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Indian Trail suspends business opening fees Town council’s effort to draw new retailers to last a year BY JASON deBRUYN

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Sun Valley Commons is just one of a number of retail areas in Indian Trail that could benefit from the council’s decision to suspend opening fees in order to attract more business owners.

INDIAN TRAIL New businesses will not have to pay opening fees in Indian Trail for a year. In an effort to attract new businesses to the town, the council suspended the collection of certain fees associated with opening a new business. At least one retailer said he thinks it will help significantly. “(Suspending the fees) will go a long way for me,” said Damon Campbell, president of Davin Companies, which leases and manages shopping centers. “I

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think that would really help me out.” Campbell has a storefront for lease at the partly developed Sun Valley Commons shopping center and thought the council’s action would make that center, and all retail areas in Indian Trail, more attractive to prospective small-business owners. In the resolution, the council acknowledged the “impact the economic crisis is having on our small business” and that relief would not be felt soon. Councilman Gary D’Onofrio said that many people are choosing to start their own

If we can get out and push it … it will bring more business to the town.’ — Darlene Luther, councilwoman

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Town pays $110,000, draws Joseph Fivas from Michigan BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff Writer 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 Joseph 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 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, Index Churches Classifieds Editorial Local Milestones Obituaries Schools Sports

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& What are Indian Trail’s biggest assets? Does the town need its own police department? What changes are ahead? Joseph A. Fivas answers these questions and more in a Trader Q&A. See Page 3A 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-by-thedrink 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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Bonnie Platzer read a story about Martin Luther King Jr. to her kindergarten class at Central Academy at Lake Park on Tuesday to explain why the U.S. celebrates the slain civil rights leader’s birthday. She discussed segregation with the class and how it was wrong. She told the children that King’s dream was for people to work together and love one another. Above: Liliana Fisher colors a Martin Luther King Jr. puzzle. At right: Mason Patterson watches as Ana Kate Crotts works on her Martin Luther King Jr. celebration drawing.

No agreement reached on emergency dept. Proposed CMC-Waxhaw facility would serve western Union County 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 Jan. 13 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. CMC-Union’s portion of the building­ — about 35 percent of the 73,743-squarefoot building — cost about $6.14 million and the upgrades to 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

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Goodall, Blackwood won’t run again

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Incumbents for N.C. Senate, N.C. House make announcement BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff Writer 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 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.� Republican Jeff Gerber is the only person to express interest so far in running for the District 68 seat. 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 depend 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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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.

Shubert announces plans to run for N.C. Senate seat BY TIFFANY LANE

Staff Writer MONROE Fern Shubert announced Saturday that

she will run for the N.C. Senate. Shubert served in the N.C. House for two terms from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2002.


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She then served in the Senate until 2004. “Next year is redistricting, and we don’t have time for on-the-job training. There’s an unfortunate tradition in North Carolina of gerrymandering,� she said, and wants to see districts equally represented. Soon after this year’s census, state legislators will draw new districts. In the past, Union County hasn’t been treated fairly in the process, Shubert said. “This region has absolutely been short-changed on state funding. We pay our taxes, but we don’t get

our fair share back.� If Shubert has any opponents, they haven’t gone public yet. Filing begins Feb. 8. Rep. Curtis Blackwood, R-Union, announced Thursday that he won’t seek a fifth term. Former county commissioner candidate Jeff Gerber plans to run for his seat. Friday, N.C. Sen. Eddie Goodall, R-Union, said he won’t seek re-election, either. Goodall will work for the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools. He describes his new job as building a structure for a membership base of families and schools and

to visit schools around the state. He says he will also endeavor to educate people what public charter schools are. Goodall replaced Shubert when she ran for GOP nomination for governor and lost 2004. Goodall has done “a fine job,� Shubert said. “I had no desire to run until I realized that he was not going to be there.� The two haven’t always seen eye to eye, she said, but their interests, especially in education, are closely aligned. Public education “is not one size fits all� and should not be “a political

football,� she said, but cater to children’s best interests. If elected, she said she would promote charter schools and vocational training. Shubert is state director of The National Right to Read Foundation and active in local politics. Last year, she spoke at tea parties in both Monroe and Raleigh. Shubert wrote a column for The County Edge from 2005 to 2009 and served as Indian Trail’s town manager in 2006. She works as a certified public accountant in Marshville.

