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Both the men’s and women’s teams rolled up victories over Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. Page 1B

More and more cities, county’s and states are taking back money paid to lure companies that haven’t lived up to their job creation promises.

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Sunny, cold

Nighttime lows will dip into the teens every night this week. Highs will just crack the 40s.

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Supporters Most segregated hour? hail charter school ruling Is Sunday morning worship still the


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The Reverend Tom Mills, pastor of Monroe’s Seventh Day Adventist Church on Weddington Road, leads his congregation in an opening hymn.

Churches segregated despite welcoming attitudes BY TIFFANY LANE

‘The essence is love’

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CHARLOTTE The back of the hymnal quotes the Quran, Lao-Tse, Buddha and Psalms — ”wisdom from world religions,” the heading says. The hymns are just as diverse, from “The Wind of Change Forever Blown,” including the line “great Buddha of the lotus throne,” to “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,” and countless calls to coexist in harmony. Many reference “the invisible, unnamed being” and a “mysterious presence;” others elevate humanity. Standing before the semicircle of pews, Jay Leach preaches about peace and enlightenment.

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Leach has been pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte since 2003. His church has about 650 adult members and nearly 250 children and youth. The congregation is “overwhelmingly Anglo,” he said, “somewhat to our distress.” Some members are black, a few Hispanic or Indian, but most are white, primarily from the upper middle class and “highly, if not overly, educated.”

Walk to work? Some can, but most cannot MONROE Don’t expect to incorporate your New Years resolution of getting in shape into your daily commute to work. Getting healthier by walking to work in Union County might be a good idea in theory, but in practice, the economic climate and past city planning could prevent that trend from taking off for several decades. “If you live in the core neighborhoods, you have a good pedestrian network to get to the downtown area,” said Wayne Herron, Monroe city man-

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MONROE N5. O2. Be a bingo player for one night to raise money for a worthy cause. The Literacy Council of Union County will have its first bingo night on Jan. 9 to “help our volunteers help others,” said Linda Moyer, executive director. Twenty winners will receive themed Longaberger baskets, including Panthers, Valentine’s Day and cooking. Those are valued at a minimum of $50, Moyer said. “People who love these

You know that winter has arrived when the horse start wearing jackets. Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens every night this week. E-J Staff photo by Rick Crider

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The church was founded in 1947 as the first Unitarian congregation in North Carolina. It was first located on East Boulevard in Charlotte and moved to Sharon Amity in the mid-60s when cows grazed in fields down the street. Harris Teeter and Starbucks have since replaced them. During a time of racial tension in North Carolina, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte was the first non-sectarian organization to integrate its school, which still serves children ages 2 to 5. The school is discovery-based instead of curriculum-based, Leach said, “consistent with who we are

MONROE Charter school supporters say a state Supreme Court ruling could be a bellwether for Union Academy’s lawsuit against Union County Public Schools. The N.C. Court of Appeals ruled last year that Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools owed district charter schools more money than allotted by CMS’s per-pupil funding formula, which, charter schools said, intentionally shortchanged them on operational expenses. In November, the N.C. Supreme Court refused to review the case, tacitly supporting the appeals court’s ruling. Although CMS was the only system named in the suit, the decision is hitting school districts around the state as they calculate how much more they owe nearby charter schools. The News and Observer reported that Wake County estimates that it owes an additional $1 million annually to its 13 charter schools. The Herald Sun reported that the ruling could result in charter schools getting more money per student than Durham Public Schools receives, school board attorney Ann Majestic told officials. Some school districts worry that charter schools could tap into funds they drew from in previous years. The court’s decision

may also add momentum to a separate suit filed by charter schools that want public funds to build and maintain facilities. Union Academy receives the same amount per student that UCPS schools do — about $2,000 per student, Union Academy finance officer Lynn Kroeger said — but gets nothing for construction. To get those construction funds, Union Academy joined a lawsuit with six other charter schools: Socrates Academy in Matthews, Rocky Mount Preparatory School in Rocky Mount, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Mooresboro and Sugar Creek Charter School, Metrolina Regional Scholars’ Academy and Community Charter School, all in Charlotte. Robert Orr and Jason Kay, attorneys for the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, are representing those charter schools. The institute is a nonprofit organization and does not charge for its services. If Union Academy wins in the lawsuit, Orr said, “our money would not actually require (public schools) to pay any money; it would only require them to consider it.” Charter schools could request construction funding, but might not get it. Union Academy headmaster Raymond Reinsant said he doesn’t want to downplay the operational money his school gets, but it’s not enough.



Feeding birds cans color, life and insect control to your garden and keeps it interesting even during the winter months.

Best wishes are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday today, especially: Linda Brown, Micheal Chambers and Dawn Massey. Best wishes also are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday Monday, especially: Michelle Hughes. Call (704) 261-2278 or e-mail to add your names to The Enquirer-Journal birthday list.

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MONROE Mrs. Barbara Montgomery Ellis, 70 died Friday January 1, 2010 at Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews. She was born January 20, 1939 in Union County, the daughter of the late Mr. Ward Zeb Montgomery and the late Mrs. Beatrice Annie Stogner Montgomery. She was the retired owner and operator of the Style-O-Rama Beauty Shop on Main Street in Monroe for 52 years. Mrs. Ellis is survived by her husband: James R. Ellis of the home; one daughter: Jill E. Belk of Monroe; one son: Rusty Ellis of Monroe; one grandson: Jake Belk of Monroe. Memorial services for Mrs. Ellis will be 11 a.m. Saturday January 9, 2010 in the Bethany Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends and relatives for visitation immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. The family suggests memorials be made to Bethany Presbyterian Church, 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe, N.C. 28112. McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family.

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Monroe It is with great sadness that the family of Edward T. Byler announce his passing on January 1, 2010, at the age of 63. Ed will be forever remembered as a loving father and grandfather by his four children, Jonathan (Janet) Byler, Mark Byler, Michelle Stephens and David Byler, as well as his seven granddaughters. He is also survived by his former wife, Thelma Byler of Monroe, and by three sisters, Lydia (John) Schmid of Benton, OH, Esther (Freeman) Mullet of Apple Creek, OH, and Dorothy (Earl) Yoder of Dover, OH; two brothers, Dan (Betty) Byler of Canton, OH, and John Byler of Louisville, KY, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tobias and Amelia Byler, and two brothers, Andy and Simon Byler. A visitation will be held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Waxhaw, NC, on Sunday, January 3, from 2:00-4:00, followed by a service in memory of Ed. On Tuesday, January 5, he will be laid to rest at Fairlawn Church Cemetery in Apple Creek, Ohio. An online guest registry is available at www. Local arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel. PAID OBITUARY

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MONROE Melvin K. Graham, 67, of Monroe, passed away Friday, December 31, 2009 at his home. He is survived by four children: Lisa Strickland Strickland (Tim) of Wingate, Matt Graham (Melissa) of Marshville, Tony Graham of Marshville, and Ken Ward of Arkansas. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren. Arrangements are incomplete and are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail.

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MONROE Joshua David (J.D.) Fletcher, 90, of Monroe, formally of Midland, NC passed away Friday, January 1, 2010 at his residence. J. D. was born June 11, 1919 in McCall, South Carolina son of the late Robert Galloway and Lula Geiger Wolling Fletcher. He was preceded in death by a grandchild Mitchell Douglas and two brothers G.W. Fletcher and John Fletcher. J.D. was a US Navy, World War II veteran, the former Owner/Operator of Fletcher Oil Company, former president of Union County Chamber of Commerce, former Board Member of Hospice of Union County, former Board Member of American Bank, and United Carolina Bank now BB&T Bank. He was also involved in the Shriners Club, Lions Club, a Volunteer Fireman, EMS, and a Mason. J.D. served as a Campaign Manager for Jim Hunt, and Harlan Boyles. Also he was the director of the March of Dimes Drive, and a member of the “HASOBS� A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday January 4, 2010, at 11:00 AM in the Gordon Funeral Chapel, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe NC 28112. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. J.D. is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years Birgitta, three daughters Deanna F. Helms and husband V.W. of Indian Lake Est. FL, Betty Jon Brooks and husband Harlan of Sparta, NC, Joy Fletcher and husband Joseph Santos of Carolina Beach, NC; two step sons Fredrick von Dorn and Carl von Dorn and wife Heather; eleven grandchildren, and nineteen great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe N.C .28110. Gordon Funeral & Cremation Service is caring for the Fletcher family. Online condolences may be made at

INDIAN TRAIL Mark Roper, 62, died Saturday, January 2, 2010 at PAID OBITUARY Hospice of Union County. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Thelma McClendon Good Shepherd FunerMARSHVILLE al Home, Indian Trail is Thelma Garmon Mcserving the family of Mr. Clendon died Friday, JanuRoper. ary 1, 2010, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Arrangements are inBlack golf pioneer complete and will be announced by Grier Funeral dies at age of 93 Service. CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Bill Powell, the first African American to build, Levi Houston own and operate a golf WAXHAW course, died Thursday. He Levin Houston died Satwas 93.. urday, January 2, 2010 at The PGA of America Presbyterian Hospital in said Powell died at Ault- Charlotte, man Hospital in Canton Arrangements are infollowing complications complete and will be anfrom a stroke.. nounced by Grier Funeral Service.

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MONROE Mrs. Patricia “Pat� Littleton Hall, 69, died Thursday, December 31, 2009 at Carolina Medical Center-Union. Pat was born March 8. 1940 in Salem S.C. the daughter of Mrs. Lela Leona Barrett Littleton and the late Rev. Bruce Bernard Littleton, also preceded in death by a son: Durrow Curtis Hall III, she was a retired Medical Technician. Visitation will be 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at Benton Heights Presbyterian Church, with Services to Celebrate the life of Pat beginning at 2:00 P.M. in the Church Sanctuary with her pastor; Reverend Paul Saleeby officiating, interment will follow in Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. Survivors include her husband: Durrow C. Hall Jr. of the home, one Daughter: Luanne Hall Sherron and husband Steve of Wesley Chapel N.C., Mother: Mrs. Lena Leona Littleton Funderburk of Monroe N.C., Brother: Vernard Littleton and wife Lisa Turner of Monroe N.C., two grandchildren: Stephanie Sherron Crisco and husband Ron Jr. of Mooresville N.C., Jake Sherron of Monroe N.C., one great grandchild: Carter Dean Crisco of Mooresville N.C. Memorials may be made to Benton Heights Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 2701 Concord Hwy., Monroe N.C. 28110 or to American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte N.C. 28210. McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Hall.

Susan Jeanette Johnson-Cooper

INDIAN TRAIL Susan Jeanette Johnson-Cooper, 58, of Indian Trail passed away on January 1, 2010. Susan was born in Indian Trail on September 12, 1951 to Frances Vickery and the late James Jerome Vickery. Ms. Cooper was raised in and lived in Indian Trail all her life. She attended Wingate College, studying Physical Education. She was a member of Indian Trail Presbyterian Church and member of the choir. Susan dedicated her life to her family. In addition to being survived by her mother, Frances Vickery; she is survived by her children, Clay Timanus, Adam Johnson, and Natalie Johnson; and brother, Frederick Vickery. Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 1PM at Indian Trail Presbyterian Church with Reverend Jim Johns officiating. Burial to follow at Indian Trail Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements are in care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneral. net.

ASHEVILLE (AP) — Amanda Burnett has had a recent streak of bad luck behind the wheel. Hours after she picked up her 1999 Buick Century from the mechanic, crews were fishing it out of the French Broad River. Burnett said she swerved to avoid an oncoming car, causing her to lose control and send her car into the river with her and her 13-year-old son inside. About five people who saw the wreck stopped to help. The Good Samaritans were able to free Burnett and her son, Adam Wolfe, as icy water started to fill the car. “Just about everybody got out to try to help,� Burnett said, adding that she wasn’t able to get any of her rescuers’ names. “I would like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. I wish I did catch their names.� Burnett said she was driving south on Brevard Road to her Arden home about 5 p.m. Thursday when an oncoming car crossed the centerline. Burnett said she swerved to avoid the car, hit some gravel going into a curve and lost control of her car. The car crossed both lanes of traffic, struck a tree and traveled down an embankment into the French Broad River near Sandy Bottoms. “I didn’t expect to lose control,� she said. “It was very scary.� Burnett suffered a cut to her left wrist, and her son suffered a scrape on his head and a bruise on his chest from the seatbelt. The car Burnett swerved to avoid did not stop. Burnett said it looked like a silver Subaru.

