Jerry Seinfeld comes to Ovens Auditorium on January 22. 7A
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THURSDAY Sunny, clear High: 55 Low: 28 Complete report: Page 8A
BY JASON deBRUYN
Andre DeWayne Allen Geraldine Brady James Cannady Doares Sadie Ledbetter Leon Richard Pickford Rene Rodriguez
WHAT’S NEWS Call for Fun Fest exhibit entries WAXHAW Waxhaw is now accepting exhibitor and concession applications for its two day outdoor family fun festival on May 15-16 in historic downtown. The application deadline is April 19. The application can be found at www.waxhaw.com or call Cathy Murphy at 704843-2195 ext. 26. -Elisabeth Arriero
Wally Gilmer teaches inmates at the Union County Jail about the importance of finding focus in their lives in order to make proper decisions. The edges of this photograph have been intentionally blurred to ensure no inmate can be identified.
Safer Communities program prepare inmates for freedom
County Commissioner Lanny Openshaw wants federal sewer grant money to be used across the Yadkin River Basin, located on the eastern side of the county, to those who have commercial projects waiting for water and sewer. His comments at a recent meeting were not clear in an article on page 3A of Wednesday’s edition.
BIRTHDAYS Best wishes are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday today, especially: Ashley Richardson, Hazel McCollum, James E. Gordon. Call (704) 261-2278 or e-mail email@example.com to add your names to t he list.
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Life after jail By Alan Jenkins
MONROE “How many of you this morning can say that your life has meaning?” Most people struggle with this question at one point. For the 13 men sitting around two cold metal tables, the answer could mean the difference between a changed set of circumstances or the continued spiraling of a life out of control. These orange-clad men are inmates at the Union County Jail, and the person asking the question is Wally Gilmer, Life Skills class teacher. “I didn’t have much of a meaning going in, but going out, I’ve got one,” an inmate said. The class is part of an almost three-decade-long effort by Safer Communities, a group started in Union County to lower the number of men who return to jail after leaving because they committed another crime.
Inmates ask to be part of the seven-week class. If accepted, they join their classmates in a 30-foot room that holds 14 bunk-style beds, two tables and a white board. They remain in that room for seven weeks, leaving only to take outdoor exercise three times a week. During winter’s coldest days, the inmates don’t go outside at all. In that room, they talk about the process behind making good decisions. They discuss anger management, how to get a job, and how to manage their personal finances. “It’s not just because you’re in here,” Gilmer tells the inmates. “Everybody outside the jail has made stupid, bad decisions.” The alternative for many of these men could mean a return trip to jail. Nationally, four out of five people who spend time
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— Wally Gilmer, Life Skills class teacher
How can you help?
What: Safer Communities fundraiser When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Where: Lee Park Baptist Church Who: Performances by the quartets Driven and Discussion for Life, as well as the Montgomery Family. Honored guests will be N.C. Sen. Eddie Goodall and N.C. House Rep. Curtis Blackwood Cost: $5 For more information, call (704) 291-0888 Source: Kelly Ross Benton, fundraising chairwoman
BY TIFFANY LANE AND ELISABETH ARRIERO
MONROE Monroe native Karla Davis will perform tonight in the Colgate Country Showdown finals held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The annual competition gives musicians the chance to compete for $100,000 and the exposure of performing on a national stage. The competition, hosted by country music artist Leann Rimes, will air on television sometime this spring. Davis took some time while preparing for the finals to answer a few questions from the Enquirer-Journal. Q: What is your first memory of being a musician? A: Well I haven’t been performing for too long. I mostly remember singing at my church; Church is where I learned about my love for music. Now my chSurch at home is my favorite place to perform ... so I
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Davis performs tonight at Colgate Country Showdown By Alan Jenkins
Photo by Darcy Duncan
Region opens heart to victims of Haiti quake MONROE Union County residents woke up Wednesday to the news that much of Haiti is buried under rubble. A 7.0 earthquake shook the nation Tuesday, killing what officials dread could be thousands of people. Hours later, emergency relief agencies were making plans to help. There are several missionaries and mission workers from North Carolina in and around Haiti, Dennis Burton, director of missions with the Union Baptist Association, said. “Undoubtedly, some of our people are going to be affected,” he said. “I have no idea as to their status or welfare. We’ve got no information about that yet.” Eighty-five congregations belong to the association, Burton said, and they send 200 to 300 people on disaster relief or mission projects each year. “In every disaster that’s happened in the last 15 years, large groups of people that go on those trips are from Union County,” he said. He expects Haiti relief to be no different. As the association forms a team to deploy, it’s calling for orthopedic surgeons and construction workers to volunteer. Others are needed to run showers, oversee laundry units
Monroe native plays in Nashville
Country musician Karla Davis will perform tonight in the Colgate Country Showdown in Nashville, Tenn.
One convict said this was the best seven weeks of his life. Not his time in prison. His life.’
INDIAN TRAIL Indian Trail hired a new town manager and will pay him a $110,000 salary. The council whittled 117 applicants down to one, selecting John A. Fivas Tuesday evening. Fivas had been city manager of Owosso, Mich., a town of about 20,000 residents. “I just see this guy being a great asset to Fivas us,” Councilman Robert Allen said Wednesday, especially pleased that Fivas “comes with no baggage and a fresh perspective” and was “not part of the old guard.” In addition to his salary, Fivas will receive a $400 monthly car allowance, 10 vacation days and may spend up to $4,000 for “professional meetings adequate to continue to professional development,” according to the contract. Moving costs will be paid for by the town. Fivas holds a law degree from Thoomas M. Cooley Law School and a Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. “Indian Trail has a reputation as a great place to live, work, learn and raise a family,” Fivas said through a news release, adding that he wants to “develop a strategic direction for the future growth of Indian Trail.” Allen said he wants Fivas to focus closely on making the town more business-friendly. Especially with the newly passed liquor-bythe-drink referendum, Allen hoped Fivas could find ways for the government to work with businesses to broaden the town’s tax base. Fivas said he has family in the area and will begin his new post no later than March 1. The Town Council did not release names of finalists for the position, but are not required to do so according to North Carolina government law.
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COMING EVENTS Today
Waxhaw, NC Geraldine McCain Brady, 95, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2010. She was born in Union County, NC on March 8, 1914 daughter of the late Samuel Hosea and Kate Haigler McCain. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Walkersville Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Brady was preceded in death by her husband, Cyrus Lamar Brady, Sr, sons, Melvin Ott Brady and Cyrus Lamar Brady, Jr. and a grandchild Ted Brady. She is survived by a son, Louis Brady and wife Kathy of Selma, Alabama, 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday at 1:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Walkersville Presbyterian Church, 6204 Brady Rd., Waxhaw, NC, 28173. Gordon Funeral Service of Monroe is caring for the Brady family. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com PAID OBITUARY
Monroe Mr. Rene Rodriguez, age 55, of Monroe, North Carolina, passed away Tuesday (January 12, 2010) at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A Memorial Service to Celebrate his Life will be conducted at 3:00 PM Thursday (January 14, 2010) at Prospect United Methodist Church, 6020 Prospect Road, officiated by Reverend Steve Phillippi and Mr. Ingram Walters. Mr. Rodriguez was born on October 7, 1954, in Edinburg, Texas, a son of the late Juan Rene Rodriguez Sr. and Maria Flores Rodriguez. He was a retired truck driver for EmreeReed in Charlotte after 16 years of service. Later he worked with Ingram Walters and family. Survivors include his loving wife, Nellie Cook Rodriguez of Monroe; Missy and Ingram Walters and their children, Erin Walters, Griffin Walters and Will Walters of Monroe; and a host of family from Texas and friends everywhere. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Davis Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mr. Rodriguez. An on-line guest register book is available at www.davisfuneralservice.com PAID OBITUARY
James Cannady Doares
Matthews James Cannady Doares, 93 of Matthews (formerly of Gastonia) passed away January 12, 2010 at home surrounded by his loved ones. As a young man Jake served his country in the United States Army. He spent many years as a grocer in Gastonia and was retired from Pelton & Crane Co. He is survived by his wife, Ruth F. Doares of the home. Four surviving stepsons are, R. Wayne Rowell and his wife Linda of Ocean Isle Beach; their children, John K Rowell and wife Aimee of Mint Hill, Richard W. Rowell and wife Jill of Gainesville, FL and Mark A. Rowell and wife Susan of Summerville, SC. Bruce D. Rowell and his wife Becky and their son, B. Dean Rowell, Jr. of Oakboro. Robert Lemmond and his wife Martha and their children Coby Lemmond and wife Jennifer of Monroe, Mandy Petty and husband Doug of Monroe and Loren Lemmond of Charlotte. Alan Lemmond and his wife Jean and their son Garrett of Brunswick, GA. One stepdaughter, Ann Galinski and husband Paul of Chicago, IL and their children Ritchie Pearson and wife Kate of Monroe, and Scott Halford and Brian Halford both of Chicago, IL. A sister, Irene Beam of Raleigh, 5 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews also survive him. Jake was predeceased by his former wives Louise Doares and Macie T. Rowell Doares and his only daughter and son-inlaw, Dottie and Willis Morris. Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held today at 11AM at Stallings United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Sharon Memorial Park with Military honors. The family will begin to receive friends at 10AM. A special thank you to Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte and Senior Health Care of Matthews for the love and attention shown to Jake and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jake’s name may be made to Stallings United Methodist Church, 1115 Stallings Road, Matthews, NC 28104 or Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care, PO Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233. Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneral. net PAID OBITUARY
Sadie Honeycutt Ledbetter
monroe Sadie Honeycutt Ledbetter, 95, of Monroe, passed away January 11, 2010, at the Jesse Helms Nursing Center in Monroe. Mrs. Ledbetter was born July 7, 1914, to the former James Luther Honeycutt and Tempie Eunice Smith Honeycutt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Adam Ledbetter; sons Melvin and Keith; five brothers and six sisters. Visitation will be January 13, 2009, at Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church, 3619 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be Thursday, January 14, 2:00 pm.at Union Grove. Survivors include son Hoyle Ledbetter and wife, Betty, of Locust and Doris L. Greene and husband, Charles of Monroe; daughters in law Donnie Ledbetter of Monroe and Shelby Ledbetter Rash and husband, Phil, of Indian Trail; eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. Hartsell Funeral Home, Midland, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent at www. hartsellfh.com. PAID OBITUARY
Leon Richard Pickford
Heath Springs, SC Leon Richard Pickford, 76, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. He was born in Laconia, New Hampshire on June 1, 1933. Son of the late Harold and Gladys Hale Pickford. Mr. Pickford was a US Navy veteran. He is survived by sons, David G. Pickford of Buford, Ga., Richard Pickford of Summerville, SC, daughter Pam Denise Pate of Heath Springs, SC; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. There will be no services. Gordon Funeral & Cremation Service is caring for the Pickford family. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com.
Andre De Wayne Allen
monroe Andre De Wayne Allen, 2 months old, of Charlotte, died Thursday, January 7, 2010 at Carolinas Medical Center-University in Charlotte. Graveside services will be held 12 noon Friday at Monroe Full Gospel Church Cemetary in Marshville. Born in Mecklenburg, October 12, 2009, a son of Keith Hubbard and Cynde Allen of Charlotte. Survivors include other than his parents, twin brother Trey Allen of the home; maternal grandparents Ray and Cynthia Green of Marshville; paternal grandparents Bryan McNair and Orlene Hubbard of Wadesboro. Public viewing will be held 12 to 6 pm Thursday at Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monroe.