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Indian Trail’s new town manager talks shop & Q: When you first heard about Indian Trail, what was your first impression? A: My first impression was that Indian Trail would be a great professional and family opportunity. My wife and I have family in the area and have loved visiting the area in the past. From a professional standpoint, Indian Trail has some unbelievable assets, and I was energized and excited about the potential opportunity of being part of the Town’s future evolution. Q: What do you see as Indian Trail’s biggest asset(s)?

A: The most important asset of any community are the people. I’ve talked numerous people in researching IT, and I have been welcomed and embraced by local residents. The people I’ve met have been fantastic. IT has been blessed with great geography. Due to this geography, I believe IT is positioned well for continued development of local jobs, and the potential expansion of new commercial and industrial growth. I also believe the current businesses are a huge asset. We need to work with them to help them evolve and provide even more jobs. Q: What is the No. 1 area Indian Trail needs to improve, and how can you help make that improvement? A: It’s no secret that our transportation system in IT needs to be improved. We will not be able to

move IT to the next level without an improved street and traffic system. I have a substantial background in Fivas municipal transportation and grant funding. IT staff will work with the Council and the community to find well thought out answers to this area of weakness. I do know that our current IT staff has already done some good work in this area. Q: The council has a strong interest in making Indian Trail more “ b u s i n e s s - f r i e n d l y. ” How can you help that? A: In reviewing data from past surveys, it is clear IT needs to work more closely with its current business organiza-

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tions. It’s important that business organizations feel welcome from their local government. When I begin, I will roll-up my sleeves and get out and ask the business’s their opinion on: What would be help them be more successful? How can the Town government help them? Etc. Q: How will the council member dynamics affect you and your staff ? I’m confident that the council and staff will all work as a team to move IT forward. Q: There is a long-running debate in Indian Trail about starting its own police department versus keeping the current contract with the sheriff ’s office. What are some positives and negatives for both and which do you think serves the town best?

A: It is essential that all local residents are safe and feel safe in their homes and around the community. I have a solid background in budgeting and managing the operations of police and fire departments. Honestly, I don’t have enough information to answer this question, and have no perceived direction on this issue. I have an open mind on this issue and look forward to the future discussions on this issue. Q: Town residents want to have a town center where they can have activities. How can you help direct the council toward achieving that? A: I believe most communities are branded by the ability for them to provide cool public spaces, town centers, parks, and public and private recreation opportunities. I am passionate about families

and residents having the opportunity to have central places to meet new friends and pass time with old friends. I have developed a couple downtown public spaces/town squares, but IT’s challenges are more complex. For any large town center project to move forward, we will need to make sure the vast majority of the public has bought into the project and supports the development. Q: What changes will you make over the first three months and how will Indian Trail look differently in the first six months to a year? A: After I’m sworn in as the town manager, I will begin a top-to-bottom analysis of the organization. I plan on being in IT for a long time, and will take time to make sure any changes are in the best long-term interest for the organization.

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County pushes to take over empty prison Union jail houses too many inmates; closed state facility might answer the problem BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff Writer MONROE Union commissioners put themselves in position to lobby for a new place to properly house criminals. The Union County jail is at full capacity, but building a new jail could cost $65 million; money the county does not have. Due to state budget cuts, Union Correctional, the state-run penitentiary in Monroe, closed Oct. 1, 2009. It has sat empty since then, but Sheriff Eddie Cathey suggested the county take over the building and use it as another county jail. The state will not make decisions on its closed facilities until at least February, but the legislature passed a law that would give priority to cities or

counties that want to use the facilities as jails. U n i o n Correctional was built in the 1930s as one of 61 f i e l d - u n i t Cathey prisons to house inmates who worked on building roads. In addition to prison cells, it includes a vocational education building, a dining hall, guard towers and an administration building. The Union County jail was built in 1994 and has been under “classification full” for the past year. In a letter to Alvin Keller, secretary of correction, Cathey asked that the facility be turned over to the county because,

