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Residents deal with low temperatures that are breaking records across the southeast

Coping with cold BY JASON deBRUYN

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Staff Writer Those who stepped outside on Tuesday did not need a thermometer to tell them what they could tell simply by seeing their breath; it was cold. Temperatures are not expected to reach record lows on any particular day, but forecasters are saying that below-average temperatures will keep their icy grip on the area for longer than usual. However, subfreezing temperatures are breaking records in part of the southeastern United States, as arctic winds drive temperatures down as far south as the Florida Panhandle. Across the county, people were preparing for the cold spell and finding ways to stay warm if outdoor work was necessary.


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Historic cold?

Temperatures would have to drop a bit lower in order for Union County to reach historic lows. Accuweather meteorologist Tom Kines said the first few days of the new decade have averaged about 15 degrees below normal, but temperatures would have to dip into single digits to set any records. The average temperature for early January is a high of 51 and a low of 32. The first week in Union will have temperatures in the teens, but unlikely to drop low into the single digits. The coldest day last year was Jan. 17, when it was 9 degrees in the morning. The week of Jan. 14 through Jan. 22 was the coldest stretch with temperatures averaging 11 degrees below normal. Kines predicted that by time spring hits, Union will look back at this week as the coldest of the season and likely be colder on average than last year, even if the temperature never reaches single digits. There is “another reinforcing shot of cold air coming in over the weekend,” that will prolong the cold spell, he said.

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Paul Hinson wore a thick jacket and pulled his hat down almost to his beard to shield himself from the cold. “You about have to wear so many clothes you can’t hardly move,” Hinson said while pulling nails out of

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Arnold Keefer, 77, plays golf Tuesday with buddy Bill Baucom at Pebble Creek Executive Golf Course in Indian Trail. The two have been playing three days a week for the past twelve years. They miss very few days except when it rains. Cold and wind rarely stop them and they have played in the snow. “I don’t think we will do that again,” said Keefer.

Schools: ‘It’s a normal week. It’s just a very cold week’ BY TIFFANY LANE

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MONROE A long stretch of cold weather is forecasted across the state, but it’s class as usual for Union County Public Schools students. UCPS spokeswoman Luan Ingram said the school system is monitoring the weather, but no schedule changes have been made. “It’s too early to determine what we’re going to do by Thursday or Friday,” Ingram said Tuesday

afternoon. “It’s a normal week. It’s just a very cold week.” For some students going back to school Monday, even the classrooms were cold. Parkwood Middle School Principal Kim Chinnis said it took a while to get the heat running after a two-week break, but it was back on by midday Monday. Some teachers had the thermostats too low, she added, but

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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

They’re all public schools. 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.’

— Attorney Richard Vinroot, representing charter schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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. 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

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Union County’s first baby of year born at home BY TIFFANY LANE

Staff Writer MONROE News of Union County’s first baby has traditionally come from Carolinas Medical Center-Union, but on Friday, the word came from a proud grandmother who had delivered her newest grandchild — at home. Christa Rushing had Union County’s first baby of the year at 6:05 a.m. Friday; her mother delivered it at Rushing’s home in Monroe. “I actually don’t feel like I had a baby today,” she said Friday morning. “I feel really good.” Corinne Brooklyn Rushing was

born just hours after her scheduled due date on New Year’s Eve at 5 pounds 14 ounces and 19.5 inches long. Christa Rushing, 23, and her husband, Chase, planned for another home-birth mother to deliver their daughter, but “it happened too quickly” and the plan flopped, Christa Rushing said. Her mother, Darlinda Morris, arrived just half an hour before the baby was born. Morris, a retired nurse, worked at Carolinas Medical CenterUnion for more than 10 years. As a licensed practical nurse, she

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From left, Caroline, Christa, baby Corinne, Chase and Cordelia Rushing rest after Christa gave birth at 6:05 a.m. Friday. Corinne is Union County’s first baby of 2010. Staff photo by Rick Crider

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UCPS students support U.S. servicemen The holidays are possibly the toughest time of year for a U.S. serviceman to be away from home; not only for the men and women in uniform, but for their families as well. Thanks to the thousands of hand-written messages of love and support and hundreds of care packages sent by Union County Public School students, US military stationed abroad may find being away from home just a little easier. Many UCPS classrooms have adopted servicemen fighting overseas, often choosing a relative of a student or faculty member. To show their appreciation, a few soldiers, upon their return home, visited UCPS students to offer their personal thanks, even if their trips home are short visits. Following are but a few of the many servicemen and women being contacted and supported by UCPS

students and educators.


“I have read every letter that was written by every student,� said SPC. Brett McLamb of B Battery in an e-mail he sent to Fairview Elementary principal Kelly Thomas. “They mean more than words can describe. It really touches my heart to know that I have the support of a school behind me, a school that has no idea who I am. Being that I have a 2-year old son myself, these letters are really special and will be close to me the rest of my life.� McLamb promised to write each and every student who had written him and to do his best to visit the school.

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Private first-class Luis G. Colon of the 82nd Airborne graduated from Porter Ridge High School this past June. He was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq at the end of December 2009. Colon visited Grace Stanley’s second-grade class at Hemby Bridge Elementary and spoke with students about the Army, answering their questions about his life. Stanley thinks it’s important to honor members of the Armed Forces yearround, stating that these individuals put their lives on the line every day. “In this country, we are free to believe what we want to believe,� she said. “For these reasons and many more the soldiers are making the ultimate sacrifice for us. The least we can do is support them, not only at Christmas, but throughout the year, when their children, wives and husbands, mothers and fathers are without

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Indian Trail Elementary, like many other schools, has made a weekly effort all yearlong to honor their adopted soldier. Students have been sending care packages every month and letters each week to SPC. Joshua Eubanks. Each week, a different class has written letters and sent pictures. Eubanks visited each class when he was home on leave in November. “He spoke with every single class in the building,� said Indian Trail assistant principal Kim Harris. “Joshua was very appreciative of the letters, pictures, and boxes that were sent to him. He spoke about sharing things like pencils with the children of Iraq. He said that a pencil to an Iraqi child was like a video game to one of us.�

Some servicemen sent pictures of themselves from Iraq to give students a chance to see a little of their world. Army SPC. Christopher Reed sent a photo of himself with a group of Iraqi students similar in age to those he was writing to at Porter Ridge Elementary. In his e-mail he wrote, “Thank you for all the letters and the package. It’s hard to be away from friends and family, but Iraq really isn’t all that bad. I would love to come visit with your class. I think I have two or three months left over here, so it won’t be too long ‘till I come back. Well better go get some work done. Hope to hear from you all soon.� Porter Ridge Elementary’s AIG fourth and fifth graders wrote Reed and sent him care packages that included pictures

school children who are in charter schools.â€? Vinroot said Charlotte public schools have been using charter school money “to fund themselves.â€? The per-pupil money given to charter schools has been “several hundred dollars lowerâ€? 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.â€? 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 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.�

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and notes from the students, snacks, candy, playing cards and toothbrushes. AIG teacher Cynthia Chandler said one student’s personal note even included a Bible. The school’s third graders, under the direction of Porter Ridge teacher Kate Lokash, got in on the action as well by sending holiday greeting cards to about 30 different American soldiers.

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Many educators are also utilizing these opportunities to communicate with the servicemen as teaching tools. Sun Valley Middle School Social Studies teacher Christopher White will be writing and video conferencing his brother, the Rev. Captain Charles Walker White IV, a chaplain with the National Guard in SC, who will be heading to Afghanistan in January. Provided by UCPS

What are charter schools?

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. Orr expects that charter schools’ motions will be heard in court early this year.

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DSS: ‘Get the kindhearted people together’ Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories about how Union County’s Department of Social Services is working through the economic downturn. BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff Writer MONROE Coming out of one of its most challenging years, the Union County Department of Social Services is poised for something great, director D. Dontae

Latson said. On top of a sour economy that drove people to the DSS in high numbers this year, Latson said the department lost some of its most experienced executive staff to retirement. With them went a lot of “intellectual capital” that would be missed. Ushering in a new generation will bring new opportunities, however. Latson said the older generation workers were

more “paper driven” and leaders from the digital age can more effectively archive information. “If something happens to me or anyone else, I want the organization to be able to pick up,” he said. Filing documents is one thing, establishing relationships is quite another. Latson said that an organization like DSS especially in Union County is very “relationally driv-

en,” and those are not established over one cup of coffee. Latson said he tries to meet with a new community leader at least once a week, but that it takes more than that to really make a connection. Latson said he thinks the county is on the cusp of something great and that it will just take a few leaders to bring everyone together. The county does not

lack for volunteers or a support for nonprofit organizations, but too many people associate with Charlotte and Mecklenburg and focus their volunteerism that direction. Latson said he would like to bring leaders from all corners of the county together to really focus on what can be done in Unio n County. “We’ve got to take a look at our social issues,” he said. “It’s not a DSS is-

sue, not a nonprofit issue; it’s a Union County issue. ... We have to get the kindhearted people together.” To accomplish that, Latson hopes to get people to work together instead of independently and bring a focus to Union County. Latson said he also hopes to break through social barriers. In order to have a widespread effect, different races, ages and even leadership styles are necessary, he said.

Resolved to join a gym? Check the fine print first BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

Staff Writer MONROE With “losing weight” and “getting fit” usually ranked high on people’s New Year’s resolutions list, it’s no wonder gym membership sky rockets during the first months of the year. But as most resolutions

inevitably fall by the wayside by April, many people may attempt to cancel their membership. “The biggest complaint generator is when it comes time to cancel,” said Tom Bartholomy of the Better Business Bureau. “Some places make it very difficult.” The majority of billing complaints center on be-

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Jennifer Musso of Peak Fitness in Matthews advised new members to practice patience. “A lot of people are just like, ‘Okay whatever. Let’s just get started.’ They don’t fully look at the contract and they’re willing to sign anything.”

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Police seize $7,625, pound of marijuana BY JASON deBRUYN

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Arnold Keefer retrieves his golf ball from the pond Tuesday on hole No. 9 at Pebble Creek Executive Golf Course in Indian Trail.

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a one-by-six beam. Hinson and his crew were tearing down a building on Sikes Mill Road near Piedmont High School to reclaim some of the lumber. He said he typically does tile work, but with the economy being as it is, he is taking work where he can find it; even in the cold. To help compensate, the first thing the crew does is light a fire that they keep stoked all day. “You have to work for a couple hours, then go warm yourself by the fire,” he said. “To be honest, we don’t get too much work done in the morning.” Up the road at Latham’s Nursery, Tim Kiker was unloading potted plants

and covering them with what he called a frost blanket. Although the plants are dormant, the blanket adds protection and the plants will bloom earlier in the season. Amy McBryde, with Everything Under the Sun Landscaping, said her crew typically starts the day at about 9 a.m. instead of the usual 7:30 a.m. when it gets really cold. Although some bags of mulch can freeze overnight, McBryde said it does not make them any harder to handle.

How plants will fare

Horticulture specialist Jeff Rieves said he does not expect the elongated cold spell to affect Union’s vegetation severely. Because temperatures did not drop drastically and are not expected to fluctuate in extremes,

trees and plants are able to prepare for the cold. Most plants have already gone dormant, which acts as a natural defense to cold conditions, Rieves explained. Moreover, because the county is not in a draught, the groundwater tables are full enough to protect the roots and keep plants healthy. “To be frank about it, I don’t think there will be a big effect,” he said, but warned “that doesn’t mean there won’t be any.” Potted plants or young plants with shallow roots are the most susceptible to damage. Rieves suggested to bring plants inside the house, especially at night, if possible and to keep all plants well watered. If temperatures stay in the teens or above, most plants should survive, Rieves said.