Crews used a wrecker to pull Burnett’s car out of PAID OBITUARY the river. The car was just repaired following a wreck Burnett had on Christmas when she hit a patch Former state rep of black ice and spun the dies at age of 80 car out. She doesn’t have another car, but said she WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. would rely on family to (AP) — Former longtime help get her around until state Rep. George Holmes, she either gets her Buick a key budget leader while fixed or gets another car. Republicans controlled “I just got the car back the House in the mid-1990s, three hours ago,� Burnett PAID OBITUARY died Thursday morning, said, as she watched crews officials said. He was 80. use a wrecker to pull her Holmes died at Wake car from the river. “But University Bap- such is life. At least we’re Alemeter Alexander Forest tist Medical Center in OK.� MONROE The N.C. Highway PaAlemeter Chambers Al- Winston-Salem, hospital spokeswoman Bonnie trol is investigating. exander, 84, died Friday, January 1, 2010, at CMC- Davis said, but she could provide no other informaUnion in Monroe. Services at New Melt- tion. The House clerk’s ofonville Baptist Church in fice said funeral arrangePeachland will be at 1 p.m. ments were incomplete. Holmes, a former real Tuesday, January 5, 2010. Burial will follow at Lake- estate company president from Yadkin County, was land Memorial Park. Born in Anson County first elected to the House on January 17, 1925, she in 1974 and became one was a daughter of the late of just nine Republicans ROCKY MOUNT (AP) Walter Chambers and the in the 120-member cham- — Authorities say a North late Daisy Crowder Cham- ber — the result of GOP Carolina man playing pokdefeats in the wake of the er was killed by someone bers. She is survived by six Watergate scandal. who forced his way into Holmes lost two years a home after knocking on daughters, Daisy Wilson and Norma Vinson of later, but returned to the the door. Charlotte, Mary Black of chamber in 1978 and didn’t Investigators told Matthews,, and Annie Ivey, leave for 30 more years. He WRAL-TV that 35-yearFaye Crowder and Kathy rose through the Republi- old Vernon Foster was faStafford, all of Monroe; can ranks, serving as the tally shot by two men who three brothers, Jaylynn minority whip and mi- barged in after he opened Chambers and William nority party joint caucus the door at the house in Chambers of Monroe and leader in the early 1980s. Rocky Mount around 11 When Republicans took p.m. Friday. Walter Dub Chambers of Washington D.C.; two sis- over the House for the first Police say Foster’s ters, Eunice Richardson of time in the 20th century in poker-playing partner, Wingate and Daisy Cham- 1995, Holmes became se- 22-year-old Brian Edwards bers of White Plains, N.Y.; nior co-chairman of the ran to a home across the Appropriations street. The gunmen folfifteen grandchildren and House Committee, where he lowed, shooting Edwards 25 great-gradnchildren, Visitation will be from served for four years and and a 61-year-old man in 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Grier’s was the chamber’s chief the other home. They rebudget negotiator with main hospitalized. Chapel in Monroe, Police have made no arSenate Democrats. rests and are trying to de“George Holmes was a John Wilder dies, was good man,� former Demo- termine a motive for the Tennessee governor cratic state Rep. David Dia- shooting. John S. Wilder, a wily, mont of Surry County told eccentric and towering the Winston-Salem Jourfigure in Tennessee poli- nal. “He was a solid indiWoman killed tics as lieutenant gover- vidual who always smiled. nor/Senate speaker for 36 He knew the issues and he standing on road JACKSONVILLE, N.C. years, died early Friday at was a fine gentleman.� (AP) — Authorities are a Memphis hospital. trying to figure out why a woman was killed standing on one of the main highways along North Carolina’s coast. Troopers said Caroline Cromer was found dead around 10 p.m. Thursday Do You Have Our BEST Rates On on U.S. 17 in Holly Ridge. Plan F Medicare Supplement Her mother says she was visiting friends. and Part D Prescription Drug Plan? Authorities say several motorists called police to say they saw a woman 704-283-5950 standing in the northbound lanes.

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COMING EVENTS Monday. Jan. 4

• EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2824657. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. •  TODDLER TIME, 11:15 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. • BABY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-843-3131. •  MONROE-UNION COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION, 3 p.m., Winchester Center. For details, call Christine R. Belton, 704-283-1615. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Outpatient Treatment Pavilion auditorium, CMC-Union. Details, Kara Finch, 704-2833381, 704-320-6570, kara. •  ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. •  INDIAN TRAIL TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), private weighin, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m; meeting 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Indian Trail United Methodist Church, 113 Indian Trail Road. First visit free. Details, 704-843-9365. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, Bonds Grove United Methodist Church, Waxhaw. Details, 704-8432735. •  SUN VALLEY HIGH BOOSTER CLUB, board members 6:30 p.m., general public 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, First Baptist Church, 109 Morrow Ave. Details, 704-233-1610. • COMMUNITY CAREER CONNECTIONS, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lee Park Baptist Church. Call 704289-4674. • WOODMEN OF THE WORLD LODGE 1339, 7 p.m., Indian Trail Civic Building. Call 704-225-1245 for details. • UNION COUNTY AREA BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT NETWORK, 7 p.m., Cancer Center conference room #7. Parking available in front. For details, 704-843-2033 or 3554354. • UNION CHORALE, 7 p.m., Stallings United Methodist Church, 1115 Stallings Road. Details, Sandy McReynolds, 704238-1555. •  PROVIDENCE VFD, 7:30 p.m., Station 5025, Hemby Road, Weddington. For details, call the station, 704-846-1111. • BINGO, 7:45 p.m. regular program, AmVet Post No. 851, U.S. 601 South. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. at The Friendship Home, 2111 Stafford Street Extension., call 704-289-4144. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-8214256, 704-763-0784.

Tuesday, Jan. 5

• MONROE INVESTORS, 8:30 a.m., Brown Derby, Skyway Drive,

Monroe. Details, Elsie Smoluk, 704-363-8815. • TODDLER TIME, 10 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. •  TODDLER TIME, 10 a.m., Monroe Library, 316 E. Windsor St., for children ages 12 months to 36 months. For details, call 704-283-8184. •  TODDLER TIME, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Waxhaw Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. •  BASIC SPANISH, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., must be member of Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center and age 55 or over. Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center, 327 S. Hayne St. Details, 704-2824657. •  STORY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Monroe Library, 316 E. Windsor St., for children ages 3 to 5. For details, call 704-283-8184. •  MARSHVILLE ROTARY CLUB, noon, Pier Restaurant, Marshville. For details, call Johnny Pigg, 704-624-2602. •  MONROE ROTARY CLUB, noon to 1 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. Details, 704-2834645. • HOMEWORK HELP NIGHT, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monroe Library. For grades one through eight. Details, Kim, 704-283-8184, ext. 238. •  ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. •  TOPS NO. 373 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. weigh-in, 6:30 p.m. meeting, 805 South Bragg Street, Monroe. For details, call 704-282-0073. • UNION COUNTY

I NT E RD E NO MI NATIONAL MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE, 6 p.m. Call 704-283-6342. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • BENTON HEIGHTS LIONS CLUB OF MONROE, 7 p.m., Brown Derby Restaurant on Skyway Drive. For details, call 704283-6502 or 704-225-1026. • BOY SCOUT TROOP 1, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian, 302 E. Windsor St. For details, call Gale Brown at 704-764-7589. •  PARKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL BAND-AID, 7 p.m., PHS band room. For details, call 704-764-2910. •  NEWCOMERS AND FRIENDS CLUB OF UNION COUNTY, 7 p.m. For location and more details, call 704-764-7610. • OVERCOMERS OUTREACH, 7 p.m., Waxhaw Bible Church. For details, call 704-764-3960. • ELVIS PRESLEY FAN CLUB OF THE CAROLINAS, 7 p.m., Indian Trail VFW. New members welcome. • BINGO, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., American Legion Post 208, Highway 75 East, Waxhaw. Jackpot, $500. Smoke free.

Wednesday, Jan 6

• RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, 7:30 a.m. Palace Restaurant. •  MONROE-UNION BREAKFAST ROTARY, 7:30 a.m., Golden Corral. For details, call 704-5073956. •  EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up.

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For details, call 704-2824657. • TODDLER TIME, 9:30 a.m., Marshville Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. • STORY TIME, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Waxhaw Library, for ages 3 to 5. For details, call 704-843-3131. • COA UNION SENIORS PROGRAM, 10 a.m., Walkersville Presbyterian Church. Bring a covered dish. •  STORY TIME, 10 a.m., Marshville Library, for ages 3 to 5. For details, call 704-624-2828. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • TODDLER TIME, 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., Union West Regional Library. For ages 18 to 36 months. • BABY TIME, 11 a.m., Monroe Library. Details, 704-283-8184. •  STORY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 3 to 5. • MONROE BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL, 1

p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. For details, call 704-289-2543. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • CLASSIC CRUISERS, 7 p.m., Poplin Place shopping center, West Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe. For information, contact Jim Collura at 704-289-6208 or •  BINGO, 7:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Association Post No. 14, 620 Roosevelt Blvd., $2,500 program. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, call 704283-6165. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church admin-



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Sales tax needs revision How will we know when the recession is over? Here’s one quick answer: When sales tax receipts pick up. They’ve been in a decline that suggests both the depth of the retail recession and the fix that local and state governments find themselves in. Figures from the state Department of Revenue show, for example, that in September 2007, Wake County reported taxable sales of just over $1 billion. The state sales tax receipts reported that month to the Revenue Department came to $44.36 million. This September’s figures? A total of $777.47 million in taxable sales, and state sales tax receipts of $35.18 million. Any limited comparison risks being atypical, and the gap in Wake between the Septembers of 2007 and 2009 seems to represent the high side of the drop-off locally — Durham and Orange counties experienced smaller declines, although Johnston’s was significant. However, there’s no doubt the problem is acute, and that as of the end of September it hadn’t abated (October figures have not yet been posted). Just look at the overall figures for North Carolina. The state recorded $431 million in state sales tax receipts in September 2009, compared with $441 million two years earlier. That decline occurred despite continued growth in the state’s population. It also came despite — some might say because of — a 1 cent hike in the state sales tax that took effect this September. For legislators and revenue officials who count on the higher sales tax to pick up some of the slack in the budget, that’s especially sobering news. So when tax policy experts say the existing retail sales tax in this state needs to change, they make a lot of sense. Our overall tax structure hasn’t changed significantly since the early 1930s. Retail transactions in stores are taxed; most services are not. Online sales, ever growing, often escape sales taxes entirely. Yet with property tax receipts under pressure from lower sales prices, and the state income tax already at comparatively high rates, the sales tax is the one levy that the public and elected officials have been willing to increase. That’s the case even though the sales tax is regarded as regressive — having a greater relative impact on the less affluent. A local sales tax hike to help build Charlotte’s light rail system won (pre-recession) voter approval there, and in the Triangle, officials look to a similar increase, which voters would have to OK, to pay for increased transit options here. Shoppers are well aware that the legislature, facing a budget crisis over the summer, put into effect the 1 cent hike in September that gives nearly all counties a sales tax rate of 7.75 percent (the state portion is 5.5 percent). No wonder that members of the state House and Senate Finance committees have been concentrating on the sales tax as they meet to see what can be done about the overall tax system. As The Charlotte Observer’s Jack Betts put it in a column on these pages, “Almost every state commission that has studied the sales tax has concluded that if the state were to broaden the sales tax base to include more services, it could also pare the rate substantially — perhaps trim other tax rates, too.” Given the vulnerability of the existing sales tax to steep revenue declines in a downturn, and the long-term trends eroding the tax, a revenue-neutral reform that would broaden the base while cutting rates is worth all the attention the legislature can give it, even in the election year of 2010. So far, North Carolina has avoided the worst of the California-style budget meltdowns that have plagued too many states, but with our antiquated tax system straining at the seams, the grim sales tax figures suggest that the shine is off the penny. The News & Observer of Raleigh

Predictions for 2010, Part II


eaders who did not overly indulge in Uncle Fred’s eggnog or trip over the tail-end of their new Snuggies and smash their skulls on coffee tables may recall last week’s column, Scott’s Trance-Induced 2010 Year in Preview, Part I, a guide to what will happen in the coming year. It’s the perfect antidote to all those year-in-review stories and an annual tradition in which I stretch - and I mean stretch one column into two by predicting with uncanny accuracy future events. Last week, I provided you, the reader - hi Ed, how’s it going? - with key events for January through June, which included more trouble for golfer Tiger Woods, a cruel April Fool prank by government officials, and Vice President Joe Biden’s accidental trip on a runaway balloon. Those who continued reading instead of immediately turning the page to enjoy the wacky suburban antics of Hi and Lois or clicking over to TMZ to learn which celebrity has been found dead were introduced to the first patient treated under the nation’s newly reformed health care system, Arnold Pitts, a retail sales manager from Tallahassee, Fla. Pitts also becomes the world’s first recipient of a “green” colonoscopy, an environmentally friendly procedure that produces zero carbon emissions and makes us less dependent upon foreign petroleum products. And now, for your listening pleasure (if someone is reading this aloud to you), here is Scott’s Trance-Induced 2010 Year in Preview, Part II: July - In one of the most stunning events in human history,

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the existence of extraterrestrial life is confirmed when an alien spacecraft lands just outside Flagstaff, Ariz. As cameras roll and the world watches in anticipation, a door on the craft opens with a hiss, and a tall, green-skinned being emerges, looks around at the assembled throng and -- with little fanfare -- asks for directions to Uranus. Arnold Pitts draws him a detailed map. August - California becomes the first state to legalize, regulate and tax the sale of marijuana, solving its budget woes but immediately creating a statewide shortage of Doritos and spawning a grassroots campaign for Willie Nelson as state treasurer. Californians then collectively forget about the grassroots campaign, decide to skip work because it is “bogus” and/or “whack” and spend hours wondering why the official state animal is a bear. “Like, why a bear, man?” September - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford publishes the book, “Hiking the Appalachian Trail: A Guide to Nature’s Hot Spots.” October: President Obama invites Arnold Pitts, the first patient under the nation’s reformed health care system, to a gala celebration at the White House in his honor. On the way to Washington, Pitts, over-

whelmed by the national attention he’s getting, tells a Northwest Airlines flight attendant, “I never expected it to blow up this big.” He is tackled by fellow passengers, Tasered by an air marshal and led away in handcuffs in a slight misunderstanding. Californians agree that “some bears, like Smokey, are cool, but what about Yogi, dude, stealing peoples’ picnic baskets full of Doritos? That is definitely not cool, man.” November - The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges a nationwide recall of Snuggies after reports of people tripping over the tail-end and smashing their skulls on coffee tables. Snuggie lovers are up in arms, which have been stretched through the convenient holes in the blanket. One Snuggie-rights advocate, an obscure newspaper columnist who received one for Christmas, said, “You can have my Snuggie when you pry it from my warm, dead body.” December - As the year draws to a close, California once again outlaws the sale of nonmedical marijuana in response to the horrific Doritos famine and the seemingly never-ending bear discussion that the rest of the nation -- known to Californians as “the buzz killers” -- found less than fascinating. And, somewhere, an obscure newspaper columnist sits down in a blanket with sleeves and a cup of Uncle Fred’s eggnog and begins to pen his annual predictions for the coming year. Scott Hollifield is editor/general manager of The McDowell News in Marion, N.C. Contact him at P.O. Box 610, Marion, N.C. 28752 or e-mail rhollifield@

It is an unhappy New Year for religious liberty


ood riddance to the aughts, naughts or ohs. By whatever name, the first decade of the 21st century has been devastating for religious liberty in much of the world. The statistics are numbing. According to a study released this month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, nearly 70 percent of the world’s 6.8 billion people now live in countries with high restrictions on religious beliefs and practices. The study measures limits on religious freedom caused by government policy, laws and actions as well as restrictions imposed by private individuals, organizations and social groups. Some countries, China and Vietnam for example, have high government restrictions but moderate or low hostile acts by private individuals and groups. Other countries, such as Nigeria, are high in social hostilities but moderate in government restrictions. The worst offenders are countries such as Saudi Arabia

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and Iran, with high levels of both governmental and societal limits on religious liberty. (The full report is available at www. Meanwhile, at the United Nations, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other repressive regimes are leading an effort to diminish freedom for the 30 percent of humanity still free. On Dec. 18, the U.N. General Assembly adopted yet another resolution condemning “defamation of religions” and calling for what amounts to a global blasphemy law. The nonbinding resolution has passed the General Assembly every year since 2005, though support

for the measure has declined somewhat in recent years. In this brave new world, the U.N. resolution redefines religious liberty to mean state censorship of individual conscience and expression. The very countries that punish citizens for expressing their religious views are calling on all nations to censor speech critical of (their) religion. “Instead of addressing the very real problems of religious persecution and discrimination around the world,” said Leonard Leo, chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, “these resolutions exacerbate them. In countries that have blasphemy laws, like Pakistan, these laws result in gross abuses, particularly against religious minorities and dissenters.” While the U.N. fiddles with the meaning of religious liberty, the world burns with religious conflict. The Pew report found public tensions between religious groups in 87 percent of 198 countries in the period studied (mid-2006 through mid-

“While the U.N. fiddles with the meaning of religious liberty, the world burns with religious conflict.”

