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No agreement on emergency dept. County, hospital officials fail to sign off on Waxhaw health facility

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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 Center-Union 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 CMCWaxhaw 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 CMCUnion 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. CMC-Union’s portion of the building­— about 35 percent of the 73,743-square-foot building — cost about $6.14 million and the upgrades to

A list of charities working in Union County to help after an earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti can help you decide how you can make a difference. See 8

Board to meet every second, fourth Tuesday BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

Warming Up

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Staff photos by Alan Jenkins

Charlotte cyclists Scott Lindblom and Bill Preston take a break Saturday under a huge, leafless tree in Waxhaw. The town has applied to earn the ‘Tree City USA’ distinction.

Is Waxhaw a ‘tree city?’ Town applies for national recognition of forestry program

They’re Done

BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

N.C. Sen. Eddie Goodall and N.C. Rep. Curtis Blackwood both announced last week that neither will not run for another term. See 2

MONROE Waxhaw residents love their trees. The town applied to become a Tree City USA in December. If approved, Waxhaw will receive assistance and national recognition for its urban and community forestry program. Communities are expected to receive official notification of their Tree Cty USA status within the next couple of weeks, town planner LeRae Davis said. “The designation is part of our overall tree preservation project,” Denise Kuntz, chairwoman of the Beautification Committee, said. “It’s to show Waxhaw is taking

Man charged after crashing into a grocery store, ATM; investigators study arson at suspect’s former employer. See 7 Index Classified Editorial Letters Local news Movies Obituaries Schools Sports

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Waxhaw Board of Commissioners won’t take a stance on the possible sale of Carolinas Medical Center-Union.

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Weddington’s win at Porter Ridge gives Warriors a 3-1 record and first place in the Southern Carolina Conference. See 11

Youth symphony features musicians from this area. See 9

Leave us out of it

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Trees line Waxhaw’s downtown area on Saturday.

WAXHAW Town commissioners hope that tentative changes they made to their meeting schedule Tuesday will streamline decisionmaking 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 b e t w e e n Gardner 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 it’s classified as a work session.

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Union County unites to help Haiti victims Church organization looks for volunteers; commissioner recalls visit BY TIFFANY LANE AND ELISABETH ARRIERO

Staff Writers 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 tens of 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 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 co- Mills ordinates 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 Portau-Prince. A friend told

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Waxhaw stays out of hospital debate

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Town leaders won’t take a stand in CMC-Union sale debate BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

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WAXHAW Municipalities should not be brought into a county debate, the Waxhaw Board of Commissioners reasoned Tuesday after refusing to take a stance on the sale of CMCUnion. Lane “I can’t pretend to know what the lease said or what’s best for the county. It’s all about as clear as mud,” Mayor Pro Tem Martin Lane said. “I’m inclined to stay out of the fight.”

Staff photo by Alan Jenkins

Joe DeSimone stands firmly on the ground as Dave Simonson, left, and Tom Archer perch precariously on ladders at the entrance to the Willow Oaks community on Weddington-Matthews Road. The three, volunteers for the community’s homeowners association, take down Christmas lights.

Mayor Daune Gardner asked the board to not include her name on the resolution opposing the sale of the hospital should the board pass it. A quorum of County Commissioners attended the meeting, requiring a call to session. County Commissioners Tracy Kuehler, Lanny Openshaw and Parker Mills attended the meeting. Kuehler said she hasn’t taken a stance on whether she supports the sale of the hospital. “We’ve not reached any decision. We’re merely exploring our options,” she said adding that she questioned “how a municipality with less information and background as us can be prepared to

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take a position on this issue.” Mills emphasized his opposition to the sale in today’s economy. “The hospital is a valuable asset here. It’s a centerpiece,” he said. “It would be a very poor business decision at this time.” But Openshaw contested that idea. “Just because the housing market’s down doesn’t mean everything is down,” he said. Weddington Mayor Nancy Anderson, who spoke on behalf of the Community Trustee Council, said the council unanimously opposed the sale of the hospital. Anderson noted the award-winning facilities

MONROE Union’s political representation will look different after 2010. N.C. Sen. Eddie Goodall, R-Union, announced he would not seek reelection for his senate seat one day after N.C. Rep. Curtis Blackwood, R-Union, announced he would not seek reelection for the N.C. House. Goodall and Blackwood said they did not collaborate on their decisions and it was just coincidence that the announcements came so close together. Goodall was hired by the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools, a group “committed to creating a unified voice for North Carolina’s public charter school movement,” according to its Web site. He called it an “honor” to serve Union

They’re Almost Gone

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County, but that it was time for him to get back in the work force. In the legislature, Goodall frequently supported the expansion of charter schools throughout the state. He said he wants to push a bill this year that will increase the cap on charter schools in the state from 100 to 106, though he might have to recuse himself from votes due to his position with his new employer. Goodall’s announcement came as a surprise to many around the county. Union County Republican chairman Jim Bention said the vacant seats

will be “hard shoes to fill” and Union would “feel the ripple of their loss.” The legislators, who will finish their 2010 terms, will have served a combined 14 years in the General Assembly. Blackwood spent four terms in the Dist. 68 seat. “Having spent over 10 percent of my life here in Raleigh, and believing in term limits, I have consulted with my family and believe that it is time to move onto other things,” Blackwood said in a press release sent by his office. “You certainly don’t need or deserve a professional politician.” Rep. Pryor Gibson, the only Democrat from Union County to hold a state office, said that while he did not often vote the same way as Goodall or Blackwood, they were always professional and “represented their constituents well.” “The people of Union County could always de-

pend on them for expressing what they thought was best,” he said. Looking toward the short session this year, Gibson said the state was facing the “largest budget shortfall in generations,” and surmised the budget would play a major role in any campaign. Traditionally, Union has been a Republican county. In fact, registered Republicans outnumber Democrats about three to one in Blackwood’s western District 68; that did not mean local Democrats would ignore the race. Mike Cognac, former Marvin mayor and the Democratic candidate against Blackwood two years ago, said the party would undoubtedly choose candidates and get their names out early. “The party has been pretty active in soliciting candidates to run,” Cognac, an activist in the Union Democratic party, said.