• UNION WEST ROTARY, 7:30 a.m., civic building behind Indian Trail Town Hall. For details, call Sean Helms, 704849-9332. • WAXHAW-WEDDINGTON SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB, 7:30 a.m., Rippington’s Restaurant, 109 W. South Main St., Waxhaw. Details, Jerry Simpson, 704-363-2173. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. • KIWANIS CLUB OF MONROE, noon to 1 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. For details, call Fran Dandridge at 704289-9429. • SENIOR CITIZENS CANASTA, 12:30 p.m. , Ellen Fitzgerald Center. For information, call Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center at 704-282-4657. • HOMEWORK HELP NIGHT, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monroe Library. For grades one through eight. Details, Kim, 704-283-8184, ext. 238. • THURSDAY TALES, 5 p.m., Monroe Library. For ages 5 and up and their caregivers. Details, 704-283-8184. • UNION COUNTY CRIMINAL JUSTICE PARTNERSHIP BOARD, 5:30 p.m., Department of Social Services Auditorium, 1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd. • PILOT CLUB OF MONROE, executive board meeting, 6 p.m., David Tucker Construction. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • WAXHAW TOPS #613 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Waxhaw Bible Church, 6810 Pleasant Grove Road. Details, 704-843-5518 or 704-254-3880. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • UNION COUNTY CRUISERS, 6:30 p.m., Monroe Mall, next to Pizza Hut. Custom and classic cars. Details, 704238-1600. • SENIOR DANCE, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center, Line dancing and ballroom dancing. Details, 704-282-4657. • BINGO, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Indian Trail VFW, 100 VFW Lane, Indian Trail; $500 jackpot. For details, call 704-821-9753. • PARENTS WITH LD/ ADD SUPPORT GROUP, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian, 302 Windsor St. For more details, call Carol Murray, 704-283-4740. • WEDDINGTON OPTIMIST CLUB, 7 p.m., Weddington Optimist Park, state Route 84. For details, call Aubrey Moore, 704-283-1805 or Ron Stamey, 704-846-1754. • BOY SCOUT TROOP 98, 7 p.m., Hemby Bridge Church, 6010 Mill Grove Road. For details, call 704882-3482. • AUTISM SOCIETY OF NORTH CAROLINA, Union County chapter family support meeting, 7 p.m., Walter Bickett Education Center, 501 Lancaster Ave., Monroe. Details, 704-724-0855. • MARSHVILLE RESEARCH CLUB, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church library, Marshville. Details, 704-624-5289. • AMERICAN LEGION POST NO. 27, 7:30 p.m., Sutherland Avenue post. • COCAINE ANONYMOUS meeting, 7:30 p.m., at the Friendship Home, 2111 Stafford St. Ext., Monroe. • AL-ANON, 8 p.m., First Step Recovery Center, 1623 Sunset Drive, Monroe. Details, 704-2830944, 704-764-7651. • SONS OF THE AMER-
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ICAN REVOLUTION, Col. William Bratton Chapter, 6 p.m., Ryan’s Steakhouse, 2367 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill, SC 29730. Chapter includes Union County descendents. Details, Mark Starnes, 803-628-0304.
• EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2822657. • MOMS CLUB INDIAN TRAIL AREA, 9:30 a.m., Indian Trail Presbyterian Church. Details, Kristen, momsclubita@ yahoo.com or Kelly, 704846-6737. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. Details, 704624-2828. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. • MONROE CRUISEIN, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Monroe. Details, 704292-1705; www.monroenc. org. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nicey Grove Baptist Church, 318 Camden Road, Wingate. Details, 704-221-7352. • OVERCOMERS OUTREACH ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1700 Secrest Shortcut Road. For details call 704-8469223. • PAGELAND SINGLES DANCE, 7 p.m. to midnight, Pageland, S.C., American Legion Post 92. Live music, married couples welcome. Bring covered dish. Admission, $10. Must be 21. Details, Lloyd or Margaret Melton at (843) 634-3787 after 6 p.m. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-8214256, 704-763-0784.
• REPUBLICAN MEN’S CLUB, 8:30 a.m., Golden Corral. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 9 a.m. weigh-in, 9:20 meeting, Love Baptist Church, 707 Deese Road, Monroe. Details, 704-226-1520. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704-377-0244. • OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 10 a.m., Central United Methodist Church, room 106. • WINCHESTER ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, 10 a.m., Bazemore Meeting Room, Winchester Avenue. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 5:30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704821-4256, 704-763-0784. • BINGO, 7:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Association Post No. 14, 620 Roosevelt Blvd., $2,500 program. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, call 704283-6165. • MONROE SHAG CLUB, 8 p.m. to midnight, American Legion Post 27, 700 Sutherland Ave., Monroe. Admission, $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers. Details, 704-764-8808. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 8 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • SAFER COMMUNITIES, fundraising event, 7:30 p.m., Lee Park Baptist Church, 2505 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe. Admission $5. Features musical guests Driven and Decisions For Life quartets and the Montgomery
Family, as well as special guests N.C. Sen. Eddie Goodall and N.C. House Rep. Curtis Blackwood. Details, 704-291-0888.
• EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2824657. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. • TODDLER TIME, 11:15 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. • BABY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-843-3131. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Outpatient Treatment Pavilion auditorium, CMC-Union. Details, Kara Finch, 704-2895502, kfinchcoa@carolina. rr.com. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • INDIAN TRAIL TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), private weighin, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m; meeting 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Indian Trail United Methodist Church, 113 Indian Trail Road. First visit free. Details, 704-843-9365. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, First Baptist Church, 109 Morrow Ave. Details, 704-233-1610. • TURNING POINT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Janice Bellamy, 704283-9150. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, Bonds Grove United Methodist Church, Waxhaw. Details, 704-8432735.
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Waxhaw’s bid for a new emergency department stalls in negotiations By JASON debruyn
Staff Writer MONROE No agreement was reached to build an emergency department in Waxhaw. Representatives from Carolinas Healthcare Systems and Carolinas Medical CenterUnion met Wednesday with the Union County Board of Commissioners and county staff to hash out a lease agreement for an emergency department on Providence Road near Gray Byrum Road. No agreement was reached and the CMC-Waxhaw pavilion stayed only a proposal. “I’m disappointed,” said Dennis Phillips, CHS regional vice president. “I don’t understand why we couldn’t come to some sort of a conclusion (Wednesday).” County commissioners said the main problems involved rent costs and a concern about what would happen with the license to operate the emergency department if the county’s relationship with CMC-Union changed. In addition to equipment, the building must be upgraded to house an emergency department, CHS offered to pay the money up front for upgrades and charge CMC-Union what amounts to an additional rent payment. CHS representatives provided county finance staff with the proposed rent payments and building improvement costs that CMC-Union would pay out of its operating budget. CMCUnion’s portion of the building — about 35 percent of the 73,743-square-foot building — cost about $6.14 million and the upgrades to make it emergencygrade will total about $6.57 million. CHS proposed charging CMC-Union a combined $47.02 per square foot, or about $1.21 million annually, for the combined costs. CHS proposed a 10-year lease, the same length as is remaining on the CMC-Union lease with the county for the Monroe hospital. The county finance
department determined from CHS’s figures that CMC-Union would pay $5.61 million in 10 years for the building portion of the rent, even though it will be usable for 40 years. That means CMC-Union would pay for 69.1 percent of the building during 25 percent of the building’s life, something Commissioner Tracy Kuehler said was unfair. The rent amount is based on fair-market-value compared to other medical centers in the area, Phillips said. Presbyterian Hospital in Monroe, for example, charges $24 per square foot. CHS wants to charge $21.72 per square foot in Waxhaw.
Certificate of need Kuehler said she had more of an issue with what would happen to the certificate of need, the state-issued license that allows for an emergency department in western Union County. CMC-Union holds the certificate in Union County, not CHS, because it must be tied to a hospital already in the county. Because it was applied for through a building owned by CHS, however, the certificate is valid only in that specific building in Waxhaw. In other areas, like Steele Creek, all those components are owned by CHS. In Waxhaw, different entities control the parts and must come to an agreement for the emergency department to operate.
Who owns what? CHS owns the building and property where the Waxhaw emergency pavilion would be located; CMC-Union would operate the medical services and controls the certificate of need through its hospital license in Monroe. CMC-Union would pay about $5.2 million for equipment. Commissioners own the building and property for the hospital in Monroe and lease it
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to CMC-Union as the operator. Per the lease agreement, CMCUnion must seek commissioner approval if it wants to spend more than $500,000 out of its excess revenues-over-expenditures fund. Therefore, CHS and CMC-Union must convince the commissioners to release the money from CMC-Union. The commissioners are openly shopping the Monroe hospital lease and Kuehler worried what would happen with the certificate if the hospital lease, and license, were transferred. A real possibility, she said, was that the emergency department could be taken away. Phillips said transferring the certificate was simple enough that it could be worked around through a process called “expedited review” which he said takes about 30 days. If the entity holding the certificate knew its lease were to expire, Phillips said there would be ample time to get paperwork changed in that an emergency department would not need to be closed.
Not enough info Commissioners denied CHS’s request Wednesday mainly because county staff said they did not have enough information to recommend that it pass. Commissioners Allan Baucom and Parker Mills suggested that the board get together with the decision makers at CHS to work something out, but the board majority of Kuehler, Lanny Openshaw and Kim Rogers decided to have Phillips and other CHS staff communicate with county staff first. Commissioners left the meeting asking CHS to provide its staff with further information and Phillips said it would clear up the rent and CON questions and anything else county staff request. There was no date set for another meeting, but all sides said they wanted to get together again sooner rather than later.
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City worker , Dennis Eudy guides the base of a broken telephone pole as it is pulled from the ground. A woman driving an SUV hit the pole on Franklin St. near Deese St.
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Commissioners change meeting times By ELISABETH ARRIERO
Staff Writer WAXHAW Town commissioners hope that tentative changes they made to their meeting schedule Tuesday will streamline decision-making in Waxhaw. The board plans to meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, rather than the second and third. “We’ll have the opportunity to sleep on it before making a decision,” Mayor Daune Gardner said. “It’s helpful to have a little space between when information is received and when a decision is made.” The board also plans to make them both business meetings, meaning that it can make decisions at either gathering. Currently, commissioners are not allowed to make any decisions at its meeting on the third Tuesday of the month because
“After awhile, you start to see everybody shut down.” it’s classified as a work session. “We’ll have that time to still spend on items we need to spend on, but we won’t be trying to cram it into one night,” Commissioner Joyce Blythe said. Several commissioners said their business meetings on the second Tuesday of the month tend to run unreasonably late. “After awhile, you start to see everybody shut down,” Commissioner Erin Kirkpatrick said. Public comments
will now be allowed at the beginning as well as at the end, Kirkpatrick said, so residents are not forced to sit in a threehour meeting in order to make a two-minute comment to the board. Beginning in February, the board will hold both of its meetings at the Museum of the Waxhaws. Town Manager Mike McLaurin said the changes are tentative, depending on whether they run into any conflicts.
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City worker Stephen Mull spreads asphalt after crews repaired a broken water main that broke Tuesday night, resulting in ice build up on Old Charlotte Avenue.
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Drought management The drought is over. Reservoirs across North Carolina are full. With that in mind, it appears to us that the upcoming session of the General Assembly, which begins in the spring, would be a good time for the state to reassess its drought management law. Lawmakers adopted the state’s current drought management law in 2008, at a time when counties across North Carolina were in various stages of a drought or at least considered abnormally dry. Emergencies, perceived or real, don’t generally produce good environments for legislation. That was certainly the case in 2008 when the General Assembly gave the governor and the governor’s appointees broad powers to deal with droughts. We’ve mentioned before a couple of provisions in the drought law that are particularly troubling. We think they should be dealt with in any review of that law. One of the provisions gives the governor the authority to mandate that cities share water with their neighbors if the governor declares that a water shortage emergency exists. That’s an unnecessary power because the governor already had the power to order municipalities to share water if the governor declared a health emergency. Plus, most cities are good neighbors that would want to help neighboring municipalities. Many of their employees commute from one town to another. They have family and friends who live in neighboring cities. They don’t want their family or friends to have to face the misery of living without water. Another provision allows the governor to force cities and other water authorities to implement conservation programs when an area falls within a certain drought stage. That means that a city might have to implement a conservation plan even if its reservoirs are full. That can be costly to cities and towns, particularly since many of the costs associated with water treatment are fixed. The end result could be increased water bills — a slap in the face to water customers. Another problem with the law is that it assumes that the people in Raleigh are better able to judge what’s best for communities than the local mayors or town councils. It’s not a wise way to conduct business. While water conservation is a good thing, we must ask: Who is better equipped to manage local efforts, the folks in Raleigh or the people on the scene across North Carolina? The answer is obvious. Localities are in a better position to make water policy and drought policy. Lawmakers should recognize that and revise the state’s drought management law accordingly.