2008). In 126 countries, these hostilities involved physical violence. And in 17 countries, religion-related terrorism caused casualties. What the world needs in the new year are fewer U.N. resolutions defaming human rights and more U.N. resolve to defend the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948. According to Article 18, “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion

or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.” In what Time magazine has dubbed the “decade from hell,” the people of the world have suffered everything from terrorist attacks to economic collapse. But few worldwide trends will have more long-lasting, catastrophic consequences than the continuing erosion of religious liberty and the corresponding rise in religious conflict in countries across the globe. With 70 percent of the world denied freedom of conscience, the challenge of advancing religious liberty appears overwhelming. But despite the odds, a new year always brings new hope. • Charles C. Haynes is senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. Web: E-mail:

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2009 took Anna Beth Hogan Seaman and we will miss her This time every year in the tradition of Brother Guy Lombardo I write an Auld Lang Syne piece. A story about an old acquaintance, who I’ll not forget, that left us during the previous year. Somebody I knew who meant an awful lot to me. And a person who you knew too, as I’ve chronicled them in some fashion here on these pages in the past. This year, we lost my dear friend Anna Beth Hogan Seaman- The Madam as she was affectionately known. I’ve written about Anna and her husband Joe a number of times over the years. Joe, you’ll recall is the fellow who gets up so early in the morning we actually believe in this part of the country that he’s the man that flips the switch that lets the sun come up. Then he goes out behind his house around 4:30 in the morning, that is if he’s slept in that morning, and begins to working on his woodpile

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like a giant termite, chopping and splitting firewood to beat the band. I’ve long declared that Joe Seaman who’s now up his 80’s does more work before dawn that us mere mortals do in an entire month. And for 61 years Anna and Joe were a team. A husband and a wife working together to raise a family and make ends meet the good old fashioned way- with hard work, sweat and tears. Tears that came again when Anna left us to be with the Lord on October 5th.

I wrote about Anna last back in August. I told the story then of how Joe had referred to her as “The Madam� so often that neither I, nor most anyone else I knew of had any idea of what her given name was. I’ve known ‘em both for over 25 years and I didn’t know it. And friends that were practically raised by them didn’t know it either. It was only after I recieved a voicemail from Anna Seamen that I did enough detective work to figure out that Anna was The Madam. And at the time I wrote that piece I knew Anna was dying from cancer. She’d been diagnosed with terminal cancer the previous fall and in fact the doctors had told the family to enjoy her because she wouldn’t be with them at Christmas. But apparently nobody gave Anna that deadline. Or if they did, she didn’t pay any attention to it. Because she lived a good life and fought the good fight right up to the end. And I mean right

up to the end. I dropped by to see Anna on October 3 just 2 days before she died. Anna was in bed, of course, by this time, but she’d only been so for a few days. I’d visited with her a few days before that and found her sitting in her normal spot on the Davenport, ramrod straight, with her dog Buster at her side. Buster, incidently, obviously knew of Anna’s plight because a dog that had lived to that point to take rides in the automobile refused to leave Anna’s side during her entire illness. During both visits we conversed as we always had before with Anna visiting just as normally as she always had. But on what would be my last visit with her I asked her how she was doing. And in the trademark stoic fashion that had defined her life Anna simply replied, “Fine.� And when I asked her how she felt she said she, “felt pretty good today�.

YOUR VIEW Strong voice is needed by victims For most of us, the sight of a pregnant woman brings about feelings of warmth and happiness. This is most certainty a great gift from GOD. Murder of pregnant women has become an epidemic right here in North Carolina. In recent years, ten (10) pregnant women and their unborn babies have been barbarically murdered. These are the ones that we know about and have been reported. How many other cases have gone unreported that we may never know about? North Carolina is one of only fourteen (14) states that refuses to recognize a second victim in these crimes? How can it be that the majority of our citizens agree that two murder’s have been committed, not one when a pregnant victim is murdered, and the killer who knew the woman to be pregnant will face only one charge of murder instead of two according to state law? NC desperately needs “The Unborn Victims of Violence Bill� signed into law. Even one of the most liberal states in the union, California has deemed pregnant women and their unborn children to be two

separate victims and each worthy of protection under the law. Deborah Ross, Chairwoman of the powerful Judiciary 1 Committee, had chosen not to give “the Unborn Victims of Violence Bill� a hearing or full house vote. Sadly State House Of Representatives Speaker Joe Hackney has not used his influence or power and made that a legislative priority? Year after year, Hackney ensures that The Unborn Victims of Violence Act goes to Deborah Ross’s hostile Judiciary Committee. How can two individuals wield so much power in a democratic republic? The pro-choice groups has successfully stopped the bill in its tracks year after year with the lie that an Unborn Victims bill would threaten abortion rights. The public and its elected representatives deserve to know that every court to ever review these laws has determined they have nothing to do with abortion whatsoever. Walter Dellinger, a former solicitor general with the Clinton administration who teaches at Duke University, says that, although he is a strong advocate for a women’s right to choose abortion, he sees no major problem with the fetal-ho-

That was Anna right down to the ground. Tough and ramrod straight to the end. A woman who spent her entire life working, living, and loving her family. A woman who worked the night shift at a cotton mill so she could be at home and raise her children Charlotte and Ned during the day. A workload much heavier, mind you, than even working the “from can ‘til caint� like our ancestors. In and around all that she was a wonderful wife to Joe for 61 years. As Anna crossed over Jordan that October evening she was surrounded by the family she loved so dear. She went to sleep a child of God and awoke in the arms of Jesus. And we will miss her. William S. Melton Jr. is a Southern humorist, an author and a good ol’ boy. Once a minister in Union County, he is now a police lieutenant in Gastonia.

Write to us micide laws. I don’t think they undermine Roe v. Wade. Sadly, if legislation protecting both mother and child is not passed, our state will continue to be a safe haven for murderers. The citizens deserve more from a State Rep-

resentative than to just agree this bill makes sense. We need a strong voice in Raleigh that will continue to fight for this legislation until a fair vote takes place. Ten years of waiting is far too long. Jeff Gerber Unionville

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Optometrist and Hartsville native Dr. Troy Alexander of Pee Dee Eye Associates has traveled overseas before , but never for a better cause than he did this November. Alexander, along with eight physician’s assistants, two nurse practitioners, two EKG technicians and six administrative assistants, spent seven days at the Kleber Kasern military outpost in Kaiserslautern, Germany, preparing Army reservists in the 7th Civil Support Command Unit 23152 for deployment. “I enjoyed very much talking and sitting with the soldiers. They were all very appreciative of what we were doing for them,” Alexander said. “I hope to have the opportunity again some day to help them out....” The soldiers were part of a rapid deployable unit in Western Germany and the neighboring area. They are given a 72-hour window after being told where they are being deployed to get their affairs in order and ship out.


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Cities, counties take back corporate tax breaks CHICAGO (AP) — Cashstrapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal’s a deal. As the economy sputters along, municipalities struggling to fix roads, fund schools and pay bills increasingly are rescinding tax abatements to companies that don’t hire enough workers, that lay them off or that close up shop. At the same time, they’re sharpening new incentive deals, leaving no doubt what is expected of companies and what will happen if they don’t deliver. “We will roll out the red carpet as much as we can (but) they are going to honor the contract,� said Brendon Gallagher, an alderman in DeKalb, Ill., where Target Corp. got abatements from the city, county, school district and other taxing bodies after promising at least 500 jobs at a local distribution center. So when the company came up 66 workers short in 2009, Target got word its next tax bill would be jumping almost $600,000 — more than half of which goes to the local school district, where teachers and programs have been cut as coffers dried up. The newfound boldness comes from communities and states

that have long bent over backward to lure companies and jobs by offering abatements and other incentives — to the tune of an estimated $60 billion a year in the United States, according to the Washington-based economic development watchdog group Good Jobs First. The willingness to write — and enforce — the “clawback� provisions comes even as companies across the country struggle and against a broader backdrop of governments getting tough on business practices. What’s more, the poor economy has communities thinking about how the tax breaks they dole out will play with residents who have grown increasingly angry at the thought of anything that hints of corporate welfare. “The public is a lot more aware of tax abatements and there’s a climate of skepticism about what can be perceived as corporate handouts,� said Geoff McKimm, a member of the Monroe County Council in Indiana. With that in mind, county officials drew up an agreement with Printpack, a packaging company, that includes a provision requiring the company to refund either $197,000 or that

year’s abatement, whichever is more, if the number of employees at a new factory falls below 140. Another provision requires Printpack to refund the entire abatement if it employs fewer than 75 people — a guarantee meant to prevent companies from leaving a “skeleton crew� at a location to avoid paying up. “With so many businesses going to Mexico, communities are desperately trying to hold onto jobs,� said Amy Gerstman, the county’s auditor. “This was a carefully put-together abatement.� And businesses increasingly are being forced to hold up their end of the bargain. In Texas, where companies can get money from the Texas Enterprise Fund if they promise to create a specific number of jobs, the number of clawbacks rose to nine in 2008, compared to a total of seven for the previous three years combined, the governor’s office said. In Illinois, the number of companies from which the state sought to “recapture� incentive money has steadily climbed, from six in 2005 to a total of 37 by 2008. Meanwhile, more communi-

ties are contemplating similar action. In St. Louis County, officials have told Pfizer Inc. that if it cuts 600 jobs, as planned, they’ll rethink the $7 million in tax breaks they promised to give the drugmaker for the next 10 years. And in Detroit, while the state was approving expanded tax credits in exchange for General Motors Co.’s promise not to move its headquarters, the city council was talking about cracking down on tax breaks for GM and other major employers. “We know that there are more clawbacks getting triggered because more deals are falling short,� said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, who has written extensively on clawbacks. It’s unclear exactly how much is being recovered because nobody collects comprehensive statistics on clawbacks, LeRoy and others say. States that do keep statistics track only their own deals, not those initiated by local governments. Communities also may revoke the entire abatement or only a portion of it, while others sometimes simply rule out future abatements, LeRoy said.

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Getting through from distant brother DEAR ABBY: My problem is the relationship I have with my brother. We’re both in our 40s and married. Over the last few years our relationship has deteriorated. We live in different states, and I see him once a year when I visit Mom. I call him in between, but he never returns my calls. When we do get together, he makes it clear that he’d rather be somewhere else. It makes me sad because we have a small family and I’d like to be closer — like we were in the past. Mom is in her 80s and lives alone in the house we grew up in. She has lived by herself for more than 20 years. Although she’s very active, the house has become a burden. She and


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I have talked about selling it and her moving to a senior residence close to me. She is thrilled with the idea. I am afraid my brother will make a fuss and try to discourage the process, since Mom would be moving out of state. I’ll be going to visit Mom soon to help with some jobs around the house. How do I get through to my brother that this would be a progressive move for Mom? — SENSIBLE SIB-

LING IN MINNESOTA DEAR SENSIBLE SIB: You’re behaving as if the decision is yours and your brother’s to make. If your mother is “thrilled” with the idea of being closer to you, it’s possible that your brother and his wife are less involved in her life than you think. When you go to visit and your brother comes by acting as if he’d rather be elsewhere, start a family discussion on the subject and don’t let him hijack it. Your mother’s wishes should prevail. P.S. I don’t know whether you and your brother will be able to re-establish the closeness you once had or the reason you drifted apart. But a mediator might be able to help

Five generations


Ronald and Joy Butler of Waxhaw announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Lea McElhiney, to Chad Christopher Matheney. Erin graduated from Parkwood High School in 2002 amd from RowanCabarrus Community College in 2006. She is employed by CMC-Union in Monroe. Her fiance is the son of Jimmy and Ann Matheney of Spindale. He graduated in 2002 from RutherfordSpindale Cnetral. He is employed by Ingles in Forest City. A June 5, 2010, wedding is planned at Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

BIRTHS Peyton Mcmanus

Joey and Ashley Mcmanus of Waxhaw announce the birth of their son, Peyton Skyler, on Sept. 15, 2009, at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews. Peyton weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. His grandparents are Candi and Gary Saylor of Waxhaw and Jimmy and Bonnie Mcmanus of Indian Trail. He is the greatgrandchild of Jim and Betty Saylor of Lancaster, Ohio, and Raymond Mcmanus of Indian Trail.

Joseph Stoner

Rebecca Leigh Harvey and Thomas Ray Stoner of Pageland, S.C., announce the birth of their son, Joseph Thomas, on Sept. 23, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Joseph weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. His grandparents are Brenda and Robert Harvey of Monroe and Sandy and Marty Helms of Monroe.

Austin Reed Lawwill was 2 years old on Dec. 22, 2009. He is the son of Chuck and Carolyn Lawwill (Reed) of Indian Trail. His grandparents are Aaron Dale and Cathy Reed of Indian Trail and Mary Anne Lawwill of Indian Trail. Austin’s great-grandparents are Aaron Dwight and Margie Reed of Stallings and Clifford Wallen of Wilmington, Ohio. Contributed photo

Five generations of the Lillian Benton family gathered for a family portrait at Christmas. Pictured from left is Lillian Benton, 92, of Monroe, with great-great-grandson William Erie Murry of Boston, Mass., granddaughter Debbie Page of Leland, daughter Joyce Davis of Monroe and great-granddaughter Emily Page Murry of Boston.