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Obituaries James Baxter Spittle

WAXHAW Mr. James Baxter “JB” Spittle, 93, died Sunday, January 10, 2010 at his residence. Mr. Spittle was born October 20, 1916 in Union County. Son of the late James Baxter and Minnie Presson Spittle Sr., also preeded in death by a sister, Gladys S. Starnes. He was a retired dairy farmer. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from six until eight p.m. at the McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at Corinth Baptist Churh. Internment will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park. Survivors include one daughter, Brenda S. Carter of Waxhaw, three sons, Stewart Spittle of Lucasville, Ohio, Terry K. Spittle of Wingate, NC, Tony A. Spittle of Charlotte. Ten grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Faye Canupp of Monroe. Memorials may be made to Corinth Baptist Church Mission Fund, 3805 Corinth Church Rd., Monroe, NC, 28112. McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mr. Spittle.

Geraldine McCain Brady

waxhaw 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.

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 sonin-law, 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.

Sarah Winchester Lowe weddington October 26, 1933- January 14, 2010 Sarah Lowe, 76, of Weddington, NC went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 9am on 1/14/10 after a courageous battle with cancer. Sarah was the beloved wife of Bill Lowe, who rarely left her side in the eight months preceding her death. Their dedication to each other throughout their 56 year marriage was palpable to all those who knew them. Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, Ney and Irene Winchester and her brother Douglas.

Sarah is also survived by her four children: Nancy Lowe of Raleigh, Julia Lowe and her husband James Palatucci of Hilton Head, SC; Susan Munson and her husband Bill of Charlotte; Tim Lowe and his wife Carol of Weddington. Sarah was extremely proud of her grandchildren and their spouses as they grew into young adults: Kristen Chambliss and husband Kyle of Houston, Texas; Daniel Miller of Lexington, Kentucky; Paige Munson who just graduated from UNCCH and now lives in Charlotte, Tyler Munson who is in school at Furman; and Parker Lowe of Weddington. Other surviving relatives include her brothers, Warren Winchester and his wife, Charlotte of Vero Beach, Florida and Wayne Winchester and his wife, Ann of Monroe and numerous nieces and nephews. Sarah attended Pfeiffer College and spent the greater part of her career at Monroe City Schools. Following her retirement from the school system, she went on to work for Weddington Methodist Church, where she was a member for over 50 years. In her later years, she and her husband Bill developed their property in Weddington and built themselves a new home in their development, Weddington Heritage. Sarah loved her home and shared it willingly for meetings with her neighborhood, community, and church family. She cherished her friends and was very involved in church circles, Sunday school classes, Bible studies and home groups. She willingly took on leadership positions in the church and the community all of her adult life. She was on the Weddington Planning board until her illness was diagnosed. Sarah was a great organizer and helped maintain Weddington church historical pictures and files. Other

hobbies included bowling and growing day lilies. She was also a great seamstress in her younger years and a wonderful cook throughout her life; her recipes will be passed on to generations to come. Pleasant Grove Camp Meeting was a family tradition in the Winchester family that was passed on by Sarah to her family after she married. Throughout her life she attended the annual camp meetings. She enjoyed maintaining the relationships from camp meeting which spanned generations. Sarah’s family will miss her presence here on the earth, but will look forward to the day when they can join her in heaven. We know that the Lord must have greeted her in heaven saying, “well done my good and faithful servant.” Memorials to Weddington Methodist Church are requested in lieu of flowers. The family will receive friends from 6-8pm on Friday, 1/15/10 at Heritage Funeral Home in Weddington. The funeral will be at 2pm on Saturday, 1/16/10 at Weddington Methodist Church and burial will follow at Weddington Methodist Church cemetery. Heritage Funeral Home – Weddington Chapel is assisting the family.

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Council delays 2 interviews to fill seat Lepke, Hess vie for position; 1 withdraws By Elisabeth arriero

Staff Writer Dust on a vacant Wesley Chapel Village Council seat will have one more week to settle: the council has postponed interviewing two candidates until Tuesday. John Lepke and Todd Hess are both vying for the seat, which was left vacant when former Councilman Brad Horvath was elected mayor in the November election. A third candidate, Tonya VanWynsberg, withdrew her application and asked to be considered for a position on the Board of Adjustment, which has a vacancy since Kim Ormiston left to serve on the council. “I’m actually excited there’s so many good, sharp people who want to serve,” Mayor Pro Tem Sondra Bradford said. The Council voted to appoint VanWynsberg to the board at its meeting Monday. Councilmembers also discussed the proposed Page Price Park, which would be the village’s first park. They discussed the costs of various proposed amenities and infrastructure. “We’re trying to break it into phases and decide which things we want to add to the park first,” Bradford said. The council will continue its discussion of the park at its meeting Tuesday.

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THE IDEA

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can only be free if I am free." — Clarence Darrow

OUR VIEW

Haiti hits home I

look at pictures of the destruction in Haiti and I can’t help but go to the most selfish of thoughts: Thank God that’s not me or my loved ones. At this point, we’ve all seen the photos and read the stories — bleeding children with bandaged heads and blank stares, piles of bodies waist-deep in the streets. We’ve heard about men and boys wandering the streets with machetes, looking to take advantage of the situation through violence. There’s talk of looting, and of aid being stolen by thugs. The United States is gearing up to provide long-term help to the Haitians, and as all good neighbors do, we in Union County are asking, ‘What can I do to help?’ I say with confidence and thankfulness that, no matter what devastation could potentially fall upon us here, no situation will ever devolve as much as is happening in Haiti now. More than 200 years of democracy and freedom have allowed us to build strong communities, develop capable emergency services and responsive private charitable functions. Hurricane Katrina gave us proof of that. It destroyed the Gulf region, and while there were deaths and many people who dealt with horrible circumstances, I think none could say Louisiana’s aftermath compares to Haiti’s. No matter how large a disaster, one fact becomes apparent — our local response is terribly important. For every major corporation that donates millions, it is just as important that families give $5, $10, $20 to relief efforts. It isn’t just large organizations that make a difference. It’s church groups that collect hygiene and baby care items. It’s Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups that hold bake sales.

