operated Local Business

Free Estimates & Fully Insured Licensed Contractor

Licensed Contractor with 35 Years Experience

245-6367 PAINTING

Interior & Exterior 22 years experience

Great references Free Estimates John 3:16

ROOFING

Todd McGinnis Roofing Rubberized/Roofing Metal, Fix Leaks FREE ESTIMATES

828-286-2306 828-223-0633

FREE LOW E AND ARGON!

INSTALLED - $199*

*up to 101 UI

Wood & Vinyl Decks • Vinyl Siding • Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Reface Your Cabinets, Don't Replace Them!

Clean up at the end of each day GUARANTEED

H & M Industries, Inc.

828-248-1681

704-434-9900

Website - hmindustries.com

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LAWN CARE

PAINTING

* Leaf Removal

Bill Gardner Construction, Inc ENTRANCE DOORS

Vinyl Replacement Windows Double Pane, Double Hung 3/4" Glass, Energy-Star Rated

* roofing * concrete * decks & steps * painting * carpentry * skirting * plumbing * sheet rock * room additions * metal roofing

No Job Too Small Discount for Senior Citizens

828-657-6518 828-223-0310

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* Gutter Cleaning

Quality Lawn Care

Interior & Exterior INSURED FREE ESTIMATES Reasonable Rates

223-8191

Owner Jerry Lancaster 286-0822

TREE TREE CARE CARE

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Carolina Tree Care & Stump Grinding

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Chad Reid Sisk Mark (828) 289-7092 828-289-1871 Senior Citizen Discounts

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8B — The Daily Courier, Forest City, NC, Wednesday, December 16, 2009

LOCAL Moose Lodge Toy Run

Student volunteer Brooke Bailey, 12, (right) tosses scarves to friend Niesha Logan.

Shanna and Kia Yonner arrive in winter wear and ready for games.

Honor Continued from Page 5B

Whiteside, Jessica Wyatt, Jerry Yelton, Kaitlyn Yelton 11th Grade Shakeia Burgin, Chelsey Crawford, Sean Dickinson, Cole Flack, Kelly Hamby, Matt Huntley, Lindsay Koonce, Courtney Ledbetter, Kevin Miller, Alex Murray, Julie Padgett, Brittany Patterson, Kathryn Snyder, Leah Whitton 12th Grade Harley Bowen, Leah Cooke, Amber Cruz, Maegan Dalton, Whitley

Dobbins, Jessica Eberhart, Hannah Enloe, Michael Fall, Corbie Ford, Ezekiel Gillespie, Ivonne Gonzalez, Jessica Hancock, Andrea Hooper, Grayson Hudson, Richard Huntley, Ashley Hutchins, Chacorey Jimerson, Kelly Jugar, Alyssa Karam, Cory Lowery, Kalie McCurry, Melissa McLaughlin, Holly Melton, Brittney Monteith, Chris Noffke, Stacey Osborne, Ashley Ownbey, Jessica Ownbey, John Parker, Dre Person, Caroline Pocock, Nicholas Pope, Brooke Price, Kayla Rikard, Aris Smith, Jennifer Street, Stevie Turner, Anthony Walke, Caleb Wilkie.

Tis The Season To Say Thanks For Your Patronage This Year


Daily Courier, December 16, 2009