“Although the county has plans for a 400-bed expansion, it is extremely unlikely that we will be able to expand our own inmate housing capacity for some years to come.” Alamance and Rockingham counties have performed similar transfers and Cathey suggested that Union could share some of the space with the state Division of Community Corrections. The state prison would need renovations — it is without central air, for example. However, the facility could be converted within county’s financial capability, Cathey said. In a response letter to Cathey, Director of Engineering with the N.C. Department of Corrections William Stovall wrote that the Department of Corrections is required to con-

sult with the legislature and has to operate in accordance with N.C. Property Office guidelines. Transfer of the property would have to go through the Department of Administration. Jill Lucas, an information officer for the department, said the Department of Corrections will release a report on all the empty prisons by Feb. 1. Until then, she said, no decisions can be made. According to county records, the 52.468-acre property has a land value of about $2 million, with the total market value of the property equaling approximately $3.5 million. Commissioners have said they are eager to expand jail capacity and are considering other alternatives as well.

County considers other ways to solve crowding BY JASON deBRUYN

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MONROE While commissioners are looking at taking over more space to house inmates, jail officials are looking for ways to keep the jail population down. The jail has been “classification full” for a year, something District Attorney John Snyder said is a symptom of a growing county. Current commissioners

blamed previous boards for not having the proper foresight to expand the jail sooner, but now have to find ways to fit inmates in the jail. Commissioner Kim Rogers said she might consider modular units for low-risk inmates. Jail Administrator Capt. Ronnie Whitaker said the jail was piloting a program that would release inmates before trial on a sort of parole-like basis. That inmate would

have to check in periodically, but would not be forced to stay at the jail. An administrator has been hired and is examining prisoner records to see who would qualify for such a release. From the district attorney’s side, Snyder said his office was doing all it could to move criminals through. Due to budget cuts at the county level, he has one fewer prosecutor to move cases through; one

assistant district attorney is dedicated to looking at who is in jail and under what charges. If someone is being held under minor charges, that attorney will work to get that inmate moved through the courts. Slowing that process, however, are inmates who have private representation. It can be more difficult to move a case when the prosecutor must wait for the defense attorney’s schedule, Snyder said.

WHO’S IN THE UNION COUNTY JAIL? The jail currently has 256 inmates, though that number fluctuates daily. The jail technically has 264 beds, but that number is misleading. There are different classifications of prisoners and each group has a certain number of beds. There are 24 beds classified for short term, such as medical, and 10 for female prisoners, for example. If there are only eight female inmates, those two beds are left empty because a male prisoner is not allowed in that section. THE OFFENDERS: Larceny including robbery with dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle: 41 Probation violation or failure to appear: 36 Drug related: 34 Driving charges including driving with license revoked, driving while impaired and driving under the influence: 24 Assault: 23 Murder: 20 Kidnapping: 16 Sex offense, including rape or sex with a minor: 15 Breaking/Entering: 13 Others are for minor charges such as property damage or failure to pay child support.

New laws: closed state prisons According to Section 19.4 of the General Statutes relating to the Department of Correction: “In conjunction with the closing of prison facilities, ... the Department of Correction shall consult with the county or municipality in which the unit is located ... about the possibility of converting the unit to other use. ... The Department shall give priority to converting the unit to other criminal justice use.” - including changing security custody levels. 19.4b - The Department of Correction shall study the feasibility of establishing probation revocation centers at closed prison facilities. The Department shall consult with counties to explore cost-sharing of these facilities. The Department shall report its findings to the Chairs of the Appropriations subcommittees on Justice and Public Safety by Feb. 1, 2010.

Monroe native wins national country music competition Karla Davis wins $100,000 by taking top honors at Colgate Country Showdown By ALAN JENKINS

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 Nash-

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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

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“I’ve known her ever since she was a kid,” Duncan said. Duncan watched Davis during the afternoon practice and through the competition. During the final moments, as Leann Rimes began to announce the winner, Duncan held her breath and chanted Davis’ name in her head. “When Leann Rimes said, ‘Karla Davis,’ I thought I had said it out loud,” Duncan said. As Davis doubled over in disbelief on the stage, Duncan watched as the cell phones came out. Within minutes, Duncan said, many of their church members knew about the victory. It didn’t fully sink in for Duncan until later. “Oh, my gosh, Karla’s life just changed,” Duncan told herself Friday morning. The finals will air on television in the spring.

