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Council dismisses Officer Chaffin Luck runs out for controversial officer

BY TIFFANY LANE

Staff Writer

MONROE Union County’s board of education took the first step to get more than $2 million in federal funding over four years on Tuesday, but many officials are worried they will lose some control over how they educate students. Race to the Top, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is a $4.35 billion federal grant program to encourage educational innovation. Its goals include increasing student achievement and high school graduation rates, and decreasing remedial math and language arts courses. The U.S. Department of Education says Race to the Top is the largest competitive education grant program in the nation’s history. North Carolina could get $400 million of the stimulus funding — $200 million to local education agencies. That could add up to $514,000 for Union County Public Schools every year for four years. “It’s piddly,” school board member David Scholl said.

BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff Writer

MARSHVILLE A police officer already dismissed from the Monroe Police Department, has now been fired twice by Marshville and at least one council member said he has been threatened because of it. The Marshville Town Council held a special meeting Thursday to fire former officer Stuart Chaffin before he as fully reinstated. Chaffin had been dismissed by Chief Mike Gaddy Sept. 9, a decision that was initially supported by the council, but then overturned days later. Because Chaffin was technically dismissed, he had to go through the state training program before he could again join the force. Gaddy only recently received the approval from the North Carolina law enforcement bureau to hire Chaffin, but Monday, the council decided to not offer him the oath of office. This did not fully dismiss Chaffin,

Low on funding ladder

With nearly 40,000 students, that boils down to only $13 per student each year, according to the State Board of Education. UCPS is the sixth largest school district in the state, but is No. 111 of 115 in line for funding. The district receiving the most — Weldon City Schools — would get $121 per student each year. After nearly an hour of debate Tuesday, Board of Education Chairman Dean Arp signed a memorandum of understanding for UCPS to

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The N.C. Department of Public Instruction will require school districts to follow some guidelines, which are consistent with Race to the Top, whether they sign a memorandum of understanding and receive the grant funds or not. State requirements — required if school districts do or don’t sign the memorandum of understanding • Create and use formative assessments (benchmark tests) in both core

classes and electives that align with new state curriculum. These tests are in addition to EOGs and EOCs. • Use the McREL evaluation tool when evaluating teachers and administrators. McREL is a more detailed, objective profile created to demonstrate proficiency and links that proficiency to student growth. UCPS will be among the last third of state school systems to implement this tool. Current evaluations

include classroom observations and consideration of work habits. Additional Race to the Top requirements — required only if school districts sign the memorandum • Spend stimulus money on innovation and technology. • Spend stimulus money on highpriority schools. • Spend stimulus money on professional development.

A voice in favor

“We are already working on higher standards, better curriculum and new and meaningful assessments.” Governor Bev Purdue

A voice against

“I think we’re being bought, They’re buying us to give up local control.” School board member David Scholl Purdue

Scholl

Pros vs. Cons: Race to the Top Pros

• National standards allow UCPS to compare its students with others across the country. • The program would prepare students for a global economy, one of the main goals of UCPS. • Benchmark assessments can serve as a gauge for student achievement and steer students in the right direction before they veer too far away from grade level. • Teachers are more accountable for their students’ performance, as well as their own.

Cons

• National standards are set forth by the federal government, and people at the local level have a better handle on what their students need. • The program shifts some local control to the federal government. • Constant testing may not be the best measure of student achievement and may allow little flexibility in curriculum. • Classroom observations and student progress are only a couple of ways to measure teachers’ and administrators’ effectiveness. Their attitudes, colleague and student relationships and the level of community support and parent involvement, should also be considered. Source: UCPS Superintendent Ed Davis

for safer schools BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

Staff Writer

MONROE Drug prevention education in local schools received another blow this week. The state Department of Public Instruction announced that after June 30, the Safe & Drug Free Schools program will be canceled. Last year, the D.A.R.E program was canceled, although it’s still offered at Monroe schools. The Safe & Drug Free Schools program provides information on alcohol and drug use to parents, teachers and the county’s nearly 40,000 students through literature and classroom visits. They also touch on issues such as bullying. “It provides youth with the skills and education on making wise and healthy decisions and just be better citizens,” said Laura Grier of the Tobacco Free Schools program. The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools has offered the federal grant to Union County since the early 90s, Denise Cavoly said, the county program’s coordinator. The government gave a grant of nearly $100,000, she said. “This is pretty devastating. This job has been my passion,” she said. “But I know it has a lot to do with the economy.”

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Houston House set to be demolished in February Home, built in 1810s, will be burned as part of Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department training exercise

BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

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INDIAN TRAIL At one point the Houston House was a home. But years of neglect has left the circa 1810 house — surrounded by modern subdivisions — with little more than peeling paint, missing floorboards and a rusting roof. The house, located near the intersections of Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road and Goldmine Road, is scheduled to be burned by the Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department in February as part of a training exercise. Virginia Bjorlin, chairwoman of the Union County Historic Preservation Commission, has been trying to save the house — which she said is the oldest in Union County — since 1983. “We’ve given up. We knew that when the last developer sold it, that was pretty much the end,” she said. Developer Craig Grimmer sold the property last fall. The Church of the Redeemer, which now meets at Sun Valley High School, plans to build a church there. At one point the commission developed an $8,000 plan to move the house to the Jesse Helms Park, but there weren’t adequate roadways to support it. William Houston and his wife Elizabeth built the house about 1810. The family lived there until William Houston’s death in 1870, then moved to Monroe. Bjorlin said she thinks Wade Hampton Howey

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be considered for stimulus funding, with an added amendment that UCPS can opt out after 90 days. Arp said he is not in favor of rushed decisions, but “I feel like it’s rushed because it’s so important.” The memorandum was due to the state Wednesday. Superintendent Ed Davis said he has concerns, too, but wants to keep the district’s options open. “The best decisions for children are made in the classroom,” Davis said. “The further away you get from the classroom, the more leery I am about the decision.” The decision to sign the memorandum was unanimous, but not all board members are happy with the plan. The primary concerns: Accepting the money would give the federal government more authority over curriculum, and dictate how and where UCPS can spend it. “I think we’re being bought,” Scholl said. “They’re buying us to give up local control.” Board members had two weeks during the holidays to sift through 775 pages of the plan and went to Tuesday’s meeting ready to discuss it, but still fuzzy on its complicated guidelines. “It’s beyond complex, and I think that’s part of the problem,” board member Laura Minsk said. “It’s a lot of intervention” by the federal government, she said, adding that she is disappointed that UCPS doesn’t seem to have an out.

Curriculum changes?

— Virginia Bjorlin, chairwoman, Union County Historic Preservation Commission

Staff photo by Ed Cottingham

The Houston House, located near the intersections of Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road and Goldmine Road, will be burned in February by the Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department. Preservationists have worked since 1983 to save the home. was the last occupant, who lived there at least until the late 1980s. The house was briefly rented out in 1998 but has been vacant in recent years. Grimmer said when he purchased the property about four years ago, the house was “already in pretty bad disrepair. It was full of trash, the roof was leaking — it was a mess.” The house is in such bad shape, Assistant Chief Steven McLendon said, that firefighters won’t enter it during their planned exercise. School districts must adhere to many of the requirements even if they don’t sign the memorandum. Board member John Collins said UCPS might as well sign up for financial help while doing so. Kim Hargett, district director for the N.C. Association of Educators, supports Race to the Top because its guidelines say teachers will have a say in the curriculum. Still, she said, the association’s members are frustrated and unclear on whether the required “innovation” will mean building curriculums from scratch. Hargett said UCPS already has good programs in place, and it would cost a lot to start over. “At this point, it’s a leap of faith,” she said. Davis said he’s worried so much money would be spent on implementing the requirements that none would be left to execute and maintain them. Dawn Moretz, president of the Union County Association of Educators, shared her concerns over formative assessments, which would link student performance to teacher and administrator evaluations. Moretz is also concerned about the “difficulty and fairness” of testing students in subjects not traditionally tested, which would happen in the program. Moretz is a theater teacher at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts and would be required to test students throughout the year. Teachers should be held accountable and students need to achieve, Moretz said, but there should be a balance. Student per-

“We’ll attack the fire from the outside,” he said. The department usually holds drills on newer structures. “But we take anything anyone will give us because any training is helpful to the department,” said. Parts of the houses’s history, such as some paneling and banisters, have been hauled away by various groups during the past year, but local historian Dale Loberger wishes more could have been done.

I don’t think a cow gets any heavier because you weigh it all the time. We have to be careful about overdoing the testing.’ — Ed Davis, Superintendent

formance is not the only measure of an educators’ effectiveness, she said, and constant testing is not the only measure of a student’s success. “I don’t think a cow gets any heavier because you weigh it all the time,” Davis said. “We have to be careful about overdoing the testing.” Board member Carolyn Lowder, a former teacher herself, said holding teachers to higher standards will produce quality teachers, which will directly affect student success. Students generally have no say in which teachers they get, she said, and national standards will help ensure that all students have a chance to achieve. At the same time, Davis said, stringent evaluations could make it difficult to staff low-priority schools.

Potholes, steamrollers

Moretz likened the achievement gap and high school dropout rates to a pothole, and the stimulus funding to a steam roller to smooth it out. To not sign the memorandum is to “stand in the middle of the road beside the pothole, waiting to be run over by the steam roller,”

Winter storm rakes the nation COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Steadily falling snow blanketed the Midwest on Thursday, part of a vicious cold snap engulfing much of the nation, and a tractor-trailer spun out of control on snow-slick roads in Ohio, killing four people and injuring seven. The tractor-trailer jackknifed on Interstate 70, crossed the highway median and swerved into oncoming traffic, colliding with a small bus transporting adult disabled

The house has some very interesting secrets about it.’

passengers, the Ohio Highway Patrol said. The driver of the 17-passenger bus was among those killed, said Sgt. Raymond Durant. One person was in critical condition and six others were injured and taken to hospitals, he said. Six of the injured were on the bus, and the tractor-trailer driver was also injured. Durant said the bus was carrying 11 people at the time of the crash. The accident occurred near Springfield in south-

west Ohio, where a storm that stretched as far west as the Dakotas had dumped nearly 5 inches of snow by early evening, according to the National Weather Service. With the cold and icy, snow-covered roads responsible for at least 15 deaths this year, officials throughout the U.S. told people to stay home. Snowfall was heaviest in Minnesota and parts of South Dakota, where blowing winds piled up drifts too big for snowplows

“When a house is gone, it’s hard to hear the stories or try to tell them again,” he said. As a result of the demolition, some of the house’s features will forever remain a mystery, he said. The upstairs includes crown and chair rail molding that is typically used for public rooms in the downstairs. “The most money and effort went into the front room where guests (can) see, and a lot of the family space got short-changed,” he said. “It’s a usual feature. The house has some

very interesting secrets about it.” Bjorlin said she can’t help but compare the house to the Joffre Hotel, which was demolished in June 1996. As in the case of the hotel, the Houston house is “old and worthy of designation but lost,” she said. She acknowledged that saving a historic house depends heavily on its capacity for reuse. “It’s not practical to have every house as a museum,” she said. “You have to find some way to use it. Location becomes

she said. Her association prefers, instead, to sign it and have a voice in how the program is implemented. A second memorandum of understanding must be signed to receive the stimulus money. “It sounds very good in theory, like ‘How could

you disagree?’” Scholl said, but he was skeptical of the plan’s wording. The 775-page plan equates a memorandum of understanding with other “binding agreements” with the state, although which memorandum it is referencing is unclear. The document doesn’t say school boards can opt

very important because you want it to be around other things.” A local designation by the Union County Historic Preservation Commission would have further protected the house, she said. But many people assume that if they have their house designated, they have to go before the commission for every modification, Bjorlin said. “But the commission only needs to give permission for major repairs,” she said. Residents must request a designation through the Union County Historic Preservation Committee. The commission then comes out and rates the house based on the year it was built, whether it’s endangered and the prominence of the building’s architect or owners. The local designation doesn’t prevent the house from being demolished, but the commission can delay action for as long as six months. “It’s a failure but we gave it our best shot,” Bjorlin said. out of the program once they sign the first memorandum, but state Superintendent June Atkinson has assured the board that they can. Minsk said it is still “unsettling” not to have it in writing. Stimulus awards will be announced in April.