MONROE An Indian Trail man was arrested in Iredell County with 1.5 pounds of marijuana. Police also seized $7,625. Alejo Robert Civil of 5817 Bridge Way Drive in Indian Trail was arrested Monday by the Iredell County Interstate team after Sgt. D.B. Hawkins, with the help of a police dog, found the narcotics in Civil’s 2004 Nissan. Civil was traveling with three children, including a newborn when he was arrested. Iredell Lt. Rick Eades said he was not sure where the children were Tuesday but standard procedure is to turn the children over to child services or family members. Deputies also seized a weapon from Civil’s residence and alerted federal authorities. Sheriff Phillip Redmond said at his

time we are trying to determine if this case will be a local or a very widespread network. Civil was charged with felony possession of marijuana, felony possession with the intent to sale and deliver, and felony maintain a motor vehicle and placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond. He will be tried in Iredell County. The Iredell County Interstate team is dedicated to drug patrol on Interstate 77, said Eades. Records showed that the team, which is combined with the narcotics unit, seized $14.6 million in drugs in 2009 and more than $30 million in 2003, its best year. The Union County Sheriff ’s Office did not return phone calls made Tuesday afternoon. Attempts to contact anyone associated with Civil were unsuccessful.


Since no precipitation is forecast, roads are not expected to be much of a problem, though officials said they are prepared for the worst. The N.C. Department of Transportation maintains most county roads; spokeswoman Jen Thompson said there are no plans to pre-treat roads but they will monitor the weather and have equipment ready to deploy. In Indian Trail, the town maintains Brandon Oaks Parkway and Faith Church Road and officials said the town was prepared if those roads nee attention. Thompson said some main thoroughfares in Mecklenburg County might be pre-treated, but no decision had been made Tuesday afternoon.

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Hemby Bridge Elementary first grade teacher Debbie Romanow and Assistant Prinicipal Lynette McCoy hang up coats donated to the school for children who need winter jackets.

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students had warm classrooms by Tuesday morning. Students were out of school from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1. To determine delays or cancellations, UCPS officials consult weather experts and other school districts and drive the roads to see if they are safe for parents, staff and buses. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Union County covers about 640 square miles, including hundreds of back roads that may ice before main roads. Director for school transportation Adam Johnson said because the buses didn’t run during the two-week break, mechanics and area supervisors came in Sunday to make sure they would run smoothly Monday and not make students late. Many buses had dead batteries. Johnson said there were minimal problems by Monday morning, and “all the buses have heat.” Drivers came in 20 minutes early Monday and Tuesday to warm up the buses.

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• All closing announcements will be posted immediately on the UCPS Web page at www.ucps. and all school Web sites. Faculty, staff and parents will also be notified through ConnectED. • In case of a two-hour delay, the school day will not be extended. There are 322 buses in operation. Many schools also keep a clothes closet, including coats, for students in need. “They’re certainly not going to let a child go cold,” Ingram said, and routinely take up donations. Hemby Bridge Elementary School uses dropping temperatures to honor former first-grade teacher Jenny Elder, who collected coats for needy children before she died from a brain aneurism in March 2008. The school carries on the tradition under the name Jenny’s Coats. If school is canceled, the first make-up day is Feb. 19.

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Emergency department still stalled Commissioners pull discussion of CMC’s western expansion from Monday’s agenda


Staff Writer MONROE A decision about whether the county will block an emergency department in Waxhaw was again delayed. Representatives from Carolinas Healthcare System and Carolinas Medical Center-Union met with the Union County Board of Commissioners in December to seek approval to build an emergency department in Waxhaw.

CMC-Union wants to build the Waxhaw emergency department, but plans to spend about $6 million out of a fund generated by profits from the hospital and money earned off investments. CMC-Union operates the hospital but the county owns the building and the land. The hospital lease stipulates that county commissioners have to approve any expense over $500,000 out of that fund. The board majority of Commissioners Kim Rog-

ers, Tracy Kuehler and Lanny Openshaw said they and staff still had questions that were not answered and delayed discussion until Monday. The item was never put on the Monday agenda because Rogers said those questions were still not answered by CMC or CHS. Rogers was not specific about the information she sought, saying only that it pertained to financial matters. Executive Vice President of the CHS Metro

Group Dennis Phillips said he was under the impression that the emergency room discussion was not scheduled until a work session later this month. He said he and CHS staff “have been compiling the additional information requested by the county which we plan to submit to the county very soon so that the county staff will have time to review it before the work session.” Commissioners have

hesitated to approve the request, but have not said they intend to deny the request, only that they want to know all the financial implications first. The money out of the fund would revert to the county at the end of the lease and the CMC rent payment is determined partly by how much money is in that fund on an annual basis. Complicating the situation is the fact that commissioners are openly marketing the

CMC-Union building and grounds. The current lease runs for another decade but commissioners are pursuing the option of selling the lease to offset current debt. None of the commissioners have committed to the sale, but have said they want to see options. Phillips and CMCUnion President Michael Lutes plan to meet with the commissioners in January after the additional information is submitted.

viduals to fill vacancies on their committees. The Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee and Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee were established to maintain nursing and adult care home residents’ bills of rights. The primary responsibility of the community advisory committees is to visit the homes, talk with residents, and monitor and advocate for quality care. Members serve an initial one-year term and are then reappointed for three-year terms. To apply, call Lynn West at 704-283-3810 or visit the County’s Web site at www. Completed profile sheets must be returned to the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, 500 N. Main Street, Room 922, Monroe, NC 28112, by fax at 704-282-0121 or by email to

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Area Briefs 4-Hers help seniors Strapped Literacy save on power bills Council plays bingo Monroe The Union County 4-H Club is helping seniors cut their power bills. On Dec. 12, club members visited seniors’ homes to swap incandescent bulbs with new compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last significantly longer than incandescent bulbs and burn more efficiently, saving about $30 per bulb, according to a 4-H press release. Club members began collecting compact fluorescent light bulbs last summer. After Lora Cretella contacted Union Power, the utility cooperative donated several cases of bulbs. Union County Council on Aging identified senior residents who were willing to make the swap. Club members Lora Cretella and Shawn Linnen of Waxhaw, Jordan Purser of Monroe, Caleb Crowder, Jasmine Hood, Jeral Fletcher, Scottie Hammond and Katie Allen of Wingate and William Alt of Stallings visited 10 homes and changed all their light bulbs.