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Obituaries Don Eugene Moore indian trail Mr. Don Eugene Moore, 64, died Thursday, January 14, 2010 at the Harris Hospice Unit of Presbyterian Hospital. The family received friends Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 6525 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail. Mr. Moore was born October 8, 1945 in Charlotte. He was the son of the late Robert Clarence and Sarah Adcock Moore and was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Huntley. Mr. Moore was a US Army Veteran, owner and operator of Moore’s Grocery Store in Indian Trail and affectionately known by many in the community as “The Sweet Potato Man.” He is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughters, Crystie Moore Huntley and Lorin Moore Huntley, both of Indian Trail; brother, Bobby Moore of Monroe; sister, Jan Moore Warren of Oak Ridge, NC; and grandchildren, Nathan Huntley, Riley Huntley, Alex Huntley, Tanner Huntley and Greylyn Huntley. The family suggests memorials be made to the Harris Hospice Unit of Presbyterian Hospital, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.goodshepherdfuneralhome. net. Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Indian Trail is serving the family.

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, five 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 were held Thursday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Stallings United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Sharon Memorial Park with Military honors. The family will begin to receive friends at 10 a.m. 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, me-

morials 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

Ruby Gay INDIAN TRAIL Ruby Melton Gay, 93, of Indian Trail went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 15, 2010 at Presbyterian Hospital, Matthews Ruby was preceded in death by her husband George B. Gay and adopted son Gary Gay. Ruby is survived by her sister Mrs. Inez Hartis. A home going celebration in loving memory of Ruby M. Gay was held Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 at Hartis Grove Baptist Church at 11 a.m. The family received friends before the service. Senior Pastor Joe Kirkpatrick III of the church conducted the service. Burial will follow the service at Lakeland Memorial Park. Heritage Funeral and Cremation Service, Indian Trail/ Matthews is serving the family. Online condolences may be left at

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of Matthews. Arthur was an avid sportsman and outdoor enthusiast enjoying hunting, fishing and power boating. He took an active role in the United States Power Squadron and was a life long supporter of The Boy Scouts of America where he earned the rank of life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Williams Peterson, and also by his brother, Eric Peterson. He is survived by a son, Arthur Frederick Peterson, Jr and wife Jessica Ann Peterson and their daughter Anna Claire of Charleston, SC. He is also survived by his daughter, Leslie Peterson Crowgey and husband Matthew Tucker Crowgey and their daughter Margaret Grace of Matthews. His family received visitors on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, NC 28112. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at

11 a.m. in the Chapel of Central United Methodist Church in Monroe, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the United States Power Squadron at or The Boy Scouts of America. Online condolences may be made at

Alene Severt Flowers MINT HILL Alene Severt Flowers died Jan. 17, 2010. Born Jan. 11, 1932, in Ashe County, she was a daughter of the late Lun-

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dy and Ella Severt and was married to Denver Flowers of the home. She was retired from private duty nursing. Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two daughters, Threaca “Reesie” Christianson of the home and Angie Adams of La Grange; two brothers, Darrell Severt and Ray Severt of Princeton, W. Va; one sister, Peggy Stroud of China Grove and two grandchildren. Arrangements are in care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel. Online condolences may be left at

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Indian Trail Trader Also serving LAKE PARK and STALLINGS Publisher: Marvin Enderle

Editor: Alan Jenkins

Our Talk


Haiti hits home

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 longterm 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

Alan Jenkins The Long Road Home groups that hold bake sales. It’s food drives at the local grocery store that matter. I encourage all of my neighbors in Indian Trail, Lake Park and Stallings 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 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 Indian Trail’s government and politics? Are you a resident who spends all of your time commuting during the day, but making Indian Trail, Stallings, Hemby Bridge or Lake Park your home at night? Are you the one everyone on your block turns to for interesting views and opinions about what’s happening in these growing communities? Then we’re looking for you. The Indian Trail Trader is looking for local personalities to write 200- to 250-word columns as many times as once a week or as few times as once a month.