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Taking on the gangs There’s plenty to criticize about congressional earmarks. But now that Rep. Mel Watt has gotten a big one to curb gangs in Forsyth County, it should be put to good use. Law-enforcement and school officials have been pushing back against gangs for several years now. The battle goes on. Gangs aren’t a big problem here, but they could become one without continued vigilance. Gangs are more organized now, Watt told the Journal’s Paul Garber. “It’s a serious problem in every metropolitan urban community” and is spreading to more rural communities. “A lot of it is just kids looking for something to identify with.” The chairman of the Forsyth County commissioners, Dave Plyler, and other county and city officials went to Washington last year to seek the money. Watt got a $450,000 earmark placed in a Department of Justice appropriations bill. The money will go to the Forsyth County Youth Detention Center. It will help the centers’ gang intervention and prevention efforts, and includes training for staff in gang intervention, said Sharon Singletary, the center’s director. The money will also increase outreach efforts at recreation centers and in high-risk neighborhoods where staff members can talk to youths about the risks of joining gangs. Money will also be used to help staff members become more fluent in Spanish so that they can talk to Hispanic youths about the danger of gangs. And money will be used to upgrade security at the center, which was built in 1962. As Winston-Salem Police Chief Scott Cunningham says, officials must concentrate on all levels of gang involvement to stop the cycle. But early intervention is most important. The sooner youths leave gangs behind, the sooner they leave crime behind and concentrate on school. The center houses youths whose average age is 14 or 15. Some may already be in gangs; others may be tempted to join. And the temptations and pressures are heavy. The teen years are almost always difficult. Drugs are a constant threat. Teens might feel alienated from social cliques, and join gangs to secure some sense of belonging. Cooperation and communication will also be key to making the program work. The youth center staff should share information with deputies and police, as well as school officials. Gangs are a secretive subculture with their own language and signs. Taking on gangs isn’t easy. But gang members often become poorly educated felons who ruin their own lives as they drag us all down. We can’t afford not to fight the scourge of gangs with every resource available. Winston-Salem Journal

Time for the president to step up This country is on alert now in a way it has not been for almost nine years. Between the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack, the bombing of the CIA headquarters in Yemen, and near-daily airport scares, we have been forcefully reminded that a real war against terror continues to be waged here at home and abroad. And even as I applaud Americans for not letting recent events unduly disrupt their lives and thereby giving the terrorists a minor victory, I remain deeply concerned about the current state of our homeland security. Shortly after the incident on Northwest Flight 253, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano first insisted that “the system worked” regarding the Christmas Day attempt. This particularly blatant act of defensive self-protection was such an obvious falsehood that Counterterrorism Czar John Brennan has had to go from news show to news show offering a retraction. This bumbling effort is not exactly the type of first response that Americans should expect from those tasked with protecting our country. Indeed, as the days progress, we are beginning to see just how great a retraction was needed. American authorities knew, before he ever boarded that plane, that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had extremist views and received training from Al Qaeda. In an act of tremendous courage, Abdulmutallab’s own father apparently had reported him as a person of concern to the U.S. embassy and CIA station chief. Abdulmutallab was

Michael Reagan Making Sense on a government watch list. He had been spending time in a country with known terrorist activity. With proper communication between security and counterterrorism agencies and proper scrutiny, this young man would have been put on a high-priority list. At the airport, he would have been flagged, he would have been searched, and he would have been caught. Instead, it is only through the grace of God and the courage of a passenger that the lives of over 200 were saved this Christmas. In Afghanistan, we were not so fortunate, and seven American operatives were killed. We do not have to live in fear in order to be smart about the dangers. We do not have to be an international bully to rightfully assert our position and interests around the world. The Obama administration, however, cannot seem to get a handle on the wide middle ground between “fear-mongering” and cowering in submission. In many ways, this Christmas Day attempt is a great opportunity for the president. With no loss of life, systemic and human errors were revealed and

can now be fixed. And they must be fixed. We need to move forward with a comprehensive strategy to connect our intelligence dots. We can already see that tremendous strides have been made since the disastrous intelligence failure of 9/11, but we learned two weeks ago that we have not come far enough. Whatever motivation or resources are required, we need to improve our intelligence and make full use of it, rather than letting cases like Abdulmutallab’s fall through the cracks. It would be all too easily to blame this on poor screening at airports here and overseas, and to reactively devote all our energies to bigger and better checkpoint technologies. To some measure, some of these recommended upgrades may be appropriate. But the greatest challenge will be for the president to take a step back and look at the entire system with all its moving parts and streamline the process. In doing, he must act with the conviction that the threat is imminent and real. It’s time to step up to the plate, Mr. President. You signed up for this job, and we can’t afford any more of your on-thejob training. • Mike Reagan, the elder son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is chairman and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation (www.reaganlegacyfoundation.org). Look for Mike’s books and other information at www. Reagan.com. E-mail comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com.

Growing up on Winburn Street in the Forties There were quite a few families living on and around Winburn Street in the 1940s -1960s. Bobby, Llew (Tyndall), Kenneth, & B.A. Baucom lived on Winburn. Next door to them was Carole Elliott (Bookhart). Mary Eda (Drye), Bill, & Rick McCollum lived on the other side of Carole. Billy & Mary B. (Fornes) Laney lived across the street. Next to them lived Walt, Linda (Lewis), & Larry Laney. Others were Christine (Bhargava) & Mickey Wilson, Pat (Severs) & Jennie (Ayers) Pollock; Jack & Alex Morrison; Mike & Greg Goode; Bob, Nancy & Carey Nichols; and Gay, Mary, & Carr Murrill. One block over, on Wilson Street, lived Grady Roscoe; Hunter & Jane (Brooks) Hadley; Jimmy “Pickett” Williams; Annette Faulkner (Severs); Bill, Rob, Marian, & Libby Morrison; Linda & Sam Brooks; and Horace Mac and Martha Lou (Brainard) Fuller. Dick & John Davis lived on Franklin Street. On Thompson St. were Bill “Snake” & Joe Terrill; Dan, Dick & Janie (Collins) Davis; Julie (Hendley) & Benjy Williams; and Billy & Gene Rawls. Not far away on Green St. were Dick & Johnny Worley;

Nita Kendrick Williamson Nostalgia Columnist and Jerry (Hinson), Rusty, & Jack Hardin. On Harris Lane were John Walter, Cyrus, Roger, & Diane (Norden) Earnhardt; and Sylvia (Bolick) & Dent Williams. Llew Baucom (Tyndall) said it was fun growing up in that section of town. She remembers the game Kick the Can and playing Hopscotch in the Elliott’s garage. Carole had a special piece of glass that she used. She would take it with her to grammar school and hide it in a tree trunk to be used at recess. Carole was the John D. Hodges Hopscotch champion! Linda Laney (Lewis) remembers having the freedom to roam the neighborhood either on foot or on her bike. Her best “buds” were Mary B. Laney (Fornes) and Mary Eda McCollum (Drye).

Carole Elliott (Bookhart) conducted “school” in her house with Mary B. and Linda as her students. Carole’s mother once remarked that she was rather hard on her “students” and suggested that she might be a good school teacher. (Carole did not choose that career.) They played Red Rover and Dodge Ball (two games that are now prohibited at schools - too rough!) on the wide lawn expanse between her house and Llew’s. They also had fun rolling down a grassy bank which always left them itching from repeated contact with the grass. There was a wide dirt road between the two Laney houses where they had their ball games. Carole’s favorite memory is going with a playmate down to the undeveloped woods at the street’s end and creating a house by sweeping away the leaves leaving a smooth dirt floor divided into rooms with low mounds of sticks and dirt for the walls. With their tea-sets and other odds and ends from home, they could set up housekeeping for most of the day. Walt Laney remembers bicycle trips to the “ghost town” of Camp Sutton; George Young’s Boy Scout Troop 55; and picking cotton in Henry Hall Wil-

son Sr’s. fields for a little money - used at the old country store on Franklin Street and Harris Lane. Soft drinks were kept in wet boxes and you had to search in the cold water for the long-necked bottles. He spent time at the old swimming pool at Lake Lee. Mary Eda McCollum (Drye) lived in a small house “on the corner” on Winburn. She remembers the older children putting on summer “plays.” Carole had the best “stage” (an open garage with rows of lawn chairs out for the parents). Once Mary had the role of “the body” in a murder-mystery. She was put into a scratchy sack and wheeled onstage in an old wheelbarrow and dumped at the appropriate time (she was warned NOT to make a sound!). Sadly there are no pictures to mark her acting debut. In later years, she and Linda carried on the tradition of summer programs which evolved into Variety Shows with dancing and singing set up in the Laney backyard. Mary’s house, with its a big front porch and shady trees, was a gathering place for hours of card-playing and feasting on Kool-Aid or popsicles. A great field was close by for soft-

ball games. The girls and boys played together although the boys would usually say, “I’ll bat for you!” When East Elementary School was built, most of the children walked to school. It wasn’t far but there were long hilly blocks. “Book bags” definitely weren’t cool, so as they got older, they learned the art of arranging books on top of their big notebook and wrapping their arms around the unwieldy stack. In Mary’s teen years, friends would take turns going home with each other for lunch after Sunday church. She remembers whenever Marizell Austin (Thompson) would visit, they would “dress the part” and saunter around the block several times with their tennis rackets resting back against their shoulders or casually swinging, trying to look cool as they passed Ronnie Scheetz’s house where the boys would often gather. Mary doesn’t remember ever getting around to playing tennis. Llew summed it up best when she remarked, “I can’t imagine how a child could prefer playing inside with electronic games rather than playing outside with friends.”


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Bob Long left and George Johnson of the Lake James Environmental Association takes and record important data on the health of the waters of Lake James during a monthly monitoring last summer. According to Bob, a retired chemist from Pennsylvania, the waters health has been very good for the past five years he has been conducting the tests.

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decoydoc@charter.net It’s the end of June and Bob Long walks the few short steps from his home on the shores of Lake James down to his dock. Looking out over the early morning calm of the lakes water, Bob smiles and takes satisfaction in his decision to relocate to the upper Catawba River reservoir after his retirement. Being a retired chemist from the state of Pennsylvania, he pauses before boarding his boat. He goes through a quick mental checklist of items he will need for his morning outing. While most boaters would be thinking about lifejackets or fishing gear, Bob’s thoughts are more of a scientific nature. Bob is about to do his monthly inspection of the health of the lakes water. His outing, which he has been doing for several years, now, will be part of the Lake James Environmental Association or (LJEA), commitment to keeping tabs on the quality of the lake. Formed in 1973 as a nonprofit, volunteer organization, the LJEA’s objective is to protect, foster, and enhance the environment and the ecology of Lake James and its tributary waters in western North Carolina. This would be done by, engaging in any and all types of activities not prohibited by law, which shall be for the betterment of the Lake James Community and the State of North Carolina. With this purpose and objectivity in mind, the organization became a partner with the Volunteer Water Information Network or (VWIN), which was formed in 1990, to help monitor the quality and health of the areas water resources. While man’s history is full of disputes over it’s ownership and what can be done with it, there is little argument over the fact that good clean water is essential for his existence. Considering that three-fourths of the earths surface is covered with water, it would seem that there is plenty to go around. The problem is that there are to many users and to many abusers for what we have available in most locations. After all, it wouldn’t be very feasible for coastal North Carolina residents to run a pipeline to the water in the western end of the state. Like looking at someone with a smile on their face is no indicator of what their internal health might be, a lake with clear water and no surface or shoreline debris, is not a good indicator of its true health. Bob Long and other members of the VWIN, recognize this as well. For them, it is what you don’t see that sends them out with their important monitoring equipment. The June trip for Bob and his assistant George Johnson would be the

“Formed in 1973 as a non-profit, volunteer organization, the LJEA’s objective is to protect, foster, and enhance the environment and the ecology of Lake James and its tributary waters.� second of the 2009-year. The Lake James group has been monitoring the lakes waters for seven years. Bob has handled it the past five. Four locations, two in McDowell County and two in the Burke County sections of the lake, are tested from May through September. Testing is conducted each month throughout the year on the three primary rivers that feed Lake James. These are the Catawba River itself, along with the North Fork and Linville Rivers. Taking advantage of the lakes early morning calm, Bob stops his boat at one of the four desig-

nated locations. While not at the exact same spot on the water each month, it is close enough for the purposes of the tests. Utilizing modern electronic technology, Bob and George are able to locate some of the deeper sections of the lake to begin their tests. With clipboard in hand, George records data that Bob is about to call out. Slowly dropping an instrument that will reveal the amount of dissolved oxygen and temperature, Bob stops at his first destination, the onemeter or three foot-three inch mark. Seconds later a reading comes across the dial indicating the dissolved oxygen at 6.85 and a temperature of 82.5 degrees. Progressing at two-meter intervals, he takes his last reading at this location at the sixty-five and a half foot mark. Here the dissolved oxygen reading is considerably lower at 0.63. As is the case in all reservoirs and especially Lake James, the temperature at this depth is a bone chilling 46 degrees. At his next testing location, while the waters

temperatures remain very close, there are surprises in the difference in dissolved oxygen. While the initial oxygen content is actually lower, it shows a very high concentration at the sixty-five foot mark of 6.09. In addition to these important tests, several others are preformed as well, including turbidity, ph, dissolved metals, ammonia, nitrogen and nitrates. According to Bob, the trend has been towards better water in the lake since he has been part of the monitoring. Keeping tabs on what’s below will become more important in the future as the number of users continue to grow in their need for the life sustaining water of the Catawba River.