YOUR VIEW Thanks to all from Goodwill Industries On behalf of the more than 16,000 people who used Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s job training and employment programs in 2009, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the residents of Monroe and Union County. Despite a difficult year for many in our community, you were generous with your donations of material and household items at a time when it mattered most. With a record number of people turning to Goodwill for assistance in 2009, we were able to meet that demand – providing the resources and training needed to find and keep a job. The sale of your donated items provides the resources that fund our employment programs. Without your donations of clothing, household items, furniture and computers, our programs would not be possible! More than 16,000 people will have a brighter employment outlook in 2010 thanks to your amazing generosity. On behalf of those individuals and their families, I thank you. Michael Elder Pesident andCEO Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
Cries of protest ring hollow in the east No disrespect intended but when officials in western Union County cry foul when water and sewer work is slated for the east, I’m sorry but your cries ring pretty hollow. It would be interesting to see the actual linear footage of pipe that has been
laid in the west versus east over the past twenty years. I am sure the numbers would paint quite a picture of contrast don’t you suppose? We have had to beg, plead and raise hell just to get aging sewers in the county that fill our creeks with sewage when it rains even patched up by UCPW. As for my hometown, I am proud they installed their own water and sewer systems without burdening taxpayers in the county that do not even have water or sewer service. When they have trouble such as infiltration and inflow by excessive rainwater, they don’t cry to the county or anyone else. They do what any responsible party would do; they secure funding and fix it. Imagine that, a town that actually does what a town is supposed to do. This should serve as a valuable lesson to all in municipal service. So, those in the west who protest so loudly about “what have you done for me lately?”, before you can play the “red headed stepchild” card ahead of those in the east actually living the part, you have a wide gulf of neglect to swim prior to claiming the position and a duty to rise to your own responsibilities. Kevin Stewart Wingate
If you are ashamed, get out and work hard If you are ashamed of the recent actions of the Marshville Town Council, or any other council, then it is time to get on the band wagon of supporting what is legal and right, and put personal feelings aside, whether Democrat, Republican, Jew or Gentile, This council has made another wrong move in making
a decision Monday night not to swear in Officer Stuart Chaffin. Such action may affect the future of another good and qualified police officer. Historically, the Marshville Police Department has been the clean-up woman in hiring police who have had problems with employment in other towns of who have been hired just for one last chance to work and get and keep their certification. However, make no mistake: This can be a good thing. I believe the person or persons who do good deeds need to be commended, For we all have sinned and come short, biblically speaking, and also “he without sin cast the first stone, or walk away.” I feel that when it comes down to a council or commission or any elected official of any caliber to use the offices of our prominent elected people to make or break a person’s reputation or character, to sway the opinion, to make a decision that will alter the life of another, without documentation. I cannot and will not support such actions. For I feel that this is serious business. I have publicly and repeatedly expressed that I will not knowingly use the position that I have been elected to by the people to serve to be used for political power or selfish gain. Once again, I will stand up for what is legal and right, if I have to stand alone. However, unlike some council members, I feel that before making any move or conclusion that will affect the livelihood and future of any person or employeem the council should do their homework by calling Raleigh State offices or etcetera before making any move. Margaret Bivens Member Town Council
You can expect more searches on airplane flights I doubt a middle-aged, Irishlooking fellow would try such a thing. I refer to the Christmas Day bombing attempt. Authorities allege that a Nigerian fellow with ties to al-Qaida nearly brought down a plane by setting off explosives in his bloomers. I know it’s unpleasant to acknowledge, but the al-Qaida fellows are at war with us. Since they don’t have battleships, fighter jets or tanks, they board our commercial planes and try to blow them up. Since we know that’s what they’re trying to do, our government, since 9/11, has written new laws and spent billions to upgrade our systems. Most importantly, it’s stepped up efforts to carefully screen middle-aged, Irish-looking fellows who attempt to board commercial flights. Thankfully, I don’t fly as much as I used to, but I went through a stretch in which I was pulled aside for secondary screening three flights in a row. Secondary screening, for those of you lucky enough to
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never fly, involves a thorough scanning and pat-down by Transportation Security Administration guards. Now I have sympathy for the people who screen thousands of passengers every day. It isn’t TSA’s fault that some people are trying to blow other people out of the sky. But why do so many airports have big, burly guards doing the secondary screening? Guard Bubba directed me to sit in a chair and lift each leg as he waved an electronic wand all about me. He told me to stand as he waved the wand over the rest of me. Then things got personal.
Bubba told me to hold my arms out to my side, then, standing behind me, patted me down so thoroughly there is only one word that approximates what transpired: dating. I didn’t know if I should slug the fellow or send him roses. The process is even more intrusive for women. Because they have more places to conceal explosives, they get patted down in a manner that otherwise would require dinner and a show. I can’t prove it, but I suspect the guards are profiling passengers -- the more attractive the lady, the more likely Bubba will direct her to the special screening area. That’s what I’d do if I had Bubba’s job. I’d single-handedly secure the skies from the threat of hot-looking female terrorists. I know it makes some folks feel safe that all passengers -even 92-year-old grandmothers -- are being rigorously screened at our airports. But then again, it’s frightening how easy it was for the
Everyone is scared again, so our government is promising to make the system work better again.
alleged Christmas bomber to board a U.S.-bound flight. He reportedly had been training with al-Qaida in Yemen -- he was supposed to be on a watch list but wasn’t. His father warned the U.S. embassy in Nigeria that his son was boarding a U.S.-bound plane with no luggage -- he told them his son espoused a radicalized faith and might do
something bad. The son reportedly paid cash for his ticket and had no luggage -- yet he waltzed right onto the plane. Despite all the dough we’ve spent since 9/11 -- despite all the changes -- it was only through the grace of God that the undie bomb failed to detonate. Everyone is scared again, so our government is promising to make the system work better again. I know what that means: middle-aged, Irish-looking fellows can expect even more patting down. I just hope Bubba is more considerate next time. We were once so close, yet he never writes, he never calls. ©2010 Tom Purcell. Tom Purcell, a humor columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Visit Tom on the web at www.TomPurcell.com or email him at Purcell@caglecartoons.com.
Haiti Continued from Page 1A and care for children. Translators are also needed, he said. Haiti’s official languages are French and Creole. The association comes under the Baptist State Convention, which coordinates various relief efforts. Members of the convention rebuilt 750 homes after Hurricane Katrina and visited the Pentagon and Ground Zero just a day after Sept. 11 attacks. County Commissioner Parker Mills visited Haiti in November and recalled the different lifestyle that pervades. “It’s definitely a struggle from the time you get up in the morning to the time you go to bed,” he said. “There’s no food, no running water, no electricity and no vehicle access.” The village Mills visited is 100 miles from Port-auPrince. A friend told Mills that the village, which is in the mountains, didn’t feel any tremors from the earthquake. “I will be happy to volunteer in some capacity,” Mills said. Henry Funderburk, mission trip coordinator for the Union Baptist Association, has traveled to the Dominican Republic, where he worked with Haitian refugees. He spoke of the widespread poverty there. “Virtually no one under 12 years old even had any clothes on,” he said. “I know they are really in a bind now.” The Port-au-Prince airport is closed, Funderburk said, but medical teams and other volunteers may be able to fly in on small planes. The Union Baptist Association will e-mail churches in its organization to ask for relief volunteers — ones with passports to go immediately and those without them to go later. The American Red Cross pledged $1 million to relief efforts. Sheila Crunkleton, director of development for the Union County Chapter said no one from her agency is going to Haiti, but locals can still donate money. Donations to the local chapter will go to Washington for international relief.
DONATE OR VOLUNTEER Union Baptist Association To volunteer for relief efforts, call 704-283-8383 American Red Cross-Union County chapter 608 E. Franklin St. Monroe, NC 28112 (specify that donations are for Haiti disaster relief) Diocese of Charlotte Haiti Disaster Relief Catholic Diocese of Charlotte 1123 South Church Street Charlotte, NC 28203
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Obama promises all-out relief effort in Haiti WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are laying out a massive military response to the Haiti earthquake, saying that ships, helicopters, transport planes and a 2,000-member Marine unit are either on the way or likely to begin moving soon. Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of U.S. Southern Command, said Wednesday that one of the U.S. Navy’s large amphibious ships will likely head to Haiti with a Marine expeditionary unit aboard. Fraser said other U.S. military forces are on alert, including a brigade, which includes about 3,500 troops. Fraser said during a news conference with other U.S. officials that the Pentagon is “seriously looking at” sending thousands of Marines to assist with disaster relief efforts and security in Haiti. President Barack Obama promised earlier Wednesday to mount an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort to help the people of Haiti overcome a “cruel and incomprehensible” tragedy.” The president said the relief effort is gearing up even as the U.S. government is working to account for Americans who were on the island nation when the disaster struck late Tuesday afternoon.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton cut short an extended trip to the Asia-Pacific region to deal with the earthquake crisis in Haiti. She had not been due to return to the U.S. until next week. Clinton told reporters in Hawaii on Wednesday that she would return to Washington to help oversee U.S. relief efforts instead of continuing on to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand as she had initially planned. Obama has directed his administration to provide all aid necessary to assist in relief efforts. The initial contingent of 2,000 Marines could be deployed to the quakeravaged country within the next few days to either help with emergency aid distribution or enforce law in order in conjunction with U.N. peacekeepers already there, Fraser said. The general said that a U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, is also heading from Norfolk, Va., to the area and should arrive Thursday afternoon. The dispatched troops would aim to keep the peace in the event of post-disaster unrest as part of a larger international effort overseen by the United Nations, whose peacekeeping operation headquarters was
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destroyed in the quake. About 100 U.N. personnel are believed to be trapped in the ruins of he building. “It’s going to be our assessments that are going to determine, in conjunction with (the U.N. mission) and the other international partners who are there, how best to deal with any security situations that come up,” Fraser said. “We don’t know precisely what the situation is on the ground,” he added. “So we’re leaning forward to provide as much as capability as quickly as we can to respond to whatever the need is when we get there.” More immediately, Fraser’s Miami-based Southern Command is also dispatching a team of 30 people to Haiti to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake and make way for additional military aid. Officials said two C-130 aircraft were departing Wednesday for Haiti with
Bankers apologize for actions that led to crisis WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenged by a skeptical special commission, top Wall Street bankers apologized Wednesday for risky behavior that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But they still declared it seemed appropriate at the time. The bankers — whose companies collectively received more than $100 billion in taxpayer assistance to weather the crisis — offered no regrets for executive pay that is now likely to increase as a result of their survival. They did say they are correcting some compensation practices that could lead to excessive risktaking. The tension at the first hearing of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission was evident from the outset. “People are angry,” commission Chairman Phil Angelides said. Reports of “record profits and bonuses in the wake of receiving trillions of dollars in government assistance while so many families are struggling to stay afloat has only heightened the sense of confusion,” he said. Lloyd Blankfein, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, took the brunt of the questions, especially on his firm’s practice of
“You talked yourself into a place of complacency,” he concluded. The panel began its yearlong inquiry amid rising public fury over bailouts and bankers’ pay. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., said Wednesday he will hold a hearing next week on bank compensation, looking to expand legislation that already passed the House. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., wrote to President Barack Obama on Wednesday suggesting legislation that would use banks’ tax breaks as incentives for pay based on performance. “We understand the anger felt by many citizens,” said Brian Moynihan, chief executive and president of Bank of America. “We are grateful for the taxpayer assistance we have received.” “Over the course of the crisis, we as an industry
selling mortgage-backed securities and then betting against them. “I’m just going to be blunt with you,” Angelides told him. “It sounds to me a little bit like selling a car with faulty brakes and then buying an insurance policy on the buyer of those cars.” Blankfein replied: “I do think the behavior is improper. We regret the consequence that people have lost money in it.” Later, though, he defended the firm’s actions as “exercises in risk management.” In a moment of selfanalysis, Blankfein said the world of high-finance simply rationalized its way into risky transactions. Summarizing the thinking in the industry at the time, he said: “Gosh, the world is getting wealthier. Technology has done things. ... These businesses are going to do well.”