MONROE 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, valued at a minimum of $50, Moyer 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 for the two cards to play that round. 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. Tickets are $25, and available by calling 704-226-1425. Participants must be 18 years or older.

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A fresh perspective F

resh year. Fresh decade. Maybe it’s time for a fresh perspective. Or, as a good friend of mine likes to drawl when I am frustrated to the point of banging my head against my desk, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” (In those cases, minor forehead bruises.) When columnists say “fresh perspective” in an election year, it’s usually code for “new guys.” But new guys are what we’ve always gotten. Every two years in Union County, we climb back on to our pendulum for a swing back in the direction that we fled just 24 months before. No wonder everyone feels nauseated when the primaries roll around in May. There are things about the present majority of county commissioners that I have not loved. “Hate” isn’t too strong a word for how I felt about their stance on gay rights this year. The board passed a resolution asking Raleigh to put a marriage definition into the state constitution by means of a statewide vote. Perhaps commissioners believe civil liberties ought to be a question of majority rule — certainly, that’s worked out very well in the past, hasn’t it? Or perhaps they truly did feel that gays are vile aberrations who ought to cast outside of the law. Or perhaps, as I suspect, they did it because they didn’t want to see PAC-funded campaign postcards that twisted a pro-civil rights stance into something anti-family. In either case, it disgusted me. And that’s not all. Even after reading Commissioner Tracy Kuehler’s column about the sale of the hospital and the proposed emergency facility in Waxhaw, I don’t like the majority’s tactics when it comes to Carolinas Medical Center, and I don’t think they’re listening to their constituents. The vast majority of people I’ve spoken to (or heard from) are dead set against selling the hospital facilities. Either the commissioners are doing a bad job making their case — and they’ve spent a lot of time laying it out already — or it’s simply a bad idea. So, no, I don’t think the present majority of the board are always right, or righteous. They live in a bubble in western Union County, which may or may not be good for the voters in that area, but it’s done a lot to persuade me that we might actually need those voting districts that eastern — and, yeah, Democratic — voters want.

Betsy O’Donovan Ink by the Barrel

But I do think that they are smart, independent, and significantly better on their worst day than the preceding majority, which is part and parcel with the elements that would like to see our beautiful county turned into extended strip malls and subdivisions. Re-electing that element will have the longrange effect of driving down property values as we become a twin to overdeveloped, underconsidered Gaston County. No, thanks. So here’s my suggestion as we enter the new year: Let’s have a little resolve. Let’s not do what we’ve always done. Let’s re-elect Lanny Openshaw or, if he opts not to run, let’s elect someone who can work with Kim Rogers and Tracy Kuehler, someone who, like Rogers, might not always vote with that majority, but puts real thought into the future. As this year ticks forward, why don’t we decide to stop the political pendulum and see what happens next. How’s that for a fresh idea? *** On that note, this is my last column as the editor of this newspaper. On Jan. 4, Alan Jenkins donned this particular tricorn hat — city editor of The Enquirer-Journal and editor of The Indian Trail Trader and The Waxhaw Exchange. I wasn’t just talking about politics; fresh perspectives are good for every institution, including newspapers. You can expect exciting changes. Alan, a former managing editor at The Shelby Star, is coming to us from the The Villages Daily Sun in Florida. You’ll be able to reach him at 704-261-2223 or As for me, I’m heading to Durham, where I will work as the editorial page editor at The Herald-Sun. My fingers are crossed that readers there are as generous with their wisdom, as fair with their criticism, and as outspoken in their passions as the people I’ve come to know and respect in the last three and a half years here. Thank you for the opportunities you have afforded me, and the (many) lessons you’ve offered. — Betsy O’Donovan can be reached at

Calling all opinionated souls What’s your story? Do you know the ins and outs of Indian Trail’s government and politics? Are you a resident who spends all of your time commuting during the day, but making Indian Trail, Stallings, Hemby Bridge or Lake Park your home at night? Are you the one everyone on your block turns to for interesting views and opinions about what’s happening in these growing communities? Then we’re looking for you. The Indian Trail Trader is looking for local personalities to write 200- to 250-word columns as many times as once a week or as few times as once a month.

These columnists earn the opportunity to share their unique views and stories about life in western Union County in print with their neighbors, friends and community leaders. Think you’ve got what it takes? Call Alan Jenkins at 704-261-2223 or e-mail him at johnalanjenkins@ Be ready to send two samples of columns you would like to publish, and plan to have your picture taken by one of our staff to include with your writings every week. Good luck, storytellers, and we look forward to sharing your views and stories with Indian Trail!

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Your Talk CMC leader rebuts facts in hospital debate

I am writing to correct for the record a number of inaccuracies that have been published in recent articles and editorials regarding CMC-Waxhaw, a freestanding emergency department that CMC-Union plans to open in western Union County. Most importantly, CMC-Waxhaw will bring needed emergency medical services to the residents of the western part of the County where currently such services do not exist. The State of North Carolina agreed in 2008 that such medical services were needed when it approved Carolinas HealthCare’s application for the facility, and the residents of western Union County are eager for it to open. CMC-Waxhaw will save lives. You can depend on that. And it will not financially burden Union County taxpayers. It’s that simple. In fact, CMCWaxhaw is projected to be financially successful after one year of operation and its financial success will be connected to the operations of CMCUnion adding even more to the payments Carolinas HealthCare makes to Union County. All that’s needed now is for the Union County Board of Commissioners to approve CMC-Union’s expenditure of CMC-Union’s monies needed

for furniture, fixtures and equipment. Though the dollars needed are not county funds, we do need approval by the commissioners to make the necessary purchases. Once approved, we’ll move forward with completing the facility and bringing innovative emergency care closer to the people who live in the communities of Waxhaw, Wesley Chapel, Marvin, Weddington and other surrounding municipalities. Failure by the county commissioners to act expeditiously will further delay construction, which will delay the opening and potentially cost lives. Dennis Phillips, Executive Vice-President Carolinas HealthCare System