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The final segment of the state’s dove season is now open through Jan. 15. The daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit of 30. The shooting hours for dove are from one half hour before sunrise until sunset. The Canada goose season for the remainder of the season is as follows; Resident Population Hunt Zone: Dec. 19 – Feb. 6; Southern James Bay Hunt Zone (Gaddy Goose refuge closed after Sept. 30): Nov. 14 – Dec. 31. Northeast Hunt Zone: Jan. 23 – Jan. 30 (By permit only) The daily limit is 5 dark geese (Includes Canada geese & white-fronted geese) in the Resident Hunt Zone, 5 in the Southern James Bay Zone and 1 in the Northeast Hunt Zone. The woodcock season will run January 1 through January 30. The daily bag limit is three birds. With the exception of permit only game lands, the states game lands are now open through the end of February for all legal weapons for the hunting of coyote and feral hogs and the taking of crow on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Bruce Blackwell, General Manager of the DDC, advises that the 30th Anniversary edition of the Dixie Deer Classic is going to be what everyone would expect a 30th Birthday Party to be. Three very special guests are lined up to be at the show; Michael Waddell plus Lee and Tiffany Lakosky are scheduled to attend all three days. Scheduled for March 5, 6 and 7th, the Dixie Deer Classic has been recognized nationally as the Premier Trophy Whitetail Deer show in the country. It was the first successful show of its kind, and lit the spark that has brush fired into similar shows all across the nation. All available exhibit space is used to maximum advantage while keeping large aisle spacing for crowd movement. The show is held annually the tenth weekend of the year, usually the first weekend of March. According to Blackwell, “Something else that we are excited about is merging in the State Convention of the NC Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Their annual banquet will be held on Friday evening, and the NC State Championship Turkey Calling Contest will be held in the Dixie Deer Classic on Saturday. This should be the first “sanctioned� contest held after the nationals. The well-received Call Makers Contest will be returning, with an auction held on Sunday afternoon. Michael Waddell, will be the keynote speaker of the NC-NWTF banquet. The Dixie Deer Classic is a FAMILY oriented event, that tries to offer something for everyone. Youth under 13 are admitted free of charge with half price for youth aged 13 to 18 on Friday for $5.00. Special programs will be ongoing all weekend for the young or beginning hunter along with activities like face painting, BB gun Turkey Shoot, Archery Alley, Retriever Demos. New for 2010 is the addition of the NC State Turkey Calling Contest. A free souvenir program will be available for visitors that contain articles and stories related to the current show.

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Boys dread two more years of high school harassment DEAR ABBY: I am a short, 5-foot-5-inch high school sophomore. I am small-boned and my voice is high-pitched. I’m terrible at sports, and physical education class is a nightmare. I have become friends with another guy, “Rick,” who is much like me, and it helps to have someone who has similar problems. Because Rick and I hang out together, some of the macho guys have started a rumor that we’re gay, and now everyone in the school thinks it’s true. Our PE teacher has even made comments to this effect, which compounds the problem. Rick and I are shunned and have even been physically attacked because of this. We are not gay. We are just good friends who share common problems. We are interested in girls, but they aren’t interested in us. When I try to say

Dear Abby Columnist

I’m not gay, they say, “Then who is your girlfriend?” When I tell them I don’t have one, they laugh at me. Rick and I are both “A” students. We keep telling ourselves that we will succeed where some of the macho guys who are obvious losers will not, and we’ll have the last laugh. However, this is still a terrible situation for us, and we can’t stand the thought of another two years like this. Please help. -- SOPHOMORE IN SACRAMENTO DEAR SOPH-

OMORE: If you and your friend haven’t already told your parents what’s going on, do so immediately. Then you and your parents should pay a visit to the school principal to report that you have been attacked by other students and misidentified as gay not only by your peers, but also by a member of the staff. It appears that both staff and student body in your school need to be educated about the fact that discrimination, assault and hate crimes are illegal. And if the harassment is not stopped immediately, your families should take this matter to a lawyer. *** DEAR ABBY: My 38-yearold married daughter’s house is filthy. Her youngest is now in the hospital with pneumonia, and her two other kids are sick all the time. They are constantly coughing, have

Horoscopes Jan 8, 2010

Dennis the Menace the needs and wants of others will serve you well. By using these abilities to make life better for them, you’ll reap many unsolicited advantages for yourself. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- It’s quite possible that you could meet someone with whom you’ll automatically share a strong mutual attraction. This relationship could be something more than normal. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Although you might have to strike an unusual bargain, it will be your ticket to finding a way to acquire something you’ve always wanted but never dared to believe you could have. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Even though your ideas are a vast improvement over the ideas of your companions, you’ll have to be a good diplomat to convince them. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Strange developments could transform a losing proposition into a big winner right before your eyes. Something that has only produced problems will turn 180 degrees.

Although several serious projects or endeavors are likely in the year ahead, you should still have plenty of time to engage in some of the more lighthearted aspects of life. Take the time to find a good balance. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Put your head together with friends or associates with whom you share a common objective. If you build a team with a good purpose in mind, you’ll have an excellent chance of success. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Share what you hope to attain to improve your lot in life with others, and they’ll work just as hard to gain the same for themselves. You win when everyone wins. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Your dreams are not that far out of line with regard to things for which you’re presently aspiring. Take advantage of time, which is likely to provide the ways and

means to make your wishes a reality. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Joint endeavors with merely ambitious people will succeed less than activities where everyone is idealistic, moralistic and smart. Their drive will actually be stronger. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- The subtle kindness that you display in words and deeds makes you more powerful than anyone who has style but little substance. You don’t have to be demonstrative to be commanding. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Those with whom you’re involved aren’t likely to match the quickness and brightness of your mental faculties, but to your credit, you won’t use this to overwhelm them. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You will judge and accurately evaluate both sides of important issues. Thus, decisions you make will not only have far-reaching effects on your life but on the lives of associates as well. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Being able to sense and perceive

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ASTRO-GRAPH By Bernice Bede Osol

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runny noses, fever and ear infections. I have tried talking to her regarding her housekeeping but she doesn’t want to hear anything I have to say. Her husband has convinced her that they have “more important things to be concerned with” than a clean house. He says they have love, and a clean house doesn’t matter. The oldest girl is 11, and she tells me she’s embarrassed to have anyone visit her. She has no friends (nor does my daughter) and I am afraid her life will go down along with my daughter’s. Can you help me to help them? -- GRANDMA IN SOUTH CAROLINA DEAR GRANDMA: My first suggestion is to hire someone to clean your daughter’s house once a month, if that’s doable. The second is to discuss your very real concerns with the doctor who is treating your grandchild for pneumonia.

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While your son-in-law may think that a house filled with love doesn’t have to be clean, if it’s so dirty it is hazardous to the health of the children who live there, he is seriously mistaken. *** DEAR ABBY: I have an etiquette question my friends and I are wondering about. What is an appropriate response when you find out someone is expecting but she doesn’t want to be? “Congratulations” doesn’t seem right, but neither does, “You have my sympathy.” I feel lost when this situation comes up. Do you have any ideas? -- MELISSA IN KANSAS DEAR MELISSA: How about, “I heard the news. If there is anything you need, please let me know.” Write Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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WORTH A LOOK College basketball Boston at Atlanta 8 p.m., ESPN Cleveland at Denver 10:30, ESPN

Williams in more trouble Former NBA star has run into legal problems again 2B Friday, January 8, 2010

Section B

All-state selections Monroe’s Crowder makes it again, Yellow Jackets’ Blount also honored BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

WHO’S NEWS Burress denied request to get out

NEW YORK (AP) — Plaxico Burress (PLEK’-sih-koh BUR’-ihs) is not getting out of prison just yet. The ex-Giants star had applied for work release, but has been denied by the New York Department of Correctional Services. Burress made the applicaBURRESS tion just a few months into his two-year sentence. Prosecutors said it would be too soon to give the former Super Bowl star a break. Burress went to prison in September for carrying a gun that accidentally went off in a nightclub. He pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

Raiders insult their former league MVP

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Rich Gannon won’t be offering his help to the Oakland Raiders again any time soon. A day after the Raiders rebuffed an offer of help from their former quarterback, Gannon said on Sirius NFL Radio on Thursday that “I won’t make that call again.” Gannon said on his show Wednesday that he had called team owner Al Davis to offer any help for the organization and struggling young quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The Raiders responded that Gannon was the one who needed help. Gannon won the 2002 league MVP for the Raiders, leading them to the Super Bowl that season. Oakland has lost at least 11 games in all seven seasons since — the longest such streak in NFL history.

Report: Braves signing infielder

ATLANTA (AP) — Eric Hinske and the Atlanta Braves have reached a preliminary agreement on a $1 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was not final, pending a physical examination. The 32-year-old Hinske, who can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses, is expected to play behind newly signed first baseman Troy Glaus and third baseman Chipper Jones. He also can play the corner outfield spots and is expected to be the team’s top left-handed pinch-hitter. Hinske hit .242 with eight homers and 25 RBIs for Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees last season. He hit 20 homers for Tampa Bay in 2008 and had career-best totals of 24 homers and 84 RBIs as a rookie with Toronto in 2002.

Crowder was named to the 1A squad as a returner while Blount MONROE was voted on as an athlete on the As two of the top high school 2A team. football players in Union Crowder is a two-time all-state County, Monroe High’s Jami- selection. son Crowder and Forest Hills’ He made the 2A all-state team Juanne Blount usually made as a sophomore in 2008 after something happen with the ball recording six touchdowns on in their hands. either kickoff or punt reCrowder, a junior, turns. had seven returns for Both players currently touchdowns on either have football scholarship kickoff or punt returns offers on the table. this past season, helping Blount has an offer the Redhawks to an 11-0 from Division 1-AA record in the regular Western Carolina while season for the first time Crowder has an offer in the school’s history. from Duke University. He was also Monroe’s In three years as a top receiver, catching 23 BLOUNT starter for the Yellow balls for 585 yards and 10 Jackets, Blount actouchdowns in 11 games. counted for 102 touchdowns, inBlount, a senior quarterback, cluding 84 rushing, 12 passing, ran for 1,717 yards and a coun- three on kickoff returns, two ty-record 30 touchdowns in 11 on interception returns and regular season games, leading one receiving. He finished with the Jackets to an 8-3 record. In- 5,392 rushing yards and 1,425 cluding the playoffs, Blount had passing yards for his career. 2,034 rushing yards and 35 touchBlount and Crowder were downs, giving him back-to-back both named first-team all-Union 2,000-yard rushing seasons. County for the second straight For their standout seasons, season. Blount was also named Crowder and Blount were re- Offensive Player of the Year cently named to the ncpreps.com in the Rocky River Conference all-state team in their respective and county MVP for the second classifications. year in a row. E-J Sports Writer

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Monroe junior Jamison Crowder, left, made all-state for the second year in a row as a returner. Crowder has been offered by Duke.

Coaches should be fair when casting votes Voting for an honorary team is a responsibility. Some treat it with integrity, while others disrespectfully abuse it. Not saying we always get it just right, but we take pride at The Enquirer-Journal in being fair to the athletes when deciding all-Union County teams. We would never let personal feelings about any coach, school or player contribute to our selections. Period. I wish all high school coaches lived by a similar code, and I believe most do. Regardless of the jersey color they pull over their heads, these are all children of this community. To intentionally slight another kid because he happens to live in a different school district and play for another team is utterly childish. I’m talking about Darius Kilgo not making the allSouthern Carolina Conference football team for 2009.