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

Your Talk Blackwood served community well

Upon reading the press release of Representative Curtis Blackwood’s statement of not running for re-election, like him, I have mixed emotions. On one hand I truly believe the state legislature will become majority Republican after the next election and Curtis is certainly an experienced and somewhat senior member to represent Union county. On the other hand, I agree that if you stay too long in government you cease to be a solution and become part of the problem. I have known Curtis

and his family for more than four years and claim the privilege of calling him friend. While we have often disagreed on policy it is my belief he always voted his conscience and did his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Nothing was ever personal and the friendship never suffered. Perhaps some of our local politicians should take note and follow his example. After one particularly contentious exchange Curtis paid me the great compliment of saying: “What I like about you is I always know where I stand.” My reply now is: “I, and the people of Union

County, stand diminished by your departure.” Let us pray that someone of his caliber will stand up run for District 68 in the near future. The people of Union County need and deserve a man of character. Louis Philippi Stallings

Water cries for the west ring 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,

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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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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. 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. Community Baptist 212 Garmon Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Henry Funderburk Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., worship. Wednesday worship and children’s programs, 7 p.m. Covenant Community 13003 E. Independence Blvd., Stallings; 704-257-4519; www. Pastor: John Lofton Sundays: 10 a.m., worship; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Bible study East Campus, First Baptist of Indian Trail 6140 W. Marshville Blvd., Marshville; 704-624-1998 Ebenezer Baptist 1417 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Timothy Rogers Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sun-



day school; 10:30 a.m., worship; 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., AWANA, discipleship classes. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., midweek prayer service; youth, children’s study. Emmanuel Baptist 15601 Idlewild Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Leland Stephens Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., worship. Faith United Methodist 3708 Faith Church Road, Indian Trail Pastor: David Lawrence Phone: 704-882-6623 Regular Sundays: 8:30 a.m., praise and worship; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., praise and worship. Mondays: 6:30 p.m., Cub Scouts Tuesdays: 6 p.m., Girl Scouts; 6:30 p.m., Boy Scouts. First Baptist Church of Indian Trail 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail; website, www.fbcit. org; 704-882-1005 Pastor: Mike Whitson Sunday: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., worship and Life groups. 6 p.m., evening worship. Tuesdays: 7 p.m. Singles meeting. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., Power Hour. Thursdays: 10 a.m., adult prayer meeting. Friendly Baptist 5418 Friendly Baptist Church Road, Indian Trail; 704-753-1652

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A LIST OF CHURCHES IN INDIAN TRAIL, HEMBY BRIDGE, LAKE PARK, STALLINGS Add yours to the list: Call Alan Jenkins at 704-261-2223 or e-mail him at

Interim pastor: Dustin Knight Regular schedule: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6:30 p.m., youth Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study. Hartis Grove Baptist 4224 Blanchard Circle, Indian Trail Pastor: Joe Kirkpatrick Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; worship, 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Mill Grove United Methodist 7311 Mill Grove Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Earl Bradshaw Regular Sunday: 8:30 a.m., worship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 7:30 p.m., youth group. Currently registering for preschool.

Harvest Chapel 5809 Highway 74, Indian Trail 704-882-4662, Pastor: Paul Durham

New Grace Baptist 6201 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Hemby Bridge; 704-400-3258. Pastor: Roger Johnson

Hemby Bridge Presbyterian 6010 Mill Grove Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Walt DeHart Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school, 10:30 a.m., fellowship brunch; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer service.

Pleasant Plains Baptist 3316 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews Pastor: Ron Riddley Sundays: Sunday School 9:15 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m.; Awana Clubs 5:30 p.m.; evening worship 6 p.m.

Higher Praise Deliverance 1047-A Van Buren Ave., Indian Trail; 704-904-4073 Pastor: Reginald O. Coffey Sundays: 4 p.m., worship.

Stallings United Methodist 1115 Stallings Road; 704-8218820; Pastor: Bart Milleson First and third Saturdays: 5:30 p.m., contemporary worship. Regular Sundays: 8:30 a.m., intimate service; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school for all ages; 10:55 a.m., formal worship; 4:30 p.m., Bible Zone, youth programs.

Indian Trail United Methodist 113 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Jim Chrisawn Sundays: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., worship; 10:10 a.m., Sunday school Indian Trail Presbyterian 200 Indian Trail Road South, Indian Trail; 704-821-8751 Pastor: James E. Johns


Pastors, share your faith

Are you pastor of a church in the areas of Indian Trail, Lake Park, Hemby Bridge or Stallings? Would you like to share your stories of faith through a column on the faith page in the Indian Trail Trader? 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

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)

World Vision Donate online at

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.