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caused a lot of damage,” Moynihan said. Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., said most of his employees took “significant cuts in compensation” in 2008. He said his company would continue to pay people in a “responsible and disciplined manner” to attract and retain top talent. Still, Dimon said, “We did make mistakes and there were things we could have done better.” Outside experts say the banks’ changes to executive compensation move them in the right direction, effectively tying pay to long-term performance. But he said that won’t
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Parents fear son’s girlfriend will hold him back DEAR ABBY: Our son, “Sam,” is a senior in high school and has chosen a college that will suit his major. Now, all of a sudden, his girlfriend, “Amanda,” has decided she wants to attend the same school. We’d like to discourage it because we know she’s only going there to be close to our son. We feel she needs to get out on her own as much as Sam does. Sam has tried to break up with her in the past, but she makes him feel guilty about breaking it off. We have talked to our son about her and her behavior. He is a bright kid, but seems not to be smart where Amanda is concerned. Please help us figure out a way to make Sam understand the kind of position he’s putting himself in. Amanda is needy and spoiled. She has never had to work for anything. Our son holds down
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two jobs and seems very independent -- so why is he coddling her? -- HELP NEEDED IN WISCONSIN DEAR HELP NEEDED: Sam may be emotional about Amanda, or just so soft-hearted he can’t get past her guilt trips. Please remain calm, because college is almost a year away and a lot can happen between now and then. If Amanda’s focus is on Sam and not her grades, although she may want to attend the same college, she may not be accepted for enrollment.
If she is, then your husband needs to have a man-to-man talk with Sam and point out that when he gets to college he is going to be exposed to many different experiences and people, that he’s quickly going to grow emotionally and intellectually, and that is why it’s important that he keeps his options open. *** DEAR ABBY: My problem is I attract needy people. I don’t have a problem setting boundaries. However, those boundaries are frequently crossed because the person is so selfabsorbed that he/she “can’t hear” me. How does one draw the line with a complete stranger who wants to tell me her whole life story the first time we meet, and sucks away my energy and my time? I feel like the individual isn’t even talking to me. She might as well be talk-
Horoscopes Jan. 14, 2010
Dennis the Menace surprisingly go smoothly today. Although you never thought you would finish things on time, you’ll end up completing everything ahead of schedule. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -This is an excellent time to reorganize an endeavor in order to make it more effective. Your peers won’t be able to help you, but as it turns out, you won’t need any assistance. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You’ll know that a critical task won’t be easy, but simply knowing that takes the pressure off and will make your job far easier than you ever thought possible. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Not only will you properly analyze things; you will come up with some extremely clever ideas for handling them. Don’t hesitate to follow your instincts. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- An unlikely person might be instrumental in showing you where a couple of material opportunities exist. However, you will need to take advantage.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Be prepared to stand or fall on your efforts instead of expecting surrogates to do things for you, because even though you may have little confidence, you’re the only one who can get things done. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Assess situations logically, but don’t discount your intuitive perceptions, either. This combination will make you a successful person. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Conditions that pan out successfully for your friends might not prove as effective for you. However, when operating in
your zone, you could surpass what they accomplish two times over. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Your chances for a successful day can be increased if you know what you want and don’t hesitate going after it. Fuzzy goals yield hesitation; clear-cut objectives waste no time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- New knowledge is likely to be exactly the right information you need to accomplish a special project. You’ll know it the moment you see it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -To your surprise, someone you least expect will turn out to be the exact partner you need to accomplish a goal that demands at least two to handle. You might even make a new friend. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- When negotiating a matter of great importance, don’t hesitate to set the tone by opening up with a generous offer. There’s even a chance it will encourage your counterpart to top you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- What gave you fits yesterday might
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ing to herself or to a wall for all I care. Abby, I do not want to continue being taken hostage by these kinds of people. I’m not interested in their lives or troubles. I have enough of my own. I don’t want to be unkind, but I haven’t found a way to protect myself from being forced to invest time in needy acquaintances with whom I do not wish to pursue a relationship. I am not a total (rhymes with witch), but I am definitely ... BAFFLED IN VERO BEACH, FLA. DEAR BAFFLED: If I understand your description correctly, the type of person you describe is a “sapper.” These are individuals who talk until they completely drain the energy from their “victim” -- not unlike vampires in Stephenie Meyer’s novels. An effective way to deal with a sapper is to stop the
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conversation. Explain that he or she has caught you at a time or place when it’s inconvenient to talk, or tell the person you do not feel qualified to deal with their situation and refer them to a doctor, lawyer or therapist. Then walk away or end the phone call -- depending upon how they have “attached” themselves to you. *** DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend broke up with me, saying, “It’s not me, it’s you.” If he meant it as a joke, I didn’t feel like laughing. What should I have said to him? -- STUNG IN DENVER DEAR STUNG: The best response is the one you probably gave him: “Goodbye!” *** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.
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Celtic Crossroads, March 20 at 8 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets start at $33.50 and go on sale Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. The Moody Blues, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $49.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. Tao, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $23 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. University Wind Ensemble, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. “Songs of the People,” university choral concert, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. Bon Jovi, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets range from $39.50 to $125 and are available at the Arena box office and through Ticketmaster. Norah Jones, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $44 to $59 and are available at the Bo-
Comedy Jerry Seinfeld, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $47 to $77 and are available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum box office and through Ticketmaster. Louis Ramey, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-2338316 or online at www.wingate. edu/culture. Bill Cosby, April 25 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24 and go on sale Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Feb. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Tickets start at $34 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. The Parsons Dance Company, March 25 at 7:30 p.m., March 26-27 at 8 p.m., March 28 at 3 p.m. at the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $24 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org.
Faces & Flowers: Painting on Lenox China, through Jan. 30, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: The Bresler Collection, through Feb. 6 at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Art on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. Loîs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color, through Feb. 27, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. Identity Theft: How a Cropsey Became a Gifford, through March 27, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. The Art of Affluence: Haute Couture and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007, through spring 2010, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000
or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. The Height of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now, through spring 2011 at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. “A Sense of Place,” faculty art exhibit, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the C. Douglas Helms Gallery of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission.
“Under the Sea,” at the Imax Dome Theatre at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Admission to the theater is $11 for ages 14 to 59, $9 for those 60 or older or 2 to 13, free for those under 2. Combo passes including Discovery Place are $19 and $15. For information or show times, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or (800) 935-0553, or go online to www.discoveryplace.org. “Adventures in Wild California,” at the Imax Dome Theatre at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Admission to the theater is $11 for ages 14 to 59, $9 for those 60 or older or 2 to 13, free for those under 2. Combo passes including Discovery Place are $19 and $15. For information or show times, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or (800) 935-0553, or go online to www. discoveryplace.org.
Flat Out Bluegrass, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mineral Springs Music Barn, 5920 Eubanks St., Mineral Springs. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger, and are available online at www.MineralSpringsMusicBarn.com. For information, call 704-668-1689 Winter Jam, featuring Third Day, Newsboys Newsong, others, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Union Symphony Youth Orchestra, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Porter Ridge High School auditorium. Reception to follow, with artwork by players and friends on sale. Band of the Irish Guards/Royal Regiment of Scotland, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $19 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Boston Brass, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-2338316 or online at www.wingate. edu/culture. George Strait, Reba McEntire, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets are $79.50 and $89.50 and are available through Ticketmaster. Jake Owen, Blaine Larson, Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.coyotejoes.com. Turtle Island String Quartet, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or online at www.wingate.edu/culture. Kathy Mattea and the Charlotte Symphony, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $20 to $50 and are available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum box office and through Ticketmaster. J. Max McKee, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mineral Springs Music Barn, 5920 Eubanks St., Mineral Springs. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger, and are available online at www.MineralSpringsMusicBarn.com. For information, call 704-668-1689. David Nail, Feb. 6 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $10 and are available at www. coyote-joes.com. Wingate University Choral 2010 Tour home concert, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free
admission. Brandi Carlile, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets are $22.50 and $25 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. The 5 Browns, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets start at $39 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. Black Eyed Peas, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets are $49.50, $61.50 and $81.50 and are available at the Arena box office, at www. TimeWarnerCableArena.com and through Ticketmaster. Get the Led Out, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $19.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. University Wind Ensemble, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. University Men’s and Women’s Choirs, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m at the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $39 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. African Children’s Choir, March 15-16 at 7 p.m. at the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $24 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. John Mayer, Michael Franti, Spearhead, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets range from $37 to $66 and are available through Ticketmaster. The Irish Tenors with the Charlotte Symphony, March 19 at 8 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $25 to $65 and are available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum box office and through Ticketmaster.
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Porgy & Bess, May 14 at 8 p.m., May 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., May 16 at 2 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $15 to $95 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org.
“Biloxi Blues,” presented by Theatre Charlotte, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29-30 at 8 p.m., Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5-6 at 8 p.m., Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Tickets range from $7 to $24 and are available at www.CarolinaTix.org. “Grey Gardens,” presented by Queen City Theatre Company, Jan. 28-30 at 8 p.m., Jan. 31 at 2 p.m., Feb. 1-6 at 8 p.m., Feb. 7 at 2 p.m., Feb. 8-13 at 8 p.m. in the Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square. Tickets are $24 and $28 general admission, $18 and $20 for seniors and students and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. Discount tickets of $14 for the Feb. 3 performance are available at www.queencitytheatre.com. “Spring Awakening,” Feb. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5 at 8 p.m., Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. Charlotte Squawks: Six Degrees of Desecration, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12-13 at 8 p.m., Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19-20 at 8 p.m. in Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets start at $29.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www. CarolinaTix.org. “The Frog Prince,” Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Each child’s
ticket (12 and younger) free with a $5 adult ticket. For tickets, call 704-233-8316 or go online to www.wingate.edu/culture. “tick, tick ... BOOM!,” March 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or online at www. wingate.edu/culture. “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy,” March 16-18 at 7:30 p.m., March 19-20 at 8 p.m., March 21 at 3 p.m. in the Booth Playhouse of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50 and go on sale Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. “A Streetcar Names Desire,” presented by Theatre Charlotte, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., March 19-20 at 8 p.m., March 21 at 2:30 p.m., March 24-25 at 7:30 p.m., March 26-27 at 8 p.m., March 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Tickets range from $7 to $24 and are available at www. CarolinaTix.org. “Snow White,” March 26 at 7 p.m., March 27 at 3 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Each child’s ticket (12 and younger) free with a $5 adult ticket. For tickets, call 704-233-8316 or go online to www.wingate.edu/ culture. “Jersey Boys,” March 31 at 7:30 p.m., April 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 2 at 8 p.m., April 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., April 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 6-8 at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at 8 p.m., April 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., April 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., Arpil 16 at 8 p.m., April 17 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $32.50 to $120 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. “Smoke on the Mountain,” presented by Theatre Charlotte, May 6 at 7:30 p.m., May 7-8 at 8 p.m., May 9 at 2:30 p.m., May 12-13 at 7:30 p.m., May 14-15 at 8 p.m., May 16 at 2:30 p.m., May 19-20 at 7:30 p.m., May 21-22 at 8 p.m., May 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Tickets range from $7 to $24 and are available at www.CarolinaTix. org.
The Aluminum Show, Jan. 12-14 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 15 at 8 p.m., Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 22 at 8 p.m., Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29 at 8 p.m., Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.CarolinaTix.org. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Jan. 27-28 at 7 p.m., Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Jan. 30-31 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets range from $15 to $100 and are available at the arena box office and www.timewarnercablearena.com. Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or online at www.wingate.edu/culture. Southern Spring Home and Garden Show, March 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., March 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Park (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart). Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance, $7.50 with a VIC card at participating Harris Teeter stores, free for youths 15 and younger (excluding groups). Group rate, $7.50 per person. For information or tickets call 800-849-0248 or go online to www.SouthernSpringHomeandGardenShow.com.