I saw every team in that conference play more than once, and there’s no question Kilgo — a senior at Weddington High — was one of the top two or three linemen in the SCC. Tra Thomas of Anson County, who has committed to Clemson, is arguably better. Dustin Ruff of Parkwood, headed to Elon, is also very good but missed all of the conference games with an injury and didn’t make the team — which makes sense. Kilgo being left off the team is a joke, but not a funny one. Don’t take my word for it. Kilgo, who is 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, has committed to Maryland. He turned down offers from Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina, Illinois, Michigan State and others. Other than Thomas, no other lineman that made all-conference has a major college offer. Kilgo lost 30 pounds before his senior season and started

My View

Jerry Snow E-J Sports Editor on both sides of the ball, which is rare for a guy his size. He could have made all-conference on either side of the ball. Any coach worth his salt would agree that Kilgo deserved to make all-conference, but apparently two coaches from the six-team league left him off their ballot. This isn’t the first time it has happened. When Trinton Sturdivant played at Anson County, he was left off the all-conference team as a junior.

By Eric Rape

E-J Correspondent

WEDDINGTON — Weddington High’s wrestlers won seven of the nine contested match during a 48-21 victory over Parkwood on Wednesday. Individual results were as follows:

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Panthers ranked No. 1 in state poll after 24-0 start

WHS wrestlers defeat Rebels

103: Joshua Drye (WHS) won by forfeit 112: Cody Fincher (WHS) pinned Tyler Willoughby, 1:00 119: Cody Bittner (PHS) won by forfeit 125: Ryan Blackburn (PHS) p. Chad Grey, :14 130: Nate Jauch (PHS) won by forfeit 135: William Burch (WHS) p. James Carroll, 2:23 140: We Edwards (WHS) decisioned Dusty Wallace, 5-3 145: Kyle Deacon (WHS) dec. Chase Nance, 11-8 152: Kyle Koenig (WHS) dec. Zack Womack, 10-6 160: Wesley Chapman (WHS) p. Larry Parker, 1:08 171: Joseph Centrella (WHS) won by forfeit 189: Jake Perkins (WHS) dec. Austin Craig, 14-1 215: Justin O’Hara (WHS) p. Casey Nash, :49 285: Kevin Mullis, (PHS) dec. Jacob Helms, 5-2

Sturdivant started at left tackle for the Georgia Bulldogs as a true freshman, and despite injuries, will one day be drafted by the NFL. One parent wrote in and asked how we could put Kilgo on the all-county team “when he didn’t even make all-conference.” My response is that leaving Kilgo off the allconference team is an embarrassment, and warrants a review of the process for potential improvement. Kilgo made all-county because The E-J strives to be fair and impartial, and he was left off the all-conference team because some coaches abuse their power. Weddington’s athletic administration appealed to Union County athletic director Doug Jones about the travesty of Kilgo being left off, but Jones doesn’t have any jurisdiction over the matter.

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Senior Mitchell Simpson, left, is having a big year for Piedmont. The heavyweight pinned Butler’s Joey Moody in 61 seconds on Thursday to improve to 26-0. Simpson is UC’s only unbeaten wrestler. Read details about the Panthers’ match with Butler in Saturday’s issue of The Enquirer-Journal.

Unionville Earlier this season, Piedmont High coach Todd Stokes publicly pondered whether or not his team was as good as their 15-0 start suggested. He still reserves a little room for doubt, but Stokes is starting to see just how good the Panthers might be this season, and coaches from across the state are impressed as well. Piedmont is now ranked first in the state among 2A schools, based on a vote from coaches across the state. The Panthers carried a 24-0 record into Tuesday night’s home match with 4A Butler. The Panthers’ 24th win was a 39-26 decision against Chesterfield High at the Maverick Duals (at Mallard Creek High) on a day when they finished 5-0 in dual match competition. Chesterfield is the defending state champion (1A) in South Carolina. The last four wins during the weekend came against teams that qualified for dual team state wrestling tournaments a year ago. “The Chesterfield match was big, the defending state

champs from South Carolina, good up and down their lineup,” Stokes said of last weekend’s accomplishment. “Our kids wrestled really, really well. Mallard Creek has very good team also, a 4A team that should probably make the playoffs also. “I think as the season goes along we’re getting tougher competition. I still don’t know if we’re at the elite level, we know Trinity is still sitting out there, Newton-Conover, North Surry. We’re going to have to see them at some point. It’s still a question mark to see if we’re at that level, but our kids are definitely working hard enough and it should be fun to find out.” Piedmont won its first-ever conference championship in wrestling last season, and combined with this year’s success, confidence is growing within the team. “I think our worst record is .500,” Stokes said. “They think they can go out and win every match they wrestle and wrestling teams especially this weekend at Mallard Creek, I think that gave them a lot of confidence to go out there against good competition.

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2B / Friday, January 8, 2010

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Gators struggling from 3-point line in Donovan’s 14 seasons in Gainesville. “This has been a little bit different for me as a coach since I’ve been here because we’ve always been one of the better 3-point shooting teams,” Donovan said Thursday. “We have good shooters. I think we have good enough shooters that those guys certainly can shoot a better percentage. “As a coach, if we all had the answers as to how to put the ball in the hole for guys, it would make things a lot easier. But I do think it’s important that I continue to give them confidence.” Donovan’s players insist they still have confidence. But how long can it last, especially if they keep missing like this?

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Billy Donovan has never had a team shoot 3-pointers like this. Long, short, left, right, early, late, the Gators have missed every way possible this season. On the road, at home, during the day, at night, it has happened everywhere. Guards, forwards, freshmen, seniors, it has affected everyone. Florida has been in a season-long slump, a huge concern heading into its Southeastern Conference opener at Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Gators (11-3) are shooting 29.3 percent from behind the arc. It’s the worst percentage in the SEC, ranks 260th out of 271 Division I teams and is on pace to be the worst

Since hitting 12 of 20 against Jacksonville early last month, the Gators have made 33 of 126 (26.1 percent) from behind the arc. Senior Dan Werner has missed his last 15 3-pointers. Erving Walker, the scrappy point guard who shot 42 percent from 3-point range as a freshman last year, has missed 21 of his last 26 from that distance and fallen to 29 percent this season. “Players go through it some time in their career,” Walker said. “This is one of the first times for me.” He’s hardly alone. Talented freshman Kenny Boynton, considered one of the nation’s top recruits because of his ability to score from anywhere on the floor, has made just 26 of 102 (25.5

percent) shots from 3-point land. Chandler Parsons has been the lone bright spot. After shooting just 31 percent from behind the arc his first two seasons, Parsons leads the team at 38.8 percent. He swished a 75-footer at the buzzer in overtime to beat North Carolina State last weekend. Before that, though, he had missed 11 of his previous 15 3s. “We haven’t been shooting the ball as well as we’d like to, but we’ve got a whole bunch of confident guys,” Parsons said. “A little surprised, because if you come in here and watch practice, guys are making shots all day. It’s not like it’s not going to come around.”

Local Events Today High School Basketball Piedmont at Forest Hills, 6 p.m. Monroe at Central Academy, 6 p.m. North Stanly at Union Academy, 6 p.m. Parkwood at Weddington, 6 p.m. Marvin Ridge at Porter Ridge, 6 p.m. Sun Valley at Anson, 6 p.m.

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Today GOLF 9:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Africa Open, second round, at East London, South Africa (same-day tape) 6 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, SBS Championship, second round, at Kapalua, Hawaii NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. ESPN — Boston at Atlanta 10:30 p.m. ESPN — Cleveland at Denver

Troubled former NBA player hospitalized after DWI NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA star Jayson Williams apologized to police for “causing trouble” about 90 minutes after swerving into oncoming traffic and crashing his SUV into a tree, prosecutors said Thursday at the beleaguered ex-player’s arraignment on drunken driving charges. Wearing a neck brace and a bandage above his right eye, Williams appeared at the proceeding for a DWI charge via video link from Bellevue Hospital, where he is being treated for a minor bone fracture in his neck and cuts to his face. His bail was set at $10,000, and he will have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet if released. It wasn’t immediately clear

when that might happen; authorities said they were unsure Thursday evening whether Williams had posted bail. The case marks the latest in a series of legal and personal problems for Williams, who is awaiting retrial on a manslaughter charge in New Jersey. Williams’ black MercedesBenz SUV veered across four lanes of oncoming traffic before slamming into a tree at an exit from FDR Drive in Manhattan around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to a court complaint. He was found bleeding from the face and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol, the complaint said. Police said Williams was alone in the passenger seat when officers arrived. He ini-

tially told them the driver left the scene, Assistant District Attorney William Beesch said. A witness told police no one else had gotten in or out of the car. Beesch argued that significant bail and electronic monitoring were needed because Williams has “a history of extreme behavior while he has been intoxicated.” He pointed WILLIAMS to episodes including the manslaughter case, which stems from a 2002 shooting at Williams’ house. Defense lawyer Linda Kenney Baden called the comment inappropri-

ate. Kenney Baden told state Supreme Court Justice Melissa Jackson that Williams has appeared reliably for other court dates. Given his injuries, “he simply is not going anywhere,” said Kenney Baden, a prominent defense lawyer whose clients have included music producer Phil Spector and Casey Anthony, a Florida woman charged in the death of her daughter. Williams is due back in a Manhattan court March 3. Williams, 41, retired from the New Jersey Nets in 2000 after breaking his leg a year earlier. He was in the second year of a six-year, $86 million contract. He became an NBA analyst for NBC but was suspended

after the 2002 shooting, which killed a hired driver. At Williams’ 2004 trial, witnesses testified that he had been drinking and was showing off a shotgun in his bedroom when he snapped the weapon shut and it fired one shot that hit the driver, Costas Christofi, in the chest. They also testified that Williams initially put the gun in the dead man’s hands and told witnesses to lie about what happened. The defense maintained the shooting was an accident and that Williams panicked afterward. He was acquitted of more serious charges, but a jury deadlocked on a reckless manslaughter count. He is awaiting a retrial on that count.

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x-clinched division y-clinched playoff spot Sunday’s Games Chicago 37, Detroit 23 Pittsburgh 30, Miami 24 Houston 34, New England 27 Buffalo 30, Indianapolis 7 San Francisco 28, St. Louis 6 Atlanta 20, Tampa Bay 10 Carolina 23, New Orleans 10 Cleveland 23, Jacksonville 17 Minnesota 44, N.Y. Giants 7 Tennessee 17, Seattle 13 Dallas 24, Philadelphia 0 San Diego 23, Washington 20 Kansas City 44, Denver 24 Baltimore 21, Oakland 13 Green Bay 33, Arizona 7 N.Y. Jets 37, Cincinnati 0

NFL Playoff Glance

Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX) New England, N.Y. Jets or Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:40 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 24 AFC, 3 p.m. (CBS) NFC, 6:40 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31 At Miami AFC vs. NFC, 7:20 p.m. (ESPN) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7 At Miami NFC champion vs. AFC champion, 6:25 p.m. (CBS)

College football

All Times EST

Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 9 N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 4:30 p.m. (NBC) Philadelphia at Dallas, 8 p.m. (NBC) Sunday, Jan. 10 Baltimore at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS) Green Bay at Arizona, 4:40 p.m. (FOX) Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 16 Philadelphia, Green Bay or Arizona at New Orleans, 4:30 p.m. (FOX) Baltimore, N.Y. Jets or Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 17 Dallas, Green Bay or Arizona at

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

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. 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 Wednesday, Dec. 30 Humanitarian Bowl At Boise, Idaho Idaho 43, Bowling Green 42 Holiday Bowl At San Diego Nebraska 33, Arizona 0 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 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 Arlington, Texas Mississippi 21, Oklahoma State 7 PapaJohns.com Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Connecticut 20, South Carolina 7 Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Arkansas 20, East Carolina 17, OT Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Texas Tech 41, Michigan State 31 Monday, Jan. 4 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Boise State 17, TCU 10 Tuesday, Jan. 5 Orange Bowl At Miami Iowa 24, Georgia Tech 14 Wednesday, Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl Mobile, Ala. Central Michigan 44, Troy 41, 2OT Thursday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Alabama (13-0) vs. Texas (13-0), 8 p.m. (ABC)