Alan Jenkins The Long Road Home It’s food drives at the local grocery store that matter. I encourage all of my neighbors in Waxhaw, Weddington and Wesley Chapel to find ways to give. The Haitian need for help is not going to go away anytime soon. Let me encourage all of you to be careful, however. Don’t give your money or donations to an agency you aren’t familiar with. Don’t give money to agencies calling you on the telephone — you don’t know if they are legitimate or scam artists calling to steal from you. If you belong to a church that wants to contribute, do some research first. Call the Red Cross or another charitable organization and ask about the most effective way to contribute. Some of these organizations might find money donations the most effective way to help. We can all be thankful that, if we were struck by a disaster of such magnitude, we have trained emergency professionals and compassionate neighbors who will step in to help us out. Never will bodies be piled in our streets as people starve. As you strive to be the good neighbor to Haiti that you are to those around you in Union County, don’t forget that no effort you take will be too small. Nothing you do will be unappreciated. Let me know about what efforts your community organization is taking part in by e-mailing me at ajenkins@theej.com. Be thankful we live in such a great community.

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

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

YOUR VIEW

Marvin council addresses residents

We, your Marvin Village Council, would like to welcome you to the New Year. We have been hard at work by having four council meetings since the new board took office in December. We won’t stop there as we have many more meetings scheduled this first quarter. Some changes have already been instituted while others are forthcoming. For those of you who haven’t been able to attend one of our meetings, we would like to give you a quick update of what we have accomplished thus far. This council has a fiduciary responsibility to you the taxpayers. We have taken the first step in addressing this by directing our staff to conduct an assessment of all village functions and personnel. We will use this information to compare and bench-

mark the Village to its peer group in Union County. Two major line items in our budget are salaries and attorney fees. We want to make sure we are spending your tax dollars wisely. Openness, transparency, and communication are goals most governments fall short of. However, in Marvin it will become a reality. For the first time, one of the four council members will be available every Wednesday, in the Village Hall from 11a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment to discuss any issue that residents would like to review. We believe this will give our residents an opportunity to meet their elected officials and establish an open door policy for the Village. We believe in listening to all of our citizens, not just special interest groups. Due to the low response rate on the Land Use Plan survey, we’ve halted further work on the plan until

we can gain a higher percentage of resident’s feedback. The council has also created a conflict of interest form which has already been signed by the mayor and council and will be given to all boards that volunteer for our village. Another first was achieved when the Council extended an invitation to the Homeowners Associations (HOA) Boards to schedule individual meetings with the Council. The HOAs will have the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns most important to their individual subdivision and its residents. This forum will assist us in building a sense of community between the village and its subdivisions. On Dec. 18, a new park, recreation and greenway board was formed. We are looking for Marvin citizens that have a fresh outlook on developing new parks and recreational opportunities.

In the past, this board has organized the MARES (equestrian) event, and the Council would like for this to continue. We will monitor the interest in this board and the MARES event over the next several months. Our goal is to have better communication with you and to keep you informed of the progress we have made on all major initiatives in Marvin. Sincerely,

Nick Dispenziere, Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Burman, Council Member Terri Patton, Council Member Ron Salimao, Council Member

Former volunteer questions council

It’s not only what you do but how you do it, Marvin council. “There is a volunteer form

in the back of the room, sign up and volunteer if you want greenways in Marvin.” This was Councilman Ron Salimao’s response at the January Village of Marvin’s council meeting after the four council members were chastised by numerous people who spoke out against the new council’s decision to disband the Park, Greenway and Recreational Advisory Board (PGRAB). If he thinks that people are going to respond to that form of challenge or harsh request, then he has no idea. You need a leader to organize people and to make sure materials get ordered to build these trails and bridges. If they think that Councilman Anthony Burman can step into ex-PGRAB chairman Ray Williams’ shoes then you have no idea. They are huge shoes for a person like Burman to fill.

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Letters Continued from Page 4 Besides needing a leader, you need muscle, manpower, determination and know how to get the job done correctly and for a fraction of the cost that any company could do it for. That’s why it’s called volunteering. That’s exactly what chairman Ray Williams did well. The Village of Marvin disbanded the old PGRAB at their first meeting after two new members, Anthony Burman and Ron Salimao, were sworn it, without any discussion, or rather any public discussion. What was discussed behind closed doors, only the four council members (Nick Dispenziere, Terri Patton, Anthony Burman and Ron Salimao) would know. Terri Patton said at a special meeting shortly after disbanding the PGRAB that the council should start “community building.” Someone should whisper into her good ear that this is not the way in which this council or anyone

Sunday, January 17, 2010 does community building within the Village of Marvin or anywhere. Considering the last official survey that was done showed that 85 percent of residents wants some form of park, greenway or trail system in the Village of Marvin. The new council has formed another board called Parks, Recreation and Greenways (just changing the works around) and has advertised for Marvin residents only to apply. To date no one has applied and rightfully so. Would you walk into the wolf ’s den knowing you stand the chance of been chomped? The old PGRAB is a good group from the Marvin and unincorporated Marvin areas that served as volunteers not only on the board but some who got downand-dirty and built trails and bridges with the council’s blessing. The council sanctioned the Parks and Greenways Master Plan in 2008. Will the new council stand by that master plan or will Terri Patton and Co. waste taxpayers money

on changing that plan or scraping it completely to suit themselves and not the residents of Marvin who they are supposed to serve (this plan was compiled after extensive resident input)? What a lot of people tend to forget is that the PGRAB was merely an advisory board to the council and all laws and regulations were passed by the council. The council has still not given any reason why they disbanded a successful volunteer board that reported to them. Now they want new volunteers. Good luck, council members. Try looking for chicken teeth instead. Dale Williams former PGRAB co-vice chairman

Western Union County needs ER

Stalling the opening of an emergency room in Waxhaw is inexcusable and everyone in Western Union County should express their displeasure with Commissioners Roger, Kuehler and Openshaw.