SENIOR BIRTHDAYS Rorie, Moser share 80th birthday

Eula Rorie and Beulah Moser of Monroe celebrated their 80th birthdays on Dec. 27, 2009, with a luncheon at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church in Monroe. It was hosted by their children. They were born Dec. 28, 1929, in Union County. They are the former Eula Ashcraft and Beulah Ashcraft, daughters of the late May and Emma Ashcraft of Marshville. Eula’s husband was the late Bob Rorie. Beulah’s husband was the late Austin Moser. Eula’s children are: Vickie Holland of Matthews, Robert Rorie of Monroe, Russell Rorie of Supply, Jan Couick of Monroe and Daniel Rorie of South Jordan, Utah. Beulah’s daughter is

Monday: Chicken nuggets with barbecue sauce, beef burrito, pinto beans, whole kernel corn, fruit pop, fruit, muffin Tuesday: Cheese stix dippers, chili-stuffed spud, green beans, carrot coins, applesauce, fruit, sesame seed roll Wednesday: Spaghetti & meat sauce, pork chopper on whole wheat bun, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli, peach cups, fruit, french bread Thursday: Hamburger on whole, wheat bun, fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, California blend, fruited gelatin, fruit, muffin Friday: Cheese pizza, barbecue on roll, potato bites, creamy coleslaw, pear halves, fruit

Western Union

Monday: Pork chopper on whole wheat bun, corn on the cob, fresh apple wedges Tuesday: Hot dog on a bun, potato bites, baked beans Wednesday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, caesar salad, mixed fruit cup, french bread Thursday: Chicken strips with honey mustard, steamed

broccoli, glazed carrots, whole wheat roll Friday: Cheese pizza, baked french fries, mixed green salad


Monday: Chicken nuggets with barbecue sauce, beef burrito, pinto beans, whole kernel corn, steamed cabbage, fruit pop, fruit, muffin Tuesday: Cheese stix dippers, chili-stuffed spud, green beans, carrot coins, macaroni salad, applesauce, fruit, sesame seed roll Wednesday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, pork chopper on whole wheat bun, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli, carrot-raisin salad, peach cups, fruit, french bread Thursday: Hamburger on whole, wheat bun, fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, California blend, pasta salad, fruited gelatin, fruit, muffin Friday: Cheese pizza, barbecue on roll, potato bites, corn on the cob, creamy coleslaw, pear halves, fruit

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these strangers — first about their negative reaction to my having married so young, and second, to their questions about my parents? I don’t like telling strangers about my mother’s passing away because it is still painful after all these years. — NO PARENTS IN CALGARY DEAR NO PARENTS: Ah, the thoughtless questions people come up with about things that are none of their business! You do not have to give a stranger chapter and verse about your family history. Just smile, say, “I was raised by my grandmother, and she didn’t have a problem with it,” then change the subject immediately by asking the person a ques-

tion about her- or himself. DEAR ABBY: When riding in a car, who gets to select the radio station? Is it the driver/owner of the vehicle or the passenger? — LIKES TO LISTEN IN FRESNO, CALIF. DEAR LIKES TO LISTEN: Usually it’s the driver or owner. However, if you would like to listen to a station other than the one that’s on, politely ask if you can change the station and the driver/owner may accommodate you. — Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


Logan Thomas

Logan Jaymes Thoms was 1 year old on Nov. 28, 2009. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richie W. Thomas (Cauthen) of Peachland. His g r a n d p a rents are Vicky Cauthen of Polkton and Charles Roy Thomas of Peachland. Logan’s great-grandparents Lola Hildreth of

Marshville and Ruth Griffin of Monroe.

Logan Helms

Logan Dean Helms was 2 years old on Dec. 17, 2009. He is the son of Marty Helms and Candy Lilley of Monroe.

Madison Enderle

Madison Enderle was 5 years old on Dec. 22, 2009. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Enderle (Jessica Henderson) of Monroe. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Enderle of Monroe. Maddie’s great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Helms of Monroe and Mrs. Ren Henderson of Matthews.

Maggie Price

Maggie Louise Price was 10 years old on Nov.

26, 2009. She is the d a u g h ter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Price ( P a u l a Hamilton) of Monroe. Her grandparents are Vic and Sandra Price of Monroe, Wayne and Wanda Nichols of Salisbury and the late Harry Hamilton.

Yasmine Bailey

Yasmine Tatiana Bailey will be 7 years old on Jan. 6, 2010. She is the daughter of Ryan and Crystal Bailey ( Ta rl t o n ) of Monroe. Her grandparents are Chris and JoEllen Tarlton of Monroe, Dennis Bailey of Mineral Springs and Katherine Bailey of Fort Mill, S.C. Yasmine’s great-grandparents are Norma Blackmon of Lancaster, S.C., Doris Tarlton of Marshville, Catherine Massey of Monroe and Bernell Bailey of Mineral Springs.


Eula Rorie and Beulah Moser both turned 80 on Dec. 28. Rachel Ferrell of Monroe. Eula has 11 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Beulah has one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

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if you both are willing. DEAR ABBY: I am a 22-year-old married woman in Canada. I moved from the United States to be with my husband when I was 19. People seem to react negatively because we married at such a young age. I am often asked, “What do your parents think about that?” Abby, my mother died when I was 17 and I have had little contact with my father since I was 12 because he was abusive. I was fortunate that my grandmother took me in. She loves my husband and has no problem with my marriage as she knows I am wise beyond my years because of my past. How can I respond to

honey mustard, pork chopper on whole wheat bun, baked beans, glazed carrots, steamed cabbage, pineapple and , applesauce, fruit, muffin Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza, yogurt cup/turkey, on whole wheat, bread, whole kernel corn, steamed broccoli, macaroni salad, fresh apple wedges, fruit Wednesday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tuna salad sandwich, roasted potatoes, California blend, carrot-raisin salad, fruit pop, fruit, french bread Thursday: Fried chicken, veggie sub, mashed potatoes, with gravy, peas and carrots, veggie dipper, pear halves, fruit, cornbread Friday: Taco salad, hot dog on a bun, potato smiles, green beans, creamy coleslaw, peach cups, fruit

After school

Monday: Cheez-it, milk Tuesday: Multi grain chips, juice Wednesday: Bug bites, milk Thursday: Goldfish cheddar, crackers, juice Friday: Fruit pastry, juice

Keep the faith, and don’t allow yourself to collapse. Just when you think the elements are conspiring against you, changes will put you right back in the thick of things. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Even if your financial position looks promising, remain prudent. The slightest extravagance could instantly throw your budget out of whack. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Trust your judgment. Your way of doing things is likely to be more effective than the suggestion of a cohort. Don’t surrender just to be a nice person. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Be sure to share equally all gains from collective effort, but don’t think you have to reward everyone who’s nearby. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Don’t get caught up in petty arguments with friends. Nothing will be gained, but you could cause hard feelings. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — If you decide to hit the stores for the after-holiday sales to acquire a special item, you might have to settle for something far less — or nothing at all. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Major complications will arise if you deliberately ignore a problem. It will only get worse with time. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You could find yourself in the company of someone who will prey upon your generousity Unless you’ve learned to say no, you’re destined to lose out. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — It’s admirable to be your own person and not need help from anyone, but there are times when it is just as laudable to be part of a team. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — A standoffish attitude could mean you’re not taking proper advantage of something presented to you. It’s not only

your loss; it might be offensive to the gift bearer. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If you need a favor, don’t turn to someone who never does anything for anyone just because that person is nearby. Put it off until you can call a friend who will come through for you. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Lady Luck isn’t likely to be anywhere around so don’t take a chance on anything for which you need her help. Engage only in sure things that won’t make trouble. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23Dec. 21) — Stay away from stores that grossly exaggerate the quality of their wares, no matter how enticing their advertisements might be. Their pitch will be superior to their product.


In the year ahead, material conditions look far more favorable than they have for some time, but you must make the most of what is at hand. Have faith in your abilities, and don’t hesitate to put them to good use. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Our words and concepts have considerable influence over others at certain times, so choose your words carefully. Two listeners may carry out your suggestions to the letter. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — When in the company of a friend who seems to know how to make money, do more listening than talking. What he or she has to say could work out well for you at this time. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Have faith in your assessment of things at work because your judgments regarding a new enterprise could be more accurate than those of an associate. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Use your brain more than your brawn to achieve a major

objective. If you reason things out one step at a time, the job will not only be easier but will turn out to be top-notch. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Something good is on the way, and you will hear about it first at this time. There’s a chance it will pertain to something personal. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Although you might have hoped for it, you didn’t think the news would turn out to be this good. Past efforts may finally pay off, in no uncertain terms. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — In order to gratify your active spirit, schedule projects that will keep you busy. The greater the variety of activities, the more satisfying the day will be. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Taking the time to put your financial affairs in order will greatly enhance your material security down the line. It may not make you rich, but it will improve your day-to-day living. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You’ll be much happier if you position yourself in the company of those who know how to relax and enjoy life, whether you are engaged with them at work or play. Be picky about your companions. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — An acquaintance may surprise you with some candid comments he or she shares with you. It will definitely bring you closer. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Keep your group involvements as small as possible right now because there’s nothing to gain from being part of a crowd. Quality intimate relationships will serve you far better. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23Dec. 21) — Pride of achievement will mean far more to you than merely making money, so don’t be dissatisfied with modest returns if they come from something quite meaningful to you.

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Church Continued from Page 1A religiously.” The church is also home to several social justice programs that work on affordable housing, prison ministries and gay rights. Hymnals reference the words of civil rights leaders and celebrities throughout history, from English novelist George Eliot and Argentine football player Diego Valeri to Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa. Although his religion hinges on openness and diversity, Leach said it’s hard to build an equally varied congregation. When asked if 11 a.m. Sunday is the most segregated hour in America, he said, “You could just as easily argue that 6:00 at night is a segregated hour,” when people gather around the dinner table with friends and family often of the same race and socioeconomic status. The segregation points more to the racial division across the country than within religion, he said. “I think, too often, racial diversity means we want ‘them’ to join us on our ground.” People don’t want to be uncomfortable, he said, so their personal relationships are usually with people like themselves. Those are the same people who go to church together, since they come to know and trust each other, he added. At his own church, it is common for Christians to sit next to atheists. A former Southern Baptist ordained by Myers Park Baptist in Charlotte, Leach said Unitarian Universalists believe that there is truth in all religions, and people choose which parts “speak” to them. Unitarian Universalists believe all are saved and there is no eternal punishment. They do not believe in a holy Trinity or one authoritative book to follow, and church prayers aren’t directed at a deity. Leach said it is a member’s goal to be “your best self.” With the occasional break in his serious, yet calm tone, Leach is also quick with a jest. While giving a sermon on being “in the world, but not of the world,” Leach compared life on Earth to raising teenagers. “This, too, shall pass,” he joked.

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Congregation prays small changes become large By Jim Muldrow

News Editor

MONROE “The essence is love.” So says an inscription in the carpet in front of the pulpit at Essence of the Cross Ministries. “That’s our goal,” said the Rev. Kaye McDonald, founder and senior pastor of the non-denominational, predominantly black church. “We try to show love to everybody who comes in. You never know who’s coming in and what their needs are.” One recent Sunday, a white couple — obviously visitors — found themselves welcomed warmly by nearly a dozen people before the service began. There was only one other white person in the room, filled with about 120 worshipers. The church has three white members among its 200 or so, McDonald said, and others have shown up to worship from time to time. Hispanics have sometimes attended, as well, she said. That’s fine with her, and she would like to see even more diversity. “Our goal is to be a multicultural congregation,” she said.

“I don’t want to have a church that’s another club. I want to be open enough to help whomever, whatever their needs are.” The church has an annual Community Love Fest, during which it gives away food, shoes and school supplies. Still, “a lot of people don’t know where we are,” McDonald said of the church that is tucked in among several businesses on Appian Lane, a dead-end street off Nelda Drive near Williams Road. “We have a problem with visibility.” A rough estimate came up with about 70 percent women, 20 percent children and 10 percent men. McDonald said that’s close to normal, but she might put the percentage of children even higher. There are 82 children on the church rolls. While McDonald would like to see the church’s racial mix become more diverse, she understands why it’s not. “If our country had gone in a different way after the Civil War, it might have gone differently,” she said. “It’s a reflection of greater society. All of us are a sum total of our values, our mo-

res, how we were raised.” She noted that Phyllis Slayman, one of the church’s associate pastors, volunteers at the mostly white Union Baptist Association, which is nearby on Williams Road. The church also has a working relationship with a white church in Wadesboro. “These are small changes, and I’m praying they’ll become larger changes,” she said. “People are going to go where they feel comfortable,” McDonald said. “We could do more as leaders to try to foster some of that. It’s an intentional effort that’s needed on our part.” A recent Sunday service began as usual with praise and worship, mostly lively vocal performances by the 10-woman choir, which stood in groups of three or four in front of three microphones in front of the pulpit. Music provided by an organ, an electric keyboard and a drum set accompanied nearly every part of the service for the first hour and 40 minutes. There were some Scripture readings and if someone didn’t have a Bible to follow along, one was provided.

As the praise and worship portion of the service ended, worshipers were asked to come to the front to place their offering in one of two baskets. As the music increased in volume and intensity and the congregation waited for the next Scripture reading, several worshipers — mostly children, but some adults, too — gleefully ran laps around the room for several minutes. Kenneth Moss, the pastor of the church’s men’s fellowship, then delivered his sermon on “God’s Diagnostic Plan.” Rarely standing still, he spoke for about 35 minutes, after which a couple of people came to the front during an altar call. The service ended at 1:30 p.m., about two and a half hours after it began. McDonald founded Essence of the Cross in 2003. It met at the Union County Chamber of Commerce for 18 months before moving into a building on Franklin Street. The church bought its current facility and moved in during the summer of 2007 after converting the office/warehouse complex into a sanctuary, classrooms and fellowship hall.