Pro basketball NBA Standings All Times EST

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 25 8 .758 — Toronto 18 18 .500 8 1/2 New York 14 20 .412 11 1/2 Philadelphia 10 24 .294 15 1/2 New Jersey 3 32 .086 23 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Orlando 24 11 .686 — Atlanta 22 12 .647 1 1/2 Miami 17 16 .515 6 Charlotte 15 18 .455 8 Washington 11 22 .333 12 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 28 9 .757 — Milwaukee 14 18 .438 11 1/2 Chicago 14 19 .424 12 Detroit 11 23 .324 15 1/2 Indiana 11 23 .324 15 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 24 11 .686 — San Antonio 21 12 .636 2 Houston 20 16 .556 4 1/2 New Orleans 17 16 .515 6 Memphis 17 17 .500 6 1/2 Northwest W Denver 22 Portland 22 Oklahoma City 19 Utah 19 Minnesota 7

Division L Pct GB 13 .629 — 15 .595 1 16 .543 3 16 .543 3 29 .194 15 1/2

Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 28 7 .800 — Phoenix 23 13 .639 5 1/2 L.A. Clippers 16 18 .471 11 1/2 Sacramento 14 20 .412 13 1/2 Golden State 10 24 .294 17 1/2 Wednesday’s Games Cleveland 121, Washington 98 Atlanta 119, New Jersey 89 Toronto 108, Orlando 103 Boston 112, Miami 106, OT New Orleans 97, Oklahoma City 92 Golden State 107, Minnesota 101 San Antonio 112, Detroit 92 Phoenix 118, Houston 110 Utah 117, Memphis 94 L.A. Clippers 102, L.A. Lakers 91 Thursday’s Games Charlotte at New York, late Today’s Games Toronto at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Orlando at Washington, 7 p.m. Indiana at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Boston at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Utah at Memphis, 8 p.m. New Jersey at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Dallas at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Chicago at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Miami at Phoenix, 9 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Portland, 10 p.m. Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Cleveland at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Memphis at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Orlando, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago, 8 p.m. Indiana at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. New York at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Denver at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

NBA 2009 All-Star Voting Game: Feb. 14 at Arlington, Texas Released Jan. 7

EASTERN CONFERENCE FORWARDS: LeBron James, Cleveland, 1,769,287; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 1,467,365; Chris Bosh, Toronto, 724,317; Paul Pierce, Boston, 366,234; Josh Smith, Atlanta, 334,338; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 228,343; Danny Granger, Indiana, 213,371; Michael Beasley, Miami, 188,552; Rashard Lewis, Orlando, 151,717; Hedo Turkoglu, Toronto, 133,445; Caron Butler, Washington, 110,003. GUARDS: Dwyane Wade, Miami,

1,719,359; x-Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, 930,713; Vince Carter, Orlando, 745,581; Ray Allen, Boston, 510,885; Gilbert Arenas, Washington, 445,473; Derrick Rose, Chicago, 385,829; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 329,100; Rajon Rondo, Boston, 269,566; Jose Calderon, Toronto, 157,354; Mike Bibby, Atlanta, 155,078. CENTERS: Dwight Howard, Orlando, 1,681,897; Shaquille O’Neal, Cleveland, 609,486; Al Horford, Atlanta, 178,360; Andrea Bargnani, Toronto, 168,684; Brook Lopez, New Jersey, 154,362; Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee143,545; Jermaine O’Neal, Miami, 111,065; Rasheed Wallace, Boston, 87,590; Kendrick Perkins, Boston, 56,598; Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia, 53,880; Tyson Chandler, Charlotte, 44,279; Brad Miller, Chicago, 40,182. WESTERN CONFERENCE FORWARDS: Carmelo Anthony, Denver, 1,568,259; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 826,130; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 776,225; Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers, 754,070; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 556,847; Trevor Ariza, Houston, 504,725; Luis Scola, Houston, 437,944; Shawn Marion, Dallas, 295,310; Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers, 266,554; Lamar Odom, L.A. Lakers, 194,567; LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, 177,663. GUARDS: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 1,793,782; Tracy McGrady, Houston, 746,625; Steve Nash, Phoenix, 744,250; Chris Paul, New Orleans, 701,417; Aaron Brooks, Houston, 443,369; Jason Kidd, Dallas, 429,720; Chauncey Billups, Denver, 310,281; Deron Williams, Utah, 285,185; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 261,107; Brandon Roy, Portland, 257,231; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 248,951. CENTERS: Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix, 1,304,470; Andrew Bynum, L.A. Lakers, 743,182; Nene, Denver, 261,295; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 217,675; Antonio McDyess, San Antonio, 157,346; Al Jefferson, Minnesota, 146,773; Greg Oden, Portland, 136,388; Marcus Camby, L.A. Clippers, 121,981; Andris Biedrins, Golden State, 102,095; Mehmet Okur, Utah, 96,897; Emeka Okafor, New Orleans, 94,685; Spencer Hawes, Sacramento, 31,767. x-Iverson appears among Western Conference guards.

College basketball Top 25 College Basketball Schedule

All Times EST Today’s Game No. 24 Washington at Arizona State, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games No. 2 Texas vs. Colorado, 1:45 p.m. No. 3 Kentucky vs. Georgia, 4 p.m. No. 4 Purdue at No. 17 Wisconsin, 1:30 p.m. No. 5 Duke at No. 20 Georgia Tech, 2 p.m. No. 6 Villanova vs. Marquette, 2 p.m. No. 8 West Virginia at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. No. 10 Michigan State at Iowa, 5:35 p.m. No. 11 Kansas State at Missouri, 2 p.m. No. 12 Georgetown vs. No. 13 Connecticut, Noon No. 14 Mississippi vs. Mississippi State, 1:30 p.m. No. 15 New Mexico vs. UNLV, 4 p.m. No. 19 Gonzaga at Portland, 10 p.m. No. 22 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, 8:05 p.m. No. 25 BYU at UTEP, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games No. 1 Kansas at No. 16 Tennessee, 1:30 p.m. No. 7 Syracuse vs. South Florida, 2 p.m. No. 9 North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech, 7:45 p.m. No. 18 Florida State at Maryland, 5:30 p.m. No. 21 Temple at Rhode Island, 1 p.m. No. 24 Washington at Arizona, 5:30 p.m.

Transactions Thursday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Named Richie Hebner hitting coach and Greg Grall batting practice-bullpen coach of Norfolk (IL); Kennie

Steenstra pitching coach of Bowie (EL); Denny Hocking coach of Orlando (FSL); Ryan Minor manager, Troy Mattes pitching coach and Mike Devereaux coach of Delmarva (SAL); Leo Gomez coach of Bluefield (Appalachian); Milt May coach of the Orioles (GCL); Miguel Jabalera manager, Robert Perez pitching coach, Benny Adames coach, Ramon Lubo catching coach and Evaristo Mercedes trainer of Orioles Team 1 (Dominican); Elvis Morel manager, Dionis Pascual pitching coach and Ruben Francisco coach of the Orioles Team 2 (Dominican); Mike Bordick minor league offensive instructor; Bobby Dickerson Dominican Republic infield and field coordinator and Jake Parker minor league equipment manager. BOSTON RED SOX—Traded 1B Casey Kotchman to Seattle for UT Bill Hall, a player to be named and cash. Agreed to terms with 3B Adrian Beltre on a one-year contract. KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Agreed to terms with LHP Noel Arguelles on a five-year contract. NEW YORK YANKEES—Agreed to terms with RHP Sergio Mitre on a oneyear contract. OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Agreed to terms with DH Jack Cust on a oneyear contract. TEXAS RANGERS—Named Bill Haselman manager of Bakersfield (Cal). Agreed to terms with INF Matt Brown on a minor league contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Claimed INF Brian Bocock off waivers from San Francisco. National League PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Agreed to terms with INF Ozzie Chavez, C Kevin Nelson, C Dane Sardinha, C John Suomi, RHP Ryan Vogelsong and RHP Ehren Wasserman on minor league contracts. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS—Agreed to terms with OF Matt Holliday on a seven-year contract. FOOTBALL National Football League NEW YORK JETS—Signed LB Ezra Butler, P T.J. Conley, LB Joshua Mauga and WR Larry Taylor to futures contracts. PITTSBURGH STEELERS—Fired special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky. Signed RB Isaac Redman, TE Eugene Bright, WR Jason Chery, S Tuff Harris, DT Steve McClendon, RB Justin Vincent, CB Trae Williams, DT Scott Paxson, PK Piotr Czech. HOCKEY National Hockey League CAROLINA HURRICANES—Recalled F Jerome Samson from Albany (AHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS— Assigned C Derek MacKenzie to Syracuse (AHL). DALLAS STARS—Recalled C Warren Peters from Texas (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS—Assigned LW Mattias Ritola to Grand Rapids (AHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Recalled F Ben Guite from Milwaukee (AHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES—Assigned G Ben Bishop to Peoria (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer COLUMBUS CREW—Re-signed D Jed Zayner to a four-year contract. NEW YORK RED BULLS—Named Hans Backe coach and Jeremy Holsopple strength and conditioning coach. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES—Named Mark Watson assistant coach. COLLEGE ARMY—Named Leo Cullen men’s assistant soccer coach. MASSACHUSETTS—Named Ed Matz women’s soccer coach. MISSISSIPPI—Announced QB Jevan Snead will enter the NFL draft. NEVADA—Named Andy Buh defensive coordinator. NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS—Named Ed Rifilato defensive coordinator. NOTRE DAME—Named Bob Diaco defensive coordinator and Charley Molnar offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. RICHMOND—Announced sophomore QB Aaron Corp has transferred from Southern Cal. SAM HOUSTON STATE—Named Jeff Conway assistant football coach. SOUTH FLORIDA—Announced DE Jason Pierre-Paul will enter the NFL draft. VIRGINIA—Named Jim Reid defensive coordinator and associate head coach. VIRGINIA TECH—Announced DE Jason Worilds will enter the NFL draft.


The Enquirer-Journal

Friday, January 8, 2010 / 3B

Eagles’ Reid hoping to build on first round success PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If the Eagles have one advantage over the Cowboys in their playoff rematch, it’s the man in charge. Andy Reid is undefeated in playoff openers, going 7-0 during his first 10 seasons as Philadelphia’s coach. On the other side, Wade Phillips has never won a playoff game. He’s 0-4 with Dallas, Buffalo and Denver. So one coach wants to continue a streak and the other wants to end his when the two teams, both 11-5, meet in Dallas in an NFC wild-card playoff game Saturday night.

Panthers Continued from Page 1B “I think the biggest thing is that they are not afraid to wrestle good competition and if it means taking losses, like Dylan (Nelson) lost a couple — he’s not undefeated anymore. They understand that how we have scheduled is going to prepare them for the end of the season.” Stokes likes that his team is starting to get recognition from coaches around the state. “I feel really good,” he said. “It’s nice. That is one of the things we have been working for here for six years, is to gain the respect of coaches in the state, and it’s nice to know that we have that. They think that we’re doing things right down here. They think the kids are good; they’re quality kids. Again, it’s just rankings. “I let the kids know that we’re ranked. A lot of them already knew, but I wanted to instill into them that they worked really hard to get the respect, but now they have to work even harder to keep it. We used to be the underdogs, but now we have a bulls-eye on our back and everybody wants to beat us. It’s a feather in the cap for a kid to beat one of our wrestlers.” Only four of the Panthers’ starters are seniors, meaning that they have at least 10 returning starters next year

Phillips and his staff clearly outcoached Reid and his crew in a 24-0 victory last Sunday that gave Dallas the NFC East title and cost the Eagles a first-round bye. Reid, as usual, took the blame for Philadelphia’s poor performance, even though he wasn’t the one dropping passes, giving up big plays or missing open receivers. “I want to make this very clear. It starts with the head coach,” Reid said Thursday. “I had plenty of problems, the coaches had problems and so did the players. It’s not one “I think a lot of what’s going on here is tradition,” Stokes said. “A lot of the kids we have wrestled in middle school, so it’s kind of been instilled into them at a young age. A lot of them go to the AAU state championships and things like that where they know that everything is building up to the end of the season. Some more of it started during the football season, making the playoffs, and the same mentality during the football season building up to making the playoffs has carried over to here. It has helped them a lot. Our schedule wasn’t extremely hard, but they understand that as the season goes along that they will see more and more top level teams and they know that they have to keep working hard.” Stokes said the first goal is to win the regular season and conference tournament, something the program has never done in the same season. “I think our kids’ eyes are on our goal to win the conference and win the conference tournament,” Stokes said. “Then get to the dual team tournament and get past Tuesday, then get past Thursday ...” Senior Mitchell Simpson is the only undefeated wrestler in Union County with a 26-0 record. Twelve Panthers are 10 wins above .500. The Panthers will wrestle at Charlotte Catholic this Saturday in an individual tournament.

more than the other. We’re all in this thing together. There are no excuses for what took place and we’ve tried to go back and make sure we worked on the things we didn’t do very well. “They outsmarted us the last time. They did a better job than we did. That’s our challenge, from a coaching standpoint, to do a better job and we’re working on that.” Reid has a tough task this week, convincing his team that it can go back to Dallas and win just six days after being thoroughly dominated. The Cow-

boys also won in Philadelphia, 20-16, on Nov. 8. “Very seldom do you have an opportunity to play a team that just got after you a little bit a second time,” Reid said. “We have that opportunity to correct ourselves. That’s an approach I expect the guys to take and I think with the leadership on this team, that will take place.” Of their seven playoff openers under Reid, this is only the second time the Eagles start on the road. They did so last year, beating Minnesota 26-14. Philadelphia then knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, before losing

as a favorite at Arizona in the NFC championship game. Overall, Reid is 10-7 in the playoffs. He’s guided the Eagles to five conference title games and one Super Bowl, a 24-21 loss to New England five years ago. “In big games, coaches have to coach well and players have to play well,” Reid said. “That’s everybody. That’s how that works, whether it’s to win the NFC East or whether it’s now in the playoffs. That’s what we’ve done over the years. When we were in big games, we played and coached well. We have to go back to that. That’s the challenge for this week.”