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guess it has come full circle in a way. Q: Your musical influences are as diverse as Etta James, Janis Joplin and Jason Mraz; all blues, rock or pop performers. How do those sounds come out when you play country music? A: So far country music fans seem to like my music and appreciate my sound. I have specific artists who I love because they are completely original and different. I think that comes out in my music in a way that leaves people saying, “Wow, I’ve never heard anyone sound like that before!” Q: From 1943 to 1974, the Ryman Auditorium played home to the Grand Ole Opry. You’ll stand on the same stage as some of the greatest musicians ever. What were your thoughts when you learned you would perform there? A: Wow ... it’s just unreal. When you think about performing on the same stage as every great name in country music ... it’s just something that you think could never happen to you. Of course I was a little bit nervous when I first found out about where I would be performing, but more than anything else I’ve just been telling myself what an amazing opportunity this is. It’s just like a dream ... probably the best dream I could ever ask to come true. Q: How did you get to the Colgate Country Showdown finals? A: The first competition was the local show held in Rock Hill, S.C. From there I went to the state final for North and South Carolina held in Williamston, N.C. Luckily I made it through to the regional that was at Christmasville in Rock Hill, S.C. The competition at the Southeast Regional was unbelievable; I certainly considered myself lucky to have made it through. And now, here I am competing against the most talented acts in the nation. Q: The Colgate Country Showdown finals will air this spring. If you win, how long will you have to wait
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Karla Davis gives credit to her grandmother, saying ‘Granny Gaddy’ influenced her life the most. before telling anybody? A: Well, luckily Colgate hasn’t made it a priority to stay silent with the results ... so I will probably be calling everyone I know as soon as I can! Q: If you won the Colgate Country Showdown, you’ll get $100,000. Besides the money, how are you hoping this will help your career? A: This is a huge opportunity ... it’s exposure in front of every major label in Nashville, and it will be nationally televised. There will be many successful industry artists, producers, and executives in the audience, and if the time is right for me I think the right person will hear me ... and we will see what happens from there. I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that. Q: Who here in Union County has influenced your life the most? A: I would have to say my Granny Gaddy. I don’t even know if she knows this or not, but she is my stronghold in life. She has been through so much in her life and she has overcome every obstacle along the way. She is inspiring without even knowing it. Along my musical journey she has been unbelievably supportive of my goals and
dreams and she will be the first person to tell me that I can do anything in life. Granny buys my CDs and gives them to people just to give me more exposure. Actually my manager said “I bet your granny is going to be the one that ends up getting you signed!” I wouldn’t be surprised. I’ve learned so from Granny and I think that has helped to prepare me for anything that I will face in life.
Age: 23 Where you went to school: Parkwood High School Family and friends you’d like to mention: I couldn’t ask for better friends and a more supportive family. I’d like to thank my sister, Krysta, for being an amazing role model, my mom and dad for raising me to be so strong and to truly believe in the people around me and in myself, and my Granny Gaddy for being so supportive and inspiring throughout my life. There isn’t enough room on the page for me to thank everyone individually but my entire family has been wonderful.
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Today we will see sunny skies with a high temperature of 55º, humidity of 42% and an overnight low of 28º. The record high temperature for today is 74º set in 2005. The record low temperature is 10º set in 1962. Friday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 59º.
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Wally Gilmer takes a cart full of class materials into the room that holds inmates from the Life Skills class.
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in prison return there, according to the Safer Communities Web site. The Safer Communities program, founded by the Rev. Al Lewis in 1985 as Covenant Prison Ministries, works to lower that rate. Lewis, an ex-convict himself, created the ministry after working since 1982 to help prisoners try a new way after leaving jail behind. The program has grown from Lewis’ work in Union and Mecklenburg counties. Today, more than 150 volunteers work with inmates in 18 prisons across the Carolinas. The nonprofit agency pays salaries to three part-time and one full-time employee, Lewis said. Fundraising helps pay those salaries, and for printed publications and books used in the discussions with inmates, Lewis said. The program’s results are phenomenal, board member Jay Ross said. “We let them know somebody cares,” Ross said. “That’s the bottom line.” The work matters to more than just those in the program. Each inmate costs the taxpayers $27,000 per year, Ross said. There’s a personal boost for those who help the inmates, volunteer Chad Gurley said. “To me, it’s been fulfilling,” Gurley, who has volunteered for the program the past six years, said. “It helps me just to know that I’m contributing to help someone else.” The biggest benefit comes to the inmate who doesn’t return to the Union County Jail. “One convict said this was the best seven weeks of his life,” Gilmer said. “Not of his time in prison. His life.”
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MONROE — Justin Hinson, a graduate of Monroe High, was voted to the Associated Press’s Little AllAmerica squad last month. Hinson, a senior at UNC Pembroke, led all Division II punters in 2009 with an average of 43.0 yards on 40 attempts, earning HINSON him first-team honors. He had nine punts of 50 yards or more, and 11 of his punts were downed inside the 20. Hinson, who was all-conference and all-county in football during his career at Monroe, was Pembroke’s punter for three seasons and averaged 39.1 yards over that span. He holds the school record at Pembroke for most punt yards, most attempts and punting average. His 69-yard punt against Jacksonville on Sept. 20, 2008, is also a school record.
Clippers receive bad news on top pick
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin’s first season with the Los Angeles Clippers is over before it even began. Griffin will have surgery on his broken left kneecap, keeping the No. 1 draft pick out for at least more four months, the eternally starGRIFFIN crossed Clippers announced in a statement Wednesday. Griffin hasn’t played a regularseason game yet for the Clippers after injuring his kneecap in their final preseason game Oct. 23, wincing in pain as he landed after a dunk. After resting the stress fracture for several weeks, the former Oklahoma star recently increased his workload in rehabilitation by running on an anti-gravity treadmill. The power forward developed pain in his knee, and an examination Tuesday revealed his recovery wasn’t progressing properly. The Clippers said more details would be announced soon.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Cavs knock off Warriors Third quarter run sparks first-year Cuthbertson BY JUSTIN MURDOCK
E-J Sports Writer
WEDDINGTON The Cuthbertson High boys basketball team scored 11 unanswered points to start the second half and held off Weddington for a 58-52 road win on Wednesday. Leading by four at the break, the Cavaliers (5-9) increased their advantage to as many as 15 in the second half. The Warriors (6-8) rallied in the fourth quarter, but the lead was too much to overcome. WHS never got closer than four the rest of the way. “I thought we did a good job defensively in that stretch,” said Cuthbertson coach Mike Helms on his team’s start to the second half. “I thought we did a good job of holding them to one shot and I thought we played pretty well defensively the whole game. Anytime you can extend a lead, it’s usually because you’re holding teams to one shot.” Offensively, the Cavaliers were led by juniors Cody Esser and Michael Cuthbertson. Cuthbertson posted 18 points, 15 rebounds and a game-high six blocks. He scored two baskets in the fourth quarter after the Warriors cut into the lead and also had a pair of blocks in the final two minutes. A 6-foot-5 center, Cuthbertson had 24 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in the Cavs’ first meeting with Weddington last month.
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E-J staff photo by Rick Crider
Michael Cuthbertson (23) had 18 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks in Wednesday’s win over WHS.
Five score in double figures to lead WU men from staff reports
Jefferson City, Tenn. The Wingate University men’s basketball team never trailed Wednesday night, leading from wire-to-wire in a 93-81 South Atlantic Conference victory over Carson-Newman College. Five Bulldogs hit double figures in the road win. With the victory, Wingate improved to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in the SAC. The Bulldogs have already doubled their 2008-09 road victory total (two), pick-
ing up their fourth away-fromhome triumph this season. Carson-Newman fell to 6-8 overall and 1-3 in the SAC. Wingate freshman center Odell Turner had 18 points for the visiting Bulldogs. Senior Larry Staley hit seven-of-eight shots from the floor en route to a 16-point performance. Staley filled out his stat sheet with four rebounds and a team-high four assists. Freshman guard Paidrick Matilus added 13 points on
five-of-seven shooting, while classmate Quan Alexander had 11 points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Ethan Kincaid had 10 points and five rebounds off the bench, while senior guard/ forward David Johnson flirted with a doubledouble. Johnson had nine points and a teambest seven rebounds.
C-N women 78, WU 68
Carson-Newman College senior forward Shari Buford
Setting it straight...
... In an article about Monroe High’s Jamsion Crowder in Sunday’s issue of the The Enquirer-Journal, Crowder’s relationship to Terrell Smith was incorrectly reported. Smith’s mother married Crowder’s cousin. Smith, who is the recruiting coordinator at Duke University, has never been married.
posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Eagles topped Wingate’s women 78-68 on Wednesday. The No. 10 team in the NCAA Division II top 25 poll, CarsonNewman remains undefeated at 14-0 overall and 4-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. Wingate is 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the SAC. For Wingate, senior center Stacie Rhodes and sophomore guard/forward Kurie Washington posted 13 points each. Rhodes hit six-of-six shots from the floor. Bulldog junior guard CC Brooks added 11 points.
Pirates end three-game losing streak By Eric Rape
Woods won’t get free cars anymore
NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. says an agreement with Tiger Woods that allowed the fallen golf star to have free access to its vehicles is over. Woods’ endorsement contract with GM’s Buick brand ended in 2008, but an arrangement remained WOODS in place that allowed him to keep several GM loaner vehicles. A spokesman says the arrangement ended on Dec. 31. Woods has lost a host of endorsement contracts since the Nov. 27 car crash outside his Florida home. The accident triggered allegations of marital infidelity that led him to take a break from professional golf, though the GM spokesman says the vehicle arrangement had been previously scheduled to end on Dec. 31.
E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham
Porter Ridge senior guard PJ Freeman shoots over the defense of Piedmont’s TJ Doster on Wednesday. Freeman scored 11 points off the bench to help the Pirates end a three-game losing streak.
E-J Correspondent INDIAN TRAIL The Porter Ridge High boys basketball team ended a threegame losing streak, erasing an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Piedmont 57-48 on Wednesday. Senior forward Charles Tinsley played a big role for the Pirates (4-10) in the second half, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the second half. He had six points during an 8-0 run to start the third quarter for the Pirates, helping cut into Piedmont’s lead. After the Panthers (7-8) increased their lead back to double-digits, Porter Ridge responded with a 10-0 to tie the game at 40-all heading into the fourth. From that point on, it was all Pirates. Porter Ridge grabbed a sixpoint lead and Piedmont never got closer than three the rest of the way.
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Stitt, Booker push 24th-ranked Tigers past UNC CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Trevor Booker scored 21 points, Demontez Stitt added 20 and No. 24 Clemson broke a 10-game losing streak to No. 12 North Carolina with a 83-64 victory Wednesday night. The Tigers (14-3, 2-1 ACC) hadn’t beaten the Tar Heels (12-5, 1-1) in nearly six years, but used a first-half blitz to lead
by 23 points and held on against one of their toughest Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. Stitt hit Clemson’s first two baskets during and Booker had a three-point play to close a 17-6 opening run less than five minutes in. The Tar Heels have lost five of six away from the Smith Center. It was
North Carolina’s most lopsided ACC loss since falling 96-56 to Maryland on Feb. 22, 2003. Dexter Strickland led the Tar Heels with 17 points. Clemson fans rushed the court as the buzzer sounded. And why not? It was only the fifth time in 16 years they’d seen the Tigers topple the Tar Heels. They’ll get to cel-
ebrate for a while, too, because Clemson won’t travel to Chapel Hill — where it’s 0-54. North Carolina came in thinking it solved some of its early season problems. Injured starters Marcus Ginyard and Will Graves were back in the lineup after opening the ACC with a satisfying
win over Virginia Tech last Sunday night. Heck, even coach Roy Williams had ditched the sling that protected his injured left arm. But North Carolina played a ragged opening half with 15 turnovers, four of those coming in Clemson’s opening spurt and could not dig itself out of the hole.