Political sniping does county no good

I cease to be amused by the constant sniping currently underway in Union County politics, both from within and without. It strains the bounds of credulity to think that one, two or three members of our elected Board of County Commissioners is so evil as to oppose education for our children, medical treatment for our citizens and fire protection for our homes. Does this make any reasonable sense? It is equally tiring to be told that

all of our local troubles is the result ONLY of self-serving good-old-boys scratching each other’s backsides. It seems to me that there is ALWAYS more to every story and that those that attempt to clarify our thoughts with simplistic hyperbole, finger-pointing and general nay-saying do us all no good. It also seems to me that whatever it is that got us “here” is NOT what it will take to get us “there.” I am certain, however, that we can do everything better, do it faster and for less money. To accept that something is either good or bad simply because someone says so is patently ridiculous. There is public accountability and fiscal responsibility inherent in elective office. It is important to ask questions, demand details and look deeply into every issue. Such is not a delaying tactic but a responsible way to effect the public trust. Nothing is ever as simple as it first appears and we depend on our elected officials to insure that we get value and benefit for our tax dollars. And it is the responsibility of the public to keep an eye on their progress. It is time to talk TO each other and not AT each other. Stop sniping, start leading and propose reasonable, realistic and responsible answers to our challenges. D. Craig Horn Weddington

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010 /

Still ‘the most segregated hour’?

Charity or scam?

Clear divisions still show among Union County houses of worship

Local investigators offer tips to avoid being fleeced

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series about diversity in local houses of worship, and examines how different congregations experience what Martin Luther King Jr. described as “the most segregatd hour in ... America.”


Staff Writer MONROE With the deadline for tax deductions on charity Dec. 31, the last couple of months of the year are the busiest for donations. “Unfortunately, that opens the door for a lot of not-so-reputable charities to take advantage of that situation,” said Tom Bartholomy, president of the Better Business Bureau. He said scam artists will often use a charity name that is “confusingly similar” to a reputable charity. The artists will then include a link to the charity in an e-mail, which will take the donator to a spoof site that looks similar to the charity’s Web site. Bartholomy said about 70 percent of Americans find it difficult to tell whether a charity is legitimate. Deb Stein of Operation Reach Out in Union County suggests people ask the charity a lot of questions. “I would get nervous if they’re not willing to produce information on where their money is going,” she said. Bartholomy offered additional tips for donators: • When giving to national charities, ask whether they are accredited by the BBB. The bureau has a rigorous checklist on their Standards for Charity Accountability test. • Get complete identifying information from the solicitor, such as the charity’s name and address and the individual’s information. Ask to see written information on the charity’s programs and finances.

By Jim Muldrow MONROE “Padre nuestro, que estás en el cielo, santificado sea tu Nombre; venga a nosotros tu reino; hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. ... ” At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on East Franklin Street, one is more likely to hear “The Lord’s Prayer” in Spanish than English. Each weekend, the church has five Masses, three of which are in Spanish. Father Thomas Kessler, the church’s pastor, said that the church has 2,300 families registered with the parish office. Of those, 80 percent are Hispanic, he said, and that doesn’t include the many Hispanic families who don’t register. Many don’t, he said, because that’s not something they do in their home countries. At a recent Saturday evening Mass, there were three black worshippers among the 200 or so people in attendance. That number grows during the more wellattended Sunday Masses, Kessler said, noting that there are many blacks at both the English and Spanish Masses. “We have African-Americans, of course,” he said. “Nigerians are very Catholic. Blacks from Colombia are fluent in Spanish.” In the 5-year-old sanc-

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A band provides music during a November service at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Monroe. The church offers three of its five weekly services in Spanish. tuary that seats around 750, Kessler said the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass in English is crowded and “the diversity is incredible.” While most of the worshipers are white, there are also Hispanics, Indians (from India) and Asians. At the noon Mass in Spanish, it’s standing room only and another 500 or so come for the 2 p.m. Spanish Mass. Kessler noted that many Spanish-speaking children are learning their faith in English faith formation classes. And, it’s not necessarily all English speakers at the English Masses or all Spanish speakers at the

Spanish Masses. Because the worship guide — the current one covers Aug. 9 to Nov. 28 — is in English and Spanish, worshipers can follow along, even if they don’t understand everything that is being said. For the regulars, there are few surprises in a Catholic service. On the recent Saturday evening, almost everyone who came in would kneel on the prayer bench and pray before taking their seats. Once the service begins, it follows the worship guide, with Scriptural readings, prayers and hymns in the same order each week.

The only thing that isn’t scripted in advance is the pastor’s sermon. A member of Our Lady of Lourdes noted that one could attend a Catholic service anywhere in the world on a given weekend and — with the exception of the sermon — get the same service, right down to the songs and prayers. The worship guides are created on a three-year cycle, with the goal being that the entire Bible will be covered during that three-year period. Our Lady of Lourdes moved into its current building five years ago, but it was founded in 1942 because of the many

Catholic Northerners who moved to Union County when they were stationed in the Army at Camp Sutton. The new building, next door to the original, was made necessary because of another large influx of people, Hispanics who came from points south. “The word ‘catholic’ means ‘universal,’ so it’s really reflected in our congregation,” Kessler said. And that’s a good thing as far as he’s concerned. “We can all learn so much from each other,” he said. “Jesus prayed fervently that we all be one.”

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Baby Continued from 1A was not allowed to work as a nurse in the labor and delivery suites, but persuaded hospital supervisors to spend weekends working as a nurse’s aide during deliveries so she could gain experience. During that time, she helped with two deliveries that happened so quickly that a doctor never made it to the room. But it hardly prepared her for her granddaughter’s birth. “It’s not that I felt competent at all, because two deliveries do not a doctor make,” she said.