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Letters to the editor should be no more than 200 words; longer letters may be edited to fit available space. Photos and editorial cartoons will also be considered for publication. Please include the letter writer’s name and town of residence. Send letters to ajenkins@theej.com or fax 704-289-2929. Call 704-261-2223 with questions. Something stinks in these commissioners attempts to derail CMCUnions plans to provide our citizens with the best healthcare possible. How many times have we lost patients because of slow response or travel times? I fought to place an EMS ambulance at Wesley Chapel VFD but that was only part of the answer. An emergency room with urgent care services is greatly needed to finish the job. I applaud Jerry Simpson for his excellent letter and hope everyone will take the time to read his concerns. I share his belief that our commissioners are fiddling with efforts to provide countywide parity in health care. Commissioner Rogers should also take note that the money for equipping this facility with

state of the art medical devices will come out of profits at CMC-Union. I call that a great dividend and Christmas present to the taxpayers of Union County. Clayton Loflin Monroe, former commissioner, state representative

Water, sewer complaints hollow

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

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County manager explains hospital process Commissioners consider selling CMC-Union; Waxhaw emergency department pondered

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he intent on the part of the Union County Board of County Commissioners to consider the sale of the County-owned hospital, as well as the review of the proposed investment by CMC-Union in a Waxhaw Emergency Department, have caused much concern and debate in Union County. It is understandable that the community would be concerned about the potential sale of the hospital. It is also understandable that citizens would be strongly supportive of the development of a state-of-the-art emergency medical department in the Waxhaw area. A confusing array of articles and opinions has been published regarding these two related projects. The information presented in these editorials and news accounts has been complex, confusing, and at times, contradictory. The purpose of this guest column is to provide accurate and objective information to

Emergency Continued from Page 1 make it emergency-grade 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

Al Greene County Manager

the citizens of the county. On April 28, 2009, the Board of Commissioners approved a motion to direct staff to explore the possibility of selling the hospital and to report back to the Board. On November 2, 2009, the Board further clarified its intent and voted to include potential options for leasing the hospital in addition to the option of selling the assets. County staff is presently negotiating an agreement for services related to this project with a reputable firm specializing in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. It is anticipated that the firm, along with legal specialists, will guide the County through a process that will explore, in depth, the options available to the County and the pros and would pay for 69.1 percent of the building during 25 percent of the building’s life, something Commissioner Tracy Kuehler Kuehler said was unfair. The rent amount is based on fair-marketvalue 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

cons of those options. We anticipate that once a contract with the firm is approved, it will take several months to fully explore the options available to us and the level of interest that healthcare providers may have in the hospital assets. Should the Commission decide to sell the assets or negotiate another lease, then the project could easily extend to six or more months. There are many factors that the Commission will need to consider in its decision making process, and these factors include both financial considerations, and more importantly, issues regarding the present and future quality of healthcare in Union County. I strongly believe that the citizen input regarding these issues has been heard by the Board and that you will continue to be heard. We understand that many people are pleased with the quality of healthcare provided by CMC-Union, and the Board of County Commissioners will certainly

make the continued provision of quality healthcare services a top priority in the decision making process. In recent weeks, the Board has been asked by CMC-Union and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority (doing business as Carolinas Healthcare System or CHS) to approve capital expenditures related to the proposed Waxhaw Emergency Department. This issue has received perhaps as much attention as the potential sale of the hospital. Allegations have been made that the Board of Commissioners has delayed approval of the expenditures. Consideration of the request by the Board is certainly complicated by the potential sale of the hospital, however, I believe that the Board of Commissioners is willing, and in fact eager, to make a decision on this issue. I do not believe that any member of the Board has a desire to delay unnecessarily or to block the establish-

ment of an emergency department in Waxhaw. However, we do have an obligation to ensure that the expenditure of funds represents a wise investment. The building that will house the emergency department is owned by CHS, and it is proposed that CHS lease this building to CMC-Union for 10 years. Although it is proposed that CHS will retain ownership of the building and that CHS will lease to CMC-Union for only 10 years, CMC-Union is being asked to pay for a very significant portion of upfit for the building and for its furniture, fixtures, and equipment. For this reason, the County has asked CMC-Union to provide particulars regarding the proposed transaction between CMC-Union and CHS so that we can make a determination as to the wisdom of the investment, given the potential for a short life of the operation. The Board deferred consideration of the request to a work session to be held Jan. 13,

and instructed county staff to make a written request for information needed in the evaluation of the request. CHS Metro Group Executive Vice President, Dennis Phillips was quoted in the Jan. 5 edition of The Enquirer Journal as stating that he and other CHS staff “have been compiling the additional information requested by the County which we plan to submit to the County very soon so that the County staff will have time to review it before the work session.” I believe that a review of this situation clearly shows that we are making every effort to review the request and that CHS is working to provide us with information on which to base a decision. I can provide further assurance that dialog between County staff and the staff at CMCUnion is open and positive, and that we communicate almost daily on these issues.

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. CMCUnion 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.

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.

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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 to CMCUnion as the operator. Per the lease agreement, CMC-Union 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

Al Greene serves as county manager for Union County.

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 certificate of need 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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Monroe singer wins competition By ALAN JENKINS

A cabinet shop in Mineral Springs burns in what police believe is an arson fire set early Wednesday morning.

Staff photos by Rick Crider

Fires, crashes leave questions Wrecks at ATM, Food Lion in Monroe lead to arrests; officials don’t offer arson connection Hetrick and other employees of the cabinet shop declined comment.