E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

Coach Todd Stokes, right, is seeking his second straight conference wrestling title this season.

Cowboys quarterback wants to put past playoff games to rest IRVING, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo’s postseason memories with the Dallas Cowboys are filled with tears. There was that tearful apology to teammates after he botched the hold of a chip-shot field goal late in his first playoff game. And Terrell Owens tearfully defending the quarterback after Romo finished his other playoff loss with an interception in the end zone. “Those past games have absolutely no bearing on anything going forward,” Romo said this week while preparing for his next playoff chance, Saturday night at home in a quick rematch against Philadelphia. “Experiences, things you go through, you learn. You try and improve.” No longer with the distractions of Owens or a celebrity

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girlfriend — the Cowboys cut the often disruptive receiver last spring, and Romo ended his relationship with pop singer Jessica Simpson before training camp — Romo has broken single-season Cowboys passing records, including some of his own, while throwing a career-low nine interceptions. With Romo leading the way, Dallas (11-5) clinched the NFC East title with a three-game winning streak capped by a 24-0 victory over the Eagles last weekend. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen him more confident than he is now,” said tight end Jason Witten, one of Romo’s favorite targets and best friend since they came in as rookies together in 2003. “I’ve never seen us more confident in him.”

Romo became the Dallas starter seven games into 2006, a season that ended with a 2120 playoff loss in Seattle when Romo flubbed the hold and was then tackled short of the end zone. A year later, the Cowboys were home as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs after a bye week and Romo’s much-publicized weekend getaway to Mexico with Simpson and some teammates. They lost 21-17 to the New York Giants after Romo’s fourth-down ROMO pass with 9 seconds left was intercepted. “Those are lifetimes ago,” offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. “In a great deal of areas, he’s just not the same guy,” Cow-

boys owner Jerry Jones said this week. “He’s had a small lifetime of experiences both on and off the field, media exposure, critique and I can tell you firsthand that ultimately that will toughen you up or it will knock a little of naivete out of you. ... I’m glad to be going with a guy who has been through that — that’s a plus.” Consider what Jones went through after Hall of Fame quarterback and three-time Super Bowl winner Troy Aikman retired following the 2000 season until Romo, who initially arrived as an undrafted rookie out of Eastern Illinois for a $10,000 signing bonus, took over as the starter.

Flirting with perfection

Continued from Page 1B Whoever does have some say should be aware of this unethical behavior, and address it so others don’t suffer. Difficult choices have to be made when determining an all-conference or all-county team, but Kilgo was one of the obvious ones. He didn’t get an honor he deserved, and that’s wrong. If a coach can’t be fair about it, then it’s only fair that he abstain from voting. If I were a principal at any of these high schools, I would want my KILGO coaches to be an example of integrity at all times. And if this comes across as holier than than thou, understand that’s not the spirit with which it was intended. I just feel that when petty politics punish the youth of our community, someone should stand up and speak on their behalf.

E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

Tori Tsitouris (23) and the Parkwood High girls are 11-0 heading into tonight’s game at Weddington. The Rebels improved to 11-0 on the year with a win at Latin on Tuesday. Tsitouris, a junior forward, had 21 points, six rebounds and six steals in Tuesday’s win. Parkwood has 10 regular season games left — all against fellow Southern Carolina Conference opponents.

Among the Dallas starting quarterbacks in that span were Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf, Chad Hutchinson and Clint Stoerner. After cutting Carter, former coach Bill Parcells depended on veterans Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe before finally handing the job to Romo. Midway through 2007, his first full season as a starter, Romo got a $67 million, six-year contract extension. Romo is 38-17 in his 55 games as a starter, his franchise victory total to open a career surpassed only by Danny White (42) and Roger Staubach (40). Romo threw his 100th career TD last month, in his 53rd game — only Dan Marino, Kurt Warner and Johnny Unitas reached that mark faster. Now if Romo can just have some postseason success.

Bengals missing late WR in numerous ways CINCINNATI (AP) — Four pairs of cleats are neatly arranged on a lower ledge. The tiger-striped helmet hangs from a black hook on the left side of the wooden cubicle. T-shirts are bunched on hangers in the back. Shoulder pads rest upside-down on the top shelf. The Bengals haven’t cleaned out Chris Henry’s locker yet. They haven’t really replaced him, either. Henry’s death last month staggered his former teammates, who attended his funeral in New Orleans, then played poorly in their last two games. They’ll have decals with his No. 15 on the backs of their helmets when they host the New York Jets in a wild-card playoff on Saturday. His absence continues to touch them in many ways. “Chris was a big part of our offense, and a part of our offense that we weren’t able to replace,” said quarterback Carson Palmer,

who delivered a eulogy at his funeral. “Chris was a friend that is missed more than anything.” Palmer had a special connection with the 26-year-old receiver. On Cincinnati’s second play in a 2005 playoff against Pittsburgh, Palmer completed a 66-yard pass to Henry that was the longest in Bengals playoff history. Both suffered knee injuries on the play. Both recovered, though Henry’s off-field problems — five arrests — led the team to release and then re-sign him. At age 26, he seemed to have started turning his life around this year. His death last month in what police described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee brought his former teammates to tears. Henry was the Bengals’ fastest receiver and best deep threat. With his long arms and jumping ability, the 6-foot-4 receiver was a primary target near the goal line.


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Points that would have separated Cup champion Jimmie Johnson from runner-up Jeff Gordon (left), had the championship been determined by the old season-long points formula

DAYTONA 2010 SCHEDULE: Daytona Shootout, Feb. 6 (Fox); Daytona Duels, Feb. 11 (SPEED); Daytona 500, Feb. 14 (Fox)

Uncertainty remains over Shootout rules

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There are new rules for the 2010 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, but there’s still some uncertainty about which drivers will enter the Feb. 6 race and in which cars. Last year, the starting spots for the non-points race were allotted based on how a driver performed relative to other drivers running similar makes of car. This year the eligibility rules open the event up to the 12 drivers who made the Chase last year plus past Sprint Cup champions, past Shootout winners, past Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 winners and the reigning Cup rookie of the year, for a total of 28 drivers. That means starting spots for drivers who haven’t won Cup races in a while like Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte, John Andretti, Derrike Cope, Geoff Bodine, Terry Labonte, Ken Schrader and Sterling Marlin. It’s unclear which cars some of the eligible drivers will run and whether they’ll participate. There is also a spot for Dale Earnhardt Jr., a former winner of the Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 and the Shootout. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition, had this to say about the selection criteria in a release announcing the changes: “In our discussions with the track, we thought by placing an additional emphasis on the drivers who had performed well at Daytona over the years would create an even more compelling element for the fans to get excited about at the beginning of the season.” The race distance still will be 75 laps (187.5 miles), broken into segments of 25 and 50 laps. Green-flag laps and yellow-flag laps will count, and there will be a 10-minute pit stop between segments, during which teams can change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. There will be no changing of springs, shock absorbers or rear-ends. Starting positions, as in the past, will be determined by a drawing. Harvick is the defending race winner.

With new crew chief, No. 6 driver excited about 2010 season

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s the 2010 NASCAR season approaches, one of the stories to watch will be the performance of David Ragan and his No. 6 Ford team at Roush Fenway Racing. After nearly making the Chase in 2008 and showing tons of promise, Ragan started the 2009 season with a solid sixthplace finish in the seasonopening Daytona 500, then dropped like a rock, finally finishing 27th in the points standings with just two top-10 finishes (the other a seventh at California in the fall) and four laps led. And when one’s driving one of the premier cars for one of the sport’s premier owners, that’s not good for the long-term employment prospects. But Ragan says he’s used to that kind of pressure and ready to go to work to right his team’s listing ship. His dedication to racing was evident in his New Year’s Day schedule. At an hour when most were sleeping off a night of revelry, Ragan was at his personal shop, working on a Late Model car that he plans to race in his home state of Georgia at Lanier National Speedway on Saturday and Sunday. Still, his primary focus is on his Cup efforts, so he took the time to grant an interview about his NASCAR efforts while his friends and cousins continued work on the car. With impact wrenches hammering away in the background, Ragan talked about the upcoming season. He said he’s optimistic, based on some recent conversations, that his new crew chief, Donnie Wingo, can help him achieve the success he couldn’t find in ’09 with his former pit boss Jimmy Fennig. “It’ll be good for our team to have Donnie and me working together,” Ragan said. “We’ve talked some, and we’re thinking along the same direction on a lot of things … “It’ll be a lot of fun to go to Daytona with a new group and a good attitude.” Ragan said his preseason goals are pretty much the same as the ones he had this time last year — make the Chase and win some races. He said that at this point, he doesn’t consider himself, or

Barnes wins Polar Bear 150 again

David Ragan is cautiously optimistic about his team’s prospects in 2010. his team, championship material. “I don’t know that any team is except the 48 [Jimmie Johnson’s team],” he said. “We just need to be consistent, and not have a lot of failures.” He pointed out that last season started good enough, but he soon was struck with a series of misfortunes. He was 17th in the second race of the season, at California, and was eighth in points heading to the third race, at Las Vegas. He blew an engine there then lost another one in the seventh race of the season, at Texas. He left there 29th in points. “We never were able to dig ourselves out of the hole,” he said, adding that he hopes history doesn’t repeat itself. “We just can’t afford any DNFs [Did Not Finish] in the first five or six races. If we’re in the top 15 in points through Atlanta, Bristol will be good.” When Ragan laid out the road map for success in 2010, it seemed pretty straightforward and simple, but it’ll

have to be followed with the burden of pressure that comes with the territory. But Ragan said he’s ready for that too. “I’ve always raced like I had the heat on me,” he said. “It’s been like that since I was 12 and driving for my father. When I got out of high school and was trying to get a ride, I had heat on me.” He said that’s a better approach than to be overly sure of himself, like some drivers who have more confidence than their on-track results justify. And he has others to think about too. “I need to perform for my fans, for [sponsor] UPS, for my father, for everyone,” he said. “And I feel confident that I can do it.” A lot of that confidence comes from two major victories in the Nationwide Series last year — at Talladega and Bristol. They were his first two in a major NASCAR series, and they also were the first for his then-crew chief Mike Kelley and for most of the people on his team. But

Rockingham Speedway, the former NASCAR track now enjoying a new lease on life thanks to new owner Andy Hillenburg, welcomed the new year with the second annual Polar Bear 150 on New Year’s Day. And for the second straight time, the first racing winner of the year was Chuck Barnes Sr., but this time he had to work even harder for it. Runner-up Brett Hudson, who suffered a blown engine last year, challenged Barnes for the win in a spirited battle over the final four laps before Barnes took the win by less than a car length. The race, for street stock-type cars, saw 18 official lead changes, with 12 caution periods and two red flags. Jimmy Elledge, whose day job is crew chief for Scott Speed’s No. 82 Toyota on the Sprint Cup circuit, dropped out after a Lap 60 crash. “It’s my fault, I was being stupid and driving my car way too hard and it was way too loose,” Elledge told reporters at the track. “... Nobody’s fault but mine.”