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Duke handles Boston College year’s group doesn’t need the 3. It’s just that the Blue Devils have a few more options when that shot isn’t falling. “We’re not going to live and die by the 3 this year,” Smith said. “We can get it in other ways. We can drive the basket, and we have bigs who want to finish inside. Whenever our 3-pointers aren’t falling, we have other ways to score.” It’s a good thing, too. Duke went 6 for 28 (21 percent) from behind the arc in Saturday’s 71-67 loss to the Yellow Jackets, then followed by going 1 for 12 against Boston College (10-7, 1-2). In their three ACC games, Duke is 13 for 58 (22 percent) on 3s, an unusual statistic for a team that’s usually been successful from long range. Consider that this is the same squad that entered the game shooting 46 percent on
DURHAM (AP) — This time, eighth-ranked Duke figured out a way to win without its trusty long-range shot. Nolan Smith scored 24 points to help the Blue Devils pull away in the second half and beat Boston College 79-59 on Wednesday night, helping Duke regroup from a weekend loss at Georgia Tech. Kyle Singler added 15 points for the Blue Devils (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who pushed ahead for good late in the first half and pulled away in the opening minutes after the break. More impressively, they carried their 3-point shooting struggles from Atlanta back to Cameron Indoor Stadium and knocked down just one 3, yet still won convincingly with defense and a group of big men who are giving Duke some steadier production in the paint. “Last year we wouldn’t have won a game like that,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We had to hit 3s.” That’s not to say that this
3-pointers in its soft-rimmed home gym. But with leading scorer Jon Scheyer having a shaky shooting night, Duke got several buckets off turnovers thanks to its defensive pressure to break open a close game late in the first half. Smith matched his career high for scoring, while Singler bounced back from a miserable day against Georgia Tech — nine points on 2-for-13 shooting — by pulling down 10 rebounds and getting several baskets in transition. “It’s easier making those than those tough 3-point shots,” Singler said. Reggie Jackson scored 20 points for the Eagles (10-7, 1-2), but he was BC’s only doublefigure scorer. While Boston College held up through the first 15 minutes or so, the Blue Devils’ pressure defense finally start-
ed to make a difference late in the first half and held the Eagles without a field goal for nearly eight minutes. That helped Duke turn a 38-35 halftime lead into a 54-37 margin before Tyler Roche ended the drought with a runner with 14:40 to play. But the Eagles never challenged the Blue Devils the way they did in a steady first-half performance, trailing by as many as 26 points in the final minutes. “We clearly didn’t match their intensity,” Boston College coach Al Skinner said. “I can’t believe that we didn’t come out with more energy than we did. We mishandled the basketball, we didn’t execute, we missed our free throws, we had a couple of layups and we missed those. “We did not at all really try to regroup and handle ourselves and just allowed it to happen. We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and making sure that we run the stuff we want to run.”
Local Events Today No Area Events Scheduled
Today GOLF 8:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Joburg Open, first round, at Johannesburg, South Africa (same-day tape) 7 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Sony Open, first round, at Honolulu MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — Seton Hall at Georgetown ESPN2 — Auburn at Tennessee 9 p.m. ESPN — Indiana at Michigan ESPN2 — Providence at DePaul 10:30 p.m. FSN — Stanford at Washington 11 p.m. ESPN2 — Gonzaga at Saint Mary’s, Calif. NBA BASKETBALL 8:15 p.m. TNT — Chicago at Boston 10:30 p.m. TNT — Cleveland at Utah SOCCER 2 p.m. ESPN2 — MLS, Draft, at Philadelphia
Delaney, Bell help Va. Tech upset No. 23 Miami BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Malcolm Delaney helped Virginia Tech finally put away a ranked team. He had 28 points and a careerhigh nine assists, and Virginia Tech raced out to a 35-point lead in the first half on the way to an 81-66 victory over No. 23 Miami on Wednesday night. Terrell Bell scored all of his career-best 13 points in the first half for the Hokies (13-2, 1-1 ACC), who snapped a five-game losing streak to ranked teams that dated to last
season. Virginia Tech went up 11-2 and then put the game away with a 35-8 run that spanned nearly 13 minutes of the first half. “It’s so important to win this game because you have to win your home games in the league,” Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg said. “And it was so important to win this game so that we had no self-doubt. We are a good team, but this league, I’m not sure anyone is Kansas or Texas. Everyone, though, is really good.”
Bell hit a 3-pointer with 2:43 to go and added a basket with 2:16 remaining to give the Hokies their biggest lead, 48-13. The Hokies shot 62 percent (18 of 29) in the first half and led 50-23 at the break. “It doesn’t hurt when you make 7 of your first 9 3s,” Greenberg said. “We had some guys who made some shots. You’re a whole lot smarter when you make shots. When you make shots, you’re a good coach. When you don’t make shots, you’re a bad coach.”
Delaney, the ACC’s leading scorer at better than 20 points per game, connected of 6 of 14 from the floor but made 14 of 16 from the free-throw line. Miami (15-2, 1-2) shot just 27 percent in the first half (7 of 26) and had its seven-game winning streak snapped. The ACC’s leader in 3-pointers made coming into the game (140) missed its first eight attempts from beyond the arc. The Hurricanes were 6 of 27 on 3s for the game. “They shot the ball way better
from the perimeter than I thought they would,” Miami head coach Frank Haith said. “They played very well and we didn’t play very well.” Bell, who had scored in double figures only once this season, went 5 of 6 from the floor. He had never hit more than one 3-pointer in a game in his career, but connected on all three of his attempts — all in the first half. Jeff Allen added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hokies, while Dorenzo Hudson had 11 points.
Scoreboard Call scores in at (704) 261-2253 National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division
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WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division
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Tuesday’s Games Charlotte 102, Houston 94 Detroit 99, Washington 90 Memphis 104, L.A. Clippers 102 San Antonio 105, L.A. Lakers 85 Orlando 109, Sacramento 88 Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 94, Washington 82 Indiana 122, Phoenix 114 New York 93, Philadelphia 92 Boston 111, New Jersey 87 New Orleans 108, L.A. Clippers 94 San Antonio 109, Oklahoma City 108, OT L.A. Lakers 100, Dallas 95 Minnesota at Houston, late Orlando at Denver, late Milwaukee at Portland, late Miami at Golden State, late Today’s Games Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Utah, 10:30 p.m.
College basketball Wednesday’s boxscores #5 Syracuse 81, Rutgers 65 SYRACUSE (16-1) Jackson 1-4 0-0 2, Johnson 4-11 3-4 11, Onuaku 3-5 2-2 8, Rautins 7-14 5-6 23, Triche 5-9 0-0 12, Jones 4-9 0-0 11, Jardine 3-5 6-9 12, Joseph 1-2 0-1 2.
Totals 28-59 16-22 81. RUTGERS (9-7) Miller 6-12 2-2 15, Mitchell 4-11 0-0 9, Ndiaye 1-6 0-0 2, Rosario 6-19 1-2 17, Beatty 3-8 0-0 9, Johnson 1-2 1-1 3, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Coburn 4-6 0-0 10, Okam 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-65 4-5 65. Halftime—Syracuse 41-23. 3-Point Goals—Syracuse 9-22 (Rautins 4-10, Jones 3-6, Triche 2-3, Johnson 0-3), Rutgers 11-31 (Rosario 4-13, Beatty 3-7, Coburn 2-2, Miller 1-3, Mitchell 1-5, Jackson 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Syracuse 39 (Johnson 10), Rutgers 34 (Ndiaye 12). Assists— Syracuse 21 (Rautins 9), Rutgers 14 (Beatty 5). Total Fouls—Syracuse 9, Rutgers 14. A—8,085.
#7 Mich. St. 60, Minn. 53
MINNESOTA (12-5) Nolen 4-9 0-0 9, Westbrook 6-10 0-0 15, Hoffarber 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 6-14 2-2 14, Sampson III 4-8 0-0 8, Carter 0-2 0-0 0, Cobbs 0-1 0-0 0, Joseph 0-3 1-2 1, Bostick 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Iverson 0-1 2-3 2. Totals 22-54 5-7 53. MICHIGAN ST. (14-3) Lucas 3-14 6-6 14, Morgan 4-6 0-2 8, Allen 2-9 2-2 7, Roe 1-3 1-2 3, Nix 0-3 1-2 1, Summers 5-9 2-4 13, Green 4-8
0-2 8, Lucious 1-5 0-0 3, Herzog 0-0 0-0 0, Sherman 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 21-58 13-21 60. Halftime—Michigan St. 33-25. 3-Point Goals—Minnesota 4-12 (Westbrook 3-5, Nolen 1-1, Williams 0-1, Johnson 0-2, Hoffarber 0-3), Michigan St. 5-18 (Lucas 2-4, Summers 1-2, Lucious 1-4, Allen 1-7, Green 0-1). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds—Minnesota 37 (Johnson 6), Michigan St. 37 (Summers 8). Assists—Minnesota 12 (Johnson, Joseph, Nolen, Sampson III 2), Michigan St. 16 (Allen, Lucas 5). Total Fouls—Minnesota 21, Michigan St. 13. Technicals— Iverson, Morgan. A—14,759.
#8 Duke 79, B. College 59
BOSTON COLLEGE (10-7) Raji 1-3 0-0 2, Trapani 2-7 4-4 8, Southern 2-3 3-6 7, Paris 2-4 0-0 4, Sanders 1-8 1-3 3, Jackson 8-12 3-3 20, Roche 2-4 0-0 4, Ravenel 2-4 0-2 4, Elmore 1-3 4-6 6, Dunn 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 21-48 16-26 59. DUKE (14-2) Singler 5-9 5-7 15, Mi.Plumlee 5-6 2-2 12, Thomas 0-1 2-2 2, Smith 9-14 6-7 24, Scheyer 4-12 3-4 12, Ma.Plumlee 2-10 0-0 4, Dawkins 0-3 4-5 4, Kelly 0-0 0-0 0, Davidson 0-0 0-0 0, Zoubek 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 28-60 22-27 79. Halftime—Duke 38-35. 3-Point Goals— Boston College 1-10 (Jackson 1-2, Roche 0-1, Paris 0-1, Sanders 0-3, Trapani 0-3), Duke 1-12 (Scheyer 1-6, Smith 0-1, Ma.Plumlee 0-1, Dawkins 0-2, Singler 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Boston College 27 (Trapani 4), Duke 40 (Zoubek 11). Assists—Boston College 7 (Sanders 3), Duke 11 (Scheyer, Smith 4). Total Fouls—Boston College 21, Duke 21. Technical—Singler. A—9,314.
#10 W. Va. 69, S. Florida 50
WEST VIRGINIA (13-2) Butler 6-13 0-2 12, Ebanks 5-13 7-8 17, Jones 4-7 0-0 9, Smith 2-3 0-0 4, Bryant 5-12 3-5 15, Thoroughman 0-0 1-2 1, West 0-1 0-0 0, Payne 0-0 0-2 0, Mazzulla 2-4 0-0 4, Jennings 0-1 1-2 1, Pepper 2-5 0-0 4, Mitchell 0-2 0-0 0, Flowers 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-62 12-21 69. SOUTH FLORIDA (10-6) Famous 3-5 0-0 6, Fitzpatrick 1-2 0-0 2, Howard 1-7 4-7 6, Jones 9-20 9-10 28, Mercer 2-8 2-2 6, Crater 0-7 0-0 0, Rivas 0-0 0-0 0, Kardok 0-0 0-0 0, Noriega 0-1 0-0 0, Burwell 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 17-52 15-19 50. Halftime—West Virginia 32-30. 3-Point Goals—West Virginia 3-17 (Bryant 2-7, Jones 1-2, Mitchell 0-1, West 0-1, Pepper 0-2, Butler 0-2, Ebanks 0-2), South Florida 1-17 (Jones 1-5, Burwell 0-1, Noriega 0-1, Howard 0-2, Mercer 0-3, Crater 0-5). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds—West Virginia 43 (Ebanks 11), South Florida 35 (Fitzpatrick, Jones 7). Assists—West Virginia 15 (Butler, Mazzulla 4), South Florida 4 (Howard 2). Total Fouls—West Virginia 17, South Florida 19. A—6,110.