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Was she nervous? “It was her decision, so I supported her,” Morris said. “It’s not the type of medicine I have practiced, but she’s my daughter.” The couple also has twin daughters, age 2 and a half. Chase Rushing said he is “a little overwhelmed” to have three daughters, but proud nonetheless. He thought the third child might be a Christmas baby since the other two were born two months premature. Cordelia and Caroline Rushing were born at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Christa Rushing said, and “I didn’t like the experience I had.”

Her mother said that experience was radically different than Friday’s. “Christa’s twins were born and they were two pounds when they were born,” Morris said. “They were at CMC-Main and then transferred to Presbyterian. She wasn’t allowed to see them initially, it was scary.” The twins stayed in the hospital for 42 days before they got home. “This was about 42 seconds,” Morris said with a laugh. “... I think people are seeing more that they have choices. And a hospital is for some people. “People need epidurals and medications, or feel

that they do, and there’s a choice for everyone, and this just opens those choices up for them.” Determined to have a better experience, Rushing saw a South Carolina midwife for care before her home birth. “It was a whole lot more calm, ... more relaxed,” Chase Rushing said, adding that his wife was brave to deny painkillers. “It was a different experience,” Morris said. “... We were able to have all the lights off. It wasn’t a ‘sterile’ environment. it was a very, very clean environment, but it wasn’t hospital sterile. We had some music. ... That was

the biggest difference: It was extremely homey. The bonding was very different. The baby wasn’t rushed away. The biggest things were taking it a little more slowly.” Christa Rushing said her daughters couldn’t wait for a new playmate. Cordelia Rushing was “grinning with pride” when she held the baby, and Caroline Rushing “was like, ‘Wait a minute, who are you?’” The baby will visit the doctor Monday when offices reopen after the holiday. With the new arrival, all five Rushings have the same initials.

“We’re all CBR,” Christa Rushing said. “It just happened when we got married that our initials were the same,” and the pattern continued when the couple picked out “C” names for the twins. The Rushings are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints, and chose Corinne’s middle name for its significance in Mormon history. Brooklyn was the name of the ship that carried persecuted church pioneers from New York, around Cape Horn at the tip of South America, to California before settling in Utah.

1935, in Union County, son of the late Torrence and Bleeka Helms Byrum. Survivors include his wife, Becky Medlin Byrum; sons, Ray Byrum, of Peachland, and Michael Byrum, of Monroe; a daughter, Debbie Hamil-

ton, of Monroe; a brother, Kenneth Byrum, of Indian Trail; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, Building Fund, 2613 Concord Hwy., Monroe, NC 28110. Online condolences may be made at gordonfuneralservice. com.

Vickery. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Clara Crooke Vickery on June 1, 2001. He was retired from the Union County Public School system’s Maintenence Department as a carpenter. Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Little, of Monroe; a son, T. Ray Vickery, of Waxhaw; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The family has suggested that memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family.

2010) at Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services Indian Trail Chapel, with burial at Forest Lawn East Cemetery. She was a daughter of the late Peter and Fannie Blankenship Fortenberry of Rutherford County. She was also preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Flowe: four sisters and two brothers. Survivors include a son, Garry Lovelace, of Matthews; daughters Delores Shivar, of Charlotte, Ellen Staples, of Matthews, and Angie McAllister, of Hephzibah, Ga.; and four grandchildren. The family will greet friends one hour before the service. Online condolences may be left at

from restaurant management. Survivors include his wife, Katherine; son, R. Randolph “Randy” Roper of Matthews; daughter, Melissa Roper Parker of Indian Trail; brothers, Dean Roper of Alabama and Bill Roper of Florida; and two grandsons. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110. Online condolences may be made at

Obituaries Donald Byrum

MONROE Donald Mack Byrum, 74, died Thursday (Dec. 31, 2009). Funeral services were Sunday, with burial at Lakeland Memorial Park. He was born July 25,

Tommy Vickery

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E-J Sports Writer WINGATE Sun Valley High’s Shaun Stewart and Parkwood High’s Michelle Brown were named Most Valuable Players after leading their respective teams to the CMC-Union Holiday Classic titles at Wingate University last week. Stewart, a sophomore guard, averaged 18.3 points in three tournament games. He scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Spartans to a 60-58 win over top-seed-

ed Monroe in Wednesday’s title game. Brown, a senior guard, averaged 19.7 points in three games in helping the top-seeded Rebels to the championship. She scored a team-high 22 points in Wednesday’s 62-53 victory over Porter Ridge. Also making all-tournament among the boys were: Monroe junior guards Jamison Crowder and Qwadarius Duboise, Monroe senior center Issac Blakeney, Anson senior center Garry

McKnight, Forest Hills senior guard Dre Huntley, Parkwood senior guard Maurice Leak and Weddington sophomore guard Bennett Rutherford. Piedmont High junior guard Cameron Leviner was named MVP of the consolation tournament after leading the Panthers past Cuthbertson in the title game on Wednesday. Joining Brown on the girls all-tournament team were: Parkwood junior guard Morgan Brown, Porter

Ridge junior forward Kelley Godbout, Porter Ridge senior forward Cayleigh Weekley, Marvin Ridge senior guard Chelsey Horan, Piedmont junior guard Jade Montgomery, Weddington senior wing Sam Sebastian and Sun Valley junior center Stephanie Taylor. Dequishea McCain, a senior guard from Monroe, was voted MVP of the consolation tournament. McCain guided the Redhawks past Union Academy in the title game Wednesday.