Union Grove United Methodist 8708 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail; 704-753-4966 Pastor: Robert Sturge

Bi-Lo Shoppers can donate to the American Red Cross Haiti relief, and Bi-Lo Charities will match

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

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.

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 Salvation Army Text “Haiti” to 52000 to donate $10, donate online at or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

You Can Help In Union County Editor’s note: News items for the “You Can Help” section may include poker runs, charitable fundraisers (charities must be registered 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organizations), and volunteer

opportunities. All items must be received by noon Friday to be considered for inclusion the following Wednesday. E-mail your information to ajenkins@theej. com or call 704-261-2223.

Gel inserts for soldiers INDIAN TRAIL Union West Rotary has issued a challenge to all Union County

Any Union County Rotarian, or anyone who would just like to participate in the challenge may send a check to Union West Rotary, P.O. Box 505, Indian Trail, NC 28079.

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Emergency Continued from Page 1A 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-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 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.

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 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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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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On Friday, first grade students at Shiloh Elementary School participated in a Martin Luther King Day celebration. They learned about the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflected on their own dreams for the future. Above: Vicky McCraney’s first grade class show off their hats they created in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Waxhaw council changes meeting dates BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

Staff Writer WAXHAW Waxhaw commissioners hope that tentative changes they made to their meeting schedule Tuesday will streamline decision-making. The board plans to meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, rather than the second and third.

Fees Continued from Page 1A business as a means of income and saw 2010 as a good year to “entice new businesses to Indian Trail.” He went on to describe what he called “Reaganomics,” saying that “lower taxes on business equals a more robust economy, which means more jobs.” The town finance staff

“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 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.

projected that suspending fees would m e a n the town w o u l d lose about Luther $64,028 in potential fees, about two-thirds of that from the planning department. While the town might lose some money on the front end, by attracting more businesses it would

end up having a net gain over the long term, Councilwoman Darlene Luther said. “If we can get out and push it ... it will bring more business to the town,” she said. Luther ran a campaign in strong support of making Indian Trail more business-friendly and the suspension of fees is part of the “Business-Friendly Act,” a larger movement by the town.

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Porter Ridge on top of SCC again By JERRY SNOW

E-J Sports Editor INDIAN TRAIL Three games in four days sounds more like an NBA schedule, but several Union County schools endured such a stretch this week. It couldn’t have gone any better for Porter Ridge’s girls, who went 3-0 against some strong competition. The Pirates opened the week with their biggest win of the year, going on the road and handing Parkwood its first loss of the season (51-42). It also avenged the 14-1 Pirates’ only loss this season.

The very next night, PR still had enough energy to pound archrival Piedmont by 30 (66-36). Porter Ridge maintained first place in the Southern Carolina Conference on Friday with a 58-47 win over Weddington. The Pirates, now 3-0 in league play, have five days off for exams before visiting winless Cuthbertson next Thursday. The Pirates had their best team ever last year, winning a share of the South Piedmont Conference and then beating powerhouse Concord in the championship game of the SPC tournament. But Porter Ridge lost two of its top three players from last year, including

co-county player of the year Britney Mitchell (now playing for Wingate) and point guard Lea Saunders (transferred). The Pirates had some experience returning, but the big question was point guard. Saunders was a three-year starter at the position and Mitchell played point whenever Saunders didn’t. Coach Ina Thompson turned to her top two returners — Kelley GodFALLS bout and Raven Falls — to run the team, and they have delivered. Falls, a senior now in her third year as a

starter, has always been a wing capable of slashing from the wing and scoring in transition. Falls contributed 14 points to the Pirates’ win over Weddington on Friday, and shared the ball handling duties with Godbout. “Both of them have done a great job of stepping into that role for us this year,” Thompson said. “They give us different things. Raven’s more of a slasher. She can open things up the lanes and gaps for others to get shots. We alternate the two of them. I feel confident in both of them.” Godbout has developed into one of the county’s top players.

See PIRATES / Page 2B

Spartans in double OT By Eric Rape

E-J Correspondent 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 game-high 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 game-high 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 triple-double for the Rebels with 23 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.


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Rebels overcome Gaymon’s effort

Jordynn Gaymon had a doubledouble 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 (9-5, 2-2 SCC). 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 for Parkwood.