#24 Clemson 83, #12 UNC 64 NORTH CAROLINA (12-5) Ginyard 2-4 0-0 4, Thompson 2-4 0-0 4, Davis 2-11 0-0 4, Drew II 4-8 1-2 9, Graves 2-11 3-4 9, Strickland 7-8 2-2 17, McDonald 4-7 1-2 9, Watts 0-0 0-0 0, Henson 0-0 0-0 0, D.Wear 1-2 0-0 2, T.Wear 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 27-61 7-10 64.
CLEMSON (14-3) Potter 1-5 4-4 6, T.Booker 8-12 5-7 21, Grant 2-2 2-2 6, Stitt 8-14 3-3 20, Smith 4-12 4-4 14, Johnson 2-4 0-0 6, Young 3-7 0-0 8, Narcisse 0-0 0-0 0, Jennings 0-2 0-0 0, D.Booker 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 29-61 18-20 83. Halftime—Clemson 50-32. 3-Point Goals—North Carolina 3-12 (Graves 2-9, Strickland 1-2, McDonald 0-1), Clemson 7-26 (Johnson 2-4, Young 2-5, Smith 2-7, Stitt 1-4, T.Booker 0-1, Jennings 0-1, Potter 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—North Carolina 38 (T.Wear 8), Clemson 30 (T.Booker 9). Assists—North Carolina 12 (Drew II 5), Clemson 14 (T.Booker, Stitt 4). Total Fouls—North Carolina 16, Clemson 14. A—10,000.
#16 Pitt 67, #15 UConn 57 PITTSBURGH (14-2) Robinson 1-4 0-0 2, McGhee 3-5 2-2 8,
Gibbs 6-15 4-5 19, Wanamaker 5-10 9-10 19, Dixon 3-14 0-1 6, Woodall 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 4-7 2-2 11, Taylor 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-59 17-20 67. CONNECTICUT (11-5) Majok 2-2 0-0 4, Robinson 9-17 0-1 19, Oriakhi 2-4 0-2 4, Dyson 5-14 4-8 14, Walker 4-11 2-2 10, Beverly 0-0 0-0 0, Coombs-McDaniel 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Edwards 3-6 0-0 6, Okwandu 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 6-13 57. Halftime—Pittsburgh 32-29. 3-Point Goals—Pittsburgh 4-12 (Gibbs 3-5, Brown 1-1, Wanamaker 0-1, Woodall 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Dixon 0-3), Connecticut 1-5 (Robinson 1-3, Walker 0-1, Dyson 0-1). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds—Pittsburgh 40 (McGhee 9), Connecticut 31 (Edwards 10). Assists—Pittsburgh 10 (Gibbs, Wanamaker 3), Connecticut 10 (Walker 7). Total Fouls—Pittsburgh 16, Connecticut 19. A—15,290.
#18 BYU 67, Air Force 49
BYU (17-1) Hartsock 0-0 0-0 0, Miles 3-4 2-2 8, Morgan Jr. 1-1 0-0 3, Emery 8-13 0-0 21, Haws 4-7 2-2 10, Davies 3-10 5-5 11, Abouo 0-2 0-0 0, Loyd Jr. 0-0 0-1 0, Magnusson 0-0 0-0 0, Zylstra 0-0 1-2 1, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Fredette 2-4 3-5 8, Tavernari 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 23-48 13-17 67. AIR FORCE (8-8) Lyons 0-4 0-0 0, Fow 3-10 2-2 9, Broekhuis 1-4 0-0 2, Fletcher 2-6 0-0 5, Washington 1-7 0-0 3, Fitzgerald 3-6 0-0 9, Bohannon 3-4 1-3 8, Merriex 1-2 1-2 3, Brooks 4-11 0-0 10, Hempsey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 4-7 49. Halftime—BYU 36-31. 3-Point Goals— BYU 8-22 (Emery 5-10, Morgan Jr. 1-1, Fredette 1-2, Tavernari 1-5, Abouo 0-1, Haws 0-3), Air Force 9-30 (Fitzgerald 3-5, Brooks 2-7, Bohannon 1-1, Washington 1-2, Fletcher 1-5, Fow 1-6, Broekhuis 0-1, Lyons 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—BYU 38 (Davies 10), Air Force 28 (Washington 7). Assists—BYU 12 (Emery, Fredette 3), Air Force 10 (Fletcher 3). Total Fouls—BYU 8, Air Force 17. A—3,185.
UVA 82, #20 Ga. Tech 75
GEORGIA TECH (12-4) Favors 6-8 0-2 12, Lawal 5-12 2-6 12, Udofia 4-10 1-2 10, Shumpert 7-14 0-0 15, Bell 2-4 0-0 4, Foreman 1-2 0-0 3, Oliver 0-1 0-0 0, Peacock 8-12 0-1 19, Rice Jr. 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-64 3-11 75. VIRGINIA (10-4) Scott 6-9 0-0 12, Meyinsse 3-5 2-3 8, Baker 1-2 0-0 2, Zeglinski 4-9 0-0 10, Landesberg 6-17 9-9 22, Evans 0-4 0-0 0, Farrakhan 4-8 6-6 15, Sene 0-1 2-2 2, Sherrill 1-1 0-2 2, Jones 2-5 4-4 9. Totals 27-61 23-26 82. Halftime—Georgia Tech 39-38. 3-Point Goals—Georgia Tech 6-17 (Peacock 3-4, Foreman 1-2, Udofia 1-5, Shumpert 1-5, Oliver 0-1), Virginia 5-14 (Zeglinski 2-5, Jones 1-2, Farrakhan 1-2, Landesberg 1-3, Evans 0-2). Fouled Out—Foreman. Rebounds—Georgia Tech 33 (Favors 11), Virginia 36 (Landesberg, Meyinsse, Scott, Sene 6). Assists— Georgia Tech 15 (Shumpert 6), Virginia 17 (Landesberg 5). Total Fouls—Georgia Tech 19, Virginia 14. A—8,924.
Va. Tech 81, #23 Miami 66 MIAMI (15-2) McGowan 2-3 0-0 4, Collins 2-7 5-10 9, Jones 4-5 0-1 8, Grant 2-9 3-4 9, Dews 4-16 2-3 11, Scott 2-5 4-8 8, Adams 2-7 0-0 6, Thomas 1-7 0-0 3, Johnson 2-2 4-5 8, Gamble 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 18-31 66.
VIRGINIA TECH (13-2) Allen 5-9 3-4 14, Bell 5-6 0-1 13, Davila 2-5 1-4 5, Hudson 3-7 4-4 11, Delaney 6-14 14-16 28, Raines 0-0 0-0 0, Green 1-4 0-0 2, Witcher 0-2 0-0 0, Boggs 0-0 0-0 0, Atkins 0-0 0-0 0, Debnam 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 3-6 2-4 8. Totals 25-53 24-33 81. Halftime—Virginia Tech 50-23. 3-Point Goals—Miami 6-27 (Grant 2-5, Adams 2-7, Thomas 1-7, Dews 1-8), Virginia Tech 7-16 (Bell 3-3, Delaney 2-4, Allen 1-2, Hudson 1-5, Green 0-2). Fouled Out—Davila, Dews, Scott, Thomas, Thompson. Rebounds—
Miami 39 (Johnson 10), Virginia Tech 45 (Allen 10). Assists—Miami 11 (Grant 4), Virginia Tech 17 (Delaney 9). Total Fouls—Miami 26, Virginia Tech 23. A—9,827.
Prep basketball Wednesday’s boxscores CHS boys 58, WHS 52
Cuthbertson (5-9) Emmitt Afam 3 2-6 8, Cody Esser 5 4-4 19, Chris Bristow 3 0-1 6, Lucius McMillon 1 0-0 2, Michael Cuthbertson 8 2-5 18, Jordan Hardrick-Givens 2 1-1 5, Ralph Wright 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 9-17 58. Weddington (6-8) James Haynes 10 1-1 25, Ryan Langevin 0 0-0 0, Bennett Rutherford 2 1-2 6, Dexter Harding 6 1-3 13, Ben Buchan 1 0-0 2, Grant Martenson 1 0-0 3, Tyler Koenig 1 0-2 3, Bill Liu 0 0-0 0, Michael Piciucco 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 3-8 52. CHS WHS
12 20 16 10 - 58 13 15 10 14 - 52
3-pointers: CHS 5 (Esser 5); WHS 7 (Haynes 4, Rutherford 1, Martenson 1, Koenig 1). Rebounds: CHS 27 (Cuthbertson 15); WHS 33 (Harding 16, Buchan 6). Assists: CHS 11 (Afam 5, Bristow 3); WHS 6 (Buchan 3). Steals: CHS 11 (Afam 4, Bristow 3); WHS 7 (Martenson 3, Haynes 2). Blocks: CHS 7 (Cuthbertson 6); WHS 2.
Kristina McAllister 1 0-0 3, Callie Rape 0 0-0 0, Shinese Allen 0 0-0 0, Alyssa McLamb 0 0-0 0, Alison Florence 0 0-0 0, Ashley Widener 1 2-4 4, Nicole Hyatt 0 0-0 0, Sarah Wylie 1 1-2 3. Totals 12 8-12 36. Porter Ridge (13-2) Kelley Godbout 9 4-4 24, Haley Secrest 0 0-0 0, Jada Huntley 5 0-1 10, Cheri Tinsley 1 0-0 2, Cayleigh Weekly 2 0-0 4, Katie Steeb 0 0-0 0, Itiana Gainey 1 2-2 4, Kara Hastings 5 2-4 12, Ashley Frey 0 0-4 0, Raven Falls 1 0-1 2, Ashlei Boone 3 0-0 6, Jasmine Huntley 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 8-16 66. Piedmont 9 9 7 11 - 36 Porter Ridge 17 20 12 2 7 - 66 3-pointers: PM 4 (Whitley 2, Weaver 1, McAllister 1); PR 2 (Godbout 2). Rebounds: PM 29 (Weaver 7, Widener 5); PR 34 (Godbout 8, Huntley 8, Frey 5, Falls 4). Assists: PM 5 (Montgomery 4, Allen 1); PR 16 (Weekly 7, Godbout 2, Hastings 2).
Pro football NFL Playoff Glance All Times EST
Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 9 N.Y. Jets 24, Cincinnati 14 Dallas 34, Philadelphia 14 Sunday, Jan. 10 Baltimore 33, New England 14 Arizona 51, Green Bay 45, OT
WHS girls 47, CHS 13
Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 16 Arizona at New Orleans, 4:30 p.m. (FOX) Baltimore at Indianapolis, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 17 Dallas at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX) N.Y. Jets at San Diego, 4:40 p.m. (CBS)
Weddington (8-7) Kinsey Wilson 3 0-0 9, Katelyn Demille 1 0-0 3, Morgan Werner 3 0-1 6, Caroline Brown 1 0-0 3, Sam Sebastian 4 1-2 9, Margot Hopper 0 0-0 0, Maurvella Fuller 2 1-2 5, Mecca Asturias 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Sharpe 0 0-0 0, Rachel DeGeare 3 0-0 6, Courtney Billingsley 0 0-0 0, Kelsie Croal 0 0-0 0, Emily Moore 2 0-0 4, Melissa Wilson 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 2-5 47.
Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 24 AFC, 3 p.m. (CBS) NFC, 6:40 p.m. (FOX)
Cuthbertson (0-14) Jessica Feranda 1 3-4 5, Theresa Walther 0 0-0 0, Brogan O’Brien 2 2-2 6, Sydney Sebastian 1 0-0 2, Kathleen Cashman 0 0-0 0, Tristen Taylor 0 0-0 0, Rachel Miller 0 0-0 0, Alexis Duty 0 0-0 0. Totals 4 5-6 13.