Presbyterian Church reaches out to Hispanics BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

Staff Writer

MONROE Considering that Brazil and Mexico have the largest population of Catholics worldwide, finding a non-Catholic Hispanic can be difficult. But every Sunday in the cafeteria at Sun Valley High School, there’s a handful of Latinos that worship God in a different way through the Presbyterian Church in America. There are no pews in which to kneel nor a weekly communion offering. The songs are not as traditional and there’s no rosary. And when they take the “body and blood” of Christ, they believe that the grape juice remains grape juice and the bread remains bread. “It’s still the same but spiritually He is present,” said Jesus Martinez, who is studying for the seminary But people like Edna Pecina feel that their involvement with the Presbyterian Church in America has brought them

closer to God than the more traditional Catholicism ever did. “The priest didn’t explain the Bible as well,” she said. “Catholicism is good for Catholics but I prefer to be Christian.” Martinez agreed that the religion, which was founded in 1973, explains the Bible in a way that lay people can understand. He said a sense of an open dialogue between church leaders and parishioners, as indicated by the fact that leaders gave him a Bible when he joined. “If you had doubts in the Catholic church, most of the time the answer was, ‘The Bible is a complex book. Leave it to the preachers,’” he said. “But here we communicate and interpret the Bible as literally as we can and we openly do it.” The church uses the New International Version Bible because of its simplicity, Martinez said, adding that he believes his church to be the “the most Biblically-grounded church” he’s ever attended. The Spanish Sunday service

is an offshoot of the English service that is held in the auditorium at about the same time. The service began as a Bible study at the house of current pastor Ernesto Fernández. As momentum grew with their bread ministries and ESL services, parishioners moved to hold a separate service in Spanish. The attendees are mostly second generation immigrants and Americans who have married Hispanics. The service is provided in Spanish although Martinez translates for English attendees. One difference between the English and Spanish services of the Presbyterian church is that there seems to be a laid back atmosphere that inevitably comes with a small group. For instance, on one recent Sunday, the Spanish service started half an hour after it was supposed to because everyone was busy socializing. Martinez said that is an important part of the service as it creates lasting and strong bonds between a handful of people. Finding Hispanic converts has

been slow coming, he added, but the church consistently works at it through ministry. “We’ve been smoothly but constantly trying to invite them to church,” he said. Once a newcomer attends a service, Martinez said, church leaders try to create a connection for them by assigning them a job that matches their interests. “That’s how I came. They assigned me to the sound system,” he said. The Spanish service is one way that the church has been working to diversify its parishioner population. The church does so with its 5 E’s: Exalt, Evangelize, Equip, Engage and Encourage. “We want all men and women of every generation, race and life experience to know God in a real and tangible way,” said Senior Pastor, Dean Faulkner. Still, Martinez acknowledged that worshipping God can be done in a variety of ways. What’s most important is how a church makes the individual feel.

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ager. “But further out, there are no sidewalks or connectivity.” Herron said in 2001 the city explored enhancing its walkability but the slow growth and redevelopment rate of the city prevented any drastic changes. He added that the layout of the city, in which the employment center is separate from the residential areas, makes walking to work less feasible. “How it was built in the 1970s and 80s - it’s hard to rectify that in one fell swoop,” he said. Even in a town like Waxhaw,

where its downtown is fairly condensed and walkable, the layout of the greater region prevents work walkability. “A lot of folks migrate to Charlotte,” said Mike McLaurin, town manager. “As we develop the community, we want to increase our employment base here in Waxhaw.” But the scarcity of those who walk to work is not unique to Union County. According to a recent study of 2,000 middle-aged city dwellers, about 17 percent of workers walked or bicycled any portion of their commute. Those who didn’t are cheating themselves out of several health

Bingo Continued from Page 1A baskets really love them,” she said. The top prize will be a large harvest basket with cooking supplies in it, for a total value of $100. Players must pay extra money for the two cards to play that round. The fundraising idea is a revision of the council’s game night, which it had last year, Moyer said. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. The event will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Participants must be 18 years or older. Moyer said she hopes the event not only raises money but also awareness about volunteer opportunities at the council. The first tutoring 101 training session of the year will be from 6 to 8 p.m. On Jan. 25.

benefits, the study noted. Those men who actively commuted had healthier numbers for body mass index, blood pressure, insulin, and blood fats called triglycerides. McLaurin and Herron said they would like to create a more walkable city for their residents but estimated that notable changes are still several years away. But pointing to Charlotte as an example, McLaurin said changes were possible given the right economy. “As part of their downtown revitalization, they brought residents to downtown and created a self-contained environment,” he said. “It took a lot of time, money and commitment.”

McConnel predicts cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the United States will overcome war, recession and double-digit unemployment. Challenges will be met, better days are ahead and the nation’s leaders will unite for the common good despite sometimes sharp political disagreements, which are the hallmark of a vibrant democracy, McConnell said in the GOP’s weekly radio address. “The new year always brings with it renewed hope and a spirit of optimism — qualities that have exemplified our nation and its people from the very start,” said McConnell, R-Ky. He drew a historical parallel, citing the colonial army of 230 years ago winning a great military victory amid the exhaustion of a war in which the colonists were facing impossible odds against the British.

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Charter Continued from Page 1A Union Academy officials want their students on one campus instead of two, and extra funding would help them do so. Attorney and former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot represented five charter schools in Mecklenburg County. He said the public school system should have been giving charter schools more funding all along. “They’re all public schools,” he said. “We want UCPS to comply with the law of North Carolina ... which requires that UCPS share current expense funds from public school children who are in charter schools.” Vinroot said Charlotte public schools have been using charter school money “to fund themselves.” The per-pupil money given to charter schools has been “several hundred dollars lower” than that given to public school children. State law says that the General Assembly “shall provide ... for a general and uniform system of free public schools, ... wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.” Some public school officials interpret the law differently for capital outlay funds and are hesitant to give up funding for their own students. “We don’t want to give something to charter schools that they’re not entitled to by law, ... any more, any less,” UCPS

CHARTER FINANCE North Carolina charter schools were established in 1996 as public, tuition-free schools funded by federal, state and local taxes. Those taxes pay for teachers, textbooks and some operational expenses. Union Academy’s operational costs are about $7 million per year. Union Academy’s lawsuit seeks money from the state’s capital outlay fund, which comes from the N.C. Education Lottery and corporate income taxes. Superintendent Ed Davis said. “We’re interested in doing what’s fair and what’s right.” As much as public schools are hurting for money, Vinroot said, “it’s even tougher for us.” If Union Academy wins its lawsuit, Orr said the school can’t ask for past monies, only prospective construction funds. “There’s certainly some language (in the Charlotte case) ... that I see as favorable to our position,” Orr said. Kroeger, on the other hand, said the Charlotte decision has nothing to do with Union Academy’s request. “I see them as two totally separate issues.” Orr expects that charter schools’ motions will be heard in court early this year.

Request for Bids Union Smart Start is currently accepting bids from individuals, government agencies, non-profit organizations and private businesses to provide services for children birth to age 5 (not yet in kindergarten).

Details about the specific services and bid packets will be available at the Bidders’ Conference to be held January 20, 2010, 11:00 a.m. 105 Cedar Street Monroe, NC 28110 Completed packets are due to Union Smart Start by 5:00 p.m. February 12, 2010

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Mount Pleasant dominates Tigers run away with championship at PR wrestling tournament By Eric Rape

E-J Correspondent

E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

Porter Ridge High’s Chris Lingle, right, won at 125 pounds on Saturday, helping the Pirates to a second-place finish.

Indian Trail The Mount Pleasant High wrestling team dominated the Pirate Wrestling Tournament on Saturday with a team score of 274.5, running away from second place host Porter Ridge, which finished with 184.0 points. The Pirates outlasted Concord for second place with the Spiders scoring 174.0 points. Porter Ridge’s Andrew Baatz and Chris Lingle took home gold medals in their respective weight classes of 119 and 125 pounds. The Tigers built most of their lead in the rounds prior to the championship finals and consolation finals. Twelve Mount Pleasant wrestlers advanced to either the first or third-place matches in 12 of the 14 weight classes. Seven Tigers took home gold, two won silver and three more took home bronze. Weddington finished fourth in the tournament with 122.0 points. Joe Centrella dropped down to his previous weight of a year ago (171 pounds) and took home gold in his first tournament. Two of his three wins came by pin in the first period. Monroe High’s Miles Cook won at 189 pounds without having to wrestle in the championship match after Porter Ridge’s Ricky Meyer had to go to the emergency room to receive stitches. Parkwood finished seventh and had one wrestler take home gold. Kevion Mullis took down Mount Pleasant’s Shane Hooks in the final seconds of the third and final period to win 3-1.

Wingate women top Lincoln Memorial, improve to 7-4 from staff reports

Wingate The Wingate University women’s basketball team used a 19-0 run in the early minutes of the second half of Saturday’s South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game with the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University in Cuddy Arena. The Bulldogs improve to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the SAC. LMU falls to 2-9 overall and 0-2 in the conference. After going to the locker room

trailing by two at the intermission, the Bulldogs tied the game only 21 seconds into the second half and unleashed an offensive attack that was eventually the fatal blow in their 78-69 win over LMU. Freshman guard Sarah Wollett got the run started with a three at the 16:09 mark. Senior guard Sarah Rosser followed with a three on the next possession, followed by a three-point play from junior forward CC Brooks. A trifecta from junior

guard Emily Parrish followed by another Brooks layup and a free throw from Wollett capped the 19-0 run to make it 56-37. Wingate men 86, L.M. 71 The Wingate University men’s basketball team bolted to a 47-27 halftime lead and never looked back, taking an 86-71 South Atlantic Conference triumph over visiting Lincoln Memorial University Saturday afternoon in Cuddy

Arena. The host Bulldogs shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from threepoint land in the decisive first frame. With the victory, Wingate improves to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in the SAC. The LMU Railsplitters fall to 10-2 overall and 1-1 in the SAC. The Bulldogs visit Catawba College Wednesday night at 8 p.m. LMU hits the road to face Tusculum College Wednesday night at the same time.

Panthers wrap up season against struggling Saints CHARLOTTE (AP) — The unstoppable offense has been slowed a bit. The opportunistic defense has some holes. Perfection was dashed, followed by embarrassment a week later. Instead of being in the middle of a New Orleans-sized New Orleans (13-2) at Carolina (7-8) celebration for capturing the franchise’s first No. 1 playoff 1 p.m. on FOX seed, the Saints (13-2) go into today’s regular-season finale Noteworthy: Saints have struggled against the suddenly danger- since clinching homefield for the ous Carolina Panthers (7-8) playoffs and the Panthers have wondering what happened. played better since being eliminated It’s probably no surprise — and putting Matt Moore in at that coach Sean Payton plans to play his starters — at least QB. The Saints will rest Pro Bowl QB for a while — with the excep- Drew Brees today for the postseason. tion of star quarterback Drew Brees. Mark Brunell will get has made Carolina look noththe start at QB for the Saints. ing like the team that started The game may be meaning0-3 and lost at New Orleans in less for playoff seeding, but Week 9. the Saints need a jolt of confi“Whatever their motives are, dence. it’s not our concern,” Panthers Losing at home to Tampa linebacker Na’il Diggs said of Bay will do that. the Saints. “Our concern is The Panthers will provide a finishing on a high note and stern test to see if the Saints finishing up strong.” can improve their suddenly The Saints have been a bit porous run defense and speoff for more than a month. cial teams. They narrowly beat non-playOut of the postseason race off teams Washington and Atfor more than a month, Carolilanta to improve to 13-0. Then na has stunned playoff-bound came a home loss to Dallas to Minnesota and ended the New end hopes of a perfect season. York Giants’ postseason hopes They seemed to have bounced with consecutive routs by a back in building a 17-0 lead over combined 67-16. Backup quarthe Buccaneers last week before terback Matt Moore, a stout a meltdown and a key missed running game and a defense field goal gave them the distincforcing numerous turnovers

Wingate freshman forward Odell Turner topped the Bulldog charts with 16 points. He filled out his stat sheet with five rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Sophomore guard Jaime Vaughn had 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Larry Staley contributed 11 points and five rebounds. For Lincoln Memorial, senior guard Stuart Miller had 16 points and three steals.

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The Panthers will play today’s season finale without star receiver Steve Smith (89), who suffered a broken arm in last week’s win. tion of being the first team with 13 wins to lose to a team with only two victories. “How did it happen? That’s not us,” said Brees. “That’s not the team we are. But after looking at the film there are some things, some areas where we have to be better.” Payton will weigh risk of injury against getting his team prepared for the NFC divisional round, which means the defense may see more playing time than the offense. The Bucs rushed for 176 yards and New Orleans has dropped to 24th in the league in total defense. Now the Saints face a running game that has been running over opponents. Jonathan Stewart, filling

in for injured Pro Bowl pick DeAngelo Williams, rushed for a franchise-record 206 yards in Carolina’s drubbing of the Giants. Williams and Stewart are only the sixth pair of teammates since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to each rush for more than 1,000 yards. Throw in Moore’s nearly flawless performance the past two games (six touchdown passes, no interceptions) and the Panthers are suddenly potent on offense after struggling to score with Jake Delhomme at quarterback. But Carolina will be without star wideout Steve Smith, who broke his arm catching a touchdown pass against the Giants.


MONROE By taking home the CMC-Union Holiday Classic title, the Sun Valley High boys basketball team has solidified itself as the early favorite to win the Southern Carolina Conference this season. The Spartans, who have won five straight games, enter their league-opener against Weddington on Tuesday with an 8-3 record. The Warriors (4-5) are coming off a 66-62 win over Marvin Ridge in the consolation game of the Holiday Classic. After traveling to face Weddington, Sun Valley will then take the road to Anson County on Friday. The Bearcats were the No. 5 seed at the tournament, but took home third place by cruising to a win over No. 2 seed Forest Hills. With 6-foot-6 posts Garry McKnight and Terrance Polk, Anson has the most height of any team in the SCC. Sun Valley’s three losses this season are to Providence, East Meck and Central Cabarrus.

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Dixon leads Connecticut past South Carolina Local Events Garcia completed just 16 of 38 passes for 129 yards while gaining 56 yards on 15 carries. He lost a fumble, was intercepted once and didn’t get much help. UConn had a pristine performance, with zero penalties and turnovers. The Gamecocks avoided their first shutout in three seasons on Brian Maddox’s 2-yard touchdown run with 3:24 left. Their only other possession ending in UConn territory resulted in a botched field goal attempt. It was UConn’s first meeting with a Southeastern Conference team, and the Huskies were in control throughout. They downed the ball inside South Carolina’s 5-yard line at the end instead of adding to the score just as coach Randy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Andre Dixon rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown and resilient Connecticut ended a trying season with a 20-7 victory over South Carolina in the Bowl on Saturday. The Huskies (8-5) are 3-1 in bowl games since moving up to Division I-A (now FBS) in 2002. They won their final three regular-season games and overcame the October stabbing death of cornerback Jasper Howard to reach a bowl. UConn made the most of the trip. The nation’s 95th-rated pass defense throttled South Carolina (7-6) and quarterback Stephen Garcia while relying on Dixon’s 33 carries to control the ball. Dixon was the Most Valuable Player and joined teammate Jordan Todman as 1,000-yard rushers, the first time two UConn backs have surpassed that mark in the same season.