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with the departure of sponsor Discount Tire, Ragan currently has no Nationwide races on his schedule. That’s something he’d like to change. “I want to run some Nationwide races, but I want to run them for Roush,” he said. “Hopefully something will happen so I can run a limited schedule, but my primary focus is on getting the Cup program going.” And his work with his Late Model car is a first step of the year in that direction. With limited opportunities for testing in his Cup car due to NASCAR’s restrictions on testing, he’ll use his time behind the wheel to sharpen his skills for the upcoming season. “Any time you can get in a race car helps you,” he said. “You get to use muscles you haven’t used in a couple of months, and you get to do some restarts and run twowide.” And maybe get that boost that comes from being first to the checkered flag.

Kvapil to run full Cup schedule It looks as if former Camping World Truck Series champion and one-time Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil will be returning to the Cup circuit next season. Kvapil told a Sirius NASCAR radio audience last week that he plans to run the full 2010 schedule in a car fielded by Front Row Motorsports and that Steven Lane will be his crew chief. Sirius also is reporting that Mark McArdle, former director of competition at Richard Petty Motorsports, is set to take a similar position with the No. 78 team of Regan Smith at Furniture Row Racing.

Johnson wins another award The awards keep piling up for four-time Cup champ Jimmie Johnson. The Eastern Motorsports Press Association has named Johnson the winner of its Al Holbert Memorial Award. The EMPA is made up of journalists, photographers and broadcasters who cover motorsports on a regular basis.

Biffle tries to build on positives of ‘average’ year About the best thing one could say about Greg Biffle’s 2009 season on the Sprint Cup circuit is that he was best in class, at least points-wise. The driver of the No. 16 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing finished seventh in the standings, tops among the Ford contingent. Although he wound up winless, he did post 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. In a recent interview with Ford representatives, he pointed out that his season, while somewhat disappointing, wasn’t a disaster either. “I’m going to say we had an average year,” he said. “We came close to winning several times, and that’s one positive thing about our season. We came very close at Kansas, California and a few others like Texas and Michigan, so that’s good that we were running competitive enough to get into Victory Lane. The unfortunate part is we weren’t competitive enough all season.” Indeed his best finishes were thirds, at the first Texas race where he led 93 laps, at Dover and at Kansas, where he led 113 of 267 laps. He also led 117 laps at Darlington, where he typically shines, before fading to eighth at the finish. He did make the Chase and made an appearance at the annual Awards Banquet, even though he came short of his goal of finishing in the top five in the standings. “At one point at Homestead we were in

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Greg Biffle, seen here visiting Fenway Park with his wife, Nicole, last year, finished seventh in the standings, best for a Ford driver.

fifth, but with Tony [Stewart] coming back a little bit and Denny [Hamlin] winning the race, we lost those two spots and ended up seventh,” he said. “Overall, it was a satisfactory year. Making the Chase is important, but we want to win races and we want

to compete for the title.” Biffle said he’s looked back at the races he didn’t win, and tried to think what could have been done differently to improve the outcome. Mostly what he determined was that it’s the little things that make a difference. “At California, we slid deep in the pit box and I kind of got the guys off beat a little bit,” he said. “I was still in the pit box, but we were in really deep, and it cost us some time. You look at those things and say, ‘OK, I need to be a little bit better, a little bit different.’ “We ran out of gas by half-a-lap, so I needed to run a little bit slower at Michigan. You pick up little bits and pieces and try to perfect it, and sometimes you hope it will win you a race.” For the next few weeks, he won’t be in his race car, but he’ll still be busy enjoying the fruits of his past labors. “I have some mountain property in the mountains of North Carolina and enjoy spending time up there,” he said. “I just recently bought a piece of land in West Virginia, kind of recreation land, so I enjoy doing that. “I go fishing a little bit. I love to offshore fish, so I’m looking at getting an opportunity to do that. I might check out Key West this year because they said it’s really good fishing down there.”

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Points that would have separated Mark Martin (below) and Johnson under the old season-long format (Martin would have been fifth)

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Drivers in the top 20 in Cup points whose finishing position would have been the same under the old season-long format and under the Chase (Jimmie Johnson, first; Greg Biffle, seventh; Juan Pablo Montoya, eighth; Carl Edwards, 11th; Jeff Burton, 17th; Marcos Ambrose, 18th; Kevin Harvick, 19th and Joey DNFs (Did Not Finish) by Jimmie Johnson in the past four Sprint Cup seasons

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NOTICE OF MEETING CANCELLATION The regular scheduled Planning Board meeting for January 18th, 2009 has been canceled due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The next scheduled Planning Board meeting is February 15th, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department located at 3500 Waxhaw Parkway, Waxhaw, NC. Please call or e-mail Lori Oakley, Planning and Zoning Administrator, at (704) 843-2195 or loakley@waxhaw.com for more information. January 8, 15, 2010 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF MECKLENBURG IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION Case Number: 09-CVD-19212 Mayola Flores Flores, Plaintiff, vs. Humberto Alfaro Martinez, Defendant. TO: Neri Gregoria Ortez Murillo TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: absolute divorce from Plaintiff stated hereinabove. You are required to make a defense to such pleading no later than Forty (40) days after _______ (exclusive of said date), and upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. This the 8th day of January, 2010 David A. Concha Attorney for Plaintiff 725 East Trade Street Suite 215 Charlotte, NC 28202 Phone: (704) 525-8824 January 8, 15, 22, 2010

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF UNION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK FILE #9E0715 ADMINISTRATOR EXECUTOR NOTICE Having duly qualified before the Honorable J. R, Rowell, Clerk of Superior Court of Union County, as personal representative of the Estate of Gennie Sue Long, deceased. This is to notify all persons having claims against said Estate to present them to the undersigned on or before the 20th day of March 2010, or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This 16th day of December, 2009. Nell R. Thomas 1219 Hwy. 218 West Indian Trail, NC 28079 Nancy Eubanks 3506 Starmount Ave. Charlotte, NC 28269 December 18, 25, 2009 January 1, 8, 2010 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF UNION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK FILE #10E0009 ADMINISTRATOREXECUTOR NOTICE Having duly qualified before the Honorable J. R. Rowell, Clerk of Superior Court of Union County, as personal representative of the Estate of Georgia E. Carnes, deceased. This is to notify all persons having claims against said Estate to present them to the undersigned on or before the 10th day of April, 2010 or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This 6th day of January, 2010. Executor: Robert R. Crisp 2216 Candlewood Dr. Monroe, NC 28110 January 8,15, 22, 29, 2010 09 SP 1477 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by NEIL HUTHERT, Married and MEGAN NOWAK HUTHERT, Married to John C. MacNeill, Jr., Trustee(s), which was dated August 22, 2008 and recorded on August 29, 2008 in Book 04966 at Page 0864, 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

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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 12, 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 VH2180, CURETON, PHASE 1, MAP III, AS SHOWN ON PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT CABINET J, FILE 584, A REVISION OF PLAT CABINET I, FILE 964, UNION COUNTY REGISTRY, REFERENCE TO WHICH IS HEREBY MADE FOR A MORE PARTICULAR DESCRIPTION. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 8112 Whitehawk Hill Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173. 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 Neil Huthert and wife, Megan Nowak Huthert. 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 Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-17918-FC01 January 1, 8, 2010

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 12, 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 12, TIMBER HILLS SUBDIVISION, AS SHOWN ON PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT CABINET H, FILE 53, UNION COUNTY REGISTRY, TO WHICH PLAT REFERENCE IS HEREBY MADE FOR A MORE PARTICULAR DESCRIPTION. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 4411 Allibrook Way, Wingate, NC 28174. 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 Jose C. Romero and wife, Paula Romero. 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 Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-17852-FC01 January 1, 8, 2010

09 SP 1496 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by JOSE C ROMERO AND PAULA ROMERO to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated August 26, 2004 and recorded on September 3, 2004 in Book 3550 at Page 699, 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

09 SP 1769 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Ramiro Gordillo, Individual and wife, Sonia Cortes to Douglas Douglas, Trustee(s), which was dated September 22, 2004 and recorded on September 28, 2004 in Book 3567 at Page 136, 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

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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 12, 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: BEGINNING at set iron marking NW intersection of Benton Street and Westwood Street, and runs thence with north line of Benton Street, S. 88-14-35 W. 100.00 ft. to found iron, SE corner of S & W Properties lot (Book 419, pg. 888); thence with east line of S & W Properties lot, N. 2-47-40 W. 135.70 ft. to found iron, the NE corner of S & W Properties lot, also common corner with Archie L. Rorie lot (Book 420, pg. 422); thence running with two lines of Rorie's lot: (1) S. 32-37-00 E. 41.00 ft. to found iron; (2) N. 87-5805 E. 83.02 ft. to found iron on west line of Westwood Street, Rorie's SE corner; thence with west line of Westwood Street, S. 0051-10 E. 100.89 ft. to the point of BEGINNING and being 0.24 acre (10594 sq. ft.) according to physical survey and map dated 09/07/2000 by Derick L. Miles, P.L.S. Reference is made to Tract 4 in deed recorded in Book 892, pg. 661, Union County Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 622 Benton Street, Monroe, NC 28110. 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 Ramiro G. Gordillo and wife, Sonia Cortes. 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 Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-20018-FC01 January 1, 8, 2010

tomary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on January 12, 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: BEGINNING at a point in the center of Griffith Road, a corner of the Clayton Eugene Pressley property (Book 207, page 581); thence with the center of said road North 13 degrees 10 minutes 59 seconds East 190.30 feet to a point, a corner of the Julia Gayle Starnes property (Book 101, page 23); thence with a line of the said Starnes property South 83 degrees 34 minutes 14 seconds East 741.82 feet to an iron; thence South 07 degrees 52 minutes 01 second West 190.45 feet to an iron, another corner of the Clayton Eugene Pressley property; thence with a line of the said Pressley property North 83 degrees 27 minutes 52 seconds West 759.42 feet to the point of BEGINNING, containing 3.269 acres, more or less, as shown on a plat by Carroll L. Rushing, NCRLS, dated August 25, 1999. All references in the above description to adjoining landowners and owners to land to which "corner" or "property line" references are made shall be deemed to mean the owners of such property now or formerly. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 1803 Griffith Road, Monroe, NC 28112. 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 Susan C. Ozmore. 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 Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-20963-FC01 January 1, 8, 2010

09 SP 1779 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by SUSAN C. OZMORE (UNMARRIED) to DAVID B CRAIG, Trustee(s), which was dated August 26, 1999 and recorded on August 26, 1999 in Book 1292 at Page 480, 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 cus-

09 SP 1798 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by DOUGLAS J HOWARD AKA D HOWARD, A MARRIED PERSON and spouse, Courtney D. Howard to WILLIAM R. ECHOLS, Trustee(s), which was dated August 29, 2007 and recorded on August 30, 2007 in Book 04672 at Page 0120, 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


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county courthouse for conducting the sale on January 12, 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 39 in Block 2 of HUNTER OAKS Subdivision, Phase 10, Map 1, as same is shown on a map thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet H in File 17 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 9305 Shrewsbury Drive, Waxhaw, NC 28173. 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 Douglas J. Howard and wife, Courtney D. Howard. 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 Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-20881-FC01 January 1, 8, 2010

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 Kay Tanner aka Kay Price Tanner. 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 Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-21670-FC01 January 1, 8, 2010

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 Candelario A. Ortez and Miguel Corado. 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 Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-04976-FC01 January 8, 15, 2010

bove described is being offered for sale “AS IS, WHERE IS” and will be sold subject to all superior liens, unpaid taxes, and special assessments. Other conditions will be announced at the sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. 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 title include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the sale and reinstatement of the loan without knowledge of the Trustee(s). If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the Trustee(s), in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Additional Notice where the Real Property is Residential with less than 15 Rental Units: An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to 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 15, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of termination. Dated: December 22, 2009 The Hunoval Law Firm, Attorney for Poore Substitute Trustee, LTD Substitute Trustee (704) 334-7114 January 1, 8, 2010

plat is hereby made for a more perfect description of said lot. The sale will be made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, restrictions and easements of record and assessments, if any. The record owner of the above-described real property as reflected on the records of the County Register of Deeds not more than ten (10) days prior to the posting of this Notice is: Robert J. Miller 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 County Clerk of Superior Court. 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 the 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. Pursuant to N.C.Gen.Stat. § 45--21.10(b), and the terms of the Deed of Trust, any successful bidder may be required to deposit with the Trustee immediately upon conclusion of the sale a cash deposit of the greater of five per cent (5%) percent of the amount bid or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00). Any successful bidder shall be required to tender the full balance purchase price so bid in cash or certified check at the time the Trustee tenders to him a deed for the property or attempts to tender such deed, and should said successful bidder fail to pay the full balance purchase price so bid at the time, he shall remain liable on his bid as provided for in N.C.Gen.Stat. § 4521.30 (d) and (e). This sale will be held open ten (10) days for upset bids as required by law. This the 2nd day of November, 2009. Richard J. Kania Substitute Trustee 600-A Centrepark Drive Asheville, North Carolina 28805 (828) 252-8010 January 1, 8, 2010