2009 Holiday Classic all-tournament team Boys team Shawn Stewart, So., Sun Valley (MVP); Jamison Crowder, Jr., Monroe; Qwadarius Duboise, Jr., Monroe; Issac Blakeney, Sr., Monroe; Garry McKnight, Sr., Anson; Dre Huntley, Sr., Forest Hills; Maurice Leak, Sr., Parkwood; Bennett Rutherford, So., Weddington Girls team Michelle Brown, Sr., Parkwood (MVP); Kelley Godbout, Jr., Porter Ridge; Morgan Brown, Jr., Parkwood; Cayleigh Weekley, Sr., Porter Ridge; Stephanie Taylor, Jr., Sun Valley; Chelsey Horan, Sr., Marvin Ridge; Jade Montgomery, Jr., Piedmont; Samantha Sebastian, Sr., Weddington

Spartans win tourney By JERRY SNOW

E-J Sports Editor WINGATE Despite Monroe High’s athleticism and guard play, Sun Valley’s boys remained committed to their fullcourt pressure on Wednesday. The strategy worked, as the Spartans upset the top-seeded and previously undefeated Redhawks 60-58 in the championship game of the CMC-Union Holiday Classic on the campus of Wingate University. The third-seeded Spartans forced 20 turnovers, and perhaps more importantly, turned Monroe center Issac Blakeney into a ball handler against the press. “Issac is a phenomenal talent around the basket,” said Spartans coach Keith Mason of the 6-foot-6 Blakeney, who is bound for Duke on a football scholarship. “We wanted to keep him out of the paint as much as possible and that’s what our press did.” Monroe clung to a 29-27 lead at halftime, and couldn’t hold it in the third. Sun Valley sophomore guard Shaun Stewart heated up after the break, going 5-for-6 from the field in the third quarter. Stewart, who leads Union County in scoring at 19.8 ppg, scored 10 straight for his team during one stretch — including back-to-back 3-pointers. Stewart had 12 of his gamehigh 19 points in the third, outscoring Monroe by himself (1211) to help his team take a 44-40 advantage into the fourth. “I just kept playing hard and I finally got it going,” said Stewart, who was voted the tournament’s most valuable player. Sun Valley, now 8-3, led by as many as eight points on four occasions in the fourth. The Spartans placed four in double digits, including 6-6 sophomore center Kyle Buffkin, who finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. “I have put so much pressure on that kid to get better and he takes it so well,” Mason said of Buffkin. “If you would have seen how far he has come from two years ago, you would be amazed. Kyle played a great game for us.” Junior forward Luke Maynor added 11 points, going 2-for-4 from 3-point range, and Blake Dixon contributed 10 points and a game-high five steals for the Spartans.

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Pirates place second By Eric Rape

E-J Correspondent Indian Trail The Mount Pleasant High wrestling team dominated the Pirate Wrestling Tournament last 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. 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. Team Scores

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Sophomore center Kyle Buffkin (40) scored 14 points and helped contain Monroe standout Issac Blakeney.

1. Mt. Pleasant 274.5 2. Porter Ridge 184.0 3. Concord 174.0 4. Weddington 122.0 5. Monroe 114.0 6. North Stanly 107.0 7. Parkwood 79.0 8. Hickory Ridge 59.0 9. Butler 27.0 10. Union Academy 15.0

Parkwood girls finish strong, beat PR for title BY JERRY SNOW

E-J Sports Editor WINGATE Trailing by two points with four minutes left, Parkwood High’s girls outscored Porter Ridge 11-2 the rest of the way to win the CMC-Union Holiday Classic, 62-53, on Wednesday. The 10-0 Rebels remained the only unbeaten girls basketball team in Union County while at the same time breaking Porter Ridge’s nine-game winning streak in the title game of the 12th annual Holiday Classic, held on the campus of Wingate University. Parkwood senior guard Michelle Brown was voted tournament MVP


after scoring 11 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter, when her team jumped out to an 18-9 lead. “We wanted to extend our pressure a little bit and try to get a lead,” said Parkwood coach Jamal McGee. “It was good for us to get ahead early because we haven’t been in a close game like this all year.” Porter Ridge was down 33-25 at halftime but bounced back to tie the game at 47 heading into the fourth. The Pirates took their first lead of the game on a Haley Secrest jumper that made it 49-47 with 7:26 to play. The Pirates led 51-49 with just over three minutes left when Parkwood went on a decisive 10-0 run.

The Rebels regained the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Tori Tsitouris that gave her team a 52-51 lead with 3;02 remaining. Tsitouris, a junior wing, went 6-for6 at the line on the night and finished with 13 points and 10 boards. Brown went 8-of-10 at the line. As a team, Parkwood was 23-of-31 at the line compared to 9-of-11 for Porter Ridge (9-2). “We made an effort to go to the basket more in the fourth quarter,” McGee said. “We got away from that earlier in the game.” McGee, now in his third year as head coach, said the tournament title is satisfying for the Rebels.

“We had a little tear-fest in the locker room,” McGee said. “It’s sweet. It feels good. It kind of gives you bragging rights in the county for the rest of the year. This is the only time all year the whole county is in one place. It’s important to the girls. We battled for this.” Brown, a 5-2 shooting guard who entered the game averaging 17.2 ppg, also had eight rebounds, three steals and a block. “For the past three years Michelle has given me everything she has,” McGee said. “The MVP award is welldeserved. You look at her as far as her stature.

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Panthers end regular season on high note By JERRY SNOW

E-J Sports Editor CHARLOTTE The theme among the Carolina Panthers after Sunday’s 23-10 home win over New Orleans was disappointment that the season was over. The Panthers won three straight games to finish 8-8, with two of those wins coming against NFC playoff teams — Minnesota and New Orleans. “I’m pretty sure there’s some teams in the playoffs that are

glad we’re not,” said Panthers receiver Mushin Muhammad. “The tragic thing is that we came together at the right time of the season and we’re playing at a high level, but we lost some close games early that have come back to haunt us.” Muhammad caught seven passes for 85 yards on Sunday and what may have been his final game — at least as a Panther. Muhammad is 36 years old and might not be re-signed.

“It’s going to be an interesting offseason,” he said. “I’m not done playing. I would love to be a Panther next year.” The Panthers got hot when Muhammad Matt Moore took over at QB and guided the team to wins in four of its last five games.

Moore didn’t have an interception in his last three games, and the running game produced to 1,100-yard backs in Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams — a feat never before accomplished in the NFL. “We’re good,” said safety Chris Harris. “We just put it together a little too late. I’m looking forward to next season. I don’t know what will happen with free agency and that kind of stuff, but I’m excited about the core group we have coming back.”