Edsall was doused by his celebrating players. It was another difficult postseason chapter for the Gamecocks, who are now 4-11 in bowl games and 1-3 under coach Steve Spurrier. They have been outscored 51-17 the past two years including a loss to Iowa in last season’s Outback Bowl. This one was marred by dropped passes, a missed interception and costly penalties that kept a mostly red-and-black clad crowd subdued — and steadily shrinking by the fourth quarter. Garcia also faced frequent pressure and was sacked three times and flushed out of the pocket plenty more. Leading receiver Alshon Jeffery was held to three catches for 28 yards, all in the first half.

Tailback Kenny Miles had just six carries for 24 yards. Dixon’s 10-yard touchdown with 13:12 left effectively put the game away. Jesse Simpson had set the Huskies up at the Gamecocks’ 29-yard line by forcing Garcia to fumble, knocking it away from behind at the end of a run. A South Carolina team that pounded Clemson with 58 runs in a win to finish the regular season finished with 26 rushes for 76 yards. UConn never appeared daunted playing in SEC country, jumping ahead 13-0. Kashif Moore snagged the ball one-handed down the right sideline for a 37-yard touchdown catch from Zach Frazer in the first quarter. Dave Teggard then kicked field goals of 33 and 44 yards. The first kick was set up when Garcia was stopped on a sneak on fourth-and-1 from South Carolina’s 32.


High School Basketball Anson County at Forest Hills, 6 p.m.




Today MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 3 p.m. FSN — Florida at N.C. State 5:30 p.m. FSN — Xavier at Wake Forest 7:30 p.m. FSN — Clemson at Duke NFL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. CBS — Regional coverage, doubleheader FOX — New Orleans at Carolina 4:15 p.m. CBS — Regional coverage, doubleheader game FOX — Regional coverage, doubleheader game 8:15 p.m. NBC — Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets RODEO 8 p.m. VERSUS — PBR, Baltimore Invitational (same-day tape) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 — Oklahoma at Tennessee

Ford runs for 207 in South Florida win TORONTO (AP) — Mike Ford ran for a career-high 207 yards and scored one touchdown, B.J. Daniels threw two scoring passes to A.J. Love, and South Florida beat Northern Illinois 27-3 in the International Bowl on Saturday. Carlton Mitchell caught six passes for 94 yards for the Bulls, who won back-to-back bowls for the first time. South Florida beat Memphis 41-14 in last year’s St. Petersburg Bowl, part of a streak of five straight bowl appearances. South Florida scored 24 unanswered points in the second half after the teams traded field goals in a dreary first

half. Ford had just one carry in the first half, an 18-yard gain in the second quarter. He broke out in the third, rushing 12 times for 106 yards, then capped his day with a 24-yard scoring run in the final quarter. It’s the third straight year a Big East running back has topped 200 yards in the International Bowl. Ray Rice of Rutgers turned pro after rushing for a game-record 280 yards and four touchdowns in 2007, while Connecticut’s Donald Brown ran for 261 yards in last year’s game. Daniels threw for 217 yards. Making consecutive post-

season appearances for the first time, the Huskies lost their third straight bowl and extended the Mid-American Conference’s bowl game losing streak to 14 games. Big East teams have now defeated their Mid-American Conference opponents in all four International Bowls, the only bowl game played outside the United States. Cincinnati beat Western Michigan in the inaugural game in 2007, followed by victories for Rutgers over Ball State in 2008 and Con-

necticut over Buffalo in 2009. Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann carried 20 times for 93 yards, giving him 1,038 for the season. The Bulls took the lead for good on the opening drive of the third quarter. Ford’s 36-yard run set up Daniels’ 31-yard pass to Mitchell, who shook off a tackle and raced down the sideline to the 6. It was a record-setting catch for Mitchell, giving him 680 yards on the season and breaking Hugh Smith’s school mark

of 661 set in 2002. The Bulls couldn’t punch it in, but went ahead on Eric Schwartz’s 19-yard field goal. Daniels hooked up with Love for the game’s first touchdown on the Bulls’ next possession, a 46-yard strike off his back foot, capping an eight-play, 81-yard drive. Cornerback Jerome Murphy picked off Huskies quarterback Chandler Harnish on the next possession, giving South Florida the ball at its 48. Ford carried five times to get the Bulls to the 7, where, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Daniels connected with Love again, making it 20-3.

Scoreboard Call scores in at (704) 261-2253 National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East

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x-clinched division y-clinched playoff spot Today’s Games Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m. New England at Houston, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. Washington at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets, 8:20 p.m.

College football Bowl Glance

Saturday, Dec. 19 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Wyoming 35, Fresno State 28, 2OT St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl Rutgers 45, UCF 24 Sunday, Dec. 20 New Orleans Bowl

Middle Tennessee 42, Southern Miss. 32 Tuesday, Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 44, Oregon State 20 Wednesday, Dec. 23 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Utah 37, California 27 Thursday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU 45, Nevada 10 Saturday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Marshall 21, Ohio 17 Meineke Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Pittsburgh 19, North Carolina 17 Emerald Bowl At San Francisco Southern Cal 24, Boston College 13 Sunday, Dec. 27 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Clemson 21, Kentucky 13 Monday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La.

Miami Charlotte Washington

Georgia 44, Texas A&M 20 Tuesday, Dec. 29 EagleBank Bowl At Washington UCLA 30, Temple 21 Champs Sports Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin 20, Miami 14

15 .516 7 1/2 18 .419 10 1/2 20 .333 13

Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 27 8 .771 — Chicago 13 17 .433 11 1/2 Milwaukee 12 18 .400 12 1/2 Detroit 11 21 .344 14 1/2 Indiana 9 22 .290 16

Wednesday, Dec. 30 Humanitarian Bowl At Boise, Idaho Idaho 43, Bowling Green 42 Holiday Bowl At San Diego Nebraska 33, Arizona 0

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 22 10 .688 — San Antonio 19 11 .633 2 Houston 20 13 .606 2 1/2 Memphis 15 16 .484 6 1/2 New Orleans 14 16 .467 7

Thursday, Dec. 31 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Air Force 47, Houston 20 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Oklahoma 31, Stanford 27 Texas Bowl At Houston Navy 35, Missouri 13 Insight Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Iowa State 14, Minnesota 13 Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Virginia Tech 37, Tennessee 14

Northwest W Denver 20 Portland 21 Oklahoma City 18 Utah 18 Minnesota 7

Division L Pct 12 .625 13 .618 14 .563 14 .563 27 .206

GB — — 2 2 14

Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 26 6 .813 — Phoenix 21 12 .636 5 1/2 L.A. Clippers 14 18 .438 12 Sacramento 14 18 .438 12 Golden State 9 22 .290 16 1/2

Friday, Jan. 1 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Auburn 38, Northwestern 35, OT Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Penn State 19, LSU 17 Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Florida State 33, West Virginia 21 Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Ohio State 26, Oregon 17 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Florida 51, Cincinnati 24 Saturday, Jan. 2 International Bowl At Toronto South Florida 27, Northern Illinois 3 Cotton Bowl At Dallas Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Mississippi (8-4), late Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Connecticut (7-5) vs. South Carolina (7-5), late Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. East Carolina (9-4) vs. Arkansas (7-5), late Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Michigan State (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (8-4), late 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)

Pro basketball NBA Glance All Times EST

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 23 8 .742 — Toronto 16 17 .485 8 New York 13 20 .394 11 Philadelphia 9 23 .281 14 1/2 New Jersey 3 30 .091 21 Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 24 8 .750 Atlanta 21 11 .656

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Friday’s Games New York 112, Atlanta 108, OT Orlando 106, Minnesota 94 L.A. Lakers 109, Sacramento 108 Saturday’s Games Cleveland 94, New Jersey 86 Charlotte 107, Miami 97 Minnesota at Indiana, late San Antonio at Washington, late Toronto at Boston, late Orlando at Chicago, late Houston at New Orleans, late Oklahoma City at Milwaukee, late Denver at Utah, late Memphis at Phoenix, late Dallas at Sacramento, late Golden State at Portland, late Today’s Games Indiana at New York, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Cleveland, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Denver, 8 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Monday’s Games Atlanta at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Chicago, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Utah, 9 p.m. Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

College basketball Saturday’s boxscores #10 UConn 82, N. Dame 70 NOTRE DAME (12-3) Nash 5-11 1-1 11, Jackson 2-7 0-1 6, Hansbrough 4-11 3-4 14, Abromaitis 3-9 0-0 8, Harangody 14-27 2-2 31, Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Broghammer 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 0-3 0-0 0, Peoples 0-2 0-0 0, Cooley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-70 6-8 70.

CONNECTICUT (10-3) Robinson 9-19 1-2 22, Walker 3-5 5-6 11, Majok 0-0 0-0 0, Dyson 6-13 8-10 20, Oriakhi 1-6 2-2 4, Beverly 0-0 0-0 0, Coombs-McDaniel 0-2 2-2 2, Okwandu 5-5 0-0 10, Edwards 6-10 1-1 13. Totals 30-60 19-23 82. Halftime—Connecticut 34-32. 3-Point Goals—Notre Dame 8-22 (Hansbrough 3-5, Jackson 2-5, Abromaitis 2-6, Harangody 1-4, Scott 0-1, Peoples 0-1), Connecticut 3-12 (Robinson 3-6, Walker 0-1, Coombs-McDaniel 0-2, Dyson 0-3). Fouled Out—Hansbrough. Rebounds—Notre Dame 35 (Harangody 9), Connecticut 42 (Robinson 16). Assists—Notre Dame 17 (Jackson 8), Connecticut 22 (Dyson, Walker 10). Total Fouls—Notre Dame 20, Connecticut 13. A—NA.

#24 UAB 73, Arkansas 72

UAB (12-2) Crawford 4-10 5-6 13, Johnson 3-7 2-2 9, Sanders 3-8 2-2 10, Millsap 7-14 7-10 22, Drake 1-3 0-0 3, Cooper 0-2 1-2 1, Moore 4-5 3-4 11, Fields 1-5 0-0 2, Soko 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 23-54 22-28 73. ARKANSAS (7-7)  Washington 6-11 5-6 18, Farmer 2-5 1-2

5, Powell 8-15 6-7 22, Clarke 5-9 3-3 16, Nobles 0-1 0-1 0, Bryant 0-2 0-0 0, Britt 0-2 0-0 0, Welsh 4-9 0-0 9, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Cox 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-56 15-19 72. Halftime—UAB 39-31. 3-Point Goals— UAB 5-13 (Sanders 2-3, Millsap 1-2, Johnson 1-2, Drake 1-3, Fields 0-3), Arkansas 5-14 (Clarke 3-5, Washington 1-2, Welsh 1-3, Britt 0-1, Nobles 0-1, Bryant 0-1, Farmer 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—UAB 36 (Crawford 8), Arkansas 31 (Washington 7). Assists—UAB 6 (Sanders 3), Arkansas 13 (Welsh 6). Total Fouls—UAB 18, Arkansas 21. Technicals—Johnson, Nobles. A—12,106.

Gonzaga 85, Illinois 83, OT

GONZAGA (11-3) Harris 7-11 4-6 19, Sacre 7-9 4-4 19, Bouldin 8-16 0-0 18, Goodson 0-3 1-3 1, Gray 8-15 2-2 20, Arop 0-0 0-0 0, Olynyk 3-3 2-5 8, Kong 0-2 0-0 0, Foster 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-59 13-20 85. ILLINOIS (9-5)  Davis 6-16 0-2 12, Tisdale 2-4 0-0 4, Richardson 2-6 2-2 6, Paul 5-15 5-5 17, McCamey 8-18 3-3 20, Jordan 1-4 0-0 2, Keller 10-19 1-2 22, Cole 0-0 0-0 0, Griffey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-82 11-14 83. Halftime—Gonzaga 43-35. End Of Regulation—Tied 79. 3-Point Goals— Gonzaga 6-17 (Bouldin 2-6, Gray 2-6, Sacre 1-1, Harris 1-2, Goodson 0-1, Kong 0-1), Illinois 4-24 (Paul 2-9, Keller 1-5, McCamey 1-7, Richardson 0-3). Fouled Out—Gray, Tisdale. Rebounds—Gonzaga 45 (Harris 16), Illinois 36 (Davis 10). Assists— Gonzaga 21 (Bouldin 7), Illinois 23 (Jordan 7). Total Fouls—Gonzaga 15, Illinois 18. A—20,917.

Maine 52, B. College 51

MAINE (7-5) Barnies 3-7 0-1 6, McNally 5-13 5-5 15, Burnatowski 0-3 0-0 0, Bernal 1-4 0-0 2, McLemore 6-10 0-1 14, Rogers 2-3 0-0 4, Mitchell 0-3 0-1 0, Peay 3-5 0-0 6, Allison 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 22-52 6-10 52. BOSTON COLLEGE (9-5)  Raji 1-6 2-2 4, Trapani 7-18 0-0 17, Jackson 1-6 0-0 2, Paris 2-5 2-2 8, Sanders 3-10 1-2 9, Roche 2-6 0-0 6, Elmore 0-1 0-0 0, Southern 2-3 1-2 5, Dunn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-55 6-8 51. Halftime—Boston College 32-29. 3-Point Goals—Maine 2-9 (McLemore 2-4, Peay 0-1, Burnatowski 0-1, Bernal 0-1, Mitchell 0-2), Boston College 9-28 (Trapani 3-9, Paris 2-4, Sanders 2-6, Roche 2-6, Jackson 0-3). Fouled Out—Southern. Rebounds—Maine 34 (Barnies, McNally 7), Boston College 37 (Raji, Sanders, Southern 8). Assists—Maine 16 (Burnatowski, McLemore, Peay 3), Boston College 15 (Jackson, Paris, Sanders 4). Total Fouls—Maine 9, Boston College 13. A—4,116.