Pirates get past WHS

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Kirby Faulkner scored 13 points and hit a deep 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to force the first OT.

INDIAN TRAIL 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 58-47 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 twominute 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.” 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.

Warriors smash PR boys, take over first place By JERRY SNOW

E-J Sports Editor 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 Wed-


dington 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 he’s had double-digit rebounds. We need that from him because we’re small and he is capable of dominating the glass.” 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 Porter 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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Pirates Continued from Page 1B She’s the only player in Union County who ranks among the top 10 in scoring (second, 17.1 ppg), steals (second, 3.9 spg), assists (fifth, 2.6 apg) and rebounds (sixth, 7.6 rpg). The Pirates might not have as much depth as they did last year, but their blend of experience and youth has obviously been working out. Senior forward Cayleigh Weekley, who made all-tournament at the Holiday Classic, has three years of varsity experience. Senior center Kara Hastings, in her third year of varsity, has averaged 11 points in the last two games. Hastings, a prolific shot blocker, had 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals on Friday. “She’s making some great moves around the basket and finishing,” Thompson said of Hastings. “She’s making some big shots that are freeing up the outside shooters. Because she’s an inside threat now, it’s helping our shooters. It also helps that she’s such a good passer. That really helps us out without a true ball handler. Then once she gives it up she goes to that block and she’s very confident and comfortable turning and making a move. Kara’s doing a great job for us. She’s really helping this team be what it is right now.”

from staff reports

Photo by Jamie Belk

Porter Ridge senior center Kara Hastings (12) has averaged 11 points and six rebounds in her last two games.

Charleston, S.C. Charleston Southern University junior guard Katie Tull and sophomore forward LeChell Rush combined for 42 points as the home-standing Buccaneers rallied for a 62-59 women’s basketball victory over Wingate University Monday night. The NCAA Division I members of the Big South Conference improved to 9-8 overall on the season. The South Atlantic Conference member Bulldogs fell to 9-7 overall. Wingate’s four non-conference losses this season have been by a combined 16 points. Tull topped the scoring charts with 23 points. She hit seven-of-10 field goals and five-of-six threepoint field goals. Seven CSU teammates hit one-of-23 triples. The Bucs entered the contest hitting nine three-pointers per game. Rush added 19 points on nineof-14 shooting from the floor. Wingate sophomore guard/forward Kurie Washington led the visiting Bulldogs with 13 points. She also had five rebounds and three assists. Bulldog junior guard CC Brooks had 11 points, while senior center Stacie Rhodes posted nine points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists. The game featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes. account for the final margin.

UC standouts already at 30 wins By Eric Rape

E-J Correspondent

Photo by Rick Crider

Chris Lingle, top, has a 32-1 record this season. Lingle is a senior 125-pounder for Porter Ridge.

MONROE Just three years into its brief history, Central Academy is proving to have one of the better wrestling teams in Union County and possibly the second best team in the Rocky River Conference behind only powerhouse Piedmont. The Cougars are 9-4 overall and 4-1 in the RRC, with their only league loss coming to Piedmont (509) on Wednesday night. Considering the Panthers are a 2A school, the 1A Cougars still have the inside track to the number one seed for the 1A state dual team tournament. Central made the 1A dual team tournament a year ago, picking up the only wild card spot (based on overall record). Junior Will Robinson, the Cougars’ heavyweight, is ranked first in the state in 1A, according to Robinson is 19-2 this season. Robinson is CATA’s best hope for

capturing the school’s first state title of any kind. “He’s gunning for a state championship this year,” said Jacobus of Robinson. “He wrestled (Piedmont’s) Simpson to a 6-5 loss (Wednesday night) and I think Mitchell is one of the favorites to win 2A for sure. Robinson has beat a couple of tough kids already in 4A and a couple of 3A kids. He was MVP at the South Carolina tournament we went down to and he beat a pretty good wrestler down there. His confidence has improved and I think that match with Mitchell was good for him.” The Cougars boast some other impressive records: Robert Geyer is 14-4 at 119 pounds, Mike Ryan is 16-4 at 171, Kyle Rollins stands 14-6 at 112, Jairo Velazquez is 14-5 at 125, and Daniel Gregorich has a 10-3 at 103. Gregorich is coming off a win over the Panthers’ Kirby Haigler, who is current ranked second individually among 2A wrestlers. The Cougars wrestle at the Monroe Duals tournament on Saturday.