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Staff Writer MONROE Two businesses and five vehicles were burned in Mineral Springs, a Food Lion and Cash Points ATM were rammed by a truck in Monroe and two vehicles were stolen early Tuesday morning. Police have not confirmed that the incidents are related. Only one arrest had been made in connection with the incidents by Tuesday evening. Jonathan William Dowdy, 27, of 2113 Fowler Secrest Road, was arrested and charged by Monroe Police Department with three counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of possession of stolen p r o p e r t y, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, one count of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of Dowdy possession of a stolen vehicle, and one count of misdemeanor larceny. Investigators said a fire was intentionally set at a photography studio and cabinet shop owned by Gary Hetrick at 6804 N.C. Highway 75 near Mineral Springs, but have not pressed charges against a suspect; Dowdy was a former employee of Hetrick, but Union County Sheriff ’s Lt. Cody Luke made clear that he was not charged in the fire. According to a Monroe police report, Dowdy stole a pickup truck from Robert Laney Landscaping on Waxhaw Highway and ran it into the front door of the Food Lion on West Franklin Street. He stole cigarettes from the store, then drove the truck into a Cash Points automated teller machine in the parking lot of a second Food Lion on Sunset Drive, said Mornoe Sgt. Craig Bradshaw. The second collision caused the air bag to deploy and the global positioning system OnStar was alerted. OnStar notified police of the collision, according to the report. Officers began searching for Dowdy in the area. Dowdy walked about a mile to 1107 Oak Hill Drive where he stole another vehicle, according to the report. Police spot-

Above: A stolen truck sits where it was crashed into an ATM machine at the Food Lion on Sunset Boulevard in Monroe. The driver fled the scene on foot. Right: The owner of a MIneral Springs business watches the fire as deputies investigate. ted Dowdy based on the description of the second stolen vehicle and made the arrest on Walkup Avenue, police stated. Sheriff ’s deputies, the State Bureau of Investigations and the Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire scene on Waxhaw Highway. Mineral Springs Fire Department Chief Don Gaddy said it took 25 firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control. Gaddy said he had “never seen anything like it, and I don’t ever want to see anything like it again.” He said he immediately

suspected arson because the fires were spread out too much. Investigators later determined that the buildings had been set on fire from the inside. Five company trucks were set on fire outside the business by someone who crammed rags into the vehicles’ gas tanks and lit them. The fire caused an estimated $88,500 in damage, the sheriff ’s office reported. Passerby Kevin Tice made the 911 call after he saw the fire. Tice first thought it could have been a campsite because there

is so much farmland and pasture in the area. On his second glance, he noticed that something was amiss and saw that the building and cars were on fire.

Staff Writer Whiskey did it’s job Thursday night. Monroe native Karla Davis won the Colgate Country Showdown, $100,000 and national exposure on the stage of the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. She’s still in shock. “When you’re on the stage of the Ryman and you see all your family and friends right there in the front row, you’ll never have a feeling like that again,” Davis said. The country singer performed two songs during the competition’s finals Thursday night — ‘Whiskey’s Got a Job to Do’ and ‘ K e e p Movin’ On.’ T h e 23-yearold musician and f o r m e r Davis P a r k w o o d High School student started her path to Nashville in Rock Hill, S.C. She won that local competition, then beat everyone at the state and regional finals. All that led to Thursday night, where she wowed the audience and judges at the Ryman Auditorium, which served as home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. The finals were hosted by country music star Leann Rimes. Friday, she took her friends and family members still in Nashville out for a steak dinner. Then, Davis plans to put the rest of her winnings in the bank. More importantly, Davis earned a lot of recognition amongst record labels.

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Zion Internation Fellowship 5017 Waxhaw-Marvin Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Victor D. Thompson

Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran 416 W. North Main St., Waxhaw Pastor: Richard Carter Regular Sunday: 9 a.m., Sunday school; 10 a.m., worship; 7 p.m.

Gospel Way Church 7310 Tirzah Church Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Ben Karecsky

Antioch United Methodist 3205 Antioch Church Road, Matthews Pastor: Betty Jeanne Day Regular Sunday: 9:30 a.m., worship, 9:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m., Sunday school. Bethlehem United Methodist 5300 Nesbit Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Howard Fleming Dec 20: 11 a.m. Christmas Cantata Regular Sundays: 8:30 a.m., contemporary service; 11 a.m., traditional service. Bonds Grove Methodist 8215 Bonds Grove Church Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-5231; www. gbgm-umc.org/bondsgrove/ Pastor: Randy Blanton Sundays: 9:15 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship. Mondays: 6:30 p.m., TOPS Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m., disciple class. Central Baptist 4821 Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road, Matthews; 704-821-6509 Pastor: Tim Helms Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worhship; 6 p.m., evening worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., Bible study, youth group. Evangelistic Temple of Deliverance 6016 Waxhaw Hwy., Mineral Springs; 704-598-8203 Pastor: William McLain Today: 2 p.m., special service to honor pastor. Sundays: Sunday School 10 a.m.; worship 11 a.m.

Greater Blessed Hope Baptist 3607 Andrew Jackson Drive, Waxhaw, 704-843-2553 Pastor: Waymon Jordan Sr. Jan. 17: 4 p.m., church 21st anniversary celebration; guest speaker Rev. Jerry Allen Aiken Sr., guest choir Charlotte Chapter Gospel Music Workshop Greater Grace World Outreach 5017 Waxhaw-Marvin Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-5418 Pastors: Charles Carter, Jacqueline Carter Heath Memorial United Methodist 9908 Richardson-King Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Marilyn Wooten Hermon Baptist 9713 Lancaster Highway, Waxhaw; 704-843-4924; contact@ hermonbaptist.org; www.hermonbaptist.org Pastor: Donnie Gamble Regular Sunday: 8:30 a.m., worship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6:30 p.m., worship, youth and children’s activities. Mondays: 6 p.m. Celebrate Weight Loss; 7 p.m., Celebrate Recovery. Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m., Family Night supper (advance reservations required); 7 p.m., Bible study and prayer; 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Awana. Howie Baptist Howie Mine Church Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Donnie B. Crump Regular schedule: 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. Bible study.

Faith Community Independence 701 Howie Mine Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-2085 Pastor: Rickey Truesdale Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Waxhaw 7700 Waxhaw Highway, Waxhaw; 704-843-4774 Pastor: James C. Shelton Sunday: 10 a.m. worship, 11:15 a.m. Sunday School God’s Temple of

Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist 520 Billy Howey Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Michael Flowers Maple Grove Baptist Maple Grove Church Road, Weddington Pastors: Terry Simpson Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., worship.