4 4 13 15
4 1 - 13 9 10 - 47
3-pointers: CHS 0; WHS 5 (Wilson 3, Demille 1, Brown 1). Rebounds: CHS 28 (O’Brien 10, Cashman 5); WHS 40 (Werner 8, Sebastian 7). Assists: CHS 3 (Sebastian 3); WHS 16 (Fuller 4, Demille 4). Steals: CHS 6 (Walther 2, Miller 2); WHS 16 (Werner 3, Sebastian 3). Blocks: CHS 0; WHS 3 (Sebastian 2, Werner 1).
PR boys 57, Piedmont 48
Piedmont (7-8) Mason Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Cameron Leviner 4 1-2 12, Ross Rshing 1 0-1 2, Trenton Linville 6 4-4 18, Justin Crump 0 0-0 0, Wilson Broadway 1 0-0 2, TJ Doster 4 1-2 10, Patric King 0 1-2 1, Wesley Marsh 0 3-4 3, Brady Meggs 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 10-15 48. Porter Ridge (4-10) Victor Freeman 2 4-6 8, PJ Freeman 2 7-11 11, Tyrelle Wardell 4 0-1 8, Jordan Van Beek 2 2-5 6, Xavier Hailey 1 0-0 2, Tanner Fort 1 0-0 2, Jerrell Deason 0 0-0 0, Seth Gillis 3 0-0 6, Charles Tinsley 5 2-4 12, Allen Peace 0 0-0 0, Shaun Thompson 0 2-2 2. Totals 20 17-29 57. Piedmont 15 18 7 8 - 48 Porter Ridge 6 16 18 17 - 57 3-pointers: PM 6 (Leviner 3, Linville 2, Doster 1); PR 0. Rebounds: PM 27 (Doster 7, Linville 5, Rushing 4); PR 32 (Tinsley 7, thompson 7, Gillis 4). Assists: PM 11 (Rushing 3, Leviner 2, Crump 2, Doster 2); PR 8 (Van Beek 2, Gillis 2, V. Freeman 1, P. Freeman 1, Fort 1, Deason 1).
PR girls 66, Piedmont 36
Piedmont (8-7) Courtney Barrineau 0 0-0 0, Jade Montgomery 3 2-2 8, Amber Weaver 2 3-4 8, Hayley Whitley 4 0-0 10,
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)
Transactions Wednesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League DETROIT TIGERS—Agreed to terms with RHP Joel Zumaya on a one-year contract. KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Named Ned Yost special advisor to baseball operations. SEATTLE MARINERS—Agreed to terms with 1B/OF Brad Nelson on a minor league contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Agreed to terms with LHP William Collazo, OF Jorge Padilla, OF Chris Lubanski and INF Jesus Merchan on minor league contracts. National League CHICAGO CUBS—Agreed to terms with RHP Jeff Kennard and INF Bryan LaHair on minor league contracts. HOUSTON ASTROS—Designated OF Jason Bourgeois for assignment. PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Agreed to terms with OF Ryan Church on a oneyear contract. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Agreed to terms with INF Aubrey Huff on a oneyear contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA—Fined Boston coach Doc Rivers $25,000 for his conduct surrounding his ejection during Monday’s game. NBA INTERNATIONAL—Named Amadou Gallo Fall vice president of development for Africa. HOUSTON ROCKETS—Recalled F Joey Dorsey from Rio Grande Valley (NBADL). FOOTBALL National Football League KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Named Romeo Crennel defensive coordinator.
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Johnson wins NFLâ€™s top offensive award NEW YORK (AP) â€” That blur speeding away from opposing defenses and running off with The Associated Press 2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award is Chris Johnson. Considered the fastest man in pro football, Johnson was uncatchable in setting a league mark for yards from scrimmage (2,509) and becoming the sixth player with a 2,000-yard rushing season. He is the first NFL player to finish with at least 2,000 yards rushing and 500 receiving (503). That earned the second-year pro 38 1/2 votes Wednesday from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL. Johnson easily beat New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who received nine votes. â€œI kind of realize what I did
Atlanta QB Matt Ryan beat and I feel like I had a dream season,â€? said Johnson, who out Johnson for 2008 Offensive scored 16 touchdowns (14 rush- Rookie of the Year. Of course, if Johnson keeps ing), second to Minnesotaâ€™s Adrian Peterson, and tied the posting phenomenal numbers, NFL mark with six consecu- all kinds of honors and records tive games rushing for at least should keep coming. â€œThat gives me something 125 yards. to look forward to next Johnson, who has year,â€? he said before run a 4.2 40 and believes focusing on Dickerheâ€™ll remain the NFLâ€™s sonâ€™s mark. â€œYou go fastest player unless a for 2,000 yards. I donâ€™t team signs Usain Bolt, know what you can rehas bigger dreams, too: ally say that makes you breaking Eric Dickwant to work harder or ersonâ€™s single-season anything like that, so rushing record of 2,105 itâ€™s kind of a good thing yards, and winning the and a bad thing me not league MVP award. JOHNSON getting the record.â€? â€œI didnâ€™t even get one Johnsonâ€™s production was vote at all (for MVP),â€? Johnson said. â€œLike the season I had, even more impressive considit seemed like, â€˜What more do ering the Titans began the seathey want me to do?â€™ That just son with six straight losses. He felt like rookie of the year; itâ€™s was a key reason for Tennesseeâ€™s turnaround to 8-8. a quarterback thing I guess.â€?
Johnson became the first player to run for three TDs of 85 yards or longer in a season; no NFL player had even done that in a career. Heâ€™ll start next season with a streak of 11 100-yard rushing games; Barry Sanders holds the record with 14 in 1997. In November, Johnson rushed for 800 yards, the best month of any running back in NFL history. By then, it was a one-man show in the Tennessee backfield; as a rookie, Johnson split duties with LenDale White, and rushed for 1,228 yards and nine TDs. This season, White got only 64 carries a year after running for 15 touchdowns in 2008. â€œI took a backseat to greatness,â€? White noted. â€œIâ€™m just happy to be a part of it, to make history with him,â€? Titans quarterback Vince
Kiffin returns to take over Southern Cal
Continued from Page 1B â€œMikeâ€™s presence in the paint is huge for us,â€? said Helms. â€œEven when he doesnâ€™t block shots, they know heâ€™s there. We need him on the boards so bad because we donâ€™t have much size other than him. What he does on both ends of the court is huge for how we play.â€? Esser scored a team-high 19 points on the strength of five 3-pointers. He also knocked down two free throws in the final 30 seconds to help seal the victory. â€œCodyâ€™s a great shooter,â€? said Helms. â€œHeâ€™s been a little up and down this year. He had a stretch of three games in a row where he shot it really good and heâ€™s been shooting it well in practice, so we expect that from him.â€? ESSER Senior guard James Haynes and senior forward Dexter Harding both stood out for Weddington. Haynes dropped a game-high 25 points while Harding finished with 13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Haynes made four 3-pointers and had all 10 of Weddingtonâ€™s points in the third quarter. Freshman guard Emmitt Afam added eight points, five assists and four steals for the Cavaliers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” Lane Kiffin rolled into his dream job at Southern California on a wave of promises and praise, vowing to run a squeaky-clean program even while fending off questions about his staff â€™s first few hours on the job. Kiffin radiated California cool Wednesday even after arriving late to his first news conference because of freeway traffic after flying in from Tennessee. He abruptly left the Volunteers on Tuesday night after one 7-6 season to return to the school where he spent six seasons as an assistant coach. â€œItâ€™s great to be back home,â€? Kiffin said. Kiffin accepted his third head coaching job in less than three years because he couldnâ€™t pass up the chance to claim the job he had identified as the nationâ€™s best a decade earlier, when he joined Pete Carrollâ€™s staff in 2001 as a 25-year-old tight ends coach. â€œThis is a place that was very special to me for a long time,â€? the 34-year-old Kiffin said in a packed room at Heritage Hall while his daughter, Pressley, lounged on a chair next to him. â€œIt became obvious to me that this was the best place in America ... and this is the No. 1 job in America. I think itâ€™s a perfect fit.â€? Kiffin left Knoxville ahead of an angry, mattress-burning mob, taking along at least two members of a coaching staff that committed several secondary NCAA violations during its 14 months in Knoxville.
WHS girls win big
Weddington Highâ€™s girls cruised to an easy 47-13 home win over winless Cuthbertson (0-14). The Warriors (8-7) were led by seniors Kinsey Wilson and Samantha Sebastian, who both scored nine points. Morgan Werner and Rachel DeGeare each added six points for WHS. Werner also had eight rebounds and three steals. Brogan Oâ€™Brien paced the Cavaliers with six points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Both teams are back in action on Friday. Weddington travels to Porter Ridge while Cuthbertson takes on Berry Academy at home.
Young added. â€œHeâ€™s going to be a great player. This is just his second year, thatâ€™s the crazy part.â€? No one has rushed for 2,000 yards twice in a career. Titans coach Jeff Fisher says it would be unwise to bet against Johnson setting that precedent, too. â€œI think heâ€™s one player that has a chance to do it again. Heâ€™s young,â€? Fisher said. â€œHeâ€™s special. He has the potential to go the distance and change games and do those kinds of things.â€? League MVP Peyton Manning of Indianapolis drew 1 1/2 votes, and San Diego QB Philip Rivers got one. Johnson is the first Titan to win the honor, but the third player in franchise history. Quarterback Warren Moon won in 1990 as a Houston Oiler, and Earl Campbell took the award from 1978-80 with the Oilers.
E-J staff photo by Rick Crider
Weddingtonâ€™s Maurvella Fuller (1) had five points, four assists and two steals.
Kobeâ€™s late jumper lifts Lakers over Mavericks DALLAS (AP) â€” Kobe Bryant went from having a slow night because of a sore back to nailing the game-winning jumper with 28 seconds left, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers to a 100-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Bryant had only 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting, but Andrew Bynum had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Lamar Odom had 18
points and 14 rebounds, and Ron Artest had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help the Lakers end a three-game road losing streak. Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points for the Mavericks to become the 34th player in NBA history with 20,000. Jason Kidd added 11 points and 11 assists. Celtics 111, Nets 87 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. â€” Paul Pierce scored 24 points, Ray Allen added 15 points and
Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 14 assists for Boston. The Celtics made made 10 of their first 11 shots and barely slowed up from there, building a 36-point lead during its highest-scoring first half of the season (73). Yi Jianlian scored 19 points and Brook Lopez had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets (3-35), who lost their sixth straight and 11th in a row against Boston.
Pacers 122, Suns 114 INDIANAPOLIS â€” Danny Granger scored 33 points and Mike Dunleavy added a seasonhigh 30 to help Indiana win after the Pacers trailed by 24 points in the first half. Earl Watson added 14 points and nine assists for the Pacers, who were down 23 against Toronto on Monday before rallying for a victory. Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points for the Suns, and Steve
Nash had 20 points and nine assists, despite missing more than a quarter to get seven stitches after taking an elbow. Hawks 94, Wizards 82 ATLANTA â€” Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Jamal Crawford added 22 to help Atlanta hold on for its third straight win. Antawn Jamison scored 25 points for the Wizards, who lost their third straight.
Pirates Continued from Page 1B The Pirates helped seal the win by going 11-of-14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. â€œWe seemed to dig ourselves a hole and then we fought back,â€? said Pirates coach Jay Fitts. â€œI told the guys you have to keep playing and just give the effort. I think we started rebounding much better in the second half, and that was huge.â€? Piedmont sophomore Trenton Linville led all scorers with 18 points and was joined in double figures by Cameron Leviner
and TJ Doster, who scored 12 and 10, respectively. PJ Freeman finished with 11 points off the bench for the Pirates.
PR girls smash PHS
Porter Ridgeâ€™s girls had no trouble with Piedmont, running away with a 66-36 home win. Junior Kelley Godbout scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Pirates (13-2). Piedmont fell to 8-7 overall. Kara Hastings added 12 points for PR while teammate Jada Huntley scored 10 and grabbed eight rebounds. Cayleigh Weekley added seven assists for PR.
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Porter Ridge freshman Jada Huntley had 10 points and eight rebounds in Wednesdayâ€™s home win over Piedmont.
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