Four UC boys teams in hunt for SCC title

Monroe (11-10, 3-2 RRC), which made the dual team state tournament last year, has four wrestlers ranked in the state. Miles Cook, a senior 189-pounder, is 28-2 and ranked fourth in 1A. He has not lost at an individual tournament this year. Zack Cooper, a junior 119-pounder for the Redhawks, is ranked fifth with a 20-4 record. Stephen Dysard has bounced around weight classes this year, ranging from 145 to 160 pounds. Dysard is ranked second in the state at 145 pounds. Kevin Phinney is another Redhawk senior that is ranked. Phinney has a 27-4 record at 152 pounds, and is ranked fourth in the state. Sun Valley’s Ryan Henson, a regional champion last season, isn’t ranked at 119 pounds but has 30-3 record. Porter Ridge senior Chris Lingle is also standing out. Lingle (125 pounds) has a county-best 32 wins against just one loss.

Conference basketball standings Involving Union County schools:


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Southern Carolina Boys

MONROE With a 3-1 league record, the Weddington High boys basketball team is currently atop the standings in the Southern Carolina Conference. But three other teams are within a game of the Warriors in the standings, including Parkwood and Marvin Ridge, which are tied for second and just a half-game behind WHS with a 2-1 mark. The Rebels gave Weddington its only loss in a 61-58 decision on Jan. 8. Parkwood dropped its first league game to Sun Valley in double overtime this past Friday. Marvin Ridge also lost for the first time on Friday, falling to Anson County at home. The Mavericks play at Parkwood on Friday, and the winner will gain a share of first place with the Warriors. Weddington doesn’t play another conference game until next Tuesday at Marvin Ridge. WHS’ three wins are against Sun Valley, Anson and Porter Ridge. Sun Valley is currently in fourth, but just a game behind first at 2-2 after knocking off the Rebels it OT on Friday. The Bearcats are 1-2 and sit alone in fifth just ahead of Porter Ridge, which is 0-3 in league play. On the girls side, Porter Ridge is out in front at 3-0 after earning wins over Weddington and previously-unbeaten Parkwood last week. The Pirates held on for a 51-42 road victory over the Rebels and ended the week with a 58-47 home win over the Warriors. Porter Ridge plays outside the league on Thursday with a trip to Cuthbertson before facing Anson at home on Friday. The Rebels are tied for second at 2-1 with Marvin Ridge. Coincidentally, the two teams face off on Friday. Sun Valley is in fourth at 2-2, followed by Weddington (1-3) and Anson County (0-3). The Spartans have defeated Weddington and Anson, and lost to Parkwood and Marvin Ridge. Weddington’s lone win came on the road at Anson County.

Team Weddington Parkwood Marvin Ridge Sun Valley Anson Co. Porter Ridge

Conf. Overall 3-1 7-8 2-1 7-6 2-1 5-7 2-2 10-5 1-2 8-8 0-3 4-11

Southern Carolina Girls Team Porter Ridge Parkwood Marvin Ridge Sun Valley Weddington Anson Co.

Conf. Overall 3-0 14-2 2-1 13-1 2-1 8-5 2-2 9-5 1-3 8-8 0-3 4-10

Rocky River Boys Team Monroe Berry Academy Forest Hills Piedmont West Stanly Central Academy Cuthbertson North Stanly Union Academy

Conf. Overall 8-0 15-1 6-1 11-4 6-3 8-6 5-4 7-9 4-4 7-7 3-4 5-8 3-5 6-9 1-7 6-9 0-10 0-13

Rocky River Girls

E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

Sun Valley sophomore Jalen WItherspoon (12) drives to basket against the defense of Monroe’s Qwadarius Duboise during the Holiday Classic title game last month.

Team North Stanly Piedmont Monroe West Stanly Berry Academy Forest Hills Union Academy Central Academy Cuthbertson

Conf. Overall 7-1 14-1 7-2 9-7 5-3 8-7 5-2 10-3 4-2 10-4 3-6 3-10 3-5 4-9 2-5 4-8 0-8 0-15

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