Wingate men 86, L.M. 71

L. MEM. (10-2 overall, 1-1 SAC) Miller, Stuart 4-9 5-6 16; Johnson, Desmond 8-12 0-0 16; Sanford, Carlos 3-7 6-10 13; Curry, D’Mario 4-9 1-4 9; Armstrong, Brandon 3-8 1-3 8; Allen, Justin 2-6 1-2 5; O’Brien, Brandon 0-3 4-4 4; Erland, Scott 0-1 0-0 0; Vil, Marc-David 0-1 0-0 0; Martin, Tony 0-0 0-0 0; Carden, Cameron 0-4 0-0 0; Jones, Wally 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 18-29 71. WINGATE (9-4 overall, 2-0 SAC) Turner, Odell 4-11 8-10 16; Vaughn, Jaime 5-9 2-2 14; Staley, Larry 5-8 0-0 11; Alexander, Quan 4-4 0-0 9; Kincaid, Ethan 4-7 0-0 9; Parks, Tracy 3-4 0-0 9; Matilus, Paidrick 4-11 0-0 8; Johnson, David 3-5 0-0 8; Smith, Chase 0-0 2-2 2; Jackson, Jesse 0-0 0-0 0; Van Staalduinen, B. 0-3 0-2 0. Totals 32-62 12-16 86. L. Memorial.............. 27 44 - 71 Wingate.................... 47 39 - 86 3-point goals--Lincoln Memorial 5-19 (Miller, Stuart 3-7; Armstrong, Brandon 1-4; Sanford, Carlos 1-3; Carden, Cameron 0-3; Jones, Wally 0-1; Erland, Scott 0-1), Wingate 10-18 (Parks, Tracy 3-3; Johnson, David 2-3; Vaughn, Jaime 2-4; Kincaid, Ethan 1-2; Alexander, Quan 1-1; Staley, Larry 1-1; Matilus, Paidrick 0-3;

Turner, Odell 0-1). Fouled out—Lincoln Memorial-Curry, D’Mario; Johnson, Desmond, Wingate-None. Rebounds—Lincoln Memorial 40 (Curry, D’Mario 9), Wingate 35 (Vaughn, Jaime 7). Assists--Lincoln Memorial 11 (Carden, Cameron 2; Allen, Justin 2; Sanford, Carlos 2; Armstrong, Brandon 2), Wingate 12 (Turner, Odell 3; Vaughn, Jaime 3). Total fouls--Lincoln Memorial 17, Wingate 23. Technical fouls—Lincoln Memorial-None, Wingate-Matilus, Paidrick. A-335.

Wingate women 78, L.M. 69 L. MEM. (2-9 overall, 0-2 SAC) Mills, Carolyn 8-17 2-2 24; Salaman, Dayshalee 7-15 7-8 23; Williams, Destiny 1-4 4-4 6; O’Dell, Amberly 2-9 0-0 5; Kikwiki-Mamuku, Dean 2-5 0-0 4; Richardson, Mariah 1-1 1-2 3; Nasiloski, Cena 1-2 0-0 2; Holmes, Whitney 1-2 0-0 2; Hyatt, LaChelle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-56 14-16 69.

WINGATE (7-4 overall, 1-1 SAC) Washington, Kurie 5-9 8-11 18; Wollett, Sarah 4-9 2-3 13; Brooks, CC 3-5 6-7 12; Shuey, Stefani 3-3 0-2 6; Mitchell, Britney 3-6 0-0 6; Rosser, Sarah 2-3 0-0 6; Crumlin, Erica 2-7 0-0 4; Logan, Louticia 2-5 0-0 4; Rhodes, Stacie 2-7 0-1 4; Parrish, Emily 1-1 0-0 3; Keitt, Jessy 1-2 0-0 2; Brown, Gladney 0-0 0-0 0; Whitenack, Stephanie 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 16-24 78. L. Memorial.............. 35 34 - 69 Wingate.................... 33 45 - 78 3-point goals--Lincoln Memorial 9-20 (Mills, Carolyn 6-8; Salaman, Dayshalee 2-4; O’Dell, Amberly 1-7; Williams, Destiny 0-1), Wingate 6-12 (Wollett, Sarah 3-6; Rosser, Sarah 2-3; Parrish, Emily 1-1; Whitenack, Stephanie 0-2). Fouled out--Lincoln Memorial-None, Wingate-None. Rebounds--Lincoln Memorial 31 (Kikwiki-Mamuku, Dean 9), Wingate 38 (Rhodes, Stacie 10). Assists-Lincoln Memorial 9 (Williams, Destiny 3; Salaman, Dayshalee 3), Wingate 18 (Brooks, CC 5). Total fouls-Lincoln Memorial 19, Wingate 13. Technical fouls--Lincoln MemorialNone, Wingate-None. A-225.

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Transactions Saturday’s Sports Transactions FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS—Released PK Mike Nugent. Signed DE Jason Banks from the practice squad. BUFFALO BILLS—Signed LB Ryan Manalac. Placed DB Todd Johnson on injured reserve. DENVER BRONCOS—Signed WR Matt Willis from the practice squad. Waived OT Herb Taylor. MIAMI DOLPHINS—Signed LB J.D. Folsom from the practice squad. HOCKEY National Hockey League MONTREAL CANADIENS— Reassigned G Robert Mayer from Cincinnati (ECHL) to Hamilton (AHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES—Fired coach Andy Murray. Named Davis Payne interim coach. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Recalled RW Brandon Bochenski from Norfolk (AHL). American Hockey League HERSHEY BEARS—Loaned F Darren Reid to Reading (ECHL). NORFOLK ADMIRALS—Signed F Matt Fornataro. PEORIA RIVERMEN—Named Rick Wamsley interim coach. SYRACUSE CRUNCH—Signed C Jared Aulin.

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Wall, UK pull away late to beat rival Cardinals LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins scored 18 points and matched a season-high with 18 rebounds to lead No. 3 Kentucky past rival Louisville 71-62 on Saturday. Patrick Patterson and John Wall added 17 points each for the Wildcats (15-0), who matched their best start in 40 years by breaking a two-game losing streak to the Cardinals. Edgar Sosa and Jerry Smith led Louisville (10-4) with 11 points apiece but the Cardinals shot just 32 percent and couldn’t contain Wall when it mattered. The freshman star shook off a slow start by scoring six straight points during a decisive 14-3 run late in the second half after the Cardinals had surged to the lead.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino was booed lustily early by the record Rupp Arena crowd, but the crowd quickly moved on after the Cardinals erased a 13-point deficit. Louisville pulled in front 42-41 on a free throw by Terrence Jennings with 9:51 remaining before Wall went to work. He hit a tough leaner along the baseline to put Kentucky back in front then added a pull-up jumper to extend the lead to three. He stripped the ball from Louisville’s Peyton Siva and knocked down a pair of free throws after being fouled trying

to finish on the break. Perry Stevenson added a reverse layup, Ramon Harris drilled a 3-pointer and Patrick Patterson converted a three-point play to give Kentucky a 55-45 lead with 5:35 to go. Louisville kept scrapping but would get no closer than seven the rest of the way. Pitino and former friend turned friendly rival John Calipari shook hands briefly as the horn sounded, both coaches only too happy to put one of the most contentious meetings in the series’ long history behind them. The teams combined for 51

personal fouls — including five technicals — and 37 turnovers in a game that made up for in passion what it lacked in precise play. Calipari said before the game he wasn’t sure if his young team understood the magnitude of the rivalry. He needed 45 seconds to get his answer. The Wildcats were whistled for a pair of fouls on Louisville’s first possession, the calls kick starting a series of trash talking shoving matches that kept the referees busy. Things grew more heated moments later when Cousins and Louisville forward Jared Swopshire got tangled up battling for a loose ball. Louisville’s Reginald Delk came over and gave Cous-

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ins a push while Swopshire tried to wiggle free. All three players received technical fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct, but Cousins may have dodged a bullet when replays showed he appeared to throw an elbow at Swopshire’s head during the scrum. Cousins stayed in the game long enough to score Kentucky’s first six points as the Wildcats swarmed the shaky Cardinals into bad shots and turnovers. Louisville missed 18 of its first 19 shots and looked overwhelmed by the electric atmosphere. Kentucky was hardly better. Wall, looking mortal for the first time all season, couldn’t get going against the myriad of defenders the Cardinals threw at him.

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Sun Valley sophomore Shaun Stewart, right, leads his team into Southern Carolina Conference play at Weddington High on Tuesday. Stewart, a guard, was named MVP of the CMC-Union Holiday Classic after helping the Spartans knock off Monroe in the title game.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A Texas Tech athletic trainer told university officials he did not agree with Mike Leach’s treatment of receiver Adam James after the player was diagnosed with a concussion. In an affidavit released Saturday by the university, Texas Tech trainer Steve Pincock said he told James he was “sorry” for having placed the player inside an equipment shed near the practice field. On Dec. 21, Pincock spoke with Tech officials, telling them that he did not agree with that “form of treatment for anyone” and that Leach “wanted James to be uncomfortable.” In an interview a day later, team physician Dr. Michael Phy told university officials that James “may not have been harmed” but he “considered this practice inappropriate.” The affidavits were dated Jan. 1. Leach was fired as Texas Tech on Wednesday, two days after he was suspended by the university while it investigated James’ allegations for mistreatment. James is the son of former NFL player and ESPN analyst Craig James. On Friday, Leach denied he mistreated Adam James and said Craig James lobbied frequently to get his son more playing time. Leach said the elder James meddled “more than any parent I’ve dealt with my entire career.” Leach also claims he was fired for financial reasons. He was in the first season of a five-year, $12.7 million contract.

Pittsburgh hands No. 5 Syracuse its first loss SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — No. 5 Syracuse is no longer unbeaten. Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points and Jermaine Dixon added 21 to lead Pittsburgh to an 82-72 victory over the Orange. The loss dropped the number of major unbeaten teams to four, with other unbeatens scheduled to play later Saturday. Pittsburgh (12-2, 2-0 Big East) has now beaten Syracuse (13-1, 1-1) the last four times it has visited the Carrier Dome. After losing most of a ninepoint second-half lead, the Panthers seized control with a 14-3 run. Gibbs scored five points and Dante Taylor added four to key the spurt. Two free throws by Taylor put Pitt ahead 60-47 with 8:33 left, and Syracuse couldn’t recover.

Pitt has won five straight and five of six against top 5 teams. Coach Jamie Dixon moved past Bob Timmons and into second place in career wins at Pitt with 175. Wes Johnson led Syracuse with 19 points and Scoop Jardine had 15. The Panthers, the Big East’s top defensive team at 55.9 points per game, held the league’s topscoring team 15 points below its average. Meanwhile, Pitt’s highest point total was 74 coming into the game. Syracuse shot 42.4 percent from the field on 28 of 66 shooting and was just 1 of 13 on 3-pointers. The Orange came into the game hitting 54.7 percent from the field. Syracuse got into foul trouble in the second half as the

Panthers repeatedly crashed the Orange’s 2-3 zone defense. Syracuse was called for 19 personal fouls in the final 20 minutes, with Johnson getting his fourth foul with 7:53 remaining. Thirteen seconds later, Rick Jackson got his fourth, taking some of the spunk from two of Syracuse’s key players. Pittsburgh erased a threepoint halftime deficit with a 16-4 run to start the second half.

UConn 82, Notre Dame 70

HARTFORD, Conn.—Stanley Robinson scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 10 Connecticut over Notre Dame 82-70 on Saturday, giving the Huskies their first Big East win of the season.

Jerome Dyson added 20 points, 16 in the second half, and 10 assists for UConn (10-3, 1-1 Big East). Kemba Walker had 11 points and 10 assists, only the second time in school history two players have reached double digits in assists in the same game. Gavin Edwards chipped in 13 points and Charles Okwandu, a junior center who had never scored more than two points in a game, hit his first four shots and finished with 10 for UConn. Luke Harangody scored 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Notre Dame (12-3, 1-1), which lost for the first time in four games. Ben Hansbrough had 14 points and Tyrone Nash added 11 for the Irish.

Maine stuns Boston College, 52-51 BOSTON (AP) — Sean McNally scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 1:10 left as Maine stunned Boston College 52-51 on Saturday. Gerald McLemore added 14 points for the Black Bears (7-5), who won four of their last five games. Their lone lost during the span came against No. 10 Connecticut by 17 points. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Eagles (9-5), who were upset at home for the third time this season. BC dropped games against Harvard and Rhode Island in December. Rakim Sanders, who was held to nine points on 3-of-10 shooting for BC, missed a layup on a baseline drive with 2 seconds left. Joe Trapani paced BC with 17 points. After Maine’s Troy Barnies missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1.2 seconds left, Reggie Jackson missed a

desperation 3-pointer before pounding the press table in frustration after the horn sounded. Trailing 50-48 with under 4 minutes to play, the Black Bears had three trips and chances to tie or take the lead. They missed shots on the first two — McNally missed a left-hander in the lane on the second one — before Troy Barnies hit a short jumper to tie it with 1:46 to play. On the ensuing possession, BC’s Josh Southern was fouled and hit one free throw before McNally hit a pair to give Maine a 52-51 lead with 1:10 left. After Sanders missed a driving shot, the Eagles were forced to foul. Terrance Mitchell missed the front end of a 1-on-1, setting the stage for the Eagles final chances. Consecutive 3-pointers by Trapani in the opening three minutes of the second half gave the Eagles a 41-33

lead, but BC just couldn’t shake the Black Bears. After Trapani’s baskets, Maine scored the next six points, cutting it to 41-39 on McLemore’s jumper with just over seven minutes left. The Black Bears hung in there, keeping the margin under double digits until a 6-0 run cut it to 50-48 on Malachi Peay’s fastbreak layup with 3:51 to go. In the opening half, neither team played particularly crisp basketball, with a number of tipped passes and missed long-range jumpers before BC ended the half with a 32-29 lead. Fans headed into Conte Forum with weather outside more fitting for these longtime Hockey East rivals. Light snow fell throughout the morning and was expected to last into Sunday, forcing many to make their way through a few inches to see the game.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — LaceDarius Dunn had 21 points, Ekpe Udoh added a career high 20 rebounds and Baylor won its seventh straight with a 85-74 victory at undermanned South Carolina on Saturday. The Bears (11-1) used an 18-2 run that spanned both halves to take control and held on as the Gamecocks (8-5) cut a 17-point lead to 72-63 on Devan Downey’s 3-pointer with 3 minutes left. Udoh also had 12 points for his seventh double-double this season. It was South Carolina’s first game since coach Darrin Horn dismissed starting forward Mike Holmes for team violations. Gamecocks leading scorer Devan Downey had 20 points on 6 of 25 shooting.