A LIST OF CHURCHES IN WAXHAW, WESLEY CHAPEL, WEDDINGTON, MARVIN Add yours to the list: Call Alan Jenkins at 704-261-2223 or e-mail him at ajenkins@theej.com Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., worship Mary Elizabeth Baptist 3703 Mary Elizabeth Church Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Curtis Laney Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., discipleship training Wednesdays: 7 p.m., prayer meeting, youth meeting, GAs & RAs Marvin AME Zion 1525 Crane Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Haven O. Anderson Mineral Springs Church of Christ 6403 Waxhaw Highway, Mineral Springs; 704-243-3388; www. mineralspringschurchofchirst.org Mineral Springs United Methodist 5915 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Mineral Springs; 704-843-5905 Pastor: Bruce Gwyn Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist 700 Miller Dr., Waxhaw; 704-2430182 Pastor: J.D. Mills Sr. Jan. 10: 3 p.m., pastor appreciation service Regular Sunday: 9:05 a.m., Sunday school; 9:50 a.m., Baptist training union; 11 a.m., worship Wednesdays: 6 p.m., Bible study and prayer meeting New Town Road Community Church 7513 Broome’s Old Mill Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-3610 Pastor: William Chandler Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship Oak Grove Baptist 4013 Newtown Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Richard Myers Sunday: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer service. Piney Grove Missionary Baptist - West 6712 Sims Road, Waxhaw; 704843-3572 Pastor: Robert L. Sanders Siler Presbyterian 6301 Weddington-Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel; 704-821-7445 Pastor: Bruce Powell Tirzah Presbyterian 7507 Tirzah Church Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-2893;

www.tirzahchurch.org. Pastor: Jill Duffield Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship at 11 a.m. Union United Methodist 6315 New Town Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-1603 Pastor: Kim Higgins Sundays: 8:45 a.m., contemporary worship; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., blended service; 5 p.m., youth Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., senior chair yoga. Walkersville Presbyterian 6204 Brady Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-3612 Pastor: Warren Nance Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Waxhaw Baptist 8213 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Donny Royster Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., Bible study, Kids for Christ, Y Factor Class. Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer and youth class, Kids for Christ Waxhaw Bible Church 6810 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Waxhaw Waxhaw Presbyterian 8100 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Waxhaw Sundays: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Bible study, call 704-843-4685 for details. Waxhaw United Methodist 200 McDonald St., Waxhaw; 704843-3931; www.waxhawumc.org. Pastor: Harrison Hinson Sundays: 9 a.m., worship; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; traditional worship, 11 a.m. Weddington United Methodist 13901 Providence Road, Weddington; 704-846-1032; www. weddingtonchurch.org Wesley Chapel Methodist Potter and Weddington roads, Wesley Chapel Pastor: Denise Earls; phone, 704814-4739; www.wesleychapelumc.net Sundays: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m., with children’s church provided. For transportation, call 704-2836106.

Pastors, share your faith

Are you pastor of a church in Waxhaw, Wesley Chapel, Weddington or Marvin? Would you like to share your stories of faith through a column on the faith page in the Waxhaw Exchange? The only stipulation: Your stories of faith must focus on life in the community you serve. Call Alan Jenkins at 704-261-2223 to find out more, or e-mail him at ajenkins@theej.com.

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INDIAN TRAIL Union West Rotary has issued a challenge to all Union County Rotary Clubs. The club will match up to $1,000 to purchase 500 pairs of gel inserts for soldiers. Gel inserts help with foot comfort and fatigue, as they wear their boots for up to 20 hours a day. Union West Rotary is joining in this campaign with the Charlotte South Park Rotary Club by challenging the Union County clubs to help exceed the 500 pairs goal. Any Union County Rotarian,

UC Mommies flapjack breakfast MONROE Union County Mommies will partner with Applebee’s in Monroe on Jan. 23 to host a flapjack breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tickets cost $6. To purchase tickets, call Bridget Dougherty at 704-493-2655 or e-mail her at Bridget@UnionCounty Mommies.com.

HELP FOR HAITI IN UNION COUNTY Union Baptist Association To volunteer for relief efforts, call 704-283-8383

donations up to $25,000. The program runs through Feb. 9. Harris Teeter Stores are selling $1 and $5 donation cards to benefit the American Red Cross relief fund. The campaign runs through Jan. 31.

American Red Cross-Union County chapter 608 E. Franklin St. Monroe, NC 28112 (specify that donations are for Haiti disaster relief)

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Americorps Vista at Wingate University Monetary donations are needed the most. Send checks to: UCAN, 211 E. Wilson St., P.O. Box 5013, Wingate, NC 28174. Specify that donations are to Haiti relief. Americorps Vista is also collecting hygiene and baby items. For hygiene kits: washcloths, combs, wrapped soap bars, toothbrushes (not toothpaste), Band-Aids, and nail clippers. For baby kits: cloth diapers, T-shirts or undershirts (not onesies), baby washcloths, gowns or sleepers, diaper pins, sweaters or sweatshirts and receiving blankets. Drop off items at Wingate University’s student center, located at 211 E. Wilson St. in Wingate. For more information, call 704-233-8023.

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Is your church or community group planning a way to help those suffering in Haiti? Call Alan Jenkins at 704-261-2223.

American Red Cross Text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 Diocese of Charlotte Haiti Disaster Relief Catholic Diocese of Charlotte 1123 South Church Street Charlotte, NC 28203 Adventist Development and Relief Agency To donate, contact ADRA at 1-800-424-ADRA (2372) or online at www.adra.org. Salvation Army Text “Haiti” to 52000 to donate $10, donate online at salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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Trees Continued from Page 1 steps to preserve them.” She hopes the distinction will help the town get funding in the future. In order to be considered for the title, towns must proclaim an official Arbor Day and show that they’ve already spent a significant amount of time working on tree maintenance. Specifically, The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters said Tree City’s must have a tree board or department, have a tree care ordinance and have a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.