The Panthers were hit hard by the injury bug, with 14 players going on injured reserve during the season. They will also be trying to re-sign five-time Pro Bowl end Julius Peppers, who had an interception late in the game on Sunday. “I think he loves it here,” defensive tackle Damione Lewis told the Associated Press earlier in the week about Peppers. “I think he wants to come back.”

Photo by Ed Cottingham

Sun Valley junior forward Luke Maynor scored 11 points to help the Spartans upset top-seeded Monroe in the title game of the CMC-Union Holiday Classic last Wednesday.

Spartans Continued from Page 1B Monroe, now 10-1 overall, was led by

Blakeney’s 13 points. Blakeney had a pair of thunderous dunks that excited the filled-to-capacity crowd, estimated at 2,300. The Redhawks used just six players, and each scored at least seven points. Jamison Crowder had 11 points for

Monroe while teammates Qwadarius Duboise and Quon Threatt scored 10 each. “We knew they don’t play many guys and we wanted to try to wear them down with our pressure,” Mason said. Stewart said the victory shows the

Spartans are making progress. “Everybody was down on us and expecting Monroe to win the tournament because they win it most years,” Stewart said. “That motivated us a lot.” Sun Valley plays at Anson County on Friday.

Sun Valley girls top Bearcats

Rebels Continued from Page 1B “She’s not very big and she’s not a standout as far as her skills, but you can’t coach heart. She’s the heartbeat of our team.” Junior point guard Morgan Brown added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Rebels, while Cadeja Hood had eight points and four boards. Porter Ridge, which won the tournament last season, got a game-high 23 points from junior forward Kelley Godbout. Godbout and senior guard Raven Falls each made three 3-pointers for PR. Falls finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

from staff reports

WINGATE Sun Valley High’s girls dominated for three quarters on the way to a 51-31 win over Anson in a consolation game of the CMC-Union Holiday Classic on Wednesday. The Spartans built a 34-17 halftime lead, and didn’t let up in the third, when they outscored Anson 14-1 to carry a 30-point advantage into the third. Junior center Stephanie Taylor led Sun Valley (7-3) with 15 points while teammate Jordynn Gaymon pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Tashaun Stewart, a sophomore guard, added nine points for Sun Valley.

PHS girls 62, PR 53 PORTER RIDGE (9-2 overall) Godbout, Kelley 7-16 6-6 23; Falls, Raven 4-16 0-1 11; Huntley, Jada 2-4 0-0 4; Boone, Ashlei 2-8 0-0 4; Hastings, Kara 2-8 0-0 4; Secrest, Haley 2-8 0-0 4; Weekly, Cayleigh 0-6 3-4 3; Huntley, Jasmine 0-0 0-0 0; Tinsley, Cheri 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-67 9-11 53.

SV girls 51, Anson 31 ANSON (3-8 overall) Moore, Shauntia 4-12 2-4 11; Crowder, Jessica 1-13 5-11 7; Waring, Sarah 2-7 2-2 7; Ratliff, Natalie 1-6 0-0 2; Lee, Lativa 1-6 0-0 2; Ratliff, Victoria 1-3 0-0 2; Joines, Jasmine 0-8 0-2 0. Totals 10-55 9-19 31.

PARKWOOD (10-0 overall) Brown, Michelle 6-17 8-10 22; Brown, Morgan 3-11 7-12 13; Tsitouris, Tori 3-8 6-6 13; Hood, Cadeja 4-15 0-0 8; Howie, Kate 2-2 2-3 6; Elliott, Courtney 0-0 0-0 0; Rains, Chelsey 0-1 0-0 0; McKinney, Justice 0-0 0-0 0; Sims, Bailey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 23-31 62.

SUN VALLEY (7-3 overall) Taylor, Stephanie 7-11 1-3 15; Stewart, Tashaun 4-9 0-0 9; Wynn, Jasmine 3-12 0-2 6; Bill, Amanda 2-3 1-1 5; Stevenson, Raven 2-7 1-2 5; Allyn, Bianca 2-5 1-2 5; Gaymon, Jordynn 2-8 0-0 4; Leaks, Shanice 1-3 0-0 2; Johnson, Santasia 0-6 0-0 0; Morrison, Cassie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-65 4-10 51.

P. Ridge....... 9 16 22 6 - 53 Parkwood..... 18 15 14 15 - 62 3-point goals--Porter Ridge 6-21 (Godbout, Kelley 3-7; Falls, Raven 3-6; Secrest, Haley 0-4; Weekly, Cayleigh 0-3; Tinsley, Cheri 0-1), Parkwood 3-14 (Brown, Michelle 2-6; Tsitouris, Tori 1-5; Hood, Cadeja 0-2; Brown, Morgan 0-1). Fouled out--Porter Ridge-Weekly, Cayleigh; Huntley, Jada, Parkwood-None. Rebounds-Porter Ridge 44 (Boone, Ashlei 9), Parkwood 46 (Tsitouris, Tori 10). Assists--Porter Ridge 13 (Falls, Raven 5), Parkwood 5 (Brown, Morgan 4). Total fouls--Porter Ridge 23, Parkwood 13. Technical fouls--Porter RidgeNone, Parkwood-None. A-2300.

Anson................ 7 10 1 13 - 31 Sun Valley......... 16 18 14 3 - 51

Photo by Ed Cottingham

PR junior forward Kelley Godbout (20) scored a game-high 23 points in last Wednesday’s title game.

3-point goals--Anson 2-6 (Moore, Shauntia 1-2; Waring, Sarah 1-4), Sun Valley 1-3 (Stewart, Tashaun 1-2; Morrison, Cassie 0-1). Fouled out--Anson-None, Sun Valley-None. Rebounds-Anson 45 (Crowder, Jessica 12), Sun Valley 49 (Gaymon, Jordynn 11). Assists--Anson 3 (Moore, Shauntia 1; Waring, Sarah 1; Joines, Jasmine 1), Sun Valley 16 (Gaymon, Jordynn 5). Total fouls--Anson 9, Sun Valley 13. Technical fouls--Anson-None, Sun Valley-None. A-75

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