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Jackson drops 35 to pace Bobcats MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Jackson scored 13 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter, D.J. Augustin added all 13 of his in the final 11 minutes and the Charlotte Bobcats won a road game for just the second time this season, beating the Miami Heat 107-97 on Saturday. Jackson shot 11 of 20 from the floor, added eight rebounds, and his 3-pointer in front of the Heat bench with 1:50 left sealed it for Charlotte, which erased an early 19-point deficit and improved to 2-14 away from home. Dwyane Wade finished with 29 points and 11 assists for Miami, which dropped its third straight and plays host to Atlanta and Boston before playing 20 of its next 27 games away from home. Quentin Richardson scored 20 for Miami, which got 14 from Michael Beasley and a 13-point, 10-rebound effort from Udonis Haslem. Gerald Wallace scored 15 for Charlotte. Wade hit a 3-pointer with 7:33 left, raising three fingers to the crowd, and giving Miami an 83-81 lead. That was essentially the last hurrah for the Heat, as Jackson answered on the next Charlotte possession with a 3-pointer of his own — and, in turn, threw up three fingers as well.

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Weddington junior Joe Centrella, right, took first place at 171 pounds at the Pirate Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

James scores 28 to lead red-hot Cavs to another win EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — LeBron James had 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New Jersey Nets 94-86 on Saturday for their seventh straight victory. Mo Williams added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who have won 12 of 13. They have defeated some of the NBA’s top teams during their winning streak, but struggled against the league’s worst for much of this game, leading by only four with 4 1/2 minutes left. James then put it away, throwing down a dunk and setting up Daniel Gibson for a 3-pointer and an 86-77 lead with 3:05 re-

maining. Anthony Parker then went to the floor to come up with a loose ball and threw it ahead to a streaking James, who somehow managed to score while two Nets were trying to foul him. His three-point play made it 8977 with 2:40 to go. Anderson Varejao had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Shaquille O’Neal finished with 12 points and nine boards for the Cavs. Devin Harris scored 22 points and Brook Lopez 20 for the Nets, who started strong before the Cavs, who lead the league in field goal percentage defense, began to control the NBA’s worst offensive team.

The Nets fell to 3-30, but the good news is it’s finally 2010, when they’re hoping to be able to transform the franchise. They could have the most money to offer this summer’s free agent class, expected to be highlighted by James, and they hope that, along with his friendship with rapper and part-owner Jay-Z, plus a planned new arena in Brooklyn, could get them in the running for him or one of the other All-Stars who JAMES could be available. The Cavaliers wore their home white uniforms and en-

joyed plenty of support, with the first visit this season from James and New Jersey native O’Neal producing an announced crowd of 17,569 at the usually attendance-challenged Izod Center. James treated the fans to some powerful dunks, nifty passes and impressive blocks, drawing oohs and aahs sprinkled in with a couple of boos. The Cavaliers lead the NBA in first-quarter scoring, but the Nets were the ones who started quickly Saturday. They built a nine-point lead midway through the quarter, shot 52 percent and

took a 26-19 lead into the second. James, whose late arrival on the second bus cut into his warmup time, took only two shots and scored five points in the opening 12 minutes. James was much more aggressive after returning from his rest early in the second, scoring 10 points in the period and helping the Cavs grab a 4443 halftime lead. New Jersey shot only 4 of 20 in the third, but Cleveland failed to pull away, leading only 69-61 heading to the fourth. Williams and Varejao hit the first two baskets of the fourth as the Cavaliers finally opened a doubledigit lead for the first time.


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Panthers QB Matt Moore has been a pleasant surprise late in the season. He’s thrown six TD passes without a pick in the last two games, helping Carolina defeat Minnesota and the New York Giants.

son roster talk this weekend. They know a Super Bowl berth requires only Continued from Page 1B two home victories. But they first want to finish “It’s good to not have to 8-0 on the road and erase face him on Sunday,” said memories of an ugly two Saints Pro Bowl safety weeks that also included Darren Sharper, who is backup defensive end tied for the NFL lead with Bobby McCray being arrested on a drunk driving nine interceptions. The game will end a tu- charge. Indeed, there’s been litmultuous season for Carolina, hobbled by injuries tle celebrating this week. “Looking at the and uncertainty. last two weeks, we Coach John Fox haven’t played out is expected back best football by next season, but any means,” Brees hasn’t been ofsaid. “I think the fered a contract objective is to extension beyond have a great week 2010 and could try of practice and to seek other jobs. then to go out and Defensive end play very well on Julius Peppers Sunday, as well as could be in for an- PEPPERS we can play, to exother free agency ecute just to look tussle after leading the team with 10 1/2 sacks sharp and do our best to and earning his fifth Pro win the game. “But obviously with Bowl berth. “I think he loves it the mindset of we have a here,” defensive tackle week off and we’re playDamione Lewis insisted. ing the divisional playoff “I think he does want to game here, and obviously we want all our weapons come back.” The Saints don’t have and to be as healthy as to worry about end-of-sea- possible.”

Arenas gun inquiry ‘a scary thing for the NBA’ WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid conflicting reports on what happened in the Washington Wizards locker room, the matter clearly goes beyond the team’s original statement about Gilbert Arenas storing unloaded guns in his locker. What began with the NBA looking into a possible violation of its own rules has turned into an investigation involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office and District of Columbia police. The implications are serious, with the legal system, the league and the Wizards in line to take possible action if the allegations prove true. “We’re all watching this very closely to see how the story de-

velops right now,” Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday. “It’s so early in the story and there’s so much speculation, it’s hard to figure out what’s fact and what’s fiction, but it is a scary thing for the NBA and we all want to see what happens.” The Wizards said on Christmas Eve that ARENAS Arenas stored unloaded firearms in a locked container in his locker, with no ammunition. Arenas said he wanted

them out of the house after the birth of his latest child. An official within the league told The Associated Press on Saturday that he was briefed before Dec. 24 by officials reviewing the incident. He said the review included a dispute over card-playing, gambling debts and a heated discussion between Arenas and another player. He said the review did not refer to Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drawing guns on each other — as the New York Post has reported — although he said that doesn’t preclude that it might have happened. The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he is not an authorized

spokesman for the team or the league. The nation’s capital has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement prohibits players from possessing firearms at league facilities or when traveling on any league business. Commissioner David Stern has said players should leave their guns at home and could levy substantial fines or suspensions, pending the outcome of the investigation. Arenas has been suspended once before because of a gunrelated matter. He sat out Washington’s season opener in 2004 because he failed to maintain proper registration of a hand-

gun while living in California in 2003 and playing for the Golden State Warriors. Depending on the severity of the findings, the Wizards could invoke the morals clause found in standard NBA player contracts and attempt to void the remainder of the six-year, $111 million deal Arenas signed in the summer of 2008. Such an option might be tempting because the Wizards have yet to get much of a return on the investment. Arenas missed all but two games last season as he recuperated from knee operations, and this season he has struggled to adjust to new coach Flip Saunders’ offense.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS 004 Legals STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF UNION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION NOTICE OF EXECUTRIX Having qualified as Executrix of the ESTATE OF RALPH PAYNE WILLIAMS of Union County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the ESTATE OF RALPH PAYNE WILLIAMS to present them to the undersigned on or before the 24th day of March, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This 14th day of December, 2010. Paula W. Crook, Executrix, 5913 Rape Rd., Monroe, NC 28112 James Allen Lee, CALDWELL HELDER HELMS & ROBISON, P.A. P. O. Drawer 99 (314 N. Hayne St., 28112), Monroe, NC 28111-0099 December 20, 27, 2009 January 3, 10, 2010


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004 Legals Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by JAMES E. MCKINNEY AND DEBRA A. MCKINNEY to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated June 28, 2007 and recorded on June 29, 2007 in Book 04608 at Page 0532, Union County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on January 5, 2010 at 12:30PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Union County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING ALL OF LOT 214 OF HIGHGATE SUBDIVISION, PHASE 3 AS SAME IS SHOWN ON A MAP THEREOF RECORDED IN MAP BOOK I AT PAGE 845 IN THE UNION COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 4080 Blossom Hill Drive, Weddington, NC 28104. Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are James E. McKinney and wife, Debra A. McKinney. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC

004 Legals Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-17490-FC01 December 27, 2009 January 3, 2010 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Wesley Chapel Village Council will conduct three public hearings beginning at 7:00 PM on Monday January 11, 2010 in the rear Fellowship Hall of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church located at 120 Potter Road South, Wesley Chapel as follows: 1. Public Hearing on CUP 09-03; request by New Life Church to use 1302 Cuthbertson Road for church related meetings. 2. Public Hearing on the proposed Page Price Park design; to be located on Highway 84, across from Price Mill Subdivision. 3. Public Hearing on proposed Parks and Rec Master Plan for Village of Wesley Chapel. The general public is invited to attend the public hearings and make comment or send written comments prior to the public hearings to be read at the meeting. As a result of testimony received at the public hearing, the Village Council reserves the right to make changes to the proposed plans prior to consideration of approval. For more information, call Joshua Langen, Village Planner, at (704) 243-7392 between 8 am and 6 pm Monday – Thursday. The Village of Wesley Chapel does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you need an auxiliary aid or service or other accommodations in order to attend or fully participate at this meeting, please contact the Village Clerk at (704) 243-7391 as far in advance of the meeting as possible so that your request can be considered. December 30, 2009 January 3, 2010 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF UNION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION NOTICE OF EXECUTOR Having qualified as Executor of the ESTATE OF VAUGHN T. EZZELL of Union County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the ESTATE OF VAUGHN T. EZZELL to present them to the undersigned on or before the 21st day of March, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This 14th day of December, 2009. Franklin C. Ezzell, III, Executor, P. O. Box 282, Waxhaw, NC 28173 James Allen Lee, CALDWELL HELDER HELMS & ROBISON, P.A. P. O. Drawer 99 (314 N. Hayne St., 28112), Monroe, NC 28111-0099 December 20, 27, 2009 January 3,10, 2010 AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE 09-SP-1722 Under and by virtue of the authority of the North Carolina statutes, the applicable declarations and/or restrictions filed of record, and Claim of Lien filed by ARBOR GLEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (hereinafter "the Association") recorded on July 18, 2008 in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court for Union County, North Carolina, in docket #08-M-1110, and because of the owner's default in the payment of the indebtedness secured by the Claim of Lien, pursuant to demand of the Petitioner, the undersigned will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash the property therein described, to wit: Being all of Lot 67 as shown on a map of ARBOR GLEN subdivision, Phase 1, which map is recorded in Plat Cabinet F, File No. 926 in the Union County Public Registry, reference to which is hereby made for a more particular description. Address of Property: 4005 Edgeview Drive, Indian Trail, NC 28079 Present Record Owner(s): WILLIE HUBBAR SPOUSE

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OF WILLIE HUBBARD The terms of the sale are that the real property described above will be sold for cash to the highest bidder and that the undersigned may require the successful bidder at the sale to immediately deposit cash or a certified check not to exceed the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid, or Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($750) may be required at the time of the 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, Substitute Trustee, Attorney, Agent nor the holder of the Lien make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such conditions are expressly disclaimed. The Property will be sold subject to restrictions and easements of record, any unpaid taxes, superior and prior liens and special assessments, any transfer tax in association with the foreclosure and the tax of forty-five cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) with a minimum tax of $10.00 and a maximum of $500.00 as required by N.C.G.S.§ 7A308(a)(1). The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 4521.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007 may, after receiving this notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. Date and Hour for Sale: JANUARY 6, 2009 at 12:00 noon Place of Sale: Judicial Center, Union County, 400 N. Main Street Monroe, NC 28110 Date of this Notice: . HORACK, TALLEY, PHARR & LOWNDES P.A Attorneys for Arbor Glen Community Michael S. Hunter, (NCSB #14145) 2600 One Wachovia Center 301 S. College Street Charlotte, North Carolina 28202-6038 Telephone: (704) 377-7208 Facsimile: (704) 372-2619 December 27, 2009 January 3, 2010

cash or a certified check not to exceed the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid, or Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($750) may be required at the time of the 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, Substitute Trustee, Attorney, Agent nor the holder of the Lien make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such conditions are expressly disclaimed. The Property will be sold subject to restrictions and easements of record, any unpaid taxes, superior and prior liens and special assessments, any transfer tax in association with the foreclosure and the tax of forty-five cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) with a minimum tax of $10.00 and a maximum of $500.00 as required by N.C.G.S.§ 7A308(a)(1). The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 4521.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007 may, after receiving this notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. Date and Hour for Sale: January 6, 2010 at 12:00 noon Place of Sale: Judicial Center, Union County, 400 N. Main Street Monroe, NC 28110 Date of this Notice: . HORACK, TALLEY, PHARR & LOWNDES P.A. Attorneys for Arbor Glen Community Michael S. Hunter, (NCSB #14145) 2600 One Wachovia Center 301 S. College Street Charlotte, North Carolina 28202-6038 Telephone: (704) 377-7208 Facsimile: (704) 372-2619 December 27, 2009 January 3, 2010

NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE 09-SP-1723 Under and by virtue of the authority of the North Carolina statutes, the applicable declarations and/or restrictions filed of record, and Claim of Lien filed by ARBOR GLEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (hereinafter "the Association") recorded on April 3, 2009 in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court for Union County, North Carolina, in docket #09-M-520, and because of the owner's default in the payment of the indebtedness secured by the Claim of Lien, pursuant to demand of the Petitioner, the undersigned will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash the property therein described, to wit: BEING all of Lot 214 of ARBOR GLEN SUBDIVISION, Phase 2B as same is shown on map thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet H at File 530, Union County, North Carolina Public Registry. Address of Property: 1008 Southwind Trail Dr., Indian Trail, NC 28079 Present Record Owner(s): JESSICA S. POWELL ROGER T. POWELL The terms of the sale are that the real property described above will be sold for cash to the highest bidder and that the undersigned may require the successful bidder at the sale to immediately deposit

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