09 SP 1887 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by KAY TANNER, A SINGLE WOMAN to COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated May 26, 2003 and recorded on May 30, 2003 in Book 3083 at Page 374, 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 12, 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 44 OF YORKSHIRE, PHASE 2A AS SHOWN ON PLAT DULY RECORDED IN PLAT CABINET D, FILE 928 IN THE UNION COUNTY REGISTRY, REFERENCE TO WHICH IS HEREBY MADE FOR A MORE PARTICULAR DESCRIPTION. Parcel Id. No. 09-256-099 Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 3014 Rochester Avenue, Monroe, NC 28110. 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

09 SP 468 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by CANDELARIO A. ORTEZ, AND MIGUEL CORADO AKA MIGUEL A CORADO, AS JOINT TENANTS WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP to TRUSTEE SERVICES OF CAROLINA, LLC, Trustee(s), which was dated September 7, 2007 and recorded on September 10, 2007 in Book 04681 at Page 0595, 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 19, 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 102, SPANISH MOSS AT BRANDON OAKS, PHASE 8B MAP 1, AS SAME IS SHOWN ON PLAT THEREOF IN PLAT CABINET J, AT FILE 186, UNION COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC REGISTRY. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 2015 Fripp Lane, Indian Trail, NC 28079. 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

110.021 09-SP-1904 NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE’S FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER AND BY VIRTUE of the power and authority contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed and delivered by Jose Suarez and Judith H. Suarez, dated June 30, 1998 and recorded on July 13, 1998, in Book 1118 at Page 441, in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina; and because of default in the payment of the indebtedness secured thereby and failure to carry out and perform the stipulations and agreements contained therein, pursuant to demand of the holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will place for sale, at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at Union County Courthouse, in Monroe, North Carolina, on Monday, Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM that parcel of land, including improvements thereon, situated, lying and being in the City of Matthews, County of Union, State of North Carolina, and being more particular described as follows: BEING all of Lot 25 of LAKE PROVIDENCE. Phase II, Section III, as shown on plat thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet B, File 3068 in the Union County Public Registry, North Carolina. BEING the identical property conveyed by Deed to Jose Suarez and wife, Judith H. Suarez recorded on 06/26/1997 in Book 983 at Page 852 in the Union County Public Registry, North Carolina. Address of Property: 5037 Laurel Grove Lane, Matthews, NC 28105 Present Record Owner: Jose Suarez and Judith H. Suarez The terms of the sale are that the real property hereinbefore described will be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The Substitute Trustee reserves the right to require a cash deposit or a certified check not to exceed the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty Dollars ($750.00). In the event that the holder is exempt from paying the same, the successful bidder may also be required to pay revenue stamps on the Trustee’s Deed, any Land Transfer Tax, and the tax required by N.C.G.S. §7A308 (a) (1). The real property hereina-

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA UNION COUNTY IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION 09 SP 1914 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF THE DEED OF TRUST OF ROBERT J. MILLER, Grantor(s), To: TRSTE, INC., TRUSTEE, AND WACHOVIA BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION BENEFICIARY, As recorded in Deed of Trust Book 4932, Page 673, Union County Registry. See Substitution of Trustee as recorded in Deed Book 5210, Page 803, Union County Registry, appointing Richard J. Kania as Substitute Trustee. NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE BY SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE TO: Robert J. Miller 2120 Sablewood Drive Charlotte, NC 28205 Unknown Spouse of Robert J. Miller 2120 Sablewood Drive Charlotte, NC 28205 Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in that certain deed of trust executed and delivered by the above-named Grantors to Wachovia Bank, National Association, dated June 26, 2008, filed for record on July 8, 2008, securing indebtedness in the original principal amount of $118,836.34 as recorded in Deed of Trust Book 4932 at Page 673, Union County Registry (hereinafter, the "Deed of Trust"), and because of the default of in the payment of the indebtedness thereby secured and the failure of to carry out or perform the stipulations and agreements therein contained and pursuant to the demand of the owner and holder of the indebtedness secured by the Deed of Trust, and pursuant to the Order of the Clerk of Superior Court for Union County, North Carolina, entered in this foreclosure proceeding, the undersigned, Richard J. Kania, Substitute Trustee, will expose for sale at public auction on January 11, 2010 at 11:00 A.M at the usual place of sale as designated by the Clerk of Court for foreclosure sales at the Union County Courthouse, Monroe, North Carolina, the real property in Wesley Chapel Township, Union County, North Carolina (including any improvements thereon), with the address of 1120 Anniston Place, Wesley Chapel, NC 28104, and as described in the attached Exhibit A hereto. EXHIBIT A BEING ALL OF LOT NUMBER 47, Anniston Grove Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded at Plat Cabinet J, File 177-180, Sheet 1-4, Union County Registry. Reference to said

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KIA SEDONA VAN equipped with power lift for new electric wheel chair, wheel chair included, low mileage. like new, must see to appreciate sacrifice $15,000.00 firm (704)843-1617

Newly Remodeled 060 Pets & Supplies 164 Motorcycles Townhouse 2bd/1.5 ba In Column $600mo. Call before 1:30pm the day Yorkie Teacup M/F, Chork02 Honda 750 Shadow 704-283-3097 ie 2lb male, reg’d, shots, prior to publication. For SatACE motorcycle 500 mls & guarantee (704)218urday call before 3:30pm on on new tires, exc cond 113 Duplexes Thursday and for Sunday 6022 $3000 (704)218-7316 call before 1:30 pm on Fri1br 1ba duplex gas heat day. 062 Homes for Pets cent air private deck, year Display lease +dep. req’d no pets, Free Yorkie 3yrs, must be 704-201-9534 leave msg neutered old women Sunday 12 Noon Thurs Tuesday 4PM Friday pref’d, no breeders 704Wed. 4PM Monday 681-0642 1br 1ba duplex spacious, Thursday 4PM Tuesday cent H/A, $437mo. 903 A Friday 4PM Wed. MERCHANDISE Guild, ref’s & dep req’d Saturday 10AM Thurs (704)225-1543 069 Appliances POLICIES 3br 1.5ba 1050sf $695mo Refrigerator & Stoves both, great location in The Enquirer-Journal re$99.99 Wingate cul de sac dep & serves the right to edit or reWashers & Dryers $79.99 ref’s req’d (704)283-6490 ject and correctly classify an 704-649-3821 ad at any time. The EnquirMemory Lane Monroe 2br er-Journal will assume no li082 Yard/Garage Sales 1ba, dishwasher, heat/air ability for omission of advertising material in whole or in $550mo + $550 dep call Sat. 4617 Smith Town Rd part. (704)226-1098/ 221-4881 Marshville, 7am-12 hshd ERRORS items clothes shoes, furn 114 Houses For Rent tble, chair, end tbles etc Please check your ad the first day it runs. If you find an Monroe 821 Maurice St 090 Miscellaneous error, call the first day so 3br 2ba hdwood floors, your ad can be corrected. $750mo (704)905-1791 The Enquirer-Journal will 18 ft Four Winds Boat $175, no trailer, frame for utility give credit for only the first trailer $275 firm (704)254incorrect publication. 7105 PAYMENT Pre-payment is required for 3 Framed Number prints of all individual ads and all Old Monroe, by Lawbusiness ads. Business acrence Luche $180 togethcounts may apply for pre-aper (704)283-8433 proved credit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, Master Card, cash, or All electric invacare hospital bed $300, and other checks medical items.. call FAX: 704-289-2929 (704)608-4748 ★★★★★★★★★★★★

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Metal Roofing 3ft wide $1.40 LF 1-803-789-5500

Found male black & wht PTO Generator 25KW continuous 50KW surge, nevdog, Marshville/Peacher used $2,000 (704)218land area, call to identify 7316 (704)254-4981


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Friday, January 8, 2010 / 7B

REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

Let us help your dreams come true ...... Check out these fantastic homes and land deals in our area!

For Sale by Owner, 50 acres Piedmont schools, well installed perk permitted. Mostly wooded, some grass.

$500,000 Call day 704-291-1061 or night 704-289-1734

Hamilton Place • 2808 Arrowhead Ct. $172,500 3 Bed/2 1/2 Bath/+Bonus Room, 1760 sq. ft. / .39 acre premium lot, 2 Car Garage, Gas FP, New Paint, Carpet, ceramic tile, counter tops & gutters. Master suite w/trey ceiling. Contact Perkins Properties, 704-579-1364 MLS 717444

3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops/ hardwoods and ceramic tile/jacuzzi jet master bath. Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell jeffhall@kw.com

Lot $30,000

SKYECROFT

5930 Timbertop Lane Charlotte, NC 28215

.87 ac cul-de-sac lot. Gated Community with full amenities; Swim,Tennis, Club House. $189,000. MLS#850338.

Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell jeffhall@kw.com

Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor

3BR 2B home on 1.23 acres Pageland SC. home has sheetrock walls, new laminate floors, berber carpet, front and rear decks, septic tank, Pela storm doors, counter tops, whirlpool tub with jets. heat pump is 2 yrs old. Refri, stove and dishwasher and gas logs to remain. This home is top of the line. Home can be seen on my web site : terripurser.remax-carolina.com list price $79,500.

Attention Golfers FOR SALE BY OWNER 2731 Rolling Hills Drive 704-283-6519 or 704-242-1303 Brick home w/approx. 3200 sq. ft. w/4 large BDs, 3 Full BAs, 2 half BAs, GR room w/rock fireplace w/gas logs. Formal dining room, Bkfst room & kitchen w/pantry. Rear deck overlooking large yard w/garden spot. Oversized garage. Porter Ridge School District.

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Ranch home with all new tile flooring/all new neutral carpet thru out/Master bath has dual sinks/garden tubshower. Kitchen has new installed oven. Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell jeffhall@kw.com

Enjoy entertaining in this wonderful Marshville home: over 3500 sq. ft. on 2 acres. Holiday dinners a breeze to prepare in the spacious kitchen. Grand living and dining rooms. 5 bedrooms; 5 fireplaces; den; screeened porch. Call Elsie: 704-363-8815 PRUDENTIAL CAROLINAS REALTY

REDUCED New 2007, 3BR, 2BA, 2 car garage, rec room, s/s appliances, ceramic tile, 1 ac lot, lots of extras. Must see! $167,400 CALL 704-243-4656

Call 704-488-5869 Terri Purser Re/Max Steeplechase Monroe

For Sale 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car garage. Over 2000 square feet. Near Waxhaw. 704-621-7799

$169,000

881 Clonmel Drive • Desired Shannamara Golf Community Breathtaking brick home w/open floor plan. Master on main. Gourmet kitchen w/extras. Oversize bedrooms & Loft. Beautiful landscape w/deck, & in-ground pool. Fenced yard w/ mature trees behind for privacy. For more information and virtual tour visit http://www.MyRealtorMichael.com/ Offered at $399,900

Michael Calabrese 704-231-7750

REDU LEASE TO OWN!! 2322 Lexington Ave. (Near New Walter Bickett Elem.) 2224 heated sq. ft. Built in 2004. Like new inside and out 3-4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, stone and vinyl exterior, new appliances.

$169,900 to buy or lease to purchase. Call 704-488-7722

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FOR SALE BY OWNER, NORTH MYRTLE BEACH HOUSE $725,000 5 BD, 4 BTH, ON CHANNEL, TWO BLOCKS FROM BEACH WWW.NORTHMYRTLEBEACHTRAVEL.COM, RENTAL HOUSE NAME, AQUAVIEW, 704-975-5996,WCMMCLEOD@CS.COM

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