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Kuntz said the committee has spent several hours learning how to tell if a tree is viable or hazardous from urban forester David Grant. Waxhaw’s Arbor Day will be the first Friday after March 15 of every year. The possible distinction is the latest move the town has made to protect and acknowledge its many trees. In fall 2009, the town received a $10,950 grant from N.C. Urban and Community Forestry. The town used the money to create an inventory of trees in downtown Waxhaw as well as select areas. “Once we’ve mapped it out, it will help us know which trees are priori-

ties as far as maintenance and care,” Davis said. “Some older trees are wellknown in the comm u n i t y Blythe because of the stories attached to them,” Kuntz said. Waxhaw’s first mayor, James C. Davis, used to give legal advice to residents under two oak trees on North Providence Road, Commissioner Joyce Blythe said. “He didn’t have an office for a while,” she said. “So he practiced law under those big ol’ trees that are still standing there.”

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Meetings Continued from Page 1 “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 three-hour meeting in order to make a twominute 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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MR boys win double OT thriller over SV MARVIN After blowing a doubledigit lead in regulation, Marvin Ridge High won a thrilling double overtime game against visiting Sun Valley, 95-87, last Tuesday. As the third quarter ended, it looked Marvin Ridge as though Marvin junior forRidge ward Patrick Bellucci might scored a walk out team-high 23 with an points in his easy win team’s win over the over Sun Sun Valley Valley last Spartans. Tuesday. He The made 11 of Mavericks 13 free throw were not attempts. only up by 11, but the Spartans’ Shaun Stewart — Union County’s second-leading scorer at more than 18 points per game — fouled out with over two minutes remaining in the third period. The tide turned, though, and halfway through the final period the Mavericks’ nine-point lead started shrinking from nine to seven, five, three, then with 3:46 remaining Kirby Faulkner drained a three pointer that tied the game at 72-all. Just 20 seconds later Faulkner was gone for the night, picking up his fifth foul as he bumped into Patrick Bellucci, who hit his two ensuing free throws to give the Mavericks a two-point lead. The Spartans fought back and tied the game with a layup by Kyle Buffkin. The first overtime went back and forth. Sun Valley had a two-point lead and looked as though they might be able to run out the clock with just under 30 seconds left, but a long in-bounds pass went off Jalen Witherspoon’s foot and Bellucci scored on the next possession with less than five seconds left. Marvin Ridge scored the first 12 points of the second OT and were never threatened again. “Sun Valley has a championship mentality,” said MR coach Gosnell White. “We knew they would keep coming at us and keep coming, and they got back in it and we were hoping to not let them back in it. We had to hold on for dear life.” Bellucci, a junior post, finished with 23 points, including 11-of-13 shooting from the foul line.

Mavs run past SV girls again MARVIN The Marvin Ridge girls defeated the Spartans for the second straight time, using strong back court speed to frustrate Sun Valley into turnovers on their way to a 40-28 victory. Jordan Henry played a huge role down low for the Mavericks, scoring with 14 points. Erica White helped out Henry down low with eight points. Sun Valley outrebounded the Mavs 38-21 but that was not enough to overcome the turnovers and speed of the Maverick guards. MR made 23 steals.

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Cody Esser scored 19 points for Cuthbertson in Friday’s triple overtime win over previously unbeaten Berry.

WAXHAW Freshman guard Emmitt Afam scored seven of his nine points after regulation to help the Cuthbertson High boys basketball team to a thrilling 59-58 triple overtime win over Berry Academy on Friday. Afam accounted for seven of Cuthbertson’s 10 points in the three extra sessions combined. The first-year Cavaliers improved to 6-9 overall and 3-5 in the Rocky River Conference. The loss was the Cardinals’ first in conference play (6-1). “My babies are growing up,”

said Cuthbertson coach Mike Helms. “This was the second game in a row we executed our game plan perfect defensively. Berry’s got a lot of size, so we tried to keep them out of the AFAM paint and make them a jump-shooting team.” Junior guard Cody Esser added 19 points on the strength of five 3-pointers, while junior Michael Cuthbertson posted 12 points. Cuthbertson, the Cavs’ leading scorer and rebounder, fouled out

in the first overtime. “That was huge that we were able to finish that off with Mike not in the game,” said Helms. “We showed a lot of character.” Cuthbertson takes on Porter Ridge at home next Thursday.

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Warriors grab first Weddington’s 26-point win at Porter Ridge gives boys 3-1 record By JERRY SNOW

Waxhaw Exchange INDIAN TRAIL Weddington High’s boys moved into sole possession of first place in the Southern Carolina Conference with a 71-45 road win over Porter Ridge on Friday. The Warriors, who improved to 3-1 in the SCC (7-8 overall), assaulted Porter Ridge’s zone defense by making 15 3-pointers on the night. WHS has a half-game lead over Parkwood (2-1) and Marvin Ridge (2-1), while Sun Valley lurks just a game back (2-2). “The conference is so even,” said Weddington coach Gary Ellington. “You can beat anybody on any given night, or lose to anybody on any given night.” The Warriors jumped all over Porter Ridge (0-3, 4-11), grabbing a 19-6 lead on the way to a 14-point advantage after the first (25-11). Sophomore guard Bennett Rutherford made his first five 3-point attempts, including four in the opening quarter. Rutherford finished 5 of 8 from 3-point range and had five assists to go along with his 15 points. “I was happy for Bennett because he’s struggled in the last few games,” Ellington said. “And we really need him to score more points than he has the past couple games. So that was good for him, good for his confidence.” Eight Warriors scored at least six points, including Ryan Langevin, a junior wing who had 15 points and seven boards off the bench. Weddington’s reserves provided 31 points. “It’s great to get that kind of production from our bench,” Ellington said. “Ryan has been coming in and scoring points like that lately. He’s really helping us out.” Senior guard James Haynes scored all 10 of his points in the first half and senior post Dexter Harding had 10 rebounds by halftime. Harding finished with 12 rebounds and six points before leaving the game with the rest of the starters midway through the fourth. “Dexter has really committed himself to the glass,” Ellington said. “That’s four straight games

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Weddington junior Tyler Koenig (23) made both of his 3-point attempts in the win at Porter Ridge. he’s had double-digit rebounds. We need that from him because we’re small and he is capable of dominating the glass.” Junior forward Ben Buchan contributed seven assists, six rebounds, six points, three blocks and three steals for the Warriors. He was one of five Warriors to make at least two 3-pointers, along with Rutherford, junior forward Tyler Koenig (two), Langervin (three) and junior guard Daniel Mickey — who made all three of his triples in the fourth. Senior guard PJ Freeman came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points for the Pirates. Freeman had 12 of his team’s 25 points in the first half, and hit both of Por-

ter Ridge’s 3-pointers. Charles Tinsley, a 6-5 forward, added eight points, six rebounds and three steals for the Pirates. Both teams are off until Thursday, when Porter Ridge is at Cuthbertson and Weddington visits Forest Hills.

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Kelley Godbout scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the first half and also grabbed 11 rebounds, leading Porter Ridge’s girls to 5847 home win over WHS. Godbout scored eight in the first quarter as the Pirates built a 23-12 lead that proved to be the difference. WHS trailed by eight with the

ball at the two-minute mark, but Godbout grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled. She made both ends of a 1-and-1 to push the lead back to 10. On the Warriors, next possession, Godbout again grabbed the board and turned a foul into two made free throws. She finished 8 of 10 at the line. “Those four free throws were clutch and we needed them,” said Pirates coach Ina Thompson. “They were really scrappy in the fourth quarter and I felt like they just ran out of time. I was impressed with Weddington’s effort and a little disappointed that we got out-hustled so bad late in the game.”

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First-year school surprises rival Weddington

BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

Waxhaw Exchange 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 increased their advantage to as many as 15 in the second half. The Warriors 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. Cuthbertson 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. “Mike’s presence in the paint is huge for us,” said Helms. “Even when he doesn’t block shots, they know he’s there. We need him on the boards so bad because we don’t have much size other than him. What he does on both ends

of the court is huge for how we play.” 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. “Cody’s a great shooter,” said Helms. “He’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 he’s been shooting it well in practice, so we expect that from him.” Senior guard James Haynes and senior forward Dexter Harding both stood out for Weddington.

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WHS grabs first place in league Warriors from 11 The Pirates have won four straight to improve to 14-2 overall. Their 3-0 record in the SCC gives them sole possession of first place. Samantha Sebastian scored Weddington’s first eight points. The senior forward had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists on the night. Kinsey Wilson and Katelyn DeMille each scored made three 3-pointers for WHS, which made eight from beyond the arc as a team. “With the way they can shoot threes, no lead ever feels safe,” Thompson said. Senior guard Raven Falls had a big first half for the Pirates, scoring 12 of her 14 before the break. Porter Ridge also got an impressive performance from senior center Kara Hastings, who had 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Jada Huntley, a freshman forward, added nine points, nine rebounds and three assists. “Kara and Jada have been doing a better job for us on the boards,” Thompson said. “We tell them their goal is eight rebounds a night and they both got that tonight.”

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Weddington coach Ryun Cook directs his team during Friday’s loss to Porter Ridge.

Spartans use double OT to hold off Rebels By Eric Rape

Waxhaw Exchange Indian Trail Sun Valley’s boys had to fight through two overtimes for the second straight game, but this time the outcome was in their favor as they knocked off Parkwood, 87-83, at home on Friday night. Kirby Faulkner hit a deep three as time expired in regulation to force the first overtime, knotting the score 72-all. Parkwood (7-6, 2-1 SCC) pushed out to a five-point lead in the first overtime but once again couldn’t keep the lead as the Spartans (10-5, 2-2 South Piedmont Conference) came roaring back. The Spartans used a technical after a foul to convert three free throws in the second overtime and never looked

back. Shaun Stewart finished with a gamehigh 33 points for the Spartans, going 16-of-20 from the foul line. Faulkner finished with 13 points, while Jalen Witherspoon and Kyle Buffkin both finished with 12 points. SV had five players score in double figures, including Luke Maynor with 10. Witherspoon also had seven rebounds and seven assists. Parkwood had to play both of the overtimes without the county rebounding leader, Marcus Leak, after he fouled out with just under a minute left in the fourth quarter. Leak finished with eight points and a gamehigh 11 rebounds. Sophomore reserve guard Ryan Helms had a big night, making three 3-pointers and finishing with 13

points. Deonte Hiatt had 15 points for the Rebels while Justin Crowder knocked down four threes and finished with 17. Maurice Leak almost pulled off a tripledouble for the Rebels with 23 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. A loss for the Spartans would have been devasting to their hopes of a conference championship with only 10 HIATT conference games on the schedule. With the win, the Spartans are just one game behind Weddington with six games remaining on the conference slate.

Rebels overcome Gaymon’s effort for Spartans

Jordynn Gaymon had a double-double in the first half for the Spartans but it wasn’t enough in Parkwood’s 58-43 win. Gaymon finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Spartans, who fell to 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the Southern Carolina Conference. The Rebels (13-1, 2-1 SCC) were led by junior point guard Morgan Brown, who had 24 points six rebounds and six assists. Michelle Brown, one of the smallest players on the court, finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Rebels took a 13-3 into the second quarter, then increased it to 31-16 at halftime.

First-year Cavs knock off WHS Cuthbertson from 11 Haynes dropped a gamehigh 25 points while Harding finished with 13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Haynes made four 3-pointers and had all 10 of Weddington’s points in the third quarter. Freshman guard Emmitt Afam added eight points, five assists and four steals for the Cavaliers.

WHS girls win big

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CHS junior center Michael Cuthbertson (23) had 24 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in last Wednesday’s win over Weddington.

Weddington High’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 O’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.


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2224 heated sq. ft. Built in 2004. Like new inside and out 3-4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, stone and vinyl exterior, new appliances.

5 BD, 4 BTH, ON CHANNEL, TWO BLOCKS FROM BEACH WWW.NORTHMYRTLEBEACHTRAVEL.COM, RENTAL HOUSE NAME, AQUAVIEW, 704-975-5996,WCMMCLEOD@CS.COM

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

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

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

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

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

Lot $30,000

SKYECROFT

5930 Timbertop Lane Charlotte, NC 28215

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

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

Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor

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

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

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

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